Sunday, December 21, 2014

Archer has worked hard for us

Please join me in voting for Barbara Archer for school board. I have looked at the qualifications of all the candidates and Barbara stands head and shoulders above the rest. Barbara’s service to the Davis school district started more than a decade ago when she was a classroom and library volunteer. Over the past 10 years, her […]

Is history repeating itself?

With a willingness to participate in our political process, and tremendous citizen effort, an initiative to counter the influence of Citizens United qualified for the California ballot. Opposition has removed it from the ballot. Have we circled back to the time of the Boston tea party and taxation without representation? Claudette Cervinka Davis

Time for a progressive PD

Now that the MRAP “crisis” is behind us, I think it is time to propose much-needed changes to our Police Department. I propose that from here on out, all Davis police will ride bikes on patrol. Motorized vehicles can be a weapon and are menacing and dangerous. The bikes also will have tassels on the handlebars […]

A bad vote for our water

Tom Elias’ recent column on groundwater underscores why we should be doing everything we can to protect fresh water in California. In this time of drought, we simply cannot afford to waste water by polluting it. Unfortunately, it seems that Congress, including Rep. John Garamendi, is doing everything it can to put our resources in jeopardy. […]

Davis has options on innovation

The issue: Davis has multiple opportunities to move forward It seems that Davis is spoiled for choice when it comes to “innovation parks.” No fewer than three developers have floated proposals to build a multi-acre campus where high-tech businesses, fed from the UC Davis brain trust, can grow and prosper. Two of the development groups have gotten as far […]

Trumpet in hand, Davis High grad pursues dual degrees at Northwestern

Trumpet player Spencer Park, a 2012 Davis High School graduate, stopped in Davis for a few days earlier this month. He was coming off a lengthy visit to Washington, D.C., where he participated in the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute. “It’s a monthlong, expenses-paid stay in the nation’s capital, for music students between age 15 and […]

‘Planning for Pollinators’ is next CreekSpeak talk

All are welcome to attend the Putah Creek Council’s fifth CreekSpeak talk of 2014 on Thursday, Sept. 18,  titled “Planning for Pollinators.” CreekSpeak is a six-month series of community talks about the nature, culture and history of the region. This talk at 7 p.m. in the Club Room at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis, will […]

Bloggers, beware: They might be out to get you

Blogging has become a way of life for many journalists, historians, researchers and jes’ plain folks; it’s an excellent medium for sharing information. For those of us who find writing as necessary as breathing, blogs are the perfect venue for the articles, addenda and musings that couldn’t find a home in a published newspaper, magazine […]

Nissan’s small car excels at affordability

The Associated Press The 2015 Nissan Versa Note five-door hatchback is one of the lowest-priced new cars in the U.S. market and is affordable at the gas pump, too. Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, for a base, front-wheel drive, 2015 Versa Note with five-speed manual transmission: just $14,990. This makes it one […]

Crystallography: an international year for science outreach

It’s the science behind flat-screen televisions, HIV treatments and chocolate manufacturing. Yet few nonscientists are familiar with crystallography. That’s the problem the International Union of Crystallography wants to address with the International Year of Crystallography, which commemorates X-ray crystallography’s 100-year anniversary. X-ray crystallography is a technique that scientists from all disciplines use to find the structure of […]

Montoya will discuss his novel in Woodland

Maceo Montoya will speak about his latest book, “The Deportation of Wopper Barraza,” from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in Room 800 at Woodland Community College, 2300 E. Gibson Road in Woodland. His talk is free and open to the public; parking costs $2. Montoya will describe and explain the process of writing the novel, which […]

School board candidates will debate the issues at forum

Seven candidates for three seats on the Davis Board of Education will participate in a forum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Davis Community Church Fellowship Hall, 421 D St. in downtown Davis. The event is co-sponsored by Davis Media Access and the Davis Vanguard. In addition, Alan Fernandes is running unopposed […]

At the pond: Migration time is here

It’s happening again. The great migration is in full swing. Now begins the peak time of the year to see huge numbers of birds — in your own back yard if you have provided some feeders, water or habitat landscaping — or out at our wetlands, creeks and ponds. Birder extraordinaire Steve Hampton reported that he generally gets maximum […]