County tax roll tops $21 billion

Yolo County’s annual tax roll topped $21 billion for the first time, County Assessor Joel Butler announced Tuesday. Butler credited an improving real estate market and “thriving agricultural economy,” coupled with new construction and changes of ownership for increasing this year’s tax roll to $21,818,600,599 of taxable value, a 6.56 percent increase over the prior year. All […]

June 25, 2014 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Agriculture well permit applications spiking, likely due to drought

With the drought well into its third year, farmers are turning to groundwater to keep their crops green. Applications to install or replace agricultural wells spiked this year, doubling from last year. Residential applications rose slightly, having dropped steadily since the 2004-2006 housing boom. “It’s kind of a tough thing for farmers right now,” said […]

June 25, 2014 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Bag ordinance kicks in Tuesday

In just a few days, the Carryout Bag Ordinance goes into effect in Davis, and shopping will be a little bit different for everyone. Starting July 1, stores will no longer provide carryout bags for free. Flimsy, single-use plastic bags will become a thing of the past as stores will no longer be allowed to […]

June 25, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

School board meets to wrap up several items before July break

The Davis school board will meet earlier than usual on Thursday. The open session will start at 6:15 p.m. — 45 minutes earlier than the usual. And the meeting place will be a bit different from the usual as well — the East Conference Room in the school district’s Susan B. Anthony office building, 526 B […]

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

Hear Me and Him at Sundstrom

Wine’d Down Thursday will feature Me and Him, the guitar duo of Kurt Roggli and Martin Lewis from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at Sundstrom Hill Winery, 2744 Del Rio Place in Mace Ranch. Taking cues from Lewis’ Welsh roots, their music encompasses traditional Celtic tunes as well as contemporary American folk and bluegrass. […]

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

Pets of the week

Lots of animals are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them is Zoey (No. 125566), a 1-year-old female tan short-haired Chihuahua. Also hoping for a good home is Petra (No. 126054), a 1-year-old female domestic medium-haired black cat. Fees are charged for licensing. The shelter is open […]

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

Woodland has full slate of Fourth of July events

The Woodland Fourth of July celebration kicks off well before the fireworks. Individuals may start the day with a fun run/walk, head over to Fire Station No. 3 for pancakes, ride in the bike parade, have some ice-cream, spend some time at the pool, and — finally — enjoy the fireworks celebration at Woodland High […]

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

Yamada’s water bill moves through Assembly

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 1434, introduced by Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, cleared the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications on Monday.  This measure seeks to ensure water affordability for all Californians, especially for those with low or fixed incomes. “As the State continues to set improved standards for water quality, residents throughout California are bearing […]

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

Beachy tapped for National Science Board

President Barack Obama recently named the director of the fledgling UC Davis World Food Center, Roger Beachy, to the National Science Board. In August, Beachy and five other new members will be sworn in for six-year terms on the board. It acts as the policymaking body of National Science Foundation and as science and engineering adviser […]

June 25, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Davis Arts Center: The art of digital literacy

It’s now widely accepted that education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) develops creative problem-solving skills that our children will need for success in all sectors of society. With this in mind, President Obama has lent his support to a movement to include computer programming classes in required high school coursework. Although programming classes […]

June 25, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Comings and Goings: Kava, boba and vino flow downtown

It’s time for a summer recap of downtown Davis business changes from the past several months. All of these items appeared in earlier Comings & Goings columns. Food and beverage news: The Root of Happiness Kava Bar was scheduled to open by Friday, June 27, at 211 F St. Kava is a Polynesian tea. Cork […]

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

Take a vacation from the ordinary

It’s summer again, a time when wistful hearts ponder the possibilities, yearning for a vacation from the ordinary. With two young boys clamoring for adventure, my husband and I surveyed our options. Where should we go? What destination could grab our excitement without draining our time, energy and wallet? Then we remembered last year and […]

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

More for families at expanded Hyatt Place

On the edge of downtown, along the south side of UC Davis campus, is one of our favorite family staycation destinations, the Hyatt Place. With an expansion that was completed on April 1, there is even more that appeals to families in pursuit of some local regeneration and play time. Included in the 52 new guest rooms […]

June 25, 2014 | Posted in Local News

Tickets available for Yolo County Fair gala

The Yolo County Fair will present its eighth annual Opening Night Gala, showcasing the county’s agricultural projects and produce, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, in the Agriculture Building of the Yolo County Fair Grounds. The Gala will feature local wines, olive oils, honey, nuts, jams, meats, produce and restaurant fare, as well as performances by […]

June 24, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,