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Vol. 41, Issue 29 • March 15, 2018 OPINION
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What’s your real goal here? Dear Chico City Councilmembers Mark Sorensen, Andrew Coolidge, Reanette
The search for empathy fascinated by new brain imaging studies that Aprovide hard-core data about how our brains react to s a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I have been
addiction and trauma. We now know that the brains of people with PTSD react in the same exact way when they are retriggered by an event as on the first day the trauma happened— the brain recognizes no passage of time. People growing up in chaotic, unstable, violent conditions literally develop different brains and brain tracts from those who develop under nurturing, by peaceful, stable tutoring. Molly Amick A new article in National The author, a chico Geographic reviews data of resident, is a retired brain scans based on displays on family practice and empathy in average people who psychiatric nurse go above and beyond in helping practitioner. others at a moment’s notice— like the guys on the commuter train who helped a young girl in a hijab who was being harassed or the single mother who ran to save a wheelchair-bound man stuck on the railroad tracks as a train approached. The brains of these people literally signal more in
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their emotional limbic system. Somewhere along the way, they developed a greater brain ability to empathize. Combine this with the social science experiments of the 1960s-’70s regarding people’s behaviors with perceived authority figures or being in positions of power over others, like the electric current administration experiments of Stanley Milgram, and you have a new scientific way for addressing the current administration in power as well as its base. My question for the wealthy and their base is: Why would you engage in behaviors that destroy the planet and leave your own children a legacy of death and destruction? My hypothesis is that showing the elite, white men of the Grand Old Party images of wealth and power will result in their brain scans lighting up in the same way as showing an addicted, homeless person crack and a pipe. Both are hoarders of their drug. Both engage in destructive, illogical behaviors that sacrifice others for their next fix. In the future, when I go to choose my representatives, I won’t ask for their tax returns. I will instead ask to see their brain scans. I want to choose my representatives on their documented brain ability to find humanitarian, life-enhancing solutions to problems in this world. □
Fillmer and Sean Morgan: OK, you’ve proposed a solution. Now, please tell us: What’s the problem? We’re speaking of the measure you conservatives recently voted to place on the November ballot that would limit council members to three terms. So far, all you’ve been able to say in its favor is that it would bring “fresh blood” to the council. But you’ve provided no evidence that “fresh blood” is needed or that it would do any good. Are we to take it on faith that by forbidding experienced council members from running for re-election we will improve the quality of local government? What if the proposed term limit had been in place when the late Ted Meriam, perhaps the most respected civic leader in the city’s history, was on the council? He served five terms, all of them valuable because of his wisdom You’ve provided and deep institutional knowledge. no evidence that Term limits come with a cost. They “fresh blood” forbid those who have served their allowed terms from continuing to is needed or serve, even if voters want them to do that it would so. And they limit voters’ choices on do any good. Election Day. They are fundamentally anti-democratic. CN&R reporters have been watching the City Council for 40 years. We’ve seen how difficult it is for newly elected council members to be effective. It can take them a year or more to get up to speed. It would be foolish to then limit their ability to put their experience to continued good use if voters so desire. So what’s the problem? More to the point, what’s your real goal here? Does the ballot measure have anything to do with the fact that the four council members who in recent years have served more than two terms— Dave Guzzetti, Karl Ory, Ann Schwab and Scott Gruendl—are all lefties? Just wondering ... □
rIP Stephen hawking
f there’s anything that we can take from the life of Stephen Hawking, who died on Tuesday at age 76, it’s that quite anything is possible. The Itheoretical physicist’s work and discoveries in the realms of quantum
mechanics and black holes are anything short of groundbreaking, though most of us can freely admit they’re beyond our understanding. What we do understand, however, is that great minds like Hawking push the boundaries of what we know our world to be. They remind young scientists that there is still plenty to be discovered, that we must never stop questioning and theorizing. Hawking’s life itself was improbable. He was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease when he was 21 years old and doctors didn’t expect him to live past 25. He showed them. His mind persisted while his body failed him, and even when he became unable to speak nearly 30 years ago, he carried on, penning books and challenging theories, even participating in pop culture through appearances on shows ranging from Star Trek to The Simpsons to, more recently, The Big Bang Theory. In reading through some of the countless tributes to Hawking that began flooding the internet following news of his death, we came upon this quote credited to the man himself. It seems particularly poignant as we reflect on his life, which was defined by his will for survival and ability to adapt to his surroundings: “We are all different, but we share the same human spirit. Perhaps it’s human nature that we adapt and survive.” May we all yearn to possess at least a little of what Hawking saw as human nature, plus his sense of humor and never-ending curiosity. □
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SECOND & FLUME by Melissa Daugherty m e l i s s a d @ n e w s r e v i e w. c o m
While i was sleeping I can’t remember ever sleeping as much as I have over the past week, while I’ve been down with a nasty bug, presumably influenza. The last time I had the flu was back in 2007, shortly after being hired at the CN&R. I remember it well because I’d never been so sick. Fever, body aches, congestion, coughing, lethargy, etc. I lost nine pounds the week I was infirm. It was a lesson. After that year, I began getting a flu shot. Unfortunately, you can still get the flu, and evidently this was my year for it. Same symptoms as before, including the weight loss, plus an itchy fever rash I can’t seem to shake. In other words, it’s been a miserable week for this newspaperwoman. The sickness could not have come at a worse time, since Arts Editor Jason Cassidy is out recuperating from rotator cuff surgery. But kind of like theater, the show must go on at Second and Flume streets. In this case, Managing Editor Meredith J. Cooper, Staff Writer Ashiah Scharaga and Calendar Editor Nathan Daly have been holding down the fort. My thanks to them and to former CN&R Editors Robert Speer and Evan Tuchinsky, who’ve both pitched in to keep the pages full of ink. I did manage to stay awake long enough over the weekend, between bouts of fever, to edit this week’s cover story by Gabriel Sandoval, a former CN&R intern. For the story, Sandoval embarked on a great project: to test the competency of local government agencies when it comes to responding to public records requests. I don’t want to give too many spoilers here, but I will say that the results weren’t very surprising based on the experience of this newspaper. We at the CN&R have talked for many, many years about undertaking a project like this during Sunshine Week, a nationwide initiative with the goal of advocating for access to government records, which, by law, belong to the public. Sandoval took on the challenge with enthusiasm, and we hope that it serves as a lesson not only to readers but also to the public agencies. The upside to having barely left my bed over the past week is that I got a bit of a respite from the national news cycle and, more specifically, the shenanigans of our president. But all good things come to an end. Here’s some of the news I learned about after waking up, plus my reaction: Trump agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Uh, wtf? Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson via Twitter. Chickenshit in chief. Betsy DeVos, Trump’s secretary of education, choked during an interview with 60 Minutes. Unsurprising. And speaking of that TV news program, Trump’s lawyers are attempting to bar 60 Minutes from airing an interview with Stormy Daniels, the porn star who was paid $130,000 by Trump’s personal attorney to keep quiet about their alleged affair. Classy.
Melissa Daugherty is editor of the CN&R
Keep the road closed Re “Open the gate” (Second & Flume, by Melissa Daugherty, March 1): Upper Park is one of the coolest places in the state, but it is slowly being degraded. So far, there are just small piles of garbage and the occasional blaring sound system as you walk along the trails. Opening up the road to cars will allow people who don’t care about actually hiking in to simply pile a lot of crap in their truck, haul it up there and leave it wherever it ends up. Some people, like those in Melissa Daugherty’s situation, where her son is unable to walk into the park, may not be able to experience everything out there that they wish they could. There are things I wish I could do, too, but will not be able to do because of some circumstance. I accept that I won’t be able to do everything and move on to what I can do. I normally agree with most of the opinions of this newspaper, but I disagree with opening Upper Park to cars. Mari Moore Chico
Two on guns Re “Preserve our rights” (Letters, by Garry Cooper, March 8): It’s long past time to say it: Second Amendment = freedumb. Beau Grosscup Cohasset
Apparently Garry Cooper received his historical perspectives from somewhere other than public schools, as his critique of Jaime O’Neill’s column on guns is so fantastical it requires a response. Cooper writes, “[I]f it weren’t for American citizens arming themselves, our country would not exist.” Sadly, Cooper is apparently under the impression that nothing has changed since the Revolution. In fact, that war was between muskets and muskets, and the English were greatly hampered by the inability to maintain a supply line across the Atlantic that required a time from six weeks to three months. His belief that today an armed and unregulated citizenry, even if all had AR-15s, could prevail against our modern military led by a “tyrannical government” is absolutely ludicrous. Yet, he writes, “Gun ownership … serve[s] one main function—to deter LETTERS c o n t i n u e d
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I worked as a case manager at Esplanade House for over two years. Let me tell you about the Esplanade House I remember: We were a team of two drug and alcohol counselors and three case managers, plus so many other people. Our staff were caring, hard-working people and volunteers, including tutors, counselors and psychologists who loved helping families. The child care center was full of Esplanade House kids, trained and caring staff, and a volunteer reading program. And, above all, the Esplanade House had a dedicated leader, who, when faced with cuts to her staff dictated by Tom Tenorio, said she would take a pay cut to save losing another case manager position. Unbelievably, this incensed Tenorio and he fired her. The morale at Esplanade House plummeted and the staff was reduced to a skeleton crew. The turnover rate soared. How sad that others’ willingness to sacrifice for the good of the program was an affront to Tenorio’s ego and visions of power. Thank you, Gary Incaudo, Greg Webb and Lynne Bussey, whose vision and financial commitment created and sustains Esplanade House. May your voices and others be heard, current management removed and hope be returned to Esplanade House. Jan Owen Chico
Majority rules Oops, they did it again! After 2 1/2 hours of various agenda topics at the March 6 City Council meeting, during
which Chico’s housing crisis was mentioned perhaps a dozen times, when it came time to actually do something about it, the conservative sect of the Chico City Council voted to … do nothing. Andrew Coolidge, who is up for re-election this fall, cast the first stone to derail Karl Ory’s proposal that the council agendize for discussion the “Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018.” Ory’s request only asked that the council agree to have an open discussion of the act, to determine whether or not the city might want to support it—a seemingly reasonable request considering all the lamentations over the local lack of affordable housing. But in an all too common maneuver—Coolidge, [Reanette] Fillmer and [Sean] Morgan ([Mark] Sorenson left the meeting early) chose to play blind, deaf and dumb to any discussion that might open their minds to a potential housing solution, and the motion died. Props to Councilman Ory for trying to break through the gridlock of an entrenched council majority to bring needed progress, and being willing to be shot down one more time. Scott Huber Chico
Almost criminal It is downright heartwarming to see the last actions of Chico City Council. They realize that petty theft is increasing as poverty increases, so they have thought of a compassionate and legal way to help the poor (poverty is a crime right?). By supporting the Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act, we will soon be able to identify the most desperate of the needy and place them where they can have food, housing and medical care at the local jail. Of course, this is the most expensive way to deal with poverty, but for the City Council, our money is no object in their quest to serve the neediest in our community. Sterling Ogden Chico
BHS not the answer Butte Humane Society (BHS) wants the city contract for animal services, but is it financially healthy? IRS Form 990 (FY 2016-17) on its website shows that, compared to 2015-16:
AR-15s don’t fare very well against tanks, aircraft and napalm. —dean carrier
• Gifts, grants, contributions and fundraisers dropped 44 percent. • Gifts and contributions alone (public support) were the lowest in five years. • Revenue from the clinic, rehoming and adoption fees dropped 16 percent. • Total revenue dropped 32 percent. • Revenue minus expenses were in the red by $260,000. Capital campaign consulting fees were $86,000 and BHS spent 96 percent of its savings and borrowed $40,000. Capital campaigns are risky. Besides funding the campaign, money is needed for daily operations. Experts say that two years of operating expenses should be set aside beforehand to cover daily operations. Charity Navigator, a highly regarded evaluator of over 9,000 charities, rated BHS 2 stars out of 4, a grade of C, ranking low on financial health, accountability and transparency in FY 2015-16. Check out why on charitynaviga tor.org Unless the city maintains control of animal services, it could become captive to BHS budget shortfalls and end up paying far more. Currently, the city is a better steward of taxpayer dollars than Butte Humane Society. Armeda Ferrini Chico
Correction Last week’s Newslead (“Council backs crime act,” by Ashiah Scharaga, March 8) misidentified JD Estep, a member of the public who addressed the panel. We regret the error, which has been corrected online.—ed.
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A suspect in violation of a domestic violence restraining order allegedly broke into his wife’s home in the 1600 block of Arbutus Avenue, threatened to kill her and then barricaded himself inside about 11:40 p.m. on March 7, according to a Chico Police Department press release. Though he originally resisted leaving the residence until Chico Police obtained a search and arrest warrant, David Arkos, 40, did speak with a member of the Butte County Behavioral Health Department’s Mobile Crisis Team, who worked with the Police Hostage Negotiations team to gain insight into Arkos and his medical needs, as well as encouraged him to leave the residence. He eventually complied and was arrested. Arkos was booked at Butte County Jail on charges of domestic violence, violation of a restraining order, burglary and criminal threats.
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Former Chico High teacher Halden Bret Calvert, 52, pleaded guilty on March 8 in Butte County Superior Court to molesting a 17-year-old student last spring. The student’s parents had worried their daughter was having suicidal thoughts and, after checking her diary and cellphone, they noticed indications of an affair with Calvert. Chico Police’s sex crimes division uncovered about 5,000 text messages between the student and Calvert after strong initial denials from Calvert. Calvert, who resigned after being placed on administrative leave, will have to register as a sex offender and lose his teaching credential. He faces upwards of a year in county jail, a $5,000 fine and restitution. District Attorney Mike Ramsey said the girl has been going through counseling and realizes she was taken advantage of by an older, trusted adult.
