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Enough doublespeak Toward the end of his 15-minute speech Tuesday evening,

Celebrating a win for salmon B this summer. That’s because there are a lot of them— more than 16,000 by early estimates. The early returning utte Creek salmon have made the news often

spring-run chinook are often a harbinger of things to come with the fall-run salmon in the Sacramento River basin. The fall run of the Sacramento, and other streams, will be returning from the same ocean environment that the Butte Creek “springers” grew up in. The Butte Creek salmon also traveled through the Delta as juveniles, and they had good flows to carry them by the “pumps” on their way to the Pacific. They also pass through both the Lower by Butte Creek and the Sutter Bypass, Allen Harthorn which have some of the best rearing habitat for juvenile salmon left in the The author is the Central Valley. executive director of More than $35 million has been spent Friends of on ensuring this safe passage, and it has Butte Creek. paid off. With a few more modifications, it seems that Butte Creek salmon could do even better. This summer PG&E— with guidance from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the State Water Resources Control Board—began diverting the least amount of water ever for the Centerville Powerhouse, to keep the record number of 4 CN&R September 12, 2013

adults and juveniles in good condition. Considering Centerville Powerhouse is broken and out of commission, providing more water for the salmon is a no-brainer. Butte Creek is still running at only about 60 percent to 70 percent of the natural flow above the powerhouse, and to relicense the rest of the DeSabla-Centerville Hydroelectric project (DeSabla and Toadtown powerhouses) by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, PG&E will have to prove that any diversion of water for the powerhouse is good for the fish. This may be an impossible task, and it could be the final chapter for the operations of the Centerville Powerhouse, which has diverted water from the creek for more than 100 years, greatly affecting the salmon. We are hopeful that PG&E will shut down the Centerville Powerhouse for good, Centerville Head Dam will be removed, and that the full flow of Butte Creek will return, improving the habitat for fish and all creatures. Come celebrate the return of a record run of endangered spring-run salmon in Butte Creek with the Friends of Butte Creek at the annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Sept. 14, at Sierra Nevada Brewery’s Big Room. Tickets are on sale now at the Chico Natural Foods Cooperative, Pure Skin, and online at Ω

President Obama called out to conservative and liberal camps, asking the former to reconcile a commitment to the military with inaction in Syria over a just cause, and then asking the latter to reconcile a commitment to freedom and dignity for all people with the images of children dying from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s alleged deployment of sarin gas. That was just one portion of a speech filled with desperate undertones and contradictions that left us with a nebulous impression of how the United States will be moving forward, despite the news that Russia has proposed brokering a deal with Syria to relinquish control of its chemical weapons. Among the rhetoric coming from the White House podium was the argument that it is in the national security interest of the United States to strike at the Assad regime for its use of chemical weapons. However, the president followed that statement by pointing out that he had called upon a vote of Congress in the absence of a direct or imminent threat to our security. He also said he agreed that the United States should not be the world’s policeman. Yet he’d already described how he had the authority as commander in chief to authorize a strike on this sovereign nation. In one breath the president acknowledged the concerns that United States military intervention would inadvertently aid extremist groups such as al-Qaida, while in another he talked about redoubling efforts after a military strike to find a political solution to help those rejecting extremism and tyranny. It was an odd speech considering the president has postponed a vote in Congress and appears willing to see where diplomatic roads may lead. In other words, he seemed to make a case for striking Syria while simultaneously saying America would not take such action. Not yet, anyway. If anything, President Obama’s speech leaves the American people with a lot of questions. Following the talk, the president’s staff began pressing lawmakers, grasping for support. So far, it appears not to have made an impact. But that could change quickly. Americans must see through all the doublespeak and call on their representatives in Washington to continue to press for a diplomatic solution. Ω

The Jefferson plan The movement by a number of residents of North State counties

to gather enough support to secede from the state of California and to form the State of Jefferson is gaining steam (see “More than a state of mind,” Newslines, by Ken Smith, page 8). Already, a majority of Siskiyou County’s Board of Supervisors have voted to approve a document espousing the region’s intent to withdraw from the state of California. Other counties are sussing out whether to join this organized rebellion. We believe the leaders of the effort when they say that this isn’t a joke. And we most certainly understand why the folks behind this plan—however unlikely it is to succeed—would want to pull away from a state run by the dysfunctional legislative body in Sacramento that all but ignores its constituents in this rural part of the state. On the other hand, it’s much too early in this movement to call on local leaders to join the effort. We would have a lot of questions before signing onto such a plan. Chief among them would be what kind of environmental protections the proposed leaders of such a state would enforce. We’re not keen on, say, having a state house full of climate-change deniers. Still, we’re interested in learning more about the group’s intentions, and we think the discussions that come out of this movement may shed some light on the very real grievances our representatives in state Capitol should take seriously. Ω

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Goodbye and congrats Last week, after five days of enjoying mid-60-degree weather, my husband and I packed up our suitcases and said goodbye to the coast. We’d planned a trip to Mendocino County about six months ago, booking a place online. Doing so is a crapshoot, but our destination, a few miles north of the headlands, exceeded our expectations. When we pulled up to the rental—a yellow two-story, picket-fence-fronted house—I was pretty sure this was going to be a good little getaway. And indeed, though the interior was a bit dated, we could look out at the mighty Pacific from nearly every room in the house, the back of which was wrapped with giant windows and a deck, upstairs and down. I’ve been on enough trips to know it’s worth that extra little cost to pay for a view. And this particular one—we took it in while lounging 40 feet from a cliff looking out on that gorgeous craggy coastline—was definitely worth it. I only wish we’d been able to stay for another couple of nights. We were there with our toddler son, my brother and his family (a pregnant wife and three little boys), as well as my mom and her husband. It seemed like all of us had just gotten settled in by the time we had to make the trek back to Chico. Speaking of goodbyes. While I was out of town, I missed the party in celebration of the new ownership of the Naked Lounge Tea & Coffeehouse, a café I’ve frequented for many years. I really wanted to be there. CN&R General Manager Alec Binyon, our fearless leader on the advertising side of the paper, took possession of the place this summer. You may have already seen him behind the counter. Alec’s hit the ground running at the café, a business he helped open more than a decade ago. He and a partner have big plans for helping it thrive; they’ve already overhauled the inside, which includes an amazing new mural. Alec grew up in Chico and is an avid supporter of local business. He’s been an excellent spokesman for independent media, but his new venture requires his full attention. Friday (Sept. 13) is his last day at the CN&R. We’re a family in this office, so it’s nice to know he’s just down the street. Next time you’re out and about, skip that frappuccino at you-know-where and head instead to 118 W. Second St. to support this local coffeehouse. There, you’re likely to find half of the CN&R crew, including longtime sales consultant Jamie DeGarmo, getting a caffeine fix. Jamie, a Chicoan through and through (DeGarmo Park is named after her grandfather), is taking over the salesmanager role at the CN&R. She’s been a part of our newspaper family for about 6 1/2 years, coming on board about a month after I did. I’ll speak for the rest of the staff in saying we’re ecstatic such a competent leader is stepping in to fill the void left by Alec’s departure. I’ve been fortunate to work with these two individuals, and I’m eager to see what they do next.

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Thoughts on Monsanto Re “Crops held hostage” (Cover feature, by Chris Parker, Sept. 5): Monsanto’s story makes Guns, Germs, and Steel look like a fairytale. Reining in the company would be an excellent idea. Modifying our political-economic structure to not breed such sociopathic behavior might be better. We live with a system of rewards and punishments defined by big business. What we were taught in high school about how our country is “by the people and for the people” has mutated into a system that robs from the poor and gives to the rich. Yes, politicians are center-stage, but blaming everything on elected representatives is about as useful as blaming your car fender for hitting a deer. Fenders come and go, and so do politicians. What remains the same is an environment where special interests are allowed to buy and sell politicians on the open market with the blessing of our Supreme Court. Buying a judge is a heinous crime in our legal system and can bring severe punishment, but buying a politician has become good business and can pay off handsomely. Dwight Eisenhower predicted and warned against pretty much what we now have in his Farewell Address to the Nation on Jan. 17, 1961—the merger of state and corporate power: fascism by definition.

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porting city staff, he has berated them and accused them of starting whisper campaigns. This week, he has gone on record insulting the community because people are asking questions about activities happening at the city. In this article, he has gone as far as to call people lazy for requesting public documents. I have seen Gruendl make many bad decisions as a council member, including a vote on the Oak Valley subdivision. I have also seen him fight Walmart expanding, only now to start “Walmartizing” the city. I think Gruendl and the rest of the council need to remember whom they work for. People don’t like the council’s choice for city management. Most everyone feels that City Manager Brian Nakamura and the rest of the executive management are doing a terrible job. It’s OK to admit when you’ve made a bad decision—just fix it! NICOLE RAMIREZ Chico

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Council criticism cont’d Re “Emergency contract talks” (Downstroke, Sept. 5): Let me get this straight: The City Council has hired a city manager who has been given a raise, hired his friends with a very nice salary, and yet the city of Chico is going through layoffs and recent talks of park closures. Now they are using emergency funds [$80,000] to hire a law firm from out of town to help break already weak labor relations? Is this a good use of our tax dollars? And what the hell is City Manager Brian Nakamura getting paid all that money to do? Chico deserves better. We deserve a strong middle class and a City Council that wants to invest in that, not break it. SABRINA STRUTH Chico

Interesting omissions Re “The positive side of GMOs” (Guest comment, by Dylan Burge, Sept. 5): Dylan Burge claims GMOs are vetted for safety, but he “forgets” to mention that these studies are by the companies that make them. Interestingly, these same companies have been shown in documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act to have withheld data on Agent Orange (another one of their products), so that vets could not get adequate help. They were shown in courts of law to have withheld information and manipulated scientific studies 6 CN&R September 12, 2013

by urging scientists to change their conclusions to downplay the risks of PCB exposure in the case of Anniston, Ala. GMOs have categorically been proven to be dangerous to the environment as evidenced in superweeds and insects plaguing farmers all around the United States. The glyphosate they are sprayed with (as they are resistant to it) kills the carbon-sequestering microbes in the soil (which science is now saying does more to clean our environment than trees do). Our soils are dying, and monocrop agribusiness biotechnology is the culprit. There is more that could be pointed to, but for brevity’s sake, I urge folks to see between the slick talking points that endless profits can buy. PAMM LARRY Chico

Editor’s note: Pamm Larry is the Northern California director for and the initial instigator of the 2012 Proposition 37 campaign to label genetically engineered foods in California.

I appreciate Mr. Burge’s comments. Although what he says is true, it is what he doesn’t say that worries me about GMOs. The very fact that you can alter a plant so that spraying it with Roundup will kill everything around it but not the modified plant gives me pause to worry. The GMO plant can absorb a chemical so toxic it requires the wearing of protective clothing to use, and I’m supposed to eat it without concern? Other GMO plants are altered to be “pest”-resistant. They kill off predatory insects along with the beneficial bacteria in my gastrointestinal tract. I would ask Mr. Burge why, if GMO food is so good for us, have Monsanto and others spent so much money fighting GMO labeling? Why are GMOs being banned in so many countries? Are all the scientists around the world wrong? Somehow Mr. Burge’s opinion sounds like that of tobacco-company scientists. ANDY TURENNE Chico

Movie is a must-see I wonder why CN&R has not yet seen The Butler or reviewed it. The movie is a “don’t miss.” Released just before the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the film provides an unromanticized view of the Jim Crow South evolving through the civil-rights movement, through the terms of seven presidents culminating in

President Obama’s election. It provides an excellent overview of key moments of the movement. Like my grandchildren, most young people of our time have little understanding of the harsh struggles of the civil-rights movement. My 14-year-old granddaughter said basically what she learned in school was about Rosa Parks on the bus, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Our children need to know more! Viewing The Butler is an opportunity for youth to begin to understand those times, and to remind the rest of us. The movie has a rich plot and moves right along—funny, poignant, inspiring. Forest Whitaker is at his best, as is Oprah Winfrey. They portray an amazing couple going through their own struggles as events of the world touch their lives. Please don’t miss this amazing film! It is a contribution to a poignant history. EMILY ALMA Chico

Don’t underestimate Syria I know America is the last great superpower. But is it unbeatable in conflicts like an attack on Syria? If you have been paying attention the last week or so, all you have heard is about the attack on Syria and how mighty our forces are. The public anticipates this will be a piece of cake. What has not been talked about is the Syrian missile capability to take out our ships before they can get within striking distance. Nor do we know how many of these things they have. We do know they have the latest Russian Sunburn missile to which there is supposedly no defense. They have other old-yet-proficient missiles, the number of which I can’t find out. There is a high probability of this war spreading to other countries. How do we weigh the odds that Iran will enter the fray or maybe even Russia? Both have submarines capable of using missiles to destroy our ships. You can bet that somewhere in this fray, if it happens, we will see pictures of American ships headed for the bottom. We may be the baddest ass in the valley, but we are not the only deadly one. One can only hope we don’t find out that this guess of mine is correct. BOB SHEIDE, RETIRED U.S. NAVY Whitmore More letters online:

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Mark Baird (center) presents the case for breaking away from California to the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 3.



Back in May, the CN&R reported that the Katie’s Corner clothing store in downtown Chico was having a moving sale. At the time, owner Katie Vaclavik, who opened the store in 2010, said if she was unable to find a new location with lower rent, the business could well close. Vaclavik has relocated the store to the Chico Mall and will hold a grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 14. While looking for a spot with lower rent, Vaclavik kept the store open at its Third and Main location for a couple of months, finally closing those doors just recently. In May, she said, “I am surviving, but that is about it.” Now, she says, she feels pretty confident with the new location and looks forward to her former downtown customers making it out to the mall.


Lonnie Keith, the Chico physician assistant who was arrested last January for allegedly kidnapping, drugging and raping two college-age women, now faces a third charge. According to Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey, a continuing investigation into the sexual assaults in the campus neighborhoods has led to another alleged victim, who was raped in the spring of 2012. (The previous charges stem from assaults that took place in September and October of 2012.) Ramsey is seeking to add the latest charge to the others Keith faces. The 41year-old, who is in custody at Butte County Jail, is scheduled for a jury trial beginning on Oct. 7.


