Saturday, February 28, 2015

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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:



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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.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Dec. 9th, 2014 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]

Remember to enjoy your day during the rainy season!
(Yes, that's a real, unmanipulated photo, published in the SF Chronicle)



Community News
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Ozcat Radio was represented at the recent "Mad Hatter Holiday Parade and Festival" in Vallejo [http://www.hattervallejo.com/], with our friends in the Northbay Evolver Network providing their Cat of a Different Color as our "unofficial" mascot, shown here with Mis Demeanor and our Ozcat Kitten Mateo Skye! At left is Mis Demeanor and Dr.G. on page 12 of a recent newspaper article on the Mad Hatter Costume Ball (download the image or right-click into a new tab for greater resolution)!
Photo showing Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis escorted by Imperial Storm Troopers during the Mad Hatter Holiday Parade:


"California Central Valley Kwanzaa 'First Fruits of the Harvest' " [Indybay.org link] [archive.today]

"What To Do When Ladybugs Make Your Home Theirs?" [BayNature.org link] [archive.org]

"The Significance of Wonder" [BayNature.org link] [archive.today], an interview with well-regarded Bay Area naturalists Malcom Margolin and Sylvia Linsteadt about their recently released nature book. For more about Sylvia's work as a creative ecologist, visit [Wildtalewort.net]. From the interview:
Bay Nature: Can you describe buzz pollination?
Malcom: Pollen is formed within the anther of a flower. Usually the anther splits open and the bee goes in and covers itself with pollen, then goes to the next flower and deposits the pollen. But some plants, like manzanitas and shooting stars, have flowers where the anther is rigid and doesn’t split easily so it’s hard to get the pollen out. So certain species of bumblebees have developed the most extraordinary trick: They cling to the rim of the petal, and vibrate their wing muscles, which sets up a sympathetic vibration in the thorax, which produces a middle “C” note. That middle C note causes the anther to tremble in sympathy, and the tufts of pollen come out. All this activity creates a negative electrical charge around the bee, so that when the pollen comes out, it’s attracted to that negative electrical charge and clings to the bee, which then goes off with the pollen.
Bay Nature: What is your favorite wild place?
Sylvia: The trail from Jewel Lake to Wildcat Canyon in Tilden Park is my favorite spot. I started going there when I began doing a lot of animal tracking. There’s a lot going on there because of Wildcat Creek, so it’s a crossroads for lots of animals. They have regular coyotes – I’ve noticed one that has a heel pad with a funny shape. And I see tracks of bobcats and deer and wood rats and salamanders.
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Chestnut-backed chickadee on blue elderberry bush. Photo: Jerry Ting



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dec.2nd, 2014 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
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* Coffee, Tea and Current Affairs 10-15-14 [ustream.tv/recorded/54013667]
* GOTT Radio, Oct. 16th, w. Jakey Lee [ustream.tv/recorded/54070232]

CITY OF VALLEJO PRESENTS PROCLAMATION TO STANFORD UNIVERSITY FOR CYCLE 2 PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING PARTNERSHIP
On Tuesday, October 14, the City of Vallejo presented a proclamation to Stanford University for their innovative contributions to the Cycle 2 Participatory Budgeting process. Proclamations were presented by Councilmembers Dew-Costa and Miessner.
For the Cycle 2 vote, held September 27 through October 6, the City of Vallejo partnered with the Crowdsourced Democracy Team of Stanford University [http://voxpopuli.stanford.edu/] [archive.org] to provide a convenient and secure digital voting platform, as an alternative to traditional paper ballots. Led by Professor Ashish Goel and supported by Tanja Aitamurto, Anilesh Krishnaswamy and Sukolsak Sakshuwong, the digital platform was used at every Project Expo and at most satellite locations. Nearly a quarter of the 3,744 residents who voted in Vallejo cast their ballot using the digital platform. On September 10, an electronic sample ballot was posted on the PB Website to acclimate voters with the digital interface and encourage electronic voting [https://web.archive.org/web/20141017061807/https://pbstanford.org/vallejo].
"Our mission is to scale up collaboration and decision-making,” said Professor Goel. “The Participatory Budgeting process in Vallejo is a glowing example of democracy at its best, and we feel privileged to help in a small way."
There are several beneficial features to the digital platform, including automatic tabulation of votes and automatic randomization of the order of projects for each unique voter. Voters also had the choice to complete an optional activity for Stanford’s research purposes, which asked voters to compare projects based on the voters’ perception of the community benefit the project would provide.


Saying “Yes” to Habitat Gardens [BayNature.org link] [archive.org]
Also see [TheMelissaGarden.com]


"From Farm to Patient Tray: Retrofitting the supply chain to meet hospitals’ demand for local food" [Goodfoodweb.com link] [archive.today], of the Growers’ Collaborative (GC), a food hub coordinated by Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF).  From 2004 to 2011, the Growers’ Collaborative aggregated and delivered family-farmed produce to schools, hospitals, universities, and corporate cafeteria out of locations in Ventura and Davis, California.

* "Farmer Profile: Riverdog Farm" [CAFF.org link] [archive.today]


Ask the Naturalist:
* "Young Bald Eagle at Palo Alto Baylands?" [BayNature.org link] [archive.org]
* "Should I Be Afraid Of This Spider?" [BayNature.org link] [archive.org]














Save The Frogs!
Giving Tuesday is December 2nd, 2014, a national day of giving that happens annually on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. We hope you will donate to SAVE THE FROGS! and show your support for the fabulous work done by your favorite charity! Your donations make our frog saving efforts possible. [www.savethefrogs.com]

Creating a world where humans care about wildlife -
Even though frogs are the most rapidly disappearing group of animals on the planet, frog conservation is seldom taught or mentioned in public schools. That's why SAVE THE FROGS! has held hundreds of educational events to educate kids about frogs. On November 4th, 2014 three groups of 25 elementary school students from Berkley Maynard Academy visited the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center to learn all about amphibians and ways they can help us protect our amphibious friends. We will continue to educate kids about frogs and ensure they grow up with respect towards the natural world and the tolls they need to protect wildlife. We encourage all teachers to visit our Teachers For Frogs webpage and incorporate amphibian education into your curriculum!



"Oakland plowing a path for urban farming on vacant lots" (2014-10-20) [SFGate.com link] [archive.today]

"New Solar Power Material Converts 90 Percent of Captured Light into Heat" (2014-10-28) [JacobsSchool.ucsd.edu link] [archive.org]

Vallejo Homeowners have Another Option to Finance Energy and Water Upgrades with CaliforniaFIRST Energy-Saving-Financing. More information is available at [californiafirst.org]. Interested consumers or contractors can call (844) 589-7953 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (PST). CaliforniaFIRST is available in the following California counties (Alameda, Fresno, Kern, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Benito, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Tulare, Ventura, and Yolo).
CaliforniaFIRST is a public-private partnership that makes billions of dollars in private capital available to California homeowners for energy improvements, water efficiency upgrades, and renewable energy investments -- with costs repaid as part of property tax bill
CaliforniaFIRST is one of the largest Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs in the United States. “PACE financing has enormous potential to reduce energy use and cost for our citizens, improve our environment and create local jobs,” said Mayor Osby Davis. “It is great the CaliforniaFIRST program will be offered in Vallejo making options for energy efficiency improvements affordable for many homeowners who would have otherwise been financially unable to take advantage of this opportunity. CaliforniaFIRST will allow homeowners to add value to their homes, while at the same time saving on their utility bills. The program benefits for the individual homeowner and the unique public-private partnership, makes this program a ‘win’ for everyone involved. I look forward to making available other PACE programs in the near future.”
Vallejo math teacher Mark Ristow financed $23,000 in upgrades at his property using CaliforniaFIRST, including a new heating, air and ventilation system, a tank-less water heater, insulation in his attic and an energy-efficient roof. His decision was motivated by a desire to make his home more energy efficient so that it would translate into lower utility bills and an increase in its value. “When you compare it to what I had before, you can already tell there’s a huge difference in just how much less noise there is from the new products. The finance process was very easy and I really liked that I could spread out the payments over a longer period through my property taxes.”


