CHICO’S FREE NEWS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY VOLUME 42, ISSUE 48 THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2019 WWW.NEWSREVIEW.COM
Nine months later, six Camp Fire victims remain unidentified, leaving their families in limbo
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Be good neighbors to our immigrant friends We were heartened this week by a story out of Nashville
about neighbors in that city’s suburbs coming together to shield an undocumented immigrant and his son from federal agents attempting to circumvent their due process. It’s a tale that underscores the importance of being educated about the scope and power of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), particularly in light of President Trump announcing last month via Twitter that the federal government was going to escalate deportations. He insisted the new efforts would result in the removal of “millions.” The latest spree targeted 2,000 families believed to lack the proper documentation. As of Tuesday (July 23), ICE announced, 35 people had been arrested nationwide and about half of them were collateral arrests (meaning people who weren’t targeted). Closer to home, a Sacramento college student, part of that city’s population of Dreamers, was recently arrested and is being held in Yuba County Jail (see “Dreamer detained,” page 11). The facility was the site of a protest on July 12 (see “Against detention,” News pic, July 18). That aforementioned heads-up from the president triggered immediate action from civil rights and
advocacy groups, which launched campaigns to not only educate immigrants but also the communities in which they live. That appears to be what happened in the Nashville community that successfully thwarted the agency. According to reports, neighbors and activists—along with attorneys and local leaders—showed up to protect the man and his son, whom ICE agents had ordered to exit their locked vehicle. The activists bought gas for the van, so they could keep the air-conditioning running, and assured them that they should not consent to the officers. Meanwhile, local law enforcement that showed up did not interfere with or aid the federal agents but rather stayed to keep the peace. The ICE officers did not have a warrant, and thus had no authority to take the father and son into custody, though witnesses allege they lied and said they did have the right. Eventually they gave up and left. Our advice to both immigrants and their communities: Check out the tools and recommendations of organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union and National Immigration Law Center. As the ACLU notes, “When the government has the power to deny legal rights and due process to one vulnerable group, everyone’s rights are at risk.” Hear, hear. Ω
‘Creating light for the journey ahead’ Aeasy.connections has been a challenge. It has not been But that was expected. It is part of the adventure s a newcomer to Chico, finding my way to new
(sometimes painful) in setting up a new home and to an extent a new identity. But I came voluntarily. Others in recent memory—due to the Camp Fire— settled here out of tragic necessity. New residents and sojourners help shape not only the face of the city, but also its soul. That gives me hope and passion. I am delighted to live in Chico. by Nelson Hayashida The hospitality of its people has reminded me of the crucial nature The author is an of kindness. “Kindness,” not in the educator, writer and sense of being nice, but something counselor. deeper. We are all linked to the rhythms of change, both individually and corporately. The drumbeats of change bode well for growth when helped along by the rhythms of kindness. The story is told of Robert Louis Stevenson, the Scottish novelist and poet. More than a century ago, as a young boy, he was sitting by the window one
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night in his room. He was watching a lamplighter lighting the street lights below. He was asked what he was doing. Stevenson said, “I am watching a man poke holes in the darkness.” Perhaps we are all trying to poke holes in the darkness, and both newcomers and longtime residents take up the challenges of creating light for the journey ahead, often in difficult and conflicting circumstances. In a poem, Naomi Shihab Nye writes: Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing. You must wake up with sorrow. You must speak to it till your voice catches the thread of all sorrows and you see the size of the cloth. Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore, only kindness that ties your shoes and sends you out into the day to gaze at bread, only kindness that raises its head from the crowd of the world to say ‘It is I you have been looking for,’ and then goes with you everywhere like a shadow. Nye is right, it is “the deepest thing inside.” □
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
Ghosts in the ashes One of the images of the Camp Fire I’ll never shake is of Pearson Road six days after the blaze began. I’d traveled that road many times over the years, almost always in happy circumstances, but how it looked on Nov. 14 has forever tainted those memories. That day, hundreds of search and rescue workers were scattered along its far length—the portion where it twists and turns and dips before straightening out and hitting Pentz Road. Most of the folks were clad in white hazmat-type suits, and the sheer volume of them was eerie. I was with the CN&R’s Meredith J. Cooper and former staffer Ken Smith. We’d been there for hours for numerous tasks, including checking on the homes of our colleagues. Daylight was scarce the week after the fire due to the toxic inversion layer hovering above, but the sun was going down by the time we made it to Pearson late in the afternoon. It was hazy and the ghostlike searchers were coming out of the wooded areas, preparing for the drive down to the valley after a day sifting through the ashes. It’s a scene that haunts me. We three journalists were dumbstruck—and because nightfall loomed, we didn’t stop to interview anyone. During the last few seconds as we slowly drove through, I scrambled to take a few photographs, including a few Hail Marys backward out of the window. One of them appears in this week’s cover story, reporter Andre Byik’s first for the CN&R. It’s an excellent piece addressing the roadblocks law enforcement and scientists have run into in their attempts to officially identify via DNA the last remaining Camp Fire victims— presumably six people, based on the remains found to date—and how that’s affected a Chico couple’s ability to properly grieve. The majority of the six are tentatively identified—based on circumstantial evidence—though the authorities haven’t released their names. But two are mysteries, and Sheriff Kory Honea is being tight-lipped about them. He’s hoping to get answers by running their DNA through genealogy services and refused to tell us where the remains were found. That info, as Byik notes in the story, could develop leads. I personally believe whatever reservation the sheriff has about releasing the info is outweighed by the public’s interest. Besides, he’s had nearly nine months. In fact, given the changes to Butte County since Nov. 8—including the exodus of many residents—withholding the info probably has lessened the odds of determining their identities. Last week, after steering clear of Pearson Road for months, I drove the length of it from the Skyway. I was on my way to meet a displaced Paradise resident whose RV had recently been stolen. It was recovered in a sketchy Sacramento suburb the day after her story appeared in the CN&R (see “Insult to injury,” Newslines, July 18). During our interview, she recalled her eight-hour escape the morning of the fire, including being separated from her family and spending five terrifying hours stuck in gridlock on 3.4-mile Pearson. It’s the stuff of nightmares and more trauma than I can comprehend. That once-shaded winding ravine—the stretch my husband drove through seven years ago while I was in labor with my son and headed to Feather River Hospital—is now sun-drenched. Just splinters of its former canopy of pines exists. Just splinters.
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Funding and farming Re “Branching out,” (Newslines, by Ashiah Scharaga) and “The future of local farming” (Cover story, by CN&R staff and Robert Speer, July 18): It may now be a matter of “rubber stamping” $207,000 in emergency homeless funds for distribution to Catalyst, an already existing and funded women’s shelter. In view of extremely limited homeless funding (we apparently have difficulty funding two 24-hour toilets, at $30,000 per annum), it’s a misallocation. The vast majority of the chronically unsheltered homeless (those literally on the streets) and 80 percent of those who die in our public spaces are destitute, disabled men. Catalyst provides no shelter for men. Funds should be awarded to organizations—such as Safe Space Winter Shelter—with a track record of offering cost-effective, hospitality-based, low-barrier shelter options to a fully inclusive
cross-section of the homeless population. Around the time I sat through an ag school lecture on “how to get into farming,” the Nixon administration went to work implementing the “get big or get out” policies that plowed under most of the remaining small farms in America. Today, 99 percent of our food is grown by massive corporate entities. Yes, farmers may be aging, but corporations have a way of finding workers—mostly on the cheap. In this increasingly unequal society, who will have access to land and capital in the future? And, when do we initiate land reform? Patrick Newman Chico
Governments, corporations Re “Why aren’t we discussing population?” (Cover story, by Alastair Bland, July 11): In the story, economist David
Zetland is quoted as saying, “It’s a total fallacy that the economy needs constant growth and a growing population.” Unfortunately, mankind follows fallacies all the time. It is my belief that there are two entities that either need or believe they need population growth for continued prosperity. And they do not want to talk about the population. Those entities are governments and corporations. Anyone with experience in government budgeting knows that budgets are rarely ever lowered. They usually remain the same or are increased. Increased citizens equals increased tax revenues and budget increase is offset. Corporations suffer from the law of diminishing returns. With an ever-growing population, an always increasing potential customer base offsets diminishing returns and bureaucratic waste. W. Jeff Straub Redding
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Good program, bad site There is intent and there is intention. It is the intent of the Northern Valley Harm Reduction Coalition to establish a mobile needle exchange in Chico. Good. It is the intention of the Northern Valley Harm Reduction Coalition to establish said program in the heart of a family-based Chapman mini-neighborhood. Bad. The program is bounded by Boucher Street, Cleveland Street, Guill Street, Humboldt Avenue and Highway 99, including both Ohio and Virginia streets between Guill Street and Community Park. Within those boundaries are three neighborhood churches and a Head Start center. Most of the homes in the segment are owner-occupied with families and retirees. I have lived there since 1990. Northern Valley Harm Reduction Coalition is applying for funding for this program. Their application will be opposed most strongly. And we resent the implication that ours is a neighborhood overwhelmed by addicts. Ronald Angle Chico
Editor’s note: See Downstroke, page 8, for more on this subject.
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Rossello will fit right in. Furthermore, Rossello’s filthy language, such as telling the federal board responsible for managing Puerto Rico’s financial crisis to go “F” themselves, is just another (of many) indications that the governor should flee the island and head to familiar territory like, say, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Re “Taxes and independence” (Letters, by Roger Klaves, July 18): Yes, Mr. Klaves, you are right the gas tax was not an issue back in 1776, but it sure is now. I am astounded at how leftists are so partisan that they can’t see anything bad that their administration has caused. The constant exodus from this great state because of the Democratic policies should be alarming, but they seem to not care a thing about it. This state is in a state of utter decay and getting worse by the year. We have no voice in the Legislature and we are constantly losing our freedoms.
I am appalled at how the blue states that are supposedly for the poor and downtrodden are the most expensive to live in. We pay more than ever before and get less all because people keep electing Democrats to the Legislature. It is proof that something needs to change if we are going to right this ship before it sinks. Travis Smith Biggs
Exploitation abounds Re “Council deserves credit for rental relief” (Editorial, July 11): Besides generally missing what actually happened to the City Council’s discussion of a “goodcause eviction” ordinance—why the landlords left happy and the renters felt betrayed—your editorial includes the council’s ludicrous idea that “the market will stabilize” in six months. First, a housing market and a rental market are not the same. Last time the housing market crashed, rents did not go down. If the council lets the price-gouging law expire in January, and rent is “stabilized,” it won’t be any return to our quaint pre-fire housing crisis; landlords will simply take more of our money. Secondly, as your article (“Displacements continue,” Newslines, July 11) points out, the last time good-cause eviction was brought up by the council, back in February, landlords said the same thing. Addison Winslow Chico
Thanks, neighbors We have lived in the Parkway Village Drive area for 22 years. Due to dog walks, we are friendly with most of our neighbors within a several block radius. Though we do not know everyone by name, I want to extend a most grateful thank you to these neighbors. I recently had a bike accident and hit the pavement face first. One fellow phoned my husband. Within minutes, many of my neighbors were in the street and stayed with us till the ambulance arrived. Though I was not cognizant, the support to call David, stay with us till I was taken to Enloe, and returning my bike to the house, was immensely helpful. To all of you, thank you for the action, care and concern you gave to both my husband and me. I was discharged a few days after the accident. There are some facial and dental issues, but fortunately, I was wearing my helmet, so there is no cranial damage. As a senior I ride at a leisurely pace, but no matter how slow one goes, a fall can happen. Always wear a helmet. Nina Widlund Chico
Correction Annie Terry’s title was incorrect in last week’s Newslines (see “Branching out,” by Ashiah Scharaga). She is the director of Oroville Rescue Mission’s family services. We apologize for the error, which has been corrected online. —ed.
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NEWSLINES DOWNSTROKE SHERIFF’S VEHICLES GET EVAC SIRENS
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has installed evacuation sirens in its patrol vehicles following last year’s Camp Fire, which caused more than 50,000 people to flee Paradise and surrounding communities. Every marked Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle has been equipped with a European-style “high-low” siren that will alert neighborhoods of an evacuation order, the Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday (July 23) in a news release. Following the Camp Fire and 2017’s Oroville Dam spillway crisis, Sheriff Kory Honea said, “we’ve been working to try and increase our ability to notify as many people as possible of a pending emergency.”
CAMP FIRE LOG STORAGE ADDRESSED
The Butte County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday (July 23) approved an urgency ordinance allowing temporary log deck sites. The ordinance addresses burned and hazardous trees being cut and stored following the Camp Fire and allows temporary, permitted storage yards in certain agriculture zones, the general commercial zone and the Neal Road recycling, energy and waste facility overlay zone. “I think the people in my district … want things to be moved as fast as possible,” Supervisor Doug Teeter, who represents the Ridge, said at the meeting. “And yes, we’ve had shenanigans, we’re trying to rein it in.” The move comes after the county issued eight citations at three log deck locations operating without permits (see “PG&E log deck sites cited,” Downstroke, July 18).
SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROPOSED
A certified syringe exchange could launch in Chico later this year, pending California Department of Public Health approval. Angel Gomez (pictured), program manager of the Northern Valley Harm Reduction Coalition, said the program aims to keep people who use drugs as healthy as possible and reduce the rate of diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C. The organization already offers training and distribution of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone and syringe disposal services. (See “A vital exchange,” Cover story, March 7.) The exchange would operate 6-8 p.m. every Tuesday at Blackbird Cafe and 9-11 a.m. every Sunday in the Chapman-Mulberry neighborhood. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, such programs do not increase drug use or crime in the areas in which they are located. Public comment is open until Aug. 12: Go to tinyurl.com/NVHRCapplication. 8
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‘Burning the clock’ Tensions mount at Miocene meeting; water users threaten to sue
Rertydozen horses and ponies off her propwhen PG&E stopped diverting water yann Newman had to move about two
to the Miocene Canal after it was damaged during the Camp Fire. That’s because story and the creek that flowed photo by Ashiah Scharaga through her family’s land had been fed by as h i a h s @ the Miocene, a sign ew sr ev i ew. c o m nificant source of water for their operations in Butte Valley (she and her husband own Aloha Ranch Inc., which includes Ryann’s Happy Day Pony Ride, and Fruit Caboose Concessions). Now the creek is barren, her fields are parched and her orchard is dry. PG&E, which owns the upper and middle portions of the canal, started delivering water this month—up to 5,000 gallons per household per week. But Newman’s family doesn’t qualify. Unlike her neighbors, she is not a contracted water user—she’s one of an untold number of folks living along the 25-mile-long canal whose property has been fed by the Miocene for generations. It’s created creeks, streams and ponds, sustained habitat, supported wells and agricultural operations. Newman and other water beneficiaries who joined the Miocene Canal
Coalition, an advocacy group, have argued the number of people reliant on that water easily could be in the hundreds, even the thousands, just based on nearby parcels. On Monday (July 22), during a meeting between Miocene water users and stakeholders, Mike Schonherr, PG&E director of strategic agreements, said the utility is delivering only to the dozen users who have contracts with PG&E, but is willing to evaluate requests. The meeting was part of a series intended to carve a path forward for Miocene users, but it’s been a difficult, tense journey. Aside from the water deliveries (which Newman’s neighbors confirmed don’t provide enough water for their livestock), solutions that will sustain their households and in many cases livelihoods have yet to be found. PG&E has chosen not to repair the damaged portion of the canal due an estimated $15 million price tag, but even the repair of the system would be a years-long undertaking. On Monday, coalition members continued to press PG&E and the county for concrete solutions—Ed Cox, the coalition’s spokesman, asked PG&E to reply to a simple question: Will it fund the build-out of an approximately $1.2 million pipe?
