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Op-Ed: 'Are You For Real?!' author says micromanaging is not good Special

San Francisco - There's nothing like a great pep talk when you're on the go, especially if you;re in sales. That's the incentive behind the recent release of David Stern's book on CD, "Are You For Real?! Going From Excuses to Authentic Selling and Living your Dreams."

California lakes turn a slimy green due to toxic algae

Oakland - Toxic algae blooms have shown up in more than 40 lakes and waterways in California, from Los Angeles to the northern reaches of the state this summer, the worst ever seen.

Cannabis: The new Californian gold rush

Adelanto - Two years ago, the city of Adelanto, a crumbling outpost in California's Mojave desert, was facing a bleak future as it teetered on the brink of bankruptcy and struggled with double-digit unemployment.

Op-Ed: Marin gallery features surrealist's work about human trafficking Special

Surrealist artist Cynthia Tom has been anticipating the installation of her "Discards & Variances — Tales from a Chinese American Family" exhibit at Route One Gallery in Point Reyes, nestled in one of Marin County's most rustically beautiful enclaves.

Op-Ed: 'Speechless' show concept taking flight around the globe Special

San Francisco - Little did comedian Sammy Wegent know that his improvisational spoof on office presentations would spin into a start-up company called ‘Speechless’ which now employs a staff, has trainings and talks and takes him across the country and the globe.

Op-Ed: Tall Toad in Petaluma was make-shift stage for Jazz guitarist Special

Petaluma - Local Jazz affectionados were given a rare treat of some vintage composition and interpretation up close by Jazz guitarist John Stowell. He played for over two hours on Aug 30 at the Tall Toad in Petaluma.

Landmark Hearst Castle closed as California wildfires bear down

Los Angeles - Firefighters in California said they are making progress slowing the advance of several devastating wildfires, but authorities ordered the temporary closure of a historic villa in the path of one dangerous inferno.

Fire experts use technology to help assess damage from wildfires Special

San Bernardino - Fire-ravaged terrain in the path of this week's Blue Cut fire was still smoldering when CalFire assessment experts fanned out into the damaged area, trying to figure out what exactly was destroyed and what it would cost to replace it.

Last evacuation orders rescinded in damaging Lake County fire

Lower Lake - All evacuation orders for a small Northern California town were lifted Sunday and residents were allowed to return after firefighters contained a 4,000-acre blaze that tore through the south end of Clear Lake.

Massive Blue Cut fire in Southern California destroys 96 homes

San Bernardino - Nearly 100 homes and more than 200 other buildings have been destroyed by the giant Blue Cut fire in Southern California wildfire that is burning 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

Thousands flee homes as California burns

Los Angeles - Firefighters battled to douse a series of wildfires fueled by high winds, scorching temperatures and dry vegetation, which have forced tens of thousands of Californians to flee their homes.

Residents begin to return to fire-ravaged Northern California town

Lower Lake - Some residents of a small Northern California town that was nearly consumed by a wildfire that started Saturday were given the OK Wednesday to return to their properties to see what's left.

California wildfire puts 82,000 at risk

Los Angeles - A fire raging east of Los Angeles spread rapidly Wednesday, posing a threat to more than 82,000 people and prompting the governor of California to declare a state of emergency.

Clearlake man accused of starting latest Northern California fire

Lower Lake - A 40-year-old Northern California man has been accused of starting a destructive wildfire that has burned thousands of acres and destroyed at least 175 homes in a small town on the south tip of Clear Lake.

Man arrested for starting raging wildfire in California

Los Angeles - A man was arrested and charged with arson Monday for starting a massive wildfire in northern California that has destroyed 175 buildings and forced thousands to flee to safety.

Earthquake shakes up California town but causes no evident damage

Upper Lake - Tuesday night's earthquake in Northern California might be described as a moving experience, at least for employees and patrons at a restaurant and bar on the shore of Clear Lake.

San Francisco nudists pose for videos before parade through city

San Francisco - Nudist activists displayed, well, just about everything Sunday to a throng of cellphone camera-toting onlookers before the start of a "Naked Parade" from the Castro to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhoods in San Francisco.

