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No more war As the Obama administration seeks Congressional approval

for military intervention in Syria, a new poll reveals that a greater number of Americans agree that the United States should steer clear of the conflict. According to the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, 48 percent of respondents oppose military airstrikes in the region, whereas 29 percent support the case for military action. Secretary of State John Kerry has been on a mission to build support for a strike in light of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s alleged recent use of chemical weapons. Despite the partisan rancor that has dominated Washington during President Obama’s tenure, he already has the backing of several key Republican lawmakers, including House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi already supported the effort, and now another key Democrat, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, is also on board. These warmongers—the president included—claim the U.S. would employ a limited response that would halt Assad’s advances. But the public isn’t buying it—at least not so far. Americans from both sides of the political aisle, it seems, have learned something from our nation’s involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade. If only our leaders at the nation’s capitol would reflect on the past 10 years. They should ask themselves how many unintended consequences have occurred in the wake of the wars there. We must not enter into yet another military quagmire, and we must especially steer clear of arming rebel groups with ties to al-Qaida. The president should work with other nations to place tough sanctions on the Assad regime, not follow in the footsteps of his predecessor, George W. Bush. There’s a very real chance that intervention in Syria will backfire. We simply cannot take that chance. Ω

The positive side of GMOs S fornia, a state renowned for its produce. Summer is also when my career—plant science—seems most relevant. This ummer is a time of agricultural bounty in Cali-

leads me to ponder the presence of agriculture in society, the role of science in agriculture, and my participation in science—often over a basket of Bing cherries. I frequently think about transgenic organisms, because I work with them and feel that they may solve some of the world’s problems. Transgenic—or genetically modified—organisms (GMOs) are plants and animals that have had their genomes modified by scientists. Transby genic techniques are used to add new traits, Dylan Burge such as disease resistance, to organisms. The author grew up GM crops have already allowed farmers to in Chico, and is now reduce reliance on pesticides and the land. a researcher in And this is just the beginning. botany at the Scientists are developing new kinds of California Academy of Sciences in San GMOs, including, for instance, diseaseFrancisco. For resistant pigs and drought-resistant corn. more about Burge’s The benefits are limited only by creativithoughts on GMOs, ty. New GMOs could, for example, save visit his website, natural forests by providing ing timber trees, or halt global warming by fixing carbon dioxide. Unfortunately, GMOs have received a lot of negative press, due to a variety of public concerns. Fortunately, a lot of this has resulted from misunderstandings, and 4 CN&R September 5, 2013

a lack of positive public relations by scientists. These misunderstandings come in four flavors. Here, I would like to explain these, and highlight how they might be overcome: 1. They are not natural. Many worry about scientists tinkering with evolution. But evolution tinkers, too. In fact, genes often move among distantly related organisms on their own. Wild plants, for instance, contain DNA from dozens of plant families, as well as bacterial DNA spliced into their genomes by microbes. 2. They threaten our health. GMOs are all vetted for safety before they become food. Scientists are also creating GMOs that address some health concerns, such as new “gene-tailored” organisms that avoid the use of controversial bacterial DNA. 3. They threaten the environment. Scientists have been unable to identify significant environmental threats by GMOs. In fact, GMOs benefit the environment by reducing reliance on chemicals, fuel and land. 4. They are not intellectual property. Many are concerned that corporations are gaining control over food through intellectual-property law. However, new strains of crops and livestock are always protected by such laws. This allows developers to profit from their efforts, and thereby continue to create better crops and livestock for us all. Ω

The time for answers There was a lot of talk this week about the Chico community

coming together in an effort to help local leaders deal with the city’s ongoing economic struggles. Mayor Scott Gruendl held a press conference early Tuesday evening (Sept. 3), espousing unity (see “Clarity on the way,” Second & Flume, by Melissa Daugherty, page 5) and lamenting the large number of requests for public records he said “borders on unreasonable.” Gruendl mostly dismissed these particular Public Records Act requests, noting that every City Council meeting is recorded and available for viewing on the city’s website on the day after the gathering. In other words, everything the requests were seeking is freely available to anyone with an Internet connection. He also talked about how city administrators and council members have been dealing with the wrath of angry community members. This “overall negative discourse” wasn’t conducive to moving the city forward. “Let’s be civil and responsible and reasonable,” he said, referring to the public. That’s certainly good advice. But it doesn’t get to the bigger picture here. It doesn’t deal with the source of the public’s animosity, much of which stems from the fact that city leaders have never openly discussed who is responsible for the missteps that led to the city’s straitened budget. Now that a financial audit is forthcoming, it’s time the City Council entertains that discussion. Doing so will serve the community in a number of ways. First, it will finally put the issue to rest. Second, it will help ensure that what happened will never happen again. At one point during his press conference, Gruendl said, “I understand the need to know how we got here.” Given those words, we’ll look forward to seeing the council give an explanation that sufficiently answers the public’s query. It may not be an easy conversation to undertake, but it must take place. It’s long overdue. Ω

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Clarity on the way The most interesting news to come out of the city of Chico this week took place not within the City Council chambers, but in the lobby outside during a press conference called by Mayor Scott Gruendl Tuesday evening just prior to the council meeting. There, flanked by five of his six council colleagues (Ann Schwab had an appointment elsewhere), Gruendl made a case for the community to come together—to join forces to address the financial woes facing the city. He cited a number of motivations in holding the gathering, including an unprecedented number of Public Records Act requests recently filed with the city by a couple of individuals seeking the minutes from old meetings (see “A matter of minutes,” Newslines, by Tom Gascoyne). Most of the information sought, he pointed out, is readily available on the city website, via the city’s video recordings. Gruendl lamented how the staff members (the city clerk’s office) dealing with these public-records requests are the same folks attempting to catch up on preparing the minutes. Later, during the council meeting, City Clerk Deborah Presson noted that there is no legal deadline for preparing such documents. As of Tuesday’s council meeting, there was a backlog going back to January. And that’s not unusual, according to city staff. Additionally, Gruendl spoke about the negativity directed toward City Manager Brian Nakamura, who took his post as the city’s top administrator one year ago this week. To say it’s been a tough first year in that job is an understatement. As Gruendl alluded to, the city manager and city leaders have been threatened with bodily harm. A couple of those threats have come in the form of public commentary in the local media, including a “Tell It to the E-R” calling for administrators’ and City Council members’ heads to be placed on spikes in the new downtown roundabout. Why Chico Enterprise-Record Editor David Little hasn’t abandoned those anonymous comments—an embarrassment to journalism—mystifies me. Gruendl said he was worried that the tools for democracy were being “used in a concerning way.” He also said the public needed to look forward. Doing so, he said, is more important than looking back and laying blame for the city’s financial straits. But by far the most interesting thing Gruendl said started with a passing comment about how more info regarding the city’s financial situation would be forthcoming. When the CN&R asked what he was referring to, he said the city is conducting a financial audit that will include findings, in contrast to previous years in which there were no findings and the finances passed with an “unqualified, or clean, audit opinion,” as outside auditors put it. Gruendl didn’t go into too much detail, but the gist he gave is that previous approved audits had been predicated on the city’s plan to take certain actions. Those actions were not followed. Gruendl may think the community needs to move forward, but that’s not going to happen until there’s a clearer picture of what missteps led to this financial meltdown, including who is ultimately responsible for it. That audit and the discussion about it may finally lead to the answers the public needs to move on.

Poignant memories of King Re “A walk to remember” (Newslines, by Ken Smith, Aug. 29): Thanks for doing the article about 1963 and Martin Luther King Jr. It was nice to hear from three Chico women (Grace Marvin, Diana Fogel and Wendy Brown) who were in Washington, D.C., on that “I Have a Dream” speech day. For many of us, the article brought back many memories. I was in high school at the time of Dr. King’s speech; that summer, I was working in a factory on the edge of Philadelphia, 150 miles from D.C., so I missed that historic event, to my regret. I do recall the moment in Vietnam when a guy yelled to me that Dr. King had been killed (April 4, 1968). I had just gotten back to my unit (101st Airborne) the day before, from almost a month in hospitals for being wounded. February and March of 1968 was the Tet Offensive, and President Lyndon B. Johnson announced on March 31 that he would not run again, so it was chaos in Vietnam and in the United States. Morale was dropping by the month, and the assassination of Dr. King hit especially hard among the African-American troops. No one in 1963, or in 1968, would have predicted that some day the U.S. would have a national holiday to celebrate Dr. King. BOB MULHOLLAND Chico


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A new tune desired Re “Pot calling kettle black” (Letters, by Mary Galvin, Aug. 29): Ms. Galvin is singing an old and decidedly off-key tune in light of the financial position the city of Chico currently finds itself in with the help of our liberal-sided councils, past and present. Between April 2005 and May 6, 2013, according to our city attorney, Lori Barker, the city has spent $23 million-plus just fighting what the city should have been willing to do—clean up the Humboldt Road Burn Dump. Those figures are a matter of public record; just ask our city clerk for a copy. Of that money, $1,345,183 has come from the general fund. That’s the only fund that supports our police department. How many police-officer positions would that have paid for? Another $18 million-plus has been paid out of redevelopment funds; those funds the city has used for low-income housing. How many units would that have paid for, even at the outrageous cost of $200,000-plus per unit? Just ask Councilman Randall Stone. Almost $4 million was paid out by our insurance company. Think they are the city’s insurance company now? I think that $151,000 would have been well spent on Measure A. Maybe the Mulholland/Dolan Losers Band ought to learn a different tune. STEPHANIE L. TABER Chico

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Re “Pull up a sidewalk” (Newslines, by Robert Speer. Aug. 22): Sean Morgan is beginning to irritate me. His pompous, selfaggrandizing remarks serve no purpose, unless he is considering a career in scriptwriting or politics. These redundant comments and the jingoistic sit/lie, Clean and Safe Chico slogans exhibit weakkneed reactions of game-show contestants to be utilized as another cheap excuse to form another downtown committee, to demonstrate unanimity of concern and give the impression to the citizens of Chico that help is on the way. My best hope is his intention is the victim of overenthusiasm. “We need to do something. We need to start somewhere” borders on desperation; one needs to ask if a definition of insanity that includes expecting different results qualifies as a candidate here. In light of the recent efforts of the Street Preachers and [ServPro] (reopening Caper Acres), civic responsibility by communityinterest groups may be the way of the future, considering expenditures and liability that go along with city government employing staff and costs associated with their actions. RICK VAGTS Chico

Take action now Earlier this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court erased critical protections against racial discrimination in voting. The damage to the Voting Rights Act must be fixed. Tell your members of Congress to work quickly to repair and restore the VRA. Recently, both the Senate and the House of Representatives held initial hearings to discuss solutions to discrimination at the polls and a direction for the VRA. Members from both sides of the aisle expressed a need to address the Supreme Court’s mistake, and vowed to ensure our elections are free, fair and accessible to all citizens. Join with the League of Women Voters and thank your elected officials for starting the process, and encourage them to repair the VRA quickly. The league will continue to pursue all avenues for voters’ rights, but we need strong action by Congress to restore the VRA protections that have helped us prevent racial and language discrimination in our elections for

decades. The VRA remains vitally important and must be restored. Please, tell your members of Congress to work quickly to repair and restore it to its full strength. JANE WANDERER League of Women Voters of Butte County president

Stay out of Syria This is a call to my fellow citizens to join the bipartisan protest to military intervention in Syria. It has become clear that the intelligence is not 100 percent about who caused the chemical attacks on Syrian civilians—it could have been Assad, but it could have been one of the rebel groups, or it could have been Israel. Let’s never forget the dire consequences of false intelligence in Iraq! Plus, no matter how limited the air strikes, and no matter how “surgically” those strikes are aimed, there is no doubt that more innocent people will be killed and maimed. The scenario that frightens me the most is that Assad could retaliate by attacking Israel. Then the U.S. would “have to” defend Israel. Iran would “have to” defend Syria. Russia would “have to” defend Iran, and here we go— smack dab into World War III! I am very frightened. Please contact Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein and Representative Doug LaMalfa and ask them to oppose Obama’s plan for military intervention in Syria. Diplomacy and humanitarian aid are the only tools at our government’s disposal that will not increase the terrible violence in Syria, and perhaps the world. EMILY ALMA Chico

How many times can we allow our government to charge into other countries on the pretext of “protecting” the rights of the populace by bombing their country, causing devastation, injuries and loss of life? Our government is not really trying to protect the people of Syria, and certainly isn’t protecting Americans from terrorism by such actions; rather, our government is creating terrorism. Our government lacks credibility to justify the role of selfappointed human-rights cop in the Middle East, especially when we also have used methods that might constitute terrorism in the eyes of many, such as drone assassinations; indefinite imprisonment without trial; torture; bombing of

water systems, roads, hospitals and cities; use of depleted uranium ammunition and white phosphorus; and economic embargoes that have caused death on a massive scale. Also, it probably is well known in the Middle East that our government was complicit with Saddam Hussein when he used chemical weapons against both Iraqis and Iranians, although most Americans may not be aware of it (there was an article in the Atlantic Monthly about this just last week). Because of this, people in the region are likely to believe that our motives are political, not humanitarian. We cannot afford to jump into any more wars. LESLIE JOHNSON Chico

A vote for competition I am sad that Chico’s management and City Council think that having only two trash companies compete for trash service is actual free-market competition! I can’t wait until Chico only has two grocery stores or gas stations so we can also benefit from that supposed free-market competition. Having as many companies compete for our business as possible helps keep prices down while increasing innovation, customer choices and satisfaction while lowering prices. Continuing to stifle competition, while also demanding two companies pay more to the city only continues to drive up already-high costs for those already struggling. Speaking of competition, I am glad that Chico finally has management that is starting to privatize things. Chico really needs competition in order to spend less money and not go bankrupt. A clear conflict of interest exists between politicians and public-sector unions. Collective bargaining in the public sector means that public-employee unions negotiate their salaries and benefits with self-interested politicians who should think more like public servants. I am sure this has nothing to do with Chico’s current financial situation. Right, Chico voters? Don’t get me started on the people that didn’t vote, but still complain about prices, taxes, etc.! JOHN SALYER Chico

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During its Tuesday (Sept. 3) meeting, the Chico City Council approved the transfer of $80,000 from the general-fund emergency reserve to pay for an outside negotiator to help the city in upcoming contract negotiations with its nine bargaining units. Chico Police Officer Peter Durfee, who heads the Chico Police Officers Association, argued that bringing in an outside negotiator does not qualify as an emergency. Citizen Emily Alma read a letter from David Welch, an Enloe nurse and member of the California Nurses Association; Welch questioned why outside help was needed unless “it is the intent to take an extremist ‘hardball’ approach to negotiations” by slashing wages and benefits. Councilman Randall Stone said the transfer was understandable because 80 percent of the general fund goes to public-employee salaries and benefits. The council voted 6-1 to transfer the money, with Councilwoman Ann Schwab casting the dissenting vote.


Butte County Supervisor Maureen Kirk announced she will run for re-election next year in the 3rd District, which includes northeastern Chico, Forest Ranch and Cohasset. Kirk (pictured) was elected to the board in November 2006, and re-elected in 2010. “Fiscal responsibility, economic development and Butte County job creation are foremost in my vision for my constituents and our county in the next four years,” Kirk said in the press release announcing her intentions. “The county has gained strong financial footing and I’m committed to making sure we keep our fiscal affairs in order as a first priority.” Prior to her election to the Board of Supervisors, Kirk served two terms as a Chico City Council member, including a term as mayor beginning in 2003. 8 CN&R September 5, 2013

A matter of minutes City clerk explains delay in posting city-council records

Tmeeting minutes available either online or in print are from the Jan. 15 council meeting. he most recent Chico City Council

This seven-month delay has some folks concerned and wondering why the city clerk is so far behind in story and writing and posting reports of photos by council actions taken at council Tom meetings. Gascoyne A petition has been filed, tomg@ according to a recently emailed press release, “asking Chico City Council to release the minutes for the past six months of City Council meetings.” The press release includes comments from former city Councilman David Guzzetti who says, “With all of the changes that have occurred in Chico this year, it is obviously in the public interest that the minutes be disclosed.” Local activist and regular council attendee Kelly Meagher asks in the press release, “Isn’t that why we have a city clerk?” The press release concludes: “With bipartisan support, the group thinks that it will have no problem eventually gaining access to the delinquent City Council minutes. ‘In the end, it really is just about asking the government to do its job. We understand that it is a difficult time financially, but that is not an excuse for denying citizens access to public records,’ says Jessica Allen.”

Allen, the local political activist behind the petition, says she recently filed a public-records request that “received the response that the minutes ‘have not yet been prepared.’” City Clerk Deborah Presson says there has always been a delay in posting the minutes, which she puts together for approval from the council before posting. She said there is no statute-enforced deadline on posting the minutes like there is on responding to a publicrecords request, which further delays getting to the minutes. In the past week, she’s had to respond to 21 such requests. On Dec. 4 of last year, the council approved the minutes from the Aug. 7, Aug. 21, Sept. 4, Sept. 18 and Oct. 2 meetings. On April 16 of this year, the Oct. 23 and Nov. 6 meeting minutes were approved. Those have all been posted. The Jan. 2 council-meeting minutes include a more than 1,000-word recount of a single item—the discussion and vote on a plastic-bag ordinance. Those minutes were subsequently approved at the council’s June 4 meeting and then posted online. “The council is very much aware of the status of the minutes,” Presson said.

“The thing is, that information is available on the webpage the day after a meeting—in video. I don’t know what the concern is about the minutes.” Presson, who’s been city clerk for 14 years, said the council voted to have videos of the meetings posted online the day after the meeting is held “for the sake of transparency.” “As far as the minutes go, yes, they are the final record,” she said. “I don’t know if there is a concern that things aren’t being implemented or what the actual concern is. Having said that, we are working to get them caught up.” Allen says the law requires “that a request for minutes should be fulfilled ASAP” and that hers was not. “The precedent for delay should be investigated further to determine if, in fact, minutes have not been made available in the past as they are now currently not being made available,” Allen said. “ ... [T]here is an obvious lack of transparency going on in city government right now. This needs to be rectified.” Councilman Mark Sorensen supports Presson and said he doesn’t see a problem. “State law doesn’t have any statutory time limit,” he said. “And the videos are

on the website. I think the city clerk is preparing two months’ worth to get approved on the meeting next Tuesday [Sept. 3].” The council agenda for that meeting called for approval of the Jan. 24, Feb. 5 and Feb. 15 meetings. “The council members look them over to make sure they are accurate, and then vote to approve them,” Sorensen said. “I don’t think it’s an anomaly. I think that it’s typically been in the timeframe [of] from three to 12 months. I can recall years ago when I was trying to get on the Planning Commission, I think they were missing two years’ worth [of minutes]. I’ve looked at other cities trying to find minutes, and I think the threeto-12-month fluctuation for council minutes is pretty typical.” Mayor Scott Gruendl also questions the urgency of updating the council minutes. “People just are too lazy to watch a council recording,” he said by email. “While the minutes are the official record of the council, there is absolutely no way to deny what is in a video recording.” He also noted that requests for public documents take precedent over typing up and posting the council-meeting minutes. “The folks that prepare the minutes are also the ones that must respond to the info requests,” he said. “When one puts these two points together, well, it just looks like some people are trying to make life difficult for a couple of hardworking city clerks, and that is nothing more than being mean.” Presson said that back in 2000, the council voted unanimously to have only the action taken at meetings included in the minutes, and as such, doing away with further details. (The action is who made a motion on a matter and who seconded that motion, and then recording the vote tally.) “What I have been doing and why I am behind is because of the seriousness of the discussions that have been going on lately,” she said. “I took it upon myself to try to put in more detailed discussion, and what I find I’m going to probably have to do is, instead of having all that detail in the minutes, I’m just going to do action only. “I was well-intentioned by wanting to do more detailed minutes,” Presson said, “but what it’s done is [that] typically for one hour of video it takes me five to six hours just to capture the essence of the discussion. I think what I’m probably going to do is eliminate that, and go back to action only. “But the videos are still available. What I thought might be a benefit for the community has in essence gotten me a little bit behind.” Ω

“I can tell you we had no calls for service on Beer Can Beach for fights,” he said, unlike years past. There were about 30 signs advising of the

alcohol ban placed around the launch sites, said Glenn County Sheriff’s Deputy Heath Rasmussen. Officers searched the riverbanks to see if people might have hidden stashes of alcohol prior to floating, but none were discovered. A number of people did show up to the float inebriated on Sunday and were subsequently arrested on charges of being drunk in public. Rasmussen said that, while Beer Can Beach was littered with plastic and trash, “Compared to years past, that’s Booze ban stems flow clean.” of river tubers A couple of park rangers said a man brought a keg in the back of his pickup on Saturday, but officers quickly ended his hopes of getting it onto the river. Park Ranger Zack Chambers said that people floating seemed unsure of what to do without alcohol. ast year’s Labor Day weekend float on the Sacra“The kids were coming up on Beer mento River included the death of a 20-year-old Cal Can and looking for [something] to do,” Poly-San Luis Obispo student, 63 water rescues and he said. 13 people taken to Enloe Medical Center by ambulance While the reduced number of particias an estimated 12,000 tubers hit the river on Sunday, pants made it easier for law enforcement the busiest day of the float. to control the situation and keep everyThis year, an estimated 3,000 people turned out on one safe, officers said that it’s up to Butte Sunday (Sept. 1) to drift downstream on inner tubes, and Glenn county officials to decide if the number most likely reduced due to the recently the Labor Day weekend booze ban will enacted Labor Day-weekend alcohol ban on and near remain in place in coming years. the Sacramento River. Chico Police Sgt. George Laver said By Monday, the river’s visitors consisted mostly of that the city of Chico remained very anglers, campers, kayakers and the occasional boating quiet as well over the weekend. He sugGlenn County Sheriff’s Deputy Heath Rasmussen enthusiast. A small number of flotation devices were gested that many people may have left patrols the Sacramento River on Labor Day among the debris left on Beer Can Beach. town to celebrate the holiday. weekend searching for tubers who may have At 10:30 that morning, the vast majority of vehicles encountered trouble. Compared to Labor Day weekend last PHOTOS BY KATHERINE GREEN at Irvine Finch River Access were those belonging to year in Chico, total calls for service fell public-service officials. Sheriff’s deputies from both from 1,243 to 889, and the total number Glenn and Butte counties had gathered at the boat launch to survey the of arrests fell from 84 to 43, according to a Chico Police Department situation, while personnel from county fire departments and emerpress release. This year, there were 27 drunk-in-public arrests, six gency medical services, California State Park rangers and California DUIs, and three cases of resisting arrest. Of those arrested, eight were Highway Patrol officers discussed the day’s potential problems. Chico State students, six were Butte College students, 12 were locals Because Sunday’s activity was greatly diminished from the year not going to school, five were students from outside the area, and 12 before, they said they did not anticipate a busy day. were non-students from outside the area. “We’ve had five arrests for drunk in public, one arrest for hash, “The alcohol ban on the river led to fewer fights, fewer medical and there were three arrests by CHP for driving under the influence, incidents on the river, and people behaving themselves in town as that I know of,” said Park Ranger Kirk Coon. “There could have been well,” he said. more.” Butte College student Cheyenne Hart said that people seemed Coon said that there was more than enough staff present. more aware of river safety because of last year’s drowning death. She said she’d overheard a fellow student who said that she would like to go floating, but would not participate if there was drinking involved. Hart said she was happy to hear this sentiment expressed. Although she does not usually float on the river on Labor Day weekend, she said her mother has been takWage slavery? ing her on river floats since she was young. In late August, thousands of fast-food workers A low river flow combined with the overfrom dozens of cities across the country staged cast and rainy conditions on Sunday may one-day protests to demand a living wage of $15 have factored into the large decrease of river an hour (the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per activity this year, Hart suggested. As she as hour), and the right to form unions without she saw people getting ready for their river retaliation. No organized actions were reported excursions, she said she couldn’t help but locally, where fast-food workers also rank at the say, “You guys are going to freeze out bottom of the wage scale. there!” According to the latest figures from the U.S.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, fast-food workers have the lowest national median hourly wage ($8.78) of any profession tracked by the government office. Chico’s 2,000 fast-food employees’ median hourly pay is $8.96, and the median annual salary for Chico’s fast-food workers is $18,650.


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Strange bedfellows Tea Partiers and peaceniks protest U.S. strike against Syria aturday (Aug. 31), several dozen protesters from S opposite sides of the political spectrum converged on Chico City Plaza beneath a searing noon sun to

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voice their united opposition to a possible military attack by the United States on Syria. While protests are not uncommon in the plaza— even expected on the same day that President Barack Obama announced he would ask Congress to back his decision to strike Syria—this rally differed from most gatherings because of who organized it. The action was a joint effort between the Chico Peace and Justice Center and the Chico State University chapter of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), a libertarian student organization associated with the Tea Party movement. Members of YAL—including President Thomas Childers, who was first to speak and stayed on the plaza’s stage to introduce other speakers—wore crimson T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan, “Long live liberty.” “We will not stand for an unconstitutional, undeclared and unjust war in our name,” Childers said to the assemblage. “We will not stand by as our civil liberties are eroded by endless conflict. “We must stand together, left and right, to bring a clear message that America will not stand for war and empire.” YAL is a nonprofit political organization formed in 2008 at the end of former Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s unsuccessful presidential campaign. According to the organization’s website at, the group has an estimated 125,000 members at more than 420 chapters, mostly based at colleges and universities (with some junior and senior high-school groups), and claims to be “the largest, most active, and fastest-growing pro-liberty organization on America’s college campuses.” Childers further stated that U.S. involvement in Syria is a “no-win situation that won’t help ourselves, our allies or the Syrian people.” He said there is “no clear good guy to back,” as the point of the strike is to punish President Bashar al-Assad for allegedly using chemical warfare, while the rebel group Al-Nusra Front is backed by terrorist group—and U.S. enemy—al-Qaida. His overall message was critical of U.S. military action everywhere. “People in Pakistan right now are cowering in their homes because we’re striking them with drones.” Childers said. “Is that the kind of message of freedom, of liberty, that America is supposed to send? Or should we do as our founding fathers said and lead by example, having no entangling alliances and no undeclared wars?”


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Thomas Childers, president of the Chico State chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, addresses those assembled at a peace demonstration at Chico City Plaza to protest President Obama’s call for military intervention in Syria.

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Syria is a sticky one, with no easy division along party lines. Supporters of a strike cite Assad’s alleged use of chemical warfare and the fact that


more than 100,000 people have died in that country’s 2 1/2-year-long civil war as reason for U.S. intervention, while others fear such action could lead to confrontations with Russia, which has thus far backed the Syrian leader. At the plaza, speaker Sue Hilderbrand, a Butte College political-science instructor and host of community radio station KZFR’s “The Point Is,” addressed arguments she said she’s heard from those who were on the fence regarding U.S. military action in Syria. “It hurts me to hear people get into the minutiae of all of these arguments,” Hilderbrand said. “My reaction is, I don’t really care who did it, who’s dying—I don’t really care about any of that. “I think we need to stop our condoning of violence in our society and abroad. We are a very vicious society and we continue to judge others for their viciousness. We’re the biggest gorilla in the room, and it’s up to this gorilla to say stop.” Hilderbrand also addressed the fact that the rally was a collaboration: “This is a wonderful organizing effort because the far left and the far right have come together to say, ‘No.’ “We all have our issues with President Obama right now, but I do believe in some very strange way he gave us this opportunity to start a dialogue to reclaim our democracy, to slow this violent culture we continue to perpetuate here and abroad.” Hilderbrand urged attendees to pressure their political representatives to vote against striking Syria before Congress reconvenes on Sept. 9. —KEN SMITH

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Canyon, the Sacramento River and a dozen other natural wonders. Often overlooked are the smaller sites, such as Little Chico Creek, which is seen by many as a mostly dry ribbon of rock cutting through back yards and beneath the occasional busy street. But just a few miles out of town, the creek is what John Hunt, executive director of the Northern California Regional Land Trust (NCRLT), describes as “an entirely different animal.� “Folks don’t realize seeing it in town that it’s perennial—the water runs year round in the upper reaches,� he said. “It’s a significant watershed and there’s a lot of fish in there. It’s quite wild, and very beautiful.� The NCRLT recently focused efforts to ensure it remains that way, and on Aug. 26 announced it had successfully partnered with three landowners to secure conservation easements on a 364-acre area of Little Chico Creek Canyon near 10-Mile House Trail. The area is next to an already-protected parcel of Department of Fish and Wildlife property, creating a 530-acre, approximately onemile-long stretch of the watershed forever protected from development. The land is home to several sensitive species, including the Butte County checkerbloom plant, as well as the yellow warbler, western pond turtle and foothill yellow-legged frog. By Hunt’s estimate, “hundreds of other species� also live or visit the area throughout the year. The nonprofit NCRLT works with various other agencies and landowners to purchase development rights on wilderness and agricultural lands in Butte, Glenn and Tehama counties, to ensure they won’t be stripped of their resources or developed for other purposes. To date, they have helped secure conservation easements on roughly two dozen properties totaling more than 18,000 acres, including swaths along Chico’s Greenline, a long-standing boundary in southwest Chico demarcating fertile agricultural land from land available for future development. In the case of the Greenline,

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these easements ensure the land has legal protection if political policies change to allow it to be developed. Funding for conservation easements for the Little Chico Creek Canyon project largely came from the California Wildlife Conservation Board’s (WCB) Oak Woodlands Conservation Program. Other funding came from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, the Rose Foundation and community contributions, which Hunt noted are essential to continuing the group’s work. “Our goal is to capture and conserve as much of this landscape as we can before it’s lost,� said Hunt, who took over the executive-director position at NCRLT earlier this year after former executive director Jamison Watts left to work with the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, a similar organization north of San Francisco. “Conserving these open-space areas greatly protects the property values, quality of life and aesthetic values of our local landscape,� Hunt said. Once the easements have been established, the NCRLT cooperates with landowners to monitor the properties and make sure they are used as intended. The ongoing process includes annual site visits. “We have an obligation to ensure that the resources are conserved and the objective of the easement is preserved for perpetuity,� he said. Hunt described the NCRLT’s work as “sizeable and very complex.� Working with landowners, researching properties (which includes reviewing mineral, surface and water rights) and securing funding for a single project can sometimes take several years. “Our end-game is always to establish these conservation easements,� he said, “and it requires a lot of long-view strategizing. We’re continuously looking for new opportunities and always in discussions with several landowners.� —KEN SMITH






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Scientists have discovered evidence suggesting age-related memory loss and pre-Alzheimer’s disease are distinct conditions. Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center examined young and old brains donated by people who died without signs of neurological disease, finding that a certain gene in a part of the hippocampus—the dentate gyrus, responsible for memory, and a different area of the brain than where Alzheimer’s starts to form—stops producing a key protein in older individuals, according to The researchers found that cutting levels of the protein, RbAp48, in young mice made the rodents lose their way in mazes and perform worse on memory tasks. Interestingly, the memory loss was reversible; boosting levels of the protein made old mice perform like young mice again.


A century of care

Left: Enloe Medical Center’s Magnolia Tower opened in November of last year. Below: Enloe Hospital at 330 Flume St., circa 1913. PHOTOS COURTESY OF ENLOE MEDICAL CENTER


A day after Gov. Jerry Brown released his plan to comply with a federal court order to reduce the state-prison population, California Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) released a plan he touted as “far better.” In June, three federal judges ordered Brown to release about 9,600 inmates (8 percent of the inmate population) to remedy unconstitutionally poor inmate care, according to California Healthline. Brown’s administration has filed an appeal of the order, but also developed a plan to comply with it, which was released Aug. 27. Brown’s plan would rely heavily on shifting inmates to privately owned facilities both in-state and outof-state, and reopening city-owned detention centers. Meanwhile, Steinberg’s proposal involves a three-year extension on the order, in return for spending $200 million annually to expand drug treatment and mental-health services for prisoners; creating a committee to examine the state’s sentencing laws; and using an independent panel to determine the appropriate prison population for California, based on nationwide practices.


