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Editorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Guest Comment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Second & Flume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Letters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 This Modern World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Streetalk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7




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Denying climate change doesn’t negate it Late last week, as the Camp Fire continued to cast

a pall on Butte County—where 88 people died as a result of the firestorm and hundreds more remain missing—the White House scoffed at a newly released federal report on climate change that underscores the significance of its related economic repercussions. The study concludes that by century’s end, the financial toll—due to sea level rise, heat-related fatalities and infrastructure damage—will climb to hundreds of billions per year, with calculations ranging from $300 billion to $500 billion. Just for ground transportation, such as roadways and bridges, the cost estimate is $21 billion. To put the annual total in perspective, it would double the impact of the Great Recession. The National Climate Assessment is nonpartisan. It’s a congressional mandate. The analysis, more than 1,600 pages, comes from 13 federal agencies and 300 scientists. Yet, President Trump dismisses their findings with a Twitter-worthy “I don’t believe it.” No wonder: Over its first nearly two years, his administration has sought to undo or rein in previously established policies designed to curb the effects of global warming. Among the president’s most

high-profile rejections of the scientific evidence is his vow to pull the United States from the Paris Agreement, a landmark commitment from nearly 200 countries to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The timing of his latest denial couldn’t be worse. The report came out days after he visited Butte County to see destruction from the Camp Fire—one of many disasters worsened by, if not attributable to, climate change. Then Monday (Nov. 26), two members of his cabinet, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, came to Paradise. Remains of the missing were still being recovered. Yet here they were, with Congressman Doug LaMalfa tagging along, offering so-called answers. Trump and his secretaries essentially blamed trees for fires. In all the talk of thinning forests, none mentioned climatic factors. Nor, of course, has LaMalfa, another staunch denier, whose big solution is including “forestry” (i.e., logging) in the Farm Bill, as he tweeted several times this week. How many hurricanes, floods and—yes—wildfires do these Republicans need to see for reality to set in? To paraphrase a saying, it’s climate change, stupid. Ω


A heartbreaking moment of utter resilience TtheLike how what brought me to tears in the wake of Camp Fire was the easy strength of a stranger. he smallest things that have the deepest impact.

I had brought my boots in for repair. The balding cobbler walked me through what needed to be done. “It could take longer than usual,” he said with an accent I couldn’t place. “I haven’t been able to open the windows and work with the glue.” He nodded toward the toxic fog blanketing Chico. “No problem. I hear we’re getting rain Wednesday.” “Bless the Lord,” he said. by We talked longer about the Stephen David Caldes disaster, the evacuee camp across the street and the outpouring of The author is an assistant professor of support from the community. He journalism asked what I did and I told him. at Chico State. “Good,” he said. “You are good.” He apologized again. “I will start today, but Thanksgiving I go be with my family.” “Of course,” I said. “Of course,” he echoed. Then, almost as an afterthought, he said, “We lost our house in Paradise. We lost everything.”



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A bolt of sadness caught me by surprise and I hiccuped. “Oh, my god. Where are you staying?” “For a few days we stayed with my son in Davis. But now we’re here, in the shop.” We both looked around the cramped space. “Anything you need?” “No, no.” He waved off my question. “We are blessed. We have the shop. We could be over there,” he said, nodding toward the encampment. “The evacuation,” he said, still looking past me, “was … just terrible.” Neither of us said anything for a second. “Next week. I have your boots.” “Whenever.” “I’ve worked on this type of boot,” he said, performing cheer. “I shine them, too. They are nice boots.” “If you need anything—” I started, but he shooed the gesture. “Next week. Like new.” The bell jingled as I pushed the door to leave. In my car, I faced the tent city across the street. I hiccuped again. This time I couldn’t hold back the tears. My vision blurred, exacerbating the haze just beyond the windshield, and I reflected on the resilience of humans and how those suffering most always seem to stabilize the masses. For that, I am so very thankful. Ω

by Melissa Daugherty m e l i s s a d @ n e w s r e v i e w. c o m

Red tape I wanted to write about something other than the Camp Fire this week. But it’s difficult to escape the calamity. Maybe impossible. We’re in a new post-fire world, and there are a lot of ramifications. Our friends and loved ones are traumatized—in many cases by a terrifying escape from the Ridge and the loss of a home. There are desperate searches for new places to live, especially in Chico, which, as this newspaper has chronicled in depth, has struggled with a housing crisis for years. I worry most about those on the margins: folks on fixed, lowertier incomes who were able to get by living on the Ridge—maybe by renting an old cottage, a mobile home, a duplex or apartment. So many of those previously affordable units have been reduced to ashes—along with so much else—and the reality is that there’s no telling whether or what the landowners will rebuild. What options do these displaced people have? Soon enough, they will include living in travel trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (see Ashiah Scharaga’s report on page 8). The holdup, we gather, is the red tape. Considering there’s so much infrastructure repair needed in the fire-scarred regions, Chico seems like the optimal stopover. Exactly where is the question. That’s something the new incarnation of Chico’s City Council will consider in the coming weeks, as the leaders of Butte County’s largest municipality take on the role of being a good neighbor. The panel’s next meeting, on Tuesday (Dec. 4), includes the ceremonial changing of the guard. Recall that, though it seems like a lifetime ago, there was an election two days before the Camp Fire. Three conservative council members—Mark Sorensen, Reanette Fillmer and Andrew Coolidge—are taking their leave. Coolidge lost his bid for a second term on the panel. Fillmer and Sorensen, a oneand two-termer, respectively, didn’t seek re-election. Their replacements on what will become a progressive majority council are Alex Brown, Scott Huber and Kasey Reynolds. The latter is the only conservative. My guess is that Randall Stone will be voted mayor—aside from the newbies, he’s the only liberal holdover who hasn’t held that post. It’s a toss-up as to whether Ann Schwab or Karl Ory gets the nod for vice mayor. We shall see. Irrespective of political bent, the panel’s members have their work cut out for them. Public service isn’t easy—even absent of a disaster. With what’s going on, you can almost file this one in the category of “be careful what you wish for.”

A PITCH FOR GIVING Each year, the CN&R is a partner in an effort to provide gifts for children at the Esplanade House, a transitional housing program. If you have a soft spot for kids, come to our office at Second and Flume streets to pick up a tag bearing the name of a child and suggested gifts. I know there are many worthy causes to support, especially in the wake of the fire, but let’s not forget these kiddos.

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Sharing the pain  Re “Local heroes” (Cover story, by CN&R staff, Nov. 21): Patrick Newman and his allies, myself included, are doing a service to our community by being present and accountable for folks living without a roof. Meeting people where they’re at with care, love and connection to community provides a vehicle that not only makes Chico “cleaner and safer” but also more engaged in the realities of life in one of the poorest counties in California. Oh, how I wish Mayor Sean Morgan was right when he blabbers that helping destitute human beings is all about the selfish need for advocates to feel good. In practice, the effects of compassion fatigue are laid bare among all of us and, in my case, amplified by mild to moderate depression that I have managed for years. I have been side by side to this sacrifice with countless volunteers

from organizations such as Safe Space, Crisis Care Advocacy and Triage, the Jesus Center, the Torres Community Shelter, et. al. We share the pain and responsibility we have to be present for one another in times of personal tragedy knowing full well, “if you have a roof, be grateful.” Bill Mash Chico

How about sirens? Re “Community of seniors” (Newlines, by Meredith J. Cooper, Nov. 21): Growing up pre-dawn computers, I lived in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. During the Cold War era, there was a simplistic system of antiquated warning sirens. These were placed on top of poles and would sound off to warn us of nuclear attack. This actually meant to kiss your ass goodbye. However, in this

futuristic technological culture, a warning siren of this type could alert mountain communities of impending danger. This would avoid cellphone networks being impacted and give people a clue to seek more information. Cal Millwalkee Chico

Trump’s trip to ‘Pleasure’ Re “The leftovers” (Second & Flume, by Melissa Daugherty, Nov. 21): Now we can say why Dumbold Trump hides behind the bully podium for his rallies. Not because he is trying to hide his obesity, although that does allow him a false cure. It’s because he does not know what to do with his lying hands. Look at him as he spoke while standing between Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom at the Camp Fire. The meaningless words coming out of his mouth were topped by the LETTERS c o n t i n u e d

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Trump’s special cross-continent flight to visit the fire-ravaged town of Paradise, which featured his customary finger pointing and blame assessment, finally reached an apex when he erroneously referred to it as “Pleasure.” This faux pas is extremely disturbing, callous and a slap in the face to the poor souls who lost life, limb and property in the conflagration. Joe Bahlke Red Bluff

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it is imperative that landowners act quickly so that the folks who paid their rent on time and faithfully are able to establish a new life. Perhaps there could be a registry that gives landlords a space for them to provide their new addresses as we know many of them were affected as well. I trust that there are legal agencies who will help evacuees in case their landlords prove to be disreputable or dishonest. Let’s hope that they are far and few between. Mary Neumann Chico

Poem for Paradise Hawks lazing in the gyre Above a sleeping town The quiet mountain air Our quotidian routines Never augured the calamity The vicious after scenes, So many outcomes so ineffably obscene All the media chronicles Biblical devastation, Every painful photograph Like a private crime scene. A random disconnect In a PG&E power switch Perhaps a mis-tossed cigarette And one flickering moment Without a catalyst When the coming blaze—was not completely lit. What could well have been ‘not much at all’ Instead became catastrophe. As acorns birth our valley oaks Conflagration springs from spark The reverberation of an instant’s slip Traces eternal arcs. And homes, like oil, burned in the conflagration From that first Camp Fire spark. Sierra winds dubbed ‘Diablos,’ A name so apt it aches Blew the flames to Chico 87 lives away. Insouciance turned inferno, Begot the agony of loss; We found ourselves beyond the pale Past Rubicons we’d never cross. Incinerated neighbors, family, friends We, who fled the flames, often Lost everything we owned And in the aftermath were left Scarred, wounded and bereft

Surviving, most, on charity alone And yet we readily grasped that we were better blessed—by far Than many we had known. Southeast Asian tsunamis, U.S. hurricanes as well, Spread torment all across our world But in less than thirteen hours One day in California Was all it took Paradise turned to hell. And it may seem so far away The vengeance of some others’ god Retribution visited on those who May not share your virtue, your ‘steadiness of mind’ You imagine, but yet may someday find The dial on your clock At precisely 6:29 In an otherwise unmemorable day. And a day becomes forever Lives turning on a pin It’s always unexpected; And fools come rushing in. Still in less than thirteen hours One day in California, Turned Paradise into hell. More quickly than can be expressed More efficiently than these words can tell The infernal cursed Camp Fire—yes Turned Paradise to hell. Norman B. Beecher Chico

‘The Smoke Today’ I am here such as it is so much less than yesterday. Can you see through me? The Smoke is all around me in me is me. Far too much has been lost to The Smoke Someday The rains will come and push The Smoke down down into the ground where it will wait to finally finish me. Can you see through me? Danny Dietz Chico

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Camp Fire survivors with lingering questions on how to proceed with rebuilding their homes—and lives—can look to a free resource guide for answers. Morrison & Foerster, a law firm with offices internationally, has updated its Fall 2018 California Wildfires Helping Handbook to feature information specific to Butte County and Southern California counties affected by the Woolsey and Hill fires. Topics include housing, insurance, government benefits, FEMA assistance, replacing lost documents and fraud prevention. Download at tinyurl.com/fire-handbook or email firehandbook@mofo.com for bulk copies.


Concow School students displaced by the Camp Fire will have their own campus when classes resume countywide Monday (Dec. 3), with the Golden Feather Union School District reopening Spring Valley School. The Butte Valley site, on Pentz Road by Highway 70, closed in 2010 due to low enrollment. It’s 15 miles from Oroville, where the district said in a news release that most of its displaced families are residing. Spring Valley will accommodate students from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade. Staff and community members have been moving materials from Concow School, installing internet hardware, cleaning and landscaping the facility.


Focusing coverage on Camp Fire recovery efforts, North State Public Radio launched an evening show, called After Paradise, this week. The program—6:30-7 p.m. weeknights, airing in Chico on KCHO (91.7 FM)—features updated information from local officials, service providers and experts in fields such as crisis trauma and financial planning. Local reporters also contribute. Listeners can submit questions via mynspr.org (where the show streams online) or 433-4887. Public radio journalist Tess Vigeland (pictured) hosts the show, which NSPR has scheduled through next Friday (Dec. 7) and will consider extending. Vigeland has hosted National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and, for 11 years, “Marketplace,” plus two shows in the Los Angeles market.



