Western journalist reportedly killed in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian human rights group says one Western journalist has been killed and another wounded in restive Homs province. Rami Abdul-Rahman, head of the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, cited activists for his group in Homs with direct knowledge of the death. A provincial official in Homs also said a Westerner […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Romney looks for third win

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Mitt Romney says he’s ready for an uphill climb in South Carolina after coasting through New Hampshire. As the Republican presidential contest heads south Wednesday, his rivals are sharpening their attacks and trying to rev up tea partyers and religious conservatives still nervous about the front-runner. Still, Romney projects a self-assurance […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

City Council moves to protect Redevelopment Agency assets

The Davis City Council has elected to become the successor agency to the Davis Redevelopment Agency and will gain control over all of its assets and functions as it dissolves. The 5-0 decision by the council at its meeting Tuesday night comes on the heels of the California Supreme Court ruling to eliminate all municipal […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Ballot measure aims for government reform

A large group of government-reform-minded Davis residents — including several elected officials — gathered Tuesday evening at the Hallmark Inn to hear about a proposed ballot initiative that proponents say would make government more productive and accountable. The topic of discussion was the proposed Government Performance and Accountability Act, which was rolled out last November […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

It’s status quo for Aggie athletics

Aggie fans anxious for a quick move to the big time will be disappointed in the 17-page report submitted to Chancellor Linda Katehi by the Recruitment Advisory Committee for Director of Athletics. They’re also likely to be disappointed in the chancellor’s letter to the committee praising its report. Similarly disappointed, though for far different reasons, […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Coroner: Crash victim died of blunt-force injuries

The victim of Friday’s fatal vehicle crash in Woodland died of multiple blunt-force injuries, Yolo County coroner’s officials ruled following an autopsy Tuesday. Robert Dale Sunderland III, 25, of Woodland, was one of three passengers that were thrown from the Mitsubishi Eclipse when it ran off an Interstate 5 offramp and rolled several times. Sunderland […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Yolo Audubon to hear about predators

Ed Harper will show photographs of predators from many locations, including Africa, when he speaks Wednesday to members of the Yolo Audubon Society. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. Attendees are invited to come early for cookies and conversation. “Ed and his wife Susan lead tours every […]

February 14, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Ex-trustees host fundraiser for Measure C

Four former Davis school board members — Ruth Asmundson, Jan Bridge, Joan Sallee and Marty West — will co-host a fundraiser this week for Yes for Our Students, the community campaign for the Davis parcel tax renewal (Measure C). The event will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at West’s home, 419 Grande Ave. […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Fundraiser | Tagged ,

State of the city: challenges and opportunities

The city of Davis faces many budget challenges in this tough economy, City Manager Steve Pinkerton said Tuesday, but is well-positioned for new economic development in collaboration with UC Davis, which he described as an “incredibly powerful economic engine.”

Davis business owners and employees packed into the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. downtown, to hear Pinkerton map out the “State of the City” during the Chamber of Commerce’s monthly membership luncheon.

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Attorney discusses death penalty at Sunday talk

Ellen Eggers will speak on “California’s Death Penalty — a Failed Public Policy and How We Can Abolish It,” at noon Sunday at the Friends Meeting House, 345 L St., Davis. Her talk is free and open to the public. Eggers is an attorney with the Office of the State Public Defender in Sacramento, where […]

January 13, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Women’s self-defense course offered

The Davis Police Department is taking sign-ups for a five-week self-defense course for women. RAD — Rape Aggression Defense — teaches awareness and prevention techniques, as well as realistic self-defense tactics. The course is taught by Davis Police Department employees who are nationally certified RAD instructors. The upcoming series will be taught from 6 to […]

January 19, 2012 | Posted in Classes | Tagged ,

Monthly ArtAbout offers a feast for the senses

Art lovers and music lovers will gather Friday for the Second Friday ArtAbout in downtown Davis and beyond. The monthly evening of art viewing and artists’ receptions at galleries and businesses is free and open to the public. Many events include complimentary refreshments and opportunities to talk with featured artists. For more information, visit www.davisdowntown.com or […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Learn to paint poppies at watercolor workshop

Lake Tahoe watercolor instructor Jan Foss will be in Davis to teach a three-day workshop Jan. 27-29 at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Foss has a gallery/studio in Incline Village and has taught students from all over the world to paint with watercolors. She has been painting and teaching for 26 years. In […]

January 12, 2012 | Posted in Art | Tagged ,

Couple will share tips at workshop

Mike Robbins will speak at the Sunday, Jan. 29, noon service at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1715 Anderson Road in Davis. Robbins also will lead a workshop with his wife Michelle following the service, from 2 to 4 p.m. The couple will present “Creating Spiritual Partnership: Tapping into the Transformational Power of our Relationships,” offering […]

January 12, 2012 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,