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Volume 36, Issue 7

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Our most important vote It’s election season, so hyperbole is in overdrive: Pundits are

barking at one another, campaign ads are smothering us in half-truths, and mega-millions are flowing into campaign coffers from all across the globe. Despite all this, it’s possible to distill everything down to the single most important vote we Californians can make on Nov. 6: We must pass Proposition 30. Remember when Gov. Jerry Brown was re-elected to the state’s top job a few years ago? He won overwhelmingly because voters believed he was our state’s best bet to enact a solution to California’s chronic problems and the continual budget shortfall that has robbed our schools of needed funds (we now rank 47th in per-pupil funding), slashed funding to higher education and threatened public safety. Republican lawmakers blocked Brown right out of the gate. They denied him the opportunity to take a balanced “save California” plan straight to the voters. But on Nov. 6, Brown finally gets what he wanted back then. It’s called Proposition 30. The measure calls for a temporary quarter-cent sales tax hike (from 7.25 percent to 7.50 percent) and personal-income-tax increase for Californians earning more than $250,000 (and couples earning more than $500,000). What will this buy? Among other things, passage of Prop. 30 will prevent an immediate $6 billion in further cuts to schools, provide billions in new school funds starting this year, and prevent more tuition hikes. Add to this the crucial fact that Prop. 30 will protect public safety by halting further cuts to cops and firefighters and save billions in future prison costs. Nobody likes taxes, even those that come alongside massive cuts, as we’ve seen. But what’s the alternative, except a further erosion of our most basic services and hopes for a flourishing future for our state? Vote yes on Proposition 30. Ω

Speaking of naïveté … I doubles down”], Toby Schindelbeck defended his recent comments about President Obama, alleging that Obama is

nate property taxes. He doesn’t seem to care that such a move doesn’t fall under the control of the city of Chico. And he doesn’t explain how he would handle the $4.2 million loss in naïve, even to some Democrats. This was an interesting choice city revenue if such a shift did occur. Like my of words for a man who continues to demonstrate an alarming degree of naïveté old friend Danny, Toby doesn’t concern himself with the details. as a candidate for Chico City Council. A while back I met with Toby for coffee Toby moved here several months ago to talk about his ideas. At the meeting he sugfrom Paradise after he decided to run, gested the city set up a Facebook page to which means he has never voted in the improve communication about issues related jurisdiction he now intends to represent. to economic development. When I I’m not sure if this qualifies as being naïve, but it certainly He has never explained that such an endeavor would violate the Brown Act, seems presumptuous. He’s by voted in the which prohibits a majority of the barely unpacked the moving Mary Goloff from conferring on issues boxes, and he wants to tell us jurisdiction he council outside of a public meeting, Toby how to run our city? The author recently When I was growing up now intends to was clearly puzzled. “Well,” he retired as executive asked, “how does the council get near Boston, a classmate of director of represent. anything done if that’s the case?” mine named Danny Bertoli ran Community Action He wasn’t kidding. He really for school president. He gave Volunteers in didn’t know how our government this passionate speech about all Education. She is in works. Even worse, he didn’t ask me any the things he was going to do for the her second term on questions in order to learn more. school, and the idea that drew the most the Chico City Council. I want people serving in our local govapplause was his promise to make sure ernment who have integrity, vision and a root beer would flow from the drinking commitment to the entire community of fountains. Chico. I’m just not willing to take the bait Toby has made a number of stateand gamble away the future of our fair city ments suggesting radical changes to the on a naïve and inexperienced person like local landscape. One of the most Toby Schindelbeck. Ω provocative is the notion that we elimin his Sept. 27 Guest comment [“Schindelbeck

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How California can thrive The recent announcement that Campbell Soups was closing its

canning facility in Sacramento and Comcast was moving its call center out of California made headlines across the state. To many people, these were further signs of California’s impending economic demise. But were they? Not really. In fact, California currently leads the nation in creating jobs, 300,000 in the last 12 months. San Francisco added 38,300 jobs, San Jose bulked up by nearly 30,000, San Diego added nearly 29,000 jobs, and Orange County’s payrolls grew by 29,600. This steady growth doesn’t make the front pages, but it’s real and significant. With all the talk about California’s high taxes and strict regulations, it’s easy to forget what attracts people to the state—pleasant weather, stunning landscapes and a rich and diverse culture, not to mention California’s wealth. And let’s not forget that, despite recent cutbacks, the UC and CSU systems are still churning out hundreds of thousands of young minds prepared to take their places in the innovation society. Veteran analyst Daniel Weintraub, writing in the California Health Report, offers a case in point: “The Wall Street Journal last month published its annual list of the 50 hottest new companies in America, the start-ups most likely to succeed,” he writes. “An astonishing 37 of those 50 firms are headquartered in California.” The number in Texas, the state Republican lawmakers invariably hold up as the business-friendly model? One. As Weintraub notes, however, while the private sector is moving forward, state government is floundering. It needs to get its budget balanced, he writes. “It also needs a simpler and more stable tax system, a reliable way to finance education from kindergarten through the universities, and a health and social safety net that catches people when they fall and then helps them get back on their feet and off government assistance.” Lacking those, he says, California’s weather, culture and geography may not be sufficient to keep the state prosperous. Ω

FROM THIS CORNER by Robert Speer roberts@newsreview.com

Best bad spellers How many ways can people misspell the name of a certain downtown hardware store? As the big sign out front says, it’s Collier Hardware. Not Collier’s. Not Colleers or Colier’s or Collards or Coolier’s, and certainly not Collins or Cullers. Those are just some of the goofy spellings we received in the Best of Chico balloting for best hardware store. In fact, of the more than 700 votes Collier got, only 29 were spelled exactly right. Don’t ask me why so many CN&R readers are such bad spellers. I’m a word freak. I notice misspellings wherever they pop up. I don’t understand people who don’t share that eccentricity. I’m not judging here. Brilliant people can be crappy spellers. W. B. Yeats, the greatest English-language poet of the 20th century, needed a secretary to correct his spelling errors. He heard words more than he saw them, which for a poet is a good thing, I suppose. Fortunately, the CN&R computers do a good job of arranging similar spellings in proximity, which allows us to count them. A vote for Collards or Coolier’s was worth just as much as one for Collier Hardware. Congratulations to Collier and all the other winners, however your names were spelled. Daily gets it right: That was a good editorial in Sunday’s Enterprise-Record chiding Republican candidates Doug LaMalfa and Dan Logue for ducking debates in Redding and Yuba City. The writer wasn’t buying their excuse that their districts are big and they can’t be in two places at once. The real reason the candidates didn’t show, of course, is that they had nothing to gain from it. Their districts are solidly Republican, so they hardly have to get off the couch to win. If they do debate, they might make a gaffe, as LaMalfa did recently in Redding when he stated that abortion causes cancer—an ignorant comment that went national. I like the E-R’s argument: “Even if the election seems to be a slam dunk, it’s a disservice to the voters to not give them the side-by-side comparison provided by a debate. It really needs to stop.” Amen to that. Pawn shop pickup: Chris Daniels, co-owner of Chico Cash Exchange, has pointed out that our story last week about George Marley, the fellow who was upset because her pawn shop was charging him $20 to return his stolen iPod (“Who gets the iPod,” Newslines), was incomplete. As the story noted, we tried unsuccessfully to contact the shop’s manager, but Daniels said we should have done more research. So we did. Turns out the laws governing pawn shops are quite demanding. Every person who brings in an item, whether to sell or as collateral on a loan, must have photo ID, be fingerprinted and reported to the police, along with the item’s serial number. The law allows the shops to recover their costs by charging for items returned to their rightful owners. A lot of people get their goods returned this way. Mr. Marley, if you stop by the CN&R offices, I’ll give you the 20 bucks to get your iPod back.

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Schools’ spending problems Re “A team without a home” (Cover story, by Ed Booth, Oct. 4): The lack of a football field for Chico High has been the elephant in the room for many years. CUSD seems to wait until things get so bad that the community screams bloody murder, and then finally they do some reparations. Rarely is there a proactive approach, and that is why their entire school district is so far behind. Most of my family is in Chico, and they get angry when they see how neighboring communities do what Chico schools claim they can’t. The schools in Redding are gorgeous. The students are proud of their surroundings, and it reflects in their performance, behavior, and attitudes of both students and teachers. When we lived in Chico, the teachers openly were critical of the conditions of their schools, and it was evident in the buildings, the athletic facilities, and unfortunately even how the students felt. The answer isn’t just building a football stadium, and the teachers know that. If you do that without addressing why other districts manage funds better, it will only lead to further declines. Good luck. DANA GOMEZ Redding

Your article made me want to scream. Chico Unified is legendary for its mismanagement, squandering tens of millions of a bond that was supposed to build a new high school, and now are asking the public to trust them again and pass another bond. I grew up in Boston, and if you’re a sports fan, you know that the Red Sox just replaced their manager after one year. It was needed, and everyone from the team to the fans knew it. They know that a last-place finish required a change in management. Chico Unified similarly needs wholesale changes before anyone trusts them. Had they not squandered money for so many years, their facilities would be just like the facilities in Redding. Broken promises make the public less than forgiving. Trust requires a pattern and consistency of good decisions. Your school district needs to show that first.

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Thanks to information I obtained via a California Public Records Act request, in the last decade the Chico Unified School District has spent nearly $14 million of district and Measure A bond money refurbishing the gymnasium and building the new athletic field house at Chico High School. During that same period of time and for the previous LETTERS continued on page 8

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Professional exPerience: Tami's experience in the non-profit world will be invaluable to the City of Chico, which has the primary function of providing necessary services to its citizens. As the prior Executive Director of both the Torres Homeless Shelter and Habitat for Humanity of Butte County, Tami knows how to balance a budget and stretch limited funds for maximum benefit.

service to the community: Tami “walks the talk” when advocating for volunteerism as a means of improving Chico. Since moving to Chico in 1997, Tami has volunteered her time as a member of the City of Chico Housing Element Taskforce, the Greater Chico Homeless Taskforce, C.H.I.P., the League of Women Voters, the Shalom Free Clinic, and elsewhere.

education: Tami holds Masters Degrees in both Educational Psychology and Restorative Justice and Counseling. She draws from these experiences to bring together diverse groups to find collaborative solutions to challenging issues.

Goals: Tami will encourage responsible development of Chico to ensure its social, economic, and environmental sustainability. As the parent of a young child and former foster parent, Tami is invested in the City of Chico and is dedicated to preserving our community's quality of life for present and future generations. She values Bidwell Park, the greenways and the open spaces that make Chico so special.

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two decades the district has spent almost nothing on Pleasant Valley High School athletic facilities. According to information supplied by the CUSD, the only money the district has spent on the PV football field or any athletic facility at PV High School was to fix a few broken sprinklers. In interviewing numerous individuals responsible for the development of the PV football field, Asgard Yard, I found that virtually all of the money came from donated material and labor and fundraising by coaches, sports boosters and the Associated Student Body of PVHS. According to the information acquired via public-records requests, little or no district money was spent on the development of Asgard Yard. Make no mistake about it: The reason Pleasant Valley High School has an adequate (not exemplary) football facility is because for the past two decades the coaches, sports boosters and Associated Student Body took pride in their school and, despite little or no help from the district, raised the necessary funds to provide this facility for the school and community. STERLING DeARMOND Chico

Unfortunately, it’s the law Re “The Greenhouse” (Column, by Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia, Oct. 4): A brief comment on Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia’s words, “speaking of bikes,” and how she has been “blocked by a car either partly or fully positioned in the bicycle lane while waiting to turn right” and her excellent phrase (with which I heartily agree) to “Please share the road.” Your attention is called to pages 36 and 37 of the California Driver Handbook and the following instruction to car drivers: “To make a right turn, drive close to the right edge of the road. If there is a bike lane, drive into the bike lane no more than 200 feet before the turn. Watch for bicyclists or motorcyclists who may get between your vehicle and the curb. Begin signaling about 100 feet before the turn.” CHARLIE URBANOWICZ Chico

Planning her next trip Re “Looking for America” (Cover story, by Steve Metzger, Sept. 27): Reading this wonderfully descriptive piece gave me the sense I was traveling along with Steve and Betsy. I loved the way he described the people, places

and even the food on their trip. His travel writing experience shows through, but also his great empathy and love for the people in our diverse country. It also reminded me of how much I enjoyed Steve’s composition class at Chico State many years ago. My husband and I took a road trip a year ago to celebrate our 41st anniversary. We visited 13 states and managed to visit two of our daughters in Montana and Texas along the way, and we had a wonderful time. However, our trip was only 25 days, and we didn’t get to the East Coast. Reading Steve’s article inspired me to start planning our next road trip—and this time I hope to see some of the places he mentioned in his article. LINDA DRAPER Oroville

Where Obamacare works Re “Obamacare vs. Romneycare” (Pulse, Oct. 4): “In a prepared statement, a Romney campaign spokesman called the report ‘absurd,’ adding, ‘it assumes a fantasy world where Obamacare has actually worked.” Massachusetts? NATHANIEL PERRY Chico

Jobs are snuffed too Re “Power plant snuffed” (Newslines, by Tom Gascoyne, Sept. 27): Well done! Just what Butte County needs, 20 more people without jobs! Bravo! SCOTT SMITH Oroville

The violence was OK? Re “What do Muslims think?” (Newslines, by Vic Cantu, Oct. 4): “Chico Muslims and educators contacted recently were virtually unanimous in saying that the violent protests and riots were wrong and did not represent the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims.” The use of the word “virtually” means we have some local Chico Muslims and educators who do feel the violent protests were, in fact, warranted. Great. The next time I frequent Walmart I’ll feel warm and fuzzy. ROB CYR Chico

Ritter a smart advocate Walking to the coffee shop I noticed hammered into two different majestic trees candidate signs for Chico City Council. This got me thinking about environment issues in the upcoming election.

“The only money the [school] district has spent on the PV football field or any athletic facility at PV High School was to fix a few broken sprinklers.” —Sterling DeArmond

I want to say a good word for Tami Ritter. I came to know Tami when she was executive director of the Northern California Regional Land Trust. I was host of an environmental radio program called EcoTalk and invited her onair to discuss the trust’s purchase of a section of riparian habitat along the Sacramento River. We spoke of protecting the river and more generally about the relationship of humans to the natural world. What I found impressive about Tami was her combination of disarming, easy-going nature and intelligent environment advocacy. Through the years I have come to know Tami quite well. I can say without reservation that for those concerned with environmental protection Tami shares our values. And to those who are more interested in non-environmental issues, you can embrace Tami as a City Council member because she puzzles through issues in a reasonable, intelligent and open-minded way. RANDY LARSEN Chico

Supporting Morgan’s mission Sean Morgan has lived in Chico longer than any other City Council candidate. A product of Chico, he’s both a business owner and a business instructor. We are lucky to have someone who understands our city so well be willing to donate his time and experience to keeping our city great. A year ago I heard Sean speak to the Chamber of Commerce. He talked about returning the City Council’s agenda to the city’s Mis-


Schwab on the right track I’m supporting Ann Schwab for City Council because she is looking out for the future of Chico. Her efforts in promoting sustainability will mean that Chico will be able to grow in a resource-efficient manner that will enable it to maintain its many wonderful features and, therefore, attract innovative businesses and new jobs. As my conservative Midwestern parents might have said, “Sustainability is living within your means and not wasting what you or others have.” Ann is on the right track. BOB ODLAND Chico

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A list of good candidates With the Nov. 6 election coming up, I’ve spent time studying the candidates, attending forums and hearing speeches. My conclusions: Obama-Biden have more experience and ability than their competitors, and Feinstein should be reelected to the U.S. Senate. Jim Reed outclassed LaMalfa in their Redding debate and would be a sterling representative in the U.S. Congress. His legal experience is crucial for our interests. Charles Rouse is well educated on the issues of our Assembly district and would not be influenced by outside interests (big oil) like his opponent Logue. Harrington would be an improvement over the shifty Nielsen. Within the city, our council candidates Schwab, Stone, Ritter and Rudisell are campaigning hard and LETTERS continued on page 10

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As a former City Council member and concerned citizen, I am fully endorsing Randall Stone in the upcoming election. Randall is a proven businessman in our great city. Randall works closely with nonprofits organizations that provide services for our disabled community and has built affordable housing for these families. Randall is a strong advocate for recreation, our environment and public safety. Randall not only listens but hears what people have to say about the current issues and provides solutions. In these hard economic times, we need a candidate who has a strong economic, business and financial background. A candidate who is approachable, hones, upfront and fair. I strongly urge you to vote for Randall Stone for Chico City Council 2012.

roots movement initiated by a concerned grandmother in Chico. The campaign has attracted the support of citizens, farmers, and food producers across California who simply want to protect consumers’ right to make informed choices on the food they eat and feed to their children. Proposition 37 is opposed primarily by big agribusiness, biotech and even chemical corporations outside of California. One would assume that for an industry committed to producing and marketing GE foods, Proposition 37 would attract their full support because it will require a label to help consumers find their products in the supermarket. Instead, these corporations are spending multi-millions of dollars on deceptive, fear-based tactics to cloud the facts about Proposition 37. Why should these corporations so staunchly oppose Proposition 37 unless they have something to hide about their product? GE food production is a relatively new technology. Why should consumers continue to allow the covert use of these ingredients in their food before the long-term effects of GE food consumption on human and environmental health is sufficiently understood? Proposition 37 does not ban or endorse GE foods; it effectually protects the consumer’s right to make informed choices in the supermarket. Let’s stand together this November and vote Yes on 37 to protect our right to choose and resist corporate deception.

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sion Statement: A safe place to raise a family, an ideal location for business, and a premier place to live. Recently other candidates have had the good sense to adopt this same message. True leaders lead by example, Sean Morgan has set the tone for this election, and I am anxious to have him help lead our city to a more prosperous future. I am overjoyed to see others supporting his mission.

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deserve our full support. Ann Schwab has shown her fine ability as mayor and would continue to lead Chico with Randall Stone, Tami Ritter and Kimberly Rudisill on the council. The CUSD school board needs to keep Liz Griffin and would benefit greatly by adding Gary Loustale. Both spoke outstandingly at the League of Women Voters forum. These candidates will move the nation, California and our own districts and city forward, critically needed to create a new prosperity. ROBERT WOODS Chico

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It’s useless to refute the tea party rhetoric on President Obama’s position on jobs, the economy or foreign policy, but this Joe Biden quote covers it all: “Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive.” Get used to it—President Obama will be reelected, so that’s the way it will be on Nov. 6. JOHN CECIL Magalia

Toby Schindelbeck is what Chico and, for that matter, most California cities need. Our cities are going bankrupt. Three have already filed and another, Atwater, is close. We need leaders to manage our cities based on basic priorities of public safety, creating a climate for businesses to prosper, and jobs to be created. We are in big trouble when the City Council’s focus is on plastic bags! Good luck, Toby! I only wish there were more people like you running for office. MELINDA GILMORE Sunnyvale

‘A true kind soul’ Re “Staring down hopelessness” (Cover story, by Sarah Downs, Sept. 20): I worked with Sarah a number of years back, and I found this article to be so touching on so many levels. Who knew that she existed in silent pain for all of the time I knew her? Her commitment, dedication and focus for the well-being of animals were unwavering. She’s a true kind soul. I am thrilled to hear that she is working through her issues and continues to do so in such a positive way. Shedding light on her personal struggles and the information she provided for getting help is invaluable. Thank you for sharing. ROBERT O’NEILL Chico

His election wish list Instead of the traditional Christmas gift list, I would rather have some wishes for this election season. What do I want? Clean races. Debates on the local and national level that have candidates not say what they will do unless they really do it. A City Council focused on the most important priority for Chico—a safer community. Chico school district board candidates who actually clean up the corruption that every teacher talks about. A presidential race that is still undecided when California votes. Is that too much to ask for? J.D. THOMPSON Chico

What’s going on? I was biking by Chico State the other day, and I was struck by the new sign that read, “University Police.” While they were building this structure, I thought it was probably going to be a new parking lot. My god, this building is better than the Chico police station; no wonder the police have to pack up everyone and send them to Butte County Jail. What are our campuses becoming? High-class Google and Microsoft workplaces? The only problem with this is that the people who work for these companies are well paid, while the students are poor, and not only come out more uneducated, but owe thousands of dollars in debt. Just check out all of the new buildings, pavements, and such at CSU. This is crazy. JERRY HARRIS San Francisco/Chico

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The California Fish and Game Commission is looking into declaring the gray wolf as a candidate for the state’s endangered species list. Since last December California has been home to OR7, a male wolf who split from his pack in northeastern Oregon to check out the Golden State. His migration has brought him into Butte County, though he is currently residing in eastern Plumas County, where he is protected under federal law. According to a press release, a status review will be conducted over the next 12 months, which could provide OR7 and other wandering wolves protection under state law. “We have very little information on the history and status of wolves in California,” said Michael Sutton, vice president of the Fish & Game Commission. The DFG says it is likely that wolves were once widely distributed across California before they were exterminated by humans in the early 20th century. The petition to list was filed by four environmental groups.


Chico saw gas prices surge at an alarming rate last week as California’s pump rates soared to an all-time high. The average gallon of gas in California has never cost more, peaking at $4.67 (also the most expensive gallon of gas in the nation) on Monday, Oct. 8., according to The Associated Press. Drivers in Chico felt the pinch as retail gas prices rose by 43.1 cents a gallon to an average of $4.52 at deadline on Wednesday, according to GasBuddy.com. The weekend’s gas prices were 80 cents higher than the same time last year and 45 cents higher than a month ago. Gov. Jerry Brown mandated an early switch to a dirtier—but less expensive— “winter blend” of gasoline in response to the record-high prices. California usually switches to the different blend on Oct. 31.


Acting on his doctor’s orders, Assemblyman Dan Logue (pictured) is ending his run for the 4th District Senate seat vacated by Doug LaMalfa in August. Logue will continue his effort for re-election to his 3rd District Assembly seat. In a press release, Logue explained that antibiotics he’d been taking had damaged his kidneys. His doctor told him if he didn’t stop the medication and rest for six weeks, Logue could do severe damage to the organs. Campaigning across the large 4th District, which includes Butte County, would prove too rigorous, Logue said. So he’s sticking to a single campaign to try to retain his seat against Democratic challenger Charles Rouse of Corning. Logue and Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) were running a less-than-cordial race to gain LaMalfa’s empty seat in a sign of the ongoing political gash in the North State Republican Party. But in a press release Nielsen said his wished Logue a “full recovery.” 12 CN&R October 11, 2012

Marie Callender’s restaurant was the site of a Tea Party-sponsored candidates forum Tuesdy evening, Oct. 9. L-R: Dave Kelley, Bob Evans, Toby Schindelbeck, Andrew Coolidge, Randall Stone, Tami Ritter, Ann Schwab, Sean Morgan, Kimberly Rudisill, Dave Donnan. PHOTO BY MELANIE MACTAVISH

Police questioning City Council hopefuls take part in cops-sponsored forum

A homelessness and gang activity, out-ofcontrol partying and an understaffed Chico n apparent surge in downtown

Police Department in over its head are plaguing Chico. That was the dismal note struck during a Chico City Council candidates forum on by Monday, Oct. 8. Vic Cantu The packed event, titled Public Safety: Policing and Crime in Chico, featured 10 of the 11 candidates running for the four open seats and was sponsored by the Chico Police Officers Association (CPOA) and an organization called the Chico Stewardship Network. The candidates were incumbents Ann Schwab and Bob Evans, former Councilwoman Kimberly Rudisill, former candidate Dave Donnan and firsttime challengers Andrew Coolidge, Dave Kelley, Sean Morgan, Tami Ritter, Toby Schindelbeck and Randall Stone. Not present was Lisa Duarte. The audience at City Council chambers was filled with offduty officers in their white and blue CPOA shirts, former Chief Mike Maloney and current Chief Kurt Trostle. At the end of the two-hour event, which for the most part dealt with apparent rates of rising crime amid declining city

revenues, Kelley, a longtime city planning commissioner, summed up the general theme of the evening with his closing statement: “Most of us have agreed on the main issues and their solutions here tonight.” Questions were asked by three panelists: Steve Hoke, a financial adviser, Will Clark, president of the CPOA, and David Little, editor of the Chico Enterprise-Record. The moderator was Jovanni Tricerri, director of the Chico Stewardship Network. The “who we are” link on the network’s website says the group, in partnership with the Police Department, is “committed to the expansion of a strong people through the encouragement of individual and civic responsibility expressed as a partnership of citizen and institution in the People, Place and Economy spheres of our culture.” Early on the candidates were

questioned about the difficulties of policing major Chico celebrations notorious for unruly behavior, such as Halloween and the Labor Day float down the Sacramento River. Kelley, who is an architect, said that tragedies like the recent Labor Day drowning of a young man tubing on the river are not acceptable. He acknowledged a need for better public-safety funding but cautioned that the problem is not entirely on the shoulders of the police. “People need to be responsible for their own actions,” he said.

