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  1. Richard Christoph says:

    Redding City Councilwoman Francie Sullivan hosts a Civic Walk the first Thursday of each month at 7 AM, and today’s meeting location is at the Bell Rooms building on California St.

    We are fortunate to have elected officials and City staff who are quite accessible to the public and are willing and eager to answer questions and welcome input. Hope to see some other newscafe readers there this morning.

  2. Just fyi, for those who wondered about today’s column, “The Weight is Over” Val and I swapped days so she could reveal the Cascade news.


  3. Common Sense says:

    Oregon getting their numbers in on Cannabis Taxes… Imagine that……$210 Million to work with! Some money for the Police….for Schools……Mental Health, Alcoholism and Drug Services……Imagine that…Money to do some good in the Community!

    The Residents of those towns and cities getting all the help are saying…..Thank you!….Thank you Supervisors and City Council Members for looking out for our Communities…..and putting your “Personal and Religious” Beliefs aside…..Imagine that!……doing what is in the Communities best interest….bring in more money to fund more services……good stuff up there!

    • cheyenne says:

      CS, what do Hunington, Oregon-Adelanto, California-Pueblo County and Trinidad and Sedgwick in Colorado have in common?  Business Insider noted that they came back from failed economies because of the legal marijuana industry.  The three Colorado areas are in the south part of the state where the first hemp farms were started.  One problem Colorado is having, especially in the south state is from MS-13 drug gangs though legalizing MJ has given LE more weapons to use against the MS-13.

  4. Common Sense says:

    Oh about those payments we said we were going to turn over…..ahhh….we are not doing that now!

    Two words…. Emoluments Clause!

    About those Tax Returns #45??

    • cheyenne says:

      CS, I have to respond to your Trump bashing.  A headline in the Arizona Republic, “Democrats United Against Trump But Little Else”.  At the moment it seems all the Democrats are bent on condemning #45 but put forth no other plans.  Are the libs going to wait until November 1st, 2018 to come up with their plans for change?

      • Common Sense says:

        Hello Cheyenne, I am not a Democrat ( just for the record)…..I am for common sense…’s not that all his policies are the worst…..its that he is unstable…..His Pathology won’t change…’s who he is….he is a habitual liar….he misstates things, he is a Narcissist ……he has no concept of Government…..he wants to try and run the Government like a Business…..can’t do that…..two different animals….

        If Hillary was in there….believe me….I would have plenty to say also….She has her own issues…..but she is more stable…..

        I know that the Conservatives love to bash the “Stupid” Liberals as they call them…..and probably Vice Versa…..I am into pointing out facts…..Not Lies….like the Wall……you know…the one we weren’t supposed to be paying for-but will be!

        I know for Staunch Conservatives….It must be a tuff time right now?…Should we double down or admit he is coming off the hinges?……shoot….not sure yet……let’s attack the Lib’s…..yeah….that will make us feel better about our “Glaringly” ( obvious now) choice we made at election time…..

        More Leaks will be coming out….Comey will have some interesting things to say and we will get to the bottom of it all.…..and it will make Watergate look like a trip to Disneyland…..time will tell…..but don’t fret yet…..He can’t get out of the Paris Climate Change agreement until 2021…when another Person will be running the show…..

        “For Harvard psychiatrist Judith Herman, the signs of Trump’s mental instability are so visible professional expertise is not even needed to recognize them”. 

        Not sure what the libs are going to do cheyenne…..god knows they have a hard time standing up for much!….they lost about every opportunity they had to win…….senate…..

        • cheyenne says:

          CS, I did not attack the Democrats, I just pointed out facts that the party’s only plan is to bash Trump with no plan to build up America.  The latest call from the Democrats, probably won’t read it a liberal paper, is for HRC to step back because she is hurting the party.  This comes from Democrats.  Also, not in a liberal paper, Trump is calling to replace America’s infrastructure with not one mention of a wall.  Right now the Democratic party’s frontrunner is Bernie Sanders and he isn’t even a Democrat.

