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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Jan. 12th, 2015, Community Headlines

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* "Justice for A’Ti event aims to end senseless violence" (2016-01-10, []: Hundreds of people were at the south auditorium at Vallejo High School celebrating the memory of A’Tierra Westbrook on Sunday — which would have been her 22nd birthday.
But even though the turnout for the day’s “Justice for A’Ti” rally was impressive, her mother, Senika Levias, was missing her daughter’s laugh. A’Tierra Westbrook was killed early in the morning on Aug. 3, outside her Benicia Road home, in a shooting that has yet to be solved.
The rally was organized with the goal of “ending the silence, to stop the violence,” according to the event’s programs. Speaker after speaker addressed the crowd, which flowed out the doors into the parking lot, with pleas to speak up, get involved and achieve justice for A’tierra and other victims of senseless violence.
The event, while somewhat somber in subject, was enough to let Levias know her daughter has not been forgotten. The turnout “has given me so much strength. It lets me know A’Ti was really loved, and that the community is ready for change.”
One change Levias would like to see is the involvement of more parents in the social media contacts of their children. Since her daughter’s murder, she has been more active on all kinds of social media and is disturbed by what she’s seen.
References to drugs, guns, fighting and sex have her hoping for greater vigilance by parents. “We need to look after our children more, our own families, our own houses,” she says.
Photo caption: The family of A’Tierra Westbrook poses for a picture at Sunday’s ‘Justice for A’Ti’ rally at Vallejo High School. Wearing their T-shirts produced just for this event, from left, are A’Tierra’s mother, Senika Levias, aunts Tiffany Shields and Regina Shields-Hailey, and grandmother Paula Shields, who had just noticed a photo of A’Tierra on the auditorium wall.
T-shirts made just for this event included the hashtags “#aMothersPromise, @JusticeforATi.”

* "Vallejo event to help those struggling to find jobs" (2016-01-11, []:
An event to help those who are struggling to find jobs is set for Saturday.
Vallejo Together, a grassroot organization, is putting together The Vallejo Professional File Expo to help the underserved population with all aspects of job seeking.
“It’s to break the barriers for our friends in need to get employed,” said Maria Guevara of Vallejo Together.
The expo will provide a variety of services, including resume building, dressing tips for job interviews, interviewing skills and even legal help with immigration and other issues that could hinder someone’s opportunity to be employed.
The organizers can also provide an address, phone number or email for those who need them to apply for a job, Guevara said.
Additionally, there will be professional photographers for profile pictures, barbers and hairdressers and make up artists at the expo.
All of the services are donated by local businesses and community members, as well as the Solano County District Attorney’s Office and the Catholic Charities of Solano County, Guevara saidd
“It is the beginning of the year and one of the resolutions for a lot of people is to get a job or a new job,” she said. “It’s something we can do to start 2016 positively.”
The event is open and free to anyone who needs help with job searching, and anyone who is looking to hire new employees, Guevara said.
Also needed is professional clothes and shoes to be donated to the job seekers Saturday.
Donations can be dropped off at 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., until Friday, at California’s Best Smog at 181 Couch St.
Those who wish to attend as a job seeker or employer, should call Guevara at 707-655-5381 or email The expo is set for 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, at 520B Broadway.

* "Conservationist society to hear about audubon project" (2016-01-11, []:
Those who appreciate birds and conservation are in for a treat as Cindy Margulis will speak on how the Golden Gate Audubon Society used Oakland’s Night Heron Rookery to promote bird-safe tree care.
Margulis, executive director of the Golden Gate Audubon Society, will give her speech during a meeting of the Napa-Solano Audubon Society Tuesday.
“In 2014, Oakland’s Night Heron Rookery suddenly became the focus of a viral national media frenzy. The Golden Gate Audubon Society seized the moment to focus the public’s attention on bird-safe tree care, then went on to inspire a whole city to appreciate the astonishing bird life living right in downtown,” according to a news release from the Napa-Solano Audubon Society. “Cindy Margulis will present this rather wild and crazy story, with a lot of positive upside reminding us how local Audubon projects can really make a difference.”
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., and be held at the Florence Douglas Senior Center, 333 Amador St.
For more information, visit [].

