Rice farmers help migratory birds

WILLIAMS (AP) — The rust-orange head of an American avocet darted back and forth watching for predators, its black-and-white feathered body plopped atop a nest of four speckled eggs that lay on an earthen levee in a California rice paddy. “It’s a full clutch of four eggs,” said Monica Iglecia, a shorebird biologist with Audubon […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

City, DCEA bargain over re-hiring of nine employees

Following two weeks of public scrutiny over the city’s decision to lay off nine employees, including two tree trimmers only hours after voters approved the parks maintenance tax, the city and a workers’ group are bargaining over the potential reinstatement of those employees. On Thursday, the city sent out a new release revealing several exchanges […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Council to weigh budget plan focusing on roads

The road to catching up on the city’s street and bike path repairs begins Tuesday, when the Davis City Council will consider a $144 million budget with a built-in plan to allocate about $2 million to maintain the city’s deteriorating infrastructure. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Chambers of City Hall, […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Slow down and get all the facts

Common sense would tell you that when a small city considers spending several hundred million dollars on a water project that will dramatically raise water rates for its residents, there should be no rush to judgment. The process should be slow and deliberate and take as much time as necessary for all stakeholders to be […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Lovenburg seeks second term on school board

Susan Lovenburg, who was elected to the Davis school board in 2007, has announced that she will seek another term in the Nov. 6 election. “Despite the difficult economic times in which I have served, my commitment to public education is unwavering,” Lovenburg said. “I would like to build on the knowledge and experience I […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Atop the art world

Marc Lancet of Davis, a professor of three-dimensional art at Solano Community College for the past 25 years, is receiving the Pence Gallery’s Community Artist of the Year Award. It will be presented Friday, July 13, as part of the gallery’s Second Friday ArtAbout celebration. Lancet earned his master of fine arts degree in both sculpture […]

Judge slams Dunnigan child molester with life in prison

WOODLAND — Calling the defendant a “danger to the public,” a Yolo Superior Court judge sentenced a Dunnigan man to life in prison Friday for the 2010 kidnapping and repeated molestation of a 13-year-old girl. Jason Stephen Sigur, 36, received a 103-year determinate sentence, plus an indeterminate sentence of 550 years to life after being […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Recycle Styrofoam on Wednesday at UCD

UC Davis is holding the first “Styropalooza,” a Styrofoam recycling day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday off of Health Sciences Drive, across from Aggie Stadium. Representatives of Greenfreak LLC will be densifying the waste material to turn it into raw materials for injection-molded products. This material then will be upcycled into products designed […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

No Farmers Market on July 4

The Davis Farmers Market will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. The market will be open Saturday, July 7, in Central Park, along C Street. Picnic in the Park on July 11 will feature the bluegrass music of The Pleasant Valley Boys. In addition, the Sutter Davis Hospital Farmers Market will be closed on Thursday, July […]

June 27, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Arts, crafts vendors sought for International Festival

International House, Davis, is looking for a few (no more than 30) arts and crafts vendors to participate in the International Festival 2012 on Saturday, Oct. 6. Vendors will be given 10-by-10-foot spaces with a 6-foot table and lots of publicity at this well-attended event at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. Last […]

August 05, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

At the Pond: Warren Roberts, an Arboretum superstar

Did you take in a Walk with Warren this year? That’s Warren Roberts, superintendent emeritus of the UC Davis Arboretum. Well, if you didn’t, you are out of luck until September or October. But there are other activities at the Arboretum all summer. Warren, superintendent for 37-plus years, has been leading a monthly walk in […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

California voters narrowly reject new tobacco tax

SACRAMENTO (AP) — A California initiative to increase the tax on tobacco to pay for cancer research has failed by less than a percentage point after remaining too close to call for more than two weeks. With about 5 million votes cast, “no” on Proposition 29 led by about 27,000 votes with about 105,000 left […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Save Mart, workers struggle to reach new contract

SACRAMENTO — Save Mart Supermarkets and its union workers are struggling to agree on a new contract, and the standoff could lead to a strike. The Sacramento Bee reports the Modesto-based supermarket chain has given its employees its “last, best and final” contract offer. The chain includes a Davis store in Anderson Plaza at Covell […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

City swimming pools welcome summer lovers

Bust out the sunscreen and floppy hat, the city pools are in full swing for the summer. Manor Pool, 1525 Tulip Lane, and Arroyo Pool, 2000 Shasta Drive, are open for recreational swimming. Summer hours are: * Arroyo Pool is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, plus 7:15 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Aquatics | Tagged ,