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 […]

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

Locals can help stop secret funding of elections

The Yolo Solano Working Group of the California Clean Money Campaign will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 15, at 716 N St. in Davis. All are invited to help plan for how to pass SB 52, the California Disclose Act, which needs a two-thirds majority vote in the California Assembly. If the […]

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

Garden doctor: Heat causes maples’ sunburned leaves

Question: The ends of the leaves on my Japanese maples are brown, dry and fall apart with a mere touch. What’s wrong? Answer: With the extreme heat we’ve had, seven days of over 100 degrees, many plants exhibit forms of sunburn also known as sunscald, usually appearing as brown blotches in the middle of leaves. […]

July 19, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

S.F. probe questions plane’s controls

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Investigators are trying to understand whether automated cockpit equipment Asiana flight 214’s pilots said they were relying on to control the airliner’s speed may have contributed to the plane’s dangerously low and slow approach just before it crashed. New details in the accident investigation that were revealed Tuesday by National […]

July 10, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

They’re grillin’ experts

Retired Davis Community Meals cook Corinne Cooke joins Davis firefighters, from left, Dan Wong, Bobby Weist, Kirk Talon (obscured) and Blas Ayala, as they grill corn on the cob Tuesday evening for those attending the free community meal at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin. The menu for the fifth annual barbecue — a gift […]

July 10, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Council adopts $248 million budget for fiscal year 2013-14

The Davis City Council unanimously OK’d a $248 million budget for fiscal year 2013-14 Tuesday, almost half of which will be spent on the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency surface water project and the wastewater treatment plant upgrades. The general fund, set at about $41.6 million, is expected to end this fiscal year with a $562,000 […]

July 10, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

CHP finds suspected hit-and-run vehicle, but no arrest yet

California Highway Patrol officers have located and seized the vehicle believed to have been involved in last week’s fatal hit-and-run of a 17-year-old girl on Interstate 5 in Woodland. Investigators also have interviewed a “person of interest” connected with the brown 1998 Buick Park Avenue, but whether that person was at the wheel of the […]

July 10, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Tossing around original ideas to avoid bags

SAUCY NEWS TO DEBUT … given that the city of Davis will no doubt soon ban all plastic bags from within the city limits, many Davisites are concerned about what sort of wrapper will keep The Davis Enterprise from arriving water-logged during our town’s rainy season … well, a solution is at hand … turns […]

July 10, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,