* "Bailey Art Museum features 50 years of imagination" (2016-01-10, []:
Photo caption: A display warning of an impending robot invasion greets visitors to the Bailey Art Museum in Crockett. Ceramic art, watercolors, a display of ‘scientific oddities’ and a large collection of robots are all part of the museum’s offerings, the result of the imaginations of Betty and Clayton Bailey of Port Costa.
A life-sized, silver, bug-eyed robot greets visitors to the Bailey Art Museum, giving only a small hint of what is to be found inside the downtown Crockett location.
Once through the door, the results of 50 years of inspiration, creation and imagination by Betty and Clayton Bailey greet you, from the collection of “unnatural history,” to the watercolors and ceramics of Betty Bailey, and Clayton Bailey’s robots and his own ceramics.
The “scientific oddities,” part of a thematic roadside museum, include a Bigfoot skeleton, the skull of mythical “jackalopes” and “catalopes” and the skull of a Cyclops, part of an exhibit by the Bailey’s that dates from their original museum location in Port Costa in the 1970s.
That location’s closure resulted in the storage of the displays at the couple’s home, necessitating a search for a new location. That search resulted in the gallery at 325 Rolph Ave. in downtown Crockett, about a block from the C&H refinery, which will see its third anniversary in May.
Inside that gallery, one finds Betty and Clayton Bailey, together since eighth grade, and their visions in art that have been constantly evolving ever since that first meeting.
In one room at the right of the gallery, Betty’s artwork lines the wall, currently focusing on watercolors depicting famous celebrities’ dubious “wisdom,” while Clayton’s ceramics fill floor and shelf space.
In the gallery’s main room, the large aluminum robots can be found, the culmination of junkyard discoveries and the creative process at work in Clayton Bailey’s.
In the museum, all of the creation are for sale, or as Clayton Bailey states, “everything has a price.”
He quipped the best reaction of someone coming into the museum was “How much is that? I’ll take it.”
He hasn’t always been a museum proprietor and “mad scientist,” however, as he was previously the head of the ceramics department at (then) Cal State Hayward. He retired in 1998 after 37 years of teaching.
The couple enjoy their gallery life, citing the need to only be there four hours per day on weekends. The gallery lets them meet people all weekend, and then go home and “work on things.”
And as often as not, those “things” will end up in the Bailey Art Musuem.
The Bailey Art Museum, at 325 Rolph Ave. in Crockett, is open weekends, 1 to 5 p.m., or by appointment. To contact them, call 510-787-1168 or 707-567-1695. Email: [clayton.bailey@)] or [].

