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Let’s say that you wish to open a small business in Chico. Let’s imagine that the business needs a use permit. Say goodbye to at least $15,000 dollars you borrowed from your IRA or savings. You will need professionals (cost) to draw it up. You will pay
So if you’re fortunate enough to be able to round up enough money to start a new business, one that will likely employ people right here in Chico, I personally want to get you from your dreams to reality as quickly as possible and with as little bureaucratic expenses as possible. Chico needs jobs. Let’s not kill or disable the businesses that will create those jobs before they even get started! On that same note I have heard many city leaders talk about the need for high tech jobs. Our current city leaders have certainly developed one skill; TALK, TALK, and even more TALK! I BELIEVE IN ACTION. If I find myself on the new city council I will be taking an active look at how we can potentially work with Chico State to morph to a polytechnic university. Do you think that might bring more high tech firms to the area? Do you think that might help graduates stay and work in Chico rather than leave to bigger cities looking for high tech jobs? Bottom line = If you want more than talk, if you want to truly create jobs, vote for someone who has created business and jobs, right here in Chico, all his life.
Jon Scott for City Council 2016 If you are sick and tired of being feed the same old BS and being told to like it, vote for a “change of guard.”
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trump’s assault on democracy about women. It’s been public knowledge Bforthinks years that he’s crude, disrespectful and deeply
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sexist. The so-called Access Hollywood tape only confirms it. That a candidate for president of the United States holds women in such disregard, and seems almost proud of it, is reason enough not to vote for him. There’s another and even more significant reason, however: Donald Trump seems by ready and willing to subvert Robert Speer a fundamental aspect of our the author democracy. is a former If he loses, Trump has said, it editor-in-chief will be because the election was of the cN&r. “rigged” and his loss was due to cheating. And if he wins, he will jail his defeated opponent. Of all the awful things Trump has said and done, these are the worst. First, he’s trying to destroy Americans’ faith in the democratic process by charging that the election is illegitimate, though he offers
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no evidence of this. Indeed, election officials across the land have insisted that rigging a presidential election sufficiently to determine the winner is virtually impossible. And to tell Hillary Clinton, live on national television during the second debate, that if he won “you’d be in jail,” is something a tin-horn Third World dictator might say. But here’s Trump, smiling and nodding during rallies when his supporters chant “Lock her up!” Americans are rightfully proud that every four years they vote for president and the loser steps gracefully aside. That’s a major reason why our democracy, the oldest in the world, has survived for so long. To have a major-party candidate for president irresponsibly threaten to ignore this fundamental feature of our political system is frightening. It verges on treason. Regardless of what you think of Hillary Clinton and/or her policies, nothing she has said or done comes close to her opponent’s brazen disregard for our core democratic fundamentals. I don’t agree with her about everything, but I do know that she respects our political system. She would never threaten an opponent with prison. That in itself is reason to vote for her. □
the White House. We chose Sen. Sanders in the primary in part because he has spent his career in politics standing up for the little guy—the poor and the middle class, upon whom this nation was built. But Hillary Clinton was chosen as the Democratic presidential nominee. More Americans viewed her as a more qualified and competent candidate. We won’t argue with that. After all, she served in one of the highest offices in the land—secretary of state, fourth in line to the presidency—and spent decades in Washington in service to the American people. Now, Clinton may not be the idealistic choice. But she is the intelligent choice. In this particular year, with a demagogue Republican running roughshod over the GOP, Clinton is the only sane choice. Vote for her. U.S. Senate: Kamala Harris Congressional District 1: Jim Reed State Assembly, District 3: Ed Ritchie Prop. 51 (school bonds): $9 billion for K-12 public school facilities. Gov. Brown opposes it; main proponent is the construction industry. No Prop. 52 (Medi-Cal hospital fees): Extends in perpetuity the fee private hospitals pay to help buoy health care for low-income Californians. Yes Prop. 53 (voter approval for revenue bonds): Requires (simple-majority) voter approval for state bonds exceeding $2 billion. Sounds great but would take control away from local projects with hefty price tags. No Prop. 54 (transparency in the Legislature): Requires all bills be posted online 72 hours before a vote and that the Legislature record meetings and make them accessible to the public. Yes Prop. 55 (income tax extension): Would extend to 2030 the temporary tax we voted on in 2012 to get through the Great Recession. No Prop. 56 (cigarette tax): Places a $2-per-pack tax on cigarettes (including e-cigs) to pay for health care for low-income residents. Yes Prop. 57 (sentencing/parole): Requires that youths have a hearing in juvenile court. Allows for parole and early release for nonviolent felony offenders. Don’t buy the scare tactics of the opposition. Yes Prop. 58 (bilingual education): Public schools would be able to choose the manner in which English language learners are taught. Yes Prop. 59 (constitutional amendment on Citizens United): Asks California elected officials to use their authority to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission. Seeks increased regulation of campaign spending and fundraising. Yes Prop. 60 (condom requirement): Seeks to further regulate the adult film industry. It’s opposed by both major parties because it would overburden courts since any Californian could sue for violations. No Prop. 61 (prescription drugs): Attempts to require state prescription-drug purchases be priced at or below the price paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Could trigger price increases, including for vets. No Prop. 62 (death penalty repeal): Replaces death penalty with life imprisonment without parole. The system does not work. Yes Prop. 63 (gun laws): Requires background check for ammo purchases. Prohibits large-capacity magazines. Establishes procedures to take away guns from dangerous criminals. Yes Prop. 64 (marijuana legalization): Allows citizens 21 and older to grow and possess cannabis, and allows for regulation and taxation by the state. Let’s take away the profit motive driving the black market. Yes Prop. 65 (bag fees): Would earmark fees from the state’s single-use bag ban to environmental causes. Sounds great, but it’s the plastic industry’s effort to confuse voters into nixing an overall ban (see Prop. 67). No Prop. 66 (speed up executions): Seeks to curtail the death penalty appeals process. Potential consequences include the killing of innocents. No Prop. 67 (plastic bag ban): Upholds the state’s prohibition on single-use bags at grocery and other stores approved by voters two years ago and halted by referendum. Allows stores to recoup their costs of providing recycled bags (unless Prop. 65 also passes, and with more votes). Yes Ω
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More to come I received an email from a reader last week asking me what was taking so long for CN&R to print our endorsements. The short answer is that the ballot is dense; there are 17 state propositions before the voters. Vetting each of them takes a lot of research. If you’re not convinced, check out this year’s Official Voter Information Guide. It’s 224 pages. No kidding. In this issue, you’ll find our endorsements for those propositions, along with certain state and federal offices, including president of the United States. Unlike our journalism colleagues over at the local daily, which is shirking its duty when it comes to endorsing for POTUS, this newspaper is unequivocally in support of Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately, that left no room for the local contests. We’ll weigh in on them next week. In the meantime, you can do your own homework in a number of ways. First, check out our Election Issue, which includes stories on Measures L, K and J, the commercial medical marijuana measure and school bonds, respectively, as well as a Q&A with Chico’s City Council candidates. For other election coverage, go to www.newsreview.com/chico and click on the “Election ’16” banner. Another excellent resource is the League of Women Voters of Butte County, a nonpartisan nonprofit that’s in the midst of holding its candidates forums. In fact, tonight (Thursday, Oct. 20), the 11 folks vying for one of the four Chico City Council seats that are up for grabs are participating in a league-organized forum. For more info, go to www.lwvbuttecounty.org. There, you’ll also find links to BCAC TV’s video coverage of several of the previous events, including the race for the District 1 congressional seat held by Doug LaMalfa. It’s worth listening to that one, if only to hear the incumbent congressman spreading fallacies about Planned Parenthood, such as the thoroughly debunked claim that the nonprofit is, as he put it, “known to be the seller of baby parts.” The fact that LaMalfa continues to spread this misinformation means that he believes his constituents are stupid. His insistence that he’ll keep voting to defund the organization—despite the fact that no federal funding pays for abortions—signals that LaMalfa doesn’t care whether those in the district have access to low-cost health services, such as pap smears and birth control. LaMalfa calls himself pro-life, but taking away options for family planning leads to unplanned pregnancies—and, thus, abortions. LaMalfa isn’t pro-life, he’s pro-propaganda. Unsurprisingly, he’s not getting this newspaper’s endorsement. Neither is his understudy, Assemblyman James Gallagher. So, what’s left to endorse? Plenty. There are those two local school bonds, for example. Then there’s Chico’s City Council and the Board of Supervisors District 5 seat. We’ve had a steady stream of candidates coming into our office over the past three weeks for interviews, and we’re now looking at the candidates forums to lock in our picks. But don’t expect us to make an endorsement for every race and ballot measure. Again, we urge readers to do their own homework. Speaking of which, Monday (Oct. 24) is the last day to register to vote. For more info, go to www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration. There’s a lot at stake on Nov. 8, so please do not delay.
Melissa Daugherty is editor of the CN&R
Where’s the commitment? Re “Lessons from Utah” (Newslines, by Howard Hardee, Oct. 13): On Monday afternoon, Lloyd Pendleton, a housing-first advocate, spoke to a full house at Bidwell Presbyterian Church about a solution to chronic homelessness. He detailed Utah’s successful program that has won national recognition and reduced the chronic homeless population by 90 percent in 10 years. One would think that City Council members who have made homelessness a mainstay of both their tenure on the council and their election campaigns would make attendance a top priority. Unfortunately, Mayor Mark Sorensen, Vice Mayor Sean Morgan, Reanette Fillmer and Andrew Coolidge were no shows. Their absence spoke volumes about the sincerity of their commitment to solving the homeless issue in Chico. Fortunately, three council members, Tami Ritter, Ann Schwab and Randall Stone, were there to listen and learn about a proven, nationally recognized program that works. The City Council’s frustration in dealing with homeless people has resulted in ordinances whose constitutionality is at best questionable. At the very least, every council member should have attended to show their genuine concern for the issue. The absence of a majority of the City Council members was shameful.
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Excellent article on Lloyd Pendleton, a compassionate and pragmatic advocate for the homeless. His housing-first model is an inspiring alternative to failed approaches. As reported, three Chico City Council members attended Pendleton’s presentation. Since attendee Tami Ritter is the only council member with a solid record of advocacy, I’d like to have heard her thoughts—in addition to those of waffler Randall Stone, who was quoted at length. Given her horrific record on homeless issues, the attendance of Councilwoman Ann Schwab struck me as transparent electioneering. (In the meantime, nothing changes overnight, except the weather. People need raincoats, sleeping bags, tarps, etc. Please contact chicofriendsonthe firstname.lastname@example.org.) On another subject, mega-landlord Wayne Cook suggests voters follow LETTERS c o n t i n u e d
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LETTERS c o n t i n u e d f r o m pa g e 5 their “conscience.” Cook’s protégé, failed congressional candidate Joe Montes, was hammered by a fraudulent mailer last spring. Hence, the conservative Cook is pissed off enough to torpedo Montes’ primary opponent, Republican Doug LaMalfa. Sadly, both Montes and LaMalfa support expanding the U.S. war machine, stripping social services (Planned Parenthood, etc.), more tax breaks for the 1 percent, ending marriage equality and acquiescing to climate catastrophe. In addition, Montes is a homeless criminalization booster. In this sordid context, how might Cook define conscience? Patrick Newman Chico
Degeneration Re “Trump’s card: smug progressives” (Guest comment, by Evan Tuchinsky, Oct. 13): Trump or Frump? This election has degenerated into ad hominem attacks and important matters are being totally ignored. We have a $20 trillion national debt, the USA has the highest incarceration rate in the world, our education system is ranked only 17th in the world and, according to the 2015 inspector general report, 307,000 veterans died because they didn’t get competent medical care. Slogans are all people have to define their politics: Trump— “Making America Grope Again” or “Hillary for Prison rESIDENT.” And in the wings is Bill Clinton waiting for his third term by proxy. “Heh-heh, I’m the new FDR.” Women have controlled the vote in the USA since 1980, so Hillary is playing the sexism card to the hilt. Trump doesn’t realize Hillary’s tactics go back to the Tammany Hall days (the immigrant community was the base of their political capital) and that he is up against a political machine years in the making. But if he loses, he can come back. As the defeated Willie Stark said in All the King’s Men after he lost his first election against a hail of dirty politics: “I feel fine. I learned something. How to win.” Mike Peters Chico
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apparent feature of American culture for virtually all of the country’s history. Injustice and discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin and sexual orientation have been facts of life for many generations. Donald Trump and his followers provide us, and most unfortunately the world, with a clear picture of how alive, entrenched and close to the surface these inequities remain in our culture, and in our body politic. Rather than being a candidate whose persona and message are an affirmation of our highest values and an embodiment of what it means to be an American, he panders to the lowest common denominator, inciting fear and fostering divisiveness. Not to mention proposing policy clearly in conflict with the Constitution. Nothing is “presidential” about this man. This election provides the American people with an opportunity to deliver a clear message to the world that observes us with great interest, concern and attention. Donald Trump and his message do not reflect who we are or what we stand for as a people and they never will. Let’s send this thin-skinned bully back to his gilded tower, which, coincidentally, he says he won’t mind returning to! Charles Carey Paradise
Pot: Kettle’s black Re “Year of incivility” (Second & Flume, by Melissa Daugherty, Oct. 13): Your newspaper is a good read for open-minded readers who appreciate how inconvenient facts agitate the misinformed. It is unfathomable to most readers how one can label Hillary Clinton as a socialist bottom feeder propelled by insults when in fact her opponent is the one insulting Mexicans, Muslims, Syrians, women, people with disabilities and calling his opponent the devil and threatening to throw her in jail like a teapot dictator. I wish you could more fully describe the many accomplishments of Hillary and dispel the vicious attacks she has suffered throughout her selfless career to make the world a better place for children, minorities and other disenfranchised Americans. If you want to see a consensus
about Donald Trump’s inadequacy, one need look no further than last Sunday’s columnist page in your conservative colleagues’ Chico Enterprise-Record. One can only hope that the few Trump supporters left are simply deluded and not cretins that excuse his inappropriate remarks and admissions as commonplace behavior. As for the rest of us, I hope that Doug LaMalfa’s intransigent support drags him into the same gutter with voters that consider science, the Constitution and respectful behavior as things to be ignored should they conflict with their self interests.
This Committee will be required to include representation from a bona fide taxpayers organization, a business organization, and a senior citizen organization. Many educators, public safety and business leaders, and professional workers back Measure J. Please join these supporters and vote for Measure J.
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This is in response to the letter by Brad Pankratz and his attack on the editor. What happened to everyone having their own opinion without name-calling? I am a Republican, but by calling Melissa a moron you are doing the exact thing the liberals say the Republicans do. Why resort to calling names when her views are different from yours? You are entitled to your opinion, but calling her the moron makes you the moron. Ruth Phillips Chico
Opposing views on J Why Measure J? Measure J is a local bond measure that will help assure that Butte-Glenn Community College continues as a premier learning institution providing affordable education for our local area. Our community college has long been recognized for its many excellent training and education programs providing for careers in such professions as welding, law enforcement, fire protection, nursing, agriculture and automotive technology. Measure J will help upgrade and expand classrooms, replace outdated plumbing and wiring, assist our veterans in finding high-paying jobs, and provide new facilities for vital educational programs. Measure J funds cannot be spent on administrators’ salaries or pensions. Measure J provides stringent safeguards including creation of an independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee to assure proper accountability and annual auditing.
Donald Trump and his message do not reflect who we are or what we stand for as a people ... —charles carey
Dear Chico Chamber of Commerce: I see you are endorsing Measure J, the Butte College bond. After adding the 2002 Butte College bond tax, found on my property tax bill, to the measure J proposed tax, it looks like my outof-pocket “Butte College tax” next year will be $150. I spend my discretionary money in local shops downtown. I will let you choose the shop I no longer give money to. Shubert’s? Made in Chico? Collier Hardware? Tomfoolery? Farmers’ market? How dare you endorse property tax like this. I expect a public response from you. Craig Edwards Chico
Weighing Measure L To consider supporting a measure, one must be able to understand it. Key sections of Measure L are impenetrable. It would be frustrating and wasteful of time, money and labor to work out how it would intersect with existing zoning ordinances and land use requirements. L also asks for too much too soon. Ours is a conservative county. Most residents are chary about allowing greater accessibility to marijuana, much less chancing flawed revision of land use strictures. Briefer, clearly written, focused measures are preferable. I suggest two: one permitting at least one dispensary just beyond municipal boundaries and transportation of products to and from it; a second allowing commercial cultivation restricted to existing agricultural zones, with maximum grow areas of 1 acre for properties
5 acres or larger and smaller allotments on properties larger than 1 but smaller than 5 acres. We especially need at least one dispensary. All but the most obdurate prohibitionists concede cannabis’ medicinal value, especially for seriously ill patients. Presently, to obtain these pharmaceuticals one must call a number, describe one’s needs, trust a stranger to select suitable product, then arrange delivery in a brown paper bag. Not an optimal experience. William Todd-Mancillas Chico
Instead of regulating big alcohol “drug” companies, let’s have people manufacture their own alcohol in their backyard. Give them all a 10-by-10 box to serve their own needs. No license, no rules, just make sure your still stays in the 10-by-10 box. What’s the worst that could happen? Exploding stills, rampant bootlegging, risks to the environment, access by our children, opportunistic crime. All the things we don’t have to worry about now! That would be a step forward, don’t you think? I joke, of course. If I seriously proposed this, you would think I was out of my mind. But that’s precisely how Measure A treats cannabis. This makes no sense! Ask 10 teenagers what’s easier to get, alcohol or cannabis, and they’ll all say cannabis. Why? Because a 10-by-10 box is no better than prohibition. Want to change that? Then license, monitor and control the cannabis industry. For our children and our grandchildren, we must do something different! Alcohol regulation works! Why in the world should cannabis remain unlicensed, unregulated and uncontrolled? Measure L is regulation! Muchneeded regulation! Vote yes on Measure L—a real solution! Michael Lewis Chico
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Ridge residents who organized a successful petition drive to shake up the Paradise Irrigation District’s board of directors with a recall election are holding a community meeting to tout their candidates and discuss the town’s water issues at 6:30 tonight (Oct. 20) at the Paradise Senior Center. In September, recall proponents turned in enough signatures to require a special election, scheduled for Jan. 24, aimed at replacing board members Larry Duncan and Sep Carola. In the meantime, five candidates are running for two seats open in the Nov. 8 election. In addition, the League of Women Voters of Butte County is holding two forums for the PID candidates on the November ballot next Monday (Oct. 24) at Paradise Town Hall.
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On Monday (Oct. 17), a group opposing the expansion of Chico’s Walmart store responded to a recent Chico Planning Commission decision to approve the big-box’s plans. Brett Jolley, an attorney out of Stockton, delivered the appeal to the city on behalf of Chico Advocates for a Responsible Economy. That group, represented by Jolley, mounted a successful campaign against Walmart’s supercenter plans a decade ago. Those plans ultimately were denied by the City Council in 2009. Last year, the big box brought forward new expansion plans, which include a gas station and other external retail features. Opponents have gathered more than 950 signatures. The appeal will take the matter to a public hearing before the Chico City Council. A date is tentatively set for mid-November, according to Deputy City Clerk Dani Brinkley.
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A jury on Tuesday (Oct. 18) found former Paradise Police Officer Patrick Feaster guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of suspected drunken driver Andrew Thomas last fall. “The police have a difficult, challenging job, but the community wants accountability in their police,” said District Attorney Mike Ramsey, who prosecuted the case. “The jury here found that accountability under the law. I’m grateful that they did.” Ramsey (pictured) says he believes the key piece of evidence that led to Feaster’s conviction was the video and audio, from Feaster’s own dash cam as well as the body cameras of fellow officers. The defense argued that the shooting was an accident, but Ramsey maintains it was criminally negligent. “I’m happy the jury saw it the way we saw it,” he said. Feaster is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 16. 8
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long reflection Life story of 91-year-old Marge Maddux reveals glimpses of Chico’s past
M Dick, died of pancreatic cancer five years ago, just two days after the couple’s arge Coutolenc Maddux’s husband,
65th anniversary. Of their long marriage, Maddux, 91, said, “We were so very lucky to always be interested in story and photo by the same things.” Howard Hardee For instance, they loved sports and musih owa rd h @ n ew srev i ew. c o m cal comedy. “We saw every stage show there was in San Francisco,” Meet Marge: an interview with she said. “And, you Marge Maddux is set know, there were comfor saturday (Oct. 22), mon, ordinary, simple 10-11 a.m. at chico things we shared.” Museum (141 salem They cared deeply st.). admission is $5. For more information, about Chico, the comgo to www.chico munity where they met, museum.org. got married and raised a son. Maddux’s ties to Butte County run deep. Her grandfather founded the Ridge settlement of Coutolenc, which will be a topic during an hour-long talk by Maddux on Saturday (Oct. 22) at the Chico Museum as part of an ongoing speaker series guided by local historian Dave Nopel.
His father, the late John Nopel, was lifelong friends with Maddux. Lately, she and Nopel have been poring over boxes of her family pictures. “We wanted to document it all while she’s still here,” he said. “It’s been a wonderful experience that has brought Marge and I much closer together.” Maddux, he says, is a veritable treasure trove of local knowledge. On a recent autumn morning, the CN&R visited her farm house in an old almond orchard north of Chico. In the front yard, birds winged and chirped over a flower bed leading to her porch. Inside, over cookies and coffee, Maddux slowly sketched her story. Maddux’s grandfather, Eugene Fortunat
Coutolenc, was a settler who relocated from the French Alps. He suffered from a respiratory illness and ended his search for clean, fresh air in the settlement of Lovelock on the Ridge above Magalia. The town was renamed Coutelenc in 1890, and around the turn of the 20th century, it was home to a post office, saloon, hotel and grocery store. Not much is left now aside from a cemetery. Coutolenc moved his family to Chico
in 1909 to provide his children with better education. They purchased a building at 1250 Esplanade—now occupied by Red Tavern—and opened Chico Vecino Meat Market. In those days, that neighborhood was known as Vecino—“not the avenues,” Maddux said. “That’s a newer thing.” Maddux was born in 1925. She was a voracious reader as a child, likely because the Butte County Library was next door to her home. “I’d always come running down the stairs to the library,” she said. “I was in there all the time. I think I read every book.” As a teenager, she attended Chico High School and became a cheerleader. During her sophomore year, she met a boy named Seldon Maddux, a baseball and basketball star who went by the nickname Dick. “This young athlete asked me for a date,” she recalled. They started going steady. Dick lived just down the block, on the corner of Second Avenue and The Esplanade, where they met each morning and walked to school. They were still dating when they were seniors in December 1941. Maddux vividly remembers Dec. 8—the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor—when students gathered in the hallways to listen as
Marge Maddux, 91, worked as a local pharmacist for 62 years.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked for a declaration of war on Japan. They graduated in the spring of 1942 and Dick enlisted in the U.S. Navy Air Corps. Meanwhile, Maddux attended Chico State and completed the classes prerequisite to enroll at the UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy. She graduated in the fall of 1945, at the end of World War II, and returned to Chico. She married Dick in 1946. Their only child, Michael, was born in 1950 and was baptized at Bidwell Presbyterian Church. Dick taught chemistry at Chico High and she pursued a career as a pharmacist, which was considered unusual for a young woman. In 1951, the late local pharmacist George Stebbins offered her a job, albeit skeptically. “George said, ‘I have never worked with a woman pharmacist before. You can probably fill the prescriptions, but I don’t know if you can do the stock work.’” That became a running joke over the next 14 years as Maddux proved herself more than capable. Stebbins and his partner, Marsh Pine, eventually offered her partial ownership of the now-defunct Terrace Pharmacy. “That was an extraordinary thing, in the 1960s, to offer a young woman a partnership,” she said. It lasted for four decades. Upon reflection, Maddux says she’s grateful to have maintained such long, fruitful relationships. “I’ve had so many people help me as I went along,” she said. In an effort to give back to the community, scholarships in the Maddux name are available for students at Chico High and Chico State.
Whose bike is this, anyway? City of Chico to upgrade its registration system
or years—decades, really—Chico’s bicycle registration and licensing system has failed to do what it was intended to do: help police recover stolen bikes and raise money for bicycle safety education. Confronted by increasing numbers of bike thefts, the city finally is taking steps to change that. By law, anyone who owns or rides a bike in Chico must license it. And yet, in the past four years, the city has issued only about 750 licenses. That hasn’t provided sufficient revenue to maintain an ongoing bicycle education program, nor has it helped with thefts, Assistant City Manager Chris Constantin told Chico City Council members during their meeting Tuesday (Oct. 18). “Thefts exceed permits by 2-1,” he said. It’s a Catch-22. Most bicycle owners don’t license their bikes because it costs $12 for a three-year license and they have to go to city offices to do it. (The city recently added online registration, but few people know about it.) Then, because the bikes are unlicensed, police who come across a stolen bike have a hard time finding its owner. There are other weaknesses in the current program, Constantin said. One, college students are transient, which poses a challenge to ensuring licensing. Second, bike stores aren’t authorized to issue licenses. And, third, Chico State has a separate licensing program, and the university and the city don’t share information. Constantin’s proposal would change
the system in key respects. Registration would be free and available online, and bike store owners would be authorized to register bikes on their customers’ behalf. The city already is moving toward greater efficiency in preventing bike theft. The online bicycle registration system has been integrated into the police department’s dispatch program, and the city is also working with a free national bicycle database, bikeindex.org, to enable city bicycle information to be uploaded so that bicycles stolen here but found elsewhere can be traced back to their owners. The council voted unanimously to revise the city’s bike licensing ordinance. In other council news: Calling it “Groundhog
Day,” the council once again took up the matter of Chico Scrap Metal. Some history: After years of back-andforth on whether the East 20th Street recycling business would have to move, the council on June 7 voted, 4-3, to let it stay put as long as it cleaned up and beautified its operation. Then, on June 21, city staff discovered a clerical error in the development agreement with CSM that forced the council to rescind
Maddux is frail now and doesn’t move
well; her niece helps her put on shoes and go outside. She stays sharp, however, by completing a Jumble puzzle every morning. And her son, Michael— now a globe-trotting pharmaceutical industry executive—calls her every day, even from Saudi Arabia or China, and reminds her to eat something nutritious for lunch. With her son away and husband gone, Maddux needs someone to tend to her yard. She hired a local gardener who usually sticks around for a cookie or apple pie when the day’s work is done. “The other day, I said to him, ‘You know, I don’t do anything anymore. All I have now is my birds and my flowers.’ And he said, ‘Marge, what else is there?’” □
SIFT ER Fixing the election Donald Trump’s continuing claims that the Nov. 8 presidential election might be rigged in Hillary Clinton’s favor is resonating with some American voters, according to a recent poll conducted by Politico and The Morning Consult. In total, 41 percent of 1,999 registered voters
2016 surveyed from Oct. 13-15 said they think the election could be swiped from The Donald. That lack of confidence in the electoral system is particularly strong among Republicans, 73 percent of whom said Clinton could “steal” the election; 17 percent of Democrats who answered believed widespread voter fraud is feasible.
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its decision—to start over, in other words. First the package went back to the Planning Commission, which voted 3-3, with one commissioner absent, thereby sending it on to the council, which took it up on Tuesday. Approval was a foregone conclusion, but that didn’t keep council members from arguing about it again, nor several Chico residents from giving their opinions about it. The core problem is that moving CSM elsewhere is expensive, and though the city and county originally promised to help pay for it when they approved the ChapmanMulberry Neighborhood Plan in 2004, that never happened, and now the city doesn’t have the money to follow through. Both the city and county “absolutely failed” with CSM, said Mayor Mark Sorensen. “Nothing has been done on this issue.” Councilwoman Ann Schwab wanted to give CSM yet another extension, but that went nowhere. Councilman Andrew Coolidge, who has worked with CSM and its opponents to come up with a compromise, wanted to continue looking for funding. He “reluctantly” voted to approve the new package (the vote was 4-3, with Schwab, Tami Ritter and Randall Stone dissenting), but was successful in getting council approval to direct city staff to continue looking for funding. Finally, Sorensen handed out the annual
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ome days, “Alyce” and “Justin” get off work, eat dinner and shoot a porno in the comfort of their home, half an hour south of Chico. For three years, the romantically linked photographers took intimate pictures together and uploaded them to Tumblr. Last year, they decided to make their first adult film, which they uploaded to the Internet. Two dozen erotic flicks later, the pair have earned a little more than two grand. But cash or fame isn’t their motivation. Fun is. “It can be a major confidence booster,” said Justin, who, like Alyce, uses a pseudonym to maintain privacy. “It’s a funny feeling, it’s almost like having a secret identity as a superhero in a way.” Those good times may end if a majority of California voters approve Proposition 60 in November. Sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the bill would strictly enforce an existing federal regulation that all adult performers wear condoms and file permits before filming sex scenes. AHF President Michael Weinstein claims the initiative is necessary to protect adult performers’ health,
but many opponents have questioned his motives. Meanwhile, at least 1,500 adult performers have protested the proposition. If Prop. 60 passes, only performers with a financial stake in their movies would be liable, and only after self-styled condom cops exhausted an official complaint process. “Even if you thought that condoms were the best way to keep us safe, you’re basically reducing one risk and creating another because of the lawsuits,” said Chanel Preston, chairwoman of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee. In other words, Prop. 60 may sound like a compassionate measure aimed at protecting a marginalized work force, but the workers themselves say it’s a stealth attack on their livelihood and safety. So who’s shooting straight? Condoms have technically been required by law in adult films since 1992, but any cursory watcher of pornography knows rubbers are as elusive as believable dialogue. The adult entertainment industry largely self-regulates. Performers get tested for STDs every 14 days and must have a documented bill of clean health to
perform in a film. “Performers care more about their own safety than anybody else,” Preston said. “If we’re not healthy, we’re not working.” Prop. 60 professes to eliminate any
uncertainty of performers maintaining their health (and not using condoms) by opening up financial stakeholders to civil lawsuits from any California resident who wants to file one if the Occupational Safety and Health Administration first declines to take up their complaint. But Preston said these suits could expose private information to stalkers, overzealous fans or disapproving religious groups. And if civil verdicts go against porn-makers, plaintiffs receive 25 percent of the awarded penalties, which could incentivize litigation and bankrupt independent operators. Like other performers, Alyce does solo cam shows (aided by Justin). Unlike traditional films, produced primarily in the greater Los Angeles area, these performers can be located anywhere. Since the initiative would require all “producers” to alert OSHA when they’re planning to film, this would create a database that
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performers say would put them in danger. Alyce said she fears the prospect of getting roped into a lawsuit that exposes her real name and costs her her “vanilla” day job. Yes on 60 campaign manager Rick Taylor doesn’t have much sympathy. “Too bad!” he said. “Don’t break the law! Sorry. Don’t break the law. That’s all. This argument just blows me out. Like, ‘Oh my God, my name might get exposed!’ Well, if you don’t break the law, then don’t worry about it. You won’t be exposed.” The bill is expected to cost the
state more than $1 million in extra enforcement and several million in tax revenue, as adult film performers and producers have considered leaving the state. If the proposition passes, the adult entertainment industry could try to halt its implementation by suing the state. If that happens, Attorney General Kamala Harris or her successor would have to decide whether to contest the lawsuit. The next attorney general could decline to defend the initiative. In a case like that, Weinstein would be appointed special counsel to defend Prop. 60 at the taxpayers’ expense, an unprecedented addendum to the initiative. He could only be removed from this position by a majority vote from both houses of the state Legislature. “I have never heard of anything like this before—the leader of a nonprofit organization writing themselves into an essentially untouchable political position through the course of a voter proposition or law,” said Dr. Chauntelle Tibbals, sociologist and author of Exposure, a book about the adult film industry. AHF is the sole financial backer of the “Yes” campaign. So far, it has spent more than $2 million, more than eight times the opposition. For their part, Alyce and Justin say Prop. 60 is sold as protection but stows a morality agenda that endangers small-timers like themselves. “It’s scary for us little guys,” Justin said. “We could have a government agency come crashing down on us for doing something that we love, and is fun, and gives a couple people an escape from their daily lives.” —John Flynn
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Sonia Aery, the agency principal for Allstate in Chico, says the issue of financial abuse is “really close to our hearts. As an insurance agency, our whole goal is to help people build financial stability.” Money troubles tend to strain relationships. According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, a group of more than 2,000 violence coalitions across the country, domestic violence is three times more likely to occur when couples are experiencing a high level of financial stress. And financial dependence is often the greatest barrier an abused partner must overcome in order to leave the relationship—or a strong motivation for returning, says Sullivan. “It’s like, ‘the house isn’t in my name. The car isn’t in my name. I have no money, I have no resources to leave. I’m completely financially dependent on my partner,’” she said. That’s why Catalyst has a rapid rehous-
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harm—perhaps violence—or leave and risk homelessness. That’s the observation of Alyssa Cozine, a community educator with Catalyst Domestic Violence Services in Chico. She’s used to hearing from people who don’t have the financial resources to leave abusive relationships, a leading and immediate cause of homelessness among women, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless. National statistics also show that if a relationship is abusive, there’s a very
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good chance that money is used as a means of control. “There’s some form of financial abuse in 98 percent of adult abusive relationships,” Cozine said. “It’s not one of those things people immediately think of when they hear the words ‘domestic violence.’ Not only is it really common, it’s really insidious and subtle.” According to the international research journal Violence Against Women, financial abuse occurs “when one intimate partner has control over the other partner’s access to economic resources, which diminishes the victim’s capacity to support him/herself and forces him/her to depend on the perpetrator financially.” The abuse usually goes unseen by friends and family, Cozine said. It could be as straightforward as stealing money from a partner’s purse or wallet, or the manipulation could be more nuanced, such as identity theft, controlling the vic-
tim’s bank accounts or running up debt on joint accounts. Abusers might demand their partners hand over paychecks and limit them to an allowance, or they could physically prevent them from working by slashing the tires on their vehicle or battering them before an important meeting or job interview. Whichever form it takes, abusive partners tend to downplay the extent of their financial manipulation and frame it positively, said Sarah Sullivan, an LGBTQ outreach specialist for Catalyst. “They say, ‘I’m just really good at managing money. You don’t have to worry about that. I’ll take care of the finances.’” Catalyst has been highlighting financial abuse
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from a partner—financial or otherwise—can contact a local emergency response program such as Catalyst. Independently, victims of finan-
Catalyst Domestic Violence Services
330 Wall St., Ste. 50 343-7711 www.catalystdvservices.org click on “Latest news & events” for a full listing of local Domestic Violence Awareness Month events.
