Napolitano confirmed as UC chief

SAN FRANCISCO — The University of California’s governing board voted Thursday to appoint Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as the first female president of the 10-campus system despite objections to her record on immigration.

Napolitano said her leadership experience as a cabinet secretary and governor of Arizona had prepared her for leading the university system with 240,000 students.

“Let me acknowledge that I am not a traditional candidate for this position,” the 55-year-old Napolitano told the regents.

Here, kitty, kitty?

Firefighter Jesse Hodorowski helps rescue Rocky, a 3-year-old, approximately 6-foot-long monitor lizard, from a tree in South Davis.

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

Good news, bad news for city on water financing

The city recently got some good news and some bad news related to financing its share of the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency surface water project. The good news, ironically, comes in the form of a contaminated supply of drinking water. The bad news is that the rates the city adopted to pay for the $110 […]

July 19, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

ES sedan offered as a hybrid, too

The best-selling Lexus car, the ES entry-luxury sedan, now comes as a gasoline-electric hybrid, and what a fine hybrid it is. The 2013 ES 300h has an impressive government fuel economy rating of 40 miles per gallon in city driving and 39 mpg on the highway; it earned an overall five-out-of-five-stars safety rating in federal […]

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

Web design workshop offered July 27

A web design workshop will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Davis Art Center, 1919 F St. Students will learn to make and personalize their own websites. No programming experience is necessary. The fee is $40. Students will first learn the basic concepts of the Web: browsers, Web pages and Web […]

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

Neighbors join forces to create ‘Awesome Art!’ for kids

For some kids in Davis, summer camp means walking out into their back yard, or over to a neighbor’s house. Over the past six years, a few close families in Village Homes have pooled resources and children to create a new model for the summer camp experience. These kids have enjoyed weeklong programs in a […]

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

San Jose State suspends online courses

SAN JOSE (AP) — San Jose State University is suspending online courses for credit that were announced with great fanfare and backing from the governor in January, saying it wants to improve student performance. San Jose State spokeswoman Patricia Harris said Thursday that the school is putting five courses it co-developed with Palo Alto-based Udacity […]

July 19, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press

Stroll Through History showcases Woodland

Woodland’s Stroll Through History will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 7. Free guided walking tours through the historic neighborhoods will highlight homes from the 1870s through the 1940s. There also will be two bike tours in the morning. The popular ticketed open home tour will feature houses built from the 1870s to the […]

July 28, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

‘Old People Driving’ will be re-screened

“Old People Driving,” a documentary featuring the late Herbert Bauer, will be re-screened at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. The film chronicles the adventures of two senior citizens as they confront the end of their driving years. The film dispels some of the myths about elderly drivers without shying […]

July 19, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Real estate market continues to heat up, statewide and locally

Several indicators point toward an increasingly busy real estate market, both at the statewide level, and locally in Yolo County. This week, the California Department of Finance issued its monthly finance bulletin, reflecting an analysis of transactions during the month of May. Among the conclusions: * “Residential real estate markets (statewide) were characterized by rising […]

July 21, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

More mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

More evidence of West Nile virus has been detected in Yolo and Sacramento counties as 26 mosquito samples tested positive Wednesday, the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District announced.  “We are continuing our surveillance and control efforts,” said David Brown, district manager. “To date, we’ve seen a favorable response to the work we performed, and […]

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

Men’s Talk, Drum Circle set for Aug. 6

The next Davis Community Men’s Talk and Drum Circle will be from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 600 A St. (note the new address), near City Hall. All men 18 years and older are welcome to attend these free monthly events. “Many men seek ways to know their deeper selves, and many […]

July 25, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Lots of fun left in city summer camps

There are only five weeks left for city of Davis summer camps. City leaders offer five reasons why summer camp in beneficial for kids: * They grow more independent — camp is the perfect place for kids to practice making decisions for themselves without teachers and parents guiding every move; * They have free time for unstructured play […]

July 21, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Menu announced for ninth annual Village Feast

Guests at the ninth annual Village Feast — which begins at noon Saturday, Aug. 24, in Davis’ Central Park — will dine on grilled lamb, heirloom tomatoes, fingerling potatoes and a fruit tart, with all proceeds benefiting farm-to-school programs. Tickets are $75 per person in advance, and are available at the Davis Food Co-op, 620 G […]

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