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FEMA trailers on the way for Camp Fire refugees awaiting temporary housing

Ftheabout staying at an evacuation shelter is noise. or Mark Sutherland, the hardest part

Before he arrived at the Butte County Fairgrounds, he witnessed a picturesque story and photo by scene every day, familiar Ashiah to those who called the Scharaga Ridge their home. He had a quiet life in the as h i a h s @ n ew srev i ew. c o m hills among towering pine trees. Deer stopped by frequently to feast Housing on the grasses in front assistance: of his mobile home in Register with FEMA at disasterassistance.gov, Paradise. “I was doing just fine by calling 800-621-3362 or by visiting a … and I could afford it Disaster Recovery on my Social Security,” Center, at the Chico Mall in the former Sutherland said. “I’m Sears building, 1982 E. still in a state of, ‘Huh?’ 20th St., or I’m not quite sure what 2140 Feather River to do or where to go.” Boulevard in Oroville. Sutherland, who is 66, has stayed at three separate shelters since the Camp Fire ignited three weeks ago, destroying his home alongside nearly 14,000 others. Earlier this week, more than 780 refugees were sleeping on cots at American Red Cross emer-

gency shelters across the region, including the Butte County and Glenn County fairgrounds. Though the evacuees the CN&R spoke with expressed gratitude for the shelter, tensions have been building. Sutherland has been sharing close quarters with many other folks who, like him, are older and on a limited, fixed income, unsure of what to do about housing. While the Red Cross shelters represent the immediate emergency response to the disaster, longer-term relief, in the form of trailers, is the next step in the recovery effort. According to Toney Raines, who is leading the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Housing Task Force, a handful of such facilities may be ready this week. The agency is considering placing as many as 2,000 of the furnished trailers, with the caveat that the estimate changes as people register with the agency. The FEMA-appointed task force—made up

of county, town and city representatives, as well as local housing experts—has been meeting to figure out the best place to set them up. Raines said they have inspected 28 sites so far, finding 17 feasible and five

potentially feasible. Larger group sites will take longer to vet, with Raines estimating about four months before they’re ready to go, he said. He would not reveal specific locations as of press time, but said the trailers have to be located in a safe location that can provide utilities services like electricity, water and sewer, and have to be accessible, so that survivors have easy access to public transportation, schools, hospitals, police and fire services, and grocery stores. In some cases, that could mean people could park the trailers at their former home’s site while they rebuild, as soon as it is safe to do so. At this point, the farthest location being considered is in the Sacramento area, but the task force is focusing on examining all possible locations in Butte County. “It is our goal not to move people away from the town of Paradise because we know that is going to restrict their ability to recover,” Raines said. Raines added that the reason why the trailers were deployed in the first place is because of Butte County’s housing crisis. “We recognize the shortfall,” he said. That’s why the agency is considering allowing folks with insurance to stay in the trailers, though they may be asked to pay

Mark Sutherland has been staying at evacuation shelters since the Camp Fire destroyed his home. Living on a fixed income, he’s not sure what to do for long-term housing.

fair market rent. Those who may not be eligible for a trailer will be provided with other options, such as U.S. Small Business Administration loans or rental assistance. Once the trailers are established, the program will be in place for 18 months, with the possibility for an extension if the state requests one, Raines continued. On his way to a housing task force

meeting earlier this week, Chico City Councilman Randall Stone said the task force has “to pull out all the tricks in the hat,” because Butte County’s homeless population went from about 2,000 to easily 30,000 overnight. “Absolutely everything is on the table,” he continued, including some topics that have been controversial, such as tent cities, inclusionary zoning (which offers incentives for development of lowto moderate-income housing) and tiny home villages. (See page 9 for an update on Chico’s Simplicity Village.) In fact, the council’s Dec. 4 meeting will include a conversation about allowing temporary emergency housing options on public and private properties that have utility services. Temporary homes have to be a part of the solution, Stone added, otherwise the region will experience “unacceptable losses.” To keep the Ridge community intact, “we have to build housing, and we have to build housing fast,” he said. “If we don’t get this right, we are looking at economic devastation for the entire region.” In the meantime, emergency shelters will remain open as long as people need them, Red Cross spokesman Joe Spaccarelli told the CN&R. At the Butte County Fairgrounds parking lot, Eddie Belfiore has been sleeping in his truck with his wife. She is 70, and they wanted to make sure she didn’t get sick when norovirus broke out at the shelter. They lost their home on Pentz Road in Paradise along with their moving business, Sensible Solutions. He has family in Santa Rosa and L.A., but he wants to rebuild on the Ridge. Belfiore is grateful for the help: food, clothing, shower and laundry facilities. The biggest problem he’s found is the mounting tension among evacuees: “Everybody is frustrated and people are barking at each other.” He gets it, because it is so unsettling when “you’re stuck in limbo.” Ω

Ready to roll Camp Fire crisis, City Council flip could fast-track Simplicity Village After more than five years of researching,

planning and politicking, the Chico Housing Action Team’s plan to create a tiny home community known as Simplicity Village is closer than ever to becoming a reality. In fact, CHAT Director Bob Trausch said Tuesday (Nov. 27) that the increased need for housing in the wake of the Camp Fire, coupled with the installation of the Chico City Council’s new progressive majority at its next regular meeting (Dec. 4), could lead to the first homes being placed and providing housing relief as early as January. The project, which aims to provide 33 tiny homes and wrap-around services for up to 46 senior citizens who’ve experienced or are at risk of experiencing homelessness, took a big step forward when the council approved the project’s concept on Nov. 20. The panel balked that night, however, when it came to approving its proposed location—a 2.6-acre vacant lot on Notre Dame Boulevard south of Morrow Lane. This led Councilman Randall Stone, an outspoken supporter of the project, to cast a strategic nay vote so that the matter could be brought back up once the newly configured council takes the dais. (A council member may request for reconsideration only a matter he/she opposed.) Indeed, Councilman Karl Ory indicated that’s exactly what he and the other progressives intend to do. “It was disappointing that the old council voted [as a conservative majority] against … but clearly there is a majority now that wants to move forward with this,” he told the CN&R. Trausch said that he expects the panel

to revisit the issue during its second meeting, on Dec. 18. If the location is given the final nod then—and if the city were to make some exceptions to building requirements as allowed by the declaration of a shelter crisis it approved in October—Trausch said CHAT is ready to break ground immediately. The nonprofit has five homes built by Chico State’s Tiny House Club, with commitments from local builders to construct three more. He said CHAT is talking to another organization that has 10 tiny homes nearly ready to be deployed and that volunteers are prepared to provide the necessary finishing work, like drywall and paint. For an accelerated opening, Trausch said portable toilets and other amenities would need to be used temporarily while permanent infrastructure—such as sewer, water and gas connections—is installed. “We could provide some services within a month, but it would be up to the city to let us do that,” he said.

SIFT ER Let them toke The latest responses in an annual Gallup poll show that 66 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana. That’s in stark contrast to 1969, when only 12 percent of Americans were on board. From the ’70s to the early 2000s, the poll held steady in the 20 percent range. Since then, it began to trend upward, reaching majority support in 2013, a year after Colorado and Washington voters legalized recreational use via

ballot initiative. It isn’t just a Democrat-led shift. Gallup reports that a slim majority of Republicans support legalizing pot (53 percent, compared to 75 percent of Democrats and 71 percent of independents). In the Nov. 6 midterm election, Michigan voters decided to join Washington, D.C., and nine other states that have already legalized recreational use. Last month, Canada became the second nation (after Uruguay) to fully legalize marijuana.

CHAT’s Bob Trausch says the organization has several tiny homes that could be placed and made livable by early 2019. PHOTO BY KEN SMITH

In a separate interview Tuesday, CHAT member

Charles Withuhn said Simplicity Village will benefit some Camp Fire survivors who lost their homes, as well as the existing homeless individuals the project was originally conceived to benefit. “There will definitely be a balance,” he said. Withuhn said that, while providing immediate relief is important, he also wants to ensure that his group takes the time to get things right: “We want Simplicity Village to be a model that other communities can follow, something durable and attractive and livable that we can be proud of.” Both CHAT members spoke about the deep links between Paradise and Chico, and how the massive loss of housing will affect both communities. “It’s crisis on top of crisis,” Trausch said. “There was a crisis before the fire, because there’s so many people who are homeless. On top of that, there’s another crisis in that there are no homes or land available in the community, and certainly nothing affordable for most people. We already had that problem, and now [housing] prices are going out of sight.” Trausch said that while the Simplicity Village project is meant to provide “bridge” housing for people to get back on their feet, he believes similar communities are the future of permanent housing as the region rebuilds from the fire. “Our longer-term goal is to replicate this model to provide quick, affordable housing throughout the community,” he said. “Things were bad, and now they’re worse. Unless we do things differently, there’s nowhere for people to go but the street.” —KEN SMITH


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deadly blazes in wine country, have brought a reckoning over the role of power equipment in setting off wildfires. It is not yet clear whether infrastructure owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and by Southern California Edison was involved in the Butte County and Malibu fires; investigators are still working to determine what triggered About the article: them. This story was produced But with by calmatters.org, an independent public jourone in 10 nalism venture covering California California state politics wildfires relatand government. ed to energy equipment, the state’s utilities have been called before regulators to show how they plan to ensure that their equipment won’t spark future fires. Among the firms’ strategies: more aggressively clearing brush and trees away from transmission lines, swapping wooden power poles for metal and maintaining a network of remote cameras to keep an eye out for wind, smoke and other dangers.

None of these or other fire-mitigation efforts will come cheaply. And consumers can be expected to foot much of the bill. In September, Southern California Edison estimated that making its equipment more fire resistant will cost $670 million in the next three years, and the company is seeking the California Public Utilities Commission’s permission to fully recover that outlay through rate increases. San Diego Gas and Electric has spent more than a billion dollars to fireproof its equipment over the last 10 years, long before the Legislature’s recent vote to demand it. And PG&E has spent $15 billion in the last five years to upgrade its equipment and make it more fire-safe, the company said. Wildfire issues absorbed the state Legislature in its most recent session, with heated debates about how to hold power companies liable for damage their equipment causes when strong winds drape tree limbs across transmission lines, or high-voltage wires sway and cross, showering sparks onto a tinder-dry landscape. The law that emerged requires the companies to provide the

Public Utilities Commission, which regulates them, with specific fire-mitigation plans and to construct, maintain and operate their equipment in a way that minimizes the risk of catastrophic blazes. It’s what officials call “hardening” of California’s electricity grid. The commission held a preliminary meeting with utilities in mid-November and will release a memo in December with guidance for the companies as they prepare their plans. The firms have until February to release their proposals, with the goal of having plans in place before summer. Many of the approaches being dis-

cussed are not new, having been in place for decades as companies have tried to safeguard valuable equipment. The work has intensified, however, as California’s fire season has grown longer and more destructive. Some examples: ● PG&E, like most of the other companies, is expanding its weather forecasting, planning to add 200 weather stations this year along its 70,000-square-mile service territory. The data—readings of wind, temperature and humidity that

San Diego power company has buried 60 percent of its lines, both protecting the lines from wildfires PHOTO BY MELISSA DAUGHERTY and ensuring that faulty lines don’t spark fires. provide early warning of high fireBut laying underground wires is risk conditions—is streamed in real expensive and not widely adopted. time and shared with emergency The cost is determined by where officials and the public, according the lines are and whether they are to Megan McFarland, a company new or retrofitted. spokesperson. According to PG&E estimates, ● Edison has begun replacing it costs approximately $3 million older lines with ones that are more per mile to relocate power lines robustly insulated, and the comunderground and about $800,000 pany utilizes drones to monitor on- a mile to build new overhead the-ground conditions. lines. ● San Diego Gas & Electric estabMalibu Mayor Rick Mullen was lished a system of remote-controlled critical of what he described as outcameras, some with infrared capadated power equipment and called bility, so the company can more for more underground lines. But one closely monitor conditions on and 2012 study estimated that installing around its lines. Those images, underground lines in urban settings and even camera access, can be can cost up to $5 million a mile. shared with firefighting agencies to PG&E has spent $300 million improve preparedness. since 2012 to bury lines, the com“There’s no one-size-fits-all pany said. About 25 percent are approach to wildfire mitigation,” now underground. said Wes Jones, a spokesman for Regulators allow utilities to the San Diego utility. “How is pass on a portion of such replaceweather … a factor? We are taking ment costs, but the overall price a comprehentag for future sive look at it. fireproofing How can we across the state “There’s no harden our grid has yet to be in the backone-size-fits-all determined. country, where Nor is it clear approach to these fires how much of wildfire start?” the tab will fall Another to consumers. mitigation…. method already Edison has How can we in use is curtailestimated that ment of power harden our grid the fire-safety when fire threat in the backcoun- improvements is high. As a it has proposed public-safety try, where these already will measure of raise residential fires start?” last resort, that rates by about —Wes Jones approach carries 1 percent. That a host of soberfigure could ing considerchange if the ations, discussed at last week’s company revises its plans in accorcommission hearing. A representa- dance with regulators’ anticipated tive of the city of Malibu said a guidelines. power outage during the fire there Meanwhile, CPUC President cut off internet access and made Michael Picker, during the it difficult for residents to keep November meeting, emphasized abreast of emergency information. how little time state agencies and In the face of strong-wind utilities have to craft extraordinariwarnings, PG&E considered cutly complicated plans. He cautioned ting power before the onset of the against high expectations from the Camp Fire but did not do so. The process. company has not commented on its “What we need to do is avoid decision-making process. the worst imperfections, and be humble,” he said, “and also just A further solution, a pricey one: remind people elsewhere that not Dig trenches and lay wires undereverything can be cured here.” ground, out of harm’s way. The —JULIE CART PG&E crews rehang power lines by what’s left of the Black Bear Diner on Clark Road the day after the Camp Fire devastated Paradise.

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HEALTHLINES Martha Pichotta, a Paradise pensioner displaced by the Camp Fire, finds herself at a Red Cross shelter in Yuba City.

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shake hands anymore; fist bumps and elbow knocks are highly encouraged. “Just threw up a few times,” said Martha Pichotta, 65, who was staying at the Red Cross shelter in Yuba City, about 50 miles south of her former hometown. After 24 hours of isolation behind blue curtains, she was released to mingle with other evacuees. Adding to the physical and emotional stress, especially for seniors, was the hurried escape from longtime homes and the disruption of often predictable lives. There was little time for practical consideration, let alone sentiment—beloved pets and rooms full of memories were lost. Beeson, whose shelter mates were taken to the hospital, said her adult son put his hand on her back to steady her, yelling, “Run, mama, run!” The only reason they escaped the fire alive was because a car picked them up and whisked them to freedom. David Jackman, 72, said he shuffled down the road as fast as he could, leaving behind his dog and his walker as the flames overcame his house and propane tanks exploded behind him. A firetruck came to his rescue—likely saving his life. Saunders, the 89-year-old Paradise resi-

Shelters serve as field hospitals for elder evacuees

story and photo by

Brian Rinker

Atownbefore the Camp Fire turned most of her to ash, Patty Saunders, 89, spends her fter barely getting out of Paradise alive

days and nights in a reclining chair inside the shelter at East Avenue Church, 16 miles away. It hurts too much to move. She needs a hip replacement and her legs are swollen. Next to her is a portable commode, and when it’s time to go, nurses and volunteers help her up and hold curtains around her to give her some measure of privacy. “Never in my life did I think I would end up in a situation like this, but when it’s time to go, you got to go,” Saunders said. Under the circumstances, she is in good spirits, with a rotating cast of people stopping by to chat and take care of her. Most of the fire victims here are older folks like her. They rest on cots, inflatable beds and recliners in a pop-up community of nearly 200 evacuees and an army of volunteers. The Camp Fire, the deadliest in state history, took ruthless aim at older people. Paradise was largely a retirement community, with a quarter of the population 65 and older.

“Lost a couple of bedmates the other night. They all went to the hospital.”

