Wolk’s bill to establish state olive oil commission sent to governor

On a bipartisan vote Friday, the Senate approved a measure by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, to establish a state commission to help coordinate efforts by state olive growers and oil manufacturers to strengthen the competitiveness of California’s olive oil industry. The bill, Senate Bill 250, now moves to the governor for his consideration. “Establishing this […]

September 08, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Medicare presentation set in Woodland

Yolo Adult Day Health Center will sponsor a Medicare presentation from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the center, 20 N. Cottonwood St. in Woodland. “The Seven Things You Must Know as a Caregiver of Someone on Medicare” will be shared by Pamala Hunter, owner of Adult Insurance Solutions. She will discuss ways […]

September 15, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Copper wire thieves strike again

Davis city officials are asking the public to be on the lookout for possible incidents of copper wire theft following a recent rash of criminal activity. More than 6,000 feet of the valuable wire has been reported stolen from city property since the beginning of 2013, costing thousands of dollars for the city to repair […]

September 08, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Hearing in UCD explosives case postponed

WOODLAND — The conclusion of a preliminary hearing for a former UC Davis chemistry researcher was postponed Friday to Oct. 4. The hearing will determine whether there is sufficient evidence for 32-year-old David Scott Snyder to stand trial on charges of keeping firearms and explosives-making materials in his campus apartment. He has pleaded not guilty. […]

September 08, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Council to weigh plastic bag ordinance options

Learn more What: Davis City Council meeting When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Watch it live: Comcast Channel 16, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 or on the city’s website at www.cityofdavis.org/media Regular agenda items: Plastic bag ordinance consideration, fluoridation decision timing, council member salaries, election date options and contribution […]

September 08, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

ConAgra, city want to get their hands dirty

ConAgra Foods Inc. has taken an innovative approach to how The Cannery project’s eastern border would transition from residential neighborhood to open space: They’d like to build a working farm.

The city’s municipal code requires new developments built adjacent to agricultural land to plant a buffer between the residential and undeveloped spaces to help prevent conflict between agricultural and nonagricultural areas.

The Cannery, the last large undeveloped property within city limits, is proposed as a 547-unit residential development on 100 acres of vacant industrial space in North Davis.

Employers add 169K jobs; rate falls to 7.3 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is producing jobs at a still-subpar pace — a trend the Federal Reserve will weigh in deciding this month whether to slow its bond buying and, if so, by how much. Employers added 169,000 jobs in August but many fewer in June and July than previously thought, the Labor […]

September 06, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Obama encouraged by G20 Syria talks, plans speech

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — President Barack Obama claimed a growing recognition among foreign leaders Friday that “the world cannot stand idly by” in the face of chemical weapons use in Syria, and said he plans to make his case to the American people in an address Tuesday night. With Congress showing signs of reluctance […]

September 06, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

School board hires three vice principals, extends deadline for Strategic Planning Committee nominees

The Davis school board filled several more part-time administrative posts on Thursday evening, and heard a staff report on the first few days of the new school year. Kenneth Durham will be  a split site administrator — he was hired as half-time vice principal at Emerson Junior High, and half-time manager of student services (working […]

September 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Stay vigilant and trust no one, Aggies

THE SPY AMONG US … I was sorry to read that UC Davis has closed its football practice for the first time in memory due to the head coach’s fear that someone may have been taking notes and passing them on to the opposition before last week’s 10-7 loss to South Dakota … Rather than […]

September 06, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Farm animals succumb to rural barn blaze

The West Plainfield Fire Department is investigating the cause of a barn fire that claimed the lives of some farm animals Thursday. Rabbits, chickens and a miniature horse were the casualties of the fire, which was reported at about 1 p.m. on County Road 97D between Russell Boulevard and County Road 31, said West Plainfield […]

September 06, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Davis man jailed after pursuit involving toy handgun

Woodland police say a Davis man brandished a toy handgun at officers before leading them on a two-county pursuit Thursday morning. Teddy Chuang, 37, was taken into custody at the front entrance of Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, where an officer used a Taser to subdue Chuang after he refused to comply with commands, […]

September 06, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Finally, this dog has his day

Doogie, the once-malnourished dog nursed back to health by a Yolo County animal rescue organization, has found his forever home.

Roughly 25 pounds underweight when a passerby found him starving and nearly hairless along Highway 113, Doogie is living large — literally, at a robust 109 pounds — at the Lodi home of George and Stephanie Brown and their son, Travis.

“He’s probably one of the best dogs we’ve ever had,” George Brown said Thursday during a visit to the Valley Oak Veterinary Hospital in Woodland, where Doogie underwent a routine checkup.

There to welcome him was Renee Lancaster, owner of Rotts of Friends Animal Rescue, which took in Doogie …

September 06, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged , ,

Newman Center to re-focus on student activities; community pushes back

Davis’ Newman Center is soon to undergo reconfiguration, but parishioners are asking that the church reconsider aspects of the change they deem unreasonable. The spiritual organization has for nearly 50 years ministered to the Catholic community at UC Davis within the chapel halls at 514 C St. It has been a place of worship for […]

September 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,