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Sunday's 6.0 earthquake did more than rattle nerves, it disrupted lives.
But the disaster has also given the Napa community a chance to show its resilience.
During the final concert of the Napa City Nights series on Friday, hundreds of friends and neighbors gathered at Veteran's Memorial Park to listen to music and share stories.
The gathering held special meaning for many who lived through the quake just five days ago.
"I just want normal again, and Napa City Nights is normal," said Wendy Jacque, whose chimney crumbled to the ground during the earthquake. "It's what we do every Friday night and I just want it to feel like it’s back to normal."
The Jacque family brought lawn chairs out to the amphitheater in a concerted effort to move past the trauma of the past few days.
"I really think what people need is a fresh start emotionally, because when the ground moves underneath you it unsettles you," said Jacque.
Earthquake trauma is still fresh for many.
"It's sad. It's the first time I've come down to actually see it. It's pretty sad to see how our town's affected," said Virginia McLean, of Napa.
"When you go to bed at night, you're thinking of that night the earthquake came," said Linda Champagne, another Napa resident. "So I know a lot of us haven't been sleeping very well."
But there is also a commitment to help each other regroup and rebuild.
"We're not going down without a fight. We're Napa strong. That's our hashtag, Napa strong," said Jacque.Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:46:33 -0700
Football fans spoke out to Friday on the news that 49er Aldon Smith would be suspended for nine games.
While the fans agreed something needed to be done, many questioned whether the punishment was too harsh.
At Santa Clara High School, parents attending a scrimmage say they are teaching their sons who are on the varsity team, to learn from the mistakes of professional athletes such as Smith.
"I show him. Look, you see what's happening. You can't play. There's no tolerance," said Donyell Johnson who was watching his son scrimmage. "That's what's going to happen to you if you follow in those footsteps."
A series of missteps off the field will now keep Smith on the sidelines for more than half the season.
The NFL announced Friday that it was suspending the defensive linebacker for violating the league's substance abuse and personal conduct policies
"Nine games is too much for anybody, but he's been in trouble so many times, they got to do something," said Johnson.
In a span of less than three years since January 2012, Smith has been arrested for DUI, drugs and weapons charges, along with being belligerent and uncooperative with TSA at Los Angeles Airport.
The 49ers said in a statement, “Aldon has taken responsibility for his actions and has continued to show growth personally and professionally. We will continue to support him."
"NFL players are portrayed, because the women, the baby mama drama, their ex-wives, the domestic violence, I don't think it's always a positive spotlight," said Fawn Moore.
Her 16-year-old son Shawndre Smith plays wide receiver for Santa Clara High. She is also the sister of Baltimore Ravens defensive end, Kapron Lewis Moore.
The single mother says she's taught her son that being in the spotlight, means actions have repercussions.
"Everything that you do, that goes for Facebook, Instagram, anything that you do, never disappears. It's always going to come back and haunt you if you don't do what's right," said Moore.
As for Smith, he already missed five games last season to get treatment for substance abuse problems.
Some fans say because he took that step, they thought his punishment would not be so severe.Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:39:34 -0700
California lawmakers worked through dozens of bills on Friday in the last minute rush that typically comes with the end of session.
Several notable bills are now headed to the Governor’s desk, including what some call a historic package of bills to regulate groundwater in California.
“Why are we doing that? Because we have a water crisis and a drought in California and groundwater, for far too long, has been both a major resource but a resource that’s been unaccounted for,” said Senate President Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento).
But, Republicans said the landmark legislation did not receive enough debate given its importance.
“It’s obviously rushed legislation,” said Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar),”We haven’t had policy hearings on this stuff and yet we could have far reaching policy that reverses 150 years of water policy.”
Lawmakers also tackled other bills that have peaked public interest including a ban on plastic shopping bags, banning the use of drones by law enforcement without a warrant, and an increase in the film tax credit aimed at keeping more productions in California.Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:10:37 -0700 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories