Davis Bicycles! gives away free lights

The last time this year that Davis Bicycles! will host a booth and bike light giveaway event will be at Saturday’s Farmers Market, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. Members will be giving away tail lights, selling Davis Bicycles! T-shirts and talking about grant funding the city of […]

December 19, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Elf on the Shelf backlash is bubbling up

By Leanne Italie Carly Kerby, a mom of four girls, doesn’t have the greatest track record as the Tooth Fairy, but it was another family tradition that nearly did her in: The Elf on the Shelf. In case you’ve been hitting the egg nog a little too hard all these years, the elf is a […]

December 19, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

New England digs out after more snow

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Crews worked through the night to clear roads in time for the morning commute Wednesday and school was canceled or starting late for some children across New England after several inches of snow fell. Slippery roads were blamed for accidents throughout the Northeast, including a head-on collision in Vermont that killed […]

December 18, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

City may propose taxes to help balance its budget

For the past few years, the City Council essentially has mandated that the city tighten its belt. So, Davis has cut, reorganized and negotiated its way to serious cost savings. On Tuesday, however, the council learned that all of those efforts combined, which have saved the city’s general fund almost $6 million per year, likely […]

December 18, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

DHS musicians, singers present ‘Messiah’

The Davis High School Advanced Treble Choir, Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers will be joined by the DHS Baroque Ensemble in performing Handel’s “Messiah” twice this weekend. The masterpiece will be sung by a chorus of 100 students and performed by the high school’s one-of-a-kind orchestra. Audience members Friday and Saturday will catch the holiday […]

December 20, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Council gives Explorit a shot in the arm

There may be many thorny controversies in Davis, but saving the Explorit Science Center isn’t one them. The City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously and with little comment to give a $20,000 grant to Explorit to help buoy the nonprofit center for one year. More than a week earlier, Explorit representatives asked the council for […]

December 18, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

For the record

A story published Friday about books by authors affiliated with UC Davis incorrectly reported that Carol A. Hess, author of “Representing the Good Neighbor: Music, Difference, and the Pan American Dream,” is an associate professor of music. She is a full professor.

December 18, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Council votes to pursue rescue of WPA restrooms

A divided City Council may have washed its hands of the great Davis restroom debate Tuesday night. The council voted 3-2 to pursue an end to years of debate about saving the Central Park restrooms, built by a Great Depression-era work program, by asking to partner with historical preservationists in saving the building. The partnership […]

December 18, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Local leaders fret over bypass flooding plan

As state and federal officials gather input on the controversial Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Yolo County’s leaders are answering loud and clear that they’re worried the plan will harm Yolo’s agricultural sector.

The plan is to install three water intakes on the Sacramento River that feed an underground tunnel system carrying water to pumps in the south Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. But the local problem emerges from a conservation measure that’s been proposed to mitigate …

Bob Dunning: Sticks and stones and plastic bags

As I’ve noted on several occasions, personal attacks on the Above-Pictured Columnist are most welcome in that every attack results in a significant bonus in my paycheck. Call it hazardous duty pay. But last week, after I wrote about that now-famous Facebook photo showing a seagull flying around with a Walmart bag on its head, […]

December 18, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Locals speak out against Bay Delta Conservation Plan

The proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan would impact Yolo County, so local representatives were on hand at a May 29 news conference in front of Sacramento’s Tower Bridge to speak out. From left are Yolo County Supervisors Jim Provenza and Don Saylor, both from Davis, and Mark Pruner of Clarksburg, a representative of North Delta […]

December 18, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

For the record

Attorney Jonathan Morse, representing the plaintiffs in a lawsuit over city of Davis water rates, was incorrectly referred to as plaintiff John Munn in Tuesday’s front-page story. We regret the error.

December 18, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

These are a few of my favorite things . . . about the holidays

By Barton Goldsmith For many reasons, this is my favorite time of year. One reason is not the colder weather. In fact, the temperature outside may be the only thing I don’t like, but the joy of the season more than compensates for it. Here are some of my favorite things about the holidays: * […]

December 19, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

School calendar, Explorit partnership on board’s agenda

The Davis school board faces a short but significant agenda when trustees convene their final meeting of the 2013 year at 7 p.m. Thursday. Up for discussion are a major change in the school calendar, a collaborative agreement with Explorit Science Center, a budget report and an athletic policy update. The last meeting of the […]

December 18, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,