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Review: Escaping the cold with a first-time trip to Disney in your 30s Special

This writer just demonstrated you don’t have to be under a certain age to go to Disneyland for the first time – and have a blast.

More than 40 percent of California experiencing moderate drought

On Thursday, scientists announced more than 40 percent of California is experiencing a moderate drought, while state water officials confirmed lower-than-normal snowpack levels in the Sierra Nevada.

California off to a dry start for winter rain and snow season

Sacramento - The vast meadow around Phillips, a remote spot near Echo Summit just off Highway 50, was an expanse of brown grass and dirt, with very small patches of snow when Frank Gehrke arrived to do the first official snow survey Wednesday.

Legal marijuana off to blazing start in California

Desert Hot Springs - It's the first day that marijuana can be bought and sold legally in California, and store owner Nicole Salisbury's stock of pot edibles is already running low.

Evacuations ordered for California's third-largest wildfire since 1932

Los Angeles - Evacuation orders were issued Saturday for areas in California's Santa Barbara County as the state battles its third-largest wildfire since 1932, with winds and dry conditions threatening to help the blaze grow.

California wildfire grows as Santa Ana winds continue to blow

Los Angeles - The so-called Thomas Fire in Southern California has grown to become the third largest fire on record in the state, destroying more than 1,000 buildings, including well over 700 homes, as well as taking the life of a firefighter.

Over 6,000 firefighters battling southern California blaze

Los Angeles - Thousands of firefighters were battling one of the most destructive wildfires in California's history Monday as it crept relentlessly up the Pacific coast and forced new evacuations.

Firefighters lose control as Thomas fire grows larger

Carpinteria - The Thomas fire in Southern California has now become the fifth-largest wildfire on record in the state. Containment of the massive blaze slipped from 15 to 10 percent as high winds spread the fire from Ventura County into Santa Barbara County.

Fire in southern California threatening another city

Ojai - A fierce wildfire raged on north of Los Angeles Sunday, threatening other towns after already charring vast swaths of land, but other blazes were largely contained after burning for days.

As winds relent, scorched California hopes for fire relief

Ojai - Brutal winds that fueled southern California wildfires finally began to ease Saturday, giving residents and firefighters hope for a respite as the destructive toll of the blazes came into focus.

Winds whip California fires as they spread south

Bonsall - Thousands of firefighters battled raging wildfires in California on Saturday that have forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee the Los Angeles area, as well as outbreaks closer to San Diego.

Winds whip California fires as they spread south

San Diego - Unrelenting winds fanned towering flames Friday in southern California, where hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee multiple devastating fires in the Los Angeles area and new outbreaks near San Diego.

Wildfires rage across southern California, first death reported

Los Angeles - Firefighters on Thursday battled raging wildfires across southern California that have forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, including residents on the outskirts of Los Angeles, America's second-largest city.

Wildfires rage across southern California

Los Angeles - Wildfires fueled by strong and unpredictable winds raged across southern California on Thursday, sweeping into the upscale suburbs of Los Angeles, America's second-largest city.

Luxury LA mansions threatened as fierce California wildfires rage

Los Angeles - Local emergency officials warned of powerful winds on Thursday that will feed wildfires raging in Los Angeles, threatening multi-million dollar mansions with blazes that have already forced more than 200,000 people to flee.

New blaze ignites near LA as fierce California wildfires rage

Los Angeles - California motorists commuted past a blazing inferno Wednesday as wind-whipped wildfires raged across the Los Angeles region, with flames triggering the closure of a major freeway and mandatory evacuations in an area dotted with mansions.

Southern California fires force evacuation of nearly 200,000

Los Angeles - Wind-whipped fires continue to rage for a third day in Southern California, including a new blaze in the posh Bel Air area of Los Angeles and Interstate 405, destroying hundreds of homes and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.

California struck once more by devastating infernos

Santa Paula - More than a thousand firefighters were struggling to contain a wind-whipped brush fire in southern California on Tuesday that has left at least one person dead, sent thousands fleeing, and was choking the area with thick black smoke.

Op-Ed: A unique partnership, shows San Jose leads the way to the future Special

San Jose - Commuters rejoice! Bicycling and air travel have a connection as Ford GoBike and Alaska Airlines launched the ‘Miles for Miles’ member rewards program this past October 26 in San Jose.

California's deadly Hepatitis A outbreak reaches 600 cases

San Diego - Even while firefighters are battling wildfires across the state, California has another ongoing problem - One of the largest person-to-person hepatitis A outbreaks in the country since the development of a vaccine 20 years ago.

California fire toll rises to 42

San Francisco - The death toll from California's wildfires rose to 42 on Wednesday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said, as rescuers found another body.

Firefighters battle California blazes, search for victims

San Francisco - Body recovery teams carried out a grim search for victims of California's devastating wildfires on Monday as firefighters made progress battling blazes which have killed at least 41 people.

California fire toll rises to 40

Santa Rosa - The death toll from California's wildfires rose to 40 on Sunday but firefighters reported progress in battling the flames, and thousands of evacuees were gradually being allowed to return home.

California fire toll rises to 33, winds cause concern

San Francisco - The death toll from California's wildfires rose to 33 on Friday as firefighters made some progress in containing the infernos but said intensifying winds were a concern.

Green vineyards stand out in black of California fires

Napa - Odd pockets of lush green -- grape vines, believe it or not -- stand out amid the ashen landscape left by northern California's wildfires.It turns out vines are pretty sturdy when it comes to surviving flames, and they act as a sort of fire wall.

California fires kill 31, deadliest in state's history

Santa Rosa - The death toll from raging California wildfires rose to 31 Thursday as body recovery teams used cadaver dogs to locate victims, making it the deadliest series of blazes in the state's history.

Mourning loss as California fires rages on

Santa Rosa - Michael Desmond held firm to a scorched mailbox and wept as he vowed that his childhood home -- turned to cinder by wildfire -- would rise anew.

Death toll in California fires stands at 21 with over 500 missing

Santa Rosa - The death toll from the devastating wildfires that continue to spread across Northern California has risen to 21 as of Wednesday., while the number of people unaccounted for has risen to over 600.

21 dead in 'catastrophic' California wildfires

Santa Rosa - More than 200 fire engines and firefighting crews from around the country were being rushed to California on Wednesday to help battle infernos which have left at least 21 people dead and thousands homeless.

