Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May 17th, 2016: Community Headlines

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]
Sunrise / Sunset schedule [link]
===*===*===


* Around the Bay (baycrossings.com) for May, 2016 [archive.is/eyiKC]

* "New Ways to Discover the San Francisco Bay Trail; You can now discover 345 miles of walking and biking trails and explore the shoreline with updated San Francisco Bay Trail map cards and a new website" (2016-05, baycrossings.com) [archive.is/KrBd8]

* "Join the Third Annual Bay Parade; Calling all swimmers, kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders and boaters! You are invited to be part of Baykeeper's Third Annual Bay Parade on Sunday, May 22" (2016-05, baycrossings.com) [archive.is/dcUFz]

===*===*===


Creating Commons Festival
Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM
at A PLACE for Sustainable Living in Oakland, CA [aplaceforsustainableliving.org] [510-788-5857]

Join millions around the world to celebrate 
Global Sharing Week [globalsharingweek.org]
Global Sharing Week is about helping millions discover and participate in the sharing transformation, a movement that promotes the sharing of community resources, cooperative enterprises, and other commons-based projects.
Global Sharing Week 2016 is taking place June 5-11.
You can check out the map above and see where events are happening in your community — or sign-up to host your own [is.gd/4eHy5b].
If you need idea on what kind of event to organize, check out our Resources page [is.gd/Yyoyy4].
* "14 Guides on Throwing Awesome Community Sharing Events" (shareable.net) [is.gd/HFAQTD]

* "Living the New Economy Convergence 2016 to Tackle Systemic Inequities" (2016-05-03, shareable.net) [is.gd/ynK8Hp] [begin excerpt]: The Living the New Economy Oakland Collaborative is excited to announce the Living the New Economy Convergence 2016 [lne2016.wordpress.com], to be held at Mills College, in Oakland, CA, from Oct. 21-23. We’re a broad coalition of community leaders and social entrepreneurs committed to advancing inclusive economic, racial, and environmental justice solutions in Oakland.
Community leaders and organizations are coming together for a next level dialogue about the state of our economy — and innovative models that are addressing inequity, displacement, and other issues related to the well being of our communities.
Through interactive, participatory activities, we will shine a light on what’s working, what’s not, and what more we can do to build the inclusive, vibrant Oakland of our dreams. Included are three days of workshops, panels with local leaders, presentations, and self-organized open space sessions, followed by a day-long series of “Activation Sessions” for groups seeking mentorship and support in their policy campaigns, movement initiatives, or social enterprises. [end excerpt]

===*===*===


* "Flipping a chemical switch helps perovskite solar cells beat the heat; A simple chemical conversion could be another step toward making cheap, efficient and stable perovskite solar cells" (2016-04-25, news.brown.edu) [archive.is/c5JKa]
Contact: Kevin Stacey [401-863-3766]

* "KYOCERA Solar Empowers Hawaii Tokai International College to Stabilize Electricity Costs Long-Term; College projected to use 284kW solar system for more than half of total power requirements, anticipated to be Hawaii’s first LEED-certified, multiple-building campus" (2016-04-27, Reuters Newswire) [archive.is/MItot]

* "UNSW takes lead in race for non-toxic, thin-film solar cells; ‘Zero-energy’ buildings – which generate as much power as they consume – are now much closer after a UNSW team achieved the world’s highest efficiency using flexible solar cells that are non-toxic and cheap to make" (2016-04-27, newsroom.unsw.edu.au) [archive.is/gSBbZ]
Contact: Wilson da Silva, Faculty of Engineering [0407 907 017] [w.dasilva@)unsw.edu.au]
Photo caption: Dr Xiaojing Hao of UNSW's Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics holding the new CZTS solar cells.

