Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Jury finds Dixon man guilty of mortgage fraud

A former Dixon Realtor was convicted Monday by a federal jury of one count of mail fraud affecting a financial institution, relating to his role in a mortgage fraud scheme. Hubert Rotteveel, 52, will be sentenced on Dec. 15; he faces a maximum statutory penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Rotteveel is […]

UC joins U.N.-supported Principles for Responsible Investment

The University of California announced Monday that it has become a signatory of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment. In doing so, UC becomes, the first American public university to join the leading international network of institutional investors committed to including environmental, social and governance factors in their investment decision-making. By adding its name […]

Elementary school counselors: necessary, but poorly funded

Navigating the social mores of the elementary school playground can be a challenge.

Rare is the adult organizing and running activities or serving as referee, so the kids themselves, as young as 5 or 6 years old, find themselves learning by doing — learning how to get along and solve problems simply by doing so.

At Birch Lane Elementary School, on a wall facing the blacktop, near the bathrooms and drinking fountains, there is now a place where kids can go to get some help.

Most, if not all, of these kids already know the strategies for …

Candidates discuss parcel tax renewal, later start for school day

Learn more What: Davis school board candidates forum When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 Where: Pioneer Elementary School, 5215 Hamel St. The candidates for the Davis school board field questions about a possible renewal of the Davis school district’s parcel taxes and about whether to start the school day later for junior high and high […]

Council to tackle slippery ‘mini-dorm’ questions

Details What: Davis City Council meeting When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Watch it live: Comcast Channel 16, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 or on the city’s website at www.cityofdavis.org/media City laws about mini-dorms are getting a second look Tuesday. The thorny issue first came up in 2007, when the council navigated fraught […]

Nature’s beauty is in our own back yard

Coming up * Oct. 18: hike * Dec. 6: Berryessa Peak hike * Jan. 10: Cold Canyon hike * Feb. 7: High Bridge Trail hike * April 11: Redbud Trail hike * May 2: Berryessa Snow Mountain wildflower tour * June 6-7: Snow Mountain camping trip (weather permitting) Trail days * Dec. 20, Jan. 24, Feb. 21, March 21, April 18, May 16: Volunteer trail restoration days at Stebbins Cold Canyon Yolo […]

Bet Haverim hosts High Holy Day services

Starting the Hebrew year 5775, Jews in Davis and throughout the world will celebrate the solemn High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah (New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) later this month. Congregation Bet Haverim in Davis will observe these days at its facilities, 1715 Anderson Road. Traditional and contemporary services will be offered. Bet […]

School district may redevelop downtown site

The Davis school board took the first step Thursday night in the possible redevelopment of the city block that houses the school district’s administrative offices. The project could have significant implications for downtown Davis, and also possibilities as a long-term income-producer for the schools, depending on how the deal is structured. The block at Fifth and B streets […]

Grant means new push for moving tracks out of town

A new federal grant may mean the possibility of moving north-south train tracks out of downtown Davis is on the horizon.

The cities of Davis, Woodland, West Sacramento, along with Yolo County and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, won a $171,180 grant this week from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to provide technical assistance in creating a rail line relocation study. That study will pave the way for a strategic plan that would involve public meetings and stakeholder groups.

Some say council needs to reconsider MRAP

Is the Davis MRAP getting a bad rap? The three-person City Council majority that voted to have local police figure out a way within two months to send a donated $689,000 mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle back to the Department of Defense, recently caught the notice of The New York Times. And just like that, Davis was […]

UC to create $250 million venture capital fund

By Stephanie M. Lee Seeking to boost entrepreneurship, the University of California will create a $250 million venture capital fund to invest in inventions developed by students and faculty. The UC Board of Regents voted Wednesday to start the fund, which will support work at the system’s 10 campuses, five medical centers, three national laboratories […]

School board hopefuls lay out priorities at candidates forum

The seven hopefuls seeking three four-year terms on the Davis school board in the Nov. 4 election laid out their priorities during a candidates forum Wednesday night. Also participating in the forum was recently appointed trustee Alan Fernandes, who is running unopposed for a two-year term. His name will not be on the ballot. The field […]