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Trump’s destructive showdown President Trump went into demagogue mode Tuesday
evening during his brief address to the nation—a one-man dog-and-pony show within the walls of the Oval Office. Speaking slowly and calmly, a departure from the tone he’s taken during previous fiery speeches besmirching immigrants, POTUS ran through a checklist of xenophobic talking points and charged that the only cure for a purported “crisis” at the border of the United States and Mexico is his much-hyped plan for a “barrier” (he apparently has moved on from the terms “wall” and “fence”). It was familiar territory for the president, who once again described undocumented immigrants as drug smugglers, murderers and rapists. Thing is, most Americans aren’t buying into the manufactured emergency. Perhaps that’s because of POTUS’ proclivity for lying, an attribute exposed regularly by the media, his political foes and even members of his own party. Following his speech, fact-checkers noted a number of problems with his rhetoric. First off, illegal border crossings are down. Additionally, multiple legitimate data sets show that immigrants are less likely than native-born Americans to commit crimes. Trump’s speech comes during the third week of a partial government shutdown—a showdown between
his administration and congressional Democrats over his multibillion-dollar request to fund the project, infrastructure he promised Mexico would pay for. His efforts to blame the opposition party for it, however, contrast with his actions over the recent weeks. For starters, the president threatened a government closure last month: During a televised meeting with Democratic party leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, he said he would be “proud” to follow through. The reality of it isn’t so simple. It leaves hundreds of thousands of federal employees without the paychecks they rely upon, which would jeopardize the lives of most Americans—such as low-income families that rely on housing and food vouchers. Of course, a billionaire reality-TV star like the president would find that true reality difficult to comprehend. While the intent of his speech ostensibly was to get funding for his wall, we can’t help but wonder about the true objective. Could this be just another distraction from the special counsel’s investigation into Russian meddling? Could it be a tactic to help solidify his base? Could it be just another in a long list of political tantrums? In any case, it’s another reason to say goodbye to him come 2020. Hopefully sooner. Ω
Insult to injury in Oroville TmetalArmydebris Corps of Engineers to sort millions of tons of from the Camp Fire at a site in Chico. The he city of Chico recently rejected a plan by the
feds are now planning to take it—up to 400 truckloads a day—to Oroville. The proposed location, the nowclosed Koppers industrial plant, is designated as a “Superfund” site due to the large amount of dioxin and other poisons that resulted from its previous use as a wood treatment facility. Big fires at the site in the 1960s and ’80s released by even more deadly toxins into the Jenny Miller surrounding soil and groundwater. The author is an That area of south Oroville already editor and writer who lives in Oroville. has an extraordinarily high rate of pancreatic cancer. The impact of this plan on the health, real estate, roads and businesses of Oroville has the potential to be catastrophic. Although the Army Corps is claiming the debris will be nontoxic, that seems somewhat dubious in view of the immense amount of toxins, such as asbestos and
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pesticides, that are released in house fires. Meanwhile, people who have returned to their homes in Paradise have been amazed to find that some are now officially designated as “clean” despite the large amount of hazardous substances remaining. Apart from the possible toxicity of the debris, what about the health of the workers who will be sorting it on a Superfund site still known to contain extremely hazardous material? Although it will be “covered” with an unspecified fabric, on top of an existing blanket of dirt, the presence of hundreds of trucks and heavy machinery is bound to release toxic dust, and possibly exacerbate the existing groundwater contamination. A 2018 EPA report on the site said that the groundwater is not expected to finish being cleaned up “for 30 or 40 years.” The report notes that there is also a zone that cannot be remediated and will remain contaminated in perpetuity. Oroville already took a major economic hit with the dam evacuation two years ago. That event resulted from the longstanding refusal of government officials to consider the health and safety of the town and its residents. Now the residents are saying, “Enough is enough!” Ω
SECOND & FLUME by Melissa Daugherty m e l i s s a d @ n e w s r e v i e w. c o m
Spoiler alert I’ve never been one to read the last page of a novel first, and I really hate spoilers, but I’m going to tell you how this week’s cover story predicting a devastating Ridge fire ends: “It’s going to happen, and it’s going to be bad.” That’s the last line of a story published in this newspaper 25 years, two months and 27 days before the Camp Fire. We’ve reprinted that piece this week to remind readers, local officials and public-safety personnel that warnings of a catastrophic firestorm were sounded a quarter century ago—probably earlier than that, too. As you’ll see from our vintage-looking cover—a re-creation of the one that was printed back on Aug. 12, 1993—we really want readers to get a sense for the era. I was a teenager back then and had never been to the Ridge, though I had visited family in Chico my whole life. I didn’t make my first trip to Paradise until I was in college; friends took me to an amazing, not-so-secret, lagoon-like swimming hole along the west branch of the Feather River. It wasn’t until I worked as a staff writer at the Chico EnterpriseRecord—where I served for about a year as the beat reporter for the Ridge—that I learned about the fire threat in the so-called wildland-urban interface. In the short time I spent reporting in Paradise and Magalia— covering politics, water issues and development, among other things—I wrote several stories about the efforts to pave Forest Highway 171 (aka upper Skyway), wood-chipping programs and other fire-related pieces. I also recall some of my colleagues referring to the region as a giant cul-de-sac, predicting the traffic jam that would occur in the event of a blaze. Never did I imagine the scenario that unfolded on Nov. 8, when the Camp Fire struck. But former Butte County Supervisor Gordon Thomas sure did—he’s the primary source in the quarter-centuryold CN&R piece, and I’m amazed it’s so spot-on. The story is eerily prophetic, beginning with a fictional narrative of evacuees who made it to the valley floor in Chico to see an orange glow up the Skyway. Later in the piece, a local fire professional describes a scenario in which wind-driven flames spread a blaze “building to building until three quarters of the Lower Ridge lies in ashes.” Sound familiar? And while the aforementioned invented intro predicts an estimated 9,000 resulting casualties, keep in mind that more than 1,200 people were listed as missing a little over a week after the Camp Fire broke out. This week, international insurance company Munich RE reported that 2018 was the world’s fourth costliest year since 1980 in terms of natural disasters. Topping the list at $16.5 billion in losses—including $12 billion covered by insurance—was the Camp Fire. Those figures and the loss of life must be part of the conversation during the rebuilding process—a complex effort to balance future evacuation and fire mitigation needs with the environmental attributes that made the area such a beloved place to live. I’m not sure what the Ridge of the future will look like, but it certainly helps to see it through this lens into the past.
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To watch, indeed Re “Whom to watch” (Cover story, by CN&R staff, Jan. 3 2019): I agree, the executive director of the Jesus Center is someone to “watch” in 2019. With the firing of former Jesus Center Executive Director Bill Such in 2015 (see CN&R’s Oct. 25, 2018, guest comment), a red flag should have gone up. Now, three years into the tenure of the new executive director, hired by the business-friendly board that fired Such, we see the following: The director recently sat on the board of a downtown business booster association, while the Jesus Center morphed into an increasingly punitive place, avoided when possible by people on the streets. Perhaps worse, under the banner of “consolidation”—handin-glove with a conservative city government—the Jesus Center has gone full tilt toward removal
of our only downtown source of food and clothing. (To be replaced by what? At this point we have nothing more than a committee process, heavily influenced by the man who brought us containment expert Robert Marbut.) The Jesus Center dazzles with marketing, but we ought to see through the smoke screen. The center now executes poorly on its traditional, core mission and serves the interests of the haves, as much as the have-nots. We should indeed be “watching” this very carefully. Patrick Newman Chico
‘Other rotten forces’ Re “U.S. in peril” (Letters, by Roger Beadle, Jan. 3): I appreciate Roger Beadle’s awareness, keen mind and expression. His dislike of President Trump, however, is blinding
him to other rotten forces and assaults to humankind embedded in Washington, D.C., long before Trump arrived. I urge Roger and all CN&R readers to reach out to sites like Consortium News, Truthdig and Information Clearing House, where independent foreign policy experts have their work published. It’s a far cry from what the standard mainstream media NYT and Washington Post major investors allow the U.S. public to read. Let me just say “hallelujah!” to Trump’s bringing our troops home from Syria. It’s the only way we can start healing the area and rectifying some blunders the U.S. has made since our invasion of Iraq. (Already, negotiations are going on among the Kurds, Syria and Turkey.) Learn more at: tinyurl. com/ussyriawithdrawal.
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LETTERS c o n t i n u e d f r o m pa g e 5 Roger Beadle’s letter questions Trump’s courage, decency and strong moral sense. Certainly Trump is demonstrating some courage in trying to “bring the troops home” despite the barrage of criticism from most Democrats, and the foreign policy establishment, its media and the military industrial complex, all intent on preventing Trump from ending U.S. military actions in Syria and Afghanistan. Despite U.S. wars/regime changes having added $6 trillion to the debt, and having accomplished nothing other than wrecking whole countries, being responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands, creating more terrorists and millions of refugees now destabilizing Europe, and making the U.S. less safe and the world more unstable, most Democrats want the military actions to continue. They bemoan the resignation of Gen. James Mattis, whose attitude toward fighting Afghans was, “It’s quite fun to shoot them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people.” Now that the Democrats have become the war party, I question their “strong moral sense.” California has two congressmen, Ted Lieu and Ro Khanna, who along with Sen. Bernie Sanders support a more moral foreign policy. Lucy Cooke Butte Valley
A New Year’s poem Talk less, listen more, Not worry so much about evening the score. Wish for a little, hope for a lot, Grow in appreciation for the things I’ve got. Work harder on improving my craft, Read a book or two so I don’t feel daft. Get back on the road toward better health. Continue living simply while gaining modest wealth. Help others in creative, effective ways, Make better use of the hours in my days. Take a walk when I think I need to run, Focus on the perspective of the Three in One.
Own the peace I gain on the mat, Purpose is important, need to stay in tune with that. Welcome failures with maturity and wit, Forgive myself, and others, for ignorant shit. These goals made for my 2019, I find them all to be remarkably keen. Every single one an attainable win, Bring on that ball drop and let the new year begin. Morgan Dietz Chico
Camp Fire talk We escaped the Camp Fire amidst flames and smoke accompanied by hundreds of others who were dealt the same plight. What is really appalling to me, however, is this aftermath. I found door hinges in perfect shape, but am being told that guns and silver melt beyond recognition. Anybody? Amy and Frank Windt Nevada City
Seventy-two years ago in 1947, I was Camp Fire Girl. I still remember the Law of Camp Fire, which has helped me a great deal in my long life. I thought it might be useful to share with the survivors of the recent Camp Fire, as well as the rest of us facing the challenges of the new year. Seek beauty Give service And knowledge pursue Be trustworthy ever In all that you do Hold fast onto health And your work glorify And you shall be happy In the Law of Camp Fire.
amendment to their animal control ordinances. Shockingly, not a single jurisdiction showed interest. Instead, I was [besmirched] by an Anderson City Council woman following my departure (ustream. tv/recorded/117701299). Her only advice to a concerned citizen was, “If you don’t feed them, they will leave.” Not particularly helpful. Municipalities throughout the nation have adopted community cat ordinances including Baltimore; Cheyenne, Wyo.; Montgomery County, Texas; the District of Columbia; and Salt Lake County, Utah. These starving, neglected and abused pets in our community send a loud and very visible message to visitors, businesses and residents alike. It says we don’t take care of our pets nor our communities and our elected leaders do not serve their citizens well. Please contact your representative today and ask them to tackle this growing problem. City of Shasta Lake, 275-7400, email@example.com; city of Anderson, 378-6626, ncomnick@ yahoo.com, city of Redding, 225-4447, jwinter@cityofredding. org; Shasta County, 225-5557, firstname.lastname@example.org. Peter Stiglich Chico
Correction In his review of Mary Queen of Scots (see “Royal Flush,” Jan. 3), Juan-Carlos Selznick incorrectly identified actor Brendan Coyle’s role on Downton Abbey. On that show, he played the valet to the Earl of Grantham. The error has been corrected online. —ed.
