Friday, October 24, 2014

Elect Granda to board

I want to change direction for the Davis school board. Why is the parcel tax always there when it is better to try something different and not be spending? Funding for the schools needs to be put in the hands of the teachers, who know the needs. I am also concerned with the deficit problem. It does seem […]

Water theater isn’t fun

Theater is fun! Our federal government sponsors many theaters around the country, like the TSA security checks at airports. It even spends trillions of dollars for security theater in foreign countries like Afghanistan and Iraq. Unfortunately, those theaters are very expensive and deadly. In Davis, we’re starting our own water theater. The city of Davis […]

Be careful cycling on Fifth

I witnessed a near disaster on Fifth Street on Thursday afternoon. A westbound driver was anticipating a left-hand turn at Fifth and D streets. She probably was paying attention to the oncoming traffic and focusing to her left. On her right was a group of four or five young girls (I’m guessing about age 11). The kids (also traveling […]

Yes on Prop. 47: reasonable changes to curb recidivism, save money

By Tracie Olson For decades, California has relied on the mass incarceration of its offenders as the answer to crime control, no matter the crime. By 2011, state prisons were so overcrowded that the U.S. Supreme Court found that the problem amounted to cruel and unusual punishment, violating the Eighth Amendment. The problem of prison […]

No on Prop. 47: an end to safe neighborhoods, and more victims

By Landy Black The city of Davis has not taken an official position on Proposition 47, but it would seem many in Davis might like to know what their police chief thinks about a proposed law that would have such a significant and direct impact on crime and our ability to fight it. In short, […]

Woodland Camera Forum to show off photos

The Woodland Camera Forum will be presenting a photography program at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at Norton Hall, 70 Cottonwood St., Woodland. The program is free and open to the public, and will feature entries and winning images from the 2013 and 2014 Gold Rush International Photography Competitions. In […]

Marrone Bio a finalist for bioproducts award

Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. of Davis is a finalist for the inaugural Bioproducts Innovation of the Year award, announced Monday at the Bioproducts World Showcase & Conference in Columbus, Ohio. MBI, founded eight years ago in Davis by Pam Marrone, is one of 13 businesses to be named a finalist. The award went to Teknor Apex Company in […]

‘Psychology of spending’ seminar slated

The psychology of spending is the topic of a free financial education seminar Tuesday evening offered by Travis Credit Union. The session runs from 6 to 8 p.m. in the TCU Community Room at One Travis Way in Vacaville. “Psychologists have found that there are several forces that govern our consumer behavior and cause us […]

Budget Masters help manage family finances

Local residents are invited to learn how to manage their monthly budget and achieve their financial goals through Budget Masters. Monthly meetings run from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on the second Tuesday at 200 B St., Suite G, in downtown Davis. The next meeting will be Tuesday. Call 530-758-6230 for more information and registration.

Talk stocks at coffee club Tuesday

Carolyn Stiver, an Edward Jones financial adviser in Davis, welcomes community members at a coffee club gathering at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at her office, 4627 Fermi Place, Suite 130, in Davis. The coffee club, held the second Tuesday of each month, is an informal gathering whereby Edward Jones financial advisers provide an update […]

Doby Fleeman: Asking the tough questions

This week’s column focuses on two of the cities featured in the previous comparison matrix — Palo Alto and Boulder — both of which share several core community values with Davis. More importantly, both of these communities feature robust and vibrant technology employment sectors. Given general agreement that Davis is not exactly a destination resort community, nor a […]

Musicians pay special tribute to Jimi Hendrix

Rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix had a meteoric career — he released his first album with The Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1967, and he died (at age 27) in 1970. But the recordings of his wailing, distorted guitar — and his small but memorable catalog of songs — continue to be heard, and continue to influence musicians […]

Hot Sardines bring blend of French hot jazz and New Orleans brass to four-night stand at Mondavi

The Hot Sardines are a highly respected New York-based jazz ensemble that draws on  French gypsy jazz , New Orleans brass and stride piano styles from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s  — think Django Reinhardt, Louis Armstrong, and Fats Waller and hip flasks filled with hooch. The group visits the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at the […]

The Sharks play Picnic in the Park

The Sharks play Picnic in the Park on Wednesday, Oct. 15, during the Davis Farmers Market, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Central Park, Third and C streets, Davis. The band performs all-instrumental renditions of great rock melodies such as The Beatles’ “Something,” Del Shannon’s “Runaway,” Santana’s “Samba Pa Ti” and Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade […]