Meet Allen for coffee on Tuesday

Davis City Council candidate Sheila Allen invites interested voters to stop by Common Grounds, 2171 Cowell Blvd., for a chat between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. She’ll be happy to talk about her positions on issues and wants to get community input as well. Allen is a public health nurse, a professor and a public health […]

February 16, 2014 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

VIPS participant specializes in graffiti-removal

“George,” who works as a volunteer to remove graffiti around Davis, works downtown a lot, but because he got sick over Christmas with that bug that was going around, graffiti taggers have had a field day, he said. George said while he may not be fast in getting to it, he can keep up. “What […]

February 16, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Here are ways to to save money on all things wedding

By Rebecca Black Below are some ideas to save money as you plan your wedding. Money-saving tips for your wedding and reception: * Host your wedding and reception at the same venue. * A cake and beverage reception is perfect for an event early in the day. * Limit alcohol to beer and wine. Purchase […]

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

How-to tips for the mother of the groom

By Rebecca Black Traditionally, the mother of the bride has been the second most important person in the bridal party. She and her daughter, the bride, would take control of nearly all of the wedding planning preparations. Thankfully, this isn’t exactly how weddings are planned and executed today, as the bride and groom have more […]

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

Mannequins get a makeover to look more realistic

By Anne D’Innocenzio The one-size-fits-all mannequin is getting a much-needed makeover. At David’s Bridal, mannequins soon will get thicker waists, saggier breasts and back fat to mimic a more realistic shape. “This will give (a shopper) a better idea of what the dress will look like on her,” says Michele Von Plato, a vice president […]

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

Wedding insurance expands as nuptials get pricier

By Michael Melia Worried about the groom getting cold feet? There’s an insurance policy for that. With the cost of the average American wedding reaching about $26,000, insurers have been selling a growing number of policies to protect against losses from extreme weather, illness and, in one firm’s case, even a sudden change of heart. […]

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

For the love of it: Davis volunteers add sparkle

That woman who works the archives for the Police Department. Those people mulching at the park. That guy in the yellow hat and shirt doing traffic control downtown on Picnic Day.

They’re not getting paid.

And neither is “George,” as we’ll call him, because we don’t want everyone to know who he is. George logged more than 600 hours last year covering up graffiti, some of it gang-related.

These people are volunteers, whose motives for helping run the city range from wanting to see a nearby park shine to getting out of the house or staying active in their retirement years.

Hear about fly-fishing the Yuba River

The Fly Fishers of Davis will host Dave Barbieri on Tuesday, Feb. 25, for a program titled “Fly Fishing the Yuba River.” The Yuba River is one of the most popular known fly-fishing rivers in Northern California. Barbieri will discuss the technical nature of the river and its hard-fighting fish, which combine to make it […]

February 20, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Need a new best friend?

Marge is a super-sweet 3 1/2-year-old spayed female purebred German shepherd who plays well with other dogs and loves to hang out with her human friends. She’s bright and extremely good-natured. Batman is an adorable 1 1/2- to 2-year-old neutered male Basengi mix who is a little guy with a big personality. Batman is very playful, […]

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

Another messy morning in winter-weary Northeast

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Commuters faced slick, slush-covered roads on Friday after yet another winter storm brought snow and ice to the East Coast, leaving at least 21 people dead, including a pregnant woman struck by a mini-plow in New York City whose baby was then born by cesarean section. The latest go-round of bad weather […]

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

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 ,