Review Category : City News

Fifth annual Tour de Cluck Bicycle Coop Crawl huge success

The fifth annual Tour de Cluck Bicycle Coop Crawl took place on Saturday, May 24. This collaboration of Davis Farm to School, Yolo Farm to Fork and other sponsors and participating businesses bring a chicken-centered community activity to the City of Davis. The City of Davis is well-known for its flat ground that is suitable for biking, exemplified by the city symbol of an old-fashioned bike. Similarly, the land surrounding Davis are vast areas of farmland; UC Davis is referred to mainly as an “Ag school.” The two concepts of agriculture and biking come together in this Davis-oriented family event. “The event is a fundraiser to benefit the programs of Davis Farm to School and Yolo Farm to Fork, non-profit organizations supporting farm-fresh and local produce in school lunches, school gardens, elementary school farm visits and recycling and composting programs,” said Beth Harrison, executive director of Yolo Farm to Fork. This year, the proceeds from ticket purchases and sponsors benefited the Davis Farm to School and Yolo Farm to Fork... ...

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UC Regents plan to improve transferring process

University of California (UC) Regents published a report on May 15 addressing a plan to ease the transferring process from California community college students into the UC system. This report followed UC President Janet Napolitano’s November 2014 address to UC Regents regarding upcoming plans for the UC system. “The University [UC system] must reexamine how we interact with community college transfers,” Napolitano said. “Many California students begin their higher education journey at a community college, yet yearn for the opportunity to earn a four-year degree. We must continue to support the access and success of the diversity of the California community college population.” The report entitled “Preparing California for Its Future: Enhancing Community College Student Transfer to UC”examines current issues surrounding the process of transferring into a UC school and details proposals to enhance the situation. These solutions have been imagined via collaboration of students, faculty, staff, the California State University (CSU) system and California Community Colleges (CCC). “Transfer students who enroll at UC repeatedly demonstrate their ability to succeed,... ...

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Davis Nugget Markets aim to support local school garden programs

In the past two months, the Nugget Markets and Davis Farm to School and Yolo Farm to Fork have been awarding schools with ‘stellar garden programs’ across Yolo County. These organizations have been working to provide everything from workshops, grants for gardens in schools and supplies to supplement school-based garden learning. The Nugget Markets is a family-owned upscale supermarket chain operating within the greater Sacramento metropolitan area headquartered in Woodland, Calif. Davis Farm to School and Yolo Farm to Fork are both non-profit organizations aiming to create an educational and cultural environment in local schools that connect food choices with personal health, community, farms and the land. The schools, which received the awards in late April, were Holmes Junior High, Davis School for Independent Study and King High School in Davis, and Plainfield Elementary and Dingle Elementary in Woodland. The criteria for winning were that of demonstrating effective, innovative and creative educational experiences through the school garden program. The schools chosen were able to provide several practical learning activities involving... ...

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Voter’s guide to Measures O, P

On June 3, the City of Davis will be holding its General Municipal and Special Elections. Registered voters will be electing two seats for Davis City Council along with voting on two measures — Measure O and Measure P. Measure O Approving Measure O would mean re-authorizing and extending the current transactions and use tax — sales tax— as well as increasing the current sales tax by one percent. Approving this would extend the existing sales tax sunset from Dec. 31, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2020. As the current sales tax, the increased sales tax would be a general tax so all revenue would pool into the City’s general fund and could be used for any legal governmental purpose. With the current rates, the city’s total sales tax rate — including both state and local sales taxes– is eight percent. This measure would increase that number to 8.5 percent. If not approved, the original 2016 sunset clause would bring down the sales tax to 7.5 percent. For Measure O Several individuals... ...

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California Strawberry Commission sues UC Davis

The California Strawberry Commission (CSC) filed a lawsuit against UC Davis in fall 2013 with the belief that UC Davis has intentions of ending its strawberry breeding program. The strawberry breeding program is a program that has, for decades, researched and developed new varieties of strawberries. Because of its existence, California strawberry growers can buy their plants directly from the University rather than buying plants from private breeding programs, which have much higher royalty rates. According to Carolyn O’Donnell, the communications director for the CSC, concern for the continuation of the breeding program arose as the professors who work for the program, Douglas Shaw and Kirk Larson, approached retirement. “In 2012, they let us know that they were not going to continue renewing the contract we have with them on an annual basis for the breeding program, that would also terminate the royalty discount the strawberry growers were getting, and that they weren’t planning on continuing the program,” O’Donnell said. Following this news, the CSC filed a lawsuit in hopes... ...