cial abuse can take action if they’re planning to leave their relationship. On average, it takes seven or eight tries to leave for good, Cozine said, and it helps if personal affairs are in order. The National Network to End Domestic Violence suggests obtaining important documents such as credit reports, birth certificates and social security cards; opening a post office box where you can receive financial mailings; and changing PINs for ATM and debit cards and passwords to email and online bank accounts. Also, opening a small savings account—or socking money away in a shoebox—can provide a cushion for when an abused partner attempts to leave. “Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it buys you options,” Aery said. “Being totally financially dependent on another person limits your choices in life.” □
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ing program based on the housingfirst model. It helps financially support victims of domestic violence who’ve become homeless and get them into a safe living space as quickly as possible. However, it’s a limited program, Cozine said, which means it’s offered as funding allows, and money is typically tight for domestic violence service providers. “All of our funding for this year has been used up, so we can’t offer the services right now,” she said. “We’re hoping a rise in the popularity of the housing-first model will expand the program in the future.” Catalyst still offers its counseling, referral and advocacy services for victims of any form of relationship abuse. It also has a 32-bed shelter where victims and families can stay for up to six months. “Of course, we can still advocate for housing if someone doesn’t have anywhere to go,” Sullivan said.
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WEEKLY DOSE Election overload
• Unplug from the 24-hour news cycle. It’s tempting to check the freshest allegations against Donald Trump, but give it a rest. Go for a walk or meet up with friends instead. • Don’t talk about it with friends, family or co-workers if you believe the conversation has the potential to escalate into an argument. • Channel your stress into something productive, like volunteering in the community or advocating for an important issue. • Vote. It’s the best way you can influence the outcome of the election.
Is this rapid-fire election season stressing you out? You’re not alone. The media frenzy over the presidential race feels overwhelming to about half of Americans, according to a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association. Of respondents, 52 percent said the election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress. That held true for Democrats and Republicans alike. But don’t fret! The APA offers tips for chilling out ahead of Nov. 8:
october 20, 2016
GREEN Chico State biology professor Christopher Ivey studies valley oak trees planted at the U.S. Forest Service research site south of Skyway.
the mighty valley oak Local scientists study the species, which can reveal the health of an ecosystem story and photo by
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W prestorm clouds and a light wind tossing thin branches, Christopher Ivey walked ith the sun playing hide and seek with
among rows of young valley oak trees. This assemblage—at the Mendocino National Forest Genetic Resource and Conservation Center, off Skyway southeast of Chico—sprouted from acorns collected from across the state, then transplanted here and at a sister site in Placerville. Ivey suddenly stopped at a sapling, his eye drawn to a distinction so small that, unlike the variation in leaf types, likely would escape detection from anyone but a biologist. He pointed to small dark pods nestled beneath the leaves and in branch junctions. They’re galls: growths induced by certain insects laying eggs on a tree or a plant. For one species commonplace around Chico, he explained, “the gall falls off the tree when it’s mature and the larvae are still inside and wriggle around, and it causes the gall to jump up and down. Sometimes there are carpets of these galls that rustle … That Joni Mitchell song, ‘The Hissing of Summer Lawns,’ I’ve often wondered if that’s what she’s referring to.” This particular sapling was the only one in the vicinity with galls. Another had evidence of caterpillar activity—a light-green pattern on one dark-green leaf, again catching only Ivey’s eye—that likewise proved distinct. These tiny details may seem trace, but they’re significant to Ivey. An associate professor of plant and evolutionary biology at Chico State, he’s conducting an extensive study of California’s valley oak range with Jessica Wright, a geneticist with the U.S.
OctOber 20, 2016
Forest Service, and Victoria Sork, a UCLA professor in Ivey’s field. The valley oak itself is significant, because of those aforementioned details. It’s considered a “keystone species”: an individual that plays a vital role in keeping an ecosystem intact. The tree provides shelter, food, even water for other plants and animals. How and why valley oaks adapt to conditions altered by climate change constitute a key piece of environmental science. As goes the valley oak, so goes the world around it. “There’s a role it plays in monitoring of groundwater,” Ivey said, “and in the naturally savannah oak settings, it modifies the habitat locally. “Right underneath its branches it provides shade; it changes water availability and temperature in a way that favors some species and disfavors others. Between the oaks there’s grassland; acorns are a huge resource for acorn woodpeckers, all kinds of mammals, and plenty of animals make their homes in valley oaks.” Such as larvae in saplings under study: “These trees, which were planted out here See the saplings:
Professor christopher Ivey and fellow researchers will catalog valley oak trees at the chico research site this weekend (Oct. 21-23). to visit or participate, contact Ivey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 898-5812.
just a couple years ago, will begin to serve as homes for these galling insects.” The valley oak’s stature makes it not just
a “keystone species” but also an “indicator species.” That is, to paraphrase Ivey, a recognizable type reflecting the health of an ecosystem conspicuously enough to get noticed (and studied). This majestic tree has captured the attention of conservationists as well as biologists. For Jim Brobeck, water policy analyst for North State advocacy group AquAlliance, it’s a signal for all life that depends on underground water. The valley oak has a taproot system that extends between 70 feet and 80 feet into the earth. [Drawing water from that depth during the day, when utilized for photosynthesis, the tree later releases some back into shallow earth through its second root system— thereby hydrating other plants.] “It requires access to the water table,” Brobeck explained by phone. The Sacramento Valley from Red Bluff to Bakersfield “used to have hundreds of thousands of acres of valley oak; now, south of the Delta, the groundwater has been so overexploited that the only heritage valley oaks that exist, exist because of their shallow root system because they’re irrigated…. “In that way, it’s a strong indicator for shallow groundwater levels that interact with the groundwater-dependent ecosystem.”
That term, groundwater-dependent ecosystem, is a “buzzword” in requirements for the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act that will govern the use of underground water in the way surface water is currently regulated. Under the existing water management plan, Brobeck said, Butte County applied for funding (so far not granted) to monitor the shallowest portions of our groundwater basin for the ecosystem. “As far as I know, nobody in California has done that [monitoring],” he continued, “even though I think it is the proverbial canary in a coal mine.” Brobeck and Ivey agree that preserving valley oak trees is preferable to reaching a crisis-signal point. Thus, Ivey’s research not only aims to identify what causes problems, but also potential solutions. “Valley oak is in trouble across the range,” Ivey said, even if faring well in Chico. “This is a project to figure out how to help it.” □
AnoThEr chAncE To MAkE A DiffErEncE Every year, people across the country volunteer their time for the betterment of their communities on Make a Difference Day. The day was observed in Chico last weekend (on Oct. 15), but the wet forecast caused some of the participating organizations to reschedule their events for a dryer day. A Bidwell Park cleanup hosted by the city of Chico’s Park Division and Butte Environmental council, for example, will be held this Saturday, oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. Those interested in volunteering to help pick up trash, pull weeds, paint and more at various sites around the one-Mile recreation Area should call 896-7831.
EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS Photo by Gabriel SanDoval
inspired by chance A few years ago, Keely Leonard tried her first macaron. She was working in Chico State’s Department of Music and Theatre at the time and she received it as a gift from a student. “I was, like, ‘What is this?’” she recalls now. When she retired months later, she wanted to bake her own. Until then, the extent of her baking experience consisted of birthday cakes she made for her children, now grown. But she was determined. Although they challenged her early on, she quickly became a master of the craft. Then she started to experiment. Her family made suggestions; she made them happen. “Pretty soon I decided I needed to start selling them or my family was going to have diabetes,” she said. Last year she launched The Macaron House, a charming little business built on—what else?—sugar, sugar, sugar and lots of love. A rich yet simple French pastry, a macaron (pronounced mah-kah-ROHN) comprises two sweet meringuebased cookies sandwiched around a filling. Leonard’s newfound fixation keeps her busy. “It’s not like baking a chocolatechip cookie,” she said. “There’s so many varieties and ways you can do it.” Her macarons have included flavors such as pink champagne, sea-salt caramel, cookies and cream, dirty chai and mojito. The Macaron House can be found at the Wednesday
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farmers’ market in the North Valley Plaza parking lot, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. On social media, Leonard posts regularly on Facebook (facebook.com/ keelysmacaronhouse) and on Instagram @the.macaron.house.
ting, because you don’t have a storefront. They want to see what you’re all about, what your product is, how you do.
What is the coolest or most unusual flavor you’ve made?
Seeing people get excited about them and people texting me saying, “What do you have going this week? What’s the flavor this week?” I think that’s my favorite part.
The maple bacon. People are kind of like, “What?!” But they’re probably one of my most popular.
What do you use for your fillings? All different fillings. I use jam, a variety of buttercream flavors, some cream cheese flavors, lots of ganache.
Ganache? Ganache is chocolate. It could be white chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate.
What are your plans for The Macaron House? My ultimate goal—and I’m getting close to it—is to be a fulltime vendor at the Saturday market. I would love it. They start you here, as like a vet-
Besides the macarons themselves, what other aspects of the business do you enjoy?
Your customers text you? For sure. I have one gal that—I didn’t post, I totally forgot to post the flavors of the week—so she texted me in a panic, “Are you not having them this week?” I said, “Oh, good catch! I’ll be there.” When she showed, she was like, “Thank God! I thought you weren’t going to be here.” I thought she had an event. But she said no, she just needed some.
Any parting words? If it’s not fun, what good is it? —GABRieL SANDOVAL
Meredith J. Cooper email@example.com
I go through some pretty big mood swings when food is involved. I’ll be completely obsessed with pho for a while, can’t get enough of it, and then—poof!—I’m on to something else. There are always the old stand-bys, however, foods that are good no matter what. Like pizza. I’ve been a little overly excited about MOD Pizza opening up near the movie theater, mostly because the concept is so different from any other pizza place in town. It’s more or less like a Subway, or Pita Pit, but with pizza and where they don’t charge extra for double meat or extra cheese. Genius! So, I finally made my way over there the other night and it totally exceeded my expectations. First of all, the place is fun. The music was upbeat, hip but not hipster, and the decorations were bright and cheery without being gaudy. The staff was super friendly—and genuinely so. And they seemed happy to help a MOD virgin navigate the process. It boils down to this: Choose a pizza, salad or combine the two (yes, you can get your salad on a pizza crust). Then you can either choose from their most popular combos, which you can alter however you like, or you can create your own pie from scratch. For my recent visit, I got takeout for me and my boyfriend. He chose the 11-inch (basic, $8.27) Mad Dog, which I kind of wish was all veggie because then it’d be perfect for Melissa “Mad Dog” Daugherty. But it’s almost all meat, so that won’t work. I decided to create my own MOD: white sauce, garlic, grilled chicken, artichoke hearts (which were huge!!), black olives, mozzarella and asiago cheeses. I also ordered the garlic strips ($2.97) and chocolate shakes with Oreo pieces ($3.77). After a few minutes in the super-hot brick oven, the pizzas and strips (with dips!) were done, and I was out the door. They weren’t home more than a few minutes before we dove right in. Then we stopped talking for a little bit while we stuffed our faces. The crust is thin and crispy, and I only got through a little more than half before putting the rest away for later. The strips were less substantial, but a fun appetizer for three whole dollars. I was a little bummed that the much-anticipated Cream isn’t open in the North Valley Plaza yet, as I was prepping myself for a MOD dinner with an ice-creamcookie-sandwich dessert. Oh well, it gave me a reason to get a MOD shake, and a very fine shake it was.
cabbin’ it If you need an incentive to choose a taxi over Uber, here’s another
one: For the month of October, one Liberty Cab shed its red, white and blue in favor of pink and $1 from every fare is donated to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Chico. Last year, the Pink Ride raised $1,157! Call 898-1776 or get the Liberty Cab app to reserve a ride.
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GettinG to know the biG bunch 2016 More online:
read the full 11 questions at newsreview.com/chico.
Dealing with the vagrancy. I would like to construct a housing project for homeless people, so they can have access to a safe place to stay and where social workers can help them receive services. I want to locate this project away from commercial and residential areas of the city.
Public safety is our first responsibility. Nothing is more important than the safety of our community. Work closely with the shelters, review everything from additional sweeps, moving our park rangers under the direction of the police, possible outside security to help in our public areas like downtown and bidwell Park.
Housing first, á là Lloyd Pendleton’s suggestions and compassionate approach. take care of the basics— then work up from there. We’d draft initiatives and utilize existing housing in the spirit of a local low-income housing voucher for use with private landlords. Also, we would initiate emergency measures for temporary tiny houses.
continue down the path we’re on. We’ve come a very long way in terms of our deficit, our professional staff, our police department, etc. because turning back now would lead us right back toward bankruptcy. Focusing on the budget, the finances, and the strategic alignment of where we want to be and what we’re doing.
Jobs. We need to keep and attract new jobs. returning commercial air service is worth tens of millions of dollars to the economy.
We need housing for the homeless. Private service organizations would be able to focus on one geographic location instead of spreading the effects of homelessness all over our community. I want to locate this project away from commercial and residential areas and keep our families safe and our local economy thriving.
First we need to differentiate the chronically homeless, mentally ill and those looking to improve their lives from the transients and criminals that hide under the umbrella of the “homeless” community. Shelter services are overburdened and it will help those that truly need our help by weeding out these groups.
Housing first and rent control.
there’s no one answer, so people looking to the city to fix it are going to be disappointed. the city, service providers, the county, behavioral health and the police department are working together to do what can be done. We can only help those who want help, and not everyone does.
My priority will be getting federal funds to help homeless veterans. I see homelessness as part of a bigger problem as lack of affordable housing. I will work with public and private parties to expand the availability of rental housing and help encourage affordable homeownership.
the city could implement user fees on the sale of certain goods and services that consume most of our city’s resources. the first good is alcohol; most of chico’s crime is conducted around bars and liquor stores. If Proposition 64 is passed, I will impose a similar fee on marijuana sales.
the only way to increase the revenue for the general fund is by increasing our sales and property tax receipts. building our economic base through planned job and business growth is the answer. chico must be attractive to new business and families and support our current employers.
Alcohol tax, bicycle ticketing and law enforcement, right-sizing the payroll of higher-level staff and essential services, and investing in sustainable infrastructure that will attract future commerce and professional services to and from within our community. Also, we should consider a small tax for nonlocal products sold within city limits.
Safe, business-friendly communities attract businesses and people who start them. We need to grow smartly and not turn away (or frustrate) people wanting to do business in and with our city. New businesses have arrived and more are coming. they bring with them jobs and revenue that drive economic development.
With more jobs created, city income increases. the city should work with neighborhoods to identify the worst of the bad streets and other poor infrastructure and do preliminary work (planning, pre-engineering) so that we have shovel-ready projects when funding becomes available.
Increasing the size of our police force will make the city safer. I would like to look into other initiatives that could be more cost-effective than simply hiring new officers. the best thing that we could do to increase public safety is to improve and maintain the city’s infrastructure, specifically streetlights.
the police are not close to full staffing unless you believe a below average staffing is acceptable. Police deal with 90,000 calls/year, 75 percent of responses are transient-related, 80 percent of crime is property/theft. Our families must be safe and chico should be one of the safest places to live.
While I believe in increasing education through volunteer outreach in order to increase understanding and compassion in our community, I would like to see bicycle cops all over chico and pedestrian cops in downtown chico. I feel this would make the community feel closer and safer and disincentivize antisocial behavior.
the police department is in much better shape than it’s been in recent years, but it’s not close to full staffing. the city is safer and cleaner, and it’s not just due to the police department. community organizations, service providers and business alliances have all played a part in that.
Yes. I have been impressed with the police chief and his use of resources, but we have to do better with assaults and car and bike thefts.
Would you support a local sales tax? Why or why not?
I would like to implement user fees for alcohol and marijuana (if Prop. 64 passes) sales. For example, if you buy beer, you may be charged an extra dollar for the resources that the city will have to expend to handle any drunken mishaps that may happen as a result.
the idea of a local sales tax is interesting if it was specifically for public safety. there are many special interests, so it cannot go through the council and come out the way it was intended. A short-term infusion of revenues would also strain future budgeting once the tax disappeared.
I would not support a sales tax on local items, but I would for any nonfood products that are produced out of town and yet sold here in chico. When local residents buy from nonlocal companies, that money ends up leaving our community and cannot be used to invest in its future.
I’d entertain the discussion, but sales taxes are generally regressive, impacting mostly those who can least afford them. they also tend to drive business and consumers away. So while a local sales tax may seem a good short-term solution, it creates bigger challenges down the road.
before any talk of taxes, I will go through the budget with a microscope to figure out how to be more efficient. If public-safety unions negotiate a long-term reasonable compensation package, we can improve police and firefighter service citywide.
Quality of life is paramount to most locals. What aspects of living in Chico are you most concerned with preserving?
Making chico a great place to raise a family. that is why we need to resolve the homeless issue. A way to tell if a community is good for raising families is whether or not children are playing outside. I have seen fewer children playing in the neighborhoods in recent years.
bidwell Park, our downtown, our green space, our tree-lined streets and historical architecture of our homes, our creeks and artistic community. Job creation, public safety and family. Our students and our university. We have one of the most diverse ecological areas in the state, which is a major draw for outdoor enthusiasts.
the trees, the walking, the biking, the community’s right to gather and freespeech; the arts and music scene here and the live entertainment culture that we are a haven for.
I can’t think of any I’d be willing to throw out. Safety is our main concern and always will be. clean, safe, business-friendly communities attract jobs, business, culture (art, music, etc.).
I am humbled by the stewardship of bidwell Park. As a member of the council, I would be entrusted with preserving the park and leaving it in better shape than it is now.
What would be your No. 1 priority as a member of the City Council? Why? And how would you accomplish it?
Laws recently passed by the City Council do nothing to address the root causes of homelessness. What should be done to address this crisis?
The city is meeting payroll demands and backfilling reserve funds, but critical services are still underfunded. How can the city boost its coffers to pay for such things as street repair, park maintenance and upkeep of the urban forest? The Chico Police Department is close to full staffing. Is the city safer?
OctOber 20, 2016
A Q&A with the 11 candidates vying for four seats on the Chico City Council
my no. 1 priority will be to ensure the fiscal solvency of the city so that we can continue to build our public safety, increase responsible development, expand our parks/green space, address issues related to homelessness, and support our climate action plan.
my top priority is ensuring skilled police and fire department staffing to ensure safe neighborhoods. this is accomplished by budgeting, attracting talented and dedicated personnel, having visionary chiefs who expect professional and ethical performance, and providing ongoing, comprehensive training to keep our community safe.
clean up downtown. it is overrun with transients and empty or failing storefronts. Without a vibrant downtown core, we are not going to attract new job producers to the city in the numbers needed to employee our up-andcoming young people. the transients need to go. it is that simple.
the same as they have been all along: to maintain fiscal solvency while providing the level and breadth of services this community demands—police, parks, roads, safety, arts, culture and the environment. We cannot do this if we’re constantly buying other things like pay raises.
i am running as a fiscal conservative. i plan to watch every fund transfer, every line item on the budget with a magnifying glass. the city must be very careful about its spending until we have built up some reserves. this draining of our reserves didn’t happen overnight.
Our no. 1 priority is public safety. because crime seeks the most vulnerable, we need to provide this basic and essential service to everyone. the result: Families flourish, businesses thrive, our parks are clean and safe, and the most vulnerable in our community can be cared for effectively and compassionately.
i have been advocating for the fiscally responsible approach to homelessness for my entire term on the council— harm reduction and housing first. Offering treatment to those with addictions, case management to those with behavioral health issues, and housing without barriers is the way to reduce impacts on public safety resources.
the solution to homelessness is providing homes for homeless. people cannot address joblessness, addiction or mental illness without first having a roof over their heads. communities across the country have proven the cost of providing a place to stay and a caseworker is half the cost of not providing housing.
a space should be created where homeless people can get counseling; help if they need it or want it. However, we should not have to sacrifice where the other 99 percent of people conduct daily business. the transients must not occupy every downtown street corner. the rest of us live here, too!
Homelessness is addressed through countywide collaboration, housing finance and entitlement process knowledge, and collaboration with public and private entities. this has meant success in other communities—as i have noted with my involvement as the division president with the League of california cities and as an affordable housing developer.
Our city has wonderful groups like the torres [community] Shelter, Jesus center and Stairways. We must concentrate our resources and volunteers toward them. We need to work with the county to provide adequate mental health facilities to treat people unable to help themselves. We need to bring in the welcome mat to vagrants.
through the leadership of our current service providers, i believe we are on the cusp of comprehensively addressing the conditions that cause homelessness. Our biggest gaps: better coordinated support for mental health needs (5150 calls to our cpd) and a better approach to addressing substance abuse (a robust detox facility).
as the city’s permitting processes become streamlined and businesses continue to expand, we will continue to see local revenues rise. now that we have eliminated the deficit, we must continue to build reserves, but can proceed less aggressively than we have for the past year. prioritization of projects is critical.
the city needs to continue to expand and diversify its economic base. that will increase tax revenues for core city services. action items include improving perception of the city’s business climate, re-establishing air service, workforce development and investing in recreation, arts and education to create a desirable community.
in the case where absolutely necessary, a “specific earmarked” sales tax. additionally, we must begin to not only fund retirement benefits for city employees the year they are earned but we must explore opportunities to move future employees off of calperS and to traditional iras like the rest of us.
the city must stop pay raises when we’re service insolvent. i passed legislation that returned $4 million to the city. it is unconscionable that the council gave $1.5 million of that back to a single bargaining group for pay raises. ceteris paribus, costs increase 7-8 percent per year without any raises.
between 2003-2013, the city squandered $1 million per year in its reserves. the easiest costs to let slide were the maintenance of our roads and parks. it took years to get to this place and will take years to right our priorities. that is why i am running.
We need better approaches to smarter revenue. We need to close the deal on the waste haulers franchise agreement to address our road concerns. We need a shared-cost approach to funding school resource officers. We need adjusted employee benefits packages that are in line with the new realities of fiscal sustainability.
according to recent statistics, property crimes have decreased by 10 percent in the first half of 2016. Over the past five years, property crime has increased by 50 percent. So when we evaluate “safer,” we must define the measure of comparison. public safety must remain a priority as must the community policing model.
the police department’s emphasis on community policing has increased outreach and focus on response to personal crimes. relationships with communities and neighborhoods are improving and a stronger team approach is emerging. We need a fully staffed target team, gang unit, street crimes, and school resource officers.
not yet. the chico police department spends way too much time chasing transients and troublemakers in the party zones. reduce the transient problem substantially and we will have a lot more police hours available for real crimes (like bike thefts, burglaries, gangs and random violence).
We’re still not effective or safer. Social workers can augment the services of police officers to address vagrancy issues. We have no traffic enforcement. We do not fully utilize county wrap-around services. We still provide far too much money in compensation, leaving us in a condition of service insolvency.
no, the enactment of ab 109 and 177 in 2013: letting nonviolent criminals onto our streets without giving us funding to adequately staff our police is partially to blame. and get ready for more crime if ballot proposition 57 passes and further impacts crime in our city.
cpd is not even close to full staffing. We are 14 officers short of our minimum staffing plan. the community is severely underserved in this area. We have no traffic unit (read dui enforcement), no street crimes unit (wonder why bike thefts are higher than ever?), and no school resource officers.
if it is the will of the voters, i would support a sales tax. i would want tax revenues to be specified for addressing public safety. i would include emergency services such as crisis triage counselors and emergency housing options.
if a beneficial short-term, specific project could be accomplished with a local sales tax or bond measure, i would consider my support. the public needs to know exactly what the revenues will be used for and not to be saddled with a long-term increase.
Only a specific tax. never a general one.
generally speaking, i am opposed to sales tax measures as they are regressive and do not adequately address service insolvency. at present, a sales tax measure would go to pay raises and continued service insolvency. Sales taxes are also highly volatile in recessionary environments.
no. When will people learn that raising sales taxes will only discourage people from coming to our city and spending money? taxes may seem like an easy way out of a budget crisis, but it’s a short-term solution. expanding and welcoming businesses and the jobs they bring is the only reliable way to improve the economy!
this mandate needs to come from the citizens to the ballot box. While our community needs a robust discussion on whether our citizens are willing to squeeze more from their budgets, the city needs to equally (and more diligently) have the hard discussions on how we need to do the same.
i am most concerned with preserving and protecting our environment. We need to have responsible development that does not encroach on our agricultural land or into our foothills. We need to be vocal advocates for our aquifer and for the protection of water in the north State.
preserving chico’s sense of place: bidwell park, safe neighborhoods, vibrant downtown, arts, tree-lined streets, creekside greenways, the greenline, and a strong town-gown relationship. i’d like to improve equity, inclusivity in government and an understanding and acceptance of all cultures and beliefs.
i would like to make the park safer. Lower park has transient issues. i would love to see “bike sting” operations make bike thieves too afraid to even glance at a bicycle. agriculture burning often contributes to unbreathable air quality. it would be nice to address that.
Safety, solvency, environment, ease of commute, arts and culture (as entertainment and economic development), and education—in that order, though not mutually exclusive nor demanding each be completed before moving on to the next concern. this is a coordinated mix of preservation.
the quality of life in any city can be sustained only by measured, smart growth. by making sure we have clean water, well-lighted, clean and safe streets. all this comes down to maintaining a balanced budget to ensure we can afford these basic services.
cities thrive when people feel safe—safe to go to school, build a business, enjoy our parks, shop our local businesses, and to raise a family. my greatest concern is for the safety and well-being of everyone in our community.
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OctOber 20, 2016
In the weeds
Those for and against Measure L get their say story and photo by
Meredith J. Cooper m e re d i t h c @new srev i ew. c o m
easure L, which would legalize the sale of medical marijuana locally, is a sticky proposition. That much can be agreed upon by both sides of the issue. First of all, Proposition 64 is on the general election ballot and, if passed, would legalize marijuana—for recreation, not just medicine—for California adults 21 and older. So, the details of Prop. 64 and Measure L and the difference between them confuse people. In addition, California legislators recently passed MMRSA, aka the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, which laid a framework for medical cannabis commerce, specifically sales for profit, which until this point were illegal. It also leaves it up to local jurisdictions to decide how—if at all—they will allow it. But because that act doesn’t fully go into effect until 2018, local lawmakers are waiting for the results of Prop. 64—which lays a similar framework, but for recreational marijuana—before they deal with MMRSA. Regardless of the confusion, voters will weigh in on Measure L on Nov. 8. Those backing it say it will prepare Butte County for legalization should 64 pass; those who are against it argue that Measure L puts the cart before the horse in not waiting for Prop. 64 results. So, what are Butte County voters
to do? First of all, they should know that Measure L applies to unincorporated Butte County only. It would not allow for “pot shops” in Chico, Oroville, Paradise, etc., nor would it supersede any of those jurisdictions’ rules regarding medical marijuana. To get a better idea of both sides’ views, CN&R spoke with Jessica MacKenzie, head of the Inland Cannabis Farmers’ Association, which submitted the measure; as well as Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter, whose district includes the Ridge (he’s 20
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also up for re-election); and board Chairman Bill Connelly, who oversees the Oroville area. Each had concerns and desires for the region when it comes to marijuana, medical or otherwise. “This is not a question of is this good or bad, is this medicine or not,” MacKenzie said. “The fact is, cannabis is here. The state has created a regulatory framework for cannabusinesses, and we should be ready as a county for how to take advantage of that—to take advantage of the licensing framework— so we can get hold of it and make it ours.” That’s what Measure L would do, she explained. Its intention is to take MMRSA and apply it locally. For instance, MacKenzie said, MMRSA sets up a licensing structure for the state that covers medical cannabis businesses, from the plant to the processing to the
dispensary to the patient. But it requires that local governments authorize commercial operations, such as through a license or permit, before a state license is issued. Measure L, then, says Butte County will set up such an authorization process. That bothers Teeter. “It does not address oversight, it just says, ‘You will do this,’” he said by phone. “That makes me worried. I think somewhere there might be appropriately placed commercial grows [in Butte County], but not with Measure L.” Teeter takes issue with some other wording that he sees as problematic that was brought to the board’s attention during a staff report earlier this month. The board unanimously voted to oppose Measure L. Teeter pointed to the term “administrative use permit” as an example. The measure requires
One of the groups backing Measure L is composed of veterans.
