Tuesday, July 26, 2016

July 26th, 2016, Community Headlines

Get Up and Rise Up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow
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* "Benicia author happy with first book" (2016-07-22, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/mbJr7] [begin excerpt]:
Smith recently unveiled “Stepping Stones: The Story of San Pablo, Last Small Town in the Bay.”
“I’m happy with it,” Smith said by phone Wednesday, preparing for his July 30 book release and signing at the Blume House Museum, 13831 San Pablo Ave., in San Pablo.
Seems Smith had a mutual acquaintance with the San Pablo Historical Society, a nonprofit with “these voluminous archives they wanted to turn into a book,” said Smith, whose proposal was accepted in 2012.
It took Smith a year and a half to write as he researched archives and interviewed old-timers, waiting about 2 1/2 years for the book to get published into a 150-page paperback loaded with vintage photographs.
The book follows San Pablo’s evolution from a Huchuin Indian village to Mexican rancho to a town that resisted the push to incorporate as a city until 1949. San Pablo was named an “All-American City” in 1975 and 2014 by the National Urban League.
The Contra Costa County town “is a nice little place that reminds me a little bit of Benicia,” Smith said. “Similar population, similar village-like aspects, and it stayed small.”
San Pablo, continued Smith, “tells a story that is representative of a lot of the aspects of the bay, the history of the bay in general, in different phases.”
Deeming himself “a California history nut,” Smith said he enjoyed researching the different Ohlone Tribes in the area, plus the “changes in attitude and laws about gambling. San Pablo was very much in the center of that.” [...]
Smith praised book editor Jannie Dresser of Crockett, founder of Sugartown Press, and the layout of the book.
“It has a wealth of fascinating photographs and anecdotes that have never been published,” Victor Manning, historical society president, said in a press release.
“The town has been a mirror for a terrific array of Bay Area history over the past three centuries, sometime as the site of change and sometimes as the product of it,” Smith said. [end excerpt]
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* "Angela Pneuman to head Napa Valley Writers’ Conference" (2016-07-22, napavalleyregister.com) [archive.is/M0cFN]
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* "Newly found and reproduced early Vallejo images for sale at museum" (2016-07-20, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/R41VD]
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* "Vallejo woman gives back with backpacking class" (2016-07-20, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/tumwY]
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* "Vallejo Admirals bullpen can’t hang on again in road loss to Pacifics" (2016-07-26, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/8kpeK]
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* "Bethel High graduate, Broncos star C.J. Anderson inspires hundreds at football clinic" (2016-07-23, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/i3Kp2]
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* "Key pieces in place for Oakland Raiders going into Napa Valley training camp" (2016-09-25, napavalleyregister.com) [archive.is/bAR4s]
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* "Woman arrested for stealing mail in Vallejo on Sunday" (2016-07-25, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/KMoQM]
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* "Unusual Number of Whales Seen in San Francisco Bay; A windsurfer and a kite-surfer got a little too close to the swimming whales, following them and getting in their path" (2016-05-12, AP Newswire) [archive.is/zPEKf]

* "Whale found on Pescadero beach may have been struck by boat" (2016-07-26, sfgate.com) [archive.is/HCElB]

* " 'Good day' for wandering whales Mother and calf head toward ocean, pass Carquinez Bridge" (2007-05-30, eastbaytimes.com) [archive.is/o6jyX]


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* "Cancer-fighting gene-editing tool to begin human trials in China" (2016-07-23, rt.com) [archive.is/Mwj0p]
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

July 19th, 2016, Community Headlines

Get Up and Rise Up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow
Tune in Tuesdays, 7 to 9am (PST), at 89.5FM in the northeast San Pablo Bay Area, or online at [is.gd/kJ1EUt]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!

* Local weather for Vallejo [link], Napa [link], Santa Rosa [link], Dillon's Beach [link], Walnut Creek [link], Richmond [link]. Good vibrations [earthquaketrack.com/us-ca-vallejo/recent]
Local Links page with local news portals, and local sports info [link]!
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* "Participatory Budgeting Cycle 4 Idea Has Collection Begun" [archive.is/NbBmS]
Ribbon Cutting for Cycle 1 PB-Funded PAL
Restroom/Snack Bar Facility
The Police Activities League (PAL) held a ribbon cutting on June 17 for the new restroom and concession stand at the soccer and softball fields located at 301 Wallace Avenue. Those in attendance included Mayor Osby Davis, Councilmember Bob Sam-payan, PB Steering Committee Chair Michelle Whitney and Member David Wolins. The Cycle 1 Project was recommended by voters as part of the Parks & Recreation Improvements Project. Visit the PB Facebook [facebook.com/ParticipatoryBudgetingvallejo] and Twitter [twitter.com/PB_Vallejo] for implementation photos and updates.



* "Four Benicia High friends do odd jobs throughout county" (2016-06-29, beniciaheraldonline.com) [archive.is/MDRQA]


* "Raley's will remove artificially flavored private label brand sodas" (2016-06-29, Benicia Herald):
Raley's Family of Fine Stores has announced its decision to eliminate certain Raley's private label brand soda to advance their vision of health and wellness. This includes all flavors containing high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors, including diet soda varieties "This is a bold first step towards improving our private label options for our customers," said Kevin Curry, Raley's Senior Vice President, Merchandising & Supply Chain. "Where we
have control over our product lines, we want to offer products that reflect our ongoing vision to infuse life with health and happiness. Essentially, we want to make it easier for our customers to make healthier choices." A number of studies conducted over the past few decades suggest that consumption of high-fructose corn syrup is connected with health concerns, including a significant risk of weight gain and obesity, an increased risk of developing Type-2 Diabetes, hypertension and elevated "bad" cholesterol levels and liver damage. Raley's vision
is to infuse life with health and wellness. The company strives to educate customers and provide wholesome Raley's brand options. Raley's has discontinued production of private label soda with high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors and will phase-out remaining inventory over the next two-weeks. All Raley's private label soda with high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors will be out of stock by Aug. 1. In another first step in providing healthier options to customers, Raley's eliminated tobacco in 2015.