Turkey Walk-Off and Leftovers-4-Lunch Hike at Rockville Trails Preserve
Friday, November 28, 10am – 2pm
SOLANO COUNTY – Remember the day AFTER Thanksgiving?  Not into Black Friday shopping?  Had enough TV football?  Kids need wiggle-time?  Nothing to do or offer your out-of-town visitors?  What to do with the leftovers?  Bring Thanksgiving leftovers, family and visitors, and let’s get outdoors and explore a hidden corner of Solano County.  Space is limited for this free guided hike on Friday, November 28 from 10am to 2pm.  Get details and sign up at [goo.gl/4SVlf1] or at the Events Calendar at [solanolandtrust.org].
Photo: "Rockville Trails hike" by Jorg Fleige.
Enjoy great views and a stop for lunch to eat those Thanksgiving leftovers.  Expect a 4 to 5 mile route with 400 feet of elevation gain, including an optional ascent to a 360-degree view for the real go-getters.  Be prepared to hike on uneven ground, up and down rugged, steep and slippery hills.  Take advantage of this opportunity if you can because Rockville Trails Preserve is only accessible by docent-led hikes at this time.
There is no drinking water, and there are no bathrooms or parking lots at Rockville Trails Preserve.  In order to protect wildlife, free-range cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed.  Since the preserve is otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike.  Park and meet your guide promptly by 10am at the big red "Ice House" building on Suisun Valley Ct., near the intersection of Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd., behind La Barista Espresso.  Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.  Rain cancels.  Call Steven at 707-474-8423 if the weather is uncertain.
Bring a backpack with plenty of water, snacks and lunch.  Wear hiking boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread.  Long, sturdy pants are recommended, along with layered clothes, and protection from sun, wind and fog.  You may also want to bring gaiters (to protect your legs from thorny plants), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars and a camera.
Solano Land Trust’s Rockville Trails Preserve is located along Rockville Road, across from the City of Fairfield’s Rockville Hills Regional Park.  These natural areas are adjacent to one another, yet independently operated.  Both lie between Green Valley and Suisun Valley, near Interstate 80, about half-way between San Francisco and Sacramento.
Solano Land Trust permanently protects natural areas, working farms, and ranchlands in Solano County and connects our community to these lands.  Learn more at [solanolandtrust.org].


Hike for Exercise and the Views at Lynch Canyon
Saturday, November 29, 9am to 1pm
SOLANO COUNTY – After Thanksgiving feasts and Black Friday frenzies, spend an autumn morning with nature enthusiast Jim Hanser hiking the beautiful hills at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park, Saturday November 29, 9am to 1pm. Lynch Canyon is at 3100 Lynch Road near McGary Road, between Fairfield and Vallejo.
Photo: "Prairie Ridge View at Lynch" by Karlyn Lewis.
Use all your senses to appreciate this local treasure, including the trees, birds and views of the bay.  The guided hike is free. Parking is $5 with all proceeds to help Solano County Parks keep this land open and safe.
Expect a moderate pace with occasional breaks while hiking 4 to 6 miles up and down hills on uneven ground.  In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed.
Bring a backpack with plenty of water and snacks. Wear boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread. Long, sturdy pants are recommended, along with layered clothes, and protection from sun, wind and fog. You may also want to bring hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars and a camera.
Meet Jim in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.  A map and directions are available at www.solanolandtrust.org.
Please RSVP to Jim at 707-372-6090 or [hanserjames@) comcast.net].
Rain cancels the hike. Call Jim if the weather is uncertain.
Lynch Canyon Open Space Park is owned by Solano Land Trust and is part of the Solano County Parks system.  Learn more at [www.solanolandtrust.org] and [www.solanocounty.com/parks].





Hike the Hills
Saturday, December 6, 9am-1pm at the King-Swett Ranches
Hike the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo – known as the King-Swett Ranches –on Saturday, December 6th from 9am to 1pm with Solano Land Trust docent and naturalist Jim Walsh. Walsh will share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and he’ll give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed to the public.
Photo: "The King-Swett Ranches" by Doug Wirtz
On a clear day you can see views from atop King Ranch that sweep across the Suisun Marsh all the way to the Sierras, with Mount Diablo rising to the south. From the western edge of Vallejo-Swett Ranch, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge and Mount Tamalpais, the San Francisco and San Pablo Bays, and the Napa River and marshes.
The hike is free; donations are appreciated. No reservations are necessary but an RSVP would be appreciated to Jim at [916-870-4824] or [james.walsh@) landcare.com]. All ages are welcome, but participants must be prepared for a strenuous pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants and poison oak, passing free-range cattle along the way.
Bring a backpack with plenty of water and snacks or a bag lunch; boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles for rugged, steep, and slippery off-trail terrain; long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty; and protection from sun, wind, fog and the chance of rain. Binoculars, a camera, bug repellent, hiking sticks and gaiters are also recommended. Very heavy rain cancels the hike. Call Jim if the weather is uncertain.
Meet Walsh promptly at the unmarked Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.