that they be issued in certain circumstances, but “the county doesn’t have an administrative use permit. It has an administrative permit, it has a use permit ...” and the two are very different. MacKenzie acknowledges that Measure L has its flaws, an admission that’s drawn fire from opponents but that she maintains is only an admission of being human. Those flaws, she says, shouldn’t be reason to throw out the whole thing. “[MMRSA], for good or for ill, isn’t perfect,” she said, “but it’s a place to begin. Just like I think L is a place to begin for Butte County.” Commercializing medical marijuana
does several things. First, it makes selling cannabis a legitimate busi-
ness. So, anyone who wants to make money off of medical marijuana, under Measure L, would have to get the required licenses and permits to do so. That in itself, MacKenzie says, will help to weed out the rogue growers. It also would allow for dispensaries— not 25 in a square mile like Measure L opponents would have people believe, she argued, as the market would not support more than a handful of dispensaries in the entire county. The biggest argument for dispensaries is that they offer consistent products that are lab-tested and clearly labeled. Teeter isn’t convinced that Butte County will see any benefit if Measure L passes. He’s worried, for instance, that growers will simply sell to out-of-town dispensaries that will reap the sales-tax benefits. Frankly, he said, there’s just not enough spelled out in Measure L to convince him otherwise. On top of that, he sees too much left unanswered regarding enforcement. “It’s silent on enforcement or how money is going to be utilized for enforcement,” he said, adding that he has similar concerns about MMRSA. MacKenzie counters that Measure L left certain things, like setting permitting fees, up to the county to decide, the intent being to allow the county—the “experts”— the ability to regulate appropriately. Teeter and Connelly agree that Prop. 64 is the missing link in the chain. If that gets passed, it changes everything. “I thought they should have waited until after November to see where the state goes on the issue of marijuana,” Connelly said. “And I believe that the current ordinance [Measure A] is working really well, as far as less complaints, less crime, less problems. In the future, there are going to be adjustments. But I can’t support Measure L. There are too many holes in it that have to be changed by a vote of the people. I just can’t support it.” □
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ntering any side of the campus shared by Marigold and Loma Vista elementary schools, it becomes apparent quickly why the Chico Unified School District has put a facilities bond measure on the ballot. Both the traditional K-5 and the special services school consist of vintage buildings supplemented by portable classrooms—none aging gracefully, some deteriorating conspicuously. Driveways and parking lots are narrow, perimeter fencing fragmented. “I know parents are concerned about safety—our campus is wide open,” said Marigold Principal Shawneese Heath. “We’ve made it as safe as we can with the facilities we have, and the parking we have.” Other elementary schools have comparable challenges. So, CUSD is asking voters to approve a $152 million bond: $130 million for district schools, $22 million for charter schools within CUSD boundaries. That is Measure K. There’s also Measure J, a $190 million facilities bond request from the ButteGlenn Community College District for expansion and infrastructure updates, as well as Proposition 51, a $9 billion statewide bond initiative for K-12 schools and community colleges. Measure J appears on ballots in both Butte and Glenn counties. As a general obligation bond, it must receive 55 percent support total (not subdivided by the counties), as must CUSD’s Measure K. For both districts, the new bonds come in the wake of significant construction funded by earlier bond issues, for which property owners continue to pay tax assessments. Measures J and K include the opportunity to refinance old bonds to save each district—thus, the
public—on interest payments, but the main selling point is upgrading facilities. None of the money can go to salaries or pensions. CUSD filed its measure first, and Butte College President Samia Yaqub admitted her district heard the words “bad timing” after filing its measure. But neither she nor CUSD Superintendent Kelly Staley view the bond requests as competing—in fact, they are championing both together. “We are looking at seamless K-[college] education,” Staley said. “We see [both bonds] as adding back to what this community values.” Here is a snapshot of each district’s bond measure.
CUSD Superintendent Kelly Staley pictured outside of Marigold Elementary’s portable classrooms.
Measure J: Butte College Bond issuance: $190 million Total cost: $332 million (full bond issue including interest, estimated) Property tax: $25 per $100,000 (assessed value, annually) Projects: New science and welding buildings; new facilities for public safety training; further expansion at the Butte College Skyway Center (one of the Chico campuses); renovated buildings for math department and veterans center; athletic facility upgrades; replacement of PVC gas lines; improved traffic flow, parking and ADA accessibility. Rationale: Even with extensive construction from 2002’s Measure A, Butte College finds itself impacted and constrained. The welding program has a two-year Bond project details:
For the Butte College plans under Measure J, visit www.buttecollege yesonj.com (click on “Financial Accountability”; then “Learn More”). For CUSD’s full plans under Measure K, visit www.chicousd (click on “Departments”).
wait list. Science classes fill fast. Law enforcement trainees must practice scenarios at odd hours because regular campus buildings offer the only spaces available. Yaqub, at Butte College since 1989 and president since 2015, said Measure J modifications address “bottlenecks, particularly in the sciences. If we expand our facilities, we can offer more classes that are going to get students into allied health programs, get students transferred [to universities]—and we know those are where the jobs are right now…. “The jobs in the next five years that we don’t know about, we know that they are going to require some technical skills; and welding is a nationally recognized program [at Butte] where students come out and get high-paying jobs—and these students come from all walks of life.” Campuswide, the college requires upgrades in technology and infrastructure—namely gas
lines, which date to original 1970s construction when plastic (PVC) was permitted. Measure J also would allow Butte College to move its veterans center from a peripheral portable to a central building.
Measure K: CUSD Bond issuance: $152 million Total cost: $270 million Property tax: $60 per $100,000 Projects: Renovations of Hooker Oak School and Marigold, Neal Dow, Shasta, Emma Wilson, Rosedale and Sierra View elementaries; reconstruction of Loma Vista Elementary; athletic upgrades at Chico and Pleasant Valley high schools. Rationale: CUSD had no bond program for renovations from the 1970s through 1998, then deferred maintenance due to budget cuts during the economic downturn. With bond funding from its Measure A (high schools) and Measure E (junior highs), “we do now at the six-through-12 level
have some beautiful schools that are truly 21st century,” Staley said. “We need to do that across the board.” If Measure K passes, portables at elementary schools would be replaced by permanent structures. The district has identified seven grade schools most in need of upgrades, but with Prop. 51 funding could add more: Chapman, Citrus, McManus and/or Parkview. Changes would be more than cosmetic. Staley, the superintendent, and Heath, the Marigold principal, both say that education methods have evolved beyond the physical limitations of CUSD campuses. Hands-on learning, collaboration among teachers/classes and utilization of technology require “wired” classroom pods that would come via Measure K. “It’ll be transformational,” Heath said. “There are surface things [that will be obvious], but instructionally it will be a gamechanger.” □ OCTOBER 20, 2016
Arts&Culture The Baker (Connor Norton) with Little Red Riding Hood (Brittney Nussbaum). PHOTO BY JASON HALLEY
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Splendid student production brings brilliant musical to life
of Into the Woods at Chico State’s THarlen Adams Theatre was such a
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splendid achievement, it helps to know something about the by play and its co-creator, Robert Speer Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim, who is ro ber tspe er@ now 85, is the reigning newsrev iew.com titan of American musical theater, the author of music and/or lyrics Review: for such extraordinary Into the Woods, Friday, Oct. 14, works as West Side Harlen Adams Story (1957), Gypsy Theatre, (1959), Sweeney Todd Chico State. (1979) and Into the Woods (1987), which many consider his most brilliant musical. He’s won more honors than he can count, including eight Tony awards, eight Grammys, a Pulitzer, an Oscar and a Kennedy Center honor, among many others. Throughout his career he has pushed to expand the reach of musical theater. West Side Story is about warring street gangs, a hugely controversial subject at the time. Sweeney Todd is about a vicious serial killer; Gypsy about a striptease artist. In Sondheim’s world, light and dark have equal billing, joy and sorrow exist side by side. So it’s not surprising that, when he and his then-collaborator, James Lapine, wrote a musical based on fairy tales, it was more Brothers Grimm than Walt Disney. If there’s a happily-everafter in Into the Woods, it’s a tenuous one. A giant’s huge boot could squash it at any moment.
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BELLYDANCE ROULETTE: Allegory bellydancers get the chance to
perform to a song chosen by fate. Hosted by Joey Moshiri. Th,
10/20, 8pm. $5. Duffy’s Tavern, 337 Main St., (530) 343-7718.
BUTTE COUNTY RAILWAYS: Mick Needham will give a presentation relating to local historical railroads through the eyes of a collector. Presentation will include images and rare artifacts from Western railroads. Light refreshments will also be served. Th, 10/20, 7-8pm. $5. Patrick Ranch Museum, 10381 Midway, (530) 342-4359.
Theater The musical weaves together several
familiar characters: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of beanstalk fame) and golden-haired Rapunzel. They are connected by two new characters, the Baker and his Wife, who are childless because of a curse put on them by the Witch who lives next door. The Witch agrees to lift the curse if they will go into the woods and collect four things: a slipper “as pure as gold,” a cape “as red as blood,” a “cow as white as milk” and “hair as yellow as corn.” By the end of Act I, all wishes have come true. Cinderella and Rapunzel have been rescued by handsome princes; Jack has climbed the beanstalk and stolen the giant’s harp; Little Red Riding Hood and her Granny have been freed from inside the Wolf’s stomach; the Baker and his Wife have had a baby; and the Witch has transformed into a beautiful woman, though it has cost her her powers. In Act II, it all falls apart. A second giant threatens the village. The princes cheat on their wives. The Baker and his Wife bicker endlessly. It’s as if the very existence of fairy tales, with their happy endings, is being questioned. Happy ever
after? Maybe, maybe not. Most of this complex and darkly twisted story is conveyed not through expository dialogue—though there is a Narrator who provides occasional bridges between scenes—but through songs. And what amazing songs they are, complex and layered, with lyrics that brilliantly convey the play’s sometimes startling, sometimes moving developments, from the opening “Prologue: Into the Woods” to the beautiful finale, “Children Will Listen.” There were 19 students in the cast, and all were excellent, so I’m loathe to single anyone out. The singing was exceptional across the board, and the actors handled the production’s terrifically complex blocking with ease. Just about everything worked: the costumes, the deeply layered and flexible set design, the lighting and choreography, the excellent pit orchestra—you name it. The only weakness had to do with the microphones, which occasionally were late in turning on. That’s a quibble. This was one of the finest productions I’ve ever seen mountHGDW&KLFR6WDWH Ɛ
A HEART LAID BARE: A theatrical adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Raven, all imagined as a single interwoven story of spinetingling horror. Th-Sa, 7:30pm through 11/5. $14.99. Blue Room Theatre, 139 W. First St., (530) 895-3749, www.blueroom theatre.com.
THE PRODUCERS: Mel Brooks musical telling the story of a Broadway producer and an accountant who discover that they could get richer by producing a flop than a hit. Th-Sa, 7:30pm & Su, 2pm through 11/6. $16-$22. Chico Theater Company, 166-F Eaton Road, (530) 894-3282, www.chicotheatercompany.com.
Saturday, Oct. 22 Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation SEE SATURDAY, SPECIAL EVENTS
BooBoo the Bear
FINE ARTS BELLYDANCE ROULETTE Thursday, Oct. 20 Duffy’s Tavern
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Theater A HEART LAID BARE: See Thursday. Th-Sa, 7:30pm
through 11/5. $14.99. Blue Room Theatre, 139 W. First St., (530) 895-3749, www.blueroom theatre.com.
THE PRODUCERS: See Thursday. Th-Sa, 7:30pm & Su, 2pm through 11/6. $16-$22. Chico Theater Company, 166-F Eaton Road, (530) 894-3282, www.chicotheatercompany.com.
THE RED LAMP: A comedy about a lucky lamp that, when lit, brings about a whole host of unforeseen complications. F & Sa, 6:30pm & Su, 2pm through 10/30. $10-$12. Birdcage Theatre, 1740 Bird St. in Oroville, (530) 5332473, www.birdcagetheatre.net.
Art Receptions OPEN STUDIOS ART TOUR EXHIBIT: Reception for the 2016 OSAT preview exhibit, featuring work from some of the artists on this year’s tour and 2016 OSAT studio maps for sale. F, 10/21, 5-7pm. Chico Art Center, 450 Orange St., (530) 895-8726, www.chicoartcenter.com.
Special Events BBQ SPOOKTACULAR: Fundraiser for the wildlife
Poetry/Literature POETRY READING: Shared words and refresh-
ments with local readers. Third Th of every month, 6:30pm. Free. The Bookstore, 118 Main St.
Special Events CHICO GREAT DEBATE: Events include a candidates’ forum with Chico City Council candidates from 12-2 in the Chico City Plaza and the main-event debate at 6:30pm featuring community advocates and Chico State debate team members discussing the influence of the media in the American political process. F, 10/21, 10am. Free. Chico City Council Building, 421 Main St., (530) 896-7200.
up comedy from Oakland’s Aviva Siegel, San Francisco’s Sam Disalvo and Chico’s Annie Fischer F, 10/21, 8-10pm. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave., (530) 343-4915.
sanctuary with barbecue, raffle, silent auction, live music by Analog Rhythm and activities, including visiting with the animals. Sa, 10/22, 1-5pm. $20 adult/$10 child. Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation, 4995 DurhamPentz Road in Butte Valley, 533-1000, www.kirshner.org.
HAPPY TAILS MOVIE NIGHT: Drop the kids off for a
BEC ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Gala celebrating
COMEDIANS AVIVA SIEGEL & SAM DISALVO: Stand-
couple hours of fun, pizza and an animalthemed movie. Pillows/bean bag chairs encouraged but not required. Third F of every month, 6:30pm. $10/first child, $6/additional children (same family). Butte Humane Society Education Center, 2156 Pillsbury Road Ste. 160, (530) 343-7917.
MASQUERADE BALL: Fundraiser for Butte County NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) emceed by KRCR’s Jerry Olenyn and featuring live music by Big Mo & The Full Moon Band, raffle and prime rib dinner. F, 10/21, 7pm. $45. Manzanita Place, 1705 Manzanita Ave., (530) 343-5617.
Music FRIDAY MORNING JAZZ: A weekly morning jazz
BUTTE COUNTY RAILWAYS FROM A COLLECTOR’S PERSPECTIVE Thursday, Oct. 20 Patrick Ranch Museum
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appointment with local experimental troupe Bogg. F, 11am. Free. Café Coda, 265 Humboldt Ave., (530) 566-9476, www.cafecoda.com.
the 41st anniversary of the Butte Environmental Council with live music, dinner by chef Obi Gagne and a silent auction. Sa, 10/22, 5-9pm. $50. Arc Pavilion, 2040 Park Ave., (530) 891-6424, www.becnet.org.
CHICO COMICS JAM: Writers, artists, storytellers and friends invited to come together to collaborate and learn how to create comics. Sa, 10/22, 1-4pm. Donations accepted. ABC Books and More, 950 Mangrove Ave.
DANCE EVOLUTION STUDENT SHOWCASE: Local dance students perform in a number of disciplines including ballet, pointe, hip hop, jazz, contemporary and tap. 2pm and 7pm shows. $12/$10 students and seniors. Paradise Performing Arts Center, 777 Nunneley Road, (530) 872-8454, www.paradiseperforming arts.com.
HA-LOW-WEEN BASH CAR MEET: Car enthusiast meet-up featuring a “Trunk or Treat” candy giveaway and car costume contest with prizes ranging from cash to car wash supplies. Sa, 10/22, 8pm. Boot Barn, 2539 Esplanade.
HANGAR DANCE: A dance party with live music by the Retrotones, plus appetizers and an nohost bar. Sa, 10/22, 5-9pm. $30. Chico Air Museum, 165 Ryan Ave., (530) 345-6468.
HOME & GARDEN SHOW: More than 250 exhibits and services focusing on home and yard improvements. Sa, 10/22, 10am-5pm; Su, 10/23, 10am-5pm. $7/general; $6/senior;
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free/16-under. Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair St., (530) 895-4666.
INTO THE WARDROBE GRAND GALA FUNDRAISER: Fundraiser for North State Ballet’s upcoming production of Into the Wardrobe. Includes dinner, silent auction, dessert auction, raffle and performances by members of the cast. Sa, 10/22, 5:30pm. $40. Chico Masonic Family Center, 1110 W East Ave. Corner of Nord Avenue and W. East Avenue, (530) 354-ARTS.
LECTURE SERIES AT CHICO MUSEUM: Longtime Chico resident Marge Maddux will be interviewed by local historian Dave Nopel about her family’s early residence in the community of Coutolenc, above Magalia, and her move to Chico in 1909. Sa, 10/22, 10-11am. $5. Chico Museum, 141 Salem St., (530) 891-4336, www.chicomuseum.org.
OKTOBERFEST: Oktoberfest celebration featuring a beer garden, German food specials, live music by Big Lou’s Polka Casserole, free caricature drawings and raffle drawing for prizes including a kegerator. Sa, 10/22, 12-4pm. Free. Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co., 3 Alverda Drive in Oroville, (530) 533-3885, www.feather fallscasino.com/brewing-co.
