Monday, February 16, 2015

Feb. 17th, Northbay UpRising morningshow

Get Up and Rise Up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!Produced by the Gathering of the Tribes [link]. Listen in on your Smart Phone with our Tune-in App [link], on a Desktop with our live U-stream [link], w. chat box [link], with our Live Mp3 stream (.pls) [link], on a Netbook / Laptop [link]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!
* Local weather for Vallejo [link], Napa [link], Santa Rosa [link], Dillon's Beach [link], Walnut Creek [link], Richmond [link]. Good vibrations []
Local Links page with local news portals, and local sports info [link]!
Ongoing Community Events [link], weekly and monthly
Farmer's Markets page [link]. Learn how to make your own artisan products [link]!
Local Food Guide [link]

Photo: Eric Dugan Photography

News from Napa Valley
* Announcing the Napa Valley Arts in April []

News from Vallejo
Participatory Budgeting updates at [], and at [].
Cycle 3 Participatory Budgeting (PB) Budget Assembly -learn about the PB process and
propose ideas on how to spend a portion of Measure B (sales tax) to better the community.
Share your proposal on Tuesday, February 17, in the Multipurpose Room at Glen Cove Elementary
School, 501 Glen Cove Parkway, from 6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. All assemblies will have
refreshments, and select assemblies will have childcare and language interpretation. For further
information contact (707) 648-4577 or

Thursday, February 19th, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, at the SISTER CITY ROOM, in the JFK LIBRARY 505 Santa Clara st. in downtown Vallejo, to conduct the following actions:
* Steering Committee members who were present at the January 20, 2015 Regular Meeting shall publicly disclose who they voted for when appointing leadership for Cycle 3.
* Appoint two additional Vice Chairs to fill existing vacancies on the Executive Committee. One Vice Chair shall be appointed from the Outreach Subcommittee and one from the Event Planning Subcommittee.
* Discuss the upcoming workload for Cycle 3, particularly focusing on how to increase public participation at Budget Assemblies, generating a larger volunteer core, and possible creation of informal groups to address longer-term policy issues.
* Discuss how to conduct the March 14, 2015 Special Meeting for idea screening, categorization, and Budget Delegate Committee designations.
* discuss ideas for improving the Cycle 3 Budget Delegate Orientation and Project Proposal Workshop (to be held March 21, 2015). Ideas and feedback will be forwarded to the Event Planning Subcommittee for final planning and logistics.

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

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

"Spring comes early to Vallejo" by Ward Stewart, UC Master Gardener-Solano, published by the GLEN COVE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION []:
Spring comes early to Vallejo, in fact, many plants act like the new growing season begins in February.
If you cut back your rose bushes by late January, the buds will erupt with new growth almost immediately although it doesn’t mean that the threat of frost is gone. Plants that are susceptible to
frost, such as citrus, should be trimmed with care. If we experience a freeze and the plants are
harmed, do not remove the damaged branches until the threat of frost has passed. The damaged branches provide some protection for the healthy parts of the plant.
Late winter is a time to prepare your yard for the coming growing season. You may wish to apply a pre-emergent fertilizer that will decrease the amount of crab grass and other weeds that will attempt to germinate in your lawn. The soil in your garden can be improved by adding manure or other organic matter at least a month before planting vegetables or annuals. Addition of a layer to the surface and having rain seep through it will nourish the soil and allow the manure to break down so that it won’t burn newly planted seedlings due to excessive nitrogen. It’s also time to remove last year’s annuals, vegetables, and weeds from your planting beds. Clearing these areas will provide fewer habitats for snails and insects that wish to feast on your plants.
Dormant season pruning should be done in January for appropriate plants like deciduous trees. Evergreen trees like the Brazilian Pepper may be trimmed in early spring or most other times of the year. (In Florida, this tree is officially deemed an invasive species.) Some shrubs such as Shiny Xylosma can be trimmed most any time because this plant doesn’t flower appreciably. Others, like Pink Escallonia or Camelia, should be trimmed during the prior year after flowering in order to allow new buds to form.
Now is the time to prepare for the upcoming growing season. If you enjoy starting plants by seed, it
is appropriate to do so in a controlled, warmer location such as an inside windowsill or cold frame.
Once the seeds have germinated allow them to grow before putting them outside. “Hardening” is
the process by which plants are gradually acclimated to outside temperatures before planting in the
ground. If the plants aren’t hardened, they may be stunted or killed by the shock of the colder outside
At this time of year it is advisable to examine your irrigation system. To do so, look for leaks, clogged emitters, or clogged or broken tubing. You may flush the system by opening the end of each branch of the system and turning on the corresponding valve to allow water to flow out and wash away any dirt or debris in the line. Conversion of sprinkler heads to drip irrigation in planting beds is a good way to decrease water consumption during the dry months.

