Standing In: Trying to put the brakes on a rite of passage

They’re out there, causing even the stoutest of heart among us to sit white-knuckled, pale-faced, our blood pressure inching toward the danger zone. Our right foot might instinctively reach for the invisible brake, some of us perhaps even mouthing a silent prayer… Our children are beginning to drive, some of them with a nervous parent […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Davisites reach out to Myanmar

You can help What: “From Yolo to Myanmar … With Love,” a fundraiser for the Myanmar Children’s Foundation When: 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday Where: 732 B St., the home of Davis City Councilman Lucas Frerichs Tickets: $25 per person ($15 for students), available online at; additional donations to help build a school dormitory or sponsor […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Copper theft seen as source of UC Berkeley outage

BERKELEY (AP) — Power was restored to most of UC Berkeley on Tuesday as officials confirmed that the theft of copper cables from a substation caused a campus-wide outage that preceded an explosion and evacuation. The blast occurred Monday night in an underground utility vault outside a building that houses the chancellor’s office. It came […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Teacher gets surprise gift of classroom supplies

Second-grade teacher Amy Teaford at Montgomery Elementary School got a surprise on Tuesday — an unexpected gift of about $1,000 worth of classroom supplies, brought to her classroom by Darrell Hewitt, store manager at Office Max in South Davis. “This is like Christmas,” said Teaford, as she unpacked a box containing paper, scissors and paper […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in Schools | Tagged ,

School arts grant applications accepted

The Davis School Arts Foundation has begun accepting grant applications for the 2013-14 school year. DSAF is a local nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that has been dedicated to keeping the arts in Davis public schools for more than 30 years. Through donations, the foundation has provided grants to support visual and performing arts, music and chorus […]

October 11, 2013 | Posted in Briefly | Tagged ,

Davis Schools Foundation launches annual fund drive

The Davis Schools Foundation has launched its annual fund drive, with proceeds targeted for three core areas — technology, counseling and instructional classroom aides. DSF is a nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to funding equitable programs in Davis’ public schools. The focus on those three areas is designed to help prepare the district to implement the new […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Bekebrede’s mural gives life to ‘The Davis Song’

“The Davis Song” By Heidi Bekebrede 16 miles from Sacramento, heading west on 80. You will find an oasis where avenues are shady. Laid out on a grid of alphabets and ordinal numbers, You’ll find merchants selling pizza, cars, groceries and lumber. Folks go ped’ling to and fro, to work, to shop, to classes. Others […]

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

Autism walk features a very special team

Last year, more than 100 of them walked. There were football players and band members, academic standouts and run-of-the-mill Davis kids, all hailing from Davis High School, Da Vinci Charter Academy and Harper Junior High. They gathered at Raley Field in West Sacramento and they walked as part of Team Alex in the annual Walk Now for […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Council rejects fluoridation of Davis water supply

On a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the City Council rejected the idea of adding fluoride to drinking water in Davis, as council members said they’d prefer to tackle preventative dental health care in town with a more efficient and cost-effective program than fluoridation. Mayor Joe Krovoza, Councilwoman Rochelle Swanson and Councilmen Brett Lee and Lucas Frerichs […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Veterans pass barriers at closed memorial

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of veterans barricaded outside the closed World War II Memorial because of the government shutdown were escorted past the barriers Tuesday by members of Congress so they could see the monument. More than 125 veterans from Mississippi and Iowa arrived for a previously scheduled visit to the memorial Tuesday morning to […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Longtime chancellor: Time to view UC differently

The University of California should “substantially decentralize,” longtime UCLA Chancellor Chuck Young said Tuesday. “People still talk about it as if it’s one university,” said Young, who opened this year’s Chancellor’s Colloquium Distinguished Speaker Series in the Vanderhoef Theatre. “The University of California is a configuration of nine very excellent universities and a fledgling university […]

October 02, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,

Take a journey with Enrique and Davis Reads

A shy 5-year-old boy stands outside his house clutching his mother’s leg. He knows something is wrong.

“Don’t forget to go to church this afternoon,” she prods him, holding back tears. Then she bids farewell to his sister and aunt and walks off, never to return again.

“Where is my mother?” the boy wails. Left in the care of relatives, his life goes into a downward spiral. Finally, after years of waiting, the boy — now a teenager — sets out to find her. Alone.

The boy is Enrique, a youngster from Honduras. Heartbroken by his mother’s absence, at age 15, he embarks on the treacherous journey north.

Young kids, parents can play and learn at library

The Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis, will host a four-part parenting workshop series for children age 1-3 and their parents. The series runs from 10:15-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, from Oct. 16 to Nov. 6. These workshops will provide preschoolers and their caregivers opportunity to play together with developmentally appropriate toys, learn […]

October 13, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Restaurant menus remain unhealthy, study finds

While chain restaurants have added healthier entrees, their menus’ overall calorie and sodium counts haven’t budged. “Across the restaurant industry, we see a pattern of one step forward, one step back,” said Helen Wu, policy and research analyst at the Institute for Population Health Improvement at UC Davis Health System. “Restaurants make changes to their […]

October 03, 2013 | Posted in UC Davis | Tagged ,