Junior high students embrace diversity training

“How many of you have been scared to talk about your parents?”

That was the question Brandon Pacciorini posed Tuesday to fellow students from Emerson and Da Vinci junior high schools, about three dozen of whom were gathered in the Fellowship Hall at Davis Community Church.

Only a few raised their hands.

“I’m always nervous about that,” Pacciorini said.

Because when you tell people you have two moms, he explained, you never know how they’re going to react …

Arrest made in courthouse arson attempt

A 24-year-old West Sacramento woman turned herself in to authorities Wednesday night in connection with alleged arson fires that disrupted operations at the Yolo County Courthouse earlier that day. Janessa Arlene Rivers was accompanied by two deputy public defenders when she turned herself in to sheriff’s investigators, who, following an interview, arrested her on suspicion […]

April 25, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Robb Davis supporters will celebrate May 4

The Robb Davis Committee invites everyone to a campaign celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East. There will be fun on the green and in the community center, with food and cool beverages. Davis is a candidate for Davis City Council. Live […]

April 29, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged

Parting ways

A look at votes and issues that have divided Mayor Joe Krovoza and Mayor Pro Tem Dan Wolk: Mace curve On June 11, 2013, the council voted 3-2 to move forward with conservation grant funding to preserve 391 acres east of Davis as open space. Krovoza voted yes; Wolk voted no, voting with Councilwoman Rochelle […]

April 25, 2014 | Posted in State government | Tagged ,

Joe Krovoza, at a glance

Name: Joe Krovoza, D-Davis Elected offices held:  Mayor, city of Davis, 2011-present; mayor pro tem, 2010-11 Occupation: Senior director for development and external relations, UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies and Energy Efficiency Center, 1996-present; water attorney, 1994-96 Age: 51 Education: J.D., UC Davis School of Law, 1994; B.A., diplomacy and world affairs, Occidental College, 1985; A.A., Pasadena Community College, […]

April 25, 2014 | Posted in State government | Tagged ,

Dan Wolk, at a glance

Name: Dan Wolk, D-Davis Elected offices held: Mayor pro tem, city of Davis Occupation: Solano County deputy counsel Age: 36 Education: Juris doctorate, UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law, 2005; bachelor of arts in economics, Stanford University, 1999 Family: Wife, Jamima Wolk, and daughters, Avery, 5, and Layla, 3 Noteworthy: Founder of the Legal Clinic of […]

April 25, 2014 | Posted in State government | Tagged ,

Meet judicial candidate at market

Frederick Cohen, a candidate for Yolo Superior Court judge, will be at the Davis Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Cohen is a family law specialist and graduate of the UC Davis School of Law. Learn more by stopping by Saturday or by visiting his website, www.cohen4judge.com.

April 25, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Davis Media Access: It’s all big

Each spring, Davis Media Access conducts an annual funding appeal process. We reach out to the community for support of some of our signature programs, including youth media projects, local election coverage and KDRT, 95.7 FM. All of these programs, in turn, help us support myriad nonprofits, neighborhood-based organizations and civic activities in Yolo County. […]

April 25, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged

Yolo County Bar Association hosts Law Day event

The Yolo County Bar Association will commemorate the right to vote and the longevity of its active members at this year’s “Law Day” celebration on Wednesday. The event will begin at noon at the United Methodist Church, 620 North St. in Woodland. A catered lunch will be provided at a cost of $25 per person. […]

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

Beerfest will benefit Citizens Who Care

Save the date for the 10th annual Davis Beerfest — Saturday, June 7, from 2 to 5 p.m. — in the parking lot at Sudwerk Brewing Co., 2001 Second St. in Davis. Some 100 hand-crafted beers will be available for tasting. All proceeds will benefit Citizens Who Care, a nonprofit organization in Yolo County that […]

May 23, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Learn more

What: “Call of the Wolf”: an Earth Day celebration plus awards presentation When: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27 Where: Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St., Davis Admission: $10 adults, $5 children Pre-register: at www.cooldaviscallofthewolf.eventbrite.com Info: [email protected]

April 16, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

More women joining the computer science ranks

A mid-February article in the San Francisco Chronicle reported that UC Berkeley had achieved a “tech world shift” by enrolling more women than men — 106 to 104 — in an introductory computer science course, likely for “the first time ever.” It went on to report a recent uptick in the percentage of women in […]

April 24, 2014 | Posted in Local News

Ortiz supported by local teachers union

Jesse Ortiz, a candidate for Yolo County superintendent of schools, has received the endorsement of the Yolo County chapter of the California Teachers Association. The Yolo County CTA represents approximately 1,400 teachers in all five school districts in Yolo County, including the County Office of Education. An interview panel made of up union members recommended […]

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

Explorit: Turning Earth Day into Earth Year

Much of Davis celebrated Earth Day this past Tuesday, but since this planet sustains us year-round, one day of appreciation just doesn’t seem like enough. Here are a few easy ways we can keep celebrating Earth Day and making healthy choices for our world all year round. Meatless Mondays: Even if you’re a committed carnivore, […]

April 25, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,