Sunday, April 20, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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Bill is an affront to UC Davis ag biotech and local farmers

By Kent Bradford As a scientist who has dedicated my entire career to agricultural biotechnology and plant science, I am deeply concerned about Senate Bill 1381, which is winding its way through the California Legislature and is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday. The bill, which mandates a de facto […]

Don’t want to sit in Fix 50 traffic? Consider alternatives

By Lucas Frerichs As some of you may know, there is an important construction project Caltrans is about to undertake in Sacramento, called the Fix 50 project. If you go to www.Fix50.com you will find background information on the project. What this means is that between Tuesday, April 22, and Wednesday, June 25 (with a […]

What do you think? What’s the best thing you’ve found in a plastic egg?

Anthony Plascenaa firefighter, Vacaville: “Candy. I love candy.” Jacob Bishop bus boy, Winchester, Va.: “Money. A couple of dollars.” Doris Wong student, Davis: “Candy, little brown chocolates.” Cassie Slack student, Davis: “Probably candy, that’s pretty good.” Molly Aikawa student, Davis: “Probably candy.” Nicholas Pasquale teacher, Davis: “Another Easter egg.” Asked in downtown Davis Compiled by […]

Give water safety a moment of your attention

By Rose Cholewinski “Just a moment, sweetie!” How many times has your child asked for your attention and you’ve said, “just a sec” while you finish up another small task? As a local swim school owner, longtime swim coach and a parent, I assure you that when it comes to pools and water, you don’t […]

$15 minimum wage would hurt us all

By Jeff and Laura Ambrose What a great idea — let’s all get paid more! What’s wrong with that? While on its surface this may seem like a splendid idea, it rests on several untrue assumptions: * People are forced to work in low-wage, dead-end jobs in perpetuity. Indentured servanthood is a remnant of the […]

What do you think? If you got a tattoo, what would it be?

Gregory Shilling student, Davis: “It would be on the shoulder blade area and I would design it myself. It would have meaning but not be too cheesy. No bright colors, probably just black outlines.” Charles Knofler electrician, Sacramento: “It would go on my right arm and I think it would be a Viking holding a […]

How Yolo compares, health-wise, and what it means

By Constance Caldwell, M.D. This is the fifth year that County Health Rankings have been issued nationwide. Yolo County maintained its rank of fifth in the state of California. That sounds good, doesn’t it? Well, maybe. The County Health Rankings are compiled by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin for all […]

Water project groundbreaking an opportunity to celebrate major milestones and successes

Help make history What: Groundbreaking for the Woodland Davis joint surface water project When: 10 a.m. Thursday Where: 42929 County Road 24, Woodland By Joe Krovoza, Bill Marble, Don Saylor, Skip Davies, Brett Lee, Dan Wolk and Jim Hilliard On Thursday, the cities of Davis and Woodland will celebrate a milestone decades in the making […]

What do you think? What’s your favorite Picnic Day activity?

Kelsey Brewer student, Davis: “House shows, because there are lots of bands from outside the area that come to play.” Bryan Rodriguez retail, Davis: “Wiener dog races. They’re pretty funny.” John Arnold retired, Davis: “People-watching. That’s the most fun.” Sam Del Gobbo student, San Rafael “The wiener dog races.” Audrey Dufresne student, Davis: “I like […]

Speak out

President Hon. Barack Obama, The White House, Washington, D.C., 20502; 202-456-1111; fax: 202-456-2461; email: president@whitehouse.gov U.S. Senate Sen. Barbara Boxer, 112 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; 202-224-3553; email: visit http://boxer.senate.gov/contact/webform.cfm Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 331 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; 202-224-3841; fax: 202-228-3954; email: visit http://feinstein.senate.gov/email.html House of Representatives Rep. John Garamendi (3rd District), 2438 Rayburn […]

Keep voting in USA Today cycling town poll

USA Today is asking its readers to choose the best U.S. cycling town, running a readers’ choice poll through noon April 14. Voters can cast one ballot every day at www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-u-s-cycling-town. Davis is leading the poll, followed by Fort Collins, Colo.; Minneapolis; Madison, Wis.; and Greenville, S.C. “For our nominations, we went to none other than celebrated […]

What do you think? What makes Davis the best cycling town?

Kyle Clancy student, Davis: “We were one of the first cities to have bike lanes.” Anson Li student, San Francisco: “Because it’s a flat city.” Trung Thien student, San Jose: “It’s very close together so you can go anywhere on a bike.” Ferris Chu student, Sacramento: “They provide a lot of parking everywhere.” Michelle Bacigalupi […]

Chamber PAC puts candidates to the test

If you go What: Chamber PAC’s City Council candidates debate When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 Where: Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Admission: Free By Steve Greenfield The Davis Chamber Political Action Committee members will be interviewing all five City Council candidates in advance of Wednesday’s debate to better understand the candidates’ views on […]

Stop our slide into municipal bankruptcy

By Michael Bisch Whether Davis’ slide into bankruptcy is impossible to stop or prevent is debatable. What’s indisputable is that the city is rapidly headed toward fiscal insolvency in the absence of a significant course correction. In the June election, Davis voters have an opportunity to weigh in to prevent our fiscal demise. No, I’m […]