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Op-Ed: A community working with its civic leaders is aiming to thrive Special

San Francisco - For some, The Ingleside/Excelsior of San Francisco is just another area in the City that needs new development. Yet for those who live in the area and treasure it,

Op-Ed: Author of 'Wild Soul' talks about a need to plug into nature Special

Sonoma - As our high-tech world gears up to go to the next level of advancing technology, author and public speaker Mary Reynolds Thompson believes if humanity is to survive it must include nature in the problem-solving.

Op-Ed: From Dust Bowl to Nob Hill, a San Francisco socialite remembers Special

Beverly Hills - To read her book "Peeing on Hot Coals" is like reading something right out of John Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath." Pat Montandon, San Francisco's 'Golden Girl' and local TV celebrity has written her seventh book.

Interview with Jake Cotler and Dave Bell from Jam in the Van Special

Two of the three founders of an enticingly unique musical concept, designed to dramatically enhance the live music experience, talk to Digital Journal.

Alleged kidnapping in Northern California was hoax, police say

Vallejo - This week’s reported kidnapping for ransom of a Bay Area woman was a hoax, California and federal authorities said Wednesday.

California acts against poll measure to execute gays

Los Angeles - California announced legal action to suppress a "reprehensible" ballot initiative to outlaw homosexuality -- on pain of execution -- in the famously liberal US state.

San Francisco passes torch on Old Mint restoration

San Francisco - The city’s 1874 U.S. Mint may one day roar back to life as a museum or other featured attraction, but probably not the way a leading local nonprofit group has envisioned for more than 10 years.

Op-Ed: Truck driver writes screenplay and wins accolades at festival Special

Hercules - There have been many instances of someone with a dream and being able to make it a reality against many odds. Yet, how often does anyone get to have their dream fulfilled by the help of total strangers?

Op-Ed: Small businesses struggle after fire, landlord indifferent Special

Sonoma - As empowering as small business can be, it can also be very unnerving when a family business or proprietor suffers an unexpected set back, such as a fire. Even if the damage is not extensive, the complications from it can interrupt a small business.

Parched California set to impose more limits on water usage

San Francisco - Additional restrictions on water usage in California are expected to be imposed this week in the face of a continuing drought that has seen rivers, lakes and reservoirs drying up statewide.

Famed guitarist Laurence Juber talks about his new album Special

The former member of Paul McCartney's 70s high-fliers Wings - and a prolific and highly acclaimed musician in his own right - is getting ready to release a new album. Digital Journal was curious to learn more.

California quickly running out of water

Sacramento - While the eastern US may have a surplus of snow this season California was the driest in January since records were first kept in 1895.

Battered and bruised, Harrison Ford lives to fly another day

Harrison Ford’s superb flying abilities saved his life when he crash-landed due to engine failure, March 5, 2016, on a L.A. golf course. With engine trouble at take-off, Ford had no choice but to make an emergency landing.

Comatose girl's family files lawsuit against California hospital

Oakland - The family of a young girl whose heart stopped during routine surgery in 2013 and had to sue to prevent a Northern California hospital from turning off her life support has sued the medical facility for malpractice.

Interview with top entertainment figure Michael Des Barres Special

The English-born singer, actor and showbusiness veteran is gearing up to release a rockin' new album, recorded last year in Rome. He made time in his chaotic agenda for Digital Journal.

Op-Ed: San Francisco comedian at a crossroads in his career Special

San Francisco - For almost a decade comedian Paco Romane has established a spot for himself in the City's home-grown comedy club circuit. Always eager to work if he was not able to find a gig, he created one; like his show "The Romane Event."

Op-Ed: Final injunction assures City College stays open despite threat Special

San Francisco - The City Attorney's Office was very pleased with the final injunction that Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow delivered on Feb. 17. It ensures that City College will treated fairly in the re-accreditation process.

Dockworkers return to U.S. West Coast ports

Oakland - All but one of 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast reopened this week after months of wrangling over the terms of a new dockworkers contract.

What is killing California's sea lions?

Sausalito - Marine scientists say 2015 could be the worst year on record for California’s iconic sea lion, the seemingly friendly marine mammal facing an uncharacteristic winter die-off that has animal lovers, beachgoers and environmentalists traumatized.

Op-Ed: California locals remember those times, of guitarist Sam Andrew Special

Sonoma - The death of guitarist Sam Andrew stirred not only Rolling Stone to publish a reflective and stirring obit, but Andrew's death got one local Northern California woman who met Andrew to reflect on those San Francisco days, when the Haight-Ashbury

Waves of starving sea lions wash ashore in California

Moss Landing - For the past two years, sea lion pups have been washing ashore along the California coast. This year is no different, and may end up being worse for them.

Memory Care Cafe seeks to support caregivers of Alzheimers Special

San Francisco - According to the Alzheimer's Association, in 2014 an estimated 5.2 million Americans were diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

State of California demands compliance from Home Loan lender Special

Sacramento - While the home mortgage crisis of 2009 to some may seem in the past, the reverberations of it are still lingering. California state officials announced this past January, that Ocwen Financial Corporation must provide required information to regulators.

California lawmakers take a look at banning ‘vaping’ in public

Legislators in California are not willing to wait on the Food and Drug Administration regulations on vaping and e-cigarettes and are considering legislation conflating vaping with traditional smoking with the same type of bans and restrictions.