OPEN STUDIOS ART TOUR: Annual public tour of local artists’ studios, providing a glimpse into artists’ working process and a chance to meet the people that make Chico an art community. Sa & Su through 10/30. $10 for guidebooks (aval. at Chico Art Center). www.chicoartcenter.com.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST - KEEP THE KIDS SINGING: The Children’s Choir of Chico will be serving pancakes and providing musical entertainment for this fundraising event. Sa, 10/22, 8-11am. $5-$7 (tickets available at the event or by calling 342-2775). Bidwell Presbyterian Church, 208 W. First St., (530) 343-1484.
SINGLE, FRESH, WET & WILD HOP HARVEST FESTIVAL: More than 50 top breweries from across the country have been invited to showcase their unique and innovative hop-forward beers. Plus, live music by Rabbit Wilde (Portland) and food available for purchase from local food trucks. Sa, 10/22, 1-5pm. $55 (buy tix online). Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., 1075 E. 20th St., (530) 892-4647, www.sierra nevada.com/hopharvestfestival.
YOURS FOR EQUAL JUSTICE: Tours examining the history of Women’s Suffrage in America and the ties both Annie and John Bidwell had to that effort. A special exhibit in the Visitor
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Center will illustrate the many women and men who crusaded for voting and other rights for women in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Sa, 10am through 10/29. $6 adult/$3 children. Bidwell Mansion, 525 Esplanade, (530) 8956144, www.bidwellmansionpark.com.
Music NEW DIRECTIONS IN JAZZ: Some of Northern California’s finest young musicians and composers present fresh compositions with array of amazing guest artists. Sa, 10/22, 7:30-9pm. $6-$15. Harlen Adams Theatre, Chico State, (530) 898-5152, www.csuchico.edu/hfa.
Theater A HEART LAID BARE: See Thursday. Th-Sa, 7:30pm
through 11/5. $14.99. Blue Room Theatre, 139 W. First St., (530) 895-3749, www.blueroom theatre.com.
THE PRODUCERS: See Thursday. Th-Sa, 7:30pm & Su, 2pm through 11/6. $16-$22. Chico Theater Company, 166-F Eaton Road, (530) 894-3282, www.chicotheatercompany.com.
THE RED LAMP: See Friday. F & Sa, 6:30pm & Su,
2pm through 10/30. $10-$12. Birdcage Theatre, 1740 Bird St. in Oroville, (530) 533-2473, www.birdcagetheatre.net.
Special Events FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL: Seasonal fun and music with a musical performance by Dorothy Clark and activities such as spooky scavenger hunt, mask-making, acorn mosaics and pine-nut bracelets. Su, 10/23, 11am-3pm. $5/adults, $3/children. Chico Museum, 141 Salem St., (530) 891-4336, www.chicomuseum.org.
HOME & GARDEN SHOW: See Saturday. Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair St., (530) 8954666.
OPEN STUDIOS ART TOUR: See Saturday. Sa & Su through 10/30. $10 for guidebooks (aval. at Chico Art Center). www.chicoartcenter.com.
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Music THE GORIEST SOUNDS OF THE SEASON: The Paradise Symphony Orchestra with guest organ soloist David Rothe performs some of the spookiest works in their repertoire including Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” and Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain.” Su, 10/23, 7pm. $20. Paradise Performing Arts Center, 777 Nunneley Road in Paradise, (530) 872-8454, www.paradise performingarts.com.
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chamber concert featuring guest violinist Terrie Baune playing Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings” and other works. Su, 10/23, 2pm. $10-$25. Zingg Recital Hall, 400 W First St., (530) 898-6333, www.northstatesymphony.org.
WIDE OPEN SPACES Turner Print Museum
THE PRODUCERS: See Thursday. Th-Sa, 7:30pm & Su,
2pm through 11/6. $16-$22. Chico Theater Company, 166-F Eaton Road, (530) 894-3282, www.chico theatercompany.com.
THE RED LAMP: See Friday. F & Sa, 6:30pm & Su, 2pm
through 10/30. $10-$12. Birdcage Theatre, 1740 Bird
St. in Oroville, (530) 533-2473, www.birdcage theatre.net.
Forums with candidates for Paradise Irrigation Districts 1 and 5, Paradise Unified School District and Paradise Recreation and Park District. M, 10/24, 2pm. Paradise Town Hall, 5555 Skyway in Paradise, (530) 872-6976.
Music and guitarist whose latest album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard magazine blues charts. M, 10/24, 7:30pm. $17.50. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Big Room, 1075 E. 20th St., (530) 892-4647, www.sierra nevada.com.
an exhibition of canvas and framed print photography celebrating travel and landscapes. Through 11/30. 1387 E. Eighth St., (530) 894-2800, www.chicobeatniks.com.
Wickes photos from Dia de los Muertos in San Miguel, Mexico, 2015. Through 11/30. 789 Bille Road in Paradise, (530) 877-5673.
Special Events WOODEN PEG DOLL LECTURE: Patricia Bellamy, Sacramento regional director of the United Federation of Doll Clubs, will speak about peg wooden dolls, a type of primitive doll whose arms and legs are attached with pegs. Tu, 10/25, 10:30am. Free. Gold Nugget Museum, 502 Pearson Road in Paradise, (530) 321-1951, www.goldnugget museum.com.
CHICO ART CENTER: 2016 OSAT Gallery Show, exhibit featuring works by participants in the 2016 Open Studios Art Tour. Through 10/30. 450 Orange St., (530) 895-8726, www.chicoartcenter.com.
CHICO CERAMICS CENTER: It’s Not What You Think It Is, ceramic sculptures by Dianne West. Through 10/31. 198 E. 11th St. 6, (530) 487-7190.
JAMES SNIDLE FINE ARTS & APPRAISALS: Dreaming of San
Special Events ASTROBIOLOGY: LIFE ON EARTH (AND ELSEWHERE?): Special presentation by David Des Marais, senior scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, as part of the fall 2016 Museum Without Walls lecture series. W, 10/26, 7:30-8:30pm. $3/free for members and students. Gateway Science Museum, 625 Esplanade, (530) 898-4121, www.csuchico.edu/ gateway.
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Whitespace-Bluespace: Televisual Memory and the Implied Catastrophe, multimedia solo exhibition by New Mexico printmaker Ren Adams. Through 10/27. 3536 Butte Campus Drive in Oroville, (530) 8952208.
THE CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING, PARADISE: Dia de los Muertos, Dennis
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BEATNIKS COFFEE HOUSE & BREAKFAST JOINT: Karma Boyer Photography,
BUTTE COLLEGE ART GALLERY:
SAMANTHA FISH: Blues Music Award-winning singer
celebrating 35 years of the 1078 Gallery as well as the founders and other individuals who helped get the gallery off the ground. Through 10/22. 820 Broadway St., (530) 343-1973.
Exhibition, new works from Chico State art students. Through 10/28. Ayres 107, Chico State, (530) 8985331.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS CANDIDATE FORUM:
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Francisco, bold and brightly colored paintings by Dolores Mitchell of her adventures in the City by the Bay. Through 10/31. no cost. 254 E. Fourth St., (530) 343-2930, www.james snidlefinearts.com.
JANET TURNER PRINT MUSEUM: Wide
Open Spaces, featuring large-scale Janet Turner prints with photos of the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve by advanced photography students showing the spaces featured in the prints as they exist today. Through 12/10. Chico State, (530) 898-4476, www.theturner.org.
RED TAVERN: Artwork of Amber
Palmer, watercolor work by local artist Amber Palmer. Through 10/31. 1250 Esplanade, (530) 894-3463, www.redtavern.com.
SALLY DIMAS ART GALLERY: New Works, pastels by Joyce Rendon and turned wood by Frank Wm. Link and Dave Dragoman. Through 10/31. 493 East Ave., (530) 345-3063.
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Painting with Paper, collages by Richard Robinson. Through 10/30. 130 Main St., (530) 895-3866.
Call for Artists CALL FOR ARTISTS: Open call for
November Day of the Dead exhibit. Entry fee: $15/non-members, $10/members. Through 10/28, 124pm. Chico Art Center, 450 Orange St., (530) 895-8726, www.chicoart center.com.
Museums CHICO AIR MUSEUM: Ongoing display highlighting local aviation history. Ongoing. 165 Ryan Ave., (530) 3456468.
CHICO CREEK NATURE CENTER: Banding
by Day and Night, a close look at birds in hand with incredible detail. Ongoing. $2-$4. 1968 E. Eighth St., (530) 891-4671, www.bidwellpark.org.
CHICO MUSEUM: Chico Through Time, a permanent exhibit, featuring a variety of displays depicting Chico’s history—from John Bidwell and the Mechoopda Indians to Robin Hood and remains of an old Chinese temple. Ongoing. 141 Salem St., (530) 891-4336, www.chicomuseum.org.
GATEWAY SCIENCE MUSEUM: Ongoing
Exhibits, Chico’s science museum features rotating special exhibits, plus a range of permanent displays on local farming, water, famous regional oak trees and a couple of ice-age skeletons. Check site for current special exhibition. Ongoing. 625 Esplanade, www.csuchico.edu/ gateway.
PARADISE DEPOT MUSEUM: A railroad and logging museum in Paradise.
Ongoing, 7-9pm. 5570 Black Olive Drive in Paradise, (530) 877-1919.
OctOber 22 – 23 OctOber 29 – 30 StudiOS Open from 10 am to 5 pm receptiOn October 21, 5 pm - 7 pm 450 Orange Street (530) 895-8726
Cousin Cephus’ Improv Project takes a bow at Chico Women’s Club. PHOTO BY ELIZABETH GRAHAM
Laughing through the raindrops A fun, hilarious debut for local improv comedy troupe frankly, I wasn’t in a comedy mood on Sunday Quite as I cursed my recently deceased automobile while
riding my bicycle across town through the rain-lashed streets to catch the premiere performance of Cousin Cephus’ Improv Project at the Chico Women’s Club. But I held to my by inner faith that comedy is exactly Carey Wilson what you need when you are feeling least receptive to it. The sound of cheerful, anticipaReview: tory voices emanating from backCousin Cephus’ stage as I locked my bike to the Improv Project, guardrail, and a friendly greeting as Sunday, Oct. 16, Chico Women’s Club. I entered the familiar hall with its raised stage, red velvet curtains and hardwood floor lined with rows of folding chairs began to lift my mood even as I shed my rain slicker. Settling into my seat after contributing to the Women’s Club scholarship fund for students studying art at Butte College by purchasing a Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest beer, I watched the crowd grow to a respectable size as the clock ticked away and the technical difficulties of getting the late-arriving sound man’s gear functioning properly delayed the beginning of the show by about 40 minutes. But finally, the show’s producer, Elizabeth Graham, took a distortion-plagued microphone and introduced the troupe—the members obviously keyed up to begin unleashing their improvisational skills. Jason Allen, dapper in Lincoln-esque beard, and clad in black slacks and shirt with blue striped tie, explained the group’s mission to explore many improvised comedic scenarios with the aid of audience suggestions to generate unanticipated character quirks. For the first “game,” the basis was “Weird Newscasters,” with the audience assigning each a personality type. So, anchorman Hibiscus Jones (Chaz
Kelly) was directed to act like an “angry school bus driver”; the audience assigned “overzealous confetti sales person” to street reporter Jemma Beam (Annie Fischer); “former whale trainer” to sports reporter Brad Spitz (Drew McGillicuddy), and “country singer” to co-anchor Pearl Haggard (Eve Hamilton). The comics got solo spots to play off their quirks while simultaneously interacting in their newscaster roles, and the result was a surreal comedic swirl that kept the audience laughing for the duration of the piece. All in all, the troupe presented 14 sketches in the nearly two-hour show. Because only the most basic elements were preconceived, with the performers depending on the audience—and in several instances phrases randomly inserted from the game Cards Against Humanity—to fill out or alter the basic scenario, the comedians maintained a high level of spontaneous creativity that required an amazing combination of performance bravado and quick thinking. This was enhanced by the participation of a very enthusiastic and appreciative audience that cheered on even the roughest-going pieces, such as Nick Stiles’ attempt at creating a spontaneous song about irritable bowel syndrome sung to the tune of Wham!’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.” For me, a highlight of the show was the press conference by a man (Kelly) who, as randomly suggested, “fat-shamed a baby.” The skit included questions from the audience such as, “How do you justify criticizing anyone for a problem you have yourself?” In another favorite, Fischer portrayed a dating-game contestant quizzing a prospective date from among a “muscle head” (Stiles), “Kurt Russell’s stunt double” (McGillicuddy) and an Amish man (Allen). Each skit built on its premise to increasingly absurdist heights, and by the end of the show the rain had dissipated and I rode home with a smile on my face, still not knowing of caring who Cousin Cephus is. □
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OPEN MIC: Singers, poets and musicians welcome. Th, 7-10pm. Has Beans Café, 501 Main St., (530) 894-3033, www.has beans.com.
ROBERT KARCH AND FRIENDS: Guitarist/vocalist Robert Karch, pianist Shigemi Minetaka, bassist Ethan Swett and percussionist Jerry Morano playing Latin, jazz, blues and more. Th, 10/20, 6-8:30pm. No cover. Farm Star Pizza, 2359 Esplanade, (530) 343-2056, www.farmstarpizza.com.
AARON RICH & FRIENDS: Country music
round-robin. First and Third Th of every month, 9pm. Free. Crazy Horse Saloon, 303 Main St., (530) 894-5408, www.facebook.com/crazyhorsesaloon.
BELLYDANCE ROULETTE: Allegory bellydancers get the chance to perform to a song chosen by fate. Hosted by Joey Moshiri. Th, 10/20, 8pm. $5. Duffy’s Tavern, 337 Main St., (530) 343-7718.
CHICO JAZZ COLLECTIVE: Thursday jazz.
Th, 8-11pm. Free. The DownLo, 319 Main St., (530) 892-2473.
CHICO UNPLUGGED SONGWRITER SHOWCASE: A platform for emerging singers
and songwriters to showcase their work presented by Chico State’s School of the Arts Productions. Th, 10/20, 7-9pm. No cover. Madison Bear Garden, 316 W. Second St., (530) 8911639, www.madisonbeargarden.com.
BASSMINT: A weekly bass music party with a rotating cast of local and regional producers and DJs. Check with venue for details. F, 9:30pm. Peking Chinese Restaurant, 243 W. Second St., (530) 895-3888.
DANGER DAVE’S TRIVIA NIGHT: Free weekly trivia event with prizes for top scores. Th, 9:30pm through 11/30. Free. Studio Inn Cocktail Lounge, 2582 Esplanade, (530) 343-0662.
BONEYARD BLUES: Veteran Chico musi-
cians playing blues on the patio. F, 10/21, 7-9pm. No cover. The End Zone,
EXILE: After topping the pop charts with 1978’s “Kiss You All Over,” Exile turned to country music and had several top country hits, including “Woke Up in Love,” “I Don’t Want to Be a Memory” and “Give Me One More Chance.” This reunion features the five original members of the band. Th, 10/20, 9pm. $10. Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co.,
250 Cohasset Road, (530) 345-7330.
COMEDIANS AVIVA SIEGEL & SAM DISALVO: Stand-up comedy from Oakland’s Aviva Siegel, San Francisco’s Sam Disalvo and Chico’s Annie Fischer F, 10/21, 8-10pm. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave., (530) 343-4915.
tion: Friday night happy hour with traditional Irish music by the Pub Scouts. F, 4pm. $1. Duffy’s Tavern, 337 Main St., (530) 343-7718.
MIRAGE: VISIONS OF FLEETWOOD MAC: Tribute to legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac featuring members of acclaimed Stevie Nicks tribute band Bella Donna. F, 10/21, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co., 3 Alverda Drive in Oroville, (530) 5333885, www.featherfallscasino.com/ brewing-co.
OPEN MIC: All-ages open mic hosted by Jodi Foster, Julie Bos and Chris Henderson. F, 7-10pm. The DownLo, 319 Main St., (530) 892-2473.
SLAY IT FORWARD: Local high-energy pop punk band debut some songs from their forthcoming second album alongside fellow locals DeVoll, Of the Grey, The King is a Monster and Moon Bears. F, 10/21, 9pm. Lost on Main, 319 Main St., (530) 891-1853.
