Issue: July 04, 2013

Hello, Chico News & Review readers!

Happy Independence Day! You’ll be glad to know there’s a lot in this week’s CN&R to hunker down out of the heat with, starting with our cover package, “‘Eat the street!’” This collection of five stories—by Arts Editor Jason Cassidy, Editor Melissa Daugherty, Calendar Editor Howard Hardee, Staff Writer Ken Smith and yours truly—takes a look at some of the yummy stand-outs in the burgeoning local street-food scene.

Our Newslines section leads off with Hardee’s story, “A giant step forward,” which covers the local gay community’s reaction to the Supreme Court’s recent landmark ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act. Smith’s “State of the mansion” is an update on the ongoing efforts of locals to save the historic Bidwell Mansion. And News Editor Tom Gascoyne weighs in with two news stories: “Private service?” looks at the possibility that the city of Chico will begin contracting out animal-shelter services, and “Grand Jury dings Chico” goes into detail about the Butte County Grand Jury’s recent finding that city responses to the jury’s inquiries about the state of the city’s budget were both late and misleading.

For more city-budget-related information, head over to Arts & Culture and read Cassidy’s exit interview with recently laid-off Chico Art Projects Coordinator Mary Gardner, “The face of public art.” While you’re in Arts & Culture, check out Arts DEVO for the scoop on the new director of University Public Events, replacing longtime director Dan DeWayne. And read contributor Alastair Bland’s “Pink, but not sweet,” for some good wine advice that might come in handy over the 4th of July holiday. Also, don’t forget to take a look at contributor Mark Lore’s music feature, “Deep thoughts,” worth perusing for the cute doggy photograph alone.

Contributor Evan Tuchinsky’s story, “GI Howard,” in Healthlines highlights new Paradise gastroenterologist (and Stanford University instructor) Howard Hack, and our editor’s column, Second & Flume, will, among other things, give Rob Blair fans the latest on his whereabouts and what he’s up to.

Enjoy your holiday, and don’t forget to look at our extensive Calendar listings in the hard copy of the CN&R, as well as our short reviews of new movies—including The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp as Tonto—to watch indoors (with air-conditioning!).

Stay safe and cool out there…

Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia, associate editor