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SECOND & FLUME
Hang on, help is here For Butte County, 2018 will forever be remembered as
a year marked by disaster. Specifically, the Camp Fire and its aftermath. The 86 people who perished. The nearly 14,000 homes reduced to ashes. The annihilation of businesses, infrastructure and other material things. Ordinarily, there’s something cathartic about heading into a new year. It’s symbolic of hope for the future, even if such feelings are short-lived. We get that it’s difficult to remain optimistic these days, and we don’t want to offer hollow encouragement. Anyone who reads this newspaper regularly knows we’re truth-tellers, not the purveyors of inspirational verses. However, we do believe this year will be a time of healing and rebuilding for those who are committed to staying in Butte County. As we flip the calendar to 2019, crossing over a demarcation line that under normal circumstances signals more than the passing of time, we want to highlight a positive step forward. As Ashiah Scharaga reports this week (see “The road ahead,” page 9), a group has formed to focus on long-term recovery. It’s made up of representatives from dozens of nonprofits and agencies with the goal of aiding those displaced by the fire—in myriad areas
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of the recovery, including housing. It’s important to note that many of the participants are local and thus bring a level of empathy and concern that may not be inherent to the state and federal agencies working with the community. Moreover, within its ranks are folks who were directly affected by the fire. Sadly, in California, long-term recovery efforts aren’t unprecedented. In Sonoma and Napa counties, for example, the 2017 Tubbs Fire prompted the formation of such groups. That means there’s a model that Butte County can learn from and improve upon. The local group is still in its infancy, but it has the makings of an important safety net for those who lived on the margins prior to the disaster. The bottom line is that there are helpers here who aren’t going to pull out of town—they are dedicated to the recovery. As a recent drive through Paradise—which was marred by charred remains but uplifted by inspirational signs indicating “we’re in this together”— revealed, no one has to go it alone. That’s true now more than ever. So, as much as possible, we encourage readers to hold out hope that this new year will bring new beginnings. Ω
Chico’s new normal isn’t sustainable
what election? Like other local media outlets, the CN&R turned its full attention to the Ridge and surrounding foothills over the past couple of months. At certain points, it felt like the Camp Fire was the only thing newsworthy. Every once in a while, though, I’d remember that an election took place just two days before the disaster. “Can you believe we were just at the polls?” I’d say to my colleagues in rhetorical bewilderment. Aside from our initial reporting on the outcome of the Nov. 6 contests, and our regular coverage of city affairs, we haven’t carved out much time for politics in the wake of the firestorm. Our annual Whom to Watch issue (see page 16), which includes interviews with three local representatives, drew my interest back to that arena.
BuT firST, lET’S rEwind a liTTlE Last spring, I wrote in this space about how voter registration stats for California reflected that the GOP is now relegated to a third party. That’s when the state reported that the number of people who identify as so-called “no party preference” (NPP) eclipsed that of registered Republicans. I recalled that announcement this week and headed over to the Butte County Elections website to see how things stand in our backyard. Chico is still home to more registered Republicans than NPPs, but by a margin of only 392, according to data compiled in December. For context, the city is home to nearly 21,500 registered Democrats and about 13,000 Republicans. But that’s not the end of the bad news for the local GOP. Its registration has contracted by about 100 voters over the past two years, according to the aforementioned party registration stats and those from 2016. Meanwhile, during the same period, Democrats gained more than 3,800 voters. BuT waiT, wHaT? Given what you just read—especially the Demo-
others’ misfortune, it appears that I left at ItheConsidering right time. The middle week of December was my moved from Chico to Ashland, Ore., six months ago.
first return since the Camp Fire, and I can’t presume to opine what Chico residents already know: The town is not what it used to be. I felt as if I were maneuvering in a house built for five people, but 15 were inhabiting the same space. As I drove around stressed by traffic, I noted housing/apartment construction, units packed together, and houses for sale but no rentals. Every nook and cranny was filled. by Marianne Werner I know that the city has opened both heart and doors to evacuees, The author is a and that an ongoing commitment retired English will be needed over an extended teacher. period of time. Clearly, Chico has become a city with a much greater population than it is equipped to handle. It also became apparent (no disparagement
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meant toward city officials) that Chico needs leadership to deal with the pre-fire homelessness problem now compounded by those who have lost their residences. No modern city has ever had to face the challenges of losing an entire neighboring town, let alone the additional concerns related to downhill toxicity and pollution. I hope that local leadership has the foresight to undertake necessary and serious rethinking with the help of crisis-recovery experts. The on-the-ground, day-to-day changes in town are not sustainable. The current problem is like an octopus with so many appendages that focus and traction are problematic. Perhaps Chico would be an ideal location to host a symposium of recovery experts, to help determine how to restructure post-fire without destroying the essence of Chico—a place so many have been proud to call home, a place so many want to continue to call home. Given the recent wildfires in California, “survivor” perspectives could weave a tapestry of thoughtful, creative ideas. The “new normal” will entail co-existing in a natural world increasingly encroached upon by human beings. Ω
crats’ 8,500-vote advantage on this small far-Northern California island of blue—you might expect the lefties to have killed it in the November race for three open Chico City Council seats. Instead, the top vote-earner, progressive Alex Brown, edged out conservative Kasey Reynolds by just a few hundred votes. How’s that? Well, keep in mind that Reynolds—like many Republican council candidates before her—was a fundraising powerhouse. She took in north of $70,000 while Brown raised just over $40,000, according to the most recent disclosure reports. Brown’s win alone tilted the panel back to a liberal majority. On top of that, progressive Scott Huber’s third-place finish gives that bloc a 5-to-2 hold for the next two years. Unfortunately for the lefties, they’ve taken control at a perilous time. The city is now housing an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 additional residents, putting a strain on city services and the budget. Things are bound to get worse before they get better, and those in power are the first to be blamed. That’s what happened back in 2014, when the liberals on the council became easy targets for challengers who painted them as the culprits of the financial straits caused by the Great Recession. The right-wingers ended up wresting control of the council—indeed, they swept the open seats—and could do so again in 2020 depending on what happens in the next 22 months.
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About that jury Re “What were they thinking?” (Cover story, by CN&R staff, Dec. 27): Only children and fools believe in Santa Claus and that juries are selected at random. Joseph Robinson Chico
story as well. Certainly David is a talented and respected editor. On top of that, he is a consummate gentleman. Thank you for being kind enough to point that out. We all wish David the best as he heads toward his next chapter. Terry Moore Chico
Small step forward
Re “David and Steve” (Second & Flume, by Melissa Daugherty) and “Stepping down” (Newslines, by Ashiah Scharaga, Dec. 20): It was nice to see the CN&R take off the gloves for once. Your editorial on David Little was a well-deserved acknowledgment of the contributions he has made, both to the community in which we all live as well as the industry in which he was employed. The longer article was obviously researched and told a nice
Re “Give them shelter” (Newslines, by Ashiah Scharaga, Dec. 20): After five years of heroic effort on the part of Charles Withuhn, Simplicity Village found support from our new Chico City Council. Given our need for affordable housing, which recently increased exponentially, this is a welcome if minuscule step forward. (I say minuscule because Butte County needed 2,000 affordable housing
units before the Camp Fire. We now need more than 10,000, with Simplicity Village meeting 0.5 percent of that need.) In any case, where our last council faltered and obstructed, we are seeing forward motion. I hope this extends to include the human rights of those many (and many more) who survive on our streets, night after night. In particular, the right to 24-hour restroom access, which is now denied. It’s time to move forward with installing portable toilets and hand-washing stations, along with opening existing public restrooms 24/7. There is no perfect way to do this; we are managing chaos in the ongoing absence of thousands of affordable housing units. We have a choice: We can manage this chaos more or less honorably. The honorable path is to end deprivation wherever possible. Patrick Newman Chico
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Lies and fear A caravan of 1,000 families travels 2,000 miles in harsh conditions to the U.S.—their “promised land.” A president who told 7,546 lies in his first 700 days in office says that they are the worst of criminals and are bringing diseases. ICE sends them scurrying for safety, children in hand, by launching tear gas to cause fear about going to a point of entry. Our leader sets up roadblocks to slow down those being processed as asylum seekers to a trickle. He warps due process by telling immigration judges that they are no longer to count certain things as grounds for asylum. We separate children from their parents as yet another message to those who might follow. Children wait without parents in chain-linked cages—hatcheries for PTSD. To show we mean business, we illegally send thousands of soldiers to keep even one of these evil invaders from getting through. Two small children no longer pose threats to our national security. Now think on these things but instead imagine each one of those invaders, including the children, as blonde-haired and blue-eyed. Do you think it is entirely possible that lying behind all of Trump’s lies about these desperados is the fear of our white majority about the browning of America? Ralph Slater Chico
Part with illusions It is difficult to fathom, but acerbic little old Judge Judy, whose “earnings” add up to an incredible $47 million per year, actually works only 52 days and is recompensed to the tune of $900,000 for each one of her half-hour episodes. This represents but one egregious example of many thousands within the realm of our faux democracy but capitalist system, which we have no choice but to accept and tolerate, because it has been allowed to develop beyond the control of the highly touted notion of “We the People.” Instead, in this bi-polar two-party system of ours, we obediently follow instructions to hate our neighbors unless they agree with us, which renders the so-called commonwealth severely
divided and ripe to be conquered and plundered by the elite and their minions. Irrefutable evidence exists all around us, but it does require opening eyes and parting with illusions. Greetings and a happy new year to all! Joe Bahlke Red Bluff
U.S. in peril President Ronald Reagan’s speech writer, Peggy Noonan, embraced the importance of character when occupying the Oval Office: “In a president, character is everything. A president doesn’t have to be brilliant or clever, you can hire clever, and you can buy policy wonks, but you can’t buy courage and decency, you can’t rent a strong moral sense.” The government is run by dignity and efficiency. Right now efficiency is collapsing: The last of the “babysitters,” Gen. James Mattis, is leaving; ill-advised and poorly contrived tariffs have pushed the stock market into a free-fall; the announced withdrawal of American troops from Syria has prompted Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to begin amassing troops on the Syrian border in preparation for an all-out assault on the Kurds, critical allies in America’s war on terrorism; the government is in a shutdown due to the president’s temper tantrum over a vanity project. As presidential historian and renowned author Jon Meacham recently said, “Trump’s character is not commensurate with the challenges of the office.” We have always expected our presidents to conduct themselves with dignity. Trump has chosen instead ignominy as his character. American values are being compromised and the destiny of our country is in peril. Roger S. Beadle Chico
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NEWSLINES DOWNSTROKE CHICO MALL SOLD
Expect some changes at the Chico Mall, as it heads into 2019 under new ownership. Ethan Conrad Properties, a Sacramento-based commercial real estate firm, closed escrow on the mall, which opened in 1988, on Dec. 27. The company purchased its first mall property, the Yuba Sutter Mall, in 2016. It owns and manages over 100 commercial properties and 150 industrial, office and retail buildings in Northern California. According to a Chico Mall press release, factors such as its location off Highway 99 on East 20th Street, strong sales and demographics present a “prime opportunity” for the firm to drive more traffic and shoppers to the area. “This transition has been highly anticipated,” said Chico Mall General Manager Natasha Shelton, “and comes with commitments from several desirable new to market tenants.”
ENLOE, ANTHEM EXTEND
With their temporary agreement set to expire New Year’s Day, Enloe Medical Center and insurance company Anthem Blue Cross extended their interim contract through Jan. 15. The parties’ contract for services initially expired Nov. 1, after the hospital and insurer failed to settle on payment rates. Enloe contends that Anthem pays significantly less than other insurance companies. After the Camp Fire, they agreed to resume their previous contract through Dec. 31, 2018. The extension means Enloe will stay “in network” for Anthem’s private-plan subscribers. Coverage for Medicare and Medi-Cal patients remains unaffected by the negotiations.
CITY TO PAY $950K
The Chico City Council has decided to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Mindy Losee. Her daughter, Breanne Sharpe, was shot and killed by police officers in September 2013. Sharpe (pictured), a 19-year-old Magalia resident, had led police on a high-speed chase in a stolen car prior to being shot at 19 times, with two bullets hitting her. The courts had originally sided with the city, but Losee won an appeal earlier this year, in which a panel of judges said, “The right not to be shot in a car that poses no immediate danger to police officers or others is clearly established.” Mayor Randall Stone said the council made the decision to settle at its last meeting in December. The city will pay Losee $950,000. “We settled on the basis that trial outcomes are uncertain,” he told the CN&R. “And so sometimes it’s best to settle.” 8
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Lonely living As people slowly return to the Ridge, community finds its new normal more than just the impending Onewcelebrated year and the anniversary of meeting n Tuesday (Dec. 31), Stewart Nugent
his wife, Heidi. It was also her homecoming; she returned to their Paradise home that story and day for the first time photo by Meredith J. since fleeing Nov. 8. Cooper Nugent, on the other hand, had stuck around, m ere d i t h c @ n ew srev i ew. c o m protecting their house and that of a neighbor from the Camp Fire’s wrath. After being brought to Enloe Medical Center for a dislocated shoulder suffered while fighting the blaze, he was reunited with Heidi at an evacuation center. He convinced her to let him return, though, so he could stave off looters and ensure all his hard work hadn’t been in vain. After a grueling eighthour hike through the disaster zone—to avoid roadblocks—he made it back to their house in central Paradise. Since then, till Tuesday, he’d seen his wife just once, when the evacuation order was lifted and he was able to join her at a hotel in Willows for a night. “I’m glad she came home. Now I have
someone to talk to,” he said Tuesday from their living room, adding with a laugh, “The cat was about to start talking to me.” Such is life for many who have returned to their homes on the Ridge after the fire. Everything is quieter, Nugent said. His is one of only a handful of homes on his street that survived the fire. The neighbors whose house he helped save have yet to return for good, though they do come by to leave food for one of their cats, he said. The other homes immediately surrounding his perished. “I’ve talked to most of my neighbors,” Nugent said. “Two out of five of them will be rebuilding.” The Nugents’ section of town was not open to the public until mid-December, over a month after the fire. He was literally stuck without services—aside from the kindness of workers in the area who knew he was there and dropped off necessities like food and water—and without in-andout privileges. But, bit by bit, life is returning to normal—or, at least, a new normal. “The power came back on one month and one day [after the fire],” he said. “That brought a tear to my eye. We got natural
gas back on Saturday [Nov. 30]. [Potable] water—maybe we’ll get that by the end of March.” Wanting to encourage Heidi’s speedy return, Nugent bought his own water tank and motor. One good day’s rain filled the whole thing, he said. Otherwise, he has it delivered. The main downside to the quiet, Nugent said, has been the eeriness of nightfall. Sometimes he’ll hear a car idling down the street and know it’s not a neighbor. “I walk outside and they see this grumpy old man and they turn around and leave,” Nugent continued, “but I’ve heard stories about people having their boats hauled off, their travel trailers….” Around Christmas time, businesses started to reopen. “I’ve been to two grocery stores—one in Magalia, and Save Mart in Paradise; and there’s a gas station at Wagstaff and Skyway,” he said. The ability to buy perishables like milk and butter—and have a fridge to store them in—was relieving. “Everybody’s got a story—you can’t go anywhere without someone trying to tell you their fire story,” Nugent said. Not that he was complaining; just having a place
Stewart Nugent fought the flames from his house, to the left, but the Camp Fire claimed most of the rest of his neighborhood in central Paradise.
to reconnect with neighbors and friends provides a sense of community that had been lacking since the fire. “Everyone in the supermarket has a smile on their face.” Those smiles were evident during a visit
to Save Mart on Clark Road Tuesday afternoon. The aisles were mostly full of nonperishables, while the butcher station was not staffed and the produce section remained sparse. All the staff members were bundled—there was no gas service yet at the supermarket— but people were clearly happy to be able to stock up at their neighborhood store. For Cindi Sheldon, it offered an opportunity not only to buy necessities without taking a trip to Chico, but also a chance to catch up with people she hadn’t connected with since the fire. After buying a few groceries, she chatted with one of the Save Mart employees for about 15 minutes before heading to her car. “I hadn’t seen her yet, so I didn’t even know how she was doing,” Sheldon told the CN&R. The sense of normalcy that reopened businesses like Save Mart offer customers is “what everyone needs,” she added. It was clear by watching the grocery store employees’ interactions with customers that Save Mart is providing much more than just food and household items. Coffeemakers in front offer free coffee, and a bank of microwaves have been set up for those, like the store itself, that are still without gas. Sheldon returned to her Magalia home when Pentz Road was opened to all traffic, she said. Much of her neighborhood survived, and many of her neighbors also have returned. It’s hard, though, to determine what life on the Ridge will be like down the road. For instance, Sheldon’s workplace, Colyer Veterinary Services in Paradise, perished in the fire, and she’s not sure yet if it will reopen. She’s since been able to find work at a veterinary clinic in Durham, but not all will be so lucky. “It’s good to be back at home,” she said. But there is a caveat: “As someone whose house is standing, it’s awkward because almost everyone you know lost everything.” Ω
The road ahead Local agencies coordinate long-term recovery for the Ridge
Since the Camp Fire, Chris and Kelsey Kerston
have been constantly moving. To nine different places, to be exact. Lately, they’ve traveled back and forth between the homes of family members in Chico and in Grass Valley, where four generations are staying in a 1,100-square-foot home. “It’s cozy,” Kelsey said during a recent interview. Like so many homes in Paradise, the place they rented—and dreamed of buying— was destroyed in the fire, and they haven’t quite figured out what they’re going to do next. “We’re looking every day for a place to live, and there’s just nothing there,” Chris said. Join the cause: Thankfully, the pair Email campfireltrg@ still have their jobs— gmail.com for more Kelsey works as an information. organic farm certification specialist, Chris a marking director for Savory Institute. Propelled by their commitment to return to the Ridge, they’ve joined the Camp Fire Long-Term Recovery Group, a nascent collective of organizations focused on the area’s future and being a long-term resource for survivors.
“What’s important right now is giving people a sense of hope that the community can come back and rebuild,” Kelsey said. Several organizations of the same vein are operating in the wake of their own disasters, including ones in Sonoma and Napa counties, where the Tubbs Fire destroyed more than 5,000 structures and killed 22 people in October 2017. As a youth pastor at Bidwell Presbyterian Church, Matt Plotkin was part of the expansive volunteer effort that emerged after the Camp Fire. The next thing he knew, he was in charge of coordinating the long-term recovery effort to support fire victims, which has already brought in representatives from more than 20 nonprofits and agencies, from national organizations like the American Red Cross to Ridge groups like the Paradise
SIFT ER Speech on campus When it comes to allowing freedom of speech, most universities miss the mark, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. FIRE’s “Spotlight on Speech Codes 2019: The State of Free Speech on our Nation’s Campuses” evaluated 466 college and university policies to determine their compliance with the First Amendment. Nearly 90 percent maintain policies that restrict or too easily could restrict student and faculty expression. Typically, this is because they misapply or abuse First Amendment exceptions (i.e., nonprotected speech such as harassment, obscenity, defamation, inciting violence, fighting words, threats and intimidation) “to punish
constitutionally protected speech,” the study states. Almost 800,000 students at top U.S. colleges— including Stanford and CSU Bakersfield, Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles and San Marcos—must find a “free speech zone” to exercise their expressive rights. Chico State has a “yellow light” ranking, for policies that “restrict expression that is protected under First Amendment standards and invite administrative abuse.” (Chico State’s Free Speech Area is a recommended, versus required, space for demonstrations, etc.)
Chris and Kelsey Kerston have joined the Camp Fire LongTerm Recovery Group along with dozens of others to help the Ridge rebuild. PHOTO BY ASHIAH SCHARAGA
Lyons Church and Youth for Change’s Paradise branch. They’ll be working in concert with the town of Paradise and other government entities at the local, state and federal levels throughout the recovery effort. Right now, they are meeting with individual families and figuring out how to address their needs or refer them to the right services, also known as disaster case management. They’re establishing committees to focus on particular issues, such as housing, as well. Plotkin said the group is going to focus on filling in the gaps, coming in to help folks when the government and insurance companies cannot. Local organizations “are all going to have to figure out how we help people not go bankrupt trying to do the cleanup and the rebuild.” “It’ll really fall on the shoulders of the people in Butte County. We [the LongTerm Recovery Group] are the community response to seeing recovery happen in our county,” he said. Plotkin has connected with multiple leaders
of other long-term recovery efforts to learn more about what to expect on the road ahead. One such leader is Adam Peacocke, who has co-chaired Rebuilding Our Community (ROC) Sonoma County. The group formed within the first couple of months after the Tubbs Fire. The ROC’s greatest challenge has been housing, similar to what Butte County has already experienced after the loss of nearly NEWSLINES C O N T I N U E D
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14,000 homes on the Ridge. Through their collaborative efforts, they’ve been able to find homes for about 100 households, Peacocke said, and work with local governments to provide section 8 housing vouchers specifically for fire survivors. This year, they have a goal of helping 10 to 20 households rebuild through a volunteer home-building program, similar to Habitat for Humanity. Another important part of the recovery has been their disaster recovery case work, Peacoke added. Data they have collected has helped the community get a better handle on the impacts of the fire and compete for grants, one of which helped them open an ROC resource center. Peacocke emphasized that the recovery really is long, perhaps much more so than folks anticipate. They’re still measuring the impacts to their community one year later, and in that same time frame, less than 1 percent of the homes that had been destroyed by the fire had been rebuilt and reoccupied. Peacocke knows that doesn’t sound very encouraging, but Butte County is off to a great start. “Early on, one of the most comforting things to hear is, ‘You’re not alone. We’re going to walk through this with you.’ Without a commitment to long-term recovery … some of the most vulnerable and, many times, anyone who was significantly impacted by the fires can feel isolated and alone and forgotten. “There’s [more] incredible stories of compassion and generosity that await your community, [that] I know are in your future, but the truth is it really takes a long time and it requires cooperation and collaboration together over the long haul,” he said. As for the Kerstons, they are determined to resettle in Paradise “in one way, shape or form,” Chris said. They are passionate about the outdoors, spending much of their free time before the fire fishing and kayaking at Paradise Lake. “Even though the homes and the forests are gone, so many things we love about the Ridge are still there,” he said. “[Kelsey] said, ‘I want to go back.’ And that’s where my heart was. Being a part of the rebuilding effort was a no-brainer.” —AshiAh schArAgA ash ia h s@ newsr ev iew.c o m
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T AV O S T Tiechert EN H ing approvals of the general plan amendments, AM Ponds CR 8T SA E rezoning and tentative subdivision map for the project—Chico’s largest in a decade, since k ee Cr authorizing Meriam Park in 2007. o c CC SS UU CC MERIAM PARK ST As stated in city reports presented to the C DOE MILL ST L D E 20TH ST H council, Stonegate “could potentially result NEIGHBORHOOD 2N 9T E E 20 TH ST E in a cumulatively considerable net increase” in air pollution in a region that already PA doesn’t meet government air quality stanRK BR AV dards. Construction, which will phase out OA T E D S W AY TH over years, will contribute; so will the addiST tion of vehicle trips to and from housing. Eco litigators sue city, developer 99 City planners wrote that “the sheer numover megaproject’s approval ber of new units and amount of commercial square footage … yield high overall emisSKYW AY sion estimates.” The EIR and approvals call e ek nc h e C r a om for mitigation measures. C The week before Christmas, when many Chicoans What the NCEDC hopes for, Harriman waded through packed store aisles and drove said, is “the 21st century planning that the city Stonegate opponents had 90 days to go to down crowded streets, a little-known group filed of Chico intended back in 2011,” when it adopted court. On Dec. 17, the deadline, NCEDC did. a lawsuit in Butte County Superior Court that the general plan. That vision favors infill and “We’re challenging the legal arguments, which strikes at the heart of local growth. mixed-use building over outward growth, as well are ripe and justifiable at this time,” Richard The Northern California Environmental LN eek as neighborhoods that encourage mass transit and AN VE Harriman, NCEDC’s general counsel, told the G A Cr Defense Center (NCEDC), based in Chico, is R HE e LE T foot power over personal cars. CN&R by phone. “That doesn’t mean we will not suing the city and development company Epick EN Harriman cited the Doe Mill Neighborhood challenge state and federal permitting at such time Homes over its Stonegate project—over 600 adjacent to Stonegate as an example, with narproposed housing units on two large parcels span- as it’s granted, or participate in it to see that condirow streets and limited parking. Others: Westside ning Bruce Road between East 20th Street and the tions are included that will result in protection of Green (now Westside Place) along Nord Avenue the environmental resources that were not protected Skyway. The 313 acres include environmentally and Walker Commons off Vallombrosa Avenue. by the majority that’s no longer on the council. sensitive vernal pools with habitat for species “This is not anti-growth—it’s not a no-growth “This action was only brought because we such as endangered Butte County meadowfoam. action,” he said. “It is a smart-growth action to had to do it within the statute of limitations [time The previous City Council, with Sean Morgan have the City Council be held to the general plan.” frame]—it’s not intended to be disparaging or as mayor and a conservative majority, approved The NCEDC is relatively new. Chico envifocused on the new council [majority], because Stonegate 4-3 on Sept. 18—an action that ronmentalists, taking the name of a defunct they didn’t have anything to do with it.” Councilman (and current Mayor) Randall Stone City Attorney Vince Ewing did not respond to group from Santa Rosa, formed a nonprofit in described as taken “literally at the eleventh hour” March 2017 to litigate local issues as the Butte because the public hearing didn’t start until 10 p.m. the CN&R by deadline. Epick Homes’ attorney, Environmental Council once did. Funding comes Scott Birkey (of San Francisco firm Cox, Castle The NCEDC isn’t suing over the council’s from donors, lawsuit partners and monies award& Nicholson), said he had “no comment at this deliberation, nor over the project site’s environed in court; Harriman also donates services. BEC mental constraints. At least not at this point in the time” on the pending litigation; Epick founder Executive Director Natalie Carter is NCEDC’s Pete Giampaoli didn’t respond by press time. development process. president and board chair. Giampaoli previously told the CN&R that Rather, the group focused its legal challenge “I am honored to have another opportunity to Epick’s vision for Stonegate is to strike a balance on claiming that the approval is inconsistent with stand up for my community and help shape our between the city’s housing needs and environthe city’s general plan: the set of policies and future,” she said. For comments on the lawsuit, mental concerns. (See “Development division,” regulations from which land-use decisions stem. Carter deferred to Harriman. Newslines, Aug. 30.) The suit homes in on sustainability elements “The reason this was brought,” he said, “was related to greenhouse gas emissions. It also that it’s important that the federal and state agenThe complaint asserts that the city broke state points to the city’s Climate Action Plan, a statecies that are considering [wildlife environmental law green-lighting Stonegate. The suit cites govmandated response to climate change that has issues] be aware that there is citizen opposition to ernment code on planning and zoning, which says targets for reducing emissions. The environmental this project.” “a local public agency may entitle a proposed impact report (EIR) determined GHG emissions to be “significant and unavoidable impacts” of the land use only if the land use is consistent with —EVAN TUCHINSKY evantu c h insk y @ newsr ev iew.c o m the goals, policies, and objectives contained in a project. V
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HEALTHLINES Dr. Jamaal El-Khal sees patients in Ampla Health’s mobile unit at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds—shifts he’s taken on top of practicing primary care in Chico and Orland clinics.
behind in the haste of evacuating. Plus, of course, emotional impacts—“everyone you’d see all had a story,” he continued. “You try to remain professional and cheerful, but at the same time, you feel helpless, like what more can you do?” At the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, El-Khal and
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school overseas, El-Khal arrived at St. Mary Hospital in Hoboken, N.J., for what he thought would be an introductory shift. He wasn’t yet a physician; as a third-year student, on his first clinical rotation, there wasn’t much he could contribute to patient care. “I could take your blood pressure,” he recalled recently. He’d wind up doing more—much more. That day was Sept. 11, 2001. “Here I am, coming from Oregon, and I knew nothing about New York except what I heard on TV,” El-Khal said, running down a list of crimes and unpleasantness. “So when they said a plane crashed into the World
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Trade Center, I didn’t think anything of it, because I thought, ‘OK, this stuff happens in New York.’ But when it went on [longer], with the second plane, it became surreal to me.” Victims arrived at St. Mary (now Hoboken University Medical Center) with burns, deep wounds pierced by shrapnel and eyes full of dusty debris. For his part, El-Khal treated injuries—cleansed wounds and irrigated eyes.
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“That was my first real big disaster,” he said, noting it was far greater than the hurricanes that struck his medical school’s campus in the Caribbean, as well as the anthrax threat that followed 9/11—for which he and other medical students had to swab people who’d opened packages, sent by mail, suspected to contain the virus. Unfortunately, it wasn’t his last big disaster. El-Khal, a primary care practitioner for Ampla Health, was driving back to Chico from Ampla’s Orland clinic when he noticed two unusual things: darkness in the earlyevening sky, emanating from eastern foothills, and heavy traffic heading opposite from him. Earlier that day, a meeting he was supposed to attend was canceled because of “the fire”; too busy seeing patients to check the news, he thought, OK, whatever, what fire? That day was Nov. 8, 2018. “The fire” was the Camp Fire, which drove more than 50,000 people off the Ridge and forced others—including El-Khal, who lives in southeast Chico—to evacuate temporarily. The blaze later was determined to be the deadliest, most destructive wildfire in California history. He got a call the next morning at 7 asking if he’d be willing to come to the Chico clinic (where he also works) on his day off to help prepare for an influx of patients. Without hesitation, he agreed. As with 9/11, El-Khal found the Camp Fire aftermath “a tough, surreal thing.” People came in suffering effects of the fire: direct, such as smoke inhalation, and indirect, such as needing medicines left
his colleagues have found more to do. Ampla Health dispatched a mobile clinic to the site where the Red Cross opened a shelter for people displaced by the fire. The unit arrived on Dec. 11, a week after the facility opened. After seeing just a handful of people the first few days, the team soon was treating a dozen before lunch. “The word is getting out,” El-Khal said, “which is good. With the evacuees, they don’t know where to go—their doctor isn’t [back practicing]; some will say, ‘Check my records’ … but [the office] isn’t there anymore.” El-Khal spends one day a week at the fairgrounds, typically Friday. Other Ampla doctors come practice there, too. Huda Abdullah, a medical assistant and receptionist from the Chico clinic, is among the staff on-
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Ampla doctors have provided a wide range of services. Many evacuees just need prescriptions refilled or medications replaced, in the absence of their primary physicians. Others seek treatment for conditions related to the fire and living in tight quarters of a shelter: difficulty breathing, colds, flus, stomach ailments. Some require care for chronic conditions such as diabetes, open wounds, even cancer. Ampla assists those who don’t have insurance with enrollment in plans such as Medi-Cal. The overall goal is to provide stop-gap medicine—a bridge until evacuees establish, or re-establish, with a medical provider. “They have the option of following up with us, because once they come in here, they’re already an established patient,” El-Khal said. “But we’re not doing it as patient recruitment; we’re doing it because that’s our mission at Ampla Health, to serve the underserved…. “I just want to do my job and help.” Ω
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site daily (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). She, like El-Khal, eagerly accepted the invitation to work the mobile unit. “Over here, there’s been a lot of positivity,” Abdullah said. “People for the most part have been very polite, very nice, telling us how they appreciate us being here. That’s good to hear, that we’re actually helping people in need. “Most of the Camp Fire victims don’t have the money or the access to get into a home or don’t have cars so they can just go and rebuild their lives. These are people who already didn’t have anything and now they really don’t have anything; so [our] being here is for them to be at peace, [knowing] now they can get more help.” Evacuees seeking the mobile unit—parked in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds, where President Trump visited the Camp Fire’s incident command center— literally walk up. Being on-site is key, El-Khal said, because many people displaced from other communities don’t have a way, or know the way, to get to medical facilities in Chico.
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GREENWAYS Chico-based River Partners directs habitat restoration in the Delta with wide-ranging benefits, including for salmon. Photo courtesy of u.s. fish and Wildlife service
let it flow State breaks, shifts levees to restore natural floodplains
AcouldTuolumne rivers, a winter of heavy rains inundate about 1,200 acres of rivert the confluence of the San Joaquin and
side woodland for the first time in 60 years. That’s by design: Here, a few miles west of Modesto, work crews removed or broke several miles of levee last spring and replanted the land with tens of thousands of native sapling trees and shrubs. “We are very eager to see what happens when there is some overbank flooding here,” said Julie Rentner, executive vice president of River Partners, a habitat restoration group based in Chico that is directing the project, known as the Dos Rios Ranch Preserve. The work, much of it conducted by the California Conservation Corps, comes as the state overhauls its approach toward flood control, with a growing emphasis on reconnecting floodplains to rivers so they can absorb floodwaters. This shift in methodology marks a U-turn from past reliance on levees to protect cities and towns. “It’s a paradigm change,” said Trout Unlimited biologist Rene Henery, who is among several California scientists helping drive the transition from “gray infrastructure” to “green infrastructure.” A prime idea behind the surge of enthusiasm is simple: When a swollen river is allowed to flood in one location, it is less likely to inundate another. At the Dos Rios project, for example, the area newly opened to floodwaters could contain thousands of acre-feet of water that, in flood events, would otherwise flow straight downstream toward Stockton.
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Climate change brings a sense of urgency to the matter. “The modeling shows we are going to see a lot more extreme events, including flooding on our rivers,” said Ted Sommer, a biologist with the Department of Water Resources who has studied floodplain ecology for more than 20 years. California’s Central Valley Flood Protection Plan, updated in 2017, warns that by late this century, “flood magnitudes in some San Joaquin River watersheds are expected to increase by 60 [percent] to 80 percent relative to historical conditions.” This change—even greater than the 10 [percent] to 20 percent predicted for the Sacramento system—is expected mainly because warmer temperatures will cause more winter precipitation to fall as water, rather than snow, in the high Sierra Nevada, producing rapid flow surges downstream. The plan concludes that “wise land use and floodplain management … represent some of the most cost-effective means of reducing long-term flood risk.” Inundated floodplains offer other benefits, too. When they soak up water, they help recharge depleted aquifers—and they provide waterfowl and other wildlife with valuable habitat. Young chinook salmon, for example, use inundated river valleys as feeding and refuge areas as they migrate toward the ocean. Interest in using floodplains as absorptive
shields against flooding in California started in the 1990s. But, said Jeffrey Mount, a About the article:
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senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, “it takes decades to turn government policy into action, especially when you’re talking about knocking down levees.” Now that it’s starting to happen, scientists and nonprofit groups—including California Trout and The Nature Conservancy—have their eyes on roughly a million acres of historic floodplains that could potentially be reconnected to rivers with levee modifications. The 60,000-acre Yolo Bypass, a sprawl of fields and wetland a few miles west of Sacramento, is just one project on the to-do list. The Sutter Bypass, north of the capital, is another. River Partners alone hopes to restore 50,000 acres of floodplain in the next decade. Funding is coming mostly from state agencies. The California Department of Water Resources has provided $13 million of the total Dos Rios project cost of $42 million, according to Rentner. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and other agencies also have chipped in millions. Much of this money—about $14 million, Rentner said— has come from 2014’s Proposition 1 water bond, which allocated $395 million in flood control funding. Another $300 million from 2018’s Proposition 68 is designated for projects that simultaneously improve public safety and fish and wildlife enhancement—monies that underwrite restoring floodplains. While the efforts have yet to encounter strong opposition, some farmers remain cautious about what floodplain projects could mean for their properties. Floodwaters were long considered anathema to farming, particularly for orchard-growers and others with permanent root stock who feared rot, fungus and disease from the inundation.
Recent persistent drought has prompted a rethinking, with some agriculture interests teaming with UC Davis to experiment with flooding on fallow farmland. Nonetheless, the floodplain strategy remains a concern for others. Justin Fredrickson, the California Farm Bureau Federation’s environmental policy analyst, also noted the risk that renewed annual flooding of land that has remained more or less high and dry for decades could allow jungle-like riparian woodlands to overgrow some parcels. And in some cases, shifting a levee could mean transferring ownership of a property that has been farmed for generations, under the principle of eminent domain. The floodplain revolution isn’t unique to California: Levee setback projects aimed at enlarging floodplains are underway on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, Mount noted, and in Europe. “They have rising sea level and growing population on the floodplains, and they’ve realized they can’t structurally build their way out of increasing flood risk,” Mount said. “Instead, they’re pursuing this idea of creating more room for the river, so it can spread out.” Ω
Grower Day Packed with insightful speakers and informative exhibits, Grower Day, hosted by the Butte County Farm Bureau, takes place on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Chico State University Farm. Designed with farmers, ranchers and agricultural professionals in mind, the fifth annual event kicks off at 7:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts before experts take the stage to discuss pesticide best practices, health and safety regulations, the Food Safety Modernization Act and more. Throughout the day, attendees can check out a sprawling trade show, enjoy complimentary snacks and network with others in the field.
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Looking at 2019, refining Paradise
About six months ago, local artist Janet Lombardi Blixt moved her business, Chico Art School, from its old spot on Broadway (above House of Rice) to the corner of East Third and Wall streets, where she currently occupies a small but vibrant gallery space. Every inch of the cottage’s interior is covered in color, from one of Lombardi Blixt’s paintings to bright bouquets of flowers to cups filled with brushes and colored pencils. Lombardi Blixt, who has been named Best Local Artist by CN&R readers seven times, has been able to make a living as an artist for the entirety of her adult life. After spending years doing graphic design work, then creating art for model homes, she turned her focus to teaching. For nearly a decade, Lombardi Blixt has been giving art lessons to children and adults through Chico Art School, where she teaches roughly 12 classes a week and works within six different mediums. Go to chicoartschool.com for more.
This coming year has to be better than the last one, right? I have to think so. As Paradise begins to rebuild, one of the biggest questions is going to be whether the town will finally be able to install a sewer system. That one seemingly small detail could well determine the new face of the Ridge. What many Chicoans don’t quite understand is that the lack of a sewer system has stunted growth for Ridge communities. I’ve heard restaurant owners grumble about the limitations on staffing and customer capacity due to septic needs. Some even didn’t have public restrooms or used disposable dishes to cut back on water usage. Just this past year, La Comida owner Michael Pavis was faced with the difficult decision of whether to keep his Paradise restaurant open. He cited the lack of a wastewater treatment system as one of the reasons for closing after 49 years on the Ridge. Walmart walked away from plans to build in Paradise because of lack of sewer (the idea of being welcomed to town by a big-box store always felt wrong to me anyway). And plans for a new Safeway on the Skyway—approved before the Camp Fire—had included an on-site wastewater treatment facility, which is costprohibitive for most small businesses. Making matters worse, the cost of pumping a septic tank rose dramatically this past year due to the landfill running out of space. Businesses are slowly reopening their doors, which is providing some hope for the future amid the gloom. But while some return and others rebuild, many will sadly not. I have a feeling the nature of the town will be dictated by whether or not there’s a sewer system. With so much work to be done, what better time than now? Mayor Jody Jones has been working toward a plan to hook in to Chico’s sewer system for years; maybe in 2019 she’ll finally get her wish.
What’s your favorite medium to work in? My personal interest in art came when I was about age 7, and I started with oil painting and pastels. I’d say that’s where my heart is.
Who are you most influenced by? There are contemporary art-
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ists I follow on Facebook, but from the past it would be Van Gogh, Monet, Cezanne—all of the impressionists. I’m really drawn to their work.
How do you feel about the Chico art scene? I would love to see it expand more. I’ve been to other small towns where they do monthly art events. We used to do that, but it takes somebody with a lot of energy to spearhead that. I think it would be great if we could take over a vacant building once a month. Maybe get the restaurants on board.
Did business change for you after the Camp Fire? After the fire, I decided to offer free lessons to the children [who] were displaced. And that was really well-received; a lot of those classes filled and a lot of those students came back for
my classes. It was neat to see the kids being able to talk about their experience and get it out on paper. It’s affected everybody. Art is very therapeutic for healing emotions, and I’m happy to help provide that.
You have a sign that says “ish is good” hanging in your gallery. What’s the significance? It’s inspired by a book called Ish, by Peter H. Reynolds. It tells the story of a kid who throws away his drawings after someone makes fun of them, but his little sister saves all his crumpled work and displays them, because she enjoys them. The drawings aren’t perfect, but they look enough like certain things. One is house-ish, one is tree-ish. Ish becomes a freeing idea, and it’s a philosophy I like to teach here in my lessons. —RaCHeL BuSH
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Cannabusiness Oroville has approved commercial cannabis as well as taxation for it. I suspect the tides will shift, however, with its new council this month. My sincere hope is that the new panel will be open to discussions about the matter rather than throwing all the past year’s work—and taxpayer money spent on consultants, a ballot measure, etc.—in the round file. As for Chico, which will be taking up the matter at an upcoming council meeting, hopefully progress can be made in 2019 toward finding sensible ways to regulate and allow for this new industry. It’s an opportunity for growth that shouldn’t be overlooked. sPeak uP The Chico Chamber of Commerce is surveying local businesses on the effects of the Camp Fire. The questions are simple and revolve around displaced employees, how many lost their homes and how many have left the area due to the fire. Put in your two cents here: tinyurl.com/chambercampfire.
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Fire aftermath links mayors, Whom to Camp fire chief, service provider watch 2019
ach year around this time, we switch gears from looking back at what’s come before to looking forward at what we think might be ahead. We all can agree that 2018 was rough—especially the last few months of it. So what might the future hold? Here’s a look at the people we expect to make waves—or at least headlines—in 2019. They include three local mayors, a fire chief and homeless services provider. All of them stand to shape the future of Butte County— both long-term and short.
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Multitasking on homelessness Laura Cootsona
When Laura Cootsona became the Jesus Center’s executive director a little over three years ago, one of her first tasks was shoring up the organization’s internal operations, including building a strong, trusted team. It freed up more time for her to spend outside the office, working with the leaders of other nonprofits and local governments to figure out how to tackle homelessness in the region. “I really see my role is to build our capacity and my colleagues’ capacity so that ultimately every person experiencing homelessness can have their best opportunity,” she said. “If I just stay in my silo and just do Jesus Center, that’s not enough.” Cootsona spent much of 2018 preparing for big plans in 2019. In addition to continuing to run the nonprofit’s day-to-day operations, she spearheaded the center’s latest, and arguably most controversial, project: the Renewal Center. Of course, that was before the Camp Fire—an event that has added more to her full plate. The Renewal Center, a consolidated services hub, is in the planning stages. The goal is to build a day center, a low-barrier shelter and transitional housing near the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. On-site medical and behavioral health services are in the plan, too. As of press time, the Jesus Center was in the final stages of purchasing a 3.5-acre, city-owned property for those facilities. Though the project was unanimously approved by the Chico City Council, critics have charged that the location near the Torres Community Shelter and the concept of service consolidation would segregate homeless people from the rest of the community. Cootsona said she’s determined to make sure this doesn’t happen. The organization is focused on the dignity and health of its clients, she said, and helping them secure stable housing and live independently is a key component. “I think in general as we work with folks experiencing homelessness, particularly in
the light of the Camp Fire, we’ve got to be more concerned that we’re not setting them up just to get stuck in a system,” she said. In 2019, Cootsona expects the nonprofit to make progress on infrastructure at the site, including a road for ingress/egress. If the Jesus Center receives a portion of Homeless Emergency Aid Program funding—$4.9 million in one-time state money available for agencies and nonprofits in Butte County—Cootsona sees the Renewal Center’s mobile medical unit (two exam rooms staffed with health professionals) going live over the summer. Additionally, she’ll be working with the Torres Shelter and Safe Space Winter Shelter on a plan for a separate low-barrier shelter. With $1 million from the Walmart Foundation and assistance from Chico city staff, the groups plan on acquiring land and opening a year-round, staffed facility with 100 to 200 beds as soon as possible. Cootsona said it will provide them with a
great opportunity to figure out how three agencies can smoothly operate a single site. Meanwhile, because the Camp Fire further constricted an already tight housing market, Cootsona is considering taking the nonprofit in yet another direction. Its guests will be hard-pressed to find any homes to move into, she said, even as new residences are built. This means that the Jesus Center may shift in the direction of permanent housing, Cootsona said, because “we just can’t afford not to.” “Everyone else is going to be worrying about workforce housing or student housing or whatever their niche is. This is our flag,” she continued. “These folks are still not housed and now it’s harder for them to get housed. … “After the fire, too, I just feel even more committed to raising my flag: ‘Let’s not forget these people. They are no less valued in our community than anyone else.’” —ASHIAH SCHARAGA ash ia h s@ newsr ev iew.c o m
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Chuck Reynolds Growing up in Oroville, where his family has a history going back nearly 150 years, Chuck Reynolds never thought he’d be mayor. “Never even crossed my mind,” he said, even though his father, Ernie, was a prominent business owner known for serving the community. At least, it didn’t until Reynolds turned 18. That’s when he says neighbors approached him about running for mayor. It happened several other times, with overtures from friends and associates. On each occasion, the timing wasn’t right. “At certain points in your life, you’re either young, doing young man things, or you’re building a business and taking care of your family and there isn’t time,” he said. “But once all of those things are established, then it’s a proper time.” For Reynolds, who’s 54, that meant the 2018 election. Linda Dahlmeier opted not to seek a third term as mayor; Reynolds—who shares her opposition to commercial cannabis, a litmus-test issue for Oroville last year—threw his hat in the ring against Vice Mayor Janet Goodson. Reynolds won decisively, with nearly two-thirds of the vote. Goodson remains on the council with two years left in her term, but two of her allies lost their seats to challengers aligned with Reynolds. The majority she led approved commercial cannabis; the newly constituted council, which took office Wednesday (Jan. 2), has a conservative majority with power to change direction. Not only power, but a perceived mandate. “These people, this [previous] council, there were things the voters had decided on for our town and how we wanted to live,” Reynolds said, referring to Butte County Measure L that failed in 2016. “They overrode the voters at the council level and said these decisions are too big for the voters to decide … which I don’t believe in. Why were the voters smart enough to elect these people if they weren’t smart enough to know how they want to live? “Public citizens, or the majority of them, didn’t trust the council,” he added. “So a big thing is to re-establish trust…. People know what I stand for.” The new mayor says he shares his father’s civic commitment. Ernie Reynolds has served as a sewer commissioner and board member for the Thermalito Irrigation District. After taking over and renaming his father’s masonry business, the younger Reynolds has been an Oroville Rotarian for 10 years. This Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), as mayor-elect, he was one of 143 Californians granted clemency by Gov. Jerry Brown, pardoned of drug charges from the 1990s that got publicized ahead of the election. Along with opposing cannabis, Reynolds focused his campaign on support for business and public safety. Oroville’s city government faces insolvency in the next few years without significant changes. His approach centers on growth. Reynolds cited 8,500 people who commute to town for work, including busloads of medical professionals from the Sacramento area to Oroville Hospital. “Housing is a top priority,” he said, particularly for middle- to upper-middle income families. “We’ve absorbed our share of low-income affordable housing—our blight and burden is at our share level,” Reynolds continued. “So now we need to balance it out with contribution.” Within a year, he said, people in Oroville will see “a lot of construction here, a lot of city planning going on.” In City Hall, “you’re going to see a lot of people working together. Who knows, we’ll see if we have one or two holdouts [on the council], but that’s not the majority; the majority of this staff and council all wants to work together, and that’s what it takes to move things forward.”