Op-Ed: One man's journey West to change his life and defy the past Special

San Francisco - As commemorations of Martin Luther King, Jr. day were being planned and celebrated, one man, Ardist Cooper, Jr. who lived through those times before the Civil Rights Movement, shared his recollections.

California Antiquarian Book Fair is among the largest of its kind Special

Oakland - For rare book collectors, print is not dead. In fact, it is growing as this year's California International Antiquarian Book Fair will be held at Oakland Marriott City Center from February 6 to 8. Coordinators like Michael Hackenberg are thrilled.

Op-Ed: CA Supreme Court should ban religious conservatives in judiciary

Los Angeles - The California Supreme Court has voted to ban judges who are members of the Boy Scouts of America on grounds that the BSA discriminates against homosexual adults. It should go ahead and ban all judges who are religious conservatives.

Disneyland measles outbreak spreads throughout state

Oakland - Dozens of Californians who visited Disneyland and an adjacent theme park over the past two months have contracted measles in the largest outbreak of the highly contagious virus in years.

Several Disneyland employees diagnosed with measles

Anaheim - Several employees at Disneyland, Anaheim, California's iconic themepark have been diagnosed with measles, health officials confirmed on Tuesday. This brings the total number of cases to 18 in the county.

Small quake shakes up California's Salinas Valley

King City - No damage has been reported so far from a 4.4-magnitude earthquake that struck early Tuesday morning southeast of Monterey Bay in California.
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Street buskers in Chinatown  San Francisco  CA.
Street buskers in Chinatown, San Francisco, CA.
Arbor Day for California was celebrated the week of March 7 to 14  2014. To commemorate it  The Dept...
Arbor Day for California was celebrated the week of March 7 to 14, 2014. To commemorate it, The Dept. of Public Works planted over 40 trees around the City in one weekend.
More detail is provided to this student s interpretation of the famous painting.
More detail is provided to this student's interpretation of the famous painting.
Courtesy of Cornelia de Schepper and Northern Light School, Oakland, CA
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San Quentin state prison sign
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 The Meehan Brothers are wacky with lots of energy sort of like a Jack Russell Terrier   said Heathe...
"The Meehan Brothers are wacky with lots of energy sort of like a Jack Russell Terrier," said Heather Hill. She worked at Cobbs Comedy Club in San Francisco where the brothers perform often
Meehan Brothers
For more than five years Sunday Streets has been providing neighborhoods the opportunity to celebrat...
For more than five years Sunday Streets has been providing neighborhoods the opportunity to celebrate their community by having a block party where neighbors, residents, merchants and visitors can gather on the street free of cars.
Courtesy of Sunday Streets
On Saturday  Feb. 22  2014  the Westlake Coffee Shop reopened to the delight and happiness of Owners...
On Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, the Westlake Coffee Shop reopened to the delight and happiness of Owners Moon and Yoon Choi, (seen here with their staff/crew) who were forced out of their previous location when the rent was raised to over $10,000 per month.
Courtesy of the Choi family and Westlake Coffee Shop, Daly City, CA
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San Francisco
A party for New Year s Eve is planned for The Armory in San Francisco s Mission District. New Bohemi...
A party for New Year's Eve is planned for The Armory in San Francisco's Mission District. New Bohemia, New Year's Eve is all set to be one of the most spectacular rivaling other San Francisco party events like the annual Exotic Erotic Halloween Ball.
Courtesy of New Bohemia, NYE promotions
Selecting only the best coffee beans  Dutch Brothers coffee roasts each type of bean separately  the...
Selecting only the best coffee beans, Dutch Brothers coffee roasts each type of bean separately, then blends the various types of beans together to create a unique and original blend flavor.
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.
California Right to Know
California Right to Know
California Right to Know
by artist Cynthia Tom
by artist Cynthia Tom
Courtesy of artist Cynthia Tom
A blue oak tree at the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve  Poway  San Diego County  California. It was blac...
A blue oak tree at the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, Poway, San Diego County, California. It was blackened in a fire in 2008, but is still going strong.
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Issei Memorial
Issei Memorial
Large items like furniture and accessories are also abundant.
Large items like furniture and accessories are also abundant.
Air Sonoma Aviation at Skypark offers flight instruction. The fee for primary flight instruction is ...
Air Sonoma Aviation at Skypark offers flight instruction. The fee for primary flight instruction is $45.00 per hour. “The basic student package is $300.00 that includes some of the ground training," said instructor John Cabaud, Jr.
Theâtre Femina: Spectacles de La Chauve Souris. Program of a 1923 cabaret-ballet produced by Nikita...
Theâtre Femina: Spectacles de La Chauve Souris. Program of a 1923 cabaret-ballet produced by Nikita Balieff. From the Jane Bourne Parton Collection of books on dance.
Courtesy of the F. W. Olin Library, Mills College
In the inner circle referred to as  The Dissies  Superfest 2014 will be coming this Nov. 2 to The Co...
In the inner circle referred to as "The Dissies" Superfest 2014 will be coming this Nov. 2 to The Contemporary Jewish Museum theater showing 11 films from 11 AM to 6 PM.
Courtesy of Superfest 2014
Farmland in California s Central Valley and San Joaquin Valley is shown in pre-drought 2007.
Farmland in California's Central Valley and San Joaquin Valley is shown in pre-drought 2007.
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