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Fear of the unknown I(NVHRC), about the Northern Valley Harm Reduction Coalition a local volunteer group working to address

n the spring, this newspaper published a cover story

Butte County’s alarming rate of drug-induced deaths— the 13th highest in the state. As the story noted (see “A vital exchange,” March 7), the county Public Health Department has focused on the overprescription of opioid painkillers. However, illicit drug users, many of them former pain patients who have turned to heroin for relief, often fall through the cracks. In response, the NVHRC launched efforts to educate the public about naloxone—brand name Narcan. The drug helps reverse the potentially fatal effects of opioids. It’s carried by Chico police officers and other first responders, thanks to Public Health via state funding. NVHRC has been the community’s go-to resource for education about the signs of overdose and how to administer Narcan. Through grants, it has distributed this life-saving medicine for free. At the same time, the group started working on another harm-reduction program—a syringe exchange.

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Last fall, Public Health officials were scheduled to discuss syringe exchanges at the mid-November meeting of Chico’s Local Government Committee. Then the Camp Fire struck and the presentation was pushed back (to Wednesday, Aug. 7, after this newspaper’s deadline). Given the need, NVHRC soldiered ahead with its plans, which await state authorization. Studies show syringe exchanges are effective in reducing HIV and hepatitis C transmission and promoting entry into drug treatment programs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, such programs do not increase drug use or crime. The rub: Citizens have only a vague idea about its implementation locally and have valid questions and concerns. This includes pushback from Chico’s police chief, who issued a press release to that affect this week. What we’d like to see is a presentation by NVHRC, along with local and state Public Health experts, in a larger and more appropriate forum, such as the City Council chambers. Our advice to counter resistance: transparency and education. Ω


Thoughts and prayers aren’t cutting it OthereICUto atseeSana 5-year-old Joaquin General Hospital. We were boy and his parents, who

n Jan. 19, 1989, my wife, Patti, and I entered the

recently fled from war-torn Laos. The boy was fighting for his life. A day earlier, a gunman walked onto the playground of a Stockton elementary school with an AK-47 and started shooting, injuring the boy and killing five of his classmates. “We came here to escape war,” his parents pleaded. “How could this happen in America?” Thirty years later, we’re waking up to news of two mass shootings by within 24 hours—three in eight John Garamendi days—and more than 30 lives cut The author, a short. We made progress on this Democrat, represents issue over the years, but recently the California’s 3rd National Rifle Association and other Congressional District, special interests have succeeded which includes in eroding fundamental gun safety Colusa, Sutter and policies that keep Americans safe. Yuba counties and parts of Glenn, Lake, I represented Stockton in the Sacramento, Solano state Senate back in 1989. After and Yolo counties. hearing from first responders and victims, I introduced legislation that would become California’s assault weapons ban—the first of its kind in the nation. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein took up the case in Washington, and in 1994 Congress passed and President Clinton signed the federal assault



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weapons ban into law. Unfortunately, it expired in 2004. During the federal assault weapons ban, gun homicide rates declined 49 percent. Sadly, mass shootings and gun homicides have become more frequent and deadly since the ban expired. There have been more mass shootings in the last two years than the decade under the federal ban. It’s time for congressional leaders to do more than offer thoughts and prayers after each tragedy—they must reinstate the federal assault weapons ban. We also must institute a universal background check system and increase investments into gun violence research. The House voted this year to advance each of these priorities, but they are currently being stalled by Republican leader Mitch McConnell in the Senate. President Trump has condemned the recent shootings and blamed the El Paso shooting on the rise of white nationalism and a lack of mental health services. Sadly, the president’s actions do not match his words. His recent budget proposal called for a 16 percent cut to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The NRA and its allies in Congress seem to believe anything except widespread access to assault weapons is to blame for the rise in mass shootings. They cannot be more wrong. I will spend my time in Congress advancing common-sense gun safety reforms to ensure we have fewer assault weapons on our streets, better background checks and robust mental health funding. Because I never want to see a family hunched over a hospital bed again wondering how this terror and carnage can continue in their country. Ω

Guns and curfews As much as I may have tried to unplug while on a recent vacation, I couldn’t escape the awful news about the mass shooting at Gilroy’s annual Garlic Festival. Three dead, including two children, one of them a year younger than my own child. Shortly after I returned from the coast, two more shootings. At least 31 people shot to death in a 24-hour period. One slaying took place in an El Paso, Texas, Walmart on Saturday morning. The other at a bar in Dayton, Ohio, in the wee hours of the next morning. After learning about the Texas massacre, and with my husband and son out of town for the day, I crawled back into bed and stayed there for hours. Like other Americans, I feel helpless and hopeless when it comes to gun violence and the rise in intolerance. This is the ugliest and most divisive period in the nation in my lifetime. Credit goes to our commander-in-chief, a hate-mongering xenophobe. His rise to power has only triggered his worst impulses and the worst impulses of the racists he’s inspired through his irresponsible, bigoted rhetoric, such as the countless times he’s referred to asylum-seekers as invaders. In May, when a Trump rally attendee said Border Patrol agents should shoot undocumented immigrants, Trump cracked a sick joke: “That’s only in the Panhandle you can get away with that stuff,” he quipped. “Only in the Panhandle.” Keep in mind that the person in the crowd cried out “shoot them!” only after Trump referred to other countries allowing violence to keep immigrants at bay. Meanwhile, nary a Republican in Congress has the stomach or the spine to bring back the ban on assault weapons, as Rep. John Garamendi mentions in this week’s guest commentary. Commonsense laws to rein in the proliferation of military-style weapons should not be a partisan issue. Nor should climate change, health care, immigration and the many other crises facing the nation.

LEAD BALLOON I got back in town just as the agenda for the Chico City Council’s Tuesday meeting was posted. The biggest item was the potential adoption of an ordinance allowing the city to declare a curfew in such cases that PG&E shuts off the grid as a fireprevention measure. Chico Police Chief Mike O’Brien’s plan is to prohibit and/or restrict people from gathering or traveling in specific public spaces when PG&E turns off the power for days on end. I think I understand the chief’s concerns about such a scenario. From his public-safety lens, it’s unnerving to think about the town going dark. However, the idea went over like a lead balloon. For numerous reasons, not a single public speaker supported it (see Ashiah Scharaga’s report on page 11). From my perspective, the lack of transparency was a main factor. Assistant City Attorney Andrew Jared drafted the potential law sans direction from the council—the policy-making body—and it was placed on the agenda as an emergency ordinance. Given the controversial nature of the plan—and the fact that the ordinance wasn’t vetted publicly prior to Jared spending time (read: taxpayer funds) to create it—it was pretty much a nonstarter. The only surprise here is that O’Brien and Jared thought it would fly. Melissa Daugherty is editor of the CN&R


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About Vang Pao “Who will lead the Hmong?” (Cover story, by Stephen Maganini, Aug. 1): I thought you might be interested in this passage, pages 138-139, from Anne Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. It refers to what happened to the Hmong almost immediately after the fall of Saigon. “Hmong fought to board … aircraft. Several times the planes were so overloaded they could not take off, and dozens of people standing near the door had to be pushed out onto the airstrip. On May 14, Vang Pao, in tears, told the assembled crowd, ‘Farewell, my brothers, I can do nothing more for you’ … and [he] boarded an evacuation helicopter. ... [M]ore than 10,000 Hmong were left on the airfield, fully expecting more aircraft to return. When it became apparent that there would be no more planes, a collective wail arose

from the crowd and echoed against the mountains.” Michele French Chico

Questions remain Re “Council Ring confrontation” (Newslines, by Andre Byik and Meredith J. Cooper, Aug. 1): In your coverage of the incident at Bidwell Park involving an 11-year-old girl, retired peace officer David Blake expresses the difficulty of knowing exactly what occurred. The videos do not tell the whole story, but they do tell a critical part: use of force on a child by law enforcement personnel. Chico PD would not release the police report to us, which is why Concerned Citizens for Justice (CC4J) raised these questions in our press release: 1. Was the child a danger to herself or others? Was restraint essential for her protection or the protection of the officers or public? 2. What effort was made to defuse the situation? What de-escalation techniques were used?

3. Did the police contact the Butte County’s Behavioral Health team or Children’s Services? 4. Were the law enforcement officers sufficiently trained in de-escalation techniques? CC4J will speak out when such situations arise. We want a transformation of culture where officers are thoroughly trained in de-escalation, where de-escalation becomes the first response in every crisis, and force used only when other alternatives have been exhausted. This will build trust and respect between the community and law enforcement, and make our community more safe. Diane Suzuki-Brobeck Chico

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home lived with grandparents who couldn’t control her. So, more needs to be done. First of all, we need to teach sex education and family life in schools and those classes must be mandatory— like English, math and science. We must also do more to encourage birth control. We must do everything possible to help families to raise their kids better. However, when families are unable to do so, we need good homes for the kids. I was raised in such a home when I was a child. Kids could be placed in group homes in the neighborhoods with good house parents. For placing kids into these new homes that would be created, I say the younger the better. With much less money being spent for wars, a bloated military budget, on prisons—and with the super wealthy paying their share of taxes—we could institute policies to help our young people make decent lives for themselves. Walter Ballin Chico

What’s the percentage? Re “Correcting the record” (Letters, by Anastacia Snyder, Aug. 1): In an earlier letter—while questioning Catalyst Domestic Violence Services receiving $207,000 designated for sheltering the homeless—I stated that Catalyst provides no shelter to men, who make up the vast majority of the unsheltered homeless in America. The Catalyst executive director has corrected the record, saying Catalyst does shelter men. I wonder if the director would now divulge the percentage of total “shelter nights” provided to homeless or potentially homeless men. I’ll wager it’s less than 1 in 100—and if so, we are talking about a technicality, not substance. There is unquestionably a relationship between domestic violence and loss of housing. Impoverished men, women and children continually hit the streets to escape abuse. Of that population, it’s culturally unacceptable for the male component to divulge victimization in domestic incidents—with less than 1 percent reporting. Given that domestic violence services are nearly exclusively female-focused, while large numbers of men are affected (see Straus and Gelles, “gender symmetry”), such services, as a vehicle for housing the homeless, are guaranteed discriminatory

and exclusionary. I remain unconvinced that Catalyst is the best vehicle for holistically sheltering the homeless; I am convinced Catalyst has the complex administrative apparatus necessary for capturing funding. Patrick Newman Chico

No assistance, all act The Camp Fire Housing Assistance Act (Assembly Bill 430) provides no assurance that affordable housing will be built, such that low-income Paradise survivors will have housing. There is no requirement that the housing would allow the density requirements for infill development. When the bill states “development has a minimum density of four units per acre,” many realtors will choose to build profitable housing on lots larger than is typical for infill; this housing may be too expensive for most Paradise survivors. AB 430 doesn’t begin to combat climate change. For that we must have walkable cities. Residents in new developments should travel fewer miles in cars than has been typical, and be able to walk, bike or take energy-efficient transit to jobs, school, etc. “Vehicle miles traveled” must be reduced. By building smartgrowth communities, instead of the most profitable houses, we could create bike- and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods. My hope is that the state Senate committees that are looking at AB 430 will take these issues into consideration and that the governor vetoes the legislation if they don’t amend it to address real needs. If it is growth for growth’s sake, it is not a Camp Fire Housing Assistance Act. Chris Nelson Chico

Guns are the problem Are we as a people/society in this country numb enough yet? Just another couple of days in paradise, so to speak. Hatred, “plain as the nose on your face,” as my elders would say, is our new national norm. In America today you can buy a gun and then plan a mass shooting with automatic assault weapons. Or maybe it’s the other way around—it doesn’t matter. It’s too easy in America. Hatred, guns, weapons, violence of people you don’t like, understand, or know! Generations

of this will not be solved with gestures, words of encouragement and “understanding of others.” Studies—you know, “science”— have absolutely shown that the weapon/gun is the problem. Are we numb enough yet, or are we to wait for more—in your community, at your children’s school, at our Walmart? Can we afford, really, to wait until 2020 for change? What is our threshold? I guess we will find out. Brian Johnson Orland