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The sheriff’s list of the missing includes many in their 70s and 80s. Like everyone else in the wildfire’s path, older people fled swiftly, if they escaped at all, often leaving behind medications, wheelchairs, walkers and essential medical equipment. Elderly refugees often need more support, especially with chronic conditions and infections that incubate and spread in close quarters. Some need dialysis but can’t get it. Others have respiratory illnesses aggravated by smoke. One woman in a Yuba City shelter was recovering from cancer surgery with a stapled wound. “It’s been rough,” said Joy Beeson, 76,

an evacuee who landed in the Chico church shelter. “Lost a couple of bedmates the other night. They all went to the hospital.” They were felled by norovirus, a nasty stomach illness that causes diarrhea and vomiting. People were throwing up all day. Then, in the middle of night, paramedics came and removed the sickest, according to some evacuees. The week after the Nov. 8 fire, nearly all the shelters from Chico to Yuba City were hit by an outbreak of the stomach illness— sending dozens to hospitals. The Butte County Public Health Department said 145 people in the shelters had been sick with the virus. Fearful volunteers and evacuees rarely

Managing chronic conditions Reducing the burdens of chronic disease represents one of the biggest challenges facing health care providers today. According to a report by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, more than half of Americans are currently living with at least one such condition—like diabetes, heart disease or asthma—and a third of these patients are managing two or more. Learn survival skills and coping techniques during a free class Wednesday (Dec. 5) at 1 p.m. at Prestige Assisted Living (400 Executive Parkway, Oroville). For more information, call Rachel David or Korey Simms at 534-8160.

On behalf of everyone at Adventist Health, we want thank the teams at Enloe Medical Center and Oroville Hospital for their amazing efforts at helping us and our patients who were transferred to their hospitals amidst the outbreak of Camp Fire. Your support, ongoing communication and deep passion for caring for our patients was nothing short of a miracle. We were so relieved that our patients were safe and under your care. You are our heroes. On behalf of all of us at Adventist Health Feather River and our communities, we will be forever grateful.


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Most of the older folks in the shelter

said they couldn’t be more grateful for all the support and care they’ve received. Even so, life in a shelter is hard. Denise Parker, a Red Cross volunteer in Yuba City, said they can offer displaced people PeptoBismol and lots of Gatorade. But some were so dehydrated they needed to be hospitalized. Parker said they double-bag all waste and isolate those who are sick. Parker recently got a request for an oversize wheelchair but wasn’t sure how to find one, she said. One evacuee needed dialysis, but they didn’t have the resources to drive the hundred or so miles back and forth to get him to a clinic. A nurse and doctors stop by to write prescriptions, Parker said, but for more complicated conditions the shelter struggles to meet the need. It isn’t a full-fledged medical facility. David Ramey, a 64-year-old with a scraggly beard, lounged on an inflatable bed at the Chico

shelter, puffing on a nebulizer to soothe his emphysema. It was acting up because of the smoke hanging in the air. He bought the device soon after getting out of the danger zone. Many of those who lost nearly everything are in a limbo state, not knowing what they will do next. Paradise was attractive not just because of its natural beauty but because housing was reasonably priced for retirees. At the Yuba City shelter, Pichotta sat in a wheelchair puffing on a cigarette with a blanket over her legs. She was talking with her 33-year-old son about what they should do now. They didn’t have residential insurance and their only monthly income is a $900 Supplemental Security Income check. While she doesn’t know where she will end up, her life in Paradise is over. “I never want to go to Paradise again,” she said, and cried. Ω



Come together In the wake of the midterm election and the president’s disaster visit to Butte County, it’s apparent that progressives and conservatives have never been more divided. A Pew Research Center study showed an average gap of 36 percent between Democrats and Republicans on political and values-related issues. That’s 21 points higher than in 1994, the first year the poll was conducted. Aspirational novelist Piero Rivolta (pictured), whose newest book is Bridge Through the Stars, urges Americans to reach out to each other and restore “the primary qualities that we all share as human beings—intuition, compassion, love, moral sentiment and a sense of fairness.” He suggests these tips: • Ask more of yourself to engage others. • Learn to listen. • Think back to understand your past and yourself through self reflection. • Embrace opportunities to evolve, and open yourself to all possibilities. • Expand your definitions of true love and respect. 14


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GREENWAYS Assemblyman Jim Wood, left, surveys Camp Fire damage in Paradise with Loren Lighthall, principal of Paradise High School.

An urgent task

Photo courtesy of Jim Wood

Legislator on the frontline of identifying victims of wildfire pushes prevention plan by

Laurel Rosenhall

Tthestepped out of the examination room at Sacramento morgue and padded into

he sun was beginning to set as Jim Wood

the lobby, white surgical booties covering his shoes. He’d keep working there late into the night but was taking a short break from the solemn task of identifying bits of human remains gathered from the rubble of the horrific Camp Fire. Wood is a forensic odontologist—a dentist with special training to identify dead bodies by examining teeth. He’s also a Democratic state assemblyman from Sonoma County. Those dual responsibilities have put him on the frontline in tackling two enormous, heartwrenching puzzles: identifying the people who perished this month in California’s deadliest wildfire and figuring out what state policies could prevent such catastrophes in the future. “I thought that last year was really, really awful,” Wood said of the wine country fires that killed 44 people, including some whom he identified through dental records. “I don’t think anybody expected that this year would be way worse.” This summer, Wood served on the special legislative committee that crafted a $1 billion plan to prevent wildfires—an amount he argued wasn’t sufficient for the massive task at hand. For years before he was elected to the Legislature in 2014, Wood was a family dentist. Along the way he sought extra training in forensic odontology and eventually became one of just 100 people in the United States who are certified at the highest level in the trade. He traveled the country to help identify victims of America’s worst disasters, including Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the 9/11 attack. More recently, Wood has put his skills to



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use a lot closer to home. Last year, he helped identify victims of the massive fire in Santa Rosa, just down the road from his house in Healdsburg. In recent weeks, he surveyed the damage in Paradise, where the Camp Fire killed at least 88 people and destroyed 13,600 homes. Wood has since been stationed at the coroner’s office in Sacramento, part of a team of forensic specialists who are examining the remains arriving from Paradise in body bags. Teeth. Roots of teeth. Metal crowns and porcelain fillings. “Most of what I’m seeing today are the roots of teeth. In these really hot fires, the enamel, or the white part of the tooth, often pops off the tooth,” Wood explained as he spoke in the lobby of the morgue. “While those roots and parts of the teeth will survive, the jaw bone that supports the teeth is often burned away. So what we get are a bunch of teeth but no way to associate them. So we use our knowledge of anatomy and the shapes of teeth, and I reconstruct. I look for a way to figure out how they would have looked in the mouth.” Wearing a white lab coat and rubber gloves, Wood arranges the dental remains on a big examination table. After he reconstructs a mouth, the next phase of detective work begins: Gathering dental X-rays and other records of people on the missing persons list, and matching those images to the remains in the morgue. It’s been difficult, Wood said, because many dental offices in Paradise burned up in the fire, and with them, the records that could help identify victims. But he’s scouring other

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sources for X-rays that were saved electronically. A few hundred people remain on the missing persons list, a number that has been fluctuating dramatically. Mark Essick, sheriff-elect of Sonoma County, said Wood was a key player in helping law enforcement identify victims after the fires there last year. The sheriff’s department calls him in to help solve other cases that involve dental remains. “He’s kind of a wizard,” Essick said. “He’s magic at what he does in helping us identify people.”

Authorities said 16 of last year’s fires involved Pacific Gas & Electric equipment, creating the possibility that the company will face billions of dollars in liability. PG&E and other utilities were intensely lobbying the wildfire committee this summer, seeking a change to liability laws and a plan to help them avoid bankruptcy by spreading their costs out over time. In so doing, they showered politicians with campaign contributions, Giants tickets and steakhouse dinners. Wood was the only fire committee member to return PG&E’s campaign donation, forgoing its $1,000. “I know how some of my constituents feel about PG&E,” Wood said. “I just didn’t feel comfortable taking the contribution.” The cause of the Camp Fire has not yet been identified, but PG&E reported problems with its electrical lines outside of Paradise just before the fire broke out. Wood is urging that wildfire prevention continue to be a focus when the Legislature reconvenes next month. He wants the state to do something big—and quick—though he acknowledges that he doesn’t yet know what that should be. It’s likely to be a painstaking process, but as Wood heads back into the morgue’s exam room, he seems to have become accustomed to painstaking work. Ω

In between the deadliest infernos of last

year and this year, Wood served on the special legislative committee focused on wildfire prevention. With his calm demeanor and measured tone of voice, he sat through long hearings on forest management, utility liability and emergency alert systems. He pushed for spending more money thinning forests, something he said would benefit his rugged district that stretches from Santa Rosa to the Oregon border. During the hearings, Wood didn’t publicly discuss his work identifying constituents who died in the brutal flames. But at one point in a late July hearing, he lost his patience. “People are dying,” Wood said to California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker, who had just described a lengthy bureaucratic process for approving utilities’ fire mitigation plans. “I don’t want to be here five years from now, when millions more acres may have been burned in California and many, many more lives have been lost, wondering what the heck were we doing. So I apologize for my passion. But … this is my district. This is where 44 of my constituents died and I don’t want to see any more die.”


Dye Creek Hike The Nature Conservancy is offering guided hikes of the Dye Creek Preserve’s canyon trail, located in the foothills below Mount Lassen. The rugged, 4-mile trek will take you back in geologic time as you learn about native plants and animals, and discuss the cultural importance of this land to indigenous people. Be prepared to hike steep terrain and traverse a creek, with an additional off-trail route this week. Hikes are led by The Nature Conservancy’s knowledgeable volunteer docents and are free. Contact Scott Hardage at shardage@tnc.org or 727-5751 to reserve your spot for the hikes Saturday (Dec. 1) or Dec. 9.




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Helping hands Sophie Konuwa is intimately familiar with business in Butte County. As director of the Butte College Small Business Development Center (SBDC), she helps entrepreneurs and established owners to succeed and grow. Konuwa is schooled in preparing business plans, marketing and consulting, and she is eager to help any businesses affected by the Camp Fire. The SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA), which has set up stations in Chico’s old Sears building as well as in Oroville in the Department of Development Services building at 7 County Center Drive. To find out more about the SBDC and how it can help, go to buttecollegesbdc.com.

How can your center and the SBA help local businesses? The goal is to reach out to anyone connected to the Camp Fire. The SBA has computer stations where they can sit with you to put through a request for funding assistance. We are funded through the SBA. We will work with any business owner who is looking to restart their business. We sit with you and look at the business as a whole and look at your goals and objectives and how can you re-establish that?

Meredith J. Cooper

What about businesses that weren’t physically damaged by the fire?

everything right. We look at it as an opportunity.

Loans are available to anyone connected to the Camp Fire. If you were affected in any way by the disaster—if you’re in Chico and you have employees who lost their homes, you might need to look for help short-term. Or maybe you need to help those employees find housing. As long as it’s affecting your business in any way—it could be employees, or maybe you’re not able to reach your market in Paradise, so you need to reach new markets.

Are you planning any workshops for fire victims?

What’s your general approach to helping in a situation like this? We look at the glass half full. Maybe it’s time to look at the business—you think, I need to start again, so what did I have issues with, what did I want to change? What are my new markets? Do you have obligations—tax or debt or contracting obligations? Let’s look at that and see how you can address those. This time around, you have an opportunity to really do

I’m in the process of putting together a series to be held in December, a two- to three-week series targeted specifically for those businesses. The focus is going to be: How do you recover from this type of disaster? We’ll look at all of the things you need to do—address financial obligations; assess the replacement value of the business; relocation, whether it’s temporary or permanent. And it’s free for everyone.

Any parting words? We’ve been through this in Santa Rosa, and then in Redding, so we are connecting to other SBDs to get their best practices. We want people to know that we understand your immediate needs, and ... when you’re ready to look at your business needs, we’re here. —MEREDITH J. COOPER m e re d i t h c @new srev i ew. c o m


I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. I was a bit conflicted—I had a plane ticket to visit my family in St. Louis, and the weekend also was planned as a birthday celebration for my mom. I couldn’t just cancel, but I very much wanted to be part of the community gatherings here in Chico. Getting out of town for a few days did provide a dose of clarity, however. While my boyfriend, Chuck, and I were pretty much consumed with the Camp Fire and its numerous—and horrendous—effects, most of those around us were only mildly interested in hearing our stories. I get it; it’s unpleasant. And it’s also hard to fathom unless you’re here. People don’t know what to say, they don’t know how to react. I urged them all to head to the store and buy a case of Resilience Butte County Proud IPA when it’s released in December. The brew was created by Chico’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., which has shared its recipe with more than 1,000 other breweries around the world that will be joining the hometown brewery in donating 100 percent of proceeds to support those impacted by the fires. Cheers to all who are participating.

PROFITING OFF OF PAIN I have never been quite so touched by my community, by the amount of love people are willing to give in a situation like this. However, I came across one “effort” that really boiled my blood. I was driving down Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway last week and spied a tent with a sign advertising “fire shirts.” Naturally curious, I stopped and took a gander. The shirts, being sold by a young man calling himself “The T-shirt Guy,” were $20. They were commemorative of the Camp Fire. I asked him if he was donating proceeds to relief efforts. Sort of—20 percent would be donated. To that, I said pointedly, “I don’t think I want to remember this one,” put the shirt back down, and left.

SPEAKING OF SHIRTS Many local fundraising efforts are for genuine causes and not for personal gain, so do your homework. I did pony up $20 for a shirt memorializing the Honey Run Covered Bridge. The Printed Image, based here in Chico, created them—along with Paradise beanies and shirts featuring Paradise plants (preorder only right now)—and 100 percent of proceeds will go to the North Valley Community Foundation and North Valley Animal Disaster Group. Right on! Find ’em at printedimagechico.com.

SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES It’s difficult to think about life as usual right now, I know. But I’ve been hearing rumbles from the local retail community that sales are particularly slow. Who has the money or energy to spend on a coffee pot or new camera right now, eh? Well, we must try. With the holiday season upon us, remember that buying locally means more money is kept within our community. The Camp Fire’s effects will be wide and come in waves. Let’s help ensure there aren’t unintended casualties.


