Teachers give school board another earful

The Davis school board faced another standing-room-only audience Thursday night as the trustees adopted several budget deficit-driven decisions they said they would prefer not to make.

Among those present were a large contingent of teachers who are unhappy at the prospect of smaller paychecks and bigger class sizes.

The teachers are in the midst of contract negotiations with the school district, a situation to which Davis Teachers Association president Gail Mitchell alluded in her comments.

May 04, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

It’s raining again: Britain endures damp drought

LONDON (AP) — Sodden fields. Deep puddles. Flash floods. This is what drought looks like in Britain. Last month, water authorities banned 20 million U.K. homeowners from using hoses to water their lawns or wash their cars, saying two exceptionally dry winters had plunged much of Britain into drought. Since then, the rain has hardly […]

May 04, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Paul draws diverse crowd to the Quad

Just about every demographic was present in the throng of thousands who flooded UC Davis’ West Quad to hear Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Thursday night. Paul, who spoke for approximately an hour, covered topics from repealing the Patriot Act and extending civil liberties to ending the Federal Reserve to halt the war machine. […]

May 04, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Sidewalk sounds

Cellist Stephen Brown of Sebastopol, visiting friends in Davis, plays on Second Street near The Avid Reader and Outdoor Davis last Thursday evening. Downtown is the place to be for all things cultural: a flashmob dance performance is planned at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday in Central Park and the Second Friday ArtAbout — featuring gallery receptions, […]

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

Extra DUI patrols on tap for Cinco de Mayo

Yolo County’s “Avoid the 8″ DUI task force will deploy saturation patrols throughout the county Saturday night — Cinco de Mayo — in search of impaired drivers. “There is no excuse for getting behind the wheel after a drinking,” Woodland Police Chief Dan Bellini said. “Everyone, including hosts, local bars and restaurants, must be sure […]

May 04, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Yamada bill addresses Measure C dispute

Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D–Davis, has introduced legislation addressing an issue that arose during Davis’ Measure C election in March. AB 1626, which passed out of the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee this week on a bipartisan vote, gives county elections officials authority to amend or delete errors or omissions in election materials in special district […]

May 04, 2012 | Posted in County Government | Tagged

For Souza, Mori Seiki says it all

* Editor’s note: Each of the five candidates for Davis City Council was asked to pick a place in Davis important to them as the setting of their interviews for this series of profiles, which are publishing alphabetically this week. For Stephen Souza, it’s Mori Seiki. Souza sees something happening on Second Street. And it’s […]

May 04, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Emerson, Da Vinci students on stage

Emerson Junior High School’s drama department presents the Davis premiere of the Tony Award-winning musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone.” This new musical is a parody of American musicals of the 1920s, and features a cast of performers from both Emerson and Da Vinci junior high schools. The show is directed by Gina Smith and Rachel Malin, […]

May 04, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Wallet theft leads to burglary, elder abuse conviction

A Woodland man pleaded guilty to burglary and elder-abuse charges Wednesday after reportedly stealing a wallet belonging to an elderly woman’s late husband, then repeatedly using his credit cards. Dennis Martinez, 32, had been hired by the widow and her daughter to perform three days of yard work. On the third day, Martinez stole the […]

May 04, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

First two bike fix-it stations installed and ready to use

Flat tires, be darned. The Davis Bike Club came through on its promise to bring do-it-yourself bicycle maintenance stands into the community on Thursday. Bicyclists in need of a tune-up can now find blue Dero Fixit stations in front of the Southern Pacific Train Depot, Second and H streets, or on the south side of the […]

May 04, 2012 | Posted in Bicycling | Tagged ,

Grand jury: Inconsistency, low morale plague Yolo Probation Department

The Yolo County Probation Department suffers from an atmosphere of inconsistency, low productivity and poor morale, due in part to a 17-year lapse in fully updating the agency’s policy manual, according to a Yolo County Grand Jury report released Thursday. Grand jurors also found that the Probation Department lacks an adequate method to ensure that […]

May 06, 2012 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Main Davis High parking lot to close for solar panel work

Construction work relating to the installation of a new array of solar panels in the parking lot between Davis High School and the Veterans’ Memorial Center began Friday, the school district announced. Motorists are advised to drive carefully. The tall, mature trees along West 14th Street and the trees next to the Veterans’ Memorial Center […]

May 08, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

First 5 Yolo’s restored funding to expand family resource centers

For nearly a year, First 5 Yolo has had $2.5 million intended for early childhood development programs sitting in a restricted account while a lawsuit over the state’s attempt to use the funds for other purposes played out. This week, First 5 commissioners announced that those funds finally will be spent on family resource centers […]

May 04, 2012 | Posted in Children | Tagged ,

UC seeks to cut costs by consolidating operations

RIVERSIDE (AP) — In a move aimed at cutting costs, the University of California will open a new service center in Riverside that will handle administrative duties for its 10 campuses and five medical centers, school officials said Thursday. The facility is expected to save as much as $100 million annually by creating a single payroll and human resources […]

May 04, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,