Tuleyome Tales: Partnership helps eradicate invasive grass

By Victoria Brandon A remarkable partnership project recently made great strides in eradicating a potentially devastating infestation of Ravenna grass (Saccharum ravennae) from some 70 miles of Cache Creek in Lake and Yolo counties. This invasive weed, which was deliberately introduced to California as an ornamental and has been described as “pampas grass on steroids,” […]

February 05, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Queer and locked up: Sexual minorities face tough life behind bars

Details Who: Authors Dean Spade and Eric Stanley speaking on issues for LGBTQ people behind bars When: Noon Thursday Where: UC Davis Student Community Center Admission: Free By Toshio Meronek Along with higher rates of imprisonment than heterosexuals, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer also face an unusually high amount of abuse behind […]

February 07, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

How did it all begin? Local voters approved first parcel tax in 1984

How did the long tradition of local parcel taxes supporting Davis schools begin? The origins trace back to the late 1970s, when California had a young governor named Jerry Brown. Home prices around the state had been increasing, and as a result, property tax bills were going up. California voters responded in June 1978 by […]

February 05, 2012 | Posted in Our Sunday Best | Tagged ,

Measure C supporters raise $21K, bring in endorsements

Measure C supporters raised some $21,240 during the last six months of 2011, according to a campaign disclosure statement filed last week with the Yolo County Elections Office. During that same period, the committee opposing Measure C reported a $5 contribution and a $100 loan from Thomas Randall Jr. The reporting period ran from July 1 to Dec. […]

February 05, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Measure C sidebar: What’s at stake?

Layoff list If Measure C fails, nearly 87 positions that are funded by the $6.5 million raised through the tax would be eliminated, school board members have said. Positions are described in FTE (full-time-equivalent) amounts: Elementary, grades K-6 Elementary class size reductions: 16.0 FTE Reading specialists: 8.1 FTE Math specialists: 4.0 FTE Science prep positions: 6.877 […]

February 05, 2012 | Posted in Our Sunday Best | Tagged ,

Big chunk of schools’ future rides on Measure C

Math teachers, science teachers, reading teachers, English teachers.

Music, art, social studies and foreign languages … Athletics

Librarians and instructional aides … Counselors and nurses … Smaller class sizes …

All of these and more are supported by two existing local parcel taxes paid by Davis homeowners and renters to ensure continued excellence in the public schools. Those taxes, which generate about $6.5 million annually — just less than 10 percent of the school district’s $69 million general fund budget — are due to expire …

February 05, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories | Tagged ,

Unemployment rate hits 8.3 pct. after hiring burst

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the most impressive surge for the job market since early last year, the United States added 243,000 jobs in January, far more than economists expected. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent, the lowest in three years. Lower unemployment is a positive a sign for President Barack Obama’s re-election hopes. Still, […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

School board approves increase in Da Vinci enrollment at Emerson

The Davis school board voted Thursday to approve an increase in the enrollment in the Da Vinci Charter Academy’s seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade classes at Emerson Junior High. The academy will grow from a current enrollment of 187 students to about 300, at which point it will be capped, trustees decided. Superintendent Winfred Roberson told […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

Namaste, travelers! SFO opens airport yoga room

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stressed out by flying? Travelers in Northern California can now find their inner calm in the Yoga Room at San Francisco International Airport. The quiet, dimly lit studio officially opened last week in a former storage room just past the security checkpoint at SFO’s Terminal 2. Airport officials believe the 150-square-foot […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Davis veterans plan Sweetheart Breakfast

Tickets are on sale now for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6949’s annual Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Breakfast. The menu for the event on Saturday features eggs, sausage, pancakes, fruit, milk, juice and coffee. The breakfast runs from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. Tickets are $8 for adults […]

February 09, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Can’t talk to the cops? What’s the point?

MUM’S THE WORD … now that we know the folks running our high-level, no-holds-barred, turn-over-every-stone investigation into the UC Davis pepper spray incident will not be allowed to talk to either of the officers who did the actual spraying or to the chief of police who may or may not have authorized the spraying, we […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Kaiser offers grief groups in Davis

Kaiser Permanente offers a safe, confidential space to share and work through grief. New grief groups have begun at the Davis Kaiser Clinic, 1955 Cowell Blvd. in South Davis. The groups meets from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month and from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of […]

February 07, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Davis PD honors eight for roles in downtown standoff

On the evening of Jan. 21, 2011, Davis police dispatchers received the type of report that officers dread — one of a distraught man intent on committing “suicide by cop.”

“That’s the worst kind of call,” Capt. Darren Pytel said. Even worse, the subject was believed to be armed and heading toward his home near downtown Davis — an area that on this Friday night would be bustling with students and other citizens.

The actions of eight Davis Police Department employees who responded to the high-stakes incident highlighted the agency’s awards ceremony …

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Sergeant honored for distinguished career

John Wilson joined the Davis Police Department in October 1981, accepting a full-time position at the agency where, as a UC Davis student, he had already served as a reserve officer. As many of his colleagues worked their way up the ranks, Wilson achieved and retained the position of sergeant, shunning a desk job for […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,