1st Annual Napa County Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Sunday, Dec 7, 2014
8:30 PM - 1:30 PM
At Connolly Ranch [ConnollyRanch.org]
Intended for youth ages 8-16
Register at [https://campscui.active.com/orgs/ConnollyRanch#/selectSessions/795101]
Join local naturalists from Napa-Solano Audubon and Bay Area families at Connolly Ranch.
Every year for over a century, tens of thousands of Citizen Scientists take part in the National Audubon Society’s Annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC), the longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations. This rigorous event often does not include young children, so in an effort to train future generations of Citizen Scientists in this country-wide endeavor, Napa-Solano Audubon (NSAS) and Connolly Ranch, in collaboration with our friends at Sonoma Birding, invite families with children ages 8-16 to join us for a half day event to learn some of the important basic elements of this grand old Audubon tradition. Bird Count participants, ages 8-18, will attend a Binocular Boot Camp, teaching them how to properly use and care for their binoculars. Each child will also receive a bird booklet to help him or her get familiar with birds, and keep a record and tally of what he or she sees in the field. Participants will break into groups led by local birding experts, make a short trip to their field location, and spend 1.5 hours in the field discovering and counting birds. Groups will return to Connolly Ranch for lunch and to tally and report on their findings. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants should wear comfortable hiking shoes, dress in layers, and bring a brown bag lunch and binoculars (if possible). A limited number of loaner binoculars will be available. For more information or to register contact: Wendy Schackwitz [napa-solano-birds@) outlook.com] or Jennifer Fotherby [info@) connollyranch.org]


Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History Hike at Lynch Canyon
Sunday, December 7, 10am to 2pm
Join Larry Broderick and the Solano Land Trust Raptor Team for a birds of prey hike at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park, 3100 Lynch Road, Vallejo on Sun., Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Photo: "Raptor Hike" by Diana Harvey.
The hike will offer identification tips and views of resident, migrating and over-wintering birds of prey. Previous sightings include golden eagles, bald eagles, rough-legged hawks, Cooper's hawks, sharp-shinned hawks, ferruginous hawks, peregrine falcons, prairie falcons and other, more common birds of prey.
Broderick, an interpretive specialist focusing on field identification, census and the natural history of birds of prey, brings more than 25 years of experience studying, researching, identifying, rescuing and rehabilitating birds of prey. He has shared his love of hawks on these hikes and tours for more than a decade. He’s a gifted and entertaining teacher, able to distinguish a ferruginous hawk from a red-tailed hawk or a prairie falcon from a peregrine falcon from great distances, and is anxious to share his knowledge of and passion for raptors with anyone who is interested.
Cost is $10 per person (payable when registering) plus $5 per vehicle (payable at the park). Advance registration is required. Visit [http://conta.cc/VEcaQF] or the events calendar at [www.solanolandtrust.org] to register. All ages are welcome, but participants should be prepared for a moderate pace covering about 4 miles, possibly off-trail in places, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants and thistle, and passing free range cattle along the way.
Meet at the Lynch Canyon parking lot before 10 a.m. Bring a backpack with plenty of water and snacks; boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep and slippery terrain; long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty; and protection from sun, wind, fog and rain. Binoculars, a camera, bug repellent and hiking sticks are also recommended. Heavy rain cancels the hike. Call Mary Beth at (707) 685-5908 if the weather is uncertain.
Lynch Canyon Open Space Park is owned by the Solano Land Trust and is a part of the Solano County Parks system. Because it is a working cattle ranch, pets are not allowed. Visit [www.solanolandtrust.org] for further information.


"New Moon....Setting over Mount Tam", 2014-11-23 by [facebook.com/Eric.Dugan.56]