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Interview with Vincenzo and Vittorio of rock band V2 Special

Separately, Vincenzo and Vittorio are talented 12-year-old musicians from California. Together, these twin brothers are V2, an emerging young rock band and a powerful force to be reckoned with. Digital Journal meets them.

Interview with rock duo V2's producer Ron Nevison Special

V2 are one of the most exciting new rock acts around at the moment and have recently released their debut album, produced by the very experienced Ron Nevison. He spoke to Digital Journal.

California measles outbreak over, state health officials say

Anaheim - An outbreak of measles at two Southern California theme parks that infected scores of people in December and January has been stopped, California public health officials said Friday.

Op-Ed: California Dream is fading according to Professor at UC Berkeley Special

Berkeley - As the median price for a home in California has reached well over the half a million dollar mark, environmental scholars like professor Gray Brechin, PhD are questioning the idea of the California Dream.

Mountain lion takes up residence in crawl space of LA home

Los Angeles - Cats are notorious for having a mind of their own, and P-22 is no exception. The only difference is that he is a mountain lion, actually, a rather famous big cat known to one and all after taking center stage in a National Geographic video in 2013.

Small earthquake shakes Los Angeles — no damage reported

Los Angeles - Southern California was jolted Sunday by a 3.5-magnitude earthquake that struck South Los Angeles at 9:17 p.m, government seismologists reported.

CA bill banning child vaccine exemptions gets go-ahead

Sacramento - After the severest measles outbreak in decades occurred earlier this year, California lawmakers approved a bill this week that would prevent most parents from opting out of vaccinations for their children enrolled in school.

Op-Ed: Calif. Dems push to extend health, legal rights for immigrants

Sacramento - California Democrats are taking things into their own hands because of federal inaction over immigration reform. On Tuesday they announced a 10-bill package that would extend health care and legal protection to undocumented immigrants in the state.

Op-Ed: Crunch time — Governor orders 25% cut in California water use

Los Angeles - California’s big drought has been a big issue for years, but the big cut in water usage ordered by California Governor Jerry Brown is an obvious, essential move. The state’s growth has added to the water woes.

'Second-hand smog' from Asia ends up in California

As if the drought in California is not enough to worry about, now the Central Valley, home to over three million people and two million cars, is suffering the effects of a heavy smog, and it's not homemade, either.

California orders 25% cut in resident, business water use

South Lake Tahoe - Faced with the worst drought since becoming a state in 1850, California announced mandatory usage reductions for the first time.

Iconic singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell hospitalized

Los Angeles - Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell was taken by ambulance from her home Tuesday and hospitalized, her official website confirmed.

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.
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Even though  the book  The Visionary State  A Journey Through California s Spiritual Landscape  is o...
Even though, the book "The Visionary State, A Journey Through California's Spiritual Landscape" is out of print, author Erik Davis says, "the book is around, it is find-able."
Studiomix was the venue host for chef Ramni Levy and his King Knish which celebrated its first year ...
Studiomix was the venue host for chef Ramni Levy and his King Knish which celebrated its first year anniversary on Monday night, Nov. 11, 2013. "We are a local business and we like to help support other local businesses," said the woman in charge at Studiomix, Mystie Webster. "And, besides, she added these knish are delicious!"
Courtesy of Ramni Levy and King Knish
Known as Beauty Ranch  Jack London s idea of a sustainable farm was decades before its time.  He was...
Known as Beauty Ranch, Jack London's idea of a sustainable farm was decades before its time. "He was a genius in many ways," said volunteer and docent, Mary Oswald. She like Larry Houghton have been volunteering for over a decade. "I just love it here, she said it is beautiful."
On Aug. 22 Skypark airport and airfield presented Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance with a donation t...
On Aug. 22 Skypark airport and airfield presented Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance with a donation to help in their work of tutoring and mentoring school students in the Sonoma Valley. Seen here from left to right are pilot Bob Berwick of Coastal Air Tours, Tina Baldry, program coordinator at Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, Executive Director of Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, Kathy Witkowicki and Skypark's air field manager Ron Price.
The afternoon tea held for members of the press was a success for the opening day of the Great Dicke...
The afternoon tea held for members of the press was a success for the opening day of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair which opened the weekend before Thanksgiving on Nov. 22. Here two members of the cast which joined in with actor Robert Young as Charles Dickens shared a bit of sherry with their tea.
Courtesy of Denise Lamott
San Francisco Dept. of Public Works and community volunteers participated in the planting of trees i...
San Francisco Dept. of Public Works and community volunteers participated in the planting of trees in honor of Arbor Day, which just so happened to coincide with the St. Patrick's Day weekend on March 15, 2014. "wearing of the green meets the planting of green trees."
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
Julie Jones  author of the Estate Documents Organizer A-Z Records Book  available at www.estatedocso...
Julie Jones, author of the Estate Documents Organizer A-Z Records Book, available at www.estatedocsorganizer.com.
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
Anna Cross is the director of the playhouse which featured the ground-breaking original play  Toypur...
Anna Cross is the director of the playhouse which featured the ground-breaking original play "Toypurina."
Courtesy of Mission San Gabriel Playhouse
California-inspired version of poutine.
Carne Asada Fries from El Chilé on Palm Ave. in south San ...
California-inspired version of poutine. Carne Asada Fries from El Chilé on Palm Ave. in south San Diego, California.
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The most important thing says Jennifer Hainstock with regards to estate planning is  get organized.
The most important thing says Jennifer Hainstock with regards to estate planning is "get organized."
As part of his outreach to the community  financial advisor Darren Blonski began the first in a seri...
As part of his outreach to the community, financial advisor Darren Blonski began the first in a series to talks for the 2015 year on Feb. 12. The talks (mini-workshop, seminars) are open to the public free of charge and with no obligation to buy or sign up. He simply wants to help people better understand the importance of proper investing and better management of financial matters.
Supporters of same-sex marriage hold signs as the hearing was going on inside the Supreme Court
Supporters of same-sex marriage hold signs as the hearing was going on inside the Supreme Court
The gateway - typical looking entry point to every Chinatown in the world but it s the most authenti...
The gateway - typical looking entry point to every Chinatown in the world but it's the most authentic Chinatown Gate in the North America (built in 1970), San Francisco, CA. This one is called "Dragons Gate" and was constructed by materials donated by Republic of Taiwan.
Los Angeles Fire Department s elite Urban Search and Rescue team.
Los Angeles Fire Department's elite Urban Search and Rescue team.
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Turning the kitchen of the little summer cottage on Patton Street into an office  artistic director ...
Turning the kitchen of the little summer cottage on Patton Street into an office, artistic director Jude Cameron, for Studio 35 meets with artists to schedule a time and space to display their works.
 Everyday  these vineyards change  their color palate changes  just as nature changes   said  artist...
"Everyday, these vineyards change, their color palate changes, just as nature changes," said, artist Kathryn A. Lewis.
Johnny Khoury who works with brother Michael  was eager to talk about the sandwiches on the menu. Se...
Johnny Khoury who works with brother Michael, was eager to talk about the sandwiches on the menu. Seen here with Khoury are Justine and Nelly who help make the sandwiches and salads.