Wednesday, April 10, 2013

2013-04-16 Northbay UpRising morning show

Wake up and Rise Up, with the Northbay UpRising morning show! Broadcast courtesy of, 89.5FM KZCT, out of Vallejo "the Gateway City to the Bay Area".
With a broad assortment of family-friendly neighborhood news from across the San Pablo bay area, including upcoming events, and positive & inspirational topics! With your hosts, Mis.D. & Dr.G., community reporters, Tuesdays, 6 to 9am

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* Mothership Connection, Saturdays 5 to 5:30pm []
* Gathering of the Tribes, Thursdays 4 to 6pm []
and, also on
* Poetry Rising, Saturdays 5:30 to 6pm

Featured artist...

Galen Tom with in an exhibit called "The Small World Among Us", a depiction series of a micro-human worker bee world which exists alongside our own reality [].
It is on display at St. Vinnie's Culture Club, 930 Marin Street, at the corner of Marin and Florida Streets, in the Vallejo Arts District. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 2:30 - 4:30pm (or by appointment), with  locally produced and fair-trade coffee from Moschetti's coffee roasting company! [707-649-0996]

featuring an interview with...
Russell Faure-Brac, author of "Transition to Peace, a Defense Engineer’s Search for an Alternative to War" [] [], who produces the "Transition to Peace" radio show (KWMR-FM), and is invited to speak on the subject of Peace to organizations across the USA. He is speaking April 16th, 7pm, on the subject of "World Peace and How to Get There", organized by the Unitarian Universalists at the "Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center" [55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA] [925-933-7850].
Growing up in San Mateo, California, Russell Faure-Brac earned a master's degree in Engineering Economics from Stanford University and found a position at Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International) as a weapons analyst. His job was to evaluate the cost effectiveness of various U.S. weapon systems during the Vietnam War. He developed serious misgivings about the validity of that war and began studying nonviolence at Joan Baez’s Institute for the Study of Nonviolence. He resigned his position at SRI, spent two years as a Vista Volunteer in rural Missouri and then returned to the Bay Area to begin a career as a consulting environmental engineer. After retirement, the events of 9/11 reawakened his interest in issues of war and peace. He revisited his earlier work and began ten years of research to formulate details of a more peaceful national security policy. That work led to a set of Peace Principles and Programs that could provide a viable alternative to war. His studies resulted in his latest book, published 2012, titled "Transition to Peace, a Defense Engineer’s Search for an Alternative to War".
* "Can the Defense Industry Convert?" [].
* 1969 film “But What Do We Do?” documenting Russ’s decision to leave the defense industry. Filmed by sociologist Leonard Henny, it aired on NPR and was used as a teaching tool by professors in graduate ethics classes. Part 1 []. Part 2 []

  YOUTH 13-17 - $3, 12 AND UNDER - FREE

2013-04-21 "Napa's Riverfront Chalk Festival"
Sunday, 10:00 am
500 Main St, Napa, CA
[] [916-747-1358] []
Brianna Brinlee of the Napa Patch online journal writes: In support of Napa’s Arts in April, Riverfront businesses and featured local artist Amy Gallaher Hall are hosting the first-ever Napa’s Riverfront Chalk Festival, April 21, 2013. Watch several local and student artists create works of art along the walkways from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival is free and those attending are encouraged to begin their art walk at the Fourth Street overhang. Attendees may also choose to participate in creating works of art by pre-registering to reserve sidewalk space. Additionally,
students will design various chalk drawings on 4-feet by 8-feet MDO board, a chalk paintable surface made of plywood. All student chalk drawings will be for sale and on display throughout Napa’s Riverfront. Attendees and children can also purchase chalk sets to join in on the fun inside the Children’s Chalk Area. All art-booth proceeds go to New Tech High School.


2013-04-11 "Radio Days Santa Rosa's oldest radio station returns to local ownership"
by Nicolas Grizzle from "Northbay Bohemian" []

Local groups present ‘G-Dog’ documentary; Viewings Wednesday in Napa, Thursday in AmCan
“G-Dog,” a documentary about Father Greg Boyle, a priest who spent 25 years in East Los Angeles serving high-risk, former gang members, will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the District Auditorium at the corner of Jefferson Street and Lincoln Avenue. The event is a program of the Napa Valley Film Festival.
Vintage High School’s LEGACY Youth Project, a peer program, is hosting the event, which includes a question-and-answer session with two people featured in the documentary.
Tickets are free for students with valid identification and for 2013 Napa Valley Film Festival patrons; $5 for adults.
The Napa County Sheriff’s Office said the first 100 adults will receive free tickets at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
The documentary will also be shown 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at American Canyon High School’s auditorium.