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Help the felines Recently, I spoke at city council meetings for Shasta Lake, Redding and Anderson, and also before the Shasta County Board of Supervisors, hoping to increase awareness of the growing community cat colony problem. I discussed the magnitude of the problem, the lack of services dealing with it and offered an
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I predict a much happier new year. We lost everything we could lose, except for our lives. Thank you, God. So everything has to be up from now on. I’ll have a new job, car and new roof over my head.
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Trump finally gets impeached! No telling when, but I have a feeling he might make it to impeachment this year.
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a modular home on her property. It had no foundation. Nonetheless, when she returned after the state-run crews had finished, she had a large hole where her home once stood. “She got an estimate to relevel her land and compact the soil so she can rebuild—it’ll cost $16,000 before she can even begin to put a house on it,” Orr said. “They took so much unnecessary soil that it’s costing people tens of thousands of dollars.” Davis, the attorney, has been helping people, including Orr’s family, document their issues with the cleanup. Many have filed official complaints with CalRecycle. “I have lived on this property for 33 [years] with my husband, who passed away in 2016, and my 3 sons,” Martin’s complaint reads. “This was our home, but because of how much dirt was removed in the cleanup it is unlikely we will have the financial resources to rebuild.” Davis is outraged. Like Orr, he hired a private contractor out of Chico to clean up his property. Both men said their bill, covered by insurance, was about $20,000. Neither had issues with the amount of soil removed. Without insurance, however, he acknowledges that many people have no choice but to sign on to the state-run program. He and Orr said they hope Camp Fire survivors can take some cues from their neighbors to the north and stand up for themselves and be advocates for their land. Klug confirmed that landowners will be given 24 to 48 hours’ notice before work begins and that they are able to be present when that work is being done. “My biggest piece of advice for people who opt in is to be strong and don’t let them push you around,” Orr said. “Hold your ground and don’t be afraid to say, ‘No, you’re not taking that.’” Ω
New places, more spaces? City of Chico looks at how parking spurs or deters housing downtown Chris Jennings has a vision for downtown—a sliver of it, at least.
In the spot on Main Street that Campus Bicycles previously occupied, he’s developing a multistory, multiuse building that will get around two dozen Chicoans living in the city center. Jennings’ project consists of restaurant or retail space on the ground floor, 12 housing units on two upper floors and a penthouse restaurant venue. The residential portion dedicates 1,000 square feet inside for bike storage. Proximity to shopping, eateries and public transportation further add to what Jennings describes as “urban living.” The city’s Architectural Review and Historic Preservation Board (ARHPB) approved his project last month, but with a stipulation he’s appealing: payment for parking spaces his building won’t provide for the 12 dwellings. The city requires fees in what is called the Downtown In-Lieu Benefit Area, where developers cannot create onstreet parking and won’t or can’t integrate parking into their projects. Monday afternoon (Jan. 7), Jennings’ architect, David Griffith, told the three Chico City Council members on the Internal Affairs Committee (IAC) that the ARHPB reacted favorably to waiving inlieu parking fees for the project. It’s in the downtown core, “where everyone wants to walk,” surrounded by bike paths and public transit. Jennings told the committee: “We’re not just putting a bike rack outside and saying, ‘This is urban living.’” ARHPB members didn’t deem waiving fees as within their purview, so the fees stand, pending the appeal. That will go to the council, as will a series of measures about downtown parking aimed at spurring residential development. At the IAC’s first meeting under the council’s new progressive majority, Vice Mayor Alex Brown and Councilmen Karl Ory and Scott Huber unanimously recommended five policy changes for downtown parking and asked city staff to come up with alternatives to in-lieu fees for the committee to consider next month. The proposals moving forward include counting the spaces required based on bedrooms rather than residential units, redrawing a boundary dividing downtown parking districts and mandating a supplementary rental charge for parking rather than including it in the building-space lease cost (see tinyurl.com/IACparking). Staff, in
SIFT ER Americans: Don’t build the wall What do Americans think of President Trump’s border wall? A Harvard CAPS/Harris online poll of 1,407 voters found that 56 percent of respondents do not support the president’s proposal. It was conducted during the government shutdown, which began Dec. 22 after Trump’s request for $5.7 billion to fund the project. This doesn’t mean Americans aren’t concerned about the border, however. The survey found a slight majority—51 percent—believe Democratic lawmakers and the president should compromise and dedicate $2.5 billion for border
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conjunction with a consulting firm, recommended in-lieu fees between $8,000 and $10,000 per space; the IAC requested additional amounts and analysis, plus an option for developers to pay the total over multiple years. “I think the fees are needed,” Huber told the CN&R afterward. “Yes, we want to develop downtown into a mixed-use commercial [area]; that’s going to revitalize downtown. But it doesn’t come at no cost as far as where people park in the long term.” The previous fee was $18,148 per space. However, the city hasn’t collected in-lieu parking funds for a decade. That’s in part because there hasn’t been residential development downtown, just commercial development, which doesn’t carry the fee. In addition, the municipal code hadn’t contained provisions for collecting the fee, because the city decided to “reduce and/or eliminate some … downtown parking requirements,” Brendan Ottoboni, director of public works-engineering, told the CN&R. During the IAC meeting, property owner David Halimi, president of the Downtown Chico Business Association, decried any fee as a deterrent to development. DCBA Executive Director Melanie Bassett echoed him, telling the committee that she knew several parties interested in projects who would back out if fees were too high. They, along with developer Tom DiGiovanni, discussed the untapped potential of vacant second floors downtown. The IAC agreed, with Ory calling for a goal of 100 housing units for working adults—people who’d “keep an eye on downtown” like residents do in neighborhoods. DiGiovanni described a burgeoning new reality of Uber, car- and bike shares, even day/ night rotation of reserved parking spaces and those on special-permit blocks. In the meantime, in-lieu fees are on the table. Brown—like Huber a council newcomer—told the CN&R that determining the right amount “is an extremely delicate balance between promoting student and workforce housing, which we’re in desperate need of, and making sure we’re mitigating the impacts of that development.”
security. A separate poll, conducted by HillHarrisX last month, found that 35 percent believe the U.S. needs border security but there are “better options” than a wall (versus 34 percent in favor and 31 percent against).
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donations from across the nation started pouring into a small foundation nestled in downtown Chico. The Camp Fire Relief Fund swelled to over $1 million seemingly overnight, allowing the North Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) to immediately distribute grants to organizations on the ground. That money provided shelter to evacuees, helped bankroll distribution centers overflowing with donated supplies and paid for thousands of dollars’ worth of gift cards for people who lost everything. That was the first phase of relief. Now, two months out, the organization has raised a total of $25 million for the recovery effort, said President and CEO Alexa BensonValavanis. “This business was built on the concept that humans are good and kind and generous,” she said during an interview at the foundation’s downtown office. “For me, it’s just really heartening to see that that’s true. Even now, two months later, we’re still receiving contributions, we’re still receiving crisis support … from the region and from the nation.” In the next phase of its relief
efforts, NVCF has joined forces with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund. Under the Butte
Strong Fund, they’ll raise money and work together on larger, more long-term projects. The fund is accepting letters of intent from any organization, group or government entity working in recovery with a meaningful project in mind, Benson-Valavanis said. These projects will have to align with one of the fund’s six key focuses: housing, children and youth services, health and wellness, education, community and economic development, and business recovery. “We want to hear every single idea imaginable,” Benson-Valavanis said. “The Butte Strong Fund’s role is to either kick-start [a project], or to help finish it off or be a meaningful player within it, but we want it to be collaborative.” NVCF will facilitate the grant application process, and Butte Strong Fund organizers will evaluate and make final decisions on the proposals that are received. For NVCF’s portion of the fund, there will be a selection committee made up of an advisory board, with experts from the Ridge for each focus area, as well as NVCF staff. Rodgers has raised $3 million. Sierra Nevada projects it has raised $10 million to $15 million through its relief efforts, which include the collective brewing of Resilience IPA (see “Belly up to the bar,” Chow, Dec. 13). Each will maintain
control over where its portion goes. The bulk of what the brewery has raised will be dedicated to Butte Strong Fund efforts, according to Sierra Nevada spokeswoman Robin Gregory. The brewery anticipates focusing its efforts particularly on business recovery, housing and community development, she said. “By joining forces with these great partners, we can significantly increase the positive impact on our community,” brewery Vice President Sierra Grossman said in a press release. “The support of our global brewing industry has allowed us to support our Butte County community. It’s been heartwarming to see the light of the human spirit shine through even the darkest of hours.” In Benson-Valavanis’ perspective,
housing is the most important need currently. NVCF is working to identify sites for temporary housing “because of the severity of this crisis and because we understand the limitations around federal funding.” However, they have encountered major barriers when it comes to finding suitable land, especially since the Ridge and other fire-charred areas still have to go through the debris removal process. “If we could have 500 temporary houses built right now, we would,” Benson-Valavanis said. “We have to work with so many different
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North Valley Community Foundation’s Alexa Benson-Valavanis (right) and Jovanni Tricerri have a major role to play in the Camp Fire recovery: managing $25 million in donations.
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players it’s out of our hands, but we are working on it day and night and have been for weeks now.” Nevertheless, the organization has some leads. Jovanni Tricerri—a longtime communications consultant for the organization who came on board as director for response and recovery after the fire—told the CN&R that NVCF and its partners were scoping out sites suitable for a mix of temporary housing units in Oroville this week. They’ve been looking at other locations throughout Butte County, as well. Tricerri said they’ve been consulting with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, so that they don’t duplicate efforts, and are focused on serving those who may not qualify for FEMA assistance. Their role through the Butte Strong Fund could be to pay for infrastructure, leases or the purchase of land, Benson-Valavanis added. As the organization works to address long-term recovery in the aftermath of the fire, BensonValavanis said it Find out more: Go to buttestrong will continue to fund.org for more provide funding information or to for immediate donate to the cause. relief efforts, such as sheltering and supplies, as needed, as there are organizations that still are helping evacuees in this manner. Though there remains a lot of uncertainty about how the community will move forward, one thing is clear to the foundation’s leaders: This has to be a collaborative effort. It is too massive of an undertaking otherwise. “I was struck early on that in order for us to meet the magnitude of this tragedy, we as a community need to work together on a scale that we have never done before,” Tricerri said. “If we move forward 10 years, and look back over 10 years, [my hope is] that we would be able to see a resilient community being rebuilt, and that the Butte Strong Fund would be a catalyst and framework for that rebuilding process. “It’s a daunting task, it’s a big one, but I think we’re up for it.” —ASHIAH SCHARAGA ashiahs@ n ewsr ev i ew. com
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California. Her official title: denial nurse. Each week, dozens of requests for treatment landed on her desk after preliminary rejections. Her job, with the assistance of a part-time medical director, was to conclusively determine whether the care—from doctor visits to cancer treatment—should be covered under the nation’s health insurance program for low-income Americans. She was drowning in requests, she said, and felt pressed to uphold most of the denials she saw. “If it was a high-dollar case, they tried to deny it,” Villa said. “I told them, ‘You can’t deny it just because it’s going to cost $20,000.’” Villa, 32, did not work for the government. She did not even work for an insurer under contract with the government. She worked for
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a company now called Agilon Health. Owned by a private equity firm, it’s among the legion of private subcontractors looking to profit from Medicaid patients. California’s Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal, has determined that the Long Beach company, which was paid to coordinate care for about 400,000 patients, improperly denied or delayed care for at least 1,400 of them, state officials confirmed. The state Department of Managed Health Care is investigating further. The state findings, along with internal company documents and a whistleblower complaint obtained by Kaiser Health News, shine a light on the potential dangers of outsourcing care for poor people. Government oversight, not rigorous to begin with, fades as taxpayer money filters down through layers of companies eager to seize on Medicaid’s substantial growth under the Affordable Care Act. Medicaid officials say they have authority only over the health plans, not their subcontractors. In an interview, Agilon chief executive Ron Kuerbitz acknowledged that some patients experienced modest delays in care but disputed that any suffered unjustified denials. He noted that an internal investigation by the company found no evidence of “systemic” denials and that most of the problems existed before Agilon took over another firm, Primary Provider Management Co., in 2016.
“We did the right thing when it was identified,” Kuerbitz said of the problems. “We disclosed it, we investigated it, and we pursued a remedial path.” Such concerns are not isolated to one company. Last year, KHN reported on similar irregularities at SynerMed, a Medicaid subcontractor that coordinated care for about 650,000 patients in California. In response to a whistleblower complaint, the state Medicaid program said it found “widespread deficiencies” at SynerMed that put patients “in imminent danger of not receiving medically necessary healthcare services.” The company’s staffers had falsified documents for years to cover up improper denials of care, according to state officials. Then SynerMed abruptly shut down, and some of its patients moved to Agilon’s medical groups. Nearly three-quarters of the 73 million low-
income Americans on Medicaid are now in managed care, in which states pay health insurers fixed monthly amounts for each enrollee to cover the range of services they need. Under this system, keeping patients as healthy as possible is one way to make money. Another is to deny or skimp on services. Increasingly, Medicaid plans outsource the work of managing patients’ health and medical treatment to subcontractors like Agilon—passing along a share of the government money coupled with the financial risk posed by a fixed budget.
These firms can be powerful gatekeepers. They run physician groups, bear responsibility for forming doctor networks and judge whether a request for care is necessary. Agilon is a big player in this state—doing business with insurers such as Blue Shield of California—and it’s now expanding in other states like Texas and Ohio. Primary Provider Management Co. ran several medical groups, including Vantage Medical Group with more than 5,000 physicians across Southern California. By building off PPMC’s base of Medicaid enrollees in California, the New York private equity firm that owns a majority stake in Agilon—Clayton, Dubilier & Rice— sought to coordinate care in Medicaid and Medicare Advantage plans across the country. (CD&R did not respond to interview requests.) For several years, the problems at PPMC, and then Agilon, went undetected. Then, in early 2018, Agilon disclosed to the California Department of Managed Health Care its discovery that employees had been altering records prepared for auditors, which it said was not known to top management. According to an internal report, completed in May and obtained by KHN, staffers had been falsifying documents since at least 2014 to pass audits by health plans. Employees were changing dates, for example, to cover up delays or withholding certain files so they couldn’t be reviewed. That same month, an anonymous whistleblower sent a letter to health plans and government officials, urging them to investigate “illegal, unethical” conduct at the firm. “Senior management delays treatments for cancer patients without any regard [for] patients’ well-being, to save their dollars,” the whistleblower wrote in a two-page letter reviewed by KHN. “They brag about how profitable we are.” In response to the allegations raised by the whistleblower and the state, Agilon opened another internal investigation. That second report, finished in June, found inadequate staffing to handle the volume of work, various shortcuts and practices outside industry “norms” and improperly denied claims. Both internal reports were released to the state. A top official at one of the largest Medicaid
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aged care system also looked into Agilon’s conduct and found instances in which its patients were harmed. In an interview, Inland Empire CEO Bradley Gilbert said Agilon denied a patient’s transfusions for anemia, causing the person to be hospitalized. It also improperly denied cardiac rehabilitation to a patient recovering from a heart attack, he said. Inland Empire canceled its contract with Agilon’s Vantage Medical Group in August, he said. Agilon’s June report depicts an operation that was often stretched thin: Nurses were handling 120 to 200 requests for care per day, on average, with no full-time medical director to review the findings. From 2014 until May, the company relied on a family physician who was working 10 to 12 hours a day running his own medical practice, according to the report. Dr. Reuel Gaskins was busy seeing his own patients at the Hampton Medical Clinic in Riverside, where a red neon sign flashes “Open” in the front window. In an interview,
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Gaskins said he reviewed cases during breaks throughout the day and after normal work hours. He said he left Agilon in April. Ultimately, Agilon’s internal investigation found that patient care may have been denied 439 times since 2014 without a physician’s review of the medical records—a potential violation of state law. Under California law, only a licensed physician or health care professional who is “competent to evaluate the specific clinical issues involved” can determine medical necessity. Gaskins said he was not aware of allegations that medical decisions were made without his review until he was interviewed by Agilon’s lawyers. “That’s inappropriate and unacceptable,” he said. “It really bothered me when I heard about it.” The June report also found that Villa helped alter 20 files at the
request of a supervisor in 2014 so her employer could pass an upcoming audit by an insurer. A “manager told me to do it,” Villa said in an interview. “They were so adamant that everything look perfect for the auditors.” A few days after the company’s lawyers made that discovery, Agilon sent Villa home on paid leave, the nurse said. She said that when she returned to work in August, she found she had been replaced as denial nurse, and shortly after that, she was fired. Meanwhile, in recent months, Agilon has mended its relationships with some insurers and won new Medicaid contracts. Consumer advocates worry that the concerns surrounding Agilon and SynerMed signal a much larger problem in the burgeoning Medicaid managed-care industry. “These private entities get very little oversight,” said Linda Nguy, a policy advocate at the Western Center on Law & Poverty in Sacramento, “and there’s real harm being done to patients.” Ω
‘Drynuary’ Among the New Year’s resolutions related to wellness—lose weight, exercise, eat healthier—an import from Britain has taken root. It’s Dry January, also known as Drynuary, a month-long pledge to forgo alcoholic beverages. The challenge launched seven years ago; last year, 4 million people participated, according to organizer Alcohol Change UK. Turns out the reprieve can yield longer-lasting benefits. According to a study published Dec. 28 from researchers in England, avoiding alcohol for a month can reduce blood pressure, lead to weight loss, improve insulin resistance and reduce levels of a protein that’s been linked to cancer. Other benefits include a sense of achievement, money savings and better feelings of self-control.
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GREENWAYS Greg Miller uses an array of pedal-powered vehicles—including a velomobile (front left)—to get around Chico. His wife, Lea McCleary, commutes by bike.
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do it on your own.’ “That’s when I started.” Miller found a willing partner in McCleary. Born in England, she grew up walking, biking and riding public transit. Hers was “a bit of an unusual family” for having a car; her father, a physician, used it strictly for work. She became unusual for the opposite reason—cycling for daily transportation— when she moved to the U.S. in her late 20s. McCleary says she still feels like a rarity in that regard after nearly 33 years in Chico. Her desire to transform the house stems from summer days. Sitting inside, thinking of heat hitting the roof, McCleary pondered the means to “convert” that energy. Miller’s plan for solar systems resonated. Once they’d saved enough money, they invested in improvements. People periodically ask about the Tesla. More often, the Blue Velo gets attention. “I was having coffee with a friend who didn’t know Greg,” McCleary relayed, “and the friend looked and said, ‘Sorry, I’m not focusing on you; I’m staring at that guy there.’ I looked around, and that guy was my husband, coming in [via the velomobile]. It just looks so strange.” Ω
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W Avenues, he often turns heads. This has less to do with Miller—though he cuts hen Greg Miller leaves his home in the
a distinctive frame: tall, lean and youthful at 70—than his modes of transportation. To get around Chico, he likes to hop into his Blue Velo velomobile, a human-powered vehicle that looks like a cross between a cigar and a soap box derby racer. For longer trips, he’ll slide into the driver’s seat of the 2014 Tesla sedan he bought from the electric-car company in 2016. Miller and his wife, Lea McCleary, have a half-dozen bicycles they use regularly. He also has the velomobile, tri bikes, trikes and various bikes he’s collected, repairing or restoring. (Miller also makes cycle frames, which he trades for parts.) Then there’s the Tesla—garaged next to a 1930 Chrysler from Miller’s late father. He keeps the classic car primarily for sentimental reasons, taking it out only on rare occasions. The couple are committed to lessening their dependence on fossil fuels. Not only have Miller and McCleary chosen pedal- and electric-powered transit, they’ve also made a series of upgrades to their 65-year-old house. From photovoltaic panels to solar water heating to efficiency measures, the steps they’ve taken have made them, in Miller’s estimation, 90 percent fossil-fuel free. “We love our environmental life,” Miller said, at ease in their living room. “Your electricity is provided by the sun. Your hot water is provided by the sun. Your transportation cost is provided by the sun. Yes, it’s a little
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harder to get [into] initially, but once you do that, it’s really amazing—and the costs each year come down. “I think it’s a no-brainer. I don’t understand why everybody doesn’t do it.” Doing so has not caused compromises in lifestyle or finances for Miller, a retired engineer, and McCleary, a nurse practitioner with Planned Parenthood. Quite the opposite: McCleary, who just turned 64, finds convenience in cycling and savings in solar. “It’s just a sensible way of life,” she said by phone during a quick break at work. “We grew legs for a reason … and the body is meant to move around. It just doesn’t make sense to dig things out of the ground to burn them, pollute everything, when you can get it clean and free from the sun.” Miller and McCleary started renovations in
2004, the year after they wed and consolidated their households into the home she owned in Chico. First came solar panels on the roof. Two years later, they added the water heating system and a more efficient swamp cooler. Insulating exterior walls entailed sealing openings at the bottom—a feature of “balloon framing” construction. They also insulated the garage. Finally, they built a detached garage,
installing rooftop panels Miller picked up from the Bay Area. Electricity generated in that setup powers the Tesla. The couple still use “a little bit” of natural gas. Other than that, energy-wise, they’re pretty much self-sufficient. “Our electric bill last year was $14,” Miller said. “For the year.” His concern about fossil fuels predates his relationship with McCleary, whom Miller met while living and cycling in Oroville. A Vietnam War veteran, he used his GI Bill benefits to study engineering at Humboldt State, with a focus on energy resources. He worked in the energy and environmental realm for the Navy and in the private sector until 1991, when he joined the environmental flight at Beale Air Force Base. He retired as head of the compliance branch in 2010. “Originally when I went to school, we were going to change the world,” Miller said. “We were going to build electric cars, build solar panels, get us off fossil fuels. “As time went on, the environment got worse, more polluted, we were dumping more and more carbon [into the atmosphere], and finally I realized: They’re not going to do it; they’re making too much money on it … they can’t let it go. That’s when I thought, ‘We’re going to have to do it. You’ve got to
Conifers 101 California is conifer country, home to more native cone-bearing trees than any other state. We claim the world’s largest pine (sugar pine), tallest and most massive trees (redwood and sequoia, respectively) and longest-lived tree (Great Basin bristlecone pine). Want to learn more? The Oroville Botanic Gardens & Education Center is hosting a conifer class Saturday (Jan. 12) at 10 a.m. at the Butte County Farm Bureau office, about their natural history and integration into our winter traditions. Register at tinyurl.com/Conifers101 and follow OBGEC on Facebook or visit obgec.com for future educational events, including the Soils 101 class in February.
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Like shopping centers across America—and retail in general— Chico Mall has been struggling this past decade to remain relevant. Over the past several years, under the general management of Natasha Shelton, Chico Mall has expanded its offerings from traditional mall stores to include outside-the-box tenants like Chico Honda Motorsports and an online school, Oak Bridge Academy. In 2019, under the new ownership of Sacramento-based commercial real estate firm Ethan Conrad Properties, the mall is at an exciting precipice, Shelton told the CN&R. The plan is to diversify the center’s offerings while maintaining its family programming (like free family movie nights) and stores that are already doing well. Shelton, who grew up in Chico and has managed the place since 2016, sat down with the CN&R in her mall office—which, if all goes according to plan, will be demolished to make way for a restaurant with patio access—and offered a look into what’s in store for the shopping center.
you who it is, but it’s an organic grocery store, a really popular home store and then we’re looking at either … a pet store or an eyeglass store. We are talking to Dave & Buster’s, I can say that. And then we’re looking at different options, likely demoing the Sears box, totally scrapping it, and then building a bistro-type theater. They would offer food so you can have dinner there and drinks while you’re watching your movie. We’re also looking at adding stuff to the pads [near Outback]. We’re talking to a bagel store, we’re talking to a coffee [store], we’re talking to Chick-fil-A. We just have so much interest. It’s nice.
What big changes are coming to the mall this year?
Moving forward, what’s your vision for the mall?
We hope to keep Forever 21, move them [out of the anchor spot] and then cut that box up into three stores. I can’t tell
We want to maintain our focus on the community always, through our marketing events and our specialty leasing pro-
gram, to continue to reach out to local businesses and let them know that we definitely have opportunity at the mall to lease space, even if it’s just a temporary pop-up situation. Not everyone knows how many local businesses that we actually have and support at the mall. Also, with the [Camp Fire], it’s been really awesome to see that we’ve been able to partner with Paradise. There were people there that lost their homes and their businesses, and we were able to provide them a place here to open up their business at a really subsidized rent. … We’re really trying to expand our customer base. At this point, we have an opportunity to develop a center that builds a deeper place in the community and stimulates economic revitalization for the city of Chico. —AShiAh SChARAgA as h i a h s @new srev i ew. c o m
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I was talking the other day to a friend of mine who works at a local bank. We were catching up after not having seen each other in a while and, naturally, the Camp Fire came up. Neither of us lost our homes, thankfully, but one thing he mentioned caught my attention: He’s noticed people coming in to his bank and, rather than depositing their insurance checks, cashing them. “One guy called in advance to make sure we had $70,000 in cash at our branch,” he said. I was surprised to say the least, but worried as well. Aside from the obvious dangers in carrying around that much money—even if it’s just from the door to your car—there’s the ease with which cash can be spent frivolously. My friend shared that concern, that many people could well spend their entire insurance settlement and then not have that money left to rebuild. I reached out to Emily Rogan, chief operating officer at United Policyholders (UP), a San Francisco-based nonprofit that formed in the wake of the Oakland Hills Fire in 1991 that destroyed nearly 3,500 homes. Its mission is to help people navigate insurance claims to ensure they’re getting what they’re entitled to, and also to offer help with financial planning. “Our guidance starts with recommending people not make big financial decisions in the first few months,” Rogan told me. “We recommend opening a different bank account so you know where that insurance money is.” Another piece of advice: “Even if you have insurance, file with FEMA and apply for SBA loans right away, because those things have deadlines. If you get denied, you can appeal down the road.” The deadline to apply for both is Jan. 31. According to Chico Mall General Manager Natasha Shelton, the disaster recovery center in the former Sears space is set to close Feb. 15. UP held its first workshop for Camp Fire victims last week at Chico State; more are in the works, with a second planned for later this month. For more on the nonprofit, go to uphelp.org.
Foodie news The fire has dominated much of my brain power lately, but do not fear—I’m still keeping up with other local business happenings. I learned last week that Southern Zen Barbecue is back at it and will be taking up residence every Monday and Tuesday at Secret Trail Brewing Co. The menu includes gumbo!
riP Just before Christmas, a sign went up at Cocina Cortes, on Dayton Road, announcing its permanent closure. Its Facebook page clarified that the owner, Rodolfo Cortes Martinez, had fallen ill. I’m sad to report that he passed on Dec. 29. Every time I went in, he was in the kitchen, working hard to make people happy through food. His obituary says he helped pioneer the sale of chicharrones (pork rinds) in Los Angeles before moving to Chico, where he opened the first taco truck, wowing locals with his famous chimichangas. He will be missed.
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Editor’s note: This eerily prophetic story appeared in this newspaper on Aug. 12, 1993, a few months after a fire drill on the Ridge. The article begins with a fictional narrative that predicts a wind-driven firestorm capable of killing thousands of Ridge residents— a warning sounded 25 years before the Camp Fire took the lives of at least 86 people and destroyed nearly 19,000 structures. It is accompanied by photos CN&R staffers and contributors took of the Ridge and surrounding areas that were charred during the Nov. 8 blaze.
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mall clusters of evacuees stand be side their overlo Meyer parking lo aded vehicles in t, gazing up at th the Fred e horrible orange about why they w sky to the east an ere able to get ou d talking t when so many bors were not. of their friends an d neighThe down-canyon winds are still bl owing hard—gust says. The tempe s of up to 50 mph rature is well ov , one man er 90 degrees. “God, when thos e houses along th e rim went up it says a white-hai was like they wer red man standing e exploding!” beside an expens got all the patient iv e-looking motorcy s out of that nurs cl e. “Hope they ing home across me and Sandy w from us. If I didn ould still be up th ’t own this bike, ere stuck in traffic “We were lucky, !” too,” replies a yo ung woman with arms. “We got ou a tiny, fur-singed t the back way th puppy in her rough Butte Mea up near Lovelock dows before Skyw .” ay got jammed They fall silent. Ev erybody seems to be thinking the sa “How many, you me thing. figure?” the whi te -h aired man finally Nobody answers. asks. It’s a question th ey don’t want to “I hear it could be contemplate. as many as 9,00 0,” somebody of fers at last. Really? Nine thousand people burned to death by a fire on the Paradise Ridge? “That’s right, 9,000,” says Butte County Supervisor Gordon Thomas, whose Fifth District jurisdiction includes Paradise and the Upper Ridge. “A CDF [California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention] study says 50 percent of the population in an area like the [Paradise]
Pines could die if fire conditions were bad enough,” he continues. “Well, if you take the Pines/Magalia population of about 18,000 and divide it by two, that’s what you’ll come up with.” There weren’t even 9,000 casualties in the Battle of Gettysburg, Thomas is fond of pointing out. Not only that, 9,000 casualties would
As the Camp Fire ravaged the Ridge communities on Nov. 8, 2018, the view from Chico was of a “horrible orange” eastern sky. PHOTO BY CHARLES FINLAY
make the Great Ridge Fire the worst natural disaster in American history. Sure, the image of all those body bags lined up along the smoking, wreckage-choked streets of Paradise is a real shocker. But shock value is exactly what Thomas is after. “People accuse me of creating a panic, but I’d rather have a panic now than during an actual fire,” says the feisty politico, who made fire preparedness one of his chief campaign issues in the last election. Local firefighting officials are more cautious with their warnings. Neither Battalion Chief John Hawkins of the Butte-CDF Fire Center in Magalia nor his boss, Butte-CDF Unit Chief and Fire Warden Steve Brown, would endorse Thomas’ body count figures.
DISE Yes, it could happen here The study Thomas has been citing is based on data from the aftermath of the Oakland Hills Fire, they explain, warning that there are too many variables at play here to make even a very general casualty forecast. Both of them seem to agree with the direness of Thomas’ assessment, however. “There’s no question about it,” says Brown. “A fire of that magnitude could definitely happen on the Ridge.” “Yes, we could have a very bad fire,” says Hawkins, “and it’s certainly possible that people would die.” These guys have spent half their lives learning everything there is to learn about wildfires—from the conditions that breed them to the military-like strategies used to fight them. Listening carefully to their cautious, technical language, one can’t help but realize they are predicting a disaster almost too horrible to imagine. Ridge topography, with its steep canyons and narrow plateaus, makes access extremely difficult for fire crews and ground equipment, they say. It also creates natural bottlenecks where fleeing residents could be trapped by walls of flame. During wildfires, this sort of terrain can create a “chimney effect” where flames go roaring down the canyons and swirling up the ridges at terrible speeds. “If you look at a satellite photo, all those canyons look almost like daggers pointing at the Ridge,” says Brown. Compounding geographical problems of access and evacuation is the lack of decent roads in and out of the area. The problem is extreme indeed on the Upper Ridge, where the Skyway provides the only way out. Supervisor Thomas can really get wound up on this one. In fact, it’s his pet cause. “Can you imagine a whole line of elderly ladies in Cadillacs on the upper Skyway during a fire?” he asks. “And you can forget about those gravel roads. You aren’t going to outrun a fire on those.” Traffic bottlenecks are everywhere you look on the Skyway, Thomas contends, particularly along the narrow, two-lane section that sits atop Magalia Reservoir’s earthfill dam, which geologists have already judged unstable. Brown said that during a massive, interagency fire drill held on the Ridge in mid-June, traffic all over the upper Skyway
ground to a halt. The jam-up was caused merely by the introduction of firefighting equipment, mind you, as there were no evacuations involved in the drill. Brown said Paradise has far better roads than the Upper Ridge, but many residential streets in the older parts of town are nothing more than common driveways constructed when lots were divided and subdivided. In the old days, it seems, building regulations were rather lax, and these narrow, twisting rights of way eventually became streets. One stalled vehicle during a fire, and that’s all she wrote. “Butte County helped to cause this
“Skyway during a fire? And you can forget about those gravel roads. You aren’t going to outrun a fire on those.” —Butte County Supervisor Gordon Thomas
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problem, there’s no doubt about it,” asserts Thomas. “They shouldn’t have allowed all this growth without improving access.”
Firefighters spread throughout the burn area in November, putting out spot fires that smoldered for weeks.
If the winds are blowing and the weather
all sides. Bay Area retiree Jack Buelow, who moved into his brand-new Paradise Pines home on Adrian Drive just last month, has a tsunami-size wall of chaparral looming just beyond his backyard. Buelow and his family moved into temporary quarters on the Lower Ridge last summer while their house was under construction and learned the severity of the fire danger around here only after witnessing a couple of near-miss wildfires off the lower Skyway. He plans to push the brush back a bit farther, he says, though current fire regulations don’t require him to. “I’m probably going to clear out that stuff next door, too, even though it doesn’t belong to me,” Buelow says, pointing to a swatch of brush growing near his side yard. Brown said a wildfire on the Lower Ridge would gobble up fuel that is sparser and hotter-burning than these 20- to 30-foot walls of chaparral, which press in on all sides of Magalia and Paradise Pines. Does this mean the fire danger in
is hot and dry, the arid jungle of brush and chaparral growing in both the wildlands and the densely developed tracts of Paradise and Magalia could turn a Ridge fire into another Oakland Hills—with even more fatalities. For one thing, there haven’t been any major wildfires up here since the population first bloomed. For another, residents clearly enjoy having their houses surrounded by pine trees and manzanita. And who can blame them? Firefighters are very conscious of dangers that would arise in battling a Ridge blaze, however. In the event of a fire, people who choose to live among the deer and quail might find themselves out of luck. “The public needs to understand that I’m not going to kill any of my firefighters to save a house somebody built at the end of a long dirt road with a deck hanging out over the canyon and brush growing all around,” says Brown. People who live in newer developments would fare better, though many recently built homes also have brush crowding in on
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Paradise is less than that in the Upper Ridge? Not necessarily. “If the conditions are bad, the fuel problem isn’t just the vegetation but the structures themselves,” says Brown, describing a nightmarish situation in which wind-driven flames simply hop from building to building until three quarters of the Lower Ridge lie in ashes. The threat of this is worse in Paradise, Brown notes, where many of the structures were built before current regulations took effect. Wood siding, shake shingles and unenclosed, nonfireproofed wooden decks make tasty hors d’oeuvres for hungry fires. Above: Over 500 businesses were damaged or destroyed in the Camp Fire.
The Ridge has more characteristics
predisposing it to a disastrous fire than just its steep topography, its poor roads and its dense tangles of volatile fuel. A large population of less-agile and nonambulatory aged and disabled people will definitely make evacuation efforts more touchand-go. And the scarcity of water in certain areas—coupled with inaccurate maps and poorly signed roadways—will certainly hinder firefighters’ efforts to save houses. But these are all more or less fixed characteristics, observes Hawkins. The changeable factor here is the weather. “Wind is what keeps firefighters from putting out fires,” he says. “The real danger to the Ridge is a fire that blows along under an east wind, the way it happened in Oakland.” This kind of wind, known in firefighting circles as foehn, blows from high pressures to low pressures and high to low elevations, compressing and heating the air. Hawkins said these foehn winds blow down the Ridge about 30 days out of the year and are most dangerous in the fall, when the days are hot and the brush is explosively dry. But aren’t these fire officials always telling us how deadly the fire threat is in any given year, no 99 are? If matter what the conditions there’s a drought, we’ve got to be extra careful because the fuel is so dry, and if it’s rained a lot, we’ve got to be extra careful because the fuel is so high. Brown just laughs. “All I can say is, summer comes to California once a year, and it’s always bad. Durham We’ve had a good summer so far, but that could change in one afternoon.”
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Left: Many of the roads throughout the Camp Fire burn area remained closed for weeks while PG&E and other work crews cleaned up downed power poles and lines. PHOTO BY MEREDITH J. COOPER
Is there anything anybody can do to
Former Supervisor Gordon Thomas advocated for the construction of a bridge between Skyway and Highway 32 (as shown in red). While that plan has never been realized, following the 2008 Humboldt Fire, which burned 74 residences in Paradise, a portion of the upper Skyway (aka Forest Highway 171) was straightened and paved as an escape route north.
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lessen all this “specter of impending doom” stuff? Thomas thinks so. His prime solution is a proposed extension of Highway 191 (now Clark Road) up the Skyway and over Butte Creek to Highway 32. Such a project would entail a 4.5-mile stretch of new highway and a new, four-lane bridge, beginning at the point where Doe Mill Road starts its twisting descent into upper Butte Creek Canyon and ending somewhere near Forest Ranch. Fire officials Hawkins and Brown agree that such an extension would not only create another evacuation exit, but also enable firefighters to bring equipment in from Lassen-area CDF stations. These are fairly close to Magalia as the crow flies, but they’re hours away via the current route through Chico. So who’s gonna pay? “The state will pay for it,” says Thomas. “After all, our county pays three times more in gas taxes than we use in highway funds. All that money is being used to build freeways down in L.A. instead of being spent on the things we need up here.” But Jon Clark, director of the Butte County Association of Governments, recently told a Paradise Post reporter that the project might not get underway for another 20 years. There are other pressing needs for state and federal highway funds, he is quoted
as saying. Thomas fights on. His other pet goal, a $40,000 brush abatement project, would create a much stricter clearance ordinance and pay for the personnel to enforce it. “All you have to do is look around you,” he says. “There’s brush growing right up against some of these houses. We’ve got to do something about this!” The brush abatement proposal probably won’t win him many friends among the “don’t tell me what to do with my property” folks. But Thomas says he’s already alienated these people with his get-tough stance on front yard junk collectors. “I’m a right-wing conservative,” he explains, “and I certainly believe that whatever you do on your own property is your own business. Up to a point, that is. But once it starts to harm other people, the law has to step in.” Wait a minute here … a rightwing conservative? Maybe all this fire hysteria stuff is simply an extension of the old commiesunder-the-bed paranoiac behavior these guys used to thrive on. Let’s ask someone who’s gone head-to-head with Thomas on other issues. How about Ridge resident Jean Crist, a self-described “slowgrowther” who presides over an environmental advocacy group known as Protect Our Watershed? But Crist says Supervisor Thomas is right on track when he’s pushing the great dangers of fire on the Ridge. She expressed doubt that the body count associated with such a disaster would be anywhere near as high as Thomas is predicting, however—mostly because she saw first-hand how quickly fire personnel responded, from all directions and with myriad equipment, when an arsonist recently touched off a number of small fires near the Magalia home she shares with her husband. As for the extension of Highway 191 over Butte Creek Canyon, Crist says she’s definitely in favor of it, but only if the bridge has two lanes, not four. Advocates of rampant growth often use threats of fire to push development, she contends, and she sees building a four-lane bridge in the area as a threat to Ridge tranquility and environmental stability. “We’re also finding that loggers are using [arguments that they’re lessening] fire danger to strip our area of valuable trees,” she says.
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JANUARY Spot fires burned throughout the foothills for weeks following the initial blaze Nov. 8. The Camp Fire, which claimed at least 86 lives, was fully contained Nov. 25. PHOTO BY MELISSA DAUGHERTY
“When they cut them down, they lop off all the branches and leave them on the ground or in the slash piles—which, if anything, makes the fire danger worse.”
So far, the ability of crack firefight-
ing crews to pounce on small brush fires before they turn into full-scale infernos is probably all that’s kept the area from becoming a moonscape these past few decades. Crist has described witnessing the hair-trigger preparedness of area emergency teams, but Brown says fire conditions on that particular day were very cooperative. “It was fairly early in the morning with almost no wind,” he said. “If the arsonist had done his thing with a 15 mph wind, we’d still be mopping up.” In other words, all the men and equipment in California won’t be able to stop a fire on the Ridge if
some drooling cretin gets weird with a pack of matches on a bonedry day in October with 100-degree temperatures and 30 mph winds. Obviously, though, the more firefighters and equipment we’ve got up there, the better. And one of the best weapons against a catastrophic Ridge fire, argues who else but Thomas, is the California Conservation Corps crew stationed at the Butte Fire Center in Magalia. This outfit, with its three 17-person firefighting crews and accompanying equipment, narrowly escaped the state budgetary ax a couple of years back and remains in the area only because our elected officials tend to scream bloody murder every time somebody talks about closing it down. “This is our bright point up here, our hope,” says Thomas, who expresses great admiration for local fire departments but doubts their ability to respond in time once a really bad fire takes off. During the aforementioned fire drill in June—during which 600 people and 60 fire engines battled a
“The public needs to understand that I’m not going to kill any of my firefighters to save a house somebody built at the end of a long dirt road with a deck hanging out over the canyon and brush growing all around.” —County Fire Warden Steve Brown
simulated fire driven by relatively mild, 10 mph winds—fire crews were unable to knock down the blaze to the supervisor’s satisfaction. “Steve Brown and I sat up on Adrian Drive and watched the fire burn right over us,” he said. “We told the fire to take an hour off and let the firefighters catch up with it. A real fire wouldn’t be quite so accommodating.” Fire crews reported artificially low response times, Thomas contends, because crews were alerted to the drill in advance and parked their fire engines in strategic locations before it began. Nonetheless, Thomas was impressed with the ability of the various agencies involved to communicate with each other and plot strategy together. “Everything went like clockwork as a drill,” he says, “but as a test it was a complete failure, in my opinion.” Failure or not, until somebody cuts loose some funding and builds that highway extension, preparedness is about all they’ve got up there. Sure, Thomas is no doubt pumping this thing for all the political exposure he can muster, just as any elected official would. But anybody who talks with him will find that he’s genuinely horrified at the thought of all those casualties and frustrated at the failure of so many people to take heed. As for the dire predictions of our fire officials, these people aren’t crying wolf. It’s going to happen, and it’s going to be bad. Ω
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first influences that come to mind Jwhenthe listening to the bands of local guioy Division and The Cure might not be
