Review Category : City News

Sacramento Sheriff’s Toy Project helps families in need during holiday season

The holidays are a difficult time for many low-income families, and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Toy Project, along with other organizations, is helping to alleviate some of the stress associated with providing holiday gifts for children. Since 1985, the Sheriff’s Toy Project, organized by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department (SCSD), has collected food, toys and built toys to donate to those in need. Throughout the season local collection boxes are set up at numerous locations for toy donations. The toys are then sorted and distributed on Dec. 19. Deputy Scott Anderson has worked with the SCSD for many years and recently became Toy Project Coordinator. “[The Toy Project] was started by a deputy that just wanted to help families in need, and it has since grown. It started out as like 20 families or something like that. … Last year we did 2,000 families and almost 8,000 kids out of that got toys and food,” Anderson said. “It fosters a relationship between law enforcement and the community. Because the whole thing... ...

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Yolo County sees increase of children entering foster care

Yolo County is currently experiencing a shortage of foster parents both due to an increase in children entering the system and a deficit of available foster parent homes. According to Cherie Schroeder, educational specialist and program director for Yolo County Foster Care, it is not just Yolo County experiencing a shortage of foster families but also counties all over California. Schroeder said that she is unsure of the reason for the increase of children entering the foster care system at this time. She speculates that it could be due to the improvement of the economy after an extended period of financial hardship. “The economy is back on the upswing, but for people who haven’t gotten their jobs back, their housing back, they’ve been riding this financially stressful ride for three or four years. I just think that there is still a lot of stress,” Schroeder said. She speculates that the rate of reporting child abuse has increased because more children are re-entering daycares and other institutional settings where they are... ...

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City welcomes holiday season with festive downtown activities

Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting The Annual City of Davis Holiday Parade and tree lighting will be held in E Street Plaza today. The children’s parade starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Co-op (620 G St.). The parade will kick off at the E Street Plaza. The tree at the plaza will be lit at 6:30 p.m. by members of the Davis City Council. Activities will include entertainment by the Davis Children’s Chorale, “Visits by Santa,” and a free screening of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Showtimes are at 6, 6:40, 7:20 and 8 p.m. at the Varsity Theatre.   Gingerbread House Workshop Carlton Plaza will be hosting a free gingerbread house workshop for the general public today from 4 to 6 p.m. Another workshop will be held on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., and Dec. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m.  Carlton Plaza will provide the materials needed to build a gingerbread house. This includes gingerbread, icing and candy; Participants are allowed to bring any additional sweet treats.... ...

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Co-op program allows shoppers to donate spare change to schools

The Davis Food Co-op completed its first month of its new program, Round Up at the Registers this November. This initiative allows shoppers at the grocery store to bring their total to the nearest whole dollar, and all of the change collected is donated each month to a different school in the Davis Joint Unified School District (DJUSD). The program, according to Julie Cross, the marketing director of the Davis Food Co-op, raised $685 last month for Fairfield Elementary — a two-room school and the smallest school in the Davis school district. Cross said that the Round Up program replaced an older program in which schools would buy Co-op gift certificates and resell them to parents to raise money. “It was pretty cumbersome and expensive to run and didn’t have a huge amount of participation, so we thought we would get rid of something that didn’t work very well and replace it with something easier,” Cross said. According to the Co-op’s website, one DJUSD elementary or junior high school is... ...

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Davis firefighters distribute Thanksgiving food baskets, despite rising food costs

For the past two weeks, Davis Firefighters Local 3494 (Local 3494)  stood on traffic partitions at the 5th street intersection near Central Park with empty firefighter boots and signs asking passersby to donate money to fund their Thanksgiving basket drive. This year, however, the firefighters experienced a shortfall in donations and had to supplement their budget with a second fill-the-boot fundraiser. Local 3494 has given away baskets filled with the necessities for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for those in need for the past 28 years. “We’ve never had to turn anyone away and I’m hoping the same for this year. There have been years where it’s been pretty close. Right at the end there were one or two families left and the firefighters all reached into their pockets and we were able to get the food for those families as well,” said Bobby Weist, president of Local 3494. Although Weist was unsure of the number of baskets the firefighters were planning on distributing this year, in previous years they have... ...

