California bans text messaging while driving
Sept. 30, 2008
California became the seventh state to ban texting while driving when Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 28 in September. The law, which took effect Jan. 1, created a $20 fine for the first offense and a $50 fine for each subsequent offense.
Dixon corn maze bigger than ever
Oct. 3, 2008
The Cool Patch Pumpkins corn maze in Dixon, which made it into the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records for being the “largest corn maze in the world,“ grew even larger to a size of 43 acres in 2008. A popular local attraction, the maze was open through Nov. 9.
Faith groups gather to oppose Prop 8
Oct. 20, 2008
Religious leaders from the Episcopal Church of St. Martin, Congregation Bet Haverim and Davis United Methodist Church organized a gathering to express opposition to Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that proposed amending the state constitution to limit marriage to one man and one woman.
Renters allowed to post political signs in windows
Oct. 31, 2008
A change to the city’s regulations on posting signs in windows of apartments and rentals led to some confusion among landlords during election season. The new rules, adopted in January 2008, made clear that landlords could not prohibit tenants from posting political signs in windows, on balconies or on the door of the living unit.
Planned wood burning ordinance under fire
Nov. 6, 2008
The city of Davis garnered a lot of opposition to a planned ordinance that would restrict wood burning fireplaces and stoves within the city. The city council asked the Natural Resources Commission in July to draft an ordinance with the eventual goal of banning all wood burning in Davis.
Obama supporters celebrate victory on election night
Nov. 6, 2008
Obama supporters across Davis and the region celebrated on Election Night 2008 as Senator Barack Obama was elected president. Obama is the first African American president in U.S. history.
Gas prices continue to plummet
Nov. 13, 2008
The average price for regular gasoline in California fell to an average of $2.33 in November, down significantly from the all-time high of $4.59 set in June.
Body of missing professor found at Bodega Bay
Dec. 3, 2008
The body of Richard Walker, Jr., a professor at the School of Veterinary Medicine, was found after an apparent suicide in Sonoma County.
Local Gaza resolution incites passionate debate
Jan. 15, 2009
Over 150 people clamored for a chance to speak their mind on the ongoing war in Gaza after the Davis City Council put a peace resolution on its agenda. The resolution was criticized for polarizing the community.
Former Davis mayor Julie Partansky dies at 61
Jan. 20, 2009
Julie Partansky, who died of complications from lung cancer, served on the Davis City Council from 1992 to 2002. She was mayor from 1998 to 2000. Politically, she was known for her progressive and innovative ideas.
Police bust downtown business for prostitution
Jan. 27, 2009
Davis police arrested the owner of a downtown massage business on suspicion of prostitution after a sting operation conducted jointly with the FBI. Investigators said they also discovered suspicious activity at up to four massage parlors nearby.
State water officials warn of drought
Feb. 11, 2009
With just two months left in what is normally the wettest part of the year, state water officials sounded the alarm that California’s reservoirs would not be full enough to meet demand this year. Snowpack levels were at 61 percent of normal.
Thousands turn out for Tour of California
Feb. 17, 2009
Cold, wet and windy weather wasn’t enough to stop thousands from coming out to see the beginning of the first stage of the Amgen Tour of California. This was the third year Davis hosted the race and the first year spectators had a chance to see seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong compete in the race.
Tobacco paraphernalia shop Illusions moves downtown
Mar. 16, 2009
D-Zone Novelties, the city’s main tobacco paraphernalia shop, closed and reopened in a new location downtown as Illusions. The move to a more prominent, visible spot raised eyebrows among many in the city, sparking a review of city tobacco ordinances.
University Mall’s Gottschalks going out of business
Apr. 8, 2009
Fresno-based Gottschalks filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Jan. 14 and began a liquidation sale in April. The Davis store was expected to close completely by July.
High-voltage power line plans cause outcry
Apr. 28, 2009
A proposal to route part of 600 miles of new power lines through Yolo County and part of Davis sparked concern among many residents who said they were not properly notified. The Transmission Agency of Northern California later clarified the possible routes and lengthened the public comment period.
Californians say no to 5 of 6 propositions
May 21, 2009
Over 60 percent of voters shot down Propositions 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D and 1E, all aimed at alleviating California’s ever-expanding budget deficit. The only measure that passed was Prop 1F, which restricts pay increases for elected officials during budget years.
– Compiled by JEREMY OGUL