Issue: February 17, 2011

It feels good to give, doesn't it?

We just celebrated Valentine's Day and here at the News & Review, we're still feeling a little lovey-dovey. This week's feature shines the spotlight on local businesses--as it is our annual Business & Entrepreneurs Issue--and, with lovey-doveyness in mind, we decided to write about "Businesses with heart." We asked some nonprofits for nominations, entities that give above and beyond the call of philanthropic duty.

This issue isn't all chocolate and roses, though. In local news, we look into Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to shut down redevelopment agencies (as an added bonus, there's an editorial on this subject as well); in environmental news, Calendar Editor Stacey Kennelly takes a tour of the new-and-improved wildlife sanctuary near the wastewater-treatment plant (yes, you read that right). For something on the lighter side, Chow delves into the "old-vine" philosophy of wine making, and Scene offers a glimpse into a new show at the University Art Gallery showing a day in the life of 10 people around the world.

Don't forget your homework assignment: The deadline for Fiction 59 entries is quickly approaching. We are proud to announce our guest judge this year will be local novelist Zu Vincent, who recently penned a work of Christmas fiction for the CN&R's Dec. 23, 2010, issue. Log onto for complete rules and a handy online entry form.

Until next time, Meredith J. Graham, Managing Editor