When Jody Jones, the mayor of Paradise, began to realize on the morning of Nov. 8 that her town was on fire and she needed to flee, she was at her sister’s house in the Apple Tree Village mobile home park. Her sister was out of town, and Jones had been deputized to feed her cat. But the skittish feline was having none of it and refused to come out from under a bed. After 20 minutes of anxious coaxing—the fire was getting closer by the minute—Jones gave up on the cat and headed for home. A house two doors down was in flames. Jones and her husband, Ron, quickly packed up their RV and joined the caravan of refugees headed for Chico. The trip took 3 1/2 hours. Meanwhile, their house burned to the ground. All things considered, the Joneses were fortunate. After living out of their RV for a month, they were able to purchase a house in a north Chico subdivision. During a recent interview, Jones said they have every intention of rebuilding in Paradise. How could it be otherwise? She’s the mayor, after all, having been re-elected to the post by council colleagues just last month. It’s her job to help her town thrive— even if that town is now mostly ash and debris. Besides, Jones is uniquely qualified to bring Paradise back from the brink. Now 62, she retired three years ago as director of Caltrans’ District 3, which encompasses 11 counties, from Butte in the north to Sacramento in the south. She was responsible for 1,600 employees, a $200 million operating budget and a $1.4 billion construction program. In addition, she’s served four years on the Paradise Town Council, including two terms as mayor, and WATCH C O N T I N U E D
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three years on the Planning Commission. Her job has gotten immeasurably harder since the fire. “It’s a much bigger responsibility than it was six months ago, that’s for sure,” she said, shaking her head. Why do it, then? “It’s not the money, I can tell you that,” she replied, noting that council members earn only $300 a month. Right now she’s waiting for the ash and debris to be removed. In the coming days she and her four fellow council members will begin planning for the future of Paradise. Town Hall is expected to reopen by midJanuary, and PG&E has promised that electricity will be restored fully by then. Gas will take longer, as will potable water. The sooner these fixes are made, the sooner people will start rebuilding, Jones says. As mayor, she’s the town’s cheerleader-in-chief,
and she’s eager to point out the positives. For one, 1,500 to 1,800 homes survived the fire, according to PG&E. A mini-mart gas station is open, and so are five or six restaurants, as well as a Walgreens and the post office. Two markets also are open, and Safeway has told Jones it’s going ahead with plans to build a supermarket on the lower Skyway. “That was very encouraging to me,” Jones said. The planning process needs to move much faster than usual, however, or people will start moving away. “Public workshops, council meetings, hiring experts—all of that takes time, and we really don’t have that time,” Jones said. “We have six months. Maybe.” —ROBERT SPEER rob e r t s pe e r@new srev i ew. c o m
of transparency that Standridge sees as key to running a successful department. Over the next year, in an attempt to reach that goal, Standridge hopes to give the community a thorough picture of what his department does, which will serve as a foundation for future discussions. Currently, he’s facing an unexpected loss of five firefighters since September, most of them to retirement. He’s hired replacements, but they won’t be able to join the team until March, after a two-month training. Standridge says he strategically used the $200,000 the City Council added to the department’s budget in June to pay for more overtime. That allowed him to provide one extra firefighter per shift while also accommodating for holiday time off. It also made it possible for him to put another engine on the streets, something he sees as critical. He plans to make the case again in 2019 for funding for additional staff. Ultimately, he’d like at least 17 firefighters on duty at any one time—currently the number is 15, thanks to added overtime. He’ll also implement new interactive software that will aid in training firefighters for various scenarios. His department also plans to add a drone to its arsenal as a way to scout landscapes for fire preparation, as well as to spot precise locations of fires in hard-to-reach areas. —MEREDITH J. COOPER me r e d i th c @ newsr ev iew.c o m
Fire chief charges forward Steve Standridge
Steve Standridge took the position as fire chief for the city of Chico in early 2018. Immediately, the veteran firefighter identified some key issues that could be improved upon. Keep in mind, he inherited a department that had, within the past year, lost 15 positions that had been paid for by the SAFER grant, which was not renewed. With them went two fire stations. After almost a year at the helm, Standridge is decidedly more comfortable and confident in his role. The Camp Fire has elevated him to a position of both authority and reverence. He was outspoken about his lack of resources as his staff worked around the clock on that blaze. The Fire Department was understaffed when he took over; during a time of great stress, he said, it was dangerously so. While Standridge is hesitant to use the Camp Fire as a bargaining chip, he says it has “opened a door to more robust discussion.” It’s prompted people in Chico to think more critically about “what level of service do we want in the city?” And, for Standridge, that’s a good thing. He acknowledges that many people in the community “don’t understand what the fire department does.” Beyond fighting fires, his staff responds to calls from people who need help with their fire alarms as well as to medical calls; they are, as he calls it, a “social safety net.” “We are truly the catch-all agency,” he said during a recent interview. Standridge says he’s asked constantly why his staff responds to medical calls, or to calls about people sleeping on the street. In his eyes, that’s a huge part of the department’s job: “Who else is going to respond to those calls?” Therein lies the bulk of what Standridge hopes to accomplish as chief. One of his main goals is to lead the department through a national accreditation process, which not only offers an outside perspective of how it’s performing, but also provides an opportunity for the community to weigh in on priorities. Additionally, it offers a level
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Randall Stone is nothing if not icient. During a recent interview his home, Chico’s newly elected yor cradled and fed his 8-monthd son, Karden, while monitoring barrage of phone and email notiations that chirped for his attenn. “Can I call you back shortly? m about to do an interview,” he d one of several callers. In addition to serving as mayor, one works a day job as a financial nager and real estate developer, ches real estate and finance at ico State, sits on several boards d committees, cares for two sons th his wife, Krista, and runs maraons. He can’t afford not to be smart out scheduling. “I ride an electric unicycle to rk. I didn’t get it to save on gas; I t it to save time. And my mandatwork day ends at 1 p.m., so I have arge chunk of the afternoon I can propriate.” Much of that extra time es to his community and political gagements. Stone developed his interest in litics at an early age. His father, Sunnyvale city councilman of years and Santa Clara County’s essor since 1995, would relay day’s happenings to Stone, who entually followed in his father’s otsteps and joined Chico’s City uncil in 2012. On Dec. 6, Sean organ passed the mayoral gavel to m. While he was once adamantly posed to taking the leadership e, things changed for Stone after Camp Fire. “I knew I had to get ious about it, and I nominated yself,” he said. “This disaster volved my skillset.” His “skillset,” among other ngs, includes knowledge of afforde housing, which comes from his ucational and work background in onomics, finance and real estate. n the development side, I don’t ing a hammer, but I grab federal credits and marry those with state nds,” he explained. Once secured, e use that equity to build a project d subsidize developments.” With his younger brother, and p from the city, he built Bidwell rk Apartments, an affordable housg complex on East Eighth Street. This experience and knowledge
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This guy saves you money. is more important now than ever, he says. In the wake of the Camp Fire, Stone said Chico “needs to house 2,300 households. We already had a housing disaster here, but now, it’s one of the worst in the country. “What we need now is gap financing [mortgage and property loans]. I’ve been barking about that at all levels of government. There’s an opportunity in the amount of resources that are being focused our way, to address that. The more people who know about that, the more likely we can get legislation passed for tax credits and noncompetitive housing.” Stone contends that if it’s not addressed properly, Chico could be facing “great economic devastation.” He supported FEMA’s proposal to set up 250 trailer homes off of Eaton Road, a project that was highly
controversial and ultimately was abandoned after the property owner backed out. “We have so many people to place, we can’t be nit-picking the low-hanging fruit,” he said. Other projects on Stone’s agenda include “fixing The Esplanade,” meaning increasing pedestrian safety and traffic mitigations, among other things. The council also will discuss legalizing commercial cannabis. Stone will have a lot on his plate during his tenure as mayor. While he says he wasn’t destined for this role, he finds the timing, especially with the fire, to be “strange and interesting.” “It’s remarkable that someone with my background is facing this,” he said.
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Arts &Culture Cinderella (Camryn Titus) and Prince Charming (Jake Bevens) at a dress rehearsal at Chico Commnity Ballet studio. PHoTo by Jason CassIdy
Ballet alumni lead company in uplifting production
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trol, they make their bodies move in impossible-looking and beautiful ways. by Saunthy Singh And for many of the dancers of the Chico Community Preview: Ballet (CCB) comChico Performances pany, escaping into the and Chico Community magic and beauty of ballet present Cinderella, a Magical Cinderella, the Magical Ballet is helpful in ballet Friday and saturday, 7:30 p.m.; light of recent local saturday and sunday, events. 2 p.m., Jan. 11-13. “The fire has Tickets: $13-$30 impacted everybody, Laxson Auditorium including the dance Chico state community,” said artis898-6333 tic director Deborah chicoperformances.com Jorritsma. “So they need this. The dancers need to dance, the community needs normalcy and that keeps us moving ahead to make it work.” Even though 12 of the company members lost homes in the Camp Fire, the show at Laxson Auditorium will go on. Originally scheduled for November, dangerous air quality in the wake of the blaze pushed performances to this weekend, Friday through Sunday, Jan. 11-13. This is CCB’s fifth interpretation of the Cinderella fairytale. This year, 37 20
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company members, ages 7 to 30, bring the favorite to life, dancing to the dramatic score by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. It’s the familiar story of a fairy godmother who morphs pumpkins into gilded coaches, mice into horses and turns a most disdained young girl into a princess. “We approach it with different elements, like new choreography for the stepsisters,” said Jorritsma, “so it never feels like we’re doing the same old thing.” There’s also the sweet backstory between the production’s lead dancers/ guest artists: Camryn Titus, who plays Cinderella, and Jake Bevens as Prince Charming. The two have been dancing in CCB productions together since they were 10 and 8, respectively. At 4, Titus started dancing for then-Wall Street Dance Studio (now CCB) and danced for 16 years until she left to study abroad in southern France. After earning a doctorate in physical therapy from University of the Pacific, she resumed CCB classes and now performs with the company as a guest artist. “It’s a blast dancing with Jake because we grew up dancing together. When we’re trying to choreograph, we move similarly. We were trained the same, so we can play with lift and turns,” she said. “It’s been two years since we danced together, yet we can
walk into the studio and it just all comes together and we dance together easily.” Bevens relocated to Los Angeles in 2010 to pursue a career in the field. He’s appeared in music videos and on television shows and now works at Disneyland, dancing in a stage show called Mickey and the Magical Map. He first got into dance while living in in Oregon as a child. He enrolled in gymnastics at 7, and said, “I wasn’t very excited when my gymnastic coach suggested I take ballet—until I started enjoying the challenge. It’s hard. You never perfect it. “After moving to Chico, I met Camyrn at CCB in 2000,” Bevens continued. “It was cool from the first time we had to partner. So when we get back together to dance, it’s fun.” “Camyrn has created a whole new beautiful choreography for this piece,” Jorritsma said. “She and Jake, literally in one weekend, got their parts together. It looked like they had done this for a long time.” “It’s a passion, part of me, and now with a job—as a physical therapist—it’s my release,” Titus said. “The arts save us in so many ways,” Jorritsma added. “During the Depression, people would scrape up pennies to see vaudeville to escape. This Cinderella can do the same for our community.” Ω
PARADISE ICE RINK: Welcome news from The Ridge! The rink has opened with open skate sessions, stroller skating, adult Coffee Club skating, lessons and other fun, themed events. Through 1/13, 12pm-6pm. Terry Ashe Recreation Center, 6626 Skyway, Paradise. paradiseprpd.com
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: Stories, songs and activities for children 5 and under. Thu, 1/3, 10am. Durham Branch Library, 2545 Durham Dayton Highway, Durham. buttecounty.net
TODDLER STORYTIME: Toddlers and families will love this interactive storytime featuring stories, songs and movement. Thu, 1/3, 10am. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. buttecounty.net
Special Events BABIES LOVE BOOKS: Babies and parents will enjoy connecting through rhymes, songs and books during a program created especially for them. Fri, 1/4, 10:30am. Oroville Branch Library, 1820 Mitchell Ave, Oroville. buttecounty.net
BILINGUAL STORY GARDEN: Wonderful, weekly bilingual storytime with songs, stories and fun for kids. Fri, 1/4, 10am. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. buttecounty.net
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CFOL BOOK SALE: Chico Friends of the Library weekly book sale. Sat 1/5, 9am. Chico Branch
WILDLIFE TOURS: The California Department of
ADULT CRAFT CLUB: Bring your latest project and connect with other crafters. Wed, 1/9, 10am. Oroville Branch Library, 1820 Mitchell
Library, 1108 Sherman Ave. buttecounty.net
LEGO CLUB: All-day Lego fun for the whole family. Bring your imaginations, the library provides the Legos. Sat 1/5, 10am. Oroville Branch Library, 1820 Mitchell Ave, Oroville. buttecounty.net
Music TANNER RICHARDSON: Brunch music. Sat, 1/5, 11am. La Salles, 229 Broadway St.
