Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June 2nd, Northbay Morningshow

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]

Why call the bird a rooster?
from "The Rollo series, Volume 1: Learning to Talk" (1855 by Jacob Abbott) [books.google.com/books?id=IYtKAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA12]:
And there stands the rooster, too, opening his mouth to crow. He says, cock-a-doodle-doo, cock-a-doodle-doo ! Do you know why they call him a rooster ? It is because he roosts. When it is night do you suppose those hens go to bed, and lie down and cover them-selves up with clothes and go to sleep? No indeed, they do not do that. If you should put one of them into a bed in that way, she would jump out and run away as fast as she could. What do you think the hens do when they want to go to sleep Why, they get up on a long pole and cling to it with their long, sharp claws, and sleep there on a high pole. And that is roosting. So they call the great bird a rooster. Do you think you could sleep on a high pole?


Local fauna of the week: The Pacific Angel Shark
* "Seven Things You Should Know About Angel Sharks" (baycrossings.com) [archive.is/sg8wf]



* "Square Dance: Santa Rosa's Newest Music Festival Is A Hoot" (bohemian.com) [archive.is/ZAqoo]
The Railroad Square Music Festival chugs into town Sunday, June 7, at Fourth and Wilson Streets, Santa Rosa. 11am to 7pm. Free. [railroadsquaremusicfestival.com].


* "Summer Sailstice Brings Sailing to the Masses" (baycrossings.com) [archive.is/fEt3o]
Ever wanted to sail the Bay? As part of the 15th annual worldwide Summer Sailstice celebration of sailing, many SailSFBay.org affiliate organizations are inviting Bay Area residents to come out for a sail on the Bay. For non-sailors, it’s an invitation to connect with sailing at one of the dozens of Bay Area sailing programs and facilities that are open and available to the public on the SailSFBay.org website. For current sailors, this means starting their summer of sailing by hoisting sails on the summer solstice weekend of June 20-21.
The Summer Sailstice website again plays host by allowing everyone to discover sailing opportunities in the Bay Area—or, in fact, anywhere in the world. People can find nearby sailing event and post their weekend sailing plans to showcase their weekend in the life of sailing.
“We really want to make people aware of just how accessible sailing is,” said Travis Lund of the Treasure Island Sailing Center and member of the SailSFBay steering committee. “With seven million people living in the Bay Area, there are just too many people who don’t know how to connect to sailing on the Bay and, with all the affiliated SailSFBay.org organizations, it’s much easier than most people think.”
To learn more about Summer Sailstice, visit [www.summersailstice.com] and visit SailSFBay at [www.sailsfbay.org].  In addition, Bay Crossings includes numerous sailing activities every month in its Waterfront Activities section, located this month on pages 18 and 19.



* "Mega Cargo Vessels Bring More Goods, and Jobs Too" by Patrick Burnson, past president and current board member of the Pacific Transportation Association, based in San Francisco. (www.pacifictrans.org) [archive.is/Lv03O]


Another Food Forest Created By Benicia Community Gardens
Many thanks to Constance Beutel for filming and producing this video.
[youtube.com/watch?v=yhKB0fnkzCI]


* "Lake Berryessa site of World Environment Day cleanup event" (2015-06-01, dailyrepublic.com) [archive.is/7oum8]


* "Lynch Canyon Trail Run returns for 8th installment" (2015-06-01, dailyrepublic.com) [archive.is/HAUG3]


* "House of Acts graduates clean and sober men" 2015-05-28, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/stdNy]


* "Family, teachers proud of St. Patrick-St. Vincent High students’ achievement" (2015-05-30, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/CH6a2]



* "State budget proposal would boost funds to Napa Valley College" (2015-06-01, napavalleyregister.com) [archive.is/nIsZP]


* "County water agency gets federal mine grant" (2015-05-29, beniciaheraldonline.com) [archive.is/tJeVP]


The Suisun Valley Review (SVR) is a literary magazine put together and run by the students of Solano Community College. [suisunvalleyreview.tumblr.com] [facebook.com/suisun.review]. Dennis Schmitz, the 2015 SVR featured poet, performed at the Solano Community College Library, May 6, for the book release reading of SVR.



* "Fairfield author writes for young adults to better world" (2015-04-04, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.today/ELGwX]


* " ‘Vision of Paradise,’ documentary on Reggae and Dub master Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry: an interview wit’ co-executive producer Volker Schaner" (sfbayview.com) [archive.is/BSRPp]



* "Vallejo Commits to Develop Fiber Master Plan" (2015-04-30, ilsr.org) [archive.is/b4T6T]
* "Vallejo hires consultant to help with developing a fiber optic master plan" (2015-05-23, timesheraldonline.com) [archive.is/LoUGQ]


* "County schedules free child support workshops" (2015-06-01, dailyrepublic.com) [archive.is/VCua9]


* "Rising Sun Energy Center Hopes to Return to Vallejo" from Vallejo City Manager’s Bi-Weekly Report (2015-04-03):
Rising Sun Energy Center, a non-profit organization, provides free energy and water assessments and mini-retrofits to low- to moderate-income households in the Bay Area and Central Valley through the California Youth Energy Services (CYES) program. As a part of the program, the CYES program is designed to provide young people ages 15-22 with hands-on job training and a paid employment experience in the green industry.
City staff are currently looking for a home base location in Vallejo for this year’s summer program. Additionally, they are currently accepting appli-cations for the position of Energy Specialist. The job description and application can be downloaded here [cityofvallejo.net/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=221113].


* "S.F. welcomed 1st Northwest Passage sailor but mistreated sloop" (2015-05-08, sfchronicle.com) [archive.is/34HbK
* "Before Now – The Gjoa, through the Northwest Passage to Golden Gate Park" (2011-09-27, oceanbeachbulletin.com) [archive.is/peEtY]
Map of North America, Asia and Europe first published in 1540, showing Strait of Anian or Northwest Passage

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Wake up and Rise Up!