The idea is to allow Del Oro Water Co. to siphon enough water from Lake Oroville to feed the undamaged portion of the Miocene. The canal typically diverts water from the Feather River—since Nov. 8, that water has continued to flow down the river into Lake Oroville. Paradise Irrigation District and Del Oro also are exploring a partnership, but it could require infrastructure upgrades. Schonherr said he’d relay that question to his superiors. Bob Fortino, CEO of Del Oro, said that could meet the demand, but there’s a caveat: “It just needs more horsepower.” In other words, an additional cost of roughly $90,000 per month to pump the water into the canal. PG&E still is negotiating the sale of its portions of the canal with Washingtonbased Tollhouse Energy Co. Schonherr said the canal itself has a “negative value.” “The water is what is valuable, not the generation. The only way that it makes sense economically is if the new owner could come in and monetize the water,” he said. “The challenge with that is the leaky canal. All the water goes down the canal to meet the needs, so there’s none left over to sell.” Tensions mounted as the group circled
Butte Valley neighbors (left to right) Danny Cuneo, Ryann Newman and Gail Tozier attend the latest meeting between local agencies and Miocene Canal water users. Newman says she’s incredibly frustrated by the process.
potential solutions and threw out others, escalating to the point where coalition members threatened litigation. “The fact of the matter is, if things aren’t sped up, it’s just better to litigate,” Cox said. “If we’re going to burn the clock, [we] might as well burn the clock fighting in court.” Paul Gosselin, director of the county’s Department of Water and Resource Conservation, said folks “are duly frustrated with how long this has taken,” but that the county is going to continue exploring solutions. Other options that will be examined include extending Del Oro’s service area to cover residents who’ve used Miocene water. Gosselin said he’d reached out to the Thermalito Water and Sewer District about the possibility of utilizing the decommissioned Wilenor Ditch, which historically fed the canal. Landowners likely will be expected to chip in for ongoing maintenance moving forward, Gosselin said. Water users could vote to create a community service district through the Butte Local Agency Formation Commission, but the actual number of those who rely on the canal must be identified. The county is poised to receive a $60,000 grant from PG&E that could help answer that question. Another $20,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture likely would be used to survey landowners and help them apply for assistance programs. The next Miocene meeting has been scheduled for early August. Newman did not walk away on Monday feeling hopeful: She said she feels that the concerns of a group of “podunk people” are being dismissed in light of the larger disaster. But for her, this also is a matter of life and death. “The new fire hazard that’s being created right now, people are underestimating,” she told the CN&R. “How scary is it now for us to live there?” For that same reason, state Sen. Jim Nielsen and Assemblyman James Gallagher have taken an interest. The representatives sent a letter to Cal Fire arguing that the Miocene Canal is a “vital component” of that area’s fire suppression system. It states: “We are asking you to consider the importance of these waterways in protecting these regions from devastating wildfires.” Ω
Challenging exclusion Lawsuit calls for open primaries for all political parties in California
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violates the constitutional rights of political independents and misuses taxpayer dollars to “benefit wholly private political parties,” a nonpartisan election group will argue in a lawsuit it says it will file today against the state. A draft filing from by the Independent Voter Project argues that Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who administers elections, is ignoring a state constitutional requirement to hold an About this story: “open” presidential priIt was produced by mary, in which anyone— CalMatters, an independent public journalism regardless of political venture covering Caliparty—can participate. fornia state politics and Currently, each politigovernment. Learn more cal party decides who at calmatters.org. gets to vote in its primary, forcing political independents who want to participate to jump through additional administrative hoops, or to join a party outright. “The state of California can’t create a process that includes some voters and excludes others,” said Chad Peace, the Independent Voter Project’s legal counsel. A spokesperson for the Secretary of State’s Office said it would wait until the lawsuit is filed before commenting.
In the past, the Democratic Party has allowed political independents without a party preference to cast a vote in its primary—but those voting by mail have been forced to request the ballot ahead of time. That rule isn’t likely to change in 2020. Right-leaning independents have had an even tougher time of it. State GOP rules typically require voters to re-register as Republicans if they want to vote in the party’s primary. But independents and absentee voters— who also are disproportionately young and people of color—make up a growing share of the California electorate. As we reported last month, the current system could confuse a large portion of would-be voters,
SIFT ER Statehood divided Most Americans are in favor of Puerto Rico becoming the 51st state (sorry State of Jeffersonians), but are against granting statehood to Washington, D.C., according to two recent Gallup polls. Puerto Rico has been part of the U.S. since 1898, and support for making it a state—which would provide a number of benefits, including the ability to vote for president— has held steady since the 1960s, when that poll was created. Meanwhile, in a separate poll, Gallup asked respondents if they favor D.C. becoming a state—and the answer has historically been “no.” The last state to join the union was Hawaii, in 1959. Here are some of the breakdowns.
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Independents who vote by mail in California must request a Democratic ballot if they want to vote in that party’s presidential primary. If they want to vote in the Republican primary, they must actually switch party affiliation. PHOTO BY ANDRIANO_CZ/ISTOCK
perhaps as many as a million Californians, and lock them out of the process. Plaintiffs in the suit will include six political independents in California, including the Independent Voter Project’s executive director, Dan Howle. The filing, slated for state superior court in San Bernardino County, argues that the state’s current primary process violates the California Constitution, which requires the state to hold an “open primary.” That term isn’t precisely defined in state law, but Peace argues that it means “open to voters without conditions.” This may be the first time this argument will be presented in a California court, but federal judges have weighed in elsewhere—and they have not been convinced, said Christopher Elmendorf, a law professor at UC Davis. “The federal courts have said that parties have the right to keep non-members from voting for their candidates, as a general rule,” he said. “This sounds like an effort to relitigate under the state constitution a type of claim that the federal courts have not simply just rejected, but have said itself is violative of the rights of the party.” In its filing, the Independent Voter Project also argues: • State spending on a process that benefits private political parties violates the NEWSLINES C O N T I N U E D J U LY 2 5 , 2 0 1 9
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Appeal of the Community Development Director’s Determination (OPDI 19-01) that Simplicity Village Be Classified as a Temporary Emergency Facility – Pursuant to Section 19.02.020.A of the Municipal Code, the Community Development Director has determined that in light of the State’s and City’s Declaration of a Shelter Crisis, compounded by the significant influx of Camp Fire evacuees, that the proposed tiny home temporary emergency facilities use (Simplicity Village) on Notre Dame Blvd., south of Morrow Lane (APN# 040-030-028) represents an allowed temporary use as an “Emergency Facilities” use provided in Section 19.22.020.C of Chapter 19.22 (Temporary Uses) of the Chico Municipal Code.
The project would be enclosed with a fenced and secured perimeter with a gated entry where access would be restricted by gate monitors 24-hours a day. Residents would be screened and referred by social service providers that will conduct background checks and a skills inventory. Residents would be required to ascribe to a participant agreement that is reinforced in the village self-management structure requiring compliance with village policies and rules. In general, the appellant contends the Simplicity Village use as an Emergency Facility is inappropriate, that the OPDI’s justifications based on the Shelter Crisis Declaration are indeterminant, and that the OPDI interpretation that the Emergency Facility is a “Use By Right” under the Municipal Code constitutes an abuse of discretion by a City Officer. The appellant believes the findings are not supported, and that there are procedural and/or factual errors in the Director’s determination. At the meeting, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider a report from staff on the appeal. Questions regarding this project may be directed to Principal Planner Bruce Ambo at (530) 879-6801 or at email@example.com. Any person may appear and be heard at the public hearing. The Planning Commission may not have sufficient time to fully review materials presented at the public hearing. Interested parties are encouraged to provide written materials at least 8 days prior to the public hearing to allow distribution with the Planning Commission’s agenda packet and thus, adequate time for the Planning Commission to review. All written materials submitted in advance of the public hearing must be submitted to the City of Chico Community Development Department, 411 Main Street, Second Floor, or mailed to P.O. Box 3420, Chico, CA 95927. Written materials should refer to the specific public hearing item listed above. In accordance with Government Code Section 65009, if any person(s) challenges the action of the Planning Commission in court, said person(s) may be limited to raising only those issues that were raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Planning Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing. 10
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• Requiring a political independent to register with a particular party or request its ballot as a condition to vote for a specific candidate violates their right of association (or, in this case, nonassociation) which is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
“The state of California can’t create a process that includes some voters and excludes others.”
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Chico Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located at 421 Main Street, regarding the following:
Simplicity Village would be comprised of 33 tiny homes (Emergency Sleeping Cabins) with a central kitchen/dining area and related support facilities to accommodate approximately 46 area seniors who are homeless, or at risk of being homeless, including singles and couples. The goal of the program is to temporarily house participants in the community through program-provided training in a variety of job and life skills in support of independent living.
• Putting additional restrictions on the electoral choices of political independents violates their due process and equal protection rights as guaranteed by both state and federal Constitution.
Among the plaintiffs are both Democratic- and Republicanleaning voters who, the filing states, would like to vote for a presidential candidate running in the primaries of those two parties “without being forced to associate” with that party. “Would you say to somebody, ‘Well, you have the freedom of religion, but you have to go to a Catholic Church in order to practice it?’” said Peace. “Then you also can’t say, ‘You have freedom of political expression and the freedom of vote, but you have to go to the Democratic Party’s private nomination process in order to exercise it.’ It’s the same argument.” The Independent Voter Project has advocated for a “public ballot” for nonpartisan voters, allowing them to pick from a list of all the major party candidates— though parties would not be obligated to count those votes. The group has lobbied state legislators to create such a ballot in the past, unsuccessfully. —Ben Christopher
Miguel Gonzales-Miranda PHOTO COURTESY OF LOS RIOS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Young Sacramento artist’s arrest casts critical eye on Yuba County Jail’s ICE contract It used to seem like Miguel Gonzalez-Miranda was
everywhere in Sacramento. The multitalented artist, musician and dancer volunteered for so many activities through the Los Rios Community College system that one could wonder if he had an identical twin. He helped host art exhibitions; he set up the digital printing equipment at Sacramento City College’s Makerspace; he took part in organizing numerous free music shows for the public; and he was a driving force in building a special campus space for American River College’s art club. But since mid-June, Gonzalez-Miranda hasn’t been volunteering anywhere. That’s because he has been sitting inside the Yuba County Jail on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold. Gonzalez-Miranda came to California as a child, joining the ranks of young undocumented immigrants known as the Dreamers. Recently, his inability to pay compounding fines dogging him since he was a teenager led to him being the latest casualty of an ongoing crackdown by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Worse yet for his friends and family, Gonzalez-Miranda is in a facility where fellow detainees have used a hunger strike to protest their conditions. “No one that I knew, up until Miguel, had been directly affected by these so-called strong immigration policies,” said Brad Carps, a friend from the art club. “Miguel is a really generous and kind person who didn’t deserve this. To me, this just represents the real systematic cruelty that’s going on.” When Sacramento City College professor Tom Cappelletti learned that Gonzalez-Miranda was trying to gain U.S. citizenship last February, he didn’t hesitate to write a letter of support. “He’s a natural leader and he ended up being a mentor and trainer to other students,” said Cappelletti, the director of Makerspace. “He’s also very self-driving. I found him to be mature, responsible and extremely trustworthy.” Cappelletti remembers Gonzalez-Miranda showing him paperwork indicating he had
unpaid fines stemming from a misdemeanor incident when he was a teenager. Cappelletti said Gonzalez-Miranda owed roughly $8,000 or $9,000 due to mounting penalties. Sacramento court records do not shed light on what the misdemeanor was. According to friends of Gonzalez-Miranda, on June 4, he was babysitting his younger brother when ICE agents seized him at his home in Sacramento. Roderic Agbunag, a counselor at American River College, says that the school has a scholarship program and club for undocumented students and that Gonzalez-Miranda is well-known in those circles. According to Agbunag, the way ICE agents seized him has cast a shadow of fear over other Dreamers on campus. “The other undocumented students, it affects them, too,” Agbunag said. “They’re saying to themselves, ‘All of this is actually on our doorstep now. Our own community member is just suddenly gone.’ It makes it really hard for these students to focus on being academically sound and successful.” Two weeks ago, more than 20 community organi-
zations held a roundtable conference at Rep. Dorris Matsui’s office in Sacramento on ending what they call ICE’s child internment camps. The meeting came after reports that the Trump administration was planning another series of sweeping enforcement raids. One strategy advocates favored was pressuring local governments to end contracts with ICE to use county jails as detention centers, a move the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors pulled the trigger on last year. Since then, many detainees, GonzalezMiranda included, have been sent to Yuba County Jail. Yuba County has a $6.5 million annual contract with the federal government, even though its jail has been under a judge’s consent decree to improve conditions since 1976. According to the Sacramento Immigration Coalition, condi-
tions at the facility remain a problem after 40 years of legal pressure, which is especially true of the ICE detention center that’s existed there since 2008. Evidence of that, the coalition says, can be seen in the recent seven-day hunger strike that 15 detainees went on over lack of jail staffing, unsafe conditions and lack of medical and mental health care. “There are cells that have no water, the lights are not working, pretty much the cells are dilapidated,” detainee Briant Pineda wrote in Spanish in a letter, which was translated by the immigration coalition. To some extent, independent investigations bear out those claims. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Detention and Compliance recently determined in its own inspections that Yuba’s jail was “deficient” in regard to 14 of its 23 major standards. The report was first obtained by the immigration coalition through a Freedom of Information Act request and later summarized by the California Attorney General’s Office. The AG conducted a one-day inspection of the jail in February, but relied on outside organizations and previous reports to highlight concerns about its medical services and whether it has appropriate “sexual abuse and assault prevention and intervention standards.” At a press conference during the hunger strike, the immigration coalition’s Mahmoud Zahriya highlighted the irony. “ICE officials are writing and expressing how poor of a job Yuba County does in monitoring its own jail,” Zahriya stressed. “If ICE is pointing fingers at Yuba County, you know conditions at this facility are extremely bad.” In a press release put out in February during a different detainee hunger strike, Yuba County Sheriff Wendell Anderson stressed that his facility was “in compliance with National Detention Standards” and that detainees had access to education programs, counseling and addiction treatment. Anderson also noted that some of those on ICE holds in his facility were connected to past serious criminal offenses, including aggravated assault, sexual assault, domestic violence, carjacking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, robbery, weapons charges, attempted murder and murder. The sheriff cited at least 73 detainees in his facility at that time that had such convictions in their backgrounds. Rhonda Rios Kravitz, who works with immigrant advocacy group STEP UP Sacramento, however, emphasizes that the detainees are mostly men and women who have paid their debts to society. She’s also convinced many are being deported over relatively minor offenses, in some cases far in their pasts—like Gonzalez-Miranda. For such detainees, STEP UP Sacramento wants ICE to move to a system where those on immigration holds would be in alternatives to detention. That means they’d be housed with willing community members while on a monitoring program until their cases are resolved. “These are not people who have been arrested for a crime, they are in custody on a civil hold,” Kravitz said. “There are better alternatives and these programs are way more cost-effective than the kind of detention centers that are at the Yuba County Jail.” —SCOTT THOMAS ANDERSON sc o t ta @ newsr ev iew.c o m
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HEALTHLINES Scott Amick, an Odyssey Youth program leader and motivational speaker, addresses 300 high-schoolers post-Camp Fire about resilience during a conference at Richardson Springs. PHOTO COURTESY OF SCOTT AMICK
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Amick is the youth programs director and a motivational speaker for Chico-based company Odyssey Teams Inc., which hosts team-building programs worldwide. He volunteered his time and expertise to help the school’s displaced students, along with others across the county. While visiting Paradise Intermediate’s makeshift campus in Chico’s former Orchard Supply Hardware store, two boys shared with Amick that the fire had taught them something: to be kind to their friends and not take them for granted. So many of their classmates had to
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move immediately, and never returned to their school. Amick could relate to the students’ stories: He lost everything in the fire, too, fleeing the morning of Nov. 8 from his home in Magalia with his wife and infant daughter. It reinforced how precious life is, he said, and how much his family means to him. The more time he spent with the school, he told the CN&R, the more he was blown away by the students’ resilience, and the way they responded to positive coping mechanisms. “They’d pump me up and I’d pump them up,” he said. Amick and his organization are part of a greater network of local professionals and educators working to address the reverberations of the fire and provide support to traumatized youth. Last school year, Amick continued volunteering across the county. He shared his story and listened to students tell theirs, providing them with tools for self-care and inviting
them to connect with one another. “What I tell them is, ‘Your fire is coming. Maybe some of you are facing your fire right now,’” he said. “‘Be prepared. Journal. Find that place in you where [there] lives courage, kindness.’” Then, earlier this summer, Odyssey, the Paradise Recreation and Park District, and Outdoor Education for All (a volunteer network of outdoor-education advocates) partnered for a youth summit at Terry Ashe Recreation Center, Amick said, to get a pulse on the community’s needs and to connect children and their families to resources. That’s how Amick was inspired to develop Camp Courage. The three-day program for seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders is designed to be a positive, fun, active experience to help youth reconnect and feel empowered to take on the next school year (see infobox page 15). The camp will include STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities using slime, drones and the video game Fortnite, art and music opportunities, kayaking at the Forebay Aquatic Center and a ropes course at Richardson Springs. These activities and team-building exercises will encourage the campers to reflect on themselves, set goals and think about what they are grateful for in their lives, Amick said. His aim is to help campers understand that, even though they will continue to face challenges, they have the strength to face them and there are tools they can use to cope: “You’re not alone. We’re in this together,” he said.