* "Habitat for Humanity to sponsor first new Napa home" (2016-06-14, napavalleyregister.com) [archive.is/tXotk]


* "Enriching Arts Festival Napa Valley keeps you busy with musical bounty" (bohemian.com) [is.gd/7ccKzz]
Founded in 2006 and previously known as Festival del Sole, the Festival Napa Valley has undergone a name change, but is still committed to offering diverse and culturally uplifting concerts featuring international stars of opera, jazz and dance alongside fine food and wine, happening throughout the valley July 15–24.
The festival also offers free community events. A series of young-artist concerts includes performances by award-winning violinist Alexi Kenney, Ukrainian-American soprano Yelena Dyachek, piano prodigy Daniel Hsu and the Young People's Chorus of New York City.
The Festival Napa Valley runs Friday, July 15, through Sunday, July 24, at various venues in Napa County. [festivalnapavalley.org].


* How to make homemade sunscreen (wellnessmama.com) [archive.is/nzrCd]


* "Aztec Heirlooms and Other Priceless Plants" (by Matt Morris, organicpathways.co.nz) [archive.is/xBXZ9]



* "Put a Bird on It:  New research reveals birds' beneficial impact on Napa Valley vineyards" (bohemian.com) [is.gd/BmQ1Ra]
Photo caption: Humboldt State University researcher Carrie Wendt is studying the impact of owls on vineyard rodents in the Napa Valley.



Amphibians of San Franscisco Bay Area
[sfbaywildlife.info/species/amphibians.htm]
Guide (.pdf) [is.gd/kDNYYf]
Pacific treefrog (Hyla regilla)
LENGTH: 1-2 inches.
Previously called the chorus frog, our smallest native frog, possesses a big voice.
Sometimes found in shrubs or trees, they can be green, brown, or golden tan but all have a dark stripe through the eye. They may change from light to dark in a matter of minutes, but the over-all color does not change. The underside is a pale cream with yellow on the hind quarters. Males have a wrinkled, dusky throat. Egg clusters of 5-10 eggs are usually attached to submerged vegetation enclosed in a loose, clear protective fluid. These diminutive frogs have the most common and familiar voice along the Pacific Coast, a loud two-parted sequence of “kreck-ek” that is repeated; often many will sing together in a lovely frog chorus.
FOOD: leafhoppers, flies, ants, beetles, and spiders.

California slender salamander (Batrachoseps attenuatus)
LENGTH: 1 ¼ - 1 7 ⁄ 8 inches.
A small, thin salamander that appears legless, but by looking closer, you can see the tiny limbs. They have four toes on front and back feet, unlike other salamanders that have five toes on the hind feet.
They are brown, black or reddish and are well-camouflaged. If disturbed they move quickly to wriggle away underground. The tail of this salamander comes off easily, providing a meal for a would-be predator and allowing the salamander to escape unharmed.
FOOD: earthworms, small slugs, snails, sowbugs, millipedes, mites, spiders, and small insects.



* "Stanford team creates bone, heart muscle from embryonic stem cells" (2016-07-14, mercurynews.com) [archive.is/8VxtH]


* "Eating Air, Making Fuel; Weizmann Institute scientists engineer bacteria to create sugar from the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide" (2016-06-23, wis-wander.weizmann.ac.il) [archive.is/aUi2b]


* "Chemists find new way to recycle plastic waste into fuel; Approach tackles most commonly used synthetic plastic" (2016-06-21, news.uci.edu) [archive.is/xsCg4]


* "3-D printed polymer turns methane to methanol" (2016-06-15, llnl.gov) [archive.is/e7UWz]



* "Self-driving 3D printed bus named ‘Olli’ can be hailed via app & learn skills" (2016-06-17, rt.com) [archive.is/pQfkN], photo (Rich Riggins, IBM) caption: Local Motors CEO and co-founder John B. Rogers, June 16, 2016 in Fort Washington, MD.


* "New molecular design to get hydrogen-powered cars motoring" (2016-06-07, bio21.unimelb.edu.au) [archive.is/Gk4kK]


* "Bionic leaf 2.0 increases efficiency for turning sunlight into liquid fuel" (2016-06-02, wyss.harvard.edu) [archive.is/fxDKD]


* "Making biodiesel with used cooking oil and a microwave; SiO2 Beads Decorated with SrO Nanoparticles for Biodiesel Production from Waste Cooking Oil Using Microwave Irradiation" (2016-04-20, acs.org) [archive.is/cDOc9[begin excerpt]: The researchers developed silica beads coated with a catalyst and added them to waste cooking oil. Then, they zapped the mixture with a modified microwave oven to spur the reaction of the beads with cooking oil. In just 10 seconds, nearly 100 percent of the oil was converted to fuel. The researchers could also easily recover the beads and reuse them at least 10 times with similar results. [end excerpt]


* "Berkeley Lab Scientists Brew Jet Fuel in One-Pot Recipe JBEI researchers use engineered bacteria to simplify biofuels production, potentially lowering cost" (2016-05-10, newscenter.lbl.gov) [archive.is/3fQ6U]



* "Perovskite Solar Cells Surpass 20% Efficiency; EPFL researchers are pushing the limits of perovskite solar cell performance by exploring the best way to grow these crystals" (2016-06-09, actu.epfl.ch) [archive.is/KvHjG]


* "EPFL Researchers Push Limits of Perovskite Solar Cell Performance" (2016-06-10, azocleantech.com) [archive.is/EkF6X]
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

June 7th, 2016, Community Headlines

Get Up and Rise Up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow
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* Local weather for Vallejo [link], Napa [link], Santa Rosa [link], Dillon's Beach [link], Walnut Creek [link], Richmond [link]. Good vibrations [earthquaketrack.com/us-ca-vallejo/recent]
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* "San Francisco becomes first US city to mandate fully paid parental leave Activists hope new law will pave way for more progressive policies in the US, the only developed country that doesn’t guarantee paid maternal or paternal leave" (2016-04-05, theguardian.com) [archive.is/tMycK]


* "Stanford researchers unexpectedly reverse brain damage with stem cells" (2016-06-03, rt.com) [archive.is/SQKk5]


* "Study Finds WIC Food Improves Preschool Children’s Diet Quality Joint study conducted by UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, UCSF and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Nutrition Policy Institute" (2016-04-07, newswise.com) [archive.is/ST9D0]
* "New Study: WIC food improves preschool children's diet quality" (2016-04-07, ucfoodobserver.com) [archive.is/xrthq]


* "Golden Gate Fields Donates Land For Bay Trail" (2016-05-19, sfgate.com) [archive.is/KxNa4]
* "Golden Gate Fields to donate 4.88 acres for Bay Trail" (2016-05-20, goldengatefields.com) [archive.is/TVKhj]


* "How to Create a Free Farm Stand in Your Community" (2015-02-03, shareable.net) [is.gd/yHEpAk]


* "How Transition Palo Alto Brings Sharing and Community to Silicon Valley" (2016-04-25, shareable.net) [is.gd/8Z8leV]


* "Open-Source, DIY Machine Recycles Household Plastic Into New Products" (2016-04-26, shareable.net) [https://is.gd/FtBynM]


* "Modified microalgae converts sunlight into valuable medicine; A special type of microalgae can soon produce valuable chemicals such as cancer treatment drugs and much more just by harnessing energy from the sun. The team of scientists from Copenhagen Plant Science Centre at University of Copenhagen has published an article about the discovery in the scientific journal Metabolic Engineering" (2016-05-20, University of Copenhagen, science.ku.dk) [archive.is/awHLv]


* "Milestone in solar cell efficiency by UNSW engineers; Milestone in solar cell efficiency by UNSW engineers; Australian engineers have edged closer to the theoretical limits of sunlight-to-electricity conversion by photovoltaic cells with a device that sets a new world efficiency record" (2016-05-17, newsroom.unsw.edu.au) [archive.is/tX2ot], photo caption: Dr Mark Keevers with one of the spectrum splitting, four-junction mini-modules developed at UNSW.



* "Solar Powered Family Car Generates More Energy Than It Uses" (2015-07-13, by Evan Ackerman, spectrum.ieee.org) [is.gd/bDaGoo], attached video [youtu.be/A-JeEV2R4bw]:
Solar powered vehicles, whether we’re talking about cars or airplanes, usually share the characteristic of perpetually almost falling apart. What I mean is, solar power is so close to not being usable that vehicles must be as light as possible, or they will not fly (or drive). Technology is improving, though, and it’s at the point where a team from the Eindhoven University of Technology has been able to create a solar powered car that manages to seat four while generating more energy over the course of the year than it uses to drive [solarteameindhoven.nl/stella-lux].
“Stella Lux” is an upgrade of Solar Team Eindhoven’s “Stella” solar powered family car, originally developed in 2013. Stella Lux is made primarily of carbon fiber and aluminum for a total weight of just 375 kg, and features a tunnel that runs through the bottom center of the car to improve aerodynamic efficiency. On the roof is a 5.8 square meter array of solar panels to feed the car and charge 15 kWh of onboard batteries, giving the car a fully charged range of about 1,100 km where it’s sunny (like in Australia) and 1,000 km where it’s not (the Netherlands). This range almost certainly goes down if you’re carting around three American-sized passengers, or if you push the car to its top speed of 125 km/h.
Inside, the car actually looks pretty comfy, despite the big tunnel down the middle. The seats and doors are integrated with each other to save weight while increasing interior space, and there’s some sort of mood lightning. The driver has access to a whole bunch of tactile controls with haptic feedback, and the navigation system is weather aware, able to plan the most efficient route by taking into account where the most sunlight can be found.
What might be most impressive about Stella Lux is that it’s energy positive: on average, the car uses less energy driving than it produces during the day, even in a place like the Netherlands where it’s not constantly sunny. Depending on weather, the daily range of the car on solar power alone varies between about 50 km and 300 km, and driving any less than the daily max solar range results in a surplus of energy that can be returned to the grid.
This October, Stella Lux will be competing in the the Cruiser Class of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, a 3,000 km race through the Australian Outback. And for a mere 10,000 Euro pledge to the team's crowdfunding campaign [solarteameindhoven.nl/support-us], they’ll fly you to Australia to ride in Stella Lux yourself.