‘Completely ridiculous’ What we learned from the recent debates is that Democrats have gone completely off the radical deep end. Advocating for open border lawlessness, Medicare for all including illegal aliens, free education, canceling student loan debt, and environmental extremism. These policies are completely ridiculous. They’d put our public safety at risk, raise taxes on everyone, and destroy a thriving economy. These promises would cost trillions. When asked how it will be paid for, they act as if it doesn’t matter. These policies have nothing to do with what’s good for the country, but have everything to do with giving an already unaccountable government and Democratic Party more control of our lives. Look at the epic failure of the cities and states these Democrats control. Homelessness, unaffordable housing, high energy costs, and uncontrolled taxation to name a few. The debates were a wake-up call for all pragmatic Americans. We now can clearly see that Democrats want to control us by calls of false racism, false victimhood, environmental extremism, and uncontrolled immigration at our borders. This is what happens when you have an unaccountable elitist class of bureaucrats that puts its own ambitions in front of the people’s. Brad Pankratz Orland

he won’t bring to the Senate floor for a vote. I’m guessing that Trump and Putin don’t want a lot of these bills to pass. Meanwhile, as of today, six Republican (I almost called them Republics) members of their caucus announced that they would not be seeking re-election in 2020. These six included the only member of color on that side of the aisle and the woman (one of only 13) who was responsible for recruiting women to run for Congress as a Republican. Boy, talk about making America white again. I look forward to attending one the many town halls that Doug “he’s one of us” LaMalfa will be holding to explain to his constituents what, and why, his views are. What’s that? You haven’t heard about any town halls? Oh. Ed Pitman Chico

No more sellouts Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill that requires gubernatorial and presidential candidates to submit tax returns in order to be on the primary ballot in California. At first glance, this appears to be a jab at our greasepainted commander in chief. And, maybe it is a bit of retribution for Cheeto’s disdain for California (remember his tweets during the Camp Fire?). However, one needs to consider that this is a good idea. If this were to go into effect immediately, four of the top-tier Dems also would be banished from the ballot until they comply. Of course, they would comply, because all candidates do—except one. This law will be tested in the courts and the outcome would probably favor 45’s continued deception regarding whom he owes and who “owns” him. However, if this law were to go into effect in the next presidential cycle, when our current embarrassment is over, it might prevent a compromised candidate from having an opportunity to sell out the country for personal gain like this one has. Dave Schwartz Chico

Moscow Mitch, etc. Whew, it’s been a long time since our elected officials in Washington have had a break and they’ve accomplished so much! So much, in fact, that Moscow Mitch has over a hundred bills sitting on his desk that

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The city will soon sign a lease with the Chico Area Recreation and Park District (CARD) for the Chico Creek Nature Center and its continued operations of the facility. On Tuesday (Aug. 6), the City Council forgave the center for $169,800 in loan debt that had been taken out in the early 2000s to build a new exhibit and classroom facilities after an administration building fire. Since then, the city and nature center have gone through years of loan deferrals and negotiations. CARD has operated the center since January 2016, and will pay $2,000 annually. The vote fell 5-1, with Mayor Randall Stone voting nay and Councilman Karl Ory absent. Assistant City Manager Chris Constantin said discharging the loan is in the public interest, whose debt has been served by the center’s many years of service.

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Last week, the Chico Planning Commission unanimously rejected an appeal of Simplicity Village, a tiny home project for homeless seniors. Payless Building Supply President Frank Solinsky filed the appeal—the business is adjacent to the development’s proposed location on Notre Dame Boulevard. The appeal argues that Simplicity Village, proposed by the Chico Housing Action Team, is inappropriately dubbed an emergency facility and should not be allowed there. More than 40 speakers showed up at the meeting last Thursday (Aug. 1). The vast majority of them spoke in favor of the project. “We’re really confident that we can show Payless Building Supply that we can be excellent neighbors,” CHAT co-founder Leslie Johnson told the CN&R. Solinsky can file an appeal by Monday (Aug. 12), which would send the issue to the Chico City Council.


A woman who had been reported missing in the Camp Fire has been found alive, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. A sheriff’s detective driving on Lincoln Boulevard in Oroville on Thursday (Aug. 1) spotted Wendy Carroll, 47, of Oroville, according to a press release. Carroll allegedly said she was aware she was on the missing list but didn’t contact law enforcement because she thought she had “unresolved legal issues.” One person remains on the Camp Fire missing list—Sara MartinezFabila (pictured). The Sheriff’s Office says she may have been sighted after the Camp Fire, but that hasn’t been verified. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call 538-7671. 8


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Old Durham Wood stops accepting green waste, leaving limited disposal options

D99,Durham Wood Inc. facility off Highway Tim Merrill pointed to row after row of riving his white pickup through the Old

compost being produced there. Sometime this year, Merrill, chief operations officer for story and the business, says all of photo by it will be gone, most of Andre Byik it packaged and sold as soil conditioner. an d re b @ n ew sr ev i ew. c o m As of July 20, the facility has stopped accepting green waste— such as lawn clippings, prunings, leaves, dead plants, the things an average user would put in a green waste bin at home— from the public. That includes professional landscapers, tree trimmers and homeowners. Old Durham Wood continues to accept woody material. It plans to cease composting during winter. The move has affected businesses and homeowners alike, and it highlights the already limited local options for dumping and processing green waste, an issue city and county officials say is a statewide problem. Merrill points to a combination of state and federal regulations pertaining to composting facilities and land use for the shift. State mandates—such as retaining stormwater runoff associated with composting on-

site—have proven too costly, he said. The facility, according to Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board documents reviewed by the CN&R, had been cited for water discharge violations over the past two years. Further, the Butte County District Attorney’s Office investigated the company for environmental violations, finding evidence suggesting it allowed polluted wastewater to travel into nearby Hamlin Slough. Merrill said that while Old Durham Wood has until 2022 to comply with the state water regulations, the money it would take—upward of $9.5 million, according to the company—to address environmental concerns is unrealistic. “It was a very difficult decision to shut down [green waste],” he said. “It’s extremely frustrating, but it seems that—between local, the state and the feds—they have an inability to come up with a solution, which is a tragedy because, one again, our community suffers.” District Attorney Mike Ramsey told the CN&R that his office has been in a “holding pattern” regarding any possible charges, waiting to see whether Old Durham Wood shuts down its green waste operations or mitigates the environmental concerns.

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tial landscaping business, Bryan Hanson, owner of Hanson & Hanson Landscaping in Chico, says local green waste disposal options have become costlier and harder to find. He had used Old Durham Wood to dispose of green waste since the city-owned compost facility near the Chico Municipal Airport placed restrictions on the amount of such refuse it will accept. (See “Waiting on waste,” Newslines, Aug. 16, 2018.) The city facility allows the disposal of 1 cubic yard of green waste per customer per week—a far cry from the 10 cubic yards Hanson estimated his business generates per day. The next closest option is the Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility, which accepts green waste but is pricier, Hanson said. Disposal fees that once totaled about $68 per load for the company at Old Durham Wood cost nearly $200 at the Neal Road facility, he said. The rising costs would be passed on to customers in some form, he said. Some have green waste bins, but they may not be adequate for the work done on their properties. Hanson said he may be forced to leave green waste behind for customers to deal with. He and Merrill speculated there could be a rise in illegal dumping of green stuff on sleepy country roads.

Tim Merrill, chief operations officer for Old Durham Wood Inc., says the facility off Highway 99 has stopped accepting green waste and will limit its composting operations.

“I know they’re not going to want to pay the dump fee for it, because it’s going to be astronomical,” Hanson said, adding that the Neal Road facility charges the same rate, about $42 per ton, for the disposal of both garbage and green waste. Todd Storti, deputy director of waste management for Butte County, said the perception that processing green waste costs less than trash is “skewed,” adding that the equipment required is pricey. Nevertheless, Storti said the county is aware of the lack of disposal options locally. He said county officials are in the “planning phases” of developing longterm solutions and cost-effective options for the community. Ideally, he said, the county would develop its own green waste processing facility. Multiple variables, he said, are at play, including the lack of a market for green waste materials, which can be used for compost or as fuel at cogeneration power plants. Erik Gustafson, public works director of operations and maintenance for the city of Chico, said it’s the city’s understanding that it’s more cost effective for cogeneration plants to buy natural gas than green waste and wooded material, which had been another marketable stream but has since dried up. He said the city compost facility accepts green waste and sells compost as a finished product. The rub is there is more green waste material coming in than can be composted or sold at market. “It’s a problem,” he said, “and there’s a big regional effort to find solutions.” Gustafson added that the city has fielded numerous complaints regarding green waste restrictions at the city facility, which is operated by Waste Management. Both parties, as part of ongoing contract extension talks, are looking at lifting the 1 cubic yard restriction, reopening the facility to unrestricted intake of green waste, he said. The hope is to finalize a contract within the next several weeks, and lift volume restrictions soon after that, he said. Prices at the facility would be expected to rise to offset disposal costs. The intent is to be competitive with the landfill on Neal Road. Green waste disposal, he said, is a “nationwide, statewide, regional problem we’re all dealing with.” Ω

Lights out Plan to declare city curfews in cases of PG&E outages stalls—for now Police Chief Mike O’Brien painted an eerie picture

at the City Council meeting on Tuesday (Aug. 6) of what the city could experience during its first widespread power outage dictated by PG&E: homes and businesses without functioning alarms, susceptible to looters; dark streetlights and limited to no cellphone availability, truncating communication not just for the public but also for emergency personnel. He proposed the adoption of an emergency ordinance allowing the city to declare a nighttime curfew, which would prohibit people from loitering or gathering at—and traveling through—specific public property. There would be some exceptions that would allow folks to travel through such areas for work-related purposes, and a designated “convenience area,” such as a public park, in which folks would be allowed to gather. After significant public dissent, council members came to a consensus to discuss how to respond to a prolonged blackout more broadly. Mayor Randall Stone will appoint an ad hoc committee to meet with O’Brien and Fire Chief Steve Standridge to listen to their concerns and bring ideas to the city’s Internal Affairs Committee and eventually the council for review. O’Brien said that while he knew the proposal would be controversial, he viewed it as prudent and preventative. “Cutting power to 112,000 people for up to a week causes me significant concern as to how we protect and serve our community,” he said during a presentation, adding that “that is unprecedented as to our emergency planning and response, and

not planning is not a response.” During the public comment period that followed, many in attendance balked at the proposal. Twenty speakers addressed the panel, and all either said the city should vet the issue further or spoke vehemently against what they saw as an infringement on individuals’ civil liberties. Service providers also voiced concern about how homeless folks would be impacted. The law would allow police to arrest or cite violators. Others offered a contrasting image of the city during a power outage, of folks coming together, hosting events and sharing resources. “We could work as a community and not be thinking in policing [terms], this horrible riot that we see in our darkest, draconian version of the future,” said Sascha Sarnoff. “We could be thinking in positive terms like, ‘Hey,

SIFT ER Cigs out, pot in Though recreational marijuana use is legal in just 11 states, more young people (ages 18-29) smoke marijuana and vape than use cigarettes, according to a recent Gallup poll. One in four adults in America (27 percent) reported having smoked either cigarettes, ecigarettes or marijuana in the past week. But the percentage of adults who smoke traditional cigarettes has continued to decline, reaching a 75-year low: 15 percent of adults reported smoking ciga-

rettes in the past week, compared with 45 percent in the ’50s. The number of adults who said they smoke cannabis (12 percent) is consistent with Gallup’s findings since 2015. Interestingly, however, this latest poll found that more men reportedly smoke marijuana than women, 15 percent versus 9 percent. Adults younger than 30 are the least likely, along with seniors, to smoke cigarettes (14 percent and 7 percent, respectively). Those under 30 also are more likely to smoke marijuana (22 percent) and vape (19 percent).