Fish and Wildlife, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, offers free 1.5-hour public walking tours every Saturday and Sunday. Known as one of the premier birding spots in the North State, local experts will lead you on a halfmile stroll to an elevated viewing deck. There you will have a bird’s-eye view of wildlife and will learn about wildlife adaptations, natural history, conservation efforts and help you better identify birds and other animals. Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley.
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COPWATCH: CopWatch seeks to reduce police violence by directly observing the police on the street, documenting incidents and keeping police accountable. Learn about your rights and how to solver problems without police intervention. Documentary viewing and discussion. Wed, 1/9, 6pm. Free. Blackbird, 1431 Park Ave.
GROWER DAY: The Butte County Farm Bureau will
host a wide range of agricultural exhibits and presentations. Wed, 1/9, 7:30am. Chico State University Farm, 311 Nicholas C Schouten Lane.
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LARRY PATTIS: Award-winning acoustic guitarist performs as part of the American Guitar Master concert series, one of three shows to benefit the North Valley Animal Disaster Group. Pattis has performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the Kennedy Center, and fuses folk, classical and Celtic styles. Wed, 1/9, 7pm. $15. Museum of Northern California Art, 900 Esplanade. monca.org
TRUE WILLIE DINNER SHOW: It’s almost creepy how much Roger Hegyi looks and sings like the Red Headed Stranger, but after a couple of beers and the opening refrain of “Whiskey River,” you’re not going to care anymore. He’s damn good and puts on a helluva show. Wed, 1/9, 6:30pm. $10-$40. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive,
SLOW WEEK, EH? Hey, that’s cool. We could all use a break to spend time with family, work on hobbies, rake leaves, bake cookies and reflect. Enjoy some time catching up on Netflix shows, podcasts and reading. Donate some hours to a local shelter or charity. Practice guitar. Go for a hike, plan out your summer road trip or take a trip up Skyway and visit the Paradise Ice Rink (yes, it’s open!). Write a letter to your aunt in the Midwest. Quit your band. Start a new one. Have the neighbors over for lasagna. Change the oil in your truck. Uh oh, you’re busy again ...
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CHICO ART CENTER: Member Showcase, annual show featuring the artwork of CAC members. Through 2/1. 450 Orange St. chicoartcenter.com
MUSEUM OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ART: Collectors A Fresh Take, a collaborative exhibit looks at art from the youthful eye of students to the experienced eye of the collectors, curated by art and art history students from Chico State and Butte College, and collectors Bob Klang, Reed Applegate, Pat and Richard Macias, Idie Adams, Alan Carrier and Nathan Heyman. Through 1/20. $5. 900 Esplanade. monca.org
ORLAND ART CENTER: Celebrating the Season, works by Denise Granger Kerbs, plus Magalia watercolorist Lynn Miller, acrylics by Sandy Obester from Douglas City and Sacramento artist Linda Clark Johnson’s cyanotype and collage images. Through 1/24. 732 Fourth St., Orland. orlandartcenter.com
Museums GATEWAY SCIENCE MUSEUM: Zoom Into Nano, hands-on exhibition demonstrates how scientists observe and make things that are too small to see. Nanoscale engineering allows the manipulation of materials on the molecular scale to generate very, very small structures and devices. Find out how nanotechnology affects our lives through a number of awesome interactive exhibits. Through 1/6. Free. 625 Esplanade.
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Looking back now, Lucy is surprised by what rose from the depths of her young subconscious. “I was a little feisty when I was younger,” she said. “I was a fourth-grader full of rage.” Songwriting is a little different now that Gwendolyn (now 22) lives in San Luis Obispo and Lucy (20) is in Long Beach. They both play guitar and write songs separately, but still rely on each other for the finishing touches. “I love it when we collaborate, even if we’re apart,” Gwendolyn said. “Even if we can’t sit down and write together, I can leave the opportunity for her to add to my songs.” The sisters’ back-and-forth style of collaboration doesn’t always go smoothly, though. In one instance, Lucy emailed Gwendolyn an early demo of the song “I’d Like to Know,” which contains the lyrics, ‘There was a hit and run in your car/And you left me with a hundred scars.” Months later, Gwendolyn sent her a song called “Hit & Run.” “I was mad,” Lucy recalled. “I was like, Gwenny, I wrote the line ‘hit and run’ first. And then you come in with this whole song called ‘Hit & Run’—now I have to go change mine. But then we were like, Wait, we can just capitalize on this and have a theme. All of the songs are about relationships or friendships that felt like a hit and run.”
The sisters play at The Maltese on Saturday, Jan. 12, in support of their new record—you guessed it—Hit & Run. The debut release on Dog Party’s self-run Brat Music label, the album is engineered and produced by Chris Woodhouse (Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall), who provides a slick finish to the band’s usual mix of fast-paced punk and sugar-sweet vocal harmonies. The sisters believe the balance between aggressive, guitar-forward rock and bubblegum pop helps pull listeners through the record. “If every song is the same tempo, you get kind of lost and stop actually listening; you’re just kind of hearing it,” Lucy said. “The mixture is what helps keep the band diverse and interesting,” Gwendolyn added. The song “Hit & Run” is on the poppy end of the spectrum as a ballad-esque single with a chorus strongly reminiscent of the melody in Green Day’s slow-dancer, “Last Night on Earth.” Perhaps the tune was embedded in Gwendolyn’s subconscious; after all, Billie Joe Armstrong hand-picked Dog Party to support Green Day on 10 soldout dates of its 2016 Revolution Radio tour. “If it wasn’t for Green Day, we wouldn’t be a band,” Lucy said. “It was one of those full-circle moments.” Ω
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TOO $HORT: Oakland hip-hop legend performs cuts from his new album, The Pimp Tape, as well as classics like “The Ghetto” and “Blow the Whistle.” Blaze1 and B-Lee open. Fri, 1/4, 9pm. $30-$40. Tackle Box, 379 E. Park Ave. tackleboxchico.com
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UPTOWN FUNK: The ultimate Bruno Mars tribute featuring high-stepping dance moves and a ripping band. Fri, 1/4, 8:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville. featherfalls casino.com
KARAOKE: Get on the mic, get-get on the mic. Just get on the mic, get on the mic, Mike! Thu, 1/3, 9pm. The Maltese, 1600 Park Ave.
MATH ROCKS!: Start the new year with a quartet of math-rock duos featuring tight grooves, beautiful licks and tons of shred. Sets from Reno’s Rob Ford Explorer, Floral, Praying (Oakland) and Cat Depot. Thu, 1/3, 7:30pm. $7. 1078 Gallery, 1710 Park Ave. 1078gallery.org
EVERETT COAST: Original tunes in the vein of America, CSNY and the Everly Brothers, with a modern twist. Fri, 1/4, 8:30pm. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville. featherfallscasino.com
FOLK PUNKERS: Sean Corkery, Sacramento singer Henry Crook Bird, Jeff Coleman’s Taste Like Crow trio and psyched out weirdos Guest No. 66. Fri, 1/4, 9pm. $7. The Maltese, 1600 Park Ave. maltese barchico.com
THE HIGGS: Melting faces. Blowing minds. Cerebral jams. Named after the elusive Higgs-Boson particle, the band is one of the fastestgrowing original jam bands playing today. Fri, 1/4, 7pm. Lost On Main, 319 Main St.
OPEN MIC: Tito hosts this regular
event. Backline available. Fri, 1/4, 7:30pm. $1. Down Lo, 319 Main St., 513-4707.
PUB SCOUTS: Traditional Irish music for happy hour. Fri, 1/4, 4pm. $1. Duffy’s Tavern, 337 Main St.
BARREL AGED: Classic rock ’n’
blues. Sat, 1/5, 9:30pm. La Salles, 229 Broadway St. lasalleschico.com
EVERETT COAST: See Friday. Sat, 1/5, 8:30pm. Feather Falls Casino &
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HELLA PUNK: Straight-edge hardcore band The Choice, the return of Seattle’s Fucked and Bound, grinders MUCID and the debut of LyfeCoach. Sat, 1/5, 8pm. $5. Naked Lounge, 118 W. Second St.
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Fifty-two years old and still kicking ass, Too $hort is one of the founding fathers of West Coast hip-hop. Short Dogg released his first album in 1985(!) and dropped his 20th(!) record earlier this year. Along the way, he’s performed in films, runs Up All Nite Records, collaborated with 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G. and Lady Gaga, and mentors at-risk youth through Youth UpRising. He plays Friday & Saturday, Jan. 4 & 5, at the Tackle Box with local openers.
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DIY experimental art-punkers Zeta return to Chico with wild abandon, frenzied percussion and open arms. Originally from Venezuela, the sprawling collective mixes rhythms from the Caribbean with their native music and the raw energy of rock ’n’ roll. If you missed them last time, don’t let it happen again. They perform at 1078 Gallery on Wednesday, Jan. 9, with Pervert, Sunny Acres and Vampirates.
TRIVIA NIGHT: Trivial questions the nitty gritty of the legendary Southern rock bank. Sat, 1/5, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville. featherfallscasino.com
TOO $HORT: Two shows! See Friday. Sat, 1/5, 9pm. $30-$40. Tackle Box, 379 E. Park Ave. tackleboxchico.com
LEATHER & LACE BURLESQUE: Get naughty and/or nice with the Malteazers. Sat, 1/5, 10pm. $7. The Maltese, 1600 Park Ave. maltese barchico.com
OPEN CASKET TOUR KICKOFF: Burial Grounds hits the road to spread its heavy melodic death metal, plus sets from classic metal act Myth, Skelter (ex-Electric Engine)
and classic rock-influenced metal monsters Mad Chemist. Sat, 1/5, 7pm. $7. The Spirit, 2360 Oro Quincy Highway, Oroville.
OVERDRIVE: Classic rock ’n’ roll
covers from the ‘70s and ‘80s. Sat, 1/5, 9pm. Studio Inn Lounge, 2582 Esplanade.
SKYNNYN LYNNYRD: Tribute act hones
THE SHORT-TIMERS IMPROV SHOW: Short-form improv group performs classic short form games and CLIC originals! BYOB. Sun, 1/6, 7pm. $5. Kingmaker Studios, 561 E Lindo Ave., 408-509-3981.
for serious people. Wed, 1/9, 8pm. Woodstock’s Pizza, 166 E. Second St.
TRUE WILLIE DINNER SHOW: It’s almost creepy how much Roger Hegyi looks and sings like the Red Headed Stranger, but after a couple of beers and the opening refrain of “Whiskey River,” you’re not going to care anymore. He’s damn good and puts on a helluva show. Wed, 1/9, 6:30pm. $10-$40. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville. featherfallscasino.com
ZETA: Venezuelan experimental punk band killed when they slipped through town in August. Also, sets from chaotic hip-hoppers Pervert, psych punks Sunny Acres and the Vampirates. Wed, 1/9, 7pm. $7. 1078 Gallery, 1710 Park Ave. 1078gallery.org
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Opening this week Beautiful Boy
Based on the twin memoirs—Beautiful Boy and Tweak—by real-life father and son, David and Nic Sheff, about their respective struggles with the son’s addiction to meth. Starring Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet and Maura Tierney. Pageant Theatre. Rated R.
Six strangers are forced to band together and use their wits to survive an exceedingly elaborate—and deadly—escape room. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13.
Now playing Aquaman
might not be current. Please check with theaters for up-to-date information.
on the 1964 classic, set a couple of decades after the events in Mary Poppins, with Emily Blunt playing the title character. Also starring Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG.
Mary Queen of Scots
Ends tonight, Jan. 3. See review this issue. Pageant Theatre. Rated R —J.C.S.
