Friday, November 28, 2014

Many thanks for a great benefit

The Davis School Arts Foundation would like to thank the West Valley Chorus and its chairman, Tom Powers, for putting on the 26th annual Harmony in Our Lives Benefit Show. We so appreciate their continued and generous support of music and choral programs in Davis. Their tireless efforts benefit DSAF and allow us to further […]

It all started at the bookstore

As a fifth-grade teacher, I am frequently looking for good books to read aloud or suggest to my students. This past summer, I was browsing through The Avid Reader’s children’s selection and discovered on display a gem of a new novel, “The Luck Uglies,” by Paul Durham. I found an adventure story filled with imagination, […]

What can we do to help?

We have many homeless in Davis. I worry about one in particular, a meth-addicted young woman who grew up in our community and now lives on our streets. The problem is she is pregnant. I’ve spoken to our elected officials, our police and our homeless. There doesn’t seem to be a solution. She doesn’t want […]

What if we really need it?

I am not going to argue that the MRAP should not have been given away. Perhaps it was a good decision. But, in the unlikely event we have a situation like that bank robbery in Stockton recently, and if one or more of our local police get shot, I would hate to be one of […]

Tom Elias: Utilities look to soak small users

A strong spotlight shines these days on the state Public Utilities Commission as it gets set to rule on how much the state’s biggest utilities will have to pay for their sometimes-fatal blunders and how much consumers will be soaked for the negligence of utility executives. As much as $8 billion over the next decade […]

Cheers and Jeers: Thankfully, no jeers

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week. It’s Thanksgiving week, and we’re thankful there wasn’t much to jeer. CHEERS to Kim Eichorn and other local real estate agents, whose annual food drive collected 11,000 pounds of food and $8,182 for STEAC, the Short-Term Emergency Aid Committee. […]

Planting love at new home

Nancy and Paul Jacobs, who recently bought my home on A Street, generously allowed me to remove four treasured rose bushes from my former garden. Don Shor at Redwood Barn Nursery kindly offered to keep the roses for me until the bed at my new home is ready for planting. Thank you, Nancy, Paul and […]

Innovation parks comparison

This reflects recent Enterprise pieces, logically linked. On Sunday, Nov. 16, Rob White, Davis’ chief innovation officer, wrote about Davis’ innovation business plans in technology and research, stating that we can’t know how many will come, but such growth is positive regionally. The second commentary (published Friday, Nov. 14), is cautionary, comparing Davis with Boulder, Colo., […]

Musings in the wake of Ferguson decision

By Sandy Holman As an African-American woman who has African-American brothers, cousins, uncles and elders in her life, I have had to face the fact that there is a cost to having dark skin. The Culture CO-OP’s documentary, which is called “The Cost of Darkness,” examines how having dark skin impacts people in almost every institution […]

Rich Rifkin: Is it time to be a bear or a bull?

“Sell, sell, sell!” a friend of mine, who is an investment adviser, told me over the phone last Friday, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 closed at all-time highs. “I don’t know exactly when we are going to have a crash, Rich, but the market is seriously overvalued,” he said. “It’s […]

Lohse’s ballet students present ‘The Nutcracker’

Check it out What: “The Nutcracker” ballet, by Hanneke Lohse & Co. When: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday Where: Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. Tickets: $15 general, available in advance at the Davis Arts Center, 1919 F St., or at the Vets’ Theater box office 30 […]

Swing your partner!

International students do the do-si-do as they learn American square dancing Friday night at the International Student Festival at UC Davis. Students representing more than 25 countries celebrated their cultures, costumes music, dance, food and beverages at the festival, which concluded International Education Week. The joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education […]