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Interview: LA-based trio The Gitas Special

Los Angeles - Sasha and Sal of this edgy, up-and-coming rock band tell Digital Journal all about their exciting new album, 'Beverly Kills'.

California singing in the rain

Los Angeles - A series of storms that have rolled across California in the past week dumping heavy rain and snow could herald the end of a punishing historic drought, officials said."Bye bye Drought.

Review: 'American Heiress' book about Patty Hearst is riveting reading Special

Staff Writer at The New Yorker, Jeffery Toobin has released a book about the bizarre kidnapping and then trial of publishing empire heir Patricia Hearst in his new 2016 book, "American Heiress."

Drought in California weakening as state is battered by storms

San Francisco - Fed by subtropical moisture, a series of powerful winter storms is set to batter California clear into next week, converting all that water vapor into heavy rains in the lower elevations and snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Op-Ed: A car 'Climbing to the stars' existed before Tony Bennett song Special

San Francisco - The famous song "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" has a verse that says, "to be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars." Decades before Tony Bennett sang that song,

California prepares to tackle 'water waste' if drought continues

Sacramento - After going through five years of drought, California is preparing to crack down on water waste with a heavy hand, including stiffer fines and in some cases, public shaming of water conservation abusers.

Probe launched into 'deadliest' US police departments

Los Angeles - Authorities in California launched an investigation into two police agencies in the state described as the deadliest in the country.

Silicon Valley's 'prosperity paradox'

Silicon Valley is a land of extremes. At one end are California's wealthy and super-wealthy — the 76,000 millionaires and billionaires who call Santa Clara and San Mateo counties home.

California Attorney General sues Feds over offshore fracking

Los Angeles - State Attorney General Kamala Harris and the California Coastal Commission on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging the federal government's recent findings that fracking off the California coast has no significant environmental effect.

Op-Ed: Metalsmith eager to share her vision at Craneway Crafts Fair Special

Richmond - As the opening day of The Craneway Crafts Fair is approaching fast, metalsmith and artist Aimee Golant is utilizing her talents to promote 'Art for Prayer and Peace: A Bridge to Oneness.'

Op-Ed: Pro-science California pledges to launch 'own damn satellite'

California Governor Jerry Brown had strong words against a potentially climate denying U.S. federal government on Wednesday, stating that if Trump intends to take down earth science satellites, then California will launch its “own damn satellite.”

California seeks permanent ban on oil, gas prospecting

Los Angeles - California Governor Jerry Brown has urged US President Barack Obama to ban oil and gas drilling off the state's coast to protect the oceans and fight global warming.

Powerful 6.5 magnitude earthquake hits Northern California

A powerful 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of northern California on Thursday morning. The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.8, hit 100 miles west of Ferndale at 6:50 a.m. local time.

Los Angeles metro bomb threat sparks increased security

Los Angeles - Authorities ratcheted up security on the Los Angeles metro following a tip from overseas about an impending bomb attack Tuesday against a station in the sprawling rail network.

California fire victims identified, criminal probe launched

Oakland - The death toll from a massive weekend fire at a warehouse near San Francisco shot up to 36 as authorities launched a criminal probe and continued recovery efforts.

California warehouse fire death toll climbs to 33

Oakland - The death toll from a fire at a California warehouse where a rave party was taking place rose to 33, with the authorities saying they had no idea how many more bodies they may find.

Nine dead, 25 missing after fire at California rave party

San Francisco - Nine people were killed and 25 missing after a huge blaze broke out during a rave party near San Francisco held in a cluttered, maze-like warehouse for artists, fire officials said Saturday.

Green Thumbs Up: Giant redwoods coming home to Ireland

The Giants Grove project, organized by the seventh Earl of Rosse, Brendan Parsons, plans to create a grove of giant redwoods in Ireland. It will be the largest grove of the giant trees outside California.

California's 102 million dead and dying trees 'unprecedented'

In its latest aerial survey released on Friday, the U.S. Forest Service said 62 million trees in California forest died this year, bringing the six-year total to 102 million trees lost.

California pro-migrant groups mobilize after Trump win

Los Angeles - State officials, religious leaders and rights groups in California are struggling to reassure immigrants after the election of Donald Trump, urging unity and vowing support but also bracing for the worst.

Let it rain traditional country with Hoyt Hughes Special

In early October, this emerging country singer, songwriter and guitarist released "Let It Rain," the lead-off single from his 16-track debut album, 'Cowboy'. Digital Journal spoke to him.

Review: A nice little 'get-a-way' spot is San Anselmo Inn in Marin County Special

San Anselmo - It is always a nice surprise to discover a little treasure of a place in an often overlooked area. One that this reporter recently stumbled upon unexpectedly is the town of San Anselmo.

Author John Perkins points to 1976 as pivotal year economically Special

No doubt, the U. S. economy is on everyone's mind now that the presidential election is over. Yet as author John Perkins noted, "the fact that someone outside the status quo was elected, says people want change."

Op-Ed: San Francisco burger place mourns loss of waitress who died at 96 Special

San Francisco - Every so often we are reminded that things that seem permanent and forever are only "on loan" to us. And, that we should not take anything for granted.

Fall, French cooking and San Francisco, a Bon Appetit combination Special

San Francisco - Bay Area based author Carole Bumpus was delighted when she got the news that she and her companion cookbook, ‘Recipes for Redemption’ from her novel 'Cup of Redemption' were invited to the "Literary Feast" of Les Dames d’Escoffier on Nov. 13.

Painter poet Renaissance man remembered, Sonoma Day of The Dead Special

Sonoma - Underneath a fingernail-crescent moon, Sonoma locals gathered the day after Halloween to remember those who have passed on in a Day of The Dead celebration that has become a tradition. Among those remembered on Nov. 1 was artist-poet Dick Cole.

Bookshop owner celebrates 25th anniversary with his own book Special

Sonoma - Just before his Sonoma, California book shop celebrates its 25 anniversary next month, Readers' Books owner Andy Weinberger debuted his own book this past week.

Op-Ed: Sonoma Realtor-turned author, now has her own column Special

Sonoma - Autumn brings to mind change and a shift in the seasons. The symbolism has not gone unnoticed by local Realtor-turned author, Catherine Sevenau.

Review: Otherworldly artist Sha Sha Higby dances at the Throckmorton Special

Mill Valley - Described by some as “other-worldly,” “haunting” “evocative” “exquisite and ephemeral” International performance/sculptural artist, Sha Sha Higby is one-of-a-kind. Her work will be appearing at the Throckmorton in Mill Valley in November.

Op-Ed: Comedian talks documentaries with fellow comedians on podcast Special

San Francisco - Over the past 40 years the documentary has blossomed from a didactic tool in a classroom to a box-office attraction. Examples of this in recent years are in films such as Michael Moore’s ‘Bowling for Columbine.’
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Oakland Police during a standoff with Occupy Oakland protesters
Oakland Police during a standoff with Occupy Oakland protesters
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Holiday Food and Fund Drive Co-Chair Guy Churchward  president of Backup and Recovery Systems at EMC...
Holiday Food and Fund Drive Co-Chair Guy Churchward, president of Backup and Recovery Systems at EMC Corporation; Kathy Jackson, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank; and Holiday Food and Fund Drive Co-Chair BJ Jenkins, CEO of Barracuda Networks, pack oranges at Second Harvest Food Bank’s Cypress Center in San Jose.
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This reporter was completely enthralled and delighted by Darioush Winery on Silverado Trail in North...
This reporter was completely enthralled and delighted by Darioush Winery on Silverado Trail in Northern California's Napa Valley wine-growing region. Well worth the visit! Plan to take some time to stroll and enjoy.
California State Senator Robert Hertzberg had a flow chart ready on Wed. Dec. 9 to point to for the ...
California State Senator Robert Hertzberg had a flow chart ready on Wed. Dec. 9 to point to for the hearing he held, showing where tax payer's charity 'check off list' donation money went.
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Greenery on Pacific Ocean. California. January 2011.
Greenery on Pacific Ocean. California. January 2011.
A view from Four Seasons hotel in San Francisco
A view from Four Seasons hotel in San Francisco
Just across the street from Safeway in a little mini-shopping complex  many people might miss as ver...
Just across the street from Safeway in a little mini-shopping complex, many people might miss as very ordinary from the outside, Pearl's is away from the tourist area of Sonoma and is according to some "The greasy spoon place in town."
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Laura Wong is among the group of artists who will be featuring her work at  A Place of Her Own Exhib...
Laura Wong is among the group of artists who will be featuring her work at "A Place of Her Own Exhibit."
Courtesy of A Place of Her Own
Singer Diana Gameros will be performing on Friday Aug. 1  2014 at the  Mex I AM  festival at Yerba B...
Singer Diana Gameros will be performing on Friday Aug. 1, 2014 at the "Mex I AM" festival at Yerba Buena Center at 5 PM.
Courtesy of singer Diana Gameros and "Mex I AM" event
A ghost against the green in a grove of redwood trees.
A ghost against the green in a grove of redwood trees.
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A composite photo of all 14 victims from the San Bernardino shooting rampage. They are top row left:...
A composite photo of all 14 victims from the San Bernardino shooting rampage. They are top row left: Robert Adams, Isaac Amanios, Bennetta Betbadal, Harry Bowman and Sierra Clayborn. Second row from left: Juan Espinoza, Aurora Godoy, Shannon Johnson, Larry Daniel Kaufman and Damian Meins. Bottom row from left: Tin Nguyen, Nicholas Thalasinos, Yvette Velasco and Michael Wetzel.
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Virginia s Nativity Scene that shows God s son. born of virgin Mary as Joseph helped  shepherds and ...
Virginia's Nativity Scene that shows God's son. born of virgin Mary as Joseph helped, shepherds and their sheep watched, and wise men brought gifts of gold, frankincense, an mhyrr
Friends of the River  a non-profit environmental group is petitioning the U.S. Government to have ac...
Friends of the River, a non-profit environmental group is petitioning the U.S. Government to have access to information regarding a "secret settlement" between a California water district and particular entities within the Federal Government. Friends of The River claim this settlement if allowed will be harmful and will poison, the ecosystem. They are asking that some agricultural lands be retired.
Courtesy of Restore The Delta
Director and CEO of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair  Kevin Patterson in costume with actor Robert Y...
Director and CEO of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair, Kevin Patterson in costume with actor Robert Young who portrays Charles Dickens.
Courtesy of Red Barn Productions and The Dickens Fair
A San Francisco Police Department cruiser on Market Street.
A San Francisco Police Department cruiser on Market Street.
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Tasting the 2011 Opolo rose with Sebastijan Tomic in the Romanesque Bastijana tasting rooms in Jelsa
Tasting the 2011 Opolo rose with Sebastijan Tomic in the Romanesque Bastijana tasting rooms in Jelsa
The Whispers live on stage.
The Whispers live on stage.
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Those who participated in the annual butterfly tally on July 13 got to take in some spectacular view...
Those who participated in the annual butterfly tally on July 13 got to take in some spectacular views of San Francisco and surrounding areas from San Bruno Mountain.
Courtesy of California State Parks

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