Review Category : City News

Body of missing professor found at Bodega Bay

A missing UC Davis professor was found dead Monday after an apparent suicide in Sonoma County, police said.

The body of Richard Walker, Jr. washed up at a campsite on Salmon Creek State Beach in Bodega Bay on Monday evening, said Davis police Sergeant Scott Smith.

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Davis finds itself in a fog

A thick and lingering fog blanketed Davis and most of the Central Valley on Monday and part of Tuesday, drastically reducing visibility and marking the start of "fog season" in the region.

Widely known as "tule fog," the fog in Davis is different from the kind of fog seen in San Francisco and the Bay Area. While the fog there blows in from the ocean, fog in the Central Valley is a "radiation" fog, said atmospheric science professor Kyaw Paw U.

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POLICE BRIEFS

Hope they got that 2-day lease paperwork

Tenants in an apartment on Drake Avenue reported that a male subject responding to an ad on Craigslist.org in regards to renting out a room arrived Nov. 21 has refused to leave.

 

Wait till they see Pippi Longstockings

A female subject on East 14th Street was reported as appearing disoriented and having two different colored shoes.

 

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City to address impact of activities on D Street

In a city known for its premium home prices and focus on education, homelessness is not frequently on the agenda. With complaints from neighbors and attention from city staff, however, it is becoming an issue in downtown Davis.

Neighbors on D Street and the surrounding area downtown have become increasingly frustrated about the impact of homeless services located in the area, according to a city staff report.

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Presidential salaries of national universities announced

In an annual survey released in November, the Chronicle of Higher Education stated an increase in executive compensation for top national public and private universities.

The average compensation rate, which includes salary, car and housing benefits, and retirement benefits, was $427,400 for 184 top national public universities, according to the Chronicle. This represents a 7.6 percent increase from last year. The compensation figures included the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2008.

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: City Council meeting preview: Dec. 2

The Davis City Council will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Chambers at 23 Russell Blvd. The following are brief descriptions of selected topics that will be discussed at the meeting. The full agenda can be viewed online at cityofdavis.org/meetings.

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San Francisco researches congestion charge

San Francisco is currently studying a congestion pricing plan which could generate $35 to $65 million annually and reduce transportation-related greenhouse gases by 15 percent.

Such a system would impose a toll on downtown drivers. Proceeds from the toll would most likely be reinvested directly into comprehensive transportation improvements for public transit users, drivers, bikers and pedestrians in and around San Francisco.

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Obama cabinet spot possible for local state representative

Although he was reelected for a sixth term last month, State Representative Mike Thompson may be leaving the U.S. House of Representatives when the new administration takes over on Jan. 20.

Davis's congressional representative is being considered for the post of Secretary of the Interior in President-elect Barack Obama's cabinet.

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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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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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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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