THE RETROTONES: A night of classic rock and country hits. F, 10/21, 9pm. The Tackle Box Bar & Grill, 379 East Park Ave., (530) 345-7499, www.tacklebox chico.com.
UNPLUGGED OPEN MIC/JAM: Hosted by
singer/songwriter Jeb Draper. F, 5-8pm through 11/18. Free. Rock House, 11865 Highway 70 in Yankee Hill, (530) 5321889, www.RockHouseHwy70.com.
PUBLIC NOTICE – NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that pursuant to Chapter 9.32., Glass-Free Zone of the Chico Municipal Code, the Chico City Council has declared the Glass-Free Zone ordinance operative from 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2016, through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Generally, the possession of glass containers on city owned property is prohibited within the Glass Free Zone during this time period.
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319 Main St. • Downtown Chico Weekly Wednesdays w/ DJ Lil 50 Every Friday: Open Mic Night 7:30-11:30pm (DownLo) Oct 21 Slay It Forward Oct 22 Living Karaoke Band does Studio 54 Oct 28 Electric Circus, Swamp Zen, Pretty Brunette, and Dylan’s Dharma Oct 29 Afrolicious w/ Object Heavy Oct 31 Locals Only: Smokey The Groove, High Strangeness, Bogart The Monster, Mad Tantra Nov 4 Noche Latina Nov 5 Con Brio w/ Gene Evaro Jr., & Klez Nov 11 Scott Pemberton w/ ZuhG Nov 12 Moonhoocht Nov 18 John Brown’s Body
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folk artist performing songs from her new album Be Yourself. Sa, 10/22, 7:30pm. $10. Happy Corner, 695 E. 18th St., (530) 588-8474.
DETROIT LEGENDS: Nathan Owens and a dynamic seven-piece band perform some of the Motown era’s greatest hits, including tributes to the Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and more. Sa, 10/22, 9:30pm.
DRIVER: Live classic rock and R&B from Paradise. Sa, 10/22, 9pm. Free. Piggs Club, 3070 Myers St. in Oroville, (530) 533-9843.
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Classic jazz favorites. Sa, 6:30-9:30pm through 9/24. Smokie Mountain Steakhouse and Lounge, 7039 Skyway in Paradise, (530) 872-3323.
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$5. Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co., 3 Alverda Drive in Oroville, (530) 5333885, www.featherfallscasino.com/ brewing-co.
Disco fever spread like a virus across America in the 1970s, and the epicenter of that infection was New York’s infamous Studio 54. The Living Karaoke Band is hoping to capture a bit of the club’s legendary vibe at Lost on Main on Saturday, Oct. 22, with A Night at Studio 54. The band will lay down the instrumental parts of the era’s biggest hits while those who sign up will provide the vocals. Singers can pick their favorite track and sign up to sing at lkband.weebly.com.
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NEW DIRECTIONS IN JAZZ: Some of Northern California’s finest young musicians and composers present fresh compositions with array of amazing guest artists. Sa, 10/22, 7:309pm. $6-$15. Harlen Adams Theatre, Chico State, (530) 898-5152, www.csuchico.edu/hfa.
SAFETY ORANGE: San Diego band spreadJILL COHN: Seattle Americana singer/songwriter performs at the restaurant. Sa, 10/22, 7-9pm. Wine Time, 26 Lost Dutchman Drive, (530) 899-9250, www.winetimechico.com.
LIVE MUSIC: Live music in a relaxed environment. Sa, 5-8pm through 12/18. Opens 10/22. Rock House, 11865 Highway 70 in Yankee Hill, (530) 532-1889.
LIVING KARAOKE BAND: NIGHT AT STUDIO 54: Live-band karaoke featuring a long list of local singers joining the musicians on songs from the disco era. Visit website to sign up for a song. Sa, 10/22, 8:30pm. $5. Lost on Main, 319 Main St., (530) 891-1853, www.lkband.weebly.com.
ing the surf vibe with beach-friendly rock and reggae. Sa, 10/22, 8:30pm. No cover. Feather Falls Casino - Bow & Arrow Lounge, 3 Alverda Drive in Oroville, (530) 533-3885, www.feather fallscasino.com.
SEMI-ACOUSTIC MUSIC SHOWCASE: A benefit for Chico schools, hosted by Keith Kendall and Friends. Sa, 5-9pm. Free. Scotty’s Landing, 12609 River Road, (530) 710-2020.
SHADOW LIMB: A night of old fashioned local heaviness. The Muddy Sours and Team Skins get things started the right way. Sa, 10/22, 9pm. $7. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave., (530) 3434915.
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Tackle Box Bar & Grill, 379 East Park Ave., (530) 345-7499, www.tacklebox chico.com.
BLUES NIGHT: Live weekly blues music
cians Jeff Coleman and Jimmy Reno host this open mic night. Bring your
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THE GORIEST SOUNDS OF THE SEASON: The Paradise Symphony Orchestra with guest organ soloist David Rothe performs some of the spookiest works in their repertoire including Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” and Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain.” Su, 10/23, 7pm. $20. Paradise Performing Arts Center, 777 Nunneley Road, (530) 872-8454, www.paradiseperforming arts.com.
HUGH HAMMOND: Local singer-songwriter playing keyboard-driven pop music. Su, 10/23, 11am-1pm. Bidwell Perk, 664 E. First Ave., (530) 899-1500.
from local musicians. Tu. Italian Garden, 6929 Skyway in Paradise, (530) 876-9988.
musicians playing their favorite, healthy relationship-promoting love songs in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2016. Tu, 10/25, 79pm. $5 suggested donation. Madison Bear Garden, 316 W. Second St., (530) 891-1639, www.madisonbear garden.com.
MIDWEEK EARLY-EVENING OPEN MIC: Sign up starting at 5pm. Music, poetry and spoken word welcome. Tu, 6-8pm through 12/20. Free. Gogi’s Café, 230 Salem St. Next to transit center, (530) 891-3570, www.gogiscafe.com.
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Samantha Fish was only 6 months old when Stevie Ray Vaughan died, but the music the blues-guitar great left behind has been a key influence for the 27-year-old. And the Kansas City native has already made a mark of her own, having taken home Best New Artist at the Blues Music Awards in 2012 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Blues Album chart with her 2015 album Wild Heart. Seek out her blistering version of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” on YouTube to get a preview of what to expect for her Sierra Nevada Big Room debut this Monday, Oct. 24.
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SAMANTHA FISH: Blues Music Award-
winning singer and guitarist whose latest album debuted at number one on the Billboard magazine blues charts. M, 10/24, 7:30pm. $17.50. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Big Room, 1075 E. 20th St., (530) 892-4647, www.sierranevada.com.
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Fourth W of every month, 6-10pm through 12/28. Free. Ramada Plaza Hotel, 685 Manzanita Ct., (530) 345-2491.
LIVE JAZZ: Eat pizza and enjoy live jazz
by Carey Robinson and friends. W. Farm Star Pizza, 2359 Esplanade, (530) 343-2056, www.farmstarpizza.com.
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best-seller isn’t exactly a train wreck, but it is a Tseemingly high-powered movie vehicle that sputters
ate Taylor’s movie version of Paula Hawkins’ runaway
and backfires, and never really gets past second gear. It seems to try too hard at first, and by then not hard enough and never Juan-Carlos really does generate any emotional Selznick momentum of its own. The Girl on the Train starts off as a kind of artsy psychodrama, with the title character, Rachel (Emily Blunt), musing about her habit of scrutinizing and speculating on the lives and charThe Girl on acter of the people she sees in passing the Train from her seat on the commuter train Starring emily blunt, she rides each day. The early stream Haley bennett and of images anchored to Rachel’s voicerebecca Ferguson. Directed by tate over narration seems to put us inside taylor. cinemark 14, Rachel’s mind in ways that hint at Feather river cinemas confusions and contradictions in her and Paradise cinema account of things and nudge us toward 7. rated r. questions about what is “real” in Rachel’s story (and in the film itself). Those questions apply to Rachel in particular, but also to a half-dozen other characters who figure prominently in her account of the devastation she experiences after an acrimonious divorce from husband Tom (Justin Theroux). Rachel’s studious voyeurism is especially focused on two neighboring women: Anna (Rebecca Ferguson), who is now married to Tom, and Megan (Haley Bennett), Anna’s nanny. By the time the whole thing settles down to the business of being a bait-and-switch murder mystery, Megan’s husband, Scott (Luke Evans), a rather amorous psychiatrist named Dr. Kamal Abdic (Edgar Ramírez); a wealthy lady (Lisa Kudrow) who enjoys dishy gossip; and a worldly wise police detective (Allison Janney) are all characters of interest. And they are all entangled in the
film’s routinely deceptive brand of character drama. The actors all bear up gamely through most of this, with brief moments that were really very good coming from Theroux (Tom, on the edges of his moment of truth) and Janney (conveying kindness mixed with arrogance in a single glance). Blunt, laboring under the requirements of an impossibly convoluted role, puts up an honorable fight of her own. For some of her character’s moments of near-hysteria, she sounds as if she were channeling the voice of a 10-year-old under hypnosis. And in what I think is the best shot in the entire film, she’s seen in close-up (aboard her train) with her head bowed and her eyes closed and then snapping calmly to attention, eyes open and looking straight at the camera, and at us. That might be the signature shot, both for the movie we have and for the much more genuinely daring and complex one we might have had. □
FILM SHORTS Reviewers: Bob Grimm and Juan-Carlos Selznick.
Opening this week Boo! A Madea Halloween
Tyler Perry is back in drag again as the larger-than-life Madea, this time fending off troublemakers on Halloween. Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13.
Documentary telling the story of the members of a Welsh workingmen’s club who worked together to breed and train a champion racehorse. Pageant Theatre. Rated PG.
’Tis the season for John Carpenter’s seminal slasher flick. Two late showings: Oct. 21-22, 11 p.m. Pageant Theatre. Rated R.
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Tom Cruise is back as the title character, a former military police officer who is now on the run from authorities as he tries to clear his name and uncover the truth behind a government conspiracy. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.
Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher star as a suburban couple living next door to the Joneses (Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot), a seemingly normal couple who turn out to be secret agents. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.
Ouija: Origin of Evil
The second entry in the Ouija franchise is set in 1967 Los Angeles, where a widow and her two daughters scam people by conducting fake seances. When a Ouija board enters the picture, things suddenly become all too real. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.
Our Little Sister
Three sisters, ages 29, 22 and 19, live together in the large seaside home that belonged to their grandmother. They meet the title character, their 13-year-old half-sister, on a trip to the funeral of their estranged father, and afterward they invite her to come live with them. Much of Hirokazu Koreeda’s calm, gently lyrical drama is about the ways these four young women with scrambled family ties and contrasting personalities make lives for themselves together and in the absence of guidance and support from their parents, deceased and otherwise. And much of the story proceeds by an amiable sort of indirection, with the bits of blatant drama happening mostly off-screen and the moments of rich emotion arising almost offhandedly in seemingly mundane circumstances. “Story” in the usual sense is almost nonexistent, but there is great charm and much quiet beauty in the performances of the sister roles, in the ravishingly atmospheric sense of the places they inhabit, and in the contemplative calm of the entire production. Pageant Theatre. Rated PG —J.C.S.
Now playing The Accountant
Ben Affleck stars as a math whiz who cooks the books for criminal organizations, and when a treasury agent (J.K. Simmons) starts sniffing around, people start to die. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R.
The Girl on the Train
Kevin Hart: What Now?
Comedian Kevin Hart’s latest stand-up was filmed in front of an intimate crowd of 50,000, outdoors at Philly’s Financial Field. Cinemark 14 and Feather River Cinemas. Rated R.
The Magnificent Seven
What Antoine Fuqua’s remake has going for it is mostly a matter of Denzel Washington and a diverse and appealing set of supporting roles, including a Mexican (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), a Native American (Martin Sensmeier), a Korean (Byung-hun Lee) and a woman (Haley Bennett). Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio and Peter Sarsgaard make solid contributions as well. Denzel is Denzel, and that’s always a good thing, although the film never really gives him a chance to be more than good. Pratt has some fun amid the boy’s club/frat-house posturing of some of the central seven, and burly, hirsute Jack Horne (D’Onofrio) might be the most distinctive and intriguing character in the bunch. Hawke and Sarsgaard both look unwell, something their respective roles require, except that Hawke eventually seems terminally bored with his entire role, while Sarsgaard’s campy villain seems sickened by the whole enterprise, right from the start. Cinemark 14 and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13 —J.C.S.
In this 3-D, computer-animated flick starring the voices of Andy Samberg, Kelsey Grammer and Jennifer Aniston, storks have gone from delivering babies to delivering packages for a giant Internet company, until one day … . Cinemark 14 and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG.
One of the most storied events of recent times, an occasion for rare heroic triumph, came when pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger successfully and safely landed a stricken jet airliner on the Hudson River in January 2009. Sully, with Tom Hanks in the title role, revisits that event in ways that are both compact and complex, and unexpectedly moving as well. The film gives a genuinely riveting account of the landing itself while also developing multifaceted “inside views” of the event and its aftermath, including some of the more personal aspects of the pilot’s experience. It’s an intense kind of action film while Sully’s plane is in the air and/ or on the Hudson, but a sizable portion of the film’s dramatic power resides in the scenes of Sully and co-pilot Jeff Skiles (Aaron Eckhart) facing off with investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board. While the brilliantly rendered in-flight and landing sequences have something like the power of gloriously recovered memory, the most intricately sustained moments of suspense arrive via the pilots’ climactic confrontations with NTSB investigators. Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13 —J.C.S.
Still here Max Steel
Cinemark 14 and Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13.
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life Cinemark 14. Rated PG.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.
See review this issue. Cinemark 14,
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Director Peter Berg’s film drops you into a situation where fire and explosions are so realistic, you can feel the heat and disorientation of the 2010 BP oil disaster. The setup is a doozy: Oil workers Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and Jimmy Harrell (Kurt Russell) head out for a three-week stay on the Deepwater Horizon along with a couple of BP stuffed shirts. Much to their amazement, some men who were supposed to be conducting important tests are leaving upon their arrival without conducting anything. This leads to a showdown with a sleazy BP employee, played by a slithery John Malkovich. Some backward reasoning leads to the rig being cleared to start up. Unbeknownst to the higher ups and technicians, there’s a cataclysmic clog in the works, causing mud to explode upward, eventually followed by a massive gas leak, and you probably know the rest. It’s not all about the fire and explosions, as Berg, his writers and performers all give the movie a true heroic element, one that results in heartbreak after the film plays out. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13 —B.G.
Feather River Cinemas and Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R —J.C.S.