tarist/vocalist Adam Scarborough, but those pioneering British goth/post-punk acts have long served as a guiding light for his musical endeavors—from the now-defunct La Fin Du Monde to current doom-metal project Shadow Limb. “Almost everybody in the band grew up lisby tening to The Cure, and Howard particularly with La Hardee Fin, I thought that was an influence that came Preview: through in a strange Shadow Limb and Squalus perform way,” Scarborough Saturday, July 12, said. 9:30 p.m. It would take Cost: $7 some straining for the Duffy’s Tavern listener to hear the 337 Main St. influence in the almost 343-7718 entirely instrumental former band, but in the new one, it does sneak out thanks to Scarborough’s vocals, which come across as gothy and atmospheric, counterbalancing the metal growling of covocalist Chris Roberts. After nearly a decade of making heavy and intricate music in Chico, La Fin Du Monde effectively broke up in 2012, when longtime bassist Josh Kinsey moved to Austin, Texas. Shadow Limb rose from the ashes a few years later, and the changes and downtime gave the group a chance to rethink its sound. The remaining members—guitarists Roberts and Scarborough, bassist Mike Crew and drummer Dan Elsen—decided to create 22
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THU something more concise than La Fin Du Monde’s complex, multipart epics that often sprawled past the 10-minute mark. “We made a conscious effort to keep things a little simpler,” Scarborough said. “With La Fin, we were really pushing alternate time signatures and the songs started getting longer and longer. We knew we wanted to do something vocally this time, so it made sense to step back a little bit. There wasn’t a lot of room for vocals with La Fin.” Shadow Limb’s latest recording is Mass and Power, a split-LP with Jaws-themed metal band Squalus out of the Bay Area (the bulk of their lyrics are pulled directly from the book and movie). The two metal monsters also are teaming for an album release show at Duffy’s Tavern this Saturday (Jan. 12), and proceeds from the show will benefit the bands’ family and friends affected by the Camp Fire. Though the lineup has remained pretty much the same, Scarborough says being in the band together has changed over the years. Everyone involved is a working dad now, so extensive touring is totally off the table and they work on new material only as time allows. That doesn’t mean they’ve chilled out. Quite the opposite: Shadow Limb’s single off Mass and Power, “Lobstrosities,” delivers the band’s
heaviest serving of sludge-metal yet. The loud sections can come across as aggressive, even angry, but it’s really the sound of four guys just blowing off steam. “I feel like there’s enough stress and pressure in everyday life, it’s always nice to get loud and yell,” he said. “With little kids, it’s a tantrum. We just happen to have guitars and drums.” Shadow Limb’s instrumentals are absolutely massive, with equal doses of technically oriented prog-rock, atmospheric textures and bottom-heavy metal. The song structures are mostly linear, with distinct sections, but the sections themselves are succinct and the songs usually clock in between five and seven minutes, which is the prog-metal equivalent of a simple pop song. With all that said, however, Scarborough has noticed that recently the band has started falling back into its old ways. The songs Shadow Limb is recording for its forthcoming full-length (due out this summer) are getting longer, the rhythms more complex. Perhaps the band’s greatest influence of all is its former self—and Scarborough says none of the members resist it. “We have the attitude that we want to do what feels good,” he said. “If we write a La Fin-type song with a crazy time signature, well, that’s part of who we are.” Ω
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music that is completely improvised. His live shows are sometimes reminiscent of tones or themes found on his recent recordings, but nothing is ever planned. “Whatever happens, happens,” Dorji said in a recent interview. “I don’t really prepare or think about what I’m gonna play. Sometimes I’ll have ideas, mostly sonic ideas, not necessary physical playing. It can even be mood or emotion.” The absence of strict boundaries in Dorji’s work— both solo and alongside a long list of collaborators (including Thom Nguyen in their duo MANAS)—has created an impressive range of outcomes. His most recent release (one by of eight in 2018), gàng lu khau chap Robin Bacior ‘mi gera gi she, is an abrasive, metallic collection of short, fitful experimental pieces. By contrast, his 2015 single, “April Woods Are Red,” is Preview: less chaotic, with an alluring explorTashi Dorji, Sumac and Divide and Dissolve ative feel and acoustic-guitar fingerperform Tuesday, Jan. ing that sounds sitar-like. You never 15, 7:30 p.m. know what you’re going to get and, Tickets: $8/advance really, neither does Dorji. (brownpapertickets. “Most people are like, ‘What are com); $12/door you doing?’” Dorji said, laughing. Naked Lounge “Whenever I go back [home], people 118 W. Second St. are like, ‘It seems like you’re touring nakedloungechico.com a lot, but what exactly are you playing?’ They’re very polite, but they’re like, ‘I just wanna ask you what you’re doing.’ And I don’t know how to explain that.” Dorji grew up in Bhutan. His parents dabbled in music, and in both his home and community, Dorji found himself steeped in the folk music of the country. “Bhutan is a very traditional culture,” Dorji said. “I grew up with a lot of traditional music, and a lot of monastic music. That’s very heavy music. Emotionally, it kind of gives you goosebumps. It’s very chaotic and loud. I think that opened me up.” Around middle school, Dorji picked up the guitar. He learned a wide range of styles, but mostly gravitated toward English-language pop songs that filtered into Bhutan. “We didn’t have access to the outside culture; [to] CDs or cassettes,” Dorji said. “I started learning songs, whatever friends were playing … ‘Heart of Gold’ by
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Neil Young, [things] like that.” In 2000, Dorji moved to Asheville for college. Though the town has recently received national recognition for its growing music scene, back then it was already a tight-knit underground community, which Dorji fell into quickly. “[Asheville] was a lot more vibrant—less tourism. The rent was cheaper, the internet was not as prevalent,” Dorji said. “There was just more interaction. It was pretty amazing to be part of that.” Dorji dabbled in punk bands, but that didn’t last long. He began listening to English experimental guitarists like Derek Bailey and Fred Frith, and also tried his hand at free jazz. He felt an immediate connection to that genre and experimentation in general, a familiarity and intensity that was reminiscent of his earlier Bhutanese influences. It felt right. “That really opened my eyes and ears to the possibility of navigating nonstandard, nonconventional [music]—not really trying to find my own voice in it, just experimenting,” Dorji said. He soon immersed himself in the world of experimental music and has been touring and releasing music ever since. “I just stopped playing chords or worrying about melodies, but knowing those things would happen,” Dorji said. Dorji has a handful of records coming out in 2019, mostly live collaborations and one solo album (via Moone Records). They’ll all be sonic snapshots, mostly from tour stops, which might sound slightly haphazard, but it really isn’t. There is intent; it’s just not stated until the moment he starts to play. “When I go into a studio, it’s an emotive reaction to something I want to do,” Dorji said. “I have to go in there and start really focusing on that feeling, and react to that. I really have to start playing, that’s the only time I know what’s gonna happen—or don’t know.” Ω
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JOHN SEID, LARRY PETERSON & CHRIS WENGER: Tasteful trio performs a wide variety of music during dinner. Fri, 1/11, 6:30pm. Diamond Steakhouse, 220 W. Fourth St.
With some of the most exciting players in underground metal, SUMAC (pictured) rolls through town again. Featuring guitarist Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom, Mamiffer) and drummer Nick Yacyshyn (Baptists), the heavy, dissonant juggernaut is known for long songs, improvisation and staggering decibels. Sweetening the pot is the superb drone duo Divide and Dissolve and a solo set from guitarist Tashi Dorji of MANAS. Don’t sleep on this show, Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Naked Lounge.
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Sunday, Jan. 13 Sierra Nevada Big Room SEE SunDay
American Idol fan favorite performs songs from his hit albums. Fri, 1/11, 7pm. $34-$49. Red Bluff State Theatre, 333 Oak St., Red Bluff. statetheatreredbluff.com
OPEN MIC: Tito hosts this regular
THUMPIN’ THURSDAY: Rock ’n’ blues jam hosted by the Loco-Motive Band plus special guests. All musicians and music enthusiasts welcome. Thu, 1/10, 7pm. Free. Studio Inn Lounge, 2582 Esplanade.
ERIC PETER: Solo jazz. Thu, 1/10,
6:30pm. Diamond Steakhouse, 220 W. Fourth St.
RESILIENCE BENEFIT SHOW: Music, food and beer to support fire victims, featuring Big Mo & the Full Moon Band, Surrogate, Lo & Behold and a special performance from the Cal Fire 2881 Bags & Pipes. This show is sold out. Thu, 1/10, 7:30pm. $10. Sierra Nevada Big Room, 1075 E. 20th St.
AMAHJRA: Prog-rockers meld genres with a high-energy show, plus Barrel Aged and Brother. Fri, 1/11, 9pm. $5. The Maltese, 1600 Park Ave.
DUELING PIANOS: Chico’s Kelly Twins take your requests in the lounge. Fri, 1/11, 9pm. Feather Falls
Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville. featherfallscasino.com
EBONY & IVORY CONCERT: Pianist Josh Hegg performs his “Little America” compositions with his trio, plus special appearances from vocalist Michael Bone and trumpeter Aman Cowell. Fri, 1/11, 6:30pm. $15. Chico Women’s Club, 592 E. Third St.
THE HUMIDORS: Bay Area octet churns out hard-hitting funk, greasy soul, vintage R&B, soul jazz and more. The Manimals open the show. Fri, 1/11, 9pm. Lost on Main, 319 Main St. lostonmainchico.com
event. Backline available. Fri, 1/11, 7:30pm. $1. Down Lo, 319 Main St., 513-4707.
PATTON LEATHA: Hip-hop, R&B and
rock ’n’ roll in the lounge. Fri, 1/11, 8:30pm. Gold Country Casino & Hotel, 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville. goldcountrycasino.com
PUB SCOUTS: Traditional Irish music for happy hour. Fri, 1/11, 4pm. $1. Duffy’s Tavern, 337 Main St.
SHANIA TWIN: The ultimate Shania Twain tribute featuring Donna Huber backed by a superb band. Fri, 1/11, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville. featherfallscasino.com
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Feb. 28–March 3, 2019 1078 Gallery
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STILL KICKIN: Live music, wine and
pizza. Fri, 1/11, 6pm. Almendra Winery & Distillery, 9275 Midway Road, Durham.
TYLER DEVOLL: Happy hour music with a talented singer/songwriter. Fri, 1/11, 4pm. La Salles, 229 Broadway St.
DOG PARTY: Rockin’ sister duo per-
forms with L.A. punk band the Gutter Daisies and local power-pop warlords Severance Package. Sat, 1/12, 9pm. $10. The Maltese, 1600 Park Ave. maltesebarchico.com
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SURF NOIR TRIO: Original surf
Saturday, Jan. 12 The Maltese
music. Sat, 1/12, 6:30pm. Free. Diamond Steakhouse, 220 W. Fourth St., 895-1515.
WINTER AURORA: EDM glow party PAISANI: Italian, French and Latin
jazz. Sat, 1/12, 7pm. Wine Time, 26 Lost Dutchman.
PATTON LEATHA: See Friday. Sat, 1/12,
8:30pm. Gold Country Casino & Hotel, 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville. goldcountrycasino.com
REESE WEILS: Music for brunch. Sat,
1/12, 11am. La Salles, 229 Broadway
ROBERT KARCH: Jazz, blues and
FORTUNATE SON: I can hear the bull frog calling me... Come on home to “Green River” with this spoton John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute act. Sat, 1/12, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville. featherfallscasino.com
HIGH VOLTAGE: Classic rock hits, coun-
pop standards Sat, 1/12, 6:30pm. Diamond Steakhouse, 220 W.
9pm. Studio Inn Lounge, 2582
Fourth St., 530-521-6473.
