State looks to raise minimum wage

LOS ANGELES — California’s top lawmakers on Wednesday pledged their support for a plan to raise the minimum wage in the state to $10 an hour, which could soon give California workers the highest minimum pay rate in the country. In a rare show of backing for pending legislation, Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, announced […]

September 12, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Connectivity, senior housing in The Cannery questioned at Planning Commission meeting

It’s showtime for The Cannery. In the first of five public meetings that will culminate in a decision by the City Council on whether to approve a 547-unit residential development in North Davis, the city’s Planning Commission hosted a workshop Wednesday to begin digging into the final proposal and to ask questions about the project. […]

September 12, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Child-porn charges filed against Davis indecent-exposure suspects

The July arrests of two state workers on suspicion of indecent exposure at a Davis park have led to federal child exploitation charges against the pair, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento announced Wednesday. Two federal criminal complaints unsealed Wednesday allege that 30-year-old Wenyi Xu of Folsom made sexually explicit images of her own child, […]

September 12, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Excitement in sports? Try these ideas

Last month the brain trust that runs the National Football League decided to make the much-maligned Pro Bowl more “exciting” for fans, which means the door has finally been kicked wide open to make all sports more exciting for the armchair quarterbacks, wannabe point guards and would-be goalies of the world. Yes, excitement is what […]

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USDA team tries to make good food taste better

By Stacy Finz In a big nondescript building on Buchanan Street in Albany, scientists are trying to solve the world’s food mysteries. Why do some imported black olives taste like cow dung? What is that pleasant toasty flavor in basmati rice? How can you maximize vitamin D in a mushroom? They’re hunkering down in the […]

November 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yolo Farm to Every Fork program tackles ‘food deserts’

David Shabazian, principal project expert with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, will speak about food deserts in our region as part of the Yolo Farm to Every Fork lecture series. His talk will begin at noon Tuesday at the Davis Chamber of Commerce office, 604 Third St. in downtown Davis. It is free and […]

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

GOP celebrates Constitution Day with dinner Tuesday

The Yolo County Republican Party announces the 2013 Constitution Day Dinner: “Commemorating 226 Years of the Republic,” which will take place Tuesday at the ranch of Bob and Nancy Lea in Woodland. The event will feature several speakers, including state Sen. Jim Nielsen; Assemblyman Dan Logue, a candidate for the 3rd District Congressional seat; and […]

September 13, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Equinox service to remember black walnut trees

All who love trees are invited to a memorial service Sunday, Sept. 22, to honor the Russell Boulevard black walnut trees that were cut down recently. Eldridge Moores, Barbara Meixner and Meri Superak will contribute music and Sonya Brodt will celebrate the trees with a dance. The event, sponsored by the Green Sanctuary Committee of […]

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Council pegs Oct. 1 as decision-day for fluoridation

Despite the suggestion from city staff to postpone a decision on fluoridation by three years — after the surface water project is built — the Davis City Council opted Tuesday to stick with its original timeline. As council members took no action to change the date of their decision, they will deliberate and make their […]

September 12, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Foundation chief to give health lecture

Mark D. Smith, president and chief executive officer of the California HealthCare Foundation, will discuss medicine’s growing complexity and capabilities at the UC Davis School of Medicine 2013 Dean’s Lecture at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. Smith’s talk, open to the public, will take place in the Matsui Lecture Hall inside the Education Building at […]

September 13, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Kohl’s backs kid safety program

A $233,774 grant from Kohl’s department stores will go toward a UC Davis program providing car seats, bicycle helmets, life jackets and safety education to children from underserved families. Last year, the UCD Kohl’s Buckle Up to Grow Up program gave more than 1,300 car seats, 6,100 bicycle helmets and 395 life jackets to underserved […]

September 13, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

SADVC offers training for counselors

The Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center will offer state-certified training in peer counseling to volunteer and intern applicants. Topics in the 65-hour training include types of domestic and sexual violence, cycle of violence, effects of violence on children, child sexual abuse investigations, safety planning, and working with law enforcement, Child Protective Services and the […]

September 19, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

EV proponent Childers to be celebrated Saturday

Friends and colleagues of Davis resident Craig Childers will gather Saturday to celebrate his life and his impact on electric vehicle technology and policy in California. The celebration will run from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Putah Creek Lodge at UC Davis, with remarks and remembrances beginning at 4 p.m. and an EV parade […]

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Name droppers: Howard named executive director of state board of corrections

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Kathleen Howard, 49, of Davis, executive director of the California Board of State and Community Corrections effective Oct. 1. Howard has been vice chair of the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board since 2011. She served in multiple positions at the California Judicial Council’s Administrative Office of the Courts from 1990 […]

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