Wednesday, April 23, 2014

School board hopefuls identify ‘most important issues’ facing district

What are the three most important issues facing the Davis school district? The eight applicants seeking appointment to the open seat on the Davis school board offered different answers to that question in their application for the job. Board members will narrow the field from eight applicants to three finalists at their May 1 meeting, […]

4-H members prepare for Spring Show

Check it out What: Yolo County 4-H Spring Show When: Friday through Sunday, May 2-4 Where: Yolo County Fairgrounds, 1325 East St., Woodland Info: A lot goes into raising a pig for market. The right feed is important, and can be expensive. Unexpected veterinary bills can take a toll. And then there is the […]

Food insecurity remains an issue for many county residents

One in six Yolo County residents lacked the resources to put food on the table on a regular basis in 2012, according to new data from Feeding America. About a third of those residents — 10,750 of them — were children, and one-third of those children were ineligible for federal nutrition programs because their family […]

Council votes to look at reducing water bills

The Davis City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to have the city look at reducing future water bills by an estimated 8 percent without changing the underlying structure of the water rates. The vote means city staff, consultants and the newly formed Utility Rate Advisory Committee will review a series of rate changes made possible […]

County board debates proposed salary hike for superintendent

WOODLAND — Does the Yolo County superintendent of schools deserve a 7.5-percent increase in salary just a few months before he’s due to retire? That was the question debated Tuesday afternoon at a meeting of the Yolo County Board of Education, which is considering a proposal to boost Superintendent Jorge Ayala’s salary by $12,657 this […]

No more oil trains chugging through our town, says Davis City Council

The Davis City Council passed a unanimous resolution Tuesday opposing projects in Benicia and Santa Maria that would increase the number of oil trains running through the city until certain safety issues have been addressed. If both the Philips 66 Santa Maria refinery project and the Benicia rail terminal proposal are approved, 180 more oil […]

UC Davis biodigester hungers for food scraps

A smelly pile of rotting fruits and veggies welcomed Earth Day to UC Davis.

West of campus, between Interstate 80 and the California National Primate Research Center, the four stocky white cylinders of the UC Davis Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester hunger for leftovers, ready to munch through 50 tons of them daily.

Combining food waste, agriculture byproducts and food processing scraps, the digester will turn about 18,250 tons of organic trash into electricity and fertilizer each year. That’s all of UCD’s organic waste plus more than 7,000 tons trucked in from local businesses.

New mosaic mural reflects Peña family history

A new mosaic mural in downtown Davis — depicting the long history of the Peña family in this region, and located at a site where the late Narcissa Peña lived for decades — was dedicated recently. The mural by artist Mark Rivera is the latest addition to the Davis Transmedia Art Walk, which features nearly […]

City could work to lower water bills

The City Council could vote on a path tonight that might lower Davis’ water rates by 8 percent at the same time an initiative to throw out the rates is on the June 3 ballot. City staff is recommending that the council authorize consultants and the newly formed Utility Rate Advisory Committee to review the […]

UCD dairy department awaits new facilities

The UC Davis Dairy Teaching and Research Facility may soon be moved and receive some long-awaited upgrades.

The facility occupies 10 acres — five of which are for feed storage and barn corrals, the other five of which are for grazing for a herd of about 200 head. The dairy is scheduled to be moved to one of several locations by mid-2016, UCD officials say.

Two possible locations, each about 14 acres, have been named so far. Dan Sehnert, animal facilities coordinator for the department of animal science said …

Measure O: Saving city jobs or enabling more waste?

Whether Davis voters support or oppose an increase in the local sales tax may come down to their perception of how well the city has been managing its money. According to the ballot argument for Measure O — which would increase in the sales tax rate from 8 percent to 8.5 percent and extend another […]