Judge halts water releases for salmon

FRESNO (AP) — A U.S. District judge in California has temporarily halted the planned releases of water from a Northern California reservoir to prevent a salmon kill in the lower Klamath River. The judge ordered the releases from the Trinity Reservoir temporarily stopped until Aug. 21. The order comes after farmers in California’s San Joaquin […]

August 16, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Richmond mayor demands bank drop foreclosure lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The mayor of a financially struggling Northern California city and several supporters showed up unannounced Thursday at Wells Fargo Bank’s downtown headquarters to demand it drop a lawsuit fighting a novel plan to refinance hundreds of “underwater” mortgages. Bank officials blocked Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and several supporters from entering the […]

August 16, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

What are the impacts of parcel tax change?

The Davis school board’s decision Thursday night to move to a uniform rate of $204 per parcel per year under Measure E will have impacts on some Davis-area property owners, but not others. For owners of single-family homes, there will be no changes. Single-family homes will be charged $204 per parcel per year, as before. […]

August 16, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis trustees modify school parcel tax

Acknowledging court decisions earlier this year striking down portions of a school parcel tax in Alameda County, the Davis Board of Education voted Thursday to take out portions of the district’s recently approved parcel tax, Measure E, that would have charged local single-family homes and multi-unit dwellings at different tax rates. The board’s decision means […]

August 16, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Bob Dunning: It’s taco time at the county fair

HOLY GUACAMOLE … I’ve always said there’s no fear of running into a fellow Davisite at the Yolo County Fair, given that most residents of the Second Most Educated City in America don’t “do Woodland.” … after all, county fairs — with their emphasis on beauty queens, corn dogs, destruction derbies, deep-fried Snickers bars, tractor […]

August 16, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Monsanto opens huge new lab in Woodland

Monsanto Company unveiled a $31 million, state-of-the-art laboratory and office expansion of its vegetable and seed research headquarters Thursday, making Yolo County the home of the world’s largest site dedicated to vegetable seed health research.

Several hundred Monsanto employees and local government officials attended the grand opening ceremony. The facility will employ 250 full-time workers and 150 contract seasonal employees, including UC Davis student interns who scout for issues developing in the field.

Monsanto, whose products are sold in 160 countries, has 4,000 employees worldwide.

August 16, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

DUI checkpoint Friday in rural Yolo County

The Woodland California Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday night in the unincorporated area of Yolo County. “DUI is a public safety problem, and sobriety checkpoints are a valuable tool in combatting this major roadway danger,” CHP Officer Bryan Konvalin said in a news release. “Sobriety checkpoints serve three major purposes: deterrence, removal […]

August 16, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Celebrate cycling at Bike Fun Fest

Bike Fun Fest, a street party to celebrate Davis’ first community bike mural, is planned from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday along Third Street between E and F streets. Live music, do-it-yourself bicycle and helmet decorating and free art activities are planned. Families also can pick up back-to-school bike safety information. The event is co-sponsored […]

August 16, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Legislators support federal gun control

The California Legislature Thursday gave its final stamp of approval to Senate Joint Resolution 1, a measure urging Congress and the president to support comprehensive gun violence prevention policy at the federal level. “The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School and other recent mass shootings, as well as the daily carnage on streets and in […]

August 16, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Second trial ordered in J Street death

WOODLAND — A Yolo Superior Court judge Thursday ordered a second trial in a Davis homicide case. Already convicted of attempted murder, James Elron Mings will be retried on allegations that the crime was premeditated, a finding that would determine the length of his prison sentence. The jury in Mings’ first trial in May deadlocked […]

August 16, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Bus driver convicted of rape

A former bus driver for Yolo Employment Services was convicted of rape and other charges last week following a trial in Yolo Superior Court, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. Thomas Vukodinovich, 74, faces up to 27 years in state prison at his Sept. 20 sentencing hearing. A jury found Vukodinovich, a Woodland […]

August 16, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Group urges further scrutiny of lab animal treatment

A San Rafael-based animal protection organization is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to further investigate UC Davis’ treatment of animals undergoing lengthy procedures under general anesthesia. The complaint by In Defense of Animals is based on the results of a June 5 report based on a routine USDA inspection of records in the office […]

August 16, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Davis women are back on the radio

They’re back! Judith Plank, former host of “A Broad Perspective,” and Gitane, “Dr. G” of “Heart to Heart,” return with “Through the Looking Glass” at 4 p.m. Thursdays on KDRT, 95.7 FM. Beginning Sept. 5, Plank will offer a closer look at current affairs, local events, views and factors playing a part in our approach to daily […]

August 23, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Play date planned at Waldorf School garden

Parents and caregivers with preschool-aged children are invited to a play date from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at the Davis Waldorf School’s garden, 3100 Sycamore Lane in North Davis. The group will enjoy playtime outside, with a light snack and a craft for parents. Preschool teacher Trisha Lambert will be in attendance. “It will […]

August 16, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,