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Op-Ed: California is facing a water crisis

California is one of the richest regions in the world and is facing a glaring environmental problem that could destroy the economy of the state.
In the Media by Ryan Hite

California tightens handgun restrictions; bans some models

Sacramento - California already has some of the toughest gun laws on record. Now, a recent bill signed into law last Friday by Governor Jerry Brown has just tightened things up a little more, effectively closing a loophole created by an earlier law.
In the Media by Megan Hamilton - 5 comments

Stranded hiker with broken legs survived on bugs and snow 6 days

West Frankfort - A California hiker survived on bugs and snow for six days in Mount Goddard, a 13,000 foot peak, in the northern Kings Canyon National Park.
In the Media by Mike White - 2 comments

Death penalty ruled unconstitutional in California

Los Angeles - A federal US judge ruled that the death penalty in California is unconstitutional, mainly because of the dysfunctional system which administers it.Opponents of capital punishment hailed the ruling by judge Cormac Carney as a landmark decision.
In the Media by AFP

Billionaire's plan to split California into 6 states moves ahead

A billionaire venture capitalist's long-shot plan to split California into six separate states appears as if it has won enough support to qualify for the 2016 electoral ballot.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 10 comments

Op-Ed: 'Lands Never Trodden' tells U.S. History from California view Special

Caldwell - The California Missions seem pretty familiar to us Californians that it is easy to assume that just about everyone knows of them. Yet, according to author and historian John J. O'Hagan, few people really know much about the California Missions.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 3 comments

Op-Ed: A ranger couple's water-line journey takes them across the world Special

Lee Vining - Talk to California State Parks ranger David Carle about water and a flood of information will flow. Yet even with his passionate interesting in California's water, rivers, lakes and streams,
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 1 comment

Love Japan: Silicon Valley's 79th Obon Festival Special

San Jose - If you Love Japan, be sure to stop by SJ Japantown's 79th annual Obon Festival, scheduled for July 12-13th from 11:30am until 10pm. The free event is located between Jackson and Taylor streets, four blocks east of the Japantown Ayer Light Rail Station.
Digital Journal Report by Chikako Uchinami - 2 comments

Solano County reports first case of potentially deadly virus

Fairfield - Health officials in the San Francisco Bay Area county of Solano confirmed last week that a resident had contracted West Nile virus.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

Op-Ed: Sonoma State Historic Park a tour package deal for only $3 Special

Sonoma - For those who like bargains for travels and love history, this reporter stumbled upon a neat little tour-package deal in Sonoma, the heart of California's wine country.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 1 comment

Aspiring jewelry store robbers fail miserably, lucky to be alive

Fresno - In what looked more like a comedy scene from the Keystone Cops, a pair of would be armed robbers bit off more than they could chew, and the entire incident was caught on tape.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 1 comment

Yosemite National Park celebrates its 150th anniversary

June 30, 2014 marked the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Yosemite Grant Act by President Abraham Lincoln in 1864. The signing of this act was the first time that park land was set aside by the federal government for preservation and public use.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 2 comments

Water skyrockets to record prices in California

With droughts reaching record levels this year, the state of California is stepping aside as water prices on the open market reaches very high bidding levels.
In the Media by Ryan Hite - 3 comments

Ice cream shop shares its space for new crepe business Special

Sonoma - Thanks to some very neighborly help and some wise merchant ingenuity, one local family business is helping another, get its start in the community.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 2 comments

Parents accused of housing 11-year-old autistic child in dog cage

Anaheim - Law enforcement officials in California have been arrested the parents of an 11-year-old autistic boy who officials belive was being kept in a cage.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 4 comments

U.S. protesters use their bodies to block transport of immigrants

Murrieta - Around 150 protesters blocked an access road for three buses that were carrying immigrants to a processing center for deportation. The buses had to turn around and find another route to take.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Sonoma Thrift store helps those in need in Rwanda Special

Sonoma - In need of something stylish, or something casual? Something for the house or something for the yard? Are you looking for a collectable, either rare, unique or even valuable? Well, then stop by Bon Marche.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell

Bagmakers battle ban promoted by California environmentalists

Sacramento - California retail and grocery lobbies are backing a proposal to ban single use plastic bags. The bill would also add a ten cent fee on paper bags. The measures are supported by many environmentalists.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 2 comments

Op-Ed: The Stars & Stripes not just for the 4th, says Sonoma flagmaker Special

Sonoma - As Independence Day approaches, lots of people are eager to display the old "Red White and Blue," and one little business in town is busy filling last minute requests for an American Flag.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell

Has last California oyster cannery taken its last breath?