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Tyearplaces I’ve reviewed in the past and revisited to see what’s oday, a few orts picked up at
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How do you improve on a by basically perfect Tuck eatery? Stay open Coop longer. The only problem with Fresh Twisted Café was that they closed in the early afternoon. No longer. Their new hours are a generous 6:30 a.m-7:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m.4:30 p.m. on Sunday. So now any time you get that craving for a hulk smoothie with bee pollen boost, you’re good. They also have a semi-permanent apple juice special—a gallon of luscious artisanal juice for a mere $8.50, two for $15—that’s a steal. Since it’s unpasteurized, it has a short shelf life, so don’t plan to stock up. Priya Indian Cuisine’s buffet has a new dessert, rava kesari, that I like a lot. It’s the chocolate chip cookie of southern India—ubiquitous, yummy and dead simple: semolina, ghee, cardamom, milk, sugar and a startlingly orange coloring that gives the dish its name (kesari means “orange-colored”). There have also been sightings of the occasional samosa among the ever-present pakora, which is like finding a pearl in one’s oyster. Weekends only for both. Sipho’s Restaurant and Cafe throws parties now and then, with live reggae music and a buffet. I recently stopped in for the party celebrating the birthday of Ras Tafari and his wife. This is the
ideal way to experience Sipho’s. The place is humming with friends, love abounds, and best of all, you get to pretty much try Sipho’s entire menu. There were 15 or more separate dishes at the birthday party buffet. To hear about these gigs, follow Sipho’s Facebook page or sign up at the restaurant to get email alerts, and when you get the word, clear your calendar and go. I told Giulena, the waitress, they should have a party for Usain Bolt’s birthday, and she thought it was a great idea, so check in next summer as we get close to Aug. 21. For us devotees of Ali Baba Mediterranean restaurant, this summer was a dark night of the soul. I still think it serves about the best cheap healthy tasty food in Chico, but for months there was … no mahalabia. Yes, they were out of that lovely creamy pudding I had come to crave the way a Fremen craves Melange. Despite the fact that Ali Baba has a lovely new menu board with mahalabia boldly promised. I inquired politely. Then I begged. Then I threatened. I considered marching in a circle chanting “No mahalabia, no peace!” Finally it
returned. Oh frabjous day! If you go in and it isn’t there, register your deep disapproval so Luke gets the point. The in-house brewery at Ready Chef Go is still moving through the python, but the boss assures me it will happen. For now, they’re serving a new line of dishes called Bistro Bowls in a format I’ve always liked: pick a protein (salmon, tri-tip, carnitas, etc.), a grain/legume (sweet potatoes, corn salsa), and any toppings from the copious salad bar and pay one price—roughly $12, but I was assured it weighs in at over a pound. I was about to wax rhapsodic over the pork buns at House of Dumpling when I got the bad news that HOD had closed. I think this means Chico is without a source of pork buns, which is intolerable. Joe Jiang is now at Windy’s Chinese Restaurant, the enduring strip-mall hole-in-the-wall beloved by Chico State students. He told me that running HOD single-handed while making dumplings and pork buns was more work than one mortal can do, but he hoped to add them to Windy’s menu in the coming weeks. □
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY For the week oF october 20, 2016 ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the 1980s,
two performance artists did a project entitled A Year Tied Together at the Waist. For 12 months, Linda Montano and Tehching Hsieh were never farther than eight feet away from each other, bound by a rope. Hsieh said he tried this experiment because he felt very comfortable doing solo work, but wanted to upgrade his abilities as a collaborator. Montano testified that the piece “dislodged a deep hiddenness” in her. It sharpened her intuition and gave her a “heightened passion for living and relating.” If you were ever going to engage in a comparable effort to deepen your intimacy skills, Aries, the coming weeks would be a favorable time to attempt it.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In the
coming weeks would you prefer that we refer to you as “voracious”? Or do you like the word “ravenous” better? I have a feeling, based on the astrological omens, that you will be extra-super-eager to consume vast quantities of just about everything: food, information, beauty, sensory stimulation, novelty, pleasure and who knows what else. But please keep this in mind: Your hunger could be a torment or it could be a gift. Which way it goes may depend on your determination to actually enjoy what you devour. In other words, don’t get so enchanted by the hypnotic power of your longing that you neglect to exult in the gratification when your longing is satisfied.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): When the
wind blows at 10 miles per hour, a windmill generates eight times more power than when the breeze is 5 miles per hour. Judging from the astrological omens, I suspect there will be a similar principle at work in your life during the coming weeks. A modest increase in effort and intensity will make a huge difference in the results you produce. Are you willing to push yourself a bit beyond your comfort level in order to harvest a wave of abundance?
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Cuthbert
Collingwood (1748-1810) had a distinguished career as an admiral in the British navy, leading the sailors under his command to numerous wartime victories. He was also a good-natured softie whose men regarded him as generous and kind. Between battles, while enjoying his downtime, he hiked through the English countryside carrying acorns, which he planted here and there so the “Navy would never want for oaks to build the fighting ships upon which the country’s safety depended.” (Quoted in Life in Nelson’s Navy, by Dudley Pope.) I propose that we make him your role model for the coming weeks. May his example inspire you to be both an effective warrior and a tender soul who takes practical actions to plan for the future.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Eighteenth-
century musician Giuseppe Tartini has been called “the godfather of modern violin playing.” He was also an innovative composer who specialized in poignant and poetic melodies. One of his most famous works is the Sonata in G Minor, also known as the Devil’s Trill. Tartini said it was inspired by a dream in which he made a pact with the Devil to provide him with new material. The Infernal One picked up a violin and played the amazing piece that Tartini transcribed when he woke up. Here’s the lesson for you: He didn’t actually sell his soul to the Devil. Simply engaging in this rebellious, taboo act in the realm of fantasy had the alchemical effect of unleashing a burst of creative energy. Try it!
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The planets
have aligned in a curious pattern. I interpret it as meaning that you have cosmic permission to indulge in more self-interest and self-seeking than usual. So it won’t be taboo for you to unabashedly say, “What exactly is in it for me?” or “Prove your love, my dear” or “Gimmeee gimmeee gimmee what I want.” If someone makes a big promise, you shouldn’t be shy about saying, “Will you put that in writing?” If you get a sudden urge to snag the biggest piece of the pie, obey that urge.
by rob brezsny LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the course
of her long career, Libran actress Helen Hayes won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony. Years before all that glory poured down on her, she met playwright Charles MacArthur at a party in a posh Manhattan salon. Hayes was sitting shyly in a dark corner. MacArthur glided over to her and slipped a few salted peanuts into her hand. “I wish they were emeralds,” he told her. It was love at first sight. A few years after they got married, MacArthur bought Hayes an emerald necklace. I foresee a metaphorically comparable event in your near future, Libra: peanuts serving as a promise of emeralds.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Welcome
to the Painkiller Phase of your cycle. It’s time to relieve your twinges, dissolve your troubles and banish your torments. You can’t sweep away the whole mess in one quick heroic purge, of course. But I bet you can pare it down by at least 33 percent. (More is quite possible.) To get started, make the following declaration five times a day for the next three days: “I am grateful for all the fascinating revelations and indispensable lessons that my pain has taught me.” On each of the three days after that, affirm this truth five times: “I have learned all I can from my pain, and therefore no longer need its reminders. Goodbye, pain.” On the three days after that, say these words, even if you can’t bring yourself to mean them with complete sincerity: “I forgive everybody of everything.”
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
For the foreseeable future, you possess the following powers: to make sensible that which has been unintelligible … to find amusement in situations that had been tedious … to create fertile meaning where before there had been sterile chaos. Congratulations, Sagittarius! You are a first-class transformer. But that’s not all. I suspect you will also have the ability to distract people from concerns that aren’t important … to deepen any quest that has been too superficial or careless to succeed … and to ask the good questions that will render the bad questions irrelevant.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In
the past 11 months, did you ever withhold your love on purpose? Have there been times when you “punished” those you cared about by acting cold and aloof? Can you remember a few occasions when you could have been more generous or compassionate, but chose not to be? If you answered yes to any of those questions, the next three weeks will be an excellent time to atone. You’re in a phase of your astrological cycle when you can reap maximum benefit from correcting stingy mistakes. I suggest that you make gleeful efforts to express your most charitable impulses. Be a tower of bountiful power.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In 1415,
a smaller English army defeated French forces at the Battle of Agincourt in northern France. Essential to England’s victory were its 7,000 longbowmen—archers who shot big arrows using bows that were six feet long. So fast and skilled were these warriors that they typically had three arrows flying through the air at any one time. That’s the kind of high-powered proficiency I recommend that you summon during your upcoming campaign. If you need more training to reach that level of effectiveness, get it immediately.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Let’s
imagine your life as a novel. The most recent chapter, which you’ll soon be drawing to a close, might be called “The Redemption of Loneliness.” Other apt titles: “Intimacy with the Holy Darkness” or “The Superpower of Surrender” or “The End Is Secretly the Beginning.” Soon you will start a new chapter, which I’ve tentatively dubbed “Escape from Escapism,” or perhaps “Liberation from False Concepts of Freedom” or “Where the Wild Things Are.” And the expansive adventures of this next phase will have been made possible by the sweet-and-sour enigmas of the past four weeks.
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENTS The following person is doing business as FRANK MATTEI CONSTRUCTION at 215 Tonea Way Chico, CA 95973. FRANK GINO MATTEI 215 Tonea Way Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: FRANK MATTEI Dated: September 23, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0001193 Published: October 6,13,20,27, 2016
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as THE DOG SPOT at 105 Shady Oak Drive Oroville, CA 95966. MARIE L MARINO 131 Shady Oak Drive Oroville, CA 95966. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: MARIE MARINO Dated: September 28, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0001213 Published: October 13,20,27, November 3, 2016
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as DAVE’S TILE CITY at 2501 South Whitman Place Chico, CA 95928. DAVE’S TILE CITY, INC. 2694 Foothill Blvd Oroville, CA 95966. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: DAVID GRESHAM,
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PRESIDENT Dated: October 7, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0001256 Published: October 13,20,27, November 3, 2016
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as COAST BOARD SHOP at 1950 E. 20th St #307 Chico, CA 95973. BOARDS ON NORD INC 641 Nord Ave Ste D Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: JOSH MORROW, CFO/PRESIDENT Dated: October 6, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0001248 Published: October 13,20,27, November 3, 2016
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as ABSOLUTE RECOVERY at 3083 6th Street Biggs, CA 95917. VICTOR E THOMAS 3083 6th Street Biggs, CA 95917. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: VICTOR E. THOMAS Dated: September 8, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0000549 Published: October 13,20,27, November 3, 2016
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as FEATHER RIVER PROPERTIES, FEATHER RIVER REALTY at 681 Oro Dam Blvd Oroville, CA 95965. WILLIAM BRADLY WHITE 1775 Bridge Street Oroville, CA 95966. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: WILLIAM BRADLY WHITE Dated: October 5, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0001241 Published: October 13,20,27, November 3, 2016
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as FEATHER RIVER PROPERTIES, FEATHER RIVER REALTY at 681 Oro Dam Blvd Oroville, CA 95965. KRISTYN JULE MARQUEZ 43 Oman Dr Oroville, CA 95966. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: KRISTYN MARQUEZ Dated: October 5, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0001240 Published: October 13,20,27, November 3, 2016
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as OPEN HOUSE 411 at 2495 Esperanza Ave Palermo, CA 95968. LAURA LEA CHANDLER 2495 Esperanza Ave Palermo, CA 95968. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: LAURA LEA CHANDLER Dated: October 3, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0001227 Published: October 13,20,27, November 3, 2016
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as BIDWELL PERK at
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664 E. 1st Ave. Chico, CA 95926. SYMMETRY ENTERPRISES INC 1424 Manchester Road Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: MICHELLE POWER, PRESIDENT Dated: September 19, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0001179 Published: October 13,20,27, November 3, 2016
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT The following person has abandoned the use of the fictitious business name TLC HAIR DESIGN at 6184 Center St Paradise, CA 95969. BARBARA J RYAN 5734 A Copeland Dr Paradise, CA 95969. This business was conducted by an Individual. Signed: BARB RYAN Dated: October 4, 2016 FBN Number: 2012-0000879 Published: October 13,20,27, November 3, 2016
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as SALON CONCEPTS at 6607 Skyway Paradise, CA 95969. BARBARA J RYAN 4333 Pentz Rd 4B Paradise, CA 95969. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: BARB RYAN Dated: October 4, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0001236 Published: October 13,20,27, November 3, 2016
FICITITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as OROVILLE GIRL FRIDAY at 21 Tarn Circle Oroville, CA 95966. BETH BELLO 21 Tarn Circle Oroville, CA 95966. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: BETH BELLO Dated: October 6, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0001243 Published: October 13,20,27, November 3, 2016
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as RICE VILLAGE at 1950 E 20Th St. Ste 213 Chico, CA 95928. RICE VILLAGE LLC 1950 E 20th St. Ste 213 Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Signed: SHIFENG LIN, MANAGER/OWNER Dated: September 21, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0001182 Published: October 20,27, November 3,10, 2016
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as MI TAQUITO GRILL at 6150 Clark Road Paradise, CA 95969. JOVITO HERNANDEZ 5550 Foland Road Paradise, CA 95969. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: JOVITO HERNANDEZ Dated: October 12, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0001273 Published: October 20,27, November 3,10, 2016
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as CENTURY 21 JEFFRIES LYDON at 1101 El Monte Ave Chico, CA 95928. JACUZZI LYDON LTD 1101 El Monte Ave Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: DANIEL JACUZZI, PRESIDENT Dated: October 4, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0001235 Published: October 20,27, November 3,10, 2016
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATMENT The following persons are doing business as CENTURY 21 SELECT REAL ESTATE INC GRIDLEY at 1495 Highway (HWY) 99 Suite A Gridley, CA 95948. JACUZZI LYDON LTD 1101 El Monte Avenue Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: DANIEL JACUZZI, PRESIDENT Dated: October 4, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0001231 Published: October 20,27, November 3,10, 2016
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as URBAN WINE DESIGNS at 1560 East Ave Chico, CA 95926. ELAINE RINEHART 1560 East Ave Chico, CA 95926. ROBERT RINEHART 1560 East Ave Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by A Married Couple. Signed: ELAINE RINEHART Dated: October 5, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0001239 Published: October 20,27, November 3,10, 2016
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CHICO PC at 2499 Bruce Rd Ste 30 Chico, CA 95928. TRACY REEDY 1228 A Oakdale Street Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: TRACY REEDY Dated: September 14, 2016 FBN Number: 2016-0001157 Published: October 20,27, November 3,10, 2016
NOTICES ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner LINDA KAYE SALANTI filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: LINDA KAYE SALANTI Proposed name: LINDA KAYE GLENN THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing
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to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: November 4, 2016 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBD The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: STEPHEN E. BENSON Dated: September 9, 2016 Case Number: 16CV01899 Published October 6,13,20,27, 2016
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner KATHERINE DIANE HOGAN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: MALLORY ANN OJAN Proposed name: MALLORY ANN KINSEY THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: November 4, 2016 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBD The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: MICHAEL P. CANDELA Dated: September 16, 2016 Case Number: 16CV02027 Published October 13,20,27, November 3, 2016
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner DARCI D’ANN MARIE PECK filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: KRISTIAN MICHAEL MERRILL-CRANDELL, BRENDEL LYRIC MERRILL PARDUE Proposed name: KRISTIAN MICHAEL PECK, BRENDEL LYRIC PECK THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: November 18, 2016 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBD The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: MICHAEL P. CANDELA Dated: August 30, 2016 Case Number: 16CV00980 Published October 20,27, November 3,10 2016
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4 Catalina Point Rd 255 Wild Rose Cir 13835 Winesap Ct 11 Abbott Cir 33 Roohr Ct 1395 Arch Way 169 E Sacramento Ave 28 Betsey Way 16 Capshaw Ct 16 Phyllis Ct 51 Brenda Dr
Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico Chico
$749,999 $658,999 $589,999 $439,000 $400,000 $375,000 $364,545 $355,000 $340,000 $333,000 $325,000
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SQ. FT. 2,816 2,900 2,338 3,286 1,788 1,149 1,846 1,648 2,713 1,507 1,670
4 bed 2 bath 2006 built single-story home near schools and shopping - great neighborhood! Charming yard features an extended patio w/ pergola. Home has high ceilings, good-sized bedrooms & fabulous kitchen! $384,900
Just 8 miles from Chico, this Paradise 3 bed, 3 bath home has 2304 sq ft and sits on a very clean, landscaped .93ac. Beamed ceilings and wrap around porch
20 acre olive ranch with house and shop. 7146 Country Road 25, Orland
4 bed 2 bath in Chico large yard $279,500
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the following houses were sold in butte county by real estate agents or private parties during the week of october 3, 2016 – october 7, 2016. the housing prices are based on the stated documentary transfer tax of the parcel and may not necessarily reflect the actual sale price of the home. ADDRESS
2301 Bar Triangle St
3385 Neal Rd
2118 Kennedy Ave
5940 Yorkshire Dr
1022 Bryant Ave
1065 Fairview Dr
6189 Beckwourth Way
5200 Country Club Dr
49 Lake Haven Way
1955 Stearns Rd
22 Grand Ave
5256 Rosehill Rd
3035 Gawthorne Ave
1301 Deodara Way
2443 Monte Vista Ave
5210 Parkway Dr
5440 Lower Wyandotterd
5390 Filbert St
291 Wayland Rd
3771 Neal Rd
6392 Shade Tree Ln
5375 Pentz Rd
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