As the coronavirus pandemic was clobbering California – and the rest of the known world –this month, local government officials in Sacramento County enthusiastically decided to ask voters to approve a hefty sales tax increase for transportation improvements.
California’s homeless crisis is one of the state’s top issues, but the least discussed aspect of this broad problem is the damage these homeless encampments cause to our levees.
As you all know, our Bi-County Health Officer Dr. Phuong Luu issued a directive to Yuba and Sutter county residents to remain at home except to engage in “essential activities,” effective 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in response to the regional spread of COVID-19. In light of this directiv…
The Yuba-Sutter Valley Quilt Guild has put on its annual quilt show in March every year for the last 36 years. This was the 37th year, and it was only almost a quilt show.
The Appeal weekly posts questions our Facebook page. This week we posted that we’ll be doing a project on climate change, including an informal survey. We asked readers what sorts of questions we should ask about the topic.
The economic transformation of California after World War II – first into an industrial powerhouse and later into a center of technology and trade – owed much to its geographic location on the eastern edge of the Pacific Rim.
For decades, Iowa with its almost lily-white populace has had far more to say about the political destiny of America than California, the most populous state, whose residents far more closely represent the nation’s full diversity.
Editor’s Note: Following is a transcript of the greeting delivered by Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sacramento at Fire Mountain president Mark Birtha to attendees of the annual Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce awards banquet conducted there Feb. 28.
Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, wrote “There is a stupid corner in the brain of every wise man.” The best current example is the appalling lack of action by the Chinese government to fight COVID-19 with high doses of vitamin C – both as a clinical treatment for those who are infected and …
A three-day planned power shutdown this past fall was too much for owner Simon Olney of Ol’ Republic Roadhouse, a popular Nevada City restaurant.
It turns out California’s politicians were right: they advanced the state’s presidential primary election from its traditional June date to the earliest time available under Democratic Party rules to attain more national influence, and they achieved that goal.
The Appeal, in its Wednesday edition, published a story about a property in Olivehurst where Yuba County Code Enforcement was engaged in a huge abatement project. They've hauled out more than 30 junk cars and mounds of junk and rubbish. Neighbors are generally happy about it; the property ow…
In an ideal world, there would be no need for this year’s Proposition 13, the only statewide measure voters will decide in the ongoing California primary election, which culminates on the official March 3 Election Day.
Senate Bill 10, passed by the Legislature and signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018, violated one of the unwritten rules of making public policy in California.
We asked Facebook Friends: “As we’re receiving our vote-by-mail ballots and as we’re getting closer to California’s early primary:
The beating heart of California’s massive system of capturing, storing and distributing water is the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
On Wednesday, the Appeal-Democrat published a commentary from Gov. Gavin Newsom about a proposal for voluntary agreements between environmental conservation groups, water agencies and government, which would increase the required amount of water flowing through rivers and the Delta. The prop…
All those folks who have been saying for years that California housing and taxes are too expensive for most Americans to move here, take note: The newest survey of Americans aged 45 or more, those who can be expected to retire in the next two decades, show the Golden State has lost little of…
Back in the good old pre-2017 days when many Californians paid little or no attention to the approximately dollar-a-month maintenance charge on their electric bills, most customers figured their money was being spent to assure reliable power.
Folks in Marysville are putting together what seems likely to be a great presentation on why the downtown should win a makeover from HGTV. We asked our Facebook friends, what’s your opinion on how a million-dollar gift should be spent in your community?
Every time Scott Wiener amends his SB 50 plan to force much higher housing density on virtually all parts of California, it seems a little less onerous for homeowners whose hard-earned life savings are invested in the kind of single family homes and roomy lots that originally drew millions t…
California’s largest, most important –and perhaps most troubled – governmental program is the education of nearly 6 million elementary, middle and high school students.
Lawmakers who worked to fix California’s housing shortage and affordability crisis learned hard lessons in 2019. Despite much fanfare and commitments, the gap between housing supply and demand actually worsened.
So…, as Elizabeth Warren would start out, the Democrats held a presidential primary debate in California, in the Westchester district of Los Angeles to be specific. And still California issues get virtually no attention on the national scene.
A new poll of California voters finds a virtual tie among Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden just a couple of weeks before mail voting begins for the March 3 Democratic presidential primary.
The Appeal asks “What do you think?” questions – check our Facebook page mid-week to participate. Here’s what we heard from readers this past week:
One danger Iran presents to the world is ideological, but the greatest threat it poses is nuclear. If Iran, a regime with ties to terrorism, were to develop weapons of mass destruction, then global security would be imperiled.
From Madera to Mill Valley, Eureka to Encinitas, Coalinga to Claremont, local columns are among the most popular features in newspapers that still survive in this era of Craigslist and eBay taking away classified advertising and many display ads moving to Google and Facebook.
“The days run away like wild horses over the hills,” to borrow the title of a poem by Charles Bukowski. Never were these words truer than as a description of our most recently completed year. We have come so far at Yuba Sutter Arts at such a breakneck pace, and, yet, I feel we still have muc…
The Appeal-Democrat recently asked the Facebook crowd: “What’s the best part of living in Yuba-Sutter? Why do you like it here? What would you recommend to newcomers? What’s the worst part of living here? What would you tell people to avoid?”
It happens almost every winter: pundits from eastern news outlets make weeklong pilgrimages to California, interview top officials here and generally report back that there’s something rotten in the state of the Golden State, as Shakespeare might have put it.
Hippocrates, in 400 B.C., counseled that, “Sneezing will stop a hiccup.” But for centuries the hiccup also triggered laughter when it happens while talking to friends. But medical reports show there are occasions when a hiccup is no laughing matter.
We asked our Facebook friends, at Christmas time, “What, in the past year, has inspired you or impressed you? What’s the one or two things you would encourage the rest of us to think about?”
Virtually all adult Californians know the kinds of disasters that commonly befall this state by the time they decide to stay here or move to the Golden State from someplace else.
During World War II, American Relief for Norway sent donations overseas before the holidays to feed malnourished children living under Nazi occupation. When Dwight Eisenhower became president, one of the first things he did was start Christmas food packages for nations suffering in hunger. I…
In 1966, as the United States was wallowing in the quagmire of the Vietnam War, U.S. Sen. George Aiken of Vermont famously suggested that the United States simply “declare victory and get out.”
The utility company blackouts that accompanied the first severe blast of the fall fire season in October quickly became the signal events of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first year in office, triggering the most heated public response and causing more public inconvenience than any others.
Former Lakewood High track star Mohammed “Mo” Haitham surprised his family in St. Petersburg, Fla., by showing up for Thanksgiving. The 19-year-old Navy airman won’t be there for Christmas. He was one of three sailors killed Friday at the Naval Air Station Pensacola by a Saudi Air Force offi…
Exactly 40 years ago today, a political power struggle erupted in the California Assembly, one that lasted nearly a year and fundamentally altered the Capitol’s culture.
California’s local governments – cities especially – and school districts have been packing ballots with tax increase measures in recent years and another batch is on tap for next year.