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

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

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

"MORE than a Poem Daily" #19

Group plans African-American history celebration -
The Fairfield-Suisun City-Vacaville Section of the National Council of Negro Women Inc. will celebrate African-American history.
Saturday, February 21st, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center, 601 Village Drive.
Admission is free. Praise dancers, live music and activities for youth are planned. Catfish and hot link dinners will be available for purchase.
For more information, call 425-4115 or 452-1424.

Library hosts free Mardi Gras event
The Vacaville public libraries are hosting a family night, where guests can celebrate Mardi Gras with the sounds of Samba Samba. Some call it Mardi Gras. It is Carnival in Brazil. Everybody calls it a good time to celebrate, make music, dance and be with family and friends. James Henry will provide music. Participants can make their own party masks.
Tuesday, February 17th, 6:30 p.m.
At the Vacaville library, located at 1020 Ulatis Drive.
Tuesday’s event is free thanks to the Friends of the Vacaville Public Libraries.
For more information, call 1-866-57-ASKUS or visit the library’s website at [].

Friday, February 13, 2015

Feb.10th, Northbay UpRising morningshow

Get Up and Rise Up in the morning with the Northbay UPrising morningshow!Produced by the Gathering of the Tribes [link]. Listen in on your Smart Phone with our Tune-in App [link], on a Desktop with our live U-stream [link], w. chat box [link], with our Live Mp3 stream (.pls) [link], on a Netbook / Laptop [link]. Check out our FM Transmitter Range [link]!
* Local weather for Vallejo [link], Napa [link], Santa Rosa [link], Dillon's Beach [link], Walnut Creek [link], Richmond [link]. Good vibrations []
Local Links page with local news portals, and local sports info [link]!
Ongoing Community Events [link], weekly and monthly
Farmer's Markets page [link]. Learn how to make your own artisan products [link]!
Local Food Guide [link]

check out [] []

Flyway festival Fri, /sat, Sun Feb 13,14,15
volunteers needed for Friday to set up about 5 pm, and for the event 9am to 4 pm, Sat. and Sun.
come sit with us a while! no experience needed, just a smile!
call  text jane 707 319-6398

Vallejo Watershed Alliance, an advocacy network dedicated to rehabilitating Vallejo's creeks and streams, is asking for volunteers to help them at the San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival
Saturday and Sunday, February 14-15
9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Building 223, 500 Connolly St, Mare Island
Taking a 2-hour shift during one of the two expo days is a great way to meet some really interesting folks who like hiking, birding, open space, and all the other outdoor things that make living in this area such a joy. It’s really easy, and we provide all the information you need to let them know about the Alliance. Shifts available:
* Saturday, February 14 -9:00-11:30 and 11:30-2:00
* Sunday, February 15 - 9:00-11:30 and 11:30-2:00 and 2:00-4:00

Community Alliance with Family Farmers newsletter (2015-01) []

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

* "HOW TO BUILD A TIN CAN WIFI ANTENNA FOR $5: How To Build A Tin Can Waveguide WiFi Antenna for 802.11(b or g) Wireless Networksor other 2.4GHz Applications" (2014-12-10) [] []