* "Vallejo woman travels the world, hopes to inspire" (2016-01-11, []:
Jerika Maher got bitten by a bug, and it’s changed her life ever since.
Luckily, it’s the travel bug.
In 2004, Maher, 24, decided to sell almost everything that she owned to embark on an adventure of a lifetime.
“I had a job in San Diego and was stuck all day, full time, behind a computer,” Maher said in an interview via video chat. “I knew that’s not for me. Just sitting there really made me realize I didn’t want to do that.”
Maher was in Bali, Indonesia, during the interview this month.
The Vallejo-raised woman and California State University, Sacramento graduate then made the commitment to pursue her passion.
“I’ve always had a fascination with travel. I was obsessed even as a child,” Maher said. “But like many people, I thought traveling abroad the world full time is too expensive and dangerous.”
But she made the first step. Maher traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, by herself.
“I opted for a one way ticket to Istanbul to teach English and I stayed for four months. And that what started this whole thing,” Maher said.
And it did. Since then, Maher has traveled to 12 countries in Europe and Southeast Asia, and coming home to California twice in between her travels.
“San Francisco Bay Area is still one of my most favorite places in the world,” she said.
Especially, with her family still living in Vallejo.
Maher’s mother, Linda, said she’s proud of her daughter.
“I’ve always wanted to do it myself and I didn’t do it,” Linda Maher said. “I wanted to go backpacking, staying at youth hostel, but she had the courage and did it, while I didn’t. I’m just so proud of her.”
Linda Maher said she tries to be supportive as possible of her oldest child, and only daughter.
“There still is apprehension on my part, especially with the state of the world today,” she said, referring to Jerika’s safety. “I know she’s met many people out there, but she’s so far away, there’s still that fear.”
However, Jerika Maher said the world is not as scary as what is portrayed.
“We hear all these horror stories about women traveling alone, and these monstrous things happening to them,” she said. “But you can do it safely. I’ve felt safer in the last eight months in Southeast Asia than I have been in California.”
She said the key is to do a lot of research before visiting a country and talk to people who have had experience in that destination.
“Traveling is not as dangerous as people imagined,” she said.
Linda Maher said she keeps in touch with her daughter regularly, and has been impressed with her resiliency and determination.
“As far as I’m concerned, after college and before starting a family that’s the time you should do everything that you wanted to do. She’s taking that opportunity,” Linda Maher said.
Though Jerika Maher said she’s been having the best experience through her travels, things are not always easy.
Loneliness can creep in, and she said she still has to take care of “regular things” from abroad, like paying off her student loans.
“I was sick, and there was no one to talk to or to take care of me,” she said. “That was the loneliest three days of my life.”
However, that is not enough to stop her from continuing her journey.
“I absolutely believe that travel is the best education in the world,” Jerika Maher said. “People often perceive traveling as going to the beach, but it can be much more.”
To share her experience, Jerika Maher is documenting her life as a professional traveler in her blog, [].
She also wants to develop it into a professional website, from where she can make a livelihood.
Right now, she relies on income from teaching English and searching for the best deals using credit card mileage points to continue her journey.
Jerika Maher said she hopes her story can inspire others in her hometown.
“If somebody in Vallejo wants to travel the world, the violence and the drugs have to stop among the youth,” she said. “Remember that there’s an entire world out there. If I can do it, you can do it as well.”
And she’ll need to keep going if she wants to reach her goal of visiting 100 countries by the time she’s 35 years old, and meeting somebody from every country in the world.
Her next stops are Japan and home to Vallejo in February.

* "Lifetime of doll collecting goes on 1-day display" (2016-01-12, []:
Patricia DeBord has been creating and collecting dolls for nearly eight decades. However, most of her dolls have been in storage since she moved to California from Oregon 15 years ago.
DeBord will turn 90 in July, so her two daughters, Lisa DelBondio and Lorna Knox, thought it was time to break the dolls out and put them on display.
“All of these dolls have been in storage, so they haven’t really seen the light in years,” said Mary Knox, DeBord’s granddaughter. The family took the dolls out of storage, dusted and cleaned them, and made any necessary repairs before displaying them at Redwood Retirement Residence in Napa on Saturday.
Mary, 18, said that the family had counted 167 dolls, many of which were handmade by her grandmother.
“I didn’t collect them so much as I made them,” DeBord said.
DeBord began making dolls with her mother when she was only 10 years old. She had dolls that represented the girls from “Little Women” as well as dolls from “Gone With the Wind,” which she loved. Most of her dolls, though, are original pieces that she designed herself.
Her father was in the Army, so DeBord moved often. During their time in Japan, she and her mother even took a doll-making class that resulted in them making a few well-detailed Japanese-style dolls.
DeBord went to Woodbury College in Los Angeles, now Woodbury University, for fashion design. She ended up marrying a man in the Army, Norman, with whom she continued to travel the world. The couple had four children – two boys and two girls.
Although she didn’t have much time to make dolls while she raised her children, DeBord continued to make clothing for the girls and their dolls. Norman would often bring dolls back from faraway places for the three women in his life.
As the children grew older, DeBord was able to begin joining doll clubs and started making dolls more frequently. Norman was always supportive, she said. “He enjoyed watching me make them and he’d set them up and take pictures of them.”
Her dolls vary in size, style and ethnicity. DeBord said that many of her designs were inspired by the different cultures she encountered throughout her life. In addition to Japanese-style dolls, she also made African-style dolls, Native American-style dolls, and European-style dolls. DeBord also created a Nativity scene complete with sheep and a manger (made by Lorna).
She has made handcrafted porcelain dolls, cloth dolls with embroidered faces, soft dolls with painted faces and even a doll made from spools. When the Register asked her how she came up with the spool doll, DeBord replied, “‘I don’t know. I just had spools.”
Many of her dolls were made with scraps, including clothes her daughters wore out or things that were given to her, she explained.
“I loved making them,” she said. “It was collecting the cloth, and picking out the different colors that I wanted, that I enjoyed.”
One of her favorite dolls is harlequin-styled. Dressed in black and white, the doll has a fashionable mole on her face and holds a masquerade mask. DeBord’s harlequin doll won a first-place blue ribbon in the United Federation of Doll Clubs Region 1 Conference in 1985. She ended up making the costume life-sized for her daughter-in-law to wear on Halloween.

