School arts grant applications due Oct. 31

The Davis School Arts Foundation is accepting grant applications for the 2013-14 school year. The foundation is a local nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that has been dedicated to keeping the arts in Davis public schools for more than 30 years. Through donations from local individuals and businesses, the foundation is able to provide grants to support […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Military expert talks about women under pressure

“How She Really Does It,” a radio show with Koren Motekaitis, airs live from 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays on KDRT, 95.7 FM, or by live webstreaming at This week’s guest is Elizabeth M. Norman, R.N., Ph.D., a professor at New York University and the author of “Women at War: The Story of Fifty […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Water-wise plants take center stage at Central Park Gardens sale

Central Park Gardens will celebrate seven years of volunteer-led garden improvements at its annual open house and plant sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Master Gardener volunteers and members of the gardens’ steering committee will answer questions and sell plants in five of the seven demonstration gardens, at Third and B streets […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Pepper-spray cop gets $38K in workers’ comp

The former campus cop seen in a viral video pepper-spraying student protesters will receive workers’ compensation totaling $38,056.

John Pike, 40, of Roseville, reportedly suffered depression and anxiety brought on by death threats he and his family received after the Nov. 18, 2011, confrontation at an Occupy UC Davis encampment.

Administrative Law Judge Harter approved the settlement between Pike and the University of California on Oct. 16.

UC Davis Academic Federation honors Jeff Loux

Pay tribute What: Jeff Loux honored at the James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award dinner When: 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1; reservations due Friday Where: Ballroom B, UC Davis Conference Center RSVP: Tickets are $35 each; pay by credit card at 530-752-2262 or check payable to “UC Regents,” mailed to Ceremonies and Special Events, UC […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Fall Festival celebrates the harvest season

Check it out What: Davis Farmers Market Fall Festival, featuring a Kids’ Costume Parade at 11 a.m., a free pumpkin patch, petting zoo, pony rides, children’s crafts, live music and, of course, the market When: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday Where: Central Park, Third and C streets Local food, local farmers and the harvest season are […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Springer to be featured on KDRT show

Sally P. Springer, co-author of the book “Admission Matters,” will be the guest this week on “Through the Looking Glass,” a talk show on KDRT, 95.7FM. Host Judith Plank will interview Springer about her popular book, which answers questions such as why college admissions have become so competitive, what colleges look for in an applicant, […]

October 24, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Comings & Goings: Ice CREAM sandwiches a hit; The Melt comes next

It’s time for this month’s recap of downtown Davis business changes. All of these items appeared in a similar format in earlier Comings & Goings columns. ———— The rain was steady on Sept. 21, but so was the line for free ice cream sandwiches on opening day for CREAM. Ice cream fans, especially teens and […]

October 25, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Council wants to see full range of options for Mace site

The City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to direct staff to bring back a report Nov. 12 with all the possible land-use options for 391 acres of farmland just east of Davis before it’s locked away in conservation forever. Councilwoman Rochelle Swanson, who made the motion, hopes at that meeting the council can decide whether the […]

October 23, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

County supervisors hit the brakes on Dunnigan plan

WOODLAND — Yolo County supervisors on Tuesday refused to move forward with an environmental impact report for the Dunnigan Specific Plan, citing ongoing concerns that the project would not produce enough jobs to keep the town from becoming just another commuter suburb whose residents travel to work in Davis, Woodland or Sacramento. In the works […]

October 23, 2013 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Being a locavore can be challenging

Admittedly, it’s a bit easier to be a locavore in Yolo County or the Central Valley of California than it is in, say, Leith, N.D., but unless I want to starve to death, it’s time to join the movement. So, I’ve been trying very hard when I’m at Nugget to buy only those products that […]

October 23, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Annual rise in cost of public college slows

By Tamar Lewin Tuition and fees at public universities increased less than 3 percent this academic year, the smallest rise in three decades, according to the annual College Board reports on trends in pricing and aid. “This does not mean that college is suddenly more affordable, but it does mean that the rapid growth of […]

October 23, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Smoke, but no fire, in Davis

A strong smell of smoke detected in Davis on Tuesday — particularly in the east and south areas of town — apparently drifted in from the Woodland area, according to the Davis Fire Department. Woodland fire officials said they had not responded to any active fires Tuesday afternoon and noted that the smoke may have […]

October 23, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Woodland city worker accused of embezzlement

A Woodland city employee was arrested on embezzlement charges Monday, accused of bilking the Woodland City Employees Association of more than $36,000 over a three-year period, according to police. Ronald Dean Scott, 55, served as treasurer of the employee-funded organization during the alleged embezzlement, which occurred between 2009 and 2012 and did not involve any […]

October 23, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,