Chico Police Chief Mike O’Brien proposed a city curfew during PG&E power outages that was met with public opposition on Tuesday (Aug. 6) CN&R FILE PHOTO

we’re going to have a lot of frozen food that’s thawing out, let’s have a barbecue.’” She described the proposal as “government overreach” and said it felt like “herding people into holding areas” if they otherwise have nowhere to go or just want to go outside. Stone noted he did not anticipate seeing this subject come before the council as an emergency ordinance for adoption that same night, and that there were other factors to discuss before making a decision. “You know who gets targeted in these things? People that are going to work. People of color, people of lower incomes. Unintentional,” Stone said. “The socioeconomics weigh in very, very heavily, and the nature of this emergency proposal shocked even me.” Assistant City Attorney Andrew Jared said that while researching the topic his office did not find any other examples of such a local ordinance. It was drafted with a lot of input from O’Brien and took cues from state law that allows for a curfew during national disasters, he added. Councilwoman Ann Schwab called it a “bold move” on O’Brien’s part, and thanked him for bringing the urgency of the issue to the council’s attention. She expressed interest in identifying which businesses and locations would be open due to access to backup generators, and how the council could advise folks to be prepared. Vice Mayor Alex Brown and Councilman Scott Huber also voiced support for neighborhood plans and preparation for outages. NEWSLINES C O N T I N U E D AUGUST 8, 2019

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ited its previous decision to pursue a requirement that landlords extend lease termination and eviction notices to 120 days. Apparently, the city can’t proceed. Jared said another charter city attempted to change noticing requirements in the 1980s and was shot down—if the city proceeded, it could be sued, he added. “The courts have determined it to be an issue of statewide concern and have fully occupied the field,” Jared told the CN&R. More than a dozen speakers addressed the council on the item. Several were renters who shared eviction stories, and said they live in fear that their housing is never secure. Rain Scher has moved multiple times since the fire, in one instance because a landlord wanted to renovate a property and another in which a landlord’s family member needed a place to live. Scher briefly became homeless before being able to find another spot. Several speakers emphasized the importance of getting renters to the table for future discussions on the issue. Real estate professionals and property owners also supported continued conversations. “I think one thing that’s very disturbing is the shockingly little degree to where actual renters are consulted in this process,” Jeremy Markley said. “How about we have City Manager [Mark] Orme talk with an organization of renters?” Orme said he met with the North Valley Property Owners’ Association and Sierra North Valley Realtors to understand and legally vet the proposal the organizations brought to the city when the issue was discussed last month (see “Displacements continue, Newslines, July 11). The council opted to continue discussing how to provide relief to renters in Chico at an Internal Affairs Committee meeting and an upcoming city-hosted housing conference to conduct more research and gather more public input. This will include Schwab’s initial proposal of an eviction for good cause ordinance, which would make it tougher for landlords to kick out well-behaved tenants. There are similar ordinances in other California cities, such as San Francisco. —AshiAh schArAgA ash ia h s@ newsr ev iew.c o m



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‘Something to love’ Former Paradise resident turns from nurturing babies to caring for animals

For two decades, Bernie Sanchez worked as a

perinatal technician at the Birth Day Place in Paradise. Her main duties: bathing newborn babies and issuing birth certificates. She is, by nature, a nurturer. But, when Adventist Health decided not to reopen Feather River Hospital, Sanchez was suddenly unemployed. “I found a couple of jobs, but just couldn’t find myself,” she said while relaxing on a large sofa in her living room in Orland. “I loved my job—I did that for 20-something years. I used to run into people in Paradise and they’d say, ‘You’re the one who washed my baby,’ Paw Prints Resort: and ‘You did my To get more information on Bernie Sanchez’s services, birth certificate.’ text her at 518-2381. Nothing measured up to that.” After the Camp Fire, which claimed the home she and her husband, Martin, owned, they relocated to a large property in Orland with an expansive backyard and tranquil swimming pool. One of their two dogs died from cancer shortly after the fire, and they ended up adopting another. But there was yet another void: family. “My grandchildren are just in Chico, but in Paradise, they were always with me,” Sanchez lamented. “I get lonely. I thought, I need new babies. I needed to help myself and I needed to love something, to take care of something.” Without family nearby, or longtime neighbors to count on, Sanchez quickly saw a niche she might fill as a dog sitter. She started out offering to watch the pets of a few former co-workers who also had

relocated to Orland, and immediately fell in love with the concept. And so Paw Springs Resort was born. “There it was—that same happiness that I had nurturing something. They’re like little babies,” she said, three dogs running around, outside and in. Right now, the operation is small. Sanchez will take in a few dogs at a time, just enough so she can give each of them personal attention. She views her doggy daycare as a home away from home for the animals, as well as peace of mind for their owners. “What I want for these dogs is not a typical kennel,” she said. “Because they’ve been through a lot, just like we’ve been through a lot. They live in a trailer, a lot of them.” Holly Fisher has seen the love Sanchez provides first-hand. As a registered nurse formerly at the Birth Day Place, the two used to be colleagues. While she was able to find a position at Enloe Medical Center’s antepartum clinic and a home in Chico, she’s taken her two beagles out to Orland on two occasions to stay with Sanchez. “I think everybody is in a really hard spot right now,” Fisher said by phone. “You’re living with a home and a yard, and you have neighbors or family close by. When you lose all of that—you don’t have a yard or a dog door or neighbors [you know]—I think that’s really hard. With Bernie, I know her, I trust her. And I was willing to travel an extra hour on my vacation to make sure my doggies were somewhere where I knew they were well taken care of. “Bernie is very nurturing and caring and has a really big heart,” she continued. “She’s perfect—she loves animals and she’s taking

Bernie Sanchez and one of her doggy visitors at Paw Springs Resort, aka her home in Orland. PHOTO BY MEREDITH J. COOPER

care of them just like she would a patient.” The additional benefit that Sanchez has found is a connection to Paradise that’s been missing since the fire. “My location, I thought, might keep people away. But people want to connect with other Paradise people,” Sanchez said. Many

of her clients have been former Paradise residents, as she’s advertised on Camp Firerelated sites. Some of them, like Fisher, were friends and former colleagues. “I worked with some wonderful people, and I miss them terribly,” she said. “Some of the doctors, I watch their dogs. It’s one way to connect with them. I’m helping them, and they’re helping me—it’s a win-win.” —MEREDITH J. COOPER me r e d i th c @ newsr ev iew.c o m



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HEALTHLINES Antoinette Martinez worries that proposed Trump administration cuts to food stamp eligibility will make it harder for her to stretch her food budget. PHOTO BY ANNE WERNIKOFF FOR CALMATTERS

‘Barely surviving’ Californians could bear the brunt of Trump administration’s food stamp cuts by

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W through the produce section of the FoodMaxx in Watsonville, her 5-year-old hen Antoinette Martinez rolls her cart

son, Caden, often asks for strawberries and blueberries. Sometimes Martinez bends, but usually she sticks to the produce on sale: Roma tomatoes for 69 cents a pound, cucumbers at three for 99 cents. And banana bunches are relatively cheap. “If it’s not under a dollar then I don’t buy it,” Martinez said, bypassing $2 lettuce as Caden clambered into her grocery cart. “It’s about stretching the dollar.” The food budget isn’t as tight as it used to be since Martinez, a single mother, got a job at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Santa Cruz County. She helps people sign up for food stamps, known in California as CalFresh.



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Between her $2,380 monthly paycheck and about $100 she receives in CalFresh, Martinez can make it through the month without her or Caden going hungry. But under a new proposal from the Trump administration, Martinez and her son would lose their food stamps. So would many clients she helps at the food bank, along with an estimated 3.1 million Americans. Californians are likely to be hit particularly

hard. Here’s why: The proposed rule would undo the ability of states to provide food stamps to households that have incomes above the federal food stamp limit—130 percent of the federal poverty line—but hefty expenses. That would have the biggest impact in states that have raised the minimum wage to try to chase the skyrocketing costs of housing. As California’s minimum wage creeps toward $15 per hour by 2023, many more workers could be bumped off food stamps when their monthly incomes rise above the federal limit.

Under current law, a California family of two with a gross monthly income between 130 percent and 200 percent of the federal poverty level—or between $1,784 and $2,744—can qualify to receive CalFresh as long as their net income after housing, childcare or medical costs falls under 100 percent of the poverty level, or $1,372. For now, Martinez falls right into that bracket. The rule also would cut the benefit for families who have savings or assets above a federal limit that many states, including California, currently waive. That limit— $2,250 for most families—is only slightly over the median monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment in California ($2,110) and about half that of a two-bedroom in San Francisco ($4,730). “It’s clear that states like California are a target on this,” said Jessica Bartholow, a policy advocate for the Western Center on Law and Poverty. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said that the proposal to eliminate what he called a “loophole” would reduce fraud and save the federal government money—more than $9 billion over the next five years, according to a federal estimate. The proposal could go into effect following a 60-day public comment period. “Our job is to make sure folks have the tools they need to move away from [food stamp] dependency … and preserve the benefits for those most in need,” Perdue said. But advocates counter that the move largely would cut benefits for working families who spend large chunks of their

paychecks on housing and care-taking costs for young children or ill or disabled family members. “There’s actually no evidence that making someone hungrier makes them less dependent on public benefits. And there’s plenty of evidence showing the opposite,” Bartholow said. The Western Center estimates that some 250,000 Californians could lose CalFresh, based on estimates made when California expanded eligibility in 2008 under Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and again in 2013 under Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown. Additionally, children in those families could lose automatic eligibility for free lunches at school. The proposal to cut food stamps is the latest in a series of Trump administration initiatives to curtail government benefits for low-income people, including a rule that would tighten food stamp work requirements, another to block some legal immigrants from getting a green card if they are deemed likely to use public services, and another to adjust the way the federal poverty measure is calculated. HEALTHLINES C O N T I N U E D

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well. For many years, she said, she was homeless, battling addiction and mental illness. “When I was homeless… there was no place to eat,” Martinez said. “I wasn’t really too sure where to go.” She recalled what happened next: She got pregnant, enrolled in CalFresh and was finally able to count on a steady source of food. Then she entered an intensive pro-

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gram to help homeless people get back on their feet. Martinez and her son have now been housed for two years. She said she’s close to finishing her associate degree in human services at Cabrillo College and dreams of being a case manager for a nonprofit, helping others battle addiction and poverty. She worries about what the food stamp proposal would mean for her and her growing son. But she said she’s also concerned about the rest of the community she serves in Santa Cruz. Within the county, 21.7 percent of residents live in poverty, the third highest rate in the state after Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties, according to new data from the Public Policy Institute of California. “CalFresh is the first line of defense against hunger; the food bank is the second,” Martinez said. “We were barely surviving, but we’re not going to be able to survive if [President Trump] continues to push this.” □

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Those other proposed rules have cleared their comment periods, but the Trump administration has yet to impose them. Opposition from California’s Democratic leaders to the latest proposal was swift and predictable. A spokesman for Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who has sued the Trump administration over 50 times thus far, said his office was reviewing the proposal. U.S. Rep Jimmy Panetta, who represents Martinez’ district, sent Perdue a letter, signed by 45 California Democrats in Congress, asking that he “take into consideration the harmful effects of this proposed rule and act quickly to rescind it.”

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GREENWAYS Danielle Baxter, Butte Environmental Council’s recently  appointed general manager, says she wants to inspire environmental knowledge and activism and support longtime members  while making “much-needed space for younger voices.” 

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W Environmental Council’s future, she sees the nonprofit’s longtime members coming together with hen Danielle Baxter pictures the Butte

a younger generation of activists to enact change. Young people are facing so much environmental destruction, they often feel overwhelmed and alone, Baxter told the CN&R. She can relate to those feelings: She’s 25. Oftentimes, she has noticed that it’s easier for her peers to ignore the climate crisis. Baxter’s vision for BEC, as its new general manager, is to make it a place where folks “feel inspired and feel empowered by one another to make a difference.” She filled the spot vacated by Natalie Carter, who resigned in May. Baxter is a Chico native who grew up with an affinity for nature. As a teen, she’d regularly walk with her friends from Pleasant Valley High School to Five-Mile Recreation Area to relax and cool off, and climb Monkey Face on the weekends. But it wasn’t until her college days that her “world view was totally cracked wide open.”



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When she took Chico State professor Mark Stemen’s Geography 304 class— known for spurring students into environmental activism—Baxter said her heart “ached for the planet.” “I didn’t know the true state of things until I met Mark,” she said. “And Mark really has a way about inspiring students and opening students’ minds to what’s really happening in the world.” Stemen, also BEC’s board president, told the CN&R that, at the time, “you could tell [Baxter] had a passion that she wanted to put into action.” He encouraged her to consider an internship at BEC, which she landed in 2015. After graduating with a bachelor’s in parks and natural resources management, Baxter was hired as one of the organization’s program coordinators. She left Chico in late 2016 to travel with her boyfriend, returning about a year later and getting hired at Butte College’s Associated Students’ Sustainability Resource Center and GRUB CSA Farm. This past January, she was appointed vice chair of the city’s Sustainability Task Force and joined the BEC board of direcJoin BEC:

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tors. She transitioned to general manager last month. City of Chico Planning Commissioner and former CivicSpark fellow Bryce Goldstein, who was partly inspired to get on the BEC board because of Baxter, said she was a clear choice for the position. “Danielle has shown a lot of leadership here,” she said, “and really cares about this organization and wants to … revitalize BEC.” Baxter’s hiring is indicative of a shift

occurring at BEC this year. Seven out of nine board members are under 35, and its staff is now composed of younger folks, too. The organization sees its next chapter—what has been dubbed as “BEC 2.0”—as a return to its roots. “This is the first time [in] 40 years that the board of directors and the staff members are [nearly] all young people again, collaborating and switching the vision up,” Baxter said. “That just feels really incredible.” The nonprofit was formed in 1975 by a group of Chico State students. Co-founder Michael McGinnis took out a loan to get the organization started, Stemen said. It was housed on campus for its first decade of operation. BEC’s board decided after Carter’s departure that it would be a good time to re-examine the nonprofit’s organizational structure. What they found was that it had

led to a lot of burnout, because the vision and the direction came from the board but it was on the executive director’s shoulders “to carry everything out,” Baxter said. The board and the staff are working hand-in-hand now, she added. There are some other changes in store, too. This year, BEC will host its first of many planned community forums to encourage folks to gather and discuss important issues that stem from the current state of the planet. This includes topics like working toward zero-waste and reducing CO2 emissions, but also extends to addressing food and housing insecurity. The nonprofit also is exploring partnerships with local organic farms to provide healthy food to those who otherwise cannot afford it. Baxter says she wants to inspire environmental knowledge and activism during her tenure at BEC, and make sure longtime supporters still feel represented and connected as the nonprofit makes “much-needed space for younger voices.” “We want people to feel the urgency that’s needed right now,” she said. “What’s happening with climate change should be the most pressing issue on everybody’s mind. … We should be, as a society, formulating all of the decisions that we’re making based on the ecological health of our planet and the abundance of our natural resources.” The BEC team is striving to “re-create the environmental village,” Baxter said. “We want to be the place that people come [to] when they’re saying, ‘What can we do? How can we become involved?’” □


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Dishing slices The hum of Don Dorfmeier’s Inferno Wood-Fired Pizza truck is often drowned out by the rumble of passing dump trucks. Parked across the street from a burned-out muffler shop at 6118 Skyway in Paradise, Dorfmeier dishes hand-tossed pies to workers and the few locals who remain in the burn zone. Dorfmeier, 40, grew up in the Bay Area and studied exercise physiology at Chico State, graduating in 2007 and returning home to work in the health and fitness field for about 10 years. Rising costs of living led Dorfmeier back to Chico, where he started his pizza truck operation just over a year ago. After the fire and a couple of test trips to gauge whether his mobile pizzeria could handle trips to and from the Ridge, Dorfmeier found a home in the parking lot of the Skyway Antique Mall, which he says is undergoing roof work and may reopen in the next month or so. “Really nice people,” he says of the owners. Inferno WoodFired Pizza, which was burning red oak in its oven when the CN&R recently caught up with its owner, is typically open Monday-Saturday, from 11 a.m. to around 6 or 7 p.m.

What’s it like working in Paradise? It’s pretty awesome. A lot of people think it’s a little dreary because of the fire, but the people here are really nice. They recently had the Party in


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the Park, and so they’re having events here. … I talk to a lot of people—it’s officially like a small town again, ’cause, you know, I guess the population is down 90 percent or something like that.

How’d you get into pizza? I used to work at a [pizza chain] in Palo Alto. I worked there for about three years, and that’s where I really got into the business of pizza. I was just doing deliveries then, but after working there for a while they give you opportunities to make pizza. They used conventional pizza ovens. Really nice ones, but not exactly a wood-fired oven.

What’s the difference? It’s more of an art form than just sticking the pizza in the oven. Although it’s easier to mess up, as well. … I have a lot of tools, but I don’t really use them. Basically, I know how hot it needs

to be by just seeing how quick it’s cooking. And at the end I try to put the toppings right in the flame to really cook it, and then you can smell onions, the garlic, all the toppings, cooked mushrooms. It smells really good.

Which pizza would you recommend? The garlic chicken and bacon on white sauce with red onions and cilantro is pretty popular. Probably the most popular. And we have a couple different combos, all of which have five toppings. … And then I got a few veggies.

How’d you come up with the name Inferno? I just thought it’d be a cool name. Everyone relates it to the [Camp Fire], and it has nothing to do with the fire. —ANDRE BYIK a nd re b @new srev i ew. c o m

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Remember a couple of years ago, when 101.7 FM switched formats to conservative talk radio? It was a very sad day indeed, one that forced me to unprogram the station from my car presets. Then it did a 180 and became The Edge, which quickly earned back a preset spot. Then, this past April, it switched things up yet again. Now it’s Hot Hits—“Top 40 for adults, without rap or hard rock.” Where’s the fun in that? (Full disclosure: the program director, Chris Singleton, is a friend of mine. Sorry, dude—preset redeleted.) As if that wasn’t enough bad news, I woke up last Tuesday to a Facebook announcement from my other radio buddy, Brent Gallagher (aka Wheezal Dogg), saying Wednesday (July 31) would be his last day on the air. His station, 93.9 The Hippo, had been bought by Deer Creek Broadcasting and gutted. What’s worse? They’ve given up mainstream rock for conservative talk radio! Long story short: Bustos Media Group had bought KFMF 93.9, KZAP 96.7 Classic Hits (Paradise) and a third station a few months prior. On Aug. 1, it traded the first two to Deer Creek in exchange for KHHZ 97.7, aka Radio Mexico, out of Gridley. Sadly, 93.9 is now simulcasting KPAY (1290 AM), which features Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, etc. Come September, 1290 will transition to KPAY Sports. KZAP reportedly will take on some of the rock that The Hippo used to play. I talked to Wheezal Dogg, who’s been on radio on and off for 17 years, about the changes. To say he’s bummed would be an understatement. Though he’d recorded a final show, it never aired—on July 31, the station went quiet. Dino Corbin, general manager/partner at Deer Creek, tells me it was a technical issue, that equipment was being moved that day. As for Wheez, he says: “Thanks to all my fans and friends for letting me rock the airwaves the way it was supposed to.” ZROCK and Thunder, please don’t give me a reason to pay for a Pandora account or Amazon Music. I don’t think I could handle it.

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America’s 45th president, Donald Trump, and Iran’s second and current Supreme Leader Ali Khameni are locked in a political conflict that could lead to real bombs and blood.

In the shadow of tyrants An Iranian-American writer considers the revolutions that shaped his destiny BY RAHEEM F. HOSSEINI r a h e e m h @ n e w s r e v i e w. c o m


awdling along a loping sidewalk on the Asian side of Istanbul—the literal dividing line between East and West—Pesar obsesses about name brands. “Are they important in America?” he asks, before sharing that they’re a big freaking deal in his native city of Tehran, where 10 percent of Iran’s 83 million people reside. I’m not sure what to say, mostly because this is a new responsibility, speaking for an entire country.



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A semi-big deal, I guess? I don’t know, I tell him, I feel like there’s a fine line between buying something you like and looking like a NASCAR driver. But yeah, some people get off flashing labels as a shorthand for status or depth. In America, I tell him, we call these people tools. Tall and reedy with round, owlish eyes and a nose that swerves as if from a calligrapher’s pen, Pesar takes this in. Most of his questions about America seem like tangential curve balls, but they all hit a strike zone for my cousin: Ultimately, he’s trying to gauge the cultural distance between an aspiring expatriate like himself and the America that has millions of young Iranians drunk on its myth. To Persians seeking asylum, escape or merely economic opportunity, the American brand

still mattered. But that was four long years ago, before Donald Trump hollowed out this country like it was a struggling hotel chain desperate for his naming rights—before he jealously scrapped Barack Obama’s denuclearization pact with Iran, renewed crippling economic sanctions and instituted a travel ban that dammed the outbound tide of educated Iranians emigrating to America—as my father did 50 years ago. Pesar won’t join his uncle. (“Pesar” is a derivation of the Farsi word for “cousin.” Because of the Iranian mullahs’ hypersensitivity to anything resembling criticism, I’m About the author: not identifying him.) Raheem F. Hosseini Despite re-electing a is news editor of the moderate president who has CN&R’s sister paper, the Sacramento News & Review.

inspired more women to doff the mandated head coverings while outdoors, Iran remains choked by a handful of fanatical mongers and brims with young people yearning to escape its dead-end economy. Pesar attended grad school in Turkey in the hopes of becoming more appealing to U.S. immigration officials. In March 2015, standing at the threshold between Eastern and Western civilizations, I told my cousin, “You’re a man without a country.” He nodded reluctantly. Today, he’s stuck in Iran as our two nations stand on the brink of an unnecessary, reckless and purely ego-driven war. Maybe you’ve heard the drumbeat: sabotaged oil tankers in the Persian Gulf and a downed U.S. drone, an airstrike called off by Trump at the last minute and a check-raise by Iran’s leaders to boost uranium production. No one is backing down, no one is making sense. So far, this narrative has been driven by bellicose governments—our temperamental commander-in-chief and Iran’s supremely grumpy supreme leader. While they posture and prevaricate, everyday Iranians do what they’ve always done—navigate the whims of false idols. Their country almost charted a much different course, one that could have seen Iran become a secular republic instead of the world’s first Islamic state. Instead, the geopolitical gods intervened and forever bent the fates of the Iranian people, including the Hosseinis.

Battered-nation syndrome

My dad immigrated to the United States on a student visa in 1969, a full decade before a popular uprising toppled centuries of monarchic rule. If you know anything about Iranian history, you probably have this vague notion that the 1979 revolution came down to a twosided beef between the pro-West shah and the anti-West Ayatollah Khomeini. But that’s as two-dimensional as it sounds. And in Iran—a country roiled by internal ethnic and religious differences, paradoxical motivations and external meddling—everything has always been more complicated. In the late 19th century, in fact, half of Iran’s people still lived like nomads and even more couldn’t speak the native tongue, said Serpil Atamaz-Topcu, a Sacramento State University history professor specializing in this era of the Middle East. “It was very difficult to control all of Iran,” Atamaz-Topcu said. “There was no real unity.” The Qajar Empire didn’t necessarily create any, either. Lacking a strong military, the Qajars allowed Iran to fall under the shadow Russian and British soldiers rendezvous near Qazvin, Iran, in 1941. phoTo viA wikipediA, pUblic domAin RUSSiA

of the competing British and Russian empires around the time of the Industrial Revolution. To stay in power, Iran’s rulers allowed the two countries to veto deals between Iran and outside parties. But political reformers wanted their country to pursue the technological advances and constitutional changes they saw taking hold in Europe. Shia religious leaders, whose role was compartmentalized by the Qajars, wanted to expand their own power over the state. Conservative clerics and liberal reformers agreed on one thing, however: The empire had ceded too much to imperialist interests. At the turn of the 20th century, their uneasy alliance succeeded in replacing one monarch with another: An uneducated soldier who crossed the Caspian Sea and seized Tehran in 1921 from the Bolsheviks. Reza Shah Pahlavi was a study in paradoxes. Like his friend and contemporary Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who transitioned the Ottoman Empire to the Republic of Turkey, he was an ex-soldier with nationalist and secularist ideas. Unlike Atatürk, Reza Shah didn’t fancy sharing power. He crushed popular uprisings while instituting some of the very reforms— creating secular judicial and modern educational systems—his liberal critics wanted. That strong-arm style kept the shah in power until World War II, when he came into conflict with the British and the Russians, now uncomfortable allies against the creeping threat of Hitler. Reza Shah was making diplomatic overtures to the Third Reich, which the Allies didn’t like. To secure the continuation of the Pahlavi dynasty, Reza Shah left his country in 1941, provided his 19-year-old son inherited his throne. Mohammad Reza Shah proved more pliable to foreign interests. Iran became a critical supply route in World War II. The British transported munitions and other supplies to the Russians using Iran’s railroads and highways. The outsid-

... basically it was the Americans who put the shah into this really strong position and allowed him to be an authoritarian ruler. If the CIA and British Secret Intelligence Service didn’t prop up a fading ruler who devolved into brutal paranoia—Iran might resemble Britain today, with a mostly symbolic monarchy and agenda-setting parliament.

ers confiscated Iranians’ property if needed. Clashes flared on the borders. The Swiss-educated, battle-untested Mohammad Reza Shah faced domestic challenges from the outset. His people saw him as weak and unworthy. They may not have liked the father, but they feared him. “That’s when the parliament, for the first time, takes over actually,” Atamaz-Topcu said. The shah saw his power wane as a new prime minister asserted his independence from both the monarch and his foreign allies. England, Russia and the United States all had established footholds in the Middle Eastern country by then, but there was an unmistakable momentum, Atamaz-Topcu said. It was interrupted. “That could have changed things for Iran in the long run if that actually continued,” she said. This could have transitioned into a more parliamentary democracy style of administration. But unfortunately, especially with the U.S. involvement, this was not possible.”

