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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.

L.A. duo 222 release their second album Special

Los Angeles - With their blend of alternative '80s and '90s-influenced rock with modern electronica, vocalist Jade Howard and vocalist/guitarist Dennis Hamlin return with a new 11-track album entitled 'I'm Not Trying to be You... Just Kidding I'm Trying to be You'.

Op-Ed: Ross theater director muses over local production of 'Bus Stop' Special

Ross - The idea of clearing out an old barn and putting on a show is not just something made up in movies like in the MGM Andy Hardy series with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. This is so in Ross Valley; less than a 30 minute drive from San Francisco.

Op-Ed: A new magazine for the arts and culture premieres for Marin Special

Belvedere Tiburon - Despite the upheaval to traditional print by digital technology, arts patron, entrepreneur and now publisher, Meredith Browning Griffin is pleased to announce the debut of a new magazine called 'Marin Arts & Culture.'

Op-Ed: 'Veggie Queen' urges people to live healthy as well as long Special

Sonoma - The importance of eating healthy is more than just a passion for 'Veggie Queen' Jill Nussinow, it is her life's work. Getting the word out is more about getting vegetables in peoples' mouths to taste them and to experience that they are good.

Biggest storm in six years moves into southern California

Los Angeles - A slow-moving storm, said to be the biggest the state has seen in six years, has moved into Southern California, bringing with it flooding, multiple traffic accidents, power outages and several evacuation orders.

Repairs on eroded spillway at Oroville Dam in Calif to run $200mn

Oroville - For the first time since it was completed in 1968, California's rain-swollen Oroville Dam overtopped its emergency spillway on Saturday, sending sheets of water down a forested hillside, adding mud and debris to the churning Feather River below.

Survey of California snowpack shows its the biggest in 22 years

Sacramento - An atmospheric river of huge storms roared into California in January, reducing the state's water deficit by more than a third. And the snowpack in the Sierra Nevadas is the biggest in 22 years.

LA's Iranian community outraged over Trump travel ban

Los Angeles - Members of California's large Iranian-American community expressed shock and disbelief on Monday at President Donald Trump's travel ban, saying it would tear families apart and tarnish America's image abroad.

Sea level rise already worsening damage from storms in California

Sacramento - Rising ocean levels are impacting low-lying coastal regions around the world, and along the West Coast of the United States this winter, we have seen the results of sea-level rise in the extreme high tides and flooding that hit California.

California campaign to secede gains momentum

Los Angeles - A campaign for California to secede from the rest of the country over Donald Trump's election is gaining momentum, with supporters allowed to start collecting signatures for the measure to be put to a vote.

Op-Ed: Animator keeps his goal in sight of a studio 'on the Plaza' Special

Sonoma - When I talked with him during the second week of January of this New Year of 2017, animator and aspiring entrepreneur Carlos Gomez said he is doing more than just making note of his resolutions. He is taking charge of them.

Plastic bags banned in one of world's most populous regions

India's National Capital Region is home to 54 million people, and the use of plastic bags and cups has been outlawed since the first day of January. They join a select club that also includes Puerto Rico and the state of California.

#CalExit poll: One in three Californians want to leave the U.S.

San Francisco - Nearly one in three Californians are in favor of their state seceding from the United States, according to a newly-released Reuters/Ipsos poll.

California state of emergency over storm damage

Los Angeles - Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for counties across California to help deal with damage from powerful December and January storms.

Measles outbreak strikes LA's Orthodox Jewish community

Los Angeles - A measles outbreak has infected at least 18 people in the Los Angeles area, health officials said, noting that most of those affected could show no proof of vaccination.

