School budget watchdog: Much rides on November elections

Despite the fact that Davis voters have approved five parcel taxes supporting public education since 2007, the Davis school district is in the weakest financial position of any of Yolo County’s five school districts. That’s the assessment of Linda Legnitto, who retired at the end of June from her position as budget watchdog at the […]

August 01, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Save the date for 2012 Art Auction

August is traditionally pretty quiet in Davis. But at the Pence Gallery, we’ve been busy preparing for our biggest fundraising event and exhibit of the year — the 2012 Art Auction. I hope that you’ll save the date of Sept. 22 for this wonderful opportunity to see new work by the top artists working in […]

August 01, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

‘Mission to Lars’ screening benefits Fragile X research

The UC Davis MIND Institute will screen a documentary film, “Mission to Lars,” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, featuring one of its researchers, Randi Hagerman. The film revolves around the journey of Tom Spicer, who has Fragile X, a type of autism, and his family’s quest to make his one burning desire come […]

August 01, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Poet laureate Bessier featured at Thursday reading

The Poetry Night Reading Series will feature Eve West Bessier of Davis at 8 p.m. Thursday at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis. Bessier is an accomplished poet and writer who recently was chosen to serve as Davis’ poet laureate, from 2012 to 2014. Born in the Netherlands and raised in […]

August 01, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Breast cancer surgery update offered

The monthly breast cancer open door educational program is planned for 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at University Covenant Church, 315 Mace Blvd. in Davis. Dr. Steve H. Martinez, an associate professor of surgery, oncology, at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, will be the presenter. He will discuss “Surgical Research in Breast Cancer: Finding […]

August 02, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

UC climate-change skeptic changes views

By David Perlman The hot issue of global warming got hotter Monday when a UC Berkeley physicist, once a loud skeptic of human-caused climate change, agreed not only that the Earth is heating up, but also that people are the cause of it all. Richard Muller converted only a year ago to the idea that […]

August 01, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Tuleyome takes teens rafting at Cache Creek

While some teenagers were busy last week shopping at the mall or playing video games, 50 teens from Tuleyome’s Youth Outdoor Exploration Program were making their way down the rapids of Cache Creek. The July 25 excursion was their first time in a raft for many of the youths, who unanimously said they’d do it […]

August 01, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Basha, White elected to lead Yolo Superior Court

Yolo Superior Court officials announced this week the election of Judge Steven M. Basha as the court’s presiding judge, effective Sept. 15, following the completion of Judge David Rosenberg’s term. Judge Kathleen M. White was elected assistant presiding judge, also effective Sept. 15. Rosenberg has served for more than four years as presiding judge, with […]

August 02, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Causeway crash snarls morning commute traffic

Two people were hospitalized Tuesday morning following a multiple-vehicle accident east of Davis that backed up traffic into Sacramento. California Highway Patrol Officer Bryan Konvalin said the driver of a Cadillac Allante caused the 7:30 a.m. crash when she failed to notice traffic slowing in front of her on westbound Interstate 80 east of the […]

August 01, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

STAR test numbers running two weeks late

Due to a delay at the California Department of Education, students across the state and their parents will get their STAR test results about two weeks later than originally expected — in late August, rather than in mid-August. The results are based on the tests students took in the spring. The delay stems from multiple incidents […]

August 01, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Surf’s up at photo exhibit

David Robertson shot this body surfing photo while celebrating his wedding anniversary in Maui, Hawaii. His photography will be exhibited — along with that of Anne Miller, Rob Floerke, Tim Messick, Rick York, Dennis McCoy and Joe Finkleman — throughout August at Gallery 1855 at the Davis Cemetery District office. Hours are 9 a.m. to […]

August 07, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Electricity grids fail across India

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s energy crisis cascaded over half the country today when three of its regional grids collapsed, leaving 620 million people without government-supplied electricity for several hours in, by far, the world’s biggest blackout. Hundreds of trains stalled across the country and traffic lights went out, causing widespread traffic jams in New […]

July 31, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Six hurt, one arrested following five-car crash

A 35-year-old Knights Landing man faces multiple felony charges for allegedly causing a five-vehicle wreck north of Woodland on Sunday night, the California Highway Patrol reported. Officers Bryan Konvalin said Luis Juarez Bartolo was driving under the influence and without a license when he allowed his northbound GMC Safari to drift into the southbound lane […]

July 31, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Who knew coyotes would grab headlines?

UNINTENDED ISSUES … it happens every time we have an election … our esteemed candidates get together and discuss all sorts of issues, we cast our votes for our favorites, and then wham, out of nowhere comes an issue no one dreamed of during the campaign … such is the case in our fair city, […]

July 31, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,