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ASUCD battles expected low student turnout for upcoming elections

U.S. college students in their young adult years are responsible for historically low voter participation rates, averaging between 21 and 25 percent turnout in the last 35 years, according to a study by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). UC Davis students are no exception to this statistic and are expected to continue in this trend in the June 2014 gubernatorial primary and November midterm elections, said ASUCD and CALPIRG members. The CIRCLE study further reported voter turnout of college students ages 18 to 24 — both registered and unregistered to vote — was 26.5 percent in the 2010 midterm elections and 53 percent in the 2012 presidential elections. Youth participation is considerably lower in primary, local and midterm elections than in presidential elections, even in years when presidential election participation is on the rise, said CIRCLE. This trend of low civic participation on the part of college students has a number of explanations, said former ASUCD Vice President Bradley Bottoms, a fourth-year political... ...

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Davis Chamber of Commerce hosts Celebrate Davis!

This year, Celebrate Davis! 2014 was held in Community Park on F Street on May 15. Celebrate Davis! is an annual, free, community-wide festival organized by the Davis Chamber of Commerce. It is a family-oriented conglomeration of picnicking, a music festival, food booths and a Davis business expo. “Celebrate Davis! is truly a community celebration of all things Davis,” said Alison Rodegerdts, the deputy director of the Davis Chamber of Commerce and planner of the event. “This annual event would not be possible without the commitment of our event committee, the on-site volunteers.” Consistent with the Davis stereotype of encouraging alternative transportation, parking near Celebrate Davis! is very hard to find. Most bike, walk or take public transportation to the event in downtown Davis. Free valet bike parking was available to people who attended the event. This was an opportunity for the Davis community to come together and visit community businesses and organizations at their booths, buy dinner, enjoy live music and watch fireworks at 9 p.m. “Davis ACE was... ...

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Police Briefs

5/12 #personal On Valdora Street, somebody was staying at her boyfriend’s house when one of his housemates recorded her conversation with her boyfriend and posted it on Tumblr. Third time’s a charm A drunk guy on San Marino Drive was riding his bike and fell off of it three times. 5/14 Spa treatment A person dressed in a hospital gown entered the reporter’s home and got into the bathtub on Creekhollow Lane. 5/17 Off the hook An unknown subject tapped on someone’s front door with a metal object and left on Vistosa Street. 5/18 Two bikes are better than none Someone was riding a bike with another bike slung over his shoulder on Oak Avenue. Bring home to mom On Lehigh Drive, somebody’s ex-girlfriend has been sending his mother nude male photos. Police briefs are compiled from the City of Davis daily crime bulletins. Contact EINAT GILBOA at city@theaggie.org. ...

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Fix 50 reparations to cause additional traffic on commencement weekend

The Caltrans rehabilitation of U.S. Highway 50 that began April 22 has brought up some concerns regarding traffic during commencement weekend from June 13 to June 15. The setbacks have been less severe than originally anticipated by faculty. The rehabilitation taking place between 18th and 24th streets in Sacramento has gone into its Eastbound Phase 2. The Eastbound Phase 1 ended five days ahead of schedule May 1. Each phase is worked on 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The six-lane freeway at this section runs over downtown Sacramento streets, freight and light rail lines. Built in 1968, the road had never gotten maintenance which has since produced severe cracking, meriting rehabilitation. The intention is to increase safety while also preventing recurring maintenance cost. Phase 2 of the project will proceed until May 21 with two to three lanes available for use. The 16th and 11th streets on-ramps will be closed, along with the connector ramp from eastbound Highway 50 to southbound Highway 99 as well as the... ...

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California senator introduces DREAM loan act

On Feb. 20, Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) introduced Senate Bill (SB) 1210, which if enacted would establish the California DREAM loan program. DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) programs focus specifically on aid to undocumented individuals who arrive in American borders as minors and continue undocumented residency into adulthood. Qualifying individuals fulfill conditional requirements and exhibit potential to succeed as established residents. According to the original bill text, the DREAM loan program would enable a student attending a participating UC or CSU campus to receive a loan, referred to as a DREAM loan, through the program if the student satisfies specified requirements. These would include that the student be exempt from paying nonresident tuition or meet equivalent requirements adopted by the regents. The DREAM loan program shares the ideas originated in the DREAM Act, which would provide conditional permanent residency to certain immigrants of good moral character who graduate from U.S. high schools, arrived in the U.S. as minors and lived in the country continuously for at... ...

