Saylor teams with Farm Bureau for ‘Crown Jewels’ tour

Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor of Davis and the Yolo County Farm Bureau are collaborating on a tour of the county’s top three crops by volume — tomatoes, wine grapes and rice. The “Crown Jewels of Yolo County” tour will take place on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Attendees will gather […]

August 18, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Court Watch Council will meet Sunday in Davis

The Vanguard Court Watch Council of Yolo County invites community members to share concerns about the judicial system, provide testimony and give personal accounts of contemporary cases in the Yolo Superior Court system. The meeting will run from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, in the Blanchard Room of the Stephens Branch Library, 315 […]

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

Tuition isn’t the only bill college students see

By Philip Elliott WASHINGTON — Despite all the grumbling about tuition increases and student loan costs, other college expenses also are going up. The price of housing and food trumps tuition costs for students who attend two- and four-year public universities in their home states, according to a College Board survey. Even with the lower […]

August 20, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

School standards’ debut is rocky, and critics pounce

By Motoko Rich The Common Core, a set of standards for kindergarten through high school that has been ardently supported by the Obama administration and many business leaders and state legislatures, is facing growing opposition from both the right and the left even before it has been properly introduced into classrooms. Tea party conservatives, who […]

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

Davis Downtown unveils new website, mobile app

Business owners and community members are invited to Davis Downtown’s brown-bag lunch meeting Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the Varsity Theatre to take a look at the redesigned Davis Downtown website and new mobile application scheduled for release this month. The website will host a variety of new features that give visitors access to a wealth […]

August 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Sidewalk sentry

Milo the Shop Cat is a furry friend to all in downtown Davis. He can be found daily hanging out in B&L Bike Shop, B&L Too or begging for table scraps in front of Zia’s Deli, all on Fourth Street. “Milo loves people and food,” says his Facebook page, Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

August 18, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Judge halts water releases for salmon

FRESNO (AP) — A U.S. District judge in California has temporarily halted the planned releases of water from a Northern California reservoir to prevent a salmon kill in the lower Klamath River. The judge ordered the releases from the Trinity Reservoir temporarily stopped until Aug. 21. The order comes after farmers in California’s San Joaquin […]

August 16, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Richmond mayor demands bank drop foreclosure lawsuit

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 […]

August 16, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

What are the impacts of parcel tax change?

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. […]

August 16, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis trustees modify school parcel tax

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 […]

August 16, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Bob Dunning: It’s taco time at the county fair

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 […]

August 16, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Monsanto opens huge new lab in Woodland

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.

August 16, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

DUI checkpoint Friday in rural Yolo County

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 […]

August 16, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Celebrate cycling at Bike Fun Fest

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 […]

August 16, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,