Planning Commission unable to reach consensus on Cannery

Three hours of public comment. Three hours more of commission member deliberation. A meeting that lasted until almost 1 a.m., and still no recommendation from the city’s Planning Commission to the City Council on The Cannery. Perhaps it was appropriate: After being reminded Wednesday for three straight hours by a standing-room-only crowd of all the different […]

September 26, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Governor signs bill hiking California minimum wage

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Calling it a “matter of justice,” Gov. Jerry Brown put his signature on a bill that will hike California’s minimum wage to $10 an hour within three years, making it one of the highest rates in the nation. The legislation signed Wednesday at a ceremony in downtown Los Angeles will gradually […]

September 26, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Rebekahs give the gift of family to Courtyard residents

The Davis Rebekah Lodge has donated a laptop and tablets to Courtyard Healthcare Center in Davis to launch an Internet project. Using the laptop and tablets, elderly or rehabilitating residents at Courtyard Healthcare are able to communicate with their families and loved ones through Skype. In particular, this provides a major benefit for residents whose […]

September 27, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD students’ social media tool garners attention

Social media can be for more than just sharing cat pictures. A group of UC Davis students are using it as a new way of voicing concerns about one’s workplace. Their idea for an online application earned them an invitation from the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) to a quadrennial conference in […]

September 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Council turns up heat on chronic wood burners

The City Council is ratcheting up regulations on wood smoke in Davis. Last year, the council passed an ordinance that stopped folks from burning wood only during “don’t light tonight” days when air quality is at its worst and enforced the regulation only on those days if a complaint was filed against a specific household. […]

September 26, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Lohr honored with Distinguished Achievement Award

Jerry Lohr of Saratoga, an engineer and founder of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, is the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award for exemplary conduct and achievement. He was raised on a South Dakota farm and learned at a young age about the importance of soil quality, the environment and sustainable farming practices. His enterprise […]

September 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

UCD ‘will not shrink’ from food, health challenges

The university that gave the world the tomato harvester and discovered a rice gene that controls tolerance to flooding will play a lead role in solving some of the world’s most vexing problems, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi said Wednesday.

“I believe it is our responsibility to use our growing knowledge about the nexus between food production, sustainable agriculture and well-being to create a healthier nation and world,” she said, touting UCD’s newly created World Food Center during the fall convocation at the Mondavi Center.

“This is not something we can shrink from, nor would we want to …”

Yolo County to share in $12 million Rite Aid settlement

Yolo County will share in a $12.3 million settlement paid by the Rite Aid Corporation over allegations that California’s 600-plus Rite Aid stores unlawfully handled and disposed of hazardous waste and materials over a seven-year period, District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced Wednesday. More than $600,000 of the settlement will go to Yolo County, which has […]

September 26, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

DNA study offers hope against citrus disease

The devastating disease Huonglongbing, or citrus greening, looms darkly over the United States, threatening to wipe out the nation’s citrus industry, whose fresh fruit alone was valued at more than $3.4 billion in 2012. Recently, however, a research team led by a UC Davis plant scientist used DNA sequencing technologies to paint a broad picture […]

October 27, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged

UC imposes new contract on service workers

The University of California this week notified the union representing about 8,300 service gardeners, food service workers and custodians that would impose its final offer after more than a year of negotiations. “Having completed all stages of the bargaining process, including state-assisted mediation and fact-finding, the university is legally entitled to implement its last proposal,” said […]

September 26, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Film, discussion are part of Davis Reads book project

The Stephens Branch Library and International House, Davis, are collaborating to present a free program featuring the Davis Reads book project at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. The event will take place at I-House, 10 College Park. Parking is free after 5 p.m. Community members are invited to discuss Sonia Nazario’s “Enrique’s Journey” and watch […]

October 16, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Standing In: Getting kids ready for the marathon of life

When my children were young, I was showing them a signed copy of a book by Ray Bradbury. I told them he was one of my favorite writers. My daughter got a puzzled look on her face as she stared at the autograph in the book. She said emphatically, “I don’t think he’s a very […]

September 26, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Davis Media Access: 25 years of creating community through media

The day on which I’m writing this (Sept. 24) happens to be the ninth anniversary of intrepid noncommercial radio station KDRT-LP, 95.7 FM on the radio dial in Davis, and worldwide. Reflecting on KDRT’s origins and Davis Media Access’ upcoming 25th anniversary leaves me with a sense of wonder and pride at what we’ve […]

September 27, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

U.S. to contact borrowers with new options for repaying student loans

By Tamar Lewin When President Obama last month announced proposals to make college more affordable, many critics focused on his plan to rate colleges based on measures like tuition, graduation rates, and the debt and earnings of graduates, and eventually to link financial aid to those ratings. Largely overlooked was a more immediate change that […]

September 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,