California college pitcher shot and killed playing Pokemon Go

San Francisco - A California college freshman visiting San Francisco was shot and killed Saturday, apparently while playing Pokemon Go near the city's popular Ghirardelli Square tourist attraction.

Investigators: Giant Big Sur blaze caused by illegal campfire

Carmel Valley - California fire investigators say an intense wildfire that has already burned more than 50,000 acres near scenic Big Sur was started by an illegal campfire.

Massive fires rage in California

Los Angeles - Thousands of firefighters continued to battle huge wildfires in California on Monday, where a prolonged drought has left vegetation tinder-dry.At least one person has died in the blazes that have forced thousands of people to flee their homes.

Study: San Francisco has highest rate of pot smoking in U.S.

Washington - San Francisco, the gleaming city by the bay and financial center of the West, now has another title to add to its allure: marijuana capital.

Jon Pardi: Basking in the glory of his first number one album Special

That album is 'California Sunrise,' given a glowing review by Digital Journal upon its release back in June. We spoke to the 31-year-old Californian about the record and about what he's up to for the rest of 2016.

Southern California fire mushrooms, residents evacuated

Los Angeles - A fire burning out of control in Southern California has grown to a massive 20,000 acres, officials said Sunday, as residents in an area north of Los Angeles were forced to evacuate.

Community center south of San Francisco destroyed by fire

Millbrae - Officials in suburban Millbrae, 15 miles south of San Francisco, scrambled to find alternatives Thursday after the city's community center was destroyed by fire.

San Francisco prepares for Pokemon Go invasion

San Francisco - Even San Francisco, the home of the hippie movement in the 1960s and a long list of oddities after that, has never seen anything like this.

Golden Gate Bridge officials commit to buy netting despite cost

San Francisco - Public officials in charge of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge plan to press ahead with installation of steel netting beneath the roadway to stymie the dozens of people who attempt suicide by jumping from the structure each year.

California ill-prepared for the Big One, experts say

Los Angeles - Beyond the sunshine, the palm trees and Hollywood, if there is one certainty in California, it's that a massive earthquake will strike at some point.

California orders oil refineries to justify high gasoline prices

Sacramento - California has demanded records from oil refiners to explain why gasoline prices in the state are among the highest in the country.

U.S. President Obama backs entrepreneurs at global tech summit

Palo Alto - U.S. President Barack Obama told the best and brightest in the technology industry on Friday that the government would partner with private industry to keep the Internet free and open to innovation.