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standard for safe and responsible operation. In addition, lawmakers have indicated they intend to come back with a handful of other bills that more specifically respond to the underlying fire issues of vegetation and tree clearance, community fire safety, and other more-direct fire causes. And legislators added a clever caveat: Even though utilities regularly pass on the actual cost of capital expenditures and 11 percent or more to their customers, this law specifically states that the companies may not turn a profit from spending $5 billion on fire mitigation projects.
Five things to know about the state’s new wildfire plan
Gelected July 12, less than a week after the first official cleared his throat to introduce ov. Gavin Newsom signed new a fire bill on
the package. It didn’t set a legislative landspeed record, of course, but some lawmakers did complain that they lacked sufficient time to read and digest such a complex document. What’s the rush? Where to begin?
Isn’t this just a bailout for California’s big utilities? Kinda. One way to look at it is that the financial health of ratepayers, wildfire victims and utilities are intertwined. The first two groups need utility companies to maintain a beating heart in order to stave off higher electricity bills or to prevent being left high and dry after a utility-caused fire. So there’s some mutual self-interest at work here. The law sets a June 30, 2020, deadline for the state’s largest utility—Pacific Gas & Electric—to emerge from bankruptcy, and requires that it settle with victims from 20172018 fires it caused before it can participate in other aspects of the state plan. That time frame was meant for an audience of one: Dennis Montali, the San Francisco judge presiding over PG&E’s bankruptcy case. Bankruptcy proceedings are notoriously thorny and can drag on for years. Lawmakers are hoping that the judge will see the law as providing the possibility of resolution and a way forward for the state’s largest utility—and thus accelerate the legal process. The other unseen but loudly heard players here are the ratings agencies, which threatened to downgrade the credit scores for Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric. That would make it much more expensive for those companies to borrow money, a 16
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cost they would pass on to their customers. So, as much as some legislators may have wanted to roundly punish bad actors among California’s electricity providers, they were mindful that even a slap on the wrist to utilities could have the unintended impact of a punch in the nose to consumers. What about the wildfire victims’ fund? How does that work? Actually, the companies can choose between two proposed options. In either case, fire victims are compensated by the utilities, via the fund. One is called a liquidity fund, and it establishes a $10.5 billion line of credit for utilities to draw from to cover fire costs that exceed their insurance coverage. If the company is later found to have improperly operated its equipment, it must pay back the amount it took out. The second option is called an insurance fund. The fund will hold at least $21 billion, with half coming from the utilities and half from ratepayers from an existing state fund. (Ratepayers have been kicking in $2.50 a month for the fund, an amount that was set to expire.) Utilities will pay into the insurance fund according to a rough calculation of their liability and safety history: PG&E will be on the hook for about 60 percent, Southern California Edison about 30 percent and San Diego Gas & Electric, which has a comparatively better safety record, will be responsible for about 4 percent. PG&E is barred from participating in either fund until it emerges from bankruptcy and all companies must comply with other requirements such as linking executive compensation to their firm’s safety record. About this story:
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Utility companies have about two weeks to declare which fund they want to be part of, and the big three must agree. The state assumes they will select the insurance fund. Will this pot of money help wildfire victims? In theory. Without question, $21 billion is a lot of money. But keep in mind that, given the everincreasing frequency, size, intensity and destructiveness of fires in California, the price tag to make victims whole is likewise exploding. Consider, too, that PG&E alone estimates its liability for the most recent fires is in the neighborhood of $30 billion. So, it’s an open question how long even a fund as large as that will remain intact. What does any of this have to do with preventing or containing fires? Yes, it seems as if there’s a lot about liability and bankruptcy but not much that speaks to the business of preventing or putting out wildfires. The law requires the three big investorowned companies to spend $5 billion to fireproof their equipment. They had already pledged to spend $3 billion in that effort, and that work can have a real impact. That’s things like insulating transmission and distribution lines, clearing trees and brush around equipment, replacing wooden power poles with steel or composite ones and placing protective covering over some infrastructure. So that’s a big deal because so-called utility hardening projects can make it less likely that animals, wind or tree limbs will interfere with power equipment and spark fires. And, for the first time, the state is requiring utilities obtain a safety certification, setting a
What else? About that safety certification … Some critics warn that the certificate is a “get out of jail free card” for utilities. It sets a standard for a “prudent operator” and affords a presumption that if a company received the rating, its operations are generally safe and prudent. You may have heard the awkward term “inverse condemnation,” which means that California utilities are held responsible if their equipment causes a fire, even if they did not act negligently. That rule is in the state Constitution and no one in Sacramento wants to take that on. However, utilities get a little relief in the new law. Before this week, electric utilities blamed for fires had to show that they managed their system properly and safely. The law now flips the burden of proof to advocates and victims groups to show that a utility acted unreasonably. □
Get down on the farm The GRUB CSA Farm will be hosting a Farm to Table Salsa Night this Saturday (July 27) from 5 to 10 p.m. Ticket for kids are $10, adults are $45 and will include a menu of delicious organic food straight from the farm and a night of music and dancing—even a salsa lesson! The Mexican/California-style menu will feature jalapeño blackberry daiquiris and peach-mint mojitos for the adults and there will be a fun plant-ID scavenger hunt for kids. Tickets available at the Saturday farmers’ market or on eventbrite.com. Plan to connect with friends, enjoy local, organic food, and dance the night away.
EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS PHOTO OF HOLLY KRAEBER AND JACOB OLSEN BY ASHIAH SCHARAGA
Etched in wood
The concept for Atlas Engraving was born in Jacob Olsen’s dorm room at Chico State about two years ago. Olsen, a mechatronic engineering student, purchased a hobby-grade laser engraving machine. He then designed and created a map of Bucks Lake for his mother last Christmas. It was a hit. With the help of his fellow students-turned-business partners, Olsen launched Atlas Engraving about two months ago. Olsen, Holly Kraeber (his high school sweetheart and a recent graduate), Cameron Schindler and Cole Kraeber (Holly’s brother) all design and create Atlas Engraving’s products. Many of their offerings represent the group’s shared love of the outdoors and the North State, with maps of Chico, Paradise, Oroville and other cities, key chains with silhouetted pines and pitched tents, coasters with compasses and rowboats, and wooden earrings. The business also does custom orders. Next week, they’ll move their woodshop, which formed over time in the team’s basement (yep, they’re roommates, too) into a warehouse on Fifth Street. Atlas Engraving can be found at the Thursday Night Market or online at atlasengrav ing.com. Holly Kraeber and Olsen chatted with the CN&R:
How would you describe your niche? Kraeber: Our [products] are nice and affordable. You can still get into the higher prices depending on size and quality of wood,
but we like to make it so that … college students and average people can still have a nice piece … [and are] not limiting their options for quality art.
How has business been? Olsen: We surpassed over 100 orders in under a month. And we weren’t really expecting that. Kraeber: It’s been 99 percent positive. [But] we appreciate the critiques, especially since we’re so new.
Can you explain your creative process? Olsen: We design something using computer-based drawing software, like Photoshop or Illustrator, and then we can take that file and put it into our laser computer and put it right on [the wood]. Depending on the settings, we can get different results out of the laser … [that’s] what helps get the look that we have. Kraeber: The design work and the finishing and the final touch-
es are what’s done by hand, but the designs being engraved is always done by the machine. You can get so much more precision out of it, especially with those detailed maps!
What do you enjoy about the work? Olsen: Seeing the feedback from the customers. If anyone buys a Paradise map, there’s usually a story behind it. They’re like, “Oh I used to live here.” Or we’ve had people come up and be like, “Oh, I was born and raised here.” It’s really nice to hear everyone’s story and how they’re able to share a little bit of that with us.
What’s next? Kraeber: [We’re] doing something new and exciting and seeing where it takes us. Not everyone can say that they started a business at 24 years old and got their friends/roommates to join in and actually succeeded. —ASHIAH SCHARAGA as h i a h s @new srev i ew. c o m
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A little over a year ago, the space at Second and Main streets previously occupied by Peet’s Coffee transformed. First, it was oddly split in half, diagonally. Then Chico Coffee Co. moved into the Second Street side. Windows were installed in the diagonal wall, signaling a complementary business would move in next door—à la The Handle Bar and AMain Cycling, where cyclists can ogle the bike-themed bar scene through picture windows and the bar flies can make plans to get in shape later. Except, Bill’s Towne Lounge moved in next to Chico Coffee Co., and soon its side of the old Peet’s will open up into a patio (like, any day—I hear they’re installing the pool table this week!). So, what those inner windows were for is anybody’s guess. Turns out someone might have a chance to take another stab at the Second Street space—Editor Melissa Daugherty and I walked by last week and saw the coffee shop was closed, and when I checked Facebook, I found co-owner Jennifer Silva had put all the fixtures up for sale. It’s hard to believe a coffee shop wouldn’t be able to make it in that location; maybe it was the strange layout, the lack of signage and the boarded-up entry to Bill’s patio next door. Silva and partner Shawn Hamilton also owned Chico Coffee Co. by the DMV, two Cal Java locations—on The Esplanade and Notre Dame Boulevard—and Garden Villa Cafe off of Cohasset Road. The Esplanade spot recently changed ownership, but I’m not sure about the others. Silva didn’t reply to messages by press time. I wish her and Hamilton the best.
MORE COFFEE TALK Summer is always a little unpredictable in Chico, as the students depart and businesses take stock of the year. Turns out, Chico Coffee Co. isn’t the only one calling it quits. The folks over at 15th Street Cafe, run by fatherson duo Michael and Mark McGinnis, announced earlier this week that it was closing its doors. The last day there was Monday (July 21). Judging by the Facebook comments, the spot will be missed. ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST I got word earlier this week that Milestone Technolo-
gies Inc., once one of Chico’s largest employers, will be shutting its doors. A few years back, it cut about 100 employees from its Chico office, moving those positions to the Bay Area. I checked in with the city and Assistant City Manager Chris Constantin told me the company, which provides IT support for clients around the world, would be shutting its Chico operations Oct. 9. Apparently the closure was prompted by a client cutting ties with Milestone, which will put 148 employees out of work. Constantin says Team Chico is already on it, and will help to place those people in other jobs in the area. The loss of Milestone is going to be a big hit to Chico’s professional community, which a few years ago also lost Facebook. Best of luck to everyone on the hunt for a new job.
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The last six unidentified Camp Fire victims have stumped law enforcement and scientists, leaving loved ones without closure
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s the Camp Fire barreled toward the town of Paradise, Wally Sipher called his sister, Judy, from his home in nearby Chico. They spoke at about 8:30 a.m. A massive plume of smoke could be seen from the valley floor. Sipher told her the situation looked scary and she ought to get out. She didn’t seem worried. That was the last time they spoke.