          Here in Trump country I do not worry about what is happening in DC.  I am more concerned about Wyoming’s problems which, like Redding, have nothing to do with Trump except for the “could, might, possibly” conspiracy crowd.

  5. Hal Johnson Hal Johnson says:

    Do you have a child in need or know of one? Sometimes summers can be rough for kids who have access to free school lunches during the school year, yet must go without during summer break.

    Text “FOOD” to 877877. You’ll be prompted to enter your location by city or zip code. You’ll get a reply with the closest places offering breakfast and lunch to kids.

    Here’s what I got when I entered “96001.”

    Buckeye School of the Arts. 3407 Hiatt Drive, Redding, CA 96003. (530) 245-7917. Breakfast: 8:00-8:30 a.m. Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Open from June 7 through June 27.

    Anderson High School. 1471 Ferry Street, Anderson, CA 96007. (530) 378-0568. Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Lunch: 11:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Open from June 5 through June 29.

  6. Common Sense says:

    Bought and paid for…..your Politicians hard at work…..for Their Interests!

    This is the Real Reason for pulling out of the Paris Agreement!

  7. cheyenne says:

    When my youngest daughter was a senior at Anderson High one of her friends was in a foster home.  When she turned 18 the foster family kicked her out while she was still in high school.  I could have gone on a rant against Bush or Arnie or Herger which would have done nothing for this girl.  Instead we took her in and let her finish high school and eventually find a job and an apartment.  Ranting about politicians is a national past time but it is up to us minions to actually do something beside rant.

  8. Common Sense says:

    Wednesday and Thursday should be Memorable this week in American Politics. Up to Bat First Is Mike Rogers with the NSA….followed by James Comey the “Former” FBI Head ( Thurs)… they say in some circles….”The Last People you want to Alienate-Attack are the “Intelligence” Community members”……should be quite a Show!

    They call them the Intelligence Community for a reason…..they have ALL the goods on Everyone…..

  9. Common Sense says:

    The Drug Problems continue to climb in our Country…’s time to start addressing these issues on a Bi-partisan basis and put the knives down and work together!….if not for our sake….for our kids and grandkids sake!

    • cheyenne says:

      The drug problems here in the northern Rockies, meth, is due to the MS-13 drug gangs.  This has been documented in several articles and the MS-13 are showing their presence even on the East Coast as WaPo had an article about it.  MS-13 is an American drug gang that grew out of southern California and now is crossing the US.  They recruit, also documented in articles from the Denver Post and Lincoln Journal, from the illegals who flow into this country across the southern border.  That said, a wall is not going to prevent that.  What is needed is a military presence on the southern border.  My oldest daughter works with the US Marshals in Alaska but comes down to the lower 48 for meetings, she is in Denver this week.  All the marshals she talks to, especially in Arizona when she is there, say how bad the problems illegals cause are.  Colorado has really increased their attacks on MS-13 and one of the reasons, a sheriff said, is with the legalization of marijuana they have more resources to go after real crime.

      • Common Sense says:

        The last part of your comment was especially revealing……there is a Sheriff that Understands what the REAL problems are!…..the Real Drug Problems are Not MJ…Cannabis…..Weed….Refer…..You have covered the REAL problems and issues….I would just throw Heroin in there as one of the Majors also…..It’s Ironic….that locally they Would have More Money for the Police Department by saying Yes to Prop 64 instead of NO…..

        So Just Say NO….no to more money….to fund the Police and Sheriffs Dept’s to go after the REAL Problems…… But then….that’s Common Sense…… The One thing you say no to….over and over….is the one thing that can help you solve the problems….maybe not cure or eliminate all the drug problems….but certainly help!…. show me one Police Dept anywhere that is not better off with more money for more officers and more equipment!

