Swastika on school track investigated

The Davis Police Department is investigating a reported hate incident at Holmes Junior High School. Lt. Glenn Glasgow said that, sometime over the weekend, someone drew a swastika in the dirt on the running track at the Drexel Drive campus, along with an unidentified person’s name. School officials reported the incident following its discovery shortly […]

December 17, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Judge to rule on Davis water rates

WOODLAND — A judge said Monday afternoon he will make a final ruling likely next month to determine the fate of a lawsuit against Davis’ anticipated water and wastewater rates. Opponents to the result of the city’s months-long water rate-setting process earlier this year made their case in front of Yolo Superior Court Judge Dan […]

December 17, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Chemical weapons watchdog meets to OK Syria plan

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog is meeting to approve a definitive plan for ridding Syria of its declared stockpile of toxic chemicals in just over six months. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons already has drawn up a timeline for the destruction of Syria’s poison gas and nerve […]

December 17, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Big Sur fire destroys 15 homes, forces 100 to flee

BIG SUR (AP) — A wildfire burning Monday in the Big Sur area of California destroyed at least 15 homes and forced about 100 people to evacuate as it chewed through dry vegetation on its way toward the ocean. No injuries were reported. The fire burned about 500 acres in the Pfeiffer Ridge area of […]

December 17, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

UCSF chancellor to step down in March

University of California President Janet Napolitano announced Thursday that UC San Francisco Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann will step down in March to become chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Napolitano, in a statement to the UC community, said she had accepted Desmond-Hellmann’s decision to leave with “a confluence of emotions.” “I am […]

December 17, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

For the record

Friday’s story on salmon spawning in Putah Creek omitted credit for the underwater photo of salmon in the creek. The picture was taken by photographer/biologist Ken W. Davis of Wildlife Photo + Survey, using his proprietary underwater video and photographic technique.

December 17, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Enjoy an early walk with Sierra Club

Sierra Club hosts brisk morning walks in Davis on Tuesdays and Thursdays year-round. The group meets at 7 a.m. at Peet’s Coffee & Tea at The Marketplace at Covell Boulevard and Sycamore Lane. All are welcome. Rain will cancel the walk. The walk covers about 4.5 miles in 90 minutes, returning to Peet’s Coffee at […]

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

Radio show examines gift-giving

Hear “Through the Looking Glass” on KDRT, 95.7 FM, at 4 p.m. Thursday with Dr. Gitane, a psychotherapist and life coach. She will talk about “The Legend of the Christmas Prayer” by Brian Morgan — a book small in size yet extra-large in significance, Gitane says. The story may shift your perspective about gift-giving and […]

December 17, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Chamber, SPCA host evening social

The Davis Chamber of Commerce and the Yolo County SPCA invite local residents to the Chamber’s December Evening Social from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. This is the last Davis Chamber event of 2013 and will take place at the Yolo County SPCA Thrift Store, 920 Third St., Suite F, in downtown Davis. The Yolo […]

December 17, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Mercy rule is an insult to all

MERCY, MERCY … as an avid high school football fan, I was disappointed to see “running time” instituted last Saturday night in the Northern California Regional Open championship game as perennial prep powerhouse De La Salle of Concord was crushing Folsom High School … “running time” is football’s version of baseball’s “mercy rule” and basically […]

December 17, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Foursome who robbed man sought

Davis police are seeking the suspects in a robbery that occurred early Sunday morning in East Davis. Lt. Glenn Glasgow said the victim was walking along a greenbelt in the 3000 block of Fifth Street at about 1 a.m. when he was confronted by four juveniles who demanded the man’s property, then punched him before […]

December 17, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Health care, tech workers, researchers to vote on contract

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Voting is set to begin on a contract for more than 12,000 researchers, technical employees and health care professionals who work for the University of California — a deal one labor observer said Monday could serve as a guidepost for other unions still trying to hammer out agreements with the system. […]

December 17, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Large-scale dream led to aquarium’s opening

Plenty of fish in the sea is right; there are more than 32,000 species of these aquatic animals in the world. And a pair of UC Davis graduates have aspired to introduce locals to some of them.

James Krause and Norm Ponferrada both attended UCD for marine biology, and bonded over their shared passion for fish life. Together, the students aspired to open what is now Rivers to Reef, an aquarium in downtown Davis.

“Something like seven years ago we said, …”

Jessie Ann Owens to step down in June

Jessie Ann Owens plans to step down in June from her role as dean of the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, UC Davis announced on Monday. Owen has led the division of the College of Letters and Science for eight of its 20 years. She will return to her role as a professor […]

December 17, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,