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Op-Ed: Soiled Dove makes return to The Point in Alameda Special

Alameda - The Point in Alameda is making room and coordinating preparations for The Soiled Dove - the one-of-a-kind 'Barbary Coast'- themed circus-infused dinner theater returning weekends from June 9th to July 1st.

Massive mudslide on Calif. coastal highway closes it indefinitely

Big Sur - A portion of California's Pacific Coast Highway was blocked over the weekend by a massive mudslide that buried a part of Highway 1 under a 40-foot layer of rock and dirt and cut off access to a region that depends heavily on tourism to survive.

EPA OK's nasty pesticide - Now 12 farmworkers have been poisoned

Bakersfield - Over 50 farmworkers in Bakersfield, California were exposed to a pesticide drift from a nearby field earlier this month. At least 12 of the farmworkers became ill, with one person passing out, requiring hospitalization.

Review: Sold out premiere of 'American Wrestler' in hometown Petaluma Special

Petaluma - The special premiere of "American Wrestler - The Wizard" at downtown Petaluma's Boulevard Cinema 14 last night was sold out. And for good reason, everyone likes a story of redemption and unexpected outcome when all seemed dim.

Op-Ed: Marin Society of Artists host sculpture exhibit celebration Special

San Rafael - With 49 Sculptors and 72 pieces of sculptured art on display, The Marin Society of Artists is very pleased to present in their venue the exhibit now showing to celebrate International Sculpture Day which is on April 24.

Man arrested for California shooting spree spoke of race 'battle'

Los Angeles - A man arrested for a shooting spree in the central California city of Fresno in which three white men were killed saw himself as part of an ongoing race war, according to family and police.

Op-Ed: Yachting season celebrates its 100 Anniversary in San Francisco Special

San Francisco - This Sunday, April 23rd, to mark the occasion of the 100th Opening Day on the Bay, the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association will celebrate in grand style.

California solar power generation reaches milestone in March

Solar power generation in California met nearly half of the state's electricity demand on March 11, making up over 44 percent of the electricity sent to the grid.

Op-Ed: Spring is time for art in the San Francisco Bay Area Special

San Rafael - As spring blossoms out, the points of interest for art lovers in the San Francisco Bay area are abundant. Like the those 'April rain showers' that bring forth the flowers, like the rhyme says, is so true for the local artistic scene.

California drought officially over, but some measures will remain

Sacramento - It was good news for Californians today as Governor Jerry Brown made it official — the long and devastating drought is finally over. After months of rain, the state's reservoirs are filled and fields are once again wearing coats of green.

Op-Ed: Local Radio Personality reminisces of days before de-regulation Special

San Francisco - With the emergence of Sirius satellite radio, music channels on cable TV and now personalized radio via streaming Internet services, the days of traditional radio broadcasting are just about over.

Op-Ed: Russian Play reflects the universal even to today's audiences Special

Ross - Humor is sometimes the best defense in the most trying of times and this could be said of The Ross Valley Player's production of 'Way Out West' by San Rafael playwright Joel Eis, which will premiere this coming April 7.

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.
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Los Angeles Channel 2 news team mingles with firefighters and fire trucks between Snow Summit and Pi...
Los Angeles Channel 2 news team mingles with firefighters and fire trucks between Snow Summit and Pine Summit
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Reproduced by kind permission, Julia Hanna
Part of his effort to understand first hand the needs of commuters  County of Marin Supervisor membe...
Part of his effort to understand first hand the needs of commuters, County of Marin Supervisor member Damon Connolly believes in doing things as much as possible at the grass roots level. Understanding the transit system and its needs will help the Board of Supervisors know and understand the transit systems that thousands of people in the community rely upon.
Courtesy of Damon Connolly
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.
Artists Sig Rundstrom and Sonja Bakalyar shared the spotlight this past August 21 for the  Meet the ...
Artists Sig Rundstrom and Sonja Bakalyar shared the spotlight this past August 21 for the "Meet the Artist" event at Sonoma's Studio 35 gallery on Patton Street.
SMALL TOWN: Postcard image shows Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa in the 1950s.
SMALL TOWN: Postcard image shows Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa in the 1950s.
Orange County Archives/Wikimedia Commons
Cafe is low-key and casual. Visitors are always welcome during business hours.
Cafe is low-key and casual. Visitors are always welcome during business hours.
Darioush Winery s 2009 cabernet sauvignon received high praise from wine magazines like  Decanter  a...
Darioush Winery's 2009 cabernet sauvignon received high praise from wine magazines like "Decanter" and others.
 Lands of Promise and Despair - Chronicles of Early California 1535 to 1846  by professor Rose Marie...
"Lands of Promise and Despair - Chronicles of Early California 1535 to 1846" by professor Rose Marie Beebe and Robert M. Senkewicz was published in 2001. It offers detailed accounts from transcripts and manuscripts of the early California period that is little known to most U.S. History books.
Back in 2004  author and researcher Lauren Steinhauer wrote his first novel based upon the Sherlock ...
Back in 2004, author and researcher Lauren Steinhauer wrote his first novel based upon the Sherlock Holmes character. Now in the final chapters, Steinhauer has written a new novel set amid the moral chaos of World War II. "I am looking for a respected and capable publisher," he says.
John Oppenheimer, courtesy of The Sunset Beacon Newspaper, SF, CA
Carlos Gomez and Julie Arntz at the plaza (or some refer to it   The Square ) in Sonoma. Gomez is ai...
Carlos Gomez and Julie Arntz at the plaza (or some refer to it, 'The Square') in Sonoma. Gomez is aiming to establish an animation studio on the plaza, something like Disney has.
Courtesy of Julie Arntz
A photograph of Cannabis sativa.
A photograph of Cannabis sativa.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
 This reminds me of  The Magic Pan  which was the place for crepes back in the 1970 s   said John Fo...
"This reminds me of 'The Magic Pan' which was the place for crepes back in the 1970's," said John Foley of the Foodie Daily blog.
Mono Lake in California on August 1  2014. Notice the dry lake bed. In 2013  the water depth was at ...
Mono Lake in California on August 1, 2014. Notice the dry lake bed. In 2013, the water depth was at about 50 feet.
Mary Phillips
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CBS Los Angeles
Obama in Los Angeles on the third day of his four-day five-state tour to rally support  for the Demo...
Obama in Los Angeles on the third day of his four-day five-state tour to rally support for the Democrats in the midterm elections.
Democratic Party Photo
Like the roadside attractions of days gone by  Fat Pilgrim Contemporary General Store offers somethi...
Like the roadside attractions of days gone by, Fat Pilgrim Contemporary General Store offers something more than just a being a retail spot. It beckons people to stop and visit a while.
Brad Mckenzie will remain as chief mechanic at 3 Ring Cycles under the new ownership.
Brad Mckenzie will remain as chief mechanic at 3 Ring Cycles under the new ownership.
Courtesy of 3 Ring Cycles, San Anselmo, CA.
A close up view of Sonoma Mountain was literally in Jack London s backyard. The breathtaking beauty ...
A close up view of Sonoma Mountain was literally in Jack London's backyard. The breathtaking beauty of the park has people from all over the world visiting it, noted Van Wyk. Jack London was perhaps the first world celebrities of his day.
The foyer of the old Mission. It its heyday  the Mission was home to more than 900 native peoples.
The foyer of the old Mission. It its heyday, the Mission was home to more than 900 native peoples.