* "From dump to gallery: Exhibition highlights trash turned art" (2016-01-10, []:
How can someone persuade others to waste less and reuse more? One can lay out the facts and figures of conservation – or show, face to face, how inventively artists can turn trash into treasure.
This winter, the Napa Valley Museum is taking the second path.
“Trashed and Treasured,” an exhibit that opened last month in Yountville, is showcasing the work of a 26-year partnership between the Recology waste management firm and a host of artists. From raw materials gathered at Recology’s trash collection center in San Francisco, artists in residence craft works as diverse as typewriter-ribbon black dresses, mid-20th-century Modernist living room sets of scrap wood, and likenesses of a Disneyesque princess or Beatrice from Dante’s “Divine Comedy” – all meant to creatively call attention to the torrents of refuse generated in people’s daily lives.
The myriad ways of reshaping throwaways – and the nearly pristine condition of what people discard – can be the most eloquent message for conservation, according to Meagan Doud, curator of the Yountville museum.
“People would be surprised at what’s thrown away,” she said while the gallery was empty around noon Sunday. “A lot of the artists can’t believe the new-looking things that get thrown away, things that are still useful.”
“It’s not about beating people over the head asking ‘Why aren’t you recycling?’ It’s asking what else you can do with trash that could be useful, reimagining what your trash could be.”
Despite the weekend’s scarcity of visitors shortly after the holiday break, Doud said the recycled-art exhibit, which debuted Dec. 12 and remains on view through March 27, has attracted more committed visitors than many other showings in the Yountville gallery. “We get people staying for much longer – an hour, an hour and a half at a time – and getting engaged with the displays and the wall didactics,” she said.
“Trashed and Treasured” may mark the Recology art collection’s first appearance in Napa County, but the program has produced numerous works from more than 150 partners since its 1990 founding, according to curator Sharon Spain.
Each year, the company sponsors two artists in residence, who are invited to collect materials from the waste transfer center in San Francisco. An on-site studio provides the space for assembling art pieces and exhibiting them to visitors, and selected works are shown around the Bay Area at six to 10 exhibits annually.
“The underlying reason for this program is educational, to teach people about reuse and recycling and resource conservation,” said Spain. “We do a lot of tours for elementary-school children and the general public, so they have an opportunity to meet the artists and reflect on their own consumption patterns. This is an innovative way to get people to think about reuse.”
Messages embedded in the artworks can range from the polemical to the historic to the simply playful. At the Napa Valley Museum, Stephanie Syjuco’s replicas of 1950s living room furniture by the designers Charles and Ray Eames – but pieced from surplus lumber, old tarps, foam and duct tape – intended to point at economic inequality, shared floor space with the strangely soothing revolving motion of yellow sailcloth “petals” within A Spring Rain, a 2013 creation by Benjamin Cowden that Doud slowly cranked with the handle of a repurposed meat grinder.
Elsewhere in the gallery, a set of pale white embossings in quaint-looking cursive script were more than what they seemed at a passing glance. The creations by Julia Anne Goodman, made from rag-based paper, were in fact an homage to the lowly, anonymous women who combed the San Francisco landfill for fabric scraps to use for papermaking before the mid-1960s.
The chance to bring to light not only buried treasure but such long-forgotten stories is one way such artworks can touch the heart as well as the brain, said Spain, the Recology curator.
“Art has a way of reaching people that is unique,” she said. “It’s very different than just reading about something, because it creates an emotional response. It can be more profound.”

