Detroit bankruptcy ruling puts pensions at risk

DETROIT (AP) — A judge has given Detroit the green light to cut pensions as a way out of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a decision that puts the case in the laps of thousands of retirees who had hoped that the Michigan Constitution would protect them from getting smaller checks in their […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Where there’s smoke, it’s not San Rafael

Davis’ reputation as the leader of All Things Right and Relevant took another hit late last month when the city of San Rafael openly bragged that its new smoking ordinance was the strictest in the nation. Please, someone alert Dan and Joe and Rochelle and Brett and Lucas and tell them to do something pronto […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

County supervisors take first step toward privatizing animal services

WOODLAND — County supervisors took a step toward the privatization of animal services on Tuesday when they directed staff to develop the framework for a joint powers agency that eventually could replace the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department as manager of animal services throughout the county. The proposed JPA would include the cities of Davis, Winters, […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Colleagues bid farewell to McGowan

WOODLAND — An impressive group of women filled the front row in the Yolo County Board of Supervisors chambers on Tuesday. Betsy Marchand, Lynnel Pollock, Helen Thomson, Lois Wolk, Mariko Yamada — all former supervisors, some of whom have moved on to higher office, all there for one reason: to bid farewell to longtime county […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Adopt a family for the holidays

Share the joy this holiday season and adopt a family for Christmas through STEAC, the Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee. Several dozen families still need holiday angels to sign up to provide basic household staples, all the fixings for a traditional holiday meal and gifts for every family member. Program participants are all Davis residents and […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Arctic blast brings frosty temperatures

Watch out, gardeners. A one-two punch of cold arctic air that is expected to keep nighttime temperatures at or below freezing for about a week rolled into Davis on Tuesday. Lows in Davis should fall to 25 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday nights, National Weather Service meteorologist Drew Peterson said — 10 to 15 degrees […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Engage3 announces holiday food drive

Engage3, a Davis company that specializes in comparative retail pricing data, will wrap up its holiday food drive on Monday. The company is partnering with Davis Community Meals, a community nonprofit organization that provides shelter, resources and hot meals to low-income and homeless individuals. Davis Community Meals’ Christmas wish list includes canned soups and nonperishable […]

December 22, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Calling holiday shoppers

Getting some of their hand-crafted items ready for St. Martin’s Holiday Craft Fair and Sale are, from left, Barney Hill, Margaret Hill, Sharon Cucinotta, Dawn Preisler and Ada Coe. The fair will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the parish hall at the church, 640 Hawthorn Lane in West Davis. Featured items for […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Garden doctor: Wind takes a lot out of our landscapes

Question: How do I help my wind-damaged plants? Answer: Although the climate in our area is Mediterranean, in our garden we create microclimates. Larger plants that withstand wind help to protect and shelter smaller plants. Trees can break up the path of the wind, slowing its velocity and decreasing the turbulence. Windscreens such as a […]

December 08, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Follow-up forum on hate crimes, racism, bullying set Saturday

On Saturday, the Davis Human Relations Commission will host an open community forum titled “Breaking the Silence 2: Making Systemic Progress.” It will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St., and is free and open to the public. Attendees will hear about community social justice progress […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Pence Gallery: Take a peek at pop-up children’s books

During December, the Pence is hosting “Pop Up! A Private Collection of 3D Children’s Books,” an excellent exhibit to visit with family and friends during the holidays. Based on the collection of Maria Winkler, an artist and professor emeritus of art at Sacramento State, the display includes gorgeous examples of historic to contemporary pop-up books […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Property taxes due Dec. 10

Yolo County Tax Collector Howard Newens reminds taxpayers who own property in Yolo County that the first installment of 2013-14 secured property taxes are due. Taxes become delinquent if not paid by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, after which a 10 percent penalty will be added. Envelopes must be postmarked no later than Dec. 10 […]

December 08, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Pets can get their photo with Santa, too

Petco, at 1341 Covell Blvd. in The Marketplace shopping center, will host a “Photos with Santa” event from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 7 and 14. Pet owners are invited to bring in their four-legged friends — dressed in holiday finery or not — to take a holiday photo with Jolly Ol’ St. Nick. […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Immigration forum planned Saturday

Congregation Bet Haverim will host a community forum on immigration issues Saturday as a part of its Human Rights Shabbat program. CBH periodically highlights an issue of public concern during a daylong Saturday observance that includes a discussion at the Shabbat religious service, lunch and a panel discussion in the afternoon. The public is welcome; […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,