 


* "This vitamin stops the aging process in organs, say Swiss researchers; A potential breakthrough for regenerative medicine, pending further studies" (2016-05-06, kurzweilai.net) [archive.is/0eBR0]


* "A robot for ‘soft tissue’ surgery outperforms surgeons; Let's say you're having intestinal surgery. Which do you choose: human or robot surgeon?" (2016-05-04, kurzweilai.net) [archive.is/amuUA]


* "Your smartphone and tablet may be making you ADHD-like; Is digital information overload also killing our capacity for contemplative, abstract thought --- permanently altering the wiring and circuitry of our brains?" (2016-05-10, kurzweilai.net) [archive.is/msZD1]

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May 17th, 2016: Community Headlines

Get Up and Rise Up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!Produced by the Gathering of the Tribes [link]. Listen in on your Smart Phone with our Tune-in App [link], on a Desktop with our live U-stream [link], w. chat box [link], with our Live Mp3 stream (.pls) [link], on a Netbook / Laptop [link]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!
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* Around the Bay (baycrossings.com) for May, 2016 [archive.is/eyiKC]

* "New Ways to Discover the San Francisco Bay Trail; You can now discover 345 miles of walking and biking trails and explore the shoreline with updated San Francisco Bay Trail map cards and a new website" (2016-05, baycrossings.com) [archive.is/KrBd8]

* "Join the Third Annual Bay Parade; Calling all swimmers, kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders and boaters! You are invited to be part of Baykeeper's Third Annual Bay Parade on Sunday, May 22" (2016-05, baycrossings.com) [archive.is/dcUFz]

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Creating Commons Festival
Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM
at A PLACE for Sustainable Living in Oakland, CA [aplaceforsustainableliving.org] [510-788-5857]

Join millions around the world to celebrate 
Global Sharing Week [globalsharingweek.org]
Global Sharing Week is about helping millions discover and participate in the sharing transformation, a movement that promotes the sharing of community resources, cooperative enterprises, and other commons-based projects.
Global Sharing Week 2016 is taking place June 5-11.
You can check out the map above and see where events are happening in your community — or sign-up to host your own [is.gd/4eHy5b].
If you need idea on what kind of event to organize, check out our Resources page [is.gd/Yyoyy4].
* "14 Guides on Throwing Awesome Community Sharing Events" (shareable.net) [is.gd/HFAQTD]

* "Living the New Economy Convergence 2016 to Tackle Systemic Inequities" (2016-05-03, shareable.net) [is.gd/ynK8Hp] [begin excerpt]: The Living the New Economy Oakland Collaborative is excited to announce the Living the New Economy Convergence 2016 [lne2016.wordpress.com], to be held at Mills College, in Oakland, CA, from Oct. 21-23. We’re a broad coalition of community leaders and social entrepreneurs committed to advancing inclusive economic, racial, and environmental justice solutions in Oakland.
Community leaders and organizations are coming together for a next level dialogue about the state of our economy — and innovative models that are addressing inequity, displacement, and other issues related to the well being of our communities.
Through interactive, participatory activities, we will shine a light on what’s working, what’s not, and what more we can do to build the inclusive, vibrant Oakland of our dreams. Included are three days of workshops, panels with local leaders, presentations, and self-organized open space sessions, followed by a day-long series of “Activation Sessions” for groups seeking mentorship and support in their policy campaigns, movement initiatives, or social enterprises. [end excerpt]

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* "Flipping a chemical switch helps perovskite solar cells beat the heat; A simple chemical conversion could be another step toward making cheap, efficient and stable perovskite solar cells" (2016-04-25, news.brown.edu) [archive.is/c5JKa]
Contact: Kevin Stacey [401-863-3766]

* "KYOCERA Solar Empowers Hawaii Tokai International College to Stabilize Electricity Costs Long-Term; College projected to use 284kW solar system for more than half of total power requirements, anticipated to be Hawaii’s first LEED-certified, multiple-building campus" (2016-04-27, Reuters Newswire) [archive.is/MItot]

* "UNSW takes lead in race for non-toxic, thin-film solar cells; ‘Zero-energy’ buildings – which generate as much power as they consume – are now much closer after a UNSW team achieved the world’s highest efficiency using flexible solar cells that are non-toxic and cheap to make" (2016-04-27, newsroom.unsw.edu.au) [archive.is/gSBbZ]
Contact: Wilson da Silva, Faculty of Engineering [0407 907 017] [w.dasilva@)unsw.edu.au]
Photo caption: Dr Xiaojing Hao of UNSW's Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics holding the new CZTS solar cells.

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* "Watch Out for Whales!" (2016-04, baycrossings.com) [archive.is/koPpT]:
Last month, NOAA's Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary advised boaters along the north-central California coast, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area, to steer clear of whales migrating through the area in large numbers from winter through late spring.
Last month, NOAA’s Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary advised boaters along the north-central California coast, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area, to steer clear of whales migrating through the area in large numbers from winter through late spring. Gray whales are at a particularly high risk of collisions with vessels because they often travel near shore on the outer coast, and may even wander into bays.
Boaters and water recreationists should use caution around whales year-round, but springtime presents a greater chance of coming into contact with whales. From March through May, around 19,000 migrating gray whales make their return migration north from Mexican breeding grounds to feed in Arctic waters off Alaska. Many travel through the busy shipping lanes off San Francisco’s Golden Gate, in the Greater Farallones marine sanctuary.
While they also migrate south through the sanctuary in winter, gray whales—including mothers with newborn calves—swim closest to shore in spring. Cow-calf pairs can be seen from headlands and coastal cliffs. They may pause in the surf zone and small bays for the calf to rest and nurse, and to avoid attack by killer whales. Calves are totally dependent on their mothers at this time.  
Boaters should watch for the gray whale’s blow—its exhalation—which looks like a puff of smoke about 10 to 15 feet high, since very little of the whale is visible at the surface. A whale may surface and blow several times before a prolonged dive, typically lasting three to six minutes.
Federal guidelines advise that boaters should avoid:
•    Approaching within 300 feet (the length of a football field) of any whale
•    Cutting across a whale’s path
•    Making sudden speed or directional changes
•    Getting between a whale cow and her calf (if separated from its mother, a calf may be doomed to starvation)
Each year, thousands of ships and smaller vessels pass through the Golden Gate. Even small-craft collisions with a whale can have disastrous results, for whale and vessel, and sometimes the boaters. All whales are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Other local species, such as humpback and blue whales, are additionally protected by the Endangered Species Act.