Schwab, who serves as the city’s mayor, took issue with Kelley and admonished that “his answer wasn’t any answer at all.” She said an educational campaign on the dangers of tubing would help immeasurably and could save the $90,000 used on extra Labor Day law enforcement. Ritter, an educator for the Family Violence Education Program and past executive director of the Torres Community Shelter and Habitat for Humanity, agreed with Kelley that emphasizing personal responsibility was key, as well as collaborating with Chico State. Rudisill, a substitute teacher and a council member from 1994 to 1998 (when her last name was King), said she believed the problems presented by the annual river float were the result of a shortage of Chico police officers. She and Donnan, a realtor, both said that other agencies such as the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office need to increase their presence. Rudisill also expressed skepticism about enforcing an alcohol ban during river floats. Morgan, a Chico State business instructor, and Schindelbeck, a business owner and bodybuilder, both advocated for more police resources and stricter law enforcement as the solution. “Give the Police Department the tools for shock and awe until the crazy partying goes away,” Morgan said. Regarding the large number of homeless in the downtown, most candidates agreed that new ordinances were needed

to prevent them from loitering, sleeping and defecating in front of businesses. Schindelbeck summarized the homeless as belonging to four categories: those down on their luck, the mentally ill, the adventurous street-life enthusiasts and, most dangerous of all, the Butte County Jail inmates released early due to overcrowding caused by the 2011 state law that transferred lower-risk state prisoners to county jails. Evans, a retiree who formerly managed Lifetouch photography, drew raucous applause when he stressed that police should pressure “professionally homeless” travelers to leave town. When asked where funding should come from to increase staffing for police and fire, Rudisill’s unique answer was to create a new tax specifically to benefit those two departments. Morgan said he believed money could be generated by charging for tourism, disc golf and visits to Bidwell Park. Donnan said police need the most funds, since 90 percent of calls to the fire department are not for fires but for medical incidents, which could be handled by the private sector. He also complained that city spending has gotten out of control. “We’ve been running Chico like the New York Yankees instead of the Oakland A’s,” Donnan said, referring to the highest- and lowest-paid teams in baseball. Schindelbeck ran into opposition from many of the candidates when he suggested using the city’s emergency reserve funds to bolster the police budget. “Emergency reserves should only be used for emergencies,” Schwab insisted. Coolidge, a public-relations business owner who hosts local home and garden shows, summed up the attitude of most candidates when he said the Police Department is the most important department in the city. The forum ended with applause after encouraging words from Clark. “If you see a police officer on the street who’s not busy, take time to say ‘thank you for your service,’” he said. “And exercise your right to vote on Nov. 6.” The following night the same

10 candidates faced off at the Marie Callender’s restaurant in a forum sponsored by the local Tea Party group. The theme there centered on improving Chico’s business climate and whether privatizing city jobs would be wise. The responses to that questioned ranged from strong agreement (Schindelbeck and Morgan) to maybe some (Schwab) to absolutely not (Rudisill). Schindelbeck said that Chico has a reputation for being unfriendly to and driving off businesses, something with which Stone, a local builder and business investor, strongly disagreed. “Chico is a fantastic place to do business,” Stone countered, “unlike what Toby said.” Ω

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Butte County Sheriff Jerry Smith inside Butte County Jail. CN&R FILE PHOTO

Butte County’s realignment program is on the right track n Monday (Oct. 8) Assemblyman Jim OCapitol Nielsen held a press conference at the State to speak against AB 109, the bill put

into place a year ago designed to depopulate the state’s overcrowded prisons by sending low-level offenders to county jails. “This legislation, unlike any other before, has unleashed an unprecedented crime wave across the state over the past year, and it started in the very first week,” said Nielsen. “This crime wave is real; AB 109 is not working.” There is no such thing, he said, as low-level offenders. The next morning the Butte County Board of Supervisors received an update from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office and the county’s chief probation officer on how well the socalled prisoner realignment program was working in Butte, part of which is in Nielsen’s Assembly district. The information came from a report on the year-old Alternative Custody Supervision (ACS) program to mitigate the impacts of AB 109 on the jail and protect public safety. The ACS allows prisoners to serve their time in homes and requires them to wear electronic ankle bracelets to monitor their movements and locations. They are not allowed to leave their residence without permission and are allowed to go only to locations authorized in advance. They must also attend classes held at the sheriff’s Day Reporting Center that are designed to reduce recidivism. Sheriff’s deputies conduct unannounced home visits to ensure compliance. The report says the program costs the county about $20

per day, as opposed to the $90 a day it costs to keep a prisoner in the county jail. Some 261 offenders have been placed in the program, and so far 88 have successfully completed their sentences and been excused, while 66 were returned to jail for violations. Of those, 13 had removed their ankle bracelets and left home without notice. All were captured and sent to jail on escape charges and if convicted face state prison. The Sheriff’s Office enlisted a number of Chico State professors and criminal-justice interns to help evaluate the program, the results of which were released in an initial report last month. “I am encouraged by the initial finding in this report,” said Sheriff Jerry Smith. “It demonstrates that our approach is valid and gives us recommendations, which we will use to improve the program.” Steve Bordin, the county’s chief

probation officer, told the supervisors the goal was to keep the number of those under supervision to about 40. “If we get much above that you start becoming more reactive than proactive,” he said. “It’s very important that we be proactive with this population. Otherwise they get ahead of us.” He said deputies are on a daily basis working day and night shifts in which they perform

SIFT|ER In the money The latest contribution and expenditure reports of the Chico City Council candidates were filed Friday, Oct. 5. Since the beginning of the year the 10 candidates who’ve reported have raised an impressive $159,017 among them. Here is how it breaks down:




Andrew Coolidge . . . . . . . . $23,285 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$22,277 Dave Donnan . . . . . . . . . . . $5,065 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,816 Bob Evans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $26,665 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,690 Dave Kelley . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,321 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6,046 Sean Morgan . . . . . . . . . . . $28,121 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$14,348 Tami Ritter . . . . . . . . . . . . . $13,811 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,724 Kimberly Rudisill . . . . . . . . $4,454 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,545 Toby Schindelbeck . . . . . . $17,917 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$15,791 Ann Schwab . . . . . . . . . . . . $22,942 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$13,353

unscheduled contacts. “We are finding that folks are in the high 90 percent compliance rate,” Bordin told the supervisors. “We will rarely bring in more on a 50-contact day than three people. So the majority of our folks are following the rules that we are setting for them and we are being extremely successful in the community.” He said less than 24 percent of those in the program have committed violations, and of those only six cases, or less than 2 percent, have ended unsuccessfully over the year. “So far we’ve done extraordinarily well, and we’ve had tremendous support from all of out partners,” he said. Those partners include the Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, the public defenders and the courts. “Right now we are looking at about 76 percent of our population who have had no interaction with the court whatsoever, so we are feeling very strongly that our program and probation are quite good,” Bordin said. “We are researching new options, and the whole goal is to make our community safer and to make this an efficient process.” Supervisor Bill Connelly asked how many of those in the program have become gainfully employed. Bordin said he didn’t have the number with him but added employment “is one of the most key components of keeping them out of jail and making them feel good about themselves.” Supervisor Kim Yamaguchi asked how a felon gets a job. “It is a difficult hurdle to overcome, and it requires some understanding on the part of the employer,” Bordin said. “And then the individual has to prove over time that they are reliable. It is a very difficult hurdle.” Undersheriff Kory Honea told the supervisors that the Sheriff’s Office is working with the county’s Alliance for Workforce Development program. “We are trying to get those folks the skills and then ultimately find some kind of employment with somebody who is willing to employ them,” he said. There are currently nine state parolees in the county going through the program, which is the only one in the state helping to find jobs for those in the ACS. —TOM GASCOYNE tomg@newsreview.com

Randall Stone. . . . . . . . . . . $9,437 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6,428

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Chico police are asking the public to be on the lookout for Michael Ned, a 19-year-old man suspected of taking part in a string of violent crimes. At far right: Latrice Johnson was arrested Aug. 29. PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE CHICO POLICE DEPARTMENT

alleged to be Eagleton and an unnamed juvenile. Police arrested Eagleton on

Aug. 15, after obtaining a search warrant of his apartment on the 1100 block of Nord Avenue, near the scene of several of the crimes. During the course of the investigation, CPD detectives learned the other suspects were known associates of Eagleton who lived in or frequented his apartment. In addition to the aforementioned crimes, Eagleton is suspected to be involved in an Emeryville homicide and of selling marijuana. Lindquist was arrested in Yreka and transferred to Butte County Jail in Oroville, where he and Eagleton are still being held. With three of the crimes involving as-yet-unidentified suspects, Merrifield said it is unclear if all of the alleged criminal acquaintances are accounted for. Merrifield also said there was no evidence to suggest the group’s criminal actions were related to organized gang activity, and that no member appears to be the ringleader. “I wouldn’t say there is any one person that was in charge of this little group,” he said. “It seemed like they were all willing to take part in the crimes as the opportunities came up. It was just kind of opportunistic, and they’d just do it regardless of whether any one person was present or not.” Police advise the public to be on the lookout for Ned’s two-door green Honda, license plate 2DOL270. Anyone with further information about the crimes, or Ned’s whereabouts, is urged to call Chico police at 895-4911. —KEN SMITH kens@newsreview.com

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f approved in November, Proposition 33 would allow auto insurers to offer “loyalty discounts” to new customers who have had continuous coverage for the past five years. Sound familiar? It should. The initiative is a reincarnation of Proposition 17, which was shot down by a narrow margin in June 2010. It now rises from the dead, equipped with some changes that proponents hope will sway voters. Opponents, meanwhile, argue that Prop. 33 is just like its predecessor and will negatively impact people who use public transit or bike, among other non-drivers. The measure would allow insurance companies to raise rates for people who have clean records but stopped driving at any time over the past five years. The rewritten Prop. 33 does allow exemptions for military personnel, individuals who have been unemployed for up to 18 months and children living at home with their parents. And the initiative would provide currently uninsured drivers a discount proportional to the number of years they have had insurance in the previous five years. “Proposition 33 … gives more power to the consumer with the power to shop for insurance companies,” spokeswoman Rachel Hooper explained, likening it to the ability to switch mobile-phone carriers. As with its predecessor, 33’s main proponent is Mercury Insurance Group, whose founder, George Joseph, has personally provided more than $16 million to fund the proposition.

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initiative is California-based advocacy group Consumer Watchdog. The proposition will negatively affect millions of California drivers, said spokeswoman Carmen Balber. In previous years, according to Balber, Mercury Insurance had illegally surcharged customers without prior coverage by 40 percent. Additionally, in states where Mercury had been legally allowed to add the surcharge, rates rose from 35 percent to more than 100 percent.

“We’re talking at least a 35- to 40-percent increase in insurance rates; in the standard family, that could easily increase rates by a thousand dollars a year or more,” Balber said. The two opponents have been driving up each other’s walls since 1988 with the passage of Proposition 103, written by Consumer Watchdog founder Harvey Rosenfield. Prop. 103 made illegal the practice of determining auto-insurance rates based on a person’s history of insurance. Before 103, insurance rates were set by companies without approval from an insurance commissioner. “Proposition 33 is trying to make legal what is currently illegal: placing a surcharge on people who, under the current law, wouldn’t have had to pay extra,” said Balber. “If voted to pass this year, Proposition 33 would overturn the central protection that Proposition 103 provides.” Mercury is currently the second-largest provider of car insurance in the state, and other providers are wary of their competitor’s actions. “We believe in our own loyalty-discount program, which provides our customers with an incentive to continuously maintain coverage,” stated Sevag A. Sarkissian, spokesman for State Farm insurance, which has taken a middle-of-the-road position on the initiative. He added that if the proposition is passed, State Farm will analyze it to determine how it can be used to benefit the company’s customers. Balber said this is a fight most insurance companies don’t want to take on. “This is a measure that [Mercury Insurance] has tried and has failed to pass for the last 10 years. If I were another insurance company, I wouldn’t want to throw my money away,” she said. Though wording has been altered to address military personnel and the unemployed, opponents point out that many other populations would be negatively affected by the initiative’s passage. Those who consciously decide not to drive a car for five years would be ineligible, as would those who choose alternate forms of transportation, like riding a bike or taking public transit. Those who simply couldn’t afford a car would be punished, too. —CATHERINE ZAW



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GREENWAYS Should kids avoid eating tuna-fish sandwiches because of high mercury content?


Ocean acidification associated with climate change has surfaced as a major threat to marine ecosystems and the international fishing industry. The world’s oceans are 30 percent more acidic than pre-industrial levels, a rate projected to double by 2100, according to the Washington Post. The ocean absorbs 30 percent of the carbon dioxide produced by fossil-fuel burning, which triggers a chemical reaction that lowers the water’s pH level. The acidification is already making it more difficult for pteropods and corals to form shells and altering the blood chemistry of some marine species, causing them to lose their ability to avoid predators. Additionally, as oceans warm, fish of all species are likely to decrease in body size. Warmer water raises a fish’s metabolic rate, meaning it needs more food to maintain body weight. The presence of more carbon in the ocean would also play a role, as fish need more oxygen as they grow.


President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney have been mum on climate change during their respective campaigns, drawing the ire of environmental groups. Both Obama and Romney have taken strong stances on the issue in the past—climate change was at the heart of Obama’s 2008 campaign and he has invested billions in solar-power plants, wind farms and tighter vehicle-emission standards since, according to SFGate.com. Romney supported the fight against climate change as governor of Massachusetts, but has since stated he is uncertain about the role of humans in global warming. Environmental groups Friends of the Earth Action and Forecast the Facts have consequently been provoked to launch a campaign to inject the discussion into the presidential race. But Obama and Romney have reason to avoid the topic—only 26 percent of Republicans and 56 percent of independents believe human activity is warming the planet.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recommended the valley elderberry longhorn beetle, a native of the Sacramento Valley, be removed from Endangered Species Act protection. The inch-long, red-and-black bug (pictured) has been listed as a threatened species since 1980, as land development and levee construction eliminated roughly 90 percent of the valley’s riparian habitat, according to The Sacramento Bee. The beetle’s protected status has resulted in millions of dollars in costs for property owners and flood-control agencies required to protect the beetle’s primary habitat—the valley elderberry bush. Once found in only 10 areas of the Central Valley, the beetle can now be found at 26 different locations and enjoys more than 21,000 acres of protected habitat. The recommendation will undergo federal review. 16 CN&R October 11, 2012

No more tuna sandwiches? New study advises that children stop eating albacore tuna due to mercury risk


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have reported, raising the risks for some tuna-loving kids, according to a new study from a coalition of advocacy groups. Children who eat two medium servings of albacore, or white, tuna per week could be exposed to as much as six times the dose that federal guidelines consider safe, according to the report prepared for the Mercury Policy Project. It is the first study to test the mercury content of tuna brands purchased by schools. The report recommends that all children avoid eating albacore tuna. In addition, it advises children under 55 pounds to limit “light” tuna to one meal once a month, and twice a month for children over that weight. Since 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have recommended that pregnant and nursing women, women who may become pregnant and young children limit canned white tuna to one six-ounce serving per week. “Light tuna”—made from a species known as

skipjack—contains less mercury, so the government recommends no more than 12 ounces per week. But the advocates say those recommendations are too lax because their tests show that “customers who choose canned albacore tuna may fairly frequently get mercury levels more than twice the FDA’s average for the species,” the report says. Light tuna, on the other hand, was slightly lower in mercury than FDA tests have shown. FDA officials and representatives of tuna companies were unavailable for comment on the findings. Methylmercury, the organic form of mercury, is a neurotoxin that builds up in fish, particularly larger ones such as albacore tuna. Because canned tuna is a cheap, nutritional food that is popular in schools, parents should rotate other fish into their children’s diet to reduce their risk of neurological effects, the report suggests. “Most kids don’t eat that much tuna, so nothing really is needed to modify the behavior of a majority of kids,” said Ned

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Groth, co-author of the report and former senior scientist at the Consumers Union. “Kids who are probably above the 90th percentile in terms of how much tuna they eat, that’s where I’d focus my attention.” Scientists not involved with the study generally agreed with the report’s advice. “They are probably good, conservative recommendations,” said University of South Carolina assistant professor Jennifer Nyland, who studies mercury’s effects on autoimmune diseases. A panel of scientists from the National Research Council concluded more than a decade ago that prenatal exposure to mercury reduces the mental abilities of children, including their motor skills, attention and IQs. The FDA and EPA fish consumption guidelines are based on 25 years of studies of effects in Faroe Islands children highly exposed to mercury in the womb. There is little data, however, on the health risks for children, rather than their pregnant mothers, who eat tuna. Industry groups argue that kids have been eating tuna-fish sandwiches for years with no apparent harm. “Nobody can really say what the effects on children are, because nobody has really looked,” Groth said. “It’s perfectly reasonGREENWAYS continued on page 18

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Eat your veggies! Vegetarians everywhere celebrated World Vegetarian Day on Oct. 1, but the veggie-eating community is keeping the party going throughout the remainder of the month. That’s because it’s Vegetarian Awareness Month. Each October for the past 35 years, the nonprofit North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS) has kicked off a month-long celebration of all things vegetarian. This year, the group is hosting a contest for non-vegetarians. Those who pledge to eat a meat-free diet for a day, a week or a month will be entered into a drawing to win $250, $500 and $1,000, respectively. Go to worldvegetarianday.org to learn more about the contest. For current vegetarians, there are plenty of ways to share the joys of the vegetarian lifestyle: Host a potluck: Make a delicious meat-free main course and ask friends to make their favorite veggie side dish.

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from Ecuador had the highest. In the study, tuna mercury levels were highly variable among samples, which means parents or schools can’t easily judge its safety, Groth said. The report suggests that schools should avoid buying tuna from Ecuador and other Latin American countries, instead buying U.S. or Asian tuna. Groth said the take-home message for parents isn’t that their kids should stop eating fish. “Focus on kids who eat too much tuna and give them other kinds of nutritious seafood,” he said. “Don’t stop eating tuna. It’s OK for most kids.” Ω This story was published recently by Environmental Health News. The report it refers to was co-sponsored by nine advocacy groups, including Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Center for Science in the Public Interest.


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Chico State 1955-1965 Era Reunion: Golf Tournament and Barbecue Chico State Department of Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management 50th Anniversary Alumni Reunion Chico State Women’s and Men’s Soccer vs. Cal Poly Pomona Alumni Association Chico Chapter 11th Annual Fall Reception Chico State Communication Studies Alumni Reunion Social 2nd Friday ARTabout South of Post Office (SOPO) Chico Science Fair’s Dinner with a Scientist Chico State Women’s Volleyball vs. Dominguez Hills Chico Performances Presents ‘In the Footsteps of Django’ Inspire School of Arts and Sciences Presents ‘You Can’t Take it with You’

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Downtown Chico Harvest Sidewalk Sale Chico Certified Farmers’ Market 2012 Chico Walk to End Alzheimer’s Golden Grad Brunch Honoring the Class of 1962

North State Symphony Fall Chamber Chico State Communication Studies Music Concert Alumni Reunion Hand-Carved Functional Wood Forms Chico State Women’s and Men’s Soccer vs. San Francisco State and Furniture Chico State 1955-1965 Era Reunion: Ongoing Activities: No-host Social Hour City of Chico Public Art Contemporary Romantic Landscapes Bidwell Mansion Tours at Chico Paper Company Earth’s Bounties at Avenue 9 Gallery The Guild, Then & Now at Avenue 9 Gateway Science Museum exhibits: Inspire School of Arts and Sciences Take Flight, Gold Fever, and Third View Presents ‘You Can’t Take it with You’ The Janet Turner Print Museum: Chico State Department of Recreation, ‘Space Form Light: Architecture in Print’ Hospitality, and Parks Management MFA Exhibit by Tim Adams 50th Anniversary Alumni Reunion ‘The Fix’ Ceramic Mask-Making Workshop Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest Chico State 1955-1965 Era Reunion: Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Banquet at Chico State Weekend Chico State Forensics Hall of Fame Reed Applegate Collection at Induction Ceremony Odyssey Winery PV High School Foundation’s Autumn Fest at the Patrick Ranch 4th Annual Viking Pride Night Stansbury Home Guided Tours Chico State Women’s Volleyball Hide and Seek: Watercolor Workshop vs. Cal State LA with Paul Jackson Daniel Hiestand Memorial Concert Silent Witness Campaign Chico Parade of Lights Lilly Oncology on Canvas Special Guitar Project with Warren Haskell Exhibition & Friends Open House at All Fired Up FOCUS Film Sunday, October 14 Festival A Garden Party at The Art House ‘home’ at 1078 Gallery Tribal de Chico Belly Dance Festival Agits Props: Contemporary Ceramics Middle Bidwell Park Interpretive Bike Ride

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Two years after pertussis, or whooping cough, killed 10 children and infected 9,000 people in California, a new vaccination law has the disease at an all-time low. California went all of 2011 and half of 2012 without a single pertussis death, with a rate of less than one case per 100,000 people—more than seven times lower than the national rate, according to California Health Report. The decrease in pertussis infections is largely credited to a state law requiring children in grades 7 through 12 to get a Tdap booster shot— which covers tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis—before they begin school. Most kids are administered a series of shots before age 7, but recent studies have shown they wear off after about five years. Pertussis can be a lengthy and painful cough for adults and is potentially deadly for babies too young to get vaccinated.


Gov. Jerry Brown signed several health-related bills into effect on Sept. 22, including legislation regarding mental-health and women’s health issues. On the women’s-health front, Brown signed SB 623 by Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego), which extends a pilot program analyzing the safety and effectiveness of non-surgical abortions provided by nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants and midwives, according to the Los Angeles Times. Brown also approved AB 2348 by Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), which allows registered nurses to prescribe birth control without approval of a physician, and SB 1538 by Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), which requires physicians to inform women receiving mammograms if they have dense breast tissue, as well as how the density of breast tissue affects cancer risk. Additionally, Brown extended Laura’s Law until 2017 with AB 1569 by Assemblyman Mike Allen (D-Santa Rosa). The law, introduced in 2002, allows for court-ordered treatment of those with severe mental-health conditions and a history of violence or hospitalization.


Under the auspices of the federal Affordable Care Act, funding has been awarded to 810 community health centers across the nation, including $55,000 to each of 88 centers in California. The grants will help the health centers, including Yuba City-based Ampla Health, which has a Chico branch at 680 Cohasset Road, become patient-centered medical homes— “designed to improve quality of care through better coordination, treating the many needs of the patient at once, increasing access and empowering the patient to be a partner in their own care,” according to an Ampla Health press release. The funding will also be used to aid Ampla Health’s efforts to increase the percentage of women screened for cervical cancer.


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chance you’ll see someone battling obesity. Nearly one in four Californians is considered unhealthily overweight, and that number continues to rise. By 2030, according to a newly released study, the obesity rate in California will double, to 46.6 percent, if current trends continue. Health-care costs related to obesity would increase by 15.7 percent— another staggering figure for a state already racked by financial woes and struggling to meet existing needs. The study, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health, has a telling title: “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future.” It projects a national obesity rate of 44 percent by 2030, including rates over 60 percent in 13 states. Behind those numbers loom associated health risks. “The number of new cases of Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke, hypertension and arthritis could increase 10 times between 2010 and 2020,”

the report says, “and then double again by 2030.” Moreover: “Obesity-related health-care costs could increase by more than 10 percent in 43 states and by more than 20 percent in nine states.” California is just one state facing a public-health epidemic if the trend continues. “Sadly, it doesn’t surprise me,” said Dr. Christine Sloop, a physician and registered dietician. Sloop, an obstetrician/gynecologist, recently moved from Ohio, and while preparing to open a clinic in Chico she’s been working as a dietician at Feather River Hospital in Paradise. “The obesity problem is a multifaceted problem,” she continued in a phone inter-

view. “Food for most of us is too available, too easy, in too large of portions and not healthy. There’s the technology issue— technology has made it so we don’t need to exercise much. And then we have all these time pressures: We work more, we have less leisure time, we have many roles that we try to juggle, and we don’t have time to take care of ourselves. And then we don’t sleep as much as we should. “All of these things are combining to contributing to an obesogenic society. The conditions all are pushing us toward obesity.” HEALTHLINES continued on page 27

APPOINTMENTS VETERANS’ CARE, ALZHEIMER’S WALK Chico’s veterans and active-duty personnel are welcome to a three-day event sponsored by Caring Veterans, Inc. aimed at providing food, clothing, better living conditions and access to health and educational resources at Manzanita Place (1705 Manzanita Ave.) beginning Thursday, Oct. 11, through Saturday, Oct. 13, starting at 9 a.m. each day. Call 520-2412 or email caringveterans@msn.com for more info. On Saturday, Oct. 13, the Alzheimer’s Association will host a three-mile walk through Bidwell Park to benefit Alzheimer’s research, beginning at 10 a.m. at Sycamore Field at the One-Mile Recreation Area. The day will include live music, a barbecue lunch, vendor booths, face-painting and more. Go to http://tinyurl.com/9dxlr8n to register. October 11, 2012

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HEALTHLINES continued from page 25 There is a glimmer of hope. The report concludes that “if we

could lower obesity trends by reducing the average adult BMI (body mass index) by only 5 percent in each state, we could spare millions of Americans from serious health problems and save billions of dollars in health spending.” Figures for California include $82 billion in savings and 800,000 fewer cases of diabetes. “Losing 10 percent of your body weight has the same [positive] effect as starting a bloodpressure medication,” Sloop said. Remaining seriously overweight puts extra stress on joints like knees and ankles, along with increasing risks of heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Faced with such daunting prospects, people would seem to have ample motivation to lose weight. Obviously it’s not that simple. Sloop compares the obesity crisis to the prevalence of smokers before the 1970s, when the surgeon general pointed out the dangers of tobacco. Obese people may have an even tougher path than those who quit smoking. “Smoking is yes-I’m-doing-it or no-I’m-not, whereas we all have to continue to eat,” she said. “So, in many ways, eating healthier is harder.” Recent research has found additional reasons for obesity. First, Sloop pointed out, is the link between sweetness and the drive to eat. “The sweet taste on our tongue, on our sweet taste buds, goes straight to increasing the dopamine in our brain, and the addiction potential is the same as with cocaine,” she said. We want to have that sweet taste on our tongue, but “we’re going to have to have less sugar in our food if we’re going to eat less food.” Another study found that women who gain “too much weight in pregnancy”—50 to 100 pounds—are more likely to have children who become obese later in life. Other research determined that the weight a child develops during puberty tends to become the “set point” for adulthood physique. “A girl who’s pudgy at 12 or 13 is going to battle with weight for the rest of her life,” Sloop said. “So, some of this research is really depressing—we as Americans have been handed a real unfortunate thing that we didn’t know, HEALTHLINES continued on page 28

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READERS’ PICKS Y’all chose Chico’s very best—take a gander at the results!