A big-screen adaptation of Philip Reeve’s fantasy novels about a steampunk vision of the London of the future. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13. Clint Eastwood directs and stars in this real-life story about a 90-year-old World War II veteran who was caught transporting cocaine for a drug cartel. Also starring Bradley Cooper, Diane Wiest, Michael Peña and Laurence Fishburne. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated R.
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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 of magizooligist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his nemesis, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13.
See review this issue. Cinemark 14. Rated R —J.C.S.
Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen start in this feel-good movie about race relations in America that goes light on the grit and heavy on the sentiment. Based on a true story, it starts off with Tony Lip (Mortensen), an Italian-American bouncer who gets a gig as a driver and bodyguard for Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a black classical pianist who is touring the Deep South. It’s a road movie, with Tony driving and Don sitting in the back seat. The two use the book of the movie’s title—a guide offering a listing of safe havens for black travelers in segregated Southern states—to find places where Don can find shelter and eat. Things get ugly when Don tries to do such mundane things as buy a suit or eat in a restaurant where he’s been hired to play. Tony steps in for his boss during these racially charged episodes, and occasionally cracks a few skulls. As his eyes are opened to the realities of life for Dr. Don, Tony learns lessons about loving people no matter the color of their skin and perhaps about how to drop fewer racial slurs before the credits roll. Cinemark 14. Rated R —B.G.
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. Rated PG.
Holmes & Watson
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly star as the title characters in this comedic take on the famous crime-solving duo. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13.
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Jason Momoa takes his superhuman physique from Game of Thrones to the title character in this film adaptation of DC Comics’ half-human/half-Atlantean heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13. The sixth film in the Transformers film series revolves around the bot Bumblebee and the teen girl who becomes its partner in defending Earth from the Decepticons. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13.
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.
Jenny from the block tricks her way into a Madison Avenue gig and is forced to prove that “street smarts equal book smarts.” Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
No movie adaptation has captured the rush of reading an exciting comic book like this blast of energy from directors Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman. They go for broke with a seamless mixture of visual styles—hand-drawn and computer animated—and the story is pretty great, to boot. Teenager Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) is bitten by a strange spider and then, with his new-found powers in effect, crosses paths with the original SpiderMan, Peter Parker (Chris Pine). Turns out a portal from a parallel universe has opened up, allowing a whole fleet of different SpiderVerse characters to come into his orbit—the older Peter B. Parker (the invaluable Jake Johnson), Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Ham (a mishmash of Spidey and Porky Pig voiced by John Mulaney), Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn) and her robot and, best of all, Nicolas Cage as the black-andwhite Spider-Man Noir. So, Miles is one of many heroes with Spider powers tasked with battling bad dudes. Spider-Verse is surely one of the best movies of the year and the best Spider-Man movie to date. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG —B.G.
The latest from writer/director Adam McKay (The Big Short, Anchorman, Step Brothers) takes on the larger-than-life character of Dick Cheney (played by Christian Bale), who, during his tenure as vice president to George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell), reshaped the office into one with unprecedented power. Also starring Amy Adams, Steve Carell and Tyler Perry. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated R.
Welcome to Marwen
Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, The Polar Express) directed and co-wrote this dramedy inspired by the real-life story of Mark Hogancamp (played by Steve Carell), a man who, after getting severe brain damage following an attack by a group of men, seeks therapeutic refuge in the building of a onesixth scale World War II-era Belgian town in his back yard. Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13.
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live among the mountain ranges that cap the northern half of the state, it takes a stretch of imagination to appreciate winter beers. An image that marketers and beer writers often push toward by consumers is Alastair Bland that of someone sipping a strong beer—like a barleywine, a dark Scotch ale or a spicy Belgian-style ale—beside a fire as snow accumulates outside. The worst offenders include in their write-up a ham or turkey “roasting” in the oven, a smoking pipe or a cigar, and a bear skin rug on the floor. With or without a stomach-turning cliché, I get it: Winter is cold, and “winter warmer” beers warm us up. Since those are the kinds of beers we are supposed to be drinking now, let’s talk about what makes a beer a winter beer, per se. Generally, though not always, they are malty, as opposed to dominated by hops. Malty beers have flavors and aromas of caramel, bread, molasses, grain, maple syrup and dried fruits (whereas hoppy beers bring along summery flavors of fresh fruits and flower blossoms). As well as being malty, winter beers tend to be high in alcohol. Alcohol often produces a powerful and rather instantaneous
effect of heat when consumed through a strong beer. Many winter beers are aged in spirits barrels, which creates boozy vanilla and coconut flavors. Finally, winter beers often have added ingredients that evoke the season, including ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, citrus rind, allspice, dried figs and maple syrup. In Chico, Sierra Nevada bucks the low-hop stereotype with its flagship holiday offering, Celebration Ale, an IPA that evokes the season via the piney and citrus-zest flavors of chinook and centennial hops. More traditional winter offerings from the brewery include the big, pitchblack Narwhal imperial stout (10.2 percent alcohol-by-volume), as well as the numerous barrelaged experiments of Sierra Nevada’s Trip in the Woods series (such as the Maple Scotch, a Scotch-style ale made with maple syrup and aged in bourbon barrels). Other Nor Cal winter-beer offerings include Hoppy Holidaze, from Marin Brewing Co. Its name would suggest the beer contradicts the maltyversus-hoppy rule, but it doesn’t. The beer weighs in at just 28 international bittering units—one third or so of the average IPA these days. The 7 percent ABV beer is brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, vanilla and orange peel and, frankly, who can blame
these guys for wanting to include a hop pun—always fun—on this not-so-hoppy beer’s label? In San Leandro, Drake’s Brewing Co. has released a whopping barleywine called Santa’s Brass. It’s 13.8 percent ABV and is aged in whiskey and port barrels, and it comes as the latest in Drake’s Advanced Oak barrel-aged series. Many more barleywines—Bigfoot from Sierra Nevada, Old Blarney from Moylan’s—will be around for most of the winter. Spruce tips have become a popular ingredient for winterizing a beer. For example, Drake’s has released an IPA with juniper berries and spruce tips. Called the Tree Beer, its lingering effect with each sip is a spicy resin flavor with a blunt bitterness accentuating the hops. Ballast Point recently released a spruce tip rendition of its adored Sculpin IPA, for a warming, piney effect. In the classics department, winter beers include the Anchor Brewing’s Christmas Ale, Deschutes’ Jubelale, 21st Amendment’s Fireside Chat and Samuel Adams’ Old Fezziwig. There is also the drink-it-if-youcan-stomach-it Samichlaus, a 14 percent ABV doppelbock made in an Austrian castle. Try as I have to enjoy it, the beer still tastes too much like cough syrup to finish a wine glass of the liquor-like lager still wanting more. Perhaps if it was snowing outside. Ω
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there’s hardly a better way to start off a new year than by filling the calendar with fresh art. Here are a few choice items on my radar for the first couple months of the year.
• Jan. 10: Codename: Jenny at Pageant Theatre: A film by radical German film collective Liberated Lens, about taking the leap into activism. In response to a world of environmental destruction, endless war and the global rise of the far right, a woman and her friends decide to take action. The filmmakers will be on hand for a post-film discussion. One showing only: Thursday, Jan. 10, 7 p.m.
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• Jan. 17-Feb. 20: Broken Open at 1078 Gallery: Anyone who knows Arts DEVO knows that something advertised as a “sound/word/object” show is going to pique my interest. This threeperson group exhibit explores the potential meanings behind the words “broken open” via a different medium for each artist—sound installations for Evelyn Ficarra; poems by Elise Ficarra and the ceramics of Cameron Crawford. While I can’t say I understand much of the dense show statement on the 1078 website (“in broken objects the sounds yet inhere,” “The domestic economy inherent in plates and cups,” “when the war-dragon Fafnir sleeps”), I’m nonetheless down for some experimental weirdness. Reception is Saturday, Jan. 26, 6-8 p.m.
• Jan. 18: Jonathan Richman and MaMuse: KZFR community radio presents a big-ticket fundraiser for Camp Fire relief efforts at the Chico Women’s Club. Legendary troubadour/proto-punk pioneer Jonathan Richman is joined by Chico’s favorite daughters, MaMuse, for an early evening show (doors at 6:30 p.m.), with advance tickets going for $20 at Chico Paper Co., Blaze N’ J’s, KZFR and brownpapertickets.com • Jan. 24-26: Madonna: Uncle Dad’s Art Collective: Chico Performances brings Uncle Dad’s back for another multidiscipline tribute to a musical great, Madonna Louise Ciccone. The all-local Uncle Dad’s orchestra teams up with a cast of guest musicians and other performance artists for a soundtrack that spans the Queen of Pop’s decades-long catalog. Three shows in three nights at Laxson Auditorium. • Jan. 27: Eric Bachmann: Just two months after Lou Barlow sneaked into town for a stellar intimate house show, one of his indie-rock contemporaries—the former frontman for legendary North Carolina noisemakers Archers of Loaf—is coming to a private home in Chico. Search “Eric Bachmann Living Room Show” on Facebook for info on how to buy tickets for this acoustic performance—featuring a full band—in support of his latest solo album, No Recover.
• Feb. 14-March 3: Return to Paradise: “We
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hope you will join us as we celebrate our hopes and dreams for the future. Please return to Paradise with us, opening Return to Paradise Valentine’s Day for a three-week run. A love letter to Paradise!” Perhaps the best arts news of all is that Theatre on the Ridge is planning its first post-Camp Fire show with a Paradise-themed edition of its popular Radioland musical.
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY For the week oF January 3, 2019 ARIES (March 21-April 19): No one has
resisted the force of gravity with more focus than businessman Roger Babson (1875–1967). He wrote an essay entitled “Gravity — Our Enemy Number One,” and sought to develop anti-gravity technology. His Gravity Research Foundation gave awards to authentic scientists who advanced the understanding of gravity. If that organization still existed and offered prizes, I’m sure that researchers of the Aries persuasion would win them all in 2019. For your tribe, the coming months should feature lots of escapes from heaviness, including soaring flights and playful levity and lofty epiphanies.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The night
parrots of Australia are so elusive that there was a nearly six-decade stretch when no human saw a single member of the species. But in 2013, after searching for 15 years, photographer John Young spotted one and recorded a 17-second video. Since then, more sightings have occurred. According to my astrological vision, your life in 2019 will feature experiences akin to the story of the night parrot’s reappearance. A major riddle will be at least partially solved. Hidden beauty will materialize. Long-secret phenomena will no longer be secret. A missing link will re-emerge.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Millions of
years ago, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, Antarctica and North and South America were smooshed together. Earth had a single land mass: the supercontinent Pangea. Stretching across its breadth was a colossal feature, the Central Pangean Mountains. Eventually, though, Europe and America split apart, making room for the Atlantic Ocean and dividing the Central Pangean range. Today the Scottish Highlands and the Appalachian Mountains are thousands of miles apart, but once upon a time they were joined. In 2019, Gemini, I propose that you look for metaphorical equivalents in your own life. What disparate parts of your world had the same origin? What elements that are now divided used to be together? Re-establish their connection. Get them back in touch with each other. Be a specialist in cultivating unity.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): 2019 will
be an excellent time to swim in unpolluted rivers, utter sacred oaths near beautiful fountains and enjoy leisurely saunas that help purify your mind and body. You are also likely to attract cosmic favor if you cry more than usual, seek experiences that enhance your emotional intelligence and ensure that your head respectfully consults with your heart before making decisions. Here’s another way to get on life’s good side: Cultivate duties that consistently encourage you to act out of love and joy rather than out of guilt and obligation.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Here are four
key questions I hope you’ll meditate on throughout 2019: 1. What is love? 2. What kind of love do you want to receive? 3. What kind of love do you want to give? 4. How could you transform yourself in order to give and receive more of the love you value most? To spur your efforts, I offer you these thoughts from teacher David R. Hawkins: “Love is misunderstood to be an emotion; actually, it is a state of awareness, a way of being in the world, a way of seeing oneself and others.”
