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Poll finds support for innovation center

Public opinion is most likely on the side of innovation. A private poll that developers of the proposed Mace Ranch Innovation Center took in early April shows wide support of the project and upends the conventional wisdom that adding in high-density housing would doom it at the ballot box. Pollsters surveyed 300 likely voters prior […]

Two new pastors join staff at First Baptist Church

Two new pastors joined the staff at First Baptist Church over the summer — Steve Luxa is the new senior pastor, and Neil Redenbaugh is the new youth pastor. Luxa grew up in the Denver area, and earned a master’s degree in applied math from Colorado State University (in Fort Collins) and a Master of Divinity degree from […]

Church groups ‘lift up’ county’s social workers

Yolo County social worker Phonecia Stone isn’t quick to tell people what she does for a living.

After all, she says, “There’s so much negative connotation around this job.

“We’re treated like the dregs of society some times.”

That’s particularly the case when it comes to child protective services, where Stone worked for a decade …

Now’s the time to nominate stellar citizens

Davis is jam-packed with people who give of their time, treasure and talents to make this community a better place. Now is your chance to honor them for their contributions. Nominations for Davis’ top citizen honors — the C.A. Covell Award for the Citizen of the Year and the A.G. Brinley Award for outstanding service […]

Davis water efforts rank well as state saves 31.3%

Davis is among hundreds of Californian cities that beat the summer heat by exceeding their water reduction goals. Since Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for a 25 percent cutback in water use over 2013 levels, residents in Davis and across the state have exceeded expectations. Statewide water use showed a 31.3-percent reduction in July, according to data […]

UCD Extension: ‘Just what you need’

Did you know that about 62,000 students take courses via UC Davis Extension each year? And it’s not just those popular classes in brewing and winemaking.

Instead, people turn to Extension to improve their skills in a current job, prepare for a promotion or to change careers, said John O’Neill, director of marketing.

Since 1960, he said, “People (have) come to us as working professionals,” who after five to 10 years in a career are asking themselves, “What’s next?” …

Be an Aggie Tradition-keeper

Sneaking out of their dorms in the middle of the night way back in 1912 to welcome UC Davis alumni for Homecoming weekend launched the tradition of Pajamarino. Today, that tradition lives on as students and community members — joined by the Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh and Spirit Squad — gather at the Davis Amtrak […]

Doggy Dash 5K will benefit wounded K-9 officers

The UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital will sponsor the Doggy Dash 5K road race as part of the Golden Valley Harriers’ Labor Day Races. The event will begin at 7:45 a.m. Monday, Sept. 7, in Central Park, Fourth and C streets,. The Doggy Dash provides an opportunity for both serious and recreational road racers […]

How fast summer passed; school’s back!

The new school year began Wednesday for the roughly 8,500 students in the Davis school district. And for students entering kindergarten and transitional kindergarten classes, it was literally their first day at school.

One of the new kindergartners at Montgomery Elementary was Lucero Valle, who came to school holding a snack prepared by her mother Marina.

“I’ve got a Z-bar, and a cheese stick and drinking yogurt,” Lucero announced, adding, “I picked out my clothes for today by myself” — a pink outfit with the words “Pretty Sweet” on the shirt.

Mayor slams permit process for street hoops

Don’t call the basketball police yet. Mayor Dan Wolk expressed irritation Tuesday night that the city would consider requiring permits for portable street basketball hoops, before leading a vote to strip hoop language out of a proposed rule that would give police discretion to regulate things blocking residential streets. “I didn’t hear a large outcry about hoops and […]

Happy birthday, UCD School of Law!

Dean Kevin R. Johnson on Tuesday helps kick off the UC Davis School of Law’s 50th anniversary year. More than 200 people gathered in the King Hall courtyard for the noontime celebration — complete with cake and special T-shirts. The audience included faculty, staff and other friends of the school — and students, too, who […]

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