* "Q&A With the Proprietor of the ‘Ladybug Hotel’ " (2015-12-29, []
“I first encountered the ladybugs that fall. We’d had a good amount of rain, so everything was wet and green and enchanted-feeling, and then here was this additional unexpected element…”


* "Democratizing Seeds, Soil, and Sun: SELC's Year in Review & What's Next!" (2015-12-21, Sustainable Economies Law Center) []: SELC got a lot done this year, and we couldn't have done it without supporters like you!
Here is our 2015 Annual Report as a (.pdf) [] with links to give you some highlights of the many ways we've helped create more just and resilient local economies across the country.
In 2016, we have even bigger plans! We'll continue to build upon the work we did in 2015, and also launch new projects that grow our collective impact, such as:
Launching a 501(c)(4) policy advocacy organization that will catalyze widespread adoption of city, state, and federal policies to create local economic resilience;
Creating an international network of attorneys focused on supporting sustainable local economies;
Publishing a book about worker self-directed nonprofits;
Incubating SELC-like organizations in other parts of the country;
And so much more!
We're no longer just acting as a small-but-mighty organization. Going forward, we will be directly supporting grassroots policy campaigns led by communities around the US; new community-based law centers supporting worker coops, community solar projects, urban farms, and more in places that lack that legal support; and allied organizations that want to bring a worker cooperative academy to their community.
We're building a movement for just and resilient economies!
[] []

* "Sustainability in Action" (2015-12-29, Bay Area Green Tours) [] [begin excerpt]:
Food for Thought Tour for Oakland's Skyline High School -
We were pleased to escort the Green Academy from Skyline High School to Laney College for a hands-on experience at the student-run Mindful Garden Collective, where students learned how these resources contribute to a more vibrant and healthy community, and how our food travels from seed to package. Our fabulous new tour guide Marley Benshalom was one of the co-creators of this beautiful and productive garden, located on the Lake Merritt canal. The space is used for producing affordable organic food, school projects, and an outdoor classroom hosting experiential lectures. Laney students are currently building bee boxes and a chicken coop, as well as hosting weekly workshops focusing on soil health, meditation, yoga and nutrition. [end excerpt]


Since the inception of the SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest in 2009 we have received 14,219 frog art entries from 79 countries, helping to educate and inspire students, teachers, artists and environmental enthusiasts worldwide. The 2015 SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest received 1,629 entries from 42 countries. Please go view the winning artwork at: []
Talitha "Tai" Stills was one of our most passionate supporters. I had the pleasure to work with Tai for several years when she served as Treasurer of the SAVE THE FROGS! Board of Directors. Tai had a long history of working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector, early on with environmental organizations such as the Sierra Club Palo Alto Chapter and later the Sierra Club National Headquarters. She was Executive Director for the Terwilliger Nature Education Center in San Rafael. Photo: Tai (left) and friend Roxanne (right) at the 2012 SAVE THE FROGS! Art Show.
You can read about a multitude of Tai's environmental accomplishments at [].
From the above article:
“A couple years ago Tai was moved by a presentation by Dr. Kerry Kriger that the Environmental Committee sponsored at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Tai became involved in SAVE THE FROGS!, and served on its Board of Directors as Treasurer for three years. In September 2012 she put on a major fundraiser – a Frog Art Show featuring 250 pieces of art, 60 of which Tai personally mounted and framed.”


Sat. Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rush Ranch
FAIRFIELD, Calif. – On the third Saturday of every month, the community is invited to Rush Ranch for free, fun, family-friendly adventures, collectively called “Get the Rush”. Activities are led by volunteers and they vary month to month. On Sat. Jan. 16, visitors can bring their whole family for a bird workshop and walk, blacksmithing and science discovery labs. Weather permitting, they can also enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides around the ranch. They can also explore exhibits and wander trails on their own. No reservations are necessary. Everything begins in the Rush Ranch courtyard and winds down by about 1 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy afterward. Rush Ranch is located at 3521 Grizzly Island Road near Suisun City, about 2 miles south of the Highway 12/Sunset Avenue/Grizzly Island Road intersection.

