Since You Asked: Is Evans' Furniture closing?
Q: I noticed recently that the Evans' Furniture on Highway 99 in Yuba City had a huge banner saying "Retirement Sale, Liquidation — 50-percent off." Does this mean there's another Yuba City store that's going out of business?
A: No, Evans' Furniture Galleries is not going out of business in Yuba City, a store manager said.
Rather, owner Chris Swinney is retiring at the end of February and handing the reins over to his son, Harry, according to Ken Prins, a store employee.
Prins acknowledged many have been confused by the banner sign.
"We get that question a lot, lately," Prins said. "We're just having a liquidation sale because we're over-inventoried."
The sign isn't the only bit of mild confusion surrounding the store. Some city business records spell the owner's name "Swiney," while others list it as "Sweeney."
Efforts to reach the Swinneys directly were not successful.
According to the Evans' Furniture Galleries website, the store opened in Yuba City in 1966, but city business records don't go back that far.
Evans' Furniture also has stores in Chico and Redding.
Prins said the liquidation sale started Dec. 28 is scheduled to go until the end of February or whenever they clear half their stock off the floor. Whichever comes first.
Where to pull over?
Q: Recently, I was driving on Colusa Avenue, a three-lane road, and saw some drivers were not pulling over when an ambulance came up behind us with lights and sirens activated. What is the penalty for not pulling over and, if I'm on a three-lane road, should I pull to the right or to the left?
A: Drivers are required to pull over to the farthest right and stop whenever any emergency vehicle approaches from behind with lights and sirens, Marysville police Sgt. Chris Sachs explained.
"That includes three-lane roads, too," Sachs said. "Emergency responders are trained to drive in the farthest left hand lane and we expect drivers to pull to right as soon it's safe to do so."
It's dangerous when a driver refuses to pull over or just slows down.
"If the driver has to split traffic by partially moving into another lane, it creates another traffic hazard," Sachs said.
And it slows down the emergency response.
Failing to pull over is a traffic infraction, Sachs said.
According to ticketbust.com, it can result in a fine of more than $400.