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a court for the community What could the concept mean for Chico? Community Court, he had already been W homeless for more than a decade. On the hen Jim Smith walked into Spokane
streets, his mental health rapidly deteriorated: He self-medicated—meth, alcohol, whatever he could find. by Municipal Court Ashiah Judge Mary Logan said Scharaga his situation, unfortuas h i a h s @ nately, is not unique. n ew srev i ew. c o m But, because of the Spokane, Wash., community court program, Smith (not his real name) is now housed at an assisted living facility with behavioral health services. Logan said she can recall countless stories like that from the four years the city has had a community court. During that time, it has served more than 1,130 individuals (335 of whom have graduated) with cases of low-level criminal violations or “quality-of-life crimes” such as trespassing, public urination and drunkenness, and panhandling. The community court system doles out community service orders and, with the help of its village of service providers, requires participants access resources to improve their lives, rather than placing orders that ratchet up fines and citations. “The concept is reintegration with the city, because they’ve often been ostracized,” Logan said of the participants, many of whom are homeless. “We want to reconnect them to the city and we want the
city to see they are also willing to do that.” It’s a concept that appears to have captured serious interest in Chico—earlier this year, Police Chief Mike O’Brien and City Manager Mark Orme took a trip to Spokane to observe the court and meet Logan, police officers and others involved to find out more. Following the trip, Chico Mayor Sean Morgan presented the concept at his State of the City Address as something that is “right for us” in Chico. “It’s about local solutions to local problems, because if we keep waiting for other people to fix the problems in Chico, it will never happen,” he said. “It’s about and requires massive collaboration.” Since Spokane’s court launched in December 2013, 143 participants have obtained housing and case management, 121 individuals received care from a primary physician and 112 have avoided a 60- to 90-day jail sentence. More than 2,700 hours of community service have been completed downtown—the equivalent of $25,000 in physical labor. What would a community court mean for
Chico? The idea isn’t fleshed out yet: O’Brien said, “Some conversations have taken place” and there will be additional meetings in coming weeks, with “a lot of critical work and conversations” remaining. The concept started with the idea of appointing a dedicated prosecutor for quality-of-life crimes, which led to seeking expert advice on problem-solving
courts, followed by the exploratory trip to Spokane. “Conceptually, it potentially could be a conduit to addressing some of the underlying causes of quality-of-life crime in our community,” O’Brien wrote via email, “typically untreated mental health and addiction issues.” He called it a win for the individual and community, “if done right.” In Spokane, the voluntary program started at its public library (“We wanted it to have a very different feel than a regular court room; not intimidating,” Logan said) and gives out a free sack lunch to participants. Service providers are available to anyone, not just those appearing for court, setting up shop once a week, offering help ranging from health care to job training to nutrition to housing opportunities. “I truly refer to them as angels all the time, because without them all we are is court,” Logan said. Community court operates on “individualized justice.” Participants get to talk to a defense attorney and go through a needs assessment before they receive their orders. Logan was inspired to create the court after a trip in 2010 to Dallas, where she attended a community court conference that shocked her. The city had experienced so many things familiar to her in Spokane: a high homeless population, increasing problems downtown and mounting frustration. “We had the opportunity to create
Judge Mary Logan presides over community court at the Spokane Public Library in Spokane, Wash. Photo courtesy of sPokane coMMunity court
something better, or at least more adaptive and innovative,” she said. Now, so many people have told her upon graduating, “I can’t remember when I actually finished something I said I would start and complete, and I feel really good about where I’m at.” Upon visiting Spokane, also a college town, Orme had a similar experience to Logan’s in Dallas: He said it was like “looking in the mirror.” “It really shed a light on the fact that lot of the issues … could be dealt with on a local level, to where individuals could be held accountable, but there’s also a piece of compassion that they can be plugged into community services,” he said. The City Council would need to weigh in on the concept, which he said would likely be ordinance-specific, not targeting a specific population. if the model is done right, it could save
lives of people involved, and that should be its focus, said Michael Madieros, of Stairways Programming. In Chico, there are laws in place that homeless people violate simply by living without shelter. “If it’s just another punishment or way to try to hold a population accountable that isn’t doing anything other than surviving, I can’t support it,” he said. “Chico pushes the idea of accountability. That implies somebody has a choice. How do we punish somebody for using the bathroom [outside] when they had no other choice?” Jeremy Williams, Stairways’ Harm Reduction Center facility manager, is paying off $7,000 worth of debt from fines related to the nine months he spent homeless. He asked what the city is going to do when it sees the same people returning with different tickets day after day just for living on the streets. Madieros emphasized the importance of making the court “client-centered,” addressing individual goals and needs. Otherwise, the city could create another revolving door. If homeless people walk into a neutral, noncourt-like space and see people in plain clothes who “actually want to help” and can offer help, “they’ll want to stay,” Williams added. “If it was me, I’d want to walk into a place where they know what we’ve been through,” he said. “I’ve got to feel comfortable going in there.” □
‘Year of the woman’ With women running for just about every office, will 2018 mark change in government? he latest news in California politics comes from the Winnemem Wintu tribe in Shasta TCounty. Caleen Sisk, chief and spiritual lead-
er of the tribe, has announced her candidacy for state Assembly, challenging incumbent Brian Dahle, a Lassen County farmer first elected to his seat in 2014. The timing seems appropriate, given the flood of women filing candidate papers in districts and offices dominated by white men. “It is the year of the woman, and a lot of women leaders around the world are stepping forward and taking a place here, and in this county I think we are making history to have a tribal woman step up because we’re from here, we’re from this land,” Sisk told the Redding Record-Searchlight. Phone calls and an email seeking comment for this story were not returned as of press time. Indeed, she’s not the lone North State woman vying for office. While the Assembly ticket is still a mystery—the filing period ends March 24, with announcements expected March 29 from the California Secretary of State’s Office—others have been finalized. And there are women on the ballot in offices ranging from county supervisor to governor to the House of Representatives.
Two of the frontrunners hoping to unseat Rep. Doug LaMalfa, in fact, are women. With the filing period ending March 9, the official candidates for that office are according to BallotPedia: Democrats Audrey Denney (Chico), Jessica Holcombe (Auburn), Marty Walters (Quincy) and Larry Jordan (Mount Shasta), squaring off against Republican Gregory Cheadle (President Trump’s “my African-American,” Redding) and Green Party candidate Lewis Elbinger (Mount Shasta).
SIFT ER Credit care Six months have passed since the Equifax data breach exposed the sensitive personal information of about 146 million Americans. A recent CreditCards.com survey of 1,164 U.S. adults provides insight into American attitude and behavior toward credit since then. Here are highlights: • Only 32 percent of respondents said they had checked their credit scores/reports in the past six months; 50 percent had not. • Thirty-six percent of those 30 and younger reported never checking their credit scores/reports, compared to 12 percent of Gen-Xers and 12 percent of baby boomers. • One in five respondents (7 percent) said having their cellphone stolen would be worse than having personal data stolen. • Though 51 percent of respondents who said they heard “a lot” about the breach checked their credit scores/reports in the past six months, 29 percent of those who claimed to know a lot about it chose not to check.
“I want to make sure that working families will have the opportunities that I had,” House of Representatives hopeful Jessica Holcombe told the CN&R in December. “In looking at [Doug] LaMalfa’s voting record, he represents the largest corporate donors—not his constituents.” cn&r file Photo
Locally, there are women candidates for both
open seats on the Board of Supervisors. In District 3, where Maureen Kirk has decided not to seek re-election, mediator/counselor and former Chico City Councilwoman Tami Ritter faces local dentist and winemaker Norm Rosene and retired Air Force Col. Bob Evans. Debra Lucero is vying for Larry Wahl’s District 2 seat. Lucero, who’s originally from Corning, is an active community member known for her advocacy of the arts and tourism, as well as her role as CEO of the Butte County Economic Development Corp. “I feel honored to be among so many talented women who have chosen to run this year,” Lucero said. “It’s a different thing for your life. It’s a big decision, suddenly you’re in the spotlight, being scrutinized. Some people think, ‘Just because you’re a woman, you’re going to run.’ But the truth is, I’ve been wanting to run for a very long time. It’s just the right time. “I really do believe this is the year of the woman,” Lucero added. “It’s time for our voices to be heard.” —Meredith J. Cooper me r e d i th c @ newsr ev iew.c o m
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sell as America’s middle class paradise in the 1950s. “The California Dream of two or three generations ago was, ‘I’m going to move from a place that’s cold and flat to a place where there’s lots of opportunity,’” said Joel Kotkin, a presidential fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University in Orange. “‘I’ll get a job in an aerospace factory, in an oil company. I’ll buy a house with a pool. I’ll die and go to heaven. And I’ll do it all in good weather.’” Today the weather remains. But access to the California dream is being choked off. Stratospheric housing costs, the exit of key companies and the failure to replace the jobs that left with them have downsized the state’s middle class. Since 1970, California’s share of the middle class fell from 60 percent to just over half the population. That trend almost mirrors patterns across the country. The number of middle-income Americans slipped from 61 percent in 1971 to 50 percent in 2015, according to the Pew Research Center. In California, some have risen to the upper class and others have slid down. And some have left the state. “The key group leaving is basically in their 30s, 40s and 50s tending to be making about $100,000 to $200,000 a year,” Kotkin said, citing Internal Revenue Service data. Between 2007 and 2016, California lost 1 million more domestic residents than have come into the state, according to the IRS. Many are moving to Texas, Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. “California opened their doors and basically kicked us out,” Kelly Rudiger said. “We couldn’t afford to live there with almost half of our income paying for our housing, our property taxes, our utilities, so my husband and I, both being fulltime employees, we could keep up but we could never get ahead.” Rudiger and her husband, Tony,
moved their two children to Texas last year. “We sold an 1,800-square-foot home in San Diego and now live in a 4,000-square-foot home and are still paying less on our mortgage,” Rudiger said. The Public Policy Institute of
California classifies middleincome earners as those making between $49,716 and $174,006 based on 2017 calculations. Kotkin said California families used to pay three times their income for a home in 1970. Sometime over the next decade, it changed and now that figure has jumped to as high as 10 times. “Who has got that kind of money?” asked Kotkin. “Where I live, all the older people keep complaining, ‘My kids keep visiting me just waiting for me to drop dead so they can have the house.’” Peter Brownell, research director at San Diego’s Center on Policy Initiatives, said the inability of California’s middle class to afford homes exposes a vulnerability in the state’s economy. “Even though as a whole, our economy is successful in terms of what it’s producing and the amount of wealth it’s producing, we’re not seeing that translate into incomes that will support families here in San Diego and across California,” he said. And he believes that is not economically sustainable. “When people have stable, middle-class incomes, it means they have money in their pocket to con-
sume all kinds of goods, whether that’s purchasing housing, buying new clothes, buying cars, buying refrigerators,” Brownell said. “Our economy is driven by consumer spending.” Kotkin said California’s middle class started to dwindle when the Cold War ended in the 1990s, devastating the state’s aerospace industry. California has lost 280,000 aerospace jobs over the last 30 years, according to the book Blue Sky Metropolis: The Aerospace Century in Southern California. Kotkin said real estate and construction jobs also went away. More recently, jobs in the business sector have taken a hit. “Toyota, Occidental Petroleum, Nissan, companies that employed a large number of middle class people, are going,” Kotkin said. “These were companies that had a lot of good paying jobs — $80,000, $100,000, $120,000— enough to support a middle class lifestyle.” And he said many companies that remain are not expanding because of California’s land, energy, housing and regulatory costs. The Center on Policy Initiative’s Brownell said the companies that are expanding are contributing to the state’s income inequality. “Here in California, we’ve had great success in creating highly skilled, high-paying jobs in the tech industry in Silicon Valley and, in San Diego, the biotech industry,” Brownell said. “A lot
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of those really successful and well-paying industries have built into them a structural demand for low-wage work as well, the nannies, the restaurant workers and the dry-cleaners.” Brownell said it is important to
note that even people earning more than workers in low-wage jobs are struggling to survive. Sharon Mintz runs a floral arrangement business in San Diego. She said she offers free meals to her employees and has increased their pay from $15 to $20 an hour over the past few years but still cannot hold on to them. “It works, and then the rent goes up,” Mintz said. “And then we offer a little bit more and then groceries go up. It feels like we’re always trying to catch up.” Brownell said a middle class revival lies in the hands of government, strong unions and companies. He said policymakers need to encourage the creation of quality jobs in the state. Unions set standards for wage and working conditions. And Brownell said companies with healthy profits should pay their employees more. “The more prosperous a company becomes, the more of an obligation it has to share its success across the company,” Brownell said. Without any fixes, Kotkin said California is headed away from the enchantment of the 1950s toward a more primitive time. “Today, we have a society which, over time, is becoming more and more feudal with the very rich, very successful—some of the richest people in the history of the world—at the very top, and then a diminishing middle class,” Kotkin said. “And what’s more frightening is you have young people, some of them with college educations, working at Uber, working at Starbucks, essentially barely making it.” —AMITA SHARMA
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Sobriety and shame Author revisits what made him drink—and stop drinking—almost a quarter century on by
Tproud mention this as a boast, though I am to claim all those years without booze his is my 24th year of sobriety. I don’t
in my life. I bring up this subject because some people think that having had and then overcome a personal challenge is somehow a matter for shame. A few people with contrary political views, for instance, have tried to shame me with my alcoholism in response to things I’ve written. Those attempts to make a personal problem a matter of shame are, in and of themselves, shameful. Because some people would use our failings or weaknesses to try to shame us, they perpetuate a culture of shame that can deter people from getting help, or from honestly addressing challenges that afflict them. The
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shame can prevent people from taking steps to get better and, in such instances, shame can be lethal. It is difficult for me to fully remember how I was in those last days as a man enslaved by his self-destructive addiction to alcohol, a guy who only drank once a week, usually on Friday nights, that started as a wholly ineffectual way of treating depression and generally ended with time spent in the bleakest imaginable emotional landscapes. The hangovers and the shame had become unendurable, but like so many people who reach such a place, I didn’t want to admit I had a problem, didn’t want to apply the word “alcoholic” to myself. I only drank once a week, after all. Weren’t alcoholics people who drank their way through every waking moment? Weren’t they so dysfunctional that they couldn’t hold jobs? I wasn’t even remotely like them. I never missed a day’s work because of booze, so clearly I didn’t need to worry.
But the causes for concern were piling up, and I awoke to one particularly painful Saturday morning with the recognition that I had reached a crossroads. If I continued on the path I was on, I was assured of more miseries, more shame, and an increasing pattern of self-destructive behavior that would, most likely, cap itself off with my early death.
So, I sought help. A couple of tentative earlier visits to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous had failed to take hold, but the shame I felt on that bleak Saturday was so fierce that I took my problem to a rehab facility all the way over in Sonoma County. I didn’t want to show up and find myself in the company of people I knew here in Butte
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County, former students or teaching colleagues who would think badly of me for being less than the image I presented at work. Just think about that for a moment. I was afraid fellow alcoholics would judge me harshly if it turned out I had the same problem they had. Such is the irrationality of shame. I spent 19 days in that rehab facility. My insurance didn’t cover it, but I’d had some personal property stolen and the insurance payment on those stolen goods covered the cost of those days. That money was, without question, the best money I ever spent. One thing I learned, however, is that though rehab can make a critical difference for some people, providing discipline and structure to those who require that additional help, AA meetings cost whatever donation one can afford. Alcoholics Anonymous was critical in helping me maintain my commitment to sobriety once my rehab experience had set me on the road to recovery. Those first few weeks of the rehab regimen revealed to me what a sorry state I was in. In addition to booze, I was addicted to tobacco. Each day in rehab began with an arduous hike in the hills above the Sonoma County vineyards. There were Find help:
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about two dozen people in my group, and in those early weeks, I was always lagging behind most of the others who were making valiant attempts to free themselves of their addictions. I, for one, surely didn’t feel valiant in those days. I felt pathetic. During that period, I met a guy who was then the age I am now, an old veteran of World War II who had been newly sober for a week. He had previously been sober for 25 years, and he’d foolishly permitted himself to have a celebratory drink on the occasion of that significant milestone. Big mistake. Such is the disease of alcoholism that the progression of his addiction took up right where it had left off a quarter of a century earlier. As a consequence, he spent the following six months either drunk or hung over, in misery and shame. When he spoke to me, he said his only remaining ambition was to die sober. I don’t know if he fulfilled that ambition, but I know the gift that guy gave me back when I couldn’t imagine being his age. Nor could I have imagined nearly a quarter of a century of sobriety. He taught me a great lesson about how “cunning, baffling and powerful” the disease of alcoholism can be. Thanks in part to him, I now can’t imagine the horror my life would have become had I tried to drink my way through the years since then. Or the shame I would know had I tried and, against the odds, survived. □
WEEKLY DOSE Eat right, stay tight March is National Nutrition Month, a campaign started by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help build healthy eating habits. In the Northern Sacramento Valley, we’re lucky to have a plethora of healthy options, and a quick stroll through our bountiful farmers’ markets reveals an abundance of fresh food, straight from local farms, ranches and orchards. Shop wisely and eat more fresh, whole foods. Use ChooseMyPlate.gov to help guide your food choices. Here are some tips: • Enjoy your food, but eat less of it. Eat mindfully, taking the time to enjoy your food. Rushing through a meal or while distracted can lead to calorie overload. Listen and react to your body’s cues and try using smaller plates, bowls and cups to help control portions. • Eat more vegetables and fruits. Michael Pollan said it best: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” Try making half your meal from fruits and vegetables. • Eat less junk to cut back on sugar and salt. Use candy, cookies and ice cream as occasional treats rather than everyday foods. Soda and sports drinks are a major source of added sugar. Check the label to choose lower sodium versions of foods.
