Chamber PAC endorses Frerichs, Souza and Wolk for City Council

The Davis Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee has announced that it is endorsing Lucas Frerichs, chairman of the city’s Planning Commission, and incumbent City Council members Stephen Souza and Dan Wolk in the June 5 City Council election. “Frerichs, Souza and Wolk have the vision and demonstrated commitment to build a more socially, environmentally […]

May 03, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

California college leaders press for more funding

By Judy Lin LONG BEACH (AP) — The leaders of California’s three higher education systems warned Tuesday that more budget cuts will hurt the state’s economic recovery. The heads of the University of California, California State University and California Community Colleges spent the day lobbying state lawmakers and the governor’s office to make higher education a […]

May 02, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Board approves rafting ordinance

WOODLAND — Yolo County supervisors on Tuesday approved an ordinance that will allow the county to recoup from rafting companies the costs associated with thousands of rafters traveling through the Cache Creek Regional Park area every year. The ordinance, which takes effect in 30 days, sets up a three-tiered rate structure that will include: * […]

May 02, 2012 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

A damaging whitewash

Someone used white paint to vandalize a ceramic mural, created by FamiliesFirst children in the 1980s, on The Davis Enterprise pressroom building at Third and G streets. The vandalism was discovered Tuesday morning, along with a spray-painted drawing on a wall near Tibet Nepal and graffiti writing outside Davis Funeral Chapel on D Street, although […]

May 02, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Golf tourney benefits DHS foundation

Local golfers can have a day of fun on the links and benefit the Davis Blue & White Foundation at the same time by playing in the organization’s golf tournament. The scramble-format event starts with check-in at 11:30 a.m. Friday with a shotgun start scheduled for 1 p.m. at Wildhorse Golf Course, 2323 Rockwell Drive. […]

May 02, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Katehi to talk about international education

UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi will deliver the third annual Vanderhoef Lecture on international education on Monday at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. Her talk, free to the public, is set to begin at 7 p.m., following a 6:30 p.m. reception.

May 02, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Apply by June 1 for library parcel tax exemption

The deadline to file for an exemption from the parcel tax for Davis’ Stephens Branch Library is June 1. Exemptions to the special tax are granted for the following: * Property zoned and used for agriculture and not containing a residence; * Property that is not buildable or developable because of some reasonably permanent incapacity. […]

May 02, 2012 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Wood a finalist for Minnesota chancellorship

UC Davis Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Fred Wood will speak at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, on Friday as one of three finalists for its chancellorship. Established in 1966, the Crookston campus enrolled 1,262 full-time and 338 part-time students in fall 2011. Its chancellor of seven years, Charles Casey, plans to retire in June. […]

May 02, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Flash flood mob connects the dots between extreme weather, climate change

Join in What: Flash flood mob When: 9 a.m. Saturday; photo at 9:30 a.m. sharp Where: Atop of the levee on the south side of I-80 at the entrance to Yolo Basin Wildlife Area. From Davis, take the frontage road along I-80 heading east toward Sacramento; bikes and car-pools are. For a map and directions, […]

May 02, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

DWR offers free shredding service Saturday

Davis residents are invited to celebrate the end of tax season by cleaning out their home offices at a free shredding event, courtesy of Davis Waste Removal. DWR is partnering with Absolute Secured Shredding of Sacramento to offer the service to residential customers from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at 2727 Second St. in Davis. […]

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

Free garden seminars slated on composting, herbs

Grace Garden will host two Master Gardener seminars Saturday morning at the Davis United Methodist Church, 1620 Anderson Road. They are free and open to the public. Master Gardener Steve Radosevich will discuss composting and demonstrate making a compost pile at the first workshop, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. He will include what to add […]

May 02, 2012 | Posted in Gardening | Tagged ,

Girl Scouts raise funds at garage sale

Girl Scout Troop 2000 will host a garage sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 2200 Lassen Place. Proceeds will be used toward the troop’s service projects and trip fund.

May 02, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Yolo County Fair catalogs available

The Yolo County Fair exhibitors catalogs and entry forms are available online at Catalogs also are available at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis; the Winters Community Library; branch libraries in West Sacramento, Clarksburg, Esparto and Knights Landing; the Dunnigan post office; the Zamora post office; and the Guinda General […]

May 02, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Portello passes the torch to next generation of farmers

He meanders through the Davis Farmers Market, saying “hi” and shaking hands with various people who are obviously glad to see him.

Les Portello is not running for any sort of office, but it appears he’d have the vote of just about everyone at Third and C streets.

He walks casually under the permanent shade/rain structure, pointing out vendors who sell “great” almond pastries or noting who has sold out early and is closing for the day.

Portello has been selling everything from nuts to citrus for more than 20 years at the Davis Farmers Market. A member of the market’s board for 24 years, he has decided to hang up the shingle and let a younger farmer take his slot.

May 02, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,