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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.

Review: Jon Pardi's new album invites us to enjoy the California Sunrise

The 31-year-old Californian deservedly received plaudits for his outstanding debut, 'Write You a Song,' in 2014. Now he's back with 'California Sunrise,' the much-anticipated follow-up. Digital Journal gave it a listen.

Op-Ed: New Book about Science of War tells a human body story Special

Oakland - As the patriotism of the 4th of July approaches, people's thoughts usually turn to those soldiers that died fighting for our country.

Hillary Clinton wins California Democratic primary: US networks

Washington - Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary in the state of California, US networks reported early Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Two San Franciscans seek to serve the City they love Special

San Francisco - As the sun breaks through the clouds on this election day, the wether is symbolic of what most hope for. That clarity and stability will prevail This is what two City Supervisor candidates, one younger the other older are aiming for.

Op-Ed: Should Golden Gate Park have 'locked in' funding? Special

San Francisco - Election time has put voters at a very difficult decision about a very popular and treasured landmark. The future funding of Golden Gate Park is set on the ballot.

Op-Ed: Arts Guild of Sonoma kicks of its summer season of gallery shows Special

Sonoma - The warm summer evening weather was ideal for the Opening Reception of the Arts Guild of Sonoma June Invitational show on June 3. Among the Guest Artists was painter and abstract artist, Sonja Bakalyar.

Op-Ed: Writer deeply moved by French people's appreciation for veterans Special

Sonoma - The Memorial Day weekend edition of The Sonoma Valley Sun had a letter to the Editor that struck a chord with a writer who recently published a book called, "A Cup of Redemption."

Tree mortality epidemic impacts forests and safety

Sonora - California is facing a fifth year of drought. The drought is affecting both the forest environment as a whole, and also the communities which are now embedded in those forested areas. Ponderosa Pine may largely disappear.

Op-Ed: Sonoma has its first Integrative Health Care Fair Special

Sonoma - Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy in Sonoma was pleased to co-host the very first annual Integrative Health Fair this past May 21. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the afternoon.

Two of three suspects arrested in slayings of Marin County teens

Novato - Two teenage suspects being sought in a deadly attack in normally bucolic western Marin County were arrested Thursday and charged with killing two high school students and seriously injuring a third.

Op-Ed: 'Thieving Forest' author reveals new mystery-crime novel Special

San Francisco - The author of "Thieving Forest," Martha Conway has now released a third novel, entitled "Sugarland: A Jazz Age Mystery.” It is her second mystery. But her work as a historical novelist is growing.

Lake Mead hits record low as Western drought continues

The water surface level at Lake Mead, the nation's largest reservoir, dropped to an historic low Wednesday night, reaching the lowest point since the dam was completed in 1936.

Op-Ed: Philanthropist sees himself 'very lucky,' wants to help others Special

Sonoma - Philanthropic work has a ripple effect in a community. And, for one local philanthropist in a California town like Sonoma, he knows very well that even the simplest of work efforts such as a micro loan program is making a profound impact.

Op-Ed: Jazz Guitarists make duo performance at Sonoma's Plaza Bistro Special

Sonoma - The dreary weather of Friday was soon forgotten by those who went to see Jazz guitarists Randy Vincent and John Stowell at the Plaza Bistro. They teamed up for a duo performance that evening on May 6.

Slain hiker's wife testifies in first day of Marin murder trial

San Rafael - Slain yoga teacher Steve Carter sent a text message to his wife moments before he was murdered on a Marin County hiking trail last year, according to testimony heard Monday at the start of a murder case against two West Coast drifters.

Op-Ed: 'Scream' movie begins a Sonoma realtor's career to Top Producer Special

Sonoma - Daniel Casabonne is "The realtor" in all of Sonoma with the most sales. He has an office right on the Plaza. Yet as he tells it, his career in real estate was unexpected due to the movie "Scream."

Neighbors expect more pilgrimages to home featured in TV sitcom

San Francisco - They're back. TV's fictitious Tanner family, which starred for years on the ABC sitcom "Full House," has returned in a Netflix update, "Fuller House," but fans never stopped coming by the old spread.

Number of homeless people increases in Los Angeles

Los Angeles - The number of homeless people in Los Angeles County jumped by nearly six percent over the past year to 46,874, in part due to a "historic" housing shortage, authorities said on Wednesday.

Ruby Friedman ventures into new territory with her first LP Special

Having released a number of singles and EPs over the last seven years, the nomadic singer and bandleader (of the genre-hopping Ruby Friedman Orchestra) discusses her long-awaited debut album, 'GEM.'