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‘everything i could’ Environmental journalist joins Chico State for sustainability conference hoping to inform, encourage climate change action by
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in the Alaskan wilderness in Dthefirsthand ’90s, where the mountaineer explored, ahr Jamail witnessed climate change
offered guided tours and performed rescues. As the years passed, he noticed less and less snowfall. “It was slapping you in the face regularly,” he said. “You couldn’t miss it.” Climate change is what Jamail calls the “biggest existential crisis humanity has ever faced,” and it’s not of the “future tense.” For about seven years, the award-winning journalist has focused on the environment, reporting extensively on how humanity has irreversibly disrupted the climate. He’ll spend the first half of his keynote presentation at Chico State’s This Way to Sustainability Conference (3:30-5 p.m. today, March 15), with “a whole lot of bad news” about what’s going on with the planet, followed by sharing what he has been doing to lessen his own impact on the Earth. Jamail’s concerned about all aspects of global warming, of course, but told the CN&R about the worries he has for the Arctic in particular, along with the world’s rain forests. Last year, the Amazon (the world’s largest rain forest), became a net producer of carbon. For the last two years, the Arctic has experienced its warmest average temperatures since 1900, and, in March 2017, reported the lowest maximum sea ice coverage ever recorded, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Arctic Program. The North Pole recently experienced several days of above freezing temperatures. “Just imagine: the North Pole in the dead of winter in complete blackness, melting,”
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Jamail said. “If that’s not a wake-up call, I don’t know what is.” Jamail added that just because the Trump administration is “hellbent on destroying life on Earth,” that isn’t going to stop him “from doing the opposite.” While the bulk of what he reports is quite bleak, taking action in his daily life and career is his contribution to the world; his attempt to make things a little bit better. His home is solar-powered, he grows most of his own food and rides a bicycle, with the intent of eventually eliminating
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What: the two-day conference features speakers, panels, workshops, films and tours on many aspects of environmental sustainability. Keynote speakers are cheri chastain, sustainability manager of sierra Nevada Brewing co.; David Montgomery, university of Washington geomorphology professor; Dahr Jamail, a journalist specializing in coverage of anthropogenic climate disruption; Matthew st. clair, director of sustainability for the university of california’s office of the President; and Kimberly Prather, uc san Diego distinguished chair in atmospheric chemistry. When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. thursday (March 15) and 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. friday (March 16) Where: chico state’s Bell Memorial union. Ticket info: all students, kindergarten through college, free with an iD card/grade school faculty member. General public/faculty $35 for one day, $50 for two-day pass.
other modes of travel, such as flight, and being fossil-fuel free. “I personally feel 100 percent morally obligated to do absolutely everything I can do to reduce my carbon footprint down to zero, to where I am actually managing to sequester more carbon than I emit … and do my job— inform people, educate people and hopefully encourage people to do the same thing.” Though Jamail has always enjoyed the outdoors and been attuned to nature, his career in journalism actually began in 2003 with the Iraq War. He became outraged at propaganda attempting to sell the war to the American public, he said, and “took what the government was doing personally.” Driven by an intense desire to provide the public with accurate information—the essence of democracy—he traveled to Iraq and wrote about how the war was impacting the Iraqi people, choosing not to embed with the military. “Any story, especially in today’s world, you’re either writing from the perspective of the state and people who have power and money or from the perspective of people who are being impacted by that policy,” Jamail said. “With my journalism, I constantly choose to take the sides of the people. And now, with the climate, I consciously choose to take the side of the planet.” That fresh, raw hunger for justice he felt in his early 30s in Iraq hasn’t gone anywhere. The BP oil spill grabbed Jamail by the collar and pulled him toward environmental journalism in 2010. Some of his fondest memories as a boy were spent in Galveston, Texas, his home state, catching fish, shrimp and crabs in the Gulf of Mexico with his parents. That memory now includes visions of the body of water completely contaminated with toxic material, Jamail said. With the Trump administration’s “willful, active denial” of climate change today, it’s still personal, he added. Former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson was secretary of state (ousted by Trump as of Tuesday), and Scott
Pruitt, who Jamail calls the “fossil fuel industry’s wet dream,” is the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency— recently, Pruitt questioned whether global warming “necessarily is a bad thing,” and has disagreed that humans are a primary contributor. “When I see what they’re doing to the EPA, when I see Trump pull out of the climate accords … that makes me angry, and I want to write about it,” he said. “If [people] ask, ‘What did you do?’ I want to be able to say that I did everything I could, both personally and with my work.” The choices made by the world’s policy makers affect all of us, Jamail said, and they are affecting the planet. “People need to understand what’s happening,” he said. “That continues to be a part of my motivation.” Jamail can see a trajectory of where the world could be headed, and the picture is pretty depressing: a future with no landterminating glaciers, ice only in Greenland and Antarctica, and parts of the planet so hot they’re like wastelands, with no water or food. He sees governments falling apart and wars over valuable resources, like water, becoming rampant. Though Jamail is gravely concerned, he sees hope in younger generations, which, for the most part, just “get it”: “There’s no explanation necessary about the climate crisis,” he said, “and they are fired up.” □
ECO EVENT BIRD IS THE WORD Nearly 200 species of birds visit Bidwell Park. Many live there year round, others pass through during migrations and a few are rare visitors. If you’d like to know more about our amazing ornithological diversity, check out a family birding session on March 17 at 10 a.m. Hosted by the Chico Creek Nature Center, naturalists will lead you on a tour of the park, where you’ll search for acorn woodpeckers, turkey vultures and California quails. You may even spot a great blue heron hunting for lunch on the creek. Advance registration is required; kids are $2 and adults are $5, and binoculars are provided. Go to facebook.com/Chico CreekNatureCenter
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Buffet time, happy birthdays
It’s tough not to investigate the juicy, meaty scent that’s now wafting from the Phoenix Building at 300 Broadway in downtown Chico. As of Feb. 27, the area formerly occupied by Sultan’s Bistro has transformed into barbecue joint Uncle Skinny’s, open Tuesday through Sunday. The restaurant is a family venture, owned by Maren Wise, her father, Kirk Kennedy, and brother Jaemen Kennedy— its namesake is Wise’s great, great Uncle Skinny (who watches over the dining area from a family photo). The siblings are joined in running the eatery by long-time family employee Logan Martin (Wise also occasionally ropes in her husband, Max, a data analyst). The place has no oven or stove in sight: just an electric smoker. Wise, originally from Salinas, became a Paradisian about a year ago, and shared the restaurant’s origins with the CN&R. For more info, visit uncleskinnys.com or call 570-4313.
How’d Uncle Skinny’s come about? This is just a business venture that my dad kind of had percolating in the back of his mind for the last 25 years. It’s kind of a family hobby; we just really enjoy smoking and barbecuing tri-tip. It was like, how can we … have this restaurant where it’s good food, a limited menu, just, we’re making a few things really, really well? We jumped off a cliff with this one [laughs]. [Dad] had
a spray and fertilizer equipment business and he has a manufacturing business right now, and he’s a landscape photographer and has his own printing business. It’s a fun project, really. We’re not wanting it to be crazy. Barbecue’s fun! It’s supposed to be fun. So we’re all just doing our passion.
What do you offer? We really have a limited menu because we really want to focus on making really good food that tastes delicious. We smoke our tri-tip, which is kind of unusual, so it stays super tender and super moist. It cooks for like 2 1/2 to 3 hours. It’s a lot of TLC that goes into that tri-tip! It’s the same with chicken; we do pulled chicken every day, sandwiches and salads [and] all of the produce is fresh. We do pulled pork on Fridays, and then we’re going to have some
other things here and there as specials.
What are your hopes for the business? Ideally, in my perfect world, I see us sourcing locally, freerange, the whole shebang, and really going for it. Every day when somebody comes, I’m like, “Shoot, we sold a sandwich to somebody today. Score!” Every sandwich sold is a victory. I’m humbled, honestly. I can’t believe somebody wanted to buy my food. That’s crazy pants. We have kind of been tweaking things to meet what people have said [so far]: Some people wanted [dishes] to be bigger … we kind of upgraded our bread a little bit. All feedback is good feedback. The goal is to make good food: What do people want to eat? We want to give it to you. —ASHIAH SCHARAGA as h i a h s @new srev i ew. c o m
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If you haven’t heard, Hibachi Grill Buffet is finally open, having taken over the space previously occupied by the pillar of mediocrity that was Hometown Buffet. I popped in on what turned out to be the last day of its soft opening, and while the full spread was not yet on display (there was no hibachi in sight!), I had a chance to sample some of the offerings. One-word assessment: eh. In all actuality, Hibachi Grill Buffet lived up to my expectations, which is to say that, as with most things on this earth, you get what you pay for. So, considering I paid about $5 total (regular price is $11.49 for lunch, $14.49 for dinner), most of the food was just fine. OK, the chow mein was a disappointment—don’t even bother with it. And the “sushi” rolls looked like a whole lot of filler to me (imitation crab, big hunks of veggies, and not much in the way of fish, which is probably just as well). The stars on my plate, however: the potstickers, the grilled chicken and the beautifully crispy wings. The egg rolls were pretty good, too. But where on earth were the crab Rangoon?! I generally prefer one or two quality dishes for a reasonable price over all I can eat for $15, but I am glad to see the place open. Check ’em out for yourself at 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, 891-1144.
another one … Since Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy last fall, I’ve been keeping my eye on the retailer, which to this point had yet to announce plans for its Chico store. All that could change quite quickly—on Tuesday, word had it it was drafting liquidation plans after missing payments to some vendors. Industry insiders speculated it could close all of its remaining 800 stores. happy anniversary! It’s come to my attention that two entities are celebrating
some milestone anniversaries this spring and they deserve some kudos. First, La Comida, CN&R readers’ long-running favorite for Best Cheap Eats, is 50 years old, if you can believe it. The restaurant officially opened in February 1968, but it will be celebrating with a big to-do on April 21. Mark your calendars. The historic Oroville State Theatre also has a birthday this year: It turns 90! In honor of the milestone, the State Theatre Arts Guild (STAGE) is hosting a big old celebration, complete with the unveiling of the Wurlitzer pipe organ the group has been working to restore for several years now. The North State Symphony, with Conductor Scott Seaton, will perform with the organ on Friday, April 6. For more info and to buy tickets, go to orovillestatetheatre.org.
all-day B-fast A little birdie tells me you can now get Inday’s Restaurant’s delicious breakfast dishes, which range from traditional to exotic, all day long! Head over to 1043 W. Eighth St. to get your Spam fix. fresh-squeezed While I twiddle my thumbs and wait another week for OM Foods to open up its downtown spot (on Broadway), I’ll share its latest news: You can now stop by the hut (in the Safeway parking lot on Nord Avenue) for “freshsqueezed, home-grown” lemonade. Sounds divine.
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Failure to deliver Local public agencies woefully inept regarding state public records law
efore he was sentenced to prison, Robert Rizzo oversaw one of the poorest cities in Los Angeles County while collecting one of the nation’s largest salaries for a public employee: nearly $800,000. A reporter for the Los Angeles Times used the state’s open records law—the California Public Records Act (CPRA)—to find records revealing Rizzo and other top administrators in the city of Bell had misappropriated taxpayer dollars to line their pockets while they neglected to uphold their oaths to serve the public. The Times’ discovery, in 2010, led reporters to uncover even more malfeasance in the small, struggling city, spurring the resignation of several officials, as well as Rizzo’s 12-year prison sentence. David Snyder, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, a nonprofit that promotes open government and free speech, said that people who request access to records from public agencies using the CPRA are essential to keeping government officials accountable to the people they serve. “Transparency is the oxygen for a healthily functioning democratic form of government,” he said, and when government officials cease being transparent, democracies die.
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“The premise that our government works under is that it is by the people and for the people, and if the people don’t know what it is the government is doing, they can’t, at a most basic level, understand what it is the government is doing in their name and, maybe more importantly, they can’t challenge or contest or criticize what the government is doing in their name.” With the importance of transparency in mind, the Chico News & Review requested access to the web and mobile browser histories of 16 top public officials around Butte County as part of an exercise for Sunshine Week, a national initiative that aims to educate the public on the importance of open government and the dangers of secrecy. This year, the initiative is being observed March 11-17. Since its establishment in 2005, it’s coincided with the March 16 birthday of James Madison, the fourth president of the United States and author of the First Amendment. In emailed requests, the CN&R sought the names of websites visited and the time and duration of the visits by local officials, including school district superintendents, college presidents, the director of Caltrans District 3, the county sheriff and city managers. To limit the volume of records, the CN&R requested records for a single day, Feb. 1. If the agency couldn’t provide records for that day, then a request was made for another day. But most didn’t comply.