1ST PLACE: Eighth & Main Antique Center

745 Main St., 893-5534 The iconic Eighth & Main Antique Center in downtown offers the collections of hundreds of vendors, cleaned and polished up for sale. Be it a tripledoor bookcase, jewelry boxes, sterling-silver bracelets, a retro sofa set, silver flatware or a vintage Singer sewing machine, the collected works at Eighth & Main give it a museum-like feel.

2ND PLACE: Country Squyres’ Antiques 164 E. Third St., 342-6764

3RD PLACE: Ambiance Antiques & Art 180 E. Ninth Ave., 894-6900


1188 E. Lassen Ave., 343-5613 There’s a reason why C&M Automotive moved from its former location on Longfellow Way to its current, much larger shop on Lassen Avenue: Its business grew dramatically because customers know owners Terry and Renee Koslofsky and their team of experienced technicians provide friendly, skillful and reliable service, including brakes, radiators, batteries and referral services on all makes and models. C&M has proven it’s a place drivers can trust.

2ND PLACE: Doctor of Motors 2303 Esplanade, 879-0700

3RD PLACE: Spencer Automotive 3674 Esplanade, 345-5600


elcome to the CN&R’s Best of Chico 2012. As you can tell from the sheer heft of it—80 pages!—this is one of the most popular special issues we publish. Readers enjoy it because they like to see whether their favorites did well in the voting. Advertisers like it because they know it will be highly read, and also because in many cases their businesses do well in the voting. And we at the CN&R like it because it gives us so much insight into the sheer variety and remarkable quality of the goods and services and other cool things in Chico. As usual, we begin with our readers’ selections for the Best of Chico. That’s followed by our editors’ picks, a collection of some of the best things we’ve noticed about Chico this year. We thank our advertisers for all they do to support this independent community newsmagazine and our readers for patronizing those advertisers and for picking up and reading the CN&R each week. You’re all the best! Illustrations by Steve Ferchaud ✦ Photos by Kyle Delmar, Kyle Emery, JoVan Johnson, Melanie MacTavish and CN&R staff

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BOOK STORE 1ST PLACE: Lyon Books & Learning Center

121 W. Fifth St., 891-3338 Once again, Lyon Books takes the prize for Best Bookstore. This vibrant independent book shop is loved by Chicoans for its great selection of new and used books (including a great used children’s book section!), magazines, cards and interesting noveltygift items. Its focus on local—local authors, local musicians’ CDs, local greeting-card artists—is dedicated and refreshing. Periodic book signings and presentations by local and more widely known writers round out Lyon’s compelling offerings.

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2ND PLACE: Barnes & Noble Booksellers

2031 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, 894-1494

3RD PLACE: The Bookstore 118 Main St., 345-7441


Various locations Founded right here in Chico in 1974, Tri Counties is now located in 24 counties from Butte to Fresno and operates 41 traditional branches and another 27 in-store facilities. The tellers and managers are genuinely friendly and besides checking and savings, they offer cashier’s checks, traveler’s checks, online banking, home loans, money-market accounts and safedeposit boxes. This ain’t no Wall Street bank; it’s still based in Chico.

2ND PLACE: Wells Fargo Bank Various locations

3RD PLACE: Umpqua Bank Various locations


4673 Nord Highway, 345-2955 When Chicoans want the best for their out-of-town guests—or they just want to treat themselves to a restful, personalized staycation—they turn to Cory’s Country Inn. The bed & breakfast is housed in a 1950s ranch-style home owned by chef Cory Davis, who prepares breakfast each morning and desserts upon request. Davis’ love of art is also apparent in the design of the inn and its three elegant guest rooms. Given that much of that art is by local artists, it’s no wonder Cory’s Country Inn has won over Chico’s heart.

2ND PLACE: The Grateful Bed 1462 Arcadian Ave., 342-2464

3RD PLACE: The Goodman House Bed & Breakfast 1362 Esplanade, 566-0256


You walk in and it just feels like a good bike shop should. Wooden floors, friendly people, dogs, the smell of donuts, and a selection of rides that is not the most voluminous, but offers all riders a good choice. –Steve Rodowick, on Pullins Cyclery

3RD PLACE: North Rim Adventure Sports

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at Urban Medspa—which employs two licensed estheticians, a massage therapist and registered nurses—is sure to deliver. Those hoping to look their best and brightest should check out the spa’s specialized anti-aging treatments; the staff can also tailor skin-care programs for each client’s skin type. It’s the one-onone experience everyone (including you, guys) wants from a day spa.

2ND PLACE: Agua Azul Oasis

40 Declaration Drive, 345-0226

3RD PLACE: Bella Day Spa Salon & Boutique 15C Williamsburg Lane, 342-0434

NURSERY 1ST PLACE: Magnolia Gift & Garden

CAR DEALERSHIP 1ST PLACE: Chuck Patterson Auto World

200 East Ave., 895-1771 When you’ve been in business for 45 years like the Pattersons have, you learn a few things along the way about how to appeal to customers. The family-owned dealership is overflowing with a wide selection of new and pre-owned Toyota, Scion and Dodge vehicles, and their knowledgeable, approachable salespeople are always there to help you with your car-buying and -financing, without being pushy. And Chuck Patterson Auto World’s easy family atmosphere extends to their professional parts, auto-service and body shop departments as well.

1ST PLACE: PCI Computers

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575 Manzanita Ave., 891-1777

801 Main St., 342-1055 This local institution, located in the SOPO neighborhood, boasts a super friendly crew that really knows its stuff when it comes to bikes—both selling them (new and used) and fixing them. Plus, the nearly 100-year-old shop, with its worn wooden floors and stuff hanging and parked everywhere, gives you that great feeling of hanging out in a really cool old place.

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3RD PLACE: Chico Yellow Cab

3RD PLACE: Chico Nissan-Hyundai

1ST PLACE: Pullins Cyclery

1000 W. Sacramento Ave., 342-9274

2ND PLACE (tie): East Avenue Coin Laundry

2ND PLACE: Ecocab

2288 Forest Ave., 895-8181


2ND PLACE (tie): Chico Laundry Co.

898-1776; www.libertytaxicabs.com With a phone number that’s easy to remember even when you’re tipsy (8981776), Liberty Cab rocks the Best Cab Company slot again this year. Available 24/7 for everyone from the lone rider needing a lift home from the airport to a large group of partiers seeking safe transport to the next stop, Liberty is proud of its friendly, efficient drivers and its support of local nonprofit children’s groups.

2ND PLACE: Wittmeier Auto Center

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225 Main St., 891-4152 Located downtown in the Garden Walk Mall with easy access from both Main and Wall streets, PCI offers a friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable staff. Founded in 2000 by four Chico State students, PCI stocks a variety of the newest and often spiffy looking systems, with desktops, laptops and computer components. The ever-expanding shop includes a repair center that is both fast and convenient.

2ND PLACE: Chico Computer Clinic 1907 Mangrove Ave., 636-1337

3RD PLACE: Computers Plus 2499 Forest Ave., 891-7587

DAY SPA 1ST PLACE: Urban Medspa

3221 Cohasset Road, 891-8772 Need some serious pampering? The swank furnishings and exotic spa menu

1367 East Ave., 894-5410 Anyone who has wandered the grounds at Magnolia Gift & Garden has probably been taken by the natural beauty mixed with artsy elements to create a sort of modern garden paradise. Owners Courtney Paulson and Chris Hunter strive to strike that perfect balance of outdoor beauty and to help customers find what is right in their home gardens. The staff is well-versed in all the flora as well as the sculptures and water features available at the nursery, which is certainly a big reason why Chicoans voted it their favorite.

2ND PLACE: The Plant Barn & Gift Shop 406 Entler Ave., 345-3121

3RD PLACE: Little Red Hen

189 E. Eighth St., 891-9100

FLORIST 1ST PLACE: Christian & Johnson

250 Vallombrosa Ave., 891-1881 This lovely shop bordering Big Chico Creek has been part of the town’s history for more than a century, ever since Annie Bidwell’s gardener, F. G. Petersen, opened a nursery there. The nursery is gone, but the florist (and gift) shop remains. Customers roam the aisles, stopping to smell or admire the plants, flowers, decorations and amusing knick-knacks. The current owner, Melissa Heringer, joined the team as a designer in 1998. She grew up in Chico, and proudly carries on the business’ traditions.

you’re in the market for some scented soaps for Mom, a Tommy Bahama shirt for Uncle Joe, a yo-yo for Junior and something Chico-related for the out-oftown in-laws, you can find it all in one place. And with the loving care of owners Bob and Barbara Malowney, Chicoans know any item they choose will be of the highest quality.

1200 Mangrove Ave., 891-0388 Bidwell Pharmacy is among the last of a dying breed of locally owned pharmacies, but there’s a reason it’s still around—Chicoans love it. They keep going back for the personalized service that is both fast and friendly. And they appreciate the staff’s dedication to getting their prescriptions filled, which includes knowledgeable explanations of each drug as well as a delivery service.

2ND PLACE: Chico Pharmacy

251 Cohasset Road, Ste. 100, 343-4440

3RD PLACE: Next Door Pharmacy 285 Cohasset Road, 809-2278

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3RD PLACE: Hubbs Stationery

1ST PLACE: Barber Jon’s

127 W. Third St., 894-7009

956 Mangrove Ave., 892-4940

HAIR SALON 1ST PLACE: The Hair Company

2760 Esplanade, Ste. 150, 894-2002 From their smart-looking north Chico suite, The Hair Company is your one-stop shop for getting completely gussied up and pampered. In addition to the dozen or so stylists on hand to meet all your cutting and coloring needs, the shop is home to two nail stylists, a massage therapist and even a licensed esthetician to complete your beauty makeover.

2ND PLACE: The Poison Apple Salon 240 Main St., 899-7875

3RD PLACE: Satori Color & Hair Design

627 Broadway, 342-2828


664 Mangrove Ave., 343-8815 and 1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 345-6453 It’s a fact of life: Clothes get dirty and have to be washed. For many Chicoans that means it’s time to head to the laundromat. Customers keep coming back to Bubbles because they know they can count on the stores being clean, on machines working well, and on the ease with which they can accomplish an otherwise boring chore. Bubbles gets bonus points for keeping customers up-to-date

532 Nord Ave., 342-7342 There’s no better way for a man to reconnect with his masculine side than to plop down in a barber’s chair for a shave and a haircut. Barber Jon’s offers the perfect opportunity to do this. It’s refreshingly old school, a place far removed from a frou-frou salon. It’s the kind of shop where a guy can hear some corny jokes, play a game of pool and come out looking his best. Haircuts include a hot-lather neck shave and neck trims between visits.

2ND PLACE: Curley’s Barber Shop 181 East Ave., 342-8002

3RD PLACE: Jerseys Clips and Brews

615 Mangrove Ave., Ste. 120, 893-2547


105 Broadway, 342-0195 Year after year, this old-school downtown hardware store takes home the blue ribbon in this category. In addition to tools, paint and hardware, Collier stocks a world-class selection of kitchenware, such as Le Creuset cookware and pots and pans by All-Clad, as well as myriad other useful stuff like night lights, dinner bells, mixing bowls, timers and barbecues (and a great selection of barbecue aprons). Folks love to poke around in Collier just

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2ND PLACE: Flowers by Rachelle

2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 345-2661

3RD PLACE: Chico Florist

1600 Mangrove Ave., Ste. 145, 345-1855


320 Broadway, 893-0545 This downtown Chico gift shop has been specializing in fun for decades and has the formula figured out. Basically, if

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2ND PLACE: Lowe’s

2350 Forest Ave., 895-5130

3RD PLACE: Orchard Supply Hardware 231 W. East Ave., 332-9226


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220 W. Fourth St., 893-3100 Standing on a spot once occupied by a burned-out home for wayward pigeons, the regal Hotel Diamond has done a lot to upgrade the downtown region. Serving as one of Chico’s landmark buildings, the hotel offers more than top-notch accommodations—it’s also the home of Johnnie’s Restaurant, where the ambiance is classy yet comfortable, and the food is delicious. The restaurant has a brand-new menu that includes many small plates.

2ND PLACE: Oxford Suites

2035 Business Lane, 899-9090

3RD PLACE: Holiday Inn

685 Manzanita Court, 345-2491


1372 Longfellow Ave., 345-1617 Apple Blossom Baby’s unique approach to selling baby/kids clothes and other items is precisely why it’s been voted Best of Chico. The locally owned store offers everything from new cloth diapers and baby shoes to gently used clothing and locally crafted items. The store was designed with parents in mind, offering a play area for kids and a rocker for nursing mothers. There’s also a nice variety of organic goods and customers rave about the ability to trade items or sell them on consignment.

2ND PLACE: Kat’s Meow

I love BOHO because I find really cute vintage clothes that aren’t that pricey, and I can sell or trade my clothes, so I save money and recycle my old clothes! It’s such a cute shop with really cool people and a really cool vibe! –Kinsey Anderson

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3RD PLACE: The Children’s Place 1950 East 20th St. (Chico Mall), 343-0706

CLOTHING BOUTIQUE—CHICO 1ST PLACE: Urban Laundry 222 Main St., 345-2444

2ND PLACE: For Elyse

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3RD PLACE: Three Sixty Ecotique 511 Main St., 342-8752

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2ND PLACE: My Girlfriend’s Closet 6141 Skyway; 872-8826

3RD PLACE : Elegant Rose

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DRY CLEANER 1ST PLACE: Chico Express Cleaners

752 East Ave., 343-8844 and 641 Walnut St., 343-6013 It should come as no surprise that, when it comes to dry cleaners, Chicoans’ top choice is Chico Express Cleaners. With two locations and more than 20 years in the business, owners Lance and Helen Marshall truly go the extra mile to make sure customers walk out happy (and wearing a clean shirt). The stores will clean just about anything, but what sets them apart are their free pickup and delivery service (and drive-through dropoff!) and a commitment to using environmentally friendly cleaning products. Urban Laundry

2ND PLACE: 3rd Generation Cleaners

1354 East Ave., Ste. S, 899-0333

3RD PLACE: Esplanade Cleaners 164 East Second Ave., 342-4306


222 Main St., 345-2444 Men like to be fashionable, even if shopping isn’t their favorite pastime. So, given the funky, modern feel of Urban Laundry, it’s no wonder they’ve chosen the store as the Best Men’s Clothier in Chico. They can walk in to the trendy shop and quickly (because of some stellar customer service and easy-to-shop shelves) walk back out with a new pair of Joe’s Jeans, a Billabong sweatshirt and shades. What more could a guy ask for? Urban Laundry also sells women’s clothing, and was also chosen by readers as Best Women’s Clothier and Best Clothing Boutique in Chico.

2ND PLACE: Trucker

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3RD PLACE: Men’s Wearhouse 1950 E. 20th St., 342-1769

WOMEN’S CLOTHIER 1ST PLACE: Urban Laundry 222 Main St., 345-2444

2ND PLACE: For Elyse

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3RD PLACE: Trucker

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1858 Montgomery St., 532-1399 Ruby’s is a fashion gem in the heart of historic downtown Oroville. With brands ranging from 7 for All Mankind and Testament to Free People and Waxing Poetic, there’s much to choose from. The artfully designed storeroom and knowledgeable, friendly staff just add to the shopping experience and keep customers coming back for more.

2ND PLACE: Red Fly Clothing

1919 Montgomery St., 533-9307

JEWELER 1ST PLACE: Kirk’s Jewelry

246 W. Third St., 891-0880 Kirk’s Jewelry is where Chicoans go when they really want to get something special for someone special—or even for themselves. That’s because Kirk’s is a jewelry store and so much more—it’s where family heirlooms are redesigned into modern pieces and where a diamond ring is created from scratch. Owner and jeweler Kirk Bengston has been at his craft for nearly 40 years and Chicoans obviously appreciate his dedication—it’s not hard to see why.

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2ND PLACE: Olde Gold Estate Jewelry


3RD PLACE: Mundy & Co. Fine Jewelers

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1ST PLACE: Buttons & Bows

6200 Clark Road, 877-8151 As customers to this Paradise shop know, Buttons & Bows is no ordinary boutique. This year, owners Linda and Ralph Hein celebrate their store’s 40th birthday, and they do so with the support of the Ridge community. Over the decades they have worked hard to provide an excellent selection of women’s

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973 East Ave., Ste. V, 898-0110 Sally MacMillan runs a popular shop. Once again, Music Connection (which MacMillan runs with the help of her guitar-playing husband, Bruce, and young daughters, Mary and Juliet) is in the top slot for Best Place to Buy Music Gear.

No surprise, since it offers a great selection of musical instruments and other musical necessities as well as lessons taught by some of Chico’s finest musicians.

2ND PLACE: Herried Music

824 Oroville Ave., 894-7777

3RD PLACE: Best Buy

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1354 East Ave., 899-8912 If only the perfect mani-pedi afternoon with the girls will do, Tammy’s Nails (in the Safeway shopping center off East Avenue) offers a relaxing and affordable experience. Super-fancy massage chairs, welcoming and knowledgeable staff— which can handle anything your nails desire—make Tammy’s the premier manipedi destination in Chico.

2ND PLACE: Poison Apple Salon 240 Main St., 899-7875

3RD PLACE: Queen Nail Salon & Spa 801 East Ave., Ste. 112, 893-8900

PLACE TO BUY OUTDOOR GEAR 176 E. Third St., 345-5011 Local outdoors lovers know that Mountain Sports is the place to go for top-notch clothing and other gear for hiking, camping, rock-climbing and so on. If you’re headed for the hills (or elsewhere) for some rugged outdoor action, Mountain Sports is your one-stop shop. This downtown gem boasts a friendly and knowledgeable staff, plenty of maps and useful books, and also a nice selection of good-looking duds for going out to eat a well-earned dinner after you’ve spent a day hiking the North and South Rim trails in Bidwell Park.

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1ST PLACE: Three Sixty Ecotique

511 Main St., 342-8752 Cool vintage clothes. Cool shoes. Cool stuff—like earrings, bags and dresses— by local designers. Cool sales clerks. Cool atmosphere. Cool customers. Three Sixty Ecotique is just plain cool. And since many of the offerings are vintage, shopping there assures you’ll never be caught in the fashion faux pas of running into someone wearing your exact same outfit.

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2020 Park Ave., 343-3666 CN&R readers chose the ARC Thrift Store as their favorite again this year. Besides the fact that its proceeds go to benefit children and adults with developmental disabilities, the ARC has a frequently re-stocked selection of top-notch used stuff—clothes, furniture, jewelry, etc. What’s not to love?

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LOCAL PET STORE 1ST PLACE: Northern Star Mills

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3RD PLACE: Evans Furniture

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and is always well-stocked with a wide selection of fine furniture, from oversized down-filled sofas and unique bedroom sets to velvety throws, candle holders and other home accessories. The layout and selection allow customers to visualize how they can turn ordinary spaces into their own private showrooms. Started in 1975 by owners Rick and Nan Tofanelli, Nantucket remains a local family business.

510 Esplanade, 342-7661 Established in 1898, Northern Star Mills has kept Chicoans’ farms running and household pets happy for well more than a century. Located in a historic

brick warehouse on The Esplanade, the feed-and-seed store is no-frills, yet offers competitive prices on high-quality pet supplies (and, with an air of chivalry, employees often offer to carry your goods to your car for you). You can also find seedlings, soil and even chickens for sale here. Oh, and don’t forget to say hello to Jake, the black Lab store mascot, on your way in.

2ND PLACE: Trailblazer Pet Supply 1612 Mangrove Ave., 892-1848

3RD PLACE: All Cats & Dogs

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SHOE STORE 1ST PLACE: Heel and Sole Shoes

708 Mangrove Ave., 899-0725 Heel and Sole Shoes continues to be the go-to shop for Chicoans to pick up footwear. The longtime shoe store is jam packed with all of the favorites: Puma, Converse, Vans, UGGs, you name it. From high heels for prom night to comfortable everyday sneakers, the store has a huge selection of inventory from which to choose. Fortunately, the shop’s attentive employees help shoppers find what they’re looking for and get them checked out fast.

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2ND PLACE: Urban Sole

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3RD PLACE: Robyn Marie’s Shoe Closet 215 Main St., 566-1825


161 E. Third St., 345-0103 Walking into Preston’s Shoe Repair is like taking a step into the past. Named for owner and resident cobbler Preston Powers, the more than 20-year-old business caters to anyone who needs a polish, a patch or a new sole on an otherwise perfectly good pair of shoes. Powers charges reasonable prices for his topquality work, and his sense of humor ensures no customer walks away without a smile.

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3RD PLACE: Mountain Sports 176 E. Third St., 345-5011


1818 Mangrove Ave., 896-1818 As everyone knows, getting inked is a permanent procedure, so when you’re in a town with seemingly as many tattoo shops as undergrads at Chico State, being named the best offers a lot more than mere bragging rights. With two resident tattoo artists—owner Derek Parsons and “2Buck” Chuck Byfield—Victory Tattoo has a commitment to sterility and even vegan-friendly inks, and is the place to go for your next work of art, whether it be your first or your fiftieth.

2ND PLACE: Eye of Jade

319 Main St., Ste. 200, 343-5233

3RD PLACE: Red Room Tattoo 231 Nord Ave., 342-1287


2995 Esplanade, Ste. 101, 898-8000 If a Hawaiian vacation is likely to bust the budget, Perfect Tan might just offer the next best thing without leaving Chico. The salon’s themed rooms, laydown and stand-up beds and Magic Tan spray machines (for those who want the glow without the UVA rays) provide Chicoans with a brief tropical respite.

2ND PLACE: Tropical Zone Exotic Tanning 1354 East Ave., Ste. L, 893-3300

3RD PLACE: California Sun

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LIQUOR STORE 1ST PLACE: Mangrove Bottle Shop

1350 Mangrove Ave., 342-7575 This conveniently located chop carries a great selections of wines, import and craft beers and general spirits, and the clerks behind the counter and friendly and helpful. Prices are competitive and dogs are welcome, even if they aren’t leading a thirsty blind guy. And talk about convenient parking. Turn off the engine, exit the car and you’re practically in the store. Mangrove Bottle is where the cool cats go to quench their adultbeverage thirst.


345 W. Fifth St., 891-6328 Naturally the place is best known for its juicy steaks, made from prime cuts, ranging from the six-ounce filet mignon to the 22-ounce Delmonico rib-eye, all of which come with a baked potato. On the side you can get roasted-garlic mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus and creamed spinach. If you don’t want beef check out the chicken stuffed with prosciutto, spinach and fontina cheese or the blackened salmon in a citrus butter sauce, or the ravioli with garlic, asparagus and Parmesan cheese. While you’re there, say “hello” to John, one of the friendliest (and tallest) bartenders in town.

2ND PLACE: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Taproom & Restaurant 1075 E. 20th St., 345-2739

3RD PLACE: Tres Hombres Long Bar & Grill

5791 Clark Road, 877-0877 Paradise residents know their diners. So when they choose Black Bear Diner as the Ridge’s best overall restaurant, you know it’s got to be good. Walk in on any weekend morning—or any time of day, any day of the week, for that matter— and you’ll likely be seated in a nearly full dining room. That’s because the food is consistently good, the service friendly and the ambiance perfect for anything from a family get-together to an omeletand-pancakes date for two.

2ND PLACE: Meehos Mexican Restaurant 6808 Skyway, 877-7031

3RD PLACE: Smokie Mountain Steak House & Lounge 7039 Skyway, 872-3323

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2051 Robinson St., 533-1488 There are few businesses in the North State that can boast 100 years of excellence. Tong Fong Low, which celebrated its centennial this year, is a diamond in the rough. Diners who frequent the Oroville restaurant rave about the chop suey (appropriate since the restaurant was originally called Charlie’s Chop Suey), the flavorful Cantonese items—try the cashew chicken!—and spicy Szechuan dishes. In fact, the restaurant has been so successful this past decade, it decided to open a second location in Chico, which has done well in its own right. It was awarded the honor this year of being named Best Asian Cuisine and also Best Take-Out.

2ND PLACE: Ray’s Liquor


198 E. Second St., 809-2304 When Grana opened its doors in downtown Chico, a rumble ensued. A pizza place in downtown Chico … did they know what they were up against? Apparently so. The refreshingly urban atmosphere is matched only by the consistently top-notch fare making its way from the kitchen and huge wood-fire oven behind the bar. Grana also serves up some delectable entrees as well as yummy small plates and salads. Chicoans also love the restaurant’s dedication to fresh, sustainable ingredients. Add to all this the features of outdoor dining and last month’s launch of happy-hour specials.

2ND PLACE: Aonami Sustainable Sushi

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CHEAP EATS 1ST PLACE: La Comida Tong Fong Low

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2ND PLACE: Café Coda

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3RD PLACE: Morning Thunder Café 352 Vallombrosa Ave., 342-9717




1ST PLACE: Broadway Heights California Cuisine

Spanish, but its first meaning is “the food.” Both are appropriate for this landmark restaurant, whose owners, the Pavis family, have been serving generations of loyal locals huge portions of their singular brand of fresh Mexican fast food since 1968. Good food and lots of it at low prices seems to be their watchword, and if that’s not a recipe for success, what is? For more than 40 years Chicoans have been flocking to the restaurant that is seemingly busy during every open hour.

2ND PLACE: La Cocina Economica 905 Wall St., 809-0370

3RD PLACE: Aca Taco

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2ND PLACE: Crush

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3RD PLACE: Red Tavern

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201 Broadway, 342-7000 Sure, the name itself is the perfect complement to a night of romance, but Crush Italian restaurant and lounge does a lot more to provide the perfect atmosphere. Crush lives up to the promise of its mission of “unsurpassed appearance, class and decorum” by providing a warm interior with beautiful furniture, candlelit tables and a sleek waterfall, as well as a festive outdoor patio overlooking downtown Chico. And the menu, forget about it. Italian classics like chicken parmigiana, linguini and clams, and brick-oven pizzas, when paired with a glass of fine wine or a cocktail (or two), make for a nice long, warm evening of staring across the table into your lover’s eyes.

