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Op-Ed: CA Legal team says Employment laws are being broken by Uber/Lyft Special

Sonoma - Finally, the 21st Century arrives to the quaint town of Sonoma with the latest in "ride-hailing services." Or as they are officially referred to by the State Public Utilities Commission, "Transportation Network Companies."

Massive wildfire near Yosemite forces thousands from homes

Mariposa - A massive wildfire in California's Central Valley has forced the evacuation of 4,000 people since the fire began on Sunday, prompting Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for Mariposa County Tuesday night.

Wildfires rage in sweltering California forcing thousands to flee

Los Angeles - Wildfires roared Sunday across much of California, forcing thousands to evacuate homes as the most populous US state sweltered in record heat and flames menaced thousands of structures.

Forest fires rage in sweltering California

Los Angeles - Wildfires raged Sunday across much of California forcing hundreds to evacuate homes as the most populous US state sweltered in record heat.About 5,000 firefighters were battling 14 large wildfires around the state, according to Cal Fire.

Wildfires rage as California sizzles

Los Angeles - The first major wildfires after the end of California's five-year drought raged across the state Saturday, as it was gripped by a record-breaking heatwave.

Op-Ed: Former Journalist wants America's other coast history known Special

San Diego - A new book, "Franciscan Frontiersmen" has just been published about three little-known trail-blazers. This past May 24, the San Diego History Center invited the author Robert Kittle to speak.

Op-Ed: Writer Martha Conway notes 'genre-bending' new novel Special

San Francisco - San Francisco-based author Martha Conway read from her historical novel "The Underground River" on June 20th at Bookshop West Portal. This reporter talked to her after the gathering.

California to list Monsanto's glyphosate as 'cancer-causing'

Sacramento - California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced on Monday that the active ingredient in Monsanto's popular weed killer, glyphosate has been added to the state's list of chemicals believed to be linked to cancer.

Ranks of homeless veterans keep swelling in Los Angeles

Los Angeles - Kendrick Bailey is standing outside the tent he has pitched on a filthy sidewalk in downtown Los Angeles and points to the American flag he served proudly during the Vietnam War.

Op-Ed: California Democrats put universal health care bill on hold

Sacramento - The California Senate recently passed a universal health care plan. However, Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon has put the bill on hold indefinitely. The plan was sponsored bye the California Nurses Association.

Review: Stax reissues soundtrack to 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song'

Los Angeles - Melvin Van Peebles' groundbreaking soundtrack is out now on 180-gram vinyl and high-resolution digital audio. The LP is part of a series of releases celebrating Stax Records' 60th anniversary.

U.S. soul singer Welfair intent on keeping the momentum going Special

Los Angeles - Los Angeles-based artist Welfair (Danielle Espinoza) has been gigging in support of her sophomore EP 'Good Mourning', which was released in November 2016. Digital Journal put some questions to her.

Op-Ed: Soiled Dove makes return to The Point in Alameda Special

Alameda - The Point in Alameda is making room and coordinating preparations for The Soiled Dove - the one-of-a-kind 'Barbary Coast'- themed circus-infused dinner theater returning weekends from June 9th to July 1st.

Massive mudslide on Calif. coastal highway closes it indefinitely

Big Sur - A portion of California's Pacific Coast Highway was blocked over the weekend by a massive mudslide that buried a part of Highway 1 under a 40-foot layer of rock and dirt and cut off access to a region that depends heavily on tourism to survive.

EPA OK's nasty pesticide - Now 12 farmworkers have been poisoned

Bakersfield - Over 50 farmworkers in Bakersfield, California were exposed to a pesticide drift from a nearby field earlier this month. At least 12 of the farmworkers became ill, with one person passing out, requiring hospitalization.

Review: Sold out premiere of 'American Wrestler' in hometown Petaluma Special

Petaluma - The special premiere of "American Wrestler - The Wizard" at downtown Petaluma's Boulevard Cinema 14 last night was sold out. And for good reason, everyone likes a story of redemption and unexpected outcome when all seemed dim.

Op-Ed: Marin Society of Artists host sculpture exhibit celebration Special

San Rafael - With 49 Sculptors and 72 pieces of sculptured art on display, The Marin Society of Artists is very pleased to present in their venue the exhibit now showing to celebrate International Sculpture Day which is on April 24.

Man arrested for California shooting spree spoke of race 'battle'

Los Angeles - A man arrested for a shooting spree in the central California city of Fresno in which three white men were killed saw himself as part of an ongoing race war, according to family and police.

Op-Ed: Yachting season celebrates its 100 Anniversary in San Francisco Special

San Francisco - This Sunday, April 23rd, to mark the occasion of the 100th Opening Day on the Bay, the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association will celebrate in grand style.

California solar power generation reaches milestone in March

Solar power generation in California met nearly half of the state's electricity demand on March 11, making up over 44 percent of the electricity sent to the grid.

Op-Ed: Spring is time for art in the San Francisco Bay Area Special

San Rafael - As spring blossoms out, the points of interest for art lovers in the San Francisco Bay area are abundant. Like the those 'April rain showers' that bring forth the flowers, like the rhyme says, is so true for the local artistic scene.

California drought officially over, but some measures will remain

Sacramento - It was good news for Californians today as Governor Jerry Brown made it official — the long and devastating drought is finally over. After months of rain, the state's reservoirs are filled and fields are once again wearing coats of green.

Op-Ed: Local Radio Personality reminisces of days before de-regulation Special

San Francisco - With the emergence of Sirius satellite radio, music channels on cable TV and now personalized radio via streaming Internet services, the days of traditional radio broadcasting are just about over.