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Memories lost to Alzheimer’s disease are recovered through music

In recognition of Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month Dr. Petr Janata, UC Davis professor and researcher in the department of psychology and the Center for the Mind and Brain, visited Carlton Plaza, a senior home in Davis, to present his ongoing research of the relationship between music and memories. The association of music and memories is not exactly a new concept. Imagine driving to work and you just happen to be listening passively to the radio when all of a sudden the song sucks you into the memory of a nasty breakup or maybe your first kiss. Dr. Joel Krueger, UC Davis alumnus and philosophy lecturer at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, explained in an email interview that he has been working on a number of issues in philosophy of the mind and cognitive science, philosophy of music and Asian and comparative philosophy. “When we remember a past event , we’re not simply summoning an inventory of ‘cold’ facts,” Dr. Krueger said, “we are also summoning an ‘affective... ...

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27th Annual Davis Turkey Trot brings community together

A Change of Pace Foundation hosted the 27th annual Davis Turkey Trot running event last Saturday at the Civic Center Park downtown. The event had categories for every participant with a 5K, 10K and half-marathon for adults, and 1 mile, 1/2 mile, 1/4 mile and 200-yard dash for children. Despite the light rain on the morning of, approximately 3,000 attendees participated in the Turkey Trot. Participants came from various cities throughout Yolo County. Some participants even came all the way from Reno City and Nevada City. “We do try our best to get out [in marketing] of Davis and really explore all the communities to come to Davis,” said Jared Ney, event coordinator and a member of the A Change of Pace Foundation. One participant in the 5K race, April Lynn Gemein, came from West Sacramento. “I think it is very well-run and a good local event. It brings a lot of people together and gets people active, [try] to get out and have fun,” Gemein said. Over 500 volunteers... ...

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Davis continues to foster relations with sister cities

On Nov. 17, a group of volunteers gathered at Cynthia Kellogg’s house, a member of the non-profit Davis Friends of Rutilio Grande, to prepare a mailing of holiday fundraising requests. For the last 23 years, Davis residents have donated money to a community of 80 families in Rutilio Grande, El Salvador. “They have a two-room school that goes only to sixth grade, so if the children are going to be educated, they have to travel outside the city, and that means they have to pay for transportation, uniforms and books,” Kellogg said. Davis’ role as a sister city to Rutilio Grande has allowed many students to be educated beyond the sixth grade. Most of the students’ parents are subsistence farmers growing corn and beans either on small plots of land or larger, communally farmed plots. “These mailings are really helpful, because there are so many good people in Davis that respond to this and the money goes to good people,” said Walter Sherwood, who became involved with Friends of Rutilio... ...

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Davis Police holds open dialogue on military vehicle acquisition

The Davis Police Department (DPD) held an open dialogue on Nov. 13, in the Davis Senior Center to discuss the June 2014 acquisition of the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP) from the federal government. With over nearly 60 people including city council members, the DPD and the general public, the event aimed to conduct a dialogue with different groups within the community. To begin the dialogue, participants were told to write one word on a piece of paper to be posted around the room. Several words posted include “militarization,” “overkill,” “unity” and “fear”. One attendee expressed her concern for the lack of information and communication between the community, council and police prior to the acquisition of MRAP. Many attendants questioned the appropriateness of an armored vehicle for Davis. One of the posted papers read, “MRAP [is not an] image of what Davis needs.” Assistant Chief of the DPD Darren Pytel explained the benefits of the acquisition, which included insertion into high-threat environment, officer protection, higher leverage in negotiations and exceptionally... ...

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Davis non-profit FARM plants winter vegetables to donate

Members from the non-profit FARM Davis gathered Saturday on Valdora Street in South Davis to plant vegetables. FARM Davis is a non-profit organization dedicated to growing and donating fresh, local food in order to help homeless or low-income individuals obtain healthy produce. Robyn Waxman founded the organization and wrote her master’s thesis about it at California College of the Arts (CCA). Waxman saw the project as a way to engage the millennial generation by converting a strip of toxic soil into a space capable of producing food for the homeless on Hooper Street, San Francisco — its first official location. “The FARM project is a way of creating a new way of thinking about protest that appeals to the social and cultural nuances of [the millennial] generation, and that’s why it was formed. It was trying to solve a problem, which was that [the millennials] wanted to do something but felt totally overwhelmed,” Waxman said. After completing her graduate work at CCA, Waxman moved to Davis to teach graphic design... ...

