Family of paralyzed Davis man prepares for his homecoming

A Davis man whose involvement in a July bicycling accident left him a quadriplegic is due to return home early next year. Relatives of 56-year-old Tom Burton are preparing for his arrival by making a bathroom at his home wheelchair-accessible, and are seeking help from the community to make the costly project a reality. Burton […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

It’s a Free Market at Third Space

The first holiday Davis Free Market at Third Space is slated for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. There are no application or vendor fees. To help community members get into the spirit of the season, this event is set up for individuals “to get together for a day of giving and receiving […]

December 05, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

STEAC jeans drive is Wednesday

Time to put those unwanted jeans to good use. Pomegranate Salon at 123 D St. in Davis is hosting the fifth annual STEAC Jeans Drive on Wednesday, Dec. 11, collecting used jeans for men, women and children in need. All donations will go to the Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee for distribution in the community. The […]

December 10, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Former Woodland city worker pleads no contest to embezzlement

A former Woodland city employee accused of bilking the Woodland City Employees Association coffers of more than $36,000 between 2009 and 2012 pleaded no contest to a felony embezzlement charge Tuesday in Yolo Superior Court. Ronald Dean Scott, 55, is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 14 before Judge Samuel T. McAdam. Woodland police, who arrested […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Council approves shared-fire service agreement with UC Davis on split 3-2 vote

The City Council on a 3-2 vote approved the official agreement Tuesday for shared management of fire services with UC Davis, an arrangement that will place both the city and university fire departments under leadership of the same fire chief. Adopted, essentially, as a one-year pilot program, under the new structure the two jurisdictions will […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Conaway hands over land for water project

Local, state and federal officials gathered on the shores of the Sacramento River on Tuesday to witness an important step on the road to construction of the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency surface water project.

With pen in hand at the ceremonial event, Angelo Tsakopoulos, managing partner of the Conaway Preservation Group, signed over the deed to the riverfront property where the water agency, in partnership with Reclamation District 2035, plans to build the intake facility that will pump a new source of drinking water for both Davis and Woodland.

“This has been a great example of government working at its best,” said Kyriakos Tsakopoulos, president of Conaway Ranch.

Hezbollah commander killed outside home in Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) — Gunmen assassinated a senior Hezbollah commander after he parked his car in his apartment building’s garage Wednesday in Lebanon’s capital, a major breach of the Shiite militant group’s security as it struggles to maintain multiple fronts while it fights alongside President Bashar Assad’s forces in Syria. The killing of Hassan al-Laqis, 53, […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Woodland man dies in I-5 crash

A crash along Interstate 5 in Sacramento claimed the life of a 29-year-old Woodland man on Tuesday, according to the California Highway Patrol. Reports indicate Adam Robert Gunther was traveling northbound on the freeway north of West El Camino Avenue at about 1:15 p.m. when, for unknown reasons, he apparently lost control of his truck, […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Community Crèche & Music Festival

Details What: Community Crèche & Music Festival When: 3-8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, with the Community Choral Concert from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday Where: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gum and Pioneer avenues, Woodland

December 04, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged

Detroit bankruptcy ruling puts pensions at risk

DETROIT (AP) — A judge has given Detroit the green light to cut pensions as a way out of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a decision that puts the case in the laps of thousands of retirees who had hoped that the Michigan Constitution would protect them from getting smaller checks in their […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Where there’s smoke, it’s not San Rafael

Davis’ reputation as the leader of All Things Right and Relevant took another hit late last month when the city of San Rafael openly bragged that its new smoking ordinance was the strictest in the nation. Please, someone alert Dan and Joe and Rochelle and Brett and Lucas and tell them to do something pronto […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

County supervisors take first step toward privatizing animal services

WOODLAND — County supervisors took a step toward the privatization of animal services on Tuesday when they directed staff to develop the framework for a joint powers agency that eventually could replace the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department as manager of animal services throughout the county. The proposed JPA would include the cities of Davis, Winters, […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Colleagues bid farewell to McGowan

WOODLAND — An impressive group of women filled the front row in the Yolo County Board of Supervisors chambers on Tuesday. Betsy Marchand, Lynnel Pollock, Helen Thomson, Lois Wolk, Mariko Yamada — all former supervisors, some of whom have moved on to higher office, all there for one reason: to bid farewell to longtime county […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Adopt a family for the holidays

Share the joy this holiday season and adopt a family for Christmas through STEAC, the Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee. Several dozen families still need holiday angels to sign up to provide basic household staples, all the fixings for a traditional holiday meal and gifts for every family member. Program participants are all Davis residents and […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,