Autumn Light

       Autumn Light      

Ear phones,

baby carriages,

dogs,

Nutall’s tapping,

people

talking,

running,

walking,

biking.

Black top pavement

grayed

from wind

and dust.

Trees:  gold,

red, orange.

And I, walk

alone,

intent

on crunching

leaves.

Autumn light

hurts my eyes.

By Karen Laslo 11/8/14

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Local Republicans Host Kashkari, Get Unexpected Guests

Early this morning (Sunday 11/2) about 25 local Republicans turned out to hear a talk by Neel Kashkari, their candidate for Governor of California, held at the Republican Headquarters on Mangrove Ave. in Chico.  But, unbeknownst to the Republicans, the local Democrats got wind of the visit and showed up, walking down from their headquarters 3 blocks away, also on Mangrove Ave. The Demos. carried signs in support of Jerry Brown and local city council candidates, Scott Gruendl, Forough Maria Molina and Lupe Arim-Law.  The Repubs. were not happy, to say the least, and some came out to see what was going on.  After Mr. Kashkari left, and while local Democrat, Bob Mulholland, was being interviewed by a local media person, some of the Republican supporters tried to jam themselves into the picture by holding their signs in front of the Democrats’ signs.  Here’s the story in photos:

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Neel Kashkari

Neel Kashkari

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Adios to Kashkari

Adios to Kashkari

Huge Water “Transfer” Deals a Possibility

The dreadful possibility of huge water “transfers” is upon us. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s 10-Year Water Transfer Plan is up for public comment.  According to AquAlliance, this plan seeks to transfer up to 600,000 acre-feet per year from the North State to desert agriculture in the southwestern San Joaquin Valley. The 10-year water transfer total is equivalent to what a city the size of Chico would use in 200 years. Please attend this important water meeting and show your support for AquAlliance when they “disclose all the vulnerabilities” in the Bureau’s Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report.  And vote NO on Proposition 1 – the bad out-weighs the good!

(The meeting is tonight – Tuesday! See below)

San Joaquin Valley "almond orchard"

San Joaquin Valley “almond orchard”

San Joaquin Valley

San Joaquin Valley

They sell water

They sell water

The Delta Mendota water canal - how our water is "transferred."

The Delta Mendota water canal – how our water is “transferred.”

San Luis Reservoir in San Joaquin Valley.

San Luis Reservoir, where it gets stored.

If you like to drink water, if you like to water your garden, if you like to take a dip in the cool waters of our local creeks in the hot summer, if you have a well, then you need to be at this meeting, see below.

Chico Creek, 9/14, shrunk down because of the drought.

Chico Creek, 9/14, shrunk down because of the drought.

 All local creeks flow into the beautiful Sacramento River.

All local creeks flow into the beautiful Sacramento River, which is subject to “transfers.”

If you can’t attend the meeting then please show your support by making a donation to AquAlliance. They may have to file a lawsuit to stop the water transfers, and lawsuits cost a lot of money.

AquAlliance:

P.O. Box 4024

Chico, CA 95927

aqualliance.net

Meeting date and location:

Tuesday, October 21, 6:00PM

Chico Masonic Family Center

1110 W. East Ave., Chico

Mexican-American candidates bring new ideas to forum

Wednesday morning, the Chico Chamber of Commerce hosted an election forum for the seven candidates running for Chico City Council, who were asked to respond to questions consistent with the Chamber’s business interests.

While most of the candidates were either familiar or expected by this photographer, there were two women who, literally, stood out from the rest: Lupe Arim-Law and Forough Molina. Seated, one at each end of the panel’s table, their darker skin and dark hair noticeably contrasted with the typical Anglo candidates seated between them. This year, not one but two Latina women are running for Chico City Council. From a photographer’s artistic perspective this made the forum more interesting (see photos below). But as I listened to Lupe and Forough speak, I became aware that I could confidently vote for them because of what they stand for: environmental protection, social justice, and fiscal responsibility.

These two women, Lupe Arim-Law and Forough Molina, along with incumbent Mayor Scott Gruendl, are the only Progressives running for Chico City Council this year. Although this is just the beginning of the campaign season, with many more forums to go, from what I’ve heard so far, they’ve got my vote.

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L to R:  Arim-Law, Sorensen, Fillmer, Willis, Coolidge, Gruendl and Molina

L to R: Arim-Law, Sorensen, Fillmer, Willis, Coolidge, Gruendl and Molina

Lupe Arim-Law

Lupe Arim-Law

Incumbent Mark Soresen

Incumbent Mark Soresen

Reanette Fillmer

Reanette Fillmer

Rodney Willis

Rodney Willis

Andrew Coolidge

Andrew Coolidge

Incumbent Mayor Scott Gruendl

Incumbent Mayor Scott Gruendl

Forough Molina

Forough Molina