Senior sheriff official in U.S. resigns over racist e-mails

Los Angeles - A senior official at the Los Angeles County sheriff's department has resigned following criticism over e-mails he sent disparaging blacks, Muslims, Latinos and women, the department said in a statement.

Warriors assistant to become head coach of rival L.A. Lakers

Los Angeles - It's hard to blame the Los Angeles Lakers for trying to get in on a good thing — the Golden State Warriors are obviously doing something right.
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PUBLIC: A Marin County sheriffs department spokesman announced the tragic deaths of two students at ...
PUBLIC: A Marin County sheriffs department spokesman announced the tragic deaths of two students at a press conference in front of Novato High School in Northern California.
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A place to spend an afternoon or evening, Darioush Winery will delight.
The Oaks Restaurant Christmas cactus
The Oaks Restaurant Christmas cactus
Dr. Andre KnustGraichen accepts the award commendation from San Jose City Council on Feb. 25  2014  ...
Dr. Andre KnustGraichen accepts the award commendation from San Jose City Council on Feb. 25, 2014, on behalf of Palmer Chiropractic College, San Jose campus.
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Pastor Vincent and his wife stand beneath photos of Jennifer and Nick Thalasinos
Pastor Vincent and his wife stand beneath photos of Jennifer and Nick Thalasinos
The front entrance to Bon Marche is always filled with lots of stuff  large and small that people dr...
The front entrance to Bon Marche is always filled with lots of stuff, large and small that people drop off to donate.
Kim Courier s 16-year-old son Chase  makes bracelets from parachute cords.  It helps build his self-...
Kim Courier's 16-year-old son Chase, makes bracelets from parachute cords. "It helps build his self-esteem and lift his spirits," said mother Kim and his aunt Pam. Chase has been suffering from scoliosis and other serious conditions since birth. Despite the difficulties in their lives sisters Kim and Pam consider themselves blessed and very fortunate, especially since they have survived strokes and cancer more than once.
Pleased that everyone turned out to make her second launch even more successful than her first book ...
Pleased that everyone turned out to make her second launch even more successful than her first book, author Catherine Sevenau thanked everyone and said she was "touched and thrilled."
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.
File photo: A young girl watches closely as a nurse administers an intramuscular immunization in her...
File photo: A young girl watches closely as a nurse administers an intramuscular immunization in her left shoulder in 2006 in a photo from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
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Financial Advisor Daren Blonksi of Edward Jones of Sonoma  provides free seminars and workshops to t...
Financial Advisor Daren Blonksi of Edward Jones of Sonoma, provides free seminars and workshops to the community on a regular basis. He invited Jack Clow of Invesco to speak because Blonski believes strongly that when people are properly informed and know their financial situation well, they are better prepared to make investment decisions.
Jennifer Thalasinos poses at the meal given in honor of her husband Nick
Jennifer Thalasinos poses at the meal given in honor of her husband Nick
Tree plantings bring entire neighborhoods together. Trees enhance the quality of life and help provi...
Tree plantings bring entire neighborhoods together. Trees enhance the quality of life and help provide an environmental health to the area as trees and other greenery provides oxygen for humans.
Courtesy of Friends of the Urban Forest, SF, CA
FISH: Mature chinook salmon swim upstream in the Lower Tuolumne River in California s Central Valley...
FISH: Mature chinook salmon swim upstream in the Lower Tuolumne River in California's Central Valley in 2008.
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John King s latest book is at bookstores now and can be purchased through Amazon.com
John King's latest book is at bookstores now and can be purchased through Amazon.com
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Valley Wine Shack on West Napa Street has a Wednesday evening tasting  open to the public for just $...
Valley Wine Shack on West Napa Street has a Wednesday evening tasting, open to the public for just $1.00. Informal, relaxing, the atmosphere is cozy and inviting. On warm evenings patrons can sit outside on the patio.
A bell-tower  reminiscent of the California Missions gives St. Francis Winery in Kenwood that old-wo...
A bell-tower, reminiscent of the California Missions gives St. Francis Winery in Kenwood that old-world charm.
Sixty-nine year-old Julie Cervera claims her lottery winnings.
Sixty-nine year-old Julie Cervera claims her lottery winnings.
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Downtown San Francisco  near the Fisherman s Wharf.
Downtown San Francisco, near the Fisherman's Wharf.
Tweet about protest in Anaheim on July 29  2012.
Tweet about protest in Anaheim on July 29, 2012.
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