        It’s like the Poor dying stranger crossing the desert….he happens upon an Oasis filled with water…..he goes to the water and says…..I see you are water….but I cannot drink you…You are not Evian!…onward the poor straggler goes in the hot Redding/Desert Sun…..and expires….but not before complaining about the water that was not right…..

  10. Common Sense says:

    So…..what bothers you more?….The Leakers…..or the Fact that Russia Influenced the Election and Threatens our Democratic Process?

    Putin was the Head of the KGB………..let that sink in for a minute or two!

  11. Common Sense says:

    Oh those words……those interesting words…..and how they come back to haunt you……You can’t write a better script for a movie than 45’s real life day to day actions!

  12. Common Sense says:

    Even Fox News Host Blasts #45…… Wow

    I am guessing R.V turned this one off?

  13. cheyenne says:

    While CS posts the latest #45 misstep, which has nothing to do with Redding, the conflict at the city council shows his attention should be locally.  Oh that’s right the locals won’t listen to him either.  Now back to my morning coffee.

  14. Common Sense says:

    Good stuff Bruce…..don’t run out of Hamms there…..The Missteps of the current administration affect everyone….from the Hamms Beer Drinking folks in your neck of the woods….to the good ol boyz in the City of Reddin……are you up to Tripling down now on your guy…or are you up to Quadrupling now?

    And on the other side of the Fence…..Maxine and Nancy and your favorite….Elizabeth are patiently waiting for Comey’s testimony……Oh Pol i Ticks….

    • cheyenne says:

      Actually if you would step away from your googling of #45’s missteps you would learn I live in the north end of the craft beer renaissance movement.  One of my favorites is Rocky Mountain Oyster Ale, the ingredients can be found in any stockyard said the master brewer.  It is from Wynkoop Brewing in Denver and was started, gasp, by a Democrat, Governor John Hickenlooper.  Governor Hickenlooper said, gasp on Fox, that it was inconceivable that Russia hacked the election.  Of course in 2018 Hickenlooper will be termed out and there has been much speculation that he will seek the Democratic Presidential candidacy in 2020.  He also said Democrats and Republicans need to work together to solve the countries problems.  He has had a lot of experience in that area governing a purple state.

  15. Common Sense says:

    Now there’s something I can agree with and that needs to happen!…Working together to make this Country Great Again….A Bi partisan effort…..unfortunately with some of the guys in office for 20+ years….without Term Limits we probably won’t get back to anything of the sort!

    Two term Limits!…..The Same Health Care as the Rest of the Country for the Scallywags!

    Well I can say one thing….from what I have seen and how Colorado is doing…..they are on the Right Track!…California can learn a lesson or two from them!

  16. cheyenne says:

    In the latest #45 news.  In Arizona the family of Brian Terry, the border guard murdered with a “fast and furious” gun, have asked President Trump to use his executive power to unseal the “fast and furious” documents that they said were sealed by President Obama.  More secrets being exposed coming down the pipeline.

  17. Common Sense says:

    James Risch Republican Senator, to James Comey-

    “America Needs needs More Like You and we Really Appreciate it!”

    Now there is a Man that Love his Country!

  18. JeffG says:

    Sad to see Skyway leave Redding.  My first new bicycle was a sleek Skyway T/A, of course outfitted with those iconic 5-spoke Tuff wheels, that the company had donated to a Carter House auction.  I was the envy of the neighborhood, even in Payless shoes!  I can still remember the awe in the other boys’ faces when they gathered round and discovered the bike was so light they could “pinky lift” it.


    Every morning before dawn I’d head out to deliver the newspaper with what seemed like the weight of the world swinging from that canvas bag on my handlebars.  And every afternoon I’d get home from school and race to the local bike jumps.  There we’d dare each other to do bigger jumps and tricks until inevitably someone crashed and we thought better of continuing.  Despite all that use and abuse, that Skyway needed nothing but the occasional tube or tire.  OK, maybe not so occasional rear tire — those crazy 80’s tread colors made it easy to spot, and tempting to leave, skid marks around town.


