Brown asks California to dream big, approve taxes

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown outlined his plan Wednesday to raise taxes to pull the state out of its financial malaise, casting his proposals as an investment in the future of California like those of the visionaries and achievers whose big dreams made the state the envy of the nation during economic boom times. […]

January 19, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Court to decide free speech vs. accuracy

For a while there, it appeared that the nasty little dispute over ballot language on Measure C was going to be resolved with some sort of out-of-court compromise. At least that’s what Yolo County Superior Court Judge Samuel McAdam had hoped. However, according to a news release emailed to me by Measure C opponents — […]

January 19, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

UC eyes plan to eliminate tuition altogether

By Nanette Asimov SAN FRANCISCO — It’s not every day that University of California students tell UC President Mark Yudof to abolish tuition — and he says he’ll consider it. But that’s exactly what happened at Wednesday’s regents meeting at UC Riverside, as Yudof praised the students’ tuition plan as “a constructive idea.” “We will give it a close […]

January 19, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Thrift store fashion show raises funds for SPCA

The Yolo County SPCA Thrift Store will hit the runway on Saturday, Jan. 28, for a fundraising fashion show. The fun runs from 4 to 8 p.m. at the store, 920 Third St. in downtown Davis. “See some wonderful outfits fashioned from our stock of donations and modeled by our store staff,” a news release […]

January 20, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Six more gas leaks found in Stonegate

PG&E has discovered 12 new gas leaks in Stonegate over the past month and a half, including six Grade 1 leaks along Lake Terrace Circle. The utility company’s policy requires all Grade 1 leaks to be immediately repaired. “Due to proximity of the leak or the severity, (Grade 1 leaks are) at a level that […]

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

Thompson touts alternative Internet piracy bill

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, is among the co-sponsors of an alternative to the Stop Online Piracy Act, the prospect of which caused Wikipedia, WordPress and scores of other websites to go dark Wednesday in protest. With 21 House members and three senators, Thompson is pushing the narrower Online Protection & Enforcement of Digital Trade […]

January 19, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Ag collective plans Work(shop) Day and Barn Dance

The community and student agricultural collaborative FARM started work in Central Davis on Halloween 2009 when 19 students and community members gathered at 808 K St. to transform a neglected front lawn into a 1,600-square foot organic vegetable and herb farm.

Collectively, they decided it would operate on a gift economy: All produce would be given away.

Next month, under the guidance of UC Davis sustainable agriculture and design students as well as the Sacramento Tree Foundation, FARM 2.6, the newest FARM site in Davis, will hold a free …

January 19, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Program looks at the community college option

Learn more What: Davis High School PTA program on community college option for graduates When: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 Where: DHS Library, 315 W. 14th St. In an era of rising tuition at universities both public and private, it’s often said that community colleges remain an affordable — if frequently overlooked — […]

January 19, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

New space for Village Harvest

Village Harvest volunteers — from left, Pam Gibbs, Greg Gibbs, Judy Hecomovich and Joe Schwartz — check out the spacious interior of their new equipment storage shed, delivered and installed Monday at the Cornucopia Corner Co-op at Third and J streets in downtown Davis. In three years, Village Harvest has harvested more than 80,000 pounds […]

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

The Big Read delves into human genomics

“Here is a Human Being,” by Duke University assistant professor Misha Angrist, has been selected as the Big Read: Open Access Science book for winter 2011-12. The Big Read is intended to be a community book club in which everyone is a member, reading the same book and joining in discussions of its themes and […]

January 19, 2012 | Posted in Books | Tagged ,

Want to cool Davis down?

Want to Cool Davis? Want to make a difference to our community and help ensure a sustainable future for all? The Cool Davis Initiative has exciting plans for 2012 as its members implement Davis’ Climate Action Plans. “Whether your expertise is talking to people, creative planning, writing grants, running events, fundraising, sewing or whatever, we […]

January 19, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Steinberg, panel to discuss college access

Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and academic experts will host a panel discussion, “Inequality, Educational Access and the Future of the University,” on Friday at UC Davis. Others set to take part are Christopher Edley Jr. of the UC Berkeley School of Law, and Susan Dynarski, professor of public policy and education at […]

January 19, 2012 | Posted in State government | Tagged ,

Sample city fitness ‘appetizer’

The city of Davis is offering a “Fitness Appetizer Night” on Tuesday to give residents the opportunity to sample various fitness classes. Ann Smalley, instructor for “Sunrise Step, Tone & Stretch” and “PM Aerobics,” will lead the warmup from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m.; Julia Kable, instructor for “AM Aerobics” and “AM Yoga,” will present cardio from […]

February 02, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Learn how to write songs at new city class

The city of Davis presents a class in songwriting from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Jan. 31 to March 1, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. Learn about the craft of writing a song, and develop your skills and your personal style. The course will discuss notable songwriting examples […]

January 29, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,