At least 8.6 million U.S. adults took some form of prescription sleep medication in the last 30 days, a new study concludes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracked 17,000 people aged 20 and over between 2005 and 2010, finding that roughly 4 percent of the country’s population took prescription sleep medication like Lunesta and Ambien within the previous month, according to NBC News. Five percent of people in their 40s and 50s said they used sleep-aid medication, with that number rising to 7 percent among adults over 80 years old. The study also found that 5 percent of women reported using sleep aids, compared to 3.1 percent of men—a number attributed to the strain women are under from trying to juggle the demands of work and family life. Send your health-related news tips to Howard Hardee at

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A look at Enloe Medical Center’s history as the hospital celebrates its 100th anniversary by

Evan Tuchinsky

P are in a particularly festive and nostalgic mood this month. That’s because Sept. eople at Enloe Medical Center

15 marks 100 years since Dr. Newton Thomas Enloe opened his hospital in Chico. Enloe has marked its centennial throughout 2013, but the anniversary month brings some special celebrations, including a community health fair on Sept. 14 and the release of a retrospective book on Sept. 20. The book, in particular, brings some historic moments back to the forefront. “A lot of the history is legendary around the organization,” Mike Wiltermood, Enloe’s CEO since 2009, said in a phone interview. “Mostly, what we get out of the history is the idea that, even if a concept was spawned by an individual, like Newton Thomas Enloe, it was really an outgrowth out of the community commitment to the hospital, the services and the growth that made Enloe what it is today.” Dr. Enloe’s roots in the North State extend back to 1901, when he moved from Missouri with his sister, Emma, and his first son, Newt, to the Upper Ridge. There, he worked as company physician in the West Branch Mill of the Sierra Lumber Company. He built a one-room hospital by hand to treat West Branch workers. Early on, Dr. Enloe set his sights on ways to improve care. A surgeon by specialty, he grew concerned about the arduous carriage rides that seriously ill or

injured people at West Branch took to get to a hospital in Chico. So, utilizing a flume that carried lumber down the ridge, he created a floating ambulance. That same year, 1904, he opened a clinic in downtown Chico. It led to his multistory, 25-bed hospital, opened nine years later on Flume Street between Third and Fourth streets. He didn’t build it on his own, but he did show his handiness during his first surgery at the new facility, when he used a 20-penny nail from Nichols Hardware Store to set a broken hip. “It shows the pioneering spirit Dr. Enloe had,” said Christina Chavira, Enloe’s communications specialist, who pored through the hospital’s past for its centennial book, The First Hundred Years—An Appreciation of Enloe Medical Center, which she co-edited. In 1937, Enloe Hospital moved to its current location on The Esplanade, a building that doubled the capacity of the Flume Street location, Chavira said. Enloe Hospital added a maternity wing in 1950—four years before Dr. Enloe’s

death. Until the end, he played a major role in running the hospital he founded. The next expansion took place in 1959, with construction of a new wing that increased capacity to 92 beds and modernized the medical and surgical facilities. “By 1963, they were planning for another expansion to double the capacity to care for patients,” Chavira said. The Ancillary Wing, as it was called, increased surgical and diagnostic capabilities through radiology, clinical labs, anesthesia, inhalation therapy and emergency facilities. It was completed in 1968. The mid-1960s brought another

major change to Enloe Hospital: the transition from a for-profit to a nonprofit organization. Dr. Tom Enloe, N.T. Enloe’s second son, was one of seven hospital trustees at the time, and after attending a state legislative hearing on the establishment of Medi-Cal, he felt Enloe Hospital needed to restructure in order to navigate the changHEALTHLINES continued on page 14

APPOINTMENT COMMUNITY UNITY Skyway House’s Unity in the Community educational event to promote healthful living, drug-free fun and recovery will be held at the Enloe Conference Center (1528 Esplanade) on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. Festivities will include stories of recovery, vendors, informational booths, drawings, prizes, and a performance from recovery comedian Liz G. Entry is $30; call Skyway House at 898-8326 for more info.

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The 5K timed run follows the walking path starting from the park gazebo at Pearson and runs uphill towards Bille Road (following the bike path.) Racers turn near Bille Road and head back to finish at the gazebo. Be inspired by the beauty, be challenged by the uphill course.


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cells, it can lead to a number of serious complications. Butte County has a higher rate of diabetes than the national rate and many of the people who have it, don’t cases can be totally prevented through lifestyle. Feather River Hospital is committed to helping people with diabetes thrive. The Diabetes Education Department, led by director Beverly Thomassian RN, offers an outpatient survival camp, with weekly group meetings. “People with diabetes need skills and ways to cope,” said Georgia Juney, a diabetes nurse specialist. Georgia helps administer the classes and group meetings with a team of registered nurses, dieticians and certified diabetes educators. With a provider referral, most insurance companies will cover the Diabetes Program costs. The team at the Diabetes Education Department will meet oneon-one for a one-hour appointment with their patient before the start of the four week class. At the end of the four week class, the patient receives a certificate of completion and a diabetes survival kit. A monthly, ongoing support group is offered the first Tuesday of


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ing landscape of insurance reimbursement. The hospital incorporated as a nonprofit in 1965. Two years later, Jim Sweeney—whom Tom Enloe had met in San Francisco at a seminar—became Enloe Hospital’s administrator, a position he held through 1995. His tenure included numerous expansions, both in the physical buildings as well as treatments offered. Speaking by phone from Chico, Sweeney was quick to lavish praise on visionary doctors, trustees and employees for ushering changes, such as the establishment of critical-care services that led Enloe Hospital to become California’s first level-II trauma center in 1988. “There were just so many programs that were started by pioneers—doctors who were not themselves specialists, but it was before the era of specialty medicine,” Sweeney said, adding that Enloe began providing specialty care to “this huge Northern California region.” Enloe physically expanded in 1971 with 42 more beds in the South Wing, at the corner of The Esplanade and Fifth Avenue. That total grew to 121 with the “new hospital”: a four-story, 92,000square-foot facility on the Esplanade campus that opened in September 1980. With the addition of the Magnolia Tower, which opened last year, Enloe now has 228 beds. Enloe Hospital became

Enloe Medical Center in 1998, when it merged with Chico Community Hospital. That change did not sit well with everyone in town, and Enloe experienced another

Centennial celebrations:

Sept. 14: Enloe Medical Center marks its 100th anniversary with its Centennial Health Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 1531 Esplanade. Sept. 20: Enloe releases it book, The First Hundred Years—An Appreciation of Enloe Medical Center , at the Enloe Gift Shop, Lyon Books and Made in Chico.

rough patch in the mid-2000s under then-CEO Dan Neumeister. Rather than gloss over those chapters in Enloe history, the current CEO says Enloe has grown from them. “If you look at 2006 to 2007,” Wiltermood said, “we learned a lot of lessons: refocusing our efforts on safety and quality for our patients, [and maintaining] honest communication and transparency within our organization. … It’s very easy to get so involved in the financial elements of the operation—which are tremendously important—that you forget who you’re taking care of.” Looking ahead, Wiltermood doesn’t anticipate as much in the way of physical expansion as in organizational adjustment. As was the case in the mid-1960s, the mid2010s are bringing changes to the health-care landscape via the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Wiltermood said Enloe is committed to remaining a community hospital, but may need to partner with other organizations to deliver care. “It will be very interesting to see where health-care reform leads us,” Wiltermood said, “but the bottom line of people caring for people [is] never going to change.” Ω

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Chef Richie Hirshen, cooking/ gardening instructor at Sherwood Montessori K-8 charter school, and a group of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade cooking students surround the school’s new solar oven in the school vegetable garden.

Californians who join the Arbor Day Foundation during the month of September will be given 10 free Arizona cypress trees, as part of the nonprofit’s Trees for America program. “Arizona cypress trees can be used as an ornamental tree, as a windbreak or privacy screen, or as a living Christmas tree in your landscape,” said the foundation’s founder and CEO, John Rosenow, in a press release. The 6- to 12inch trees will ship between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10. To participate, send $10 membership fee to Ten Arizona Cypresses, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Sept. 30. (Go to to join online.)


In July, the country of France put into effect an ordinance designed to curb light pollution and CO2 emissions, as well as reduce energy consumption. The city of Paris—known as the City of Light—is among the many French cities now required to keep shop lights off from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m., turn off office-building lights within an hour after employees leave, and not turn on building-façade lights until sunset, according to Yale Environment 360. Restrictions on billboard lighting will go into effect over the next two years. Besides reducing France’s CO2 emissions by 250,000 tons annually, and cutting the country’s annual energy use by the equivalent of 750,000 households’ worth, the pioneering move is also intended to “reduce the print of artificial lighting on the nocturnal environment,” according to France’s Environment Ministry. Worldwide, nighttime light pollution is responsible for the disruption of the ages-old patterns of nocturnal creatures, including leatherback-turtle hatchlings that doom themselves by heading toward streetlights instead of following moon- and starlight to the ocean.


The single-cup brewing craze sweeping the coffee-drinking world is resulting in a massive amount of unrecyclable waste piling up in United States landfills. Peet’s Coffee & Tea is the latest company to get on the lucrative single-cup bandwagon, joining such big names in coffee as Starbucks and single-cup coffee-maker firm Keurig, according to the East Bay Express. The plastic and aluminum-foil waste created by the little single-use “pods” (pictured), which are too small to be processed in most recycling facilities, is estimated to be approximately 966 million pounds per year nationwide. “We’re filling up our landfills with materials we should be using more wisely,” said COURTESY OF SUSTAINALBEISGOOD.COM Darby Hoover, a senior resource specialist with the Natural Resources Defense Council. “It’s a trend of disassociating more and more from the consequences of using a product.” Send your eco-related news tips to Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia at

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I put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we can tackle that. —Thomas Edison to Henry Ford, 1931

C teaches cooking and gardening at local K-8 charter school Sherwood Monteshef Richie Hirshen—who

sori—recently led a group of fourth-, fifthand sixth-graders, sentence by sentence, through that well-known pro-solar-energy quote by the late inventor Thomas Edison. “I put my money on the sun and solar energy!” Hirshen boomed, smiling. “I put my money on the sun and solar energy!” the enthusiastic children responded, as if reciting a cheer. “What a source of power!” Hirshen continued. And so on. Hirshen and his students were celebrating the school’s recent acquisition of a new solar oven at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. The oven—made of kiln-dried wood, with reflective aluminum “wings” and a Plexiglas cover—operates solely via the power of the sun; the school purchased it from well-known Illinois-based Sun Ovens International Inc., which offers a discount for schools. The slow-cooking, energy-saving oven,

which can reach a temperature of up to 400 degrees, is a perfect tool for Hirshen’s foodeducation program, with its emphasis on carefully prepared, healthful food and sustainable practices, such as recycling and composting. On a recent Tuesday, almost a week into Sherwood Montessori’s new school year, Hirshen and various classes over the course of the day—kindergarteners through eighth-graders—were doing their part to create a sun-dried-tomato, ratatouille and ricotta pizza, which was to be cooked in the solar oven the following day. The pizza-making adventure was not, however, the inaugural test for the oven— that honor went to a rice, squash and almond dish prepared during the first week of school, featuring Massa Organics brown rice, Hirshen’s homegrown almonds, and heirloom tromboncino squash from the garden of his friend and longtime cookingeducation cohort, chef Alex Cilensek, who runs a similar cooking program at Chapman Elementary School and Rose Scott Open-Structure School. Eleven-year-old Lily Sajadi—who

was in the school kitchen with fellow students in her fourth-fifth-sixth-grade combination class—joyfully added vinegar to the milk-and-salt mixture simmering on the stove, which would become the ricotta cheese with which to top the collaboratively made pizza. Ever the sustainability-conscious teacher, Hirshen had collected the unopened milks left over from lunch for Sun Oven connection:

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use in the making of the cheese. Heirloom tomatoes—some from the school garden, some donated by friends and family—as well as peppers and various types of eggplant were piled on the kitchen counter, awaiting their turn to be made into ratatouille for the pizza. “I’m a gluten-free kid!” offered 9-yearold Sam Williams, when the topic of the use of gluten-free flour for the crust came up. “We use gluten-free flour for health,” Hirshen said, before lining up the excited students to each add a portion of the necessary six cups of flour into a large mixing bowl containing water, salt and active dry yeast, and stir. “Teaching the kids to do the right thing about food and sustainability is the way to go,” Hirshen said. “By using the solar oven, we’re saving energy—we’re saving the planet.” A solar oven “has a low carbon footprint,” he pointed out. “We teach them about gardening, cooking and sustainability starting in kindergarten. So by the time they are teenagers, they will know all about what local and organic means, about solar energy, how to keep their own garden, how to take care of the environment.” Hirshen and his students are in the early stages of planning a cookbook—their second—featuring “some solar recipes.” “Our program is as organic and local as possible, completely vegetarian—often vegan—and uses only plant-based whole foods,” he said. “As a teacher, I love to teach the things that are going to make the whole world better. And these kids will be in charge of that world someday.” GREENWAYS continued on page 17 September 5, 2013

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Sherwood Montessori pizza Make this healthful sun-dried tomato, ratatouille and ricotta pizza in a solar oven (makes 2 pizzas): 2 cups cold water 1 tbsp. active dry yeast 1 tbsp. salt 1 tsp. organic sugar 1 tsp. rice-bran oil 3 cups Bob’s Red Mill organic brown-rice flour 3 cups Bob’s Red Mill glutenfree all-purpose baking flour 3 cups Bella Sun Luci Rich & Thick pizza sauce 1 cup homemade ricotta (see recipe below) 2 cups grated parmesan cheese 2 large zucchini (seeds removed, diced small and pre-baked with 1 head’s worth of chopped garlic cloves and salt to taste) 8 small, long eggplants (halved and pre-baked with rice-bran oil and salt) 8 medium-sized heirloom tomatoes, sliced Dough: Combine water, yeast, salt and sugar; stir a few minutes to dissolve everything, then stir in brown-rice flour and gluten-free allpurpose baking flour, a little at a time. Form a ball, cover with a damp cloth and put in the refrigerator overnight.

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Ricotta recipe: Scald 8 cups milk (whole milk is best) with 1 tsp. salt mixed in. Simmering, add 3 tbsp. white wine vinegar. After a minute or so, the curds will separate from the whey. Remove the curds with a fine strainer; place on cheesecloth stretched over a colander and lightly squeeze some of the liquid out. Let sit 10 minutes, then refrigerate. When cool, remove the cheesecloth and … enjoy! Note: While zucchini and eggplants can be cooked in a conventional oven, if you have the extra time (and a sunny sky), they can also be cooked in the solar oven, at 300 degrees for about 45 minutes or at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

UNCOMMON SENSE Free, eco-friendly school supplies Hey, Butte County students! Before you plan a trip to the store for school supplies, head over to the Chico State Sustainability office (Bell Memorial Union 301) during office hours (Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.) and check out the selection of free school and office supplies on the shelves stocked by the AS Recycling Program. Items include binders, spiral notebooks, folders, file folders, hanging folders, clipboards, note cards, printer paper, envelopes, books, various electronics, and more. Note: If you have any spare supplies you’d like to donate, visit A.S. Recycling (417 Cherry St.) during donation hours on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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of the Chico State Herbarium, sent me a press release recently, announcing some noteworthy upcoming events. The Friends of the Chico State Herbarium’s third annual Fall Photo Contest is seeking submissions; photos must be of California native plants, in 8by-10-inch format, both as a hard copy and as a digital file (maximum two entries per participant). First prize is $100 (or a free herbarium workshop); second prize, $50 and an herbarium T-shirt; and third, $25 and a T-shirt. Photos will be displayed on Nov. 2 at the Herbarium Annual Meeting. Bring entries (plus $10 entry fee) to the Gateway Science Museum ticket office, or mail them to: 2013 Plant Photo Contest, Chico State Herbarium, CSU Chico, Chico, CA 95929-0515. Email John at friendsofthe to send digital file. Maximum of two entries per participant; all entries must be received by Oct. 25. And, the herbarium’s Designing a Pollinator Garden workshop—hosted by John Whittlesey and Adrienne Edwards—will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Chico State’s Holt Hall, room 129. “Learn how to design a garden to encourage native pollinators by using plants that provide overlapping nectar, pollen and larval food sources, providing pollinator nesting habitat, and eliminating the use of pesticides that kill non-target pollinators,” the press release said. Cost is $100 and advance registration is required. For more info, call 898-5356 or send an email to Go to to register.


cannot include all of the wonderful recycled-material postcards I received in response to my Aug. 8 column, but I just want to mention a few more. “Oh, I love the challenge of yours—make & send a postcard!” wrote Lee Anna, on the back of a bright-yellow postcard featuring a recycled-greeting-card photo of a yellow duckling on the front (pictured). “I, too, want to save the postcard—a small, friendly slice of homemade life. I think of it Cute recycled-material duck as everyday art.” “Oh, Miss Christine! What a lovely idea— postcard from Lee Anna. make my own postcards!” wrote Lori, on the back of a handmade card featuring a black-and-white picture of a harriedlooking woman (pictured) she claims “is me a couple of years ago in a family mystery play written by a family member, produced at the family farm in Cohocton, New York.” “Thanks for the great idea,” wrote Jamie Musser on the back of a recycled Avenue 9 Gallery postcard onto which she glued (with furniture glue) the back of a used envelope on which to write. It just so happens that I wrote about Musser’s local thrift shop on East Ninth Avenue—Lovene’s Clothing & Collectables—in December of last year (see “Thrift-shop grande dame,” Dec. 13, 2012). Lori’s handmade card featuring “Have been saving gallery announcements and greeting cards too great to just “me a couple of years ago in a family mystery play,” as she put it. toss into the recycling bin for ages and ages,” she continued. “Now I can begin decluttering. First, rather than [using] a jug of furniture glue, [I will] get something more suitable.”

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hen you’re good at something, you want to leverage that. Monsanto’s specialty is killing stuff. In the early years, the biotech giant helped pioneer such leading chemicals as DDT, PCBs and Agent Orange. Unfortunately, these breakthroughs had a tendency to kill stuff. And the torrent of lawsuits that comes from random killing put a crimp in long-term profitability. So Monsanto hatched a less lethal, more lucrative plan: The company would attempt to take control of the world’s food supply. It began in the mid-’90s, when Monsanto developed genetically modified crops such as soybeans, alfalfa, sugar beets and wheat. These “Frankencrops” were immune to its leading weed killer, Roundup. That meant that farmers no longer had to till the land to destroy weeds, as they’d done for hundreds of years. They could simply blast entire fields with chemicals, leaving GM crops the only thing standing. Problem solved. The so-called no-till revolution promised greater yields, better profits for the family farm and a heightened ability to feed a growing world. But there was one small problem: Agriculture had placed a belligerent strongman in charge of the buffet line. Monsanto knew that it needed more than genetically modified crops to squeeze out competitors, so it also began buying the biggest seed businesses, spending $12 billion by the time its splurge concluded. The company was cornering agriculture by buying up the best shelf space and distribution channels. All its boasting about global benevolence began to look much more like a naked power grab. Seed prices soared. Between 1995 and 2011, the cost of soybeans increased 325 percent. The price of corn rose 259 percent. And the cost of genetically modified cotton jumped a stunning 516 percent. Instead of feeding the world, Monsanto simply drove prices through the roof, taking

the biggest share for itself. And rapidly increasing seed and pesticide costs were tamping farmers’ incomes. To further corner the field, Monsanto offered steep discounts to independent dealers willing to restrict themselves to mostly selling Monsanto products. And the arrangements brought severe punishment if independents ever sold out to a rival. Intel Corp. had run a similar campaign within the tech industry, only to be drilled by the European Union with a record $1.45 billion fine for anti-competitive practices. Yet U.S. regulators showed little concern for Monsanto’s expanding power. “They’re a pesticide company that’s bought up seed firms,” said Bill Freese, a scientist at the Center for Food Safety, a nonprofit public-interest and environmental-advocacy group. “Businesswise, it’s a beautiful, really smart strategy. “It’s just awful for agriculture and the environment.” Today, Monsanto seeds cover 40 percent of America’s crop acres—and 27 percent worldwide. “Less competition in the seed industry for growers means less diversity—and for consumers, as well—and in the long run, it means higher prices,” said Raoul Adamchak, an agriculture professor at UC Davis. “At some point, it’s really more of a government-regula-

tion issue than anything else. There are some industries [in which] the government really tries to foster competition. But the seed industry isn’t one of them.”

Seeds of destruction It didn’t used to be like this. At one time, seed companies were just large-scale farmers who grew various strains for next year’s crop. Most of the innovative hybrids and crossbreeding were done the old-fashioned way, at public universities, and the results

Raoul Adamchak, an agriculture professor at UC Davis, believes that less competition in the seed industry will result in higher prices for consumers. PHOTO BY LISA BAETZ

were shared publicly. “It was done in a completely open-sourced way,” said Charles Benbrook, a research professor at Washington State University. “Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture exchanged all sorts of seeds with other scientists and researchers all over the world.” The first crack appeared in 1970, when


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How Monsanto developed its stranglehold on the

“Less competition in the seed industry for growers means less diversity— and for consumers, as well—and in the long run, it means higher prices.” —Raoul Adamchak, UC Davis professor

Congress empowered the U.S. Department of Agriculture to grant exclusive marketing rights to novel strains, with two exceptions: Farmers could replant the seeds if they chose, and patented varieties had to be provided to researchers. But a landmark Supreme Court decision in 1980 allowed the patenting of living organisms. The decision was intended to increase research and innovation. But it had the opposite effect, encouraging market concentration. Monsanto would soon go on its buying spree, gobbling up every rival seed company in sight. It patented the best seeds for genetic engineering, leaving only the inferior for sale as conventional, non-genetically modified brands. Biotech giants Syngenta A.G. and DuPont both sued, accusing Monsanto of monopolistic practices and a “scorched-earth campaign” in its seed-company contracts. But instead of bringing reform, the companies reached settlements that granted them licenses to use, sell and cross-develop Monsanto products. (Some DuPont suits drag on.) It wasn’t until 2009 that the U.S. Justice

Department, working in concert with several state attorneys general, began investigating Monsanto for antitrust violations. But three years later, the feds quietly dropped the case. Historically, farmers have been able to save money on seeds by using those produced by last year’s crops for the coming year’s planting. But such cost-saving methods are largely a thing of the past. Monsanto’s thick contracts dropped like shackles on the kitchen tables of every farmer who used the company’s seeds, allowing Monsanto access to farmers’ records and fields and prohibiting them from replanting leftover seed, essentially forcing farmers to buy new seed every year— or face up to $3 million in damages. Armed with lawyers and private investigators, the company has embarked on a campaign of spying and intimidation. Farmers call them the “seed police,” using words such as “gestapo” and “mafia” to describe the company’s tactics. Monsanto’s agents fan out into small towns, where they secretly videotape and photograph farmers, store owners and co-ops; infiltrate community meetings; and gather information from informants. Some Monsanto agents pretend to be surveyors; others confront farmers on their land and try to pressure them into signing papers that give Monsanto access to their private records. In 2006, the Center for Food Safety estimated that Monsanto had pressured as many as 4,500 farmers into paying settlements worth as much as $160 million. Yet Monsanto wanted even more leverage. So, it naturally turned to Congress. Earlier this year, a little-noticed provision was slipped into a budget resolution, which granted the company an unheard of get-outof-jail-free card widely known as the “Monsanto Protection Act.” Despite indications that GM foods could have adverse health effects, the feds have never bothered to extensively study them. Instead, they’ve basically taken Monsanto’s word that all is kosher. So organic farmers and their allies sued the company in 2009, claiming that Monsanto’s GM sugar beets had not been studied enough. A year later, a judge agreed, ordering all recently planted GM sugar-beet crops destroyed until their environ-

Thanks to Monsanto, between 1995 and 2011, the seed price of soybeans (top) rose 325 percent, seed-corn prices (center) went up 259 percent, and the seed price of GM cotton (bottom) rose by a whopping 516 percent. PHOTOS BY ISTOCKPHOTO/THINKSTOCK

mental impact was studied. The Monsanto Protection Act was designed to end such rulings. It essentially bars judges from intervening during lawsuits—a notion that would seem highly unconstitutional. Not that Congress noticed. Monsanto has spent more than $10 million on campaign contributions in the past decade—and another $70 million on lobbying since 1998. These days, the company has infiltrated the highest levels of government. It has ties to the Supreme Court (former Monsanto lawyer Clarence Thomas), with former and current employees in high-level posts at the USDA and the Food and Drug Administration. (Monsanto declined an interview request for this story, as did the Department of Justice.) But the real coup came when President Barack Obama appointed former Monsanto vice president Michael Taylor as the FDA’s new deputy commissioner for foods. It was akin to making George Zimmerman the czar of gun safety.

A bigger problem At the same time that Monsanto was cornering the food supply, its principal products— GM crops—were receiving less scrutiny than a National Security Agency contractor. Monsanto understood early on that the best way to stave off bad publicity was to limit research. Prior to a recently negotiated agreement with major universities, the company had severely restricted access to its seeds; 95 percent of genetic-engineering research is paid for and controlled by corporations like Monsanto. Meanwhile, former employees embedded in government make sure the feds never get too nosy. Michael Taylor has turned that into an art form. He’s gone back and forth from government to Monsanto enough times that it’s no “MONSANTO” continued on page 20

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longer just a revolving door, it’s a Batpole. During an early ’90s stint with the FDA, he helped usher bovine growth-hormone milk into the food supply and authored the decision that kept the government out of Monsanto’s GM crop business. Known as “substantial equivalence,” it declared that genetically modified products are essentially the same as their non-GM counterparts—and therefore require no additional labeling or testing for food safety or toxicity. “It’s simply a political calculation invented by Michael Taylor and Monsanto and adopted by U.S. federal policymakers to resist labeling,” said Jim Gerritsen, a farmer in Maine. “You have this collusion between corporations and the government, and the essence is that the people’s interest isn’t being served.” The FDA is a prime example. It approves GM crops by doing no testing of its own; it simply takes Monsanto’s word for their safety. Meanwhile, it appears that the GM revolution has done little more than raise the cost of food. A 2009 study by Doug Gurian-Sherman with the Union of Concerned Scientists looked at four Monsanto seeds and found only minimal increases in yield. Since GM crops cost more to produce, their economic benefit seemed questionable at best. “It pales in comparison to other conventional approaches,” said Gurian-Sherman. “It’s a lot more expensive, and it comes with a lot of baggage ... like pesticide use, monopoly issues and control of the seed supply.” Use of those pesticides has soared as weeds and insects become increasingly resistant to them. Since GM crops were introduced in 1996, pesticide usage has increased by 404 million pounds. Last year, Syngenta, one of the world’s largest pesticide makers, reported that sales of its major corn-soil insecticide more than doubled in 2012, a response to increased resistance to Monsanto’s pesticides. Part of the blame belongs to a monoculture that developed around farming. “It’s a no-brainer that if you have an herbicide-tolerant crop planted in the ground year after year, you’re going to get resistance to weeds and possible environmental contamination,” said Adamchak of UC Davis. “It’s not just genetically engineered technology, but how it’s used.” But when corn prices are high, who wants to grow a less profitable crop? The result has been soil degradation (heavy glyphosate use damages soil microbes that impact plant nutrients), increasingly static yields, and an epidemic of weed and insect resistance. Weeds and insects are fighting back with their own law: that of natural selection. Last year, 49 percent of surveyed farmers reported Roundup-resistant weeds on their farms, up from 34 percent the year before. The problem costs farmers more than $1 billion annually. Pests like Roundup-resistant pigweed can grow as thick as your arm and more than 6 feet high, requiring removal by hand. Many farmers simply abandon weed-choked fields. In order to kill the pests, giants like Monsanto and Dow Chemical Co. are developing crops capable of withstanding even harsher pesticides, resulting in an endless cycle of 20 CN&R September 5, 2013

President Barack Obama appointed former Monsanto Vice President Michael Taylor (pictured) as the FDA’s new deputy commisioner for foods. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE U.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION

greater pesticide use at commensurate financial and environmental cost. “We are not making our agriculture more resistant to environmental stress, not lowering the amount of pesticides and not creating a sustainable agricultural system that works,” said Mary-Howell Martens, an organic grain farmer in New York. “There are so many things that are short-term, quick-buck kind of things, without any kind of eye to if this is going to be a good deal long-term.”

Next stop: the world! The biggest issue for Monsanto’s global growth: It doesn’t have the same juice with foreign governments as it does with ours. The countries that need GM seeds often can’t afford them (or don’t trust Monsanto). And the nations that can afford them (other than us) don’t really want them (or don’t trust Monsanto). Ask Mike Mack, CEO of the Swiss biotech giant Syngenta. The Swiss, he argues, are more interested in environmental safety and food quality than in saving a few pennies at the grocery store. “Switzerland’s greatest natural resource is that it is a beautiful country that brings in a lot of tourism,” he said. “If the Swiss could lower their consumption spending by 1 percent by applying high-productivity farming, they probably would not do it if it requires changing their approach to how they think about food.” Although the European Union imports 30 million tons of GM crops annually for livestock feed, it’s approved only two GM crops for human consumption. In April, biotech companies took another hit when the European Union banned neonicotinoids—aka “neonics”—one of the most powerful and popular insecticides in the world. It’s a derivative of nicotine that’s poisonous to plants and insects. German giant Bayer CropScience and Syngenta both make neonics, which are used to coat seeds, protecting crops in their early growth stages. In America, 90 percent of the corn crop comes with the coating. The problem is that plants sweat these chemicals out in the morning dew, where they’re inadvertently picked up by bees.

Last year, Christian Krupke, a professor of entomology at Purdue University, did one of the first studies linking neonics to the collapse of bee colonies, which threatens the entire food system. “Honey bees are responsible for the production of one-third our daily diet in our society,” said nationally recognized UC Davis apiculturist Eric Mussen. “And in California, proper [bee-pollinated crops] make over $6 billion.” These mysterious collapses—in which bees simply fly off and die—have been reported as far back as 1918. Yet over the past seven years, mortality rates have tripled. Some U.S. regions are witnessing the death of more than half their populations. “We’re looking at bee kills, persistently during corn-planting time,” Krupke explained. “So, what was killing these bees at corn planting?” His study links the rise to Monsanto’s GM corn, which has been widely treated with neonics since 2005. Is it causing bee deaths? The European Union ban should tell us a lot, but in the meantime, the U.S. government is content to let its citizens serve as guinea pigs. Similar worries apply to contamination from GM crops. This became abundantly clear in 2010, when a federal judge demanded that all U.S. farmers stop planting GM sugar beets. Farmers were surprised to find that there was very little non-GM sugar-beet seed to be had. Since the GM variety was intro-

“We are not making our agriculture more resistant to environmental stress, not lowering the amount of pesticides and not creating a sustainable agricultural system that works.” —Mary-Howell Martens, organic farmer

duced in 2005, Monsanto had driven just about everyone else out of the market. Frank Morton’s organic sugar-beet farm in Oregon’s Willamette Valley is just 2 miles from a GM sugar-beet farm. Unfortunately, beet pollen can travel as far as 5 miles, crosspollinating other farmers’ fields and, in the case of an organic farmer, threatening his ability to sell his crop as organic and GM-free. The contamination can arrive in the most benign ways. Morton recalls how a landscaper bought potting soil from a nearby GM beet farm, then sold it to homeowners throughout the area. A scientist from Oregon State University discovered the error. Morton claims the landscaper was forced to retrieve the soil—lest nearby farms become contaminated—paying his customers $100 each to not say anything. It’s especially galling because GM crops have perverted longstanding property law. Organic farmers, for example, are responsible for protecting their farms from contamination, since courts have consistently refused to hold GM growers liable. Kansas farmer Bryce Stephens had to stop growing organic corn and soybeans for fear of contamination; he has 30-foot buffer crops to protect his organic wheat. (Wheat pollen doesn’t travel far.) “Monsanto and the biotechs need to respect traditional property rights and need to keep their pollution on their side of the fence,” said Maine farmer Jim Gerritsen. “If it was anything but agriculture, nobody would question it. If I decided to spray my house purple, and I sprayed on a day that was windy, and my purple paint drifted onto your house and contaminated your siding and shingles, there isn’t a court in the nation that wouldn’t in two minutes find me guilty of irresponsibly damaging your property.” Contamination isn’t just about boutique organic brands, either. It maims U.S. exports, too. Bayer grew unapproved, experimental GM rice at test plots around Louisiana State University for just one year. Within five years, these plots had contaminated 30 percent of U.S. rice acreage, and Bayer’s rice was found as far away as Central America and Africa. Within days of the announcement, rice futures lost $150 million in value, while U.S. rice exports dropped by 20 percent during the next year. Back in June, a Monsanto test of GM wheat mysteriously contaminated an Oregon farm eight years after the test was shut down. Japan and South Korea immediately halted imports of U.S. soft white wheat—a particularly harsh pill for the Japanese, who have used our white wheat in nearly all their cakes and confectionery since the 1960s. Monsanto’s response? It’s blaming the whole mess on ecoterrorism.

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people to be lab rats in an experiment, could they at least know where it is so they can decide whether they want to participate or not?” asked Lance Harvell, a Republican state representative from Maine. “If the FDA isn’t going to do their job, it’s time we stepped in.” In July, Harvell’s GM-labeling law overwhelmingly passed the Maine House and Senate and awaits the governor’s signature. That makes Maine the second state (nine days after Connecticut) to pass a GM-labeling law. The right-to-know movement has picked up steam since chemical companies defeated California’s labeling initiative, thanks to a $46 million publicity campaign. UC Davis agricultural economists Daniel A. Sumner and Julian M. Alston wrote a study supporting opponents’ claims that Proposition 37 could result in $1.2 billion in higher costs. It and a report by fellow UC Davis professor Colin Carter drew fire for its inaccuracies and assumptions. Much of the report was based on the testimony of food manufacturers and their assumption (shared by the researchers) that a GM label would be such a kiss of death, leading to exaggerated guesstimates. “It could well be the case that the food-processor folks are overreacting,” Sumner told the N&R. “And it’s certainly possible over time they would say we don’t see consumers caring very much, this GM label doesn’t matter to the average consumer.” He acknowledges that it’s hard to

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even know how many products use GM crops or how essential they are to the process, which, of course, is sort of the point. A recent ABC News poll found that 93 percent of Americans surveyed support GM labeling. When Vermont raised the issue a year ago, a Monsanto official indicated that the company might sue. But the states are smart. The new laws in both Maine and Connecticut won’t take effect until other states pass similar legislation, so they can share defense costs. What’s interesting is that Harvell, by his own admission, is a very conservative Republican. Yet on this issue, left and right have the same quest for greater caution. “God gave the seed to the earth and the fruit to the trees,” Harvell said. “Notice it didn’t say he granted Monsanto a patent. The human body has developed with its seeds. You’re making a major leap into Pandora’s Box—a quantum leap that maybe the human body isn’t ready to make yet.” Meanwhile, new studies show that non-GM crops in America and Europe are increasing their yields faster than GM crops. “All this talk about feeding the world, it’s really PR,” explained Wenonah Hauter, author of Foodopoly and executive director of Food & Water Watch. “The hope is to get into these new markets, force farmers to pay for seed, then start changing the food and eating habits of the developing world.” Since farming is such a timeworn tradition, there’s a tendency to take it for granted, and that worries a lot of people. But as much as he hates GM, Bryce Stephens is sanguine. “I’ve seen changes since I was little to where it is now,” the Kansas farmer said. “I don’t think it will last. This land and these people here have gone through cycles of boom and bust. We’re just in another cycle, and it will be something different.” Providing we don’t break it Ω irreparably first.

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An early photo of the Chico Women’s Club board of directors at the club sometime before the construction of Pine Street (Bidwell Park is still visible right outside the window). And, women in the club today: J. Chavez on the Steinway, and Claire Fong (left) and Margo Crabb selling wares at the club during Chikoko’s Bizarre Bazzar. PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHICO WOMEN’S CLUB


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Revitalized Chico Women’s Club celebrates 100 years

T very proud of their newly restored 1911 Steinway grand piano, and deservedly so. “It’s come back to life,” said visiting he members of the Chico Women’s Club are

pianist Frederick Hodges last March after playing it during the Chico Silent Film Festival. Hodges had also played it at the club the previous year, before by its transformation. “Now it is not only a Jason restored instrument,” he said, “but it’s a magCassidy nificent, world-class instrument.” jasonc@ The Steinway isn’t the only thing that’s “come back to life.” The restored century-old treasure is a fitting symbol at this point in time for the Chico Women’s Club, which celebrates its 100-year anniversary this month CWC birthday after a reinvigorated club membership spent parties: the previous decade restoring the venue—a 100th Anniversary Celebration, longstanding community treasure that has Sunday, Sept. 8, been home to not only the women’s club but 2-5 p.m., free. also countless community events and private parties over the years. “It is very difficult to Ebony & Ivory find anyone in Chico who has not been to a Progressive Dinner, Friday, Sept. 27, Chico Women’s Club event,” said trustee 5:15-9:30 p.m. Glynda-Lee Hoffman during a recent interTickets: $50, view at the club with her and fellow member available at Renee Renaud. Lyon Books, In 2004, after years of losing members to Zucchini & Vine, declining health and old age, the aging buildDiamond W Western Wear, or online at ing had started to deteriorate. Around that www.chicowomens time, a few new, younger members—Jeanne (click “ticket Christopherson, Rosemary Quinn, as well as booth”). Renaud and Hoffmann—took the reins. Under the new leadership, membership went Chico Women’s Club from 15 to more than 100. With the infusion 592 E. Third St. of new energy came an overhaul of the build894-1978 ing: new paint inside and out, a new heating www.chicowomens and air-conditioning system, new tile on the walkway, new curtains, cleanup of the basement (including the organization of the club’s archives), new chairs, and—coming soon—a resurfaced parking lot. And, of course, there was also the restoration of the Steinway, which was immediately put to work for the Ebony & Ivory restoration-benefit project, a series of five monthly concerts that started in April and will be capped off with two 100th-anniver24 CN&R September 5, 2013

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sary celebrations: the 100th birthday party on Sept. 8 at the club, a free event featuring food, stories, a proclamation from the mayor, and pianist John Paris on the Steinway; and a progressive-dinner fundraiser on Sept. 27.

THURSDAY NIGHT MARKET: Downtown Chico’s weekly marketplace with local produce, vendors, entertainment and music. Th, 69pm through 9/26. Downtown Chico;

Music BIG TWANG THEORY: Peter Rowan is a musical chameleon (who has

As Chico Women’s Club legend goes, in the summer

of 1913, Mrs. O.W. (Margaret) March, after arriving in Chico from Cherokee, Iowa, said to her friend Mrs. W. F. Gage, “Chico needs a women’s club. … I have the know-how, and you have the friends. If you would ask maybe 10 or 12 of your friends to come to your house, we would meet there.” The first meeting actually took place in the home of Mattie Landis (her house at 381 E. Fourth St. is currently owned by another women’s club, the Alpha Chi sorority next door), and in October 2013, the Chico Art Club was officially born. With 29 charter members, the women met in each others’ homes and in various buildings around Chico. In 1928, the club bought a lot at the east end of the Woodland Park subdivision and raised enough money before the Depression hit to build the current clubhouse that was completed in October 1933. Reports of the official opening in the Chico Enterprise quoted Mrs. D.B. Rider, the district president of the California Federation of Women’s Clubs, who christened the new space: “This club will be the mecca for women’s activities. It will stand as a symbol to the desire of its members to be a factor in building up the social and cultural life of the community.” In addition to hosting concerts and lectures, the women’s community-building efforts included some impressive civic projects. They spearheaded the Caper Acres playground project, helped with the restoration of Bidwell Mansion, and organized the cleanup and creation of the Annie’s Glen area of Bidwell Park. And during the revitalization over the past decade, the current membership carried the community-building torch by sponsoring a wide variety of programs—the Works in the Works performance festival, the Bioneers documentary series, scholarships for Fair View High School girls, and the annual Celebration of Women variety show, to name a few. When asked what their hopes are for the future of the Chico Women’s Club, Hoffmann is quick to say that she’d like to see the club continue its growth: “We would like to see younger members come in and figure out new ways to use the building.” Ω

played with Bill Monroe, and formed Old and in the Way with David Grisman and Jerry Garcia) and his bluegrass/honky-tonk four-piece is one of the most promising-looking acts on the Chico Performances fall calendar. Th, 9/5, 7:30pm. $18-$32. Laxson Auditorium at Chico State, W. First St. Chico, CA 95928; (530) 898-6333.

NEW MONSOON: San Fransisco-based rock band will knock your dancing boots off. Th, 9/5, 7:30-9:30pm. $15. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., 1075 E. 20th St., (530) 893-3520, www.sierra

Poetry/Literature AUTHOR PRESENTATION: Book signing and discussion with Emily

Brandy, author of Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier. Th, 9/5, 7pm. Free. Lyon Books, 135 Main St.; (530) 8913338;

Theater ARSENIC AND OLD LACE: Follow Mortimer Brewster as he navigates through a family of secrets, thwarting police and a fiance at home. Th-Sa, 7:30pm; Su, 2pm through 9/29. $10-$22. Theatre on the Ridge Playhouse, 3735 Neal Road in Paradise, (530) 877-5760,

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PAULA POUNDSTONE IN PARADISE Saturday, Sept. 7 Paradise Performing Arts Center



1078 GALLERY: Skeleton Keys and the Rain, An


exhibition of new works created by Josh Olivera, a local MFA graduate in fine arts as well as Bay area artist, Jeff Rindels. Through 9/21, 12:30-5:30pm. 820 Broadway, (530) 3431973,

UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY: Melissa Haviland, exhibition featuring screen prints, graphite drawings and large-scale charcoal work. MF, 9am-5pm through 9/20. Trinity Hall at Chico State, (530) 898-5864.

PLAY ON!: A humorous take on community theater that will have you laughing out of your seats. Opening night, Sa, 7:30pm. Continues 9/12-9/22. $12-$20. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Road, Ste. F, (530) 894-3282,

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE: See Thursday. Theatre on the Ridge Playhouse, 3735 Neal Road in Paradise, (530) 877-5760,



Music CENTENNIAL ORGAN SERIES: Canadian organist

Ryan Enright will tap the organ’s magnificence

to present music from Austria, Germany and Spain. F, 9/6, 7:30pm. $6-15. Harlen Adams Theatre, Chico State, (530) 898-6333,

Art Receptions SKELETON KEYS AND THE RAIN: group show featuring paintings and collage by Chico State alumnus Josh Olivera and Jeff Rindels. F, 9/6, 5-7pm. 1078 Gallery, 820 Broadway, (530) 3431973,

agriculture and transportation in the early 1900’s. Sa, 9/7, 10:30am-1:30pm. $5. Patrick Ranch Museum, 10381 Midway, Chico, Halfway between Chico and Durham, (530) 342-4359.

PAULA POUNDSTONE IN PARADISE: Intelligent and witty, Paula Poundstone brings spontaneity and humor to the foothills. Sa, 9/7, 7:30pm. $40. Paradise Performing Arts Center, 777 Nunnelly Road in Paradise, (530) 872-8454, 180898072087464.

VA VA VOOM BURLESQUE VIXENS: Join these traditional burlesque dancers with modern looks and titillating humor for a saucy night of fun. Sa, 9/7, 8pm. $5. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave., (707) 616-8524, events/203727693123810.

Music MUSIC IN THE WIND: An eclectic mix of music for

Theater ARSENIC AND OLD LACE: See Thursday. Theatre on the Ridge Playhouse, 3735 Neal Road in Paradise, (530) 877-5760,



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wind instruments performed by North Valley Chamber Choir and Chamber Players with works by Jaques Ibert, Robert Muczynski and more. Sa, 9/7, 7:30pm. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2341 Floral Ave., (530) 894-1971.

SHOW IN THE GARDEN: An end of summer gathering with food, beer and wine with proceeds going to KZFR, and musical entertainment by local bands Bunnymilk and The Michelin Embers. Sa, 9/7, 6-9pm. Free. Magnolia Gift & Garden, 1367 East Ave., (530) 894-5410,

MUSEUM GIFT-SHOP OPENING: Grand opening for the Patrick Ranch Museum’s gift shop includes a day of discovery with local historian David Nopel, with discussion of

Special Events TASTE OF CHICO: A community event featuring over 100 restaurants, breweries, and wineries with continual live music and previews from dozens of local artists. Su, 9/8, 12-4pm. $15$30. Downtown Chico.

Theater ARSENIC AND OLD LACE: See Thursday. Theatre on the Ridge Playhouse, 3735 Neal Road in Paradise, (530) 877-5760,



multi-media exhibit. Ongoing. 830 Broadway, (530) 894-5227,


AVENUE 9 GALLERY: Chico Icons 2013:

Neighborhoods, A group show featuring 23 artists’ interpretations of neighborhoods and their significance. Through 9/7. 180 E. Ninth Ave., (530) 879-1821,

CHICO ART CENTER: All Media National Juried

Exhibition, presents 31 artists from across the country showcasing film, ceramics, painting, printmaking, and mixed media sculpture intended to showcase art’s diversity. Through 9/6, 10am-4pm. 450 Orange St., (530) 895-8726, www.chicoart


Noctambulism and The Parasomnia Experience, works created by Erin Banwell through an array of techniques and technologies signature to the “modern maker” movement. Through 9/30. 603 Orange St., (530) 592-0609.

and Night, a close look at birds in hand with incredible detail. Ongoing. 1968 E. Eighth St., (530) 891-4671,

CHICO MUSEUM: Chico in Black and White, an exhibit featuring historical photos from the John Nopel collection. Ongoing. 141 Salem St., (530) 891-4336.


Dystopia: Landscape as Metaphor, artists explore landscape through various forms of the human experience. M-Sa, 11am-4pm through 9/21. Chico State, (530) 898-4476,

VALENE L. SMITH MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY: Geographies of the Imagination, Lydia Nakashima Degarrrod created images, maps and video depicting Chilean men and women’s experiences under Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship. M-F, 11am-3pm through 9/25. CSUC Meriam Library Complex.


Original Bag Ladies are Back, eight local artist have been gathering items and saving them in bags. It has finally come time to see the art they have created from the task. 9/7-10/31. 254 E. Fourth St., (530) 343-2930,

Music BROKEDOWN IN BAKERSFIELD: Local faves Tim and Nick Bluhm and company break down that Bakersfield sound. M, 9/9, 7:30-9:30pm. $25. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., 1075 E. 20th St., 893-3520,



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CHICO PALIO: The annual community event and Artoberfest kick-off, featuring the Chico Palio “horse art” race, music, food and tons of art and performances by Reckoning, Hannah Kile, Chico Theater Company and more. Sa, 9/7, 125pm. Bidwell Park: Group Picnic Area by Sycamore Field, (530) 343-1232.



ALL FIRED UP: Pottery show, a pottery and

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE PLAY ON! Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 5-8 Saturday, Sept. 7 Theatre on the Ridge Chico Theater Company


UNIVERSITY FILM SERIES: A weekly presentation of international films. This week: The Elephant Man. Directed by David Lynch. Tu, 7:30pm. Opens 9/3. $3. Ayres Hall 106, First St. 106 corner First Street and Salem, (530) 899-7921,

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The greatest small-town celebrations are those big on the WTF? factor. Take, for example, the Chico Palio. It’s a horse race, fashioned after the Palio di Siena in Italy, except the local version doesn’t use real horses. Instead, art horses crafted of papier-maché and other materials are jockeyed around a track at Bidwell Park’s Sycamore Field by teams of cosEDITOR’S PICK tumed community members. Chico Palio takes place Saturday, Sept. 7, and kicks off a weekend that includes the big Taste of Chico local-restaurant street fair downtown on Sunday, Sept. 8. The horse race also marks the start of Artoberfest, a month-long celebration of local arts featuring more than 130 separate happenings. Go to for more information and a full calendar of events. September 5, 2013

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Community AFRICAN DANCE CLASS: A workout set to the sounds and rhythms of West Africa. Call for info. M, 6pm. $10. Chico Grange Hall, 2775 Old Nord Ave., (530) 321-5607.

AFRO-CARIBBEAN DANCE: Dances of Cuba, Haiti,

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


ART EDUCATION PROGRAM: Taught by local artist Carol Preble-Miles with a theme of botanical style illustrations. Call for more info. Sa, 9/7, 11:30am. $5. Patrick Ranch Museum, 10381 Midway, (530) 342-4359.

CHAPMAN FARMERS’ MARKET: A year-round Certified Farmers Market serving as a community forum for healthful lifestyle promotion and education. F, 2-5:30pm. Chapman Mulberry Community Center, 1010 Cleveland Ave., (530) 624-8844,



Community: An Experimental Activity. Th, 9/5, 3pm. Free. Selvester’s Café, 400 W. First St. 100, (530) 898-6333,

DANCE SANCTUARY WAVE: Bring a water bottle, drop your mind, find your feet and free your spirit. Call for more info. Tu, 6:30-8:30pm. $10. Call for details, (530) 891-6524.

DANCING FREEDOM: A weekly open dance with

the elements. F, 6-8pm. $6-$12 sliding scale. Subud Hall, 574 E. 12th St., (530) 532-1989.

FARMERS’ MARKET: OROVILLE: Farm-fresh produce, hand-crafted wares and entertainment. First Sa of every month, 7:30am-noon through 10/26. Prices vary. Oroville Municipal Auditorium, 1200 Myers St. in Oroville, (530) 589-0735.

FARMERS’ MARKET - SATURDAY: Baked goods, honey, fruits and veggies, crafts and more. Sa, 7:30am-1pm. Municipal Parking Lot No. 1, Second & Wall streets.

FARMERS’ MARKET: NORTH CHICO: Farm-fresh produce, hand-crafted wares and entertainment. W, 7:30am-noon through 11/22. North Valley Plaza, 801 East Ave.

FARMERS’ MARKET: PARADISE: Farm-fresh produce, hand-crafted wares and entertainment. Tu, 7:30am-noon through 10/15. Paradise Alliance Church, 6491 Clark Rd. in Paradise, (530) 877-7069.

FOOD DRYING METHODS: Learn how to dry just about everything all year long with Stephanie Elliott, Ruth Kennedy and Max Kee. Sa, 9/7, 46pm. $10. GRUB Cooperative, 1525 Dayton Road, (530) 828-6390.

GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL FAIR: Chico State students and alumni are encouraged to attend this event to learn more about specific graduate programs and the admissions process. W, 9/11, 10am-2pm. Bell Memorial Union Building (BMU), (530) 898-5253,

HEALING LIGHT MEDITATION: A weekly meditation session for centering, insight and awakening. M, 7pm. Free. 100th Monkey Books & Cafe, 642 W. Fifth St., (530) 343-0704, www.100thmon

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING: An open dance with no partners required. F, 8pm through 9/27. Opens 9/6. $2. Chico Creek Dance Centre, 1144 W. First St., (530) 345-8134.

