Our take on the
week in news
HIT — The final tally is in for the proceeds from the Run
for Food on Thanksgiving morning, and the total is
Nearly $60,000 was raised when more than 2,000 runners and
walkers showed up for a fun run in Bidwell Park. In just two
years, the event has become enormous.
It started with a group of volunteers who wanted to raise
money for the Jesus Center, which feeds the hungry and
provides shelter for homeless women and children. More than
1,000 people took part that first year.
The event grew this year with new volunteers helping out
the holdovers, and 58 businesses donating food, prizes and
other supplies for the runners.
We're amazed at how successful this grass-roots effort has
become, and we're sure the Jesus Center is grateful as well.
MISS — When the new, expanded Costco opened in September,
we complained about the fact that improvements to the parking
lot known as Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway should have
preceded the grand opening.
Not to worry, the city said: Costco plans to widen MLK
Parkway and said the retailer hoped to have the work done
Costco moved with dispatch to demolish its old building and
get its gas station nearly built. But the road work? There's
no sign of it even getting started.
The city should make Costco deliver on its promises, and
should keep this fiasco in mind when approving any retail in
the future. There's no accountability.
It sounds like the word about fraud and scams may be
When local Realtor Debbie Brodie reported that someone was
attempting to rent a house she was trying to sell for an
owner, Brodie said some people suspected fraud, and took a few
more steps before jumping.
Drawn in by a great rental price, the potential renters
were able to connect to Brodie by finding her phone on the
Internet. She was able to identify the rental scam, thwarting
the scammers' intent to get a month or two of rent.
The Butte County District Attorney's office has a listing
of scams going around Butte County, and a visit to the Web
site www.buttecounty.net/da is worth the time.
If someone suspects fraud or identity theft, they can also
call the DA's toll-free number, 1-866-323-7283.
MISS — Every year on Jan. 1, we get to sample the work the
state Legislature did last summer and fall as new laws take
Some are helpful, like the law requiring drivers with cell
phones to use a hands-free device. (Unfortunately, that law
doesn't take effect Jan. 1, but July 1, a date that can't come
Then there are some downright goofy laws that should make
everyone wonder whether the Legislature has nothing better to
The best example is a law by Assemblyman Anthony
Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge. That law is designed to
ensure that music fans who buy tickets to oldies concerts are
not victims of deceptive advertising. The legislation requires
performing groups to meet one of several standards to be able
to legally use the name from the groups' recording days. One
example: The group must include at least one member who has
the legal right to use the name.
Isn't it wonderful to know that starting Jan. 1, we can all
sleep a little easier knowing we won't be scammed by tribute
"Hits and misses" appears each Saturday. Items are compiled
by the editorial board.