At times during this fall’s still simmering fire season, rookie Gov. Gavin Newsom looked a little like a scared rabbit as he ping-ponged for weeks from blaze to blaze, from Los Angeles to Santa Rosa and many points in between.
This year about 700,000 appendectomies will be performed in North America. And although the lowly appendix does not get the attention associated with other problems, each year nearly 3,000 people will die of appendicitis. But do all cases require surgery?
Build 3.5 million new dwelling units across California by 2025 and this state’s housing shortage will be solved, Gov. Gavin Newsom prescribed during his campaign last year and many times since.
Thursday, the day before the one-year anniversary of the devastating Camp Fire, agencies and organizations got together near New Bullards Bar Dam and announced the creation of the North Yuba Forest Partnership.
If you have a fire in your house – even if the damage wasn’t all that great, but the smoke and ash permeated everything – the restoration companies swoop in. Every surface in the house is going to be cleaned and sealed, so everything has to be gotten out of the way – every single thing is pa…
Sutter County Sheriff’s Department was down here at the homeless camp harassing homeless people and taking their vehicles that we live in without probable cause or justification. Their justification for this actually was ... “because they can.”
Autumn has arrived and, with it, open enrollment season, when every person with job-based health insurance “chooses” a health plan. If you’re like most people, you are struggling to figure out what exactly you get for your insurance premium dollars, how much you’ll have to pay out of pocket …
North state farmers feed the world. Valued at the farm gate, they produce food worth $4.4 billion, making our region among the most productive agriculture regions in the world.
It can be confusing for climate-conscious consumers to sort through all of the carbon-reduction options out there in search of the ones that can truly make a difference. Even with a background in carbon footprint analysis, I still find it tricky to separate the good ideas from the bad.
A half-decade ago, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature overhauled California’s school finance system with the avowed goal of closing the “achievement gap” separating poor and English learner students from their more privileged classmates.
There is no public polling on this issue, but anyone who travels around California can sense that many, if not most, electric customers would like to be rid of big utility companies like Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison, yet they fear possible consequences if those f…
It’s an old, old issue, never quite settled. Addiction ... is it wholly a health issue? Or is it sometimes a morals issue? Is a war on drugs sometimes a war on people with physical and/or behavioral health issues?
It’s been aptly said, “They preach patience who never felt pain.” Chronic severe pain can be soul destroying, particularly when the diagnosis is not known. One of the most troublesome categories is back and neck pain. It can render people immobile, making even the simplest activity a challen…
Having declared “I own it,” Gov. Gavin Newsom is stepping up his personal involvement and political investment in the disaster-tinged bankruptcy of Pacific Gas and Electric Co., wagering his still-new governorship on reforming– or dissolving– the nation’s largest investor-owned utility.
(Editor’s note: Local Jeff Magill is the father of Margery Magill, who was randomly targeted and murdered in Washington, D.C., earlier this year by a man with mental health issues.)
Around town this past week ... at coffee, at club meetings, at shops, downtown, at the mall, at the bowling alley ... someone was talking about fires and shutoffs and very likely about generators. They were talking about how much they are using the generator they already have, or how they wi…
Def Leppard is the opening act of a partnership between Hard Rock and Live Nation’s amphitheater on 40 Mile Road, and celebrating the grand opening of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain.
On a tour of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Wednesday, everyone had that slightly edgy sort of smile you see on people when big things are about to happen – you wear that sort of smile when you’ve done a lot of work, taken on a lot of responsibility, are starting something brand new, when …
It would be difficult to name an issue of more fundamental, far-reaching importance than how we earn our livings – and a titanic political battle is about to erupt.
The careers of political executives –presidents, governors and big-city mayors – are often defined, fairly or not, by how they respond to crises.
I guess it should be no surprise that the same week Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law that allows California residents to eat like a Third World country (you’re now legally allowed to eat road kill), that they should be forced to live like Third World refugees.
If you are looking for a holiday tradition that has lost any semblance of common sense, look no further than Halloween. Today, it has few redeeming qualities.
Here is an indisputable fact about California taxation: More than two-thirds of state general fund revenues come from personal income taxes and about half of those taxes are paid by the 1% of taxpayers atop the income scale.
Take the dog for a walk, morning or evening, around Marysville and the pooch is bound to be worried... there are cats running around everywhere.
Since a few years ago when Colusa County became eligible for a grant for a new juvenile hall and very logically decided it made more sense to partner up with Yuba and Sutter counties and build a new center that would be more cost efficient, the plans have been developing, and developing ... …
The White House lashed out at respected diplomat William Taylor after his testimony in the House impeachment investigation this week. Its reaction was unequivocal, insulting _ and dead wrong.
During the 2016 presidential campaign I gradually realized that Trump was becoming the spokesman for our crackpot fringe; and once he was elected I knew that the crackpot fringe was now establishment. Yet, even then I continued to think that the worst he would do was shoot his mouth off ever…
My dad is 94 now. When I go back to Gage County, Nebraska, to visit him, we always take a couple drives around the countryside. We drive by the farmsteads of various ancestors, drive to Pleasant View Cemetery, drive around a couple little towns to see how they’re doing, drive by places we li…
It’s 2019. I’m at the DMV in Culver City, Calif. To renew my driver’s license. Waiting. Lines around the block. I’ve reserved ahead so it’s only an hour wait. I’m tired, so the photo they take of me has one tired eye and I don’t get a second chance.
Corruption and waste quietly abounded during the eight years of ex-Gov. Jerry Brown’s second go-‘round as governor of California, but there are signs current Gov. Gavin Newsom means to clean up at least some of those messes.
The city of Yuba City had representatives of CalPers visit on October 10th for a public meeting. Unfortunately the general public, being apathetic, refrained from attending.
What is the school your child attends teaching him or her? Do you know? I was watching children in San Francisco (that had been excused from school for the day) protesting. These were young children, not middle school or high school. I was appalled. Our young minds are being indoctrinated by…
We need to find ways to encourage the development of affordable and decent housing –there may be no other issue, currently, that impedes our economic growth. One piece of recent legislation will help ... but we need to still do more.
Have I been leading readers astray? For years this column has stressed that we’re all consuming too many calories, and in particular, too much sugar. I’ve always practiced what I write, so for years I’ve made sure it is a sugar-free cola that I add to my rum before dinner. But are these alte…
Here’s a plea to everyone about to be affected by yet another Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power shutoff: stay safe. Notice was given that, due to weather conditions, a shutoff could start sometime today, so there will be a bunch of people turning on their generators.
We asked readers if they remembered the effects of the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake that hit the Bay Area 30 years ago. It killed 63 people and injured some 4000 others and caused extensive damage to infrastructure and left thousands homeless.
When “Sesame Street” adds a character and a storyline to its fabled neighborhood, people notice. In May, the show’s creators introduced Karli, a Muppet in foster care, and this month they revealed the reason for her situation: Her mom struggles with substance abuse.
After a while you wonder where the money will come from to support all the fast food and retail operations that are developed here.