Only one agency, Oroville City Elementary School District, successfully fulfilled the request. Five partially fulfilled the request. Six charged that the information was exempt from disclosure. And other requests are still processing. Under the law, agencies must determine and then promptly notify
a requester whether the request seeks disclosable public records that can be processed within 10 days of receiving the request. The Oroville school district didn’t fulfill its duty in this regard, nor did the cities of Chico and Oroville. The Paradise Unified School District superintendent, Michelle John, initially said she wouldn’t release her browser history until the reporter provided proof that he worked for the CN&R. (The reporter is a former CN&R intern and a current contributor.) “I don’t have anything to hide,” John said on Feb. 20, adding that her office has been getting a lot of “weird” requests and requesters don’t always turn out to be who they say they are. Snyder found John’s reaction “disturbing,” because any member of the public can use the CPRA, regardless of who he or she is, or where he or she lives, works or doesn’t work. “There is clear law that the government can’t discriminate between individuals or groups when it releases records,” he said. “It can’t say, ‘Oh, well, you’re a Republican. I’m not going to give you the records. But I’ll give them to the Democrat .… You can’t do that.” Snyder also said the government shouldn’t be asking why a requester wants a record because it’s “irrelevant,” since that information can’t factor into its decision to release the record. Paul Nicholas Boylan, an attorney who helps citizens pry public records from public agencies, went a step further, calling John’s demand “illegal.” “That’s a barrier that’s put in the way of you exercising your right to get them, because you should be able to get that stuff regardless of whether you work for a newspaper or not,” he said. Even though no proof of employment was given, John’s office provided 12 pages of records on Feb. 26, show-
“The premise that our government works under is that it is by the people and for the people, and if the people don’t know what it is the government is doing, they can’t, at a most basic level, understand and, maybe more importantly, they can’t challenge or contest or criticize what the government is doing in their name.” —David Snyder, First Amendment Coalition
ing her browser history for Feb. 1. In a letter, John said the district would provide her mobile records by March 5, and on that day, in a second letter, she wrote she didn’t have any mobile browsing history. The records the district disclosed didn’t include any information about the duration of her site visits. But it did show that at 9:17 a.m. on Feb. 1, she googled and then visited “Paradise & Magalia – Rants and Raves,” a closed group on Facebook. John declined to be interviewed because she said she had already met her obligation to release the records, according to Jennifer Robbins, the superintendent’s executive assistant. Butte College sent screenshots of
President Samia Yaqub’s browser histories from her smartphone and desktop computer, but the time and duration of the visits were not released. Shannon McCollum, executive assistant to the president and board of trustees, said college personnel reviewed online tutorials on how to comply with CN&R’s request and couldn’t extract information about the duration of the website visits by Yaqub. The records showed Yaqub searched for a few education-related terms in her iPhone’s Safari app, including “gayle hutchinson twitter,” “kelly staley on twitter” and “bcoestories twitter.” That day, McCollum explained, Yaqub had met local education leaders for the “Butte County Promise,” a deal among them to help students reach their educational goals. Yaqub may have been using Twitter to promote that cause, McCollum said. Butte County’s attorneys handled CN&R’s requests for the browser histories of Kory Honea, the county sheriff, and Shari McCracken, the interim chief administrative officer. On Feb. 26, Bruce Alpert, the county counsel, called CN&R to ask if the reporter worked there, the sort of question that Snyder and Boylan criticize. (Butte County’s Office of Education and Caltrans District 3 also contacted the newspaper to ask about the reporter.) Then, on Feb. 28, Chief Deputy Counsel Roger Wilson wrote a letter saying that the county’s position is that browser histories don’t constitute public records and “may constitute preliminary drafts and notes,” which exempts them from being released. And, he wrote, “such information PUBLIC RECORDS C O N T I N U E D
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CPRA primer A brief guide to California’s public records law
igned into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966, the Freedom of Information Act, commonly known as FOIA, is the federal open-government law that gives people the right to access federal government agency records that are not exempt from disclosure. Classified material related to national security, for example, is one type of record that feds deem exempt. Each state has its own version of FOIA, and in the Golden State, it’s the California Public Records Act, or CPRA, which was signed into law in 1968 by then-Gov. Ronald Reagan. The first sentence of CPRA states, in part: “the Legislature, mindful of the right of individuals to privacy, finds and declares that access to information concerning the conduct of the people’s business is a fundamental and necessary right of every person in this state.” Any person—including you, regardless of your place of residency—can access California public records, granted they are not exempt. Here are some particulars you should know: • A public record is any writing or form of communication “prepared, owned, used, or retained by any state or local agency regardless of physical form or characteristics.” • A person may inspect a record in-person during regular business hours free of charge. • A person may request public records verbally, in writing or via electronic communication. • Within 10 days of receiving a request, each agency “shall promptly notify the person making the request” whether or not the record shall or shall not be disclosed and why. • The agency may only charge “fees covering direct costs of duplication.” • If you believe the agency is illegally withholding a record, you may sue for the record, and if you prevail, you can be awarded “court costs and reasonable attorney fees” by the agency. —GABRIEL SANDOVAL
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PUBLIC RECORDS SEARCH IN BUTTE COUNTY A rundown of local agencies’ responses to CN&R’s record requests Agency: City of Biggs Official: Mark Sorensen Title: City administrator Status of second request: Pending Notes: The city clerk said on March 5 that the city administrator told her to say that there were no responsive records for two previous records requests, so a third request was sent on March 6. Agency: Biggs Unified School District Official: Doug Kaelin Title: Superintendent Status of Second Request: Pending Notes: The administrative assistant responded to the CN&R’s Feb. 16 records request on Feb. 21: “Biggs Unified contracts through Butte County Office of Education for all technology needs. We have forwarded your records request to them and are waiting for a response and cost to fulfill you (sic) request.” The CN&R sent a follow-up email to the administrative assistant on March 1 and has yet to receive a response. Agency: Butte County Official: Shari McCracken Title: Interim chief administrative officer Status of second request: Partially complied Notes: On Feb. 26, the deputy county counsel said that, though the county claimed the records were exempt from disclosure, the interim chief administrative officer “agreed to voluntarily disclose the information requested.” Agency: Butte County Office of Education Official: Tim Taylor Title: Superintendent Status of second request: Denied Notes: On March 9, the information technology services director said: “Due to the increase in web traffic over the last year our web filter is unable to retain web filter logs for more than one to two weeks depending on traffic.”
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Agency: Butte County Sheriff’s Office Official: Kory Honea Title: Sheriff Status of second request: Pending Notes: On Feb. 26, the deputy county counsel said that sheriff “agreed to voluntarily disclose the information requested,” but because the records did not show any web activity, the CN&R submitted another request for a different day on March 2. Agency: Butte-Glenn Community College District Official: Samia Yaqub Title: President Status of second request: Partially complied Notes: When the executive assistant to the president acknowledged the request by email, she did not state whether there were disclosable public records in the college’s possession. Some records were disclosed on Feb. 12, but none included information on the duration of website visits. Agency: Caltrans District 3 Official: Amarjeet Benipal Title: Director Status of second request: Pending Notes: On March 5, the public information officer said that “there was no data found per the CPRA search criteria,” so the CN&R submitted another request for a different day. Then the officer said that search for public records “again resulted in no browsing history.” A third request was submitted on March 12 for yet another day in February. Agency: Chico State Official: Gayle Hutchinson Title: President Status of Second Request: Denied Notes: On Feb. 26, the risk manager said web browser history “is protected from disclosure under the deliberative process exemption” and contended “that the disclosure of an official’s web browsing history would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”
Agency: City of Chico Official: Mark Orme Title: City manager Status of second request: Denied Notes: On Feb. 28, the deputy city clerk said: “Please be advised the requested records are not retained in the ordinary course of business; thus, the web browsing history, if such exists, is not required to be disclosed under the Public Records Act.” Agency: Chico Unified School District Official: Kelly Staley Title: Superintendent Status of second request: Partially complied Notes: The CN&R sent a records request on March 1, to which the administrative assistant responded on the same day: “Response to be provided within ten (10) days.” Two days later, the records were sent but didn’t include information about the duration of website visits. Agency: City of Gridley Official: Paul Eckert Title: City administrator Status of second request: Denied Notes: The IT manager said on March 1 that “the City of Gridley does NOT maintain browsing history of any kind.” Agency: Gridley Unified School District Official: Jordan Reeves Title: Superintendent Status of second request: Partially complied Notes: The CN&R sent a records request on Feb. 16, and a follow-up email on Feb. 27. On March 6, the personnel manager said: “We… have six (6) pages available for your review per your request for the web browsing history,” but “the report we were able to retrieve does not have any activity reported on it.” Agency: City of Oroville Official: Donald Rust Title: City manager Status of second request: Denied Notes: The CN&R sent a records request on Feb. 26 and emailed to follow up on March 2 and 5. On March 6,
the city attorney said, “The information you requested is not kept in the course of business by the City of Oroville. Accordingly, the City has no records in its possession, custody or control that are responsive to your request.” Agency: Oroville City Elementary School District Official: Penny Chennell-Carter Title: Superintendent Status of second request: Complied Notes: The assistant superintendent said on March 2, regarding a request that was submitted on Feb. 16: “Sorry for the delay. We are still reviewing this request and will get it out to you as soon as possible.” Then on March 7—19 calendar days after CN&R submitted the request—he emailed a copy of the requested browser history. Agency: Town of Paradise Official: Lauren Gill Title: Town manager Status of second request: Denied Notes: On March 1, the town clerk cited the deliberative process exemption, saying “such browsing histories concerning Town business are used to research subjects directly related to the Town Manager’s mental processes before making official decisions concerning Town business.” And the clerk argued that “the request does not identify a specific subject matter” and “browsing histories are notes that are not retained in the ordinary course of business.” Agency: Paradise Unified School District Official: Michelle John Title: Superintendent Status of second request: Partially complied Notes: The superintendent may have committed an “illegal” act by demanding to confirm proof of the requester’s employment prior to releasing the records, an open records attorney said. Some records were released, but they didn’t include information on the duration of website visits.
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may be exempt from disclosure pursuant to the deliberative process privilege,” noting the legal citation for that exemption, as well as an oft-cited court case, which established a precedent for agencies to deny requests based on a determination the interest served by withholding a record outweighs the public interest in its disclosure. But, Wilson added, both officials “agreed to voluntarily disclose the information requested.” He ended the letter writing “the disclosures are not precedent-setting and are being made despite the above citations and exemptions.” The records Wilson released included seven mostly blank pages representing Honea’s web activity report for Feb. 1. The report was generated by the county’s firewall, which, among other things, logs the web usage of county computers for 30 days and then deletes the information, according to Art Robison, the director of Butte County’s information systems. In a phone call, Wilson called the report “nothing” because it appears to show that the sheriff didn’t surf the web that day. A comma-separated values file, containing nothing but a row of headers, was also released. On March 2, CN&R sent another request for Honea’s browser history, but for a different day. That request is pending. McCracken’s web activity report summary similarly shows mostly blank pages, but it does include pesky pop-up advertisements such as “googleads.g.doubleclick.net,” “stats.g.doubleclick.net” and “oneclient.sfx.ms.” Robison said the firewall detects activity from these advertisements, but that doesn’t indicate they were clicked. In addition to requesting access to
the browser histories, the CN&R asked for a copy of each agency’s policy on its employees’ use of technology and internet services to learn what sort of conduct was considered appropriate for public employees in different environments. Some policies, such as one for Biggs Unified School District, say that employees should have no expectation of privacy or confidentiality when using technological equipment. The city of Biggs policy says: “Employees should consider
David Snyder says agencies can’t just pick and choose which public records to disclose. Photo courtesy of first aMendMent coalition
the material they create and view as public records, subject to inspection.” It also warns against posting on social media during work hours because it “can have the appearance to the public that employees are not actually working.” The city of Chico’s policy says computer files may be disclosed if they’re on a city computer. And employees of Paradise, Oroville and the county Sheriff’s Office are required to sign forms acknowledging they understand the rules and can be held accountable for violations. Every agency provided a copy of its employees’ technology use policy, except for the city of Gridley, which said it doesn’t have one. It took Chico’s deputy city clerk, Dani Rogers, only 16 minutes to provide a copy of the city’s policy from the time it was requested. But it took nearly two weeks for employees of Butte County’s Office of Education to fulfill the same request. The browser history requests
yielded a variety of responses. Officials at the cities of Chico and Gridley and the town of
Paradise said that browser history is not retained in the ordinary course of their business. Snyder said he finds this hard to believe. “They have an obligation to retain those records for some period of time,” he said. “If they’re automatically deleting every website that every employee of that agency ever visits, I would say that itself is a violation of the California Public Records Act, and California law broadly, because they can’t just delete records automatically.” Michael Thorpe, risk manager at Chico State, cited California government code section 6254(c), which exempts “Personnel, medical, or similar files, the disclosure of which would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.” Synder said he could see some cases where this exemption might be properly invoked—say, if the official was searching for medical information or treatments, suggesting somebody was seeking advice. But for other sites, he said, that doesn’t work. “If all you knew was that they visited Bank of America’s website,
I don’t think they could properly invoke the privacy exemption there,” he said. “The fact that they visited The New York Times website, I don’t think so. I don’t see how that’s an invasion of personal privacy.” And along with representatives of Butte County and the town of Paradise, Thorpe also cited the deliberative process exemption on behalf of Chico State, writing “the California Supreme Court recognized that information, like web browsing history, which ‘reveal[s] the substance or direction of an official’s judgment and mental processes,’ is protected from disclosure.” Snyder said if government agencies don’t feel like producing a record they can’t just invoke the deliberative process privilege. They bear the burden of demonstrating or articulating why secrecy outweighs the public interest in disclosure, he said. Currently, the CN&R is awaiting responses from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, the city of Biggs, Biggs Unified School District and Caltrans District 3. Asked why the average reader
should care about open government, Snyder paused and then replied. “You’re entitled as the boss to know how they’re going about their business and whether they’re doing what they should be doing as your employee. In our system, the government works for us, the people, and so the people are entitled to know what it does so we can hold them accountable where they screw up.” Boylan agreed, but cautioned that people who pursue records will encounter hostile agencies, reluctant to honor their right. “They feel deep down that those people who are asking for records don’t have a right to receive it, don’t have a right to look over their shoulder,” Boylan said. “They’re insulted by it. They automatically tend to say no and the law requires them to tend to say yes. It doesn’t surprise me but it saddens me. My hope is that it doesn’t take a lawsuit for them to change their mind.” Ω
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Special Events FAMILY CARNIVAL: Sketchy rides, barely winnable games and mysterious fried foods (don’t ask, just eat) in the parking lot behind Dick’s Sporting Goods. Through 3/18. Chico Mall, 1950 E. 20th St. shopchicomall.com
the Honolulu Boy Choir, but I dropped music for a couple of years until I was 14. I first liked the heavy metal stuff my older brother turned me onto. But once the Grateful Dead came along, I shifted gears and it got me down the rabbit hole of guitar playing. The Dead really struck a chord. When did the slack-key guitar come into play? I’d never left home until I moved to the Bay Area when I was 26. I got married and moved to San Francisco, and after being away from home for about a year, a little bout of homesickness kind of sunk in. I grew up with Hawaiian folk music with slack-key and there are some really well-known Hawaiian musicians who were close family friends of mine. It was always around me, but I never truly appreciated it till I left. How do you explain the style? Slack-key is a fuller sound because you are “slacked” really low, so sometimes the guitar strings are in the same register as a bass player. Your thumb is playing the bass line and supporting the lower end, and you’re picking the melody on top. It’s a much bigger, fuller sound than if you are on a standardtuned guitar and just strumming chords and singing.
Do you remember the first Grateful Dead song you picked for this style? The first one I did solo was actually “Days Between,” one of the last songs Garcia and Robert Hunter wrote; it’s a haunting, beautiful ballad. And the album itself, and working with Gans? Blair Jackson was part of the impetus for kickstarting this slack-key Grateful Dead album after being familiar with my slack-key Dylan album as an editor for a guitar magazine. Blair introduced me to Gans after the February  session. I told him about it, he was excited to hear it and interviewed me for his show. At that time, I said, “I like your music and your voice and thought it would be great if you could sing some harmonies on the record.” What’s the set-up going to be for the KZFR show? It’s gonna be just the two of us. Rick Anderson, the GM there, set up a broadcast as well as a small 40-seat intimate concert. I’m really looking forward to it. When you play for that small of an audience, you have eye contact with everyone in the room. I played at halftime at the [NFL] Pro Bowl in Hawaii. But It was more nerve-wracking to do my first house concert for 30 people. □
RYAN VAN METER: Author of If You Knew Then What I Know Now. Thu, 3/15, 7:30pm. Free. Zingg Recital Hall, Chico State, ARTS 279.
THIS WAY TO SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE: The largest student-run sustainability conference of its kind in North America. This year the theme is, “Sustaining Our Future: When Will Climate Neutrality Become Our Climate Reality?” This recognizes that we are increasingly confronting new global socioeconomic and environmental challenges. This conference represents a time to reflect on and explore innovative ideas, grounded in sustainable development principles, which can help guide us through the uncertainties of our shared future. Thu, 3/15, 8am-5pm, free for students; $35 for single-day pass. Bell Memorial Union, Chico State, tinyurl.com/twts18.
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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM: See Thursday. Fri, 3/16, 7:30pm. $6-$15. Wismer Theatre, Chico State, Performing Arts Building. 530-8985739. schoolofthearts-csuchico.com
THE VILLAGE BIKE: See Thursday. Fri, 3/16, 7:30pm. $15. Blue Room Theatre, 139 W. First St. blueroomtheatre.com
LITA FORD: Ex-Runaway and rock ’n’ roll badass kicks out the jams. Thu, 3/15, 8:30pm. $20. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville. featherfallscasino. com
Theater 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL: Outrageously entertaining and timely musical comedy follows the exploits of three female office workers who turn the tables on their sexist, abusive boss. #MeToo Thu, 3/15, 7:30pm. $16-$22. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Road, Suite F. chicotheatercompany.com
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM: Helena loves Demetrius, who loves Hermia, who loves Lysander, who hates Demetrius, who can’t stand Helena, who used to be Hermia’s best friend. Love gets messy in Shakespeare’s comic fantasy. Thu, 3/15, 7:30pm. $6-$15. Wismer Theatre, Chico State, Performing Arts Building. 530-898-5739. schoolofthe arts-csuchico.com
EASTER BUNNY: Delightful tradition or harrowing THE VILLAGE BIKE: Becky’s pregnant and horny, but hubs is more interested in parenting books than getting it on. A provocative look at women’s sexuality, intimacy, pornography and the anxiety of expectant parents. Thu, 3/15, 7:30pm. $15. Blue Room Theatre, 139 W. First St. blueroomtheatre.com
Special Events ENVIRONMENTAL COALITION GATHERING: Strengthen community relationships and improve communication to help mitigate the climate catastrophe, in conjunction with Livable Planet? exhibition (See Fine Arts). Fri, 3/16, 5:30pm. Free. Dorothy F. Johnson Center, 775 E. 16th St.
