Sunday, April 20, 2014

A springtime ritual

Grayson Milicevich, 1, smiles up at the Easter Bunny on Saturday at Breakfast with the Bunny, hosted by the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge. At an Easter egg hunt following the photo sessions, Isaiah Benitez, 1, finds a color-coordinated egg. The morning included a continental breakfast, photos with the furry white fellow, the egg hunt and children’s crafts. […]

Tom Adams seeks Davis school board seat

Longtime Davis resident and parent Tom Adams is one of the applicants seeking the appointed seat on the Davis school board, and he plans to run in November, probably for the two-year seat. Both the appointment process and the special election for the two-year seat are necessitated by the resignation in March of trustee Nancy […]

UCD admits record number; 4,284 from abroad

UC Davis has offered admission to 24,550 out of 60,536 applicants of freshman standing, both record figures, as it continues marching toward its 2020 Initiative growth goals. That includes offers to 4,284 foreign students — second-most in the UC system to only UC San Diego’s 5,080, according to preliminary statistics released on Friday. UCD expects to […]

Hub of activity: DHS newspaper keeps evolving

Some say that journalism is a dying art, but The Hub newspaper at Davis High School has found a way to keep up with ever-changing trends through its website,

“Both products (the newspaper and website) have equal status and distinct missions,” said DHS teacher Kelly Wilkerson, The Hub’s adviser. “The mission of the website is to inform and update on breaking news, while the purpose of the newspaper is to analyze, explain and entertain.”

When Wilkerson first took over the class in 2004 …

Former caretaker convicted of murder, elder abuse

WOODLAND — A former Davis man’s failure to properly care for an elderly man, who prosecutors say died as a result of the neglect, amounted to second-degree murder, a Yolo County jury ruled Thursday after less than a day of deliberations. The panel also found James Matthew Mattos guilty of elder abuse and financial theft […]

Appointee process clarified; staffing decisions postponed

At its meeting Thursday evening, the Davis school board spelled out the process by which an interim trustee will be appointed and heard a proposal from Superintendent Winfred Roberson covering proposed staffing increases, now that the school district’s financial picture is recovering from seven years of budget cuts. The district is proposing to hire 12 […]

Chuck Rairdan joins school board race

Chuck Rairdan, recently a member of the Davis school district’s Strategic Planning Committee and father of two in the public schools, is seeking a seat on the Davis school board. He has applied for the appointed position and intends to run in the Nov. 4 election. Rairdan said he believes the district is at a […]

Going green at church, school, everywhere

Each year, Cool Davis recognizes “Eco-Heroes” — Davis residents who model how to incorporate sustainable practices into their work, civic and everyday lives. Acting out of personal conviction, they are just doing “the right thing” for themselves, the community and the planet.

The Cool Davis Climate Solution Awards go to local businesses, groups or organizations for exemplary efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As they model ways to reduce their environmental impact, they become leaders in creating options to conserve resources, reduce fossil-fuel dependence and stabilize the climate.

In its efforts to work with the community …

Old friend helps Brad and others find kidneys

Last week, Mike Sheehan, director of facilities services in UC Davis’ Student Housing, was in Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, donating a kidney to a college buddy. “This story isn’t about me,” Sheehan is quick to say. It’s about his desire to tell others of the opportunity they may have to give a kidney […]

Davis wins USA Today Best Cycling Town honor

Davis is the No. 1 cycling town in the country, according to USA Today and 10Best, a list website. Both organizations cited 95 percent of Davis’ arterial roadways having a bike lane, an estimated 22 percent of residents who commute by bike and the city’s prominence as the first to earn a platinum designation from […]

Jury deliberates murder, elder-abuse charges

WOODLAND — Someone is to blame for the death of Cecil Wachholtz. Yolo County prosecutors believe that blame lies with his final caretaker, James Matthew Mattos, whose failure to properly feed, bathe or seek medical care for the mentally impaired 67-year-old brought on the multiple ailments that killed him, they say. “The defendant had one […]