With news and info from across the San Pablo bay area, including upcoming events, and positive news & inspirational topics!
With your host Dr.G., community reporter, Tuesdays, 6 to 9am!
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March 31th Northbay UpRising Morningshow

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]


Local Fauna of the Week:
Bi-colored Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus, californicus)
[http://tgreybirds.com/Pages/RedwingedBlackbirdp.html]



Community Alliance with Family Farmers [caff.org] Profile:
Singing Frogs Farm -
Located just northwest of downtown Sebastopol, Singing Frogs Farm is no stranger to the community. This multi award-winning farm is a leader in sustainable, ecologically friendly (and certified bee friendly) farming. Singing Frogs Farm is not only free of conventional, but also organic pesticides, practicing what is often termed “Beyond Organic.” Singing Frogs Farm proudly exceeds all organic standards. They prefer to “encourage the presence of Mother Nature,” providing all natural, spray-free produce. Singing Frogs Farm uses a “no-till” system of soil management, which owners Elizabeth and Paul Kaiser suggest, “boosts productivity and profits, and dramatically reduces greenhouse gas emissions.” This nine-acre farm grows over 100 varieties of vegetables and many fruits, berries, herbs, flowers, and also eggs. More info at [http://singingfrogsfarm.com]


Mothers in the Workforce
State and federal regulations regarding pregnancy, maternity leave and lactation can be confusing! Thanks to the Women's Bureau of the US Dept. of Labor which has released web-based comprehensive state and federal resources, including regulation citations, fact sheets, infographics and more for supporting working women and families. [http://www.dol.gov/wb/homepage/index.htm]


* Submit Project Ideas - How will you spend tax dollars to make Vallejo even better? [http://www.peakdemocracy.com/portals/109/Forum_320/Issue_2396]
* Prioritize the areas where you think Participatory Budgeting dollars are needed most in the community [http://www.peakdemocracy.com/portals/109/Forum_320/Issue_2450]


* "Shipping containers take on new life in ‘The Yard’" (2015-03-19, timesheraldonline.com) [https://archive.today/5Or8K]


* "Pot clubs help pay for S.F. gun buyback" (2015-03-22, sfgate.com) [https://archive.today/AXOFV]

Articles from Shareable.net, for localized food and communitarian economics:
* [http://www.shareable.net/blog/how-to-create-a-free-farm-stand-in-your-community]
* [http://www.shareable.net/blog/beyond-bitcoin-legal-pathways-for-blockchain-enterprises]
* [http://www.shareable.net/blog/how-to-start-a-seed-sharing-campaign-in-your-town]
* [http://www.shareable.net/blog/the-promise-of-“open-co-operativism”]


* "Discovery of beans that can beat the heat could save “meat of the poor” from global warming" (2015-03-25, cgiar.org) [https://archive.today/FOAIt]


* "The Ethics of Shooting the Wild; Connecting with Inverness wildlife photographer Daniel Dietrich" [https://baynature.org/articles/the-ethics-of-shooting-the-wild/]


* "Second Spring: Eighteen months after a fire, what to look for on Mount Diablo" (2015-03-23) [https://baynature.org/articles/second-spring/]. Poppies and lupine light up the burn zone on Mount Diablo in mid-March. (Photo by Joan Hamilton)



Wild History and Wildflowers Hike at Rockville Trails Preserve
FAIRFIELD, Calif. – Solano Land Trust invites local residents and visitors on a free guided hike called “Wild History and Wildflowers” on Saturday, April 4th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve. Participants will hike four to five miles up and down rocky hills. Along the way, the group will stop to admire wildflowers and hear tales of the local area, its interesting people and historical events. Appropriate for children age five and up who like to hike. Pre-registration is required at conta.cc/1bvDY26. For important details, including the meeting place, directions and what to bring, visit conta.cc/1bvDY26 or solanolandtrust.org.
Solano Land Trust permanently protects natural areas, working farms and ranchlands in Solano County and connects the community to these lands. For more information about Solano Land Trust, its upcoming events and to make a donation, visit solanolandtrust.org.
* "Rockville Trails Preserve" photo by Jorg Fleige



Learn about Pollinators at the Bohemia Ecological Preserve
April 4 @ 9:15 am - 2:00 pm
Free, click here for more information [baynature.org/event/butterflies-other-bugs]
Join us for a visit to the Bohemia Ecological Preserve to learn more about butterflies and other bugs of this 1,000 acre preserve!  We’ll be moving at a leisurely pace around various parts of the Preserve to learn more about the small creatures and plant life in this beautiful place.   We will be hiking up and down hills and through forests while taking our time to listen to, talk about, and observe butterflies, moths and other creatures.
Our special guest will be Kandis Gilmore, who has done graduate research on the pollinator communities in vernal pools on the Santa Rosa Plain.  We’ll be learning more about the smaller natural world with a scientific focus.  2-4 miles, moderate with some steep sections.  This workshop is geared towards adults.


GO FLY A KITE AT THE LYNCH CANYON KITE FESTIVAL
Enjoy a relaxing day with family and friends
FAIRFIELD, Calif. – Bay breezes, grassy hills and open fields make for ideal kite-flying conditions at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park. Bring family and friends, kites and a picnic lunch to the 7th Annual Kite Festival on April 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival is free, and parking is $5.
Lynch Canyon’s annual kite festival is the legacy of Mike Rydjord, who passed away November 2013. Rydjord was a C-5 and US Airways pilot, and a flight instructor at Travis Air Force Base. He founded the festival to share his love of air, wind, land and flying. He would spend his time at the festival helping first-timers get airborne and discussing technique with more experienced flyers.
People around the world have been flying kites for centuries. Kites have been used to fight evil spirits, bless harvests, carry messages, advance science, win wars, learn about wind and weather, and bring joy. Learn more about kite-flying at [www.kite.org] and [www.nationalkitemonth.org].
Lynch Canyon is at 3100 Lynch Road, near McGary Road, between Vallejo and Fairfield. From I-80, exit American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke or Red Top Road, and follow signs to Lynch Canyon. For protection of Lynch Canyon’s wildlife and free-range cattle, dogs are not allowed. Lynch Canyon is owned by Solano Land Trust and is part of the Solano County Parks system. Solano Land Trust permanently protects natural areas, working farms and ranchlands in Solano County and connects the community to these lands. For more information about Solano Land Trust, its upcoming events and to make a donation, visit [solanolandtrust.org]. Solano County Parks are natural recreational sites where you can pursue healthy and fun outdoor activities. For more information about the Solano County Parks system and upcoming events, visit [www.solanocounty.com/parks].
Photo: Lynch Canyon Kite Festival, by Doug Wirtz

