Monday, March 17, 2014

News & Info for March 18th, 2014

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Interview with...
Melvin Willis
of Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)
[facebook.com/ContraCostaACCE] [CalOrganize.org], Keeping people in their homes!
You're invited! Richmond is doing it; why not Vallejo?
Who: Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and ACCE
Where: The Mira Theatre's Bay Terrace Theater, 51 Daniels Ave., Vallejo, CA
When: Thursday, March 20, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00)
What: Hear about a program that provides relief to folks who are burdened with underwater loans.
Refreshments provided and free parking available
Are you or your neighbors paying a mortgage much higher than the current assessed value?
You're not alone.
Come hear Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and the non-profit community organization Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) describe their new plan, designed to bring help to underwater homeowners.
The City is considering a new program that could help thousands of homeowners reduce their mortgage debt by tens of thousands of $$$. Find out if this or other programs might help you, and join the fight to hold the banks accountable!
Read more at [http://www.thenation.com/article/175244/rescue-local-economies-cities-seize-underwater-mortgages-through-eminent-domain#]
According to Zillow.com's "heat map", in Vallejo's 94590 zip-code, an astounding 64% of homes are underwater. 9% of owners are currently delinquent on their payments. The 94590 zip-code also has the dubious distinction of being in the top 1% of US homes both underwater, and how far their values have fallen from peaks in the mid-2000s. See more at [http://www.zillow.com/visuals/negative-equity/]
Underwater homes undermine the stability of our neighborhoods. Owners walk away and often times squatters move in. Surrounding home values continue to decline. Homeowners have no equity or cash-flow to maintain their homes. Investors purchase foreclosed houses on city hall steps. The fabric of our neighborhoods unravel.
This lecture is first in a series of community oriented events at the Bay Terrace Theatre.


Growing a Garden Network!
Interview with the Vallejo People's Garden [VallejoPeoplesGarden.org/p/location.html], to talk about their programs, and their new network the Vallejo Grown Collaborative!
Some of the weekly events we have are Healthy Behaviors classes and a Health and Wellness Series that are taught at the Global Center for Success, the nonprofit that allows us to use their space for the garden.  The classes are taught to the homeless clients of the center but can be open to all who are interested in learning about healthy eating (Tuesdays) or overall health and wellness (Wednesdays).
A handful of public and community gardens across Vallejo are forming a "Vallejo Grown Collaborative."   We were brought together by the City's Participatory Budget process.  The idea is that we all benefit when we can share resources -- greenhouse space, seed donations, tools, volunteers, training workshops, and knowledge. "Vallejo Grown", a Community Garden Collaboration, is the place to match volunteers to the community garden projects sprouting up all over town! We currently represent Loma Vista Farm, St. Vincent's Community Garden, Vallejo People's Garden.
Calling all volunteers interested in learning how you can get involved in a local garden! Vallejo Grown is a way to find out what, where, when and how you can get involved. Established to assist the recent surge in the Community Gardens sprouting up all over town there are a host of opportunities to get your hands dirty, meet other like minded people and have a good time. Each Community Garden has it's own unique needs and offers all who want to share the message of Food Security and Community Building at it's very best.
You're invited to a Vallejo Grown Potluck!
Sunday, March 30, 5PM at the Vallejo People's Garden on Mare Island
To get to know each other, we are starting potlucks on the last Sunday of the month, hosted by the different gardens. Vallejo People's Garden is hosting the first potluck on Sunday, March 30. In April, Loma Vista Farm will host. Come on down and meet other gardeners! And "like" Vallejo Grown on Facebook so you get more information: [facebook.com/VallejoCollaborative].
Vallejo People's Garden calender [VallejoPeoplesGarden.org/p/calendar.html].
Upcoming Volunteer Hours & Events -
* Sunday, March 23, 9:00AM-12:00PM, with volunteer host Ravi. Tasks include gardening and harvesting and more.  Bring your garden gloves!
* Saturday, March 22, 9:00am-12:00PM, with volunteer host Darren. Tasks include weed and till alongside Touro University students as we get the spring garden going
* Saturday, April 5, 10:00AM-12:00PM, Vermiculture Class with the Master Gardeners of Solano County.  Open to all.