Sierra Nevada snowpack not likely to recover until 2019

Los Angeles - Even though El Nino was pegged to bring some relief to California after four years of unrelenting drought, it hardly made a dent in the Sierra Nevada's snowpack deficit. One study says it will take another four years to return to pre-drought levels.
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Built in 1923  the Alexandria Theater was among the City s treasured movie palaces. Yet as the years...
Built in 1923, the Alexandria Theater was among the City's treasured movie palaces. Yet as the years have gone by, the theater has fallen into neglect. City officials the current owners a developer LLC group can renovate and restore it as they have been granted a "mixed use" permit.
Fresh popcorn is served free at the monthly movie night at Sonoma Skypark s clubhouse. Members and g...
Fresh popcorn is served free at the monthly movie night at Sonoma Skypark's clubhouse. Members and guests are asked to make a donation of any amount to help fund Skypark's community -activity outreach programs like Young Eagles Camp with the EAA Air Academy.
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
California s governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
California's governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Thomas Hawk
 The Edwardian Ball is where the participants are truly the show   said Rosin Coven member and the e...
'The Edwardian Ball is where the participants are truly the show," said Rosin Coven member and the event's co-producer, Justin Katz.
by Marco Sanchez, courtesy of The Edwardian Ball
Friends of the River and other water environmental groups oppose the  Drought Bill  legislation HR 3...
Friends of the River and other water environmental groups oppose the "Drought Bill" legislation HR 3964 that was sponsored by David Valadao who represents the 21st Congressional District of California
Courtesy of the press office of David Valadao
A place to spend an afternoon or evening  Darioush Winery will delight.
A place to spend an afternoon or evening, Darioush Winery will delight.
Day of The Dead commemoration is held each year in Sonoma at the community center on West Napa Stree...
Day of The Dead commemoration is held each year in Sonoma at the community center on West Napa Street.
 This year’s Silicon Valley Turkey marks the sixth year in a row that the Palmer Spine  which repl...
"This year’s Silicon Valley Turkey marks the sixth year in a row that the Palmer Spine, which replicates the human spine with foam segments that stretch nearly a block long, has provided “the backbone” of the event," said Chuck Bustillos, communications director at Palmer. "It and has become a big part of the Silicon Valley Turkey trot tradition," he said.
Courtesy of Palmer Chiropractic College
UNDER CONTROL: Smoke from the Rocky fire in Lake County  Calif.  is visible to the Moderate Resoluti...
UNDER CONTROL: Smoke from the Rocky fire in Lake County, Calif., is visible to the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard NASA's Terra satellite, as seen in this photo taken July 30.
NASA Goddard's Jeff Schmaltz
Tjiska Van Wyk  serves as Executive Director for the private association/foundation that helps with ...
Tjiska Van Wyk, serves as Executive Director for the private association/foundation that helps with the management and day to day operation of Jack London State Park, in coordination with the State of California's Park and Recreation, State Parks division.
HOME: Twitter headquarters at the corner of Market and 10th streets in San Francisco.
HOME: Twitter headquarters at the corner of Market and 10th streets in San Francisco.
Runner1928/Wikimedia Commons
The third generation  brothers Andrew  age 28 and Michael  20  with their father Kevin and uncle Bri...
The third generation, brothers Andrew, age 28 and Michael, 20, with their father Kevin and uncle Brian Patterson. The Patterson Family has been producing the Great Dickens Christmas Fair since its inception almost 40 years ago, by the founders Phyllis and Ron Patterson (Andrew and Michael's grandparents).
Courtesy of The Great Dickens Christmas Fair and the Patterson Family
Serving crew Mike Barbeau was busy keeping the knish flowing as one plate after another was consumed...
Serving crew Mike Barbeau was busy keeping the knish flowing as one plate after another was consumed. He mentioned that chef Ramni has been very busy keeping up with the demands for King Knish. "We were at the Batch Festival on Sunday," said Barbeau. And, so far chef Ramni and his crew are scheduled for food fairs and events well into the new year..."until Sept. 2014," said Ramni.
Dr. Vallard Christopher Forsythe  DVM specializes in offering a range of services  mostly focused on...
Dr. Vallard Christopher Forsythe, DVM specializes in offering a range of services, mostly focused on pet health and preventative care. He writes a weekly column on pet health issues for the Sonoma Sun Newspaper in Sonoma.
San Francisco-based author Joseph Sutton and his son Ray  upon which his memoirs regarding fatherhoo...
San Francisco-based author Joseph Sutton and his son Ray, upon which his memoirs regarding fatherhood are based.
Courtesy of author Joseph Sutton
Published by Whitle Cloud Press  Mary Reynolds Thompson s book is working to raise the consciousness...
Published by Whitle Cloud Press, Mary Reynolds Thompson's book is working to raise the consciousness of the people to recognize that without nature humanity can not survive.
Courtesy of Mary Reynolds Thompson
Friends Kathy Walsh  Carolyn Osborn were pleased to make it to show their support for artist Sonja B...
Friends Kathy Walsh, Carolyn Osborn were pleased to make it to show their support for artist Sonja Bakalyar.
Thousands attended the annual Hardly Strictly Blue Grass Festival in Golden Gate Park this past Oct....
Thousands attended the annual Hardly Strictly Blue Grass Festival in Golden Gate Park this past Oct. 4 through 6, 2013. This photo is from last year, taken by Raphael Kluzniok, The SF Chronicle.
Courtesy of SF Rec. & Park and Hardly Strictly Blue Grass
Kathy Ostram talked about her recollections of guitarist Sam Andrew while at Mary s Pizza Shack on t...
Kathy Ostram talked about her recollections of guitarist Sam Andrew while at Mary's Pizza Shack on the plaza in Sonoma. Many of her memories of that time, were when San Francisco was filled with the sounds of the rock and roll music that attracted thousands to the City.