Monday, February 16, 2015

Feb. 17th, Northbay UpRising morningshow

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]

Photo: Eric Dugan Photography



News from Napa Valley
* Announcing the Napa Valley Arts in April [https://archive.today/mEUOn]
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News from Vallejo
Participatory Budgeting updates at [www.ci.vallejo.ca.us/city_hall/departments___divisions/city_manager/participatory_budgeting], and at [www.facebook.com/ParticipatoryBudgetingVallejo].
Cycle 3 Participatory Budgeting (PB) Budget Assembly -learn about the PB process and
propose ideas on how to spend a portion of Measure B (sales tax) to better the community.
Share your proposal on Tuesday, February 17, in the Multipurpose Room at Glen Cove Elementary
School, 501 Glen Cove Parkway, from 6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. All assemblies will have
refreshments, and select assemblies will have childcare and language interpretation. For further
information contact (707) 648-4577 or alejandra.rafael@cityofvallejo.net.

SPECIAL MEETING PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING,
Thursday, February 19th, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, at the SISTER CITY ROOM, in the JFK LIBRARY 505 Santa Clara st. in downtown Vallejo, to conduct the following actions:
* Steering Committee members who were present at the January 20, 2015 Regular Meeting shall publicly disclose who they voted for when appointing leadership for Cycle 3.
* Appoint two additional Vice Chairs to fill existing vacancies on the Executive Committee. One Vice Chair shall be appointed from the Outreach Subcommittee and one from the Event Planning Subcommittee.
* Discuss the upcoming workload for Cycle 3, particularly focusing on how to increase public participation at Budget Assemblies, generating a larger volunteer core, and possible creation of informal groups to address longer-term policy issues.
* Discuss how to conduct the March 14, 2015 Special Meeting for idea screening, categorization, and Budget Delegate Committee designations.
* discuss ideas for improving the Cycle 3 Budget Delegate Orientation and Project Proposal Workshop (to be held March 21, 2015). Ideas and feedback will be forwarded to the Event Planning Subcommittee for final planning and logistics.
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"Vallejo’s St. Vinnie’s Community Garden receives new patio" (2015-02-14) [http://www.timesheraldonline.com/general-news/20150214/vallejos-st-vinnies-community-garden-receives-new-patio] [https://archive.today/6PmbP]
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"Imagine Scenarios for Vallejo’s Future, Today" press release from the Propel Vallejo general plan update committee [http://propelvallejo.com/uncategorized/imagine-scenarios-for-vallejos-future-today/], map showing the areas in Vallejo being discussed [https://archive.today/HY7nk]
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"Spring comes early to Vallejo" by Ward Stewart, UC Master Gardener-Solano, published by the GLEN COVE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION [www.GlenCoveVallejo.com]:
Spring comes early to Vallejo, in fact, many plants act like the new growing season begins in February.
If you cut back your rose bushes by late January, the buds will erupt with new growth almost immediately although it doesn’t mean that the threat of frost is gone. Plants that are susceptible to
frost, such as citrus, should be trimmed with care. If we experience a freeze and the plants are
harmed, do not remove the damaged branches until the threat of frost has passed. The damaged branches provide some protection for the healthy parts of the plant.
Late winter is a time to prepare your yard for the coming growing season. You may wish to apply a pre-emergent fertilizer that will decrease the amount of crab grass and other weeds that will attempt to germinate in your lawn. The soil in your garden can be improved by adding manure or other organic matter at least a month before planting vegetables or annuals. Addition of a layer to the surface and having rain seep through it will nourish the soil and allow the manure to break down so that it won’t burn newly planted seedlings due to excessive nitrogen. It’s also time to remove last year’s annuals, vegetables, and weeds from your planting beds. Clearing these areas will provide fewer habitats for snails and insects that wish to feast on your plants.
Dormant season pruning should be done in January for appropriate plants like deciduous trees. Evergreen trees like the Brazilian Pepper may be trimmed in early spring or most other times of the year. (In Florida, this tree is officially deemed an invasive species.) Some shrubs such as Shiny Xylosma can be trimmed most any time because this plant doesn’t flower appreciably. Others, like Pink Escallonia or Camelia, should be trimmed during the prior year after flowering in order to allow new buds to form.
Now is the time to prepare for the upcoming growing season. If you enjoy starting plants by seed, it
is appropriate to do so in a controlled, warmer location such as an inside windowsill or cold frame.
Once the seeds have germinated allow them to grow before putting them outside. “Hardening” is
the process by which plants are gradually acclimated to outside temperatures before planting in the
ground. If the plants aren’t hardened, they may be stunted or killed by the shock of the colder outside
temperatures.
At this time of year it is advisable to examine your irrigation system. To do so, look for leaks, clogged emitters, or clogged or broken tubing. You may flush the system by opening the end of each branch of the system and turning on the corresponding valve to allow water to flow out and wash away any dirt or debris in the line. Conversion of sprinkler heads to drip irrigation in planting beds is a good way to decrease water consumption during the dry months.
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News from Benicia
"2 meetings this week on ‘Village Concept’; Local interest high in senior living model, organizers say" (2015-02-15) [http://beniciaheraldonline.com/2-meetings-this-week-on-village-concept/]
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"Colorful California: Pastels on exhibit" (2015-02-11) [http://beniciaheraldonline.com/colorful-california-pastels-on-exhibit/]
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"In new book, Benicia poet celebrates life" (2015-02-01) [http://beniciaheraldonline.com/in-new-book-benicia-poet-celebrates-life/]
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"MORE than a Poem Daily" #19



Group plans African-American history celebration -
The Fairfield-Suisun City-Vacaville Section of the National Council of Negro Women Inc. will celebrate African-American history.
Saturday, February 21st, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, 601 Village Drive.
Admission is free. Praise dancers, live music and activities for youth are planned. Catfish and hot link dinners will be available for purchase.
For more information, call 425-4115 or 452-1424.


