Obama turns attention to California drought

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opening a weekend trip to California, President Barack Obama on Friday will offer millions in federal aid for the drought-stricken state, then hold an unusual West Coast meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, a key U.S. partner in the Middle East. After wrapping up his official business, Obama will spend the weekend […]

February 14, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Winters murder suspect allegedly caught with weapon

The man accused of gunning down his former girlfriend in downtown Winters may face additional charges after allegedly being caught with a makeshift weapon inside the Yolo County Jail. William Carl Gardner III was arrested “in house” on Jan. 16 after jail staff found a sharp object in his possession, said Capt. Robin Faille, the […]

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

Bob Dunning: A tax is a tax no matter how small

PENNIES FROM HEAVEN … for most of Tuesday night’s meeting, Davis City Council members seemed nearly unanimous in their resolve to raise $5.1 million — or at least attempt to raise $5.1 million — by putting a measure on the June 3 ballot to increase the local sales tax by three-fourths of a penny … […]

February 14, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Burglars target Woodland electronics store

Woodland police are investigating a burglary that cost an electronics store thousands of dollars in losses. Sgt. Brett Hancock reported that officers were dispatched at 12:50 a.m. Thursday to Best Buy, 2165 Bronze Star Drive, where the business’ burglary alarm had sounded. “Within minutes of being dispatched, officers arrived only to find suspects had made […]

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

Dog bite reported in Northstar Park

Yolo County Animal Services Section seeking the public’s help in locating a biting dog involved in an incident in the area of Northstar Park in Davis. A search of the area has been unsuccessful. The incident occurred at about 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7. The victim, an adult female, had stopped to say hello to […]

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

Election season has begun

If you’re considering running for Davis City Council, there’s still plenty of time. The official candidacy filing period opened Monday and continues through Friday, March 7. But due to an old rule enshrined in election code, if an incumbent doesn’t file for re-election, the deadline is extended five days. That scenario is likely this election […]

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

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 ,