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Spring Valley, Butte County[edit]

According to an autobiography of Fred J. Dodge (listed in the references there), he was born in Spring Valley in northern Butte county in 1854. It is not listed as a location in Butte County, California, nor in Spring Valley, California, nor can I find it in contemporary maps. But there is a Spring Valley Elementary School, and a Spring Valley Reservoir in the area, and perhaps a Spring Valley Mountain. There were also companies with Spring Valley in their names from the gold rush days. So it probably was a name used in the 19th century, maybe just a mining camp. If anyone can figure out exactly what/where it was and what the area is now called, I think it should be mentioned as a former name. MB (talk) 16:32, 4 April 2016 (UTC)

The USGS GNIS Geographic Names Information System may be of help.Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page without content in them (see the help page).

Not really. It showed that there is a school, reservoir, and a gulch in the area named Spring Valley, just as I found on maps. I'm looking for a little more historical context. I did find a newspaper article on the mining ghost town of Cherokee, California that says the local mines all consolidated into the Spring Valley Mine (Spring Valley Mining & Irrigation Co.) But the GNIS does not show Spring Valley as a variant name of Cherokee. MB (talk) 03:47, 28 June 2016 (UTC)

Auto-assessment of article classes[edit]

Following a recent discussion at WP:VPR, there is consensus for an opt-in bot task that automatically assesses the class of articles based on classes listed for other project templates on the same page. In other words, if WikiProject A has evaluated an article to be C-class and WikiProject B hasn't evaluated the article at all, such a bot task would automatically evaluate the article as C-class for WikiProject B.

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Notice to participants at this page about adminship[edit]

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Naming discussion at Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles[edit]

Info.svg There is currently a discussion at the Talk:Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles article regarding the name. It is requested that members of this WikiProject comment for more opinions on what the actual name of the article should be. Thanks, Corkythehornetfan 03:44, 11 July 2016 (UTC)

List of fatal shark attacks in California[edit]

I am wondering if someone from this WikiProject would mind taking a look at List of fatal shark attacks in California and assessing it. There seems to be a lot of detail provided about some of these attacks which might be taking things a bit too far, but I am not sure if that is common for these types of articles. Thanks in advance. -- Marchjuly (talk) 00:35, 21 July 2016 (UTC)


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Please See - Submissions[edit]
--RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 00:38, 6 August 2016 (UTC)

Anyone in LA?[edit]

Hey, I was wondering if there's anyone here that lives in LA that would be able to go take a picture of an art installation for me. I recently created an article for Liquid Shard and I think that the article would be much improved with an image. It's in Pershing Square and should be up until August 11, if anyone can make it up there. I live in Virginia, otherwise I'd totally go and take a picture. There are various pictures up on the Internet, but I'm not sure whether or not any of them would fall under fair use or not. It's a shame I live on the other side of the US - I'd love to see it in person since videos and pictures like this one make it seem like it'd be pretty neat. Tokyogirl79 (。◕‿◕。) 04:54, 9 August 2016 (UTC)

Announcing WikiConference North America in San Diego, Fri-Mon 7-10 October[edit]

I am not a regular participant to this WikiProject, so please excuse my intrusion. Still, I thought this would be of interest. Thanks RightCowLeftCoast for introducing this conference in a previous note here.

I am inviting participants in WikiProject United States to WikiConference North America to be held in San Diego Friday to Monday 7-10 October. Here are further details:

  • We are accepting submissions until 31 August.
  • We are accepting scholarship applications 9 August - 23 August. About 40 scholarships are available only for people in Canada, the US, and Mexico. Last year about 200 people applied for scholarships.
  • More volunteers are needed. In the usual wiki-way, anyone may comment on program submissions. At the conference in person, all staff will be volunteer and all attendees are encouraged check in with conference organizers about volunteering for the task queue even for an hour. Anyone interested may contact FloNight and Rosiestep to offer volunteer support.
  • Major sponsorship for the conference comes from the San Diego Public Library who are providing the venue and a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • This is the third year of this conference, with WikiConference USA being in New York in 2014 and in Washington DC in 2015. Check the schedules of those for examples of what kinds of programming will be offered this year.

Discussion about the conference on-wiki could happen at meta:WikiConference North America.

I am one of the organizers for this event. I thought that I should share this information here, as this conference includes the regional focus of this WikiProject. Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 19:01, 10 August 2016 (UTC)