A Democrat in the California State Assembly launched her bid Monday for the House seat Rep. Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillPelosi endorses Christy Smith in bid to replace Katie Hill Katie Hill pens op-ed about Congress resignation, toxic marriage, mental health and resilience Young Turks founder: Past remarks on women were attempt 'to be a stupid, politically incorrect Republican' MORE (D-Calif.) is vacating amid allegations that the first-term congresswoman engaged in improper relationships with a campaign staffer and a legislative aide. Assemblywoman Christy Smith, who entered the race just one day after Hill announced her resignation, said she’d been considering the run for days. ADVERTISEMENT“After much encouragement from community members, neighborhood leaders, activists, parents, veterans and working people across this district, over the last several days, it’s been made clear to me that the people of the 25th Congressional … [Read more...] about California state lawmaker Christy Smith launches bid for Katie Hill’s seat
A magnitude 3.5 earthquake was reported at 3:13 a.m. Thursday five miles from Ridgecrest, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey.The earthquake occurred 28 miles from California City, 58 miles from Barstow, 61 miles from Tehachapi and 62 miles from Rosamond.In the past 10 days, there have been five earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.An average of 234 earthquakes with magnitudes between 3.0 and 4.0 occur per year in California and Nevada, according to a recent three-year data sample. Advertisement The earthquake occurred at a depth of 5.7 miles. Did you feel this earthquake? Consider reporting what you felt to the USGS.Even if you didn’t feel this small earthquake, you never know when the Big One is going to strike. Ready yourself by following our five-step earthquake preparedness guide and building your own emergency kit.This story was automatically generated by Quakebot, a computer application that monitors the latest earthquakes detected by the … [Read more...] about Earthquakes: 3.5 quake near Ridgecrest, Calif.
This weekend we unveiled The Chronicle’s most significant annual wine package: the Winemaker of the Year and Winemakers to Watch. The 2019 Winemaker of the Year is Francoise Peschon, the longtime winemaker for Araujo Estate who now makes wines for Vine Hill Ranch, Accendo, Heimark and Cornell, plus her own Entre Deux Meres, which she co-owns with best friend Lisa Drinkward. She’s a producer of extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignons that articulate the nuances of their places of origin. But here’s the subtext: Peschon is a quite unusual pick for The Chronicle’s Winemaker of the Year. In past years, we’ve bestowed the accolade on winemakers working in up-and-coming wine regions and with unheralded grapes; Peschon is a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon maker, about as conventional as you can get. Previously we’ve recognized winemakers who are shaking up the industry; she’s been at this for 34 vintages. We’ve emphasized producers who are crafting … [Read more...] about How we chose the 2019 Winemaker of the Year
For more stories like this, check out The Chronicle’s weekly Travel newsletter! Sign up here. The tasting room at Ashes & Diamonds, a 2-year-old winery just off Highway 29, does not feel very Napa. For one, there is the decor, all midcentury modern, with brightly colored womb chairs and hip wood paneling. Then there is the music, a smorgasbord of faded funk hits and Brazilian covers of David Bowie, cooing out of the (excellent) sound system. But here’s the true shocker: On a recent Tuesday afternoon, the room was filled with people under the age of 40. Napa Valley, capital of wine tourism in California, pinnacle of New World luxury hooch, has a Millennial problem. The kids might be all grown up — by the end of this year, the youngest Millennial will be 23, using the Pew Research Center definition of the generation — but they aren’t drinking wine the way their parents did, and the arena to see the shift up close is the Napa tasting room. Today, … [Read more...] about Why Wine Country isn’t attracting Millennials
WASHINGTON — Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren likes to tell a joke around Capitol Hill these days: She would be 4-for-4 on impeachments — if only she hadn’t missed Andrew Johnson. Lofgren, of course, wasn’t alive for Johnson’s impeachment over post-Civil War grievances in 1868. But she is the only member of Congress to play a role in all three modern inquiries, from Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton to Donald Trump. That unique perspective has put Lofgren in the middle of the action as Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee hurtle toward a vote to impeach Trump, probably by Thursday evening. Lofgren, a 71-year-old lawyer from San Jose, says her experience made her hesitant to rush to judgment. She was one of the last Democrats to support an impeachment inquiry, waiting until allegations emerged that Trump had pressured Ukraine’s president to announce investigations into Democrats that could help him politically. While Lofgren’s colleagues, in both … [Read more...] about The impeachment veteran: Zoe Lofgren says Trump’s case is unlike any other