Diverting democracy It was the early 1950s, and in the southern farming village of Rafsanjan, the Hosseinis caught their first glimpse of American ingenuity. Hamid bounced on the back of his father’s

motorbike as it nettled through the ragged countryside to a shanty abutting a wide, plowed field. It had been a long, jostling ride for a boy his age. Ali Akbar’s second-born enjoyed these overnight tours of his father’s lands. They would make camp in a shack and wake early to plant pistachio seeds alongside the hardhanded grownups. Sometimes Baba even let him hold the money before he portioned it out. It all felt so magnificently consequential. The workers were the ones to point out the strange chalk markings on the rocks. No one knew what they signified, but some days earlier they had heard—and then saw—what looked like a giant, metal horse fly circling above. They’d never seen a helicopter. Nor did they know that American mining interests had discovered valuable copper secreted in the earth. Too valuable for Ali Akbar to keep. No law insulated a subject from his king’s desires. Weeks later, Hamid tottered after his father into town, past the glinting bronze statue of their dour-faced ruler. The late morning sun daubed the square in a gauzy brown gold. Up ahead, a scrum of villagers celebrated or argued, Hamid couldn’t tell which. His eyes followed their gesturing hands. Suspended from the second floor of a storefront, he saw a donkey. No, not a real donkey, Hamid realized. Fake, like a large puppet. Hamid would learn the term for it when he was much older: “effigy.” The men of the village called it by another name: “shah.” After what happened next, they would pretend they never said such a thing. Nearly 900 kilometers northwest, in the capital of Tehran, CIA-backed fighters were recapturing a country that was shifting away from centuries of dynastic rule. Mohammad Reza Shah had left Iran. The government of Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq had sidelined the monarch with democratic reforms. Mossadeq successfully nationalized the country’s oil industry, which the British had been able to exploit due to its support of the shah. Finally, Iran had the governance and resources to control its own fate. TYRANTS c o n T i n U e d AUGUST 8, 2019

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Britain didn’t let that happen. Its leaders fumed at losing its sweetheart stake in Persian petroleum, organizing a worldwide embargo and freezing Iranian assets. When that didn’t work, they pitched their U.S. allies on a covert operation to reinstall the shah. President Harry Truman balked, but he was a lame duck. London refined its case to the new administration: Mossadeq was soft on communism. A democratic Iran would turn red in the brewing Cold War. President Dwight D. Eisenhower greenlit Operation Ajax. Together, the Western powers concocted a secret plan to replace Iran’s prime minister with a puppet general, and set the embattled shah back upon his throne. The coup d’etat lasted only three days in August 1953, but reverberates even now, as the United States of America and Islamic Republic of Iran goad each other into an armed conflict. “Without the American support … the shah really couldn’t survive that long politically,” AtamazTopcu explained. “So basically it was the Americans who put the shah into this really strong position and allowed him to be an authoritarian ruler similar to his father.” If it didn’t happen—if the CIA and British Secret Intelligence Service didn’t prop up a fading ruler who devolved into brutal para-

noia—Iran might resemble Britain today, with a mostly symbolic monarchy and agenda-setting parliament, Atamaz-Topcu posited. But history unfolded the way it did. Hundreds were imprisoned, tortured, executed. Mossadeq spent the rest of his days confined to his home. And a boy who was not yet my father looked to his next adventure.

Bastard of the revolution Hamid read his wife’s letter again hoping to reverse its portents. It was the summer of 1979 and the 32-year-old California transplant was stuck in powder-keg Tehran. Ruhollah Khomeini was coming, the people said, and the grim-faced cleric with the populist message wanted everyone on the rooftops shouting “Allahu Akbar.” Hamid joined his sisters and tried to summon the words from the night sky. “I couldn’t speak,” he recalled recently. “Nothing comes out of me because it isn’t real.” All my father wanted to do was ask his pregnant wife what happened. Hamid moved to America in 1969. Despite all those nights of sequestered studying for the cutthroat entrance exams, he fell short of being admitted to Iran’s prestigious universities. After the

army, Hamid asked a friend what they would do. Go to America, the friend replied. The 22-year-old and three mates landed in San Francisco. They adapted quickly to the counterculture lifestyle; the language came with more effort. Hamid’s student visa obliged him to an enrollmenthungry college in North Carolina, but a friend found a way for them to all stay in Northern California. They enrolled in Cosumnes River College and eventually transferred to Sacramento State. Hamid had gone home before— to bury his older brother and then his father. He went back this time for a happier reason: In 1977, he married my mother, a German woman with permanent residency in the United States. To fall under her green card status, my dad was required to apply through any U.S. embassy outside the United States. Even then, immigration law was convoluted. Hamid chose the one in Tehran, where his family had moved. His plane touched down in a roiling landscape. In the years since the United States helped him reclaim power, Mohammad Reza Shah had evolved into the sort of West-courting authoritarian that made his father such a perplexing figure. The shah’s Western supporters saw glitzy nightclubs and casinos, Persian women wearing glam fashions and even a red-light district with sanctioned prostitution. The vast majority of Iranian people experienced a different reality. Thousands were imprisoned and tortured because of their political views. The shah’s secret police, SAVAK, was rumored to have dumped hundreds of dissidents from a plane into the ocean and to regularly bribe people to spy on their families. Hamid remembers his mother admonishing loose talk inside the house with these words: “Don’t. The wall has ears.” Atamaz-Topcu underlined the disconnect between the cosmetic changes the outside world saw and the substantive reforms the shah denied his people. “He was a big fan of Western lifestyle. But the Western ideals Reza Shah Pahlavi, right, with U.S. President Harry Truman in Washington, D.C., November 1949. phoTo viA nATionAl ArchiveS And recordS AdminiSTrATion



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I can’t but help note the echoes to America today: A leader who accepts help from foreign governments, who lives extravagantly and derides democratic ideals. Where have we heard that recently?

that would have made the biggest change in Iran—the political ideals—he didn’t try them at all,” she said. I can’t but help note the echoes to America today: A leader who accepts help from foreign governments, who lives extravagantly and derides democratic ideals. Where have we heard that recently? “It was almost like here,” my dad said. “The rich got richer and the poor got poorer.” That discontent created fertile ground for the 1979 revolution. While Khomeini, an exiled preacher whose sermons circulated throughout Iran via underground recordings, was the spiritual leader of the revolution, he wasn’t its only member. Nor was it a given that he would preside over what followed. “The whole revolution, it wasn’t just Muslims,” said Ali Hosseini, my uncle. “It was lefties, communists, it was everything. … There were so many groups that came together.” But that’s the thing about revolutions. You have to be exceptionally lucky to stick the landing. The American Revolution ended with a reluctant leader more interested in establishing an enduring system than his own legacy. America got Gen. George Washington. Iran got Ayatollah Khomeini. Once he arrived, Khomeini began asserting his will. He spent the next few years eliminating rivals and allies alike to consolidate his power. Just as the shah removed the hijabs, Khomeini saddled them back on. He was a mirror image of

the man he replaced: Secular shah or fundamentalist cleric, they both acted without the consent of the governed. Iran’s famed universities closed for three years, until they could be cleansed of their “imperialist” curricula and consecrated in the new regime’s version of Islam. Ali watched gunfights at Tehran Polytechnic—now called Amirkabir University of Technology—from his high school window. His future wife walked to her newly gendersegregated classroom shielding her eyes from the posters of maimed or killed soldiers on her school walls. She was 7. Life to them felt unrecognizable. As for my dad, he finally made it back to California after nine long months. After my mom died in 2016, he found the letters they wrote each other during their involuntary separation. They jogged memories of a wife who tried to meet him in Iran, but was stranded in Germany when the Tehran airport shut down; of the car he sold for her airfare and their rent; of the cruel way that distance, time and hardship erode a couple’s resolve and dim their shared memory, until soul mates almost become strangers. Somewhere in there they lost a baby. Once he got home—to his real home—Hamid and Lissy rebuilt what the revolution sundered. Nine months later they had a child. My dad ran through a list of names until my mom stopped him. She liked that one. And that’s how I came to be called Raheem.

Iran so far away It’s a weird feeling owing your existence to a personal tragedy and a historical revolution. That’s a cosmic debt I don’t think I’ll ever comprehend. Maybe that’s why I’ve always felt ambivalent about visiting my father’s homeland. (That, and the fact that under Iran’s conscription law, I owe two years of military service to a country I’ve never seen.) Until now, I’ve only known Iran through the people who left it. I asked a childhood friend who recently returned from a 10-day visit to Tehran in May what it was like. Jasmin Shoemaker grew up in a house a couple of blocks from mine with two Iranian parents.

One of the mullah’s sons owns the mall in  Tehran, which includes a library patterned after  Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  Most people cannot afford to shop there.  Below: the view of Tehran from Azadi Tower, which  translates to “Freedom Tower” and used to bear  the shah’s name until he was overthrown. PhoToS by JASmin ShoemAker

Shoemaker said making her first visit to Iran in her 30s was like realizing Atlantis was real. “It was cool to see so many people speaking Farsi and looking like me,” she said. “It was starting to feel like a make-believe place.” The thing that stuck out to her maybe the most was how worn down the people were by the sanctions. Iranians, who are known for generous overtures, were instead haggling over money. “I feel like there’s a tension there right now. … How much pressure can people take?” Consider the Iranian predicament: 46 percent of the country is between the ages of 25 and 54, and the median age is 28. A staggering 69 percent of the population lives in packed urban centers. Meanwhile, a small cabal of aging and ultra-conservative mullahs death-grip power like they’re already frozen into rigor mortis. Heap onto that a teetering pension system and the threat of hyperinflation, is it any wonder so many

young people yearn to leave? In 2009, the International Monetary Fund ranked Iran first out of 91 developed nations in the number of educated citizens emigrating outside the country. More recently, in 2014, Iran’s minister of science, research and technology estimated the county’s brain drain amounted to 150,000 expats each year. “Iran is not the same Iran,” Atamaz-Topcu noted. “These people, they did not live under the shah’s rule. They did not live under the first years of the revolution and they have different expectations. First and foremost, they want freedom.” They can’t seem to get it. It’s been 10 years since the Green Revolution, when mostly young Iranians took to the streets to contest a stolen presidential election. They were put down without mercy or reservation, by religious hypocrites who learned too well how to bolt the doors behind them. My aunt’s cousin learned this on the damp floor of a jail cell, begging a guard to stop kicking him.

The student summoned the name of the prophet Muhammad’s daughter. The jailer cursed and rammed a boot into his captive’s head. A week after he disappeared without warning, my aunt’s cousin returned home shaken, whispering that the mullahs import their torturers. There are reports that elements within the Trump administration— namely National Security Adviser John Bolton—want to squeeze Iran so hard that the people rebel against the regime. “They want there to be so much pressure … that they’re hoping people will fight their government,” said Assal Rad, a research fellow at the National Iranian American Council. Both Rad and Atamaz-Topcu see parallels to America’s misguided— perhaps fraudulent—invasion of Iraq, which bequeathed countless deaths and disfigurements, as well as a quagmire that siphoned this nation’s prestige and economic future. “War is not a distant memory in this country,” added Rad, an Iranian-American who last visited the country in 2015. “It defined a generation—and it defined a landscape. If you step [foot] in Iran, you’ll know there was a war here.” And there’s little appetite for a new one, whether it’s with the mullahs or United States. In a nation that stretches across a million miles of rugged, mountainous land between the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf, still wounded by its own revolutionary history, scarred by foreign intrusion and strangled by gangster-like regimes, Trump’s incoherent strategy is only building popular support for Iran’s hardliners, Rad said. Think of it this way, my aunt said: “You would rather deal with a bad dad than a stranger who abuses you, because at least he’s your dad.” Congratulations, President Trump, you’ve made the ayatollahs look sympathetic by comparison. My uncle reminded me there’s a saying that the revolution devours its children. He was referring to Iran. But I think it could yet apply here, too. Ω AUGUST 8, 2019





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Arts &Culture THIS WEEK Exploring remote Antarctica at 1078 Gallery


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tisement for available jobs at McMurdo Station, in Antarctica, and decided to scratch her itch for adventure and apply for the position of “dining attendant”—a euphemism for dishwasher, as it turned out. During summer story and months, McMurdo photo by Station, Antarctica’s largRobert Speer est research community, r ober ts peer@ is home to around 1,000 newsrev i ew.c om people. They generate a lot of dirty dishes. Review: Ott was unfazed. Outer Space is Closer Than Antarctica fascinated Antarctica shows her—so much so that through Aug. in coming years she 18. Reception: returned for three addiSaturday, Aug. 17, 6-8 p.m. tional stints in various capacities, ranging from 1078 Gallery baker to housekeeper. 1710 Park Ave. When she wasn’t 433-1043 1078gallery.org working, she was building a photo archive of the intriguing world around her. Antarctica is at once very much like a desert and, simultaneously, a desert’s exact opposite. Among her other current roles, Ott is artist in residence at the Gateway Science Museum. That brought her into contact with Dr. Fraka Harmsen, a renowned geologist who at the time was dean of the College of Natural



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Sciences at Chico State. She has been on two challenging deep-field explorations into the interior of the icy continent in search of fish fossils that would reveal the continent’s ancient geological history. Last Saturday (Aug. 3), the two joined forces at the 1078 Gallery, where Harmsen, a professor of geology, presented a slide show of photos she’d taken while on her explorations. As she presented the slides, she read from a book, Mountains of Madness: A Scientist’s Odyssey in Antarctica, written by John Long, also a member of the expeditions. As Long points out in his book, hiking across Antarctica is always dicey. The weather is constantly changing. Fog can make traveling impossible for days on end. There are numerous hidden crevasses. And once an exploration is underway, the team is completely on its own in a beautiful but desolate and dangerous landscape. Harmsen’s presentation was accompanied by Ott’s exhibition of hand-cut photos, black-and-white illustrations, and cotton “ice sheets”— Ott calls them “photographic quilts.” Collectively, they catalog her observations made during four five-month stays at McMurdo Station. The first thing one sees at the exhibit is a huge illustration that describes the Karman Line, which commonly represents the boundary between Earth and outer space. As her show’s title—Outer Space Is Closer Than Antarctica: Things I Learned Working at an Antarctic Research Base—suggests,

it’s fairly astonishing that outer space begins just 62 miles from where we are, while McMurdo Station is 8,496 miles away from California. The realization that our atmosphere is so thin and fragile and yet is all that protects us from meteoric destruction is profound. Ott’s illustrations are charming. She has a unique style that is at once pleasantly lighthearted and also is capable of explaining complex scientific concepts. One of the side benefits of working at McMurdo is the opportunity to attend presentations by the research scientists there, and Ott took full advantage. In a series of about 10 illustrations, each about 2 feet square, Ott describes and, in her inimitable way, explains such phenomena as karabatic winds, ventifacts (“Ventifacts Are Rocks”), scientific ice cores (“Ice Cores Are Time Travelers”) and long-duration balloons that can carry data-collecting payloads weighing up to 8,000 pounds and ascend 26 miles for as long as two weeks. A second element of her show is a series of photos taken at the station with the human elements—waste bins, buildings, generators, people—cut away, forcing attention on this “desert landscape,” as she describes it in her artist’s statement, on which we humans inevitably leave traces. Finally, a series of large cloth sheets hanging from the ceiling—her “photographic quilts”—are meant to “reflect Antarctic ice as a rapidly changing component in the dilemma of climate change.” Ω



Special Events BUTTE COLLEGE SUMMERFEST: The community college is throwing a party in the plaza during the market. Get info on classes, degrees, free tuition and new programs focused on rebuilding communities. Thu, 8/8, 6pm. City Plaza, downtown Chico.

THURSDAY NIGHT MARKET: Local produce, fresh flowers, music, arts and crafts, and food trucks. Thu, 8/8, 6pm. Downtown Chico. 345-6500. downtownchico.com



Special Events POTLUCK, OPEN MIC AND JAM: Bring a dish to share, an acoustic instrument, your voice, a song or your favorite joke. Small donation requested. Fri, 8/9, 5pm. Feather River Senior Center, 1335 Meyers St., Oroville.

VOLUNTEER FRIDAYS: Join in picking up litter and pulling weeds in th epark. For more info call Shane at 896-7831. Fri, 8/9, 9am. Bidwell Park.

BOB KIRKLAND TRIO Sunday, Aug. 11 Tender Loving Coffee SEE SUNDAY, MUSIC


BIG SAM’S FUNKY NATION Friday, Aug. 9 Lost On Main


SEE FRIDAY, MUSIC self-care. Sat 8/10, 10am. $5. Chico Art Center, 450 Orange St.

Music AFTER THIS JAZZ TRIO: Brunch-time jazz. Sat, 8/10, 11am. La Salles, 229 Broadway St. FOR THE FUNK OF IT MUSIC FESTIVAL: See Friday. Visit ftffest.com for info and tickets. Sat, 8/10, 11am. $175-$375. SOUL POSSE: Celebrate the rebuilding of the Paradise Moose Lodge with BBQ, beer, and fun dance music by local five-piece band playing hits from the ’60s and today. Sat, 8/10, 1pm. Loyal Order of Moose Lodges, 5275 Skyway, Paradise.


Music BIG SAM’S FUNKY NATION: New Orleans based power funk band mixes rock, hip-hop and jazz to get you on the dance floor. Sounds Good shares the bill. Fri, 8/9, 9pm. $15. Lost On Main, 319 Main St.

FOR THE FUNK OF IT MUSIC FESTIVAL: If you like the funk and jam head out to Belden for three days of music and mellow mayhem. Bands include locals Lo & Behold, Smokey the Groove and many more. Visit ftffest.com for info and tickets. Fri, 8/9, 2pm. $175-$375.

LYNN BROWN: Local guitarist and vocalist plays for happy hour. Fri, 8/9, 4pm. La Salles, 229 Broadway St.



Special Events FOR THE FUNK OF IT MUSIC FESTIVAL: See Friday. Visit tffest.com for info and tickets. Sat 8/10, 11am. $175-$375. HAPPIEST HOUR-COCKTAILS FOR A CAUSE: Valley Oak Children’s Services hosts fundraiser for Butte Parent Cafe and Behavioral Health Services with music by the Kelly Twins, drinks by Almendra, and apps, dinner, a raffle and an auction. Sat 8/10, 5pm. $50$60. Almendra Winery & Distillery, 9275 Midway, Durham. 895-3572.



Indian Fisheries parking lot at the intersection of W. Sacramento Ave. and River Road. Walk the short trail and see lots

of woodpeckers, resident titmice, nuthatches, herons and egrets. Contact Matt Forster findforster@yahoo.com. Sat 8/10, 8:30am. Indian Fisheries, 12161 River Road.

MOONLIT STROLL: Join Certified Naturalist Druin Heal for a summer evening stroll. This is part of Adventure Quest’s free monthly Adult Program but children are welcome. Meet in the Cedar Grove parking lot. Sat 8/10, 8pm. Bidwell Park, 965 Fir St.

STUDENT HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR: Back to School Supply Drive finale event featuring community organizations supporting student health, education and wellness and performances by Kinetics Academy of Dance & Inspire School of Arts & Science students. Sat 8/10, 12pm. Chico Mall, 1950 E. 20th St.

Post your event for free online at www. newsreview.com/calendar, or email the CN&R calendar editor at cnrcalendar@newsreview.com. Deadline for print listings is Wednesday, 5 p.m., one week prior to the issue in which you wish the listing to appear.

11am. Tender Loving Coffee, 365 E. Sixth St. THE DAMAGED GOODS: Fun local rock band plays the patio for a Sunday afternoon good time. Sun, 8/11, 3pm. Secret Trail Brewing Company, 132 Meyers St., Ste. 120.

FOR THE FUNK OF IT MUSIC FESTIVAL: See Friday. Visit ftffest.com for info and tickets. Sun, 8/11, 11am. $175-$375.




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FREE MOVIE: Free movie every week, call 8912762 for title. Sun, 8/11, 2pm. Chico Branch Library, 1108 Sherman Ave.

FARM STAND: Fun farmer’s market featuring local growers, plant starts, homemade bakery goods and medicinal herbs. Mon, 8/12,

4pm. Blackbird, 1431 Park Ave.



’90S HOUSE PARTY: Your nineties favorites are back. Vanilla Ice, Tone Loc, C+C Music Factory and All-4-One! Sun, 8/11, 8pm. $25-$50. Rolling Hills Casino & Resort, 2655 Everett Freeman Way, Corning.

BOB KIRKLAND TRIO: Longtime local favorite accompanies vegan brunch. Sun, 8/11,

Prisoner Support crew gathers to write letters to incarcerated individuals. Mon, 8/12,

6pm. Blackbird, 1431 Park Ave.



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FINE ARTS MASTER REMIX Shows through Aug. 30 Chico Art Center SEE ART

Art 1078 GALLERY: Outer Space is Closer Than Antarctica, hand-cut photographs and illustrations on Antarctica by Michelle Ott. Reception Saturday, Aug. 17, 6-8pm. Through 8/17. 1710 Park Ave.

CHICO ART CENTER: Master Remix, juried exhibition features creative remakes and appropriations of famous artworks by contemporary artists. Reception Friday, Aug. 9, 5-7pm. Through 8/30. 450 Orange St.

HEALING ART GALLERY AT ENLOE CANCER CENTER: Art by Connie G. Adams, Enloe Cancer Center Healing Art Gallery featuring Northern California artists whose lives have been touched by cancer showcases series of watercolor paintings by breast cancer survivor. Through 10/18. 265 Cohasset Road, 332-3856.

MUSEUM OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ART: Walls We Create, exhibition reflects the cultural experience of “barriers.” Through 9/29. $5. 900 Esplanade.

ORLAND ART CENTER: Group Show, 29 artists from all over California show their work. Through 9/21. 732 Fourth St., Orland.

Museums CHICO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: Featuring tons of 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

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ing in a factory that produces … chart-topping hits? Chiseled abs? We’re confused. 9. “Play That Funky Music,” Vanilla Ice: On this song, borrowing heavily from the 1976 original by Wild Cherry, the rapper introduces himself by boasting, “Yo, take it from the Ice Man/Lyrical poet with a master plan.” Fun fact: This song’s B-side was “Ice Ice Baby,” which gained popularity when DJs started playing it instead. 8. “So Much in Love,” All-4One: One of the decade’s finest purveyors of smoochy R&B music debuted with this 1993 single, the first in a string of slow-dance specials that played at countless GenXers’ high school proms. 7. “Things That Make You Go Hmmm…”, C+C Music Factory: Riffing off a gag on the The Arsenio Hall Show (how ’90s is that?), this hit features a funky-as-hell bassline and stylistically influential music video with exceptionally poor lipsyncing. 6. “Funky Cold Medina,” Tone Lōc: It’s an enchanting tale of receiving lukewarm interest from women at a bar, then discovering a love potion known as the Funky Cold Medina. Lōc tests it on his dog, which humps his leg with gusto. Pure magic. 5. “I Can Love You Like That,” All-4-One: The R&B crooners made a habit out of covering country songs, and this one (originally recorded by John Michael Montgomery) soundtracked teenage makeout sessions for an entire generation.


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Inday’s 4. “Wild Thing,” Tone Lōc: This jam lifts the guitar riff from Van Halen’s “Jamie’s Cryin.” The music video was in heavy rotation on MTV, featuring a host of women in mini skirts holding guitars and halfheartedly shaking tambourines. Have you guessed what “the wild thing” is yet? 3. “I Swear,” All-4-One: Another country cover, this song about getting married—and staying married, forever—is perhaps All-4One’s most recognizable slow jam. It topped the charts for 11 weeks and earned the group a Grammy Award. It’s so ’90s it hurts. 2. “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now),” C+C Music Factory: Released in 1990, this song went straight to the top of the charts and has since remained ubiquitous in movies and at awkward wedding-reception dances. Martha Walsh’s vocals are nothing short of iconic at this point, not to mention Freedom Williams’ genius rapping: “It’s your world and I’m just a squirrel/Tryin’ to get a nut to move your butt/To the dance floor.” Classic. 1. “Ice Ice Baby,” Vanilla Ice: As one of those songs that’s so bad it’s good, it’s hard to hate when Ice threatens to “wax MCs like a candle” and rhymes “bikinis” with “Lamborghini.” It’s so goofy, in fact, that a young Detroit MC named Marshall Mathers reportedly heard the song and considered quitting hip-hop, figuring that he couldn’t make it as a white rapper in the wake of “Ice Ice Baby.” Will it ever stop? Yo, I don’t know. Ω

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local EDM producers and DJs throw a bass-music party in the Peking Restaurant bar. Fri, 8/9, 9:30pm. $5-$10. BassMint, 243 W. Second St.

FIVE ALARM FUNK: Canadian-based funk band bring their horn- and percussion-fueled sound to Lost. Walk Talk opens the night (featuring members of Pimps of Joytime). Thu, 8/8, 8pm. $10-$13. Lost on Main, 319 Main St., 892-2445.

LOCOMOTIVE: Rock ’n’ roll dance band on the patio. Thu, 8/8, 6pm. La Salles, 229 Broadway St.

SOULMOTION: Beat the heat with DJ

Byrdie spinning all vinyl til late. Thu, 8/8, 8pm. Bill’s Towne Lounge, 135 Main St.

SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK: Gypsy swing and jazz with

the Feather River Gypsies. Thu, 8/8, 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, 8/8, 8pm. Studio Inn Lounge, 2582 Esplanade, (408) 449 2179.

