January retail sales gain points to modest growth

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans rebounded from a weak holiday season and stepped up spending on retail goods in January. The latest government report on retail sales pointed to a slowly improving economy. Retail sales rose at a seasonally adjusted 0.4 percent last month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Consumers spent more on electronics, home and […]

February 14, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Frerichs enters City Council election race

A fifth candidate for the 2012 City Council campaign has emerged, just as the filing period to run for the council opened on Monday.

Lucas Frerichs, 32, chairman of the city’s Planning Commission, has decided to seek one of the three seats on the council that will become vacant in June.

Frerichs joins four confirmed candidates, including three incumbents — Sue Greenwald, 64; Stephen Souza, 56; and Dan Wolk, 34 — and one other newcomer, Brett Lee, 46.

February 14, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

‘Yes’ voters, are you willing to donate?

OPEN MOUTH, INSERT WALLET … let’s imagine for a minute the unimaginable … suppose Measure C fails … not likely, given that Tommy Randall and Jose Granda appear to be the only Davisites against it, and, based on Sunday’s newspaper ads and letters to the editor, there are thousands and thousands in favor … still, […]

February 14, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Woman, 20, dies in high-speed crash

WOODLAND — A Woodland woman was killed Monday when her sport-utility vehicle careened into a tree, just feet away from a College Street home. Yolo County coroner’s officials identified the woman this morning as Vanessa Marie Deltoro, 20. Woodland police Sgt. Steven Guthrie said officers are investigating whether an earlier hit-and-run collision has any connection […]

February 14, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Boy calls 911, sends would-be burglar scurrying

Davis police are heaping praise on a 12-year-old boy whose quick thinking scared off an intruder Monday morning at a Wildhorse home. Lt. Paul Doroshov said the boy was home alone at the Caravaggio Drive house when, at about 8:45 a.m., a stranger came to the front door. When no one answered, the man — […]

February 14, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Rural crash injures Woodland couple

A Woodland couple was injured Friday night when their car was broadsided by a transportation van northeast of Davis, according to the California Highway Patrol. Officer Bryan Konvalin said 24-year-old Ainsley Sayo Reyes of Davis was driving the Ford E-350 van with 11 passengers eastbound on County Road 29 and failed to obey a stop […]

February 14, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Yamada named Legislator of the Year

Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, will be recognized next week by the California Association for Health Services at Home as the Legislator of the Year for 2011. The statewide association, representing more than 600 agencies providing home care, home health and hospice services, chose Yamada because of her leadership in the area of senior and disability […]

February 16, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Discovery paves way for salmonella vaccine

An international research team led by a UC Davis immunologist has taken an important step toward an effective vaccine against salmonella, a group of increasingly antibiotic-resistant food-borne bacteria that kills hundreds of thousands of people worldwide each year. The researchers’ discovery will be published this week in the early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The […]

February 21, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Davis choir to be featured on KVIE

The Davis Threshold Choir will be featured on the KVIE ViewFinder series “Living with Pain,” airing at 7 p.m. Wednesday. One of the people featured in the program is local songwriter and choir member Tina Greene, who is currently unable to sing because of an injury. The Threshold Choir is a volunteer service group that […]

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

Pets of the week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them is Cinnamon (101476), a 1 1/2-year-old spayed female pit bull/bull terrier dog with a brown-and-white coat. Also hoping for a good home is Klondike (No. 102985), a 3-year-old neutered male black-and-white […]

February 14, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

5,300 Measure C ballots are already in

Roughly 5,300 Davis voters already have cast their ballots on Measure C, the parcel tax supporting classroom programs in the Davis school district. The Yolo County Elections Office sent out 42,416 ballots last week to voters residing in the school district. As of Monday, about 5,300 had been marked and returned to the Yolo County Elections […]

February 14, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

2012 City Council campaign officially begins

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. The filing period for the June 5 Davis City Council election opened Monday and will remain open until Friday, March 9. Five individuals so far have confirmed their candidacy for the three seats on the council that will become vacant in June. The list includes the three incumbents — […]

February 14, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Waldorf School offers tour Thursday

Davis Waldorf School will host a tour of its campus, 3100 Sycamore Lane in North Davis, at 8:45 a.m. Thursday. Administrator Kelly Brewer will take visitors through several classrooms where they can see sample lessons from preschool through eighth grade. The program, which is designed for adults only, starts promptly at 8:45 a.m. with a […]

February 15, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Waldorf School hosts preschool open house

Curious about Waldorf preschool? The Davis Waldorf School invites parents and children to attend a free “Morning in the Preschool” on Saturday, Feb. 25. The school is at 3100 Sycamore Lane. The visit will feature typical activities in the school’s early childhood classrooms. Children ages 2 to 3 will enjoy creative play, prepare and eat […]

February 16, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,