Council votes 3-2 to give itself a raise

In what may have been a surprise move with an election less than two months away, the Davis City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to increase its members’ monthly salary from about $670 to just over $1,000. Mayor Joe Krovoza, Mayor Pro Tem Rochelle Swanson and Councilwoman Sue Greenwald voted in favor of the raise. Councilmen […]

April 12, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Yamada introduces new bill to bolster workplace freedoms

WEST SACRAMENTO — Surrounded by representatives of various faiths at a news conference Wednesday, Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, announced the introduction of Assembly Bill 1964, which would “update and strengthen” the protections of religious freedoms in the workplace. The event took place at the Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Temple in West Sacramento. “Currently, there’s a federal […]

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

In need of a loving home

Reagan, a friendly and playful 1-year-old spayed female Rottweiler, and Pia, a calm and loving 3-year-old spayed female terrier, are two of the dogs available for adoption Saturday at Tractor Supply, 1390 E. Main St. in Woodland. The event, sponsored by Rotts of Friends Animal Rescue, will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. […]

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

Stack ’em high!

A “kids eat free” pancake breakfast will kick off Picnic Day on Saturday, April 21, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. Getting a head start are Victoria Savage, left, and Mary Bingle. The Odd Fellows are cooking up pancakes with yummy toppings, sausage, fruit and […]

April 13, 2012 | Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged ,

Task force slams pepper-spray actions

An independent task force investigating the Nov. 18 pepper-spraying of Occupy UC Davis protesters found campus decision-making “ineffective” and the police department “dysfunctional.”

The report paints a damning picture starting from the top, where Chancellor Linda Katehi failed to communicate her position that the police operation should avoid use of force, down to officers on the Quad, like Lt. John Pike, who made the “objectively unreasonable decision” to douse the seated, unarmed students in a moment captured in viral videos.

Katehi and her leadership…

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NAMI Spanish group meets monthly

NAMI-Yolo, a chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness, sponsors an ongoing support group in Spanish for those who care for a family member or friend living with a psychiatric disorder. The group provides Yolo County families with a secure and friendly environment for sharing experiences, problem-solving strategies and information about mental illness, including such topics […]

April 12, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Rummage sale benefits guide dog puppy raisers

Eyes For Others, the Yolo County guide dog puppy-raising club, will host a rummage sale and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Fifth and C streets, across from the Farmers Market. The sale will feature furniture, housewares, toys, books, clothing, craft supplies, plants and more. Local residents are […]

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Pepper-spray task force members

* Cruz Reynoso (chair), professor emeritus at the UC Davis School of Law and former California Supreme Court justice; * Patrick Blacklock, Yolo County administrator and immediate past chair of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association; * Peter Blando, business services manager, Office of the Vice Provost — Information and Educational Technology at UCD, and past […]

UCD pepper-spray incident: What’s next

The publication Wednesday of the task force report on the pepper-spraying of Occupy UC Davis protesters marked a milestone in attempts to respond to the Nov. 18 incident. There’s more to come, however: * Two outside firms, Van Dermyden Allison Law Corp. of Sacramento and Yorba Linda-based Norman A. Traub Associates, have completed a separate […]

Environmental leaders, renowned physicist speak at UC Davis

April brings three renowned authors, including environmental leaders and a leading physicist, to the UC Davis campus for free, public presentations. On Friday, science and political journalist Chris Mooney will present “The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science and Reality,” which is also the title of his new book. Mooney is the […]

April 12, 2012 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Medicare workshop offers answers

At age 65, most Americans become eligible for Medicare. But many baby boomers need help understanding how it works. On Tuesday, April 24, from noon to 1 p.m., the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St., will offer a program explaining who is eligible for Medicare, how to enroll, enrollment deadlines and Medicare plan options. Barbara Walters, outreach […]

April 13, 2012 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Team Souza will hit the streets this weekend

Supporters of Davis City Councilman Stephen Souza will have their walking shoes on this weekend as they distribute campaign literature door to door. They’ll celebrate at a fundraising ice cream social open to the public from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the John Natsoulas Gallery at First and E streets in downtown Davis. There […]

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Concert benefits Davis Youth Flute Choir’s upcoming trip to Korea

Details What: Davis Youth Flute Choir When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20 Where: Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Tickets: $5 in advance at DAC; $10 at the door The Davis Youth Flute Choir, under the direction of flutist Maquette Kuper, will perform a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the Davis […]

April 12, 2012 | Posted in Fundraiser | Tagged ,

Planting parties set at Winters’ Putah Creek Nature Park

A new park is taking shape along Putah Creek in Winters after a major channel realignment project last fall. Volunteers have been busy planting native trees, shrubs, sedges, rushes and wildflowers along the banks and the floodplain to help control erosion, provide wildlife habitat and beautify the park. Several more events are planned through April […]

April 12, 2012 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,