Review Category : City News

Southern California fires devastate hundreds of homes

A recent string of Southern Californian fires forced thousands to evacuate their homes and businesses.

The most significant fires were the Sayre Fire, the Montecito Tea Fire and the Freeway Complex Fire, all of which have been 100 percent contained. Together, those three fires threatened and destroyed over 1,010 building structures - most of them residential - leaving hundreds of people homeless.

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Soga’s gets facelift, new name and menu

In a town known for shutting down early, restaurants that stay open past 10 p.m. are in high demand for college students.

The popular nightlife spot Soga's recently went through a menu and facility remodeling transformation. The restaurant and bar recently reopened as 21 and Seven Bar and Grill by Chaat Café.

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POLICE BRIEFS

THURSDAY

 

Turn that frown upside down

A subject was sitting in the park on Hamel Street with his face in his hands.

 

Dee-runk. in. Pub-lik.

A female was yelling at people on L Street.

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California gets high-speed rail project under way

Now that Proposition 1A passed in California, officials are faced with the task of getting the high speed rail project off the ground.

The greatest challenge at this point is finding sufficient funding to jumpstart the project, said Quentin Kopp, chair of the California High Speed Rail Authority.

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Federal Appeals Court upholds travel restrictions to Cuba

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently upheld a lower court's ruling against a group of academics that had challenged restrictions affecting academic travel to Cuba.

The approximately 200 study abroad programs in Cuba before the restrictions were put in place have since decreased to only a handful.

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Californians report high approval of state’s higher education system

According a survey released this month by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) titled "Californians & higher education," Californians have a high opinion of the state's higher education but are concerned about the impact of the budget deficit.

The survey said that all three branches of California's higher education system enjoy high approval rates. Fifty-one percent of respondents rated community colleges "good" and 15 percent said "excellent." California State University received 52 percent "good" and 10 percent "excellent." For the University of California, 50 percent said "good" and 15 percent excellent.

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Planning for Fifth Street renovation in the works

The city of Davis is currently discussing possible options for the renovation of Fifth Street between A and L streets.

The four-lane corridor currently serves several modes of transportation, including bikes, pedestrians, automobiles and delivery trucks. Many community members have complained about bike safety - there are no bike lanes - and traffic and pedestrian flow problems.

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Elderly, disabled lose housing assistance from state

Low income senior citizens, the blind and disabled will not be receiving their annual check for homeowner or renter assistance in the mail this year.

Due to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's decision to eliminate funding for the Homeowner and Renter Assistance programs in the state budget for the 2008-2009 fiscal year, 2008 claims cannot be paid by the Franchise Tax Board.

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POLICE BRIEFS

Fecal fury

An individual was in the process of picking up the feces after his dog defecated on a lawn on D Street when people came out of the residence and started screaming at him and threatening him.

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City moves forward on carbon neutrality plan

The City of Davis took a step forward in its quest to lower greenhouse gas emissions in the city on Tuesday night. The Davis City Council unanimously approved a resolution establishing emissions reduction targets for the city and community through 2050. The reductions will be gradual, with a target of cutting emissions to 1990 levels by 2010 and a target of complete carbon neutrality by 2050.

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Website provides free English instruction

English can be a tough language to learn, but the federal government hopes to make it easier with a free website intended to improve access to language instruction for immigrants.

The website, usalearns.org, is a free and easily accessible resource available to anyone seeking basic English language instruction. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, it meets one of President George W. Bush's immigration reform pledges from 2007.

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Governor proposes $332 million cut from community colleges

California's community colleges might be just a little less accessible to students in the very near future.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed a $332.2 million mid-year budget cut to all California community colleges as part of a budget cut package he announced two weeks ago. This newly proposed reduction, along with a $290 million cut enacted earlier this year, brings the total to a potential $622.2 million cut from California community colleges.

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Lowered gas prices help commuters, businesses alike

Biking around Davis, many students may not be affected by gasoline prices, but those driving and running businesses around California are.

Gas prices in California have tumbled from an all-time high of $4.59 in June to an average of $2.37 currently, according to the California Energy Commission. Though the economy is taking a toll on businesses, the drop in gas prices has been a silver lining for some.

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Preview: City Council meeting

The Davis City Council will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Chambers at 23 Russell Blvd.

The following are descriptions of selected agenda items the council will discuss at the meeting. To view the entire agenda and associated staff reports, visit cityofdavis.org.

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