FANFARE SCHOLARSHIP BANQUET: The Chico Guild North State Symphony hold their annual fundraiser for musician scholarships. Dinner, music and dancing. Fri, 3/16, 6pm. $85. Butte Creek Country Club, 175 Estates Drive. northstatesymphony.org
THIS WAY TO SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE: See Thursday. Fri, 3/16, 8am-5pm, free for students; $35 for single-day pass. Bell Memorial Union, Chico State, tinyurl.com/twts18
UPPER PARK SURVEY: Final day to provide input on vehicle access to the unpaved portion of Upper Park Road. Fri, 3/16. chico.ca.us
WONDER: Great movie for children with a positive message about our differences. Food and drink specials in the food court. Fri, 3/16, 7pm. Chico Mall, 1950 E. 20th St.
Music MARCH MAGIC: The Oroville Community Concert Band performs Webber, Gershwin and more. Fri, 3/16, 7:30pm. $10. Oroville State Theatre, 1489 Myers St., Oroville. 530-3210455. occband.org
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THE THREESOME: Ebony & Ivory Concert Series performance featuring Laurie Dana on piano, LeAnn Cooley on guitar and Vera Marie Bridges on fiddle. Great harmonies and good times. Fri, 3/16, 6pm. $15. Chico Women’s Club, 592 E. Third St., 530-228-7631. chicowomensclub.org
Theater 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL: See Thursday. Fri, 3/16, 7:30pm. $16-$22. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Road, Ste. F. chicotheater company.com
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rite of passage? Pose with the bunny and try not to cry. 3/17-3/31. Chico Mall, 1950 E. 20th St.
FAMILY BIRDING: Bird up! Advanced registration required. Sat 3/17, 10am. $2-$5. Chico Creek Nature Center, 1968 E. Eighth St.
ONE YEAR WITHOUT JUSTICE FOR DESMOND PHILLIPS: Rally for justice and celebrate Desmond’s life. Sat 3/17, 2pm. One Mile Recreational Area, Bidwell Park.
SHAMEROCK FESTIVAL: A full day of music for only $3 featuring the Jeff Pershing Band, Smokey the Groove, Sofa King and more. All ages welcome! Sat, 3/17, 2pm-9pm. $3. Downlo, 319 Main St., and Lost on Main, upstairs. lostonmainchico.com
Theater 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL: See Thursday. Sat, 3/17, 7:30pm. $16-$22. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Road, Suite F. chicotheater company.com
THE VILLAGE BIKE: See Thursday. Sat, 3/17, 7:30pm. $15. Blue Room Theatre, 139 W. First St. blueroomtheatre.com
Special Events STEVE HARRISON MEMORIAL DOWNTOWN CRITERIUM: Bicycle riders whip through downtown in the thrilling finale to the 2018 Chico Stage Race. Sun, 3/18, 8am. Downtown Chico. chicostagerace.com
ALASDAIR FRASER & NATALIE HAAS: Traditional Scottish tunes and cutting-edge improvisations from fiddle and cello duo. Sat, 3/17, 7:30pm. $25. The Rendezvous, 3269 Esplanade, Suite 142. chicotickets.com
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ONE yEaR wIThOuT juSTIcE On March 17, 2017, Desmond Phillips was shot and killed by Chico police. Less than a month later, the officers’ actions were ruled justified and they returned to duty. Phillips had a history of mental illness. In Butte County, fatal interactions between law enforcement and the mentally ill are double the national average. In January, Phillips’ family filed a lawsuit against the city in District Court. Celebrate the life of Desmond Phillips on March 17 at One-Mile Picnic Area in Bidwell Park from 2-4pm with a family barbeque, activities for kids, food, music and speakers.
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puts on a wildly energetic performance, leading the next generation of Celtic groups. Sun, 3/18, 7:30pm. $26-$37. Laxson Auditorium, Chico State, 400 W. First St., 530-898-6333. csuchico.edu
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LOVE & PEACE IN TIME OF WAR: The North Valley Chamber Chorale performs music by Josef Haydn and Claudio Monteverdi with vocal soloists and an orchestra including members from the North State Symphony. Sun, 3/18, 2pm. $5-$15. Bidwell Presbyterian Church, 208 W. First St., 530-891-8995. northvalleychamberchorale.org
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9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL: See Thursday. Sun, 3/18, 2pm. $16-$22. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Road, Suite F. chicotheatercompany.com
Music FRAGILE THUNDER: Slack-key guitarist Stephen Inglis and David Gans perform Grateful Dead music with a Hawaiian twist during this intimate show. Mon, 3/19, 7:30pm. $15-$20. KZFR Studios, 341 Broadway, room 416.
Special Events BEGINNING SPANISH: Free lesson focused on learning basics and conversational skills. For beginners or those who want to brush up on their español. Tue, 3/20, 6:30pm. Chico Peace & Justice Center, 526 Broadway St.
Music ACHILLES WHEEL: Psych-roots rock band release their latest record Sanctuary. The dance floor will be open (and you’d best use it). Tue, 3/20, 7:30pm. $17.50. Big Room, 1075 E. 20th St. sierranevada. com
BUDDY GUY: Legendary blues musician got his start as a Chess Records house musician in the ’60s, playing with Muddy Waters and Junior Wells. One of the greatest guitarists of all time and yes... he’s still got the blues. Tue, 3/20, 7:30pm. $10-$70. Laxson Auditorium, Chico State, 400 W. First St., 530-8986333. chicoperformances.com
BEATNIKS COFFEE HOUSE: Paper Art Collage,
BOLT’S ANTIQUE TOOL MUSEUM: Hand Tools,
Molly Amick’s work elevates the lowly cocktail napkin to new artistic heights. Through 3/31. 1387 E. Eighth St.
rotating displays of more than 12,000 kinds of tools. Through 6/2. $3. 1650 Broderick St., Oroville, 530-538-2528. boltsantiquetools.com
CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING: Jim Lawrence, watercolors on display. Through 3/29. Free. 789 Bille Road, Paradise, 530-8775673. paradisecsl.org
JACKI HEADLEY UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY: Revolutionizing the World, exploring the visual history of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and evaluating the global impact of this historical event. Through 3/16. Chico State., 530-898-5864. university artgallery.wordpress.com
JANET TURNER PRINT MUSEUM: Florin Hategan, selected for the solo exhibition prize from the Turner National Print Competition, Hategan’s drawing and printmaking work dissects the collision of new and old, humanity and technology, and anatomy and architecture. His art has been featured throughout North America, Europe and Asia Through 3/31. Free. Chico State, 530-898-4476.
MUSEUM OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ART: What, Us Worry?, an exhibition featuring sculptures by Tony Natsoulas, Paul DiPasqua and Michael Stevens. Through 3/29. 900 Esplanade. monca.org
ORLAND ART CENTER: The Artist and the Camera, featuring works from the Tehama County Photo Club. Through 3/24. 732 Fourth St., Orland. orlandart center.com
PARADISE ART CENTER: Constructions, sculpture, pottery, assemblages and other three dimensional works on display. Through 3/24. 5564 Almond St., Paradise. paradise-art-center.com
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BUTTE COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: WWI Exhibition, recently renovated exhibits demonstrating the profound changes in American society caused by The Great War. Through 7/29. Also, a History of Covered Bridges in Butte County, retired director of public works Clay Castleberry presents his history of local covered bridges. He was the architect for the covered bridge in Oregon City. 3/18, 2pm. 1749 Spencer Ave., Oroville. buttecountyhistoricalsociety.org
CHICO CREEK NATURE CENTER: Permanent Exhibits, including the The Janeece Webb Living Animal Museum and the Nature Play Room. Through 12/15. 1968 E. Eighth St. ccnaturecenter.org
GATEWAY SCIENCE MUSEUM: Brain – The World Inside Your Head, an exhibit exploring the inner workings of the brain–neurons and synapses, electricity and chemistry. Through 5/6. 625 Esplanade. csuchico.edu
GOLD NUGGET MUSEUM: Guitar Greats, Jim Campbell’s collection of antique, vintage, signature, and boutique guitars returns to the museum. Through 4/1. $5-$10. 502 Pearson Road, Paradise, 530-872-8722. goldnuggetmuseum.com
VALENE L. SMITH MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY: Sacred Splendor, exhibit chronicles the history and influence of Christian colonization, underscoring the faith’s movement across the globe from IndoPortuguese carvings to a William Morris cartoon. From the collection of Judith E. Hilburg. Through 5/11. Also, Imprisoned at Home, excellent and enlightening exhibit on Japanese Americans held at the Tule Lake Incarceration Camp during WWII. Through 5/18. Chico State, 530-898-5397.
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there were no weak performances. Shakespearean language is composed with such nuanced cadences, and, to contemporary ears, often convoluted constructions, that listening to and making sense of his sentences can sometimes feel like hearing a beautiful but somehow foreign version of our own language. This cast delivered that language with such clarity and conviction that, once one became absorbed, the rhythms and semantic idiosyncrasies of the sentences and their meanings revealed themselves like notes in a song. And one cannot emphasize too emphatically the strength of this cast. The royals presented themselves with a truly regal aura, the pixies filled the stage with innocent sensuality, the young lovers in their passion and confusion brought to life the observation that, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” And the amateur players of the play within the play hilariously and poignantly embodied the spirit of community theater, especially in the person of Bottom, the weaver (Nick McCollum), whose enthusiasm could not be fazed even by being transformed for a night into the donkey-headed object of the fairy queen’s enchanted love. Enhancing the strength of the acting were the costumes by Mallory Prucha, which gave each cast member an individuality of look that also harmonized with each character’s position within the interwoven groups. Then there was the beauty of the somewhat minimalist set design by Brian Redfern, which placed a set of Grecian columns on either end of the theater and left the beautifully painted floor open to provide a setting for every scene. All in all, this production provided a wonderfully cohesive and joyously lively presentation of Shakespeare’s dream. □ March 15, 2018
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BIG BAD BOOGIE ROCK: Retro funk, disco and rock from the ’70s and ’80s. Come for the tunes, stay for the goofy outfits. Fri, 3/16, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville. featherfallscasino.com
CELTIC CREEK: Fiddle and guitar Irish 7pm. Free. Naked Lounge, 118 W. Second St.
YEAR OF THE BRICKSLOTH: Knob twist-
dust off some old favorites with an acoustic evening of “living room” music. Thu, 3/15, 6pm. Two Twenty Restaurant, 220 W. Fourth St.
ers Bricksquash, UltraSloth and Jimmy Pe pump the bass along with local supporting acts. Thu, 3/15, 9pm. $15. Panama Bar Cafe, 177 E. Second St.
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LITA FORD: Ex-Runaway and one of the biggest badasses in rock ’n’ roll kicks out the jams. Thu, 3/15, 8:30pm. $20. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville. featherfallscasino.com
OPEN MIC: An open mic hosted by Andan Casamajor on the third Thursday of the month. Thu, 3/15,
ALT ROCK & GRUNGE: Of the Grey and Down the Well bring the rock for this pre-St. Patrick’s Day event. Fri, 3/16, 9pm. Free. White Water Saloon, 5571 Clark Road, Paradise.
folk duo. Fri, 3/16, 6pm. Free. Pitts Stop Cafe, 15474 Forest Ranch Way, Ste. A, Forest Ranch, 530-897-0665.
FAST TIMES: “All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz and I’m fine.” Readjust your ’tude with Top 40 cover tunes in the lounge. Fri, 3/16, 8:30pm. Gold Country Casino & Hotel, 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville.
KELLY TWINS DUELING PIANOS: Piano boys play your requests all night. Fri, 3/16, 8:30pm. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Dr., Oroville. featherfallscasino.com
KYLE WILLIAMS: Dashing troubadour performs at this laid back winery. Fri, 3/16, 6pm. Purple Line Urban Winery, 760 Safford St., Oroville.
rock and a bit of Americana. Fri, 3/16, 9pm. $5. Tackle Box, 379 E.
PUB SCOUTS: A Chico tradition: Irish music for happy hour. Fri, 3/16, 3:30pm. $1. Duffy’s Tavern, 337 Main St.
Something amazing happens when you get a large group of people together on stage. When they’re all incredible musicians, it turns magical. Named after an Oakland Asian grocery store, Sun Hop Fat are an eight-piece music machine, blending East African melodies with jazz and hard American funk. The result is both stupefying and downright glorious. They play the Maltese on March 16 with the Josh Hegg Trio and Lo and Behold.
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and drinks. Fri, 3/16, 8pm. Unwined Kitchen & Bar, 980 Mangrove Ave.
SUN HOP FAT: Ethiopian jazz meets American funk, plus the Josh Hegg Trio and Lo and Behold. Hella horns. Fri, 3/16, 8:30pm. $7. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave.
ALASDAIR FRASER & NATALIE HAAS:
Traditional Scottish tunes and cutting-edge improvisations from fiddle and cello duo. Sat, 3/17, 7:30pm. $25. The Rendezvous, 3269 Esplanade, Suite 142. chicotickets.com
BELTAIN: Unique arrangements of Irish folk tunes on period instruments in the lounge. Sat, 3/17, 8:30pm. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville. featherfalls casino.com
BLACK SLAX: Old-school genre jumping from surf and rockabilly to blues and classic rock. Sat, 3/17,
9pm. Free. White Water Saloon, 5571 Clark Road, Paradise.
BLACKOUT BETTY: Big, guitar-driven rock ’n’ roll, plus corned beef and cabbage. Sat, 3/17, 9pm. Tackle Box, 379 E. Park Ave.
DRAG SHOW: Get your drag on and
dance! Sat, 3/17, 10pm. $7. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave. maltesebarchico.com
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FULL HOUSE BLUES JAM: House band opens the night before an open jam. Wed, 3/21, 7:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville. featherfalls casino.com
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Uncle Dad’s Art Collective opens with a set from the house band, followed by an open jam. Mon, 3/19. Naked Lounge, 118 W. Second St. uncledad.co
HEAVY/LOUD/FAST: Hardcore band
Fucked & Bound (members of He Whose Ox Is Gored and Witch Ripper) destroy downtown with rad local acts Voyeur, Dying for It and Criminal Wave. Wed, 3/21, 8:30pm. $7. Naked Lounge, 118 W. Second St.
OPEN MIC AT THE LIBRARY: Haiku, sonnets, short stories, folk songs and more. Wed, 3/21, 7pm. Free. Chico Library, 1108 Sherman Ave., 530-8912726. buttecounty.net
OPEN MIKEFULL: At Paradise’s only open mic, all musicians get two songs or 10 minutes onstage. Wed, 3/21, 7pm. $2. Norton Buffalo Hall, 5704 Chapel Drive, Paradise, 530-877-4995.
ACHILLES WHEEL: Grass Valley psychST. PADDY’S DRAG SHOW: Feeling lucky? Dancing and drag to help you get green. Sat, 3/17, 10pm. $10. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave. the brewery. Sat, 3/17, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville. featherfalls casino.com
HA’PENNY BRIDGE BAND: Irish music for your St. Paddy’s night celebrations. Sat, 3/17, 7:30pm. Unwined Kitchen & Bar, 980 Mangrove Ave.
THE MAKER’S MILE: Afternoon
funk, rock and reggae. Sat, 3/17, 2pm. Free. White Water Saloon, 5571 Clark Road, Paradise.
