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Musicians want to communicate with an audience: ‘We’re not complete unless we can do it’

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LODI – The Stockton Symphony has not been allowed to perform inside its home, San Joaquin Delta College’s Atherton Auditorium, since the coronavirus pandemic hit in March.

The symphony has made due to the best of its ability with virtual events and performances, including a town hall meeting on Sept. 8 to celebrate Peter Jaffe’s 25th anniversary as music director. But as the maestro said, nothing compares to a live concert.

Cathy Ettle of Stockton, band director at Lincoln High School and Sierra Middle School, and Andrea Hawkes of Turlock, who both perform with the symphony orchestra, also were part of the sax quartet.

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More power shutoffs probable: some Plumas residents impacted

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PG&E announced that high fire-risk conditions are expected to arrive Wednesday evening, Oct. 21 in Northern California and continue through Friday morning, Oct. 24, impacting 50,000 people in 19 counties including 353 in Plumas County as of now.

Sheriff Todd Johns said that those customers include residents in the La Porte/Little Grass Valley Reservoir areas, but that could change.

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According to PG&E, the weather will impact the shutoffs primarily in the following areas:

  • Northern Sacramento Valley and adjacent elevated terrain;
  • The Northern Sierra Nevada generally north of I-80;
  • The North Bay mountains; and
  • Mt. Diablo in the East Bay.

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SCAN Health Plan Earns 4.5-Star Medicare Rating for Fourth Straight Year, Named to U.S. News Best List for Third Straight Year

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LONG BEACH, Calif.Oct. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- As millions of seniors across California select Medicare Advantage plans for the coming year, SCAN Health Plan®, one of the nation's largest not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plans, earned a series of accolades reflecting SCAN's unending commitment to keeping older adults healthy and independent.

First, SCAN received a 4.5-star rating* from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the fourth consecutive year, making it the only Medicare Advantage plan in California to do so. SCAN was also named to U.S. News & World Report's 2021 list of Best Insurance Companies for Medicare Advantage in California for the third year in a row. Also for the third year running, 90% of SCAN members gave the plan high marks in the annual CMS Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers & Systems (CAHPS) survey, which gauges member satisfaction.

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Millennials worried about our obsession with grass and not just type some smoke

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It is clear the Manteca Millennial Advisory Committee has a concern about grass.

I’m not talking about their belief it makes sense on a lot of levels — including economically — about Manteca allowing storefront sales of cannabis, the commercial cultivation in non-residential zones, and the transport from legal sellers to buyers.

I’m referring to the grass that Manteca and virtually the rest of California  refuses to wean itself off of —the non-native grass species that make up lawns that exist only for  ornamental purposes that threaten to suck the life out of the Golden State.

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Drone video captures the devastation left behind by the fires in California wine country

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Dramatic drone video on Monday captured the utter devastation left in the wake of raging wildfires that are wreaking havoc throughout Northern California.

This footage showed what little remained of Mountain Hawk Drive in Santa Rosa, about 60 miles north of downtown San Francisco, after flames from the Glass Fire roared through the neighborhood.

Firefighters, putting out remaining hotspots in the upscale Skyhawk neighborhood, came upon frames of now-obliterated houses, the skeletons of pickup trucks and bicycles baked to crisps.

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‘If you think it’s bad now, just wait’: California faces new fire threats, further straining resources

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California has already endured its worst fire year in recorded history, but with more heat and wind in the forecast, officials say conditions could get even worse as the state enters the peak of its traditional burning season.

Another heat wave is bearing down on California — presenting an unwelcome double threat in a state where firefighting resources are already stretched thin. Conditions like those expected this weekend can make it harder to contain still-burning fires and easier for new ones to spark.

The heat will arrive at what’s already a dangerous time from a fire perspective. In recent years, some of California’s worst blazes have ignited in October, November and even December, when hot Santa Ana, sundowner and diablo winds bear down, fanning the flames.

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CAL FIRE California Statewide Fire Summary for Sunday Morning, September 20, 2020

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September 20, 2020 - Containment continues to increase thanks to the efforts of firefighters on 27 major wildfires in California, as well as one extended attack wildfire. With nearly 19,000 firefighters on the front lines, crews continue to gain ground on these fires, as well as responding to 25 initial attack wildfires across the State, all of which were contained quickly.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been over 7,900 wildfires that have burned over 3.5 million acres in California. Since August 15, when California’s fire activity elevated, there have been 26 fatalities and over 6,100 structures destroyed.

Breezy conditions in the Santa Barbara County, Los Angeles Mountains and Antelope Valley continue today, contributing to poor humidity recovery.  Warm conditions remain through most of California, and will continue into the week.  An upper ridge of high pressure is expected to bring warmer and dry conditions to Southern California with a chance of wind events starting mid-week.

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Firefighter dies battling wildfire sparked by gender reveal

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- A firefighter died battling a wildfire in California that officials said was sparked by a device used to reveal a baby's gender.

The death happened Thursday in the San Bernardino National Forest as crews battled the El Dorado Fire, the U.S. Forest Service said in a statement.

The fire erupted earlier this month from a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device used by a couple to reveal their baby’s gender, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said.

The name of the firefighter was being withheld until family members are notified. The cause of the death was under investigation.

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Habit Burger wants to come to Ceres

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The Habit Burger wants to come to the Whitmore Plaza Shopping Center in Ceres and has an application on Monday’s Ceres Planning Commission agenda.

Angel Speed 3 LP will be seeking approval for a conditional use permit to build a 3,114-square-foot restaurant with a 658-square-foot patio dining area.

The building plans to occupy a vacant pad directly north of Bob’s Coffee Shop and  farthest west of the Taco Bell on Whitmore Avenue.

The Habit Burger is a national burger chain that opened in recent years in Modesto and Turlock.

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Like most of California, Merced has a housing crisis and needs more new homes built.

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2020 Census could help alleviate San Joaquin Valley’s affordable-housing crisis.

Federal funding based on Census data nourishes a broad spectrum of programs, including support for affordable housing largely sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The federal government defines “affordable housing” as housing that costs 30 percent or less than household income. If a family pays more, it is classified as “cost-burdened,” leading to the possibliity of that family having to forgo other necessities (medical care, food, clothing) in order to pay the rent or mortgage. HUD estimates that more than 12 million households spend more than half their annual incomes on housing.

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