Davis photographer has an eye for urban art

Photographer Rick York, whose images will be on display this month at Gallery 1855 in Davis, likes to walk through neighborhoods in San Francisco, carrying his camera and looking for surprises.

“I’ll drive to a BART station, and then BART drops me off in the Mission District, or the Financial District, or near Chinatown. And I roam,” he explains. “I’ll stay until it’s getting dark, then let BART take me back to my car. I enjoy the time by myself.”

What does he like to shoot?

“I think most photographers will tell you that you’ll be walking along, and all of a sudden, you realize, ‘There’s a photograph there.’ I tend to be really into reflections, and in some cases things that people might …

Horses die in CR 102 crash

Two horses died early Saturday morning after being struck by a vehicle on County Road 102 north of Davis, the California Highway Patrol reported Monday. The crash occurred at about 12:50 a.m. when 19-year-old Anup Dahal of Woodland came upon the miniature horses in the northbound traffic lane south of County Road 27. CHP Officer […]

December 31, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Speed, alcohol don’t mix for Davis man

A Davis man already on probation for drunken driving racked up another DUI arrest Saturday morning after being caught speeding on Interstate 80, according to the California Highway Patrol. Salvador A. Estrada, 36, was traveling in excess of 100 mph when an officer spotted him on eastbound I-80 near Reed Avenue in West Sacramento shortly […]

December 31, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Foster care population drops sharply in California

By Melody Gutierrez SACRAMENTO — California has seen drastic decreases in the number of children in foster care in the past decade, but child advocates say the need for high-quality foster parents remains high. Since 2000, California has reduced the number of kids in foster care from 103,501 to 55,218, a 47 percent drop driven […]

January 21, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Unity Center hosts workshop on ‘thriving congregations’

A community workshop titled “Thriving and Healthy Congregations” will follow the service Sunday at the Unity Center of Davis, which meets at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E.14th St. The workshop, which will run from noon to 2 p.m., will be co-facilitated by the Revs. Denese Schellink and Sonya Milton. All congregation members and newcomers […]

December 31, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Davis Roots hosts ‘Where Are They Now?’ series

Davis Roots is hosting a series of talks led by guest speakers titled “Where Are They Now?” At each talk, a Davis- or Sacramento-based entrepreneur will detail his own journey to success and give tips to entrepreneurs both hopeful and established on how they can take their companies to the next level. Each talk will […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Davis Flower Arrangers will meet Thursday

The regular monthly meeting of the Davis Flower Arrangers on the first Wednesday of the month, which was moved to Jan. 8 because of the holiday, is being changed to this Thursday. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at International House, Davis, 10 College Park, as usual and refreshments will be served. The program, […]

December 31, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Activists: Syrian air strike kills 21

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian government airstrike hit a crowded vegetable market in a rebel-held neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo on Saturday, shattering cars and storefronts and killing at least 21 people, activists said. For nearly two weeks, President Bashar Assad’s warplanes and helicopters have pounded opposition-controlled areas of the divided city. Activists […]

December 29, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Nursing home agrees to take brain-dead teen

OAKLAND (AP) — An attorney says a nursing home has agreed to provide long-term care for a 13-year-old girl, who has been declared brain dead but whose family maintains is still alive. A southern California facility agreed after another nursing home backed out, the family’s lawyer, Christopher Dolan, said Friday. He wouldn’t provide its name, […]

December 29, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

New laws aim to help employees, immigrants

By Don Thompson SACRAMENTO (AP) — As California’s economy recovers, the Democrats who control the state Legislature put a priority on assisting more vulnerable workers with some of the laws taking effect in the new year. Low-income workers, immigrants in the country illegally, domestic caregivers and farm laborers will benefit from bills lawmakers passed in […]

January 03, 2014 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Raised by Wolves: Davis resident and Hollywood dad inspire new show

Davis resident Emilie Hamilton used to have quite the cheering section when playing basketball as a youngster. Among those gathered on the sidelines was George Clooney — yes, that George Clooney — rooting for her up and down the floor. A friend of Hamilton’s father Matt Dearborn, who was an up-and-coming producer in the TV […]

January 02, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: They call the wind (fill in the blank)

My friend Lois says it’s time to ditch the long-running Official Davis City Motto contest and she has a startling suggestion as to what I should replace it with. Citing the esteemed “Science Times” section of The New York Times, Lois raves about “a wonderful essay about naming winds.” Yes, she wants me to write […]

December 29, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Oakland librarian collects ephemera left behind

By Will Kane Nobody knows how long the story of yearning and regret, hope and romance had been hidden away inside a book at the Oakland library, but there it was — a melancholy slice of two lives — spelled out on yellowed paper. “Remember, I love u sweetheart,” said the blunt pencil lettering on […]

January 05, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

41 DUI arrests made during holiday period

Local law enforcement officers arrested 41 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs between Dec. 13 and 27 in Yolo County, Davis police Sgt. Rod Rifredi reported. The arrests are part of the winter holiday crackdown launched by the Avoid the 8 task force. Officers from the Davis, Woodland, Winters and West […]

December 29, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,