LOVE ON THE ROCKS RUN: Grab a friend, a loved one, or a neighbor and come run the North Rim Trail for a 5k or 10k run with someone you care for. Call for more info. Sa, 9/7, 811am. $30-65. Five-Mile Picnic Area, Centennial Way, (530) 966-3241, www.under

MEDICINAL AND CULINARY POWER OF KITCHEN HERBS: Presented by Cultivating Community, with Turkey Tail Farms. Th, 9/5, 5:30-7:30pm. $10. GRUB Cooperative, 1525 Dayton Road, (530) 828-6390.

MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDE & MAINTENANCE CLASS: A noncompetitive and friendly beginner mountain-bike ride and advice on bicycle maintenance and set-up will be given by mechanics from North Rim Adventure sports. M, 9/9, 5:30pm. Free. North Rim Adventure Sports, 178 E. Second St., (530) 345-2453,

PARADISE FARMERS’ MARKET IN THE PARK: Farm-fresh produce, hand-crafted wares and entertainment. Th, 5-8pm through 9/5. Paradise Community Park, Black Olive Drive. in Paradise, (530) 872-6291.

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Used book sale. Sa, 10am-3pm. Prices vary. Butte County Library, Paradise Branch, 5922 Clark Rd. in Paradise, (530) 872-6320, Paradise.htm.

PEACE INSTITUTE: BUILDING A COMMUNITY: An experimental workshop led by Diane SuzukiBrobeck. Th, 9/5, 3pm. Selvester’s Café, Chico State Campus, (530) 898-4636.

SOLAR INSTALLATION TRAINING: GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit solar contractor, trains and leads teams of community volunteers to install no-cost solar systems exclusively for low-income homeowners. Join for a free informational session and volunteer orientation. Call for more info. Th, 9/5, 5:30-7:30pm. GRID Alternatives NV Office, 3860-A, Morrow Lane, (530) 217-6116,

SOUL SHAKE DANCE CHURCH: Drop your mind, find your feet and free your 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,

POETRY 99 A poem In 99 words maybe less

TRADITIONAL WEST AFRICAN DANCE: All levels of drummers and dancers welcome. W, 5:307pm. $10. Chico Women’s Club, E. Third and Pine streets, (808) 757-0076.

WALK IN THE PARK: Stonewall Alliance Chico’s dog-friendly, three-mile walk in Bidwell Park, which will take place monthly. Second Su of every month. One Mile Recreation Area, Bidwell Park.

WATERCOLOR WITHOUT BOUNDARIES: Become inspired and motivated to work in watercolor and mixed media with Patricia Osborne. Su, 9/8, 9:30am-4:30pm. Chico Art Center, 450 Orange St. 6, (530) 895-8726, www.chicoart

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The 2013 Poetry 99 contest has begun. Send your poems to the Chico News & Review today! Top adult, high-school, junior-high, and kid poets will be chosen by an established local writing professional, and their work will be published in the CN&R's annual Poetry 99 issue on Oct. 17. Winners will also be invited to read their works (and receive prizes!) at the Poetry 99 reading at Lyon Books on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m.

ONLINE AND EMAIL ENTRIES PREFERRED: Visit to submit, or send to Please specify Poetry 99, age and division— Adult, High School (grades 9-12), Junior High (grades 6-8), Kids (5th grade and under)—in the subject field. TO SUBMIT BY MAIL: Poetry 99 (specify age and division), c/o Chico News & Review, 353 E. Second St., Chico, CA, 95928.

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curds and whey is the first step in cheesemaking, an exciting, rewarding and interesting process that you can actually story and easily do in your own kitchen. photos by Bryce Milk is composed of about 87 Allemann percent water, whereas finished cheese is roughly between 27 and 51 percent water. Making cheese starts by coagulating milk’s solids and simultaneously separating them from the water. The formed solids are known as curds, while the water and substances that have not coagulated are the whey. (Cottage cheese is a good example of curds mixed in with some of the liquidy whey.) To make this process occur, an agent that causes coagulation must be introduced. Natural acids found in citrus fruits and/or vinegar are often used. Occasionally certain bacterial starter-cultures are introduced, but most common for cheesemaking is rennet—an enzyme that causes coagulation in warm milk. Vegetarians who consume milk and/or milk products typically avoid cheeses made with rennet since the enzyme comes from the lining of the stomach of animals. No matter which of these methods is employed, not much is needed to cause the separation of curds and whey. There are lots of factors that go into the making of most of the 900 or so types of cheeses in the world, but for a beginning cheesemaker, the basic first steps are all that’s needed to make some of the more simple ones, like ricotta or fresh mozzarella. I chose to make paneer, a soft, fresh, versatile

East Indian cheese that is mild in taste and can absorb the flavors of other ingredients. The consistency is similar to firm tofu. The recipe I used came from Home Cheese Making by Ricki Carroll (Storey Publishing)—an excellent resource, with 75 different 28 CN&R September 5, 2013

cheese recipes you can make at home—and yields about 1 1/2 to two pounds of cheese. (From the same book, there’s also a good recipe for chenna, which is basically paneer with herbs kneaded in, and then fried lightly in Shopping list olive oil.) One gallon cow’s milk Paneer can be prepared in less 3 large lemons than four hours, with only about a Cheese cloth half-hour of active time in the kitchen. The only ingredients are one gallon of cow’s milk and a 1/2 cup of lemon juice (freshly squeezed). You’ll also need a big pot, a colander and some cheesecloth. The quality of milk that you use will always affect the taste of the cheese. I used Straus Family Creamery Organic whole milk for my batch, but any kind will work. You’ll need three large lemons to get the 1/2 cup of lemon juice (1). Bring the milk to a (gentle) rolling boil, stirring often to prevent scorching (2). Once the gentle boil begins, reduce the heat to low and, before the foam subsides, drizzle in the lemon juice. Cook for 10 to 15 seconds on low. Remove from stove, and continue to stir gently until large curds form. Once you can see that there is clear separation of the curds and whey, stop stirring and let the pot sit for 10 minutes. When the curds settle to the bottom of the pot, it is time to drain. Ladle the curds into a colander that is lined with your cheesecloth. I place my colander into a bowl to catch the extra whey. Once you have placed all the curds into the cheesecloth, tie the corners of the cloth together (3). Then rinse your curd-filled cheesecloth under a stream of warm water for 15 seconds to rinse off any remaining coagulating agent. Gently twist the top of the cheesecloth to squeeze out extra whey. Now you may either hang the cheesecloth for two to three hours, or return it to the colander and place some form of five-pound weight on top of it (I use my cast-iron skillet) to press the whey out for two hours. Afterward, the cheese is ready to eat, be added to recipes, or stored for another time in the refrigerator (4). It is best used within the week, if not the same day. ℌ

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THURSDAY 9/5—WEDNESDAY 9/11 boys perform. Th, 9/5, 7pm. Free. Johnnie’s Restaurant, 220 W. Fourth St., inside Hotel Diamond, (530) 8951515,

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rock band will knock your dancing boots off. Th, 9/5, 7:30-9:30pm. $15. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., 1075 E. 20th St., (530) 893-3520, www.sierra

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



Auditorium at CSU, Chico, W. First St. Chico, CA 95928; (530) 898-6333.

BLUES UNPLUGGED: featuring musical

round-robin. Th, 9pm. Free. Crazy Horse Saloon & Brewery, 303 Main St.; (530) 894-5408.

stylings of Mark Holder. Th, 9/5, 710pm. Café Flo, 365 E. Sixth St.; (530)

BIG GIGANTIC: Electronic duo promises to


bring it hard for their Sky High tour. Ill-esha opens. Th, 9/5, 8pm. $20.50. Senator Theatre, 517 Main St.; (530) 898-1497;

BIG TWANG THEORY: Peter Rowan is a musical chameleon (who has played with Bill Monroe, and formed Old and in the Way with David Grisman and Jerry Garcia) and his bluegrass/ honky-tonk four-piece is one of the most promising-looking acts on the Chico Performances fall calendar. Th, 9/5, 7:30pm. $18-$32. Laxson

share your music, poetry, comedy, or other talents in a 10-minute spot on our stage. Th, 7:30-10pm. $1. Paradise Grange Hall, 5704 Chapel Drive in Paradise, (530) 877-3426 ext. 104,

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

RETROTONES: Performing classic rock

KAROAKE CONTEST: Step up and showcase your talents for a chance to become the next Casino Idol with judges JD Davis and Roland Allen, the brewmaster. Th, 9/5, 9pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino Brewing Company, 3 Alverda Drive in Oroville, (530) 5333885, brewing-co.

LOW FLYING BIRDS: Sid, Doug and the

perform folky-americana music. North Pacific String Band and local band The Rugs open. Th, 9/5, 8pm. $5. Café Coda, 265 Humboldt Ave., (530) 566-9476,

and country on the patio. Th, 9/5, 69pm. LaSalles, 229 Broadway, (530) 893-1891.

6FRIDAY AFROMAN: F, 9/6, 8pm. $18. Senator Theatre, 517 Main St., (530) 898-1497,

AMY CELESTE & SON REY GARCIA: Blues, jazz and soul duo. F, 9/6, 6:30pm. Albatross, 3312 Esplanade, (530) 3456037,

BASSMINT: A weekly electronic dance party with a rotating cast of local and regional DJs. F, 9:30pm. Peeking Chinese Restaurant, 243 W. Second St., (530) 895-3888.


7:30pm. $6-15. Harlen Adams Theatre, Chico State, (530) 898-6333,

DRAG KING SHOW: Join the kings of Chico for a variety show you don’t want to miss. F, 9/6, 9pm. $3. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave., (530) 343-4915.

DYLAN’S DHARMA: Local supergroup mixes it up with pop-rock, world beat and a little country flavor. F, 9/6, 9pm. Tackle Box Bar & Grill, 375 E. Park Ave., (530) 345-7499.

HAPPY JAZZ: Jazz on the patio with Shigemi Minetaka on keyboard and Christine LaPado-Breglia on upright bass. Every other F, 6:30-8:30pm. Chicoichi Ramen, 243 W. Ninth St., (530) 891-9044.

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


The term “one-hit wonder” takes on a whole different meaning when applied to Afroman, best known for his huge 2001 hit, “Because I Got High.” He’s been busy ever since, self-releasing albums with titles like Frobama: Head of State, but has yet to recapture any major chart success. And it’s a shame; though oft-relegated to the novelty bin, the dude’s pretty damned talented and his work is worth a look beyond the big hit. He keeps it oldschool, filthy, funky and funny, a throwback to the likes of Blowfly, 2 Live Crew and Too Short. Afroman appears Friday, Sept. 6, at the Senator Theatre.

FLO SESSIONS: Flo’s weekly local music showcase continues. F, 7-10pm. Café Flo, 365 E. Sixth St., (530) 514-8888,

FRIDAY MORNING JAZZ: A weekly morning jazz appointment with experimental local troupe Bogg. F, 11am. Free. Café Coda, 265 Humboldt Ave., (530) 5669476,

GEOFF BAKER: Performing Americana music with Rob Davidson & The Lost City Lopers. F, 9/6, 7-10pm. Café Flo, 365 E. Sixth St., (530) 514-8888,

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AJA VU: Covering songs of Steely Dan. Sa, 9/7, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co., 3 Alverda Drive in Oroville, (530) 533-3885, www.feather

ham it up with Oakland’s Glimpse Trio, Sacramento-based Isaac Bear and Touch Fuzzy Get Dizzy. F, 9/6, 8pm. $5. Café Coda, 265 Humboldt Ave., (530) 566-9476,

ROCKIN’ DOWN THE HIWAY: Take on the open road with covers of America’s top travelin’ hits. F, 9/6, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co., 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville, (530) 533-3885, brewing-co.

JACKSON MICHAELSON: Oregon-bred country singer performs with Aces Up. Sa, 9/7, 9pm. $5. Tackle Box Bar & Grill, 375 E. Park Ave., (530) 345-7499.

MUSIC IN THE WIND: An eclectic mix of music for wind instruments performed by North Valley Chamber Choir and Chamber Players with works by Jaques Ibert, Robert Muczynski and more. Sa, 9/7, 7:30pm. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2341 Floral Ave., (530) 894-1971.

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SCREAMING QUEENS: “Noisy power slop” from Vancouver. Lunch Lady, Severance Package, Epitaph of Atlas open. Sa, 9/7, 8pm. $5 donation. Monstros Pizza & Subs, 628 W. Sacramento Ave., (530) 345-7672.

SHOW IN THE GARDEN: An end of summer gathering with food, beer and wine with proceeds going to KZFR, and musical entertainment by local bands Bunnymilk and The Michelin Embers. Sa, 9/7, 6-9pm. Free. Magnolia Gift & Garden, 1367 East Ave., (530) 894-5410,

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writer night. Tu, 7-9pm. Free. Café Flo, 365 E. Sixth St., (530) 514-8888,

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SHIGEMI & FRIENDS: Live jazz with keyboardist Shigemi Minetaka and

rotating accompaniment. Tu, 6:308:30pm. Free. Farm Star Pizza, 2359 Esplanade, (530) 343-2056,


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LAURIE DANA: Soul, light rock, blues, country, Tin Pan Alley, jazz and more. W, 7-9pm. Free. VIP Ultra Lounge, 191 E. Second St. Upstairs from The Beach.

NATTY VIBES: Coming all the way from Hawaii to settle into some natural vibrations with The Steppas. W, 9/11, 7:30pm. $12. El Rey Theater, 230 W. Second St., (530) 892-1838.

WAY OUT WEST: A weekly country music showcase with The Blue Merles. W, 7:30-9:30pm. Café Flo, 365 E. Sixth St., (530) 514-8888,


Lurking just behind the curtains of Harlen Adams Theatre at Chico State, in the venue’s backstage area, is one of the university’s criminally under-known assets: The Centennial Organ. 24 feet tall and 20 feet wide, the cathedralworthy instrument sadly makes only a few public appearances a year, so when it does, it’s nothing short of a special occasion. On Friday, Sept. 6, Canadian organist Ryan Enright will tap the organ’s magnificence to present music from Austria, Germany and Spain.

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ten roundelay for characters who are unlucky in love and much else, it’s a briskly engaging ensemble piece with pungent roles for a half-dozen well-chosen supporting players and an extraordinarily pungent and complex by Juan-Carlos one for its star, Cate Blanchett, who is superb. Selznick Blanchett plays the eponymous Jasmine, an East Coast upper-cruster who has fallen on calamitously hard times. At the outset of the story, she is just arriving in San Francisco, nearly destitute and hoping to find tenuous

Blanchett’s brilliantly elaborated Jasmine is plainly the film’s centerpiece, but the film’s exceptional dramatic substance resides in Allen’s crosscutting between the two sisters’ separate relationships and misadventures with men. Ginger is married to the raucous Augie (Andrew Dice Clay) at the outset, gets into a long-running, on-again-off-again romance with “grease monkey” Chili (Bobby Cannavale), and has a brief, reckless dalliance with a scruffy charmer named Al (Louis C.K.). Jasmine, who proves complexly irritating to both Augie and Chili, has to fend off the advances of the dentist (Michael Stuhlbarg) who hires her as a receptionist, but welcomes those of an ambitious politician (Peter Sarsgaard), and must then face the consequences of her assorted deceptions.

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This Spanish-language comedy-drama—one of the summer’s surprise hits—tells the story of an Acapulco party boy who, after a baby is dropped off on his doorstep, moves across the border to Los Angeles to look for the mother, and is forced to grow up as he ends up raising the girl. Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13.


Part three of the Chronicles of Riddick series, with Vin Diesel once again starring as the begoggled title character, a space warrior exiled on a hostile planet where he fights alien predators and plots his revenge and a return to his home planet. Cinemark 14 and Feather River Cinemas. Rated R.

Still Mine

Canadian film based on the true story of a farmer (James Cromwell) who fought New Brunswick bureaucrats for the right to build a new home on the property belonging to him and his ailing wife (Geneviève Bujold). Pageant Theatre. Rated PG-13.

20 Feet from Stardom

Morgan Neville’s richly entertaining documentary celebrates the female backup singers who made crucial contributions to classic rock music in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s. As such, 20 Feet from Stardom is a kind of behind-the-scenes look at a particularly interesting aspect of the pop-music industry. But its most powerful point is that, while they were not quite in the spotlight (hence that “20 Feet”), the best of the backup singers were right at the very lively heart of some great music. Neville makes sure that they get some spotlight time here via a combination of archival footage, performance excerpts, recent interviews with the singers themselves (Darlene Love, Lisa Fischer, Merry Clayton, Claudia Lennear, etc.), and commentary from the rock stars they worked with (Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, among others). Pageant Theatre. Rated PG-13 —J.C.S.

Starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Sarsgaard and Andrew Dice Clay. Directed by Woody Allen. Cinemark 14 and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.


Faith-based feature about a Bible-belt preacher who, armed with the confidence of his Biblical studies, endeavors to investigate the nature of Hell. Inspired by real-life minister/author Edward Fudge. Feather River Cinemas. Not rated.


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sanctuary with her semi-alienated sister Ginger (a delightfully rowdy Sally Hawkins), a mother of two who scrapes out a living as a grocery checker. Initially, Jasmine and Ginger appear as foils in a low-key comedy of contemporary manners—super wealthy hauteur versus scrappy wage-earner approachability—with both in various states of crisis. The contrasting tensions and mishaps in their respective stories soon become part of a larger story in which the shifting trajectories of their various relationships, familial and romantic alike, begin to mirror each other even as their differences become more aggravated.

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The pivotal relationship in all this—Jasmine with her late Bernie Madoff-like husband Hal (Alec Baldwin)—is cross-cut into the action as well, via periodic flashbacks to their time together in New York and elsewhere, before and during the multistage fall from grace (legal, financial, and otherwise) that leaves Jasmine penniless, alone, and emotionally and spiritually devastated. Outrage at gross financial misconduct hovers over much of this, but the film’s true focus is on the psychology of self-delusion, the invention of roles and selves, and the perilous twoway catering to desire in improvised romantic relationships. Baldwin’s nonchalance makes his Hal a particularly devilish portrait of high-roller evil. Cannavale wrestles persuasively with a character who runs bafflingly hot and cold. Hawkins is brilliant and—along with Blanchett—should get serious Oscar consideration as well. Ω


Blue Jasmine

See review this issue. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13 —J.C.S.

The Butler

Lee Daniels (Precious) directs this story based on the life of Eugene Allen, a White House butler who witnessed 34 years of U.S. history from his vantage point at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and John Cusack. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.


Writer/director Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to District 9 takes place in the year 2154, when all of Earth is a Third-World slum and one of its residents (Matt Damon) is trying to escape to Elysium—a utopian society on a nearby space station where the wealthy elite live—in order to save himself and the planet. Cinemark 14. Rated R.


Ethan Hawke plays a race-car driver who is forced to team up with a young hacker (Selena Gomez) and race around in a Shelby

Super Snake Mustang and do the bidding of a mysterious man (Jon Voight) who is ordering him around under threat of killing his wife. Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13.

The Grandmaster

Renowned Chinese director Wong Kar-wai (Chungking Express, Happy Together) wrote and directed this life story of kung-fu legend Ip Man, the Wing Chun grandmaster and teacher who once mentored Bruce Li. Cinemark 14 and Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13.

In a World …

A romantic-comedy about a young woman who finds herself in competition with her father as she tries to break into the business of movie-trailer voiceovers, a world where her dad reigns as king. Pageant Theatre. Rated R.



In attempting to illustrate what made an ambitious man tick, Jobs itself isn’t a very ambitious film—more a homogenized series of events that smack of re-enactment rather than a collection of moments that illuminate the subject for which it attempts to create empathy. Not that empathy and Steve Jobs are usually mentioned in the same breath. In fact, the late co-founder and CEO of Apple comes across as a sociopath, and the film doesn’t do much to offer a counterargument. As the title character, Ashton Kutcher has the look, but lacks the chops. And if there was redemption to all of Jobs’ ruthlessness, the movie fails to cultivate it. Instead, after he ultimately destroys everyone who ever crossed him, we’re rewarded with a final image of a smirking Jobs, his feet kicked up on the desk of an empty boardroom. Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13 —C.B.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

The first installment of the latest film franchise based on young-adult novels, this one the best-selling fantasy series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, about a race of angel/human warriors called shadowhunters who are battling to protect Earth from demons. Cinemark 14 and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.

One Direction: This is Us

The rags-to-riches story of the ridiculously popular, Simon Cowell-constructed, Irish boy band. Directed by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me). Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

The second installment in the film franchise based on Rick Riordan’s young-adult fantasy series about the young Percy Jackson, who is drawn into the world of the gods when he discovers he’s the son of Poseidon. This time out, Percy and friends set out to find the Golden Fleece. Cinemark 14. Rated PG.


A 3-D computer-animated feature film about a crop-dusting plane (voiced by Dane Cook) who is afraid of heights, yet longs to compete in an aerial race. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG.

The Way, Way Back

The Descendants screenwriters Nat Faxon and Jim Rash wrote and directed this story about a young teen boy (Liam James) who, while on a summer vacation with his mom (Toni Collette) and her jerk of boyfriend (Steve Carell), comes into his own with a little help from the free-spirited manager (Sam Rockwell) of a water park. Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.

We’re the Millers

Saturday Night Live’s Jason Sudeikis plays a drug dealer who agrees to smuggle a big shipment of pot into the country from Mexico for one of his clients (Ed Helms). In order to avoid suspicion, he hires a stripper (Jennifer Aniston), a runaway girl and a virgin teen boy to be his fake family as they drive their RV back to the U.S. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R.

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Woody Guthrie HarperCollins “The wind of the upper flat plains/ sung a high lonesome song/ down across the blades of the dry iron grass./ Loose things moved in the wind/ but the dust lay close to the ground.” So begins Woody Guthrie’s never-published 1947 novel, the latest discovery from the amazing treasure trove of the Guthrie archives. I added the line breaks to demonstrate how incredibly lyrical Guthrie’s prose is. This is the story of Tike and Ella May, two Dust Bowl victims who, unlike those in Steinbeck’s classic Grapes of Wrath, chose to stick it out. Although the central theme is their desire to overcome their poverty as tenant farmers and build an earthen house, most of the book consists of brilliantly erotic passages and a long, vivid description of the birth of their first son. Just be sure to skip the introduction which, although erudite in its analysis of the novel, contains horrid spoilers. Read it as an afterword. Come major-award time, expect this book to be oft-nominated and probably awarded. And in 10 years, don’t be surprised to hear it compared to Grapes of Wrath and maybe even taught alongside it in the same courses. Thank you, Woody.

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Nicki Bluhm and her Gramblers have been trending nationwide for the past couple of years. Her band’s Van Sessions have attracted millions of eyeballs to their on-the-road covers on YouTube, and they have toured incessantly. The new album—written by Bluhm and The Gramblers—is her first with the full band, and it lives up to the hype, galvanizing their status as much more than a NorCal phenomenon. There’s a thread of classic-country twang throughout, with added elements of rock, Americana and folk, as well as honest, compelling lyrics. Bluhm’s Mother Hips-ter husband Tim Bluhm offers fiery guitar passages that accentuate every song, and the rest of The Gramblers supply similarly strong accompaniments. “Little Too Late” is a soulful blues-rocker in which a sassy Nicki Bluhm offers, “It’s not how you swim, it’s how you hold your breath/ It’s not about playin’ fair in this life, it’s more about cheatin’ death.” But maybe most apropos to Bluhmand-company’s current status is the optimistic “Go Go Go,” on which she sings: “Used to take the long way ’round when the mountain was too tall/ now my sights are set on the highest peak of all.”


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Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action Franz Ferdinand Domino I didn’t realize it had been four years since Franz Ferdinand’s last record. I’m not sure if that says more about me, or these four wily dance-rock Scots. That album—2009’s Tonight—showed Franz Ferdinand’s proclivity for keyboards, which dulled some of the edges sharpened on their first two and pushed them dangerously close to the rest of the newwave-revival pap. Of course, they’re a better band than that. Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action isn’t the bold declaration of a return to form that typically comes with an extended absence. That’s played out. But Franz Ferdinand does get their mojo back, with plenty of prickly guitars and Alex Kapranos’ sexed-up sophistication. “Bullet” and first single “Right Action” are dance-punk rave-ups in the spirit of the band’s spotless 2004 self-titled debut. There are a few surprises as well. “Fresh Strawberries” is one for the wallflowers, a sleek pop song with loads of jangle. “Stand on the Horizon” is the best of the bunch, a dark and sexy disco joint that floats into an extended string-laden outro. Right Thoughts is the most varied album of Franz Ferdinand’s career. But when it’s all said and done, you can still count on them meeting you on the dance floor. —Mark Lore


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THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR YOU Just as the CN&R was going to press last week, Arts DEVO got a message that Amarok/Cold Blue Mountain singer Brandon Squyres and his buddy Adam Switzer are one of the twoperson teams competing on the upcoming season of the reality show The Amazing Race. As un-possible as the notion of Squyres (who as frontman for The Makai once pulled a blood-soaked severed head out of a bucket during a CAMMIES performance at the Senator Theatre) being on a reality TV show seemed, sure enough, there on the CBS website was a picture of him and Switzer smiling through their glorious beards, looking like a couple of cousins from the Duck Dynasty clan. I wanted to write how this kind of thing just doesn’t happen, but that’s not true. Chico’s already had a couple of residents who have starred on reality-TV shows—Jessica “Flica Flame” Smith on Survivor: Cook Island in 2006, and Shawntel Newton on The Bachelor in 2011. But this is definitely different. This is the kind of scenario you dream up with your buddies after a few Brandon Squyres (left) and Adam Switzer starring in The Amazing Race. beers (“I would only watch Big Brother PHOTO BY CLIFF LIPSON, COURTESY OF CBS if Sourdough Slim, The Scribbler and one of the dudes from Amarok were all on there.”) The really cool thing is that these are two of Chico’s righteous dudes. You could hardly pick two people you’d want to root for more, and when the race kicks off this Sunday (Sept. 29, at 8 p.m., on CBS), we should all pre-game with a session of slow, purposeful headbanging to the tune of Amarok’s sludgy 20-minute-long “IV – Survival.” KEEPING UP WITH THE INDARS Josh and Robin Indar, frontpersons for sassy Chico power trio Severance Package are now the proud owners of their own record label. Shut Up Records, the punk/garage/rock label from Portland, Ore., that had already released Sev Pac’s fivesong 7-inch All Down Hill, was recently passed on to the couple by their buddy, Brad Lackey. The first order of business for the new Shut Up is a reissue of the Package’s six-song Severance Package, What’s Yr Function? blast of ass-kicking fun, What’s Yr Function?—featuring a new Esperanto version of their classic 40-second anthem, “Pow (Eat Fried Poop!).” Sing along on at their next show (Saturday, Sept. 7, at Monstros): “Pau! Eato Friti Pobo!”



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CODA CORRECTION A couple of weeks ago (Aug. 22) in this column, I incorrectly reported that Dan Elsen was replaced as Café Coda’s booker, when he is, in fact, still involved in promoting shows there. Apologies and a big hug to my fuzzy friend. For information on bookings at the café, email

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as CHICO PET WORKS at 2201 Pillsbury Rd #186 Chico, CA 95926. CHRISTIAN R POZAR 89 Maple Lane Chico, CA 95973. RICHARD H POZAR 112 Estates Drive Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: RICHARD H. POZAR Dated: July 9, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0000929 Published: August 15,22,29, September 5, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as BIRCH TREE APARTMENTS at 1169 East 8th Street Chico, CA 95928. MEDA-LOU PADDEN 668 Cromwell Drive Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: MEDA-LOU PADDEN Dated: August 7, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001067 Published: August 15,22,29, September 5, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as AB JANITORIAL at 2687 Grape Way Chico, CA 95973. ALVRO HUBBARD 2687 Grape Way Chico, CA 95973. BEVERLY J HUBBARD 2687 Grape Way Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a Married Couple. Signed: BEVERLY J HUBBARD Dated: August 6, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001059 Published: August 15,22,29, September 5, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as MEKKALA THAI CUISINE at 1196 E. Lassen Ave. Suite 110 Chico, CA 95973. SOPHA BROWN 4215 County Rd KK Orland, CA 95963. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: SOPHA BROWN Dated: August 9, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001073 Published: August 15,22,29, September 5, 2013

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as RAPID FUEL NUTRITION at 1090 E. 20th Street Chico, CA 95928. PATRICK LAVERTY 1119 Stewart Ave Apt 30 Chico, CA 95926. BRIAN PARKER 1119 Stewart Ave Apt 30 Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: BRIAN PARKER Dated: August 9, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001080 Published: August 15,22,29, September 5, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as KATHYRN DANIELS at 49 Kemre RD Forbestown, CA 95941. KATHERINE WHITBY 49 Kemre RD Forbestown, CA 95941. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: KATHERINE WHITBY Dated: June 17, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0000828 Published: August 22,29, September 5,12, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as WFLC at 236 Broadway STE B Chico, CA 95928. KENNETH P ROYE 315 Legion Ave Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: KENNETH P. ROYE Dated: August 7, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001069 Published: August 22,29, September 5,12, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as THE PRINT SHOP at 730 B Main Street Chico, CA 95928. JOEN HISAW 15685 Forest Ranch RD Forest Ranch, CA 95942. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: JOEN HISAW Dated: August 7, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001066 Published: August 22,29, September 5,12, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as A AND J VACUUM AND SEWING at 1929 Mangrove Ave Chico, CA 95926. JACE HERBERT 980 Lupin Ave Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: JACE HERBERT Dated: August 6, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001060 Published: August 22,29, September 5,12, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT The following person has abandoned the use of the Fictitious Business Name: QUEEN NAIL SALON at 801 East Ave #112 Chico, CA 95926. DUY LE 10127 Barnes Ln S Tacoma, WA 98444. This business was conducted by an Individual. Signed: DUY LE Dated: August 20, 2013 FBN Number: 2012-0000156 Published: August 29, September 5,12,19, 2013

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as QUEEN LE NAIL SALON at 801 East Ave #112 Chico, CA 95926. KEVIN VIET LE 36650 48th Ave South Auburn, WA 98001. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: KEVIN VIET LE Dated: August 20, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001125 Published: August 29, September 5,12,19, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as LAW OFFICE OF HARLEY MERRITT at 1280 E. 9th St, Suite D Chico, CA 95928. HARLEY A MERRITT 13637 Einstoss Ct Magalia, CA 95954. HARLEY E MERRITT 2 Lacewing Ct Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: HARLEY E MERRITT Dated: June 28, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0000890 Published: August 29, September 5,12,19, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as CHICO MEALS ON WHEELS at 3860 Dusty Lane Chico, CA 95973. CHICO AREA COUNCIL ON AGING INCORPORATED 125 Copperfield Dr Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: ERICA ALVISTUR, TREASURER Dated: July 22, 2013 FBN Number: 213-0000994 Published: August 29, September 5,12,19, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as BIDWELL TAXI at 1044 W. 12th Ave Chico, CA 95926. GHOLAM NEGAHDARI 1044 W. 12th Ave Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: GHOLAM R. NEGAHDARI Dated: August 22, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001138 Published: August 29, September 5,12,19, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as ACE VENUE MANAGEMENT at 1212 Downing Ave #2 Chico, CA 95926. ANGELA C COOK 1212 Downing Ave #2 Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: ANGELA COOK Dated: August 14, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001101 Published: August 29, September 5,12,19, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as GIORDANO CONSTRUCTION at 135 Windfall Way Oroville, CA 95966. COLEEN LOUISE GIORDANO 135 Windfall Way Oroville, CA 95966. PETER THOMAS GIORDANO 135 Windfall Way Oroville, CA 95966. This business is conducted by a Married Couple. Signed: PETER T. GIORDANO Dated: August 26, 2013

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FBN Number: 2013-0001147 Published: August 29, September 5,12,19, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as CHEEKY BOYS, CHEEKY TWEENS, FREE DAISY RESALE, FREE DAISY SOFTWARE, THREE CHEEKY GIRLS, WILD RAVEN ARTS STUDIO at 351 East 4th Ave Chico, CA 95926. TONI BRUCE 1942 Colusa Road Colusa, CA 96021. NANCI KENNEDY 351 East 4th Ave Chico, CA 95926. URSULA STEPHENSON 2920 Clark Road #K4 Butte Valley, CA 95965. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: NANCI KENNEDY Dated: August 21, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001130 Published: September 5,12,19,26 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as VERITAS SOAP COMPANY at 5340 Clark Rd. Paradise, CA 95969. DEBBY BUFORD 5340 Clark Rd. Paradise, CA 95969. CYNTHIA ROMERO 5340 Clark Road Paradise, CA 95969. This business is conducted by an General Partnership. Signed: CYNTHIA ROMERO Dated: August 19, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001118 Published: September 5,12,19,26, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as TRI COUNTY BUILDING MAINTENANCE at 728 Cherry St Suite D Chico, CA 95928. MARINA ZEPEDA TRI COUNTY BUILDING MAINTENANCE 728 Cherry St Suite D Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: MARINA ZEPEDA Dated: August 15, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001111 Published: September 5,12,19,26, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as ROSE SCOTT LEARNING COMMUNITY INCORPORATED at 850 Palmetto Ave Chico, CA 95926. ROSE SCOTT LEARNING COMMUNITY INCORPORATED 850 Palmetto Ave Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: CINDY L CARLSON, PRESIDENT/DIRECTOR Dated: August 5, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001048 Published: September 5,12,19,26, 2013