    Urban legend had it that if those mag wheels ever lost their true, you could stick them in a freezer overnight and they’d snap back into shape.  I never had to test it, my Skyway Tuff wheels stayed true through the morning, nearly 10 years later, when I discovered the bike stolen from our garage.  Even then, the thief passed over much newer & more expensive road & mountain bikes to grab the old Skyway bmx…


    Anyway, the company lives on, but the new owners are leaving Redding for the more business-friendly states of Mississippi & Indiana.  It joins Nestle, Northrup Grumman, Carls Junior, Toyota, and over 9,000 other businesses that have left California over the past 10 years.

    • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

      I never associated BMX bikes with bottom-feeders, dirt-bags, ne’er-do-wells, deadbeats, flops, mother-grabbers, washouts, scofflaws, creepers, and riff-raff until I moved to Redding.

      And not because I came to know Skyway owners Ken and Parrey personally.

  19. cheyenne says:

    In the latest news Biden is promoting Mitt Romney for senator.  Maybe I should polish up my article, printed last year on Anews, as to why I feel Romney is the president this country needs now.  I wrote in Romney for my president vote, and I wasn’t the only one.  Since the Democrats elected Trump, either by not voting or having a lousy candidate, maybe the time is here for a “GASP”  Mormon president.

    • Hal Johnson Hal Johnson says:

      As an independent, I had my doubts about Romney when he ran, but he’s looking pretty good about now.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        Romney:  “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what… These are people who pay no income tax…”[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

        That was pretty damning, and the fact that he said it in what he thought was a closed luncheon with campaign contributors (I believe it was recorded by a waiter) is even more damningly two-faced.  But Trump says stuff like this almost every day.  Just yesterday Trump said that of course he has a collection of billionaires on his cabinet.  You would’t want poor people in those jobs, he said.   (Poor people, like the mere millionaires on Obama’s cabinet, presumably.)

  20. Common Sense says:

    Jeff Sessions personally asked Congress to let him prosecute medical marijuana providers


    That a Boy……Lock up those people helping the Veterans and the Kids with Cancer and Seizures…..

    It’s LEGAL in many states now….Get Over It JEFFERY!

    • cheyenne says:

      When Colorado legalized marijuana it was noted by the feds that they would not interfere if Colorado kept strict control over the industry.  Sessions noted the recent indictment in Denver of a major illegal drug ring that included some former marijuana compliance officers.  This coupled with the Denver 420 celebration that was fined and banned for three years because of problems, the 420 group denies them, shows me that the worst enemies of MJ legalization are the MJ crowd themselves.

  21. Common Sense says:

    Sessions is Clueless on the Topic! He reminds me of the City Council here locally on the topic… idea……Time to go to school folks…..we will start with a Month long De Programming of Mr S ……then follow that up with some actual facts about the plant…Some stories from Survivors….from those that have used it to Cure themselves….then we will revisit history and the reason it was outlawed in the first place….yep….we will follow the MONEY trail….all the way BACK to the Politicians ….. Very ironic that the one natural thing that can Help the Opioid Crisis…is the one thing that ignorant people are still fighting……reminds me of the guys years ago that had the 12 ft satellite dishes…..many including my Grandfather refused for 10 years to get rid of them…..LOL

    So far there is only one politician that understands this topic ( that I have seen) ….    Congressman Dana Rohrabacher….

    …..not my favorite one that’s for sure…..but he at least is not Ignorant on the topic !

    • cheyenne says:

      CS, you need to read the Denver Cannabist, a part of the Denver Post, and you will see that there are a lot of politicians, including Republicans who voted against MJ legalization, that support legal MJ because, in their own words, the people voted it in.  Of course the extra tax money, over $20 million a month in Colorado, has a lot to do with that support.  In High Country News is an article about how Walsenburg, Colorado went from a blue city to a red city.  What the article doesn’t mention is that two, so far, Denver businesses are already bringing marijuana grow complexes to the city.  One company states they will have 500 employees just themselves which doesn’t include small growers who will rent space from them.