The North State lost an icon last weekend with the passing of car-dealership owner Calvin “Cal” Worthington, whose offbeat TV commercials involving animals made him famous in California and beyond, starting in the 1960s. Donning a cowboy hat, the longtime Orland resident’s gimmick in his advertising campaigns was to introduce his dog, Spot, while actually riding an elephant, or walking a tiger or some other exotic creature. Those spots—accompanied by the extremely catchy jingle “Go see Cal, go see Cal, go see Cal”—stopped airing in the 1980s. Worthington (pictured), a World War II veteran who flew the B-17 Flying Fortress in 29 missions over Germany, was an Oklahoma native and lifelong pilot. He moved to Southern California in 1949, opening a car dealership in Huntington Park. Over the years, Worthington Dealership Group expanded operations across the West Coast, owning nearly 30 car dealerships at its peak. At his sprawling Orland ranch, Worthington raised cattle and farmed. He died at home Sept. 8 in the company of his family at the age of 92. 8 CN&R September 12, 2013

More than a state of mind Siskiyou County State of Jefferson activist eyes other North State counties, including Butte

I blocked Highway 99 south of Yreka to distribute pamphlets to passing motorists declaring n November 1941, armed citizens

local residents’ desire to separate from the state of California. The proposed territory, composed of several North State and southern Oreby Ken Smith gon counties, would be called the State of Jefferson, the name kens@ chosen from a contest held by a Yreka newspaper. This effort—remembered by some as the Yreka Rebellion— was short-lived; on Dec. 2, Gilbert Gable, mayor of Port Orford, Ore., and the movement’s main champion, dropped dead. Then, on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor was attacked, and regional quibbles were set aside as the United States entered World War II. The spirit of Jefferson has endured, mostly as a symbol of the differences between mostly rural far-northern California and the largely Jefferson urbanized southern half of the connections: Go to state, and occasionally as an www.jefferson earnest political movement. to learn More than 70 years later, more about the Yreka is currently the flashpoint Jefferson of another attempt at secession. Statehood Project. Go to On Sept. 3, the Siskiyou County Jefferson Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to to approve a “declaration to learn more about withdraw from the state of Calithe current fornia,” a move that some critics movement of rural counties to have called—like many past secede from efforts to split the state—an California. attention-seeking political stunt.

“This isn’t a stunt and it isn’t a joke,” Scott Valley rancher Mark Baird, the primary organizer behind the Siskiyou County declaration, said in a recent phone interview. Baird said he believes the North State lacks representation in Sacramento and that overregulation has led to the dearth of business and rampant unemployment in Northern California, to the point that drastic measures must be taken. “We must do this,” Baird said. “We have to start over, and we have to avoid the mistakes that California has made and get back to good basic government, or our lives will never change for the better.” Baird said his efforts were inspired by former state Assemblyman Stan Statham, who drafted legislation to split the state in three during the 1990s. Baird saw Statham speak at a Yreka Tea Party Patriots meeting in June, and was inspired to start the Jefferson Declaration Committee, the group responsible for the Siskiyou statement of secession. He explained that Article IV, Section 3, of the U.S. Constitution establishes a process for one state to be formed from land in another, and that precedents exist—West Virginia, Maine, Tennessee and the Carolinas were all carved out of existing states. Additionally, he said all that’s needed are majority votes at the state and federal legislative levels for Jefferson to be recognized. Baird is no bumpkin when it comes to political strategy, and has spelled out an action plan he hopes groups in other counties—his goal is at least 10 by Jan. 1, when the new legislative session

begins—will adopt. Baird’s plan, as outlined at, is strong on libertarian rhetoric—though he claims no specific political affiliation himself—and he encourages each county to establish its own list of grievances and reasons for separation. “We don’t want to go to other counties and tell people, ‘Well, you ought to live this way.’ If they want a road map, we’ll come down and show them what we did and how to do it, then have them talk to their own supervisors,” he said. In Siskiyou County’s case, complaints were related to the state’s Fire Prevention Fee imposed on residents of certain rural areas, perceived threats to the Second Amendment, and Senate Bill 1, which calls for redevelopment in centralized locations, such as urban transit centers. Baird and company feel SB 1 is more fitting for high-density communities and fears it gives the government too much power to determine which properties should be redeveloped. Baird also held up Assembly Bill 1266—which, when it takes effect Jan. 1, provides that all students can participate in sex-segregated school programs and use restrooms consistent with their gender identity rather than biological sex—as an example of “ridiculous laws coming out of Sacramento.” “I can’t imagine communities that are typically pretty conservative being supportive of that,” Baird said. “I can’t imagine any parent, unless it happens to be a parent who’s gay with children who are gay, that would be OK with that. “I can imagine the tremendous poten-

tial for abuse, particularly in high school and junior high school, where kids are just discovering their hormones.” Existing environmental and business regulations are another source of ire in Siskiyou County. Baird explained loosening these restrictions is essential to the proposed new state’s economy: “If we had a favorable small-business environment with a favorable regulatory process for businesses, I could imagine all of the companies currently fleeing California with reckless abandon would just move on up the road to the new state, and we’d probably have more jobs than people to do those jobs.” Baird said that, though the movement is spearheaded by conservatives thus far, he thinks people on both sides of the political spectrum should support the “winwin” split. He also said inclusion would be important while drafting a constitution for the new state; with the counties he has in mind for Jefferson, the population would be about 400,000, with about 150,000 currently registered Democrat and 190,000 registered Republican. The Modoc Board of Supervisors

will hear a declaration similar to Siskiyou County’s at its Sept. 24 meeting, and Baird said Shasta County will soon follow suit. He said Tehama County has started its own group to draft a declaration, and Baird has meetings with politicians in Del Norte and Humboldt counties scheduled next month, as well as public-speaking engagements in the Yuba-Sutter area and Butte County. Baird is not appealing to Oregon counties in an effort to focus on California. Baird will speak at an Oroville Tea Party meeting at the Thermalito Grange on Sept. 23. The appearance was arranged by Joanne Alden of Chico. Alden noted the Butte County movement is small so far, with just her and two other women working to spread the word and get a group organized. “This is all in the very beginning stages here in Butte County,” Alden said. “We don’t really have a core group yet, but we’re hoping that Mark Baird’s speaking engagement will help us bring that core group together.” Alden said one of the women working with her had reportedly contacted three Butte County supervisors. Supervisor Larry Wahl was the only one to respond as of press time, and said he hasn’t been contacted and was not aware of a local movement. State Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) and Assemblyman Brian Dahle (RBieber) were also unavailable, although Dahle already announced his support in a statement emailed on Sept. 4. “If the people of Siskiyou County are successful in creating their own state, I will be the first to seek the office of Governor,” Dahle said. Ω

Diplomacy over bombs Locals make case for alternatives to use of force in Syria

Local activist Emily Alma (left) rallied with other locals outside of Rep. Doug LaMalfa’s Oroville office on Sept. 6, urging him to vote against military action in Syria. PHOTO BY HOWARD HARDEE

hough they came armed with signs that read “Stay out of Syria” TOroville and “No War,” the nine local women who rallied outside the office of Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) on Friday, Sept.

6, claimed they weren’t there to protest. Emily Alma, a local activist and spokeswoman for the group, insisted they gathered to urge LaMalfa to side with the majority of Americans in opposing U.S. air strikes on Syria following the Aug. 21 chemical-weapons attack that reportedly killed more than 1,400 people near Damascus. (According to a Sept. 10 CBS News/New York Times poll, 61 percent of Americans oppose the strikes.) “We are pleased to learn that Mr. LaMalfa is leaning very strongly toward opposing military intervention in Syria,” Alma said. Though he has yet to take a firm official stance, LaMalfa said in a press release dated Sept. 5 that he has “serious reservations over the use of military force” in Syria. “Prior to any military involvement, we need compelling arguments as to why America’s interests and security are threatened, clear goals for our forces to achieve, and a strong understanding of any governing entity that would replace the Assad regime.” LaMalfa could not be reached for comment by press time. On Aug. 31, President Obama announced he would ask Congress to vote on the attack, which would involve 60 to 90 days of “surgical” air strikes—intended to minimize civilian harm—amid Syria’s ongoing civil war. On Tuesday, Sept. 10, the Congressional vote was put on hold. Hours before Obama appeared on prime-time national television to outline the need for military action, Syria announced it would accept Russia’s proposal to turn its stockpile of chemical weapons over to international authorities, provided the United States agreed not to strike. In his speech, Obama said he “asked the leaders of Congress to postpone a vote to authorize the use of force while we pursue this diplomatic path.”

Outside LaMalfa’s office on Sept. 6, facing a handful of local reporters and reading a statement prepared by the Chico Peace and Justice Center, Alma provided several reasons for opposing the strikes, including the uncertainty of whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime or the Syrian rebels carried out the gas attack; the potential diplomatic ramifications of bombing without U.N. Security Council approval; the unlikelihood of bringing about a regime change and stability for Syria; the United States’ own unsavory history of using chemical weapons (napalm and Agent Orange in the Vietnam War, for instance); and the questionable wisdom of increasing military spending abroad while the “U.S. infrastructure crumbles” due to lack of public funding. “The U.S. has no business spending billions of dollars on a military escalation in the Middle East while its own people go hungry and jobless,” the statement concluded. Though the possibility of military action isn’t entirely off

the table, Obama said he will work with the international community to present a resolution to the Security Council that would require Assad to give up his chemical weapons. Locally, the proposed strikes have prompted protests “I’m breathing a great sigh of relief, and I think a great many peofrom both ends of the political spectrum. On Aug. 31, activists from ple are,” Alma said in a phone interview Wednesday morning the Chico Peace and Justice Center and the Chico State chapter of (Sept. 11). “I’m glad Obama had the wisdom to go along with [RusYoung Americans for Liberty, a libertarian student organization assosia’s] proposal. It would have been absurd to turn it down, especially ciated with the Tea Party movement, came together at Chico City since he was already facing an uphill battle in Congress and with the Plaza to protest U.S. intervention in Syria (see “Strange Bedfellows,” people of this country. Newslines, by Ken Smith, Sept. 5). The following Saturday, about “It was really a way out for Obama, and I’m really glad that he’s 75 protesters gathered at the plaza, including a strong showing from taking it.” Chico’s Syrian community, Alma said. Sue Hilderbrand, a Butte College political-science instructor and host of community-radio station KZFR’s “The Point Is,” shared Alma’s sense of relief, also noting a potential “big-picture” change apparent in Obama’s speech. “A really interesting shift was Obama putting the whole situation into American historiAmericans against Syrian strike cal context, this history of Congress giving the president power to unilaterally use the miliA majority of Americans oppose U.S. military tary,” she said by phone, noting that the presiaction in Syria, even in the wake of President dent’s decision to put the proposed strikes to a Bashar al-Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons, a recent poll found. According to congressional vote was a positive move in Gallup, 51 percent of respondents were against itself. “I think what we witnessed over the past such action, while 36 percent favored it. That’s couple weeks is the president voluntarily the lowest level of support in 20 years of polling becoming a bit more accountable to the Ameriprior to U.S. military intervention. The poll was can people and Congress. taken last Tuesday and Wednesday (Sept. 3-4), so it’s unclear how Americans’ minds “I think there is a sense of empowerment by have changed with the news that Assad’s regime is willing to relinquish its chemical the American people,” Hilderbrand continued. weapons. Here’s how the latest poll breaks down by political affiliation and ideology: “The vast majority of Americans said, ‘No,’ and the government didn’t [strike]. I think a lot Favors intervention Opposes intervention of peace activists are saying, ‘You see? We did Democrats 45% 43% it.’ I believe that the American people are Independents 34% 53% beginning to realize what we say matters.” Republicans 31% 58%


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he controversial cogeneration Tburned plant in south Oroville that biofuel to produce electricity for 30 years before shutting down last October may have some suitors looking to fire up operations again. The Pacific Oroville Power Inc. plant (POPI) is owned by New Jersey-based Covanta Energy and for years was under scrutiny by the Butte County District Attorney’s Office for possible environmental violations. The DA is currently in negotiations with Covanta on the payment for final cleanup of the plant and removal of contaminated ash that was deposited in Butte and Glenn counties. In the meantime, Covanta has maintained its operating permits to keep the plant financially attractive to potential buyers. “It doesn’t look like they will ever open up again, but they want to keep their pollution credits so they can sell that and offset anything they give to us,” said District Attorney Mike Ramsey. “They still own the property.” Ramsey said there has been some interest in that property. “We’ve gotten inquiries from the city of Oroville,” he said. “They were looking at it, as it’s bad to have it sitting empty. ‘We can make jobs,’ they said. And I say, ‘Yeah, at what cost?’ You fire that place up, you’re just affecting the health of the citizens of Oroville.”

One inquiry Ramsey was not

aware of is from a local group that contacted the Butte Environmental Council, which has been tracking dioxin levels in chicken eggs and other sources located near the plant. An Oroville woman named Annette DeBrotherton said in an email to BEC that she and some 10 CN&R September 12, 2013

supporters are looking to take over the POPI plant and operate what she says is a much cleaner powerproducing facility. “[W]e are currently negotiating to take over the old Covanta cogeneration plant (POPI) and strip out its dirty, dioxin-producing incinerators, and replace them with very clean pyrolysis systems that produce no dioxin, CO, SO4, and virtually no CO2, as all the carbon is sequestered in its anaerobic, exothermic reactors,” she wrote. The complex system, she said, will in the end produce only oxygen and “pure water.” “We know that not only is it possible,” she said, “it is a beneficial activity when used where it belongs, instead of just being tossed out a smokestack like garbage.” (DeBrotherton could not be reached for comment by the CN&R’s deadline.) Robyn DiFalco, executive director of BEC, said the organization had first heard about this proposal a couple of weeks ago. “We said, ‘Well, gosh, this might be a big deal,’” DiFalco said. BEC staff member Julia Murphy, she said, met with DeBrotherton, who is a Chico State graduate student. “I think she is well-meaning and wants to do the right thing,” DiFalco said of DeBrotherton. “She wanted BEC to get on board and say, ‘This new technology is good, clean, green energy, and we should support it.’At this point, what we are getting is that pyrolysis is a bad technology. But we don’t know enough about it and we need to know more. We want to know how legitimate this really is.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines pyrolysis as “the

heating of an organic material, such as biomass, in the absence of oxygen. Because no oxygen is present, the material does not combust but the chemical compounds (i.e., cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin) that make up that material thermally decompose into combustible gases and charcoal.” DiFalco said it is not clear just what the proposed new plant would use as fuel. “Is it processing waste or not?” she asked. “Some of the emails [DeBrotherton] sent us said they are going to process tires and liquefy them and turn that into energy. We need to know more.” In recent years, POPI began burning “urban waste,” which is the remains of torn-down buildings that can contain metals, asbestos and other potential environmentally damaging materials. The DA’s office caught wind of this new practice and tested the resulting onsite ash for toxicity. Last year, a 19,000-ton pile of ash from the facility discovered off of Hicks Lane in north Chico tested high in dioxins, which can cause developmental and reproductive problems, and cancer, among other things. The ash was eventually moved to a landfill in Wheatland. Ash was also piled in the Glenn County community of Artois and then plowed into agricultural land as a soil amendment, including a corn field whose crop is used as cattle feed. Ramsey said his office believes the negotiations with Covanta for the costs of cleaning up the existing plant and the residual ash will be resolved by the end of the year. —TOM GASCOYNE