NOTICES AMENDED CITATION FOR PUBLICATION UNDER WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONS CODE SECTION 294 To ( names of persons to be notified, if known, including names on birth certificate): BENJAMIN L. BURGESS and anyone claiming to be a parent of (child’s name): T.B. born on (date): April 23, 2005

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at (name of hospital or other place of birth and city and state): FEATHER RIVER HOSPITAL, PARADISE, CA A hearing will be held on Date: October 17, 2013 Time: 8:30 AM Dept: TBA Room: TBA Located at: Superior Court Of California County of Butte 1 Court Street Oroville, CA 95965 At the hearing the court will consider the recommendations of the social worker or probation officer. The Social worker or probation officer will recommend that your child be freed from your legal custody so that the child may be adopted. If the court follows the recommendation, all your parental rights to the child will be terminated. You are required to be present at the hearing, to present evidence, and you have the right to be represented by an attorney. If you do not have an attorney and cannot afford one, the court will appoint an attor-­ ney for you. If the court terminated your pa-­ rental rights, the order may be final. The court will proceed with this hearing whether or not you are present. Signed: KIMBERLY FLENER Dated: August 14, 2013 Case Number: J-32719 Published: August 22,29, September 5,12, 2013 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE ROGER L. STEVENS To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: ROGER L. STEVENS A Petition for Probate has been filed by: SHARON ARNOLD in the Superior Court of California, County of Butte. THE Petition for Probate requests that: SHARON ARNOLD be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representa-­ tive to take many actions with-­ out 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 consent-­ ed 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 3, 2013 Time: 1:30pm Dept:TBA 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 repre-­ sentative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California

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Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or per-­ sonal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and le-­ gal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult an attorney knowledgeable in California law. 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: PR40774 Petitioner: Vanessa J. Sundin, Sundin Law Office 341 Broadway Street, Suite 306 Chico, CA 95928. Published: September 5,12,19, 2013 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner ADAM MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: ADAM MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ Proposed name: ADAM MICHAEL VINE 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-­ 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 4, 2013 Time: 9:00am Dept:TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Signed: SANDRA L. MCLEAN Dated: August 2, 2013 Case Number: 160104 Published: August 15,22,29, September 5, 2013 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner FRANCES LOLA COLLINS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: FRANCES LOLA COLLINS Proposed name: FRANCES LOLA BARKER 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-­ 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 4, 2013 Time: 9:00am Dept:TBA



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The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Signed: SANDRA L. MCLEAN Dated: August 9, 2013 Case Number: 160179 Published: August 22,29, Sep-­ tember 5,12, 2013 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JEFFERY C. KLASSEN, THERESA L. KLASSEN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: NATHANIAL TIMOTHY HAZA Proposed name: NATHANIAL TIMOTHY KLASSEN 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-­ 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 11, 2013 Time: 9:00am Dept:TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Signed: SANDRA L. MCLEAN Dated: August 15, 2013 Case Number: 160058 Published: August 29, September 5,12,19, 2013

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JESSE COOMES filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: JESSE DENNIS COOMES Proposed name: JESSE DEAN CARLTON TYLER 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-­ 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 11, 2013 Time: 9:00am Dept:TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926 Signed: SANDRA L. MCLEAN Dated: August 15, 2013 Case Number: 160210 Published: September 5,12,19,26, 2013 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner COREY COOMES filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: COREY CLIFFORD COOMES Proposed name: JAMES CLIFFORD CLEO TYLER JR THE COURT ORDERS that all

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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-­ 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 11, 2013 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: August 14, 2013 Case Number: 160211 Published: September 5,12,19,26, 2013

SUMMONS SUMMONS NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: KEVIN R JONES YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: BUTTE COUNTY CREDIT BUREAU A CORP NOTICE! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can

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find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (, your county library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attor-­ ney referral service. If you can-­ not afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (, the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (, or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The Court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. The name and address of the court is: Chico Courthouse 655 Oleander Avenue, Chico, CA 95926 The name, address and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney is: JOSEPH L SELBY Law Offices of Leverenz, Ferris & Selby 515 Wall Street Chico, CA 95928. Signed: Kimberly Flener Case Number: 159121 Published: August 15,22,29, September 5, 2013 SUMMONS NOTICE TO DEFENDANT:

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JAMES E. HOUSTON, REBECCA J HOUSTON AKA REBECCA EBERLE AKA REBECCA J RULE YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: BUTTE COUNTY CREDIT BUREAU A CORP NOTICE! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (, your county library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attor-­ ney referral service. If you can-­ not afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (, the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (, or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory

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lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The Court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. The name and address of the court is: Chico Courthouse 655 Oleander Avenue, Chico, CA 95926 The name, address and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney is: JOSEPH L SELBY Law Offices of Leverenz, Ferris & Selby 515 Wall Street Chico, CA 95928. Signed: Kimberly Flener Case Number: 159041 Published: August 15,22,29, September 5, 2013 SUMMONS NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: JOSE G CORTEZ MARIA RIVERA YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: BUTTE COUNTY CREDIT BUREAU A CORP NOTICE! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (, your county library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose

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the case by default, and your wages, money and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attor-­ ney referral service. If you can-­ not afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (, the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (, or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The Court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. The name and address of the court is: Chico Courthouse 655 Oleander Avenue, Chico, CA 95926 The name, address and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney is: JOSEPH L SELBY Law Offices of Leverenz, Ferris & Selby 515 Wall Street Chico, CA 95928. Signed: Kimberly Flener Case Number: 159127 Published: August 22,29, Sep-­ tember 5,12, 2013 SUMMONS NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: CRYSTYL WILLIAMS-ARCILLA AND THE TESTATE AND INTESTATE SUCCESSORS TO ROBERT LEE WILLIANS, DECEASED AND ALL PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH OR UNDER SUCH DECEDENT AND DOES 1-20 YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: BILLY DURBIN NOTICE! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30

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days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (, your county library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attor-­ ney referral service. If you can-­ not afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (, the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (, or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The Court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. The name and address of the court is: Chico Courthouse 655 Oleander Avenue, Chico, CA 95926 The name, address and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney is: James E. Reed P.O. Box 857 Fall River Mills, CA 96028. Signed: Kimberly Flener Case Number: 158601 Published: August 29, September 5,12,19, 2013

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): “No

regrets? Really?” asks author Richard Power. “I have regrets. They are sacred to me. They inform my character. They bear witness to my evolution. Glimpses of lost love and treasure are held inside of them; like small beautiful creatures suspended in amber.” I think you can see where this horoscope is going, Aries. I’m going to suggest you do what Powers advises: “Do not avoid your regrets. … Embrace them. Listen to their stories. … Hold them to your heart when you want to remember the price you paid to become who you truly are.” (Find more by Richard Power here:

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Urban Dictionary says that the newly coined word “orgasnom” is what you call the ecstatic feelings you have as you eat especially delectable food. It’s derived, of course, from the word “orgasm.” According to my reading of the astrological omens, you are in an excellent position to have a number of orgasmiclike breakthroughs in the coming week. Orgasnoms are certainly among them, but also orgasaurals, orgasights and orgasversations—in other words, deep thrills resulting from blissful sounds, rapturous visions and exciting conversations. I won’t be surprised if you also experience several other kinds of beautiful delirium. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): If you were

about to run in a long-distance race, you wouldn’t eat a dozen doughnuts, right? If you were planning to leave your native land and spend a year living in Ethiopia, you wouldn’t immerse yourself in learning how to speak Chinese in the month before you departed, right? In that spirit, I hope you’ll be smart about the preparations you make in the coming weeks. This will be a time to prime yourself for the adventures in self-expression that will bloom in late September and the month of October. What is it you want to create at that time? What would you like to show the world about yourself?

CANCER (June 21-July 22): The Consti-

tution of the United States is the supreme law of the land. It’s the foundation of the most politically powerful nation on the planet. And yet when it originally went into effect in 1789, it was only 4,543 words long—about three times the length of this horoscope column. The Bill of Rights, enacted in 1791, added a mere 462 words. By contrast, India’s Constitution is 117,000 words, more than 20 times longer. If you create a new master plan for yourself in the coming months, Cancerian—as I hope you will—a compact version like America’s will be exactly right. You need diamondlike lucidity, not sprawling guesswork.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): There are two sci-

entific terms for tickling. “Knismesis” refers to a soft, feathery touch that may be mildly pleasurable. It can be used to display adoring tenderness. The heavier, deeper kind of tickling is called “gargalesis.” If playfully applied to sensitive parts of the anatomy, it can provoke fun and laughter. Given the current planetary alignments, Leo, I conclude that both of these will be rich metaphors for you in the coming days. I suggest that you be extra alert for opportunities to symbolically tickle and be tickled. (P.S. Here’s a useful allegory: If you do the knismesis thing beneath the snout of a great white shark, you can hypnotize it.)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In his “Song of

the Open Road,” Walt Whitman wrote some lyrics that I hope will provide you with just the right spark. Even if you’re not embarking on a literal journey along a big wide highway, my guess is that you are at least going to do the metaphorical equivalent. “Henceforth I ask not good-fortune—I myself am good fortune,” said Uncle Walt. “Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing, / Strong and content, I travel the open road.”

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Mystical poet

Doug of all trades

by Rob Brezsny Spain’s greatest writers. But not all of his work came easily. When he was 35, a rival religious group imprisoned him for his mildly heretical ideas. He spent the next nine months in a 10-foot-by-6-foot jail cell, where he was starved, beaten and tortured. It was there that he composed his most renowned poem, “The Spiritual Canticle.” Does that provide you with any inspiration, Libra? I’ll make a wild guess and speculate that maybe you’re in a tough situation yourself right now. It’s not even 1 percent as tough as St. John’s, though. If he could squeeze some brilliance out of his predicament, you can, too.

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Vic Cantu

Author, philosopher, percussionist, spiritual talk-show host and karate black-belt: Douglas H. Melloy (aka “Dougie Slap”) may be new to town, but he brings with him a set of talents that should endear him to locals in no time. The 56year-old moved to Chico a year and a half ago. He’s written 15 books (a handful of which are available at, with titles such as The Nature of the Self and the Social Evolution of Humanity and The Bible: What Does it Mean? When if Not Now? He also hosts a weekly spiritual podcast—visit www.blogtalkradio and search “Dougie Slap.”

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The American naturalist John Burroughs (1837-1921) traveled widely and wrote 23 books. “I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think,” he testified, “all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.” Let’s make that longing for abundance serve as your rallying cry during the next two weeks, Scorpio. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you have a cosmic mandate to push to the limits—and sometimes beyond— as you satisfy your quest to be, see and do everything you love to be, see and do. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

Punk icon Henry Rollins did an interview with Marilyn Manson, rock ’n’ roll’s master of the grotesque. It’s on YouTube. The comments section beneath the video are rife with spite and bile directed toward Manson, driving one fan to defend her hero. “I love Marilyn Manson so much that I could puke rainbows,” she said. I think you will need to tap into that kind of love in the coming days, Sagittarius: fierce, intense and devotional, and yet also playful, funny and exhilarating. You don’t necessarily have to puke rainbows, however. Maybe you could merely spit them.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): If you want to know a secret, I talk less crazy to you Capricorns than I do to the other signs. I tone down my wild-eyed, goddess-drunk shape-shifting a bit. I rarely exhort you to don an animal costume and dance with the fairy folk in the woods, and I think the last time I suggested that you fall in love with an alien, angel or deity was ... never. So, what’s my problem? Don’t you feel taboo urges and illicit impulses now and then? Isn’t it true that, like everyone else, you periodically need to slip away from your habitual grooves and tamper with the conventional wisdom? Of course you do. Which is why I hereby repeal my excessive caution. Get out there, Capricorn, and be as uninhibited as you dare. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Ger-

many’s Museum Ostwall displayed a conceptual installation by the artist Martin Kippenberger. Valued at $1.1 million, it was called “When it Starts Dripping From the Ceiling.” Part of it was composed of a rubber tub that was painted to appear as if it had once held dirty rainwater. One night while the museum was closed, a new janitor came in to tidy up the premises. While performing her tasks, she scrubbed the rubber tub until it was “clean,” thereby damaging the art. Let this be a cautionary tale, Aquarius. It’s important for you to appreciate and learn from the messy stuff in your life—even admire its artistry—and not just assume it all needs to be scoured and disinfected.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In her novel

White Oleander, Janet Fitch suggests that beauty is something to be used, “like a hammer or a key.” That’s your assignment, Pisces. Find practical ways to make your beauty work for you. For example, invoke it to help you win friends and influence people. Put it into action to drum up new opportunities and hunt down provocative invitations. And don’t tell me you possess insufficient beauty to accomplish these things. I guarantee you that you have more than enough. To understand why I’m so sure, you may have to shed some ugly definitions of beauty you’ve unconsciously absorbed from our warped culture.

St. John of the Cross (1542-1591) was one of

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My writing is about personal and social evolution. Almost every sentence is an aphorism. They are about the will, love, light and consciousness as mind, body, spirit and soul.

bongos, timbales and steel drums. My favorite music is reggae because of its feel, spirituality and social awareness. But I love playing new music genres. The other day I played Irish music for the first time with The Pub Scouts. Their organizer, Michael Cannon, said I was perfect and invited me to play their regular Friday gigs at Duffy’s Tavern.

Do you consider yourself a religious person?

Have your books sold well?

I don’t practice any one religion. I was raised a Christian Scientist and left the church but still lean toward it. I’ve practiced Hinduism and Buddhism. I’ve read the Koran, the Bible and New Age literature. I practice meditation and use “vision boards”—where I attach pictures of what I want from life to a board, such as my surroundings or money, and look at it regularly to focus my intention.

What’s your life philosophy?

Describe your writing.



For the week of September 5, 2013

What’s your occupation? I’m a caregiver to a lady I’ve known for 40 years. And at the Thursday Night Market, I help tend the booth for Sipho’s Restaurant and Café. I also have a spiritual BlogTalkRadio show Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m., called Welcome to My Point of View with host Dougie Slap.

You play music, too? I’ve played the congas for 20 years. I also play

Not really. I don’t promote myself, but I hope my books touch the lives of everyone on the planet. It’s just a matter of time until my books become successful. The measure of someone is the contribution they make to their fellow man without expectation. I advise people to feel something real, think something true, then share them in ways that are kind and conducive. My message for humanity is in my book, Love and Wisdom Are the Art of Appropriateness.

How do you apply your philosophy in the world? [By teaching] my views to others. I once had a job in Rome, Ga., at a crisis center for youth where I created and taught a different social skill to the kids each day for a year. I loved it and felt that is what I’m here to do—to teach others.


by Anthony Peyton Porter

Anniversary It’s coming up on the anniversary of Janice’s death, and I want to call that to remembrance, at least for my family and me. Not that we’re likely to forget. I just want to plan and do something deliberate. I’ve got her ashes, and scattering some of them feels right. I’ve done no research yet, and my impression is that there are laws about that, since there are laws about everything. Janice loved nothing more than she loved water, and some of her ashes will have to go to Lake Michigan, her childhood lake—mine, too—which is even more impressive now that it’s been recognized as the western arm of Lake Michigan-Huron, the largest freshwater lake on Earth. Getting to Chicago will take some time to pull off, and I’ll save some ashes for that trip. Some will definitely go into the Pacific Ocean. She loved it so, even near L.A. We’ve had a memorial wall above the buffet in the living room for a long time, and I’ve started adding pictures to it from closer to the end when she started to look like someone else—before she again looked

more like Janice than ever and beautiful, a few days before she passed away. I’m adding older photos, too, from her childhood and youth and early in our marriage, which feels right and rounds things out. She wasn’t always sick—in fact, she was never sick with more than a passing cold the whole time I knew her— and I like seeing pictures of her hale and hearty, back when I didn’t much like walking with her because she tended to leave me wheezing in her wake. I think she’d like to help our garden grow, too, and I’m going to let that happen. I feel mighty odd making decisions on her behalf based on what I think she might approve of, something I could never have gotten away with when she was still physical, even if I were goofy enough to try such a thing. Janice was a generous soul and I’m planning to give away many things in her memory—books and objets d’art mostly, and maybe some of her art. She loved giving gifts, and I’ll enjoy doing it for her. I remember what good friends she had, and how few. I don’t think I want a party. I’m thinking, enough of us to make a circle around a fire in our pit in the garden, with marshmallows and singing. She’d like that. September 5, 2013

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