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Will the Trump era fuel the Jefferson separatist movement’s efforts to split off into a new, 51st state?


lmost anywhere you drive through Northern California, you’ll see green and gold signs, flags and banners heralding the arrival of the state of Jefferson, a separatist movement that nearly succeeded in 1941 and, more recently, has grown significantly in the era of Trump. The signs feature “The Great Seal of the State of Jefferson,” a gold pan emblazoned with two X’s—Jeffersonians have long believed they’ve been double-crossed by big-city politicians in Sacramento who take their money but ignore their concerns. Over the last two years, the signs have popped up on billboards, front yards and haystacks, sometimes next to Confederate flags and antiimmigrant slogans. They also can be seen at county fairs and frequent rallies featuring supporters, some in camouflage fatigues, outside the Federal Building in Sacramento, where the secessionists have taken their fight all the way the U.S. Supreme Court. Jeffersonians argue that, since Southern California has 111 elected state reps (74 Assembly members and 37 senators) and Northern California above the San Francisco Bay Area only nine (six in the Assembly, three in the Senate), the courts have “a legal, moral and constitutional” obligation to fix this imbalance by adding more state legislators, especially in far-flung rural counties. “Taxation without representation,” the rallying cry of the American Revolution, now resonates with tens of thousands of Jeffersonians in 23 counties from Stanislaus to the Oregon border—nearly all of which voted for Trump. The “double cross” dates back to 1941, when residents of five coun18


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ties, sick of paying taxes and not getting needed roads in return, joined forces with rural Northern Californians to secede and then formed their own border patrol. Today, they reflect a growing sentiment that California should be carved into anywhere from two to six states in order to adequately govern its 40 million people and their conflicting political views on a broad range of issues, including immigration, gun control, water rights and environmental regulations. Just this summer, a measure to ask Congress to split California into three states, backed by Silicon Valley billionaire Tim Draper, qualified for the November ballot. It was eventually invalidated by the California Supreme Court, which questioned the measure’s constitutionality. The legal setback didn’t discourage Jeffersonians.

Indeed, this unlikely assortment of survivalists and hippies, pot growers and hardline cops, real estate appraisers and loggers, fencing instructors and gun lovers, Latinos and antiimmigrants has joined forces, seemingly impervious to criticisms. While Jefferson’s leader, Siskiyou County resident Mark Baird, claims the movement is nonpartisan, Baird admits he, and many other Jeffersonians, voted for Donald Trump—“He wasn’t my first choice, I wanted Ted Cruz”—because they couldn’t stand Hillary Clinton. He also acknowledges Trump’s victory empowered thousands of disaf-

fected voters in Jefferson country, and noted that the more federal judges Trump appoints in California, especially to the decidedly liberal 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the better Jefferson’s chances. Critics across California and the nation have called Jefferson a harebrained scheme, a disaster in the making. But Baird and others argue that Jefferson’s time is now. “Our window of opportunity is here,” he said.

‘Totalitarian nightmare’ The Jeffersonian movement has recently re-ignited and spread across California. Now, supporters as far south as San Bernardino want in, even though it’s not practical to admit counties that aren’t contiguous, Baird said. But he understands why impoverished rural Californians statewide want to join. “California has become a totalitarian nightmare of social engineering, and people are bailing out. We’ve lost 9,000 businesses and nearly a million productive people,” Baird said. Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence opens with a Trumpiansounding rant that claims leaders such as Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom “have openly and publicly declared war on the government of the United States.” “Is this or is this not a nation of laws?” it reads. “[We] Declare the 51st State, Jefferson, to free us from tyranny!” The language and ideas date back much further than the 45th president. In 1941, Jeffersonians captured attention when they formed a rebel militia and even stopped drivers on Highway 99 in Siskiyou County at gunpoint, handing out their declaration of independence and bumper stickers letting them know they were entering the state of Jefferson. Stanton Delaplane, a writer for the

Mark Baird, a rancher and reserve deputy sheriff from Siskiyou County, started to breathe new life into the State of Jefferson separatist movement five years ago. PHOTO BY STEVE MAGAGNINI

think tank, which last year issued a 13-page report on secession outlining a wide range of potential problems, including who will pay for and operate public schools, courts, prisons, water, welfare, transportation, parks and state agencies. If the measure was approved by voters and the federal government—and until California and Jefferson came to an agreement on how to split the state’s assets and liabilities, the report reads, “all tax collections and spending by the existing state of California would end.” Baird is used to not being taken seriously. When he and his finance expert, Steven Baird (no relation) of Sacramento, showed up for a verge of getting approval from San Francisco Chronicle, could scheduled appointment with Gov. smell a great story 300 miles away. Congress to break away until it Brown to present their secession was blown out of the water by He headed into Siskiyou County plan, for example, a CHP officer the bombing of Pearl Harbor on and won the 1942 Pulitzer Prize outside the governor’s office told Dec. 7, 1941. for reporting for his coverage of them the state’s chief “had more The movement has long been the “mountain men” rebellion. important things to do.” popular with a segment of rural “Gun-toting citizens of these “We couldn’t even get the guy rebel counties are partly mad, part- far-Northern California, but Baird, who brings them coffee to take our 65, a strapping reincarnation ly in fun, partly earnest about this papers, so we dropped them off in of John Wayne, started breathnew state,” Delaplane wrote then. the mail room,” Steven Baird said. ing new life into Jefferson five The rebels—then comprising Mark Baird is equal parts years ago. The 6-foot-4-inch fire four counties in California and Don Quixote, Patrick Henry and tanker pilot, rancher and Siskiyou one in Oregon—demanded the Thomas Jefferson. He lives in state build promised roads into the County reserve deputy sheriff cuts Scott Valley, a staunchly indepenan impressive figure. He sports a mountains containing millions of dent community 30 miles southblack belt holster, but instead of dollars of copper deposits, “and if west of Yreka, now the provisional a sidearm, packs his weapon of they don’t get them pretty soon, choice, a copy of the Constitution. capital of Jefferson. there’s no telling what they might Baird said he and several other Many politicians, academics do.” ranchers took on the California “This is the last frontier and the and journalists dismiss Baird and his fellow Jeffersonians as a bunch Department of Fish & Game a hard stand of rugged individualof gun-toting, right-wing rednecks, decade ago, “when they were tryism that is not a political slogan,” ing to charge us $25,000 per ranch Trumpies and neo-Confederates Delaplane opined in his piece for our water rights and unfettered whose chances of launching the penned on Dec. 1, 1941. access to our land.” Jeffersonians appeared on the 51st state are slim and none. “We told them not only ‘no’ Tim Onderko, vice mayor of but ‘hell no’—if you want our Loomis in Placer County, empawater, be prepared to take it.” thizes with Jeffersonians—to a Ultimately, Baird and company point. never had to brandish their weap“I understand people feel underrepresented or misrepresented ons; Fish & Game just cleared out. That victory set the table: On and want to make a change—I Sept. 3, 2013, the modern state of totally get it, I’m all about local Jefferson was born when Baird control,” Onderko said. “But we and about 100 supporters presented have to have a statewide constithe Siskiyou County Board of tutional convention. How would Jeffersonians support themselves?” Supervisors with their Declaration of Independence and won approval Onderko’s skepticism was amplified by the state Legislative Analyst’s Office, a nonpartisan DIVIDED C O N T I N U E D O N PA G E 2 0

Critics across California and the nation have called Jefferson a harebrained scheme, a disaster in the making. But [Mark] Baird and others argue that Jefferson’s time is now.

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by a 4-to-1 vote. Baird, a walking encyclopedia of California history and constitutional law who’s fond of quoting Alexis de Tocqueville and Frederick Douglass, has sold his dream across a vast expanse of California. “We’ve raised more than $500,000—$2 at a time—and I’ve been reading legal cases like a crazy law student for the last five years,” he said. Teachers, mechanics, doctors, lawyers, clerks, small-business owners, farmers, ranchers and survivalists have all contributed. “While most of us are gray-hairs, we have a strong Facebook presence in all our counties, and young people are turning out for our fairs and events.” Whatever their age, background or profession, Jeffersonians share a common distrust of big-city, heavyhanded government, Baird says. He knows plenty of folks who “hate California, they hate the taxes, rules and regulations.” Baird and many other Jeffersonians have a distinctly libertarian flavor. They say their new state largely would be governed by individual counties that would enforce their own laws and fund their own police, courts, fire departments, schools, public officials and indigent medical care. “Spending, except in rare cases such as the state Supreme Court, education above K-12 and prisons will be handled at a city/county level,” explained Steven Baird, the finance expert, who ran for the sprawling state Senate District 1 in 2016 on a pro-Jefferson platform and lost. Now, he argues that that one district with 11 counties shortchanges almost every constituent. “It is up to the people in those communities how they want their taxes and money to be spent. We will not force any county to fund any particular action.”

for Trump; four (Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Stanislaus) went for Clinton. If secession happens, Jefferson would hold a constitutional convention to draw its own legislative boundaries. Jefferson’s governor and courts would have less power to authorize or veto legislation—that responsibility would fall squarely on the Legislature. Nearly all services— from police to fire to schools— would be run by individual counties, Baird said. Critics both inside and out of Jefferson’s boundaries, including chamber of commerce officials and park rangers, fear a state made up of California’s poorest counties won’t have the resources to provide quality services—they say the state sends more money back to those counties than it collects from them. But Jeffersonians argue that without having to pay income, sales

or corporate taxes to the state, their financial model shows an aggregate county surplus without reducing current spending for schools, roads, public safety and infrastructure, according to their website. The Jefferson movement welcomes all independent parties, and the Green Party, which has scored few victories elsewhere, would have a better chance running in freshly drawn rural districts, Mark Baird said. Not all Jeffersonians are crazy about their namesake, but Steven Baird says it fits. “I guess we adhere to Thomas Jefferson’s principles of limited government. We would like to reboot the core beliefs of our Founding Fathers.” America’s Founding Fathers believed every American would have the opportunity to succeed, but there’s no guarantee of success: You will succeed on your own merits

Organizers behind the State of Jefferson count 23 Northern California counties as part of their movement to secede from California.

A new independence Here’s what Jefferson would look like based on census records from the 23 counties that have signed on and two others on the fence, either through referendum or a vote of their board of supervisors: 2.5 million people, 69 percent Caucasian, 21 percent Hispanic, 4 percent Asian, about 3 percent multiracial, 1.6 percent Native American and 1.6 percent AfricanAmerican. Nineteen counties voted 20


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“It is up to the people in those communities how they want their taxes and money to be spent. We will not force any county to fund any particular action.” —Steven Baird

and resources. The state of Jefferson has sparked plenty of opposition within its boundaries. As soon as you hit Mt. Shasta, local public radio stations proclaim themselves “Jefferson Public Radio,” which according to its website includes 10 public stations and 22 affiliates covering 60,000 square miles from Redding to Roseburg, Ore., Mendocino to Coos Bay. Keep It California, a nonpartisan group based in Sierra City, is also staunchly anti-Jefferson. The group claims the actual costs to Jeffersonians, ranging from having to pay out-of-state tuition to California universities to having to buy their way out of California’s $778 billion debt, means Jefferson’s projected $3.16 billion annual budget will be sliced to $840 million. “This proposal would create a very weak, Balkanized state with little uniformity throughout creating confusion and uncertainty,” declares Keept It California’s website. “It wouldn’t even guarantee that the few comparatively prosperous counties [Eldorado and Placer, both Jeffersonian bastions] would choose to help the poorer counties.” Placerville’s Jamie Beutler, chair of the Rural Caucus of the California Democratic Party, said Keep It California was formed in 2015 to counter Jefferson after its leaders began persuading county after county to join up. “I think it’s crazy—I understand their frustration,” she said. “But they get more money from the state for roads, schools, hospitals, infrastructure than they would get if they broke away.” While Mark Baird says Jefferson would liberate mining, timber, farming and energy from California control, Beutler notes, “most of the water and forests are federally controlled, so nothing would change there.” Baird hopes that Jefferson can become a reality in five years; Beutler counters that notion. “I think there’s no chance of this passing, but there’s a populist mood sweeping the country and they have been emboldened, all these hate movements have risen up,” he said. “These are the same people who have been infused with fear by Trump, Rush Limbaugh and alt-right media. They listen to what they want to hear and don’t listen to reason.”

Voters, lawsuits and true grit While Jefferson’s plans to create a special Native American Senate seat has generated support from some of the many tribes within its boundaries, Jessica Jim, an elder with the 5,000-member federally recognized Pit River Tribe who sits on the enrollment committee, said, “the problem is, who is going to get control of that seat?” Jim, who lives and works in Burney, said she feels Jeffersonians are simply pandering. “We have Karuk, Hoopa, Susanville and Pit River among the 37 tribes in Northern California. We all have different dances and beliefs. They’re trying to pacify us,” she said. “We said no, you treat us on a government-to-government, face-toface basis.” Mark Baird, who agrees many details need to be worked out, nonetheless insists they’ll be successful. “We are picking up steam in the face of some pretty serious opposition from both political parties.” Though Jefferson’s two U.S. senators likely would be Republicans, he says, there’s no real alliance between the political party and secessionists. “Republicans hate us more than Democrats, because they have literally more to lose,” Baird said. In fact, three U.S. representatives would shift from California to the new state, and those seats tend to be held by Republicans, who Baird says often ignore rural Californians. Despite some 200 attempts to divide California into two or more states even before California entered the Union in 1850, including one effort that that was on the verge of succeeding when it, too, was blown up by a war—in this case, the Civil War—these efforts have been derailed by political and legal opposition. In January, Tim Draper, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist— claiming 40 million Californians were not adequately represented either in the state Legislature or Washington—collected more than 400,000 valid signatures to split California into three states, qualifying it for the November ballot. Draper also launched failed campaigns to break up California into six states in 2012 and 2014. Draper’s current bid fizzled when the California Supreme Court

Venture capitalist Tim Draper launched a failed bid to turn California into three states. The effort was halted by the state Supreme Court.

unanimously concluded “that the potential harm in permitting the measure to remain on the ballot outweighs the potential harm in delaying the proposition to a future election.” Even if voters had approved Draper’s proposition, it couldn’t become reality without congressional approval—the same obstacle Jefferson faces, assuming it can persuade the California Legislature to go along with it. But in the era of Trump, the possibility of giving California—the bluest of blue states—more Republican seats in the Senate and House of Representatives may not be that farfetched. Meanwhile, without mentioning the state of Jefferson, Citizens for Fair Representation sued California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, arguing that Californians have the worst proportional representation in the nation—each of the 40 senators represents about 1 million people, while each of the 80 Assembly members represents about half a million. California’s 53 U.S. representatives each represents nearly 740,000 people. The plaintiffs, which include the American Independent Party of California, the Libertarian Party of California, several northern counties, Mark Baird and other Jefferson leaders, have made a fairly strong case that the California Senate and Assembly need to increase their membership “so we can all have access, not just the lobbyists,” Baird wrote in his supporting document. The plaintiffs sought to get the U.S. Supreme Court to have their case heard by a three-judge panel, but the court rejected the request. They lost that round, but they’re hoping the Sacramento federal judge who handled their case, Kimberly Mueller, can still be persuaded to let them argue it in court. If not, they will appeal to the 9th circuit, Mark Baird said. The Jeffersonians have no quit in them. Baird said California has historically kept the number of state senators low to keep minorities from being represented. “In 1879 there were six different African-American representatives

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A growing base Despite its rebel beginnings, Jefferson has attracted an increasingly diverse following. Lisa Pruitt, a UC Davis law professor specializing in rural and urban differences, said she has seen Jefferson signs in El Dorado, Amador and Calaveras counties. “I saw a Jefferson decal on a Prius in Fair Oaks, and on I-80 near Davis,” she said. “It’s all over rural California and creeping into urban California. I’ve seen their stickers on cars in Target parking lots.” The farther north you go, the bigger the signs, Pruitt said. “There’s a lot of agitation on the part of rural Californians who feel their interests are not being heard

or taken seriously in Sacramento,” Pruitt said. “The example is the state gas tax: People in rural areas who drive long distance don’t feel they get anything for their buck.” Baird argues that there’s a historic precedent for Jefferson: Vermont left New York and New Hampshire in 1791, Kentucky left Virginia in 1792, Maine bolted from Massachusetts in 1820 and West Virginia—which argued that Virginia committed sedition by breaking away from the union to join the confederacy—got its independence in 1863. Pruitt, however, disagrees. “It’s not a winning analogy,” she said, adding that West Virginia’s split happened more than 150 years ago. “People are intrigued by it, but peeling themselves into a separate state would not solve their economic woes, and might make them worse,” she said. “I’m not convinced they would be in a better situation if they got more representatives; rural interests would still be greatly outnumbered by urban interests in Jefferson. Legislators represent people, not cows and trees.” But Baird, Jefferson’s leader, is convinced its time has come. His conversations with everyday people have made it clear that the state of Jefferson’s future holds promise. “The oligarchy that runs Sacramento doesn’t care what the voters think,” he says. “We have been over-taxed and over-regulated, and more and more people every day are willing to stand up and fight.” Ω


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Arts &Culture Chris Robinson at the center of his Brotherhood. PHOTO BY JAY BLAKESBERG


THAT fillmore VIBE Chris Robinson Brotherhood settles into that vintage groove

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mercial success alongside his younger brother Rich in The Black Crowes, personal dynamby ics within the group Dave Gil de Rubio coupled with the pressure of music industry expectations led to the fracturing Preview: of the band and eventually Chris Robinson its dissolution in 2015. Brotherhood But with plan B in performs Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m. place since 2011, the Tickets: $25/ Brotherhood gave the advance; $30/door Georgia native the outlet El Rey Theater for continuing to seek 230 W. Second St. creative satisfaction on his 570-8575 own terms. What started elreychico.com out as a loose string of West Coast live shows eventually coalesced into a full-fledged band. “I had this music and the songs were piling up,” Robinson said during a recent interview. “[Keyboardist] Adam MacDougall and I were on The Black Crowes tour together during those last few years, in dressing rooms and hotel rooms with guitar and piano putting together a little repertoire of songs. We did this knowing that The Black Crowes were this dysfunctional weird thing, 22


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which was nothing new. So it was a pragmatic thing, too. I wanted to get out and do something new and different. “As time goes on, I’m super happy and comfortable with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood,” Robinson added. “I’m writing all these songs that don’t sound like what I’m famous for singing. They’re not hard-rock riff-oriented songs and it’s not a band with this rigid [approach] where everybody was wanting to suck as much money out of it as possible.” The band is currently on the road in support of 2017’s Barefoot in the Head. For Robinson, the fifth full-length was a chance to get a little rootsier with the material he was penning while on tour. “I just had my acoustic guitar and these more folky/country [tunes] and that was the idea. When we went in to make Barefoot in the Head, I didn’t want any instruments that we used before, or anything that we played on tour,” he said. “We had different amps and guitars and I wanted us to play a lot of acoustic instruments. But I’m very lucky because [drummer] Tony [Leone] is a good mandolin player. [Guitarist] Neal [Casal] plays a myriad of acoustic instruments and [bassist] Jeff [Hill] as well. We were able to have a lot of texture and color that way.” The end result is a nod to the

late-1960s/early 1970s roots-rock of Manassas, Poco and Buffalo Springfield. The dreamy psychedelia of the track “Glow,” with its sitar nuances, contrasts with funky opener “Behold the Seer” and its generous helpings of clavinet and wah-wah guitar effects. And the romantic “She Shares My Blanket,” which benefits from a wistful vibe fueled by some saloon-flavored piano runs and a few dollops of pedal steel, complements “High Is Not the Top,” a snappy, oldtimey romp that bounces with both banjo and harp. Robinson and band were so inspired during the Barefoot sessions that they already have another album in the can that’s set to drop in 2019. But for now, playing live is the main concern. “What I’m most proud of is that [the live show is] a very positive and welcoming [experience]. Chris Robinson [Brotherhood] is a fun band,” Robinson said, “We’re songwriters and that’s our craft, but the thing is how do you do that and keep everyone dancing? We get to throw in a few sad ones, here and there. But that’s what we do, man. … If you’ve never been to California, you’ll know what Saturday night at The Fillmore auditorium in San Francisco feels like. That’s what we kind of shoot for, where everyone is involved.” Ω



Theater A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS: Join live-action versions of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play, save a tree and discover the true meaning of Christmas. Thu, 11/29, 7:30pm. $5-$15. Harlen Adams Theatre, Chico State, PAC 144. 898-5152. csuchico.edu

ANNIE: The classic story of the plucky young orphan who never gives up her dreams of finding a family. Featuring unforgettable numbers like “It’s a Hard Knock Life” and





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CAMP FIRE NOTE: Due to the Camp Fire, some events in Butte County might be canceled or postponed. Please check with organizers for latest information.

Music O.B.E.: Brunch tunes. Sat, 12/1, 11am. La Salles, 229 Broadway St.

Theater A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS: See Thursday. Sat, 12/1, 2pm. & 7:30pm $5-$15. Harlen Adams Theatre, Chico State, PAC 144.

ANNIE: See Thursday Sat, 12/1, 7:30pm. $15-$65. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Road, Ste. F.



Special Events ART BOUTIQUE: See Saturday. Sun, 12/2, 12pm. Free. Bell Home Place, 12555 Meridian

CHRISTMAS PREVIEW & TREE LIGHTING: A tradition since 1978, this fun afternoon event brings people to the heart of downtown Chico to officially kick off the holiday season. Shop from downtown merchants, enjoy refreshments and live entertainment, and visit with Santa. Sun, 12/2, 4pm. Downtown Chico. 345-6500. downtownchico.com

INSPIRE TALENT SHOW & BAZAAR: Inspire’s got talent! Proceeds go to support the school’s senior trip to Disneyland’s Grad Night. Sun, 12/2, 12pm. Chico Women’s Club, 592 E. Third St.

TWEED RIDE: Hey Dapper Dans and Swanky Sallys! Get gussied up and grease your gears for this casual ride through the park. Vintage gear encouraged. Sun, 12/2, 11am. Free. Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park, 525 Esplanade.

Road. 894-1843. the ever-optimistic “Tomorrow.” Thu, 11/29, 7:30pm. $15-$65. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Road, Ste. F. 894-3282. chicotheatercompany.com



Music AN EVENING WITH LYLE LOVETT AND ROBERT EARL KEEN: Chico Performances presents country music champions Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, performing an amazing array of Americana, blues and country. Fri, 11/30, 7:30pm. $15-$65. Laxson Auditorium, Chico State. 898-6333. chicoperformances.com

THE MOTHER HIPS & ACHILLES WHEEL: Legendary NorCal acts get together to help raise money for Shasta fire victims. Fri, 11/30, 8pm. $25-$30. El Rey Theater, 230 W. Second St.

Theater A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS: See Thursday. Fri, 11/30, 7:30pm. $5-$15. Harlen Adams Theatre, Chico State, PAC 144.

ANNIE: See Thursday Fri, 11/30, 7:30pm. $15-$65. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Road, Ste. F.



Special Events ART BOUTIQUE: Old-fashioned holiday boutique with fine quality art and handmade goods from local artists. Sat 12/1, 10am. Free. Bell Home Place, 12555 Meridian Road. 894-1843.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, make crafts with the elves and enjoy pancakes and treats from Roots Catering. Sold out! Check site or call to see about cancellations. Sat 12/1, 8am. $12. CARD Center, 545 Vallombrosa Ave. 895-4711, chicorec.com


THE COMEDY REVOLUTION: Starring Laurie Kilmartin, support from Phil Griffiths and hosted by DNA. Music provided by The Mike Waltz Trio. Sat, 12/1, 8pm. $25. Sierra Nevada Big Room, 1075 E. 20th St. sierranevada.com


KIDS’ SCAVENGER HUNT: Fun and free activity for kids hosted by Egghead’s Surprise. Sat 12/1. Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Ave.. MOON NIGHT HIKE: The Chico Creek Nature Center hosts four hikes to correspond with the moon’s phases. Up this week: the waning moon. Sat 12/1, 6:30pm. Free. Chico Creek Nature Center, 1968 E. Eighth St.

WOMEN IN POWER, EMPOWER WOMEN: The Gender and Sexuality Equity Coalition hosts the 20th annual Women’s Conference focusing on women in politics. Workshops, panels and a keynote speech from Sonia Aery, Chico business owner and former State Assembly candidate. Sat 12/1, 11am. Free. Bell Memorial Union Auditorium, Chico State.

WORLD AIDS DAY: Stonewall Alliance, Caring Choices and First Christian Church host an HIV/AIDS Awareness Fair during the morning and afternoon with booths, games and valuable information, followed by a candlelight vigil and reception in recognition of AIDS victims and survivors. Sat 12/1. First Christian Church, 295 E. Washington Ave. stonewallchico.org

WREATHS OF THE SEASON: Make your own fragrant holiday wreath from a wide range of native plant clippings, native acorns, buckeyes, seeds and berries. Sat 12/1. $45. Holt Hall, room 129, Chico State. friendsofthe chicostateherbarium.com

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Beer and comedy? Sounds like just what the doctor ordered. Chico ex-pat and impresario extraordinaire DNA is back in town to host another Comedy Revolution at the Sierra Nevada Big Room, Saturday, Dec. 1. Guests include headliner Laurie Kilmartin, a stand-up vet whose appeared everywhere from Comedy Central to Jimmy Kimmel Live! and currently writes for Conan on TBS. Kicking off the night are 2016 San Francisco Comedy Competition finalist Phil Griffiths and DNA himself. Plus, music by the Mike Waltz Trio.

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Music FESTIVAL OF LESSONS & CAROLS: The choirs of Faith Lutheran Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church will present a Festival of Lessons and Carols featuring guest musicians and followed by a reception. Donations will be collected for the Chico Housing Action Team. Sun, 12/2, 4pm. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2341 Floral Ave. 894-1971 or 895-3754. stjohnschico.org

ROCKIN’ A’CAPELLA: An evening of a’capella arrangements of classic rock favorites directed by Warren Haskell. The show also includes music from popular local cover band Decades and will benefit victims of the Camp Fire. Requested donation of $20; nobody turned away due to lack of funds. Sun, 12/2, 4pm. El Rey Theater, 230 W. Second Street. 5192780. dijchorus.org

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Art 1078 GALLERY: Stories Seven, group show featuring the work of Robin Indar, Leslie Mahon-Russo, Dolores Mitchell, Tom Patton and Rudy Salgado. Reception Saturday, Dec. 1, 6pm. Through 12/23. 1710 Park Ave.

B-SO GALLERY: Pleasures, culminating BFA exhibition for artist Naomi Herring, translating stories about pleasure and satisfaction into abstract screen prints. Reception Thursday, Nov. 29, 5-6:30pm. Through 11/30. Also, Alicia Brogden, photography in student’s BFA Culminating Exhibition explores how we process grief. 12/3 through 12/7. Free. Chico State, Ayres Hall, room 105.

BLACKBIRD: Natoshi Sakamoto, solo show featuring recent works. Through 11/30. 1431 Park Ave.

CHICO ART CENTER: The Gift Show, over 20 artists curate booths and sell handmade goods and artwork for the holiday season. Think global. Buy local. Through 12/28. 450 Orange St. chicoartcenter.com

JACKI HEADLEY UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY: Legal Gender The Irreverent Art of Anita Steckel, featuring the work of the politically engaged artist Anita Steckel. The show focuses on her innovative use of collage and appropriation as a feminist strategy to counter the dominant male narratives endemic to art history and American society. Through 12/14. Free. Chico State, ARTS 121, 898-5864. headleygallerycsuchico.com

JAMES SNIDLE FINE ARTS GALLERY: Stan Sours & Avery Palmer, the gallery’s final exhibit featuring Stan Sours’ sculptures and Avery Palmer’s paintings. Through 12/28. Free. 254 E. Fourth St., 343-2930.

JANET TURNER PRINT MUSEUM: Deep Etch, exhibition features print work by Chico State art faculty, including the late artists Richard Hornaday, James Kuiper, Ann Pierce and Claudia Steel. Through 12/8. 400 W. 1st St.. janetturner.org

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Shows through Dec. 16 Museum of Northern California Art See ArT

Club. Through 12/29. Free. 710 Main St., Red Bluff, 391-3259.

MUSEUM OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ART: Talking Heads, group show featuring Northern California ceramicists’ art as a means of social expression, humor and political context while also creating dialogue with a focus on figuration. Come make art, relax and heal. Through 12/16. $5. 900 Esplanade. monca.org

NAKED LOUNGE: Ink by Bob, ink drawings in black-and-white and color by Bob Garner. Through 11/30. 118 W. Second St..

SALLY DIMAS ART GALLERY: Ann Pierce & Betty Polivka, estate sale, plus new works by by C. Preble Miles and Sally Dimas. Through 12/31. 493 East Ave., Ste. 1. sallydimasartgallery.com

Museums GATEWAY SCIENCE MUSEUM: Zoom Into Nano, hands-on exhibition demonstrates how scientists observe and make things that are too small to see. Find out how nanotechnology affects our lives through a number of awesome interactive exhibits. Through 1/6. $5-$7. 625 Esplanade.

PATRICK RANCH MUSEUM: Working farm and museum with rotating exhibits open every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm. Through 12/30. 10381 Midway, Durham. patrickranchmuseum.org

VALENE L. SMITH MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY: Reimagining Chico, find out what Chico looked like 100 years ago with this exhibit exploring the archaeology of our neighborhoods. Two recent excavations have yielded historic artifacts from boarding houses located on campus and the long abandoned historic Chinatown. Through 12/8. Free. Chico State, 400 W. First St., 898-5397.

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Warm-hearted agitator Chico essayist releases collection of writings

FPorter men come, Anthony Peyton has a way of eliciting angry or a man who is as gentle as

responses to his writings. I can personally testify to by that. During most Robert Speer of the decade rober tspeer@ from 2005 to newsrev i ew.c om 2014, when he penned a Can He weekly column, Say That? titled From the available at Edge, for the the bookstore Chico News & (118 main st.) and itascabooks.com/ Review, I was can-he-say-that the paper’s—and therefore his— editor. I can’t tell you how many phone calls I got lambasting me for allowing him to pollute the public consciousness. On the other hand, a much greater number of people thought his column was the best part of the paper. “It’s the first thing I read,” they often told me. That, or “It’s the only thing I read,” which stung. As Porter put it during a recent interview at Chico’s Blackbird cafe, “Some people like my work. Others think I’m the devil incarnate.” Altogether, Porter wrote nearly 400 pieces for the CN&R on a wide range of subjects. The column’s title was appropriate: His

essays often were edgy. It pleased him that some readers objected to them. He liked to shake things up. Conventional wisdom was often conventional delusion, in his view. Of the people who object to his essays, he has this to say, in a piece titled “Disturbed and Overwhelmed”: “Many people seem to expect all of us to respect what they respect, and to be disturbed when that doesn’t happen.” Porter now has gathered 100 of his essays—most from the CN&R, but a few from radio shows and publications in Minneapolis, where he lived before moving to Chico in 2005, and some from local community radio station KZFR—into a self-published book with the provocative title Can He Say That? (available online at itascabooks. com/can-he-say-that/). Porter is a lower-case libertarian. He doesn’t trust government and thinks that it should stay out of people’s lives. His book’s opening essay, titled “Cops,” makes that clear from the get-go. He writes: “I am astounded at the number of people who expect the police to protect them from their neighbors and who are not only willing to put up with incessant police presence but actually want more cops around.”

“Cops” was written in 1997, when Porter lived in Minneapolis. He wrote the second essay in this book, “Good Cops,” in 2014, long after he’d moved to Chico. He’d recently had some contact with the police that made him want to add to the discussion “because there are good cops.” He’d “run across seven or eight Chico cops and a most helpful Butte County deputy,” he writes, and he now saw that “there are situations in which one’s best bet is to call the cops, something I’ve never wanted to do.” This willingness to change his mind and highlight that change in his book’s opening essays is typical of Porter. He’s not irrevocably attached to his views. He knows they’re just concepts, and I picture him chuckling to himself as he develops another delightfully outrageous argument with his usual wit and insight. Everything changes, as Nina Simone once sang. In “Impermanence” (2012), one of several sad but luminous essays written about his wife, Janice, who was dying of cancer, Porter writes movingly of the tenuousness of life—hers, his, yours. For a provocateur, he’s remarkably warmhearted. Ω


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NOVEMBEARD BASH Friday, Nov. 30 The Maltese SEE FRIDAY

and Rob Crow. Sometimes melancholy, sometimes dark and dirty. Morricone Youth, a band originally brought together to play live soundtracks to movies, opens the show. Fri, 11/30, 8:30pm. $15. Sierra Nevada Big Room, 1075 E. 20th St. sierranevada.com

PUB SCOUTS: Traditional Irish music

for happy hour. Fri, 11/30, 4pm. $1. Duffy’s Tavern, 337 Main St.

Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville.

JOHN SEID & FRIENDS: An eclectic


OPEN MIC/JAM: Bring your songs and your instrument for this weekly open mic and jam session. Thu, 11/29, 7:30pm. Woodstock’s Pizza, 166 E. Second St.

THUMPIN’ THURSDAY ROCK & BLUES JAM: Weekly open jam hosted by JpRoxx & The Loco-Motive Band. Thu, 11/29, 7pm. Free. Studio Inn Lounge, 2582 Esplanade.

TRIVIA NIGHT: What do you know? Answer tricky questions while enjoying food from Gnarley Deli and great beer. Thu, 11/29, 7:30pm. Nor Cal Brewing Company, 180 Erma Court, Ste. 100, 518-0951.

set of music for your dining pleasure. Fri, 11/30, 6:30pm. Diamond Steakhouse, 220 W. Fourth St.

THE MOTHER HIPS & ACHILLES WHEEL: Legendary NorCal acts get together to help raise money for Shasta Fire victims. Fri, 11/30, 8pm. $25-$30. El Rey Theater, 230 W. Second St.

LYLE LOVETT AND ROBERT EARL KEEN: Chico Performances presents country music champions Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, performing an amazing array of Americana, blues and country. Fri, 11/30, 7:30pm. $15$65. Laxson Auditorium, Chico State, 898-6333. csuchico.edu

NOVEMBEARD BASH: How much beard did you grow in November? Come show it off and help raise money for arts and music in Chico schools. Live music, silent auction, hairy pageantry and the crowning of this year’s Beard King. Fri, 11/30, 8pm. $7. The Maltese, 1600 Park Ave. maltesebarchico.com

DETROIT LEGENDS: Motown hits, R&B classics and soul favorites performed by singer Nathan Owens and a seven-piece backing band. Fri, 11/30, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville. featherfallscasino.com

OPEN MIC: Tito hosts this regular

event. Backline available. Fri, 11/30, 7:30pm. $1. Down Lo, 319 Main St., 513-4707.

FRANKIE & THE DEFENDERS: SAMMIEwinning rockabilly band cranks it out in the lounge. Fri, 11/30, 8:30pm. Feather Falls Casino &

PINBACK: On-and-off San Diego indie rock champs led by Zach Smith

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SKA/PUNK/ROCK: Rambunctious skapunk with Ants in My Eyes Johnson, rockabilly with Jimmy Reno and the Re-Notes and Mile Myth. Fri, 11/30, 8pm. $7. Naked Lounge, 118 W. Second St.


Fresh off an epic, three-day tour and respirationevacuation vacation to the Pacific Northwest, the Indars and drummer Mike Erpino unleash their latest recording at Duffy’s on Saturday, Dec. 1. Severance Package’s Pariah Days EP packs a whole lotta punk rock into six ripping songs. Come pick up a copy, raise a beer and rock the heck out with SevPac, galactic trash talkers Empty Gate and feline drone-scuzz duo Panther Surprise.

SOUL POSSE: Fun dance music, wine

and pizza. Fri, 11/30, 6pm. Almendra Winery & Distillery, 9275 Midway Road, Durham, 828-8040.

TYLER DEVOLL: Happy hour tunes. Fri,

11/30, 4pm. La Salles, 229 Broadway

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THE WIZ KID: Country dance hits in

the lounge. Fri, 11/30, 8:30pm. Gold Country Casino & Hotel, 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville. goldcountry casino.com


AEROMYTH: Dude, Chris Van Dahl really looks and sings like Steven Tyler. Experience some uncanny mugging and sultry scarf action. Sat, 12/1,

9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville. featherfallscasino.com

CHRIS JANSON: Singer/songwriter performs his hits “Fix a Drink,” “Buy Me a Boat” and “Drunk Girl.” Sat, 12/1, 8pm. $35-$80. Gold Country Casino & Hotel, 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville. goldcountrycasino.com

THE COMEDY REVOLUTION: Starring Laurie Kilmartin, support from Phil Griffiths and hosted by DNA. Music provided by The Mike Waltz Trio. Sat, 12/1, 8pm. $25. Sierra Nevada Big Room, 1075 E. 20th St. sierranevada.com

DEFCATS: Classic-rock covers and holiday tunes complete with fourpart harmonies. Sat, 12/1, 9pm. $5. Tackle Box, 379 E. Park Ave.


Friday. Sat, 12/1, 8:30pm. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville.

JOHN SEID & FRIENDS: See Friday. Sat, 12/1, 6:30pm. Diamond Steakhouse, 220 W. Fourth St.

MAX MINARDI: Indie rock singer/ songwriter with a country-tinged voice. Sat, 12/1, 8pm. The Exchange, 1975 Montgomery St., Oroville.


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psilocybin after three tall boys and a shot of Beam? Let’s find out! Winner takes home prizes and a medal. Wed, 12/5, 9pm. The Maltese, 1600 Park Ave.


Ex-Black Crowes frontman merges blues rock energy with jamband vibes. Tue, 12/4, 8pm. $25. El Rey Theater, 230 W. Second St.

TRIVIA NIGHT: Trivial questions

for serious people. Wed, 12/5, 8pm. Woodstock’s Pizza, 166 E. Second St.

NEKO CASE: Captivating chanteuse


EZZA ROSE: Portland songwriter brings

P-LO: Founding member of the sprawling HBK Gang hits town with AllBlack and AUX CORD & KAWASAKI of Another Party Fam. Sat, 12/1, 9pm. $18. El Rey Theater, 230 W. Second St.

REESE WEILS: Late night happy hour

tunes. Sat, 12/1, 9:30pm. La Salles, 229 Broadway St.

SEVERANCE PACKAGE EP RELEASE: Local power-punks pack a punch on their Pabst-tastic new extended player Pariah Days, plus rad tunes from Empty Gate and Panther Surprise. Sat, 12/1, 9:30pm. $7. Duffy’s Tavern, 337 Main St.

SHOTS FIRED!: Funk rock powerhouse led by Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe guitarist DJ Williams and featuring

an all-star cast of musicians. Sat, 12/1, 9pm. Lost on Main, 319 Main St.

TYLER DEVOLL: Singer/songwriter

breaks out the pop hooks. Sat, 12/1, 8pm. The Exchange, 1975 Montgomery St., Oroville. theexchangeoroville.com

WHITEY MORGAN: Blue-collar honkytonk guitarist from Flint, Mich., sings songs about the working man and life on the road. Alex Williams opens the show. Sat, 12/1, 8:30pm. $20. Senator Theatre, 517 Main St.

THE WIZ KID: See Friday. Sat, 12/1, 8:30pm. Gold Country Casino &

Hotel, 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville. goldcountrycasino.com

her band of dream-rockers to town, plus locals Viking Skate Country and Beehive (Jake Sprecher’s new project). Sun, 12/2, 7pm. $7. 1078 Gallery, 1710 Park Ave. 1078gallery.org

STATES & CAPITALS: Ultra-sincere pop

rock, plus more acts TBD. Sun, 12/2,

7pm. Ike’s, 648 W. Fifth St.

TYLER DEVOLL: Singer/songwriter performs during the downtown Christmas Preview. Sun, 12/2. La Salles, 229 Broadway St.


CAPSIZE: Post-hardcore crew chases away your Monday blues with Thousand Below, Dead Lakes, Gigantes and Lightfinder. Mon, 12/3, 7:30pm. $10-$12. Lost on Main, 319 Main St. lostonmainchico.com

takes on the fears of the world with her latest record, a collection of songs that will dig a hole in your brain and live there for months. Destroyer opens with a solo set. SOLD OUT. Tue, 12/4, 8pm. $39. Sierra Nevada Big Room, 1075 E. 20th St. sierranevada. com

WHITECHAPEL: Hyper aggressive blast beats and churning atmospheric metal from the Knoxville six-piece, plus sets by Chelsea Grin, Oceano and Slaughter to Prevail. Tue, 12/4, 7:30pm. $18. Senator Theatre, 517 Main St. jmaxproductions.net

CAMP FIRE NoTe: Due to the Camp Fire, some events in butte County might be canceled or postponed. Please check with organizers for latest information.


A pair of legit southern storytellers take the stage to celebrate 40 years of friendship and songs. Robert Earl Keen (an English major) met Lyle Lovett (journalism) while attending Texas A&M University and spent their college days swapping porch songs on acoustic guitars. Keen’s clever lyrics and Lovett’s Grammy-winning fusion of styles helped the pair get inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012, alongside the late Townes Van Zandt. The duo plays Laxson Auditorium this Friday, Nov. 30.


OPEN MIC: Mr. Bang hosts this monthly

event. Signups start at 5:30pm. Wed, 12/5, 6pm. Blackbird, 1431 Park Ave.

OPEN MIC COMEDY: Experienced and first-time comedians take the stage. Sign-ups 8pm. Wed, 12/5, 9pm. Free. Studio Inn Lounge, 2582 Esplanade, 925-577-0242.

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Rocky IV critic started in 1985 when my heart sank Itomovie my feet as I watched it in a crowded, overly ’ve always hated

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enthusiastic theater. Walking out, my friends were all hyped that the “good American” Rocky Balboa vanquished the “evil Russian” by Ivan Drago. I, on the other hand, Bob Grimm thought the damn thing was ridicubg ri m m @ lous and hokey, especially when new srev i ew. c o m Rocky climbed a snowy, treacherous mountain with little more than a beard and some montage music. I wasn’t popular with my crew at the diner afterward. I don’t think I Creed II touched my pie. Starring Michael B. Now, 33 years later, the franJordan, Sylvester chise reintroduces Ivan Drago Stallone and Dolph Lundgren. Directed (Dolph Lundgren) and his boxby Steven J. Caple ing son Viktor in Creed II, the Jr. Cinemark 14, follow-up to Ryan Coogler’s Feather River Cinemas, excellent Creed (2015). Paradise Cinema 7. Coogler has been replaced by Rated PG-13. Steven Caple Jr. in the director’s chair, but lead Michael B. Jordan and actor/producer Sylvester Stallone are both back, doing pretty much what they did in chapter one, which is good. Creed II might be a step backward from the astonishingly good predecessor, but it’s still a lot of fun. This surprises me, because the film dares to expand upon the characters from the most moronic entry in the franchise. Rocky IV was a pandering display of Cold War patriotism, and Ivan and Rocky were written as cartoon characters. (That final image of Rocky wrapped in an American flag had me grinding my teeth.) Creed II succeeds by jettisoning the U.S. vs. Russia angle and focusing on developing the characters instead.


Ivan is no longer a mere stereotype. He’s a defeated man who has lived in shame for decades after losing to Rocky. Before fighting Rocky, of course, he defeated and killed Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in the ring, so when Ivan comes looking for a fight between his young, up-andcoming boxer son, Viktor (Florian Munteanu), and Apollo’s son, Adonis (Jordan), there is some extra motivation in play for the young Creed. He has a score to settle, and he wants Rocky in his corner. Sound stupid? It is a little stupid. But Caple manages to overcome the formulaic setup by continuing the authentic vibe of the first Creed. Jordan is very convincing as Carl Weathers’ cinematic son, and he makes for a solid boxer. The movie’s fights are as good as any in the franchise. Like his dad, Adonis gets his ribs cracked a lot in the ring, and it looks and sounds like it super hurts. And Lundgren actually gives one of the film’s best performances. Ivan’s sense of humiliation oozes from him as he tries to regain former glory via his son as well as the love of his estranged wife (Brigitte Nielsen). Tessa Thompson returns as Adonis’ songstress girlfriend, Bianca. Thompson is good at most everything she does, but she is saddled with my least favorite moment of the film: a hard-to-believe musical intro as Adonis enters the ring for his final fight in Russia. Stallone continues to be awesome as Rocky (he was robbed of an Oscar for his work in Creed). As a Rocky fan, I’m happier than heck that— despite revisiting one of the lessor parts of the mythology—they’ve come up with another fun installment in the franchise. That’s a notable accomplishment. Ω

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Opening this week Free Solo

National Geographic documentary on world-famous rock climber Alex Honnold, chronicling his attempt to become the first person ever to free solo climb (no ropes!) the 3,000-foot face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Pageant Theatre. Rated PG-13.

The Possession of Hannah Grace

Something is alive in the morgue where a former policewoman has just started working the night shift. Cinemark 14. Rated R.

Now playing


Bohemian Rhapsody

of magizooligist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his nemesis, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

The second film in the most recent series of adaptations of R.L. Stine’s classic youthhorror fiction series follows a group of kids living out one of the author’s stories as they try to save the world from a Halloween apocalypse. Starring Jack Black, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ken Jeong. Cinemark 14. Rated PG.

The Grinch

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas gets the 3-D CGI treatment with Kenan Thompson, Rashida Jones, Pharrell Williams and Benedict Cumberbatch (as the Grinch) voicing the characters. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG.

Rami Malek gives it his all as Freddie Mercury, the late lead singer of Queen, in the new biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. That and a competent recreation of Queen’s famous Live Aid domination at Wembley Stadium are just about the only good things you can say about this mostly embarrassing effort that falls way short of telling the actual story of this incredible person and his sadly short life. The movie screws with Mercury’s timeline, invents a bunch of unnecessary events and homogenizes this hard-living rock star’s life for a generic PG-13 film that doesn’t feel anything close to authentic. Why distort the story like this, especially when the life in focus is so damned interesting and could fuel five incredible movies instead of one hokey, mostly made-up soap opera? The musical sequences, including the Live Aid gig, are fun to watch. But if I wanted to simply experience music by Queen, I’d just seek out the albums and videos of music by Queen. Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13 —B.G.

Lasse Hallstrom (The Cider House Rules, Chocolat) and Joe Johnston (Jumanji) direct this fantasy-adventure retelling of the classic Christmas story/ballet. Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG.

Boy Erased

Robin Hood

An adaptation of Garrard Conley’s memoir starring Lucas Hedges as a boy who is forced by his parents (played by Nicole Kidman and Russell Crow) to undergo gay-conversion therapy. Pageant Theatre. Rated R.


Creed II

See review this issue. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13 —B.G.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Film two in the planned five-film series written by J.K. Rowling returns us to the Wizarding World and the further adventures

Instant Family

A couple (Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne) decide to have kids and get an “instant family” when they foster three siblings. Heartwarming hijinks ensue. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Ralph Breaks the Internet

In this sequel to the 2012 animated feature Wreck-It Ralph, the soft-hearted giant (voice of John C. Reilly) and the cast of video-game characters have broken free of their arcade machine and head for new adventures across the internet-gaming world. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG.

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Original Peaky Blinders director Otto Bathurst is at the helm of this update of the story of Robin of Loxley (played here by Taron Egerton), the noble thief, archer and hero to the poor. Also starring Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn and Eve Hewson. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13.


The latest from director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) is a big-screen adaptation of the 1980s British TV series of the same name. The update stars Viola Davis as a widow who plots a bank robbery with three friends to pay off a criminal who comes to collect on her dead husband’s debts. Cinemark 14. Rated R.

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souring, adding unusual ingredients, packaging in fancy bottles and by fermenting their Alastair beers to extreme Bland alcohol levels, we saw it begin: beer prices rising into the alarming realm of double digits. Where it was unusual in the early 2000s to pay more than $6 or $7 for a big bottle (22 ounces) of exceptionally good beer, prices have since escalated, and it’s rather common to see beers on the shelf equivalent in cost to mid-range bottles of wine. It begs the question: How much is too much to pay for a beer? If you’re figuring price based on cost per ounce, an average six-pack of craft beer that goes for between $7 and $12 would range from 7 to 17 cents per ounce. Compare that to the higher-end 22-ouncers that can easily run $20, and you start to approach $1 per ounce … or more. In general, I tend to think that beer should not cost as much as wine, and for several reasons. First, we’re simply not accustomed to that. We are accustomed to buying a pint of beer in a bar for several bucks and a six-pack at the store for $10 or less. Yes, beer—even good craft beer—has been a



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workingman’s beverage that’s customarily available at agreeable prices. Second, beer is traditionally treated as a more casual and free-flowing beverage than wine (this has much to do with alcohol content), which all but requires that we pay less for it since we are bound to consume it more rapidly. Third, it takes less time to make beer than wine; even the longest brewing projects usually run less than two years, with most beers going from kettle to keg or can in several weeks. By contrast, it is rather standard to release wine at least two years after the harvest. Since time in production is directly proportional to cost, products that are moved to the consumer quickly should cost less than those that take more time to make. Finally—and this is where I put myself at risk of taking a beating—beer is, almost always, lower in alcohol than wine. Therefore, we should be paying proportionately less for most beer. Why? Because these are alcoholic beverages. When we buy them, we are paying, largely though not entirely, for alcohol, and if they had no alcohol we would not buy them. Wonderful flavors and aromas come along with that alcohol, of course, but alcohol is the chief commodity here. So, the question again: How

much is too much to pay for a beer? Would you pay for Deschutes Brewery’s Black Butte anniversary series of aged stouts, which the Oregon company has been making for many years? They ring up to about a dollar per ounce. How about the barrel-aged Old Stock Ale Cellar Reserve? It runs $23 or $24 per 500-ml bottle—about a $1.40 per ounce of beer. These ales are high in alcohol—right on par with wine—which requires more raw ingredients. And, being aged, they took time to make. It’s easy to argue that, for a special occasion, they represent a fair deal. There are also beers like Bruery Terreux’s Bouffon, a 5.3-percent ABV sour spiced ale in a 750-ml bottle. The brewery’s website advertises it at $11.99—about 47 cents per ounce of beer. Anderson Valley Brewing Co.’s bourbon barrel-aged Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, sold in 22-ounce bottles, runs 50 to 60 cents per ounce. These beers aren’t terribly expensive, but they are both rather low in alcohol, making it easy to quickly drain a serving. Overall, while there are a lot more expensive high-alcohol and aged beers on the market, these are are the exception. Fortunately, there’s still plenty of craft beer that remains in the range of 10 to 40 cents per ounce, which is still a deal to me. Ω

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BAD LUCK DAYS Neko Case was in the middle of recording her latest album,

Hell-On, in Stockholm, Sweden, when she got the phone call. Her house in Vermont was on fire, as was the barn that housed, among many treasures, her collection of old pianos. She was stuck on the other side of the world, feeling helpless but grateful that all her animals were safely evacuated. A few hours after the 3 a.m. call, she was back in the studio recording vocals for “Bad Luck,” a song written and on the schedule before the fire. For her show at the Sierra Nevada Big Room, Tuesday, Dec. 4, Case will bring with her an empathy for what Butte County is going through in the aftermath of the Camp Fire, and in the hands of a songwriter/performer whose poetic exploration of the human condition runs deep, empathy is a very powerful thing. “I write songs from a feeling of solidarity with folks who feel alone or isolated. I think I’m trying to comfort people in this way,” she writes in the promo materials for Hell-On, adding, “It’s not a forceful way, rather ‘No commitment necessary.’” The only bummer thing for Chico is that not everyone will get the chance to be comforted by Case’s sweet yet visceral vocals and the imagery-rich stories of her genre-bending songs. The show is sold out. However, if you’re missing Case, Chico happens to be crawling with great American songwriters this week, and there are still tickets available for two of the best, Texas buddies Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, Friday, Nov. 30, at Laxson Auditorium. Visit chicoperformances.com for info.

LOU One of Arts DEVO’s most-told rock-show stories is the one about missing

one of my favorite bands in the name of chivalry. It was 1994 in Chico, a time when things were pretty much exactly how they are today—with local stages dividing time between the groovy and the hectic. Even LaSalles, ground zero for the jam-band scene in the 1990s, let the punks and indie rockers in from time to time, and on the night Sebadoh came to the club, I was in the middle of the dance floor with Mrs. DEVO and the rest of my noisy-indie-rockloving crew ready for fun. The only problem was, so was a random punk-rocker dude who took upon himself to start a one-man mosh pit in front of us. Toes were stepped on, tempers flared, and before I knew it, I was bounced to the sidewalk where I listened to the rest of the show outside while punk dude continued bouncing around inside with a smile on his face. Don’t worry. I got him back. I wrote a song about the prick. (Ha! Take that, random dude!) However, this past Tuesday (Nov. 27), I got the ultimate redemption to missing Sebadoh in Chico in the form of an intimate solo show by frontman Lou Barlow in a local home. And it was, in fact, one of the best shows I’ve ever seen in town. How could it not be? The most influential songwriter in my life—whose approach of mixing inventive dynamics with Lou catchy melodies and a special attention PHOTO BY BRYAN TROTTER paid to lyrics is the foundation for most of the music I’ve listened to and made—played a career-spanning set for more than two hours, happily accepting requests shouted from a crowd of many of my best friends. There were too many highlights to list, but I was especially bowled over by “Soul and Fire” (from Sebadoh’s 1993 album Bubble & Scrape) on baritone ukulele. It was also great to hear the stories behind many of the songs—including the newer “Calves of Champions,” which was inspired by the well-toned legs of the well-to-do So Cal parents at his daughter’s school. It was the perfect night.

Help the victims of the Camp Fire in Pa ra d is e a n d B u tte C o u nty thousands of acres and thousands of homes have been destroyed by the Camp fire in Butte County. it is now the most destructive fire in California’s history. many lives have been lost, and hundreds are still missing. at the news & review, we have friends, family and co-workers who have lost their homes in this devastating fire. there are many ways you can help.

sending money is alWays the Best Way to helP in a disaster. THe Following organizaTions are aCCepTing donaTions To assisT viCTims oF THe Camp Fire: u n i t e d W a y o f no r t h e r n California Visit norcalunitedway.org/camp-fire to donate, or text “BUTTEFIRE” to 91999. The fund will provide emergency cash to victims and also aid the United Way in its response to the fire.

north Valley Community foundation To donate, go to https://bit.ly/2T1cZT1. The donations will help fund services for victims. If you’d like to donate to help schools impacted by the Camp Fire, visit https://bit.ly/2PYnMPb

s i e r r a n e Va d a B r e W e r y relief fund Sierra Nevada Brewery has donated $100,000 to start a Relief Fund for Camp Fire victims. You can contribute to this fund here: https://bit.ly/2T8WvrI and click on Sierra Nevada Brewery.

s a l Va ti o n ar my Visit gosalarmy.org.

t h e r e d Cr oss The Red Cross is accepting donations to help people affected by all California wildfires: https:// www.redcross.org/donate/donation.html.

e n l o e h o sP i t a l f ou n d a t i o n Enloe Hospital Foundation will use donations to help patients, families and caregivers who have lost their homes or have been displaced due to the fire: https://app.mobilecause.com/f/23ds/n or text “CampFireRelief” to 91999.

i n d i V i d u a l Cr oW d f u n d i n g CamPaigns You can find individual crowdfunding campaigns here: https://www.gofundme.com/cause/ californiafires. Tri Counties Bank also has a fund toenefit victims that is linked on this page.

airBnB If you have a home that you’re willing to list for evacuees free through Airbnb, go to: https://bit. ly/2z0KH2t.

st a n d B y Vol u n t e e r If you’d like to be on standby to help out at one of the shelters, or if you’re a notary who can volunteer to notarize victims’ applications for services, fill out an application at: https://bit.ly/2JXTbfb

thank you to the firefighters, ems personnel, first responders of all varieties, nurses, pet helpers, neighbors in Chico and Paradise, and all of the many people, businesses and organizations helping evacuees and the Butte County community during the Camp fire. you are our heroes!

