Watch trash turn into treasure at Junk 2 Genius competition

Community members are invited to watch junk be transformed into art at the fourth annual community event, Junk 2 Genius, a team sculpting competition using recycled and reclaimed materials. The fun runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Junk 2 Genius teams include Davis Patch, Explorit Science […]

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

Art Center’s unique pieces need new home

Who wants some art? Two unusual works created this summer at the Davis Art Center are in need of a good home.

The two large-scale works of art were created as a part of the center’s inaugural Discovery Art Exhibit, “Cross Pollination: Sharing Art. Sharing Ideas.” The center’s Tsao Gallery was transformed into an interactive Discovery Center where a collection of collaboratively generated artworks came to life with the support of the local community.

“The exhibit addresses our relationships with creativity and the natural environment,” says Art Center executive director Erie Vitiello. “Over several months, community members were invited to join in a series of fun …”

More crews arrive to battle Colusa County fire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More firefighters have arrived to help as crews struggle to contain a massive wildfire in Northern California’s Colusa County. The Sixteen Complex fire, which is being managed as one blaze but is actually two separate ones burning within a few miles of each other, was threatening 23 homes and several outbuildings, […]

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

Tornadoes strike in New York

NEW YORK (AP) — Two tornadoes struck the outer edges of New York City on Saturday, hurling debris into the air, knocking out power but causing no serious injuries among startled residents accustomed to thinking of twisters as a Midwestern phenomenon. The first hit a beachfront neighborhood and the second, stronger tornado followed moments later […]

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

E is for excellence

Supporters of Measure E, the Davis school parcel tax on the Nov. 6 ballot, get ready to film a campaign video on Saturday afternoon in Davis’ Central Park. The campaign kickoff party featured a performance by the Davis High School Pep Band and free cotton candy for kids.

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

Water committee members may have found answer to fair water rate question

Two Water Advisory Committee members have developed a water rate structure that could have Davis residents paying the fairest water bills in the state, regardless of which multimillion-dollar surface water project the city chooses to bring a new water source to Davis. Frank Loge, a UC Davis professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Matt Williams, an […]

September 09, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Report recommends privatization of county’s animal services

Yolo County should privatize animal services by forming a joint powers authority or contracting with a local humane society, according to a report being presented to county supervisors on Tuesday. Currently, animal services fall under the purview of the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department, but the report contends that privatization could both reduce costs at the shelter in […]

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

Seed breeding company to double size of Woodland headquarters

Seed-research company Monsanto is spending an estimated $31 million on expanding its Woodland facilities, an undertaking that has been met with both community support and backlash. The expansion, which is expected to be finished next August, will double the size of the local research hub on Highway 16 just west of Woodland. Monsanto’s facilities there […]

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

Fire damages South Davis office building

The Davis Fire Department continues to investigate the cause of a Saturday afternoon fire that damaged an office building at the corner of Mace and Cowell boulevards in South Davis. The building at 502 Mace Blvd. is occupied by a handful of businesses, including a marketing research firm. Firefighters going through training downtown received a […]

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

‘Davis-style justice': Charity rider’s stolen bicycle replaced

After a thief stole her locked bike from a downtown sidewalk on day 78 of a 4,200-mile charity ride, Alyssa Chrisman dried her tears and took a few sarcastic jabs at how bike-friendly Davis really was. On Saturday, however, the newly minted honorary citizen — with a replacement bicycle on the way — was all smiles […]

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

Yamada’s religious freedom bill becomes law

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed into law Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada’s Workplace Religious Freedom Act. AB 1964 modifies California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act to protect religious accommodation in employment. The bill enjoyed strong, bipartisan support and interfaith cooperation throughout the legislative process, according to Yamada’s office, and takes effect on Jan. 1. “This bill is […]

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

Rosenberg to receive appointments, humanitarian award

Yolo Superior Court officials announced last week two achievements for Presiding Judge David Rosenberg — his appointment to two Judicial Council internal committees and his selection for the 2012 California Judges Association Humanitarian of the Year award. California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has re-appointed Rosenberg to the Executive and Planning Committee, which directs and oversees […]

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

City finds replacement for former finance and budget director

Davis City Manager Steve Pinkerton has hired a new assistant city manager, Yvonne Pimentel Quiring, perhaps to fill the gap former finance and budget director Paul Navazio left behind when he became Woodland’s city manager in June. Quiring, who will start with the city Oct. 1, has 26 years of municipal experience in small, medium […]

September 09, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Pole Line Road to close for 20 days

County Road 102 (Pole Line Road) from the Davis city limits north to County Road 27 will be closed to all traffic for 20 days starting on Sept. 17 while Yolo County repairs developing potholes, surface and base failures in the road and roadway bleeding. The intersection just south of County Road 27 will be […]

September 09, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,