Judy, 68, lived in an apartment surrounded by tall pines at Paradise Community Village off Clark Road. It was an attractive low-income housing complex, Sipher recalled, and she was fortunate to have landed a spot there. Judy arrived in Paradise in 2008 after retiring from her job at a company in Santa Rosa that manufactures computer parts. She enjoyed the solitude of the foothills and moved there to live closer to her parents, who’ve since died. Over the years, Judy had rekindled a relationship with her brother in Chico, too. Human remains, Sipher said, were found in or near the bathroom of Judy’s bottom-floor apartment, which was leveled by the blaze. He believes she likely sought shelter there in her final moments. It’s been nearly nine months since the state’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire ripped through eastern Butte County—charring Paradise, Magalia and the smaller communities of Butte Creek Canyon and Concow and killing at least 85 people. But closure remains elusive for Sipher. Judy, he said, has yet to be confirmed dead by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. Her case is believed to be among the six whose remains have not been Wally Sipher holds a photograph of his sister, Judy, at the site of her Paradise apartment off Clark Road. PHOTO BY ANDRE BYIK
Above: Portrait of Judy Sipher. PHOTO COURTESY OF WALLY SIPHER
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Search and rescue teams from across the state deployed to the burn zone searching for human remains in the weeks following the start of the Camp Fire. Pictured here Nov. 14 is a stretch of Pearson Road. PHOTO BY MELISSA DAUGHERTY
positively identified. What’s complicated the identification process in some cases, authorities tell the CN&R, is that the remains are so badly degraded from the intensity of the fire that DNA analysis is difficult to conduct. In others, authorities have few or no clues as to who the deceased could be. The wait for official word from the Sheriff’s Office has been frustrating, Sipher said, and the communication about the holdup lacking. “If they’re having difficulty, OK, let us know you’re having difficulty,” he said. Kory Honea, sheriff and coroner for Butte
County, received grim news in the evening hours of Nov. 8. The Camp Fire had been burning for less than a day, but the scope of the immediate destruction was beginning to take shape. Honea told the CN&R he was at a command post set up at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico when sheriff’s officials learned multiple people had been found dead in cars on Edgewood Lane in south Paradise. They’d died trying to escape the inferno and were among the first human remains recovered. In conversations Honea had that day with state and federal officials, he was told to expect more deaths. Many more. “Based on the number of people in the area, based on the geography, based upon
how rapidly this moved, they said, ‘Sheriff, you should expect somewhere between threeand four-hundred deceased persons,’” Honea said. “And I’ll tell you that that number was startling. And I thought to myself, Well, I’m not going to start counting bodies until we actually have recovered them.” In the following days and weeks, officials mounted an unprecedented search and recovery operation. They scoured a fire zone that measured about 240 square miles—a land area about as expansive as the city of Chicago—and included about 18,000 places, such as burned homes, businesses, outbuildings and other areas where people may have sought refuge from the flames. An estimated 10,000 people contributed to the search, including firefighters, coroner’s investigators, forensic anthropologists, crime analysts, morgue workers and DNA specialists. “What we ended up with was, in my view, probably one of the most complex mass casualty events that anyone has ever had to deal with,” the sheriff said, adding, “Perhaps maybe other countries that have been wartorn, or things of that nature, but from a … civilian public safety aspect, I’m not entirely sure that they have.” In other mass-casualty events in which there could be a similar or greater number of deaths, such as a commercial plane crash or terrorist attack, the search area typically is limited. Searchers also may have a better
An estimated 10,000 people contributed to the search, including firefighters, coroner’s investigators, forensic anthropologists, crime analysts, morgue workers and DNA specialists. understanding of whom they are looking for, taking into account such things as passenger manifests and corporate rosters. And the remains would be expected to be more intact than what was left behind in the Camp Fire. In some cases, Honea said, remains recovered in the fire zone were “just mere fragments of bone.” Jennifer Celentano, an investigative assistant at the Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Camp Fire, said search teams adapted to their mission under conditions that changed daily. The fire, which wasn’t contained until late November, posed several challenges. Some locations had to be searched multiple times due to the sustained smoldering, for example. Additionally, a call center set up to report missing people, which search teams used to point them toward possible fatalities, took so many calls the Sheriff’s Office’s computeraided dispatch system crashed several times.
At one point in November, the list of people unaccounted for in the fire grew to more than 1,000 names. To date, two people remain on the official Camp Fire missing persons list—Wendy Carroll-Krug and Sara Martinez-Fabila. Honea said the women will remain on the list until officials have confirmed their whereabouts. He said the fact that someone is on the list does not necessarily mean that person has died, even nine months after the fire sparked. Nevertheless, the sheriff said his office has remained open to the possibility that more remains could be found in the burn zone. Celentano said she has been in contact with state officials conducting debris cleanup on the thousands of burned-out lots, and crews have been instructed to look out for potential human remains. As of July 15, about 7,000 parcels had been cleared under the government-sponsored debris-removal program. More than 4,000 parcels await that work. “Any time any type of bone is found, we’re still researching that and making sure it has nothing to do with the Camp Fire or human remains,” she said. “So, that’s an ongoing thing until the debris is gone.” Celentano, who graduated from Chico State with a bachelor’s in anthropology, said a “huge piece” in solving the identification puzzle turned out to be Chico State’s anthropology department. “We wouldn’t have been able to do what we did without anthropologists there telling us what we had and what we didn’t have,” Celentano said, adding, “The remains were just so badly burned it was hard to tell.” In some cases teams uncovered human remains that had been commingled, meaning they belonged to two or more people, she said. The Sheriff’s Office in February revised the Camp Fire death toll downward from 86 to 85, after learning remains previously believed to belong to two people actually belonged to one. Most people who perished in the fire died from causes related to the blaze, Honea said. In one case, however, officials say it appears a man took his life, likely believing he would otherwise become trapped and consumed by fire. The last person to be positively identified
was Shirley Haley of Paradise. The Sheriff’s Office released her name on July 10. She was 67. Haley lived with her sister, Barbara Carlson, 71, who also was killed in the blaze, in a mobile home on Heavenly Place. Carlson was positively identified in December. Carlson’s granddaughter, Maggie Masterson, 23, of Magalia, told the CN&R that not having official confirmation about Haley’s death until July was surreal, as if she was living in a dream and could suddenly receive a phone call from her great aunt or run into her in public. “The not knowing is what really hurts,” Masterson said, adding that once Haley’s name was released she felt relief, “knowing VANISHED C O N T I N U E D J U LY 2 5 , 2 0 1 9
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that we can finally start the grieving process.” Seventy-nine people have been positively ID’d. Of the six remains pending identification, four have been tentatively identified, meaning investigators have circumstantial evidence pointing to who the people were, such as the location where the remains were found (the residence where the person lived, for example) and/or information provided by family members. The two aformentioned missing women are not among the people in that group, Honea said. Sipher believes his sister is among the people who have been tentatively identified, though Honea wouldn’t confirm that. For the final two, Honea said, officials have hit roadblocks. In one case, the severely damaged remains of a man, the sheriff said officials will try to identify him using private genomic databases—such as GEDmatch and 23andMe— akin to how the identity of the Golden State Killer was uncovered. The sheriff noted, however, that limitations such ancestry websites place on law enforcement investigations could affect that process. If those efforts fail to produce clues as to potential relatives of the deceased, the Sheriff’s Office may pursue other avenues to generate leads, such as releasing details regarding when and where the person’s remains were found, Honea said. The sheriff refused to release those details to the CN&R. He said his team first wants to try to identify the person using genealogical websites before collecting other potential familial DNA samples. Asked why, nine months later, he would not release more details in the case that may help identify the person, Honea said, “At this point, we’re choosing to do this route. I don’t believe it harms the outcome. Based on the recommendations of my team, that’s the approach we’re going to do. That’s the approach we’re going with.” In the other case, officials recovered a single bone and only recently obtained DNA from it suggesting the remains are human, Honea said, adding that he was not as familiar with the status of that case. Honea told the CN&R that it could take several months to identify the remaining Camp Fire victims by DNA, which is the preferable method for the Sheriff’s Office because it is conclusive. The remains are among the most damaged and degraded, the sheriff noted. If identification through DNA fails, Honea said they could be identified using circumstantial evidence, something he said has been done in at least one case so far. “As we get farther and farther down the road, it becomes this analysis of diminishing returns, right?” the sheriff said. “And if we get to the point where it’s going to take three months to determine whether or not we can identify somebody based on DNA—in balancing competing interests—we may have to look to circumstantial evidence to identify
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Richard Selden, chief scientific officer and founder of the biotechnology company ANDE, used “rapid DNA” technology developed by the company to help identify many of the victims of the Camp Fire. PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDE
The nature of the disaster—a massive wildfire that went largely unchecked in its first day—posed challenges unlike other disasters, she noted. Dental and medical offices burned in the blaze, for example, complicating the more traditional routes of identification. Family members of the deceased were at times difficult to locate because of the evacuation of about 50,000 people in the fire zone. Going forward, the Camp Fire should be studied as a model for identifying victims in mass-casualty events, Gin said. Rapid DNA technology, she said, should be incorporated alongside conventional methods. “I think that we need to continue and not go backward,” she said, adding that the fire was a “horrible” disaster, but if a similar event happens again, “I would hope that we learned from it and prepare ourselves.” The use of rapid DNA technology to identify vic-
those people so that family members can move on with the process, and whatever other interested party is in need of the information can do what they need to do.” Honea noted official death certification may be needed to settle estate matters and could be pertinent to ongoing litigation, such as wrongful death lawsuits filed against PG&E, which Cal Fire has deemed responsible for the fire. The majority of the identifications thus far
in collaboration with Butte County authorities, completed over 70 identifications. Fifty cases were solved by DNA, with the vast majority completed using a “rapid DNA” system created by the Colorado-based biotechnology company ANDE. The system, which can interpret DNA in about 90 minutes and be used to confirm familial relationships of the deceased, produced a “remarkable outcome,” she said. “We were able to bring closure to a lot of families using this type of technique,” Gin said. Had officials relied only on the traditional method of DNA analysis, which can take months, many more families would still be waiting for official identification of their relatives, she added.
have been made through DNA analysis. In other cases, fingerprints, dental records or photographs sufficed, Celentano said. And in some instances people were identified by “hardware,” such as hip and knee replacements that were matched to medical records, Sacramento County Coroner Kimberly Gin said. Gin’s office has served an inteRapid DNA is the gral role in the Camp Fire identification effort. Butte County does process of generating not have a morgue, so remains were stored locally in a makeshift a DNA identification in facility set up in a warehouse off less than two hours. Highway 149 between Chico and Oroville. From there, a refrigerOfficials involved in ated van transported them to Sacramento. the identification “We called up and said, ‘We need help,’ and they basically process agreed that opened their entire morgue up to us,” Honea said. “And Kim Gin ... ANDE’s rapid DNA has basically worked on our behest the entire time.” system could play Gin told the CN&R that her a part ... but did not office had the capability to properly house the dead. Doctors immediately believe also were on hand seven days a week for about a month for it would play a examinations, including anthropology exams, and DNA testing starring role. was conducted on-site. As of early July, Gin said her office,
tims in the Camp Fire started with an email Honea received a couple of days after the fire sparked, the sheriff said. The message was from an official at the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) who pointed to ANDE. Richard Selden, chief scientific officer and founder of ANDE, landed in Sacramento about a week later. The conditions were so smoky he couldn’t see the other planes across the tarmac. Selden said Honea had accepted his proposal detailing the approach his team would take to try to identify fire victims. The plan wasn’t a financial one. ANDE did not charge the county for its services, which Honea, in talks with the company, said totaled between $700,000 and $1 million. Honea and Gin, the Sacramento County coroner, determined the ANDE
team should set up in two locations: the Disaster Recovery Center at the former Sears building in Chico, where family of the deceased could provide information and cheek swabs for DNA reference, and the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office, where remains were being transported. Selden worked out of Sacramento over the next three weeks. Officials involved in the identification process, he added, agreed that ANDE’s rapid DNA system could play a part in the process but did not immediately believe it would play a starring role. At first, investigators looked for the “easy” way of making identifications, such as obtaining fingerprints and dental information, Selden said. That was only possible, however, in a small number of cases. “Unfortunately, there were very, very few cases that could be closed based on the easy way,” he said. “In the end, the remains were very badly degraded.” After consulting with forensic anthropologists and pathologists, Selden said, the ANDE team began analyzing samples of remains using its instrument—also called ANDE— which resembles a large microwave oven. Selden said the rapid DNA technology worked on the first eight samples it processed, and when familial DNA reference samples arrived from Chico, the team began making matches. The early success was an encouraging development at Gin’s office. “Little by little, we got more space in that war room,” Selden said, adding that by the end of his three weeks at the Sacramento Coroner’s Office, DNA ruled the identification process. A Harvard-educated doctor whose focus has been on genetics, Selden founded ANDE about 15 years ago with a goal of conducting rapid
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea addresses the media in the days after the Camp Fire started. CN&R FILE PHOTO
clinical diagnostics. He had been pursuing the possible applications of obtaining a quick DNA result when he said he stumbled into forensics. Selden said he knew nothing about forensic DNA at the time, but he learned that samples obtained from a crime scene could take six to 24 months or longer to be processed and generate a result. ANDE’s system obtains DNA identification by interpreting what’s been known as “junk DNA,” which, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, is noncoding DNA that does not provide instruc-
