Issue: May 17, 2012

Dear Readers,

We apologize for the newsletter being sent out incorrectly last night. There were some technical difficulties and we did not notice the problem until all the emails were already sent. We are re-sending with the appropriate introduction. Thank you for reading, and we apologize for any inconvenience or confusion.

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Good morning:

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this week's cover story is a special issue related to mental-health issues and mental health as it relates to our local homeless community. The package contains a trio of stories: a Q&A with Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, the author of Prop. 63, which led to the statewide funding of mental-health services; a piece on how Butte County is spending its share of the $1 billion; and a story about local homeless folks and an idea by the leader of the Jesus Center to help this population while simultaneously helping the business owners concerned with their presence in the downtown region.

In Newslines, you'll want to check out the story on the flap over a website congressional candidate Sam Aanestad says Sen. Doug LaMalfa's camp created to ruin his reputation. Also interesting is our coverage of this week's City Council meeting, where sparks were flying over the closure of Fire Station 5. There's a write up on an Associated Students' leader who's lobbying for increased lighting south of campus after being attacked there on his way home from the bars on a recent evening. There's also a piece on cuts (and future likely cuts) to Chico State's graduate programs.

In Arts and Culture, music lovers will get an idea of what's in store at the many festivals happening throughout the spring and summer with arts editor Jason Cassidy's handy guide. There's also a review of the North State Symphony's latest concert.

Happy reading,

-Melissa Daugherty, managing editor