2ND PLACE: 5th Street Steakhouse 345 W. Fifth St., 891-6328

3RD PLACE: Red Tavern

1250 Esplanade, 894-3463

BAKERY 1ST PLACE: Upper Crust Bakery & Eatery


1695 Mangrove Ave., 895-1195 There’s no shortage of establishments serving up greasy-spoon delicacies in Chico, but locals flock to Cozy Diner time and time again. Maybe it’s the breakfast served all day, or the large portion sizes or fast, friendly servers … OK, it’s probably all of the above. We hear the chickenfried steak is to die for, and the fried chicken isn’t far behind. When it’s homestyle you’re looking for, follow the locals to the Cozy Diner.

2ND PLACE: The Roost Café 1144 Park Ave., 892-1281

3RD PLACE: Morning Thunder

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FINE DINING 1ST PLACE: 5th Street Steakhouse 345 W. Fifth St., 891-6328

130 Main St., 895-3866 Again and again, the Upper Crust Bakery & Eatery lands in the No. 1 spot in the Best Bakery category. A local institution, the Upper Crust is loved as much for its sandwiches, salads, soups and black-bean chili as it is for its cookies, pastries and marvelous wedding cakes. Plus—as evidenced by its often packed indoor and outdoor seating—it’s a great place to meet a friend for lunch or Saturday-morning coffee.

300 Broadway, 899-8075 What’s not to like about Broadway Heights? The eatery is located in one of the nicest spots in the downtown core; the second floor of the Phoenix Building, overlooking Broadway. There really isn’t a bad seat in the house. Add to that ambiance a vast selection of gourmet sandwiches on delicious fresh-baked focaccia bread and some delicious salads (try the prosciutto Caesar!) and you’ve pretty much got the perfect recipe for an unbeatable lunch spot. Readers also chose the eatery as Best Business Lunch.

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2ND PLACE: T. Tea Bar & Fusion Café 250 Vallombrosa Ave., 895-8100

3RD PLACE: Pluto’s

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BUSINESS LUNCH 1ST PLACE: Broadway Heights California Cuisine 300 Broadway, 899-8075

2ND PLACE: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Taproom & Restaurant 1075 E. 20th St., 345-2739

3RD PLACE: 5th Street Steakhouse 345 W. Fifth St., 891-6328


300 Broadway, 899-9580 and 1722 Mangrove Ave., 899-0484 In a town full of frozen-yogurt shops, Jon & Bon’s continues to outshine the competition. If you’ve lived in Chico for any length of time (especially during the summer!) and haven’t tried one of Jon & Bon’s delicious frozen yogurts, you are definitely missing out. The local favorite with two locations offers a variety of top-

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2ND PLACE: Tin Roof Bakery & Café


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3RD PLACE: Mim’s Bakery


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1ST PLACE: Sin of Cortez

2290 Esplanade, 879-9200 A true Chico hotspot on Saturday and Sunday mornings, Sin of Cortez does breakfast a little different than your average breakfast joint. Specialty omelets, fruit-filled pancakes, seasoned potatoes and an excellent selection of coffee separates this popular eatery from the pack. The staff is always fast and friendly. If you slept through the morn-

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pings as well as specialty drinks and desserts. As a bonus, they consistently offer sugar-free flavors.

2ND PLACE: Powell’s Sweet Shoppe 121 W. Third St., 332-9866

3RD PLACE: Cupcake Crusader 782 East Ave., 899-1100


664 E. First Ave., 899-1500 This centrally located coffee house has a steady stream of loyal customers throughout the morning and the day. In addition to serving up top-quality teas and coffee drinks, Bidwell Perk offers breakfast and lunch fare with a many health-conscious options, including several salads. The shop is a great place to order up a latte and settle in at a cozy table or soft chair with a good book or a laptop (take advantage of the free Wi-Fi).

Not only does Tres Hombres serve great food, stiff drinks, and have great happy hour specials, but the staff is also always engaging and attentive. Above all, Tres Hombres is committed to the community. They participate in nearly every downtown event and they support many local causes. –Stephanie Yunker

2ND PLACE: The Naked Lounge 118 W. Second St., 895-0676

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3RD PLACE: Cocodine Thai Cuisine 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 891-1800

FOOD SERVER 1ST PLACE: Taylor Gibbons (Outback Steakhouse)

1990 East 20th St., 899-8112 Food service is no easy business, but Outback Steakhouse’s Taylor Gibbons makes it look like a breeze. The bubbly college student is quick to smile and chat with customers, putting them instantly at ease and ensuring they receive the best quality food and service. Co-workers call her a “breath of fresh air,” adding that she clearly cares about her job and her positive attitude rubs off on those around her.

2ND PLACE (tie): Laura Baume (Japanese Blossoms)

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2ND PLACE (tie) : Dawn McGaffick (Broadway Heights California Cuisine) 300 Broadway, 899-8075


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2574 Esplanade, 899-1055 This restaurant has been a wonderful addition to the Chico dining scene since the day it opened. Folks were hungry for a good Indian restaurant, and Priya gave them what they wanted. Meat lovers and vegetarians alike love the restaurant’s diverse menu, with items such as fall-offthe-bone tandoori chicken and mouthwatering eggplant curry. Get an excellent sampling by ordering a thali dinner, which comes with one main feature, six small sides, naan bread, and a choice of three desserts. Or try the impressive lunch buffet, served every day from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This small family-owned chain is especially known for serving up generous portions of lovingly prepared Mexican fare. Build a king-sized combination plate with two of your favorites—enchiladas, tacos, chile relleno, you name it—and a healthy serving of rice and beans, or try one of the specialty dishes like the seafood molcajete (a stew of shrimp, scallops and whitefish) and you’re guaranteed a singular sit-down dining experience.

2ND PLACE: Tres Hombres Long Bar & Grill 100 Broadway, 342-0425

3RD PLACE: La Hacienda

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2234 Esplanade, 343-7000 and 2525 Dominic Drive, 342-7771 With its sawdust-covered floors, redand-white-checkered table cloths and delicious cucina Italiana, Italian Cottage offers a unique dining experience at both of its locations. It’s like visiting a classic Italian trattoria without leaving Chico. With its comforting atmosphere and vast array of Italian classics, from pizza and sandwiches to its famous “Valley lasagna,” it’s easy to see why the Cottage is a reader favorite. Try the roasted garlic. It’s fabulous!

2ND PLACE: Cocodine Thai Cuisine 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 891-1800

3RD PLACE: Sipho’s Restaurant and Café 1228 Dayton Road, 895-1866


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1ST PLACE: Casa Ramos

216 W. East Ave., 894-0119 and 2490 Park Ave., 893-5050 Casa Ramos is a Northern California institution that offers a dazzling array of Mexican dishes at two Chico locations.

2ND PLACE: Sicilian Café 1020 Main St., 345-2233

3RD PLACE: Franky’s

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READERS’ PICKS continued from page 36 2ND PLACE: T. Bar & Fusion Café

2ND PLACE: Crush

2ND PLACE: Costco

3RD PLACE: Pluto’s Restaurant

3RD PLACE: Christian Michaels Ristorante

3RD PLACE: Zot’s Hot Dogs & Deli

250 Vallombrosa Ave., 895-8100 201 Main St., 343-0165

201 Broadway, 342-7000

192 E. Third St., 894-4005


346 Broadway, 897-0626 Rawbar has won over Chico’s sushi lovers year after year with its impressive menu and creative specials. It’s also won over other folks by offering a selection of non-fish fare such as mouth-watering baby back ribs. The restaurant’s elegantly modern atmosphere is welcoming to couples, larger parties and families alike. So, cozy up in a corner or chat up the sushi chefs at the long bar and gorge down.

2ND PLACE: Japanese Blossoms 2995 Esplanade, 891-9022

3RD PLACE: Big Tuna Sushi Bistro 1722 Mangrove Ave., 345-4571

MEALS ON WHEELS 1ST PLACE: Gordo Burrito No. 2

Eighth and Pine streets Year after year, the taco-shop-onwheels at Eighth and Pine streets consistently captures the hearts and minds of Chico’s food lovers. Formerly known as El Paisa but now called Gordo Burrito No. 2, the name change is to reflect the truck’s association with the Uriarte clan, who serve tasty Mexican cuisine at three locations, each overseen by three brothers. All of the typical taco truck fare can be found here—carne asada, al pastor and more—as well as a number of fantastic shrimp dishes.

2ND PLACE: Tacos El Pinolero

2732 Esplanade and 275 E. Park Ave.

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3RD PLACE: Cupcake Crusader 752 East Ave., 899-1100



Various locations There’s just something about getting handed a freshly grilled Burger Hut burger straight from the cooks and then dressing it yourself at the “Fresh Fixin’s Bar.” That’s where you’ll find two types of pickles, jalapenos and special sauce, and also the regular fixings such as lettuce, onion and tomatoes. Burger Hut’s patties are high-quality: 100 percent freshground USDA grade A beef. It’s no wonder there are three locations in town.

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PIZZA 1ST PLACE: Celestino’s Live From New York Pizza & Deli

101 Salem St., 896-1234 and 1354 East Ave., 345-7700 Tom Jones, Olive Special, the Godfather. Are you drooling? If not, you probably haven’t eaten at this quintessential New York-style pizzeria. Celestino’s may have started as a student favorite, but all of Chico has embraced it. The pizzeria is best know for its thin-crust pies, but also serves up delicious sandwiches, salads, pasta and other Italian food fare.

2ND PLACE: Nobby’s

2ND PLACE: Woodstock’s Pizza

3RD PLACE: Burgers & Brew

3RD PLACE: Farm Star Pizza

1444 Park Ave., 342-2285 201 Broadway, 879-9100


133 Broadway, 894-0191 and 1000 W. Sacramento Ave., 343-0909 Aca Taco has long been a Chico favorite when it comes to burritos. The portions are generous—even the poquito burrito is pretty darn big. The ingredients are scrumptious and the service is fast and friendly. We’ve always liked a place where you can see your food getting prepared. It’s a popular lunch spot for downtown employees as well as high schoolers and college students, who patronize both the downtown and West Sacramento Avenue locations.

2ND PLACE: Gordo Burrito

1295 E. Eighth St., 809-1211

3RD PLACE: Chipotle

620 Mangrove Ave., 343-8707

166 E. Second St., 893-1500 2359 Esplanade, 343-2056

SANDWICH 1ST PLACE: Spiteri’s Deli

971 East Ave., 891-4797 Spiteri’s Deli is a sandwich lover’s dream, offering consistently delicious masterpieces with a wide selection of quality meats, cheeses, fresh vegetables and breads (the Dutch crunch is especially worth checking out). Spiteri’s also offers a variety of delectable specialty salads and traditional deli-counter favorites like meatloaf and bagel dogs, as well as a wide selection of bottled beers, with a few on tap as well. Try the Fiesta Lasagna!

2ND PLACE: Great Harvest Bread Co. Various locations

3RD PLACE: Broadway Heights California Cuisine 300 Broadway, 899-8075

1ST PLACE: Nash’s 7th Avenue Omelette House

1717 Esplanade, 896-1147 Whether you’re looking to cap off a long weekend or reinvigorate for the final stretch, Sunday-morning champagne brunch is always a fantastic option. Many a Chicoan’s favored destination to engage in the age-old pastime is Nash’s. Tucked away in the Avenues, the homey spot offers a full breakfast menu, including a dozen different omelets, and an attentive staff that strives to keep your glass from running dry.

Wine Time

2ND PLACE: Italian Cottage

2234 Esplanade, 343-7000; and 2525 Dominic Drive, 342-7771

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3RD PLACE: Café Coda

265 Humboldt Ave., 566-9476



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26 Lost Dutchman Drive, 899-9250 For an eatery open only six months, and in one of John Bidwell’s old pig barns at that, Wine Time sure has made quick work of spreading the word about its fabulous small bites. With a “diabolical” menu inspired by local, seasonal ingredients, Wine Time offers a lot out of a little, specializing in small plates to tantalize the taste buds without filling you up on any one flavor. Each bite can be matched with a wine, making this north Chico establishment fun for a group of friends or a romantic evening.

HOT DOG 1ST PLACE: The Dog House

1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 894-3641 and 1354 East Ave., 894-2242 This is the kind of dog house you definitely want to be in—and there are two of them! The Dog House locations at East and Nord avenues crank out some delicious takes on an American classic, and they do burgers, too! You can also get some Dog House dogs at the One-Mile Recreation Area’s concessions stand from May to September.

ICE CREAM 1ST PLACE: Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy

178 E. Seventh St., 342-7163 Shubert’s is a destination in Chico. It’s been serving up ice cream and dolling out candy at the same location for the past 74 years. The shop’s products are made on site and the staff still uses one of founder and namesake Leonard Shubert’s five-gallon ice-cream-making machines. And the place is still owned

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2ND PLACE: Jon & Bon’s Yogurt Shoppe Various locations

3RD PLACE: Cold Stone Creamery 146 Broadway, 891-3331


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2ND PLACE: Happy Garden

180 Cohasset Road, 893-2574

3RD PLACE: Bacio Catering & Take Out 1903 Park Ave., 345-7787


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2ND PLACE: Aca Taco

133 Broadway, 894-0191 and 1000 W. Sacramento Ave., 343-0909

3RD PLACE: Franky’s

506 Ivy St., 898-9947

LOCAL WINERY 1ST PLACE: New Clairvaux Vineyard

26240 Seventh St., 839-2161 Nearly a decade of tending the harvest and turning a variety of grapes into delicious wines has clearly paid off for the Trappist monks in Vina’s New Clairvaux Vineyard, led by fifth-generation winemaker Aimee Sunseri. The winery produces reds, whites and rosés—check out the newly released 2010 St. James Syrah—and has collaborated on several beers with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. But the Abbey of New Clairvaux offers more than just a tasting room, and a 45minute tour reveals the impressive grounds, rich in both beauty and history.

on Chico. Not only does she have her name on the sign of the restaurant for which she provides a popular menu of fresh, contemporary California Cuisine, but the chef also connects to the city by inviting customers into the kitchen for regular themed classes—every thing from the basics of Indian cuisine to the paleo diet.

2ND PLACE: James Taylor (Sicilian Café) 1020 Main St., 345-2233

3RD PLACE: Rebecca Stewart (Spice Creek Café) 230 W. Third St., 891-9951

CATERER 1ST PLACE: Bacio Catering & Carry Out

1903 Park Ave., 345-7787 Bacio’s amazingly delish food fare and artful presentation made it the readers’ choice for Best Caterer again this year. In addition to its catering services, the Park Avenue headquarters offers take-away lunches and dinners made with fresh ingredients (not to mention local and organic) and with flair and creativity. One taste of Bacio’s pulled organic Llano Seco pork sandwich or turkey-spinach meatballs is enough to get you hooked, as the patrons slipping in Bacio’s front door at 6:45 p.m. on a weeknight (it closes at 7 p.m.) to buy dinner boxes will attest.

2ND PLACE: Special Times Catering 2500 Floral Ave., 892-2837

3RD PLACE: Italian Guy Catering 28 Bellarmine Court, 321-3456

3RD PLACE: Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyard 3363 Hegan Lane, 343-1623

CHEF 1ST PLACE: Ann Leon (Leon Bistro)

817 Main St., 899-1105 With a résumé that starts at San Francisco’s California Culinary Academy and includes stops at the world-renown Chez Panisse in Berkeley and up the hill from there at the Claremont Hotel as its head restaurant chef, it’s no surprise that chef Ann Leon has made such a big impression

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Probably your best chance of getting to bust out singing “I Got Friends in Low Places” with a rockin’ cover band on a Friday night is Gold Country Casino’s lively Spirits Lounge. In addition to widescreen TVs for sports fans, daily drink specials (including Microbrew Mondays, with $2 pints), there is always a packed slate of free DJ, comedy and live-music entertainment.

2ND PLACE: Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co. 3 Alverda Drive, 533-8944

3RD PLACE: Montgomery Street Pub 1933 Montgomery St., 533-0900

BAR—ON THE RIDGE 6067 Skyway, 877-5215 If you want to party on the Ridge, there is one place that has checked off all the boxes on the good-time party list: Pro football and Giants baseball on widescreens: check. Cold beer: doublecheck. Pub-grub: yup. Karaoke, DJ dancing and live cover bands: check-it on the dance floor. “Canteena” sign with doublee and big cactus “t”: Just go check it out already!

2ND PLACE: King’s Tavern

5771 Clark Road, 877-7100

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3RD PLACE: Smokie Mountain Steak House & Lounge 7039 Skyway, 872-3323



132 W. Second St., 895-9670 The Banshee has established a faithful following, drawing in customers with its excellent offerings of foreign brews and liquor as well as some delicious pub grub to soak it all up. The fish tacos and macaroni and cheese are two menu favorites. And a burger from the bar’s outside window is an especially good way of capping off a night of boozing.

2ND PLACE: Duffy’s Tavern 337 Main St., 343-7718

3RD PLACE: Madison Bear Garden 316 W. Second St., 891-1639

BAR—OROVILLE 1ST PLACE: Spirits Lounge (at Gold Country Casino)

4020 Olive Highway, 538-4560

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1ST PLACE: Canteena

2ND PLACE: La Rocca Vineyards

12360 Doe Mill Road, Forest Ranch, 899-9463

This place is the best undiscovered spot in Chico! Tucked away from the noisy college downtown, this bar has it all: shuffleboard, stand-up comedy, and a mean mug night that can’t be beat. Three bucks for 40 oz of pale ale? One is all you need!

337 Main St., 343-7718 If you’ve lived in Chico for any amount of time (and you’re of age) but have never stepped foot in Duffy’s, you might want to think twice about calling yourself a Chicoan. Duffy’s Tavern is where the townies go for a Pabst Blue Ribbon or a stiff cocktail. It’s kind of like that one bar on that TV show in the ‘80s, you know, the one where everybody knows your name. It’s nearly impossible to walk into this cozy downtown pub without recognizing at least five or six people you know. The bartenders also know how to make a mean Bloody Mary, the best in town, in fact.

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2ND PLACE: The Town Lounge 327 Main St., 896-0235

3RD PLACE: The Banshee

132 W. Second St., 895-9670

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1ST PLACE: The Banshee

3RD PLACE: LaSalles

132 W. Second St., 895-9670

2ND PLACE: Bella’s Sports Pub 134 Broadway; 893-5253

3RD PLACE: The Graduate

344 W. Eighth St., 343-2790


229 Broadway, 893-1891 LaSalles ain’t no “fern bar� anymore. The long-ago hangout of lawyers and bearded professors has been party central in downtown Chico for years now. But it’s not just college kids bustin’ moves. Happy-hour Thursdays feature live bands on the outdoor patio, where a wide range of Chico rug-cutters blow off steam to classic-rock cover bands in the early evening. But once the party heats up at night downtown, the scene shifts with DJs (and, a couple/few nights a week, live rock and rap acts) bumpin’, and hot dance parties blowin’ up both outside and inside on the big dance floor.

2ND PLACE: The Beach

191 E. Second St., 898-9898

3RD PLACE: Crazy Horse Saloon & Brewery 303 Main St., 894-5408


201 Broadway, 342-7000

2ND PLACE: Scotty’s Landing 12609 River Road, 893-2020

3RD PLACE: Tres Hombres Long Bar & Grill 100 Broadway St., 342-0425


1075 E. 20th St., 345-2739 It’s often said of the Big Room that there’s not a bad seat in the house, and it’s true. This 350-seat auditorium inside the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., with its mahogany tables and brass railings, is one class act. It regularly sells out because of the quality of the nationally known bands that play there, its amazing acoustics and the great views from anywhere in the house. Its intimate, classy setting has been the stage for many live TV concerts and DVDs. All ages welcome, with dinners sold before each show, and of course Sierra Nevada’s world-famous beer, in addition to an array of wines and

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2ND PLACE: Laxson Auditorium Chico State campus

229 Broadway, 893-1891


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2ND PLACE: Christian Michaels Ristorante 192 E. Third St., 894-4005

3RD PLACE: Riley’s

702 W. Fifth St., 343-7459

PLACE FOR A GLASS OF WINE 1ST PLACE: Monks Wine Lounge & Bistro

128 W. Second St., 343-3408 Sure, being a “wine lounge� by definition is a good start for being the top destination for a glass of wine, but Monks has a lot more going for it. First off, it’s right in downtown Chico, just steps away from the plays and concerts that go so well with a pre- or post-show glass of wine. And, the food is just as impressive as the wines. Monks features a full menu of fine-dining faves—steaks, seafood— and wine-friendly tapas items (baconwrapped dates, dolmas, polenta, to name a few) to go along with the impressive selection of fine wines, including many very affordable selections.

2ND PLACE: Wine Time

26 Lost Dutchman Drive, 899-9250

3RD PLACE: Christian Michaels Ristorante 192 E. Third St., 894-4005

MIXOLOGIST 1ST PLACE: Evan Billman (Christian Michaels)

192 E. Third St., 894-4005 For a night out on the town, there’s little better than a delicious cocktail with friends, except maybe a delicious cocktail served by a handsome, courteous and witty mixologist. And Evan Billman, head bartender at Christian Michael’s Ristorante downtown, fits that bill quite nicely.

2ND PLACE: Jake Smith (Crazy Horse Saloon & Brewery) 303 Main St., 894-5408

3RD PLACE: Wendy Reid (Studio Inn Lounge)

2582 Esplanade, 343-0662

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DJ 1ST PLACE: DJ Jigga Julee

You don’t have to leave your house to hear DJ Jigga Julee playing the hottest hits. That’s because when she isn’t getting the booties shakin’ at Chico hotspots like the Beach, she’s on Power 102.5 FM. Jigga Julee’s skill on the turntables helped her beat out the competition, but we’re sure the fact that she’s smokin’ hot didn’t hurt!

2ND PLACE: DJ MAH 3RD PLACE: Brandon Walters

KARAOKE NIGHT 1ST PLACE: Madison Bear Garden


201 Broadway, 342-7000

2ND PLACE: Christian Michaels Ristorante 192 E. Third St., 894-4005

3RD PLACE: Johnnie’s Lounge 220 W. Fourth St., 893-3100

BLOODY MARY 1ST PLACE: Duffy’s Tavern 337 Main St., 343-7718

2ND PLACE: Nash’s Restaurant 1717 Esplanade, 896-1147

3RD PLACE: Joe’s Bar

316 W. Second St., 891-1639 Karaoke on Monday nights at the Bear is very nearly an institution in Chico. What’s better than getting a big, juicy burger, downing a pint or two (for courage) and then heading up to the patio stage to belt it out like Kelly Clarkson or Elvis? We’re confident more than a few guys—and girls—have gotten lucky thanks to their Bear-E-oke. Cheers to that!

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2ND PLACE: Casa Ramos

2635 Esplanade, 893-8270


Bluegrass band Mossy Creek proves time and time again—with numerous CAMMIES awards and a Best of Chico already under its belt—that it’s a musical force to be reckoned with. The group of a multitalented and accomplished musicians and singers play everything from traditional favorites to original tunes.

2ND PLACE: The Hooliganz 3RD PLACE: Kyle Williams


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3RD PLACE: La Hacienda



1ST PLACE: Tres Hombres Long Bar & Grill

100 Broadway St., 342-0425 “Meet me at Tres” is a phrase often heard escape the lips of many a college-aged and older denizen of Chico, and more often than not the goal of the meeting is to partake of the establishment’s excellent margaritas. The bar serves more than 120 varieties of tequila, and can whip up traditional margaritas or an array of fruity blended concoctions (strawberry, raspberry, peach, melon, mango, banana and passion fruit) by the pitcher or in two sizes. Tres Hombres also has other exotic drinks and a full menu of Mexican fare.


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2ND PLACE: Chico Theater Company

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1ST PLACE: Chico Paper Co.

1ST PLACE: Gold Country Casino

345 Broadway, 891-0900 This downtown gallery and framing store may make the most creative use of space of any shop in Chico. Artwork is everywhere, even hanging from the ceilings. But it’s no gimmick: Chico Paper Co. carries the work of some of Chico’s finest artists, from acclaimed printmaker Jake Early and sculptor Matt Auvinen to photographers Geoff Fricker and Bill Di Grazia and painters Cynthia Schildhauer and Claudia Steel. Chico Paper also offers custom framing and an amazing selection of handmade papers from around the world.

2ND PLACE: Avenue 9 Gallery

4020 Olive Highway, Oroville; 538-4560 The casino’s slogan is “Where the stars play,” but anyone can get a taste of the fine life at Gold Country Casino. Enjoy live music by national acts and enjoy the tables and slots. Gold Country is home to one of Oroville’s most popular bars, the Spirits Lounge. It also boasts a multi-tiered steakhouse offering a striking panoramic view of the North Valley (nearby Table Mountain is particularly spectacular). The atmosphere ensures everyone can feel like a winner.

2ND PLACE: Feather Falls Casino

3 Alverda Drive, Oroville; 533-3885

180 E. Ninth Ave., 879-1821

3RD PLACE: Rolling Hills Casino

3RD PLACE: Art Etc.

2655 Barham Ave., Corning; 528-3500

122 W. Third St., 895-1161

PLACE TO SEE ART 1ST PLACE: Avenue 9 Gallery

180 E. Ninth Ave., 879-1821 Located up The Esplanade from downtown Chico, Avenue 9 Gallery is a remarkable space filled with an ever-changing rotation of artists and their works. Officially a guild, the gallery has 20 member artists, who regularly display the fruits of their passion, but they also open up the space to guest artists and the community and collaborate often with Chico State and Butte College art students and faculty.