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* "A Vote for Measure AA Is a Vote for the Bay; You are reading Bay Crossings, which suggests you've probably been near San Francisco Bay today, and maybe can even see it from where you're sitting" (2016-05, by Christopher Richard, for Bay Crossings monthly newspaper) [archive.is/gkTHE]:
You are reading Bay Crossings, which suggests you’ve probably been near San Francisco Bay today, and maybe can even see it from where you’re sitting.
You’ve probably heard that San Francisco Bay is an estuary and that it’s an ecosystem. But try thinking about it as a giant factory. Think of the terrain as the buildings and grounds of the factory campus. Raw materials coming in are water, sediment and sunlight. The workers are the plants and animals living in the Bay, and the products are clean air, seafood, recreation, flood protection and the setting for a quality of life that is envied throughout the world.
Continuing the metaphor, some of the most productive parts of the factory are the salt marshes and other wetlands that once ringed most of the Bay shoreline. Their productivity cleans the air and releases oxygen, provides rearing habitat for young fish and crabs, filters impurities from the water and provides flood protection. But since the California gold rush, we have lost 90 percent of these wetlands. Think of trying to run a factory with that percentage of your most productive assembly lines shut down.
There is a great opportunity to restore those assembly lines, and your voice can be heard on the question. But more on that later. Much of the lost wetland acreage was diked off from the Bay to exclude the flow of the tides, and then drained for economic purposes: primarily the grazing of animals and production of salt. But almost all of the pastures are no longer grazed, and most of the salt ponds are no longer in production. The Bay needs 100,000 acres of wetlands to be healthy and sustainable. More than 30,000 acres are already awaiting funding of projects to restore them to their original functions of producing, cleansing and protecting.
Measure AA for a Clean & Healthy Bay is on the June ballot in the nine Bay Area counties. It’s aimed at restoring productivity and function to the Bay ecosystem while providing flood protection, increasing shoreline recreational access, and thereby supporting the quality of life we all appreciate here in the San Francisco Bay Area.
It is a $12 parcel tax for the Bay Area counties that will, over time, raise $500 million for wetlands restoration and access. It was placed on the ballot by the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority with support from business groups like the Bay Area Council and Silicon Valley Leadership Group; and environmental groups including Audubon California, Ducks Unlimited, the Trust for Public Land and the Nature Conservancy.
Senator Dianne Feinstein said, “Measure AA is an unprecedented opportunity for all Bay Area residents to unite in support of the Bay we love, and improve it a lot for very little cost.” A San Jose Mercury News editorial stated, “We’re happy to urge voter support for Measure AA.” Even though polling shows that a large majority of residents across the Bay Area support this measure, the two-thirds majority required to win is a high bar to meet. Your vote can make a difference.      
These maps portray the 90 percent loss of wetlands, shown in green, from the shores of San Francisco Bay between the time of the gold rush and today. But much of the lands within the areas outlined in magenta remain feasible sites for wetland restoration and improved access projects funded by Measure AA.

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Christopher Richard is a retired Curator of Aquatic Biology at Oakland Museum of California. He is on the board of directors of Save the Bay, and past president of the Alameda County Fish and Game Commission.
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* "Five Bay Advocates Honored by the Bay Institute" (2016-04, by Mallory Johnson, baycrossings.com) [archive.is/9FueB]
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Sunday, May 1, 2016

May 3rd, 2016: Community Headlines

Get Up and Rise Up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!Produced by the Gathering of the Tribes [link]. Listen in on your Smart Phone with our Tune-in App [link], on a Desktop with our live U-stream [link], w. chat box [link], with our Live Mp3 stream (.pls) [link], on a Netbook / Laptop [link]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!
* Local weather for Vallejo [link], Napa [link], Santa Rosa [link], Dillon's Beach [link], Walnut Creek [link], Richmond [link]. Good vibrations [earthquaketrack.com/us-ca-vallejo/recent]
Local Links page with local news portals, and local sports info [link]!
Ongoing Community Events [link], weekly and monthly
Farmer's Markets page [link]. Learn how to make your own artisan products [link]!
Local Food Guide [link]
Sunrise / Sunset schedule [link]

City of Vallejo calender [ci.vallejo.ca.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=13506&pageId=27636]
Want to stay connected with what’s happening in Vallejo? Sign up for the City of Vallejo’s E-Newsletter and other communication options at
[ci.vallejo.ca.us/cms/one.aspx?objectId=26266]

Solano Land Trust Calendar [solanolandtrust.org/calendarlist.aspx]
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Call for artists to join in with the Vallejo Open Studios 2016! [archive.is/mrSbN]
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Annual Glen Cove Community Association Garage Sale
Sat., May 7, 2016
On May 7, the Glen Cove Community Association will be hosting its annual neighborhood garage sale. There will be maps of participating houses available at the Glen Cove Center near Safeway. Sale times are between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Visit the large Glen Cove Community to turn trash into treasures. Shop for clothing, books, toys, household knickknacks, lawn and garden tools, sports equipment and much more!
For questions, contact Bobbi Kahn at [707-645-0991] or email [bobbikahn@)gmail.com].
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Loma Vista Spring Festival- May 14
Get ready for Loma Vista Farm's Spring Festival on May 14! This annual event gives friends and family the chance to come out and visit the farm. Enjoy the sights and view the year-long projects that have been completed. Loma Vista Farm provides hands-on, educational activities for students and children of all ages, and abilities.
The festival begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. at the Loma Vista Farm, located at 150 Rainier Avenue. Admission is free, activity tickets are $.50.
For additional information, visit Loma Vista's website [lomavistafarm.org/events/loma-vista-farm-open-house].

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Trail Crew at Lynch Canyon- May 14
Make a difference and volunteer to improve trails and fix fences at Lynch Canyon on May 14. As a thank you for volunteering, there will be free parking, and free pizza will be provided to those who pre-register online.
Volunteers should be prepared to be outdoors for 3 hours, using tools such as shovels and hoes, lifting and carrying materials, and bending over or squatting in dirt. Anyone over the age of 12 is welcome to volunteer; participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must bring a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.
Make sure to bring a backpack with water and snacks, work gloves, sunglasses for eye protection, boots for walking on rough terrain, and long pants. Pre-registration is highly recommended in order to bring enough tools and food for volunteers.
To register, click here [https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ecgdym3g04838c96&oseq=&c=&ch=].
For more information, visit the Solano Land Trust Calendar [solanolandtrust.org/calendarlist.aspx].
Contact Jordan at [jordan@solanolandtrust.org] for any questions or concerns.

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Carnevale Fantastico- May 14 and 15
After a very successful first year, the Italian Renaissance and Cultural Festival will be returning to Blue Rock Springs Park! On May 14 and 15, enjoy events such as glass blowing, lace making, and historical reenactments featuring Michelangelo, Galileo, and Leonardo da Vinci. Carnvale Fantastico is an experience that the whole family can enjoy by eating amazing food, listening to traditional music, or watching unforgettable performances.
Last year the festival attracted over 3500 attendees, and over 5000 people are expected to attend this year. Sponsors of this event include SolTrans, GVRD, Vallejo Chamber of Commerce, Visit Vallejo California, Times-Herald, and Recology.
General tickets are $12.50, and children under 12 are free.
For more information, visit Carnevale Fantastico's website [carnevalefantastico.com].
To purchase tickets, click here [brownpapertickets.com/event/2506780].

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Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum Garden Tour and Festival- May 15
The Vallejo Garden Tour and Festival is a major annual fundraiser for the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. Visit nine beautiful gardens throughout Vallejo homes. Box lunches are available to purchase from City Lights Café and Catering.
In addition to featuring beautiful gardens throughout the city, the Vallejo Garden Tour will once again be holding the downtown Vallejo Garden Festival this year. The Festival will feature plant sales, crafts, antiques, gourmet food vendors, local non-profits, and fine art.
The Vallejo Garden Tour will be on Sunday, May 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 for the general public or $35 for Museum Members, and are available at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, the Vallejo Convention and Visitors Bureau in the Ferry Terminal, and at Zoey June Gift and Garden, located at 1426 Tennessee Street.
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Vallejo Admirals Season Opener-     May 31
 The Vallejo Admirals will begin their season on May 31, and will face the Sonoma Stompers. They will be hosting games at Wilson Park beginning at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 5:05 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1:05 p.m. on Sundays.
To view the Admirals' entire schedule, click here [vallejoadmirals.com/game-schedule].
Grandstand tickets are $10, general tickets are $5, and children 10 and under are free. For more information about the Vallejo Admirals, visit their website [vallejoadmirals.com].

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* "Coyotes in Glen Cove" (2016-01, Glen Cove Community Association newsletter) (.pdf)  [http://is.gd/V9dARk]:
As many of you know, Glen Cove has a urban Coyote pack living in the open spaces.
There are frequent postings on Next Door about sightings. One resident has posted a link to information about living with coyotes in urban areas. Some hints regarding dealing with coyotes are:
1. Never feed coyotes!
2. Coyotes are attracted to areas with rodents, so remove sources of food and rodent hiding places in your yard and garden.
3. Remove fallen fruit and bird seed.
4. Secure trash with a locking lid, or put your trash out on the morning of trash pickup.
5. Use compost containers that do not attract rodents instead of having compost piles on your property.
6. Trim vegetation and remove unnecessary piles of wood and clutter to reduce rodent hiding places, and store necessary items off of the ground.
7. Work with your neighbors to discourage coyotes from your neighborhood.
8. Frighten coyotes away by spraying them with a garden hose, yelling, or banging pots and pans to help them re-learn their healthy and natural fear of humans.
9. Keep your pets on a short leash when walking outdoors. Do not use retractable leashes or allow them to walk or run on their own, off-leash. Pick up small pets if confronted by a coyote.
10. If a coyote approaches you and your pet, yell, stomp your feet and throw small rocks or sticks at it.
More information at [bouldercounty.org/safety/animals/pages/coyote.aspx]
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Public Works Celebrates Earth Day
The Public Works Water Conservation section and Recycling section participated in Vallejo’s Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 16, in conjunction with the Vallejo Farmer’s Market. During the event, conservation staff provided citizens with information about ongoing local and statewide drinking water restrictions and offered helpful tips to reduce water use around the home. Recycling Coordinator Derek Crutchfield highlighted innovative recycling, disposal and zero-waste solutions. Awards were given to residents for the most creative artwork made from recycled/reused materials.