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “Most living
things begin in the absence of light,” writes Virgo author Nancy Holder. “The vine is rooted in the earth; the fawn takes form in the womb of the doe.” I’ll remind you that your original gestation also took place in the dark. And I foresee a metaphorically comparable process unfolding for you in 2019. You’ll undergo an incubation period that may feel cloaked and mysterious. That’s just as it should be: the best possible circumstances for the vital new part of your life that will be growing. So be patient. You’ll see the tangible results in 2020.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Many plants
that modern Americans regard as weeds
by rob brezsny were regarded as tasty food by Native Americans. A prime example is the cattail, which grows wild in wetlands. Indigenous people ate the rootstock, stem, leaves, and flower spike. I propose that we use this scenario to serve as a metaphor for some of your potential opportunities in 2019. Things you’ve regarded as useless or irrelevant or inconvenient could be revealed as assets. Be alert for the possibility of such shifts. Here’s advice from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The slow,
gradual, incremental approach will be your magic strategy in 2019. Being persistent and thorough as you take one step at a time will provide you with the power to accomplish wonders. Now and then, you may be tempted to seek dramatic breakthroughs or flashy leaps of faith; and there may indeed be one or two such events mixed in with your steady rhythms. But for the most part, your glory will come through tenacity. Now study this advice from mystic Meister Eckhart: “Wisdom consists in doing the next thing you have to do, doing it with your whole heart, and finding delight in doing it.”
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
Sagittarian polymath Piet Hein wrote a poem in which he named the central riddle of his existence. “A bit beyond perception’s reach, / I sometimes believe I see / That life is two locked boxes / Each containing the other’s key.” I propose that we adopt this scenario to symbolize one of the central riddles of your existence. I’ll go further and speculate that in 2019 one of those boxes will open as if through a magical fluke, without a need for the key. This mysterious blessing won’t really be a magical fluke, but rather a stroke of well-deserved and hard-earned luck that is the result of the work you’ve been doing to transform and improve yourself.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): What
themes and instruments do people least want to hear in a piece of music? Composer Dave Soldier determined that the worst song ever made would contain bagpipes, cowboy music, tubas, advertising jingles, operatic rapping and children crooning about holidays. Then he collaborated with other musicians to record such a song. I suspect that as you head into 2019, it’ll be helpful to imagine a metaphorically comparable monstrosity: a fantastic mess that sums up all the influences you’d like to avoid. With that as a vivid symbol, you’ll hopefully be inspired to avoid allowing any of it to sneak into your life in the coming months.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In
Canada, it’s illegal to pretend to practice witchcraft. It’s fine to actually do witchcraft, however. With that as our inspiration, I advise you to be rigorous about embodying your authentic self in 2019. Make sure you never lapse into merely imitating who you are or who you used to be. Don’t fall into the trap of caring more about your image than about your actual output. Focus on standing up for what you really mean rather than what you imagine people expect from you. The coming months will be a time when you can summon pure and authoritative expressions of your kaleidoscopic soul.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In the
eighteenth century, Benjamin Franklin was a founding father who played a key role in getting the United States up and running. He wasn’t happy that the fledgling nation chose the bald eagle as its animal symbol. The supposedly majestic raptor is lazy, he wrote. It doesn’t hunt for its own food, but steals grub obtained by smaller birds of prey. Furthermore, bald eagles are cowardly, Franklin believed. Even sparrows may intimidate them. With that as our theme, Pisces, I invite you to select a proper creature to be your symbolic ally in 2019. Since you will be building a new system and establishing a fresh power base, you shouldn’t pick a critter that’s merely glamorous. Choose one that excites your ambition and animates your willpower.
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as CHICO CONCRETE COMPANY at 5 Aldrin Ct Chico, CA 95926. JONATHAN JAMES HALL 5 Aldrin Ct Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: JONATHAN HALL Dated: December 3, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0001463 Published: December 13,20,27, 2018, January 3, 2019
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as B STREET PUBLIC HOUSE at 117 Broadway St Chico, CA 95928. WILLIAM CORBETT BRADY 612 Parkwood Dr Chico, CA 95928. ADAM EDWARD SAMORANO 1056 San Ramon Dr Chico, CA 95973. SEBASTIEN TAMARELLE 3046 Paso Grande Ct Chico, CA 95973. XIBANYA INC 134 W 2nd St Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: SEBASTIEN TAMARELLE, SECRETARY Dated: December 3, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0001464 Published: December 13,20,27, 2018, January 3, 2019
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as FOOTHILL PROPERTIES at 1834 Mangrove Ave Chico, CA 95926. BLAKE ANDERSON 1834 Mangrove Ave Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: BLAKE ANDERSON Dated: November 27, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0001434 Published: December 13,20,27, 2018, January 3, 2019
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as TIPTON ENTERPRISES, TIPTON PROPERTIES at 7 Laguna Point Road Chico, CA 95928. GAIL NOTTINGHAM 7 Laguna Point Road Chico, CA 95928. MARGARET TIPTON 13 Dana Point Road Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: GAIL NOTTINGHAM Dated: October 18, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0001329 Published: December 13,20,27, 2018, January 3, 2019
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as G AND G ENTERPRISES, G AND G PROPERTIES at 7 Laguna Point Road Chico, CA 95928. GAIL NOTTINGHAM 7 Laguna Point Road Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: GAIL NOTTINGHAM Dated: October 15, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0001313 Published: December 13,20,27, 2018, January 3, 2019
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT The following person has abandoned the use of the fictitious business names CUSTOM SEWN ACCESSORIES, CSA at 3415 Silverbell Rd Suite 3 Chico, CA 95973. CONSUELO RAMIREZ 916 Winterpine Dr Orland, CA 95963. This business was conducted by an Individual. Signed: CONSUELO RAMIREZ Dated: November 8, 2018 FBN Number: 2011-0000263 Published: December 13,20,27, 2018, Januray 3, 2019
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as KERSHAW COOK AND TALLEY, PC at 341 Broadway Street Ste 209 Chico, CA 95928. KERSHAW COOK TALLEY PC 401 Watt Ave Ste 1 Sacramento, CA 95864. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: K. BROADWELL, ADMINISTRATOR Dated: December 4, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0001471 Published: December 20,27, 2018, January 3,10, 2019
business as FIVE STAR PAINTING at 2070 Sunrise Ct Chico, CA 95928. RANDY KEITH RAMIREZ 2070 Sunrise Ct Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: RANDY RAMIREZ Dated: December 10, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0001483 Published: December 13,20,27, 2018, January 3, 2019
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as NORTH VALLEY PAYEE SERVICES INC at 1692 Mangrove Ave. No. 213 Chico, CA 95926. NORTH VALLEY PAYEE SERVICES INC 1712 Pioneer Ave Suite 100 Cheyenne, WY 82001 This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: PHILLIP KUEHNE, RECORDS KEEPER Dated: November 30, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0001454 Published: December 20,27, 2018, January 3,10, 2019
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as MULBERRY STATION BREWING COMPANY at 175 E. 20th Street Chico, CA 95928. WORTH BROTHERS LLC 285 Appaloosa Circle Reno, NV 89508. This business is conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Signed: ROLAND ALLEN, MANAGING MEMBER Dated: November 20, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0001424 Published: December 27, 2018, January 3,10,17, 2019
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BRUCE F MILLER, TRUSTEE OF THE BRUCE F AND SUSAN R MILLER REVOCABLE TRUST 9451 Jones Ave Durham, CA 95938. SUSAN R MILLER, TRUSTEE OF THE BRUCE F AND SUSAN R MILLER REVOCABLE TRUST 9451 Jones Ave Durham, CA 95938. BARBARA RABO 2120 Oro-Chico Hwy Durham, CA 95938. FREDERICK N RABO 2120 Oro-Chico Hwy Durham, CA 95938. MICHAEL S RABO, TRUSTEE OF THE MICHAEL S AND JANE S RABO 2003 TRUST 9535 Jones Ave Durham, CA 95938. RONALD P RABO, TRUSTEE OF THE RON AND SHIRLEY RABO FAMILY TRUST 9616 Lott Rd Durham, CA 95938. SHIRLEY E RABO, TRUSTEE OF THE RON AND SHIRLEY RABO FAMILY TRUST 9616 Lott Rd Durham, CA 95938. JOHN SCHWEIGER, TRUSTEE OF THE SCHWEIGER FAMILY TRUST 1767 Brinson Lane Durham, CA 95938. MARY ANN SCHWEIGER, TRUSTEE OF THE SCHWEIGER FAMILY TRUST 1767 Brinson Lane Durham, CA 95938. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: RONALD P. RABO Dated: December 6, 2018 FBN Number: 2018-0001473 Published: December 27, 2018, January 3,10,17, 2019
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NOTICES ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MONIQUE MARIE RICHARD filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: MONIQUE MARIE RICHARD Proposed name: MONIQUE SOL SONOQUIE 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: February 13, 2019 Time: 9:00 AM Dept: TBA Room: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: TAMARA L. MOSBARGER Dated: December 3, 2018 Case Number: 18CV03853 Published: December 27, 2018, January 3,10,17, 2019 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MICHELLE RENEE FOX filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: MICHELLE RENEE FOX Proposed name: MICHELLE RENEE MACKENZIE 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
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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: February 20, 2019 Time: 9:00 AM Dept: TBA Room: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: TAMARA L. MOSBARGER Dated: December 20, 2018 Case Number: 18CV04044 Published: January 3,10,17,24, 2019 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner LILLIAN GEORGE filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: LILLIAN GEORGE Proposed name: ZHI DI LILLIAN GEORGE THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: March 6, 2019 Time: 9:00 AM Dept: TBA Room: TBA The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: TAMARA L. MOSBARGER Dated: December 20, 2018 Case Number: 18CV04096 Published: January 3,10,17,24, 2019 PLAINTIFF’S CLAIM AND ORDER TO GO TO SMALL CLAIMS COURT NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: DEBORAH SUE DONNELLY YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIF: MICHAEL SCOTT DONNELLY The plaintiff claims the defendant owes $9875.00 You and the plaintiff must go to court on the trial date listed below. If you do not go to court, you may lose the case. If you lose, the court can order that your wages, money, or property be taken to pay this claim. Bring witnesses, receipts, and any evidence you need to prove your case. The plaintiff’s claim is available for examination in the file kept by the court. Court date: February 15, 2019 Time: 8:30am Dept: TBA The name and address of the court is: Superior Court of California, County of Butte 1775 Concord Avenue Chico, CA 95928 SMALL CLAIMS COURT Dated: December 28, 2018 Signed: KIMBERLY FLENER Case Number: 17SC03158 Published: January 3,10,17,24, 2019
PETITION NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE BRENDA D. PRYOR aka BRENDA PRYOR To all heirs and beneficiaries, creditors contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: BRENDA D. PRYOR aka BRENDA PRYOR A Petition for Probate has been filed by: JOSHUA E. MCCLAIN in the Superior Court of California, County of Butte. The Petition for Probate requests that: JOSHUA E. MCCLAIN 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: January 8, 2019 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept: 8 Room: Address of the court: Superior Court of California County of Butte 1775 Concord Ave. Chico, CA 95926. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: RAOUL J. LECLERC P.O. Drawer 111 Oroville, CA 95965 (530) 533-5661 Case Number: 18PR00528 Published: December 20,27, 2018, January 3, 2019
NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE LARRY LEE ROACH, aka LARRY L. ROACH, aka LARRY ROACH To all heirs and beneficiaries, creditors contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: LARRY LEE ROACH, aka LARRY L. ROACH, aka LARRY ROACH A Petition for Probate has been filed by: JANE ROACH VAN LAAN in the Superior Court of California, County of Butte. The Petition for Probate requests that: JANE ROACH VAN LAAN 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: January 29, 2019 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept: Probate Room: TBA 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: CLAYTON B. ANDERSON 20 Independence Circle Chico, CA 95973 (530) 342-6144 Case Number: 18PR00542 Published: December 27, 2018, January 3,10, 2019
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929 Neal Dow Ave 800 Penstemon Way 1423 Ridgebrook Way 1174 Gossamer Ln 1225 Oleander Ave 14 Patches Dr 3059 Boulder Dr 845 Alan Ln 355 Yarrow Dr 1552 Arch Way 1022 Linden St #1
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