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Northern California Kaiser nurses strike ends

At 7 a.m. this morning, the Northern California Kaiser nurses strike involving 18,000 nurses came to an end at some 86 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics. They have been on strike since Monday, according to a California Nurse Association (CNA) released statement due to the U.S. hospitals’ inadequate Ebola safeguards. According to the CNA, lowered care standards for Ebola patients, nurses and other healthcare workers are among the reasons for the strike. “Our call for a strike speaks loudly and clearly that we want management to stop their stalling in bargaining our first contract, stop the unfair labor practices and provide the safeguards and resources needed to deliver safe patient care. It’s high time to listen to the nurses,” said Sutter Tracy RN Dotty Nygard in a statement released by the CNA. Kaiser Permanente said in a statement that they have met the criteria the nurses have asked for when it comes to provisions for treating Ebola. The statement says that Kaiser has tried to work with the National Nurses... ...

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News in Brief: First Jumpstart Davis Meeting Tonight

On Nov. 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. there will be a Jumpstart Davis meeting at Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, an opportunity for community members to share and strengthen startup business ideas. This monthly meetup is designed to provide a way for new ideas to be supported by other members of the community, creating a space for discussion and the furthering of local businesses in the city of Davis. For more information, email Bill Habicht at bill@dccpres.org.   ...

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Sacramento, Placer County citizens remember fallen deputies

Deputy Danny Oliver and Deputy Michael Davis Jr., two officers who were killed in an Oct. 24 shooting rampage, were laid to rest at Adventure Christian Church in Roseville, Calif. Oct. 27 and Oct. 28. An estimated 3,000 people were in attendance at both services, as reported by The Sacramento Bee. “The citizens and communities have shown great support in response to this incident.  From phone calls, emails, social media posts, letters, flowers and visits, to hosting candlelight vigils, fundraisers, donations, support at funeral services. [Their] presence at an organized funeral ceremony or procession is overwhelming to officers and survivors who serve the community,” said Sergeant Lisa R. Bowman, the sheriff’s spokesperson for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. The Oct. 24 shooting turned into a six-hour manhunt, which included the participation of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento County Probation, State Parole, and the FBI — with a team of around 300 officers — along with citizen cooperation. Alleged shooter Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte — accompanied by his... ...

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Improvements to city bicycle infrastructure expected within a year

City of Davis bicycle infrastructure is expected to undergo several major improvements throughout the next year. The East Covell Corridor Plan (ECCP) is currently waiting for the input and approval of the Bicycle and Transportation Street Safety Commission. The ECCP will include new off-street bike paths beside the Covell Corridor, which will be implemented between the Unitrans’ O line and F street. This improvement is made to anticipate developments around that area, as well as to invite more people to access other parts of the city, including South Davis. “We’re improving the bike path which crosses and goes through the driveway that goes into the shopping center up there. Car drivers will see there is a visible path where cyclists would arrive, [and] so they would expect them,” said Mayor Pro Tem Robb Davis. In addition to new bike paths, the ECCP includes implementation of dutch junctions. These junctions will be placed at the current intersection on J and L street, designed primarily based on European intersections. These junctions are... ...

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Ridesharing service Lyft’s first fatal accident occurs in Sacramento

A car accident on Nov. 1  in Sacramento involving a Lyft ridesharing vehicle was responsible for one fatality. Others involved in the accident suffered minor injuries. Five vehicles total were involved in the Nov. 1 accident that killed Shane Holland, 24, of West Sacramento. California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) division in North Sacramento issued a press release the following day on the CHP North Sacramento Facebook page, detailing the developments of the accident. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones involved in this tragedy. We are deeply saddened to hear this news and will continue to support those involved as well as authorities in the ongoing investigation,” said Lyft communications manager Paige Thelen in an emailed statement. According to a CHP press release, the first collision occurred around 1:25 a.m. westbound on I-80, west of Riverside Avenue in the third lane during heavy rainfall when an unknown white sedan rear-ended a Kia. The white vehicle drove off and has not been located, but the Kia spun... ...

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