To steer students toward jobs, Florida may cut tuition for select majors

By Lizette Alvarez MIAMI — Rick Scott, businessman turned politician, campaigned for governor in 2010 with promises to run Florida like a successful business — more efficiency, lower costs, less hand-wringing and measurable results. He meant higher education, too, but until recently that meant mostly shrinking budgets. Now, looking for more value on the remaining […]

December 14, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Fibromyalgia sufferers will gather for support

The Northern Cal Fibro Friends will hold their final meeting of this year from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at 1010 Nut Tree Road, Suite 240, in Vacaville. All who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia or have a family member or friend diagnosed with fibromyalgia are welcome to attend. There is no charge for the […]

December 11, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

USDA Secret Santas give to locals in need

Employees from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are celebrating the holidays again this year by giving. Thirty-seven needy Yolo County children and five adults will find a few more treasures under their Christmas trees this year thanks to these USDA “Secret Santas.” Each year, employees from USDA in Davis volunteer to participate in the Adopt-A-Child-For-Christmas […]

December 13, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis Farm to School awards matching grants

Davis Farm to School has announced 13 recipients of its 2012-13 matching grants of $250 to $500 in support of garden-based learning. Nugget Markets partnered with the organization to provide an additional $250 matching grant to five of the schools, resulting in total funding of $13,250 from Farm to School, the matching grantors and Nugget. Grants […]

December 11, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yolo County plans holiday closures

To save money because of ongoing state and local budget shortfalls, Yolo County will close some of its offices over the holidays. Staff members take their vacations during this period, or schedule time off without pay. The University of California Cooperative Extension office will be closed Dec. 17-Jan. 1, and Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health […]

December 11, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

PG&E customers can earn bill credit with winter gas savings program

PG&E has announced the start of its winter gas savings program, which gives eligible residential and business customers an opportunity to earn an automatic bill credit of up to 20 percent for reducing natural gas usage during peak months. Customers who lower usage during December and January by up to 10 percent will receive an […]

December 11, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Heroes in our midst

James Broaddus and his former teacher at Holmes Junior High School, Kerri Hogan, share the Spirit of the Red Cross Hero Award on Friday. A crowd of about 300 people gathered for the annual Heroes Recognition, honoring police, firefighters, doctors and everyday heroes who helped save lives and support others throughout the past year. HEro4W […]

December 09, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

University of California introduces new logo

OAKLAND (AP) — After 144 years with the same logo, the University of California has decided it’s time for a new look. A new seal with a simple and more contemporary design will be appearing on the university’s marketing materials and websites, the Oakland Tribune reported Friday. The new logo — designed by an in-house team […]

December 09, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Locals honored for heroic acts at Red Cross event

A noble group of people from various backgrounds, many of whom flew under the community’s radar, were honored Friday at an annual ceremony sponsored by the American Red Cross’ Capital Region. This year’s Heroes Recognition, which took place at UC Davis’ Freeborn Hall, honored commendable individuals from all walks of life. Local military veterans, doctors […]

December 09, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: City should declare ‘no more tiers’

Every mom and dad living in America in the past 50 years knows about Johnson and Johnson’s “No More Tears” shampoo. And now it’s time for our City Fathers (and Mother) to come up with a No More Tiers solution for the one essential ingredient of a good shampoo — water. In a couple of […]

December 09, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Supervisors will reconsider Dunnigan truck stop issue

At its final meeting of the year on Tuesday, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors will revisit one of the most contentious issues the board faced in 2012: a 19-acre truck stop proposed for the town of Dunnigan that would produce more than $400,000 in annual revenue for the county but is opposed by many […]

December 09, 2012 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

All welcome at menorah-lighting ceremony

Chabad of Davis invites local residents to celebrate Hanukkah at the lighting of an 8-foot-tall menorah on Wednesday, the fifth night of Hanukkah, on the oak tree deck in Davis’ Central Park. A community celebration will follow. The event runs from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Following the menorah-lighting at the Farmers Market Pavilion, Fourth and […]

December 09, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Woodland man stabbed during domestic dispute

Woodland resident Linda Sierra, 37, was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence on Friday night following a dispute that left a Woodland man with a non-life-threatening injury. Woodland police were called to the 100 block of Park Avenue where they found a 38-year-old Woodland man had been stabbed in […]

December 09, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Santa Claus plans to cruise Davis neighborhoods several times this month, but his sleigh and reindeer will not be available. So members of Davis Professional Firefighters Local 3494 have stepped up and offered the department’s Fabco antique fire engine as his mode of transportation. Davis firefighters will guide Santa through the streets with care as […]

December 09, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,