Granny flats to contribute to city affordable housing count, thanks to split council vote

Despite strong opposition from local advocates for affordable housing, a divided Davis City Council approved a measure Tuesday that would allow granny flats to partially count toward the city’s affordable housing obligations, even without any affordable regulations tied to them. Accessory dwelling units, or granny flats, are secondary homes built on the same parcel as […]

July 11, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Festival showcases heirloom tomato

Farm Fresh To You invites community members to the sixth annual Capay Tomato Festival at its Capay Organic farm. The festival runs from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 13, with a full slate of activities for all ages, including heirloom and cherry tomato tastings, farm tours and live music throughout the afternoon and into […]

July 11, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

New kids in town

Work crews unveil a sign for Expression Systems at 2537 Second St. in Davis on Tuesday. The cell culture company recently moved into the 30,000-square-foot facility. According to its website, “Expression Systems, a Nevada Limited Liability Company, is dedicated to supplying and servicing the commercial insect cell culture markets with innovative media formulations, complimentary products […]

July 11, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Back to negotiations after student loan plan fails

By Philip Elliott WASHINGTON (AP) — The defeat of a student loan bill in the Senate on Wednesday clears the way for fresh negotiations to restore lower rates, but lawmakers are racing the clock before millions of students return to campus next month to find borrowing terms twice as high as when school let out. […]

July 11, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

See flammulated owls on Audubon field trip

The Yolo Audubon Society will offer a field trip to observe flammulated owls in their nesting territory Saturday, July 20. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to revisit some areas from a previous June Sierra Valley/Yuba Pass field trip. After birding the areas of Sierra Valley and Yuba Pass, participants will meet David Arsenault […]

July 12, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Last chance to secure electric lawn mower rebates

The Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District reminds residents that its 2013 Yolo-Solano mower exchange program has been extended through August. Under the program, residents who trade in a gas-powered lawn mower and purchase a new eligible electric mower will receive $120 in rebates. Residents can choose from 32 eligible models made by 11 different brands. […]

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

Davis teen prepares for bridge year in Ecuador

When Valerie Hurst was applying to colleges last fall, she wasn’t finding the process particularly inspiring. “I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do,” she recalled recently. And the thought of picking a place where she would spend the next four years — not to mention a whole lot of money — without really […]

July 11, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Is our community really ‘browning’? Think again

I need to give Bob Dunning credit here. In some of his many (many, many, many …) recent columns about the water project and water rates, he referred to the “browning” and “cactification” of Davis.

I’ve written previously about choices for new plantings or relandscaping for lower water use. Here I want to address the impact on your existing landscape if you cut back your watering, and try to help prevent “browning.”

I was reminded of this by a recent conversation.
Paraphrasing: “We just got our water bill and it was $200! And my husband said ‘This is going to triple?’ and walked out and …

DA’s Office works to raise awareness of fraud

July is Fraud Awareness Month, Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced this week. The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office provides many services to find, investigate and prosecute such offenses. The Workers Compensation Unit, together with the State Department of Insurance, protects honest businesses against unscrupulous individuals and businesses who either do not have the […]

July 11, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Radio show discusses why we get fat

Why do we get fat? Friday’s guest on “How She Really Does It,” Gary Taubes, a science writer and bestselling author, will discuss what he has found in the research. The host is Koren Motekaitis. His latest book, “Why We Get Fat,” explores the problems with current research and also with the common belief of calories […]

July 11, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Beer and film celebration returns to Central Park

New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a wide variety of award-winning beers, is once again bringing its beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show to Davis. “Clips” Beer and Film Tour returns to Central Park at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 26, for the fourth year. More than $200,000 has been raised for nonprofit organizations […]

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

Monthly utility billing begins in August

Starting next month, the city of Davis will convert from bimonthly utility billing to monthly. The statements include charges in advance for storm sewer, sanitary sewer and sanitation (garbage and recycling curbside pickup); charges in arrears for water service and consumption; and the municipal service tax and public safety charge. The August bills will be a […]

July 11, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

STEAC clients receive free cookbook

Local residents who receive food assistance from STEAC, the Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee, are getting another helping hand in the kitchen: a STEAC cookbook filled with nutritious and delicious recipes. For many years, STEAC has maintained a food closet from which volunteers prepare nutritious food packs for clients. These include canned, packaged and bottled food […]

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