Washington, D. C. - California's last oyster cannery may just about be on its last breath Monday after the US Supreme Court refused to hear the operation's final challenge to an order to shut down.
In the Media by Nathan Salant - 1 comment

Op-Ed: California officials seek to suspend payday loan outlet CashCall Special

Sacramento - San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera was pleased to hear the news that state officials are going after some of the most predatory of loan outlets, often referred to as "payday" loans.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 1 comment

No. California wind farm won't be prosecuted for eagle deaths

Fairfield - A Northern California wind farm cannot be prosecuted for killing protected wildlife if its turbines kill no more than five eagles annually, the US Fish & Wildlife Service said Thursday.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

Op-Ed: Realtors raise money at Summer golf Nine and Wine charity Special

San Mateo - With the arrival of warm weather outdoor sports become a major pastime, especially along the San Francisco Peninsula, south of the outskirts or what was once referred to as the 'outlands' of the City.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell

Organic Sonoma produce opens crepes and coffee brunch place Special

Sonoma - Focusing on a very simple menu of crepes, coffee and salad, The Divewalk Cafe is open only for three days a week. "That's just for now to get started," said owner Lorene Reed
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell

Op-Ed: Mel's might be closing, but Pearl's in Sonoma is going strong Special

Sonoma - In a place where just about everything is for tourists, this reporter often asks, "where do the local people go?" Many go to a little diner called "Pearl's." Away from the square in an almost non-descript corner
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell

Op-Ed: San Francisco mezzo soprano Kelsey Lauritano eager to make debut Special

San Francisco - Now in her third year at the prestigious Juilliard School of Music, San Franciscan Kelsey Lauritano is honored, thrilled and just a bit anxious about her immediate future as she plans and hopes to go on to a graduate program.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 3 comments

Breakdancing event in LA helps to preserve their hip-hop culture Special

Los Angeles - The official kickoff of the annual B-Boy Summit attracted people of all ages to a breakdancing event in Southern California.
Digital Journal Report by Matt Terndrup

Op-Ed: As landmark restaurant closes, is it au revoir to French cuisine? Special

San Francisco - As a landmark restaurant, the Fleur de Lys closes this coming June 28, food critics are wondering "does this indicate a decline in traditional French cuisine?"
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell

Op-Ed: Travel San Francisco — Insider insights

San Francisco - For decades, San Francisco has been one of the premier travel destinations in the US. People from near and far flock to the city by the bay to experience one of America’s most affluent, breathtaking and eclectic metropolitan areas.
In the Media by Mike Rossi - 4 comments

Farmworkers feel the heat from California's continuing drought

Mendota - Farmworkers throughout California's usually abundant Central Valley are hurting financially these days as a continuing drought causes lower yields and planting cutbacks throughout the fertile region.
In the Media by Nathan Salant - 1 comment
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A rally called  March for Marriage  had occurred earlier in the day down on the National Mall. The g...
A rally called "March for Marriage" had occurred earlier in the day down on the National Mall. The group then marched up Capitol Hill to the Supreme Court. This group wants to see Prop 8 and DOMA upheld.
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South of Market neighborhood  San Francisco  California  USA
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South of Market neighborhood, San Francisco, California, USA
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The Veterans Hospital in San Francisco serves hundreds of military veterans and has done so for deca...
The Veterans Hospital in San Francisco serves hundreds of military veterans and has done so for decades.
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Golden Gate Bridge  San Francisco  California  January 2011
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, January 2011
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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.
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 Last year we had 24 000 participants in the Turkey Trot  said Silicon Valley Leadership Group VP St...
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"Last year we had 24,000 participants in the Turkey Trot, said Silicon Valley Leadership Group VP Steve Wright. "This year we are anticipating 28,000," he said. Founded in 2004 on Thanksgiving Day, the annual Turkey Trot 5k walk and run and a 10k run, raises funds for those in need. Over its 9 year history so far the Turkey Trot has raised over $3.4 million.
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One of the many pieces Aimee Golant has made.
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One of the many pieces Aimee Golant has made.
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San Francisco
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Seen here is the crowd from last year s Hops and History event.  Last year Hops and History sold out...
Courtesy of Museum of San Francisco and Historical Society
Seen here is the crowd from last year's Hops and History event. "Last year Hops and History sold out before the day of the event with nearly 600 hundred attendees," said event coordinator Derek Remski.
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Traveling together husband and wife  Janet and David Carle went around the world following the earth...
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Traveling together husband and wife, Janet and David Carle went around the world following the earth's horizontal grid line called, The 38th Parallel to discover how many of the world's diverse cultures and regions are experiencing similar issues regarding water and its conservation and protection.
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Darioush Winery is located in Napa Valley on SIlverado Trail just off of Big Ranch Road.
Darioush Winery is located in Napa Valley on SIlverado Trail just off of Big Ranch Road.
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The contrasts between old construction and modern is obvious upon closer inspection. The life of all...
The contrasts between old construction and modern is obvious upon closer inspection. The life of all settlers in California was very simple.
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A place to spend an afternoon or evening  Darioush Winery will delight.
A place to spend an afternoon or evening, Darioush Winery will delight.
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The courtyard of the Mission and its compound. Historians have tired to arrange the setting as close...
The courtyard of the Mission and its compound. Historians have tired to arrange the setting as close to what they think the Mission may have looked like.
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Veronica Toscano was happy to let this reporter sample the cheeses at Vella Cheese company on that M...
Veronica Toscano was happy to let this reporter sample the cheeses at Vella Cheese company on that Monday morning. Vella Cheese is all natural, "you can even eat the casing," said Toscano it is made with cocoa powder and olive oil."
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Crop circle found on Dec. 29  2013  in Salinas  California.
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Crop circle found on Dec. 29, 2013, in Salinas, California.
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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."
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“Yet because of the type of voice I have  noted Lauritano I decided to go into classical rather th...
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“Yet because of the type of voice I have, noted Lauritano I decided to go into classical rather than musical theater."
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James Dean Memorial with Jack Ranch Cafe in background.  Cholame  CA  April 2012
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James Dean Memorial with Jack Ranch Cafe in background. Cholame, CA April 2012
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