Supervisors allocate funds to help fight increase in teen smoking

WOODLAND — Youth smoking in Yolo County more than doubled between 2007 and 2011, according to Yolo County Health Officer Dr. Constance Caldwell. “This is alarming,” Caldwell told county supervisors during their meeting on Tuesday. “If our youth begin smoking in increased numbers,” she said, “we will see this continue into adulthood.” That, in turn, […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Artisans, crafters showcased at Art Center Holiday Sale

Check it out What: Davis Art Center Holiday Sale, featuring 70 artisans and crafters, Paint-It-Yourself Ceramics Studio, Kids Craft Room, Children’s Secret Store and silent auction to fund high school art scholarships When: noon-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday Where: Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Also: Soup, kettle corn, […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Window decorating contest lights up downtown

The wonder of the holiday season will come alive in the windows of downtown Davis businesses. A total of 34 businesses will be competing for top honors of having the best holiday window decorations in the second annual contest sponsored by Davis Downtown. A panel of judges will stroll downtown streets, enjoying the festive window […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Downtown shoppers can win a $100 gift card

Downtown Davis shoppers have the opportunity to get a bit more than simply the perfect gifts for everyone on their lists this holiday season. Shoppers who spend more than $100 at retail stores downtown may submit their receipts for purchases made between Nov. 29 and Dec. 24 by mail, fax or email. Mail them to […]

December 06, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD grads return to discuss their books

Sports journalist Daniel Brown and sideline reporter Amy Gutierrez are returning to Davis Saturday, Dec. 7, to talk about and sign their new books. The UC Davis graduates also will take in the Aggie basketball game — and sign books there, too. Brown, a sports writer for the San Jose Mercury News, has written “100 […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Can you ring the holiday bell?

Salvation Army bell-ringers are still needed this Saturday in front of The Avid Reader on Second Street and SaveMart in the Anderson Plaza. In addition, volunteers are needed for shifts in front of The Avid Reader on Saturday, Dec. 21, and in front of the Davis post office on Monday, Dec. 23. Money collected in […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Top floor of garage will be closed Monday

Additional repair work is planned Monday in the parking garage at First and F streets in downtown Davis, the city of Davis has announced. No vehicles will be allowed to park on the top floor of the structure starting at approximately 11:30 p.m. Sunday. The top floor of the garage will reopen by mid- to […]

December 08, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Per Capita Davis: Freedom isn’t free

An oil company executive was asked why, if he agreed that burning fossil fuels is the major culprit in climate change, he opposed any legislation or regulation to limit that burning. His response, to summarize, was that he feared a loss of freedom, that new laws and regulations would restrict his personal choices, such as […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Cooks Collision sponsors toy drive

Local residents can help brighten a child’s day this holiday season by dropping off new, unwrapped toys at Cooks Collision of Davis. The business’ toy drive continues through Tuesday. Toys may be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at both Cooks Collision locations — 1665 Research Park Drive and 5041 Chiles Road. They will […]

December 15, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

UC Davis taps Justis to head entrepreneurship institute

Cleveland Justis, an accomplished organizational leader with more than two decades of experience, has been named executive director of the UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He started this week. “We’re very excited to have Cleve join us,” said Andrew Hargadon, a professor at UCD’s Graduate School of Management and the founder […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

More college adjuncts see strength in union numbers

By Tamar Lewin BOSTON — Gillian Mason was passionate about literature in college, so she made a career of it, earning a Ph.D. in American studies from Boston University. She had part-time teaching jobs on different campuses, but after 10 years as an adjunct she realized she would never find a tenure-track job, or even […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

American 15-year-olds lag, mainly in math, on international standardized tests

By Motoko Rich Fifteen-year-olds in the United States score in the middle of the developed world in reading and science while lagging in math, according to international standardized test results released Tuesday. While the performance of American students who took the exams last year differed little from the performance of those tested in 2009, the […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News

Seeing the toll, schools revise zero tolerance

By Lizette Alvarez FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Faced with mounting evidence that get-tough policies in schools are leading to arrest records, low academic achievement and high dropout rates that especially affect minority students, cities and school districts around the country are rethinking their approach to minor offenses. Perhaps nowhere has the shift been more pronounced […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News

Hattie Weber Museum readies for Christmas

The Hattie Weber Museum of Davis got an early Christmas present this year thanks to the generosity of Carole and Jan Brewer, who donated a large collection of photographs, documents and artifacts from the pioneer Schmeiser family. Gottfried Schmeiser married Sophia Oeste in November 1868; they moved to a ranch about five miles west of […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,