Library hosts free Mardi Gras event
The Vacaville public libraries are hosting a family night, where guests can celebrate Mardi Gras with the sounds of Samba Samba. Some call it Mardi Gras. It is Carnival in Brazil. Everybody calls it a good time to celebrate, make music, dance and be with family and friends. James Henry will provide music. Participants can make their own party masks.
Tuesday, February 17th, 6:30 p.m.
At the Vacaville library, located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.
Tuesday’s event is free thanks to the Friends of the Vacaville Public Libraries.
For more information, call 1-866-57-ASKUS or visit the library’s website at [www.solanolibrary.com].

Friday, February 13, 2015

Feb.10th, Northbay UpRising morningshow

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]

check out [sfbayflywayfestival.com] [https://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Francisco-Bay-Flyway-Festival/130984320251174]

Flyway festival Fri, /sat, Sun Feb 13,14,15
volunteers needed for Friday to set up about 5 pm, and for the event 9am to 4 pm, Sat. and Sun.
come sit with us a while! no experience needed, just a smile!
call  text jane 707 319-6398

Vallejo Watershed Alliance, an advocacy network dedicated to rehabilitating Vallejo's creeks and streams, is asking for volunteers to help them at the San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival
Saturday and Sunday, February 14-15
9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Building 223, 500 Connolly St, Mare Island
Taking a 2-hour shift during one of the two expo days is a great way to meet some really interesting folks who like hiking, birding, open space, and all the other outdoor things that make living in this area such a joy. It’s really easy, and we provide all the information you need to let them know about the Alliance. Shifts available:
* Saturday, February 14 -9:00-11:30 and 11:30-2:00
* Sunday, February 15 - 9:00-11:30 and 11:30-2:00 and 2:00-4:00



Community Alliance with Family Farmers newsletter (2015-01) [https://archive.today/yDKMf]

* "Study seeks to connect AmCan to Vallejo via trails" (2015-02-05, Napa Valley Register) [https://archive.today/GjaNB]

* "HOW TO BUILD A TIN CAN WIFI ANTENNA FOR $5: How To Build A Tin Can Waveguide WiFi Antenna for 802.11(b or g) Wireless Networksor other 2.4GHz Applications" (2014-12-10) [http://www.offgridworld.com/how-to-build-a-tin-can-wifi-antenna-for-5/] [https://archive.today/6QyG1]

"Improved solar panels and printed electronics on the horizon with new discovery" (2015-01-15) [http://newsroom.melbourne.edu/news/improved-solar-panels-and-printed-electronics-horizon-new-discovery] [https://archive.today/LTCQU]

* "Monarch butterfly population makes a modest rebound" (2015-01-27) [http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Monarch-butterfly-population-makes-a-modest-6044282.php] [https://archive.today/oRop9]



IN MEMORIAM: CLEVEN "GOODIE" GOUDEAU
* "Remembering Cleven "Goodie" Goudeau" (2015-01-29) [http://www.listenandbeheard.net/artsnews/?p=4028] [https://archive.today/P8Mvg]

* Video [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFeVPmMO0_U] (2009-01-18) produced by [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC85JpB0FPL-fZesnof3zSZQ]


"Dying Communities, Forgotten Memories" by Rodolfo F. Acuna [www.laprogressive.com/dying-communities/] [https://archive.today/2xvtP]


* "Why Not Competing is the Best Way for Cities to Compete" [http://www.shareable.net/blog/why-not-competing-is-the-best-way-for-cities-to-compete]
* "Utility 3.0: How to Democratize Energy in the U.S." [http://www.shareable.net/blog/utility-30-how-to-democratize-energy-in-the-us]
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US Solidarity Economy Network [http://www.ussen.org/]

 The solidarity economy is a new way of naming and conceptualizing the many types of transformative economic values, practices, and institutions that exist in the U.S. and all over the world. These include, but are not limited to, egalitarian and participatory economic behavior by individuals, workers, and producers, such as by an individual who is an ethical consumer, worker, and/or investor, or by a worker-coop, fair trade business, or progressive union. Solidarity production processes can also take many forms, from self-employed entrepreneurs and local small-scale businesses, to high road businesses and corporations, to worker-owned cooperatives and collectives, to community businesses. Many of these practices and organizations have arisen in response to the injustices and imbalances of neo-liberalism.
The solidarity economy is also the process of uniting these various forms of transformative economics in a network of solidarity: solidarity with a shared vision, solidarity with shared values, and solidarity with the oppressed. Thus, the work of building the solidarity economy is both to grow transformative economic values, practices, and institutions, and also to connect people and organizations that are already doing solidarity-based work in their own communities.
* "What is the solidarity economy?" [https://archive.today/ZYXXu]
* "The Solidarity Economy: An Overview" [https://archive.today/dQiaR]
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* "Nijmegen Sharing City Embraces No-Money Abundance" (2015-01-26) [http://www.shareable.net/blog/nijmegen-sharing-city-embraces-no-money-abundance]
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* "Composting Coop Taps into the Unbroken Spirit of Rust Belt Cities" (2015-01-20)[http://www.shareable.net/blog/composting-coop-taps-into-the-unbroken-spirit-of-rust-belt-cities]
* An Insider's Guide to Sharing City Detroit [http://www.shareable.net/blog/an-insiders-guide-to-sharing-city-detroit]
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* "Free the Seeds! 9 Ways to Power Up the Seed Movement" (2014-12-23) [http://www.shareable.net/blog/free-the-seeds-9-ways-to-power-up-the-seed-movement]
How to Host a Conference, Gift Economy Style [http://www.shareable.net/blog/how-to-host-a-conference-gift-economy-style]
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* "Civic Crowdfunding and the Public Good" (2015-01-27) [http://www.shareable.net/blog/civic-crowdfunding-and-the-public-good]
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* "Top 6 Tax Tips for Sharing Economy Micropreneurs" [http://www.shareable.net/blog/top-6-tax-tips-for-sharing-economy-micropreneurs-0]