ROCKHOUNDS: Classic rock done
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right. Sat, 1/12, 8:30pm. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville. featherfallscasino. com
country covers from this talented young band. Sat, 1/12. Shakey’s Pizza, 2829 Olive Highway, Oroville.
OBE & LOKI: Guitarists Steven
try favorites and some modern tunes, plus a birthday celebration for Kenny and Tom. Sat, 1/12,
Oberlander and Loki Miller perform during this late-night happy hour session. Sat, 1/12, 9:30pm. La Salles, 229 Broadway St.
SHADOW LIMB RECORD RELEASE: Heavy! split record release show with locals Shadow Limb and the Bay Area’s Squalus (members of Giant
with Thro-Bak, Otter and Jambo Slice. Sat, 1/12, 9pm. $5. Downtown Ale House, 343 Walnut St., Red Bluff.
LYRICS BORN: Born in Tokyo and
raised in the Bay Area, rapper Tsutomu Shimura hits Chico for a night of genre-smashing hip-hop with opener Calvin Black. Sun, 1/13, 8pm. $20. Sierra Nevada Big Room, 1075 E. 20th St. sierranevada.com
SUPER UNISON: Incredible post-
hardcore act tears it up with Illinois noiserockers Slow Mass and local hardcore dudes Dying for It. Rad show! Mon, 1/14, 8pm. $7. Naked Lounge, 118 W. Second St.
SUMAC, DIVIDE AND DISSOLVE & TASHI DORJI: Massive show with SUMAC
(members of Old Man Gloom, Russian Circles and Thrones), doom/drone duo Divide and Dissolve and a solo set from experimental guitarist Tashi Dorji (MANAS). Tue, 1/15, 8pm. $8-$12. Naked Lounge, 118 W. Second St.
OPEN MIC: Music, storytelling, poetry and more. Wed, 1/16, 7pm. Butte County Library, Chico Branch, 1108 Sherman Ave.
TRIVIA NIGHT: Trivial questions
for serious people. Wed, 1/16, 8pm. Woodstock’s Pizza, 166 E. Second St.
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Merging hardcore guitar riffs, riot grrrl/ screamo vocals and frantic, post-punk rhythms, Super Unison earns high marks for pulling off what could easily have been a train wreck. The band’s excellent new album, Stella, channels a half hour of angst and aggression into pure catharsis. They play Naked Lounge on Monday, Jan. 14, with Chicago’s excellent post-hardcore outfit Slow Mass and Chico punks Dying for It.
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Nothing new in Netflix’s much-hyped horror flick
Nis ashorror/sci-fi original, Bird Box, and Sandra Bullock good as usual in the starring role, but that isn’t etflix has garnered a lot of social-media buzz for its
enough to make up for a lame script and a bunch of overused horror gimmicks in what is one messy film. The story follows Malorie (Bullock), a gloomy artist going through the motions and dealing with an unwanted pregnancy. Her sister Jessica (Sarah Paulson) tells her to by get out of the dumps, and takes her Bob Grimm to the doctor for a checkup shortly bg ri m m @ after seeing a strange report on TV new srev i ew. c o m about people killing themselves in Russia. While visiting with the doc (Parminder Nagra), all hell starts to break loose in the hospital and even more so on the streets. It appears as if people are seeing some sort of Bird Box Starring Sandra entity, deciding it’s far too much Bullock. Directed by for them to handle, and then killing Susanne Bier. netflix. themselves in creative ways (steprated r. ping in front of buses, bashing heads into windows, walking into fire, etc.). Malorie manages to navigate through the mayhem and winds up trapped in a house with a few others. Up until this point, the film looks promising. The street-suicides scene is genuinely scary, and flashforward scenes featuring Malorie trying to find some sort of safe haven with two children—while all wearing blindfolds to avoid the killer visions—are compelling. As much as the latter scenes work OK, they are very similar to last summer’s A Quiet Place, with characters simply not able to use their eyes rather than being prohibited from making sounds. But once Malorie goes into that house, the movie
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hits a total dead end. It’s pretty much the same scenario as that 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead, right down to the pregnant women and shopping scenes. John Malkovich is one of the house survivors, and he’s just doing a variation on the usual John Malkovich. Instead of bawling his eyes out after witnessing the death of his wife, he gets angry, yelling at Malorie in that halting Malkovich kind of way (“You … are the reason … she … is dead!”). It made me laugh, and I’m quite sure that wasn’t the desired reaction from filmmaker Susanne Bier. As for the other survivors, there’s the young punk, the female cop, the other pregnant woman, the older mom type and the Malorie love interest. When Bullock is trading lines with most of these folks, they are clearly and obviously outmatched, especially in some of the moments that seem more improvised. They shouldn’t be in the same room with Bullock, who shines despite the hackneyed script. The scenes with Malorie and the children on the river, while not all that original, are nonetheless riveting and tense. Much of this is due to Bullock and the excellent child actors, simply named Girl (Vivien Lyra Blair) and Boy (Julian Edwards). The little expressions they make while Malorie lectures them on how one stupid move could kill them are heartbreaking. I give credit to Netflix for getting in the film game and doing a great job hyping it, as well as to Bullock for acting her ass off. Too bad the material so often drifts into dreck. Ω
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Opening this week Codename: Jenny.
Filmmakers from the Schwarzer Hahn film collective out of Berlin will be on hand to discuss their movie about the birth of a group of young activists. One showing: tonight (Jan,. 10), 7 p.m. Pageant Theatre. Not rated.
A Dog’s Way Home
Will faithful dog Bella find her way 400 miles back to her owner? Probably. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG.
On the Basis of Sex
A biopic on the early life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, starring Felicity Jones as the young law student and women’s rights crusader. Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13.
A sci-fi mystery starring Keanu Reeves as a neuroscientist who tries to bring his family back to life after they die in a car accident. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13.
Dark forces are at work behind the scenes of a world-famous dance company in this remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 cult classic. Pageant Theatre. Rated R.
A buddy dramedy about the relationship that develops between a wealthy quadriplegic (Bryan Cranston) and the ex-con (Kevin Hart) hired to take care of him. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13.
Natalie Portman stars as a world-famous pop star who, after rising to fame as a teen on the wings of tragic circumstances, is trying to mount a comeback decades later. Pageant Theatre. Rated R.
Now playing Aquaman
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.
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.
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. 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.
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,
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. Rated PG-13.
Mary Poppins Returns
Rob Marshall (Chicago, Into the Woods) takes on another movie musical, this one an update 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.
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.
Ralph Breaks the Internet
In this sequel to the 2012 animated feature Wreck-It Ralph, the soft-hearted giant (voice of John C. Reilly) and the cast of video-game characters have broken free of their arcade machine and head for new adventures across the internet-gaming world. Cinemark 14. 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.
5Spider-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 Spider-Man, Peter Parker (Chris Pine). Turns out a portal from a parallel universe has opened up, allowing a whole fleet of different Spider-Verse 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-and-white 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. 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. Rated R.
Snow Goose Festival WednesdAy – sundAy JAnuAry 23 – 27 ChiCo, California • www.snowgoosefestival.org Wednesday, January 23 Field Trips
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Marathon Big Day Birding in Butte County lake oroville Pontoon Boat tour SOLD OUT winter raptors Divide ranch (includes lunch) feathers, figs, & olives (NEW) SOLD OUT gray lodge wildlife area Bidwell Park Bird walk Bird the shores of Black Butte lake Delevan nwr & sacramento refuge fly-off Basics of wildlife Photography ws (thurs) & ft (fri) (NEW) eagle roost safari SOLD OUT historic llano seco rancho with David wimpfheimer winter northern saw-whet owl Banding SOLD OUT
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Cole & Book family farms (NEW) Marathon Big Day Birding in sutter County Upper Bidwell Park’s Yahi trail red Bluff recreation area llano seco rancho – farms, water, & wildlife sutter Buttes hike – Dean ranch yana trail rancho esquon Bidwell Park Bird walk Colusa national wildlife refuge Dye Creek Preserve Birds & wine with Purple line with David wimpfheimer sacramento refuge fly-off raptor run thru Butte County SOLD OUT waterfowl Photography at Colusa nwr (NEW) eagle roost safari SOLD OUT family owl Prowl
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valley wetlands & wintering waterbirds raptor iD, trapping, & Banding SOLD OUT refuge to refuge – snow geese galore! wilbur road & the afterbay SOLD OUT tehama Bird trek sutter Buttes hike - state Park’s Peace valley sutter Buttes - state Park’s Pv & “house hill” tundra swan viewing – District 10 (includes lunch) SOLD OUT lassen volcanic nP snowshoe hike sutter Buttes hike – Dean ranch Birds & trees of the Chico seed orchard vina Plains to Pine Creek & the river with David wimpfheimer llano seco viewing Platform wings & wine tasting in vina winter Birding in the foothills explore the wild side of Butte Creek family hike at Bidwell Park’s five Mile recreation area (NEW) oxidation Ponds & indian fishery raptor run SOLD OUT tundra swan viewing – District 10 Youth nature Photography field trip eagle roost safari SOLD OUT
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saTurday, January 26 presenTaTions & Workshops 9am - 10:30am 11am - 12:30pm 11am - 12:30pm 1pm - 2.30pm 1pm - 2:30pm 3pm - 4:30pm 3pm - 4:30pm
less lawn, More wildlife – gardens as habitat Bald eagles in the wild (NEW) Bird Migration in the Klamath Basin (NEW) Build a lego Bird! wildfire, wildlife, & Being firewise (NEW) the history & Mystery of the sutter Buttes the life of the rough-legged hawk
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“gathering of wings” Banquet & silent auction
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little Big Day (NEW) raptor iD, trapping, & Banding Understanding Bird language (NEW) Coast range foothills via newville road Beginning Birding by ear Birds, river & habitat restoration Bird the shores of Black Butte lake sutter Buttes – Mid-Mountain sutter Buttes – summit ascent Marathon Big Day Birding in Yuba County SOLD OUT Birds & trees of Butte Creek ecological Preserve gray lodge & Cordi winery llano seco viewing Platform Upper Bidwell Park’s Yahi trail foothill Bird trek rancho esquon with David wimpfheimer oxidation Ponds & indian fishery Birds, Plants, & history in Bidwell Park (NEW) raptor run SOLD OUT wing-it to the sacramento nwr eagle roost safari SOLD OUT
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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.