2013-04-08 "Chairman Fights for Federal Recognition: Restoring the Mishal-Wappo Tribe"
by William Rohrs from "the Oakleaf" newspaper of Sonoma Valley College []:
Chairman Scott Gabaldon of the Mishal-Wappo tribe of Alexander Valley visited Santa Rosa Junior College to help raise awareness of his upcoming court appearances to restore Native American status to his tribe as the Mishal-Wappo tribe lost its federal recognition in 1959 as part of the California Rancheria Act.
Gabaldon came to Newman Auditorium April 5 to educate SRJC students about the legal battle between the Mishal-Wappo and the State of California. Originally the Mishal-Wappo petitioned the federal government to return to them the 53 acres of land in Alexander Valley in addition to recognizing their Native American status. After continuous disputes with the counties regarding ownership of the land, the Mishal-Wappo dropped the land claim, only petitioning to restore the tribe’s status. “There is a fear that if the state returns the land to us, we’ll build a casino on top of it,” said Brenda Flyswithhawks, psychology professor at SRJC. “It’s a bad stereotype.”
The Mishal-Wappo tried every method of legislation to protect their cultural identity. Gabaldon said the tribe went to Congress with multiple claims that the tribe was unlawfully removed from tribal recognition, but the claims were dropped on the grounds that the Mishal-Wappo had no land claims. “Congress commissioned a historian to research our claim and instead he completely wrote us out of history,” Gabaldon said.
Gabaldon and the rest of the tribe plan to appear in court June 25 in San Jose to prove their existence both physically and legally. “The federal government says we don’t exist. But if a judge sees 300 people in the courtroom defending themselves, there’s no denying that we do exist,” he said. Members of the Mishal-Wappo urged the audience to accompany them to San Jose to show their support. Anyone with experience driving large passenger vehicles is encouraged to help organize mass transportation.
The Mishal-Wappo wants to help educate California’s youth about the existence of all Native American tribes, both federally recognized and unrecognized. The tribe works with the St. Helena and Napa Cultural Heritage Centers to construct educational packets which are distributed in elementary schools. “We need to stop perpetuating the lie that these tribes aren’t here,” said tribe member at large Vincent Salsito.
After Gabaldon’s presentation, audience members were welcome to approach the microphone and ask questions or give comment. Many members belonged to the Mishal-Wappo and said that supporters can join the tribe’s Facebook page to help organize events and donate to the tribe.
The counties near Alexander Valley still oppose any attempt to restore tribal status to the Mishal-Wappo. Gabaldon says every tribe in the local area including Dry Creek and Graton Rancheria support Gabaldon and his tribe.
Gabaldon doesn’t care about the land anymore. Various vineyards and private holders currently own the 52 acres. Instead, Gabaldon wants to see his tribe’s name restored for good.
“I don’t need a piece of paper to tell me I’m a Native American,” he said. “It’s really just to make people see that we are here, to know that we are a tribe.”
Photo Credit: William Rohrs / Oak Leaf

2013-04-10 "Teens judge pot case in Peer Court: Students run diversion program for minor crimes"
from "Napa Valley Register" []:
Recognizing the power of peer pressure, Napa County’s juvenile justice system attempts to harness it for positive behavioral change through a peer court program where teens judge teens.
Peer Court came to American Canyon on Thursday. A young defendant was tried in City Hall chambers by youth lawyers who presented the case to a teenage jury and Napa County Family Court Commissioner Monique Langhorne-Johnson. The young attorneys were mentored by real lawyers from the Napa Bar Association or experienced Peer Court youths.
The young defendant, who because of his age can’t be identified, had been arrested for allegedly smoking marijuana and concentrated cannabis. A high school senior and a good student with a 3.27 grade point average, the defendant said he used marijuana more than once for joint pain in his knees and shoulder. He said a doctor told him surgery was not an option to correct his pain.
On the day he was caught smoking with a friend in a parked car, he said he had come from work where he had stood on his feet all day. Because of his arrest, he has been given a curfew by his parents, he said.
In addition to observing another Peer Court proceeding, writing an essay about it and serving on a peer jury, student prosecutors Eric McFarland and Acee Echevarria called for the defendant to put in eight hours of community service and complete a drug education class.
[ ... ]
Participants in a session of Napa County Peer Court Thursday included, from left, students Eric McFarland and Acee Echevarria, Napa County Superior Court Commissioner Monique Langhorne-Johnson, and students, defense attorneys Domiana Piazzisi and Lili Peet. Michael Waterson/Register