2015 Budget Assemblies
[http://www.ci.vallejo.ca.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=13506&pageId=60681]
[http://www.ci.vallejo.ca.us/city_hall/departments___divisions/city_manager/participatory_budgeting]
Cycle 2 results [http://www.ci.vallejo.ca.us/cms/One.aspx?objectId=113189&contextId=13506]
Cycle 3 rulebook [http://www.ci.vallejo.ca.us/common/pages/DisplayFile.aspx?itemId=160934]
The City of Vallejo is preparing for the third cycle of Partic-ipatory Budgeting (PB), an innovative process that puts budgeting power into the hands of Vallejo residents. The PB process allows community members to decide how to spend an allocation of the budget, which is then presented to the City Council for consideration.
In 2012, the City of Vallejo became the first local government agency in the United States to launch the PB process city-wide. The democratic process gave Vallejo residents and stakeholders the opportunity to decide how to spend their tax dollars to better their city and community. Last year, over 3,000 resi-dents and stakeholders proposed and approved 8 projects:
 Help the Homeless Veterans, Seniors, Disabled & Kids, $588,000
 Prioritizing Street & Pothole Repair-Repaving, $1,000,000
 Improving School Meals, $18,000
 Summer Youth Employment & Internship Program, $186,000
 Sidewalk Repair & Street Tree Preservation, $162,000
 Strike Up the Bands, $90,000
 A.B.C. Arts, Beautification, Community Development, $96,000
 Special Fire Rescue Vehicle Replacement, $302,500*
*The remaining funds after the first seven projects received full funding was $302,553. In accordance with the Rulebook, the City Council partially funded the next project with the most votes.
PB is a community-led process funded by Measure B, the 10-year, one-percent sales tax approved by voters in 2011. Vallejo residents are encouraged to at-tend Budget Assemblies in February and March to share their ideas on how to create a better Vallejo for all!


CITY OF VALLEJO LAUNCHES THIRD CYCLE OF PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING
Shelee Loughmiller, Chair, PB Steering Committee, shelee422@gmail.com
VALLEJO, CA –City of Vallejo announces the kick-off of Participatory Budgeting (PB) cycle three with the launch of six Budget Assemblies beginning February 5 through March 10. Residents are encouraged to attend a Budget Assembly to learn about Vallejo’s budget and the PB process, share their ideas on how to better their community and meet new neighbors.
In 2012, Vallejo became the first City in the United States to implement a participatory budgeting process citywide. Funded by Measure B, a ten-year one-percent sales tax approved by voters in 2011, PB is a democratic process that elicits project ideas from community residents and stakeholders to be implemented after a public vote and City Council consideration.
On January 13, the City Council approved a Rulebook to govern Cycle 3 with collaborative changes recommended by City staff and the PB Steering Committee which incorporates feedback from Vallejo residents, Budget Delegates, Steering Committee members, the City Council and staff. Changes included revisions to the PB process, proposal eligibility and minimum and maximum allocations per project. The most significant change will delineate funds to capital and durable projects and program and services; program and service proposals will follow Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) requirements and potential nonprofit implementing partners will be required to complete a prequalification process [https://cityofvallejo.formstack.com/forms/prequalification].
“As Chair of the Steering Committee, I am excited about the third cycle of Participatory Budgeting. The Steering Committee and the City have revamped our approach to make the process this year even more inclusive, engaging, easy to use, and transparent. I encourage all residents and stakeholders to come out to a Budget Assembly to do their part to make Vallejo an even better place for all.”
All Vallejo residents and stakeholders are invited to attend the Budget Assembly launch on Thursday, February 5 at the Filipino Community Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tagalog interpretation will be provided.
Volunteers can assist by filling out a volunteer form online [https://www.formstack.com/forms/cityofvallejo-generalvolunteerform].
Organizations and businesses interested in partnering with the City and sponsoring an assembly can download a paper form or register online [https://cityofvallejo.formstack.com/forms/pbbudgetassemblysponsor].
More information is available on the City’s website, pbvallejo.org, and the PB Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/ParticipatoryBudgetingVallejo].



Participatory Budgeting Potholes and Street Repair
Spencer Street Grinding and Paving
The Street Maintenance section performed major grinding and paving on Spencer Street last week. Funds are being used to address residential streets which do not receive any federal funding.
PB Cycle Three Kick-Off


Monday, January 19, 2015

Jan. 20th, Northbay UpRising morningshow

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].
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]

Community News
Providing links to articles, and to backed-up pages and newsletters at Archive.today

The Berryessa Snow Mountain region is a scientifically important region in Northern California and it’s a place that is enjoyed by a huge variety of outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re a hiker, hunter, mountain biker, equestrian, a motorcyclist enjoying the views along Highway 128, a paraglider looking down at Lake Berryessa from 800 feet or a water skier out on the lake, there are many ways to enjoy this scenic area. [end excerpt]




"Rebuilding Together, others, honor MLK by transforming Vallejo’s Salvation Army into a safe place for after school" (2015-01-19) [http://www.timesheraldonline.com/general-news/20150119/rebuilding-together-others-honor-mlk-by-transforming-vallejos-salvation-army-into-a-safe-place-for-after-school] [https://archive.today/RMafP]




The best of Suisun City’s culinary treats will highlight the fifth annual Suisun City Historic Waterfront Restaurant Week, which runs through Saturday, the Suisun City Waterfront Business Improvement District announced this week.
More than a dozen restaurants, coffee shops and Suisun City’s new craft brewery, Right Eye Brewing, will take part in the weeklong event. Participants include longtime restaurants such as La Cabana and Athenian Grill as well as newcomers such as Docks Coffee Bar and Ironwood American Bistro.
Organizers called the event a great opportunity to experience some of the special dishes created during the week by the waterfront restaurants. Locations of each participating restaurant and their menus are available on the district’s website at [www.suisunwaterfront.com].