Cops in court Federal claims filed against local police lawsuits against two local lawFweekederal enforcement agencies were filed the last of August by men who say their civil

rights were violated when they sustained injuries while getting arrested by police officers who, the suits charge, were overreacting. On Aug. 30, 21-year-old Arash Akbarieh of Danville filed a lawsuit naming the city of Chico, Police Chief Kirk Trostle, Officer Mike Caldwell and 10 unnamed officers. City Attorney Lori Barker said she was unsure if the city had yet been served with the suit and that she could not comment on it at this time. Chief Trostle was out of the office, and could not be reached for comment by deadline. The suit says that Akbarieh was attending a house party on Feb. 9 at 345 Oak St. when officers arrived. It goes on to say that police ordered the partiers there to either go inside the house or leave the premises. Akbarieh walked toward the house and placed a closed bottle of alcohol, “of which he was lawfully in possession,” inside his jacket. According to the complaint, officers grabbed Akbarieh’s arm “and twisted it forcefully behind his back, immobilizing him and causing him great pain.” The lawsuit says Akbarieh was “readily recognizable as a man of Middle Eastern, specifically Persian (Iranian) descent, and speaks English with his native Farsi accent.” It goes on to say that Akbarieh “was not resisting and told Defendant CALDWELL in his accented English that he was over the age of 21 years and was not intoxicated.” Akbarieh was forced to the ground by the officers, which resulted in the dislocation of his knee, the complaint says. The officers then allegedly forced Akbarieh to walk on his injured knee to a police vehicle where they threw him “face-first into the trunk of the vehicle,” injuring his face. One of the officers, the complaint alleges, “demanded to know the Plaintiff’s national origin, asking him what kind of accent he has and then saying, ‘You don’t sound American.’” Michael Haddad, Akbarieh’s Oaklandbased attorney, said his client was in Chico visiting friends who go to school here. Haddad said he initially filed a claim against the city, which is required under state law before a lawsuit can be filed. “When we file that claim, they have 45 days to investigate or respond however they want,” he explained. “It’s typical across the state that cities and counties automatically reject those kinds of claims if it’s anything

more than a few thousand dollars.” A hearing in January will set the trial date. No dollar amount is mentioned in the suit. In the other federal case, a Glenn

County beekeeper is seeking $1.5 million in damages from the Orland Police Department in connection with a 2011 arrest in which he charges that the use of force by officers caused him to suffer a collapsed lung. David Powell, 65, was arrested after getting pulled over at Papst Avenue and East Swift Street in Orland. He was charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest and disturbing the peace.

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The suit says an officer “took him down face first into the pavement without warning, without any command and with great violence.” An officer then allegedly kneed Powell in the back, causing a lung to collapse. Powell’s passenger, Tammera Stedham, was arrested on charges of obstructing and resisting an officer. Powell’s attorney at the time was Dennis Latimer, who describes Powell as a “hard-working successful business man.” “He was pulled over by a cop, who said [Powell] was not driving the truck,” Latimer said. The officer recognized the woman and thought she was driving the vehicle, Latimer said. Glenn County Court records show that Stedham has been cited in the past for driving on a suspended license. “He is one of Orland’s better citizens and I have great respect for him,” Latimer said. “They offered an infraction [for disturbing the peace] and we pleaded no contest. Otherwise it would have been too expensive.” Powell was fined $474. —TOM GASCOYNE

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California should do more to provide veterans with services like health-care benefits and pension payments, a report concludes. The 13-member Little Hoover Commission, an independent state oversight agency, focused on efforts to increase funding for the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) and counties to improve veterans’ services, according to California Healthline. The commission concluded that CalVet “has been slow to anticipate and implement necessary changes,” adding recommendations that the department be granted flexibility to shift funds internally to meet demands; create a database of veterans to help them obtain benefits and services; and make women and younger veterans a priority. There are about 2 million veterans in California, with roughly 35,000 more returning each year as military action in Iraq and Afghanistan winds down.

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On Tuesday, Sept. 17, Chico State’s School of Nursing will offer a free screening of a documentary film that explains the current state of U.S. health care and makes proposals for improvements. Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare—which premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival—emphasizes the importance of shifting the nation’s health-care system toward prevention rather than disease management, according to a Chico State press release. The filmmakers argue such an approach, along with empowering individuals and communities to promote health and wellness, would save lives and money. The screening will be held on campus at Selvester’s Café at 4 p.m., and will be followed by a 30-minute panel discussion including experts from Chico State, Enloe Medical Center, and the broader community. Call Sarah Langford at 8984260 for more information.


After five years of significant decline, the United States’ fertility rate leveled off in 2012, seemingly due to an improving economy. Figures from the National Center for Health Statistics show that in 2012, the nation’s fertility rate—the total number of babies born per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44—was 63, down only slightly from 2011, according to The New York Times. The fertility rate dropped by 9 percent between 2007 and 2011, a decrease demographers believe began after the recession took hold. In that period, the decline was particularly pronounced in young women and Hispanics, who were among those most affected by the recession. Compared to many other developed countries, the U.S. still has a relatively high fertility rate. At the current rate, American women are averaging 1.9 babies over their lifetimes, down from a high of 3.8 in 1957. Send your health-related news tips to Howard Hardee at

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Robyn Alana Engel

the drop into suicidality, all the while knowing how easy it is to misstep and fall into the abyss. Though I’ve never attempted sui-

I if a monstrous force had slammed me down to the carpet of my living-room floor. collapsed in a puddle of tears, as

I was paralyzed by a pain so raw it consumed me. I couldn’t move, and didn’t want to try—living took too much out of me. Every molecule of my being froze with loneliness, despair, fear, sadness and debilitating exhaustion. I didn’t want this life. Months earlier, I’d stopped taking my antidepressant medication, which had been tremendously helpful in managing my lifelong depression. When I lost my job, I lost health coverage, and couldn’t afford to pay for insurance—or my medication—on my own. Now, my body was trying to adjust to the absence of a substance it had absorbed for more than 15 years. I was also coping with significant trauma. I’d just learned that, on a recent evening, my ex-husband had left his Bay Area apartment—formerly our home—with a Colt revolver in his hand. He walked several blocks along a semi-busy street, stopped, held the gun to his head, and pulled the trigger. Lying defeated on my living-room floor, I experienced the same pain I believed my ex-husband must have felt. I didn’t want to live anymore; I had no hope for the future. I was rattled by the fear that I’d become suicidal. Therein lies the danger of severe depression—it’s like tiptoeing across an unending piece of thread suspended over

cide, depression and I have had a long relationship. A few times during my childhood, I cried through the night because I couldn’t fall asleep. I routinely sat quietly on the family-room sofa, watching my siblings and neighbors play, not wanting to join them. But I didn’t necessarily appear depressed—I succeeded in school and made many friends. Then again, depression has no face. As an adult, I’ve discovered that depression often has no voice, either. The stigma associated with having any mental illness is so great that seeking help for a condition like depression takes strength and resourcefulness. I’m actually a licensed clinical social worker, and even I’ve had a hard time finding the help I need. Several sessions into our work together, I told one therapist, “I want to hear that I’m not messed up.” Her

response: “But you are messed up, Robyn.” I’ve had similar encounters with other counselors who furthered my sense of shame and isolation. But, I’ve also found a few warm, competent therapists who have helped ease my pain, if only by providing a safe place to cry. As alone as I’ve felt at times, I’m

not. The World Health Organization reported that depression is the world’s leading cause of disability, afflicting more than 350 million people. There are more deaths by suicide than by car accidents. For every two homicides, there are three suicides. Lying on my living-room carpet, I decided I didn’t want to be a statistic. I pushed myself into a standing position and slowly walked to my computer to type in the words “crisis services Chico.” Tearfully and anxiously, I called the first number that popped up. The voice on the other end sounded compassionate. He urged me to HEALTHLINES continued on page 15

APPOINTMENT WALK INTO LIGHT The annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk—organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention—will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Chico City Plaza, beginning at 10 a.m. (check in at 9 a.m.). The short walk (less than a mile) raises funds for awareness, advocacy and educational programs aimed at suicide prevention. Go to to register, or call Mike Gonzalez at 520-6696 for more info.





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Engel is a licensed clinical social worker and freelance writer. She maintains a humorous blog, Life by Chocolate, at Her first book, Just the Right Time , was published in November of last year.

depression. Now, one year later, I’m feeling much better. My current therapist is sweet and skilled. I’ve fulfilled a lifelong dream of publishing a book: a hopeful and playful collection of poetry. I have a solid network of support, and I laugh daily, if not hourly. Connecting with others who struggle with depression and suicide-loss has provided me incredible healing. Support-group members understand the intensity of the pain, the loneliness, and the pressure of being expected to move on with life when everything has fallen apart. I don’t need to explain or defend my emotions, which is simultaneously validating and relieving. Angst and tearfulness come and go, and depression resides just below the surface. I want this life, though. I want to make the most of each day. Recently, I came through major surgery and feel as if I have a new lease on life. The flipside of a harsh experience like a traumatic depressive episode is that the sweet moments become even more precious. I’m grateful for so much, and I know I’m worthy of the same. Moreover, I’m certain that I’m not alone. Ω

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go to Enloe Behavioral Health, so I did. I hated having to be there. I felt ashamed. As a licensed clinician, I kept thinking that I should be on the professional end of this scenario. A police officer arrived with a woman about my age who appeared comfortable there, as if it was just another regular visit for her to behavioral health. I had seen her around the community with her social-services worker, but hadn’t ever spoken to her. The officer looked at me and, in a sincere, caring tone, said, “It’s going to get better.” I couldn’t see his face or the name on his badge through my tears, but I’m forever grateful for his kindness. A few minutes later, the woman turned to me and asked, “Ma’am, are you OK?” This lady who, under different circumstances, could’ve been my client, expressed concern for my well-being. In that moment, I stopped feeling so desperately alone. “Yeah, I’m just tired of waiting,” I told her, not wanting to divulge any details. “Thank you for asking.” Once my name was called, I spoke with a counselor who followed up with me over the phone later that day. She referred me to another department at Enloe, where I met with a doctor who was compassionate and helpful. Shortly thereafter, I was back on antidepressant medication (fortunately, I got a new job that provided healthcare coverage) and, through the support of a few understanding professionals and loving friends, I ultimately conquered that bout of

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GREENWAYS Left: Katy Warren (left) and Michelle Rasmussen of the Women’s Microfinance Collaborative pose with photos and materials about people they’ve helped through their donations to microfinance institutions.


Various reports in the media offer evidence that the world’s fish population is struggling, thanks to the effects of pollution. Fish that inhabit the deeper parts of the Pacific Ocean—such as swordfish and tuna—are being recorded as containing high levels of monomethylmercury that has drifted through the atmosphere from Asian coal-burning power plants, according to the Los Angeles Times. Fish living in deep water cannot benefit from the sun’s breaking down of mercury in water nearer to the surface of the ocean. Russia-based news site reports that a new study conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed that a fracking-fluid spill in Kentucky in 2007 killed a number of fish species, including the threatened Blackside dace. And a Sept. 4 New York Times article announced the pollutant-caused die-off of thousands of fish in China’s Fu River. The source of the “extremely high” levels of ammonia in the river was determined to be a plant owned by the Hubei Shuanghuan Science and Technology Company. The plant was ordered to stop production while the ammonia leak is investigated.


Various crop pests are moving toward the poles as the planet’s climate warms, a new study finds. Organisms such as the disease-causing rice blast fungus—which is now present in 80 countries—are threatening global food security as they continue their migration poleward to escape rising temperatures, according to Climate News Network. “Renewed efforts are required to monitor the spread of crop pests and to control their movement from region to region if we are to halt the relentless destruction of crops across the world in the face of climate change,” said Sandra Gurr, of the UK’s Exeter University; Gurr was one of several researchers who worked on the study, which was published in the journal Nature Climate Change.


Pleasanton-based supermarket chain Safeway Inc. was recently hit with a $600,000 fine for not fixing greenhouse-gas leaks from the refrigeration equipment in its 659 U.S. stores. On Sept. 4, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice announced the settlement as “the largest ozone-protection case ever reached under the [federal] Clean Air Act,” according to CBS News, and noted that the grocery giant also failed to keep acceptable maintenance records. In addition to paying a fine for the leakage of climate-change-causing gas HCFC-22, Safeway will reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from the refrigeration equipment in all of its stores nationwide by 2015. Send your eco-related news tips to Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia at

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Inset: A Friendship Bridge microfinance client in Guatemala, weaving on her loom. PHOTO COURTESTY OF FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE

Tiny loans, big impact Women’s collaborative brings speaker to teach about microfinance for Guatemalan women by

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Wareas receive a small loan, big things can happen.

hen women in poor, rural

“There was one [Guatemalan] lady … [who] had become a success, and she said, ‘Now I know that my husband doesn’t need to beat me,’” offered Katy Warren, cofounder of the Women’s Microfinance Collaborative, a loosely knit group of Chicoarea donors focused on microfinance. The woman was a recipient of a microfinance loan that she received from Friendship Bridge—a Colorado-based microfinance institution (MFI) that focuses on empowering poor entrepreneurial women in Guatemala by giving loans of usually around $300-$350. Loans are used to grow small businesses—for instance, to buy a new loom for a weaving business, or buy seeds for a small farm. “That’s a big deal to me,” said Warren of the Guatemalan woman’s newly found strength. “She had enough power to say, ‘No, you’re not going to hit me again’ to him.” Michelle Rasmussen, the collaborative’s facilitator and chairwoman, agreed. “Allowing women to get into a business and be self-sustaining changes not only their economic situation, but their social situation [as well].” Microfinance—as the name implies— is the supply of small loans and other financial services to the poor, who often are excluded from traditional banks’ services because of their rural locations (making banks inaccessible), or because of their low incomes, which disqualify them

for traditional loans. The local microfinance collaborative— which was formed in 2006 as an independent project by members of the Chico Women’s Club, and local chapters of Soroptomist International, the American Association of University Women, and the League of Women Voters—has donated about $33,000 to date, including $15,000 to Friendship Bridge. Their annual meeting on Sept. 15, which is free and open to the public, will feature a talk by Michael Allen, Friendship Bridge’s director of development. “We provide microcredit loans and education to empower women to build their own foundation out of poverty,” in rural and poorer areas of Guatemala, Allen explained recently by phone from Friendship Bridge’s Colorado office. Allen will update the group, which meets only once a year, on Friendship Bridge’s work in the Guatemalan communities that have benefited from the collaborative’s donations. The number of MFIs throughout

the world has grown substantially in the past 10 years. Warren was inspired to start the Women’s Microfinance Collaborative after watching Small Fortunes, a 2005 PBS documentary about microfinance. The Microfinance luncheon:

The Women’s Microfinance Collaborative will host guest speaker Michael Allen, of Coloradobased nonprofit Friendship Bridge, at its September 15 meeting, at 1 p.m., which will be held at 3413 Bell Road. Open to the public. Call Katy Warren at 518-5494 for more information. Allen will also be speaking that evening at the New Vision United Church of Christ (1190 E. First Ave.) at 7 p.m.

following year, when Muhammad Yunus—the “father” of microfinance—and his Bangladeshi microfinance venture, Grameen Bank, won the Nobel Peace Prize, the concept of microfinance took the world stage—and “we had champagne,” said Rasmussen. Today, the more than 12,000 worldwide MFIs range from large, for-profit corporate banks to tiny nonprofit lenders. “We liked Friendship Bridge’s structure because they not only do the microfinance, but they educate the ladies, and that’s a big deal, to give them their own power,” Warren said. “There are a lot of other MFIs out there, private and nonprofit, particularly in Guatemala, but definitely the thing that sets [Friendship Bridge] apart is the education programs,” Allen said. Loan recipients receive education on a variety of topics including “reproductive health, the importance of education for children, health and nutrition … business skills, marketing skills, overindebtedness and managing finance,” he said. “A lot of our clients have on average only about 2 1/2 years of formal education. … A lot of them speak [only] Kaqchikel, which is a Mayan language, and most of them can’t read or write.” Friendship Bridge’s loan officers travel to the loan recipients and teach the microfinance classes in their native tongues and collect loan payments. Most of the businesses that the loans support are in artisan trades like weaving and textiles. With the growth in popularity of microfinance—the World Bank estimates that 160 million people have received microfiGREENWAYS continued on page 19



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nance loans to date—has come criticism. Many programs charge high interest rates, upward of 30 percent, to cover transactional costs, which may be higher than for traditional loans because the loans are small and the recipients are in remote areas. Friendship Bridge, however, has a 2.6 percent monthly flat interest rate, which is “one of the lowest in the industry within Guatemala,” said Allen. In recent years, several crises of overindebtedness—the taking out of too many loans—have occurred with recipients of microfinance. A leading study on overindebtedness by the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) points to crises in

Bosnia, Morocco, Nicaragua and Pakistan. Although some overindebtedness occurs due to circumstances like a devastating weather event, many instances occur because the MFIs did not adequately equip clients with education on how to repay, or recommended courses of loans that did not realistically match a client’s payback capabilities, according to the study. Friendship Bridge includes overindebtedness as part of its educational component. Large-scale studies of the environmental impact of microfinance have not been completed. Anecdotal evidence points in both directions: A small loan may go toward the purchasing of pesticides that may contribute to local waterway pollution, or, conversely, to solar panels that reduce a community’s dependence on air-polluting diesel generators. Some MFIs incorporate the “triple bottom line” of economic, social and environmental prosperity into their mission statements and loan agreements—Netherlandsbased FMO Entrepreneurial Development Bank and GreenMicrofinance, in Pennsylvania, are two examples. Another CGAP study, however, found that just 10 percent of surveyed MFIs included environmental language as part of their loan criteria. Friendship Bridge does not specifically address environmental concerns in its loan agreements. Allen noted, however, that Friendship Bridge’s clients “are definitely more in touch with their local environments. We have artisan weavers that rely on local plants that they collect in … their neighborhoods to create dyes for their yarn, which they in turn weave into … artisanal products.” Ω

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Welcome to Chico City manager reflects on a rough first year on the job BY TOM GASCOYNE


n Aug. 22, this comment was published in the Chico Enterprise-Record’s Tell It to the E-R: “Well, it seems watching the news on Aug. 6 that the city manager is looking for input about what to put in the new couplet area in the roundabout. I’ve got an idea. How about his head, his assistant’s head and everybody on the City Council, and I don’t mean a bust made to look like them. I mean their heads on a stick the way it should be so we can all go by and throw rotten vegetables at them because they’re doing such a lousy job at what they’re doing downtown, the amount of money that they are wasting. We could have multiple police officers still on the payroll helping to protect this community. So honestly I think the best decoration there would be to have all of their heads on sticks there just for the whole public to view.” City Manager Brian Nakamura responded to that comment the day after it was published during an interview for this story about his first year on the job. That anniversary took place last Tuesday, Sept. 3. “That one I have to say concerned me the most,” he said, referring to the suggested decapitation and mounting of the heads of city management and the council. “Not from a selfish, personal-threat perspective, but the fact they called nine people and basically said, ‘I’m going to invoke physical harm on you as a person.’ That concerns me. “You can criticize my decision-making and my professional skills, but when you make it personal, that is where I draw the line.” In his first year on the job, Nakamura’s made major changes to the city-government organization, which has led to the layoffs and departures of a number of employees. Most high profile among those were the sudden and mysterious departures of former Assistant City Manager John Rucker, who’d also applied for the vacant city-manager position, followed soon after by Fritz McKinley, director of the city’s Building and Development Services. Next came the voluntary exodus of Sherry Morgado, the director of Housing and Neighborhood Services, and then Finance Director Jennifer Hennessy. Other city

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employees have left as well, though not by choice. Nakamura, citing a bleeding budget that was uncovered by Chris Constantin, the new administrative-services director (aka finance director), cut the number of city departments from 11 to five. Budget cuts of $4.8 million led to elimination of the city tree crew, and reduced the staffing of a fire station, which triggered the empty threat of no more commercial flights into and out of Chico Municipal Airport. Another result was a reduction in hours of operation of Bidwell Park’s Caper Acres, the popular children’s playground that has recently been reopened, at least temporarily, thanks to a private company volunteering to aid in maintenance elsewhere in the park, freeing up city staff to care for and open the facility. These things have raised great suspicion and accompanying criticism of Nakamura, who came here from the Riverside County city of Hemet, where he served as city manager for three years. He was greatly critiqued there as well in the reader-comment section of the Riverside PressEnterprise newspaper. In addition to the E-R’s “Tell It,” there are plenty of other criticisms under the shield of anonymity, such as an Aug. 16, 2012, language-butchered comment on the Topix section in the online version of the Press-Enterprise regard-

ing Nakamura’s planned departure from Hemet that reads: “oh, and case anyone’s interested, the reason nakadickwad is going to chico is to ‘privatize’ the parks there. … the parks are actually the biggest thing going on in that area; together they will contract out the ‘maintenance’ of them and skim a nice tidy sum off the top. Bob F. of Riverside.” Nakamura, 47, was born and raised

in Lodi. He now lives in Chico with his wife, Sharon. They have two sons, one currently attending Fresno State in pursuit of a doctorate degree in mathematics, and the other attending UC Davis and majoring in English literature. City Manager Brian Nakamura (above) in his office on the third floor of the Chico Municipal Building. PHOTO BY MELANIE MACTAVISH

The predecessors (left to right:) City Managers Fred Davis (1959-1992), Tom Lando (1992-2005), Greg Jones (2005-2007) and Dave Burkland (2007-2012). PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE CITY OF CHICO

In the past 20 years, Nakamura has held 10 jobs, beginning in 1993 as a budget analyst for the city of Elk Grove, then as a land-use planner in Winters, a budget manager for Yolo County, then three years as the Sutter Creek city manager, four years as the city manager for Oregon City, Ore., two years as the publicworks director in Riverside, four years as city manager in the Fresno County town of Reedley, and one year as city manager in Banning followed by three years in Hemet. Despite the threatening critiques and his history of short stints on the job—Nakamura said he hopes to stay in Chico “for a very long time. I love the community. We have a lot of opportunity and a lot of potential here.” He was hired at a salary of $217,000 a year by a unanimous vote of the City Council after its members had interviewed a number of candidates. Nakamura’s application was noted in this paper after he was reported visiting a local downtown business with former City Manager Tom Lando. The two had met in 1994 while attending the University of Southern California for post-graduate

degrees, and they’d kept in touch ever since. Nakamura said the Lando connection has had its drawbacks. “There were certain perceptions that went with that,” he said. “You’re trying to establish your own identity, but you’ve already got people with perceptions based on what they’ve read in the paper, online, and based on who I knew, who I didn’t know.” Nakamura is also the first City Manager in 20 years who didn’t have previous work experience in Chico, as had former City Managers Lando (1995-2005), Greg Jones (20052007) and Dave Burkland (2007-2012), all of whom served as assistant city manager before taking over the top seat. “I didn’t get the opportunity to fully embrace the community and the passion and ‘the Chico way,’ as people have referred to it,” Nakamura said about that lack of experience. “I wish there had been opportunities this first year to get to know the citizens and the community without having to jump in with both feet by making difficult budget decisions. “The council offers me the job and, most

times, transitions take 45 days to two months. I was given two weeks. First, I had to get the council in Hemet convinced that it was OK for me to leave in that short period of time. Then I had to find a place to live, get in my office and try to get to know the staff and the citizens. ‘Hi, I’m Brian Nakamura, your new city manager.’” He said he came to town a few days before his interview and visited local business owners to get a grasp on what was happening here. “I didn’t tell them why I was here exactly, but asked them if they could tell me about the community,” he explained. “So I had a good perspective of the community itself. I was very excited about what I was walking into, which was a community that cares and where there’s a lot of passion.” As for the reportedly shaky city

budget, Nakamura said he was not surprised because cities up and down the state are facing tough times due to some things beyond “NAKAMURA” continued on page 22 September 12, 2013

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local control, such as state budget decisions, the dissolution of money-generating redevelopment agencies and a lackluster nationwide economy. “I knew that we had some budget issues because cities are cities,” he said. “You have budgets and you have enterprise funds and general funds. I knew that we had some concerns about the general fund, and about the private-development fund and the capital-projects fund. “But looking back, I’d have to say I didn’t know that it was as bad as what we’ve unfolded,” he said. “I knew we had some deficit issues. The one thing that maybe I missed was the cash-flow issue. That was something that I probably had not focused on like I should have. I was more focused on the structural imbalance we had with the budget.” Still, he holds out hope for the future. “For the most part, the problems are not insurmountable. It’s just going to take some fortitude and discipline on our part. Eventually we will come back,” Nakamura said. He pointed to the new businesses that are coming to town, as well as builder Tom Fogarty’s resumed effort to build the Oak Valley residential development off Bruce Road near Highway 32. “I think we are on the upswing, if you look at the opening of the BevMo!, whether you sit on one side of the alcohol issue or the other,” Nakamura said. “And we have Dick’s Sporting Goods here. Plus, we’re now getting inquiries from other businesses, and have seen growth in the building of homes. The reality is the market is starting to show signs of coming back.” He said the city must build its revenue base by focusing on economic development. “Yes, we’ve had to make some very difficult decisions with respect to expenses; we’ve had to cut,” he said. “More importantly, what we need to do is grow revenues. I don’t mean tax people, but rather grow our tax base—our property-tax base and our sales-tax base. That’s how we are going to grow our economy and that is how we are going to grow Chico.” With construction apparently making a rebound, should the city consider increasing developerimpact fees? “You want to encourage development so it’s a balance,” he said. Dave Burkland (left) and John Rucker, Chico’s former city manager and assistant city manager, respectively, pictured during a City Council meeting in 2012. PHOTO BY ROBERT SPEER

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“We talk about full cost recovery and charging the appropriate fees. Those fees are established by studies, and then you have to put that in front of the council and they have to make policy decisions. That means they have to establish a balance between what is sustainable for the community and what is the proper rate for growth and development.” The “retirements” of Rucker

and McKinley earlier this year were never fully explained and led to much nervousness in city hall among employees. That tension remains to a certain degree. There’s been a literal shifting of employees in the city building, with some moving to different floors and behind counters now fortified with bulletproof glass protecting offices that are locked off to the public. Recently, a city employee speaking quietly said there’d been a 180-degree change from how things used to be, and that there is a lack of information filtering down from top management to the city employees during the past year. However, in recent weeks, the employee added, things had improved a bit and fellow employees seemed to be holding onto some hope of better times ahead. New Assistant City Manager Mark Orme, who worked for Nakamura in Hemet, called the current atmosphere of the city “mind-boggling,” as far as public criticism goes. “It was never like this in Hemet,” he said. “I worked with [Nakamura] for a few years. He’s a great guy—very honest. Of course, people will write off my opinion because I know him.” Nakamura did weigh in a bit when asked about Rucker

“No matter what, somebody is not going to like the changes necessary to achieve the expenditure reductions that we absolutely had to have to even attempt to make the budget balanced.”

–Mark Sorensen, Chico City Councilman

and McKinley. “I respect what Fritz offered,” he said. “I respect what John has done for the city, and the years of contributions they made should not go unrecognized. At the same time, the council said, ‘Brian, we need to have a team built that goes in this direction.’ So I had to do what I needed to do to make sure that was fulfilled. I feel we did the best we could as a group, and now that we have a new team in place, we are going to continue to fulfill the endeavors of the community [and] the council, and build a better city. Our job is to be efficient, effective, accountable and transparent.” For his part, Lando, a former

city manager and Nakamura’s friend, said the city’s budget problems are real and that Nakamura, Orme and Constantin are confronting them. “It’s incredibly tough to address this because you are affecting people’s lives,” Lando said. “I know Brian well enough to know that he doesn’t want to hurt anybody. Lay-

ing people off is incredibly challenging, and having people bump each other [the hierarchy structure in which senior employees have the right to replace lower-ranking employees in their positions during a lay-off process] and move into new positions is tough for the organization. But the fact is, the city was and maybe still is in a deep financial hole, and action had to be taken.” Public criticism, Lando said, comes with the job. “There are always a few people who don’t agree with how you approach things,” he said. “It’s magnified a thousandfold when you have to make the cuts the city’s had to go through. It is a very tough position to be in, and I can’t speak to specifics, but I do know the issue had to be addressed, and at least the council and the management are addressing it finally.” Does Lando miss the job? “I used to miss being in the middle of issues and problem-solving, but it’s been just long enough now—eight years—where, no, I don’t miss it. I see Brian every once in a while, and we probably communicate less now that he’s in town than we did before. “I have absolutely no role in decision-making for the city now, but I think there was some perception when Brian came in that, ‘Oh, he’s Tom’s friend and he’ll do what Tom wants.’ But we don’t talk at all about city issues.” City Councilman Mark Sorensen, a fiscal conservative who claims to have recognized the city’s financial problems well before they officially came to light this spring, says Nakamura is the right person for a tough role. “I think he’s done an excellent job with the terrible hand that he’s been dealt,” Sorensen said. “Here is somebody who actually took a reduction in compensation to come here and help us clean up a huge

mess, and I think he continues to do an outstanding job.” (In fact, according to public records, Nakamura was making $205,000 a year in Hemet and, as mentioned above, is making $217,000 in Chico.) “Here, we are faced with some choices that are not necessarily palatable, but there are some things that we absolutely have to do to get our financial house in order,” Sorensen said. “I’m a little amazed that some people think that we could have just continued to spend money, when that is not the case. The city was headed for insolvency, so action—difficult, painful action—absolutely had to happen, quickly.” Has the new team of three saved the day? “Yeah,” he said. “We backed the city away from insolvency. Had this correction been started much later, I think things would have been far more harsh and far more abrupt than they have been in the current situation.” The criticism of Nakamura, Sorensen said, is simply proof that you can’t please everyone. “No matter what, somebody is not going to like the changes necessary to achieve the expenditure reductions that we absolutely had to have to even attempt to make the budget balanced,” he said. “I’m not even sure we are quite there yet. But clearly we are going in the right direction.” However, at a recent press conference, Sorensen predicted the city’s solvency is still a decade away. If there is a Nakamura critic

on the City Council, it would be Ann Schwab, who was mayor when he was hired. She has questioned some of his opinions and voted against some of his recommendations at council meetings. She did not comment for this story, but last year at this time, she did speak well of the man headed here from Hemet. She said he had a wealth of experience that would greatly benefit Chico and that his $217,000 salary was the result of a highly competitive market. “We felt we wanted to have the best city manager for the city of Chico,” Schwab said at the time. “As people get to know him, when they get to meet him, I hope they’ll support the council’s decision in finding the city manager that this city deserves.” Mayor Scott Gruendl supports Nakamura and the actions he’s taken, including the changes in

Assistant City Manager Mark Orme. PHOTO BY TOM GASCOYNE

department heads. “That is what kills me about Chico City Hall,” he said via email. “There were things happening that give those of us that bust our ass every day for the public a bad name for their own selfish reasons and their incompetence in public service. Most if not all are now gone, and regardless of what some narrowminded folks think, these folks are never coming back, never. I tried for 12 years to get rid of some of these bad public servants, based on my professional experience, and Brian was the first administrator to get it.” Another city employee who supports Nakamura is City Clerk Deborah Presson, who until just recently reported to the city manager. A measure passed by voters last year has the clerk now reporting directly to the City Council. “It’s been a challenging year,” she said. “I think that [Nakamura] came into a situation he didn’t fully understand. But he continues to brave the battle and the criticism.” She said it is a pleasure to work alongside the city manager. “He never says a negative thing about anybody, even though they are beating him to death,” she said. “It is very sad to know that a person can move his family to a community that he thought was beautiful, and some citizens want him out because he is coming from a different area. I’ve lived in Paradise but worked in Chico for 14 years. Am I not welcome here because I live in Paradise?” Presson said Nakamura helps keep up morale in the city offices during what she sees as trying times.

“Whenever I want to give up, he says, ‘Deb, keep goin’. It’s gonna be OK.’ He never ever wavers from the optimistic approach that he has. To me, that is inspiring because he is under stress and under fire. She argues that he is simply doing his job, and that the conspiracies offered about his intentions are hogwash. “He has no hidden agenda, none. He knew nothing about our community other than what he did in his research to get hired. The thing that saddens me is I know Chico is a beautiful community, and I don’t believe that the majority of the people in the community hate Brian just because he came from another community,” she said. The misgivings and tension among city employees is misplaced, Presson said. “He’s been criticized for not speaking to and communicating appropriately with the employees,” she said. “I can tell you, as a department head, I have sat in every single department-head meeting that he has had since his arrival a year ago and he’s always told us to go out and tell our staff what was going on. If the employees don’t know, shame on the department heads.” What does Nakamura want

the public to know that perhaps hasn’t been shared? “The difficult decisions I have to make as a professional do not reflect who I am as a person,” he said. “I am a caring person. It’s hard to sleep at night. It’s not easy knowing you’re going to come into a city and probably be the most hated person there.” On his office bulletin board is a letter to the editor that was published in this paper that mildly criticizes Nakamura in lyric, as sung to the tune of “That’s Amore.” “I put things up that I really appreciate,” he said. “It goes back to the passion and caring in the community. I had no problems with that letter because it didn’t get personal; it stayed on task and it shared with me that the writer put some time and energy into thinking about this. And that’s good. She’s been following what’s going on. I’m being held accountable. And it’s a great sing-along at a campfire.” There is another item tacked to his bulletin board, right next to the Nakamura lyrics: A Krispy Kreme Doughnuts employee hat. “My son and I went to Krispy Kreme when it had its grand opening,” he said. “He grabbed me a hat and said, ‘Hey, Dad, it’s a backup plan in case this other job doesn’t work out.’” Ω

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A Shimabukuro on the way to making his latest album, last year’s Grand Ukulele. While sitting funny thing happened to Jake

down to begin working on original material for the project, which was produced by by Alan Parsons (best known for his Ken Smith work behind the dials on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon), kens@ Shimabukuro was restringing his instrument and realized he was a PREVIEW: string short. “I put the other strings on, and Chico Performances instead of rushing off to find the presents Jake missing one, I thought, ‘Hmm, it’d Shimabukuro, be kind of cool if I could play a Friday, Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m., at song with just three strings,’” Laxson Auditorium. Shimabukuro said by phone. He Tickets: $18-$32. was at his home in Hawaii while on The show kicks off break from a continuing tour that the annual Chico will bring him to Chico’s Laxson World Music Festival, which Auditorium on Friday, Sept. 13, to continues with free kick off the Chico World Music performances Festival. Saturday, Sept. 14, It was a suitable challenge for 10 a.m.-6 p.m., on the wunderkind who, in less than a the lawns at Chico State. Visit website decade, has largely redefined what for schedule. some people thought was possible with the four-stringed, two-octave Laxson instrument. Shimabukuro initially Auditorium grabbed attention when a YouTube Chico State campus 898-6333 video of him performing The Beatwww.chico les’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went viral in 2006, and has since gone on to become the most widely known living ukulelist. So he’s worked wonders with four strings—but three? “I started noodling around, wrote that piece, and then called Alan and played it for him,” he said of the song, which became known as “Missing Three.” Parsons told Shimabukuro he could hear a whole orchestra behind it, thus leading to the album’s inclusion of a 29-piece orchestra on some tracks. “I think it’s funny that the song I wrote with three strings ended up having more than one hundred 24 CN&R September 12, 2013

strings on the track,” Shimabukuro said. In addition to original compositions, Grand Ukulele features a handful of covers, most interestingly Shimabukuro’s fleet-fingered solo take on British singer Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” Applying the ukulele’s singular sound to contemporary and classic hits, sans any sense of schlock, is one of the maestro’s favorite maneuvers, as it opens the door to legions of potential ukulele lovers. Shimabukuro exercised this ukulele ambassadorship beautifully at a 2010 TED event, in which the only spoken part of his address was, “Aloha. Today I’m going to try to convince you that what the world needs now is ukulele. This is the underdog of all instruments, and I’ve always believed it is the instrument of peace, because if everyone played the ukulele, this world would be a much happier place.” He then stunned the audience with a nearly sixminute, note-for-note instrumental rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” “I love seeing artists take the ukulele and incorporate it into pop music and songs you hear on the radio,” he said, citing Train’s mega-hit “Soul Sister,” Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder’s uke-centric solo work and Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo‘ole’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” as examples. He also noted that Paul McCartney (whose fellow Beatle the late George Harrison was an avid ukulelephile) recently began playing ukes on recordings and on stage. “Things like that make the ukulele accessible to a lot of people and it changes the perception of the instrument, so I really admire and appreciate that,” he said. Shimabukuro continues to suggest that fans pick up ukuleles themselves; though he’s been playing since the age of 4 and has some specialized ukulele schooling, he feels the relatively simple learning curve makes the instrument accessible to all. He said he tried playing drums and dabbled a little on guitar in high school, but ultimately, the ukulele is what grabbed him and kept hanging on. “If you have a favorite song, learn it just like the version that you love,” he suggested to beginners. “Then play along to the recording—it’s a lot of fun and you can learn a lot that way.” Ω



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

PLAY ON!: A humorous take on community the-

ater. Th-Sa, 7:30pm, Su, 2pm through 9/22. $12-$20. Chico Theater Company, 166-F Eaton Rd., (530) 894-3282, www.chicotheater

Music CHIEF KEEF: Chicago rapper performing with

1017 Glo Gang. Th, 9/12, 8:30pm. $20. Senator Theatre, 517 Main St., (530) 898-1497,

ART ABOUT: A monthly art walk coordinated by the Chico Visual Arts Alliance (ChiVAA). Each second Friday a different area of Chico is featured. This week: SoPO. F, 9/13, 5-8pm. Call or visit website for details.

COMMUNITY NIGHT OUT: Come meet your neighbors as Chapman residents, farmers and nonprofits celebrate the community with this family event, featuring games, fresh food, live entertainment, raffles and a mobile kitchen. F, 9/13, 2-6:30pm. Community Park, E. 20th St., (530) 966-0239.

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

GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES: Rajiv Joseph’s dark romantic-comedy explores the physically and emotionally injurious interplay between a couple that is never quite able to unite in their aching 30-year relationship. Call for prices. F, Sa, 7:30pm through 9/21. Blue Room Theatre, 139 W. First St., (530) 895-3749,

PLAY ON!: See Thursday. Chico Theater Company,

Poetry/Literature STORY TIME: With readings by Heather. Th, 9/12, 3-4pm. Butte County Library, Chico Branch,

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Art Receptions PLANTING THE SEEDS OF YOUR INTENTION: A group show featuring artists’ fruits from the “seed kits” that Manas provided. F, 9/13, 7pm. Manas Art Space & Gallery, 1441-C Park Ave., (530) 588-5183.

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artist. F, 9/13, 6-7pm. Café Flo, 365 E. Sixth St., (530) 514-8888,

FINE ARTS Music MASON JENNINGS: The Hawaiian pop-folk singer songwriter performs with Chicago’s Haroula Rose. Su, 9/15, 6:30pm. $20.00. El Rey Theatre, 230 W. Second St., (530) 342-2727.



Music PAUL THORN: The roots-rocker brings his harddriving arsenal of rock, blues, country and gospel to the Big Room. M, 9/16, 7:30-9:30pm. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., 1075 E. 20th St., 893-3520,

DAYS OF LIVING HISTORY Music JAKE SHIMABUKURO: Ukulele master performs jazz, blues, rock, bluegrass, classical and anything else he can squeeze into his four strings. F, 9/13, 7:30pm. $18-$32. Laxson Auditorium, Chico State, (530) 898-6333,

LUMINOUS FLUX: CD-release show with slideguitar/piano duo featuring singer/songwriters Collin Willey and Katie McConnell. F, 9/13, 710pm. Café Flo, 365 E. Sixth St., (530) 514-8888,



Special Events CHICO REPTILE SHOW: Hundreds of exotic animals on display and for sale. Plus, educational programs by the Chico Creek Nature Center and the California Turtle and Tortoise Club. Sa, 9/14, 10am-5pm. $7. Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair St., (530) 895-4666, www.chico

CHICO WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL: The annual free music fest is back, with four stages of music on the lawns at Chico State, featuring Big Mo & The Full Moon Band, Cajun, Zydeco & New Orleans grooves of Tom Rigney & Flambeau, The Pub Scouts, Nigerian Brothers and many more. Plus, craft vendors, international food and kids’ activities. See website for full schedule. Sa, 9/14, 10:30am-6pm. Free. Chico State, (530) 898-6333, performance/cwmf.html.

DAYS OF LIVING HISTORY: Come see what life on the ridge was like from 1850-1950 with interactive activities like bread-making and carpentry workshops, plus displays and more. Sa, 9/14, 11am-4pm, Su, 9/15, 11am-4pm. $5. Gold Nugget Museum, 502 Pearson Rd. in Paradise, (530) 872-8722, www.goldnugget

WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL: The touring film fest returns under the theme of “A Climate of Change”, featuring viewings of award-winning independent films (including Return to the Forest ), plus music by Coopers Bluff and buffet dinner. Visit site for more info. Sa, 9/14, 5:30-10pm. $20 at Sierra Nevada Big Room, 1075 E. 20th St., (530) 893-0360,

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meets monthly. Third M of every month, 7pm. Free. Lyon Books, 135 Main St., (530) 891-3338,

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

GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES: See Friday. F, Sa, 7:30pm through 9/21. Blue Room Theatre, 139 W. First St., (530) 895-3749,

PLAY ON!: See Thursday. Chico Theater Company, 166-F Eaton Rd., (530) 894-3282,



Special Events DAYS OF LIVING HISTORY: See Saturday. Gold Nugget Museum, 502 Pearson Rd. in Paradise, (530) 872-8722, www.goldnugget

MAKING & KEEPING MEMORIES: A fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association including a local food, beer and wine tastings, an iPad raffle, and music by The Railflowers, Hot Flash and Katie Drake. Su, 9/15, 2-5pm. $50. Book Family Farm, 153 Heavy Horse Ln. in Durham, (530) 893-3139,

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

AUDITIONS FOR A CHRISTMAS STORY: Directed by Marc Edson and based on the 1983 film. Auditioning for all roles. See website for more details. Su, 9/15, 6pm. Chico Theater Company, 166-F Eaton Rd., (530) 894-3282,



Special Events UNIVERSITY FILM SERIES: A weekly presentation

of international films. This week: Foreign Land, a Brazilian film directed by Walter Salles. Tu, 7:30pm. $3. Ayres Hall 106, Chico State, (530) 899-7921, filmseries.html.

Poetry/Literature MARIANNE WERNER: Presents her new book of

poetry. Tu, 9/17, 7-8pm. Lyon Books, 135 Main St., (530) 891-3338,



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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,

ALL FIRED UP: Ongoing pottery exhibit, featuring pottery and other works of various media. Ongoing. 830 Broadway, (530) 8945227,

AVENUE 9 GALLERY: Amalgam of Time, new works by Barbara Morris and Mike & Susi Gillum, featuring mixed-media paintings and hand-crafted jewelry. 180 E. Ninth Ave., (530) 879-1821,

CAFÉ FLO: New Works, from local artist Lea Gadbois. 9/13-9/30. 365 E. Sixth St., (530) 514-8888,

CHICO ART CENTER: Art All Aboard, focusing on art that celebrates the center’s special location, a historical train depot, including “The Train Car” graffiti-art project, a liveart collaboration among local graffiti artists Dave Selkirk, Christian Garcia and friends. 9/12-10/4. 450 Orange St., (530) 8958726,


Gallery, original watercolor paintings by Jim Lawrence Through 9/30. 122 Broadway, (530) 891-0335,


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.


Seeds of Your Intention, group show featuring artists’ fruits from the “seed kits” provided by the gallery. 9/13-10/18. 1441-C Park Ave., (530) 588-5183.


Paints, featuring oil paintings by Fay Grundving. Tu, Th, Sa, 11am-4pm through 10/28. Opens 9/12. 493 East Ave. #1, (530) 345-3063.


Dystopia: Landscape as Metaphor, artists explore landscape through various forms of the human experience. Chico State, (530) 898-4476,

UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY: New Works, exhibition featuring screen prints, graphite drawings and large-scale charcoal work by Melissa Haviland. Through 9/20. Trinity Hall, Chico State, (530) 898-5864.

Museums CHICO CREEK NATURE CENTER: Banding by Day 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.


Geographies of the Imagination, Lydia Nakashima Degarrrod explores lives of Chilean exiles. Through 9/25. Meriam Library Complex, Chico State.


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

Special Events WAYNE HOUCHIN DINNER SHOW: Local magician

and star of Breaking Magic on the Discovery channel performs Moments of Insanity. W, 9/18, 6-9pm. $35. Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co., 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville, (530) 533-3885,

Music BOOMBOX: From Muscle Shoals, Ala., a partyready mash-up of danceable blues-rock and electronic music. W, 9/18, 8pm. $18. Senator Theatre, 517 Main St., (530) 898-1497,

PLAY ON!: See Thursday. Chico Theater Company,

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Music makes the world go round The Chico World Music Festival celebrates its 20th year this weekend on Saturday, Sept. 14. This year, the festival includes 14 performers on four different stages, as well as crafts and food from around the world. Featured performances this year include authentic African rhythms supplied by the Nigerian Brothers, Cajun and zydeco grooves from Tom Rigney & Flambeau, and local favorites, the Pub Scouts (Irish EDITOR’S PICK music) and Big Mo and the Full Moon Band (blues). The event is very kid-friendly, featuring art classes, an interactive science exhibit, puppets and local youths sharing their theater and musical talents on the Kids Stage.

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Dara McKinley, FNP Longtime Chico resident and Family Nurse Practitioner Dara McKinley specializes in chronic disease management with an interest in promoting women’s health. She offers a collaboration approach to patient care by taking the time to educate her patients on their medical conditions and providing risks and benefits of all possible treatment plans. This allows her patients to make more informed decisions. Dara’s undergraduate degree is from Chico State and her graduate degree in nursing is from Sonoma State University. Dara enjoys spending time with her children in Bidwell Park and attending local art, theater and music events. A huge fan of the ‘eat local’ programs in Chico, Dara believes a



well balanced diet is one of the most important things individuals can do to stay healthy.

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.


Chico writers regular meet-up. M, 9/16, 6:308pm. Lyon Books, 135 Main St., (530) 891-3338,

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: Regularly scheduled

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

CENTENNIAL HEALTH FAIR: Meet with health professionals and enjoy this family-friendly community event. Sa, 9/14, 10am-2pm. Enloe Medical Center, 1531 Esplanade, (530) 3327300,

involved with an Italian dinner and complimentary drinks in support of the local “watchdogs” for the community’s farmers’ market, privatization of jobs and financial concerns, and their role in the 2014 local elections. Su, 9/15, 5-8pm. $30. Arc Pavilion, 2040 Park Ave., (530) 891-5865.

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CHICO DIAMOND DANCERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB: No partner needed. Beginners welcome. Call for more info. M, 9/16, 6:30-8:30pm. Little Chico Creek Elementary School, 2090 Amanda Way, (530) 872-1962.

CHICO POLICE COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD: Monthly meeting hosted by the Chico Police Chief to discuss community issues. Third W of every month, 5:30-7pm. Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1877 Hooker Oak Ave., (530) 342-7777.

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. First and Second F of every month, 6-8pm. $6-$12 sliding scale. Subud Hall, 574 E. 12th St., (530) 532-1989.

FANCY FEET DANCE: Beginning to experienced dancers welcome to work on the foxtrot, waltz, swing and more to a live band. Tu, 7:3010pm. $5-$7. Chico Area Recreation District (CARD), 545 Vallombrosa Ave., (530) 895-4015,

FARMERS’ MARKET: CHAPMAN: 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,

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.

FARMERS’ MARKET: SATURDAY: Chico’s weekly community gathering, with fresh produce, crafts, baked goods and more. Sa, 7:30am1pm. Municipal Parking Lot No. 1, Second & Wall streets.

FIZZ BREAKFAST: Help raise funds for community organizations while enjoying some morning grub. Su, 9/15, 8am. $5. Eagles Hall, 1940 Mulberry St.

GRANT PROPOSAL WORKSHOP: A meeting will be held for general questions, discussion, clarification and specific directions for proposal preparations regarding the Fall 2013 Food Security Competitive Grant Program. M, 9/16, 5pm. Chico Peace and Justice Center, 526 Broadway, (530) 893-9078,

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

PEACE PANEL PROJECT: A traveling progressive graphic art exhibit supporting peace and justice. Second Th of every month, 3:30pm through 1/1. Free. Chico Peace and Justice Center, 526 Broadway, (530) 343-3152,

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,

SOUNDS OF THE VALLEY CHORUS: Women singers welcome to sing in four-part harmony barbershop style. Call for more info. W, 7pm. Opens 9/18. Marigold Elementary School, 2446 Marigold Ave., (530) 343-5183.

SQUARE DANCE CLUB: Square dancing classes for beginners and advanced level dancers. Call for more info. Th, 7-10pm. Opens 9/12. Veterans Memorial Hall, 6550 Skyway in Paradise, (530) 872-1962.


drummers and dancers welcome. W, 5:307pm. $10. Chico Women’s Club, 592 E. Third St.

For Kids GARDENING WITH KIDS: Hands on activities with plant identification and a scavenger hunt. Pre-registration required. Su, 9/15, 3-5pm. $10. Walnut Grove Apartments, 1118 Nord Ave.

SECOND SATURDAYS YOUTH ART WORKSHOP: A monthly hands-on workshop series encouraging the community’s youth to engage in artistic expression. This session will highlight photography. Second Sa of every month, 12:30-5pm. Free. 1078 Gallery, 820 Broadway, (530) 343-1973,

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A spot on the grass at Fork in the Road with (from left) Jeanine Main, Lisa Sun and Kelly Osborne. PHOTO BY JASON CASSIDY

Jumping on the bandwagon The monthly Fork in the Road street-food rally hits its stride

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drates, stay away from mixing fruits with proteins, and not top off a heavy meal with dessert. It has to do with your alkaby linity not neutralizing your ferEmiliano menting hydrochloric-acid secreGarciation or something. Sarnoff Discarding this information, I ventured to the third semi-monthual food-truck fest, Fork in the Road, where I immediately mixed Fork in curries, tamales, taquitos, a pattythe Road melt, pasta salad and cupcakes Visit www.forkinthe with reckless abandon. Yes, that’s roadchico for cupcakes, plural. I think it’s imporupdates on tant to heed the advice of cardioloupcoming gists, who remind us that stress gatherings. can be a killer. And choosing between Cupcake Crusaders’ rich Mexican Hot Chocolate cupcake, their luscious Pink Champagne and their fresh, moist Funfetti was really stressing me out. I stumbled to the grass and splayed out semi-comatose, moaning. No matter. One needn’t be ambulatory to enjoy FitR’s festive atmosphere and attractive locale behind good ol’ Elks Lodge #423. The grassy field next to the lodge was ringed by the food trucks on one side, and a row of shade-giving oaks on the other, and the lateral rays of the setting sun cast a warming glow on the orgiastic gorging of this “polypicnic,” with its crazy-quilt of actual quilts. A playground was off to one side with nearly

50 kids climbing and doing their kid stuff. Immediately adjacent, was the big bad black truck of radio station Z-Rock, which was strafing the children with a high-decibel recording of horrendous nü-metal band P.O.D.’s “Youth of the Nation.” The lyrics to this anthemy, rap-rock sing-along about school shootings consist of three verses—one is about a kid being shot (“instead of taking a test, I took two to the chest”), the next about a little girl becoming a ho, and then, finally,

there’s the one about a kid ending his own life with a “gat.” Nice, Z-Rock. I pulled myself with my fingertips to the center of the field, like a legless Terminator ignoring now quite obviously crucial digestive regulations. From there, I could get a better view of the 20-odd trucks, trailers and stands that this was all about. What struck me immediately was the whole in-your-face popularitycontest aspect of the thing: There were lines that looked like they were there for the first screening of the latest Twilight movie right next to carts whose untrammelled lawns seemed like they ought to have had their own little tumbleweed going by. Ouch. But nowhere was the competition fiercer than between the two tamale stands, Maria’s Gone Tamales and Tamale Tango, which were separated by only one cart and two security guards, a sort of Demilitarized Tamale Zone (DMTZ). Maria’s stars your standard, cornhusk-covered scrumptiousness, while Tamale Zone presents a more delicate, minimal-masa, banana-leaf-bound bounty. Both are very tasty and only $2 a pop. Can’t you see, tamale vendors, that what unites you is more powerful than what divides you?! Which brings me to the Korean tacos of Annie’s Asian Grill. Seared ahi tacos for only three bucks? Three big, tender pork tacos for only five bucks? Are you kidding me? This place is sooo good and would be twice the price if it were in the Bay Area or the like. And then there was the pungent and yummy St. Lucian chicken curry being dished out of the humble and ultra-charming trailer of the Caribbean Café. And the possibility of joining the lithe, toned gazelles grazing in front of always good The Hunter & The Farmer. The list goes on and on, and if I didn’t get to your window, it’s just because there wasn’t room (in my stomach). Mmmm … I’m starting to feel kind of sick/starving just thinking about it. The next time they circle the wagons at the moveable feast that is Fork in the Road: go. It’s great food at great prices, insanely nice proprietors whom you get to know as you order, all in a lovely setting. Who can resist jumping on that bandwagon? Ω

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Poet of the mines New book fulfills Pres Longley’s lifelong dream

F near the Gold Rush settlement of Helltown, 10 miles up Butte Creek Canyon, long before the

or a man who lived in a pauper’s shack

arrival of such modern conveniences as electricity, automobiles and telephones, Alexander Preston Longley—who went by by Pres—was remarkably engaged with Robert the wider world. Speer He read voraciously, traveled among the many mining camps of the era visiting the families of children he’d tutored at one time or another, and corresponded with ediPoems from tors at numerous publications, from the dead: the local Chico Record to The SacraJohn Rudderow mento Bee and the San Francisco and Nancy Leek Chronicle. will be signing Most of all, though, Longley copies of wrote poems—more than 300 of The Miner Poet Tuesday, Sept. 24, them over the years—and sent them 7 p.m., at Lyon off to appear in those same publicaBooks. They will tions, earning the sobriquet “The discuss the Bard of Butte.” They were poems history behind the book, and about love and death, about miners’ local actor hardships and Demon Rum, about Lew Gardner will capitalist greed and women’s sufread some of Pres frage, and about the people Longley Longley’s poems. knew and loved and those he despised, including a certain assistant Lyon Books editor at the Chico Enterprise: All must admit the man’s a cheat/ 135 Main St. 891-3338 Who slobbers out the damndest lies,/ www.lyon Then hides himself behind a sheet/ He calls the Chico Enterprise. The poems paint a vivid picture of life in a small Butte County mining town and the world around it in the late 19th century. They’re not great poems—Longley wrote in the heavily rhymed and metered style that was popular at the time—but they’re lively and sometimes funny, and always interesting and enjoyable as historical documents, especially for those of us who live in this area. Longley long dreamed that somehow his poems

could be collected in a book. He no doubt knew of his fellow Northern California poet, Joaquin Miller, who wrote in a similar style but, by dint of clever self-promotion, had become the best-selling poet in America. One year, at the request of an agent representing an East Coast publisher, Longley went so far as to gather his poems for publication, but the agent was killed and the manuscripts lost in a train wreck. Now, more than a century after his death in 1912 at the age of 88, Longley’s dream has come true, thanks to John Rudderow and Nancy Leek, two local people who have collected more than 100 of his poems into a handsome book, The Miner Poet: Poems of Pres Longley (Stansbury Publishing, $19.95). Rudderow worked in the aerospace industry in Southern California before moving into a house in Butte Creek Canyon, near the Honey Run Covered Bridge. He volunteers at the Chico branch of the Butte County Library, which is where he met Leek, a reference librarian. Their shared interest in local history, and Pres Longley in particular, led to their teaming up on this volume. Their introduction to the poems is a valuable corrective to some of the myths that have surrounded Longley. The editors published only information that they knew to be true—such as that Longley for two years fought the Comanches as a member of the Texas Rangers and was wounded by an arrow in the leg. Leek and Rudderow will be signing copies of their book on Sept. 24 (see column note). As an added attraction, local actor and all-around character Lew Gardner, who’s 82, will be reading Longley’s poems. The two men have much in common, Gardner says: He too is a “minor poet,” and like Longley he’s never cared much about making money. And he too has said about booze, “I don’t want any more—you can take it away/ ’Tis a demon of darkness unfit for the day.” One big difference: Longley, whose one marriage at age 56 didn’t work out, had no children; Gardner has nine. “I really like the guy,” he said of Longley. “I hope Ω to do a really good job.” September 12, 2013

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THURSDAY 9/12—WEDNESDAY 9/18 OPEN MIC: Singers, poets and musicians welcome. Th, 7-10pm. Has Beans Internet Cafe & Galleria, 501 Main St., (530) 894-3033,

CHIEF KEEF Tonight, Sept. 12 Senator Theatre



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. 4, (530) 895-3888.


rock. F, 9/13, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co., 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville, (530) 533-3885, www.feather


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

CHIEF KEEF: Chicago rapper performing with 1017 Glo Gang. Th, 9/12, 8:30pm. $20. Senator Theatre, 517 Main St., (530) 898-1497, www.jmaxproduc

FLO IN THE BLUES: Live blues music for the blue at heart featuring Steven Truskol and friends. Th, 9/12, 7-10pm. Café Flo, 365 E. Sixth St., (530) 514-8888,

GOSPEL FLATS: Bay area folk duo per-

Williams and newcomer Seamus Turner in Turner and Finch. Th, 9/12, 8pm. $5. 1078 Gallery, 820 Broadway, (530) 343-1973,

rock, blues and rockabilly. F, 9/13, 9pm. Free. Tackle Box Bar & Grill, 375 E. Park Ave., (530) 345-7499.

FLO SESSIONS: Flo’s weekly local music

JOHN SEID DUO: John Seid and Larry Peterson play an eclectic mix of The Beatles, blues and standards. Th, 69pm. Opens 9/12. Grana, 198 E. Second St., (530) 809-2304.

MIKE COYKENDALL, BOGG, DENIM WEDDING, THE AIRPLANES: Portland engineer and singer/songwriter Mike Coykendall is joined by locals The Airplanes and Bogg as well as fellow Portlanders, indie-folk duo Denim Wedding. Th, 9/12, 8pm. $5. Café Coda, 265 Humboldt Ave., (530) 566-9476,

forms with local troubadour Kyle

DRIVER: Paradise crew plays classic

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,

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.