tions for making protein. The ANDE system, Selden explained, matches patterns in the so-called “junk DNA” of a person’s chromosomes. In some of the Camp Fire cases, however, DNA samples were too “small” for ANDE’s system, Selden said. For the remaining unidentified victims, Selden said the company is facilitating a more time-consuming process of genomic DNA testing to help determine familial relationships of the dead. It’s a sequencing process that can take months, not hours, “but for these extra difficult cases, it was the only thing we could do.” Selden says ANDE has remained committed to the identification effort because his team has become attached to the project. It’s something the people involved, he said, feel responsible to see through to the end. Just when the end could come, however, remains unclear. There is no estimate for how long it could take to identify the remaining Camp Fire victims. “I can tell you that we are working—a team in Massachusetts is working really intensely now—and we’re cautiously optimistic,” Selden said. “We want to be able to help the coroner and the sheriff close these remaining cases, and the reason I can’t give you a timeline is I just don’t know. Until you get a result—you can work on eight pieces of bone and get nothing, and then on the ninth piece you get a result that’s useful.” On the morning of the Camp Fire, Sipher, who
at 72 is retired and lives with his wife, Carol, said his sister hemmed and hawed when he told her she should leave Paradise. He told Judy he was coming for her and got in his car. The roads to Paradise, however, had already been blocked. All lanes of the Skyway were one-way toward Chico. Neal Road off Highway 99 was closed as well. Attempts to sweet-talk his way in didn’t work. Sipher tried to call back his sister, who used a walker and was often hooked to an
oxygen tank, but by then the cell towers had been knocked out. No signal. His friends routinely ask him if he’s received confirmation about his sister’s death, he said. “Nope, not a word,” he responds. Sipher and his wife sat down with the CN&R in late June, holding back emotions when recounting the morning the fire erupted. At one point Sipher postulated that he could have ridden his bicycle past road blocks to help his sister escape the fire. Then he backtracked, saying such a move would have been “foolish” and the road closures likely saved his life. Sipher described Judy as fun-loving. She kept a Garfield figurine on the dashboard of her car and was a big Beatles fan who was always giggling about something, he said. She was attentive to detail, which helped her in her work at the technology company in Santa Rosa. The Siphers grew up in the city of Upland in San Bernardino County. They went to Chaffey High School and ran in different social circles. Back then, they didn’t have the closest of relationships. He said they never heard the “L word” growing up. “But we still loved each other,” he said. Sipher has had his cheek swabbed for DNA twice. The first time was within the first two weeks of the fire at the Disaster Recovery Center in Chico, he said. The second time was about two months later. He said a FEMA official months ago pointed him to a form he could fill out to petition a court to have his sister declared dead. He’s opted not to pursue that route. He wants official confirmation from the Sheriff’s Office, and there are no estate matters to settle. “I’d prefer to have them tell me that, ‘Yeah, it’s a match,’” he said. “‘She is, indeed, Judith A. Sipher.’” “We know she’s gone, but it would be nice to have that noted for real,” Carol said. “And if they can’t do it, they need to tell us that, too.” “I’m a pretty ‘what will be will be’ type guy, I guess,” said Sipher, adding, “After eight months you just sort of resign to the fact that hopefully they’re doing their best and we’ll have some results in the future.” Honea said the Sheriff’s Office typically provides updates when it has new information to report. His office, he said, also tries to respond to requests for information, which he recommended for families seeking updates on the identification process. The Siphers know that other families are in the same position. They have thought about starting a Facebook group for those who are still awaiting identification but decided against it, fearing they may open themselves up to receiving unwanted messages. Sipher said he’d like to receive the remains of his sister and hold a memorial service with his family in Idaho, which had been put off but is scheduled for late July. “We’re still going to do it with or without remains, I guess,” he said. “Just a little remembrance.” Ω
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Arts &Culture Surrogate plays against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. hop field. PHOTO BY KEN PORDES
Basking in the Full Moon Series at the Sierra Nevada Hop Yard
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the minds of those who rolled up to the Full Moon Series concert at the Hop Yard at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in the 90-plus-degree early evening. As it turned out, by 7 p.m., when openby er Pat Hull took the Jason Cassidy stage, the venue was j aso nc@ already half out of the newsrev i ew.c om sun. An hour later, as headliner Surrogate Review: started, the fully shadFull Moon Series, with ed crowd was framed Surrogate and Pat by an orange sunset Hull, Tuesday, July 16. over the brewery, and in the other direcHop Yard at Sierra Nevada tion the band played Brewing Co. against a backdrop 1075 E. 20th St. of green hop vines Hours: Monday-Friday, bathed in the last 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. glow of the day in the sierranevada.com field behind the stage. With blankets and beach chairs scattered around the yard, and sun-tanned hands around pints of beer, it was a picture-perfect scene. With so many rain-free days, and a populace that loves to get outside—no matter the temp—and groove at park concerts and music festivals, it’s surprising that Chico doesn’t have a permanent outdoor concert venue. The Hop Yard isn’t a full-time music spot (yet), but it’s currently Chico’s best-suited option for outdoor shows. It opened in the spring of 2018 as a kind of satellite for the main pub. A bar was constructed from a couple of old ship-
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ping containers next to the hop fields, and around it a large fenced-in yard was covered in wood chips and decomposed granite. Tables and outdoor games (corn hole, etc.) were added to create an idyllic spot to enjoy an evening beer during the nonrainy months of the year. Friday and Saturday nights, there’s also low-key live music (4:30-7:30 p.m., no cover charge) in the yard, and once a month—on full-moon nights—the brewery sets up a large temporary festivalstyle stage (fully covered and outfitted with sound and light system) for the Full Moon Series concerts. Before last week’s show, there’d been two installments in the 2019 edition—Seattle’s Moondoggies on May 18 (which actually was moved into the Big Room due to rain), and a jam-packed dance party on June 16 with Humboldt funk/reggae crew Diggin’Dirt and Chico’s Smokey the Groove. Tuesday’s show was a more laid-back affair. Hull is one of Chico’s favorite folk singer/songwriters, yet when he performs or records with a band—as he did on this evening, adding electric guitar, bass and drums to his acoustic guitar—things get more groovy. It’s a subdued, kind of jazzy groove, though, and his light, beautiful vocals are still at the forefront. Highlights included a cappella harmonizing with bassist/vocalist Michael Bone at the end of “Flame,” and the rock-out jam of “Bring Me Closer”— the opening track on his latest album, Sera—to close the set. Though Surrogate played a much louder brand of energetic rock, the crowd was mostly content to chill in
low-back chairs and drink in the beers and the scene. The longstanding local five-piece’s set was stacked with faves from across its four-album catalog. Singer/songwriter Chris Keene’s songs already are built on infectious hooks and unique and beautiful vocal melodies, but the arrangements and complementary moves by the band—with guitarist/ vocalist Michael Lee, bassist Daniel Taylor, keyboardist Daniel Martin and drummer Jordan Mallory added to Keene’s vocals/guitar—make the music all the more impressive, especially in the use of well-placed shifts in volume. The songs are loud, but in a very purposeful way, such as on the incredible “Blank Page,” with push-pull dynamics that get power from the fact that the players aren’t afraid to really punch it as it shifts between sections. As bassist Taylor explained from the stage, July’s was a full buck moon—a reference to the time of year when bucks are growing new antlers—and as darkness took over, the concert series’ namesake eventually cleared the top of the hop vines and took a spot in the night sky, creating another picture-perfect scene for the evening. The next full moon happens on Aug. 15, and San Francisco’s Royal Jelly Jive will bring its weird, fun funky, rockin’ cabaret sound to the yard for the series. Also, word is that the brewery is going to test additional, non-full-moon shows in the venue, starting with the Summertime Brews event (featuring New Zealand pop-rockers, The Beths) this Saturday (July 27). Ω
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Special Events COFFEE, CAKE AND CERAMICS: Pop-up with specialty coffee roaster Stoble Coffee and non-gmo Cottonwood cakery BTTRCRM serving gluten-free and vegan treats. Factory tours and discounts on pottery available during event. Thu, 7/25, 10am. Alex Marshall Studios, 1095 Nelson St., Ste. 120. alexmarshallstudios.com
NATIVE BEES AS POLLINATORS: Friends of the Herbarium workshop on bees. Goals are to promote awareness and help with identification. Contact email@example.com for more info. Thu, 7/25, 9am. $50-$110. Chico State, Holt Hall, room 129.
THURSDAY NIGHT MARKET: Local produce, fresh flowers, music, arts and crafts, and food trucks. Thu, 7/25, 6pm. Downtown Chico. 345-6500. downtownchico.com
Music THE MOTHER HIPS: Chico legends bring California soul and rock ’n’ roll to Oroville. Thu, 7/25, 8:30pm. $15. Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co., 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville.
Theater ARSENIC AND OLD LACE: Classic madcap comedy about poison and murderous old ladies. Thu, 7/25, 7:30pm. $14-$18. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Road, Ste. F. chicotheater company.com
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Tonight, July 25 Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co. SEE THURSDAY, MUSIC
FINE ARTS ON NEXT PAGE TACOS BORREGO POP-UP Sunday, July 28 Blackbird
Branch Library, 1820 Mitchell Ave., Oroville. buttecounty.net
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MARGARET CHO: A true comedy legend has landed. Get there. Sat, 7/27, 8pm. $30-$90. Gold Country Casino & Hotel, 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville. goldcountrycasino.com
RECLAIM OLD HUMBOLDT WAGON ROAD: Monthly cleanup hosted by Respect the Walls. Equipment will be provided. Sat 7/27, 8am. Old Humboldt Wagon Road.
SCOTTS JOHN CREEK: Mount Lassen Chapter California Native Plant Society hosts a hike to see a variety of flowering plants. For more info call Marjorie McNairn at 343-2397. Sat 7/27, 8:30am. Lassen National Forest.
Music RON MATHEWS: Brunch tunes. Sat, 7/27, 11am. La Salles, 229 Broadway St. lasalleschico.com
class Liverpool housewife goes to Greece with a friend and finds freedom. Thu, 7/25, 7:30pm. $12. Theatre on the Ridge, 3735 Neal Road, Paradise. totr.org
Special Events FREE MOVIE: The saddest, best movie ever: ET the Extraterrestrial, rated PG; running time 2 hours. Fri, 7/26, 1pm. Oroville Branch Library, 1820 Mitchell Ave., Oroville. buttecounty.net
Coast swing and a dash of rock. Fri, 7/26, 7pm. City Plaza, downtown Chico.
LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK CAMPOUT: Threeday campout in Lassen Park with with the Wintu, Redbud, and Redwood Region Audubon chapters. Contact Mary Muchowski at 2280625 or firstname.lastname@example.org for info. Fri, 7/26, 12pm. $10 - $40. Lassen Volcanic National Park.
PEDAL PRESS SCREEN PRINTING WORKSHOP: DIY screen printing and a bit of its history as a tool for social change. Suggested donation $5 but no one turned away. Fri, 7/26, 6pm. Blackbird, 1431 Park Ave.
POTLUCK, OPEN MIC AND JAM: Bring a dish to share, an acoustic instrument, your voice,
FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT: The Daly Blues: traditional Chicago blues with a dose of West
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a song or your favorite joke. Small donation requested. Fri, 7/26, 5pm. Feather River Senior Center, 1335 Meyers St., Oroville.
VOLUNTEER FRIDAYS: Join in picking up litter and pulling weeds in the park. For more info call Shane at 896-7831. Fri, 7/26, 9am. Bidwell Park.
Music THE SAM CHASE AND THE UNTRADITIONAL: An American original hailing from SF playing rock ’n’ roll, folk and a little punk rock. Fri, 7/26, 7:30pm. $15. Chico Women’s Club, 592 E. Third St. kzfr.org
Theater ARSENIC AND OLD LACE: See Thursday. Fri, 7/26, 7:30pm. $14-$18. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Road, Ste. F. chicotheatercompany. com
THE FAIR WEATHER QUARTET: Vegan brunch with new acoustic hot-jazz ensemble. Sun, 7/28, 11am. Tender Loving Coffee, 365 E. Sixth St.
Theater ARSENIC AND OLD LACE: See Thursday. Sun, 7/28, 2pm. $14-$18. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Rd., Ste. F. chicotheatercompany.ciom
SHIRLEY VALENTINE: See Thursday. Sun, 7/28, 2pm. $12. Theatre on the Ridge, 3735 Neal Road, Paradise. totr.org
Special Events FARM STAND: Fun farmers’ market featuring
Theater SHIRLEY VALENTINE: A middle-aged, working
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE: See Thursday. Sat, 7/27, 7:30pm. $14-$18. Chico Theater Company, 166 Eaton Road, Ste. F. chicotheatercompany. com
SHIRLEY VALENTINE: See Thursday. Sat, 7/27, 7:30pm. $12. Theatre on the Ridge, 3735 Neal Road, Paradise. totr.org
Special Events FREE MOVIE: Call 891-2762 for title. Sun, 7/28, 2pm. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman
local growers, plant starts, homemade bakery goods and medicinal herbs. Mon, 7/29, 4pm. Blackbird, 1431 Park Ave.
Special Events PARTY IN THE PARK MUSIC & MARKETPLACE: Weekly summer celebration of community and commerce with vendors, artisans, crafters and music. Wed, 7/31, 5:30pm. Paradise Community Park, 5582 Black Olive Drive, Paradise.
TACOS BORREGO POP-UP: Great tacos, sweet vegan options, too! Sun, 7/28, 11am-6 p.m.. Blackbird, 1431 Park Ave.
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SHIRLEY VALENTINE: See Thursday. Fri, 7/26, 7:30pm. $12. Theatre on the Ridge, 3735 Neal Road, Paradise. totr.org
Special Events COMEDY NIGHT: Becky Lynn hosts local lineup of comedians featuring Jason B. Sat, 7/27, 8:30pm. $5. Duffy’s Tavern, 337 Main St. FARM TO TABLE SALSA NIGHT: GRUB CSA Farm feast with local, organic food and a salsa lesson followed by dancing into the night. Includes no-host bar with signature drinks. Sat 7/27, 5pm. $10-$45. CSA GRUB Farm, 3269 W. Sacramento Ave. grubchico. wixsite.com/grubcsafarm
FREE MOVIES: Take off into space with Apollo 13, followed by Starman. Sat 7/27, 11am. Oroville
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SHE’S THE ONE THAT YOU WANT This weekend, fans of intelligent, political, honest and relatable comedy are in for a treat—the one and only Margaret Cho will be performing on Saturday (July 27) in Oroville at the Gold Country Casino & Hotel. Also an actress, author, fashion designer and singer/songwriter, Cho has a finger in every pot and always delivers. And as a longtime LGBTQ ally and advocate for the rights of women and Asian-Americans, she is doing her part one laugh at a time. The tour is titled “Fresh Off the Bloat.” Ha ha, get it?
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CHICO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: Featuring tons of
exhibition by Heather Kelly. Through 7/31. 1431 Park Ave.
CHICO ART CENTER: Currents, national juried exhibition draws from exemplary artwork of all media from across the country. Juried by Mima Begovic, founder of ARTSPACE 1616 in Sacramento, California. Through 7/26. 450 Orange St., chicoart center.com
GREAT NORTHERN COFFEE: Ashley Penning, print and mixed media exhibition by local artist. Through 7/26. 434 Orange St.
MUSEUM OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ART: Map It Out, exhibition of Northern California artists presenting works invented and inspired by the theme of maps. Works represent Chico, the Bay Area and Northern California. Through 7/28. 900 Esplanade. monca.org
PROVISIONS GALLERY: Momentum, artwork by J.P. Bruce. Through 7/25. 122 W. Third St. facebook.com/provisionsgallery
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cool stuff for kids to explore including a miniature city, complete with a junior vet clinic, dentist, cafe and farmer’s market, a giant fish tank, multi-sensory room, imagination playground and much more. Check the website for hours and admission information. Through 8/3. $7-$9. 325 Main St. chicochildrensmuseum.org
GATEWAY SCIENCE MUSEUM: Before and Beyond the Moon, interactive multimedia exhibition celebrates the human and technological achievements needed to reach the moon and envisions a future Mars landing. Through 12/15. 625 Esplanade.
VALENE L. SMITH MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY: Remarkable Lives, exploring the intertwined worlds of birds and humans, in partnership with the Altacal Audubon Society and Snow Goose Festival. Exhibits include bird songs and behaviors, local photography and a robotic recreation of the late Jurassic Archaeopteryx. Through 7/31. 400 W. First St.
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create a new one—uses juxtaposition to illustrate a relationship by Carey that didn’t exist Wilson before. Hence its popularity among practitioners of Dada, surReview: realism and pop Delectable Cannibal, art. Local artist collage art by Heather Kelly, shows through Heather Kelly, in July 31. her new exhibition, Delectable Blackbird Cannibal, now 1431 Park Ave. facebook.com/ showing at blackbirdchico the Blackbird bookstore/cafe, demonstrates the technique in 34 pieces that range from engagingly whimsical to deliberately disturbing. As she explained via email, “Much of my collage is influenced by my fascination with the point at which pleasure and enjoyment overlaps with disgust and aversion—for example the universal impulse to catch a glimpse of the scene of a car accident. I’m drawn to what simultaneously attracts and repulses us.” Primarily using found photos from old magazines and archives, a photocopier, an X-Acto knife and rubber cement, Kelly composes images, such as “Garden of Earthly Delights.” The 11-by-14-inch black-
“The Way Things Used to Be,” by Heather Kelly
and-white piece invites the viewer to contemplate the relationship between a sky full of capering cherubs dancing over the image of a man kneeling in front of a magazine rack. Beside him, three wolves dine on something unseen next to a gracefully ascending staircase blocked by a giant set of chain links. The plethora of associations woven into the composition can be as complex as the viewer chooses to make it. Simpler in outward appearance, but just as rich in contemplative associations, “Vestibular Sense” shows a hand-drawn furrowed forehead floating in white space with worried-looking eyes, eyebrows assaulted by black, lightning-boltlike arrows. Suspended above this is a four-panel composition of the lunar landscape, fanned out like cards across the top of the picture. On the “lighter” side, the 8-by10-inch “Hellrider” superimposes a cartoonishly skull-headed motorcycle rider in a dominant position over a photo of a motorcycle racer who is riding out of the frame at the bottom of the picture. And for those whose tastes tend more toward the meditative than the macabre, “Beg” depicts an outreached hand over a curvaceous “landscape” of satiny material, above which floats the grainy “planet” that could be the moon or a glimpse through the aperture of a microscope or a telescope. More down-to-Earth ambigu-
ity and a bit of humor are manifest in the partially color photo-based “Manipulator,” in which a man wearing a cardigan vest appears to suspend a smiling young woman in a yellow dress over the symmetrical web of a spider. Beneath them a crinkled and cratered moonscape fills out the frame. Delectable Cannibal offers far too much imagery and imagination to be described succinctly in print. Better to visit the welcoming Blackbird house and explore and contemplate for yourself. At the show’s reception on Saturday (July 20), the atmosphere—which featured DJ Sprech Magic (aka local musician/concert promoter Jake Sprecher) providing a low-volume mostly punk-rock soundtrack—the atmosphere was that of a youthful salon: social and fun. The following morning, when I returned to look at the show over coffee, the friendly coziness of a bookstore prevailed. As I wandered around, looking at the selection of books and the art on the walls, I was reminded of something that Kelly said about her art: “It’s a bit like solving a puzzle; sometimes the right elements come together quickly and others I connect over a long period of time.” Turns out her approach to creating art is perfectly suited to how one might approach appreciating it as well. Ω
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THURSDAY 07/25—WEDNESDAY 07/31 THE MOTHER HIPS: Chico legends bring California soul and rock ’n’ roll to Oroville. Thu, 7/25, 8:30pm. $15. Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co., 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville.
SOUL POSSE: Fun local five-piece band
Saturday, July 27 Naked Lounge
open for Lefty’s Blues Jam. Thu, 7/25, 7pm. Tackle Box, 379 E. Park Ave.
SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK: Soft
covers with Hillcrest Avenue. Thu, 7/25, 6:30pm. Riverbend Park, 60 W. Montgomery St., Oroville.
THUMPIN’ THURSDAY ROCK ’N’ BLUES JAM: Hosted by the Loco-Motive Band plus special guests. All musicians and music enthusiasts welcome. Thu, 7/25, 8pm. Studio Inn Lounge, 2582 Esplanade, (408) 449 2179.
THE BIDWELLS: Sweet local singer/
BARREL AGED: Local garage-rock on
the patio. Thu, 7/25, 9pm. $3. Argus Bar + Patio, 212 W. Second St.
BLACK FONG: Chico’s favorite funk-
masters play the patio. Thu, 7/25, 6pm. La Salles, 229 Broadway St.
BOB KIRKLAND TRIO: Mandolin jazz featuring Bob Kirkland, Chris Wenger on guitar and Jack Lemley on bass. Thu, 7/25, 6:30pm. Farm Star Pizza, 2359 Esplanade, 343-2056.
LAURIE DANA: Local pianist and vocal-
ist performs. Thu, 7/25, 7pm. Tender Loving Coffee, 365 E. Sixth St.
songwriter duo. Fri, 7/26, 8pm. The Exchange, 1975 Montgomery St., Oroville.
THE EMPTY GATE, PANTHER SURPRISE, SHADOW FIGURES: Locals night with fun, dancy pop-rockers The Empty Gate, sonic heshers Panther Surprise, and Shadow Figures (with members of Severance Package). Fri, 7/26, 9pm. $7. The Maltese, 1600 Park Ave.
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JOHN SEID, LARRY PETERSON, STEVIE COOK: Relaxing dinner tunes
by popular local trio. Fri, 7/26, 6:30pm. Diamond Steakhouse, 220 W. Fourth St.
KYLE WILIAMS: Local singer/songwriter plays for happy hour. Fri, 7/26, 4pm. La Salles, 229 Broadway St.
MOJO GREEN: Horn-heavy funk-andsoul dance music from Reno. Fri, 7/26, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville.
OC HURRICANES: Rad ’60s-style soul/ rock band from Santa Ana performs with local support from WRVNG and Beehive. King Tommy X Edge will spin records. Fri, 7/26, 8pm. Argus Bar + Patio, 212 W. Second St.
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Riding in on the warm Santa Ana winds this Friday (July 26) are the OC Hurricanes (pictured), carrying with them the sweaty sounds of the 1960s—a little surf-punk, a little garage rock, and a whole lot of rocking out. Catch the band’s legendary live show at Argus Bar + Patio with local cool kids WRVNG and Beehive. King Tommy X Edge also will be spinning the very best vinyl from his garage, surf, punk and early hardcore collection.
OPEN MIC: Bring an instrument. Acoustic/electric guitar and drum set available to use. Sign-ups at 7:30pm. All ages welcome until 10pm. Fri, 7/26, 8pm. $1. Down Lo, 319 Main St., 966-8342.
ROCKHOUNDS: Fun covers for danc-
ing. Fri, 7/26, 9pm. $5. Tackle Box, 379 E. Park Ave.
THE SAM CHASE AND THE UNTRADITIONAL: An American original hailing from SF playing rock ’n’ roll, folk and a little punk rock. Fri, 7/26, 7:30pm. $15. Chico Women’s Club, 592 E. Third St. kzfr.org
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songwriter performs. Fri, 7/26, 6pm. Almendra Winery & Distillery, 9275 Midway Road, Durham.
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ZZ Top tribute band, with three sharp-dressed men, naturally. Sat, 7/27, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville.
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wOLF & BEAR Sunday, July 28 Ike’s Place
8pm. $30-$90. Gold Country Casino & Hotel, 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville.
MAX MINARDI: Singer/songwriter plays late-night happy hour. Sat, 7/27, 10pm. La Salles, 229 Broadway St. lasalleschico.com
MOUNTAIN CHIMES & FLYING FISH COVE: The Chimes are from San Jose and play indie math rock, the Fish hail from Seattle and sling some indie pop. Jamm and Kairomone open. Sat, 7/27, 7pm. Ike’s Place, 648 W. Fifth St.
7/27, 8:30pm. Feather Falls Casino &
Support from Ariel View and Girl Friday. Doors at 6pm. Sat, 7/27, 7pm. $15. Sierra Nevada Hop Yard, 1075 E. 20th St. sierranevada.com
ROCK MOSAIC: Classic rock and country hits with a modern twist. Sat, 7/27, 9pm. $5. Tackle Box, 379 E. Park Ave.
Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville.
JEFFY B HECKLE FEST: Birthday bash and roast for Chico musical mainstay with performances from all of his bands: Jimmy Reno And The Re-Notes, Club Psychiatrist, and Single Six. Sat, 7/27, 9pm. The Maltese, 1600 Park Ave.
COMEDY NIGHT: Becky Lynn hosts local line-up of comedians featuring Jason B. Sat, 7/27, 8:30pm. $5. Duffy’s Tavern, 337 Main St.
COMRADES: Colorado post-hardcore
RYAN MARTIN: Americana artist in the style of Neil Young brings his Real Human Being tour to town. Alex Cano and the Zach Yurkovic Band open. Sat, 7/27, 8pm. $7. Naked Lounge, 118 W. Second St.
JOHN SEID, LARRY PETERSON, STEVIE COOK: See Friday. Sat, 7/27,
band performs with metal act Your Hands Write History from Oregon. Plus, the emo sounds of Weathered, from Minneapolis. More bands to join. Sat, 7/27, 7pm. $8. The Spirit, 2360 Oro Quincy Highway, Oroville.
6:30pm. Diamond Steakhouse, 220 W. Fourth St.
LOW & SLOW WITH BRAINSTORY: DJ Summer Soul Series presents a night of all vinyl soul jams. Local soul and reggae DJ Esco Chris will join. Sat, 7/27, 9pm. $5. Argus Bar + Patio, 212 W. Second St.
JASON FIELDINGS: Live music, beer,
food. Sat, 7/27, 8pm. The Exchange, 1975 Montgomery St., Oroville.
JEFF PERSHING BAND: Rock, funk,
BOBAFLEX: High-energy rock from
popular Z-Rock-style band. Sun, 7/28, 7pm. $10. Lost On Main, 319
DEFCATS: Upbeat dance, pop, and
MARGARET CHO: A true comedy legend
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classic rock with five-part vocal harmonies. Sun, 7/28, 5pm. Smokin’ Mo’s, 131 Broadway St.
OPEN MIC COMEDY NIGHT: Working on a bit? See if it’s a hit or heckle-worthy, and enjoy cheap beer specials. Sign-ups start at 8pm. Sun, 7/28, 9pm. The Maltese, 1600 Park Ave. maltesebarchico.com
WOLF & BEAR: Central Valley prog-rock band performs with alt-rockers Demon in Me from San Jose and locals Sunny Acres and Citysick. Sun, 7/28, 7:30pm. $5. Ike’s Place, 648 W. Fifth St.
TRIVIA WITH JOCALI: Teams, questions, beer. Sign-up at 6:30pm, starts at 7pm. Tue, 7/30, 6:30pm. Chico Taproom, 2201 Pillsbury Road, Ste. 114. thechicotaproom.com
DEAD HORSES: Popular Wisconsin-
based indie folk duo with a heartfelt Americana sound. Wed, 7/31, 8pm. The Commons Social Empourium, 2412 Park Ave.
HARRY POTTER BIRTHDAY BASH TRIVIA & SPELLING BEE: Come show off your Harry Potter smarts and win prizes, spelling bee follows, win more prizes! Wed, 7/31, 6pm. The Maltese, 1600 Park Ave.
LIQUID COLORS & KANNABYSS: Psychedelic stoner rock and doom metal out of Montana. Locals Mr. Bang and Lucid Apparition open. A Chico Area Punks production. Wed, 7/31, 8pm. Naked Lounge, 118 W. Second St.
OPEN MIC COMEDY: Your weekly Wednesday dose of free comedy with experienced and first-time
comedians. Sign-ups start at 8pm. Wed, 7/31, 9pm. Studio Inn Lounge, 2582 Esplanade.
PARTY IN THE PARK MUSIC & MARKETPLACE: Weekly summer celebration of community and commerce with vendors, artisans, crafters and music. Wed, 7/31, 5:30pm. Paradise Community Park, 5582 Black Olive Drive, Paradise.
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The Wisconsin-based folk duo Dead Horses was born out of a connection forged through trauma and triumph. They have been lauded for their lyrical storytelling and haunting vocals, were chosen by Rolling Stone Country as as an “Artist You Need To Know,” and will join The Who on a few tour dates this fall. Their raw Americana/folk weaves heart and history into a real sweet sound—catch them this Wednesday (July 31) at The Commons.
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A documentary on a great American artist; and a dark satire of America’s culture wars
Twinner. of the great American novelist and Nobel Prize In a way it’s a documentary-style biopic, but oni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is a two-hour portrayal
with a strong autobiographical element. Morrison tells her own story here, in her by own words, speaking directly to Juan-Carlos the camera (and to her unseen Selznick and unheard interviewer, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, who is also the film’s director). As such, The Pieces I Am gives us a dramatically detailed sketch of her life story—novelist, editor, teacher, mother, African-American Toni Morrison: icon. But its most extraordinary The Pieces I Am and rewarding qualities reside in its Opens Friday, July extended up-close encounters with 26. Pageant Theatre. the woman herself—the exceptionRated PG-13. ally large-spirited human being this film lets us see and hear. Greenfield-Sanders has assembled an impressive array of eloquent talking heads (Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Oprah Sword of Trust Winfrey; novelists Walter Mosley Available via muland Russell Banks; legendary editiple on-demand and tor Robert Gottlieb; shamanic poet streaming outlets. Rated R. Sonia Sanchez; etc.) to serve as a kind of chorus. And co-producer Johanna Giebelhaus has edited the mix of archival photos, film clips and talking heads in ways that are not just illustrative, working instead like flashes of memory coursing through an autobiographical narrative. But the Toni Morrison we see and hear onscreen
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is the real heart of the matter in this case—a great soul revealed, without pretensions and in remarkably direct terms. In the offbeat, sardonic and curiously topical comedy,
Sword of Trust, a Civil War-era sword turns up at a pawnshop in Birmingham, Ala., and sends a pointedly quirky set of characters into some darkly farcical encounters with America’s modern-day “culture wars.” The results are both amusing and disturbing. The pawnshop is run by bespectacled Mel (Marc Maron), a mild-mannered guy who seems a bit of a hipster with maybe a touch of the liberal patriarch. The sword is an apparently valuable relic that has just been inherited by Cynthia (Jillian Bell), and she along with her partner, Mary (Michaela Watkins), bring it into Mel’s shop for expert assessment and possible sale. The sword is a Union sword that Cynthia’s Southern ancestors claim was surrendered to a Confederate general, thereby making it further evidence that the South actually won the Civil War. That claim sets off a series of encounters and misadventures with Civil War buffs, conspiracy theorists, “truthers,” racist cultists and thugs. All in all, Sword of Trust is an alert comedy of manners laced with social commentary and quirky characterizations. Mel’s sidelong crisis of conscience ends up being central, and seemingly peripheral characters, like his gullible assistant Nathaniel (Jon Bass) and a wackedout poet named Deirdre (writer-director Lynn Shelton), make surprisingly strong impressions as well. Ω
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Opening this week Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood
The latest from Quentin Tarantino is set against the backdrop of Southern California in 1969, where a TV/movie actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his buddy/stunt double (Brad Pitt) try and keep the former’s fading career afloat in the tumultuous era that featured the Vietnam War, Apollo 11 moon landing and the Manson family murders. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated R.