Steps to a School Garden -
Do you want to start a garden at your school? We just came across this handy guide for how to do it. Check it out here! [csgn.org/steps]
And here's a webinar [LifeLab.org/2014/01/regional-support-models-webinar] about how to sustain your school garden, courtesy of Life Lab [LifeLab.org/about].  


Shanylei, Ayanius and Nicole Williams-Flowers, announce the start of...
New Youth Book Clubs in Vallejo
[www.gofundme.com/6i9p64]:
Shanylei Hamilton and Ayanius Saucer are both homeschooled. They study many subjects, especially Black History. But, too few students read as well, or as often as they should. And very few know their own history. Too many of our youth are involved in violent and/or destructive activities.
They say, "We want to help change that. We want to establish as many BOOK CLUBS as we can in our communities. We have 3 categories of BOOK CLUBS;
* the Afrikan American Book Club,
* the Freedom Book Club
* and the International Book Club.
Please help us MAKE THIS HAPPEN FOR OUR YOUTH.
Our Motto: A Book Never Killed Anybody!
"



"SEIU Head Start Council builds power"
2014-03-11 "1021 Newswire":
More than 50 Head Start workers met in southern California over the weekend to share information and develop concrete plans to strengthen their chapters and build a strong, viable Head Start Council. The Council plans to address the current and future challenges to providing quality early education for the children of California.
In addition to leadership development opportunities and formalizing structures and decisions, the Council was briefed on proposed Head Start increases by the Obama Administration, and discussions were held to identify the process for accessing funds and the agencies that have already applied.

The impacts of sequestration -
Since its founding in 1965 as a part of the War on Poverty, Head Start has been a vital resource to communities that promotes the school readiness of children from birth to age five from low-income families.
But in March 2013, Head Start was included among the nation's non-defense discretionary programs and forced to make across-the-board cuts as a part of sequestration. The Office of Head Start estimates that sequestration cuts resulted in 70,000 fewer children served -- to the tune of $400 million. As a result, many programs reduced school hours, reduced staff or reduced enrollment for students.

About the Head Start Council -
The primary role of the Head Start council is to provide education, skills and engagement opportunities for Head Start leaders throughout the state to address common concerns and to build a strong network of early educators to be a strong voice for early education on the local, state and federal level. Participants include SEIU Local 1021, Local 99, Local 721, Local 521 and Local 221.
Gina Castillano of the San Joaquin Head Start chapter and Tracy Mason of the Berkeley YMCA Head Start were appointed as SEIU Local 1021 representatives to the council. Since its formation in 2013, more than 200 Head Start workers have come together regionally and statewide to discuss challenges and develop action plans.


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Community Calender

Usher in Spring with a Marsh Walk at Rush Ranch
Thursday, March 20, 9:45am-11:15am
[www.SolanoLandTrust.org]
SOLANO COUNTY – Celebrate the spring equinox on Thursday, March 20th with a guided hike of the Suisun Marsh at Rush Ranch in Suisun City, beginning at 9:45 a.m.  The Suisun Marsh is the largest contiguous brackish water marsh remaining on the west coast of North America and is a critical part of the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary ecosystem. See the animals and plants that live at Rush Ranch and how the seasonal rains are changing the landscape. Visit a Patwin Indian hut.  Come see why Rush Ranch is a treasure and locally loved.
This hike is easy and moderately-paced. Bring water, snacks, sturdy closed-toe shoes, layered clothing and protection from the elements.  If desired, bring binoculars, cameras, insect repellent. No RSVP is necessary. Meet your guides by 9:45 a.m. in the brick courtyard and native plant garden, next to the Nature Center exhibit. Rain cancels.  Call Natalie at (707) 432-0150 x200 or (415) 517-2624 if the weather is uncertain.
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. For questions, call 707-432-0150 x200 or email volunteer@solanolandtrust.org.
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.

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