      Sessions and Trump are blowing smoke that just delights the conspiracy nuts.

  22. Common Sense says:

    Imagine that Cheyenne, 500 more jobs……at least Colorado gets it…..

    Locally…..we don’t want any new jobs, which is quite clear with the NO mentality! Meanwhile in Shasta Lake City…..they will probably go from $450k a year in taxes on the plant to $2-$3 Million when Recreational finally kicks in……it won’t be long that you will be driving on the disheveled roads in Redding to brand new paved streets on the way to the dam!

    I am not an Economist….but when Redding Says NO and Shasta Lake City says Come on Down how may we serve you today…..( or up in our case)……that Sucking Sound from the Redding City Coffers is clear!

    It won’t be long before former Police Chief Rob Paoletti is saying….thank you Redding!……I am SO glad I was given the opportunity to leave and go to an area where I could be Supported and had people around with OPEN minds!


  23. Common Sense says:

    Think we are not all connected?…….think again……..

  24. Harding Republican Harding Republican says:

    Liberal Democrats give President Trump an unduly hard time about his administration’s cronyism.  I’m not calling it “so-called cronyism,” because it is what it is, and it’s not a bad thing.  Cronyism, friends, is the glue that binds America’s business networks together.  Familial cronyism?  So much the better.  America has long suffered from the presence of a class aristocracy, but the lack of a political one.  The genius of President Trump has been—at long last—to marry the two to create a ruling aristocracy of the wealthy.  It’s the model that all of the great nations of Europe followed when that continent was in its prime.  We should be ruled by our superiors, and “superior” in a capitalistic society is objectively measured by wealth and political power.

    Liberal Democrats also criticize President Trump for his free-wheeling Twitter habits. Finally!  An American leader who isn’t afraid to state in less than 140 characters more or less what the rest of us think!  Liberals don’t like his imprecision with English and verifiable facts, but their discomfort and embarrassment are our bliss. President Trump is rocking their boat! #MAGA

  25. My column didn’t make it today. I’m deep into packing for my next move. I’ll keep you posted via a column when I have time to sit down and write.

    Wish me luck that all the real estate stars line up perfectly in terms of one escrow closing, the other opening (I’m in escrow on an adorable Redding house … more about that later), and that I can manage to pack all my crap belongings and fit it into the moving container. What will I do if it won’t fit? (Because of the two-house escrow closing and opening dance, I’ll have to store my stuff for a few weeks before I can move in.)

    I’m trying to not stress. Oh, why oh why am I such a collector? Why did God invent under-bed storage containers? Do you think the new owners would mind if I just left the entire contents of my garage for them?

    (Which reminds me, I’ll be posting things here, on Craigslist and FB that I need to sell pronto, so stay tuned.)

    Deep breaths, Doni …

    • Beverly Stafford says:

      Nothing’s much more stressful than moving.  It ain’t the moving; it’s the packing and deciding.  Keep us posted.

  26. trek says:

    You must be busy doing something? It sure isn’t taking care of “aNewsCafe.”

    • Beverly Stafford says:

      That sounds like a snarky remark.

    • trek, did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed or what?

      I agree with Beverly that your comment sounds snarky.

      Even when I’m busy packing, we have a team who helps care for A News The site is doing fine.

      How about you?

      • trek says:

        I apologize if it came off “snarky.” I prefer when you write stories based on what’s happening in Shasta County. I don’t know how you knew it but I did get up and off the opposite side of the bed this morning.

  27. Well, congratulations on all the chaos! I’m beginning to believe that life is supposed to be tumultuous — so enjoy excitement. We’ve helped enough people move in and out to have learned that getting rid of STUFF is a kindness to everyone. Wishing you all the best.