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.
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 Back To The Picture  framing and art gallery manager Derek Hargrove (at center) with his fellow sta...
"Back To The Picture" framing and art gallery manager Derek Hargrove (at center) with his fellow staff/crew worked to help make the opening reception of the exhibit that Saturday evening a success.
Derek Hargrove
A bit of 1950 s Americana decorates the interior of Pearl s  much like Mel s Drive In  of San Franci...
A bit of 1950's Americana decorates the interior of Pearl's, much like Mel's Drive In, of San Francisco.
In the early 1900 s markers along the El Camino Real were established to call attention to the road ...
In the early 1900's markers along the El Camino Real were established to call attention to the road's historical significance and California's early pioneer past.
Courtesy of Keith Robinson and Caltrans
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.
Courtesy of Second Harvest Food Bank
California coho salmon are seen swimming in Lagunitas Creek in Marin County in 2005.
California coho salmon are seen swimming in Lagunitas Creek in Marin County in 2005.
Turtle Island Restoration Network
Chef Hubert Keller at the Fleur de Lys Restaurant in San Francisco circa 1986.
Chef Hubert Keller at the Fleur de Lys Restaurant in San Francisco circa 1986.
Courtesy of Chef Hubert Keller
Those in attendance at the 84th annual holiday tree lighting ceremony in Golden Gate Park on Dec. 5 ...
Those in attendance at the 84th annual holiday tree lighting ceremony in Golden Gate Park on Dec. 5, 2013 were treated to a machine-made flurry of snow.
courtesy of SF Rec. and Parks Dept.
Sparkling wine (and not Champagne) was featured on Wednesday night tasting at the Valley Wine Shack ...
Sparkling wine (and not Champagne) was featured on Wednesday night tasting at the Valley Wine Shack in Sonoma.
Eager to please  owner Lorene Reed made a latte with French press steeped coffee. Delicious!
Eager to please, owner Lorene Reed made a latte with French press steeped coffee. Delicious!
 I am a vegetarian  said long-time resident Kathy Ostram  the  Veggie Feta  is delicious. And being ...
"I am a vegetarian, said long-time resident Kathy Ostram, the "Veggie Feta" is delicious. And being a fan of anything apple, the blintz crepe is yummy," she added.
So far Sup Doc has posted over 42 podcasts. San Francisco-based comedian Paco Romane is just warming...
So far Sup Doc has posted over 42 podcasts. San Francisco-based comedian Paco Romane is just warming up.
Courtesy of Paco Romane and Sup Doc
Even though mixed marital arts has its basis in ancient martial art technique and teachings  an MMA ...
Even though mixed marital arts has its basis in ancient martial art technique and teachings, an MMA event has its moments of spectacle and excitement for the crowds.
COMING SOON: The new main building at San Francisco General Hospital is scheduled to open next year.
COMING SOON: The new main building at San Francisco General Hospital is scheduled to open next year.
Jim Heaphy/Wikimedia Commons
Jonathan Bigelow portrays Alex  a man searching for answers as his life as been altered by an unexpe...
Jonathan Bigelow portrays Alex, a man searching for answers as his life as been altered by an unexpected diagnosis at the doctor's office.
Courtesy of Seamus Seanachoi
Included as part of the fair this year  Doggie World booth was in attendance  encouraging patrons of...
Included as part of the fair this year, Doggie World booth was in attendance, encouraging patrons of the fair to consider adopting a pet.
Courtesy of Nihonmachi Street Fair Committee
Flowering Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon sp.) in the foreground and one of the many yellow species and ...
Flowering Shooting Stars (Dodecatheon sp.) in the foreground and one of the many yellow species and an Oak tree (Quercus sp.) behind. Located in San Luis Obispo County, central California.
Linda Tanner
Christmas lights on Highway 18 in the San Bernardino Mountains
Christmas lights on Highway 18 in the San Bernardino Mountains
Tweet about protest in Anaheim on July 29  2012.
Tweet about protest in Anaheim on July 29, 2012.
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MoonEssence day spa in Petaluma offers full-service  which includes hair and make-up.
MoonEssence day spa in Petaluma offers full-service, which includes hair and make-up.
courtesy of MoonEssence
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