Public intoxication, disorderly conduct arrests usher in Picnic Day revelry

Davis police had made a number of arrests for public intoxication and disorderly conduct by early evening on Saturday, but it was too soon to tell how the Picnic Day revelry in Davis would compare to the unruly — and sometimes violent — behavior in previous years, according to Davis Police Lt. Paul Doroshov. “It […]

April 13, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Santa Barbara melee spurs calls to party less hard

SANTA BARBARA (AP) — With streets still littered in glass and garbage cans overflowing with red cups and bottles, UC Santa Barbara students were trying to shake off a lingering hangover from an annual spring party morphed into a raucous and violent blowout. Once proud to attend one of the nation’s best-known party schools, some […]

April 13, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Crash victim escapes from burning car

Tragedy was averted Saturday morning when a passenger in a West Sacramento crash was able to escape from the vehicle just before it burst into flames, the California Highway Patrol reported. The crash occurred at about 9:30 a.m. on westbound Highway 80 near Reed Avenue, where the driver of a Toyota sedan failed to notice […]

April 13, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

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What: “Call of the Wolf”: an Earth Day celebration plus awards presentation When: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27 Where: Veterans’Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St., Davis Admission: $10 adults, $5 children Pre-register: at www.cooldaviscallofthewolf.eventbrite.com Info: [email protected]

April 13, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Bob Dunning: Looking for a seat at the table

So, you’re willing to give back to the community by offering to volunteer to fill just under six months of the 2½ years remaining on Nancy Peterson’s School Board term, figuring it’s the least you can do for the city you love. Well, you’d better take a number and get in line, for the list […]

April 13, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

City shows life without another sales tax

Learn more What: City Council meeting When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Community Chambers, City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Enjoy the twinkling lights downtown at night? The same level of public safety? Parks maintenance? That nice woman who answers your questions at the city clerk’s office? Better vote for Measure O, the city’s proposed half-percent sales […]

April 13, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Alan Fernandes enters school board race

On Friday, Alan Fernandes announced he will be a candidate for appointment to the vacant Davis school board seat, to be selected by the board at a special  meeting on May 8. He also will be on the ballot as a candidate for the school board in the November election as the appointee will serve […]

April 13, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

School district tally indicates an average of three complaints investigated externally each year

By the numbers 2010-11 Total investigations: 16 Conducted internally: 13 Conducted externally: 3 External investigations cost: $58,127 External investigations hours: 271 2011-12 Total investigations: 13 Conducted internally: 10 Conducted externally: 3 External investigations cost: $82,408 External investigations hours: 379 2012-13 Total investigations: 27 Conducted internally: 25 Conducted externally: 2 External investigations cost: $37,514 External investigations […]

April 13, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Family fiction in miniature showcased at bookstore event

Davis writer Rick Palkovic and his siblings will sign their new book, “Limit 55” — a collection of 26 stories only 55 words each and illustrations published in miniature book format — at The Avid Reader on Saturday, April 19. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. at 617 Second St. downtown. The Palkovic siblings […]

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

Take a bike tour of UCD’s Arboretum

Soak in the colors, sights and sounds of the Arboretum on a one-hour guided bike tour at 2 p.m. Saturday. Come prepared with your bike and water bottle; the pace will be leisurely to allow for exploration and questions. The event is free, and parking is available at no charge on the weekends along Garrod Drive […]

April 15, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Mom takes witness stand in Davis elder-abuse trial

WOODLAND — She was called as a prosecution witness, but a Davis woman came to the defense of her son Friday at his trial for allegedly causing the death of a mentally impaired man who spent several years in his care. “Jimmy was the helper,” Darlene Mattos said of son James Matthew Mattos, 53, who […]

April 13, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Paws for Thought: Dogs truly do make us healthier

Remember all those cautions about dirty dogs? Well scientific evidence offers a more positive view. For starters, research shows that not only do people have 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells, but that our canine companion’s microbes add to that mix, and that’s good. Scientists are finding that a diverse microbiome plays a […]

April 15, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Raw milk bill spoils in Assembly

Two years ago, small family farmers who were issued cease-and-desist letters for sharing or selling their raw milk without a permit sought input from the California Department of Food and Agriculture and others to figure out a way of sharing and selling the excess raw milk. Home dairy farmers, with technical input from agencies such […]

April 13, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Heinemeier, Hallmark Properties are helping the planet

Learn more What: “Call of the Wolf”: an Earth Day celebration plus awards presentation When: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27 Where: Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St., Davis Admission: $10 adults, $5 children Pre-register: at www.cooldaviscallofthewolf.eventbrite.com Info: [email protected] * Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series highlighting Cool Davis’ Eco-Heroes and Climate Solutions Award winners. Today’s […]

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