Water rate foes want your signature

Proponents of the water rate initiative to repeal the current water rates will be at the Davis Farmers Market on Saturday, collecting signatures on the initiative petition. Opponents of the rates will be on hand to answer questions and hear concerns. For more information or to volunteer to help, call 530-756-6856.

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Mixed bag when U.S. exam scores compared globally

By Kimberly Hefling WASHINGTON (AP) — So how do U.S. eighth-graders do in math and science when compared to their peers around the globe? Turns out it matters which state they live in, according to a study released Thursday. Massachusetts was the top performing state, but it still lagged behind some Asian countries in terms […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press

Schoolkids hurt as gun goes off during Red Ribbon Week event

CHINO (AP) — Three children were injured by shrapnel after a fellow elementary school student pulled the trigger of an assault rifle mounted on a police motorcycle during a school assembly, authorities said. The AR-15 was locked to the side of the motorcycle that was on display at Newman Elementary School on Wednesday during an […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Dawdling robber nabbed easily at San Diego bank

SAN DIEGO (AP) — You never count your money when you’re sitting at the table. Or when you’re sitting at the scene of a bank robbery, apparently. The FBI says a 60-year-old man sat down in the lobby of a Chase bank branch he’d just robbed and looked through the bag of money he had […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: What if our water is TOO smart?

Public-minded citizen that I am, I received an unsolicited email from the city I love that contained all kinds of personal information, some of it troubling and some of it encouraging. I think this is the city’s version of “tough love,” but who can be sure anymore? Strangely, it was addressed to “Robert,” which is […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

California prisons to change pepper-spray rules

By Don Thompson SACRAMENTO — California prison officials said Wednesday that they will change the rules for using pepper spray on mentally ill inmates, as a federal judge considers whether current practices violate inmates’ civil rights. The corrections department will limit how much pepper spray can be used and how quickly, said spokeswoman Deborah Hoffman. […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Hate-crime defendant jailed following alleged GPS violations

A week before his scheduled sentencing in a Davis hate-crime case, Clayton Daniel Garzon was back in Yolo County Jail custody Wednesday for an alleged pretrial violation that could have an impact on his plea agreement. Dan Fruchtenicht, a supervisor with the Yolo County Probation Department’s pretrial supervision program, said his office, which has supervised […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Panel recommends contract terms city, DCEA could agree upon

The city and one of its largest employee groups could be nearing a labor contract agreement. A report authored by a third-party fact-finding panel was released to the public last week containing recommendations on the specific terms of the contract that is under negotiation between the city and the Davis City Employees Association. The main […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Davis pursuit suspect arrested

A Lodi man who led Davis police on a vehicle pursuit last week was taken into custody Tuesday night in West Sacramento. Gabriel Kruse, 42, was arrested on a warrant stemming from the Oct. 15 chase, which began on westbound Interstate 80 and ended on Olive Drive when Kruse crashed into a parked car. He […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Indecent exposure suspect puts up a fight

An indecent-exposure suspect added to his woes Tuesday when he allegedly attacked the Yolo County sheriff’s deputy who was taking him into custody. Pierre Lumsey, 29, was contacted at about 6 p.m. by deputies who had received reports of a man exposing himself on Clover Street in Esparto. Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Persons said Lumsey screamed […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Police dogs honored as two names added to memorial

Police K-9 teams from around the state gathered Wednesday to honor California police dogs who have died in the line of duty. The names of two dogs — Max, who worked narcotics with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and Urko, a K-9 for the Hawthorne Police Department — were added to the “Faithful Partner” […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

A powerful message

Solano County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Waller and his dog Richter meet Pioneer Elementary School students Wednesday morning at a Red Ribbon Week kickoff assembly outdoors on the playground. Richter also demonstrated how he sniffs out drugs. Davis firefighters and police officers also participated, educating children about safety and making healthy choices. A California Highway Patrol […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Kids invited to decorate pumpkins at museum

The Hattie Weber Museum of Davis will celebrate an early Halloween on Saturday by providing treats for goblins, ghosts, princesses and all other trick-or-treaters. The museum, 445 C St., will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be pumpkins to decorate and take home. Decorating supplies will be provided, or children can […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Provenza opposes consolidating assessor’s office with clerk/recorder

A plan to consolidate Yolo County’s assessor’s office with that of the clerk/recorder received preliminary approval from county supervisors this week. An ordinance combining the two elected offices will return to the board for a vote next month. But the proposal — which would take effect at the end of 2014 when the current elected […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,