Jury deliberates murder, elder-abuse charges

WOODLAND — Someone is to blame for the death of Cecil Wachholtz. Yolo County prosecutors believe that blame lies with his final caretaker, James Matthew Mattos, whose failure to properly feed, bathe or seek medical care for the mentally impaired 67-year-old brought on the multiple ailments that killed him, they say. “The defendant had one […]

April 17, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Three killed in attack on Ukrainian base

MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) — The turmoil in Ukraine dominated the European landscape Thursday, as three protesters were killed in a clash in southern Ukraine, high-level talks were held in Geneva and Vladimir Putin weighed in on his neighbor’s future for hours from Moscow. Still, the constellation of events left the nation of 46 million no […]

April 17, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Board could use a no-nonsense approach

INCLINED TOWARD KLINE … now that the field of eight candidates willing to serve the first six months of the remaining 2½ years of Nancy Peterson’s school board term has been established, we learn that only one candidate says he’s not interested in running for something more permanent in November … yes, B.J. Kline, the […]

April 17, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

City votes to give workers time in case tax measure fails

The Davis City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to send a message to city workers: If the proposed sales tax increase fails at the polls on June 3 there will be no layoffs until Oct. 1. City Council members believe the message is needed to prevent city workers from fleeing to other jobs before the election, […]

April 17, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

California residents divided on drought solution

By Kurtis Alexander As California faces one of its worst droughts in decades, residents remain split on the question of whether environmental protections should be eased to free up water for cities and farms. A new Field Poll indicates that 49 percent of state voters support rolling back regulations that protect fish in order to […]

April 17, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Sign of things to come

A Unitrans bus travels north on F Street on Wednesday past newly installed stoplights at the intersection of Fifth Street. The road redesign now underway features left-turn signals at F and G streets. In addition, on Fifth Street, four lanes of traffic will be reduced to two lanes, and bike lanes and left-turn sanctuaries called […]

April 17, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

For the record

Wednesday’s story on a campaign to raise Davis’ minimum wage reported the wrong ballot as the goal for the campaign. It is the November ballot.

April 17, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Per Capita Davis: Now, for some good news

The last column was about bad news from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They issued three reports recently. Last September, the first report made the point that scientists are 95 percent or greater certain that global warming is being driven by human actions. In the scientific community, 95 percent is essentially 100 but leaving […]

April 17, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

School district seeks input on new state-mandated accountability plan

Public input on the Davis school district’s new Local Control Accountability Plan will be solicited at a community discussion set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at King High School, 635 B St. “Some important planning decisions will be made soon and we are very interested in hearing from our community,” Superintendent Winfred Roberson said. […]

April 17, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Benefit set to help local bike legend

Million-Mile Mike is selling his bike.

Everything is for sale from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at The Bike People, a bike repair shop at 425 L St. founded by partners Kim and Mike Starchild in 2011. The benefit auction even includes Mike Starchild’s personal Gary Fisher mountain bike, with all proceeds going toward his recovery from interstitial lung disease.

Starchild, 73, a veteran cyclist, was the physically fit mechanic at The Bike People until he was rushed to the hospital two weeks ago and diagnosed with pneumonia, bronchitis and interstitial lung disease that has caused irreversible scarring to his lungs.

Hannah Stein reads poetry at gallery

The John Natsoulas Gallery welcomes local poet Hannah Stein for its Poetry Night Reading Series at 8 p.m. Thursday. Stein is a Davis poet whose work has been featured in such journals as Nimrod, The American Literary Review, Poetry Flash, Prairie Schooner and Hunger Mountain. She is the author of such poetry collections as Earthlight and […]

April 17, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Odd Fellows host culinary benefit for nonprofit

The Davis Cooks’ Showcase, a benefit for Davis Community Meals, runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. The showcase feature a buffet dinner by chefs from local restaurants, live music, and wine and beer. Tickets are $35 and are on sale at Davis Community […]

May 11, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Author discusses memories of Appalachia at The Avid Reader

Davis author Lena Cantrell McNicholas will be at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in Davis, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, to discuss her memoir, “Patchwork: Pieces of Appalachia.” McNicholas loves southwest Virginia. In “Patchwork,” she recalls the small Appalachian town of her childhood and the eclectic characters within it. Check it out Who: […]

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

Symposium looks at religion in urban environments

The UC Davis Middle East/South Asia studies program presents “Spirited Topographies: Urban Refabulations, Underscapes and Mobilities,” a campuswide symposium, on Friday, May 9, in the Andrews Conference Room of the Social Sciences & Humanities Building. “ ‘Spirited Topographies’ is an intervention in current debates regarding the ways that religion is entwined in urban place-making,” according […]

May 01, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,