City manager to leave Davis in April

Davis City Manager Steve Pinkerton is going to Lake Tahoe, and it’s no weekend jaunt. He’ll be staying put at Incline Village as the general manager of the Incline Village General Improvement District, which handles trash, water, sewer and recreation. Pinkerton will be paid an annual base salary of $175,000 under a contract finalized Wednesday, […]

February 14, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Explorit: Science and romance of the full moon

The full moon anticipated for Friday night coinciding with Valentine’s Day will have those of a romantic bent swooning, but could there be an underlying scientific cause for our association of a full moon with romance? We know that the moon exerts some influence over the natural world by the way its gravitational pull regulates […]

February 14, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Davis cops arrest three for burglaries

Three local men have been arrested in connection with a series of residential burglaries, according to the Davis Police Department. Lt. Glenn Glasgow said the arrests stemmed from an ongoing investigation into the string of 2013 home burglaries, and which led to 21-year-old Jacob Hernandez being taken into custody on Wednesday. In addition, Hernandez’s brother, […]

February 14, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Alleged robbery attempt leads to arrest

Davis police arrested a 31-year-old Capitola man Wednesday morning in response to reports of an attempted strong-arm robbery. At about 6:45 a.m., Michael Brantley allegedly approached an employee of a business at Third and D streets and demanded that person’s phone and car keys, but the victim punched Brantley twice and left the scene. Officers […]

February 14, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Substitute teachers are in demand

Their phones ring — sometimes before dawn — with a last-minute request to show up for work shortly after the sun rises. If they accept the assignment, they often don’t really know what sort of activity they’ll be doing until they actually arrive at work. The pay isn’t anything to boast about. And benefits? Don’t […]

February 14, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Database compares cities’ water use

A water use comparison database shows Davis somewhere in the middle compared to water used by residents and businesses in surrounding cities in Yolo County and the Sacramento Valley.

Davis faucets run 202 gallons per day per capita, which is less than in some surrounding cities: Woodland, 289; West Sacramento, 305; and Sacramento, 279. Neighboring towns that conserve more water are Dixon at 171 gallons per day and Vacaville at 172. Winters water use was not listed.

The database draws upon information from the California Department of Water Resources and was posted in the San Jose Mercury News on Feb. 8.

Advocates (heart) the UC Davis Med Center

UC Davis Medical Center is a winner of the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals in Heart Care. February is American Heart Month and an important time to raise awareness of heart care, as one in every four women dies from heart disease in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers […]

February 14, 2014 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Junior highs plan parent information meetings

Emerson, Harper and Holmes junior high schools will hold parent/guardian information meetings for incoming seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade student planning for the 2014-15 school year on the following dates: * Emerson, 2121 Calaveras Ave., meetings are in the library from 6 to 7:30 p.m.: incoming seventh grade, Tuesday March 4; incoming eighth grade, Wednesday, Feb. 26; […]

February 18, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

For the record

Thursday’s Davis Board of Education vote on volleyball coach Julie Crawford’s right to appeal was 4-0, with Nancy Peterson not voting because she recused herself.

February 14, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

School board allows coach to appeal

The Davis school board voted this morning — after meeting for nearly three hours in closed session — to grant an appeal to volleyball coach Julie Crawford, whose coaching contract was not renewed following an investigation into a parental complaint.

Reading from a carefully worded statement, school board president Gina Daleiden announced that the decision was made on a 4-0 vote, with Nancy Peterson “absent because she recused herself from public comment, closed session and voting on this matter.”

Auction benefits Fairfield School

The Davis community is invited to Fairfield Elementary School’s annual auction, which runs from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Lillard Hall, 24905 County Road 95 in rural West Davis. This fundraising event will feature both live and silent auctions with a variety of items up for bid, including season passes for four […]

February 14, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

NSA to Congress: Snowden copied co-worker password

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency is telling Congress that former NSA analyst Edward Snowden gained access to at least some classified files by copying a password from a co-worker who has now resigned. The unnamed civilian employee resigned last month after the government revoked his security clearance, according to a letter to the […]

February 13, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Winter storm takes aim at Mid-Atlantic, Northeast

WASHINGTON (AP) — After pummeling wide swaths of the South, a winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of the Mid-Atlantic region as it marched Northeast and threatened more power outages, traffic headaches and widespread closures for millions of residents. Baltimore awoke to 15 inches of snow, measured in Pimlico, the […]

February 13, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

L.A.’s I-5 is state’s most congested freeway

LOS ANGELES (AP) — On traffic maps, Interstate 5 in and around Los Angeles is a very angry road. It’s red. For mile upon mile, hour after hour. That hardly makes “the 5″ (as locals call it) unique in a region where the expansive freeway grid is notoriously traffic locked. But one route has to […]

February 13, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,