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Drought in California increases costs for farmers

Beginning Jan. 14, California has been in a drought emergency. Since then, Gov. Jerry Brown has encouraged all citizens to cut back at least 20 percent of their water use. Moreover, since the agricultural industry in California alone produces over 50 percent of the nation’s vegetables and fruits, along with dairy and wine, the consumer market will be drastically affected. Ken Shackel, a tree crop expert in the Department of Plant Science at UC Davis, studied many non-irrigated almond trees in dry soil for approximately a year starting in 2009. The trees did not die, but their yield was around 50 percent. The next year was around 10 percent. “However bad this year, it will be worse next especially for the farmers today. Really bad this year means really, really bad next year,” Shackel said. “The most vulnerable crops are probably stone fruits like plums, cherries, peaches and apricots, which are adapted to wetter climates.” The government has already taken action to tackle this issue. They have asked citizens to... ...

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Police briefs: 4/28-5/5

Monday 4/28 Low-key A guy on E Street opened someone’s door with a key and claimed he was going to spend the night. The person asked him to leave but he returned in the morning asking to sleep at the residence again because he was cold. Saturday 5/3 Waffle around Somebody jumped the fence on Olive Street and rearranged the construction cones, causing a traffic jam. Beat to a pulp Someone threw a tomato at a guy’s car when he was stopped at a stop sign on Marina Circle. Sunday 5/4 Up to speed The speed limit sign on Russell Boulevard was turned upside down. Monday 5/5 Pottymouth Someone on Chestnut Lane asked a woman if she needed a bag for her dog poop, and she responded by cussing at him. Bull in a china shop A guy was trying to shop on E Street and asked the employee for an item. Before the employee answered he told him to get the “F” out of the store. Police briefs are... ...

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Cannery Development Project construction begins

The Cannery Development Project, a housing project that will include public parks, green belts, urban gardens and a pool began the construction process on May 2 with a groundbreaking ceremony. The development will be built on the former Hunt-Wesson tomato cannery site located at 1111 East Covell Blvd. The lot is approximately 100 acres — approximately 20 of which will be attributed for open space. The buildings that are expected to go up inside the development include 540 single family lots and a business park. According to Katherine Hess, the community development administrator for the City of Davis, the project was required to suit the surrounding agricultural area as well as the environmental and aesthetic sensibility of Davis. “As the first development to be approved in Davis in nearly 25 years, there is a need for new homes in order to accommodate new families as well as for empty-nesters in Davis,” said Kevin Carson, Northern California president for the New Home Company, in an email. Further, The Cannery will redevelop... ...

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Homelessness problem on rise in Yolo County

Homelessness has been a chronic problem not just on the national level, but also for Yolo County and the City of Davis. A study conducted by the National Alliance to End Homelessness called “The State of Homelessness in America 2013” said that the nation’s homeless population decreased by 0.4 percent, though the number of people in homeless families increased by 1.4 percent in 2011. Additionally, they state that between 2010 and 2011, the national median household income decreased by 1.3 percent and the poverty rate increased by 0.6 percent. Yolo County conducted its own study in 2010, “One
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.” The 10-year plan intended to mobilize non-profit organizations, rental property owners, community members and city officials to implement productive change in the homeless community. The study cites a 20 percent increase in homelessness in Yolo County since 2007. Furthermore, it claims that the cost of preventing one person going into homelessness is one-sixth the average cost of staying at a shelter.... ...

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Police briefs: April 21, 2014 to April 25, 2014

MONDAY 4/21 May the odds be ever in your favor A kid was playing chicken with passing trains on Fifth Street. I demand a shrubbery Someone’s front and side shrubs were ripped out of her yard on North Campus Way. TUESDAY 4/22 Busted Somebody reported her son was almost hit by a Unitrans bus in the crosswalk in front of his school on Drexel Drive and the bus driver yelled at him to move out of the way. THURSDAY 4/24 Peace out Someone called to report two greenpeace activists on the property who refused to leave on First Street. Squirrel away On Luz Place, somebody reported her neighbor was shooting squirrels and found two of them in her yard. FRIDAY 4/25 Grandiose Someone reported her 10-year-old grandson was throwing items in the hallway on Ecuador Place. Police briefs are compiled from the City of Davis daily crime bulletins. Contact EINAT GILBOA at city@theaggie.org.   ...

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