JAKE SHIMABUKURO: Ukulele master performs jazz, blues, rock, bluegrass, classical, and anything else he can squeeze into his four strings. F, 9/13, 7:30pm. $18-$32. Laxson Auditorium, Chico State, (530) 898-6333,

JOHN SEID TRIO: John Seid, Steve Cook and Larry Peterson play an eclectic mix of The Beatles, blues and standards. F, 6-9pm. Opens 9/13. Free. Chicoichi Ramen, 243 W. Ninth St., (530) 891-9044.

LGBTQ NIGHT WITH MUSIC: F, 9/13, 9pm. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave., (530) 343-4915.

LUMINOUS FLUX: CD-release show with local slide-guitar/piano duo featuring singer/songwriters Collin Willey and Katie McConnell. F, 9/13, 7-10pm. Café Flo, 365 E. Sixth St., (530) 514-8888,

Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co., 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville, (530) 533-3885, brewing-co.

Every Friday night, the Maltese Bar & Tap Room hosts the only regular local event geared toward the LGBTQ+ crowd, usually with music provided by local DJs. For this Friday’s LGBTQ Night, they’re kicking the dance party up a notch with live music from Oakland post-punkers Wet Drag, Wabi Sabi (a side-project of local mover-and-shaker Fera) and The Hambones, Chico’s own atomic sock-hop trio. It’s guaranteed to be a refreshing experience for those who complain that no one dances at rock ’n’ roll shows anymore.

perform solos, duets, and quartets of popular Broadway tunes. F, 9/13, 8pm. Café Coda, 265 Humboldt Ave., (530) 566-9476,

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try. Sa, 9/14, 9pm. $5. Tackle Box Bar & Grill, 375 E. Park Ave., (530) 345-7499.

CHICAGO TRIBUTE AUTHORITY: As the name suggests, a tribute to the softrock hit-makers. Sa, 9/14, 9:30pm. $5.


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GUITAR PROJECT: A guitar showcase featuring Warren Haskell and friends, with special guest David Rogers. Sa, 9/14, 7pm. $10. 1078 Gallery, 820 Broadway, (530) 343-1973,

JOHN SEID AND LARRY PETERSON: Playing a mellow dinner mix. Su, 9/15, 6-9pm. 5th Street Steakhouse, 345 W. Fifth St., (530) 891-6328,

MUSIC SHOWCASE: An open mic hosted by local country musicians Rich and Kendall. Sa, 5-9pm. Free. Scotty’s Landing, 12609 River Rd., (530) 7102020.

MASON JENNINGS: The Hawaiian pop-folk singer songwriter performs with Chicago’s Haroula Rose. Su, 9/15, 6:30pm. $20. El Rey Theatre, 230 W. Second St., (530) 342-2727.

RETROTONES: Classic rock and country. Sa, 9/14, 8:45pm. Kings Tavern, 5771

Clark Rd. in Paradise, (530) 877-7100.

TOYZ: Classic rock in the lounge. Sa, 9/14,

Robinson Trio. M, 5-7pm. Free. Café Flo, 365 E. Sixth St., (530) 514-8888,

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Dr. in Oroville, (530) 533-3885,

17TUESDAY AARON JAQUA: An open singer-song-

HEATWARMER: Seattle experimental-pop,

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8:30pm. Feather Falls Casino, 3 Alverda

Weideranders returns to town with new Celtic band Story Road. The Fabulous Hot Toddies open. M, 9/16, 5pm. Free. Duffy’s Tavern, 337 Main St., (530) 343-7718.

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


SONS OF JEFFERSON: High, lonesome mountain songs from the Santa Cruz/Chico crew, with local singersongwriters Heather Michelle and Bran Crown opening. Sa, 9/14, 9pm. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave., (530) 343-4915.

JAZZ HAPPY HOUR: With the Carey STORY ROAD: Chico native John

hard-driving arsenal of rock, blues, country and gospel to the Big Room. M, 9/16, 7:30-9:30pm. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., 1075 E. 20th St., 893-3520,

plus local experimental weirdness with Pageant Dads and Clouds on Strings. Tu, 9/17, 8pm. $5. 1078 Gallery, 820 Broadway, (530) 343-1973,

SHIGEMI & FRIENDS: Live jazz with keyboardist Shigemi Minetaka and rotating accompaniment. Tu, 6:308:30pm. Free. Farm Star Pizza, 2359 Esplanade, (530) 343-2056,

Robinson Trio. W, 5-7pm. Free. Café Flo, 365 E. Sixth St., (530) 514-8888,

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


Even for those unfamiliar with Chico-based magician Wayne Houchin’s work on the Discovery Channel’s Breaking Magic: The Magic of Science, the name might ring a bell. That’s likely because Houchin made national headlines last November when the host of a Dominican television show he appeared on threw flaming cologne on his head, badly burning the performer. The incident didn’t deter Houchin from his work, and the magic man has spent much of the last year performing on stages and filming at locations around the world. Houchin makes a rare local appearance Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co.

OLD-TIME SLOW JAM: Bring your bluegrass instruments and song suggestions for this jam hosted by Jim Meyers. Third W of every month, 7-9pm. Opens 9/18. Free. Sid Lewis’ Acoustic College, 932 W. Eighth Ave., (530) 8768629.


magician and star of Breaking Magic on the Discovery channel performs Moments of Insanity. W, 9/18, 6-9pm. $35. Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co., 3 Alverda Dr. in Oroville, (530) 533-3885, brewing-co.

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,

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From up on Poppy Hill Studio Ghibli We’ve come to expect a certain mysticism from a Studio Ghibli film (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro) and at first glance this story of budding friendship set against Japan’s preparation for the 1964 Olympics seems a decidedly human tale. A high-school girl, responsible for taking care of her family and the house, meets a charismatic boy who is struggling to save a school clubhouse from being demolished. There are no spirits, keepers of the forest or kodama, but as From up on Poppy Hill strips away the layers, it reveals that everyday life can be just as fantastical. The hand-drawn animation and exceptional score contribute to a sense of beauty and sincerity that seeps into every portion of the film. As the story unravels, it begins to uncover deeper themes and motifs as the high-schoolers and the nation stand at a crossroads. The clubhouse—a delightful mix of library, laboratory and Neverland-style hangout—becomes more than a manifestation of the debate of old versus new; it’s a commentary on academia’s continuing trend to remove the wonder and adventure from learning in favor of guided structure. Director Goro Miyazaki handles the screenplay by his legendary father, Hayao Miyazaki, with great pace and imagery, understanding that the quiet, subtle moments often are the most memorable.


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The Kitchen Hieroglyphics Hieroglyphics Imperium Recordings “The kitchen is where, you know, your family gets together, congregates … cooks a good meal … everything is done with love. [And] we got crazy love for hip-hop, so we do all this outta love for y’all.” This opening statement from “The Kitchen Intro” is an apt description for the new Hieroglyphics album, The Kitchen, the Oakland-based collective’s first full-length album since 2003’s Full Circle. The Kitchen plays like a series of lyrical conversations around the table, ranging from braggadocious to heartfelt. It is filled with embellishment, straight-talk, tales of survival, and stories from the road. Album production is courtesy of Sacramento DJ crew, the Sleeprockers, who masterfully weave examples of the Bay Area’s rich musical history into each track, like “Livin’ It Up,” which employs an Oakland-funk horn loop with hyphy-esque echoing bass on which the MCs unapologetically boast about achieving a way of life based upon pulling themselves up by their collective bootstraps. And the next cut, “The Mayor,” builds on its predecessor with the chorus: “We run shit like the Mayor.” Songs like “Indonesia” and “Indonesia Interlude” sport complex patchworks of exotic sounds, while “Wshores Galore” and “That Merch” are straight-up feelgood dance tracks that will undoubtedly keep your head nodding. —Mazi Noble


Stories we tell The summer movie season is incomplete without the addition of a few on-demand selections

A hoopla, the most notable of recent movie pleasures have turned up somewhat off to the

mid all the usual summer-blockbuster

side—in relatively unheralded pictures mostly, and in unexpected elements of some by that were widely publicized. Juan-Carlos For me, the emblematic movie Selznick of the summer season now ending was Baltasar Kormákur’s 2 Guns, with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. It’s an uproarious action movie about foolish American muscle and firepower, a brusquely comic farrago that maintains violent high spirits even as it collides with multiple levels of corruption in the nation’s lawenforcement agencies. Both men are working undercover on separate and conflicting missions about which both have been deceived, and their movie treats corruption in high places as little more than a challenge worthy of their action-movie resourcefulness and their great good humor. Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger, similarly emblematic, has a more pointed satirical edge to its comic action—both in its mashup of western movie conventions and in its rewiring of American history from an intermittently Native American perspective. But in both films, goofy comedy and action seem to serve as protective masks for rebellious energy that can find safety in few places outside a movie theater. Their political and historical incoherence is oddly refreshing, particularly insofar as both aim to entertain but neither is in any particular hurry to offer comfort. Among the other films that get high marks as offbeat pleasures of summer movie-viewing are a handful which are available via video on demand but haven’t reached Chico theater screens. The tangles and mysteries of our stories and tales is very much the subject of Stories We Tell, a fascinating and unexpectedly moving documentary hybrid from actor/filmmaker Sarah Polley. What begins as a family-based reminiscence about her mother, an actress who died young, soon becomes an inquiry into the lives of both her parents and a search for her biological father. What results is 104 jam-packed minutes of drama and reflection, with enough family secrets, shifting relationships, convoluted memories and paradoxical emotions to fill a good-sized novel. Polley, her parents, four siblings from two different marriages, and an assortment of relatives, old friends, and former colleagues all figure in the onscreen action, which is a brilliantly edited mixture of home movies, archival footage, new interviews, and stylized re-creations of remembered events (with lookalike actors playing younger versions of

family and friends). In style, thematic substance and complex emotion, Polley’s film is simply one of the year’s best. David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints—also one of my summer season’s best—is a darkly romantic outlaw love ballad set in the harsh, flat, scrubby landscapes of the Texas outback. A smalltime thief (Casey Affleck), imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit, escapes in hopes of rejoining his beloved (Rooney Mara) and the baby daughter he’s never seen. A sternly supportive father figure (Keith Carradine) and an unexpectedly sympathetic deputy (Ben Foster) get involved in the increasingly convoluted chase that results.

Reviewers: Craig Blamer and Juan-Carlos Selznick.

Opening this week Austenland

A 30-something American woman who is obsessed with Jane Austen’s novels, yet unsatisfied in love, travels to a themed resort in England to be immersed in a romantic fantasy world lifted from Austen’s stories. Pageant Theatre and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.

The Family


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 and Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13. 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.

Insidious: Chapter 2

Instructions Not Included

The Spectacular Now

Smoothly understated performances, bursts of flashing memories in montage, fragments of deglamorized violence, and music tracks that sound homemade all make signal contributions to the film’s richly evocative atmosphere—the gloom and glow of tragic farce somewhere out in the underbrush. Blancanieves, from Spain, is a silent-movie pastiche, filmed in black and white and transposing the traditional story of Snow White to Seville, Spain, in the 1920s. Filmmaker Pablo Berger loads up with bullfighting sagas, father-daughter dramatics, the extravagant villainy of a wicked stepmother played by Maribel Verdú, and plenty of flamenco. In David Gordon Green’s Prince Avalanche, Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch are highway-maintenance guys, painting yellow lines and restoring signs along a desolate stretch of highway in the Texas hill country. A droll, bittersweet comedy of delayed maturity, it’s theatre of the absurd set out on the open road and seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Blancanieves and Prince Avalanche both get high marks as offbeat pleasures of summer movieviewing that are—like the films by Polley and Lowery—available via video on demand but haven’t reached Chico theater screens. Ω

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.

An action-comedy directed by Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, Taken) about a mafia couple (Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfieffer) living under witness-protection in France who draw the ire of the agent watching over them (Tommy Lee Jones) and the attention of their former associates in the States when they start reverting to their old ways of solving problems. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R. Leigh Whannell and James Wan, the horror writer-director team behind the first installment (as well as Saw), regroup for this sequel which finds the haunted couple (Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne) still being visited by the scary spirits that had been camped out in their son’s body. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.

Stories We Tell


A love story about two oddly-matched highschoolers—him a fun-loving, live-in-themoment (“the spectacular now”) rebel and her a shy and levelheaded wallflower—who fall for one another and challenge each other’s perceptions along the way. Pageant Theatre and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R.

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Blue Jasmine

The new Woody Allen picture is a smartly written, briskly engaging ensemble piece with pungent roles for a half-dozen well-chosen supporting players and a complex one for its star, Cate Blanchett, who is superb. 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 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, 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. 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.

The Grandmaster

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.

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. 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. 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 and Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG.


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.

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 and Feather River Cinemas. Rated R.

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ARTS DEVO Jason Cassidy •

POETRY 99 A poem In 99 words maybe less

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.

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ARTS TOWN? The city of Chico Arts Commission has been stuck in limbo

since the city’s only arts-dedicated staff member, Arts Projects Coordinator Mary Gardner, was laid off during the recent round of budget cuts. The Arts Commission has requested that a decision on its future be put on the agenda at the next City Council meeting (Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m.). Will a minuscule amount of resources be put aside to support a staff person attending meetings to record official minutes (as is required by law) for the commission’s meetings? Will the council scrap the all-volunteer commission, leaving the city with no arts presence to facilitate and advocate for public art, Artoberfest, etc.? Before they decide anything, I’d like the council to take a minute to read this string of examples (culled from just one week’s worth of arts news) of how vibrant and interconnected the arts are in our community. This Friday, Sept. 13, the funky Manas Artspace will host the opening of Seeds of Your Intention, another of its themed group shows open to every member of the community who wishes to take part. And, Manas honcho Dave “Dragonboy” Sutherland is a frequent model for the hugely popular Chikoko fashion/art collective, which just held model auditions for its upcoming Nectar event (Oct. 12, Silver Dollar Fairgrounds). One of Chikoko’s founders, Muir Hughes, is on the Arts Commission, which works on the city’s behalf with Debra Lucero of Friends of the Arts to put on Artoberfest, the city’s upcoming annual month-long arts celebration during the month of Dave Selkirk: live graffiti rhino. October. Artoberfest kicked off last weekend with Chico Palio in Bidwell Park, a day-long sneak preview of the month to come, featuring a crosssection of local arts organizations doing their thing, including a group of local graffiti artists who painted large panels on location in preparation for the Train Car Graffiti Project that will be a part of the Art All Aboard exhibit opening at Chico Art Center on Saturday, Sept. 14. The Train Car project is being curated by local painter Cynthia Schildhauer, who just had three of her paintings accepted into the online Artists Registry at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City (visit to see all the art). The artworks, including those by Schildhauer (a recipient of multiple city of Chico art grants), will go on display in the museum on a rotating basis. One of the many community arts organizations that have also received city of Chico art grants is the Blue Room Theatre, which will enter its 20th year of black-box theater production with the opening of the two-player dark comedy Gruesome Playground Injuries on Friday, Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m. Again, that’s just one week. Art runs deep in Chico, and we are all tapped into it. It is an enormous part “Nine Eleven,” by Cynthia Schildhauer. of what makes us proud of our community, and it contributes greatly to not only our cultural health but also to the health of the economy that’s built up around this vibrant place in which we’ve chosen to live. Email the council (visit and select “city council”), go the meeting on Tuesday, and tell them to be brave in the face of budget pressures and to take a firm stand in defense of one of the pillars of our way of life in Chico. Tell them to loudly proclaim their support for the arts, to agree that art is essential to the economic and cultural well-being of the community, and to pledge to make a teeny-tiny bit of room in the budget to support this Arts Town and to include the all-volunteer Arts Commission in the discussion. Next week: A love note to a righteous dude in Arts DEVO’s life.

