County considers eliminating elected auditor-controller in favor of appointed finance director

Yolo County officials are hoping the third time’s the charm as they prepare to ask voters to replace the elected office of auditor-controller/treasurer-tax collector with an appointed director of finance instead. Back in 1986 and again in 1998, Yolo County voters defeated such proposals at the polls, but county supervisors appear likely to try again in […]

June 20, 2012 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Binding public vote likely for surface water project, rates

The Davis City Council likely will place a binding measure on the Nov. 6 ballot, asking voters to determine the fate of a proposed surface water project. That is, if the council follows the recommendation of the city’s Water Advisory Committee, which voted 6-4 Thursday to pursue a binding measure instead of an advisory measure […]

June 20, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

UCD fire crew welcomes special delivery

A UC Davis Fire Department crew got a rare opportunity Monday night to welcome a new life into the world. Fire Chief Nathan Trauernicht said the crew — Capt. Paul Fullerton, Engineer Gina Updegraff and Firefighter Braden Burrhus — was summoned shortly before 8 p.m. to the Solano Park student housing complex on campus. There, […]

June 20, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Summer residents showcased at wetlands tour

Members of the public are invited to join docents from Yolo Basin Foundation on Saturday, July 7, for a guided tour of the city of Davis wetlands to look for the waterside residents of summer. Water in the Davis wetlands provides wildlife habitat year-round. Open water provides summer refuge for waterfowl such as gadwalls, mallards […]

July 05, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged , opposes big money in campaigns

Davis residents, from left, Linda Birse, Jim Leonard and Diana Strategos were prepared with signs as they and others with the newly formed Yolo Council of planned to deliver petitions and hold a demonstration Wednesday at the Woodland district office of Rep. Mike Thompson. The petitions, bearing more than 1,200 signatures from residents of the […]

June 20, 2012 | Posted in Media Post | Tagged ,

Arts and crafts festival set Saturday

A free arts and crafts festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the E Street Plaza in the 200 block of E Street in downtown Davis. “Come and enjoy the thriving DIY culture and original handmade pieces,” a news release said. For more information, visit the downtown Davis arts and entertainment […]

June 21, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Sun’s shadows spell it out

The artists who painted “Same Sun” — also known as Davis’ east area water tank — hope it tells passersby that Davis is about more than cows and bicycles.

Last week, Sofia Lacin, 27, and Hennessy Christophel, 26, spoke passionately about their work and the upcoming Summer Soltice SUNday tours they will be giving.

Part of their passion for the water tank is related to the fact that it is their first-ever public art project. In fact, Lacin and Christophel recently have been researching public art’s impact on a city or town.

“The positive changes are not instantaneous,” Lacin said. But they are undeniably positive in terms of culture and image.

June 20, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Host families sought for Korean students

Homestay families are being sought in Davis for 20 high school students from Sangju City, South Korea, who will visit Northern California next month. The students will arrive July 20 to participate in an English and culture program offered through UC Davis Extension. Homestay families are needed for the first three nights of the students’ […]

June 20, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Yolo Crisis Nursery: Extend your Father’s Day celebration

By Becky Heard and Heather Jeppeson Provider. Protector. Nurturer. Role model. When it comes to good fathers, these are some of the terms we think about. On Sunday, we commemorated Father’s Day. What adjectives entered your mind as you honored someone special? More importantly, what example can we all set as we look after one […]

June 20, 2012 | Posted in Children | Tagged ,

UCD wins GoAbroad Innovation Award

UC Davis has received a 2012 GoAbroad Innovation Award, which recognized the Study Abroad Office’s innovative use of social media for its “Aggies Abroad Network.” is an alternative travel website directory based in Colorado. The site lists opportunities for a variety of meaningful travel opportunities, including study abroad, volunteer abroad, intern abroad and teach abroad. The awards […]

June 20, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

A few spaces left in film workshop

Peregrine School is offering two intensive filmmaking workshops this summer for children ages 9 to 14, and there are still a few spots left. The workshops will include lessons in visual literacy, screenwriting, cinematography and editing. Each student will write an original screenplay of their own, while collaborating to produce the screenplay of their choice into a five- to […]

June 21, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

All-way stop coming at Russell and Lake

Six months after a pickup truck fatally struck a jogger at the intersection of Russell and Lake boulevards, an all-way stop with a flashing stoplight is near completion there. Third-year UC Davis law student Megan Elizabeth Glanville, 25, was struck on a foggy December morning at the West Davis intersection and died the next day, […]

June 20, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Syrian-born doctor will speak at I-House

Find out about the future of Syria at a free talk by Mohammad Kabbesh at International House, Davis, at 10 College Park. He will speak at 7 p.m. Friday. Kabbesh is a physician who has been practicing in the Sacramento area for almost two years. He was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. His father’s family is […]

June 27, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Medicare fraud, abuse talk planned

Medicare fraud and abuse will be discussed at Monday’s meeting of the Woodland Senior Center Computer Club. It begins at 1 p.m. at the Community and Senior Center, 2001 East St. The public is welcome. Club members are eligible for a drawing at the end of the program, when refreshments will be served. Marta Erismann, […]

June 21, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,