S.F. State assignment raises ethical concerns

By Matthai Kuruvila The class assignment San Francisco State University Professor Joe Tuman gave his communications students last week was straightforward: create a political campaign ad either for an imaginary black Republican congressional candidate out of the Central Valley or for someone real. Say, Tuman himself. Tuman, an Oakland mayoral candidate who lost to Jean […]

May 24, 2013 | Posted in Local News

Though enrolling more poor students, two-year colleges get less of federal pie

By David Leonhardt WASHINGTON — Community colleges have received a declining share of government spending on higher education over the past decade even as their student bodies have become poorer and more heavily African-American and Latino, according to a report to be released Thursday. “Many community colleges end up receiving minimal federal support,” said Richard […]

May 28, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Two-day worker walkout ends at UC hospitals

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A two-day strike held by workers at University of California hospitals over staffing and pension is coming to an end. Union officials set the end of the strike for 4 a.m. Thursday, after thousands of hospital pharmacists, nursing assistants, operating room assistants and other health care workers observed the 48-hour walkout. […]

May 23, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: With public dollars, fairness is key

“Sign up now for city subsidy on water bills,” said the straightforward headline in this very newspaper. “As new water rates take effect this month, the city of Davis has introduced a program to help low-income homeowners offset the higher costs.” I heartily endorse such a program, given that water rates will indeed skyrocket and […]

May 23, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Property owners to receive monthly bills for utilities

The city will begin billing property owners for utilities on a monthly basis starting in August, a departure from the bimonthly cycle that the city traditionally has employed. The City Council approved the change Tuesday with the hope that the higher frequency of bills will help water customers better track consumption while water rates continue […]

May 23, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Lawmaker calls for action on student loans

Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski on Wednesday attempted to stir up support at UC Davis for bills requiring lessons in finance, private loan counseling for students and a ban on wage garnishments by lenders. A bankruptcy lawyer by trade, Wieckowski, D-Fremont, told a crowd of about 75 students on the Quad that he saw a crisis looming […]

May 23, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Is it real?

Davis High School students watch and react to a simulated DUI crash Wednesday morning on Oak Avenue near the campus. The crash was a program staged every three years by DHS and the Davis Police Department in partnership with the Every 15 Minutes Program. The program’s name reflects the fact that every 15 minutes, someone […]

May 23, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

A sobering reminder of drunken driving’s toll

One Davis High School student was killed and another critically injured in a traffic crash Wednesday morning on Oak Avenue, across the street from campus.

The culprit? Drunken driving. Senior J.C. Roeckl-Navazio’s drunken driving, to be exact. He was arrested at the scene and charged with vehicular manslaughter.

The accident killed senior Monica LeFlore and left Paul Mohr, another senior, in critical condition.

Thankfully, it wasn’t real.

Tandem Foundation donates $30,517 in grants for Davis schools

New books and computers for school libraries, athletic equipment, support for public concerts by student musical ensembles, hands-on materials for teaching math and more iPads for diverse purposes at various schools — these were among the projects funded by grants by the Tandem Foundation, announced Tuesday. It was the 13th year that Tandem has donated […]

May 23, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

In the spotlight

Gay Powers, center, is recognized for lifetime achievement in the pursuit of human rights and social justice at a ceremony Tuesday evening at City Hall. Congratulating her are Davis Mayor Pro Tem Dan Wolk, left, and Mayor Joe Krovoza. The annual Thong Hy Huynh memorial awards also were presented to Diane Evans, for civil rights advocacy; […]

May 23, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

New presidents for 5 CSU campuses

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Five of the California State University’s 23 campuses are getting new leaders, the system’s board of trustees announced Wednesday. The round of appointments by the board included naming three presidents who have held the posts on an interim basis since last year at Cal State Stanislaus, Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal […]

May 23, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Radio guest offers an inside look at food

“How She Really Does It,” a radio talk show with Koren Motekaitis, airs live from 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays on KDRT, 95.7 FM, or by live webstreaming at www.howshereallydoesit.com. Do you know what is really in your food and where it comes from? Or, perhaps you don’t want to know because it seems too […]

May 23, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Contra dance, cakewalk benefit YCCC

A contra dance and cakewalk to benefit the Yolo Community Care Continuum are planned Thursday, May 30, at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis. Music will be provided by Blackbird and dances will be called by Erik Hoffman. Doors open at 7 p.m. and dancing begins at 7:15 p.m. A cakewalk […]

May 23, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

County hosts a special memorial

Yolo County’s annual memorial service, which pays respect to individuals served this year by the Public Guardian/Administrator’s Office, will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the Knights Landing Cemetery, 101501 County Road 102. The Public Guardian/Administrator’s Office manages the estates and/or affairs of persons who cannot care for themselves due to serious physical illness, mental […]

May 23, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,