MOJO GREEN AND LO & BEHOLD: Funk, soul, groves and maybe dancing leprechauns. Sat, 3/17, 10pm. Lost on Main, 319 Main St.
OFF THE RECORD: ‘80s rock and pop favorites for St. Patrick’s day. Paint the Inn green! Sat, 3/17, 9pm. Studio Inn Lounge, 2582 Esplanade.
ROCK & BLUES: The Matt McBride Band and The Eclectics play classic rock, blues, country tunes and more. Sat, 3/17, 8:30pm. Ramada Plaza Chico, 685 Manzanita Court.
SHAMEROCK FESTIVAL: A full day of music for only $3 featuring the Jeff Pershing Band, Smokey the Groove, Sofa King and more. All ages welcome! Sat, 3/17, 2pm. $3. Down Lo, 319 Main St., 530-966-8342 and Lost on Main, upstairs, lostonmain chico.com
TAINTED LOVE: Dance to the biggest pop and rock hits of the ’80s, from Madonna, Prince and Michael Jackson to Pat Benatar, Journey and Mellencamp. Sat, 3/17, 8:30pm. $10. Gold Country Casino & Hotel, 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville.
KARAOKE CONTEST: Face off against other singers in the bar’s inaugural karaoke contest. Two winners advance each week to compete in the Mar. 25 finale. Sun, 3/18, 6:30pm. White Water Saloon, 5771 Clark Road, Paradise.
roots rock band release their latest record Sanctuary. The dance floor will be open (and you’d best use it). Tue, 3/20, 7pm. $17.50. Big Room, 1075 E. 20th St.
COMEDY OPEN MIC: Tell jokes in front
of strangers. Totally not intimidating. Wed, 3/21, 8pm. Studio Inn Lounge, 2582 Esplanade.
DUFFY’S DANCE NIGHT: DJ Lois and Amburgers spin funk, pop and hiphop. Wed, 3/21, 10pm. Duffy’s Tavern, 337 Main St.
THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Portland garage psych freakouts, plus plenty of fuzz from Similar Alien and False Face Society. Wed, 3/21, 8pm. $7. Maltese Bar & Tap Room, 1600 Park Ave.
We know. It sounds like some awful grind torture band. Rather, Fucked & Bound churn out two-minute hardcore screamers from a female perspective, a much needed antidote to the male-dominated genre. The music is impressive (check the speed metal on “Zero Fucks”), but the highlight here is Lisa Mungo (He Whose Ox Is Gored), whose raw lyrics, charged commentary and brutal delivery carry these tunes. Chico’s Voyeur and Criminal Wave also perform at Naked Lounge on Wednesday, March 21, plus Redding’s Dying for It.
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FILM SHORTS Reviewers: Bob Grimm and Juan-Carlos Selznick.
Opening this week
A Fantastic Woman
The Hurricane Heist
See review this issue. Starts Friday, March 16, 7 p.m. Pageant Theatre. Rated R.—P.H.
This action-thriller from the director of The Fast and the Furious franchise is pretty self-explanatory: Thieves attempt a heist against the U.S. Treasury while a hurricane approaches. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13.
I Can Only Imagine
The true story behind the chart-topping single “I Can Only Imagine,” which was recorded by the Christian rock band MercyMe. Cinemark 14. Rated PG.
Starring Nick Robinson and Jennifer Garner, Simon Spier (Robinson) must reveal a secret to his friends and family—he’s gay—and come to terms with his identity. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13.
Aextraordinary won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, features an performance in the lead role and a quiFantastic Woman, the Chilean drama that just
etly convoluted story that prizes gradual revelations of character over any of the twists by in its potentially melodramatic plot. Peter The title character is a transgenHogue der singer named Marina Vidal, and she’s played by a transgender actress, Daniela Vega. Marina is immersed in a passionate affair with an older man, Orlando (Francisco Reyes), a textile executive who has left his family and moved into an A Fantastic apartment with Marina. Woman The morning after a night of Starring Daniela Vega, Francisco reyes, romance with Marina, Orlando Luis Gnecco, aline collapses and soon dies in the emerKuppenheim, and gency room to which Marina rushes Nicolas Saavedra. him. The authorities are suspicious, Directed by Sebastian Lelio. Opens at Orlando’s wife and adult children Pageant Theatre Friday are hostile and Marina is caught in (March 16). rated r. the limbo of a transgender person whose outdated ID papers say she’s a male. Writer-director Sebastian Lelio (whose remarkable Gloria played here a few years back) keeps a sympathetic focus on Marina/Daniela throughout and uses the film’s seemingly provocative story angles— gender bias, social prejudice, that “suspicious” death, etc.—not for their political or melodramatic potential but rather as challenges for Marina and as vivid foils for the evolving portrait and fully emerging identity of that eponymous “fantastic woman” and the very real person she’s becoming. A big part of what is especially appealing and
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powerful in Lelio’s film comes of his overall evenkeeled approach to story material that could too easily have been given over to sensationalism and sermonizing. We get clear-eyed views of the slights, indignities and outrages suffered by the protagonist, and yet Marina is neither victim nor avenging rebel. The film seems to view the various members of Orlando’s family with rough honesty and a kind of compassion. It’s rather as if Marina grows less confused about herself and her role in the world while she’s also becoming clearer about the confusions others feel toward her. Marina’s persistence and resilience are such that there’s no need to announce her eventual arrival at something like heroic status. Daniela Vega’s Marina seems both sharply focused and brilliantly mercurial, a person for all seasons. Francisco Reyes’ Orlando is suave, avuncular and aroused. Aline Kuppenheim is well-mannered and viperish as Orlando’s wife. Amparo Noguera is corrosively stoical as the female detective who “investigates” Marina. Orlando’s brother Gabo (Luis Gnecco) and Marina’s vocal coach (Sergio Hernandez) provide further variations on avuncular coaxing and dismay. Marina’s sister Wanda (Trinidad Gonzalez) and her husband, Gaston (Nestor Cantillana), stand in funky, heartening contrast to Orlando’s wife and his surly, flummoxed son (Nicolas Saavedra). Lelio starts off with a grand image of Iguazu Falls (the happy couple’s wished-for destination), and later summons up some hurricane-like winds to (almost) impede Marina’s relentless forward progress. Musically, there are apposite invocations of Aretha Franklin’s “Natural Woman” and lyric opera (with Vega doing her own singing there, as well as in the earlier nightclub sequence). □
The Shape of Water
The video game-based adventurer Lara Croft returns to the big screen in this reboot of the original. With Alicia Vikander in the lead role, Croft finds herself on the island where her father disappeared. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas, Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.
Chilean drama overlooks sensationalism in favor of subtle beauty
Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence again teams up with star Jennifer Lawrence (no relation) in this thriller about an elite Russian spy on a complicated mission involving the CIA and a possible mole. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas, Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R.
kept its highly developed civilization hidden from the rest of the world. Eventually, the new king will move to change all that, and Boseman proves to be well attuned to both the warrior and the statesman in the character. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas, Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13 —J.C.S.
Annihilation is billed as sci-fi/fantasy, and it is both of these without question. On top of that, it is one of the scariest films you will see this year, and could also be classified as a legitimate entry in the horror genre. Alex Garland directed and coscripted this alien-invasion movie—loosely based on Jeff VanderMeer’s 2014 novel of the same name—that explores themes of self-identity and love (much like the filmmaker’s 2014 debut, Ex Machina) while mixing in environmental terror involving nightmarish creatures and mutating landscapes. There’s a lot going on in this movie, yet Garland and company balance it all in a stunning piece of brainy entertainment. Only two movies in, Garland proves he’s a first-rate auteur in the sci-fi realm and no slouch with pure drama and in capturing stellar performances. And, without a doubt, he possesses some major horror chops. Annihilation owes a lot to Ridley Scott (Alien), John Carpenter (The Thing) and any incarnation of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, yet it is still original and might be 2018’s first masterpiece. Cinemark 14, Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R —B.G.
With its black superhero and predominantly black cast, and its special mixture of action fantasy and social history, Black Panther is a monumental cultural event. And a key part of its specialness is that it’s also a richly entertaining movie. Writer-director Ryan Coogler and co-writer Joe Robert Cole have produced a very engaging mixture of action movie and epic/utopian allegory. It’s an impressively mounted production throughout, and even with elements that are routine or generic, it makes fine use of a large and appealing cast. Chadwick Boseman has the title role. He is T’Challa, the newly coronated king of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. His Black Panther-infused superpowers derive from vibranium, the super-strong metal that is the basis of Wakanda’s radically advanced technology. A key premise of the tale is that Wakanda has heretofore
The film, set in the 1960s, is in some strange way director/screenwriter Guillermo del Toro’s version of a Disney flick. In addition to violence, nudity, interspecies sex and cuss words, it has a sweetness to it. In an awesome performance, Sally Hawkins plays Elisa Esposito, a mute cleaning woman at a freaky research facility that gets a new arrival: an Amphibian Man (Doug Jones, wonderfully obscured in practical and CGI makeup). The Amphibian Man is accompanied by its keeper, Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon), a menacing man brandishing a cattle prod. A mishap leads to Richard losing a couple of fingers, and Elisa then gets some alone time with the Amphibian Man. She gives him some hard-boiled eggs and plays music for him, which leads to the two gradually falling in love (yep!) and an escape from the lab. The film is perhaps del Toro’s greatest visual accomplishment. Equally beautiful and fierce, not a second goes by when it isn’t one of the best things put on a screen this past year. Cinemark 14. Rated R —B.G.
The Strangers: Prey at Night
In this horror flick, a family goes to stay with some relatives but finds their mobile home park inexplicably deserted, and then they get terrorized by masked psychopaths. Cinemark 14. Rated R.
A Wrinkle in Time
The classic science fantasy novel by Madeleine L’Engle gets the blockbuster treatment (complete with Oprah Winfrey). The story follows Meg (Storm Reid), who, along with her brother and friend, is tasked with going to space and rescuing her scientist father from an unspeakable evil. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas, Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG.
Still here Death Wish
Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas, Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R.
Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas, Paradise Cinema 7. Rated R.
Feather River Cinemas, Paradise Cinema 7. Rated PG-13.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13.
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dank and tropical hoppy notes and goes down super easy without any sticky bitterness. After sniffing it for a week and smoking a little, Le felt the smell and taste captured that elusive cultural essence, because, he says, Hmong people are some of the most prolific marijuana farmers in America. More personal to Le is the beer’s name, Nyiaj Kub, which is also the honorary “Hmong name” given to Le, a Vietnamese man, by Hmong friends that frequent his South Sacramento restaurant, Anh Hong. The name means “money and gold,” and Le was delighted to receive it along with traditional Hmong New Year costuming for him and his Lao wife. After being embraced by Sacramento’s Hmong community, Le dedicated his craft beers to his friends, naming the beer label Hmong Nation Beer. “We can’t do anything about a country, nothing about a flag, but we can make a beer,” he said. “Wherever we drink beer, that’s our nation.” Le said his brews are designed for the Hmong tradition of buying a whole case of beer, doing a
grandiose toast, then commanding everybody with a bottle to chug. Thus, drinkability is paramount. Le said the pale ale represents the “heart of gold” of the Hmong people, while his pilsner represents their “mind of steel,” which he equates with an unshakeable loyalty to one’s friends. Crisp, sweet and with just a hint of maltiness, Le’s Pilsner the Bull is another winner. And the two beers represent the first wave of local craft beer that had been sorely lacking in Sacramento. Going forward, Le wants to increase distribution and, eventually, open a brewery with a restaurant, biergarten and acres of hop vines, so as to carve out a tiny portion of the planet for Hmong Nation … beer, at least. But first, he wants to brew the official beer of Hmong New Year celebrations that occur internationally. To this goal, Le noted a good omen. Reportedly, some of Le’s friends have said the Nyiaj Kub Pale Ale smelled like the “harvest time” of those inspirational buds. For outdoor growers, that comes near the end of October, just a bit before the Hmong New Year. □
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IN THE MIX Under the World VOWWS anti-Language If you’re looking for a dose of dark, industrial pop, VOWWS can likely provide. The L.A.-via-Australia duo split time between New Paltz, N.Y., and L.A. to create their newest album, taking more initiative on the production side to make it their own. On the surface, these songs are electric-driven, with angular rhythms and steel-cold tones. However, the crew drew influence from an array of styles- some old western tones, a little metal, some cinematic work— and somehow it all fits. Songs like “Charm and Demand” float over a dark electric groove, jolted by vocally disconcerting interludes that feel like strange syncopations, while the last track, “Game,” has the kind of subtle cyclical growth that feels right out of a thriller’s closing credits. One of the peppier tracks, “One or the Other,” has a little bit of an ’80s new wave feel, albeit extremely slowed down. It’d be hard to determine a standout track, so probably best to start from the top.
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TO DOUchEBaGGErY Hello. This is your Chico arts dEVo, and I am here to [enlighten college] students with a super-secret bit of insider info that will help make your stay here even more enriching: When you are out of sight, you know what the locals call you? douchebag. I know, I know. It’s bullshit. Though I must confess to having dropped my share of D balloons from atop my hater tower, I am turning over a new leaf and am here to help spread the word: Douchebags are OK. If you are coming to Chico to holler all day, paint the sidewalks with pizza and Jägermeister and crap yourself while tubing down the river, why should any of us care? (You’ll freshen up soon enough anyway—when it comes to douches, nothing beats the flushing currents of the mighty Sac.) You are our guests, and I for one want you to enjoy your stay, so it makes no sense for me or anyone else to be so douchey as to call you a douchebag while you do so. We all came to this island in the middle of a sea of nowhere to learn something and have fun (those who live here year-round included). And it’s worth noting that while the benefits of a university education vary wildly, everyone’s ass gets rewarded when “Apple Bottom Jeans” hits the speakers. So, please do stumble, “woo-hoo!,” strip and fight to your heart’s content and know that Arts DEVO has your back. To cats, dogs are total douchebags, I guarantee you, sitting on a stool at the end of the bar at duffy’s Tavern there will be more than one person reading this and saying something like, “But Arts DEVO is the biggest douche there is.” It’s true. If you return to this column in the coming weeks, you’ll start to see that I’m kind of an Arts Douche-o. I like music that’s arty and art that’s weird and probably even pretentious at times, and the light I often shine on those things in this column makes some folks think I’m anti whatever they’re up to. That’s not true, but them thinking so helps me make fun of those douchebags too, so it’s all good. My particular arts fetishes are just that—mine. But I’m also insatiably curious about you particular kinks. Besides, isn’t that how the term douchebag works? When someone is doing things in a way that seems antithetical to the way you do them, then they’re a douche. And conversely, you’re a douche to them. Plus, we have watered down “douchebag” to the point that it’s being completely wasted on relatively innocuous frat boys, girls gone wild, emo kids and the Jersey Shore cast. It is such an awesome term, too; we can’t let it lose its potency. We need to save all our vinegar for when conversation turns to the likes of Tea Partiers, Juggalos or Glenn Beck. (Now that I think about it, maybe we just need a stronger word for such extreme cases, one without the clean-and-fresh implications—something like “colostomy bag” or maybe just “shit sack”?)
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY For the week oF march 15, 2018 ARIES (March 21-April 19): The British
science fiction TV show Dr. Who has appeared on BBC in 40 of the last 54 years. Over that span, the titular character has been played by 13 different actors. From 2005 until 2010, Aries actor David Tennant was the magic, immortal, time-traveling Dr. Who. His ascendance to the role fulfilled a hopeful prophecy he had made about himself when he was 13 years old. Now is an excellent time for you, too, to predict a glorious, satisfying or successful occurrence in your own future. Think big and beautiful!