Update from Participatory Budgeting Vallejo:
How would you spend $3 million to improve Vallejo? Check out what you and your neighbors have proposed! For more information, contact Ginny browne at [707-648-4041] [] []
Public Vote, May 11 – 18. All Vallejo Residents, Age 16+.
Before you vote in May… Join us at a Project Expo! Learn about the projects, ask questions, give feedback! SPREAD THE WORD! Your City! Your ideas! Your Vote! Participatory Budgeting Vallejo!
Free Refreshments & Childcare available on site.
Project Expos are:
* Wed., April 17, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Dan Foley Cultural Center [1461 N. camino Alto], with  Live music by Darrell Edwards' Heavy Weather Band
* Sat., April 20, 1:00 – 4:00pm Vallejo Community Center [225 Amador Street] (Tendremos Interpretation en Espanol), with Facepainting and other activities for kids
* Mon., April 22, 6:30 – 8:30pm North Vallejo Community Center [1121 Whitney Avenue] with Live music by local High School and Middle School bands

Message from Vallejo Councilwoman Marti Brown:
The public unveiling of the approved Participatory Budgeting (PB) Projects for the May 2013 ballot is finally here!
Exactly one year to the day after the Vallejo City Council's historic approval of the first city-wide PB process in the United States, the proposed projects will be revealed on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at the first of three project expos around the city.
How often do you get to be a part of making U.S. history?
Come out to one or all of these expos and you will.
Don't miss out on these three exciting opportunities to preview the projects that will be on the May ballot.
I look forward to seeing you there and making history together!

For more information:
* PB Vallejo Project Expos []
* PB Vallejo Website []
* PB Vallejo Facebook Page []

2012-06-18 "'Participatory Budgeting 101': Time to check your baggage" by Patricia Kutza
As we reported earlier this Spring, Vallejo will be launching its first Participatory Budgeting initiative later this year []. It's truly a historic event - not just for Vallejo but for our nation at large. No other US city has tried this exercise in citizen involvement at a city level. So there will be many interested eyes trained on how Vallejo fares with this new process.
The intiative won't kick off until this Fall. In the interm, we thought that this summer is an excellent time to lead off with some coverage about how this type of budgeting project works. We have started a new series, Participatory Budgeting 101, for this purpose. Onboard to help us flesh it out are a number of subject matter experts who are well versed in the process.
For our intial posting we thought it would be fitting and special to draw on the experience of a veteran Participatory Budgeting (PB) participant and Vallejo Community Issues Examiner subscriber []. Honoring his request, we will not disclose his name. He hails from the 49th Ward in Rogers Park, Chicago, where the PB process is are now in its third year.

Apples, oranges and something in-between -
Comparing Rogers Park to Vallejo, at first blush, may seem like comparing apples to oranges. The 49th Ward is only a small part of the Chicago metropolis. But if diversity matters (and we think it does) than the gap narrows. Both places have highly diverse populations and have experienced the challenges of assimilating immigrant migrations. Both places also have part of their fortunes linked to water: Rogers Park is located on Lake Michigan's waterfront and Vallejo, on the Carquinez Channel.

Curb your baggage (but not your enthusiasm) -
Where these two regions may find their greatest common denominator are the concerns that potential participants bring to the project - concerns that may or may not be grounded in past experiences. We asked our reader about how Rogers Park dealt with this "mental baggage" in the early days of its PB process. He responds:
"One of the initial concerns was related to distrust and skepticism. Would the appearance or illusion of an open and democratic PB process actually turn out to be so complicated and opaque that it would be used to camouflage a corrupt process in which back-room decisions would emerge and claim to have resulted from an open process? Other initial concerns related to the concept of equity. Would some participants or “administrators” of the process have privileged or disproportionate influence and control over the process. These concerns were reflective of traditional, back-room Chicago-style politics and were very understandable."
"These concerns were managed by keeping the process and the participants open, accountable, responsive and clearly identifiable. Any question of secrecy was responded to in an open and prompt manner."
We expect that Vallejoans will bring similar concerns to this fledgling initiative. We recommend that residents be given ample time, at the onset, to voice their concerns and that the PB steering committee ensure that the PB process, throughout its life cycle, remain as transparent as possible.

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