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is a result of intense competition, he says, and the fact that “a lot of brewers have found it challenging to find that easy money pot they were hoping for” and are trying to make an exit from the business. McCormick says consumers are losing some interest in double and triple IPAs compared to several years ago, when supersize bitter beers seemed all the rage. They are still popular, “but sales have flattened” for strong beers in general, McCormick says. He also believes 2019 will see a continued preference for session beers—that is, lower-alcohol beers that still provide concentrated and appealing flavors. McCormick’s most interesting prediction is that the industry will put out more nonalcoholic products. Brewers, he says, are developing methods of making beers with negligible alcohol levels but lots of flavor, and he says that many consumers seem to want that. “I’m going out on a limb here, but my general sense is that the next generation [of legal drinking age] is a group of very healthconscious consumers, and part of that is drinking less alcohol,” he says. A year from now, we’ll check in and see how the forecasts have played out. Ω
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Ridge to admonish the devastated residents of “Pleasure” for not raking the forest, another tan-faced man with over-bleached hair already had his boots on the ground in Butte County. Three days after the Camp Fire broke out, celebrity chef Guy Fieri and his crew were set up under a Knuckle Sandwich banner to cook meals for first responders in Chico, and the Food Network star returned a couple of weeks later (along with fellow celebrity chef Tyler Florence) to join World Central Kitchen in making Thanksgiving dinners for everyone impacted by the fire. Arts DEVO is with Aye Jay on this one; Fieri is the better leader. Guy’s Camaro in front of Upper Crust The local illustrator’s Flavortown decBakery & Cafe. laration on Facebook in the days after the PHOTO BY NATALIE WINDT fire broke out was followed by his kick-ass design of a seal for the new state, and now, with Fieri visiting Chico once again this past week, maybe it’s time we raised the flag of secession. According to a couple of Fieri’s Twitter posts, he was in town to tape an episode of his signature show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Where’d he stop? I spied the mayor (president? governor?) of Flavortown himself in front of a camera inside Grana Wood Fired Foods (and his red Camaro out front), and also saw a crew breaking down inside Upper Crust Bakery & Cafe. From other social media sources, there was photographic evidence that he also visited The Banshee and The Rawbar, and had photos taken with first responders at various locations. I also heard rumors that he may have gone to Tackle Box Bar & Grill, Sin of Cortez and Momona. While I have many personal favorites that I believe would best exemplify the show’s title (Gnarly Deli, Nobby’s, Morning Thunder, The Roost, Aye Jay’s great seal Burgers and Brew, several taquerias/taco trucks), the places “Triple D” did visit will offer a nice representation of our little flavor town. (I just hope Fieri had the bahn mi-style pork tacos or the mac and cheese with bacon at Banshee—both are bomb-dot-com.) Given the circumstances of Fieri’s recent visits to Butte County and the fact that so many first responders seem to have been included in the taping, it seems fair to guess that the unifying theme of the Chico episode will have to do with the Camp Fire and recovery efforts. And given the usual “Triple D effect” on featured restaurants after the show airs, it’ll be a great thing for the local economy to have tourists bringing their money to our little corner of the world, right in the heart of the State of Flavortown.
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY For the week oF January 10, 2019 ARIES (March 21-April 19): Computer-
generated special effects used in the 1993 film Jurassic Park may seem modest to us now, but at the time, they were revolutionary. Inspired by the new possibilities revealed, filmmakers including Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas and Peter Jackson launched new projects they had previously thought to be beyond their ability to create. In 2019, I urge you to go in quest of your personal equivalent of Jurassic Park’s pioneering breakthroughs. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you may be able to find help and resources that enable you to get more serious about seemingly unfeasible or impractical dreams.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I’m a
big proponent of authenticity. I almost always advise you to be yourself with bold candor and unapologetic panache. Speak the truth about your deepest values and clearest perceptions. Be an expert about what really moves you, and devote yourself passionately to your relationships with what really moves you. But there is one exception to this approach. Sometimes it’s wise to employ the “fake it until you make it” strategy: to pretend you are what you want to be with such conviction that you ultimately become what you want to be. I suspect now is one of those times for you.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The stu-
dents’ dining hall at Michigan State University serves gobs of mayonnaise. But in late 2016, a problem arose when 1,250 gallons of the stuff became rancid. Rather than simply throw it away, the school’s sustainability officer came up with a brilliant solution: Load it into a machine called an anaerobic digester, which turns biodegradable waste into energy. Problem solved! The transformed rot provided electricity for parts of the campus. I recommend you regard this story as a metaphor for your own use. Is there anything in your life that has begun to decay or lose its usefulness? If so, can you convert it into a source of power?
CANCER (June 21-July 22): If you grow
vegetables, fruits and grains on an acre of land, you can feed twelve people. If you use that acre to raise meat-producing animals, you’ll feed at most four people. But to produce the meat, you’ll need at least four times more water and twenty times more electric power than you would if you grew the plants. I offer this as a useful metaphor for you to consider in the coming months. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you should prioritize efficiency and value. What will provide you with the most bang for your bucks? What’s the wisest use of your resources?
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Modern kids don’t
spend much time playing outside. They have fun in natural environments only half as often as their parents did while growing up. In fact, the average child spends less time in the open air than prison inmates. And today’s unjailed adults get even less exposure to the elements. But I hope you will avoid that fate in 2019. According to my astrological estimates, you need to allocate more than the usual amount of time to feeling the sun and wind and sky. Not just because it’s key to your physical health, but also because many of your best ideas and decisions are likely to emerge while you’re outdoors.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): NASA landed
Opportunity, its robotic explorer, on Mars in January 2004. The craft’s mission, which was supposed to last for 92 days, began by taking photos and collecting soil samples. More than 14 years later, the hardy machine was still in operation, continuing to send data back to Earth. It far outlived its designed lifespan. I foresee you being able to generate a comparable marvel in 2019, Virgo: a stalwart resource or influence or situation that will have more staying power than you could imagine. What could it be?
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In 1557, Welsh mathematician Robert Recorde invented the equals sign. Historical records don’t
by rob brezsny tell us when he was born, so we don’t know his astrological sign. But I’m guessing he was a Libra. Is there any tribe more skillful at finding correlations, establishing equivalencies and creating reciprocity? In all the zodiac, who is best at crafting righteous proportions and uniting apparent opposites? Who is the genius of balance? In the coming months, my friend, I suspect you will be even more adept at these fine arts than you usually are.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): There’s a
modest, one-story office building at 1209 N. Orange St. in Wilmington, Del. More than 285,000 businesses from all over the United States claim it as their address. Why? Because the state of Delaware has advantageous tax laws that enable those businesses to save massive amounts of money. Other buildings in Delaware house thousands of additional corporations. It’s all legal. No one gets in trouble for it. I bring this to your attention in the hope of inspiring you to hunt for comparable situations: ethical loopholes and workarounds that will provide you with extra benefits and advantages.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
People in the Solomon Islands buy many goods and services with regular currency, but also use other symbols of worth to pay for important cultural events such as staging weddings, settling disputes and expressing apologies. These alternate forms of currency include the teeth of flying foxes, which is the local species of bat. In that spirit, and in accordance with current astrological omens, I’d love to see you expand your sense of what constitutes your wealth. In addition to material possessions and funds in the bank, what else makes you valuable? In what other ways do you measure your potency, your vitality, your merit? It’s a favorable time to take inventory.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
In 1984, singer-songwriter John Fogerty released a new album with “The Old Man Down the Road” as the lead single. It sold well. But trouble arose soon afterward, when Fogerty’s former record company sued him in court, claiming he stole the idea for “The Old Man Down the Road” from “Run Through the Jungle.” That was a tune Fogerty himself had written and recorded in 1970 while playing with the band Creedence Clearwater Revival. The legal process took a while, but he was ultimately vindicated. No, the courts declared, he didn’t plagiarize himself, even though there were some similarities between the two songs. In this spirit, I authorize you to borrow from a good thing you did in the past as you create a new good thing in the future. There’ll be no hell to pay if you engage in a bit of self-plagiarism.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is a collection of fables that take place in India. Many movies have been based on it. All of them portray the giant talking snake named Kaa as an adversary to the hero Mowgli. But in Kipling’s original stories, Kaa is a benevolent ally and teacher. I bring this to your attention to provide context for a certain situation in your life. Is there an influence with a metaphorical resemblance to Kaa; misinterpreted by some people, but actually quite supportive and nourishing to you? If so, I suggest you intensify your appreciation for it.
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Woolf thought that her Piscean lover Vita Sackville-West was a decent writer, but a bit too fluid and effortless. Self-expression was so natural to Sackville-West that she didn’t work hard enough to hone her craft and discipline her flow. In a letter, Woolf wrote, “I think there are odder, deeper, more angular thoughts in your mind than you have yet let come out.” I invite you to meditate on the possibility that Woolf’s advice might be useful in 2019. Is there anything in your skill set that comes so easily that you haven’t fully ripened it? If so, develop it with more focused intention.
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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
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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner ROBERTA PAYNE filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: J. R. PAYNE Proposed name: IZO C. HOSFER 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 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: ROBERT A. GLUSMAN Dated: December 18, 2018 Case Number: 18CV03894 Published: January 10,17,24,31, 2109
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MELISSA ANN GAMETTE filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: MELISSA ANN GAMETTE Proposed name: MELISSA ANN 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: February 27, 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
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Signed: ROBERT A. GLUSMAN Dated: December 28, 2018 Case Number: 18CV04157 Published: January 10,17,24,31, 2109
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 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
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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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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 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
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
FICTITOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as CHICO CURBSIDE TAXI at 2337 Ritchie Circle Chico, CA 95926. CHRISTOPHER R MURPHY 2337 Ritchie Circle Chico, CA 95926. ELIZABETH J MURPHY 2337 Ritchie Circle Chico, CA 95926. This busines is conducted by a Married Couple. Signed: CHRIS MURPHY Dated: January 2, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000005 Published: January 10,17,24,31, 2019
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
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I had no idea that David, the mild-mannered guy I see mornings at the gym, is a true hero. I knew he was a Cal Fire guy, but I never really thought about his role. Maybe a desk job. I usually arrive at the gym about the time David and a buddy, Pat, take a break from their racquetball games to sit and talk. One morning just after the Camp fire, Pat nodded toward David, and said, “Hero.” I had heard bits and pieces of a story about the last baby born at Feather River Hospital, and the ensuing evacuation as the hospital filled with smoke. New baby Halley, 10 minutes old, and new father Bret, were spirited away in a Sheriff’s car. New mother, Heather, numb from the waist down from the Cesarean birth was put into an ambulance. It turns out David, who I now know is a fire chief, was on the scene early in Paradise, helping people get out of the burning nightmare. At Pentz Road and Chloe Court, David saw two ambulances, one of which was on fire. Out of the flames came a paramedic wheeling a gurney. On that gurney was new mother Heather. David ran through the flames and directed the paramedics and
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The following houses were sold in Butte County by real estate agents or private parties during the week of December 24 - December 28, 2018 The housing prices are based on the stated documentary transfer tax of the parcel and may not necessarily reflect the actual sale price of the home. ADDRESS
48 Emperor Ct
12 Orchard Hill Dr
1432 N Cherry St
253 Palermo Dr
2 El Cerrito Dr
5627 Old Olive Hwy
2895 Pennyroyal Dr
511 Lodgeview Dr
2705 Rafael St
86 Greenbank Ave
3035 Cohasset Rd
57 Brookdale Ct
139 W Lassen Ave
2292 Las Plumas Ave
12 Adelaide Way
21 Coventry Dr
11 Sunset Oak Ct
2265 Placer Ave
15 Mission Olive Ct
2294 Oro Quincy Hwy
72 Pine Oaks Rd
2274 A St
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