2ND PLACE: Chico Paper Co. 345 Broadway, 891-0900

3RD PLACE: Chico Art Center 450 Orange St., 895-8726

LOCAL ARTIST 1ST PLACE (tie): Jake Early 1ST PLACE (tie): Janet Lombardi Blixt



atherine Caldwell is a designer and an artist. She has dedicated her life to the pursuit of both sustainable architecture and innovative hair design. Catherine believes that her inspiration to design hair and to practice green

architecture come from the same place, and one isn’t more important than the other. Catherine is the type of person who commits herself completely to her interests and her craft. Not one to stop growing, Catherine sold her Chico hair salon (Rapture) and left a lucrative career to apply her creative talents to the study of energy efficient architecture and is a recent graduate of the highly ranked Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCIARC). There, she followed her passion for sustainable design and

Each of these artists has taken this award in years past, so it’s only fitting that they share the honor at least once. We know printmaker Jake Early mostly for his signature boldly colored serigraph series of various iconic Chico features in the windows of Chico Paper Co.—everything from Bear Hole to the farmers’ market. Plein-air painter Janet Lombardi Blixt’s works have shown all over Chico— including at her downtown Chico Art School gallery/school—and some of her best-known pieces have also featured iconic local institutions, such as Big Al’s Drive In and the façade of Duffy’s Tavern.

2ND PLACE: Lee Wright 3RD PLACE: Sea Monster (Christine Fulton)

Health / Wellness ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC 1ST PLACE: Chico Community Acupuncture

1057 Village Lane, 345-5300 Chico Community Acupuncture has come a long way in just a few short years. The clinic, part of the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture cooperative, opened in Chico in 2010 and has already won two Best of Chico recognitions. This year they take the title for Best Acupuncture Clinic and Best Alternative Health-care Provider, which should come as no surprise. The acupuncturists

learned how to create cutting-edge green buildings. Prior to SCIArc, she graduated from the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London, well-known for the best education in hair design. Catherine has experiences ranging from salons in Europe, New York, all over the west coast, and recently has studied and exhibited art and architecture in France and Italy. Catherine’s endless imagination and dedication to great design has made her a unique and gifted designer of both hair and sustainable dwellings. Catherine is eager to share her top notch education and design experience with any new or returning clients.

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strive to provide a friendly, healing environment for their clients, and they offer their services on a sliding scale depending on how much a patient can pay. The clinic also practices traditional Chinese medicine, offering herbal remedies for common ailments.

2ND PLACE: Adam Moes

689 E. 18th St., 828-2589

3RD PLACE: The Pinwheel Community Acupuncture Project 740 Flume St., 345-5566


100 Independence Circle, 899-0295 The doctors behind Argyll Medical Group, including CEO Roy Bishop, have a long-established commitment to health care in Butte County. The eclectic group, named for Dr. Bishop’s homeland in Scotland, offers services in primary care, internal medicine, endocrinology and skin care.

2ND PLACE: Mission Ranch Primary Care

114 Mission Ranch Blvd., Ste. 10, 894-0500

3RD PLACE: Enloe Medical Center 1531 Esplanade, 332-7300

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114 Mission Ranch Blvd., 894-0500 Finding a reliable family practice physician you trust is an absolute must, and Chicoans who know put their trust in Dr. Herbert Lim. They turn to him for whatever ails them, from ordinary medical issues to chronic illnesses. He’s praised for his timeliness, his bedside manner and his ability to explain medical conditions. His practice is part of Mission Ranch Primary Care, whose office also gets high marks for being courteous and easy to work with.

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3RD PLACE: Wayne Caviness

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3RD PLACE: Chico Doula Circle www.chicodoulacircle.com


10 Governors Lane, 343-8522 Dr. John Asarian is a true gem in Chico’s pediatrics community. Having founded Chico Pediatrics more than a decade ago, he’s dedicated his life to treating patients from birth to age 18. The colorful doctor enjoys talking about traveling, in particular his trip to Kenya last year, which was the inspiration behind Chico Pediatrics’ giraffe logo. It’s no wonder children and parents alike love their visits to “Dr. John.”

2ND PLACE: Patrick Tedford 643 W. East Ave., 342-0502

3RD PLACE : Robert Stanley

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CHIROPRACTOR 1ST PLACE: Fragoso Chiropractic Sports and Family Wellness Center

2062 Talbert Drive, 891-9010 Whether you hurt yourself lifting huge weights or hunching over a computer, Fragoso Chiropractic has got your back. Get it? John Fragoso treats patients of all ages, but specializes in athletes and practices ironman performance care. Customers with various types of injuries have counted on Fragoso for help, which is why he was chosen as Best Chiropractor.

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13 Williamsburg Lane, 321-5668 Babette Maiss has magical hands and a lot of satisfied and faithful customers, and has built her reputation through word of mouth. This is the Chico massage therapist’s fourth straight win. Maiss works with athletes, giving deep-tissue sports massages. She also specializes in prenatal massage, and offers lymphatic massage for post-cancer patients.


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1293 E. First Ave., 343-5678 Need to get fit? Go In Mo! There, you’ll find pretty much all you could ever want in a workout facility: treadmills, elliptical machines, free weights and resistance machines, pools, a basketball gym, and a yoga studio (In Motion is also taking home the award for Best Yoga Studio and Best Place to pick up the CN&R!). In addition, there are numerous fitness classes, from spinning and interval training to pilates and Zumba. Personal trainers are there to help you meet your fitness goal, and there’s childcare for the little ones.

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2ND PLACE: DeGarmo Park 3RD PLACE: Bidwell Park

Where else in the world can you romp and climb on a chunk of Swiss cheese, a crooked house, a castle, a tree house, a mine shaft and a life-sized (pre-fall) Humpty Dumpty? What a great place for kids to play while their parents watch. Dogs and bicycles are not allowed and those over 13 must be accompanied by someone under 13 to get in. Caper Acres is open from 9 a.m. to sunset Tuesdays through Sundays.

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2ND PLACE: Amanda Loewen

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1ST PLACE: Nelsen Family Dentistry

1307 Esplanade, 898-8511 Love isn’t likely the first thing that pops to mind when people think of dentistry, but there’s a love story at the heart of this family-focused dental office on The Esplanade. Doctors John and Melissa Nelsen met on the first day of dental school, graduated together in 1999, and opened the practice in 2000. Along with Dr. Thomas Farris, the Nelsens provide dental care for all ages.

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605 W. East Ave., 895-1727 Chico Eye Center was founded in 1978, and has expanded from its north Chico location to a Paradise office as well as an office in south Chico, at 2056 Talbert Drive, Ste. 100, across from Wittmeier. Four ophthalmologists and two doctors of optometry offer routine eye exams, prescribe glasses and contacts, diagnose diseases of the eye, prescribe needed medications, and perform eye surgery when needed. Botox and Juvederm are among cosmetic services offered for improving the appearance of the skin around the eyes.

2ND PLACE: Family Eye Care

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3RD PLACE: North Valley Eye Care

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PLACE TO TAKE A DIP 1ST PLACE: Sycamore Pool at OneMile

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of people living in Chico who say they decided they wanted to move here when they saw Sycamore Pool for the first time. What other town has such a large and inviting pool in such a beautiful environment as the One-Mile Recreation Area in Bidwell Park. Now that the snack bar has reopened, the summer hotspot is the perfect place to relax, people watch and take a dip in the creek.

This park is part of Chico’s uniqueness. I went there as a little girl, and now I’m taking my little girl there. Children just love it because of its originality. –Kelsey Morgan, on Caper Acres

YOGA STUDIO 1ST PLACE: In Motion Fitness 1293 E. First Ave., 343-5678

2ND PLACE: Chico Sports Club 260 Cohasset Road, 345-9427

3RD PLACE: Bikram Yoga Chico 1140 Mangrove Ave., Ste. B, 342-YOGA (9642)


260 Cohasset Road, 895-3114 Haley’s Martial Arts Center was born more than a quarter century ago, and the time that’s gone into fostering its dedication to teaching martial-arts enthusiasts has not gone unnoticed. Kyoshi Pat Haley, who travels to Japan yearly to complement his training, has created a space for Chicoans to learn and become 2ND PLACE: In Motion Fitness N1293 E W S E.&First R E Ave., V I E W343-5678 B U S I N E S S U S E Opart N L Y of a likeminded community.

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PET DOCTOR 1ST PLACE: Valley Oak Veterinary Center

2480 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, 342-7387 For years, Acacia Veterinary Hospital took top honors in this category, so it should come as no surprise that the mega-vet center they merged into takes the cake for 2012. The brand-new facility, near Costco, is open 24 hours for emergencies and has a seriously sweet waiting area, with a coffee machine and several sofa areas to segregate the furry ones. After all, they’re the real clients.

2ND PLACE: Chico Animal Hospital Valley Oak Veterinary Center

3015 Esplanade, 342-0518

3RD PLACE: Evers Veterinary Clinic 1150 El Monte Ave., 343-0713

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KHSL/KNVN Chicoans truly love Rob Blair. This “local legend” of the Best of Chico awards has clearly won over audiences here in the North State, with his witty personality and bright, genuine smile. The weatherman and co-host of KHSL’s morning show, Wake Up!, has so much personality, in fact, that after the morning show is over he works as an afternoon deejay at Now 107.5 FM. Keep it coming, Rob.






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1ST PLACE: Boys & Girls Club of Chico


525 Esplanade, 895-6144 If there is one building in Chico that epitomizes the town’s image, it’s the Bidwell Mansion. That’s why, not only did locals vote for it as Best Architectural Treasure, they also banded together over the past year to raise more than $120,000 when it was threatened with closure. Community members love the home built by Chico founder John Bidwell, and it won’t get shuttered on their watch.

2ND PLACE: Senator Theatre 517 Main St., 891-1809

3RD PLACE: Stansbury House 307 W. Fifth St., 895-3848


Most Chicoans know Farshad Azad as the face of Azad’s Martial Arts Family Center, where the grandmaster teaches all manner of classes, from beginner’s karate to cardio kickboxing to self-defense. But over the years Azad has donated his time and skill to many local nonprofits, including the Sunshine Connection, the Chico State Advisory Board and its Public Safety Commission. Perhaps his most visible local philanthropic effort has been the Basket Brigade, an event he founded more than 20 years ago to provide Thanksgiving meals for needy Chico families. The list could go on and on, which is why, of course, Azad was chosen Best Local Do-gooder.

2ND PLACE: Judy Sitton, local philanthropist

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601 Wall St., 899-0335 Boys & Girls Club of the North Valley has been providing youngsters aged 6 to 18 a positive, encouraging environment to participate in after-school programs since 1995. The nonprofit organization includes nine locations, 70 staffers and 300 volunteers who help more than 2,000 young people with homework and guided athletic activities for just $10 a year per child. For families unable to pay, scholarship opportunities are available.

2ND PLACE: Chico Area Recreation and Park District www.chicorec.com, 895-4711

3RD PLACE (tie): Sixth Street Drop In Center 130 W. Sixth St., 894-8008

3RD PLACE (tie): Boy Scouts of America www.scouting.org

PROFESSOR/INSTRUCTOR 1ST PLACE: Kim Jaxon (Chico State) This award is a particularly sweet one because not only is Kim Jaxon a beloved Chico State professor, her roots run deep in this community. A Chico native and Chico State alumna herself, she is an assistant professor of English, with a focus on literacy and the teaching of reading and writing. Students love her because of her passionate teaching style and energetic nature. Plus, her willingness to embrace technology—she uses online resources like Twitter, Tumblr and Google Docs in her teaching—shows she really speaks their language.

2ND PLACE: Sanjay Dev (Chico State, mathematics and statistics) 3RD PLACE (tie): Jesse Dizard (Chico State, anthropology) 3RD PLACE (tie): Ann Schulte (Chico State, education) 3RD PLACE (tie): Mark Stemen (Chico State, geography and planning)

TEACHER K-12 1ST PLACE: Jennifer Rossovich (Hooker Oak Elementary School)

Sue Hegedus, principal at Hooker Oak Elementary School, calls teacher Jennifer Rossovich “the kindergarten whisperer.” Apparently, Rossovich has also won the admiration of many parents and students,

who have chosen her as Best Teacher. Rossovich taught in the open-structured kindergarten for more than 10 years, and recently switched to teaching first grade. She has been an amazing mentor to Chico State student teachers. Hegedus said Rossovich possesses a unique “calm about her that everyone envies and tries to emulate. Her presence with students is one of respect and integrity.” Last year, Rossovich was named one of Butte County’s Teachers of the Year.

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Though decidedly less hectic than living in larger cities, the hustle and bustle of living anywhere can wear on one’s soul. Luckily, wherever you are in Chico, you’re not far from Bidwell Park, where a simple turn down one of the many walking paths can lead to the solitude and opportunity to connect with nature we all sometimes crave. From rolling green lawns to overgrown creekside spots and groves of ancient oak trees, Bidwell Park has something for everyone, any season.

2ND PLACE: Upper Bidwell Park 3RD PLACE: Bidwell Presbyterian 208 W. First St., 343-1484


2579 Fair St., 343-7917 What can we say? Here is a place that serves a worthy purpose—housing and caring for our temporarily (we hope) displaced friends—and relies heavily on volunteers stepping up to the plate. And the shelter has improved lately with new dog kennels and the year-old care facility that also provides low-cost spay and neuter services, a major key to solving the overpopulation (and possible homelessness) of our four-footed friends, who will be genuinely grateful for your efforts.

2ND PLACE: Jesus Center

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One of the most exciting events of the year, Taste of Chico is a one-day celebration of local food, art and music. This year’s 27th annual event was held on Sept. 9, and drew thousands of hungry participants into the closed-off streets of downtown Chico. They ate, drank and kicked back as local bands and artists showed why our fair city is the cultural hub of the North State.

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When it comes to fresh eggs, Chris’ Egg Farm’s Chris Copley knows what he’s doing. Not only are all his 3,000 hens free-range, but he also vows to sell only eggs harvested that day. So come Saturday morning, the former helicopter pilot wakes up in the wee morning hours to gather his market wares from his Corning farm and totes them to Chico, much to his loyal customers’ delight. Whether he’s been voted the best for his eggs or his personable nature (have you been called “love� lately?), we’re not sure. He definitely gets props for offering discounts for reusing egg crates.

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Various locations When all they have left is a buck, Chicoans turn to the Dollar Tree to get their money’s worth. We can’t blame them—after all, where else can you go to turn a measly Washington into a fourpack of dish towels, a candelabra, a can of Progresso soup or a King James Bible? The opportunities are endless. 337 Main St., 343-7718

3RD PLACE: Saturday Chico Certified Farmers’ Market


Various locations When was the last time you sat in Starbucks, sipping a Pumpkin Spice LattÊ with your bestie, gossiping over last night’s escapades? Likelihood is the pair at the next table were digesting some of your racy rant along with their muffins. Or maybe you were taking turns eavesdropping on them! Chicoans love their Starbucks for a morning pick-me-up, catch-up session, making it the perfect place to overhear a juicy story or two.

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jewelry and other goods. And let’s face it—the farmers’ market is also a social experience, offering an opportunity to catch up with friends, neighbors and friendly vendors.

The folks at Rooney Law Firm, including its namesake, Michael Rooney, take great pride in helping people through tough times. And clearly their dedication to working personally with each client has paid off, earning them bragging rights for Chico’s Best Customer Service. The firm specializes in a range of legal areas, from civil to criminal defenses, from family law to personal-injury complaints. Testimonials on the firm’s website attest to Rooney’s willingness to go the extra mile for his clients, clearly a contributing factor in earning their votes.

2ND PLACE (tie): Collier Hardware 105 Broadway, 342-0195

2ND PLACE (tie): For Elyse 228 Broadway, 893-0106

PLACE TO SEE AND BE SEEN 1ST PLACE: Saturday Chico Certified Farmers’ Market Rain or shine, Chicoans turn out for the Saturday farmers’ market week after week for reliably fresh fruits and veggies, local meats and cheeses and handmade

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2ND PLACE: Chico State 3RD PLACE: Burger Hut Various locations

LOCAL WEBSITE 1ST PLACE: Lulu’s Fashion Lounge

www.lulu’s.com Locals love Lulu’s Fashion Lounge’s website because, simply put, it’s fab. When the brick-and-mortar boutique closed down a few years back, the Lulu’s family vowed to remain a part of Chico’s heart, digitally speaking. The site allows shoppers to easily search new styles from well-known and upcoming designers and to keep up-to-date on the trends via its A La Mode Blog. It’s a fun blend of online shopping and keeping it local.

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2579 Fair St., 343-7917 OK, guilt trip at work here. But if you care about our furry Earth-mates, particularly canines and felines, remember that a lot of them are spending time behind bars for crimes they didn’t commit. Go to the shelter someday soon and introduce yourself to these desperate inmates. The common message (translated from woofs and meows to English): “Hey, get me outta here and I’ll be the best friend you’ve ever had! Honest!” The joint is located at 2579 Fair St. in south Chico, and its hours are 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Go to www.buttehumane.org for a photo of your potential new best friend.

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Best place to see an angel Chico Cemetery

881 Mangrove Ave., 345-7243 Everywhere you look among the headstones, pine trees and green expanses of the Chico Cemetery, there are carvings and statues of angels flying, guarding, trumpeting, harping and doing all the other things these heavenly beings are normally imagined to be doing. But the most striking depiction of all is located in the south central area of

the property. That’s where visitors will find a life-sized marble statue of an angel doubled over in mourning, her face buried in her arm. The grieving angel stands eternally over the Simpson family plot, and is so realistically rendered you can almost hear her sobbing. Regardless of one’s sensibilities and beliefs, it’s hard not to be moved while standing in its presence. The cemetery is open to the public, and guided tours are held every third Thursday of the month or by special arrangement.

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Best cookie if you’ve got a craving for chocolate, pepper and sea salt

Chocolate Aztec cookies at Bacio Catering & Carry Out 1903 Park Ave., 345-7787 In addition to great soups, sides and entrees (the polenta lasagna is to die for), Bacio Catering & Carry Out makes some seriously killer cookies. Topping the list are Bacio’s Chocolate Aztec cookies—everything a person with a chocolate jones could possibly want, and then some. Perfect with a glass of milk (or all by themselves), these scrumptious, chewy, chocolaty, gluten-free delights are made even more pleasing with the addition of snappy, subtle bursts of pepper and sea salt in every bite. Good-for-you food never tasted so good.

fresh fruit, veggies, eggs and meat is basically a no-brainer, as is going there for a steaming breakfast burrito or tamales and Maria Phillips a cup of hot coffee. Local masTo those who know her, Maria sage therapist Weezie Campbell’s Phillips is a force of nature, an massage booth is another comenergetic, upbeat advocate for all pelling reason to visit the marthings Chico who brings an irreket. Campbell—whose magic pressible flair to everything she hands are revered by countless does. Born in Rome, she spent locals, as well as by the musicians who get treated to her services after playing a set at the Chico World Music Maria Phillips Festival—charges $1 per minute for her services. Twenty bucks will get you feeling real good after a little too much Friday-night action—she’s got regulars who swear by her powers of rejuvenation.

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her childhood in Venezuela before moving to this country when she was 11. She retains a bit of an accent, though whether of Italian, Spanish or French is hard to say, since she speaks all three in addition to English. Owner of the vibrant Avenue 9 Gallery, she also had a leading role in creating the Chico Visual Arts Alliance, the monthly ARTabout event and the Chico Art Map. When not promoting art, she’s been a leader of several political causes, including the successful effort to stop the M&T gravel mine west of town. Most recently, she played a key role in the campaign to keep Bidwell Mansion open. For all of these reasons, on Oct. 2 she was honored with a Mayor’s Art Award for 2012.

Best place to people watch while getting a haircut Gypsy Rose Salon

151 Broadway, 891-4247 Downtown is by far one of the best places to people watch, and there are a variety of spots from which to perch yourself for a good view. But there are few places where you can also simultaneously get a new ’do. The best one is tucked into a space on the east side of Main Street just north of Second Street. Head there to the see the hustle and bustle of students, businesspeople and other downtowners, and get a kick-ass haircut or color while you’re at it.

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We all know that people in rock bands are not the sharpest crayons in the box (especially drummers). But big brains aren’t what we’re looking for. Just get on that stage with your colorful personality and play three chords over a hard-hitting beat, and we will forgive all mental deficiencies as you rock us well. However, there is one local band member who really is a dummy: Victoria Blair of Chico indie rockers Voltare. She is so slow that she doesn’t even seem capable of moving her own limbs. She just stands there onstage, never moving, never blinking, never saying a word. In fact, we can’t recall ever seeing her play an instrument or sing even a single note! She might as well be propped up in some department store, sitting frozen and silent while she models the latest fall fashions.

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Crazy Horse Saloon & Brewery 303 Main St., 894-5408 So, you wanna be a cowgirl, or a cowboy,

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for that matter. Well, there’s no better place to get in a little practice than at the Crazy Horse Saloon and Brewery. There, greenhorns and cowhands alike can jump on the bar’s mechanical bull and either get schooled or show the crowds how it’s done. You can also get your boot-scootin’ on out on the dance floor. While there, sample some whiskey, beers on tap, or one of the bar’s other libations. In fact, you might want to have that drink before you jump on the bull.

Best bar for a romantic rendezvous Johnnie’s Lounge

220 W. Fourth St., 895-1515 If a rendezvous is to be truly romantic, it has to take place in a classy joint, and Johnnie’s is as classy as they get in Chico. After all, it’s located in downtown’s Hotel Diamond, the classiest hostelry in town. You can also tell Johnnie’s is classy because the people you’ll meet there are wearing spiffy threads, not tank tops and cut-offs. The lounge itself is all high windows, dark wood, glass and brass, very attractive. It’s tied in with Johnnie’s Restaurant in the room next door, and these days it’s specializing in tapas. Check out its new menu. Thursday evenings catch three ace musicians, John Seid, Larry Peterson and Steve Cook, playing smooth

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jazz. And if your rendezvous becomes as romantic as you’d like it to be, just grab a room at the hotel—and don’t even look at the bill.

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Best fake holiday

Bloomsday at Blue Room Theatre 139 W. First St., 895-3749 Every June 16, celebrations are held worldwide commemorating the day (June 16, 1904) on which James Joyce’s Ulysses, considered by many the ultimate work of Irish literature, takes place. Locally, the festivities are arranged by the Celtic Knights of the Sea and held at the Blue Room Theatre, and include dramatic re-enactments and readings from the book, step dancing and men’s choral renditions of traditional songs. The Guinness flows freely, but the more crass trappings of a certain mid-March holiday, such as green Budweiser and slutty leprechaun costumes, are noticeably absent. Basically, Bloomsday is something like St. Patrick’s Day for people who read. Yes!

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El Rey Mexican Grill 465 E. 20th St., 342-4121 The term “authentic” is often bandied about to describe Mexican food, but what does it really mean? While there is something to be said for traditional flavors, Mexican and Mexican-American cuisine and culture are in a constant state of evolution, and Pancho Villa probably never had a burrito supreme anyway. Behold one piece of evidence of this evolution: the Sonoran Hot Dog, which originated in Hermosillo, the capital of the Mexican state of Sonora, and became popular stateside in Tucson. El Rey’s rendition is an all-beef hot dog wrapped in bacon and grilled, then served on a bolillo roll and smothered in beans, grilled onions, cheese and a special sauce. They also have a spicy version, substituting the regular hot dog with chopped hot sausage. They’re delicious, filling and—at only $3.99—a great lunch bargain.

You heard right. Walmart. It’s got the best supply of Chinesemade goods around! Don’t confuse that with best-made goods. What we mean is that nearly everything in the darn store carries the old Made in China stamp, or the P.R.o.C. (People’s Republic of China) logo. So, if you’re into sending all of your hard-earned money to the Far East … and to Sam Walton’s heirs, then Walmart’s your place. If that’s not your thing, well, don’t shop there. If you’d rather support the local economy, shop at small businesses owned by your neighbors. Sure, they have Chinese goods, too, but many carry more homegrown products, and the majority of the money spent there will stay in Calvin “Doc” Layland the region.

Chico is a fairly bike-friendly place, with dozens of miles of bike paths, wide shoulders and generally cooperative motorists. But there is one intersection in Chico that can make even veteran bike commuters feel uncomfortable—the crossing of Nord and West Sacramento avenues. The heavy college-area traffic, bizarre exits from Safeway’s disaster of a parking lot, and several stoplights and crosswalks within close proximity make for a hectic, confusing nightmare for cyclists and motorists alike. Even if it hurts your pride to get off your bike and pose as a pedestrian, this beast is best challenged on foot during rush hour.

Best place to pour your heart out

Calvin “Doc” Layland sculpture on Vallombrosa Avenue There are plenty of potential reasons to be super bummedout—maybe your girlfriend left you, maybe you lost your job. Or maybe your girlfriend left you, took your job and then told all your former co-workers about your sexual inadequacies. Fortunately for down-and-out Chicoans like yourself, there is someone who can’t make phony excuses when you need a shoulder to sob on. In fact, said individual can’t pass judgment, tell anyone about your blubbering confessions, or take evasive maneuvers when a pigeon makes excrement. The sitting statue dedicated to Calvin “Doc” Layland— found on a bench alongside Vallombrosa Avenue near the CARD center—offers a lifeless yet dependable shoulder to lean on when times are tough.


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1008 W. Sacramento Ave., Suite H, 924-3168 In addition to yummy, sustainably sourced sushi, Aonami makes the best non-traditional noodles in town … out of cucumbers. Cold, crunchy and divinely delicious, Aonami’s kyuri noodles in tangy miso sauce topped with grated fresh beets are a must-eat when visiting this north Chico restaurant.

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The ideal ZZ Top cover band would possess rudimentary knowledge of power chords, the ability to drawl incomprehensibly in a most rocking manner, a knack for making not-so-subtle sexual innuendo and, of course, wicked-awesome beards. In Chico, the clear winners are the dudes holding anti-tea party signs at the corner of Fifth and Main streets on Saturdays. They’ve certainly got the beards and, based on appearances, seem like they might be able to bang out some power chords. At the very least, they could probably handle growling “a-hawhaw-haw” into a microphone.

