Work set to begin on huge downtown mural

Work was expected to begin Thursday on a mural on the west-facing wall of the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. downtown. The mural, funded by a donation from Dave Rosenberg, will encompass four panels depicting a street scene in Davis, with a juxtaposition of the historic Davis arch, the Davis Farmers Market pavilion […]

August 09, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Need a new best friend?

Charlie is a handsome, sweet, 18-month-old neutered male Rottweiler who’s very people-friendly. He’s a little shy and loves to be snuggled close to his two-legged friends. Sparkle is an 8-week-old female foxhound cross who’s full of puppy fun and can’t wait to be held and played with. They and many other dogs will be available for adoption […]

August 09, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Groups will talk about community conservation collaboration

In recent years, high school field trips have become uncommon or completely absent. The cost of a substitute teacher to stay back with students who cannot attend, and a bus to get students to the site, is simply more than many local schools can afford. A few nonprofit organizations in Yolo County are working to […]

August 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Sessions introduce foster care

Two opportunities are coming up to learn more about foster care and adoption from foster care in Yolo County. An “Introduction to Foster Care and Adoption” session will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, in the Community Room at the Turner Branch Library, 1212 Merkley Ave. in West Sacramento. A second workshop […]

August 22, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yamada endorses Pope for 4th District Assembly seat

Napa County Planning Commissioner Matt Pope got a boost this week in his bid to represent the 4th Assembly District with an endorsement from current Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis. Yamada was first elected to the Assembly in 2008 and terms out next year. Also seeking the seat are Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza, Davis Mayor Pro […]

August 09, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Garden Doctor: These ‘apples’ are a sign of tree pest

Question: What are these? Are they harmful to the tree or anything else? This picture was taken in the parking area of Davis Community Garden on Fifth Street. At first glance, these look like pretty apples, but they are not. Answer: These interesting growths are the native oak tree’s response to a foreign invader, in […]

August 11, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Explorit Science Center: See meteor shower late Sunday

By Vinita Domier It’s time again for the much-anticipated astronomical fireworks in the night sky — the annual Perseid meteor shower. This year, the celestial light show peaks at predawn on Sunday/Monday, with good viewing a few nights before and after the peak. As the waxing crescent moon will be setting about 10 p.m. Sunday, the […]

August 09, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Safe Routes to School conference showcases Davis

Education and safety experts who attend next week’s Safe Routes to School national conference in Sacramento will take a bicycle tour of Davis from 1:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The 14-mile tour, focusing on “Beyond the Bike Lane: Programs and Infrastructure in the Bicycling Capital of America,” will provide wheels-on training that mimics a child’s school […]

August 09, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Hunt widens in abduction case

LAKESIDE (AP) — Amber Alerts expanded to Oregon and Washington as authorities searched for a Southern California man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old girl and wanted in the death of the girl’s mother and possibly her 8-year-old brother. Oregon state police said there was a possible sighting of James Lee DiMaggio’s blue Nissan Versa in […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Hundreds flee SoCal wildfire

BANNING (AP) — A thousand firefighters battled a growing wildfire in the inland mountains of Southern California early Thursday, trying to save small communities where some home have been lost and an estimated 1,500 residents were forced to flee. Flames roiled along foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains in Banning Pass 90 miles east of […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

BART, unions lay out positions before panel

OAKLAND (AP) — The Bay Area Rapid Transit agency and two of its unions still appear a long way from resolving their bitter labor dispute as demonstrated before a fact-finding appointed panel by Gov. Jerry Brown. With a threat of another strike looming, tens of millions of dollars apparently separate BART’s contract proposal from that […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Decisions on paid parking, structure looming for downtown task force

No parking recommendations just yet. At its meeting Wednesday, the Downtown Parking Task Force, charged by the City Council to offer up solutions to outstanding downtown parking problems, was unable to finish its work refining a package of changes to downtown parking policy. Faced with a laundry list of proposals that staff has asked the […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Burglary probe leads to mother-son arrests

Davis police arrested a local woman and her son on drug and weapon charges Tuesday during an investigation into a series of burglaries. Jessie Herrera, 35, and 19-year-old Vicente Herrera were taken into custody at their apartment at 2526 E. Eighth St., where Davis police, working in cooperation with the Yolo County Narcotics Enforcement Team, […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Hit-and-run suspect enters not-guilty plea

WOODLAND — A memorial of balloons, flowers and an American flag marks the spot where a 53-year-old Woodland man died in an alleged hit-and-run collision early Monday morning. A few blocks away, the suspected driver in that crash pleaded not guilty Wednesday to gross vehicular manslaughter and other charges in connection with Douglas William Gatie’s […]

August 08, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,