Issue: October 25, 2012

Calling all CN&R readers, it is almost time to vote!

The election is less than two weeks away! There is a lot at stake

this year, and our election issue covers it all, from the state races

and propositions to the race for the four open seats on the Chico City Council.

In Newslines: Keeping with the election coverage, Ken Smith sifts

through the issues surrounding the local Measure E, the new

school-bond measure that aims to take the place of the exhausted

funding of 1998's Measure A. Also in the news, the city council gets

a very thorough presentation on all facets of the city's budget, and

a TED event (Technology, Education and Design) comes to the Sierra

Nevada Big Room.

In Greenways this week, Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia schools us on

the local Master Gardner program, and in health, Evan Tuchinsky

compares and contrasts Obamacare and Romneycare.

And, in Arts & Culture, it's a week in review: We review the

criminally under-attended performance by Doc Severinsen and his hot

Latin/jazz band the San Miguel Five; we slap our heads over the

criminally lame Splatter Festival in Oroville, and our resident

horror buff, Craig Blamer, offers some DVD and VOD suggestions for

Halloween flicks that you won't see on the big screen.

Have a great weekend!

-Jason Cassidy, arts editor