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): New York
City is the most densely populated city in North America. Its land is among the most expensive on Earth; one estimate says the average price per acre is $16 million. Yet there are two uninhabited islands less than a mile offshore in the East River: North Brother Island and South Brother Island. Their combined 16 acres are theoretically worth $256 million. But no one goes there or enjoys it; it’s not even parkland. I bring this to your attention, Taurus, because I suspect it’s an apt metaphor for a certain situation in your life: a potentially rich resource or influence that you’re not using. Now is a good time to update your relationship with it.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The
iconic 1942 movie Casablanca won three Academy Awards and has often appeared on critics’ lists of the greatest films ever made. That’s amazing considering the fact that the production was so hectic. When shooting started, the script was incomplete. The writing team frequently presented the finished version of each new scene on the day it was to be filmed. Neither the director nor the actors knew how the plot would resolve until the end of the process. I bring this to your attention, Gemini, because it reminds me of a project you have been working on. I suggest you start improvising less and planning more. How do you want this phase of your life to climax?
CANCER (June 21-July 22): If all goes
well in the coming weeks, you will hone your wisdom about how and when and why to give your abundant gifts to deserving recipients—as well as how and when and why to not give your abundant gifts to deserving recipients. If my hopes come to pass, you will refine your ability to share your tender depths with worthy allies— and you will refine your understanding of when to not share your tender depths with worthy allies. Finally, Cancerian, if you are as smart as I think you are, you will have a sixth sense about how to receive as many blessings as you disseminate.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): How adept are you
at playing along the boundaries between the dark and the light, between confounding dreams and liberated joy, between “Is it real?” and “Do I need it?”? You now have an excellent opportunity to find out more about your capacity to thrive on delightful complexity. But I should warn you. The temptation to prematurely simplify things might be hard to resist. There may be cautious pressure coming from a timid voice in your head that’s not fierce enough to want you to grow into your best and biggest self. But here’s what I predict: You will bravely explore the possibilities for self-transformation that are available outside the predictable niches.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Cultivating a
robust sense of humor makes you more attractive to people you want to be attractive to. An inclination to be fun-loving is another endearing quality that’s worthy of being part of your intimate repertoire. There’s a third virtue related to these two: playfulness. Many humans of all genders are drawn to those who display joking, lighthearted behavior. I hope you will make maximum use of these qualities during the coming weeks, Virgo. You have a cosmic mandate to be as alluring and inviting as you dare.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I suggest you gaze at exquisitely wrought Japanese woodcuts... and listen to jazz trumpeter
by rob brezsny Miles Davis collaborating with saxophonist John Coltrane... and inhale the aroma of the Earth as you stroll through groves of very old trees. Catch my drift, Libra? Surround yourself with soulful beauty—or else! Or else what? Or else I’ll be sad. Or else you might be susceptible to buying into the demoralizing thoughts that people around you are propagating. Or else you may become blind to the subtle miracles that are unfolding, and fail to love them well enough to coax them into their fullest ripening. Now get out there and hunt for soulful beauty that awakens your deepest reverence for life. Feeling awe is a necessity for you right now, not a luxury.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In the Sikh
religion, devotees are urged to attack weakness and sin with five “spiritual weapons”: contentment, charity, kindness, positive energy and humility. Even if you’re not a Sikh, I think you’ll be wise to employ this strategy in the next two weeks. Why? Because your instinctual nature will be overflowing with martial force, and you’ll have to work hard to channel it constructively rather than destructively. The best way to do that is to be a vehement perpetrator of benevolence and healing.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
In 1970, a biologist was hiking through a Brazilian forest when a small monkey landed on his head, having jumped from a tree branch. Adelmar Coimbra-Filho was ecstatic. He realized that his visitor was a member of the species known as the golden-rumped lion tamarin, which had been regarded as extinct for 65 years. His lucky accident led to a renewed search for the elusive creatures, and soon more were discovered. I foresee a metaphorically comparable experience coming your way, Sagittarius. A resource or influence or marvel you assumed was gone will reappear. How will you respond? With alacrity, I hope!
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The
Velcro fastener is a handy invention that came into the world thanks to a Swiss engineer named George de Mestral. While wandering around the Alps with his dog, he got curious about the bristly seeds of the burdock plants that adhered to his pants and his dog. After examining them under a microscope, he got the idea to create a clothing fastener that imitated their sticking mechanism. In accordance with the astrological omens, Capricorn, I invite you to be alert for comparable breakthroughs. Be receptive to help that comes in unexpected ways. Study your environment for potentially useful clues and tips. Turn the whole world into your classroom and laboratory. It’s impossible to predict where and when you may receive a solution to a long-running dilemma!
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): On
May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbed to the top of Mount Everest. They were celebrated as intrepid heroes. But they couldn’t have done it without massive support. Their expedition was powered by 20 Sherpa guides, 13 other mountaineers, and 362 porters who lugged 10,000 pounds of baggage. I bring this to your attention, Aquarius, in the hope that it will inspire you. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to gather more of the human resources and raw materials you will need for your rousing expedition later this year.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Although
her work is among the best Russian literature of the 20th century, poet Marina Tsvetayeva lived in poverty. When fellow poet Rainer Maria Rilke asked her to describe the kingdom of heaven, she said, “Never again to sweep floors.” I can relate. To earn a living in my early adulthood, I washed tens of thousands of dishes in restaurant kitchens. Now that I’m grown up, one of my great joys is to avoid washing dishes. I invite you to think along these lines, Pisces. What seemingly minor improvements in your life are actually huge triumphs that evoke profound satisfaction? Take inventory of small pleasures that are really quite miraculous.
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as HOME AGAIN HOUSECLEANING at 776 College Hill Rd Paradise, CA 95969. LINDSAY MICHELLE NELSON 776 College Hill Rd Paradise, CA 95969. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: LINDSAY M. NELSON Dated: January 16, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000243 Published: February 22, March 1,8,15, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as ACQUIRE REALTY at 101 York Drive Chico, CA 95926. DEBRA ANDERSON 101 York Drive Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: DEBRA ANDERSON Dated: February 6, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000190 Published: February 22, March 1,8,15, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as BOBKAT PROPERTY SERVICES, BPS, BPS PROPERTIES at 466 Vallombrosa Ave Chico, CA 95926. BOBKAT BUILDERS INC 466 Vallombrosa Ave Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: BROOKE SHELTON, OWNER Dated: February 7, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000198 Published: February 22, March 1,8,15, 2018
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The following persons are doing business as CHICO UPCYCLE DESIGNS at 3346 Nord Ave Chico, CA 95973. AIMEE ALARID 3346 Nord Ave Chico, CA 95973. JULIE ELLEN 1356 Ravenshoe Way Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: AIMEE ALARID Dated: January 31, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000163 Published: February 22, March 1,8,15, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following perons are doing business as ORO DAM CAR WASH at 2525 Feather River Blvd Oroville, CA 95965. FADI ABDULMASIH 424 Windham Way Chico, CA 95973. RITA ABDULMASIH 424 Windham Way Chico, CA 95973. ORO DAM CAR WASH INC 424 Windham Way Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: FADI ABDULMASIH, OWNER Dated: February 14, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000237 Published: February 22, March 1,8,15, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as CATHY’S SEW AND VAC, HONEY RUN QUILTERS at 2418 Cohasset Rd Chico, CA 95926. CATHY ANN JENKS 14444 Richardson Springs Rd Chico, CA 95973. DANIEL SCOTT JENKS 14444 Richardson Springs Rd Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by A Married Couple. Signed: CATHY ANN JENKS Dated: December 26, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0001686 Published: February 22, March 1,8,15, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as ALL THE BEST VIDEO at 2422 Cohasset Rd Chico, CA 95926. CATHY ANN JENKS 14444 Richardson Springs Rd Chico, CA 95973. DANIEL SCOTT JENKS 14444 Richardson Springs Rd Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by A Married Couple. Signed: CATHY ANN JENKS Dated: December 26, 2017 FBN Number: 2017-0001685 Published: February 22, March 1,8,15, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as VALLEYWIDE PAINTING AND FINISHES at 460 E Sacramento Ave Chico, CA 95926. NEIL ANDREW DOOLEY 460 E Sacramento Ave Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: NEIL DOOLEY Dated: February 14, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000233 Published: February 22, March 1,8,15, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as HOLISTIC PLAYGROUNDS UNLIMITED at 329 Antelope Creek Ave Chico, CA 95973. FRANK REALE 329 Antelope Creek Ave Chico, CA 95973. JAN REALE 329 Antelope Creek Ave Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by A Married Couple. Signed: JANICE REALE Dated: February 12, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000222 Published: February 22, March 1,8,15, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as RED DOG PHYSICS at 1866 Lodge Pine Ln Chico, CA 95926. ERIC JAMES AYARS 1866 Lodge Pine Ln Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: ERIC AYARS Dated: February 12, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000224 Published: February 22, March 1,8,15, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as WHITE VELVET MARKET at 18 Westerdahl Court Chico, CA 95973. KIMBERLY ANN CABRAL 18 Westerdahl Court Chico, CA 95973. This business in conducted by an Individual. Signed: KIM CABRAL Dated: February 13, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000225 Published: February 22, March 1,8,15, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as VILMA AUTO SALES at 2961 Highway 32 Suite 1 Chico, CA 95973. AYMAN MOHAMAD KHALIL 8238 Leesburg Way Elk Grove, CA 95624. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: AYMAN KHALIL Dated: February 23, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000262 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CUTTING ROOM at 1030 Village Lane, Suite 185 Chico, CA 95926. BRIAN LOGUE 4 Bartram Terrace Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: BRIAN LOGUE Dated: February 22, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000260 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as FIFTH SUN at 495 Ryan Ave Chico, CA 95973. GONZALES ENTERPRISES, INC.
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495 Ryan Ave Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: DANIEL GONZALES Dated: January 22, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000114 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as SOILLOGIX, WILSON’S ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS at 3472 Comfort Lane Concow, CA 95965. CORINE ELAINE WILSON 3472 Comfort Lane Concow, CA 95965. LARRY N WILSON JR 3472 Comfort Lane Concow, CA 95965. This business is conducted by A Married Couple. Signed: CORINE E. WILSON Dated: February 7, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000197 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CA SALES at 542 B Street Biggs, CA 95917. CRAIG L ANDES 542 B Street Biggs, CA 95917. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: CRAIG ANDES Dated: February 14, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000235 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as PEGASUS UI DESIGN at 555 Vallombrosa Ave #72 Chico, CA 95926. XIAOHU XU 555 Vallombrosa Ave #72 Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: XIAOHU XU Dated: February 22, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000259 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as PERFECTLY IMPERFECT at 3116 Coronado Rd Chico, CA 95973. ASHLEY MCMAHAN 3116 Coronado Rd Chico, CA 95973. MARIA MCMAHAN 3116 Coronado Rd Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: MARIA MCMAHAN Dated: February 14, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000229 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as PLANT BURGER at 5161 Eden Road Paradise, CA 95969. BERLYN HALE 5161 Eden Road Paradise, CA 95969.
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This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: BERLYN HALE Dated: February 23, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000271 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as DATADANCER MEDICAL SYSTEMS at 1644 Laurel Street Chico, CA 95928. MICHAEL L KOHUT 1644 Laurel Street Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: MICHAEL L. KOHUT Dated: February 16, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000247 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as BEYOND THE BARN at 1785 Heron Lane Chico, CA 95926. LAURA MARIE HAZEL 1785 Heron Lane Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: LAURA M. HAZEL Dated: February 7, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000206 Published: March 8,15,22,29, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CANOPY HAIR STUDIO at 1245 Mangrove Avenue Chico, CA 95926. REBECCA M WALKER 23 San Ramon Drive Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: REBECCA M WALKER Dated: February 14, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000238 Published: March 8,15,22,29, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as WORTHINGTON MEDIA SERVICES at 1605 Downing Ave, Apt 3 Chico, CA 95926. JEFFREY PAUL WORTHINGTON 1605 Downing Ave, Apt 3 Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: JEFFREY WORTHINGTON Dated: February 28, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000289 Published: March 8,15,22,29, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as HEROS CORNER GAMES AND MERCHANDISE at 1380 East Ave Ste 116 Chico, CA 95926-7349. ROBERT MCINTOSH 15 Woodside Lane Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: ROBERT MCINTOSH Dated: January 29, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000141 Published: March 8,15,22,29, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing
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business as VASHTI NATURAL SKINCARE at 113 W Lindo Ave #7 Chico, CA 95926. MARILYNN HUDSON 113 W Lindo Ave #7 Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: MARILYNN HUDSON Dated: February 27, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000285 Published: March 8,15,22,29, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as OLD CHICO REALTORS at 180 E. 4th Street Suite 120 Chico, CA 95928. PETER TICHININ 1275 E. Lindo Ave. Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: PETER TICHININ Dated: February 27, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000287 Published: March 8,15,22,29, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as HAVEN OF HOPE ON WHEELS at 79 Rolling Hills Ct Oroville, CA 95966. OROVILLE SOUTHSIDE COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION INC. 79 Rolling Hills Ct Oroville, CA 95966. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: KEVIN THOMPSON, CEO Dated: February 8, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000211 Published: March 8,15,22,29, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as HAVEN OF HOPE RESOURCE CENTER at 3110 Myers St Oroville, CA 95966. OROVILLE SOUTHSIDE COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, INC. 79 Rolling Hills Ct Oroville, CA 95966. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: KEVIN THOMPSON, CEO Dated: February 27, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000284 Published: March 8,15,22,29, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as YESCA CLOTHING at 1145 W 2nd St #3 Chico, CA 95928. BAILEY SCOTT NOWLIN TUCKER 1145 W 2nd St #3 Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: BAILEY TUCKER Dated: February 21, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000256 Published: March 8,15,22,29, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as JOHN’S HANDYMAN SERVICE at 236A W East Ave #350 Chico, CA 95926. JOHN FREDERICK INNOCENTI 714 Bradford Ct Chico, CA 95926.