Best interspecific member of the prunus genus Pluots

Thank you, farmer scientists, for getting the plum and the apricot together to create this most delicious product of fruity miscegenation that Chico looks forward to every summer. It has a denser, less-watery flesh than a regular plum, but it is still insanely juicy and flavorful, mixing the plum and apricot juices into one tart and especially sweet ball of goodness. It’s the perfect summer fruit. In fact, maybe it should be the official fruit of Chico! Who’s with us?! The only

sad thing is that the season is about to end and we will have to spend the next seven months or so eating inferior fruits before the pluot can once again pull us out of the darkness.

Best place to run the table The DownLo

319 Main St., 892-2473 When you’re in the mood for a good game of pool, whether you’re a seasoned pro or a certified newbie, look no further than the DownLo, Chico’s premier spot for all things billiards. The pros and the regulars go there because they can set up on a top-quality Diamond pool table and run it all night. Those newer to the sport head to the spacious establishment occupying the space underneath Lost on Main


because they can meet new friends while learning a thing or two. Just to prove how serious the DownLo is about pool, it employs a house pro, Jacqueline Karol, who teaches classes and runs several tournaments every week. (Insider tip: They also serve up some mean burgers, and there’s plenty of good beer on tap!)

Best place to journey into the past

Patrick Ranch Museum Country Faire and Threshing Bee 10381 Midway, Durham, 342-4359 If you’ve ever wanted to see how a working ranch actually operated a century or more ago, this annual June weekend festival is about as close as you can get. Held at the beautiful and historic Patrick Ranch on the Midway just south of Chico, it provides a glimpse back in time to when farm families harvested wheat using horses, mules, steam engines and early gas engines. There are all kinds of demonstrations—horseshoeing, wheat binding, bundling and threshing, loose hay loading, stock dogs at work, making flour, “bee beards,” biscuit and bread making— as well as continuous live acoustic music. It’s fun and educational at the same time.




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The big sign promising common sense, public safety and fiscal responsibility sits in the back of the candidate’s jacked-up, extended-cab Ford F250 pickup truck, which also serves the duel purpose of advertising the small-business owner’s Nutrishop stores. What makes this sign so sweet is that it gets around town, unlike those cardboard fixedto-a-metal-stand lawn signs that end up getting uprooted and tossed in an alley Dumpster about five weeks before the election. Just as the candidate claims about his own future, the Schindelbeck sign is here to stay.

Best reason to carry a stick Rattlesnakes!

There have been an especially high number of rattlesnake sightings on the trails of Upper Bidwell Park this summer. As soon as the warm weather hits, our coldblooded friends venture out onto the hot dirt to sun themselves, and when we (or our dogs) come around the corner and surprise them, they wind up and warn us off with that rattlin’. What can we do to avoid these stand-offs? First, don’t let your dog run ahead. Second, bring a walking stick. The tapping sound will reverberate through the ground ahead of you and scare the snakes off the trail. Plus, you’ll have a weapon to beat down any mountain lions and bears that cross your path (just kidding, no fighting with the wildlife, please).

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Arts & Culture Wide focus Inclusion is the common subject for local Focus Film Festival On the set of ... that’s me! PHOTO BY KARISSA CASEY

wonderful. It’s “I beautiful,” gushed Mary Ann Weston, festival director for the upcoming Focus Film Festival, now t is a gorgeous film. It’s

in its eighth year.

Weston was talking about …that’s me!, the 10-minute film by Christine G.K. created by longtime local photograLaPado-Breglia pher/filmmaker Doug Churchill and produced by Far Northern christinel@ Regional Center, the organization newsreview.com that provides support for the develPREVIEW: opmentally disabled and for which Focus Film Weston works as a communityFestival, relations/advocacy support specialOct. 11-13. ist. The short film features six local Thursday, 6:30 p.m.: Kick-off developmentally disabled adults at Sierra Nevada sharing their thoughts about their Big Room, feat. live lives and jobs, and the importance music and a of community inclusion. showing of Raising The unique film was constructRenee (cost: $5). ed using only still photography, Friday & Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m., voice recordings and creatively Colusa Hall: styled closed-captioning. The idea 26 films, short- grew out of an interview-based film competition, film titled Hope and Fear Portraits Q & A’s with that Churchill made at the 2006 directors and stars. Cost: Burning Man Festival. …that’s me! will be one of 26 $5/film; $15/oneday pass; $25/two- films from around the world feaday pass. tured at the Focus festival—which Discounts for has as its theme “Celebrating disabled and students. Go online Diversity and Inclusion Through for full schedule Film” and runs Oct. 11 through and tickets. All Oct. 13. venues are Explaining his filmmaking wheelchair approach, Churchill—an admitted accessible. NPR aficionado who also says he Sierra Nevada doesn’t watch television—said that Big Room he has been “long attracted to the 1075 E. 20th Street quality of the human voice. “I see facial movements [in Colusa Hall standard films] as a distraction Chico State www.focusfilmfest from the quality of california.com someone’s voice and being able to actually listen to what they are saying.” “This is the first time we’ve produced our own film for the festival,” said Weston. The entire cast and crew of …that’s me! is local, including narrator Michael Fishkin (whose distinct, articulate voice

will be familiar to KCHO classical-music listeners) and interviewer Lorraine Dechter, also of KCHO radio. Originally focused only on developmental disabilities in its early days when it was based in Redding, the Focus Film Festival soon “opened up to all disabilities,” including “physical disabilities you weren’t born with,” such as losing a sense or limb later in life. This year’s festival boasts a range of

interesting subject matters. Raising Renee—to be shown at the festival’s kickoff event at the Sierra Nevada Big Room Oct. 11—tells the compelling story of African-American artist Beverly McIver and her mentally disabled older sister Renee, of whom she became legal guardian after their mother passed away. After the kick-off night, the festival will shift to Chico State’s Colusa Hall for two full days of showings. The first morning starts with Strong Love, which focuses on the marriage of weightlifter Jon Shapiro and his wife, Holly James, who both have Down syndrome. Shapiro and James, and James’ parents, will be on hand for a book- and poster-signing in the Colusa Hall rotunda after the screening of the film. “If you want to see what people can be, see this film,” said Weston of Strong Love. “This couple’s parents spent their lives helping them be included in the community, and gave them all the opportunities to achieve and be successful. As a result, they have what all of us want—they’re married, they live in their own home, they have jobs, they have an active social life in the community.” Other films in the festival’s impressive lineup include Austin Unbound, about a deaf transgender man named Austin Richey; Australian filmmaker AJ Carter’s short film Ronan’s Escape (Best of Festival winner of the Short Film Competition); and Dolphin Boy, a documentary in Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles about a boy who stops speaking after he is beaten mercilessly after being accused of something he did not do. In summing up his work with Far Northern on …that’s me!, Churchill exemplified the spirit of the festival: “I’m proud that I was able to fulfill my vision of this movie with the help of the cast and crew. And I am proud that I was able to tell their stories, to get them out there.” Ω

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Special Events FOCUS FILM FEST KICK-OFF: The annual film festival celebrating diversity and inclusion kicks off with live entertainment and a screening of Raising Renee. Th, 10/11, 6:30pm. $5. Sierra Nevada Big Room; 1075 East 20th St.; (530) 3452739; www.focusopeningnight.eventbrite.com

KEEPING HOPE ALIVE: A two-week series of events hosted by the Cross Cultural Leadership Center and the Chico Peace and Justice Center demonstrating the diversity and richness of Palestinian culture with childrens art, films, dance demonstrations, poetry, food, arts and crafts and more. Go online for a full schedule of events. Through 10/18. CSU, Chico Meriam Library, California State Universtity, Chico, (530) 893-9078, www.chico-peace.org/events/list.

Art Receptions COMING OUT FOR ART: An art show for the LGBTQ+ community and allies to express their attitudes about sexuality and gender to coincide with National Coming Out Day. Held in the empty storefront at 220 Broadway St. Th, 10/11, 6-10pm. Free. See listing for details.

Music HOLLY NEAR: A performance from the folky singer-songwriter and longtime social activist. Proceeds benefit the Chico Peace and Justice Center. Th, 10/11, 7:30pm. $25-$28. Chico Womens Club; 592 E. Third St.; (530) 3458136.

LEO KOTTKE: The finger-pickin’ guitar master brings his one-man, acoustic blues, jazz and folk show to the El Rey. Th, 10/11, 7:30pm. $30. El Rey Theatre; 230 W. Second St.; (530) 3422727.

ZION I: The Bay Area hip-hop duo is noted for their futurist production approach and high-minded lyrical content. Minnesota opens. Th, 10/11,

A CELTIC CELEBRATION Saturday, Oct. 13 Paradise Performing Arts Center SEE SATURDAY, MUSIC

9pm. $15. Senator Theatre; 517 Main St.; (530) 898-1497; www.jmaxproductions.net.

Theater YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU: Presented by Inspire School of Arts and Sciences, the comedic play follows the love story of the daughter of a wild bohemian family and the son of a straight-laced family of socialite bankers. Th-Sa, 7pm through 10/20 & Su, 10/14, 2pm. $10-$15. Blue Room Theatre, 139 W First St., (530) 895-3749, www.blueroom theatre.com.



Special Events ANNUAL HARVEST SIDEWALK SALE: Downtown businesses take their wares to the sidewalks all weekend. 10/12-10/13, 9am-5pm. Prices vary. Downtown Chico.

DINNER WITH A SCIENTIST: Choose a scientist to dine with and discuss their current projects, past experiences and current events. The evening will also include a science fair, a silent auction and music from Jazzuppa Jazz Trio. F, 10/12, 5pm. $15-$25. Sierra Nevada Big Room; 1075 East 20th St.; (530) 899-7508; www.chico sciencefair.org.

FOCUS FILM FEST: Documentary, feature and short films that celebrate diversity and inclusion. Two days, in Colusa Hall. F, 10/12 & Sa, 10/13, 9:30am-9pm. $5/film; $15/one-day; $25/two-days (disability/student discounts). Chico State, 400 W. First St., (530) 898-6333, www.focusfilmfestcalifornia.com.

KEEPING HOPE ALIVE: See Thursday. Meriam Library, California State Universtity, Chico, (530) 893-9078, www.chico-peace.org/ events/list.

FINE ARTS Art 1078 GALLERY: re: Home, photographers and


writers collaborate to create their own definitions of home. 10/11-10/26. Reception F, 10/12, 7:30pm. 820 Broadway, (530) 343-1973, www.1078gallery.org.


Annual Mystery Show, a juried art exhibition. Through 10/26. Gallery hours are 11am-3pm Tu-Sa. 1435 Myers St. in Oroville, (530) 533-4140, www.artistofrivertown.com.

AVENUE 9 GALLERY: Earths Bounty, ceramist Chris Yates and painter David Mallory express their love of organic forms. Through 10/13. 180 E. Ninth Ave., (530) 879-1821, www.avenue9gallery.com.

B-SO SPACE: Advanced Figure Drawing Group

Art Receptions ARTOBER RECEPTION: A reception for an exhibition of art by Nik Burman and Alexander V. with musical guest Chris Keene of Surrogate. F, 10/12, 7pm. Free. Bustolinis Deli & Coffee House; 800 Broadway St.; (530) 892-1790.

RE: HOME RECEPTION: An opening reception for the gallery featuring a collaboration between photographers and writers seeking to define “home.” F, 10/12, 7:30pm. Free. 1078 Gallery; 820 Broadway; (530) 343-1973; www.1078 gallery.org.

for the whole family. 10/13-10/14, 10am-4pm. Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair St., (530) 894-4809.

CHILI COOKOFF: A judged chili cookoff with cash prizes, adult refreshment, a live DJ, food, a raffle and more to benefit Little Red Hen. Sa, 10/13, 11am. $25. Eagles Hall; Mullberry & 20th Streets; (530) 966-4178.

FOCUS FILM FEST: See Friday. Chico State, 400 W. First St., (530) 898-6333, www.focusfilmfest california.com.


Music IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF DJANGO: Gypsy-jazz master Lulo Reinhardt— Django’s nephew— leads his Latin Swing Project, France’s Les Doigts De L’Homme and French singer Norig Gadjii. F, 10/12, 7:30pm. $18-$31. Laxson Auditorium; 400 W. First St. CSU, Chico; 8986333; www.chicoperformances.com.

Theater YOU CANT TAKE IT WITH YOU: See Thursday. Blue Room Theatre, 139 W First St., (530) 895-3749, www.blueroomtheatre.com.



Special Events ANNUAL HARVEST SIDEWALK SALE: See Friday. Downtown Chico.

ARTABOUT: An art tour of the hotspots south of

Chico Post Office (SOPO) downtown. Sa, 10/13, 5-8pm. Free. Call or visit website for map; (530) 487-4553; www.chivaa.org.

BARN DANCE: A western-themed barn dance with dinner, live music, a silent auction, raffles, a no-host bar and more to support scholarships for local female high school graduates. Go online to register. Sa, 10/13, 611pm. $35-$40. Patrick Ranch Museum; 10381 Midway, Chico Halfway between Chico and Durham; (530) 342-4359; www.omeganu.org.

Ranch Fall Festival featuring over 20 local vendors, a farmer’s market, a community flea market, live bands and kids activities. Sa, 10/13, 10am-4pm. Free. Forest Ranch Fall Festival; 15522 Nopel Ave. Downtown Forest Ranch in Forest Ranch; (530) 566-1099.

KEEPING HOPE ALIVE: See Thursday. Meriam Library, California State Universtity, Chico, (530) 893-9078, www.chico-peace.org/ events/list.

KING OF THE CAGE: A bloody, brutal battle royale featuring a full lineup of up-and-coming fighters. Sa, 10/13, 5pm. $30-$85. Gold Country Casino; 4020 Olive Hwy at Gold Country Casino & Hotel in Oroville; (530) 534-9892; www.kingof thecage.com.

PARADE OF LIGHTS: This year’s parade—complete with floats, marching bands, equistrian groups, car clubs, local businesses, non-profit organizations and local officials—is themed “The Chico Experience.” The parade begins at Third and Salem streets. Sa, 10/13, 7:30pm. Downtown Chico.

PARADISE GRANGE 80TH ANNIVERSARY: A familyfriendly barbecue and music festival on the grounds of the historic Grange with raffles, vendors, face-painting, and more as a partial benefit for local food banks. Sa, 10/13, 126pm. $5. Paradise Grange Hall; 5704 Chapel Dr. in Paradise; (530) 877-3426 ext. 104.

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A CELTIC CELEBRATION: A night of contemporary and traditional Celtic music with Whiskey and Stitches, Abroath and Ha’Penny Bridge. Sa, 10/13, 6-11pm. $25-$30. Paradise Performing Arts Center; 777 Nunnelly Rd. in Paradise; (530) 877-4179; www.twomates productions.weebly.com.

DANIEL HIESTAND MEMORIAL CONCERT: The late Daniel Hiestand is honored with performances by the Chico State Wind Ensemble and the Alumni Band. Sa, 10/13, 7:30pm. Free. Laxson Auditorium; 400 W. First St. CSU, Chico; (530) 898-5739; www.chicoperformances.com.

MUSIC FOR MOVEMENT: Local bands Clouds on Strings, The Jeff Pershing Band, The Dynamics and Low Flying Birds play to benefit multiple sclerosis research. The evening will also include an art show, food and community vendors. Sa, 10/13, 4pm. $10. Chico Womens Club; 592 E. Third St.; (530) 894-1978; www.music formovement.com.

REEL BIG FISH & LESS THAN JAKE: Both skapunk outfits hit it big in the ‘90s and have maintained a loyal following ever since. Flatfoot 56 and Mrs. Skannotto open. Sa, 10/13, 8pm. $22. Senator Theatre; 517 Main St.; (530) 898-1497; www.jmaxproductions.net.

Show, student work on display. Through 10/19. Ayres Hall Room 107 Chico State, (530) 898-5331.

BEATNIKS COFFEE HOUSE & BREAKFAST JOINT: Postmodern Mixed Media, paintings and drawings by Lori Stevens on display. Through 10/31. 1387 E. Eighth St., (530) 8942800.

BUSTOLINIS DELI & COFFEE HOUSE: Artober, an exhibition of work by Nik Burman and Alexander V. Through 10/21. Reception F, 10/12, 7pm. 800 Broadway St., (530) 892-1790.

CHICO ART SCHOOL: Student Exhibit, art from students ranging from seven years old to adults. Through 10/30. 336 Broadway, Suite 20, (530) 570-3895, www.chicoart school.com.


Claudia Steel, an exhibition of etchings, serigraphs, watercolors and oils. Through 1/11, 2013. Also, In Honor of Love reception, see This Week, Tu, 10/16. 411 Main St. City Hall, (530) 896-7200.

CHICO MUSEUM: I Heart Chico, paintings, poetry, kid’s art, photography, textiles, videos and interactive collaborative exhibits inspired by Chico. Through 1/31, 2013. 141 Salem St., (530) 891-4336.

CHILDRENS PARK: Silent Witness Campaign,

Theater YOU CANT TAKE IT WITH YOU: See Thursday. Blue Room Theatre, 139 W First St., (530) 895-3749, www.blueroomtheatre.com.

several life-sized wooden figures symbolizing people whose lives ended violently at the hands of an intimate partner, presented by Catalyst Domestic Violence Services. Through 10/12. Downtown Chico (Vallombrosa Ave. & First St.).


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HEALING ART GALLERY: Cancer Exhibit, by Northern California artists whose lives have been touched by cancer. Currently featuring watercolors by Helen Madeleine. Through 10/17. 265 Cohasset Rd. inside Enloe Cancer Center, (530) 332-3856.


Different But Really It Is, artists Lynn Criswell and Michael Bishop illustrate their lives spent between Chico and Istanbul, Turkey. Through 10/12. 400 W. First St. CSU, Chico, Trinity Hall.


Lois Perkins & Frances Miller: New Works, watercolors and mixed-media assemblages from two local artists. Through 10/26. Free. 254 E. Fourth St., (530) 343-2930, www.jamessnidlefinearts.com.


Art Show, an all-media exhibition incorporating empty Naked Lounge coffee bags into each piece. Through 10/31. 1441 C Park Ave., (530) 588-5183.


Coffee Bag Show, an all-media exhibition of works incorporating empty Naked Lounge coffee bags, jointly hosted by MANAS Art Space. Through 10/31. Gallery hours are Open daily. 118 W. Second St., (530) 895-0676.

SALLY DIMAS ART GALLERY: Folk Art & Crafts, local folk art and one-of-a-kind sculptures, dolls and old-world Christmas ornaments. 10/16-11/9. 493 East Ave. #1, (530) 345-3063.


Floral, Shoe & Coffee Cup, an exhibition of work by local artist Teresa Renfro. Through 10/31. 627 Broadway St. 170, (530) 345-1362.


Exhibit: Space Form Light, an exhibition explores how architects do what painters do but in interactive, solid form. Through 11/4. 400 W. First St. Meriam Library breezeway, CSU, Chico, (530) 898-4476, www.theturner.org.


Props, works of clay with an emphasis on political and social commentary. 10/11-11/14. 400 W First St. Taylor Hall, CSU, Chico, (530) 898-5864.Center, 450 Orange St. 6, (530) 8958726, www.chicoartcenter.com.


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Friday, Oct. 12, forecast: 72 degrees, zero chance for rain. Perfect conditions to lightly bundle up and enjoy a cool evening strolling around Chico’s SoPo (South of the Post Office) area during the October second-Friday ARTabout art walk. Start with two opening receptions on the same block—Nik Burman and Alexander V’s two-man show at Bustolini’s (with live EDITOR’S PICK music by Chris Keene) and re: home at 1078 Gallery, a group show featuring works with the theme of “home” by collaborative pairs of poets and photographers. Visit www.chivaa.org for a map of all galleries.


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steel, stone, concrete and clay sculptures in the Art House’s beautiful grounds. Su, 10/14, 11am-5pm. Free. The Art House; 325 Nord Ave.; (530) 894-1843.

CHILDREN’S FAIR: See Saturday. Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair St., (530) 894-4809.


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70 wines available for sampling, an artisan cheese table, grilled tidbits, live jazz, a raffle and guided tours of the cellar to benefit the Museum of Northern California Art. Su, 10/14, 4pm. $45. Creekside Cellars; 250 Vallombrosa Ste. 500; (530) 894-7696; www.creekside cellars.com.

KEEPING HOPE ALIVE: See Thursday. Meriam Library, California State Universtity, Chico, (530) 893-9078, www.chicopeace.org/ events/list.

TRIBAL DE CHICO BELLY DANCE: An evening of traditional belly dancing with local troupe Origin Tribal Belly Dance. Purchase tickets at 350 Ecotique (511 Main St.). Su, 10/14, 1-3pm. Chico Womens Club; 592 E. Third St.; (530) 519-3993.

Theater YOU CANT TAKE IT WITH YOU: See Thursday. Blue Room Theatre, 139 W First St., (530) 895-3749, www.blueroomtheatre.com.




Art Receptions IN HONOR OF LOVE RECEPTION: A reception for the annual art display in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year’s theme: “Separate Identities and Equal Partners.” Tu, 10/16, 5pm. Free. Chico City Council Building; 421 Main St.; (530) 896-7200.

Music DEAD WINTER CARPENTERS: The high-energy Americana five-piece celebrates the release of their new album, ain’t it strange. Tu, 10/16, 7:30pm. $15. Sierra Nevada Big Room; 1075 East 20th St.; (530) 345-2739; www.sierra nevada.com/bigroom.

Poetry/Literature LOCAL AUTHOR PRESENTATION: Scott Terry pres-

ents his new book, Cowboys, Armageddon and The Truth. Tu, 10/16, 7pm. Free. Lyon Books; 121 W. Fifth St.; (530) 891-3338; www.lyon books.com.



Special Events CINEMA TEN78: The next installment in the fall/winter series of films curated and hosted by Peter Hogue, Chico State English emeritus. W, 10/17, 7:30pm. $3. 1078 Gallery; 820 Broadway; (530) 343-1973; www.1078gallery.org.

CPJC ANNUAL BENEFIT DINNER: The Chico Peace and Justice’s major fundraising dinner. Tickets available at Lyon Books (121 W. Fifth St.) and CPJC (526 Broadway St.). W, 10/17, 5-9pm. $35$40. Chico Masonic Life Family Center; 1110 East Ave. Between Guynn Ave. & Nord Ave.; (530) 893-9078.

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Brazil and West Africa with live drumming. Tu, 5:30pm. Chico Womens Club, 592 E. Third St., (530) 345-6324.

ART GUILD AWARENESS DAY: An Avenue 9 celebration featuring the gallery’s 20 member artists including informal demos, audience art-making, lectures and art in various mediums on display. Sa, 10/13, 10am-5pm. Free. Avenue 9 Gallery; 180 E. Ninth Ave.; (530) 8791821; www.avenue9gallery.com.

ART THERAPY: Local artist Cynthia Schildhauer will share how the arts can be an effective tool to inspire positive change. F, 10/12, 7pm. Free. Chico Art Center, 450 Orange St. 6, (530) 895-8726, www.chicoartcenter.com.

AUTUMNFEST AT PATRICK RANCH: The museum’s annual pumpkin sale includes unique gourds, hay rides, animals, tours of the farmhouse, children’s activities, food and more. Call for more info. F-Su, 9am-4pm through 10/28. $5. Patrick Ranch Museum, 10381 Midway, Chico Halfway between Chico and Durham, (530) 342-4359.

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: Regularly scheduled

meeting. Every other Tu, 9am. Board of Supervisors Chambers, 25 County Center Dr. in Oroville, (530) 538-7631, www.butte county.net.

CARING VETERANS: A three-day event to provide food, clothing and better living conditions for homeless veterans including health and educational services. Call or go online for more info. 10/11-10/13, 9am. Manzanita Place, 1705 Manzanita Ave. Inside Chico Elks Lodge, (530) 228-2412, www.caringveterans.org.

CHICO CONTRA DANCE: Traditional contra dance with music by the Pub Scouts. Second Sa of every month, 6:30pm. $4-$8. Chico Grange,

2775 Nord Ave., (530) 877-2930.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANTIC LANDSCAPES: Local artist Rebecca Wallace conducts a painting demonstration and discusses her recent work. Sa, 10/13, 1:30-2:30pm. Chico Paper Co., 345 Broadway, (530) 891-0900, www.chico papercompany.com.

DANCE SANCTUARY WAVE: Bring a water bottle, drop your mind, free your feet and your spirit. Call for directions. Tu, 6:30-8:30pm. $10. Call for details, 8916524.

DRIVE-THRU FLU VACCINE CLINIC: Feather River Hospital’s annual flu vaccination clinic. Call for more info. W, 10/17, 3-6pm. Free. Paradise Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5720 Academy Dr. in Paradise, (530) 876-7283, www.paradise adventistchurch.org.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHOOL GOLF TOURNAMENT: A four-person scramble to benefit the Little Chico Creek Sixth Grade Environmental School Fund. Call to reserve a spot. Su, 10/14, 10am. $65. Tuscan Ridge Golf Course, 3100 Skyway Blvd. in Paradise, (530) 891-3285 ext. 123.

FOLK DANCING: Traditional folk dancing. No partners necessary. Call for more information. F, 8pm through 10/26. $2. Chico Creek Dance Centre, 1144 W. First St., (530) 345-8171.

MOSAIC WORKSHOP: A workshop covering the basics of producing mosaics. Call ahead to register. Sa, 10/13, 10am-1pm. $25. Chico Art Center, 450 Orange St. 6, (530) 518-8453, www.chicoartcenter.com.