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
See review this issue. Pageant Theatre. Rated PG-13 —J.C.S.
Now playing Aladdin
Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Snatch) wrote and directed this live-action adaptation of the classic Middle Eastern folk tale starring Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Mena Massoud as impoverished thief Aladdin, and Will Smith as the genie who can make wishes come true. Cinemark 14. Rated PG.
There are tons of questions this movie needed to answer: Is everybody really dead? Where’s Thanos (Josh Brolin)? Where’s Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)? Is Tony Stark/ Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) doomed in space? Does Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) still have his Walkman in the great beyond? And, how can I really talk about anything specific in this film without becoming the Spoiler King? I can say that the movie answers many of the questions everyone’s been asking, and more, thanks to another well-balanced screenplay and a crack directorial job from the team of Anthony and Joe Russo. All of this zips by in spectacularly entertaining fashion and very rarely misses the mark. And in the midst of all the action, Downey Jr. delivers another soulful, endearing performance, well beyond anything you would’ve expected from a Marvel movie before he started showing up in them. Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13 —B.G.
Actress Olivia Wilde makes her directorial debut with this comedy about a couple of teen girls who try to make up for a highschool career focused solely on studying with one night of partying. Cinemark 14. Rated R. After a major hurricane hits Florida, a woman and her father must evade hungry alligators that have moved into their town. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated R.
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
As the title suggests, racial issues and nearby elements of regional perspective are key parts of the film, but a complex, deeply ingrained friendship is at the heart of it. Jimmie (Jimmie Fails, playing a version of himself in a story that he co-authored with childhood friend Joe Talbot, who directs) and one Montgomery Allen (known as “Mont” and
The Lion King
Jon Favreau (Elf, Iron Man) directs this photorealistic CGI remake of the 1994 Disney animated classic that features an impressive cast of voice actors, including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Seth Rogen, John Oliver and, naturally, James Earl Jones as Mufasa. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
This sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) picks up after the events of Avengers: Endgame, and finds Peter Parker/SpiderMan recruited by Nick Fury to battle new threats to the world. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13.
A comedy starring Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) as an Uber driver who picks up a detective and joins him in his pursuit of a deadly terrorist. Cinemark 14. Rated R.
Toy Story 4
The whole computer-animated gang is back—including Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and Bo Peep (Annie Potts)—for a new adventure with a new homemade toy pal named Forky. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated G.
Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) directs the strained saga of Jack Malik (Himesh Patel), a wannabe musician working part-time in a grocery store. One day while riding his bike home—at the same time the world suffers some sort of momentary power loss—Jack gets hit by a bus. Postaccident, his manager/would-be girlfriend Ellie (Lily James) and some friends gift Jack a new guitar and suggest he bust out a song . He goes with “Yesterday” by The Beatles, and they are moved, as if hearing the song for the first time. That’s because they are hearing it for the first time. A quick Google check by Jack confirms the impossible: Somehow, someway, he now lives in a parallel world where John, Paul, George and Ringo never came together to make music. So what does Jack do? He plagiarizes The Beatles’ catalog and—with the band’s music propelling him— starts to go places and maybe starts to develop a relationship with Ellie. So, rather than explore the dark side of plagiarism, or seriously address a world without The Beatles, the movie seems scared of itself and becomes nothing but a lame rom-com. Cinemark 14. Rated PG-13 —B.G.
played by Jonathan Majors) are longtime buddies who move into a temporarily unoccupied Victorian in San Francisco’s Fillmore district. The place was once the residence of Jimmie’s family, and the two young men see themselves not as squatters but as fastidious and respectful caretakers of a monument to family history and cultural diversity. Jimmie works as a retirement home caregiver, and a skateboard is his favored mode of transportation. Mont has a job in a fish market and works around the clock on notes and sketches for a play about the everyday life around him (a performance of the play is part of the film’s climactic scenes). The increasingly fraught interplay of myth and reality in the young men’s lives eventually pushes the story toward a vividly contemporary kind of tragicomedy. Pageant Theatre. Rated R —J.C.S.
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DOWNTOWN PARKING IN-LIEU FEE BENEFIT AREA BOUNDARY REALIGNMENT AND DELETION OF OBSOLETE MUNICIPAL CODE CHAPTERS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Chico Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located at 421 Main Street, regarding the following: Downtown Parking In-Lieu Fee Benefit Area Boundary Realignment and Deletion of Obsolete Municipal Code Chapters - The Planning Commission will consider recommendations to realign the Downtown Parking In-Lieu Benefit Area boundary and relocate the in-lieu boundary map from Chapter 19R into Chapter 19.70 (Parking and Loading Standards). Staff is also recommending the deletion of obsolete Municipal Code chapters that no longer serve a purpose, including Chapter 19R.45 (Impacted Parking Area) and Chapter 19R.66 (Foothill Design Criteria), which have been deleted or integrated into other sections as part of previous Code amendments. The Downtown Parking In-Lieu Fee Benefit Area provides for reduced parking requirements and allows for the payment of a fee in-lieu of providing parking. While the parking in-lieu fee is not currently in place, efforts are underway to reestablish the in-lieu fee and realign the in-lieu benefit area boundary based on recommendations from the Internal Affairs Committee of the City Council. The Parking In-Lieu Fee Benefit Area seeks to provide flexibility and encourage housing in the Downtown area. The current Parking In-Lieu Benefit Area boundary encompasses a geographic area that includes land designated Residential Mixed Use (RMU) on the General Plan Land Use Diagram, and zoned Residential Mixed Use (RMU) on the City’s zoning map. Staff is recommending that the Downtown Parking In-Lieu Fee Benefit Area boundary be realigned to continue the intended benefits within a smaller and compact context of the Commercial Mixed Use designated areas in the Downtown core that are similarly zoned Downtown North (DN) and Downtown South (DS). The intent is to remove the Residential Mixed Use designated areas on the periphery of the Downtown core area to ensure that adequate parking is provided for multifamily residential uses. Additional Municipal Code cleanup is proposed including the deletion of obsolete Municipal Code chapters that no longer serve a purpose, including Chapter 19R.45 (Impacted Parking Area) and Chapter 19R.66 (Foothill Design Criteria), which have been deleted or integrated into other sections as part of previous Code amendments. With these amendments, all planning related references to Chapter 19R will be deleted, thus simplifying the Code for ease of reference and navigation. At the meeting, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider a report from staff, and the proposed Code amendments. The Planning Commission will then provide a recommendation to the City Council regarding the proposed amendments that will be considered at a future City Council meeting. Questions regarding this project may be directed to Principal Planner Bruce Ambo at (530) 879-6801, or email@example.com or Bikram Kahlon, Senior Traffic Engineer at (530) 879-6940 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The proposed amendments are consistent with the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prepared and certified for the Chico 2030 General Plan update (State Clearinghouse #2008122038). Any person may appear and be heard at the workshop. The Planning Commission may not have sufficient time to fully review materials presented at the public hearing. Interested parties are encouraged to provide written materials at least 8 days prior to the public hearing to allow distribution with the Planing Commission’s agenda packet and thus, adequate time for the Planning Commission to review. All written materials submitted in advance of the public hearing must be submitted to the City of Chico Community Development Department, 411 Main Street, Second Floor, or mailed to P.O. Box 3420, Chico, CA 95927. Written materials should refer to the specific public hearing item listed above. In accordance with Government Code Section 65009, if any person(s) challenges the action of the Planning Commission in court, said person(s) may be limited to raising only those issues that were raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Planning Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing.
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The BeThs, Then Beer arts dEVo loves his beer, and the offerings of sierra nevada Brewing Co. have a special place in his liver … er, heart. But I love music even more, and when I saw the online advertisements for this Saturday’s summertime Brews event at the brewery’s Hop yard (July 27), I did a doubletake when I read the musical billing below the featured warm-weather brews: The Beths, from New Zealand! If you’re anything like this columnist and you’re a fan of tuneful guitar bands of the noisy variety, the music on the Beths’ 2018 album, Future Me Hates Me, is nearperfect. And the vocals of bandleader Elizabeth stokes are effortless and wide-ranging as she sings dynamic and engaging power-pop tunes full of humor, self-doubt and energetic joy. Highly recommended! Brave the heat, embrace the The Beths sweat, don’t miss.
Of The arTs Chico State’s annual arts publication—arts + ideas—is out now
and it’s packed as ever, with eight months’ worth of music, theater and exhibits presented by the various university arts groups: Chico Performances, school of the arts, north state symphony and most of the campus art galleries and museums. Two weeks ago (July 11), I previewed Chico Performances’ upcoming season, so today I’ll highlight the others. This school year, it’s three of the School of the Arts theater productions that have me most excited. First up is The Rocky Horror show. The cult-classic musical tribute to B-movies will show Oct. 17-20, in Harlen adams Theatre, and the school’s production will feature musical accompaniment from a live band. It’s been a while since the annual Rocky parties of the long-lost Chico Cabaret theater, and I bet locals will be frothing to answer the void as it calls for us to “do the time warp again.” My advice: Add an extra weekend to the run. Later in the fall semester—Nov. 14-17 in the black box Wismer Theatre—the students will tackle she Kills Monsters, a contemporary work written by Qui nguyen that “aims to bring the game dungeons and dragons to life.” The story follows a young woman who, after the death of her teenage sister, takes up her sibling’s unfinished D&D quest and encounters an “action-packed adventure filled with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres and ’90s pop culture.” Most exciting of all (for fans of Hamilton especially), is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Broadway show, in the Heights, which will be the departShe Kills Monsters ment of Music and Theatre’s spring musical (in Laxson auditorium April 30-May 3). The hip-hop musical revolving around the Hispanic community in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood debuted on Broadway in 2008 and won four Tony Awards and a Grammy and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Besides the theater offerings, the School of the Arts shows that have piqued my curiosity are the visiting splinter Reeds quintet, an adventurous all-reed group coming to Zingg Recital Hall on Feb. 28 as part of the annual new Music symposium, and the The smell of Jazz, an all-Frank Zappa program presented by the Jazz X-Press ensemble in Harlen adams Theatre on April 4. As for other university offerings on the calendar, the Jacki Headley University art Gallery’s opening exhibit (Aug. 29-Oct. 12), featuring the interactive sculptural installations of San Francisco artist Bernie Lubell, looks fascinating. And the North State Symphony will conclude its season in style on May 9 by celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday with ode to Joy, a collaborative performance of symphony no. 9 with the choirs from shasta College and simpson University.
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as EVERYDAY VIETNAMESE CUISINE at 951 Nord Ave #1 Chico, CA 95926. SHUK CHING LO 1001 W. Sacramento Ave #18 Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: SHUK CHING LO Dated: June 27, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000778 Published: July 11,18,25, August 1, 2019
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Signed: JOANNE GRAHAM Dated: June 25, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000769 Published: July 25, August 1,8,15, 2019
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as CLASSIC CLEANING CO. at 1285 Filbert Ave Chico, CA 95926. JOHN KIRK POWELL 1285 Filbert Ave Chico, CA 95926. LEANN M POWELL 1285 Filbert Ave Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by a Married Couple. Signed: J. KIRK POWELL Dated: May 21, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000636 Published: July 18,25, August 1,8, 2019
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as MERAK BRANDS at 1039 Blue Ridge Ave. Chico, CA 95973. SHANNON ROSAN 1039 Blue Ridge Ave. Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: SHANNON ROSAN Dated: July 18, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000855 Published: July 25, August 1,8,15, 2019
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as WINDOW WASHER BOB at 175 N. Villa #8 Willows, CA 95988. ROBERT HAMILTON 175 N. Villa #8 Willows, CA 95988. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: ROBERT HAMILTON Dated: June 27, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000777 Published: July 18,25, August 1,8, 2019
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as LA FAMILIA RESTAURANT at 1008 West Sacramento Ave Suite E Chico, CA 95926. ROSA ELBA VASQUEZ 1336 Oak Ranch Ln Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual. Signed: ROSA ELBA VASQUEZ Dated: July 8, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000814 Published: July 18,25, August 1,8, 2019
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME - STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT The following persons have abandoned the use of the fictitious business name MADISON AGAVE at 3117 Bay Ave Chico, CA 95973. GARRETT GALLUS 1833 Roth St # B Chico, CA 95928. STEPHANIE VALDES 3117 Bay Ave Chico, CA 95973. This business was conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: STEPHANIE VALDES Dated: July 1, 2019 FBN Number: 2018-0000359 Published: July 25, August 1,8,15, 2019
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as THE PEDDLERS CLOSET at 1285 Filbert Ave Chico, CA 95926. JOHN KIRK POWELL 1285 Filbert Ave Chico, CA 95926. LEANN MARIE POWELL 1285 Filbert Ave Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by a Married Couple. Signed: LEANN M. POWELL Dated: July 9, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000816 Published: July 18,25, August 1,8, 2019
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as ONCE UPON A WISH at 5270 Harrison Road Paradise, CA 95969. KELLY BENNETT 24 Arroyo Way Chico, CA 95926. AMBER THOMPSON 5270 Harrison Road Paradise, CA 95969. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: KELLY BENNETT Dated: July 18, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000854 Published: July 25, August 1,8,15, 2019
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as GLAM MORE GODDESS at 562 Manzanita Ave #5 Chico, CA 95926. JENNIFER BRUN 13231 Taylor Street Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by an Individual.
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as GUNDOG PRODUCTIONS at 1576 Hidden Haven Lane Paradise, CA 95969. JOANNE LORRAINE GRAHAM 2344 Casandra Drive Butte Valley, CA 95965. This business is conducted by an Individual.