9 a.m. to Noon
Bird Workshop and Walk for Beginners: Guests of all ages are invited to attend a workshop from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. where they’ll learn about a citizen science project that is not only gathering information about hummingbirds, but focusing on the habitat upon which they rely. Participants of the workshop will receive a 'Hummingbirds at Home' kit, including wildflower seeds of native California flowers, materials for creating a hummingbird feeder from recycled materials, and more. Then at 9:30 a.m. the group will walk the trails, including some hills, and learn about the birds at Rush Ranch. Participants are encouraged to bring water, and binoculars if they have them. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Blacksmith Demonstration: Travel back in time by entering a historic blacksmith shop. See blacksmiths in action using authentic tools and equipment. Guests are invited to try blacksmithing too, and may even get the opportunity to make their own iron nail or other keepsake.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Science Discovery Labs: Visit learning stations with engaging science and engineering activities for families. The activities are hands-on and self-directed. Parents guide and supervise their own children. An educator will be on hand to answer questions, support the learning, and encourage the fun.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Horse-drawn Wagon Rides: Guests can admire the horses, feel the wind and take in the views as they ride around the ranch on a horse-drawn wagon. Wheelchair users are especially encouraged to board the wagon and experience the ride. The wagon’s design includes a wheelchair lift.

Rush Ranch is owned and operated by Solano Land Trust, in partnership with the Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access Adventure, and the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.  This month’s bird workshop and hike is hosted by the Napa-Solano Audubon Society. For directions and details, visit For additional questions, call 707-432-0150 extension 203.
Solano Land Trust protects land to ensure a healthy environment, keep ranching and farming families on their properties, and inspire a love of the land. For more information about Solano Land Trust, its upcoming events and to make a donation, visit

Monday, October 5, 2015

Oct. 06th, 2015, 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 []
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]

View of S. San Pablo Bay from St. Pedro Mountain (Marin County) []

* Photo (2015-07-02): Napa Valley Register photographer JL Sousa spotted a dolphin in the Napa River []

* "The California Raptor Center, Keeping them in the air" (2015-06, by Kristine Mietzner, []

* "Vallejo Waterfront Weekend II a success" (2015-10-05, []

* "Vallejo woman named city’s first poet laureate" (2015-07-27, []

* "Solano libraries to host ‘Star Wars’ reading events" (2015-10-05, []

* "Napa Valley College receives $2.6 million federal grant" (2015-10-05, []

* "High on Dry: Quetzal Farm's tomatoes are light on water and big in taste" (2015-09-30, [], photo caption: DON'T ADD WATER - Kevin McEnnis planted dry-farmed tomatoes and way to tread lightly on the earth and distinguish himself in a crowded marketplace. The flavor was a bonus.

* "Napa farmer wins giant-pumpkin contest with 1,806-pound entry" (2015-10-04, [], photo caption: In this Saturday photo, the grand prize-winning pumpkin, weighing in at 1,806 pounds, is displayed at the Elk Grove Giant Pumpkin Festival in Elk Grove. The pumpkin, grown by Tim Mathison of Napa, wasn’t big and round, but wide and flat, leading judges to nickname it “The Flying Saucer.”

* "Bumpies recognize special locals" (2015-10-05, []: It’s time to announce the winners of the third annual Fairfield Fist Bump Awards, known affectionately as the Bumpies. The winners are chosen by an executive committee of two consisting of myself and that guy who lives in my mirror. The Bumpies are an appreciative tip of the hat or, more accurately, a gentle yet deliberate meeting of the knuckles celebrating certain segments of the Solano County seat.

* "Vallejo native Myles Weber wins S.F. Comedy Competition" (2015-10-03, []

* "Vacaville Kid Fest set for Saturday at Andrews Park" (2015-10-05, [].
Vacaville Kid Fest takes place this year from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Andrews Park.
With the theme “For The Child In All Of Us,” the event welcomes “kids” of all ages, from tiny tots to grandparents. There is no admission charge for the event, and all activities are either no-cost or very low cost to attendees.
Long-time sponsor NorthBay Healthcare will offer a number of screenings for families and children, as well as health information and interactive activities.
Other nonprofit and community groups will fill Andrews Park to offer not only valuable resource information for families, but also free interactive craft projects, games and activities.
Vacaville Fire Department will once again have numerous activities, including information on fire safety, smoke detectors, and fire equipment displays for exploration and photos. Vacaville Police Department participation includes information on crime prevention for families, fingerprinting for children, and police cars on display.
Always a big attraction, the Solano Sheriff’s Mounted Posse will be set up on the grassy area, and kids will have the chance to get up close and personal with the horses.
Entertainment will take place on two stage areas — one at the Plaza, and the other at the upper end of the park.
Bounce houses, Laser Tag, and a number of other activities are planned for kids who want to have some fun exercise, work off some energy, and test their skills.
Food vendors, merchandise vendors and businesses will also be on hand to add more fun to the day.
For more information on Vacaville Kid Fest, visit the website at, or call 449-5432 or 449-5482.

