Davis school board, Yolo County Board of Education have very different duties

Many residents are familiar with the Davis school board’s duties: approving the local school district budget, making policy decisions on school district programs such as GATE, Spanish Immersion and Montessori, adjusting school boundaries, and more. Davis school board meetings often draw large (and vocal) audiences, and sometimes run past 11 p.m. In recent years, the […]

July 15, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bank of America hosts homeowner assistance event

Bank of America will host a free event for area residents Thursday through Saturday, July 21, to help homeowners avoid foreclosure. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St., Sacramento. Free parking will be available at the center. The bank has reached out […]

July 15, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Water committee advises council to wait on ballot measure

The Water Advisory Committee voted unanimously Thursday to recommend that the Davis City Council forgo placing the surface water project on the November ballot and wait until next year. The committee wants more time to explore all possible options for the city’s new water supply. City Manager Steve Pinkerton explained to the water committee at […]

July 13, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Teacher pension posts low investment return

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s teacher pension fund earned just a 1.8 percent return from investments this year, a rate that fell well short of expectations and could add to the system’s shortfall, officials revealed Thursday. The expected return for the nation’s second-largest public pension system had been 7.5 percent, which was lowered earlier this year […]

July 13, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Immersing ourselves in the Pacific Northwest

Notes from God’s Country: PURE MOUNTAIN SPRING WATER (Mt. Shasta City) … as a dedicated public servant, I figure if we’re going to be forced to drink Sacramento River water and pay a pretty penny for it as well, it’s time one of us went to the source to find out what all the fuss […]

July 13, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Janji offers runners an opportunity to give

Plenty of people run for donations. With Janji, you get to wear one. Janji is a departure from traditional running-based charities. Instead of raising money through races or pledges, Janji allows athletes to purchase running apparel whose proceeds help give water or food to people in underdeveloped countries. Janji was established in 2010 as the […]

July 19, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Walking for one of their own

RelayW A group of Davis kids are rallying behind their friends Dylan and Gabriel Lee to walk in the Relay for Life in honor of their mom. Walkers include, from left, Molly Burke, Bryn Goedde Matthews, Mathew Belenis, Dylan Lee, Sam Blakewell, Nick Blakewell, Joe Blakewell, Brandon Pacciorini, Ricky Pacciorini and Gabriel Lee. The Relay for […]

July 13, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Superman coaster takes riders to new heights

Superman is an iconic hero; his image and emblem are easily identifiable. Despite using his namesake, the newest roller coaster experience at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is far from the familiar.

Superman: Ultimate Flight, which opened last month, is challenging what is possible in roller coasters with unique construction. The design stands out due to its towering vertical spin, now the tallest inversion west of the Mississippi River.

The red, blue and yellow track twists riders through two disorienting vertical rolls and two upside-down loops. Lap restraints allow passengers to experience some weightlessness through the intense flips.

Walking for one of their own

Details What: Davis Relay for Life, a 24-hour walk to benefit the American Cancer Society When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, to 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 5 Where: Emerson Junior High School track, 2121 Calaveras Ave. Info: http://relayforlife.org They’ve known each other pretty much their entire lives, these kids. Their families met more than a […]

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

Davis woman ‘died doing what she loved to do’

Taking care of people was one of Sara Johnson Moss’ joys in life. About a year and a half ago, she was thrilled to get a job with United Cerebral Palsy’s day program in Woodland, helping adults with developmental disabilities strengthen their mobility, technology and communication skills. “She was a star there,” Moss’ husband, William […]

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

Online votes sought for paint giveaway

Local residents can vote online until July 31 for the three finalists in Brooks Painting’s sixth annual Charity Paint Giveaway. The winner will receive up to $10,000 in time and painting services. Past recipients are Davis Little League, the Sharp family, the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center of Yolo County, Davis Summer House and […]

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

Summer festivals offer classical music on the coast and in the mountains

From September into May, Davis is the place to be for classical music lovers. Between visiting artists who come to give concerts at the Mondavi Center, the various ensembles at UC Davis, community groups and the orchestras and choirs at Davis High School, there’s something interesting to just about every week. But when summer rolls […]

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

Partnerships between farmers, conservations save rare blackbirds

The rare tricolored blackbird, a California bird species of special concern that is found in California’s Central Valley, “is having a good year,” officials say, thanks in large part to four farmers who have agreed to partner with conservation agencies. Together, the farmers and biologists protected 60,000 breeding birds — one-fifth of the species’ entire […]

July 18, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,