    • Beverly Stafford says:

      I think most of us need to hire Shelly to direct us toward getting rid of stuff (GROS, as I’ve termed it) so that moving or just living is so much better.

    • I think you’re right, Erin, about dealing with life’s tumultuous parts. If I can ride it out with grace that will be my success. (And yeah to getting rid of stuff.)


  28. cheyenne says:

    I wonder who will be ousted first, Trump or Pelosi?

    • Common Sense says:

      Good Question Cheyenne!…..It won’t happen over night…..but a good chance both will be out of a job in the next 9-12 months!

      When we look at this whole Russian Hacking thing we learn that Obama knew 90% more than he led on and reported to the public about the ordeal! He basically slapped the Russians hand…..because he was on the way out there were no Serious Punishments handed the Russians who knowingly penetrated our Voting systems. Although no actual Votes were changed…one misses the point if they say….what’s the big deal….they didn’t change any votes! The point being…..they Interfered with our Democratic Process and penetrated it!

      Anyone that doesn’t think this was a big deal….or that it’s fake news, is so far down the rabbit hole….that they are past the point of no return!

      This is a Huge Spider Web….Huge! as #45 would say….HUGE… will take lot’s of time to untangle….and when Bobby 3 Sticks does get to the bottom of it……HISTORY will be made……..

      We are looking at Obstruction of Justice……all the way up to and including possible Treason….depending on the Russian probe…..the Emoluments violations and a couple other issues…..

      This will take up to a year to sort out… question is this though……Where are we going from there?…..It’s one thing to throw the book at the whole gang and indict them….but what happens AFTER that?…Will #45 actually go to jail?….Will the Republicans Actually Do something when it all comes out?….OR will they try to cover once again?……Possibly Guaranteeing loses in the Midterms if they choose to do Nothing!

      Spicer will be out here soon…..too much heat in the Kitchen….Kelly Anne….probably sent somewhere off camera if not asked to leave…..Sessions….well he lied 3 times now under oath…..he’s a gonner…its a matter of time…..the son in law….not looking real good for him or the other 3-5 players…..

      Another question I have is….Why did Obama just slap a wrist? Knowing what they did?

    • cheyenne says:

      I don’t know if that is true.  While many Republicans are disagreeing with Trump many Democrats are calling for Pelosi to resign.

      • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

        Pelosi’s probably not going to resign, but there’s no question that she’s bad news for Demo candidates.  She started out as Speaker of the House and has been losing seats ever since, spending most of her tenure as Minority Leader of house Demos.  The message that resonates most with voters in close races is that the Demo candidate will be Pelosi’s lap dog.  Whether it’s her fault or not, she’s toxic.

        Barack Obama remains America’s most popular politician on the national landscape—far more popular than historic-low Trump.  Thus, some pundits are proposing that the congressman from Obama’s home district in Chicago step down (the guy is old) so that Obama can run and become Speaker when the Demos take the majority of the House back.

        I’m thinking Obama would rather not take the demotion from POTUS emeritus.

        • JeffG says:

          One need not be a member of the House to become Speaker, but I’m not sure it would be wise to place someone ineligible to be elected president in the line of succession.

          • Steve Towers Steve Towers says:

            Maybe, but if you read the 22nd Amendment, it speaks strictly of limiting the number of times you can be elected president.  A SOTH moving up to POTUS via the line of succession would not be elected.  Such a POTUS would, however, only be allowed to finish that term, and not be eligible to run for re-election.

  29. JeffG says:

    Seattle’s $13/hour minimum wage likely cost jobs, hours:

    The number of jobs paying <$19/hour declined 7% while the average number of hours per employee declined 9%.  538 reports: “Crucially, the negative impact of lost jobs and hours more than offset the benefits of higher wages — on average, low-wage workers earned $125 per month less because of the higher wage, a small but significant decline.”


    Last year California Democrats voted along party lines to institute a statewide $15 minimum wage which takes effect in increments through 2022-23.

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