* "NFL championship trophies on display at two local events" (2015-10-05, []. The Lombardi Trophy, the prize of all Super Bowl champions, will make a stop at Travis Air Force Base on Wednesday. It’s part of the “USAA Salute to Service Tour.”
On Sunday, Nov. 1, “The 50 Tour: Champions of the Bay Presented by Chevron” will be at Al Patch Park. The 50 Tour is a mobile exhibit that celebrates the history of the Bay Area’s championship teams, the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers.
The “USAA Salute to Service Tour” at Travis aims to deliver an interactive NFL experience to a military audience. This is not open to the general public but only to those with base access. Military personnel can take photos with the Lombardi Trophy, play the “Quarterback Challenge” game and enter for a chance to win Super Bowl 50 tickets.
The 50 Tour is open to everyone at Al Patch Park, 1710 California Drive, beginning at noon. It’s being called a “Trophy & Tailgate” event. On display will be all eight Lombardi Trophies — five from the 49ers and three from the Raiders — won by the Bay Area teams. It’s the first tour where all eight championships have been displayed together.
There will also be a Play 60, Play On area, produced in partnership with the NFL Foundation. It is an interactive play zone that will include an NFL Play 60 obstacle course, and other activities.
The Re(a)d Zone will also be a part of the event. It is a space for reading with access to thousands of digital titles and learning games.

* "Every dog has its day, even at Sunday worship" (2015-10-05, []

* "California governor signs bill closing ivory sales loophole" (2015-10-05, AP Newswire) []

* "Record-breaking heavy rainfall events increased under global warming" (2015-07-08, []

* from Dr. Kay Flavell of Vallejo:

Two years ago a group of us launched Vallejo Street by Street and planted a small garden on one of the most desolate blocks of Valle Vista, between Sonoma and Couch, opposite 6 Flags. I watered it every day for a year, schlepping water in my old Nissan Sentra from home five blocks away. Tonight I spent 2 hot hours rescuing rosemary and native grasses from giant weeds and planting geranium cuttings. 'Thank you from a stranger!' said a friendly guy. Every time I work there, that's one reward --an unexpected thanks from someone walking or in a car. A second reward tonight was our lovely city's amazing summer skies.

I think choosing a street that has lots of traffic is a good idea, because it spreads the vision to passing folk and shows them we care! Let's talk soon! I'll be at Moschetti's from 10.30 on Saturday and will make a sign saying Vallejo Street by Street. The more the merrier!
UPDATE: thanks all FB members who responded with fabulous offers of plants and help for the mini-garden on Valle Vista opposite 7 Flags Carwash. Thanks specially to Judy Romero Herkins for her donation of 8 geranium plants, and to Ford Monroe, below, for plants and labor. And to Ed Geronilla of 7 Flags for offering Ford the use of his work gloves! Interested in more green street improvements, especially around our Vallejo schools? Informal Vallejo Street by Street meeting tomorrow Saturday at 10.30am at Moschetti's Coffee, corner of Curtola and 5th.

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 []
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) []:
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" ( []

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

* "Summer Sailstice Brings Sailing to the Masses" ( []
Ever wanted to sail the Bay? As part of the 15th annual worldwide Summer Sailstice celebration of sailing, many 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 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 organizations, it’s much easier than most people think.”
To learn more about Summer Sailstice, visit [] and visit SailSFBay at [].  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. ( []

Another Food Forest Created By Benicia Community Gardens
Many thanks to Constance Beutel for filming and producing this video.