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as SPARKLE PRODUCTIONS at 633 Orange St Chico, CA 95928. RICHARD STERLING SPARKLE 1065 Citrus Ave Chico, CA 95926. SUSAN MARIE SPARKLE 1065 Citrus Ave Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by a Married Couple. Signed: RICHARD S. SPARKLE Dated: July 22, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000867 Published: July 25, August 1,8,15, 2019
NOTICES CITATION TO PARENT IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF BUTTE THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO: MICHAEL STOFFER By order of this Court you are hereby advised that you may appear before the judge presiding in Department 9 of this court on September 4, 2019 at 1:30p.m. then and there to show cause, if any you have, why KARLY ABIGAIL ZUCKER should not be declared free from your custody and control for the purpose of freeing KARLY ABIGAIL ZUCKER for placement for adoption. The following information concerns rights and procedures that relate to this proceeding for the termination of custody and control of said minor as set forth in Family Code Sections 7800 et seq., Family Code Section 7822 and Probate Code Section 1516.5. 1. At the beginning of the proceeding the court will consider whether or not the interests of the minor child require the appointment of counsel. If the court finds that the interests of the minor do require such protection, the court will appoint counsel to represent her, whether or not she is able to afford counsel. The minor will not be present in court unless she requests or the court so orders. 2. If a parent of the minor appears without counsel and is unable to afford counsel, the court must appoint counsel for the parent, unless the parent knowingly and intelligently waives the right to be represented by counsel. The court will not appoint the same this Legal Notice continues
FREE WILL ASTROLOGY counsel to represent both the minor and her parent. 3. The court may appoint either the public defender or private counsel. If private counsel is appointed, he or she will receive a reasonable sum for compensation and expenses, the amount of which will be determined by the court. That amount must be paid by the real parties in interest, but not by the minor, in such proportions as the court believes to be just. If, however, the court finds that any of the real parties in interest cannot afford counsel, the amount will be paid by the county. 4. The court may continue the proceeding for not more than thirty (30) days as necessary to appoint counsel to become acquainted with the case. Attorney for Jessica and Benjamin Houchin, Petitioner: MIRIAM E. MCNALLY (SBN 233092) Attorney at Law 669 Palmetto Avenue, Suite H-I Chico, CA 95926 (530) 342-4033 Signed: KIMBERLY FLENER Dated: June 28, 2019 Case No.: 18AB00134 Published: July 11,18,25, August 1, 2019
NOTICE OF LIEN SALE Pursuant to CA Business Code 21700, in lieu of rents due, the following units contain clothes, furniture, boxes, etc. 042CC1 JESSIE EVERETT 6x12 (Boxes, Personal items, Misc.) 219SS CANDACE CARBY 6x15 (Personal items, Furniture, Misc.) 249SS LUKE KLOSTERMAN 5x12 (Boxes, Misc) 303SS WAYNE COLE 5x10 (Mattresses, Misc.) 305SS JENNIFER MUNNS 5x7 (Personal items, Outdoor decor, Misc.) 496AC E’LEXUS HILL 6x7 (Personal items, Misc.) Contents to be sold to the highest bidder on: Saturday August 3, 2019 Beginning at 1:00pm Sale to be held at: Bidwell Self Storage, 65 Heritage Lane, Chico, CA 95926. (530) 893-2109 Published: July 18,25, 2019
NOTICE OF LIEN SALE Pursuant to CA. Business Code 21700, in lieu of rents due, the following units contain boxes, personal household items, tools, furniture, miscellaneous. Unit 18, Unit 62, Unit 63 TERRY SMOOT personal/household items, tools, furniture, miscellaneous. Contents to be sold to the highest bidder on Saturday August 17, 2019 beginning at 10 am Sale to be held at: South Chico Mini Storage 426 Southgate Ct Chico CA 95928 530-891-5258. Published: July 25, August 1, 2019
NOTICE OF LIEN SALE Notice is hereby given pursuant to the California Self-Storage Self-Service Act, Section 21700-21716 of the Business & Professions Code, the undersigned intends to sell the personal property described below to enforce a lien imposed on said stored property. The undersigned will sell at public sale by competitive bidding at the location where the said this Legal Notice continues
property has been stored. GRIDLEY SELF STORAGE 1264 Highway 99 Gridley, CA 95948 Butte County, State of California Unit No. #B028 MICHELLE SMITH Items: Miscellaneous household items, Furniture Lien Sale will be held: Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019 Time: 10:00am Location: 1264 Highway 99 Gridley, CA 94948 Successful bidders must present a valid form of identification and be prepared to pay cash for purchased items. All items are sold “as is” and must be removed at the time of sale. Sale is subject to cancellation in the event that a settlement is reached between the owner and tenant. Published: July 25, August 1, 2019
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner ELISSA TANITH GLASSER filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: ELISSA TANITH GLASSER Proposed name: ELISSA TANITH HAWK 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: July 31, 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 MOSBARGER Dated: June 11, 2019 Case Number: 19CV01739 Published: July 3,11,18,25, 2019
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner CRIS ALAN CUMMINGS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: CRIS ALAN CUMMINGS Proposed name: CRIS ALAN STEWART 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 this Legal Notice continues
written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: August 14, 2019 Time: 9:00 AM Dept: TBA Room: The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: TAMARA L. MOSBARGER Dated: July 2, 2019 Case Number: 19CV01796 Published: July 11,18,25, August 1, 2019
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner EVAN JAMES DODD filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: EVAN JAMES DODD Proposed name: EVAN JAMES GUILLEN 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: September 4, 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: July 8, 2019 Case Number: 19CV02025 Published: July 18,25, August 1,8, 2019
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner EILEEN JOANNE HOWESON filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: EILEEN JOANNE HOWESON Proposed name: JOANNE EILEEN HOWESON 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: September 11, 2019 Time: 9:00 AM Dept: TBA Room: TBA this Legal Notice continues
The address of the court is: Butte County Superior Court 1775 Concord Ave Chico, CA 95928 Signed: TAMARA L. MOSBARGER Dated: July 11, 2019 Case Number: 19CV01982 Published: July 18,25, August 1,8, 2019
ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner GERMAN E. RAMIREZ TORRES filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: GERMAN E. RAMIREZ TORRES Proposed name: GERMAN E. TORRES 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: September 11, 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: July 18, 2019 Case Number: 19CV02154 Published: July 25, August 1,8,15, 2019
SUMMONS SUMMONS NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: MONICA M CHAVIRA YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: BUTTE COUNTY CREDIT BUREAU A CORP NOTICE! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), your county library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to this Legal Notice continues
call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The Court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. The name and address of the court is: Superior Court of California County of Butte 1775 Concord Avenue Chico, CA 95928 LIMITED CIVIL CASE The name, address and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney is: JOSEPH L SELBY (#249546) Law Office of Ferris & Selby 2607 Forest Avenue Ste 130 Chico, CA 95928. (530) 366-4290 Dated: September 28, 2018 Signed: KIMBERLY FLENER Case Number: 18CV03187 Published: July 3,11,18,25, 2019
SUMMONS NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: FRANK PROSINSKI, JOSE ACENCION MALDONADO, and DOES 1 TO 20 YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: FRED BARICKMAN NOTICE! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), the California Courts Online Self-Help Center this Legal Notice continues
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): After analyz- LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I predict that ing unusual animal behavior, magnetic fluctuations, outbreaks of mayhem on Twitter and the position of the moon, a psychic has foretold that a moderate earthquake will rumble through the St. Louis area in the coming weeks. I don’t agree with her prophecy. But I have a prediction of my own. Using data about how cosmic forces are conspiring to amuse and titillate your rapture chakra, I predict a major lovequake for many Aries between now and Aug. 20. I suggest you start preparing immediately. How? Brainstorm about adventures and breakthroughs that will boost exciting togetherness. Get yourself in the frame of mind to seek out collaborative catharses that evoke both sensory delights and spiritual insights.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Tell me
what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are,” wrote Taurus philosopher José Ortega y Gasset. You could use that idea to achieve a finer grade of peace and grace in the coming weeks. The navel-gazing phase of your yearly cycle has begun, which means you’ll be in closest alignment with cosmic rhythms if you get to know yourself much better. One of the best ways to do that is to analyze what you pay most attention to. Another excellent way is to expand and refine and tenderize your feelings for what you pay most attention to.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Uruguayan
author Eduardo Galeano wrote that in Havana, people refer to their friends as mi sangre, my blood, or mi tierra, my country. In Caracas, he reported, a friend might be called mi llave, my key, or mi pana, my bread. Since you are in the allianceboosting phase of your cycle, I trust that you will find good reasons to think of your comrades as your blood, your country, your key or your bread. It’s a favorable time for you to get closer, more personal and more intimate. The affectionate depths are calling to you.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Your
emotional intelligence is so strong right now that I bet you could alleviate the pain of a loved one even as you soothe a long-running ache of your own. You’re so spiritually alluring, I suspect you could arouse the sacred yearning of a guru, saint or bodhisattva. You’re so interesting, someone might write a poem or story about you. You’re so overflowing with a lust for life that you might lift people out of their ruts just by being in their presence. You’re so smart you could come up with at least a partial solution to a riddle whose solution has evaded you for a long time.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The Queen of North
America and Europe called me on the phone. At least that’s how she identified herself. “I have a message for your Leo readers,” she told me. “Why Leo?” I asked. “Because I’m a Leo myself,” she replied, “and I know what my tribe needs to know right now.” I said, “OK. Give it to me.” “Tell Leos to always keep in mind the difference between healthy pride and debilitating hubris,” she said. “Tell them to be dazzlingly and daringly competent without becoming bossy and egomaniacal. They should disappear their arrogance but nourish their mandate to express leadership and serve as a role model. Be shiny and bright but not glaring and blinding. Be irresistible but not envy-inducing.”
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Congrats!
You are beginning the denouement of your yearly cycle. Anything you do to resolve lingering conflicts and finish up old business will yield fertile rewards. Fate will conspire benevolently in your behalf as you bid final goodbyes to the influences you’ll be smart not to drag along with you into the new cycle that will begin in a few weeks. To inspire your holy work, I give you this poem by Virgo poet Charles Wright: “Knot by knot I untie myself from the past / And let it rise away from me like a balloon. / What a small thing it becomes. / What a bright tweak at the vanishing point, blue on blue.”
between now and the end of the year, a Libran genetic engineer will create a new species of animal called a dat. A cross between a cat and a dog, it will have the grace, independence and vigilance of a Persian cat and the geniality, loyalty and ebullient strength of a golden retriever. Its stalking skills will synthesize the cat’s and dog’s different styles of hunting. I also predict that in the coming months, you will achieve greater harmony between the cat and dog aspects of your own nature, thereby acquiring some of the hybrid talents of the dat.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Scorpio
poet Marianne Moore (1887-1972) won the Pulitzer Prize and several other prestigious awards. She was a rare poet who became a celebrity. That’s one of the reasons why the Ford car company asked her to dream up interesting names for a new model they were manufacturing. Alas, Ford decided the 43 possibilities she presented were too poetic, and rejected all of them. But some of Moore’s names are apt descriptors for the roles you could and should play in the phase you’re beginning, so I’m offering them for your use. Here they are: 1. Anticipator. 2. The Impeccable. 3. Tonnere Alifère (French term for “winged thunder”). 4. Tir á l’arc (French term for “bull’s eye”). 5. Regina-Rex (Latin terms for “queen” and “king”).
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
It’s conceivable that in one of your past lives you were a pioneer who made the rough 2,170-mile migration via wagon train from Missouri to Oregon in the 1830s. Or maybe you were a sailor who accompanied the Viking Leif Eriksson in his travels to the New World 500 years before Columbus. Is it possible you were part of the team assembled by Italian diplomat Giovanni da Pian del Carpine, who journeyed from Rome to Mongolia in the 13th century? Here’s why I’m entertaining these thoughts, Sagittarius: I suspect that a similar itch to ramble and explore and seek adventure may rise up in you during the coming weeks. I won’t be surprised if you consider making a foray to the edge of your known world.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
When the dinosaurs died off 65 million years ago, the crocodiles didn’t. They were around for 135 million years before that era, and are still here now. Why? “They are extremely tough and robust,” says croc expert James Perran Ross. Their immune systems “are just incredible.” Maybe best of all, they “learn quickly and adapt to changes in their situation.” In accordance with the astrological omens, I’m naming the crocodile as your creature teacher for the coming weeks. I suspect you will be able to call on a comparable version of their will to thrive. (Read more about crocs: tinyurl. com/ToughAndRobust.)
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “My
only hope is that one day I can love myself as much as I love you.” Poet Mariah Gordon-Dyke wrote that to a lover, and now I’m offering it to you as you begin your Season of Self-Love. You’ve passed through other Seasons of Self-Love in the past, but none of them has ever had such rich potential to deepen and ripen your self-love. I bet you’ll discover new secrets about how to love yourself with the same intensity you have loved your most treasured allies.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “Poems can bring comfort,” writes Piscean poet Jane Hirshfield. “They let us know … that we are not alone—but they also unseat us and make us more susceptible, larger, elastic. They foment revolutions of awareness and allow the complex, uncertain, actual world to enter.” According to my understanding of upcoming astrological omens, life itself will soon be like the poems Hirshfield describes: unruly yet comforting; a source of solace but also a catalyst for transformation; bringing you healing and support but also asking you to rise up and reinvent yourself. Sounds like fun!
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(www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), or by contacting you local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. The name and address of the court is: Superior Court of California, County of Butte 1775 Concord Avenue Chico, CA 95928 The name, address, and telephone number of the plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney, is: ROONEY LAW FIRM 1361 Esplanade Chico, California 95926-4900 Dated: July 25, 2018 Signed: Kimberly Flener Case Number: 18CV02409 Published: July 18,25, August 1,8, 2019
PETITION NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE GERALD WAYNE FAUNCE aka GERALD FAUNCE aka JERRY FAUNCE To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of: GERALD WAYNE FAUNCE aka GERALD FAUNCE aka JERRY FAUNCE A Petition for Probate this Legal Notice continues
has been filed by: LINDA D. FAUNCE in the Superior Court of California, County of Butte. The Petition for Probate requests that: LINDA D. FAUNCE 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: July 30, 2019 Time: 9:00 a.m. Dept: C-10 Room: Address of the court: Superior Court of California County of Butte 1775 Concord Ave. Chico, CA 95926. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance this Legal Notice continues
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may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of a notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: RAOUL J. LECLERC P.O. Drawer 111 Oroville, CA 95965 (530) 533-5661 Case Number: 19PR00304 Published: July 11,18,25, 2019
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