"Groups to hold crab feed fundraisers" (2015-01-19) [http://www.dailyrepublic.com/news/fairfield/groups-to-hold-crab-feed-fundraisers/]:
Several crab feeds will be happening this coming week as fundraisers for a variety of groups. They include:
19th Annual Scarlet Brigade Crab Feed Fundraiser, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, 611 Village Drive, Suisun City. All-you-can-eat crab, pasta, salad and bread. Info: 438-3065 or [www.scarletbridade.com].
29th Annual Crab Feed FaST Lions, 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Fairfield Community Center, 1000 Kentucky St. No-host bar, raffle, silent auction with beer and wine available for purchase. Info: 386-6863.
Boys Scouts Troop 100 Crab Feed, 6 p.m. Saturday, Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, 611 Village Drive, Suisun City. Profits from the crab feed will go to help offset costs for their summer camp. Info: Jessica Gala at 208-6831 or troop100CrabFeed@gmail.com.


"Community gathers to help Crescent students" (2015-01-19) [http://www.dailyrepublic.com/news/education-news/community-comes-together-to-help-students/] [https://archive.today/I4B9J], [begin excerpt]: While Rebuilding Together works year-round rehabilitating properties for low-income seniors, veterans, the disabled, and community facilities, they set aside each Martin Luther King Jr. Day to partner with Kaiser on particular projects. This year, Crescent is one of two Solano County projects – the other is a Salvation Army project for youth in Vallejo. This is the sixth year of the holiday collaboration. Much of the work is made possible with donations, volunteer work, in-kind donations and the support of local businesses. For more information on Rebuilding Together Solano call Elizabeth Hoffman at 580-9360 or email ehoffman.rtsc@gmail.com. [end excerpt]






The city of Vacaville will host a small business expo this month.
The expo will help small-business owners, home-based businesses and start-up companies learn how to contract, become licensed and get certified to do business in California.
The event takes place at 8 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Ulatis Community Center, 1000 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville.
For more information and to RSVP, call 399-3011.




"Of Cows, Cars, and Checkerspots Chasing butterflies with conservation biologist Stuart Weiss" (2015-01-15) [http://baynature.org/articles/cows-cars-checkerspots/] [https://web.archive.org/web/20150116091339/http://baynature.org/articles/cows-cars-checkerspots/]
Question: How did you convince officials involved in the project to preserve butterfly habitat on the side of a major highway?
I got to take a lot of Santa Clara County supervisors and other local politicians on tours through the wildflowers. Driving down 101 you’d think it’s just a big barren hillside up there on the east side. But that first ridge east of the highway is covered with wildflowers in the spring, and hundreds of thousands—even millions—of Bay checkerspots are flying around.
Question: What can be done about it?
California’s nitrogen levels have dropped by half since the 1980s, thanks to our strict pollution control laws. But the land itself has been saturated by nitrogen for a long time now. Cleaning it up will take decades. The good news is that it can be managed by cattle grazing – all cows eat grass. Without the cows, there wouldn’t be checkerspot butterflies.


2015-01-09 from the "Vallejo Times-Herald" [https://archive.today/Giqxk]:
The city council adopted a resolution approving the Participatory Budgeting Cycle 3 Rulebook, which includes 16 substantive consensus recommendations by city staff and the PB Steering Committee.
One recommendation is to split the types of projects into two camps: capital infrastructure / improvement and program / service projects.
According to a staff report, 15 percent of PB funding would have to be allocated for program/service projects, which are implemented by a public agency and/or pre-qualified non-profit and would target the low-to-moderate income populations in Vallejo.
With the division of projects, city staff and the PBSC also recommend that the PB ballot contain no more than 26 projects, a maximum of six program/service project proposals and 20 capital infrastructure project proposals.
Voters would only be able to cast two votes for program/service projects and five for capital infrastructure proposals.
Projects would have to apply a direct benefit to all Vallejoans and be “one-time expenditure” projects, which do not obligate the city for additional or future funding. These projects would need to secure additional funding before being vetted for possible placement on the PB ballot, according to the city staff report.
The city council raised concerns recently about the establishment of a homeless shelter, due to the fact that the cycle 2 project will require additional funding over the $588,000 approved by voters.
City staff and the PBSC also recommend that projects may not require a change in city or public agency policy, and that a three-stage review/vetting process should be established to cull projects which do not conform to the rulebook.
The first stage would allow PB budget delegates to submit up to 60 project proposals, 46 capital infrastructure and 14 program/service. After being reviewed by city staff and a subcommittee of the PBSC, delegates would submit 40 fully eligible projects (30 infrastructure and 10 program) to the PBSC.
During the final stage, budget delegates would then submit the 26 projects left standing for city staff to review before being placed on the final PB ballot.
Also recommended is adding a member of the Housing and Redevelopment Commission to the steering committee “to help assure cycle 3 results can be effectively evaluated in the development of a recommendation regarding program funding for subsequent cycles of PB,” according to a staff report.
The PBSC is also recommending that the minimum voting age be lowered to 14 years-old. During cycle 2 voting, around 31 percent of voters were students 16 to 17 years old.
City staff is requesting that the city council consider the policy and “provide specific direction to staff on this recommendation.”
Both city staff and the PBSC do agree that an online or absentee voting option be included in during cycle 3, “which could specifically target the “missing middle” demographic of 20 to 34-years old age group.”


The Regrarian's Handbook [http://www.regrarians.org/?page_id=151]
REGENERATING, RESTORING, REHABILITATING, REKINDLING & REBOOTING PRODUCTION LANDSCAPES ACROSS THIS PLANET
Our primary responsibility is to the regenerative enhancement of the biosphere’s ecosystem processes. Our secondary responsibility is to provide the potential for people to be informed about the regenerative economy, whether it involves their work in agriculture, land management, corporate life, domestic services, manufacturing or other activities that are within the reasonable domain of humans…