MUSEUM WITHOUT WALLS LECTURE SERIES: The Gateway Science Museum hosts the fall lecture series “Legacies of Mining the Sierra.” This week: “Fish and Dust: Exposure to Mining Toxins in the Gold Country.” W, 7:30pm through 10/24. Opens 10/17. $3. Chico Area Recreation District (CARD), 545 Vallombrosa Ave. (530) 895-4711, www.chicorec.com.

MUSIC ROOM INSTRUMENT DONATION DRIVE: Donate any playable instruments, strings, sheet music, how-to books, picks, sticks or other musical equipment to benefit the center’s future music room. Th, 10/11, 3:035:30pm. 6th St. Center for Youth, 130 West Sixth St. Behind Jacks Restaurant and Post Office, (530) 591-0192.


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PUMPKIN PATCH: Pick out a pumpkin, go for a wagon ride, pet the farm animals or visit the decorated barn. Through 10/31, 10am-6pm. Free. TJ Farms, 3600 Chico Ave., (530) 343-2294.

SAMARITAN FREE CLINIC: This clinic offers free basic medical care and mental health counseling. Call for more information. Su, 2-4pm. Free. Paradise Lutheran Church, 780 Luther Dr. Next to Long’s Drugstore in Paradise, 872-7085.

SCIENTISTS UNDER ATTACK: The “Right to Know GMO” film series continues with a documentary detailing genetic engineering in the “magnetic field of money.” Sa, 10/13, 2-4pm. $5-$10. Valley Oaks Village, 1950 Wild Oak Ln., www.carighttoknow.org.

SEABIRDS OF REMOTE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS: Gary Nielsen will discuss his experience in the Northwest Hawaiian islands and detail the area’s endangered species. M, 10/15, 6:30pm. Free. Chico Creek Nature Center, 1968 E. Eighth St., (530) 891-4671, www.bidwell park.org.

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SOLAR COOKING WORKSHOP: Todd Harris, a local sustainability advocate and solar-cooking expert will walk participants through making their own solar cookers. Sa, 10/13, 1-4pm. $20$25. Gateway Science Museum, 625 Esplanade, (530) 898-4121, www.csuchico.edu/gateway.

SOUL SHAKE DANCE CHURCH: Drop your mind, find your feet and free you spirit at this DJ dance wave to a range of musical styles. No previous dance experience necessary. Su, 10am-noon. $8-$15 sliding scale. Dorothy Johnson Center, 775 E. 16th St., (530) 891-6524.

SUNDAY STROLLS IN UPPER BIDWELL PARK: Chico State students help explain the region’s geographical and historic importance on a four-hour hike. Bring hat, water and lunch. Su, 9am-1pm through 10/28. Free. Chico Rod & Gun Club, Wildwood Ave., (530) 895-3730, www.upperpark.net.

SURVIVING & THRIVING: A presentation designed for those who have suffered through recent loss or turmoil looking to enhance their outlook and learn to cope. Tu, 6-7:30pm through 10/27. Opens 10/9. Lakeside Pavilion, 179 E. 19th St., (530) 895-4711.

TWO TRUTHS RETREAT: Meditation teacher Heather Sunberg hosts a daylong retreat to explore personal and universal truths. Call ahead to register. Su, 10/14, 10am-5pm. $25. Sky Creek Dharma Center, 120 Three Oaks Ct., (530) 228-6850, www.skycreekdharma center.org.

WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S: A three-mile walk through Bidwell Park with live music, a BBQ lunch, sponsor booths, face-painting and more to benefit Alzheimers Disease research. Go online to register. Sa, 10/13, 10am. One Mile Recreation Area; Bidwell Park; www.tinyurl.com/9dxlr8n.

MORE ONLINE Additional listings for local meetings, support groups, classes, yoga, meditation and more can be found online at www.newsreview.com/chico/local/calendar.

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lamb meatballs, which came in a rich curry broth with green onions, and the fried polenta, which was garnished with red bell-pepper slices and a tasty tapenade. Next we ordered the grilled local veggies (eggplant, zucchini and red bell peppers with hummus) and the grilled shrimp kabobs ($12), with onions, apples, bell peppers and four huge shrimp. All were excellent. We returned the following weekend, and we’ve sampled most of the tapas menu by now. Our favorites: the fried risotto balls in a red sauce with beets; the bread-and-cheese plate with pita-bread wedges and several different kinds of soft and hard cheese, including goat and Parmesan; and especially the strawberry bruschetta, with goat cheese, balsamic vinegar and basil. In addition to the tapas, Johnnie’s dinner menu includes several good-looking beef, fish, chicken and veggie entrees. The grilled rib eye ($26) comes with creamy polenta, and the butter-poached scallops ($20) come with the beet risotto and fried Manchego cheese. Although we haven’t tried the dinner menu, we have stopped in for lunch in the lounge several times. Colette said the brie-stuffed burger ($12) on pita bread with arugula was delicious, despite being rather messy and difficult to eat. I thought the fried avocado and prosciutto sandwich ($12) was delicious as well, and we agreed that the fries on the side are among the best in town. Johnnie’s also serves five different brickoven pizzas ($11-$15), including a duck confit with roasted garlic, fennel, and mozzarella in a cabernet reduction. I tried the pancetta with wild mushrooms and a béchamel sauce, which was very good, although on a second visit (on a Sunday evening), we found the same pizza dry and cardboardy and wondered if they’d run out of béchamel. Though not on the menu, there’s also a mixed-greens house salad that comes with tomatoes and an olive paste ($5). Colette ordered it with a zinfandel vinaigrette dressing and added a grilled chicken breast ($5.95)—she said the chicken was tender, the salad very good. And, good news: Johnnie’s plans to expand its menu and hours as word gets out and business picks up. Ω



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equipment from the lab of Bride of Frankenstein and stitches ol’ Sparky back together and sends him up into the sky to ride the lightning. A slash of light and a crash of thunder later and it’s alive! Alive! Cue the eventual arrival of villagers with torches and add to the mix a subplot about Victor’s classmates competing for a science-project trophy. Stealing Victor’s idea of reanimation, they contribute a giant turtle, Gremlinesque rampaging sea monkeys and all sorts of other creepy critters to the running time. Admittedly, all this is sort of fun visually and is probably a perfect matinee for morbidly inclined toddlers, although most of the references to classic horror films will go over their itty-bitty little skulls. Nonetheless, since the movie is about 75 percent homage, 25 percent story and offers weak jokes that don’t really have punch lines, it makes for a vaguely unsatisfying bit of déjà vu all over again. Ω

the ’30s and ’40s filtered through a suburban eye. And over the past nearly 30 years, he’s been getting a lot of juice out of that shtick. Although in a pop-culby Craig Blamer ture milieu that has mainstreamed all things ghoulish he has become increasingly irrelevant as he churns out candy-colored reboots of old childhood faves. But, as if to remind everyone who is still paying attention that he hasn’t always worked with a Skittles-based palette, Burton has Frankenweenie exhumed his old friend, put it back on the slab, Voices by Charlie added some new pieces and tried to bring the Tahan, Winona beast back to life. Sadly, his screenwriter Ryder, Martin (frequent collaborator John August) lacks the Short, Catherine narrative juice to entirely pull it off as he O’Hara and Martin Landau. shoves an extra hour of stuffing into a halfDirected by Tim hour cooked goose. The basic premise remains the same: Young Burton. Cinemark 14, Feather River Victor Frankenstein (the voice of Charlie Cinemas and Tahan) is living in a stop-motion universe Paradise Cinema somewhere between the worlds of The Night7. Rated PG. mare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride, a monochromatic suburbia populated by spindlelegged figures with large eyes. Although his school seems to be made up of kindred spirits Poor of the morbid variety, Victor prefers to devote Reviewers: Craig Blamer and Juan-Carlos Selznick. his time exclusively to his dog Sparky. As with the source material, that friendship is sorely tested when Sparky is flattened by a Fair Opening this week car while chasing a ball. Fortunately, on the curriculum the next day the science teacher Argo Ben Affleck directed and stars in this dramatic re-telling of (Martin Landau again channeling Bela the so-called Canadian Caper, a successful attempt by the Lugosi’s voice, although this time by way of a CIA to rescue six Americans hiding out at the Canadian Good Embassy in Iran in 1979 during the Iran hostage crisis. Cinecaricature of Vincent Price) shows the class mark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. how to make a dead frog’s legs kick with the Rated R. help of electricity. The frog doesn’t jump off Atlas Shrugged: Part 2 N E W S Part & Rtwo E V of I Ethe W film B Uversion S I N E SofSAyn US E ON LY Very Good the plate and start singing “Hello! Ma Baby,” Rand’s dystopian novel of a world on the brink of collapse, and the objectivist phiDESIGNER ISSUE DATE ACCT. EXEC. but a light bulb does spark to life over Victor’s 04.29.10 JLD head. He scuttles off to the pet cemetery, disin- MQ FILE NAME REV. DATE ters the pieces of Sparky and returns to his attic 04.22.10 Excellent space stocked with dumpster analogs of theARTETC042910R2 “FILM SHORTS” continued on page 66








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Stephen Chbosky directs this adaptation of his own best-selling book about an introverted high-school freshman who is helped through his shyness by a couple of seniors. Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13.

Seven Psychopaths

Writer/director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges) wrangles an impressive cast of players—Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson—for this story of a struggling screenwriter (Farrell) who gets mixed up with violent gangsters thanks to a couple of dog-thieving associates (Rockwell and Walken) who steal the wrong pooch. Cinemark 14. Rated R.


Ethan Hawke stars as a true-crime writer who, while trying to unravel the mystery of a gruesome murder via clues in some found home-move footage, discovers that the secrets uncovered therein might have sinister consequences for him and his family. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R.

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Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) are getting a divorce, but they’re more or less inseparable—the marriage hasn’t worked out, but they’re still best friends, constant companions still living in separate parts of the same residence. The quirky, ultra-hip psychology of their relationship makes for an unusually smart and offbeat brand of romantic comedy at first, but once the pressure builds up for each to find another partner, things get complicated and the comedy veers off into something sadder and a little more muddled. Director Lee Toland Krieger seems a little uncertain as to how to manage the variable tones and bright ironies of the script (written by Jones and Will McCormack, who also plays a key secondary role), with the result that the charms of the cast (and the initial premise) end up getting somewhat dissipated. Jones is especially striking, for a while at least, and Samberg shows signs of promise as a dramatic actor. Chris Messina, as the most interesting of Celeste’s would-be suitors, delivers the film’s best performance and its one fully coherent characterization. Pageant Theatre. Rated R —J.C.S.

End of Watch

A couple of young, hotshot L.A. cops (Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña) wind up in the crosshairs of a violent drug cartel. Cinemark 14. Rated R.

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See review this issue. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG —C.B.

Hotel Transylvania

The latest 3-D animated feature takes place at a five-star hotel strictly for monsters run by Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler), who is forced to protect his place and its guests from a young human (Andy Samberg) who stumbles upon the exclusive resort. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG.


House at the End of the Street

Some girl (Jennifer Lawrence) and her mother (Elisabeth Shue) move into a remote house at the end of a long, rural road next door to another house where some mysterious murders took place years before. Daughter takes a shine to the awkward loner—the only survivor of said dead family—who still lives by himself in the house. All this works out pretty much as you’d expect if you’ve seen a certain classic horror movie from 1960, right down to the closing shot. Of course, they throw in a few red herrings to try and disguise the pilferage. There are also

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Dateline: 2044. The mean streets of America are looking even more ghetto than they do in 2012. Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his fellow Loopers are hit men, and their job is to show up in an isolated area and wait for a bound-and-hooded package to arrive from 30 years in the future, blow them away and pocket silver bars for their day’s work, which they generally spend on rocket cycles, drugs and hookers: The good life. Unfortunately, in the future there’s been a coup and the Loopers are increasingly finding themselves whacking their future selves for a severance package of gold bars. It’s not pretty how things are resolved when a Looper doesn’t “close the loop” as directed, so Joe should know better when his own future self (Bruce Willis) arrives, but he hesitates on the trigger and Old Joe promptly knocks Young Joe out and sets off to … Well, it’s kind of like the first Terminator, with all sorts of time-space continuum paradoxes and other nonsense that doesn’t really add up when looked back on, but is sort of neat while it’s happening. Cinemark 14 and Feather River Cinemas. Rated R —C.B.

Pitch Perfect

The Bellas are an all-girl college a capella group led by a new member (Anna Kendrick) who injects updated songs into the repertoire on the way to The Bellas taking on their male rivals. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.

Taken 2

The retired CIA agent (Liam Neeson) who rescued his daughter who was taken by human traffickers in the first film is himself the target of the father of the kidnapper who he killed while saving her. (Side note: Isn’t it obvious that they should’ve called this Taken Again? C’mon, people!). Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.

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As an aged baseball scout in physical decline, Clint Eastwood recycles the rough humor of his Gran Torino character and grumbles amiably through semi-domestic dust ups with his daughter Mickey (Amy Adams), a former protégé (Justin Timberlake), and semi-professional ones with a friendly baseball exec (John Goodman at his most avuncular) and a hostile younger scout (smarmy Matthew Lillard). It’s kind of minor-league rejoinder to Moneyball, this time with the computerized young Turks as the villains and the irascible old-timers as the guiding lights. The vindication of old Gus (Eastwood) comes by way of some rather improbable baseball action, but ultimately that takes its place alongside its companion plot threads—a father-daughter reconciliation, the screwball romance of Mickey with the protégé, and Mickey’s transformation from ambitious lawyer to heir to her father’s baseball smarts. It’s an old formula, but winningly pitched in this modest entertainment. Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13 —J.C.S.


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BROOKWOOD BOYS: Live music at Flo. F,

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midnight. Lynns Optimo; 9225 Skyway in Paradise; (530) 872-1788.


Th, 8-11pm. Free. The DownLo; 319 Main St.; (530) 892-2473.

CHICO UNPLUGGED KICKOFF: The first of a series of four unplugged singer-songwriter nights. Th, 10/11, 7-9pm. Free. Woodstocks Pizza; 166 E. Second St.; (530) 893-1500.

FATSEXY: A rock band out of Klamath

Falls, Oregon. Th, 10/11, 8pm. Free. Tackle Box Bar & Grill; 375 E. Park Ave.; (530) 345-7499.

GRAVYBRAIN: The local funk-fusion band performs on the back patio. Th, 10/11, 6-9pm. Free. LaSalles; 229 Broadway; (530) 893-1891.

HOLLY NEAR: Activist-folkie plays a benefit for the Chico Peace and Justice Center. Th, 10/11, 7:30pm. $25-$28. Chico Womens Club; 592 E. Third St.; (530) 345-8136.

IMPROV JAM: Open jam with Michael

Gaughan. Th, 5-8pm. Cafe Flo; 365 E. Sixth St. Next door to the Pageant Theatre; (530) 514-8888; http://liveat flo.weebly.com.

JOHN SEID: John Seid and friends playing

St. Next door to the Pageant Theatre; (530) 514-8888; http://liveatflo.weebly.com.

ZION I: The Bay Area hip-hop duo is noted for their futurist production approach and high-minded lyrical content. Minnesota opens. Th, 10/11, 9pm. $15. Senator Theatre; 517 Main St.; (530) 898-1497; www.jmaxproductions.net.

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LEO KOTTKE: Finger-picking legend brings his acoustic blues & Jazz to town. Th, 10/11, 7:30pm. $30. El Rey Theatre; 230 W. Second St.; (530) 342-2727.

MATTEO: Classical guitarist Matteo plays film scores and light classics. Th, 6pm. Free. Angelos Cucina Trinacria; 407 Walnut St.; (530) 899-9996.

OPEN MIC: Singers, poets and musicians welcome. Th, 7-10pm. Has Beans Internet Cafe & Galleria; 501 Main St.; (530) 894-3033; www.hasbeans.com.

OPEN MIC: COMEDY: Everyone is welcome to try their hand at stand-up comedy. Th, 8-10pm. Cafe Flo; 365 E. Sixth St.; (530) 514-8888; http://liveat flo.weebly.com.

12FRIDAY 10/12, 8:30pm. Free. Gold Country

Casino; 4020 Olive Hwy at Gold Country Casino & Hotel in Oroville; (530) 534-9892; www.goldcountry casino.com.

BASSMINT: A weekly bass music showcase with headliner DubVirus—specializing in soaring melodies over crunk basslines—and opening acts A.L.O., Ayrian and Eyere Eyes. F, 10/12, 9:30pm-1:45am. $3-$5. Peeking Chinese Restaurant; 243 W. Second St. 4; (530) 895-3888.

BENEFIT TO ABOLISH SLAVERY: Live music to benefit Human Trafficking Awareness. F, 10/12, 9pm. Lost On Main; 319 Main St.; (530) 891-1853.

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VOODOO ORGANIST: Witch Dick, The Slow Poisoner, The Hambones and SS Frank open. F, 10/12, 8pm. $5. Monstros Pizza & Subs; 628 W. Sacramento Ave.; (530) 345-7672.

SONGWRITER SHOWCASE: Solo sets from Birdy Fiedler, lead singer and guitarist of The Shimmies, Sean Thompson, a

CHICO BAILE LATINO: MORE THAN SALSA: Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia and Bachata dance lessons followed by an open social dance. F, 8pm through 11/15. $2$4. The Hub; 685 Manzanita Ct. Inside the Holiday Inn, Chico; (530) 518-9454.

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and ‘90s. F, 10/12, 9pm. $1. LaSalles; 229 Broadway; (530) 893-1891.

billy in the lounge. F, 10/12, 8:30pm. Free. Feather Falls Casino; 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville; (530) 533-3885; www.featherfallscasino.com.

FASTLANE: Live classic rock. F, 10/12, 9pm. Free. Colusa Casino Resort; 3770 Hwy. 45 in Colusa; (530) 458-8844; www.colusacasino.com.

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF DJANGO: Gypsyjazz master Lulo Reinhardt— Django’s nephew—leads his Latin Swing Project, France’s Les Doigts De L’Homme and French singer Norig Gadjii. F, 10/12, 7:30pm. $18-$31. Laxson Auditorium; 400 W. First St. CSU, Chico; (530) 8986333; www.chicoperformances.com.


It’s 2012, the world is ending, you might as well go big and go bad and let “the house band in Hell’s Tiki Lounge” provide the soundtrack along the way. Go bad starting Friday night, Oct. 12, at Monstros, with the Voodoo Organist behind the devil’s keys. Chico evil-doers Witchdick, S.F. one-man weirdo The Slow Poisoner and locals The Hambones open.

IRISH MUSIC HAPPY HOUR: Friday night happy hour with a traditional Irish music session by the Pub Scouts. F, 4pm. $1. Duffys Tavern; 337 Main St.; (530) 343-7718.



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MUSIC CIRCLE: An open jam for all

Saturday, Oct. 13 Senator Theatre.

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13SATURDAY 2 WEEKS NOTICE: Live and local music. Sa, 10/13, 8:30pm. Free. Gold Country Casino; 4020 Olive Hwy at Gold Country Casino & Hotel in Oroville; (530) 534-9892; www.goldcountry casino.com.

BLUEGRASS JAM: Open jam hosted by

Lucy Smith. Sa, 1-4pm. Cafe Flo; 365 E. Sixth St. Next door to the Pageant Theatre; (530) 514-8888; http://liveat flo.weebly.com.

A CELTIC CELEBRATION: A night of contemporary and traditional Celtic music with Whiskey and Stitches, Abroath and Ha’Penny Bridge. Sa, 10/13, 6-11pm. $25-$30. Paradise Performing Arts Center; 777 Nunnelly Rd. in Paradise; (530) 877-4179; www.twomatesproduc tions.weebly.com.

THE CREAM OF CLAPTON: A tribute to Eric Clapton’s entire catalog in the brewery. Sa, 10/13, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino; 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville; (530) 533-3885; www.featherfallscasino.com.

MUSIC FOR MOVEMENT: Local bands Clouds on Strings, The Jeff Pershing Band, The Dynamics and Low Flying Birds play to benefit multiple sclerosis research. Sa, 10/13, 4pm. $10. Chico Womens Club; 592 E. Third St.; (530) 894-1978; www.musicfor movement.com.

DANIEL HIESTAND MEMORIAL CONCERT: Performances by the Chico State Wind Ensemble and the Alumni Band. Sa, 10/13, 7:30pm. Free. Laxson Auditorium; 400 W. First St. CSU, Chico; (530) 8985739; www.chicoperformances.com.

DIO RISING: A tribute band covering Ronnie James Dio’s career with songs from Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and more. Bloody Roots, a Sepultura tribute band, opens. Sa, 10/13, 8pm. $15-$18. El Rey Theatre; 230 W. Second St.; (530) 342-2727.

NORTHERN HEAT: Live classic rock and

country music. Sa, 10/13, 9pm. Free. Rolling Hills Casino; 2655 Barham Ave. in Corning; (530) 528-3500; www.rollinghillscasino.com.

REEL BIG FISH & LESS THAN JAKE: The ’90s ska-punk kids are still sassy and skankin’. Flatfoot 56 and Mrs. Skannotto open. Sa, 10/13, 8pm. $22. Senator Theatre; 517 Main St.; (530) 898-1497; www.jmaxproductions.net.

DRIVER: Live blues, classic rock and

rockabilly in the lounge. Sa, 10/13, 8:30pm. Free. Feather Falls Casino; 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville; (530) 533-3885; www.featherfallscasino.com.

FASTLANE: Live classic rock. Sa, 10/13,

SHAMAN’S DREAM: A talented multi-per-

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9pm. Free. Colusa Casino Resort; 3770 Hwy. 45 in Colusa; (530) 458-8844; www.colusacasino.com.

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14SUNDAY 17WEDNESDAY BLEED ROCK TRIO: Featuring Chico ex-pat and local fave Rev. Shelby Cobra. Local songbird Aubrey Debauchery opens. Su, 10/14, 8:30pm. $5. Duffys Tavern; 337 Main St.; (530) 343-7718.

JAZZ: Weekly jazz. Su, 4-6pm. Has Beans Internet Cafe & Galleria; 501 Main St.; (530) 894-3033; www.hasbeans.com.


FUNTCASE: RAGE BY THE POUND TOUR: A mega-scarey, mask-wearing, wickedaggressive dubstep DJ out of England. High Rankin, Schoolboy and Nerd Rage open. W, 10/17, 8:30pm. $17. Senator Theatre; 517 Main St.; (530) 898-1497; www.jmaxproductions.net.

HAPPY JAZZ: A weekly jazz appointment with Shigemni Minetaka on piano and Christine Lapado-Breglia on upright bass. W, 4:30-6:30pm. Chicoichi Ramen; 243 W. Ninth St.; (530) 891-9044.

JAZZ HAPPY HOUR: Carey Robinson hosts every Monday. M, 5-7pm. Cafe Flo; 365 E. Sixth St. Next door to the Pageant Theatre; (530) 514-8888; http://liveat flo.weebly.com.

16TUESDAY AARON JAQUA: An open singer-song-

JAZZ TRIO: Every Wednesday with Carey

Robinson and company. W, 5-7pm. Free. Cafe Flo; 365 E. Sixth St. Next door to the Pageant Theatre; (530) 514-8888; http://liveatflo.weebly.com.

LIFEFORMS: Progressive metal out of Sacramento. Metal outfits A Holy Ghost Revival, Rival Cycles and God Van Damme open. W, 10/17, 9pm. $3. LaSalles; 229 Broadway; (530) 893-1891.

STEVE JOHNSON: Live acoustic

Americana. W, 10/17, 7-9pm. $3. Cafe Flo; 365 E. Sixth St. Next door to the Pageant Theatre; (530) 514-8888; http://liveatflo.weebly.com.


Like a lot of bands that move in jam-band circles, Dead Winter Carpenters isn’t really too much of a jam band. Of all the descriptors floating around, “rock-grass” probably comes closest to painting an accurate picture of North Lake Tahoe crew’s harmonizing, foot-stompin’, good-time sound. The band hits the Sierra Nevada Big Room Wednesday, Oct. 17.

writer night. Tu, 7-9pm. Free. Cafe Flo; 365 E. Sixth St. Next door to the Pageant Theatre; (530) 514-8888; http://liveatflo.weebly.com.



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to hear people say, “Politics is like baseball” or “Politics is like showby Ken Smith biz” or “Politics is kens@ like sex.” Upon newsreview.com viewing the Chico State theater department’s REVIEW: recent production The Fix , Sunday, Oct. 7, Harlen of The Fix, I have Adams Theatre, another to offer: Chico State. Politics is like musical theater. Sure there are the obvious similarities, mostly covered by the comparison to showbiz, but they also share some deeper qualities, most striking of all being an intrinsic unnaturalness to it all. It takes the same kind of suspension of disbelief to buy into career politicians pretending to be common men and women as it does to believe people communicate through song-anddance routines as well as they do through dialogue. In fact, lack of dialogue may be what makes both politics and musicals so off-putting to so many Americans (although it’s probably safe to say there are far more fans of the latter). The Fix is a fairly new addition to the musical-theater canon, having premiered in 1997. Through a script and lyrics written by John Dempsey and music by Dana P. Rowe, it tells the story of the fictional Chandler family, a dysfunctional clan obsessed with continuing their political dynasty. The play opens with the death of Senator Reed Chandler (Ben-

jamin Day), a consummate politician and presidential candidate who ends up dying in bed with his mistress. Undeterred from her own aspirations by her husband’s death, Reed’s widow Violet (Katie Isabelle Morrill) pledges that if she can’t be a president’s wife, then she’ll be a president’s mother. To this end she enlists her husband’s Machiavellian brother, Grahame (Matt Hammons), to groom her son, Cal (Mikey Perdue), to walk in his father’s footsteps. This is, of course, easier said than accomplished. Even though Grahame is a political mastermind whose own aspirations to be a candidate are crushed by childhood polio, Cal is a sniveling adolescent with no interest in the family business. The first half of the production focuses largely on Cal’s semisuccessful transformation from pot-smoking teen to cocaineaddled candidate. Part of the school’s decision to do The Fix is obvious—timed just a month away from the presidential election—and the play’s first half makes it seem like a good choice. It’s rife with political satire, and all of the archetypes are present and well-played by the cast. Morrill is chilling as the selfish wife and mother intent on bending reality to suit her needs. Perdue is also great, handling Cal’s transition from unwitting kid to golden boy well. Heather Osteraa is hilarious as Cal’s arranged debutante bride, playing the role like a (semi-) sentient Barbie doll (as the character is designed, not for lack of acting ability). Hammons shines as Grahame,

whose frustrations with his twisted body (he stumbles about on crutches until becoming wheelchairbound in the second half) and failed ambitions are externalized through the utter contempt and disdain he shows for … well, everything. Another highlight is Ashley Garlick’s turn as Tina McCoy, Cal’s singing stripper mistress. Also fantastic are the ensemble players and dancers who appear in varying roles throughout as reporters, nuns, soldiers, etc. And though he is dead at the beginning of the play, Day’s Reed returns for two of the show’s most entertaining song and dance numbers, one with his son in a minefield (with extra kudos to sound and lighting effects during this number) and another with Hammons hilariously—and tragically— clogging along with his crutches. Unfortunately, however, the play loses momentum during the second half, with much of the smart satire giving way to detailing Cal’s long descent into darkness, and too much time spent developing certain characters’ backstories after they’ve already been established. There are some large plot holes that unfortunately carry the work away from strengths that made the first half promising. This is through no fault of the players or the production, but simply a matter of writing. In the end, the twists are far from shocking, and I couldn’t help feeling like the whole thing was a bit of a downer—further evidence for my argument, I suppose, that Ω politics are like musicals.

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Granny’s Clan: A Tale of Wild Orcas is a beautifully written and illustrated story from the point of view of a 100-year-old orca whale and her real-life, much studied Pacific Northwest pod. Illustrator Ann Jones immediately draws the reader in with beautifully drawn ocean scenes, and author Sally Hodson—a teacher and environmental-science and animal-behavior expert—keeps there by personifying the book’s whale granny and her pod in a way &us PREV. relatable to humans: “Little one, I am here to help.” And it’s those strong familial bonds that come through as she describes the orca behavior: “The family travels on. They dive together. They rise together. They breathe together. They call to each other to keep the family together.” What is most effective, however, is when Hodson’s simple-yet-effective imagery illuminates how humans are interfering with our whale friends: “Graceful sailboats groan. Swift speedboats whine. Stout ferries clang. Busy fishing boats chug. Huge tankers rumble. Noise drowns out the family’s call to each other.” Humans might seem oceans apart from whales, especially to kids, but this latest eco-literacy release from Dawn can help bridge the distance. —Connie Cassidy


Stages Halie Loren Justin Time Records If you’re a Halie Loren fan, you’re ahead of me. I’d never heard of her before this CD turned up in my mailbox, but I’m extremely happy to have made her acquaintance. She’s got a richly nuanced jazz voice that can deliver a sense of fun or a sense of sorrow with equal authority. She’s supported by a great jazz quartet (Matt Treder on keyboards, Mark Schneider on bass, Brian West on drums and Tim McLaughlin on trumpet), and these guys are in solid synch with Loren’s moods and shadings. Originally released in 2010, and re-released now with two extra cuts, the album was recorded live at gigs in Japan and on the Oregon coast, small venues that allow those of us who hear these songs digitally to feel the intimacy of those performances. “Danger in Loving You” is a terrific first cut, a Loren original, her voice backed by rinky-tink piano that echoes the sentiments in the lyrics. Her version of “Cry Me a River” could stand with any I’ve ever heard of that widely covered old standard, and her treatment of “Love Me Like a River Does,” the Melody Gardot song, is a solid winner. It’s an interesting and eclectic set of live songs. Should you listen to it in your car, it’ll ease your way on down the road. —Jaime O’Neill


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COMIN’ OUT, Y’ALL! “I am a gay cowboy.” And we have a winner for the

best way to address an email to your local arts editor. Thank you, Scott Terry, author of Cowboys, Armageddon and the Truth: How a Gay Child Was Saved from Religion. You have my full attention. In his introductory email, the former Chico State student announces that he will be at Lyon Books Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m., to promote his coming-out memoir of surviving parental abuse, homophobia and the Jehovah’s Witnesses faith to become a rodeo bull rider and live his life as an openly gay man. While he’s in town, Terry will also take part in the Stonewall Alliance’s annual group art show, Coming Out for Art, Oct. 11-13, at the empty storefront at Local coming-out memoirs 220 Broadway. The opening reception is tonight (Thursday), 6-11 p.m., and includes the impressive collaboration between Jodi Rives and Nicholas Mertz: “GayINK,” a huge collage featuring 21 different portrait-style photos of tattooed members and supporters of the local LGBTQA+ community. Oh, and speaking of coming-out memoirs by local authors, Arts DEVO has to give a long-overdue shout out to Brian Anthony Kraemer and his book Why I Slept with My Therapist: How One Gay Man Tried to Go Straight. Lyon Books also carries his fascinating story about his journey through self-enforced celibacy, daily prayer, an ex-gay ministry, two exorcisms and a “spiritual adoption” with a Christian therapist that eventually led to acceptDetail from “GayINK” ing himself as a gay man.

SIGH … You know how people say things like: “So-and-so is the per-

son who keeps this place from falling apart.” Well, I am telling you right now that that this so-and-so really does keep this Chico News & Review place from falling apart. For the past 26 years, office manager Jane Corbett has been keeping most things together around here, and this week the rock of the CN&R is retiring. Jane is like the cool aunt who lets you stay up late and eat candy while watching scary movies and cussing, and obviously I am going to miss her… Oh, to hell with that. No, I’m not. I’ve decided right now that I am going to impose myself on her twilight years, pick up a Bud tall boy along the way, and bribe my way onto her porch down by the river and kick back and Take me with you, Jane! shoot the shit as we watch the mosquitoes go by. We all—every one of the hundreds who’ve come and gone (and stayed)—love you, Jane. Happy retirement!


• Music for Movement: Join an eclectic collection of bands—Clouds on Strings, Jeff Pershing Band, Little Strawberries (a Beach Boys and Beatles cover band!)—playing the Chico Women’s Club this Saturday, Oct. 13, at this music festival benefiting the Multiple Sclerosis Society. • Poetry 99: Next Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m., join Arts DEVO at Lyon Books for a live reading/celebration featuring the 2012 winners of the CN&R’s annual Poetry 99 contest!

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as AFFORDABLE AUTOMOTIVE at 2106 Park Ave. chico, CA 95928. AFFORDABLE AUTOMOTIVE LLC, 2106 Park Ave. Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Signed: MICHAEL BUTTON Dated: August 13, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001189 Published: September 20,27 October 4,11, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as PERFECTION LANDSCAPES at 172 E 20th St. Chico, CA 95928. PERFECTIONS POOLS AND SPAS INC. 172 E 20th St. Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: TERRY M LAROCCO Dated: August 30, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001269 Published: September 20,27, October 4,11, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as MORNING SUN MARTIAL ARTS at 135 W 8th Ave. #A, Chico, CA 95926. MARIANNE A EBERHARDT, 3254 Dayton Rd. Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: Marianne Eberhardt Dated: September 17, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001328 Published: September 20,27, October 4,11, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as MARSHALL AND MARSHALL ACCOUNTING at 45 Covell Park Ave. Chico, CA 95926. Stefanie Marie Marshall, 810 El Monte, Chico, CA 95928. Walter Thomas Marshall, Jr. 45 Covell Park Ave. Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: STEFANIE MARSHALL Dated: September 10, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001303 Published: September 20,27, October 4,11, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as UPPER PARK SOLUTIONS at 1169 Filbert Ave. Chico, CA 95926. RICHARD S MARTIN, 1169 Filbert Ave. Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: RICHARD S MARTIN Dated: September 10, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001300 Published: September 27, October 4,11,18, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as FEATHER FALLS SOAP COMPANY at 747 Lawn Dr. Chico, CA 95973. JEFFREY MICHAEL GROOM, KIM LOUISE GROOM, 747 Lawn Dr. Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a Husband and Wife. Signed: KIM L GROOM Dated: August 6, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001153 Published: September 27, October 4,11,18, 2012

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as BRANCH 3 TRUCKING at 2788 Ceres Ave. Chico, CA 95973. GABRIEL R WREN, 2788 Ceres Ave. Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: GABRIEL R WREN Dated: September 18, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001339 Published: September 27, October 4,11,18, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CHICO REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT at 305 Wall St. Chico, CA 95928. KIMBERLY HIGBY, 2581 California Park Dr. #134 Chico, Ca 95926. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: KIMBERLY HIGBY Dated: September 14, 2012 Published: September 27, October 4,11,18, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as BRIGHTHAVEN HOME FOR THE ELDERLY at 3064 Ceanothus Ave. Chico, CA KRISTINE L ABEJO, JASON A WOODBURY, 3064 Ceanothus Ave. Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a Husband and Wife. Signed: KRISTINE ABEJO Dated: September 12, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001307 Published: September 27, October 4,11,18, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as TRI COUNTY BUILDING MAINTENANCE at 1351 Mangrove, Ave. Suite B, Chico, CA 95926. CAROLINA TRENADO, MARINA ZEPEDA, 1351 Mangrove Ave. Suite B, Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: MARINA ZEPEDA Dated: September 13, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001310 Published: September 27, October 4,11,18, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CREEKSIDE LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE at 7 Woodside Lane, Chico, CA 95926. Thomas Paul Edward Dusell, 7 Woodside Lane, Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: THOMAS DUSELL Dated: August 21, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001226 Published: September 27, October 4,11,18, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as HALL MEDICAL CASE MANAGEMENT at 4051 Augusta Lane, Chico, CA 95973. BEATRICE HALL, 4051 Augusta Lane Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: BEATRICE HALL Dated: August 21, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001219 Published: September 27, October 4,11,18, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as APOLLO PIANO at 3150 Highway 32 Suite F, Chico, CA 95973.

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VINCENT CHAMBERS, NERISSA M PRIETO, 763 Hill View Way, Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by a Husband and Wife. Signed: VINCENT CHAMBERS Dated: August 24, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001239 Published: September 27, October 4,11,18, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as MCNALLY’S MOUNTAIN VIEW TREES at 1986 Mountain View Dr. Paradise, CA 95969. JOSEPH P MCNALLY, 1986 Mountain View Dr. Paradise, CA 985969. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: J MCNALLY Dated: September 18, 2012 Published: October 4,11,18,25, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT The following person has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name TONYS RESTAURANT at 951 Nord Ave. #2, Chico, CA 95928. SHUK CHING LO, 16013 Wellington Way, San Leandro, CA 94578. This business was conducted by an individual. Signed: SHUK CHING LO Dated: September 27, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0000863 Published: October 4,11,18,25, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as THE CREATIVE APPLE at 2201 Pillsbury Rd. #182, Chico, CA 95926. Annet Poldervaart Habroun, Naim Ibrahim Habroun, 433 Windham Way Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a Husband and Wife. Signed: ANNET HABROUN Dated: October 3, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001408 Published: October 11,18,25, November 1, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as SNAP MY SASS PHOTOGRAPHY at 2251 St. George Lane Suite G, Chico CA 95926. CHELSEA ANN PARKER, 5 Leafwood Court, Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: CHELSEA PARKER Dated: October 3, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001409 Published: October 11,18,25, November 1, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CHICKEN BOOTS at 48 Hanover Lane #4, Chico, CA 95973. SAREMY DUFFY, 769 Brookwood Way, Chico CA 95926. This business conducted by an individual. Signed: SAREMY DUFFY Dated: September 21, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001367 Published: October 11,18,25 November 1, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as SIERRA VALLEY FURNITURE LLC at 5369 Old Olive HWY Oroville, CA 95966. SIERRA VALLEY FURNITURE LLC, 81296 Hwy 70 Beckwourth, CA 96129. This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company.

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Signed: PAUL BRENNEMAN Dated: October 3, 2012 FBN Number 2012-0001411 Published: October 11,18,25 November 1, 2012 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as STAR HOUSE BOOKS at 25 Rose Ave. Chico, CA 95928. LISA D WEST, 25 Rose Ave. Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an individual. Signed: LISA D WEST Dated: October 3, 2012 FBN Number: 2012-0001414 Published: October 11,18,25, November 1, 2012

NOTICES NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE ARTHUR M WHITMORE, ARTHUR M WHITMORE JR. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: ARTHUR M WHITMORE, ARTHUR M WHITMORE JR. ARTHUR MERLE WHITMORE A Petition for Probate has been filed by: SUSAN LYNN WHITMORE in the Superior Court of California, County of Butte. THE Petition for Probate requests that: SUSAN LYNN WHITMORE be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A Hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: October 25, 2012 Time: 1:30pm Dept:Probate Address of the court: Superior Court of California County of Butte 655 Oleander Ave Chico, CA 95926. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in Probate Code section 9100. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a



Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Case Number: PR40391 Petitioner: Susan L Whitmore 914 Sequoyah Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Published: September 27, Ocotober 4,11, 2012 NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF BULK SALE (Secs 6101-6107 U.C.C.) 1.Notice is hereby given to creditors of the within named seller(s) that a bulk sale is about to be made of the assets described below: 2.The name(s) and business address of the seller(s) are: DONALD M. TARMAN and SHERI-LE TARMAN 2201 Pillsbury Rd. #170 Chico, CA 95926. 3.The location in California of the chief executive office of the seller is: SAME AS ABOVE 4.The name(s) and business address of the buyer(s) are: NAIM HARBROUN and ANNET HARBROUN 433 Windham Way, Chico, CA 95973. 5.The business name used by the seller(s) at said location is: THE CREATIVE APPLE 2201 Pillsbury Rd. #170 Chico, CA 95973 ESCROW HOLDER: Bidwell Title & Escrow Co. 500 Wall St. Chico CA 95928. P.O.Box 5173, Chico, CA 95927 ESCROW OFFICER: Jolleen Whitsett Order No. 00245001-002 DATE OF ANTICIPATED SALE:

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October 31, 2012 LAST DAY TO FILE CLAIMS: October 30, 2012 Notice is hereby given that Transferor intends to make a BULK SALE of the assets of the above described Business to Transferee including all stock in trade, furniture and equipment used in the said Business, to be consummated at the office of Escrow Holder at the time of consummation or thereafter. Creditors of the Transferor may file claims with the Escrow Holder on or before the last day to file claims stated above. This sale is subject to Sec. 61066107 of the California Commercial Code. Transferor has used the following business names and addresses within last three years so far as known to Transferee: None Dated October 2, 2012 Signed: NAIM HABROUN, ANNET HABROUN Published: October 11, 2012 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JEREMY ADAM SHEPPARD filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: JEREMY ADAM SHEPPARD Proposed name: JEREMY ADAM SHEPHERD THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objec-

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tion that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: October 19, 2012 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Signed: Robert Glusman Dated: September 11, 2012 Case Number: 157753 Published: September 20,27, October 4,11, 2012 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner SARAH WILSON, DANIEL HANSON filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: Kyden David Asher Wilson Proposed name: Kyden David Asher Hanson THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition

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should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: November 16, 2012 Time: 9:00amm Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Signed: Robert Glusman Dated: September 18, 2012 Case Number: 157779 Published: September27, October 4,11,18, 2012 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MORGAN KALFSBEEK filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: MORGAN KALFSBEEK Proposed name: MORGAN BERRY THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: November 9, 2012 Time: 9:00amm Dept: TBA

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The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Signed: Sandra McLean Dated: September 18, 2012 Case Number: 157825 Published: September27, October 4,11,18, 2012 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner GEORGE MARY CHEEVERS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: GEORGE MARY CHEEVERS Proposed name: MANOJ GEORGE CHEEVERS THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the

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hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: November 2, 2012 Time: 9:00amm Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Signed: Robert Glusman Dated: September 25, 2012 Case Number: 157863 Published: October 4,11,18,25, 2012

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MATTHEW REECE THOMAS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: MATTHEW REECE THOMAS Proposed name: MATTHEW THOMAS RITENOUR THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is

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scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: November 9, 2012 Time: 9:00amm Dept: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Signed: Robert Glusman Dated: October 3, 2012 Case Number: 157977 Published: October 11,18,25, November 1, 2012


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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Ten

percent of all sexually suggestive text messages are delivered to the wrong number. Take precautions to make sure you’re not among that 10 percent in the coming weeks. It will be extra important for you to be scrupulous in communicating about eros and intimacy. The stakes will be higher than usual. Togetherness is likely to either become more intensely interesting or else more intensely confusing—and it’s largely up to you which direction it goes. For best results, express yourself clearly and with maximum integrity.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): If it were

within my power, I’d help you identify the new feelings you have not yet been able to understand. I would infuse you with the strength you would need to shed the wornout delusions that are obstructing your connection to far more interesting truths. And I would free you from any compulsion you have to live up to expectations that are not in alignment with your highest ideals. Alas, I can’t make any of these things happen all by myself. So I hope you will rise to the occasion and perform these heroic feats under your own power.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Dutch graphic

artist M.C. Escher (1898-1972) was a Gemini. He liked to depict seemingly impossible structures, like stairways in which people who climbed to the top arrived at the bottom. I nominate him to be your patron saint in the coming week. You should have his talent for playing with tricks and riddles in ways that mess with everyone’s boring certainties. Here are four Escher quotes you can feel free to use as your own. 1. “Are you really sure that a floor can’t also be a ceiling?” 2. “My work is a game, a very serious game.” 3. “I think it’s in my basement. ... Let me go upstairs and check.” 4. “Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.”

CANCER (June 21-July 22): The Venus

flytrap is a remarkable plant that gobbles up insects and spiders. Its leaves do the dirty work, snapping shut around its unsuspecting prey. Evolution has made sure that the flowers of the Venus flytrap sit atop a high stalk at a safe distance from where all the eating takes place. This guarantees that pollinators visiting the flowers don’t get snagged by the carnivorous leaves below. So the plant gets both of its main needs met: a regular supply of food and the power to disseminate its seeds. I’ll ask you to derive a lesson from all this, Cancerian. Be sure that in your eagerness to get the energy you need, you don’t interfere with your ability to spread your influence and connect with your allies.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): A sinuous and shim-

mering archetype that begins with the letter “S” has been trying to catch your attention, Leo—sometimes in subliminal and serpentine ways. Why haven’t you fully tuned in yet? Could it be because you’re getting distracted by mildly entertaining but ultimately irrelevant trivia? I’m hoping to shock you out of your erroneous focus. Here’s the magic trigger code that should do the trick: Psst! Now, please do what you can to make yourself very receptive to the slippery, spidery signals of the simmeringly sublime surge.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Don’t burn

down a bridge you haven’t finished building yet. OK, Virgo? Don’t try to “steal” things that already belong to you, either. And resist the urge to flee from creatures that are not even pursuing you. Catch my drift? Stop yourself anytime you’re about to say nasty things about yourself behind your own back and avoid criticizing people for expressing flaws that you yourself have, and don’t go to extraordinary lengths to impress people you don’t even like or respect. Pretty please? This is a phase of your astrological cycle when you should put an emphasis on keeping things simple and solid and stable.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “Hello, Dear Sir:

chicken curry; cherry cream-cheese cupcakes; and sour, malty Belgian golden ale. It’s for my birthday party this Saturday, and it will need to serve exactly 152 people. My agent will pick it up at 11 a.m. Please have it ready on time. —Ms. Lori Chandra.” Dear Ms. Chandra: I am an astrologer, not a caterer, so I’m afraid I can’t fulfill your order. It’s admirable that you know so precisely what you want and are so authoritative about trying to get it, but please remember how crucial it is to seek the fulfillment of your desires from a source that can actually fulfill them. You’re a Libra, right? Your birthday is this week? Thanks for giving me an excuse to send this timely message to all of your fellow Libras.

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Here comes

the big reveal of the month, the trick ending of the year, and maybe the most unusual happiness of the decade. Any day now you will get the chance to decipher the inside story that’s beneath the untold story that’s hidden within the secret story. I won’t be surprised if one of your most sophisticated theories about the nature of reality gets cracked, allowing you to at recover at least a measure of primal innocence. I suggest you start practicing the arts of laughing while you cry and crying while you laugh right now. That way, you’ll be all warmed up when an old style of giveand-take comes to an end, ultimately making way for a more profound new giveand-take.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

There’s almost nothing about the dandelion that humans can’t make use of. People of many different countries have eaten its buds, leaves and greens. Besides being tasty, it contains high levels of several vitamins and minerals. Its flowers are the prime ingredient in dandelion wine, and its roots have been turned into a coffee substitute. Herbalists from a variety of traditions have found medicinal potency in various parts of the plant. Last but not least, dandelions are pretty and fun to play with! In the coming weeks, Sagittarius, I invite you to approach the whole world as if it were a dandelion. In other words, get maximum use and value out of every single thing with which you interact.

Mike Lynch is the fourth-generation owner of his family’s business, Gates Resale. Lynch’s late great-grandfather, Ira Gates, along with his grandfather, Henry Gates (who passed away in March at the age of 92), opened the Park Avenue retail store and pawn shop in 1944. Eventually, Lynch’s mother and father, Patty and Patrick Lynch, took the reins of the shop. And now Mike Lynch is carrying on the family business. The store has evolved over the years to provide a range of surplus, work clothing and camping gear to the Chico community. Lynch said Gates Resale takes a hands-on approach to serving its customers. The shop is located at 1152 Park Ave. Go to www.gatesresale.com or call 3422309 for more info.

How long have you been working in the store? I started working here in the seventh grade [and worked here] all the way through high school and college. I moved to the Bay Area for about 10 years, but it wasn’t the place for me, so my wife and I moved back to Chico, started a family and I took over here. After working for a big corporation, I really like being more customer-oriented and making sure they get exactly what they need when they come in.

What is your best-selling item? Our work clothing is the core of our business, whether it is pants, jackets, boots or rain gear. We carry a large supply of Carhartt that we order every week, so customers know we always have it. The bigger stores don’t order as frequently as we do.

How does it feel to run a long-standing family business? It is something I am very proud of. We have been in Chico almost 70 years’ most businesses can’t last that long. My father was responsible for really shaping the business and making it more customer-oriented. I’ve learned a lot from him.

How do you give back to the community? Every year we sponsor the canned-food drive that Chico High puts on, as well as donating clothes to the Jesus Center pretty regularly. Those are our two primary ways of giving back.

What is the strangest thing someone has tried to pawn? One time a man tried to get a loan for a dead squirrel. He was obviously intoxicated, and had picked up a squirrel that had been run over a hundred times in the street and just brought it in. That was definitely strange.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

“Intellect confuses intuition,” asserted painter Piet Mondrian. I don’t think that’s always true, even for creative artists. But in the coming week, I suspect it’ll be important for you to take into consideration. So make sure you know the difference between your analytical thinking and your gut-level hunches, and don’t let your thinking just automatically override your hunches. Here’s more helpful advice from painter Robert Genn: “The job of the intellect is to give permission to the intuition, and it’s the job of intuition to know when intellect is once again appropriate.”

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It’s time to seek help from outside the magic circle you usually stay inside. You need to call on extracurricular resources—people and animals and deities who can offer useful interventions and delightful serendipity and unexpected deliverance. The remedies that work for you most of the time just won’t be applicable in the coming days. The usual spiritual appeals will be irrelevant. I’m not saying that you are facing a dire predicament—not at all. What I’m suggesting is that the riddles you will be asked to solve are outside the purview of your customary guides and guidelines.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): These days

lobsters are regarded as a luxury food, but that wasn’t the case among early Americans. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the large crustaceans were meals that were thought to be suitable only for poor people and prisoners. Wealthy folks wouldn’t touch the stuff. After examining your astrological omens, Pisces, I’m wondering if your future holds a similar transformation. I think there could very well be a rags-to-riches story in which an ignored or denigrated thing ascends to a more important role.

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Jesus Editor’s note: This column was originally published in 2010. I grew up in an Episcopal church, and on the ceiling was a ginormous fresco of God as an old man with lots of flowing white hair, a white man, needless to say, but I will anyway. Spaced around the nave were paintings of the stations of the cross featuring a matching Jesus, with flowing brown hair under his crown of thorns. In all the stories I heard in Sunday school and elsewhere, Jesus invariably came off as a simpering, masochistic wuss. I thought I knew what turning the other cheek would do for me. He got points for throwing the moneychangers out of the temple, but moneychangers may have been chickenshit back then, and in situations like that if you weren’t there you don’t know. Why a guy who could heal the sick, feed the multitudes, and walk on water wouldn’t save himself from an agonizing death eluded me. So he was a crazy wuss. I suppose knowing what he knew made him seem to act crazy anyway, especially since he wouldn’t quit talking about it. I considered the possibility that he was mythical, that he was simply a literary character cobbled together from various hoary stories. I read what I

could find, and I still think it’s anybody’s guess. The Jesus story is similar to those of several other mythological figures and may well have been appropriated. I don’t care. What I care about are his messages, namely love one another, including your enemies, and share what you have and live and let live and treat people well and kindly, and anyone can find the spirit and kingdom within. Anybody. Jesus was clearly a socialist. Those few guidelines sum up Jesus for me, and I say that knowing full well that nobody wrote down anything about him until he was dead and long gone. Not to mention that all of the people who did write about him had their own expectations gleaned from whatever they had heard from other people, who probably had never even seen Jesus of Nazareth much less talked to him. And they wrote in Aramaic, which way later was translated into Greek (as in “It’s Greek to me!”), and then into Latin, for Pete’s sake, and eventually into flowery and now-archaic English. And hip-deep in agendas and egos the whole time. After all that, I still feel confident in saying that Jesus was a helluva man, ideally or historically, take your pick, and one of the best things about him is that he wasn’t a Christian. Anybody who supports killing and says he gets Jesus is a liar. And you know he and Mary Magdalene had a thang.

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