Bob Dunning: Campaign signs sprouting up like weeds

SIGN OF THE TIMES … Joe Krovoza seems to have won the Battle of East Eighth Street as well as the Battle of Pole Line Road when it comes to lawn signs … then again, Dan Wolk is starting later in this department and soon may flood the town as well … candidates seem to […]

April 23, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bill to pay outstanding debt to counties earns committee support

Legislation to make good on outstanding debts the state owes to counties earned a 9-0 vote Tuesday in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife owes 36 counties more than $17 million in past-due payment in lieu of taxes payments, intended to mitigate for losses in property […]

April 24, 2014 | Posted in State government | Tagged ,

UC Davis biodigester hungers for food scraps

A smelly pile of rotting fruits and veggies welcomed Earth Day to UC Davis.

West of campus, between Interstate 80 and the California National Primate Research Center, the four stocky white cylinders of the UC Davis Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester hunger for leftovers, ready to munch through 50 tons of them daily.

Combining food waste, agriculture byproducts and food processing scraps, the digester will turn about 18,250 tons of organic trash into electricity and fertilizer each year. That’s all of UCD’s organic waste plus more than 7,000 tons trucked in from local businesses.

Water rate assistance bill advances

A ratepayer assistance program to help low-income Californians pay their water bills was approved Monday by the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce. AB 1434, authored by Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, is intended to ensure water affordability, especially in communities served by smaller utility companies that cannot or choose not to provide assistance to low-income […]

April 24, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Community values to be addressed at candidates’ forum

Davis Community Church will host a community values forum for candidates for the Davis City Council at 6 p.m. Monday, May 12, in the church sanctuary, 412 C St. Questions will focus on the candidates’ understanding of the values held by the greater Davis community as well as personal characteristics the candidates possess for leading […]

April 29, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Student loans can suddenly come due when co-signers die, a report finds

By Richard Pérez-Peña For students who borrow on the private market to pay for school, the death of a parent can come with an unexpected, added blow, a federal watchdog warns. Even borrowers who have good payment records can face sudden demands for full, early repayment of those loans, and can be forced into default. […]

May 01, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Check out wetlands for warm-weather visitors

The city of Davis and the Yolo Basin Foundation invite community members to join docents at the city of Davis wetlands on Saturday, May 3, for a free guided tour from 9 to 11 a.m. Tours are offered year-round on the first Saturday of the month. The warmer weather brings a new group of seasonal […]

April 25, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

New mosaic mural reflects Peña family history

A new mosaic mural in downtown Davis — depicting the long history of the Peña family in this region, and located at a site where the late Narcissa Peña lived for decades — was dedicated recently. The mural by artist Mark Rivera is the latest addition to the Davis Transmedia Art Walk, which features nearly […]

April 23, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Fire crews gather for joint training

Crews from the Davis and UC Davis fire departments work together to reload hose on City Engine 31 following a multi-company drill Monday at Cranbrook Apartments in East Davis. The three-day training exercise will involve all three shifts and all fire companies from both agencies practicing responding to fires at multi-family residences. The drills provide an […]

April 23, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Team Blend hosts fundraiser for Nicaragua project

Team Blend — a group of high school students from Da Vinci Charter Academy who are designing bike trailers and a public service announcement system for use in the rural village of Sabana Grande in Nicaragua — will co-host an Indian fundraising dinner Sunday. The event will be in the Fellowship Hall at Davis Community […]

April 23, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Students’ stories help overcome stigma of seeking mental health help

Help is available At UC Davis, Counseling Services offers confidential and free assessment, intervention and referral services for students, and consultation and crisis response for faculty, staff, students and parents. Student Health and Counseling Services provides urgent care for medical and mental health needs. After-hours, students can receive counseling consultations by phone at 530-752-0871 or talk to an advice nurse at […]

April 23, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Penalty decision looms in Winters homicide case

WOODLAND — The case of a Winters homicide suspect was delayed several weeks while Yolo County prosecutors determine whether to seek the death penalty against the defendant. William Carl Gardner III, 30, was indicted by the Yolo County grand jury last month on charges including first-degree murder with the special circumstances of murder of a […]

April 23, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Woman struck by train near Davis

A woman was killed this morning after being struck by an Amtrak passenger train west of Davis, officials at the scene said. Officers with the Union Pacific Police Department and Amtrak said the adult female was walking in the middle of the westbound tracks when she was hit by the train, which was headed from […]

April 22, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

City could work to lower water bills

The City Council could vote on a path tonight that might lower Davis’ water rates by 8 percent at the same time an initiative to throw out the rates is on the June 3 ballot. City staff is recommending that the council authorize consultants and the newly formed Utility Rate Advisory Committee to review the […]

April 22, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,