Improving real estate market boosts tax rolls

An improving real estate market and a thriving agricultural economy have helped push Yolo County’s assessment roll over $20 billion for the first time since 2008, Yolo County Assessor Joel Butler has announced. New construction and changes of ownership also helped increase the roll to $20,475,478,048 of taxable value, a 4.16 precent increase over the […]

June 27, 2013 | Posted in County Government | Tagged ,

Hear Davis’ innovation officer speak Wednesday

Davis Downtown invites local businesses and community members to a brown-bag luncheon Wednesday to meet Rob White, the city’s new chief innovation officer. White’s role is to be an advocate for economic development in Davis and to foster a business environment that supports local business interests and growth of innovation/technology companies. This lunchtime forum will […]

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

Appellate court ruling backs parole for Woodland killer

A state appellate court decision has paved the way for a Woodland man who killed his girlfriend’s toddler son in 1983 to be released from prison. Christopher Michael Fowler, 51, has served 29 years for the death of 22-month-old Aaron Miller, who knocked the boy off a bed, shook him and threw him to the […]

June 23, 2013 | Posted in Crime, Fire + Courts | Tagged ,

Sizzling Sidewalk Sales planned this summer

Local shoppers, get ready: Downtown Davis’ Sidewalk Sales will be back soon. The annual summer outdoor sales will take place Friday through Sunday, June 12-14, throughout downtown Davis. Well into the third decade of providing sizzling deals on a wide variety of merchandise, the Sidewalk Sales bring folks from near and far to find their […]

June 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Enjoy a picnic in the park every week

The Davis Farmers Market throws a party for the community every Wednesday evening throughout the summer in Davis’ Central Park. Picnic in the Park features live music, children’s activities and a food fair, so there’s something for every member of the family. The market is open 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Summer season is in […]

June 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Getting away from it all — in Davis

“Now this is the life,” I thought as I settled into a lounge chair under a swaying palm tree and closed my eyes for a little snooze, the sound of joyful laughter coming from my husband Ian and our two sons, David, 5, and Ben, 3½, as they played in the pool nearby. We were […]

June 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Comings & Goings: More breakfast, lunch, dessert and wine for downtown

It’s time for another update on recent downtown business changes. All of these items have appeared in previous Comings & Goings columns. ———— Beach Hut Deli announced that it’s closing its store downtown and building a new one off Second Street, across from Target. June 1 was its last day. “We are proud to have […]

June 26, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Online classes fuel a campus debate

By Tamar Lewin The announcement in May that Coursera, which offers free college classes online, had signed agreements with state universities enrolling more than a million students made it plain that such courses, virtually unheard-of two years ago, are now part of the higher education mainstream. But along the way, a rancorous debate has emerged […]

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

Welcome, colleague

Davis school district Director of Student Services Pam Mari, center, shares a laugh with Amy Boyd, a behaviorial intervention specialist for the school district, left, and Sheila Allen, a member of the Davis Board of Education, at the new teachers’ welcome reception last August. Wayne Tilcock/Enterprise photo

June 21, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Governor, Legislature agree to fix records bill

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Seeking to quell a media outcry over access to public records, the governor’s administration on Thursday said it agrees with a fix-it bill moving through the Legislature that restores a mandate for local governments to comply with document requests. The governor’s spokesman, Evan Westrup, told The Associated Press that the governor’s office […]

June 21, 2013 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

School board approves master plan facilitator after lengthy discussion

The Davis school board hired a facilitator Thursday night to assist with the planning and preparation of the school district’s upcoming comprehensive master plan. But the decision was on a 3-2 vote, and came only after two trustees expressed doubts that the master plan process is “a good fit” for the Davis community, as one […]

June 21, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Friend: Teen murder suspect was often bullied

The friend said Marsh already was fighting those demons when, at age 12, he was honored by the American Red Cross of Yolo County for saving his father Bill Marsh’s life as he suffered from a heart attack at the wheel of his car.

By then, Marsh was receiving part of his education through the Davis School for Independent Study, an alternative learning program offered by the Davis school district that allows students to conduct some — or all — of their studies at home, an arrangement Marsh sought out because of the constant bullying, his friend said.

Bob Dunning: Fifth Street redesign has its skeptics

MAD AS HELL … my friend Ken says the road diet on Fifth Street is “a really stupid idea,” and he’s not alone in his thinking … “Several ‘No Bike Riding’ signs would solve the problem.” … forget the bikes, Ken, I won’t even use a car on Fifth in the downtown area … an […]

June 21, 2013 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Reeves promoted to principal’s job at Da Vinci Charter Academy

The Davis school board has selected Troy Reeves as the next principal for the Da Vinci Charter Academy. Currently, she is the vice principal of the academy’s junior high program at Emerson Junior High School. Reeves joined the Da Vinci High School teaching staff in 2008, as a teacher of political studies, American studies, journalism […]

June 21, 2013 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,