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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.

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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.

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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 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 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as UNIQUE TEEZ at 5051 Oro Dam Blvd Oroville, CA 95966. GLORIA MORENO 5051 Oro Dam Blvd Oroville, CA 95966. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: GLORIA MORENO Dated: August 14, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001100 Published: September 12,19,26, October 3, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CHICO HARMONY CENTER at 469 Chestnut Lane Chico, CA 95973. OLETA M BRYSON 469 Chestnut Lane Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: OLETA BRYSON Dated: August 30, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001175 Published: September 12,19,26, October 3, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as PARADISE SURPLUS AND TRADING POST at 7691 Skyway Paradise, CA 95969. JOHN CHARLES ROPP 7707 Skyway Paradise, CA 95969. LISA YVONNE STEWARD 7707 Skyway Paradise, CA 95969. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: JOHN C. ROPP Dated: August 23, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001140 Published: September 12,19,26, October 3, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as SHOOTING STARR’S AND BRIGHT BEGINNINGS INFANT CENTER at 5597 Lower Wyandotte Rd Oroville, CA 95966. JEAN MARCHEL 1528 14th St Oroville, CA 95965. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: JEAN MARCHEL Dated: August 19, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001122 Published: September 12,19,26, October 3, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as ALL FIRED UP CHICO, CHICO ALL FIRED UP at 830 Broadway St Chico, CA 95928. JANICE HOFMANN 4669 Angelena Way Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: JANICE HOFMANN Dated: August 26, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001158 Published: September 12,19,26, October 3, 2013

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as THE JUNIOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM at 310 Olive St Chico, CA 95928. TIMOTHY FORREST 4310 Linwood Place Riverside, CA 92506. JACOB PETERSON 310 Olive St Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Unincorporated Association. Signed: JACOB PETERSON Dated: August 19, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001119 Published: September 12,19,26, October 3, 2013

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as RICK’S BRASS MUSIC at 2661 Chantel Way Chico, CA 95973. RICHARD D WINSLOW 2661 Chantel Way Chico, CA 95973. This business is conudcted by an Individual. Signed: RICHARD D. WINSLOW Dated: August 27, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001168 Published: September 12,19,26, October 3, 2013

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as COOL WATER at 540 Big Ridge Rd Berry Creek, CA 95916. CHARLES R HAMILL 540 Big Ridge Rd Berry Creek, CA 95916. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: CHARLES R HAMILL Dated: August 27, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001163 Published: September 12,19,26, October 3, 2013


FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as SUTHERLAND LANDSCAPE CENTER at 2720 Hwy 32 Chico, CA 95973. WHITEGIVER INCORPORATED 2720 Hwy 32 Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: BRUCE WHITEGIVER, PRESIDENT Dated: August 9, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001076 Published: September 12,19,26, October 3, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as MPER at 609 Entler Ave STE 10 Chico, CA 95928. MICHAEL ANTHONY HEGENBART 2931 Clark Road Butte Valley, CA 95965. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: MIKE HEGENBART Dated: August 7, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001065 Published: September 12,19,26, October 3, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as ARWEN ENTERPRISES at 1530 Humboldt Road Suite 5 Chico, CA 95928. ARWEN TRACY FUNK 1464 W Lindo Ave Chico, CA 95926. HERBERT WALTER FUNK 1464 W Lindo Ave Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by a Married Couple. Signed: ARWEN FUNK Dated: August 22, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001136 Published: September 12,19,26, October 3, 2013 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as LAKE OROVILLE PROPERTIES, LAKE OROVILLE REAL ESTATE, LAKE OROVILLE REALTY at 5263 Royal Oaks Dr Oroville, CA 95966. JAMES M GUDERIAN 4 Hope Ct Oroville, CA 95966. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: JAMES M GUDERIAN Dated: August 20, 2013 FBN Number: 2013-0001126 Published: September 12,19,26, October 3, 2013

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 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



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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 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

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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 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 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

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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 COREY CLIFFORD CLEO TYLER JR 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

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scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: 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 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner LARRY EUGENE PIXLER filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: LARRY EUGENE PIXLER Proposed name: VAN LOGAN WYATT 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 25, 2013 Time: 9:00am Dept:TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 655 Oleander Ave. Chico, CA 95926

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SUMMONS 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 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

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): “A

good story should make you laugh, and a moment later break your heart,” wrote Chuck Palahniuk in his book Stranger Than Fiction. From what I can tell, Aries, the sequence is the reverse for you. In your story, the disruption has already happened. Next comes the part where you laugh. It may be a sardonic chuckle at first, as you become aware of the illusions you had been under before the jolt exposed them. Eventually, I expect you will be giggling and gleeful, eternally grateful for the tricky luck that freed you to pursue a more complete version of your fondest dream.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Taurus

musician David Byrne was asked by an interviewer to compose a seven-word autobiography. In response, he came up with 10 words: “unfinished, unprocessed, uncertain, unknown, unadorned, underarms, underpants, unfrozen, unsettled, unfussy.” The coming days would be an excellent time for you to carry out similar assignments. I’d love to see you express the essential truth about yourself in bold and playful ways. I will also be happy if you make it clear that even though you’re a work in progress, you have a succinct understanding of what you need and who you are becoming.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The French

word “sillage” means “wake,” like the trail created behind a boat as it zips through water. In the perfume industry, it refers to the fragrance that remains in the air after a person wearing perfume or cologne passes by. For our purposes, we will expand the definition to include any influences and impressions left behind by a powerful presence that has exited the scene. In my astrological opinion, Gemini, sillage is a key theme for you to monitor in the coming days. Be alert for it. Study it. It will be a source of information that helps you make good decisions.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Cataglot-

tism” is a rarely used English word that has the same meaning as French kissing¡ªengaging in liberal use of the tongue as you make out. But I don’t recommend that you incorporate such an inelegant, guttural term into your vocabulary. Imagine yourself thinking, while in the midst of French kissing, that what you’re doing is “cataglottism.” Your pleasure would probably be diminished. This truth applies in a broader sense, too. The language you use to frame your experience has a dramatic impact on how it all unfolds. The coming week will be an excellent time to experiment with this principle. See if you can increase your levels of joy and grace by describing what’s happening to you with beautiful and positive words.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): This is Correct Your First Impressions Week. It’s a perfect time for you to re-evaluate any of your beliefs that are based on mistaken facts or superficial perceptions. Are you open to the possibility that you might have jumped to unwarranted conclusions? Are you willing to question certainties that hardened in you after just a brief exposure to complicated processes? During Correct Your First Impressions Week, humble examination of your fixed prejudices is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. P.S. This is a good time to reconnect with a person you have unjustly judged as unworthy of you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): This is a good

time to free yourself from a curse that an immature soul placed on you once upon a time. I’m not talking about a literal spell cast by a master of the dark arts. Rather, I’m referring to an abusive accusation that was heaped on you, perhaps inadvertently, by a careless person whose own pain made him or her stupid. As I evaluate the astrological omens, I conclude that you now have the power to dissolve this curse all by yourself. You don’t need a wizard or a witch to handle it for you. Follow your intuition for clues on how to proceed. Here’s a suggestion to stimulate your imagination: Visualize the curse as a dark purple rose. See yourself hurling it into a vat of molten gold.

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by Rob Brezsny LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The current

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chapter of your life story may not be quite as epic as I think it is, so my advice may sound melodramatic. Still, what I’m going to tell you is something we all need to hear from time to time. And I’m pretty sure this is one of those moments for you. It comes from writer Charles Bukowski: “nobody can save you but / yourself. / you will be put again and again / into nearly impossible / situations. / they will attempt again and again / through subterfuge, guise, and / force / to make you submit, quit and/or die quietly / inside. / ¡K but don’t, don’t, don’t. / ¡K nobody can save you but / yourself / and you’re worth saving. / it’s a war not easily won / but if anything is worth winning then / this is it.”

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The cosmos hereby grants you poetic license to be brazen in your craving for the best and brightest experiences; to be uninhibited in feeding your obsessions and making them work for you; to be shameless as you pursue exactly and only what you really, really want more than anything else. This is a limitedtime offer, although it may be extended if you pounce eagerly and take full advantage. For best results, suspend your pursuit of trivial wishes, and purge yourself of your bitchy complaints about life. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): At

the last minute, Elsa Oliver impulsively canceled her vacation to New York. She had a hunch that something exciting would happen if instead, she stayed at her home in England. A few hours later, she got a message inviting her to be a contestant on the U.K. television show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? In the days and weeks that followed, she won the equivalent of approximately $100,000. I’m not predicting anything quite as dramatic for you, Sagittarius. But I do suspect that good luck is lurking in unexpected places, and to gather it in, you may have to trust your intuition, stay alert for late-breaking shifts in fate and be willing to alter your plans.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “The

only thing standing between you and your goal,” writes American author Jordan Belfort, “is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” I don’t entirely agree with that idea. There may be other obstacles over which you have little control. But the bullshit story is often more than half the problem. So, that’s the bad news, Capricorn. The good news is that right now is a magic moment in your destiny when you have more power than usual to free yourself of your own personal bullshit story.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Is the

truth a clear, bright, shiny treasure, like a big diamond glittering in the sunlight? Does it have an objective existence that’s independent of our feelings about it? Or is the truth a fuzzy, convoluted thing that resembles a stream of smoke snaking through an underground cavern? Does it have a different meaning for every mind that seeks to grasp it? The answer, of course, is both. Sometimes the truth is a glittering diamond, and at other times, it’s a stream of smoke. But for you right now, Aquarius, the truth is the latter. You must have a high tolerance for ambiguity as you cultivate your relationship with it. It’s more likely to reveal its secrets if you maintain a flexible and cagey frame of mind.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): It’s a good

time to indulge in wide-open, high-flying, anything-goes fantasies about love—if, that is—if you also do something practical to help those fantasies come true. So, I encourage you to dream about revolutionizing your relationship with romance and intimacy—as long as you also make specific adjustments in your own attitudes and behavior that will make the revolution more likely. Two more tips: 1. Free yourself from dogmatic beliefs you might have about love’s possibilities. 2. Work to increase your capacity for lusty trust and trusty lust.

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Dorothy Soult has been a bra-fitting specialist at JC Penney in the Chico Mall for 18 years. The former art teacher is now known as the “wizard of bras” based on her reputation for expertly fitting her customers with the ideal size and style of bra for their body types. Soult will turn 75 in January, and has plans to retire then, so visit the colorful clerk and get matched with your perfect bra while you can.

Do many department stores have bra-fitting specialists?



For the week of September 12, 2013

Some of the better stores have fitters, but they all fit differently. Penney’s started doing it about 18 years ago; I don’t think I started it, but I was one of the first ones.

ference! They feel better about themselves. I get more hugs from my customers. I must have 200 to 300 regular customers, and I get hugs every day! I mean, what better job is there?

How did you get started in the job?

What brought you to JC Penney?

I’m an artist, and I can see proportions differently than other people. They put me in the lingerie department, and people kept coming up to me and I kept telling them their sizes and I was pretty right on, and the next thing I knew I started fitting.

Penney’s is probably the best place to work. Penney’s allows its people to express themselves. I could not have done this, probably, in another store, because they would say, “What are you doing?” But Penney’s allowed me to express myself and do what I knew was right. I did it my way, and they didn’t argue with me because they saw it was working. It’s a great company.

What kind of art do you do? I draw primarily; I paint too sometimes, but I haven’t done much lately. I like to draw the shapes of nature, and I guess the breast is a shape of nature!

Will JC Penney still have a bra-fitter after you leave?

What’s the most rewarding thing about bra-fitting? I adore doing it. It makes such a difference in people’s lives! There have been people who have come in here all slumped over and unhappy, and they’ve left with their head up and they’re smiling and they’re happy. I make a dif-

I’ll be 75 in January, and I think that’s about time to retire. I’m trying to train the girls. They’re more, “this is the measurement,” where I rarely even measure people. I don’t know how, I just do it. As long as they get the customers comfortable, that’s all that matters. It’s about style, fit and comfort. I don’t think [the] size matters much.


by Anthony Peyton Porter

Wives Bud and I have been best friends for 40 years. His first date with his first wife, Sadie, was dinner with Jennifer and me at our apartment at 30th and Michigan in Chicago sometime in late 1973 or early ’74 (Jennifer being my first wife). I shot Bud and Sadie’s wedding the next year. Sadie was good, witty and irreverent. She and Bud lasted a couple of years, and I was sorry to see her go, although he was the one who went. Then Bud married again and I shot the wedding, and I married again, and kids came and grew, and he and his spouse divorced, and my wife and I didn’t quite. Yesterday Bud called to tell me he’d gotten a letter from Sadie asking if he’s the Bud she used to be married to. While I was talking to him, I found Sadie on Facebook. When I friended her, she responded, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME? ANTHONY! HOLY FUCK! HOW ARE YOU?” I’ve missed Sadie, especially since she’s 61 now—not whatever she was the last time I saw her in the late-’70s—and after all these years she sounds the same, even on Facebook. Minutes later, Sadie, Bud and I were in a three-way call, and Sadie and I had more to say to each other

than did Bud and Sadie. That was the best part, and when Bud and Sadie began to talk to each other, the conversation took a nosedive into old resentments and fears, and I started to feel like a voyeur, which I don’t normally mind. This time I was self-conscious and uncomfortable. No more three-ways. I’ve thought about trying to contact Jennifer, my first wife, although she never sent me a letter. I poked around online a few years ago and learned she had achieved some success in the field of housing in San Diego and had once worked for a politician. She had married again in the ’80s, and a friend told me he saw her in Las Vegas quite a while ago now. I still felt like such a heel; I never tried to call or email her. I was an awful husband. I’d’ve been willing to see her in person, and I thought about going to San Diego to find her and her mother, who’s apparently still kicking, and I never did. I’d like to think that if I saw Jennifer again that we’d greet each other afresh. We won’t, though, because Jennifer died of cancer in April. Dammit. Hey, I’m gonna collect some of these essays, and I’d appreciate it if you’d EMAIL ME with the titles of the ones you think I should include. Thank you.

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