Local retailers promote savings on annual Small Business Saturday

Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a day reserved for making a visit to the storefronts of small merchants, in Davis and elsewhere. It’s referred to as Small Business Saturday. In its fourth year, the Saturday after Thanksgiving is designated as an opportunity for independent retailers nationwide to publicize deals and draw in […]

November 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Wolk honored for preservation of open space, ag land

The California Association of Resource Conservation Districts has honored state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, with its 2013 Legislator of the Year award. Karen Buhr, executive director of the association, said Wolk earned the recognition through “her tireless efforts to preserve open space and agriculture, her dedication to conservation and her leadership on crafting a water […]

November 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Half a world away, UCD grad helps Kenyan women, children

Kisumu, Kenya, lies 9,385 miles southeast of Davis. The equatorial port city is home to exotic wildlife, fertile land and breathtaking views of Lake Victoria. But it is also home to poverty, starvation and AIDS. According to a 2009 CIA estimate, 6.3 percent of the adult population of Kenya is infected with HIV, which causes […]

November 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Volunteers needed to dig in the North Davis Ditch in December

The stormwater channel in North Davis that many residents affectionately call The Ditch soon will be covered with thousands of native plants to improve water quality, provide habitat for birds and butterflies and bring nature close for nearby residents. The Putah Creek Council invites interested community members to help dig in and help. Volunteers are […]

November 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Docents lead Dec. 7 tour of city wetlands

The city of Davis and the Yolo Basin Foundation invite community members to join docents at the Davis wetlands on Saturday, Dec. 7, for a free guided tour from 3 to 5 p.m. Tours are offered year-round on the first Saturday of the month. Wintering waterfowl are abundant and late-fall migrants continue to arrive with […]

November 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis community comes through for families in need

Ask, and you shall receive. That’s the message the Davis Professional Firefighters Association got not once, but twice this year as it marked its 27th year of providing Thanksgiving food baskets for families in need. First came the association’s “Fill the Boot” fundraiser in late October, which garnered $5,300 in donations from local residents. Davis […]

November 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Backlash by the Bay: Tech riches alter a city

By Erica Goode and Claire Cain Miller SAN FRANCISCO — If there was a tipping point, a moment that crystallized the anger building here toward the so-called technorati for driving up housing prices and threatening the city’s bohemian identity, it came in response to a diatribe posted online in August by a young Internet entrepreneur. […]

November 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News

The films of 2013 on ‘Davisville’

Derrick Bang, who writes film reviews for The Davis Enterprise and his Derrick Bang on Film blog, discusses year-end films and the movie achievements (and misses) of 2013 on the latest edition of “Davisville.” Bang, whose credits include a book on jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi, also shares a few of his annual jazz Christmas CD […]

November 27, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Enterprise closes for the holiday

The Davis Enterprise will not publish Thursday, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, and all Enterprise offices will be closed. In addition, the business and advertising office of The Enterprise will be closed Friday, but circulation staffers will be open for delivery calls from 1 to 7 p.m. Contact them at 530-756-0826 or [email protected] Regular […]

November 27, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Yamada joins legislators in promoting Imitation Firearms Safety Act

Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, has joined several members of the Assembly and state Senate in announcing plans to reintroduce the Imitation Firearms Safety Act, legislation that would require BB, pellet and airsoft guns to be painted bright colors to help law enforcement distinguish between toy guns and the real thing when confronted with youngsters brandishing […]

November 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Tingus’ disability advocacy turns to Hollywood

Steven James Tingus, formerly of Davis, has joined Diverse City Entertainment as a partner to focus on developing new story lines for film and television that accurately portray individuals with disabilities and others with health-related challenges. Tingus, who was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at the age of 3, is a leading advocate on disability, aging and […]

November 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Hey, we all think we’re ‘reasonable’

DON’T LIGHT TONIGHT … John, taking note of the “Don’t Light Tonight” alert declared for this very day, wonders about that new wood-burning ordinance that allows a “reasonable person” who is bothered by smoke to complain to the city’s crack Fireplace Force … “Is there a legal definition of ‘reasonable person?’ ” John asks … […]

November 26, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

SJSU president on black student: ‘I failed him’

By Demian Bulwa The head of San Jose State University said Monday that the school should have stepped in earlier to stop the alleged abuse of a 17-year-old African-American student by his white roommates, who have been charged with battery and hate crimes. President Mohammed Qayoumi spoke as police reports emerged showing that when a […]

November 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News

Experimental College: Davis’ best-kept secret

Where can you find a facility that provides low-cost classes to the entire community with top-notch instructors?

The UC Davis Experimental College offers courses that range from dog training to dance and martial arts to money management. As one of only two prominent experimental colleges on the West Coast, the EC provides an unusual experience accessible to all members of the community.

“The eCollege embraces the idea that education in its most profound sense is personal growth,” says Davis resident Jennifer McCabe …