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

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

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

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

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

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

 The solidarity economy is a new way of naming and conceptualizing the many types of transformative economic values, practices, and institutions that exist in the U.S. and all over the world. These include, but are not limited to, egalitarian and participatory economic behavior by individuals, workers, and producers, such as by an individual who is an ethical consumer, worker, and/or investor, or by a worker-coop, fair trade business, or progressive union. Solidarity production processes can also take many forms, from self-employed entrepreneurs and local small-scale businesses, to high road businesses and corporations, to worker-owned cooperatives and collectives, to community businesses. Many of these practices and organizations have arisen in response to the injustices and imbalances of neo-liberalism.
The solidarity economy is also the process of uniting these various forms of transformative economics in a network of solidarity: solidarity with a shared vision, solidarity with shared values, and solidarity with the oppressed. Thus, the work of building the solidarity economy is both to grow transformative economic values, practices, and institutions, and also to connect people and organizations that are already doing solidarity-based work in their own communities.
* "What is the solidarity economy?" []
* "The Solidarity Economy: An Overview" []
* "Nijmegen Sharing City Embraces No-Money Abundance" (2015-01-26) []
* "Composting Coop Taps into the Unbroken Spirit of Rust Belt Cities" (2015-01-20)[]
* An Insider's Guide to Sharing City Detroit []
* "Free the Seeds! 9 Ways to Power Up the Seed Movement" (2014-12-23) []
How to Host a Conference, Gift Economy Style []
* "Civic Crowdfunding and the Public Good" (2015-01-27) []
* "Top 6 Tax Tips for Sharing Economy Micropreneurs" []

2015 Budget Assemblies
Cycle 2 results []
Cycle 3 rulebook []
The City of Vallejo is preparing for the third cycle of Partic-ipatory Budgeting (PB), an innovative process that puts budgeting power into the hands of Vallejo residents. The PB process allows community members to decide how to spend an allocation of the budget, which is then presented to the City Council for consideration.
In 2012, the City of Vallejo became the first local government agency in the United States to launch the PB process city-wide. The democratic process gave Vallejo residents and stakeholders the opportunity to decide how to spend their tax dollars to better their city and community. Last year, over 3,000 resi-dents and stakeholders proposed and approved 8 projects:
 Help the Homeless Veterans, Seniors, Disabled & Kids, $588,000
 Prioritizing Street & Pothole Repair-Repaving, $1,000,000
 Improving School Meals, $18,000
 Summer Youth Employment & Internship Program, $186,000
 Sidewalk Repair & Street Tree Preservation, $162,000
 Strike Up the Bands, $90,000
 A.B.C. Arts, Beautification, Community Development, $96,000
 Special Fire Rescue Vehicle Replacement, $302,500*
*The remaining funds after the first seven projects received full funding was $302,553. In accordance with the Rulebook, the City Council partially funded the next project with the most votes.
PB is a community-led process funded by Measure B, the 10-year, one-percent sales tax approved by voters in 2011. Vallejo residents are encouraged to at-tend Budget Assemblies in February and March to share their ideas on how to create a better Vallejo for all!

Shelee Loughmiller, Chair, PB Steering Committee,
VALLEJO, CA –City of Vallejo announces the kick-off of Participatory Budgeting (PB) cycle three with the launch of six Budget Assemblies beginning February 5 through March 10. Residents are encouraged to attend a Budget Assembly to learn about Vallejo’s budget and the PB process, share their ideas on how to better their community and meet new neighbors.
In 2012, Vallejo became the first City in the United States to implement a participatory budgeting process citywide. Funded by Measure B, a ten-year one-percent sales tax approved by voters in 2011, PB is a democratic process that elicits project ideas from community residents and stakeholders to be implemented after a public vote and City Council consideration.
On January 13, the City Council approved a Rulebook to govern Cycle 3 with collaborative changes recommended by City staff and the PB Steering Committee which incorporates feedback from Vallejo residents, Budget Delegates, Steering Committee members, the City Council and staff. Changes included revisions to the PB process, proposal eligibility and minimum and maximum allocations per project. The most significant change will delineate funds to capital and durable projects and program and services; program and service proposals will follow Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) requirements and potential nonprofit implementing partners will be required to complete a prequalification process [].
“As Chair of the Steering Committee, I am excited about the third cycle of Participatory Budgeting. The Steering Committee and the City have revamped our approach to make the process this year even more inclusive, engaging, easy to use, and transparent. I encourage all residents and stakeholders to come out to a Budget Assembly to do their part to make Vallejo an even better place for all.”
All Vallejo residents and stakeholders are invited to attend the Budget Assembly launch on Thursday, February 5 at the Filipino Community Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tagalog interpretation will be provided.
Volunteers can assist by filling out a volunteer form online [].
Organizations and businesses interested in partnering with the City and sponsoring an assembly can download a paper form or register online [].
More information is available on the City’s website,, and the PB Facebook page [].

Participatory Budgeting Potholes and Street Repair
Spencer Street Grinding and Paving
The Street Maintenance section performed major grinding and paving on Spencer Street last week. Funds are being used to address residential streets which do not receive any federal funding.
PB Cycle Three Kick-Off