* "Lake Berryessa site of World Environment Day cleanup event" (2015-06-01, []

* "Lynch Canyon Trail Run returns for 8th installment" (2015-06-01, []

* "House of Acts graduates clean and sober men" 2015-05-28, []

* "Family, teachers proud of St. Patrick-St. Vincent High students’ achievement" (2015-05-30, []

* "State budget proposal would boost funds to Napa Valley College" (2015-06-01, []

* "County water agency gets federal mine grant" (2015-05-29, []

The Suisun Valley Review (SVR) is a literary magazine put together and run by the students of Solano Community College. [] []. 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, []

* " ‘Vision of Paradise,’ documentary on Reggae and Dub master Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry: an interview wit’ co-executive producer Volker Schaner" ( []

* "Vallejo Commits to Develop Fiber Master Plan" (2015-04-30, []
* "Vallejo hires consultant to help with developing a fiber optic master plan" (2015-05-23, []

* "County schedules free child support workshops" (2015-06-01, []

* "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 [].

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

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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 []
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)

Community Alliance with Family Farmers [] 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 []

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. []

* Submit Project Ideas - How will you spend tax dollars to make Vallejo even better? []
* Prioritize the areas where you think Participatory Budgeting dollars are needed most in the community []

* "Shipping containers take on new life in ‘The Yard’" (2015-03-19, []

* "Pot clubs help pay for S.F. gun buyback" (2015-03-22, []

Articles from, for localized food and communitarian economics:
* []
* []
* []
* [“open-co-operativism”]

* "Discovery of beans that can beat the heat could save “meat of the poor” from global warming" (2015-03-25, []

* "The Ethics of Shooting the Wild; Connecting with Inverness wildlife photographer Daniel Dietrich" []

* "Second Spring: Eighteen months after a fire, what to look for on Mount Diablo" (2015-03-23) []. 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 For important details, including the meeting place, directions and what to bring, visit or
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
* "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 []
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.

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 [] and [].
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 []. 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 [].
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 []
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 []

News from Vallejo
Participatory Budgeting updates at [], and at [].
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

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.

"Vallejo’s St. Vinnie’s Community Garden receives new patio" (2015-02-14) [] []

"Imagine Scenarios for Vallejo’s Future, Today" press release from the Propel Vallejo general plan update committee [], map showing the areas in Vallejo being discussed []

"Spring comes early to Vallejo" by Ward Stewart, UC Master Gardener-Solano, published by the GLEN COVE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION []:
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
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.

News from Benicia
"2 meetings this week on ‘Village Concept’; Local interest high in senior living model, organizers say" (2015-02-15) []

"Colorful California: Pastels on exhibit" (2015-02-11) []

"In new book, Benicia poet celebrates life" (2015-02-01) []

"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 [].

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 []
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 [] []

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) []

* "Study seeks to connect AmCan to Vallejo via trails" (2015-02-05, Napa Valley Register) []

* "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) [] []

"Improved solar panels and printed electronics on the horizon with new discovery" (2015-01-15) [] []

* "Monarch butterfly population makes a modest rebound" (2015-01-27) [] []

* "Remembering Cleven "Goodie" Goudeau" (2015-01-29) [] []

* Video [] (2009-01-18) produced by []

"Dying Communities, Forgotten Memories" by Rodolfo F. Acuna [] []

* "Why Not Competing is the Best Way for Cities to Compete" []
* "Utility 3.0: How to Democratize Energy in the U.S." []
US Solidarity Economy Network []

 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?" []
* "The Solidarity Economy: An Overview" []
* "Nijmegen Sharing City Embraces No-Money Abundance" (2015-01-26) []
* "Composting Coop Taps into the Unbroken Spirit of Rust Belt Cities" (2015-01-20)[]
* An Insider's Guide to Sharing City Detroit []
* "Free the Seeds! 9 Ways to Power Up the Seed Movement" (2014-12-23) []
How to Host a Conference, Gift Economy Style []
* "Civic Crowdfunding and the Public Good" (2015-01-27) []
* "Top 6 Tax Tips for Sharing Economy Micropreneurs" []

2015 Budget Assemblies
Cycle 2 results []
Cycle 3 rulebook []
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!

Shelee Loughmiller, Chair, PB Steering Committee,
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 [].
“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 [].
Organizations and businesses interested in partnering with the City and sponsoring an assembly can download a paper form or register online [].
More information is available on the City’s website,, and the PB Facebook page [].

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