SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The mayor of a financially struggling Northern California city and several supporters showed up unannounced Thursday at Wells Fargo Bank’s downtown headquarters to demand it drop a lawsuit fighting a novel plan to refinance hundreds of “underwater” mortgages. Bank officials blocked Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and several supporters from entering the […]
The Davis school board’s decision Thursday night to move to a uniform rate of $204 per parcel per year under Measure E will have impacts on some Davis-area property owners, but not others. For owners of single-family homes, there will be no changes. Single-family homes will be charged $204 per parcel per year, as before. […]
Acknowledging court decisions earlier this year striking down portions of a school parcel tax in Alameda County, the Davis Board of Education voted Thursday to take out portions of the district’s recently approved parcel tax, Measure E, that would have charged local single-family homes and multi-unit dwellings at different tax rates. The board’s decision means […]
HOLY GUACAMOLE … I’ve always said there’s no fear of running into a fellow Davisite at the Yolo County Fair, given that most residents of the Second Most Educated City in America don’t “do Woodland.” … after all, county fairs — with their emphasis on beauty queens, corn dogs, destruction derbies, deep-fried Snickers bars, tractor […]
Monsanto Company unveiled a $31 million, state-of-the-art laboratory and office expansion of its vegetable and seed research headquarters Thursday, making Yolo County the home of the world’s largest site dedicated to vegetable seed health research.
Several hundred Monsanto employees and local government officials attended the grand opening ceremony. The facility will employ 250 full-time workers and 150 contract seasonal employees, including UC Davis student interns who scout for issues developing in the field.
Monsanto, whose products are sold in 160 countries, has 4,000 employees worldwide.
The Woodland California Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday night in the unincorporated area of Yolo County. “DUI is a public safety problem, and sobriety checkpoints are a valuable tool in combatting this major roadway danger,” CHP Officer Bryan Konvalin said in a news release. “Sobriety checkpoints serve three major purposes: deterrence, removal […]
Bike Fun Fest, a street party to celebrate Davis’ first community bike mural, is planned from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday along Third Street between E and F streets. Live music, do-it-yourself bicycle and helmet decorating and free art activities are planned. Families also can pick up back-to-school bike safety information. The event is co-sponsored […]
The California Legislature Thursday gave its final stamp of approval to Senate Joint Resolution 1, a measure urging Congress and the president to support comprehensive gun violence prevention policy at the federal level. “The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School and other recent mass shootings, as well as the daily carnage on streets and in […]
WOODLAND — A Yolo Superior Court judge Thursday ordered a second trial in a Davis homicide case. Already convicted of attempted murder, James Elron Mings will be retried on allegations that the crime was premeditated, a finding that would determine the length of his prison sentence. The jury in Mings’ first trial in May deadlocked […]
A former bus driver for Yolo Employment Services was convicted of rape and other charges last week following a trial in Yolo Superior Court, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. Thomas Vukodinovich, 74, faces up to 27 years in state prison at his Sept. 20 sentencing hearing. A jury found Vukodinovich, a Woodland […]
A San Rafael-based animal protection organization is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to further investigate UC Davis’ treatment of animals undergoing lengthy procedures under general anesthesia. The complaint by In Defense of Animals is based on the results of a June 5 report based on a routine USDA inspection of records in the office […]
They’re back! Judith Plank, former host of “A Broad Perspective,” and Gitane, “Dr. G” of “Heart to Heart,” return with “Through the Looking Glass” at 4 p.m. Thursdays on KDRT, 95.7 FM. Beginning Sept. 5, Plank will offer a closer look at current affairs, local events, views and factors playing a part in our approach to daily […]
Parents and caregivers with preschool-aged children are invited to a play date from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at the Davis Waldorf School’s garden, 3100 Sycamore Lane in North Davis. The group will enjoy playtime outside, with a light snack and a craft for parents. Preschool teacher Trisha Lambert will be in attendance. “It will […]
Two species of bacteria living on the ocean floor have teamed up in a unique symbiotic relationship to form a critical link in the Earth’s nitrogen cycle, reports a research team that includes two UC Davis microbiologists. The scientists, led by researchers affiliated with the University of Southern California, published their findings about the novel […]