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Participatory Budgeting
Arts, Beautification & Community Project Seeks Artists
Vallejo Community Arts Foundation (VCAF) is requesting qualifications from mosaic artists to work on the Participatory Budgeting Cycle 2 Project “Art, Beautification & Community.” A committee of local artists and VCAF representatives selected a proposal to install mosaics on the Capitol Street Stairs as the Neighborhood Placemaker project, which received $24,000 of the PB project funding. A citizen committee comprised of local residents, artists and VCAF representatives are now seeking experienced artists to qualify before request-ing designs for the stairs.
The Cycle 2 project provided a total of $96,000 in funding for several public art projects, which included two downtown murals, painting of 11 utility boxes, 24 videos for the Art & Architecture Walk, and the “Neighborhood Placemaker Art Project.” Using the Community-build model, the Placemaker project will leverage the $24,000 in PB funding with external grants and material donations, and work closely with a volunteer neighbor-hood committee to create the art. The “Artist-in-residence” selected will lead the neigh-borhood committee as they work together to transform part of a neighborhood into a work of art.
Interested artists should apply online before June 1 [vallejoartandarchitecture.com/call-for-art], and can send questions to Sarah Nicols, Neighborhood Project Coordinator, at [mosa-ic@)vallejoartandarchitecture.com].


Work Continues on the Police Activities League (PAL) Athletic Field Restroom/Snack Bar -
The walls have been erected on the Police Activities League (PAL) Athletic Field Restroom/Snack Bar funded through the first cycle of Participatory Budgeting (PB). The roof, doors and windows have been installed and the interior painting is under-way. Plumbing is expected to be installed by the end the week. The project was allocated $260,000 from PB and PAL contrib-uted an additional $82,000 in matching funds.



PB Cycle 3 Project Implementation Underway -
Contracts have been signed for PB Cycle 3 projects:
- VCUSD After School Technology ($240,000)
- Afterschool Sports Program - Soccer & Basketball ($50,000)
VCUSD has already purchased and received 280+ iPads for fourteen school locations and the after-school sports program held their first basketball and soccer games in April.
View Participatory Budgeting updates, announcements and exclusive photos on our PB social media:
- homepage [ci.vallejo.ca.us/city_hall/departments___divisions/city_manager/participatory_budgeting]
- Facebook [facebook.com/ParticipatoryBudgetingvallejo]
- Instagram [instagram.com/pb_vallejo]
- Twitter [twitter.com/PB_Vallejo]
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

April 19th, 2016, Community Headlines

Get Up and Rise Up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!Produced by the Gathering of the Tribes [link]. Listen in on your Smart Phone with our Tune-in App [link], on a Desktop with our live U-stream [link], w. chat box [link], with our Live Mp3 stream (.pls) [link], on a Netbook / Laptop [link]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!
* Local weather for Vallejo [link], Napa [link], Santa Rosa [link], Dillon's Beach [link], Walnut Creek [link], Richmond [link]. Good vibrations [earthquaketrack.com/us-ca-vallejo/recent]
Local Links page with local news portals, and local sports info [link]!
Ongoing Community Events [link], weekly and monthly
Farmer's Markets page [link]. Learn how to make your own artisan products [link]!
Local Food Guide [link]
Sunrise / Sunset schedule [link]


What's New at GVRD? visit [gvrd.org]!


Richmond Art Center: Upcylce [http://is.gd/Q7VgM0]
Saturday | April 23, 2016 | 12:00 pm — 4:00 pm
Richmond Art Center | 2450 Barrett Ave, Richmond, CA 94804
Create, see and learn about the art of upcycling at this free maker festival.
Upcycle is Almost Here!
Create, see and learn about the art of upcycling at this free family festival!
Join us at the Richmond Art Center to practice the art of reducing, reusing and recycling!
Create, see and learn at this hands-on maker festival for the whole family. Upcycling workstations will feature hands-on activities that creatively re-use materials otherwise headed for the landfill. Screen print and take home your very own T-shirt, make copper pressed drawings, colorful mosaics, relief prints with recycled materials, floating plastic sculptures, back strap weaving and so much more!Learn about ways to re-use, recycle, and downsize waste from local organizations like the Watershed Project. Live music from Vanessa Espinoza aka DJ AGANA. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
See all of our fun and free classes for Upcycle here! [http://richmondartcenter.org/events/upcycle/]
This event draws hundreds of local families and friends to the Art Center and we always have a ton of fun! We are also looking for event sponsors both large and small so please let us know if you are interested. Please contact Ric Ambrose, Executive Director at Richard@RichmondArtCenter.org or 510.620.6777.


Berkeley Earth Day Shoreline Clean Up [http://is.gd/PKd9ew]
Saturday | April 23, 2016 | 8:00 am — 1:00 pm
Shorebird Park, Berkeley Marina | 160 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94710
The day’s schedule will include:
8am • Yoga Class by donation
9am-12pm • Clean Up
12-1pm • Bug Family Band
Co-sponsored by the Ecology Center
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* "Earth Day celebrated early at Vallejo Farmers Market" (2016-04-16, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/eQpXG] [begin excerpt]:
Earth day was celebrated a few days early Saturday at Vallejo Farmers Market.
The event began at 9 a.m. and stretched into the hot afternoon.
Entertainment provided by Rock Steady Jugglers and OzKat radio seemed to keep the crowd happy as they moved from booth to booth.
“We have had a good turnout with more people than ever this year,” said Valcore general manager Ken Hawes. “We attribute a lot of that to social media. We are also getting a lot of kids and families, too, not just people walking in from the farmers market.”
Many different organizations involved in environmentally conscious activities, such as the Florence Douglas Senior Center walking group, interacted with public and spoke about the benefits of living an environmentally healthy lifestyle.
At noon the winners of the city sponsored Scrap to Sculpture recycled art competition were announced. Though all of the winning artwork was being shown in Vallejo’s City Hall, the artists were present to receive their awards.
“The elementary category had a lot of entries this year,” Hawes said. “It kind of tugs at your heartstrings when you see how much effort they put into their art projects.”
Taking first prize in the adult category and an oversized check for $1,000 was artist Eric Hardie, who lives locally in Vallejo.
His creation was a decorative rooster made from cut from a variety of different colored soda cans.
[end excerpt]