Op-Ed: Russian Play reflects the universal even to today's audiences Special

Ross - Humor is sometimes the best defense in the most trying of times and this could be said of The Ross Valley Player's production of 'Way Out West' by San Rafael playwright Joel Eis, which will premiere this coming April 7.

Op-Ed: Latina playwright's work is compared to that of Steinbeck Special

Oakland - Playwright Lisa Ramirez brings to the Bay Area a deeply examined and richly textured work. It is one that speaks to our times. Yet as some critics point out, it also gives witness to the universal and the timeless.

Review: Marty Stuart travels 'way out west' on new album

'Way Out West', Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives' brand new long-playing release, is out now. It consists of 13 original tracks and two covers and pays tribute to the state of California.

Op-Ed: Brazilian Capoeira seeks to help schools 'Get Empowered!' Special

Oakland - This past Sunday concluded the annual mega-celebration of Carnival in Sao Palo, Brazil. As ‘a last indulgence’ before the observance of Lent, Carnival is Brazil’s version of Mardi Gras.

Op-Ed: A Tree grows in San Francisco and so does division of neighbors Special

San Francisco - A 96-foot Redwood tree stands in the middle of a dispute between what one resident of San Francisco's Montclair Terrace wants to ensure as a legacy in memory to her late husband and what neighbors do not want; an obstruction of view from their windows.

Is California's extreme drought finally over? — In a way, yes

Sacramento - After experiencing a series of near-biblical storms, California's six years of extreme drought conditions appears to finally be over. The state is 83 percent drought-free compared with just 6 percent a year ago.

Anxiety, tears and prayers in California's immigrant community

Coachella - For the past three decades, Emilio Lopez Bautista has risen before dawn and headed to work in the farm fields of California, earning an honest living, buying a house, and steering clear of trouble.
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 A Passion For The Figure  exhibit opened on Sat. Sept. 17  2016.
"A Passion For The Figure" exhibit opened on Sat. Sept. 17, 2016.
Derek Hargrove
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Courtesy of Speechless
Soon to be released is Paco Romane s very first recording of his stand up comedy routine.
Soon to be released is Paco Romane's very first recording of his stand up comedy routine.
Courtesy of Paco Romane
Fire season made worse by heavy rains and snow.
Fire season made worse by heavy rains and snow.
US Forest Service/Dave Zaniboni
Opening Day on The Bay centennial celebration will be this Sunday  April 23  2017.
Opening Day on The Bay centennial celebration will be this Sunday, April 23, 2017.
Patti Mangan
An apartment duplex lit up for Christmas in Crestline
An apartment duplex lit up for Christmas in Crestline
Bruno Mars  Hooligans in Wondaland  2011.
Bruno Mars, Hooligans in Wondaland, 2011.
Aaron Feterl
California s agriculture is dependent on water. Most large farms have sprinkler systems like those i...
California's agriculture is dependent on water. Most large farms have sprinkler systems like those in the photo, to insure crops growth.
Ca. Dept. of Water Resources
The Sonoma Valley Jazz Society has performers from Sonoma and the San Francisco Bay Area play their ...
The Sonoma Valley Jazz Society has performers from Sonoma and the San Francisco Bay Area play their music for the people every Tuesday evening during the summer months.
: Primula clevelandii (formerly Dodecatheon clevelandii) — Padre s Shooting Star.
On the Backbone ...
: Primula clevelandii (formerly Dodecatheon clevelandii) — Padre's Shooting Star. On the Backbone Trail, at Circle X Ranch Park — in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, California.
National Park Service
The Los Angeles Times building.
The Los Angeles Times building.
Wars
Studiomix was the venue host for chef Ramni Levy and his King Knish which celebrated its first year ...
Studiomix was the venue host for chef Ramni Levy and his King Knish which celebrated its first year anniversary on Monday night, Nov. 11, 2013. "We are a local business and we like to help support other local businesses," said the woman in charge at Studiomix, Mystie Webster. "And, besides, she added these knish are delicious!"
Courtesy of Ramni Levy and King Knish
Seen here next to the Presidential plane  Col. Mike Mad Dog Madison has been part of the cockpit cre...
Seen here next to the Presidential plane, Col. Mike Mad Dog Madison has been part of the cockpit crew on Air Force One several times.
Courtesy of Col. Michael "Mad Dog" Madison
File photo: U.S. President Barack Obama meets Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at a dinner with tech...
File photo: U.S. President Barack Obama meets Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at a dinner with tech company executives in Woodside, Calif., in 2011.
White House / Pete Souza
January 4  press conference at the Star Apartments in Los Angeles was sponsored by the California St...
January 4, press conference at the Star Apartments in Los Angeles was sponsored by the California State Senate. The "No Place Like Home" initiative was announced. This bipartisan effort wants to re-appropriate money by way of Prop 63 to help the homeless of California.
Courtesy of Skid Row Housing Trust and CA State Senate media dept.
A Christmas view of Highway 38 near Big Bear in the San Bernardino Mountains
A Christmas view of Highway 38 near Big Bear in the San Bernardino Mountains
Before and after...Just a sample of Pacheco s work at Vinny s A-1 Shoe Repair in Sonoma  CA.
Before and after...Just a sample of Pacheco's work at Vinny's A-1 Shoe Repair in Sonoma, CA.
Courtesy of Vincent Pacheco
A T Third Street line light rail vehicle of the San Francisco Municipal Railway crossing over the Is...
A T Third Street line light rail vehicle of the San Francisco Municipal Railway crossing over the Islais Creek Channel heading southbound in San Francisco.
Lensovet
A close up view of Sonoma Mountain was literally in Jack London s backyard. The breathtaking beauty ...
A close up view of Sonoma Mountain was literally in Jack London's backyard. The breathtaking beauty of the park has people from all over the world visiting it, noted Van Wyk. Jack London was perhaps the first world celebrities of his day.