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY For the week oF November 29, 2018 ARIES (March 21-April 19): Every year,

the bird known as the Arctic tern experiences two summers and enjoys more daylight than any other animal. That’s because it regularly makes a long-distance journey from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back again. Let’s designate this hardy traveler as your inspirational creature for the next eleven months. May it help animate you to experiment with brave jaunts that broaden and deepen your views of the world. I don’t necessarily mean you should literally do the equivalent of circumnavigating the planet. Your expansive adventures might take place mostly in inner realms or closer to home.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): When

the American Civil War began in 1861, the United States fractured. Four years later, the union was technically restored when the northern states defeated the southern states. At that time, slavery became illegal everywhere for the first time since the country’s birth, decades earlier. But there was a catch. The southern states soon enacted laws that mandated racial segregation and ensured that AfricanAmericans continued to suffer systematic disadvantages. Is there a comparable issue in your personal life? Did you at sometime in the past try to fix an untenable situation only to have it sneak back in a less severe but still debilitating form? The coming weeks will be an excellent time to finish the reforms; to enforce a thorough and permanent correction.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Does

an elusive giant creature with a long neck inhabit the waters of Loch Ness in northern Scotland? Alleged sightings have been reported since 1933. Most scientists dismiss the possibility that “Nessie” actually exists, but there are photos, films and videos that provide tantalizing evidence. A government-funded Scottish organization has prepared contingency plans just in case the beast does make an unambiguous appearance. In that spirit, and in accordance with astrological omens, I recommend that you prepare yourself for the arrival in your life of intriguing anomalies and fun mysteries. Like Nessie, they’re nothing to worry about, but you’ll be better able to deal gracefully with them if you’re not totally taken by surprise.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Does moss

really “eat” rocks, as Cancerian author Elizabeth Gilbert attests in her novel The Signature of All Things? Marine chemist Martin Johnson says yes. Moss really does break down and release elements in solid stone. Gilbert adds, “Given enough time, a colony of moss can turn a cliff into gravel, and turn that gravel into topsoil.” Furthermore, this hardy plant can grow virtually everywhere: in the tropics and frozen wastes, on tree bark and roofing slate, on sloth fur and snail shells. I propose that we make moss your personal symbol of power for now, Cancerian. Be as indomitable, resourceful, and resilient as moss.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Let’s shout out a

big “THANKS!” and “HALLELUJAH!” to the enzymes in our bodies. These catalytic proteins do an amazing job of converting the food we eat into available energy. Without them, our cells would take forever to turn any particular meal into the power we need to walk, talk and think. I bring this marvel to your attention, Leo, because now is a favorable time to look for and locate metaphorical equivalents of enzymes: influences and resources that will aid and expedite your ability to live the life you want to live.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “Every

dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground,” writes author Judith Thurman. I’m guessing you will experience this feeling in the coming weeks. What does it mean if you do? It may be your deep psyche’s way of nudging you to find an energizing new sanctuary. Or perhaps it means you should search for fresh ways to feel peaceful and well-grounded. Maybe it’s a prod to push you outside your existing

by rob brezsNy comfort zone so you can expand your comfort zone.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Venice, Italy

consists of 118 small islands that rise from a shallow lagoon. A network of 443 bridges keeps them all connected. But Venice isn’t the world champion of bridges. The American city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania holds that title, with 446. I nominate these two places to be your inspirational symbols in the coming weeks. It’s time for you build new metaphorical bridges and take good care of your existing metaphorical bridges.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): To aid

and support your navigation through this pragmatic phase of your astrological cycle, I have gathered counsel from three productive pragmatists. First is author Helen Keller. She said she wanted to accomplish great and noble things, but her “chief duty” was “to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” Second, author George Orwell believed that “to see what is in front of one’s nose” requires neverending diligence. Finally, author Pearl S. Buck testified that she didn’t wait around until she was in the right mood before beginning her work. Instead, she invoked her willpower to summon the necessary motivation.


21): Blackjack is a card game popular in gambling casinos. In the eternal struggle to improve the odds of winning big money, some blackjack players work in teams. One teammate secretly counts the cards as they’re dealt and assesses what cards are likely to come up next. Another teammate gets subtle signals from his card-counting buddy and makes the bets. A casino in Windsor, Ontario pressed charges against one blackjack team, complaining that this tactic was deceptive and dishonest. But the court decided in the team’s favor, ruling that the players weren’t cheating but simply using smart strategy. In the spirit of these blackjack teams, Sagittarius, and in accordance with astrological omens, I urge you to better your odds in a “game” of your choice by using strategy that is almost as good as cheating but isn’t actually cheating.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): What has become of the metaphorical seeds you planted during the weeks after your last birthday? Have your intentions flourished? Have your dreams blossomed? Have your talents matured? Have your naive questions evolved into more penetrating questions? Be honest and kind as you answer these inquiries. Be thoughtful and big-hearted as you take inventory of your ability to follow through on your promises to yourself. If people are quizzical about how much attention you’re giving yourself as you take stock, inform them that your astrologer has told you that December is Love Yourself Better Month.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): If you

want to play the drinking game called Possum, you and your friends climb up into a tree with a case of beer and start drinking. As time goes by, people get so hammered they fall out of the tree. The winner is the last one left in the tree. I hope you won’t engage in this form of recreation anytime soon—nor in any other activity that even vaguely resembles it. The coming weeks should be a time of calling on favors, claiming your rewards, collecting your blessings and graduating to the next level. I trust your policy will be: no trivial pursuits, no wasted efforts, no silly stunts.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In his song

“Happy Talk,” Academy Award-winning lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II offered this advice: “You gotta have a dream. If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?” Where do you stand in this regard, Pisces? Do you in fact have a vivid, clearly defined dream? And have you developed a strategy for making that dream come true? The coming weeks will be an excellent time to home in on what you really want and hone your scheme for manifesting it. (P.S. Keep in mind Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s idea: “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”)

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as BLOOM at 1163 East Avenue, Suite 103 Chico, CA 95926. LYNN FLOWERS 3424 Peerless Lane Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: LYNN FLOWERS FBN Number: 2018-0001311 Dated: October 15, 2018 Published: November 8,15,21,29, 2018

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as LOS ARCOS AUTHENTIC MEXICAN FOOD at 2454 Notre Dame Blvd Ste 100 Chico, CA 95928. ANTONIO HERNANDEZ 1804 Kofford Rd Gridley, CA 95948. LUIS HERNANDEZ 9288 N St Live Oak, CA 95953. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: LUIS HERNANDEZ Dated: October 18, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0001326 Published: November 8,15,21,29, 2018

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as VERMIBUENA at 49 Reginald Way Oroville, CA 95966. REBECCA MARIE KNIGHT 49 Reginald Way Oroville, CA 95966. JOSEPH ANTHONY ONATE 49 Reginald Way Oroville, CA 95966. This busines is conducted by Copartners. Signed: JOSEPH A. ONATE Dated: October 15, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0001312 Published: November 8,15,21,29, 2018

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as DAX-IT RECOVERY SERVICES at 1215 Lincoln Street Oroville, CA 95965. WASHINGTON BLOCK LLC 265 Lodgeview Drive Oroville, CA 95966. This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Signed: BERT TAYLOR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Dated: October 25, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0001354 Published: November 8,15,21,29, 2018

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as RAGIN HOT WILDLAND FIRE CREW at 709 Stilson Canyon Road Chico, CA 95928. THOMAS BENTON GRANER 709 Stilson Canyon Road Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: THOMAS GRANER Dated: November 1, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0001379 Published: November 8,15,21,29, 2018

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as MC HOME INSPECTIONS at 1955 Belgium Ave Chico, CA 95928. MICHAEL JOHN BLACKBURN 1955 Belgium Ave Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: MICHAEL J BLACKBURN Dated: November 20, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0001425 Published: November 29, December 6,13,20, 2018

NOTICES NOTICE OF LIEN SALE Notice is hereby given pursuant to the California Self-Storage Self-Service Act, Section 21700-21716 of the Business & Professions Code, the undersigned intends to sell the personal property described below to enforce a lien imposed on said stored property. The undersigned will sell at public sale by competitive bidding at the location where the said property has been stored. GRIDLEY SELF STORAGE 1264 Highway 99 Gridley, CA 95948 Butte County, State of California. Unit No. #AX310 JANAE SANCHEZ Items: Miscellaneous boxes, furniture, trailer hitch Unit No. #AX337 ALBERT HUERTA Items: Miscellaneous boxes, furniture, BBQ Unit No. #AX320 BIOLATA VILLANUEVA Items: Miscellaneous boxes, furniture Lien Sale will be held: Date: Saturday, December 15th, 2018 Time: 10:00am Location: 1264 Highway 99, Gridley, CA 94958 Successful bidders must present a valid form of identification and be prepared to pay cash for purchased items. All items are sold “as is” and must be removed at the time of sale. Sale is subject to cancellation in the event that a settlement is reached between the owner and tenant. Published: November 29, December 6, 2018

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MOLLY ELLEN CONKLIN ROE filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: MOLLY ELLEN CONKLIN ROE Proposed name: MOLLY ELLEN LITTLEBIRD 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,

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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner ROSEMARY SAYEGH filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: ROSEMARY SAYEGH Proposed name: SEVEN SAIGE 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: December 28, 2018 Time: 9:00 AM Dept: TBA Room: The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: MICHAEL P. CANDELA Dated: October 30, 2018 Case Number: 18CV03556 Published: November 8,15,21,29, 2018

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner ADAM ROBERT FEDERSPIEL filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: ADAM ROBERT FEDERSPIEL Proposed name: ADAM ROBERT CARTER 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: December 14, 2018 Time: 9:00 AM Dept: TBA Room: The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: MICHAEL P. CANDELA Dated: October 26, 2018 Case Number: 18CV03531 Published: November 15,21,29, December 6, 2018

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner RICHARD JAY SHELTON filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: RICHARD JAY SHELTON Proposed name: RICHARD JAY DUARTE 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: January 4, 2019 Time: 9:00 AM Dept: TBA Room: The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: MICHAEL P. CANDELA Dated: November 20, 2018 Case Number: 18CV03732 Published: November 29, December 6,13,20, 2018

SUMMONS SUMMONS NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: MARLEY JANE ANDERSON 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

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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 15, 2018 Signed: KIMBERLY FLENER Case Number: 18CV01974 Published: November 15,21,29, December 6, 2018

SUMMONS NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: TRAVIS JENKINS, STEVE MULLAN, GERALD FAUNCE, AND ALL PERSONS UNKNOWN, CLAIMING ANY LEGAL OR EQUITABLE RIGHT, TITLE, ESTATE, LIEN, OR INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN THE COMPLAINT ADVERSE TO PLAINTIFF’S TITLE, OR ANY CLOUD ON PLAINTIFF’S TITLE THERETO AND DOES 1 THROUGH 20, INCLUSIVE YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: SHARON N. CAPPS, SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE OF THE ERNEST WILSON AND LAVONNE WILSON INTERVIVOS TRUST DATED JULY 7, 1986 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 law 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: BUTTE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT 1775 Concord Ave. Chico, CA. 95928 The name, address, and

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telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney, is: KEVIN J. SWEENEY, ESQ. (083972) 20 Independence Circle Chico, CA. 95973 (530) 893-1515 Dated: August 24, 2018 Signed: KIMBERLY FLENER Case Number: 16CV02968 Published: November 29, December 6,13,20, 2018

PETITION NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE CRAIG BRUCE SANDERS, aka CRAIG B. SANDERS, aka CRAIG SANDERS To all heirs and beneficiaries, creditors contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: CRAIG BRUCE SANDERS, aka CRAIG B. SANDERS, aka CRAIG SANDERS A Petition for Probate has been filed by: MARY LUCAS in the Superior Court of California, County of Butte. The Petition for Probate requests that: MARY LUCAS 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 independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: December 4, 2018 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept: Probate Room: TBD 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

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or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: ERWIN WILLIAMS MCKERNAN, LANAM, BAKKE & WILLAMS LLP 732 Fir Street, Paradise, CA 95969 (530) 877-4961 Case Number: 18PR00500 Published: November 15,21,29, 2018

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE CARL JEFFREY QUANDT, aka CARL J. QUANDT To all heirs and beneficiaries, creditors contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: CARL JEFFREY QUANDT, aka CARL J. QUANDT A Petition for Probate has been filed by: BILLIE R. QUANDT in the Superior Court of California, County of Butte. The Petition for Probate requests that: BILLIE R. QUANDT be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. A hearing on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Date: December 4, 2018 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept: PR 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: VANESSA J. SUNDIN 341 Broadway Street, Ste. 302 Chico, CA 95928 (530) 342-2452 Case Number: 18PR00506 Published: November 15,21,29, 2018

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“What’s up, bro?” asked my mentor KDV as he whizzed past my desk rattling a bunch of contract papers. “Cancelling my listing on the Robinson place,” I mumbled. “She can’t afford new taxes, so the family nixed the sale.”KDV stopped and wheeled around. “Is she over 55?” he asked. “By about 40 years,” I said. “Why?” “Is she moving within the county?” “She’s moving within a few blocks.” “Is she downsizing?” “Totally,” I said. KDV slapped his forehead. “Have I taught you nothing? Prop 60!” he bellowed. That was my introduction to the tax break for people who are over 55 or severely disabled, allowing them to transfer their current property’s assessed value into a new replacement property. In other words, you would be able to buy a new property yet still pay the same property taxes you pay on your old property. The idea is to make it affordable for older people to move out of the house they’ve been in for years, often the home where the kids were raised, which is too big for them and costs too much to

maintain, and move to a smaller place, more fitting to their lifestyle. For instance, my client mentioned above, Mrs. Robinson, paid next to nothing for her house back in the day, and her property taxes were about $200.00 per year. Buying a house at current prices, even though a smaller house, would have jumped her taxes to over $2,500.00 per year. She got to keep that $200.00 tax bill in her new place. Prop 60 worked perfectly for Mrs. Robinson. But it’s an under-used tax advantage because it’s limited to moving within the same county, and it’s limited to down-sizing, buying a lesser-priced home. Those two restrictions leave a lot of would-be candidates out of the Prop 60 picture. Moving to be near the kids isn’t always in the same county, and price ranges in the destination market are often higher. Wouldn’t it be cool if those two limitations of Prop 60 could be changed, allowing more affordability for people in these situations? Stay tuned. There is a move afoot to accomplish exactly that.

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