* "Dreamers and innovators drawn to Benicia Mini Makers Faire" (2016-04-16, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/FwpnJ] [begin excerpt]: A celebration of ingenuity and creativity, the event was a chance for children and adults to explore the world of crafts, electronics and engineering.
Aaron Newcomb, president of Benicia Makers Space, explained the event took about six months of work to organize.
“We did all the planning and everything, then we contacted local makers and people we know who like to do this and invited them to come at no charge,” Newcomb said. “A lot of people are here because they love what they do. It’s a community event run by volunteers, and so far it’s gone pretty well.”
As attendees bought their tickets at the door Saturday, they were also handed a map that showed where the various themed areas were, such as the robotics and electronics room and the arts and crafts room. Outside the middle school was the ‘vehicle village’ where owners of electric vehicles were present with their cars to talk to people about the benefits of clean technology. [end excerpt]


* Napa: "Earth Day celebration planned for Saturday" (2016-04-18, napavalleyregister.com) [archive.is/7nxB6]


* "Rural Napa County bursts with spring color at Iris Garden" (2016-04-18, napavalleyregister.com) [archive.is/x3w19]


* East Bay: "Make big stuff happen on Earth Day 2016" (2016-04-12, tricityvoice.com) [archive.is/3ABeW]



* "Participatory Budgeting-Funded Garden Visited By Kaiser Permanente Doctors and Students"  (2016-04-15, Vallejo City Manager’s Bi-Weekly Report) (.pdf) [http://is.gd/Lgd2R0]:
In 2015, Kaiser Permanente began collaborating with the PB-funded Vallejo People's Garden on Mare Island. Resident physicians are volunteering at the garden to learn about organic gardening and how it can apply to the health of individuals and communities. Recently, several resident doctors volunteered at the garden to gain on-site knowledge to use at their clinic in Honduras. The volunteers recently planted vegetables, such as rainbow chard and potatoes, and learned how to maximize valuable garden space. Vallejo People’s Garden was allocated $35,000 in the first cycle of Participatory Budgeting by the Community Gardens & Nutrition Education project.



* "Participatory Budgeting Visits Cave Elementary’s Family Spring Afternoon" (2016-04-15, Vallejo City Manager’s Bi-Weekly Report) (.pdf) [http://is.gd/Lgd2R0]:
City Staff participated in the Family Spring Afternoon at Elmer Cave Language Academy on Wednesday, April 13. Administrative Analyst Alyssa Alford interacted with Cave Elementary staff and teachers and provided updates on education-related PB projects, including the PB-funded Cave Community Garden. PB has partnered with the dual-immersion language academy and met many parents who were already en-gaged in the PB process. The City would like to thank Academic Support Provider & Safety Patrol Advisor Ashley Mendez and Principal Lorena Hernández for their continued partnership and hospitality.



* "Day Center Grand Opening" (2016-04-15, Vallejo City Manager’s Bi-Weekly Report) (.pdf) [http://is.gd/Lgd2R0]: 
The Vallejo Together Support Services Center — a collaboration with the MIRA Community Cultural Center and First Baptist Church and partially funded by $75,000 from City of Vallejo Housing Reserve Funds – held a grand opening at First Baptist Church on Sonoma Boulevard on April 5. More than 100 attendees toured the new homeless day center that will provide services, including showers, laundry, internet computer, printer and telephone access, a microwave and mailing addresses. The center will also provide trained “navigators” who will direct those seeking help with substance abuse, mental illness, financial loss, and other challenges to appropriate local services. The center is already serving an average of 5 residents per day. Visitors can access services at First Baptist Church on the corner of Florida Street and Sonoma Boulevard from 3 pm to 6 pm on Sun. and Mon., from 9 am to 3 pm Tues. through Thurs., and from 9 am to 12 noon Fri. and Sat.


* "Welcome the Thai New Year" (2016-04-12, tricityvoice.com) [archive.is/q8BCU] [begin excerpt]:
appy New Year may not be what you would expect to hear in mid-April, but that is the greeting you will receive on April 16 and 17 when Wat Buddhanusorn celebrates Songkran, the traditional New Year in Thailand.
Wat Buddhanusorn, which means the temple of the teachings of the Buddha according to Director of Educational Programming Tim Tararug, was founded in 1983 and serves the Theravada Buddhist community in the Bay Area. Theravada Buddhism, one of the main branches of Buddhist thought, is practiced in Thailand and Southeast Asia. It is distinguished from Mahayana Buddhism, another main branch, in two ways, Tararug added. First, monks chant in Pali, the language used by Buddhists 2,500 years ago. Second, Theravada Buddhists follow the philosophical tenant that only you can free yourself. [end excerpt]



* "CBC Celebration hails the Monkey King" (2016-04-12, tricityvoice.com) [archive.is/dhhpx]