Lawmaker in FBI probe back at Capitol

SACRAMENTO (AP) — An embattled state senator said Monday that he intends to keep working with his fellow lawmakers despite an ongoing federal corruption investigation and a bitter finger-pointing exchange with Senate leaders. No charges have been filed against Democrat Ron Calderon of Montebello, who again denied wrongdoing in brief comments to reporters after the […]

January 07, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

South, East brace for polar temps, wind chills

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Frigid air that snapped decades-old records will make venturing outside dangerous for a second straight day Tuesday, this time spreading to southern and eastern parts of the U.S. and keeping many schools and businesses shuttered. Residents driven from their homes by power outages in the Midwest longed to return to their own […]

January 07, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Fueling the fire of global warming

GLOBAL WARNING … after I scolded Rose Bowl play-by-play announcer Brent Musberger for telling a worldwide audience — including a significant number of Davisites — to “throw another log on the fire” at the start of the game, a kind reader told me in no uncertain terms that this was not a laughing matter … […]

January 07, 2014 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Napolitano ready to lead U.S. Olympic delegation to Sochi

By Janie McCauley OAKLAND (AP) — Janet Napolitano is ready for the Sochi Winter Olympics focus to turn from concerns about security and the threats of terrorism to all of the special athletes involved. Yet Napolitano, the former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and current president of the University of California system, fully […]

January 07, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Senate easily OKs Yellen as Fed chief

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed UC Berkeley professor emeritus Janet Yellen on Monday as the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve, elevating an advocate of fighting unemployment and a backer of the central bank’s efforts to spur the economy with low interest rates and huge bond purchases. Yellen, 67, will replace Ben Bernanke, who […]

January 07, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

City asks for proposals for social services projects

The city of Davis expects to distribute more than $800,000 to help local groups provide affordable housing and social services to low- and moderate-income Davis residents in the coming year thanks to Davis’ share of federal Community Development Block Grant and Housing Investment Partnerships programs. The funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing […]

January 07, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Yolo deputy fires weapon during pursuit incident

A Yolo County sheriff’s deputy fired two shots at a vehicle whose armed driver rammed the deputy’s patrol car following a high-speed pursuit Sunday night, according to reports. No one was injured during the incident, which ended with the suspect — identified as 28-year-old John August Schroiff, a transient — being jailed on multiple assault […]

January 07, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Pets of the week

Lots of dogs and cats are waiting to be adopted at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, 2640 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. Among them is Mable (No. 120902), a 1-year-old spayed female blue and red merle Australian cattle dog. Also hoping for a good home is Feather (No. 120217), a 3-year-old spayed female black and […]

January 07, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Educator Sam Neustadt running for Yolo County superintendent

Sam Neustadt has entered the race for Yolo County superintendent of schools, which will be decided in a June 3 election. Neustadt has lived in Yolo County for nearly 20 years, and currently resides in Woodland. Since 2000, he has been assistant superintendent of the Solano Special Education Local Planning Area. He also worked for […]

January 07, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Adult School classes range from cooking to martial arts

The Winter Quarter classes at the Davis Adult and Community Education School start this week — and there are several new and unusual courses being offered.

The program offers popular continuing courses in arts and crafts (everything from “Basic Sewing Skills” to “Creating With Polymer Clay for Beginners” to “Woodworking” and more), computers and photography (courses in digital imaging, website design, and popular software packages like Access and Excel), fitness and health (“Body Sculpting,” Pilates, qigong, tai chi, yoga and zumba), world languages (Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish), and useful courses like “Bike Repair,” “Growing a Kitchen Garden,” “Welding for Beginners” and classes for English learners.

For information and online registration, go to …

January 07, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Alleged garage distillery under investigation

A West Davis home was the subject of police activity over the weekend after someone reported finding signs that the garage was being used as an illegal alcohol distillery. Officers were summoned at 10:20 a.m. Saturday to the home in the 2700 block of Tiber Way, where a caller reported finding “suspicious items” in her […]

January 07, 2014 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Yamada introduces water rate assistance legislation

Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, has introduced legislation to help low-income Californians with their water bills. Assembly Bill 1434 would require the California Public Utilities Commission to extend the Low-Income Rate Assistance program statewide and increase the level of assistance provided to ratepayers who qualify for the LIRA program. “In 2012, California established the right for […]

January 10, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Ferraro, Luckett to sing Sunday

Musical artists Lisa Ferraro and Erika Luckett will perform several songs during the noon service Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Center for Spiritual Living, 1715 Anderson Road. The event is free to the public. Center for Spiritual Living, at the site of the Bet Haverim synagogue, holds a meditation from 11:30 to 11:45 a.m. before […]

January 08, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Swanson will announce her re-election bid

Davis City Councilwoman Rochelle Swanson will announce her intention to seek re-election at a gathering at noon Saturday at Davis Roots, Second and E streets in downtown Davis. “While reflecting upon my first term in office, it is clear we have made great progress as a community,” Swanson said in a written statement. “But there […]

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