For more information the first annual People’s State of the Union and
Poetic Address, please visit http://usdac.us/psotu.
U.S. Department of Arts and Culture Hosts "People's State of the Union" Events in 150 Communities Across the Country
Following Obama's Speech, Thousands Gather to Share Stories, Inspiring Poetic Address Broadcast from New York City's Bowery Poetry Club
New York, NY (January, 14, 2015) – Following President Obama’s State of the Union address on January 20, the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC)* will host a week of events in schools, theaters and community centers across the country in which citizens will contribute their own stories to form the first-ever People’s State of the Union (PSOTU).
At story circles convened in over 150 communities between January 23-30, participants will gather to share stories reflecting on the state of the union as experienced in their own lives and communities. As a way to augment the President’s annual speech, these stories will be collected and shared through an online portal, supplemented by commentary from the USDAC National Cabinet. Inspired by these stories, a group of award-winning poets will create and deliver a Poetic Address to the Nation, broadcast live from New York City’s Bowery Poetry Club on February 1, 2015. Contributing poets include: Margaret Randall, Patricia Smith, Bob Holman, Luis Rodriguez, E. Ethelbert Miller, Claudia Rankine, Joy Harjo, Eileen Myles, and many others.
The People’s State of the Union is the first in a series of new civic rituals planned by the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture.
WHAT: People’s State of the Union story circles and Poetic Address
WHO: Hundreds of individuals and civic organizations, partial list below
WHEN: Story circles: January 23-30, 2015
Poetic Address: February 1, 2015, 6PM ET
WHERE: Story circles: over 150 communities, partial list below;
Poetic Address: Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York, NY
Attend Event: [http://psotu.bpt.me/]
Livestream: [peoplesstateoftheunion.usdac.us]
Online Conversation: #PSOTU, #USDAC
“We're holding these events across the country because we believe that democracy is a conversation, not a monologue,” said USDAC Chief Instigator Adam Horowitz. “Instead of a speech spoken by one, the Poetic Address is a work of art created by many.”
USDAC Minister of Poetry and Endangered Language Protection Bob Holman, an award-winning writer and creator of Language Matters (soon to be broadcast on PBS), is leading creation of the collaborative address inspired by the stories.
ABOUT THE USDAC
*The USDAC is the nation’s newest people-powered department, committed to harnessing the power of art and culture to cultivate empathy, equity, and social imagination. Launched in October, 2013 (and immediately attacked by Glenn Beck), the USDAC is a growing national action network of artists and cultural organizers, embodying the values, actions, and policies that could and should shape any agency representing the public interest in art and culture. This past summer, USDAC Cultural Agents hosted large-scale community “Imaginings” in eleven cities, bringing together more than 2,500 participants to envision their communities 20 years on, when “mission has been accomplished” for the department. The USDAC is not a government agency. Learn more at [www.usdac.us].


19th Annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival
[https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mare-Island-Shoreline-Heritage-Preserve/142887042457848]

More about Jen Boyd's re:sound migration project at the Flyway Festival. So exciting!
Re:sound is an experimental music series started by jen boyd, focusing on exploring the relationship between forgotten spaces and the natural environment. The series takes place on the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve, a 215-acre park that formerly served as one of the first Naval Ammunition Depots.
The event is held in a concrete munitions storage magazine measuring 55'x100' with ceilings over 15'. The architecture of the building traps sound resulting in a prolonged reverberation.
The series will launch its first show in February 2015 as part of the San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival, celebrating the annual bird migration to the Bay.
[http://www.re-sound.net/]

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Dec. 23rd, Northbay UpRising morningshow

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].
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]


Interview with...
Bob & Linda of the "Christmas Town" holiday display!
A nationally-recognized festive display of whimsical lights and brevity, with Santa Claus, cartoon characters, a miniature merry-go-round (as a display item), and more! It was created over fifteen years as a tribute for their eldest daughter, who passed away in a plane crash over Arkansas.
They recently converted their display to include LED lights, which has saved them a bit of money in electricity costs. They ask that you bring your children before the end of the holidays, and to consider making a donation at their box on the premises on the corner of Belmont st. and Old Glen Cove rd., off of the Glen Cove exit on Freeway 780!
Photo by Rochelle Newson Shropshire: 
Photo by Susan George:



Community News
Providing links to articles, and to backed-up pages and newsletters at Archive.today




Newsletter for December, 2014 [https://archive.today/Lnqxb]
[https://www.facebook.com/ParticipatoryBudgetingVallejo]

What is Participatory Budgeting? from PBP on Vimeo.





New Solar Power Technology!
If you'd like to see these projects be developed further, visit the links and call the telephone number listed at the end of the article! Let them know you support the development of Solar Power!
* "New Technique Could Harvest More of the Sun's Energy" (2014-11-26) [http://www.caltech.edu/news/new-technique-could-harvest-more-suns-energy-44923] [https://archive.today/SguzS]
Artist impression of the plasmo-electric effect as an ultra-sensitive needle measures the voltage that is generated while the nanospheres are illuminated.

* "New technique offers spray-on solar power" (2014-12-05) [http://news.engineering.utoronto.ca/new-technique-offers-spray-on-solar-power/] [https://archive.today/V8pyi]


"A Sustainable Ocean Harvest Connecting with Larry Knowles, proprietor of Rising Tide Sea Vegetables" (2014-12-18) [http://baynature.org/articles/tide/] [https://web.archive.org/web/20141220192941/http://baynature.org/articles/tide/]


"S.F.’s apparel industry finds new fit in city" (2014-12-22) [http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/S-F-s-apparel-industry-finds-new-fit-in-city-5974473.php] [https://archive.today/SrK8c], [begin excerpt]: Apparel manufacturing, once a signature San Francisco industry until international trade deals and cheap labor largely drove it abroad in the 1980s and 1990s, is quietly — and perhaps surprisingly — resurging alongside the tech boom in one of the most expensive cities in the country in which to live and do business. The apparel manufacturing industry hit bottom here in 2010, when it employed 1,574 workers, down from 6,445 in 2001, according to figures from the state Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since then, the numbers have inched up, with 1,623 people employed in textile and apparel manufacturing in San Francisco in 2013, the most recent figures available. The apparel industry growing in the city now has a different profile than the heyday of Esprit and the others of the 1980s. It’s not about large volume on the cheap. It’s about quality over quantity, said Janet Lees, a senior director at SFMade, a local manufacturing advocacy group. “It’s small batch, high quality, limited edition, customizable,” Lees said. “You can’t compete on low price points. That’s not what’s being manufactured in San Francisco. It’s really artisanal manufacturing.” [end excerpt]


Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) [theselc.org]
Annual Report for 2014, & What's Next for 2015
We got a lot of things done at SELC this year, and below is our 2014 Annual Report to give you some highlights of the many ways we've helped create more just and resilient local economies across the country. We think we can do more, and we ask that you consider becoming a SELC community member [theselc.org/become-a-member]! Let's people-power the movement for more just and resilient economies together! (Click the image below to view an interactive PDF!) [web.archive.org/web/20141220193301/http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/theselc/mailings/93/attachments/original/FINALAR!.pdf?1418933573]

And that's not all! In 2015, we plan to:
* Legalize Seed Libraries across the country [legalizeseeds.org];
* Introduce the “Sustainable Economies Securities Act” in CA to remove barriers to small-scale community investment in projects that build climate resilience;
* Build an international network of attorneys focusing on creating sustainable economies;
* Introduce city laws to prioritize worker cooperative development;
* Publish a policy report on equitable short-term rental regulation;
* Work with the Agrarian Trust [agrariantrust.org] to create new legal mechanisms for ensuring farmland remains for farming; and
* A lot more! (click to see our vision for the world in 2025!) [shareable.net/blog/selc-celebrates-victories-and-launches-seed-library-campaign] [peeep.us/e18301a6]


Wonderments of the East Bay
Sylvia Linsteadt and Malcolm Margolin
Celebrating eighty years of wonder at the East Bay Regional Parks
[https://heydaybooks.com/book/wonderments-of-the-east-bay/]
The East Bay Regional Parks abound in wonderments: animals, plants, sounds, geological formations, histories, and languages that stimulate our curiosity and expand our capacity for awe. In exquisite, lyrical essays, Sylvia Linsteadt and Malcolm Margolin—with help from their friends—revel in these wonderments.
Vernal pools burst into bloom in springtime, transforming cracked earth into wetlands crowded with wildflowers and fairy shrimp.
Marsh wrens trill reedy tunes from their 200-song repertoire.
Stretches of rock wall span the hills, perplexing any who endeavor to explain their purpose.
A volcano lies toppled just a few miles from the core of downtown Oakland.
And more…
$15.00, Paperback, with flaps, 5 x 7, 128 pages, with over 150 full-color photographs ISBN: 978-1-59714-296-0





HOLIDAY WEEK WALK AT RUSH RANCH DEC. 30
FAIRFIELD, Calif. – Explore how the plants and animals of Suisun Marsh prepare for the New Year by joining a free guided walk at Rush Ranch on Dec. 30 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Solano Land Trust volunteer Gayle Vaughan will lead the walk with the theme “Holiday Exploration of the Marsh.”  Hikers should expect to walk alongside the marsh for two miles on mostly level but rugged and slippery dirt trails. Kids and adults of all ages who are able to walk this distance are encouraged to participate. For important details, including meeting location and directions, visit the events calendar at solanolandtrust.org. To RSVP and for additional questions, call Vaughan at 707-745-8322.
Photo: Rush Ranch by Tom Muehleisen



KICK OFF THE NEW YEAR WITH LOCAL OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Visit local treasures in Solano County
FAIRFIELD, Calif. – Local residents and visitors can dedicate the first month of the year to health and well-being through several outdoor adventure opportunities with Solano Land Trust. Participants can hike while viewing local waterways replenished by winter rains and hillsides that have turned green. For important details, including each event’s meeting location, directions and registration information, visit the events calendar at solanolandtrust.org. For additional questions, call 707-432-0150 x200. January opportunities include:
** Thurs. Jan. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lynch Canyon
Reflect and Re-energize Hike: Reflect on the symbolism of one year ending and another beginning, observe seasonal changes of the landscape and re-energize on this hike through the hills between Fairfield and Vallejo. Free.
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** Thurs. Jan. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve
New Year’s Day Hike: Enjoy great views of oak woodlands while getting in shape on this hike through the hills between Green Valley and Suisun Valley. Free.
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** Sat. Jan. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the King-Swett Ranches
Nature Hike: Explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia and Vallejo. Participants will learn about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and get a workout. Free.
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** Wed. Jan. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lynch Canyon
Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunity: Help plant native shrubs and trees at a restoration site. Free.
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** Thurs. Jan. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lynch Canyon
Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunity: Help plant native shrubs and trees at a restoration site. Free.
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** Sat. Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve
Hike for Exercise and the Views: Hike through beautiful California oaks on this winter morning. Participants can get exercise on the hills, appreciate great views of the surrounding valleys and listen to the music of the birds and squirrels. Free.
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** Sat. Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lynch Canyon
Trail Crew Volunteer Opportunity: Help take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. Free parking pass for the day.
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** Sat. Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rush Ranch
Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History Workshop and Hike: Attend an interactive presentation covering birds of prey identification methods, natural history and threats, the importance of habitat conservation, acquisition and restoration, and a book review, followed by a hike. $10 per person.
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** Sat. Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rush Ranch
Get the Rush: Go back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action. Visitors can try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake. Participants also can visit Little Bear’s table full of Native American tools and decorations, most of which he handcrafted. Free.
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** Mon. Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve
Enjoy the holiday with a hike through the hills between Green Valley and Suisun Valley. Participants can see views of oak woodlands while getting in shape. Free.
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** Mon. Jan. 19 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Flooded with Science and Seawater, a guided nature walk along the edge of Suisun Marsh during the King Tide: Pause on Martin Luther King Day to learn about science while walking on the edge of Rush Ranch’s wild wetland. Participants will learn about Rush Ranch’s tidal marsh, scientific research occurring there and what King Tides can teach us about sea level rise. Free.
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** Thurs. Jan. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lynch Canyon
Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunity: Help plant acorns and other seeds of native tree species along the banks of Lynch Creek. Free.
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** Sat. Jan. 24 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Bees, Bees, Bees! Why are bees so vital? How can we attract them and help them prosper?: Learn about California's native bees, their importance as crop pollinators and how to foster growth of bee populations on farms and in gardens.
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Solano Land Trust permanently protects natural areas, working farms and ranchlands in Solano County and connects the community to these lands. For more information about Solano Land Trust, its upcoming events and to make a donation, visit solanolandtrust.org.