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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]