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An-Jan Feed & Pet Supply to Close Its Doors


The Milpitas location of An-Jan Feed & Pet Supply put the word out that it will be closing, ending a decades-long run as Milpitas’ premier supplier of pet food and supplies.  The store’s long history can be traced back to 1969.

Sobrato Project Debated One Last Time Before Council Decision


The grandson of the Chinese American pioneer whose century-old cannery building has drawn much debate in Palo Alto wants remnants from the property saved if the structure itself can’t be preserved.

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Image caption: New legislation will impose penalties on local school boards that ban books for covering issues of diversity.
New California Bill Slaps Back at School Book Bans

California will penalize school boards that ban books based on inclusion of certain groups under a bill the governor is expected to sign into law. But some fear unintended consequences.

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Spartan’s Facelift

The new CEFCU Stadium, the formerly Spartan Stadium, carries with it a plethora of history and years of legacy.

Image caption: Disney’s planned community of Celebration in Florida is far from Walt Disney’s earlier vision of a utopian city.
Solano County Planned City Latest in a California Tradition

Silicon Valley billionaires want to create a new city in Solano County. How have planned cities fared in California? From Lakewood to Irvine to Disney’s new Cotino, there have been many.

Image caption: One of four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River targeted for demolition.
Dam Demolition Gets Going. Can Klamath River be Saved?

As four aging hydroelectric dams are demolished, tribes and communities along the Klamath River wait anxiously to see what the future holds. “Once a river is dammed, is it damned forever?” experts ask.

Image caption: Since the Gold Rush era, land reclamation has cost California 90 percent of its wetlands.
How Land Reclamation Hurts California’s Environment

Since the Gold Rush era, land reclamation projects have helped to build California, but they are also damaging the state’s environment for people, plants and animals by eliminating essential wetlands.

Image caption: Hurricane Hilary formed off the coast of Mexico, quickly intensifying from a tropical storm to hurricane status.
Climate Change Brings Rare Tropical Storm to California

Climate change has warmed Pacific Ocean waters, causing storms to rapidly intensify, leading to the first tropical storm watch in Southern California ever as Hurricane Hilary prepares to make landfall.

Image caption: How California reclamation districts turned millions of acres of wetlands into fertile agricultural land, starting in the earliest days of the Gold Rush.
Reclamation Districts: Turning ‘Swamps’ Into Farmland

California has used reclamation districts to turn millions of acres of unusable swamps into fertile agricultural land, starting in the earliest days of the Gold Rush. Here’s how it happened.

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Founders Dinner celebrates Morgan Hill history

Since 1969, the Morgan Hill Historical Society’s Founders Dinner has recognized and honored the local residents—living and departed—who have helped create and preserve the local community from generation to generation. Serving as one of the nonprofit society’s key fundraisers each …

Image caption: Air pollution, such as seen here in Los Angeles circa 1972, contains greenhouse gases which cause the climate to change.
7 Ways California Leads the Battle Against Climate Change

Since 1947, California has led the United States in the fight against climate change. Here is a list of some of the steps the state has taken to battle global warming, greenhouse gases and air pollution.

Image caption: Now-retired Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) was the most outspoken climate denier in Congress for many years.
10 Frequently Heard Claims Made by Climate Deniers

Here are 10 of the most often-heard climate change denial claims and arguments. Do any of them hold any water?

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