Bekebrede’s mural gives life to ‘The Davis Song’

“The Davis Song” By Heidi Bekebrede 16 miles from Sacramento, heading west on 80. You will find an oasis where avenues are shady. Laid out on a grid of alphabets and ordinal numbers, You’ll find merchants selling pizza, cars, groceries and lumber. Folks go ped’ling to and fro, to work, to shop, to classes. Others […]

October 04, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Autism walk features a very special team

Last year, more than 100 of them walked. There were football players and band members, academic standouts and run-of-the-mill Davis kids, all hailing from Davis High School, Da Vinci Charter Academy and Harper Junior High. They gathered at Raley Field in West Sacramento and they walked as part of Team Alex in the annual Walk Now for […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Council rejects fluoridation of Davis water supply

On a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the City Council rejected the idea of adding fluoride to drinking water in Davis, as council members said they’d prefer to tackle preventative dental health care in town with a more efficient and cost-effective program than fluoridation. Mayor Joe Krovoza, Councilwoman Rochelle Swanson and Councilmen Brett Lee and Lucas Frerichs […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Veterans pass barriers at closed memorial

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of veterans barricaded outside the closed World War II Memorial because of the government shutdown were escorted past the barriers Tuesday by members of Congress so they could see the monument. More than 125 veterans from Mississippi and Iowa arrived for a previously scheduled visit to the memorial Tuesday morning to […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Longtime chancellor: Time to view UC differently

The University of California should “substantially decentralize,” longtime UCLA Chancellor Chuck Young said Tuesday. “People still talk about it as if it’s one university,” said Young, who opened this year’s Chancellor’s Colloquium Distinguished Speaker Series in the Vanderhoef Theatre. “The University of California is a configuration of nine very excellent universities and a fledgling university […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Take a journey with Enrique and Davis Reads

A shy 5-year-old boy stands outside his house clutching his mother’s leg. He knows something is wrong.

“Don’t forget to go to church this afternoon,” she prods him, holding back tears. Then she bids farewell to his sister and aunt and walks off, never to return again.

“Where is my mother?” the boy wails. Left in the care of relatives, his life goes into a downward spiral. Finally, after years of waiting, the boy — now a teenager — sets out to find her. Alone.

The boy is Enrique, a youngster from Honduras. Heartbroken by his mother’s absence, at age 15, he embarks on the treacherous journey north.

Young kids, parents can play and learn at library

The Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis, will host a four-part parenting workshop series for children age 1-3 and their parents. The series runs from 10:15-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, from Oct. 16 to Nov. 6. These workshops will provide preschoolers and their caregivers opportunity to play together with developmentally appropriate toys, learn […]

October 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Restaurant menus remain unhealthy, study finds

While chain restaurants have added healthier entrees, their menus’ overall calorie and sodium counts haven’t budged. “Across the restaurant industry, we see a pattern of one step forward, one step back,” said Helen Wu, policy and research analyst at the Institute for Population Health Improvement at UC Davis Health System. “Restaurants make changes to their […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Visiting professor talks about Andes religion

Marco Curatola, professor and director of the Andean Studies Program at Catholic University in Lima, Peru, will speak on “An Aural Religion” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at UC Davis. His talk — which will cover the ancient and traditional Andean system of beliefs, collective representations and ritual practices — will be […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Debt restructuring to save UC more than $1 billion

The University of California announced this week that it will save $1 billion over the next decade after restructuring its debt through a series of bond sales. Through the sale of taxable and tax-exempt bonds, UC restructured $2.39 billion in debt. The sales began Sept. 23 in New York and were expected to end Wednesday. UC […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Libraries to cut hours for training

All branches of the Yolo County Library will have shortened hours on Mondays, Oct. 14 and 28, so staff may attend systemwide training. Branches will be open on those days only from 2 to 6 p.m. if the branch is normally open on Mondays, including the Stephens Branch Library at 315 E. 14th St in […]

October 04, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Read ‘Enrique’s Journey’ with the community

Upcoming events You do not need to have read the book to attend! English and Spanish speakers are welcome. All events are free. Refreshments will be served. * Monday, Oct. 7, 6-8 p.m.: Presentation of “Enrique’s Journey” and screening of companion film, Blanchard Room, Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St., Davis * Sunday, Oct. 20, 3-5 p.m.: Presentation and […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Research, policy are key in supporting ag, Chamber panelists say

There’s nothing new about how robust Yolo County’s agricultural economy is, yet there’s a certain buzz surrounding this “green Silicon Valley.” Speaking to Davis Chamber of Commerce members Tuesday about the future of regional agriculture were David Shabazian, senior planner for the Sacramento Area Council of Governments; Pam Marrone, founder and CEO of Marrone Bio […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Aggie Travel Fair planned Saturday

All are invited to an Aggie Adventures Travel Fair presented by the UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Buehler Alumni & Visitors Center on campus. Guests will learn about excursions planned for 2014 while tasting wines provided by Aggie winemakers. RSVP to For more information, call 800-242-4723 […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,