BIG SAM’S FUNKY NATION: New Orleansbased power funk band mixes rock, hip-hop, and jazz to get you on the dance floor. Sounds Good shares the bill. Fri, 8/9, 9pm. $15. Lost On Main, 319 Main St.

THE DAMAGED GOODS: Local rockers

rock the plaza. Fri, 8/9, 7pm. City Plaza, downtown Chico, 132 W. Fourth St.

HERD ON THIRD: Local band plays songs from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s with a blues and jazz influence. Fri, 8/9, 6pm. Almendra Winery & Distillery, 9275 Midway Road, Durham.

from popular local trio. Fri, 8/9, 6:30pm. Diamond Steakhouse, 220 W. Fourth St.

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Get crunk this Saturday (Aug. 10) at the Beans for Queens Cornhole, Drag Show, and Chili Cook-off. There will be contests determining best cornbread and men’s underwear and live music featuring Kentucky Lungs, Dirty Jim and the Violators and more for one helluva night of good ol’ fashioned fun! Hosted by Ultra Beautician, the event is a fundraiser to help supply musical instruments to local youth. Get your tickets at the salon or call 345-1415.


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OPEN MIC: Bring an instrument. Acoustic/electric guitar and drum set available to use. Sign-ups at 7:30pm. All ages welcome until 10:00pm. Fri, 8/9, 8pm. $1. Down Lo, 319 Main St., 966-8342.

ROAST BATTLE: Local comedian Dillon Collins hosts a roast. Fri, 8/9, 9pm. $7-$10. The Maltese, 1600 Park Ave.


and rock with The Gypsy Bones. Fri, 8/9, 6:30pm. Palermo Park, 350 Ludlum Ave., Oroville.

YURKOVIC: Local blues/rock band brings their lo-fi sound to the Box. Fri, 8/9, 9pm. Tackle Box, 379 E. Park Ave.

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OPEN MIC COMEDY: Your weekly 

Wednesday dose of free comedy  with experienced and first-time  comedians. Sign-ups start at  8pm.  Wed, 8/14, 9pm. Studio Inn  Lounge, 2582 Esplanade.

XDS, Black Magnet and Solar  Estates.  Sat, 8/10, 9pm. Duffy›s  Tavern, 337 Main St.



’90S HOUSE PARTY: Your nineties 


HIGH VOLTAGE: Classic rock hits, country favorites and some modern  tunes for late night happy hour.  Sat, 8/10, 10pm. La Salles, 229 Broadway  St.


skank on with this local ska/punk  band. Sonoma garage rockers Death  ’n’ Taxes and Chico’s Similar Alien &  the Lizard Brains share the bill.  Sat, 8/10, 8:30pm. $7. The Maltese, 1600  Park Ave.

BEANS FOR QUEENS: Drag performers,  a chili cook-off, cornhole and more.  Live music by False Face Society,  Kentucky Lungs, Dirty Jim and the  Violators, and DJ Dyer. Proceeds to  help supply musical instruments to  local youth.  Sat, 8/10, 5pm. $15. Tix  at Ultra Beautician, 345-1415. Chico  Eagles Lodge, 1940 Mulberry St.


6:30pm. Diamond Steakhouse, 220 W.  Fourth St.

LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER: Bon Jovi tribute  band gives love a bad name.  Sat, 8/10, 9:30pm. $5. Feather Falls  Casino & Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive,  Oroville. featherfallscasino.com

RETROBILLY WRANGLERS: Old school  band brings you the blues, surf,  rockabilly, and western hits of  the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s.  Sat, 8/10,

8:30pm. Feather Falls Casino &  Lodge, 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville.  featherfallscasino.com

RUBE AND THE RHYTHM ROCKERS: Classic blues from one of Chico’s  most popular blues bands.  Sat, 8/10, 7pm. Wine Time, 1395 W. Lindo Ave.,  899-9250.

TEMPO REGGAE PARTY: Day and night  party featuring reggae, dancehall,  dub and roots from Nor-Cal’s top  DJs, bands and soundsystems, plus  a delicious $20 buffet.  Sat, 8/10, 5pm. Sipho’s, 1228 Dayton Road,  (805) 801-3844.

UP TO 11: ’80s metal cover band plays  your favorite hair band hits.  Sat, 8/10, 9pm. Tackle Box, 379 E. Park  Ave.

favorites are back to bring the  house down. Vanilla Ice, Tone Loc,  C+C Music Factory and All-4One!  Sun, 8/11, 8pm. $25-$50. Rolling  Hills Casino & Resort, 2655 Everett  Freeman Way, Corning.

JOHN SEID, LARRY PETERSON: Relaxing  dinner tunes with popular local  duo.  Sun, 8/11, 6pm. 5th Street  Steakhouse, 345 W. Fifth St.

MATT PLESS: Brooklyn-based folk punk  rocker performs, joined by Mr. 

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REEL WORLD FILM SHORTS Reviewers: Bob Grimm, Juan-Carlos Selznick and Neesa Sonoquie.

Opening this week The Art of Racing in the Rain

Film adaptation of Garth Stein’s 2008 bestselling novel about a dog name Enzo (voiced here by Kevin Costner) preparing for his future reincarnated life by studying his race-car-driving human caretaker, Denny (Milo Ventimiglia). Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG.

Bring the Soul: The Movie

The third live-concert/interview film about South Korean boy band BTS. Cinemark 14. Not rated.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold

A live-action adaptation of the popular Nickelodeon animated series about the adventure-loving 7-year-old, Dora, and her monkey pal, Boots. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG.

The Kitchen

Furious and funny Action-franchise spins off into gratifying direction Hobbs & Shaw W it’s presented by Fast & Furious, it is actually a spinoff from the series. In other words, rejoice! The hile the poster for

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leaden, dreary Vin Diesel is nowhere to be seen in this movie. Now we can have some by real fun! Bob Grimm Hobbs & Shaw is a bizarre bg r i mm@ hybrid of spy thriller, action flick, newsrev i ew.c om screwball comedy and science fiction. While previous Fast & Furious movies certainly have been outlandish, they’ve mostly remained grounded in reality (save for the occasional skyscraper-toFast & Furious skyscraper car jump). This movie Presents: Hobbs goes totally off the rails of realism. & Shaw Here, Furious franchise reguStarring Dwayne lars Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba Shaw (Jason Statham) are tasked and Vanessa Kirby. with protecting the latter’s sister, Directed by David Hattie (Vanessa Kirby), after she Leitch. Cinemark 14, injects herself with something that Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG-13. will have worldwide consequences if she’s captured. The main antagonist is Brixton (Idris Elba), a former Shaw ally who has turned into some sort of bionic badass dubbed, by himself, “Black Superman.” This is one place where the film goes totally batty—in a fun way. Elba makes for a good bad guy, and he has a super-smart motorcycle that would make Bruce Wayne jealous. The movie also goes a little crazy when it comes to the sibling relationship of Shaw and Hattie, who we




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see perform evil schemes like “the Keith Moon” in flashbacks to their youth. Stuntman-turned-director David Leitch, who gave us the first John Wick and Deadpool 2, knows his way around an action scene, and his edits create constant action and laughs—thanks in large part to Johnson and Statham’s great timing and onscreen chemistry. And while it’s expected that the tough-guy leads will kick ass in movies such as this, it’s Kirby who steals the show as the action hero of this installment. She is a total badass. Leitch also has some nice surprises with a few uncredited cameos. I won’t give any away, but I was blindsided, and the extensive and funny performances enhanced the film’s outlandishness. On the down side, at more than two hours, the film is way too long. There’s a scene near the end involving a chase around some nuclear reactors that has all the makings of a climax. Then, the film takes off to Hobbs’ native Samoa for an extended ending that wears out its welcome after a bit. It’s still a blast for the majority of the running time, and definitely calls for more Hobbs and Shaw adventures. It would be great if the franchise left the mushed-mouth dudeness out of movies altogether and stuck with this formula, and maybe even gave Kirby her own spinoff. She deserves to be center stage.  Ω

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Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss star as three women living in New York City’s ’s Hell’s Kitchen in the 1970s. After their mobster husbands are put in prison, they join forces to take over their criminal enterprises. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated R.

Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love

Documentary by Nick Broomfield (Kurt & Courtney) about the 50-year relationship between Leonard Cohen and his muse and one-time girlfriend Marianne Ihlen. Pageant Theatre. Rated R.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Alvin Schwartz’s 1980s series of children’s scary short stories gets the cinematic horror treatment. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated PG.

Reopening this week Midsommar

A traditional festival in Sweden—which only happens once every 90 years—devolves into something much darker than a group of visiting young Americans anticipated. Pageant Theatre. Rated R.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Now playing & Furious 3Fast Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

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

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.

Upon a Time in … 5Once Hollywood

When Quentin Tarantino is behind the camera, mayhem and artistic license win out—history and conventionality be damned. Movie No. 9 is a dreamy doozy, and maybe the director/screenwriter’s most unapologetic film yet. Set in 1969, Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood captures the dying days of both sixties culture and the Golden Age of Hollywood. And through Tarantino’s storytelling lens, they die hard—in mysterious and hallucinogenic ways. For leading men, we get the pairing of Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt starring as insecure, has-been actor Rick Dalton and his trusty stuntman, Cliff Booth, respectively. Dalton’s career has devolved into playing the bad guys on weekly installments of TV’s The F.B.I., while the blackballed and past-his-prime Booth is relegated to driving the actor around and acting as his confidant. The setup allows Tarantino to go hog wild with the sixties visuals and soundtrack. The end of the sixties was bona fide nuts, and this is a nutty movie. It also manages to be quite heartfelt and moving. Cinemark 14, Feather River Cinemas. Rated R —B.G.

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. Rated PG-13.

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. Rated G.


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Add alcohol to the booch, and all bets are off. Alcohol, after all, is an effective antimicrobial agent at higher concentrations. It even kills the very yeasts that produce it. Thus, whether the probiotic properties of kombucha persist under alcoholic conditions is a topic of uncertainty. “Probiotics don’t do well at our high alcohol level,” conceded Garrett Bredenkamp, chief executive officer of Kombrewcha, in a 2017 Well+Good magazine article. Keep in mind, moreover, that Bredenkamp’s boozy booch is barely boozy, with each of several flavors containing a meager 4.4 percent alcohol by volume, according to the Brooklyn company’s website. Other brands contain nearly twice the alcohol, and one might assume, then, that the health benefits of hard kombucha crumble before they even begin. Yet, in the same article, Adam Finer, co-founder of Boochcraft said the opposite—that lab analyses showed that the beneficial critters in Boochcraft could withstand ethanol concentrations of 15 percent alcohol-by-volume. Boochcraft’s most prominent brands run 7 percent ABV. Other hard kombucha companies push the health claims, usually with vague, fluffy language. On its website, the San Diego-based JuneShine calls its 6 percent ABV product line “an alcohol you can feel good about drinking.” Unity Vibration’s website claims that its kombucha beers “offer functional wellness benefits, plant-based adaptogens, living probiotics and are truly a better-foryou alcoholic libation!” KYLA Hard Komucha’s website waffles and calls boozy booch “healthy-ish.” Healthy-ish. OK, I’ll buy that. I generally stand by the word of sound science, and I am always leery of shameless product advertising. But while we’re waiting for peer-reviewed papers to establish the benefits of drinking hard kombucha, I’m willing to give certain health claims the benefit of the doubt. As for the notion that beer loaded with bacteria and yeast is healthier than conventional beer, I’ll roll with it. □

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DRAGONBOY AND GIRL Need a break from the stress of life on the 24-hour horrific-news cycle? Unplug, disengage your weary spirit from the feedback loop, and visit UMA & The Dragon, the new exhibit on the walls at Naked Lounge in downtown Chico. The show is a collaboration between longtime Chico arts maniac David “Dragonboy” Sutherland and his 2-year-old daughter, Uma Misha, and for Arts DEVO it was just the right amount of both fun and cute. It’s the perfect excuse to step away from all screens and see a different reflection of the world. In this case, that of a father with an open artistic mind bringing his kid along for the creative ride. Every material is fair game—with oddball creatures coming to life in both 2- and 3-D pieces created separately and together. The show is up through the end of August, and there will be a reception “Neko Azul,” by Uma and Dragonboy Aug. 28, 6-8 p.m. MEDIA ALERT For immediate release: Daran Goodsell has left the building.

