Committee forms to oppose Measure O

A political action committee has been revived to oppose Measure O, the city of Davis’ proposed half-cent sales tax increase on the June 3 ballot. Organizers are Jose J. Granda and Thomas Randall. For more information, visit

March 18, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Donate, consign or buy a bike at school’s upcoming swap

César Chávez Elementary School will host its second annual citywide Bike Swap from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6. The school is at 1221 Anderson Road. More than 100 bikes were sold at last year’s sale — both adult and children’s models as well as several bike trailers. “Not only was this a […]

March 20, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Malaysian leader: Plane’s disappearance deliberate

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Someone deliberately diverted Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and shut down communications with the ground, and the jetliner continued flying for six hours, Malaysia’s prime minister said Saturday. The announcement shifted the focus of the investigation to the crew and passengers on the plane, which has now been missing for more […]

March 16, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

You can help

Make a donation to Paulene Bitners and her family and leave a message of support by visiting

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

Union: Fewer teachers facing layoffs this year

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Fewer teachers are expected to be laid off this year than the previous four school terms according to the state’s largest teachers union. The San Jose Mercury News reported Saturday  that the California TeachersAssociation expects about 1,000 school teachers statewide to receive layoff notices. The Los Angeles County Office of Education sent […]

March 16, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Ukraine says Russian forces move outside Crimea

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces backed by helicopter gunships and armored vehicles Saturday took control of a village near the border with Crimea on the eve of a referendum on whether the region should seek annexation by Moscow, Ukrainian officials said. The action in Strilkove appeared to be the first move outside Crimea, where […]

March 16, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Can coach Crawford forgive and forget?

They say every cloud has a silver lining, which may or may not be true in the long-running saga involving former Davis school board member Nancy Peterson and former Davis High volleyball coach Julie Crawford. As a result of the school board’s 3-1 vote in closed session late Thursday night, we know two things for […]

March 16, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Community rallies to help a teacher in need

North Davis Elementary School has never been just a place of employment for Paulene Bitners. Her own children have attended the school — including Nolan and Nellee, who are both North Davis students now — and since the day Bitners began teaching here 18 years ago, the campus has been like home. “I grew up […]

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

Sentencing brings closure to Davis hate-crime case

WOODLAND — Nearly a year to the day after the brutal hate-crime beating that greatly altered both of their lives, two Davis men came face to face in a Woodland courtroom Friday for the case’s long-awaited conclusion. Seated in the jury box was the defendant, Clayton Daniel Garzon, who in a letter read by his […]

March 16, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Study examines how brain files memories by time

Before I left the house this morning, I let the cat out and started the dishwasher. Or was that yesterday? Very often, our memories must distinguish not just what happened and where, but when an event occurred — and what came before and after. New research from the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience shows that […]

March 16, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Big dreams for downtown entrance area

There is no timeline set. There are no cost estimates released. There was, however, one big dream let loose Saturday: Make the entrance to downtown safer, faster and more beautiful without expanding the Richards Boulevard tunnel. A public-private partnership involving Davis Downtown, the Davis Chamber of Commerce, the city of Davis, Yolo County Visitors Bureau and […]

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

No injuries in rollover crash

Three people walked away uninjured from this rollover accident Saturday morning near the Oakshade Town Center in South Davis. According to David police Sgt. Frank Tenedora, at about 11:30 a.m., Janice Beach, 63, of Davis, was turning left from northbound Pole Line Road onto westbound Cowell Boulevard in the Mazda when it was broadsided by […]

March 16, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Scouting for food

Davis Boy Scouts — from left, Evan West (Troop 66), Jacob Levin-Fay (Troop 111) and Aaron Lee (Troop 111) — sort food donations collected Saturday morning for STEAC, the Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee. This year, Girl Scouts joined the citywide philanthropic effort for the first time. The Scouts delivered and sorted the tons of food […]

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

Judicial candidates’ forum slated at library

Four candidates for the Yolo Superior Court bench will participate in a public forum from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 23, in the Blanchard Room at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis. The event is co-sponsored by the Vanguard Court Watch and Davis Media Access, which will record and rebroadcast it at […]

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