Two confirmed dead as wildfires continue to rage in wine country

There are now 14 wildfires burning across eight counties in California this afternoon, forcing the evacuation of over 20,000 people and causing the death of two. Altogether, since 10 p.m. last night, 57,000 acres have been burned.
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This was Sig Rundstrom s first showing at Studio 35. Artist Sonja Bakalyar who shared the spotlight ...
This was Sig Rundstrom's first showing at Studio 35. Artist Sonja Bakalyar who shared the spotlight with him, has been featured at Studio 35 gallery several times since the gallery's debut over a year ago.
WATER DROP: A firefighting plane helps to battle the Kyburz fire in California s Sierra Nevada mount...
WATER DROP: A firefighting plane helps to battle the Kyburz fire in California's Sierra Nevada mountains. State Highway 50 had to be closed in both directions Thursday but began to reopen gradually on Friday as scores of local, state and U.S. firefighters made progress against the flames.
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August 8 through 13  2013 was the annual meeting for the American Bar Association  held at Moscone C...
August 8 through 13, 2013 was the annual meeting for the American Bar Association, held at Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco.
Christmas lights in Crestline  off Highway 18  in the San Bernardino Mountains
Christmas lights in Crestline, off Highway 18, in the San Bernardino Mountains
Families and friends like The Langridges were among the many fans of the SF Giants. Some were celebr...
Families and friends like The Langridges were among the many fans of the SF Giants. Some were celebrating even before the winning score was made on Thursday night Oct. 29th.
Courtesy of Chris Langridge
On February 1  the Department of Water Resources (DWR) manual snow survey east of Sacramento found l...
On February 1, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) manual snow survey east of Sacramento found little snowpack there, two months into what is typically California’s wettest three months.
DWR
 Technology is fascinating and can do lots of wonderful things  said Roileen Miller  owner and instr...
"Technology is fascinating and can do lots of wonderful things, said Roileen Miller, owner and instructor at Miller Driving School. But texting and driving or talking on the cell phone is dangerous," she said. "That is right next to speeding, drinking and driving and not looking both ways before crossing the intersection," she said.
On Nov. 2  2014  Superfest was held at the Contemporary Jewish Museum which featured over 52 films a...
On Nov. 2, 2014, Superfest was held at the Contemporary Jewish Museum which featured over 52 films about and by people with disabilities.
Courtesy of Superfest 2014
No words can describe the devastation caused by the fires.
No words can describe the devastation caused by the fires.
California Governor's Office of Emergency Services
Bonnie Walner with husband Barry Walner and  splatter paint party  coordinator Fr. Bruno Segatta  at...
Bonnie Walner with husband Barry Walner and "splatter paint party" coordinator Fr. Bruno Segatta, attending the August 4 event from Boise, Idaho just to help promote the Art for Elder's program that Bonnie founded a year ago at Vintage Sonoma, an assisted living facility.
Petaluma Bounty staff and volunteers preparing for the annual Plant Sale. This year s Plant Sale wil...
Petaluma Bounty staff and volunteers preparing for the annual Plant Sale. This year's Plant Sale will be on Sunday, April 23, 2017 beginning at 9:00 AM.
Courtesy of Petaluma Bounty
Heloisa Castro of Melanio’s Bistro  at the Second Sunday event in March  with Supervisor Norman Ye...
Heloisa Castro of Melanio’s Bistro, at the Second Sunday event in March, with Supervisor Norman Yee and artist PixelstudTM (a.k.a Jayson McCauliff).
Courtesy of Richard Kurylo
Dr. Khadavi in the lab.
Dr. Khadavi in the lab.
The Office of Dr. Khadavi
Heirloom varieties of many crops. Come to the Bounty Farm Plant Sale this Sunday  9am-3pm. There wil...
Heirloom varieties of many crops. Come to the Bounty Farm Plant Sale this Sunday, 9am-3pm. There will be plant starts, information, and family fun activities. Make it a day!
Courtesy of Petaluma Bounty
Rev. G points to the sunlight that streams in to the sanctuary of the church. Ingleside Presbyterian...
Rev. G points to the sunlight that streams in to the sanctuary of the church. Ingleside Presbyterian is over 100 years old. "At its peak there were over 500 members in the congregation. When Rev. G took on the job as preaching on Sundays while still in the seminary, back in 1978 Ingleside Presbyterian had only four members. Since that time, attendance has been high and low. Today membership is over 75. Yet, Rev. G believes the congregation is in the midst of a renewal. It is all part of his str
Founded in Grants Pass Oregon in the early 1990 s  Dutch Brothers is making a name for itself as an ...
Founded in Grants Pass Oregon in the early 1990's, Dutch Brothers is making a name for itself as an outstanding "drive through" coffee franchise establishment in the Pacific Northwest. On May 16, the Sonoma location of Dutch Brothers open with free coffee for all, all day long from 4 AM to 10: PM.
The one-day event was the grassroots coordination of Sonoma Valley Hospital with the support of The ...
The one-day event was the grassroots coordination of Sonoma Valley Hospital with the support of The Integrative Health Network and Pharmaca.
Paul Clark, Pharmaca
The main meeting hall for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
The main meeting hall for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Courtesy of San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Some fans showed up as early as the night before to get a good seat along the parade route.
Some fans showed up as early as the night before to get a good seat along the parade route.
Courtesy of Ricky Manalo
Community organizer  activist and artist Judy Shintani and textile artist Serena Lee also attended t...
Community organizer, activist and artist Judy Shintani and textile artist Serena Lee also attended the reception. Judy has promoted such out reach programs as Doctors Without Boarders and the Half Moon Bay Coastside Center where she teaches art.
Courtesy of A Place of Her Own and the Asian American Women Artists Association

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