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California Mishegoss - LA Arms Race, Fresno On Her Mind, The Last Woolworth's Counter

California Mishegoss
In a country full of “Me” we need to shift that narrative to “We”. Chad of the Valley@HarmsWayChad
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Fresno on Her Mind
I heard about Fresno through movies. I knew nothing about Fresno, Clovis, or the Central Valley. My first visit to California was when I was seven, and we came to visit family in Burbank. I thought all of California was full of movie stars, movie studios, and bright lights. I wanted to live in California, but little did I know I would end up in Fresno. I learn more and more about this city each day and have come to love it.
From the Story: During grad school, she says, “everyone who knew me was like, ‘Oh my gosh, you can’t stop talking about Fresno.’ ” She tells me this over Zoom from her house in the Fresno High neighborhood. Read More Here.
California can't isolate itself, try as it might
When we moved to the United States, I was captivated by California. My dad would tell me tales of his surfing adventures at the different beaches in California and worldwide. He listened to the Beach Boys most of the time, and he shared that love of their music and surfing with me. I never really got into surfing, but I enjoyed the Beach Boys and wanted to live in California. Here I am. I thought California was the most independent state I had researched, and I had a yearning to live there. I never imagined a California that would try to isolate itself from the United States.
From the Story: The first Europeans to visit California were Spanish explorers who assumed it was an island and named it for a fictional island in a 16th century Spanish novel, occupied by a band of woman warriors led by a queen named Calafia. Read More Here.
California Fact:
California was its own country (…for a month)
While it only lasted for a month, on June 14, 1846, settlers in Sonoma revolted against Mexican authorities who arrogated the region. And, in the end, they established themselves as the autonomous California Republic. Read this and 19 moe facts here.
L.A.'s Arms Race of the Affluent
When I read this story, I imagined how it would feel to live in such an affluent area knowing you needed a gun. Where I live now in Fresno, we need a weapon handy due to the rise in crime, but even the affluent areas here don’t see as much crime as Beverly Hills or other wealthy areas. I wonder why?
From the Story: In Beverly Hills, even the purchase of a firearm comes with certain…expectations. The city’s only gun store, Beverly Hills Guns, is a “concierge service” by appointment only, for a largely affluent clientele. And business is booming. Read More Here.
Moving toward a zero textbook cost model at Cabrillo College
When I started college in 1972, I remember going into the college bookstore to purchase my required books for my classes and thinking these prices were insane. I saw some students buying the used books not to get the answers, but because of the cost. I learned the hard way.
From the Story: College textbook prices continue to climb, adding to what’s already an expensive (albeit worth it) undertaking for many students. For California community college students, the cost of textbooks can often exceed the cost of tuition itself; a three unit course may cost $138 tuition but books for the course can cost $200 or more. Read More Here.
California enacts statewide law to keep food scraps out of landfills
I find it funny that some cities have already been having residents composting food scraps that either the city picks up on trash day or the resident can use in their gardens. What took so long for the state to set this program up?
From the Story: Residents and businesses will have to change the way they dispose of organic waste, and will need to start composting.  
You’ve probably thrown food scraps from fruits and vegetables into the trash or garbage disposal. Read More Here.
A Place to Visit & Maybe Relive Memories!
Last Woolworth’s Lunch Counter – Bakersfield, California
My last time at a Woolworth’s counter was when I was 16 and living in Boston. We had one just down the street from our home, and that was my stop each day after school to grab some candy or maybe an Italian soda. If I remember correctly, that’s where my first date happened. I wonder how many of you had a date at a Woolworth’s counter?
From the Story: Woolworth’s was a retail juggernaut from the late-19th through late-20th centuries. It all began in the 1870s, when Frank W. Woolworth decided to gamble on a novel idea: What if, instead of handing the shopkeeper your list and waiting as he gathered and priced your items, you could browse a store where everything was priced at five or ten cents? Read More Here.
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