Issue: November 14, 2013

Dear CN&R readers,

Our cover package, "Survival on the street," is a poignant and timely collection of stories written by CN&R staffers--don't fail to read this one! Along similar lines--namely the plight of Chico's homeless--read News Editor Tom Gascoyne's lead Newsline, "Food handout in jeopardy," and contributor Leslie Layton's "Batting cleanup," about the downtown's new "Cleanup Brigade."

Also in Newslines, read the business-related stories by Staff Writer Ken Smith, "Video Goliath falls," and contributor Robert Speer, "Mickey D's new home."

Our Healthlines feature story by contributor Evan Tuchinsky is titled "Children left behind?"; it looks at the very recent switchover of California kids from the Healthy Families program to Medi-Cal. Contributor Michele Bechard wrote the Greenways feature, "Innovation and community," a review of the recent TEDxChico talks. Also, in Greenways, my GreenHouse column is largely focused on the looming removal of a historic valley oak tree at West Eighth and Salem streets.

A&C offers much goodness, including Smith's enticing "Roots radical" Chow review of Roots Catering's fabulous restaurant, Assistant News Editor Howard Hardee's interesting interview with musician Andrew Bird--"Bird song"--and "'Girl Speak,'" on the shojo manga show currently gracing the walls of two Chico State galleries.

Also, don't miss Editor Melissa Daugherty's column, Second & Flume, which takes a look at a little local police drama.

As is often the case, we received more letters than we could fit into our print edition, so before you hunker down with a hard copy of the CN&R, read all the letters online (there are some interesting ones). Check out our Calendar section in our print edition, as well as Streetalk, which also deals with the issue of homelessness.

Have a lovely day...

Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia, associate editor