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This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: JOHN F INNOCENTI Dated: February 16, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000248 Published: March 8,15,22,29, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as JAS ADVERTISING at 168 Estates Drive Chico, CA 95928. JONATHAN GRAHAM 168 Estates Drive Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: JON GRAHAM Dated: January 30, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000158 Published: March 8,15,22,29, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as ROJO LOCO ENTERPRISES at 2 Griffith Park Ln Chico, CA 95928. RON GILMORE 704 Fremont Ave Apt F South Pasadena, CA 91030. JORGE SALAS 2 Griffith Park Lane Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: JORGE SALAS Dated: March 5, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000304 Published: March 8,15,22,29, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as TNTSHIRTS at 766 Plumas Ave Oroville, CA 95965. DONALD TIMOTHY DAVIS 766 Plumas Ave Oroville, CA 95965. TERESA ANN DAVIS 766 Plumas Ave Oroville, CA 95965. This business is conducted by A Married Couple. Signed: TERESA DAVIS Dated: February 27, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000282 Published: March 8,15,22,29, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as CHICO AUTO CENTER at 2267 Esplanade Chico, CA 95926. ANNE M MONLUX, TRUSTEE 24 Shari Lane Chico, CA 95928. GUY R MONLUX, TRUSTEE 24 Shari Lane Chico, CA 95928. This busines is conducted by a Trust. Signed: GUY MONLUX Dated: February 26, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000280 Published: March 8,15,22,29, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as GATE MINDER at 13 Freight Ln Chico, CA 95973. LACY LOUISE MEADOWS 75 Harvest Park Ct 114 Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: LACY MEADOWS Dated: March 2, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000299 Published: March 15,22,29, April 5, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as REVSIGN at 6 Heartwood Ct Chico, CA 95928. MARIO ARMANDO MAGLIOZZI 6 Heartwood Ct Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: MARIO MAGLIOZZI Dated: March 5, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000310 Published: March 15,22,29, April 5, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as JD PLUMBING at 5402 Hickory Way Paradise, CA 95969. JARED DAVID DERRICK 5402 Hickory Way Paradise, CA 95969. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: JARED DERRICK Dated: March 8, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000328 Published: March 15,22,29, April 5, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as PARKWAY REAL ESTATE CO. at 168 E. 3rd Ave. Chico, CA 95926. B AND A CHICO ASSOCIATES, INC. 3263 Summit Ridge Ter Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: LORI K. AKERS, PRESIDENT Dated: March 8, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000326 Published: March 15,22,29, April 5, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as SIERRA ENGRAVING, TOKA BRANDING, TOKA BRANDING COMPANY at 818 Salem Street Chico, CA 95928. AARON BURSTEN 1080 Ivy Street Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: AARON BURSTEN Dated: February 8, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000213 Published: March 15,22,29, April 5, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as MAINTENANCE 4 U at 3148 Rae Creek Drive Chico, CA 95973. DAVID RUSSELL GRISSOM 3148 Rae Creek Drive Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: DAVID R GRISSOM Dated: March 7, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000319 Published: March 15,22,29, April 5, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as PET SITTERS EXPRESS CHICO at 1959 Citrus Avenue Chico, CA 95926. PET SITTERS EXPRESS CHICO LLC 1740 Elm Street Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by
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a Limited Liability Company Signed: DYLAN SEID, OWNER Dated: March 5, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000306 Published: March 15,22,29, April 5, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CHICO PILATES STUDIO at 1390 East 9th Street Suite 130 Chico, CA 95928. NANCY MANGAN ACKERMAN 977 Norman Avenue Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: NANCY M. ACKERMAN Dated: February 20, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000252 Published: March 15,22,29, April 5, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as AFFORDABLE AUTOMOTIVE at 2106 Park Ave Chico, CA 95928. AFFORDABLE AUTOMOTIVE LLC 2106 Park Ave Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Signed: MICHAEL BUTTON, PRESIDENT Dated: March 5, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000303 Published: March 15,22,29, April 5, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CJ’S TRUCKING AND TRANSPORTATION at 120 Acacia Ave. Oroville, CA 95966. CHRISTOPHER JOSEPH LANE 120 Acacia Ave. Oroville, CA 95966. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: CHRIS LANE Dated: February 27, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000286 Published: March 15,22,29, April 5, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as SM PAINTING at 372 Main Street Hamilton City, CA 95951. SERGIO G MARTINEZ 372 Main Street Hamilton City, CA 95951. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: SERGIO G MARTINEZ Dated: March 5, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000311 Published: March 15,22,29, April 5, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as RESTORATION 1 OF NORTH VALLEY at 232 W 21st Street Chico, CA 95928. NORTH VALLEY RESTORATION LLC 232 W 21st Street Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Signed: JOHN K. WHEATLEY Dated: March 9, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000330 Published: March 15,22,29, April 5, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as FILIPINO FOREIGN
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SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION, FILIPINO MARKET, FORK IN THE ROAD, GRUB SHACK at 1043 W 8th Street Ste B Chico, CA 95928. ETHEL CABAHIT GEIGER 1490 Heritage Oak Drive Chico, CA 95928. JOHN DAVID GEIGER 1490 Heritage Oak Drive Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a A Married Couple. Signed: JOHN GEIGER Dated: March 6, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000314 Published: March 15,22,29, April 5, 2018
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as ASAP BOOKKEEPING at 1040 Richland Court Chico, CA 95926. GYPSY SOUL ADVENTURES, INC. 1040 Richland Court Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: RENEE BURKE, PRESIDENT Dated: March 5, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0000307 Published: March 15,22,29, April 5, 2018
NOTICES CITATION TO PARENT TO MITCHELL MARES: PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on April 25, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. in Department TBD in the above-titled court at the North Butte County Courthouse at 1775 Concord Avenue, Chico, California 95928, the Petitioners, ANTHONY BRUSCHI and DENISE BRUSCHI, will petition the court to terminate the parental rights of MITCHELL MARES pursuant to Family Code Sections 7800 et seq. and Probate Code Sections 1516 et seq. By order of this court you are hereby advised that you may appear at the above-referenced action, then and there show cause, if any you have, why your parental rights should not be terminated, and why ALORA KAY SHAE JOHNSON should not be declared free from your custody and control for the purpose of freeing ALORA KAY SHAE JOHNSON for adoption. The following information concerns rights and procedures that relate to this proceeding for the termination of parental rights pursuant to Family Code Sections 7860 et seq.: 1. Any person having the custody or control of the child, or the person with whom the child is, is REQUIRED TO APPEAR at the above-stated time and place of the hearing. 2. Since Minor is under the age of ten (10) years old, the Minor’s presence at the above hearing is not required absent the issuance of a court order after necessity has been shown. 3. At the beginning of the proceeding the court will consider whether or not the interest of ALORA KAY SHAE JOHNSON requires the appointment of counsel. If the court finds that the interest of ALORA KAY SHAE JOHNSON does require such protection, the court will appoint counsel to represent her, whether or not she is able to afford counsel. 4. This petition is filed for the purpose of freeing the child for placement for adoption. 5. Under Family Code Section 7862, “If a parent appears without counsel and is unable to afford counsel, the court shall
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appoint counsel for the parent, unless that representation is knowingly and intelligently waived.” 6. Under Family Code Section 7864, “the court may continue the proceeding for not to exceed 30 days as necessary to appoint counsel and to enable counsel to become acquainted with the case.” 7. Under Family Law Code Section 7883, “if a person personally served with a citation within this state as provided in Section 7880 fails without reasonable cause to appear and abide by the court order of the court, or to bring the child before the court if so required in the citation, the failure constitutes a contempt of court.” Case No: 16AB00090 Attorneys for Petitioners Fritzgerald A. Javellana, SBN 266073 Brandon T. Williams, SBN 257958 WILLIAMS & JAVELLANA LLP 140 Amber Grove Drive, Suite 157 Chico, California 95973 Telephone: (530) 592-4305 Facsimile: (877) 551-6885 Published: March 15,22,29, April 5, 2018
NOTICE TO CREDITORS SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF BUTTE Case Number: 18PR00086 NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF In re the Trust Estate of: DAVID E. WEISS, also known as DAVID EVAN WEISS, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the creditors and contingent creditors of the above-named decedent that all persons having claims against the decedent are required to file them with the Butte County Superior Court at 1775 Concord Avenue, Chico, California, 95928, and mail a copy to the Trustee of the DAVID E. WEISS REVOCABLE LIVING TRUST dated April 14, 2014. The name and mailing address of the trustee is: LAURA LEE GOMES, Trustee, c/o Jane E. Stansell, Attorney at Law, 103 South Plumas Street, Willows, CA 95988. The decedent herein is DAVID E. WEISS who was the settlor of the trust. The time for filing a claim is within the later of four months after the first publication of this Notice to Creditors, (see noted dates of publication) or sixty (60) days after this Notice is mailed to you or personally delivered to you. A claim form may be obtained from the court clerk. For your protection you are encouraged to file your claim by certified mail, with return receipt requested. Dated: March 6, 2018 Signed: JANE E. STANSELL, Attorney for LAURA LEE GOMES, Trustee, 103 South Plumas Street, Willows, CA 95988. Published: March 15,22,29, 2018
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner KATHRYN RATHER, STEVEN VINCENT filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: ACE ATTICUS VINCENT Proposed name: ACE ATTICUS RATHER 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
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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: March 23, 2018 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBA Room: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: MICHAEL P. CANDELA Dated: February 2, 2018 Case Number: 18CV00319 Published: February 22, March 1,8,15, 2018
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner TONI SUZOR filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: ASHLEE NICOLE RYDEN Proposed name: ASHLEE NICOLE SUZOR 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: March 30, 2018 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBA Room: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: MICHAEL P. CANDELA Dated: February 2, 2018 Case Number: 18CV00360 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2018
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: CHONG LOR Proposed name: CHONG LEE 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: April 20, 2018 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBA Room: TBA The address of the court is:
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Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: MICHAEL P. CANDELA Dated: February 14, 2018 Case Number: 18CV00274 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2018
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner SEE VANG & ZELEE LOR filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: MOUA LOR Proposed name: MOUA MONG LEE 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: March 23, 2018 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBA Room: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: MICHAEL P. CANDELA Dated: February 2, 2018 Case Number: 18CV00299 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2018
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner SEE VANG & ZELEE LOR filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: GER LOR Proposed name: PAKER LEE 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: March 23, 2018 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBA Room: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: MICHAEL P. CANDELA Dated: February 2, 2018 Case Number: 18CV00298 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2018
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MARGARET ELIZABETH RIEN filed a petition with this
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court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: MARGARET ELIZABETH RIEN Proposed name: ELIZABETH RIEN 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: April 20, 2018 Time: 9:00am Dept: TBA Room: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: MICHAEL P. CANDELA Dated: February 14, 2018 Case Number: 18CV00403 Published: March 1,8,15,22, 2018
SUMMONS NOTICE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF TEHAMA, CASE NO. 17CI-000194. NOTICE TO DEFENDANT, JAMES JACKSON., FROM PLAINTIFF JEM EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING, LLC, BY AND THROUGH ITS COUNSEL OF RECORD, JERRY P. REMPEL, STANDER REUBENS THOMAS KINSEY, 1459 HUMBOLDT RD STE D, CHICO CA 95928-9100, T: (530) 895-8927; F: (530) 895-8971. Defendant, JAMES JACKSON, is being provided notice that a Petition has been filed requesting an Order Expelling Defendant as a Member from JEM EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURING, LLC. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. A complete copy of all pleadings can be obtained from counsel for Plaintiff by you contacting him at the address, telephone or fax numbers noted above. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after legal papers are served on you to file a written response at Tehama County Superior Courthouse located 1740 Walnut Street, Red Bluff, CA 96080 and have a copy served on the plaintiff at counsel’s office which address is noted above. A letter or phone call will no protect you. Your written response must be a proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an
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attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and cost on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. Published: March 8,15,22,29, 2018
SUMMONS NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: CODY STEVEN OCAMPO YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: BUTTE COUNTY CREDIT BUREAU A CORP NOTICE! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), your county library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The Court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. The name and address of the court is: Superior Court of California, County of Butte 1775 Concord Avenue Chico, CA 95928 LIMITED CIVIL CASE The name, address and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney is: JOSEPH L SELBY (#249546) Law Office of Ferris & Selby 2607 Forest Avenue Ste 130 Chico, CA 95928. (530) 366-4290 Dated: June 3, 2017 Signed: KIMBERLY FLENER Case Number: 17CV01436 Published: March 8,15,22,29, 2018
PETITION NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE MARSHA T. NEWSUM, ALSO KNOWN AS MARSHA JEAN NEWSUM To all heirs and beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: MARSHA T. NEWSUM, ALSO KNOWN AS MARSHA JEAN NEWSUM A Petition for Probate has been filed by: PAUL E. NEWSUM in the Superior Court of California, County of Butte. The Petition for Probate requests that: PAUL E. NEWSUM be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests the decendent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: April 10, 2018 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept: Probate Room: Address of the court: Superior Court of California County of Butte 1775 Concord Ave. Chico, CA 95926. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: NICOLE R. PLOTTEL 466 Vallombrosa Ave. Chico, CA 95926 (530) 893-2882 Case Number: 18PR00087 Dated: March 6, 2018 Published: March 15,22,29, 2018
NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE LEO HARRIS To all heirs and beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: LEO HARRIS A Petition for Probate has been filed by: TIFFANY EASTBURN in the Superior Court of California, County of Butte. The Petition for Probate
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requests that: TIFFANY EASTBURN be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. The petition requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The indepenedent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: April 24, 2018 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept: C-8 Room: Address of the court: Superior Court of California County of Butte 1775 Concord Ave. Chico, CA 95926. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: JAROM B. PHIPPS Forethough Law, PC 1101 Investment Boulevard, Suite 150, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762 916.235.8242 Case Number: 18PR00090 Published: March 15,22,29, 2018
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“Yeah, well he can do whatever he wants,” he said. “I’m outta here. I got a job in L.A. starting next week. You can let the dear landlord know I’ll be paying up on the rent.”
“You need to evict him,” I said.
“Wait a minute,” I said. “Was that you playinag Johnny Cash before I came in?”
“It’s in the works. I’ve sent him all the notices, but the jerk ignores ‘em.”
He smiled and played the opening lick to “Folsom Prison Blues.” He sang like Johnny Cash.
Against my better judgment, I went to the house. I wanted the listing and that bad tenant was in the way.
“You play?” he asked. I nodded. He pulled from under the sofa a Martin D-18 guitar.
I heard Johnny Cash as I walked up the weather-beaten staircase. The music stopped after I banged on the door a few times. A big guy answered the door. He looked disapprovingly at my business attire.
We jammed and sang some Hank Williams songs. A couple of his buddies showed up with beer and instruments and we jammed some more. We became great friends.
“Come on in,” he said in a resigned tone. He plopped onto an old sofa and grabbed a beautiful Gibson Hummingbird guitar. “So you’re what, the rent collector or something?” He strummed an E chord.
“No, I’m a Realtor. The owner is talking about selling.”
The next day I called the owner. “Your tenant will be out this weekend,” I said. “I doubt that,” he said. “I got complaints about loud music and partying again last night. The dirtbag!”
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1578 Hawthorne Ave 3 Scenic Ln 2965 Bancroft Dr 4 Stratford Way 8 Camba Ct 10 Rugosa Oak Ct 1026 Colmena Dr 605 Vilas Rd 1027 Rushmore Ave 108 Delaney Dr 2859 Pennyroyal Dr
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3 bed SO 2 bath LD1,465 sq ft. Two homes on one property in Chico. $279,900
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4 Roxanne Ct 417 W 1st Ave 1484 Lucy Way 13760 Caribbean Way 2908 Pennyroyal Dr 1081 Rey Cir 318 Royal Glen Ln 1461 Rim Rock Dr 13816 State Highway 99 N 1079 Sierra Vista Way 1122 Elmer St
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Remodeled, upgRaded, stunning condo! 2 bed/with loft area that could be 3rd bedroom, 2 bath, 1,413 sq ft with lovely private backyard and patio area..............................................................................................$220,000. manufactuRed home in a Park, 55 years +, 2 bed, 2 bth, 1,512 sq ft, with lovely upgrades. .................$122,500 tReed building lot, .20 acre in town! ........................................................................................................$99,000 beautiful califoRnia paRk 3 bed/2.5 bath, 2,738 sq ft with views of the lake, hardwood floors, and more ...$569,977 easy caRe yaRd,, 4 bed/ 3 bath, 1,880pen sq ft,din tilegflooring and redwood touches add a warm feeling ..... $340,000 2-homes on .77 of an acRe in toWn! Custom 3 bed/2 bth, 3,000 sq ft + 3 bed 2 bth, 1,110 2nd home ....$575,000 looking foR an estate styled home with an attached guest unit? This home offers a 4 bed/3 bath, updated main home with a 1 bed/1 bath home all on 1.17 acres with in ground pool, putting green, pool house, shop/work shop all in town! ................................................................................................................................$739,000
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The following houses were sold in Butte county by real estate agents or private parties during the week of February 26, 2018 – march 3, 2018 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
4 Sunflower Ct
SQ. FT. 1413
32 Lariat Loop
35 Linda Dr
17 Rogers Ridge Ct
1785 Veatch St
1614 20th St
914 Waggoner Rd
1075 Nevada Ave
1399 Nb Ln
2455 Oro Bangor Hwy
6098 Maxwood Dr
33 Gold View Ct
317 Circlewood Dr
23 Southview Dr
570 Rustic Ln
1326 Hurleton Rd
1710 Merrill Rd
1630 Maple Leaf
1534 West Dr
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