Community rallies for 399 families’ Christmas

A week ago, the Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee lacked donors to give holiday help for 77 families.

“We just about died,” said executive director Susan Simon.

Julie Cross of the Davis Food Co-op and Kim Eichorn of Lyon Real Estate sent out email blasts. Messages were posted on Facebook. The Enterprise published a news brief.

Within four days, donors adopted every family.

“Huge sigh of relief,” said Pam Baird, chair of STEAC’s holiday adopt-a-family program, who blamed the initial dearth of donors on the shorter span …

Parrella pitches participatory budgeting

Daniel Parrella, 22, a 2009 Da Vinci High School graduate and a local solar power entrepreneur, is the second declared candidate for the Davis City Council. Two seats will be open in the June election. Parrella favors setting aside a portion of the city of Davis budget for bottom-up, participatory budgeting by citizens of Davis, […]

December 15, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Have you been good girls and boys?

Santa Claus hands out candy canes to Yareli, 4, Jonathan, 8, and Jesan, 2, Quintero while they wait for their family to pick up donations of food and gifts from STEAC, the Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee, on Saturday morning at First Baptist Church. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

December 15, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Colorado gunman came loaded for carnage

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A teenager who wounded a fellow student before killing himself at a suburban Denver high school entered the building with a shotgun, a machete, three Molotov cocktails and ammunition strapped to his body, likely intending to track down a librarian who had disciplined him, authorities said Saturday. After firing a round […]

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PG&E venting natural gas

PG&E notified customers Friday near Olive Drive, Second Street and L Street about plans to vent natural gas from a section of pipe in the area. As workers vent the pipe through Sunday, the smell of natural gas and the sound of it venting from the pipe may be noticeable to homes and businesses in the area, […]

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Second candidate throws hat in ring for City Council

A second candidate for Davis City Council has emerged. Daniel Parrella, a local solar power entrepreneur, kicked off his run for council with a crowdsourcing fundraising effort where folks can donate to his campaign online. He joins Robb Davis, a local public health professional and bicycle advocate, who was the first to announce his candidacy […]

December 15, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

City Council asked to impose terms on fire union

Learn more Who: Davis City Council When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (a joint meeting with the Davis Planning Commission precedes at 5:30 p.m.) Where: Community Chambers, City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Watch it: Live on Comcast Channel 16 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99; streamed at For the second time in as many months, City Manager Steve […]

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Agencies share updates on solar

Time and again, Yolo County is lauded for its multi-agency, collaborative approach to solving problems. And things are no different when it comes to climate change. For six years now, the Climate Change Compact of Yolo County has brought together multiple political jurisdictions to talk on a bimonthly basis about everything from energy efficiency to […]

December 15, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Special ed teachers reject contract offer

Special education teachers represented by the Yolo Education Association have rejected what County Superintendent Jorge Ayala described as the Yolo County Office of Education’s “last, best offer,” which Ayala also described as “entirely reasonable.” YEA members voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to reject the offer, which the association described as “divisive.” The next step is to […]

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Police seek runaway teen

The Davis Police Department is asking the public for their help in locating a missing juvenile. Issac Flores, a 13-year-old Davis resident, was reported missing on Nov. 27 in the late evening hours. He took some of his belongings and left a note indicating that he left his residence voluntarily, police said in an advisory […]

December 15, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

‘Dear Santa …’

Santa Claus listens to Mary Bingle, 9, as she shares her Christmas wish list with him Saturday morning at Breakfast With Santa at the Odd Fellows Hall. The popular event — which featured three seatings hosted by the Odd Fellows Lodge — included a hearty breakfast, holiday music and a chance to meet Ol’ St. […]

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A Davis holiday tradition

The 2013 “Davis Children’s Nutcracker” returns this week with six performances at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. This holiday tradition is now in its 37th year, showcasing Davis children between the ages of 6 and 12 in the classic story of party guests, mice, soldiers, dancers and, of course, Clara and her Nutcracker […]

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Make a connection at local café

Monday’s meeting of the city of Davis’ 7th and A Connections Café is the last one of the year. The café will reopn on Monday, Jan. 6. The weekly café is an opportunity for local residents to drop in and enjoy entertainment, have pleasant conversation, sit in a quiet side room with a cup of […]

December 15, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: My real friends pick up the phone

Yes, it’s true I had a brief fling with Facebook, but it’s over now. All the talk of personal fulfillment and instant communication with a variety of “friends” turned out to be empty promises. My disenchantment started when I realized I was mindlessly reading paragraph after paragraph about the backyard pluot crop of a Woodland […]

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