After 23 years as director of marketing for Chico State’s Chico Performances, Goodsell has retired. According to a university press release, her replacement will be Rachel Simmons, who is moving to the University Public Engagement/Chico Performances office (starting Aug. 19) from Chico State’s College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management, where she did events planning and public relations. Naturally, in my role here at the CN&R, I’ve had many interactions with Goodsell over the past 16 years. (She actually used to work at this paper—in promotions and sales—before her Chico State days.) Not only has she been the most together promoter in town during my time here (I use her press releases as examples for other publicists), she’s also been a tireless arts advocate, and I’ve always been impressed with the energy she put forth in many facets of marketing and presenting the events of Chico Performances. I’m going to miss that passion and encountering her gregarious personality on a regular Daran Goodsell basis. But she’s still in town, and both she and husband Dan Goodsell (also recently retired from his job as production manager for Chico Performances) will no doubt return to Laxson Auditorium from time to time. From now on, of course, in the much less stressful capacity of audience members. Best of luck in your future adventures, my friend!

TONI MORRISON: FEB. 18, 1931-AUG. 5, 2019

“I laughed but before I could agree with the hairdressers that she was crazy, she said, ‘What’s the world for if you can’t make it up the way you want it?’ “‘The way I want it?’ “‘Yeah. The way you want it. Don’t you want it to be something more than what it is?’ “‘What’s the point? I can’t change it.’ “‘That’s the point. If you don’t, it will change you and it’ll be your fault cause you let it. …” —Toni Morrison, Jazz

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as L AND T FARMS at 1005 Liberty Lane Chico, CA 95928. LINDSEY CAFFERATA 1005 Liberty Lane Chico, CA 95928. TODD SIMMONS 1005 Liberty Lane Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a Married Couple. Signed: TODD SIMMONS Dated: July 15, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000836 Published: August 1,8,15,22, 2019

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as DRIVE THRU STOP AND SHOP at 6433 Skyway Suite 9 Paradise, CA 95969. GABRIELL HERNDON 5858 Tika Lane Magalia, CA 95954. ESTEFANIA MIRANDA 5858 Tika Lane Magalia, CA 95954. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: GABRIELL HERNDON Dated: July 12, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000829 Published: August 8,15,22,29, 2019

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following person is doing business as LO AND BEHOLD BEAUTY at 940 Mangrove Ave. Chico, CA 95926. LOREAL MATSON 1718 Magnolia Ave. Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as SIERRA POOLS INC at 3150 Hwy 32 Suite B Chico, CA 95973. SIERRA POOLS INC 3150 Hwy 32 Suite B Chico, CA 95973. This business is conducted by

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY a Corporation. Signed: TYLER MORELAND, PRES/OWNER Dated: July 29, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000896 Published: August 8,15,22,29, 2019

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as CHICO’S FINEST LANDSCAPING at 6727 County Road 20 Orland, CA 95963. RAUL J RAMIREZ 6727 County Road 20 Orland, CA 95963. MARCOS F SANDOVAL 220 West 22nd St Apt 1 Chico, CA 95928. This business is conducted by a General Partnership. Signed: RAUL J RAMIREZ Dated: July 26, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000894 Published: August 8,15,22,29, 2019

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT The following persons are doing business as SUMMIT STRUCTURAL DESIGN at 383 Rio Lindo Ave., Suite 200 Chico, CA 95926. SUMMIT STRUCTURAL DESIGN 383 Rio Lindo Ave., Suite 200 Chico, CA 95926. This business is conducted by a Corporation. Signed: RYLAND BURDETTE, VICE PRESIDENT Dated: July 24, 2019 FBN Number: 2019-0000882 Published: August 8,15,22,29, 2019

NOTICE OF LIEN SALE Pursuant to CA Business Code 21700, in lieu of rents due, the following units contain clothes, furniture, boxes, etc. 238SS ARTEAGA JOSE 6x10 (Couches, Table, Totes) 459CC MATHEW BOYD 6x15 (Totes, Furniture, Bags) 332CC GRIFFIITH ANTOINETTE 6x12 (Boxes, Furniture, Bags) 276SS RAKES AARON 6x10 (Totes, Bags) 532CC RODGERS GUNNER A 6x7 (Boxes) 258SS WELSHANS LAVETTE 7x7 (Boxes, Bags) 230SS TAYLOR RACHELLE 5x10 (Couches, Bags) Contents to be sold to the highest bidder on: Saturday August 24, 2019 Beginning at 1:00PM Sale to be held at: Bidwell Self Storage, 65 Heritage Lane, Chico, CA 95926. (530) 893-2109 Published: August 8,15, 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 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


For the week oF AUGUSt 8, 2019 ARIES (March 21-April 19): When it came

time to write your horoscope, I was feeling unusually lazy. I could barely summon enough energy to draw up the planetary charts. I said a weak prayer to the astrological muses, pleading, “Please don’t make me work too hard to discover the message that Aries people need to hear; just make the message appear in my mind.” As if in response, a voice in my head said, “Try bibliomancy.” So I strolled to my bookcase, shut my eyes, pulled out the first book I felt, and went to a random page. Here’s what I saw when I opened my eyes: “The Taoist concept of wu-wei is the notion that our creative active forces are dependent on and nourished by inactivity; and that doing absolutely nothing may be a good way to get something done.”

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an old Rosicrucian vow you might have fun trying out: “I pledge to interpret every experience that comes my way as a communication of God with my soul.” If you carry out this intention with relaxed playfulness, every birdsong you hear is an emblem of Divine thought; every eavesdropped conversation provides hints of the Creator’s current mood; the shape that spilled milk takes on your tabletop is an intimation of eternity breaking into our time-gripped realm. In my years of offering you advice, I have never before suggested you try this exercise because I didn’t think you were receptive. But I do now. (If you’re an atheist, you can replace “God,” “Divine,” and “Creator” with “Life.”) are unheralded gifts possessed by many Geminis but not commonly identified by traditional astrologers: 1. A skill for deprogramming yourself: for unlearning defunct teachings that might otherwise interfere with your ability to develop your highest potentials; 2. A sixth sense about recognizing artificial motivations, then shedding them; 3. A tendency to attract epiphanies that show you why and how to break taboos that may once have been necessary but aren’t any longer; 4. An ability to avoid becoming overwhelmed and controlled by situations you manage or supervise.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): In 1993, I be-

gan writing a book titled The Televisionary Oracle. By 1995, I had generated over 2,000 pages of material that I didn’t like. Although I was driven by a yearning to express insights that had been welling up in me for a long time, nothing about the work felt right. I was stuck. But finally I discovered an approach that broke me free: I started to articulate difficult truths about aspects of my life about which I was embarrassed, puzzled and ashamed. Then everything fell into place. The process that had been agonizing and fruitless became fluidic and joyful. I recommend that you try this strategy to dissolve any mental blocks you may be suffering from: Dive into and explore what makes you feel ashamed, puzzling or embarrassed. I bet it will lead to triumph and fulfillment, as happened for me.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I am overjoyed that

you’re not competing for easy rewards or comparing yourself to the mediocre crowd. Some people in your sphere may not be overjoyed, though. To those whose sense of self isn’t strong, you may be like an itchy allergen; they may accuse you of showing off or acting puffed up. But freaks like me appreciate creative egotists like you when you treat your personality as a work of art. In my view, you’re a stirring example of how to be true to one’s smartest passions. Keep up the good work! Continue to have too much fun! I’m guessing that for now you can get away with doing just about anything you want as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Let’s enjoy EquAl OPPORTuNITy EmPlOyER

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a moment of poignant silence in honor of your expired illusions. They were soulful mirages: full of misplaced idealism and sweet ignorance and innocent misunderstandings. Generous in ways you may not yet realize, they exuded an agitated

by rob brezSny beauty that aroused both courage and resourcefulness. Now, as those illusions dissolve, they will begin to serve you anew, turning into fertile compost for your next big production.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Old rules and

traditions about how best to conduct intimate relationships are breaking down. New rules are still incubating. Right now, the details about how people express their needs to give and receive love seem to be riddles for which there are no correct answers. So what do you do? How do you proceed with the necessary blend of confidence and receptivity? Can you figure out flexible strategies for being true both to your need for independence and your need for interdependence? I bring these ruminations to your attention, Libra, just in time for the “Transforming Togetherness” phase of your cycle.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): It’s time

for your once-a-year shoutout to your most audacious possibilities. Ready? Go ahead and say, “Hallelujah! Hosanna! Happiness! Hooray for my brilliant future!” Next, go ahead and say, “I have more than enough power to create my world in the image of my wisest dreams.” Now do a dance of triumph and whisper to yourself, “I’m going to make very sure I always know exactly what my wisest dreams are.”

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

During the next three weeks, I advise you to load up on copious amounts of caffeine from Monday at 8 a.m. until Friday at 6 p.m. Then drastically cut back on the coffee and consume large amounts of alcohol and/or marijuana from 6:01 p.m. on Friday through 6 p.m. on Sunday. This is the ideal recipe for success. JUST KIDDING! I lied. Here’s the truth, Sagittarius: Astrological indicators suggest you would benefit from making the coming weeks be the most undrugged, alcohol-free time ever. Your potential for achieving natural highs will be extraordinary, as will your potential to generate crucial breakthroughs while enjoying those natural highs. Take advantage!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I

don’t presume you should or will gleefully embrace the assignment I’ll propose. The task may indeed be too daunting for you to manage right now. If that’s the case, don’t worry. You’ll get another chance in a few months. But if you are indeed ready for a breathtaking challenge, here it is: Be a benevolent force of wild nature; be a tender dispenser of creative destruction; be a bold servant of your soulful dreams—as you demolish outmoded beliefs and structures that have been keeping a crucial part of your vitality shackled and latent.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I have

cast a feisty love spell that will be triggered in anyone who reads the first line of this horoscope. And since you have done that, you are now becoming even smarter than you already were about getting the most out of your intimate alliances. You’re primed to experiment with the delights of feeling with your head and thinking with your heart. Soon you’ll be visited by revelations about any unconscious glitches that might be subtly undermining your togetherness, and you’ll get good ideas about how to correct those glitches. Astrological rhythms will be flowing in your relationships’ favor for the next seven weeks!

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I estimate

that about 25% of your fear results from your hesitation to love as deeply and openly and bravely as you could. Another 13% originates in an inclination to mistake some of your teachers for adversaries, and 21% from your reluctance to negotiate with the misunderstood monsters in your closet. But I suspect that fully 37% of your fear comes from the free-floating angst that you telepathically absorb from the other 7.69 billion humans on our planet. So what about the remaining 4%? Is that based on real risks and worth paying attention to? Yes! And the coming weeks will be an excellent time to make progress in diminishing its hold on you.

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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


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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: EIDEN AARON CHURCH Proposed name: EDEN AARON KING 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: 19CV02152 Published: August 1,8,15,22, 2019

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner CITLALLY SILVAS ESQUIVEL filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: BRIAN GIOVANNI CRUZESQUIVEL Proposed name: BRIAN GIOVANNI CRUZ-ESQUIVEL 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 this Legal Notice continues



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without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING Date: August 28, 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: ROBERT A. GLUSMAN Dated: July 5, 2019 Case Number: 19CV01967 Published: August 1,8,15,22, 2019

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner CITLALLY SILVAS ESQUIVEL filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: ALEJANDRA YOHANNA ESQUIVEL Proposed name: ALEJANDRA YOHANNA SILVAS ESQUIVEL 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: August 28, 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 8, 2019 Case Number: 19CV01966 Published: August 1,8,15,22, 2019

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner CITLALLY SILVAS ESQUIVEL filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: CITLALLY SILVAS ESQUIVEL Proposed name: CITLALLY SILVAS ESQUIVEL 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: August 28, 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: ROBERT A. GLUSMAN this Legal Notice continues

Dated: July 5, 2019 Case Number: 19CV01965 Published: August 1,8,15,22, 2019

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner RAFELIO PADILLA CORDENAS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: Present name: RAFELIO PADILLA CORDENAS Proposed name: ROGER PADILLA 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 18, 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 25, 2019 Case Number: 19CV02261 Published: August 1,8,15,22, 2019

SUMMONS 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

(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

SUMMONS NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: RACHEL LIZA GOMEZ YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: BUTTE COUNTY CREDIT BUREAU A CORP NOTICE! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), your county library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The Court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. The name and address of the court is: Superior Court of California County of Butte 1775 Concord Avenue Chico, CA 95928 LIMITED CIVIL CASE The name, address and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney is: JOSEPH L SELBY (#249546) Law Office of Ferris & Selby 2607 Forest Avenue Ste 130 Chico, CA 95928. (530) 366-4290 Dated: December 21, 2018 Signed: KIMBERLY FLENER Case Number: 18CV04121 Published: August 8,15,22,29, 2019

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