Sunday, April 26, 2015

Davis team wins world robotics championship

The Citrus Circuits are world champs.

The Davis high school robotics team and its alliance partners took home the top prize at the FIRST Robotics world championships in St. Louis on Saturday, beating out more than 600 high school robotics teams from around the world during the course of three days of competition.

The win caps off an amazing season for the team, with Citrus Circuits winning every competition it entered this year — by far the best season in the team’s 11-year history.

Citrus Circuits is made up of students from Da Vinci Charter Academy, Davis High …

Many hands make light work

About 180 volunteers gave up part of their Saturday morning to engage in the Community Day of Service — pulling weeds, spreading mulch, building and repairing benches, cleaning up parks and prepping walls for a new paint job. Projects were undertaken at Birch Lane Elementary School, Da Vinci Charter Academy, Davis Community Meals transitional housing, […]

Internal assessment of City Hall finds hope and heartache

Often, the first step toward recovery is admitting you have a problem. But it also helps to know what else you’re doing right. With that in mind, City Manager Dirk Brazil asked former City Manager John Meyer to assess how the city is functioning. Meyer’s 20-page report, the result of about three months’ worth of […]

History comes alive in ‘The Sacramento Picture’

Vintage footage provides a fascinating glimpse into the past By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Our digital age has unleashed countless miracles, and one of the best is the growing cornucopia of archival material that is becoming available to anybody with Internet access. Time was, researchers or curious civilians were limited to hard copies of […]

Another court hearing will decide future of hit-and-run case

WOODLAND — A Davis man accused of fleeing the scene of a head-on crash with a motorcyclist will be back in court in late May to determine whether the case will proceed to trial or settle with a plea agreement. Brian Douglas Cassidy, 59, has been ordered to stand trial on drunken driving, hit-and-run causing […]

Renewable energy program CEOs make their pitch to Davis

For Community Choice Energy program members in Marin, Sonoma, Contra Costa and Napa Counties, it can be lonely out there. Intermittent threats from the legislature happen when bills pushed by Pacific Gas & Electric-supported groups seek to sidestep rules that prohibit investor-owned utilities like PG&E from directly taking on CCEs and make it harder for […]

New design submitted for conference center

The Davis Planning Commission will take a look next month at new designs for a six-story Embassy Suites hotel and conference center to rise where the University Inn and Suites Hotel and the building that houses Caffe Italia on Richards Boulevard sit.

A previous plan for the area — near the interchange with Olive Drive — called for a seven-story hotel and a conference center that was more traditionally configured and smaller in size …

Water and power have a troubling interdependency

By Felicity Barringer In Modesto, utility records chart an 18-percent rise in farmers’ energy use in 2014 compared with 2013. No evidence shows exactly why this happened, but California’s drought, now in its fourth year, sent many farmers to their wells to pump from hidden aquifers water that normally would be found at ground level. […]

Legislation would limit use of group homes

Group homes like the former EMQ FamiliesFirst facility in Davis would be largely a thing of the past under legislation recently introduced in Sacramento. AB 403, authored by Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Monterey, aims to transform the foster care system and sharply reduce the number of children being placed in group homes as well as the length of […]

Will Freeborn name be remembered on campus?

Freeborn Hall — named after Stanley Freeborn, the first chancellor of UC Davis — was closed about a year ago due to seismic risks. As UC Davis contemplates the future of the building, the grandson of Stanley Freeborn is hoping that whatever happens with the hall, the Freeborn name will continue to be associated with a prominent landmark […]

Intellectual curiosity on display at UCD student research conference

Watch them in action: * Junior Kristi Lin of San Diego combined her study of landscape architecture with her love of piano to create landscape design. Using neuroscience, she assigned forms to the musical phrases of Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” and used the structure of the composition to place those forms in landscape design. Video: […]

UCD opens Life Sciences Innovation Center in Chile

Michelle Bachelet, president of Chile; Linda Katehi, chancellor of UC Davis; and U.S. Ambassador Michael A. Hammer opened the UC Davis-Chile Life Sciences Innovation Center on Tuesday in Santiago, Chile. With a projected budget of $12 million over its first three years, the center will foster collaborative work among experts from UCD and Chile aimed […]