===*===*===


* "Watch Out for Whales!" (2016-04, baycrossings.com) [archive.is/koPpT]:
Last month, NOAA's Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary advised boaters along the north-central California coast, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area, to steer clear of whales migrating through the area in large numbers from winter through late spring.
Last month, NOAA’s Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary advised boaters along the north-central California coast, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area, to steer clear of whales migrating through the area in large numbers from winter through late spring. Gray whales are at a particularly high risk of collisions with vessels because they often travel near shore on the outer coast, and may even wander into bays.
Boaters and water recreationists should use caution around whales year-round, but springtime presents a greater chance of coming into contact with whales. From March through May, around 19,000 migrating gray whales make their return migration north from Mexican breeding grounds to feed in Arctic waters off Alaska. Many travel through the busy shipping lanes off San Francisco’s Golden Gate, in the Greater Farallones marine sanctuary.
While they also migrate south through the sanctuary in winter, gray whales—including mothers with newborn calves—swim closest to shore in spring. Cow-calf pairs can be seen from headlands and coastal cliffs. They may pause in the surf zone and small bays for the calf to rest and nurse, and to avoid attack by killer whales. Calves are totally dependent on their mothers at this time.  
Boaters should watch for the gray whale’s blow—its exhalation—which looks like a puff of smoke about 10 to 15 feet high, since very little of the whale is visible at the surface. A whale may surface and blow several times before a prolonged dive, typically lasting three to six minutes.
Federal guidelines advise that boaters should avoid:
•    Approaching within 300 feet (the length of a football field) of any whale
•    Cutting across a whale’s path
•    Making sudden speed or directional changes
•    Getting between a whale cow and her calf (if separated from its mother, a calf may be doomed to starvation)
Each year, thousands of ships and smaller vessels pass through the Golden Gate. Even small-craft collisions with a whale can have disastrous results, for whale and vessel, and sometimes the boaters. All whales are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Other local species, such as humpback and blue whales, are additionally protected by the Endangered Species Act.

===*===*===


* "A Vote for Measure AA Is a Vote for the Bay; You are reading Bay Crossings, which suggests you've probably been near San Francisco Bay today, and maybe can even see it from where you're sitting" (2016-05, by Christopher Richard, for Bay Crossings monthly newspaper) [archive.is/gkTHE]:
You are reading Bay Crossings, which suggests you’ve probably been near San Francisco Bay today, and maybe can even see it from where you’re sitting.
You’ve probably heard that San Francisco Bay is an estuary and that it’s an ecosystem. But try thinking about it as a giant factory. Think of the terrain as the buildings and grounds of the factory campus. Raw materials coming in are water, sediment and sunlight. The workers are the plants and animals living in the Bay, and the products are clean air, seafood, recreation, flood protection and the setting for a quality of life that is envied throughout the world.
Continuing the metaphor, some of the most productive parts of the factory are the salt marshes and other wetlands that once ringed most of the Bay shoreline. Their productivity cleans the air and releases oxygen, provides rearing habitat for young fish and crabs, filters impurities from the water and provides flood protection. But since the California gold rush, we have lost 90 percent of these wetlands. Think of trying to run a factory with that percentage of your most productive assembly lines shut down.
There is a great opportunity to restore those assembly lines, and your voice can be heard on the question. But more on that later. Much of the lost wetland acreage was diked off from the Bay to exclude the flow of the tides, and then drained for economic purposes: primarily the grazing of animals and production of salt. But almost all of the pastures are no longer grazed, and most of the salt ponds are no longer in production. The Bay needs 100,000 acres of wetlands to be healthy and sustainable. More than 30,000 acres are already awaiting funding of projects to restore them to their original functions of producing, cleansing and protecting.
Measure AA for a Clean & Healthy Bay is on the June ballot in the nine Bay Area counties. It’s aimed at restoring productivity and function to the Bay ecosystem while providing flood protection, increasing shoreline recreational access, and thereby supporting the quality of life we all appreciate here in the San Francisco Bay Area.
It is a $12 parcel tax for the Bay Area counties that will, over time, raise $500 million for wetlands restoration and access. It was placed on the ballot by the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority with support from business groups like the Bay Area Council and Silicon Valley Leadership Group; and environmental groups including Audubon California, Ducks Unlimited, the Trust for Public Land and the Nature Conservancy.
Senator Dianne Feinstein said, “Measure AA is an unprecedented opportunity for all Bay Area residents to unite in support of the Bay we love, and improve it a lot for very little cost.” A San Jose Mercury News editorial stated, “We’re happy to urge voter support for Measure AA.” Even though polling shows that a large majority of residents across the Bay Area support this measure, the two-thirds majority required to win is a high bar to meet. Your vote can make a difference.      
These maps portray the 90 percent loss of wetlands, shown in green, from the shores of San Francisco Bay between the time of the gold rush and today. But much of the lands within the areas outlined in magenta remain feasible sites for wetland restoration and improved access projects funded by Measure AA.

 ---
Christopher Richard is a retired Curator of Aquatic Biology at Oakland Museum of California. He is on the board of directors of Save the Bay, and past president of the Alameda County Fish and Game Commission.
===*===*===


* "Five Bay Advocates Honored by the Bay Institute" (2016-04, by Mallory Johnson, baycrossings.com) [archive.is/9FueB]
===*===*===


















Sunday, May 1, 2016

May 3rd, 2016: Community Headlines

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]
Sunrise / Sunset schedule [link]

City of Vallejo calender [ci.vallejo.ca.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=13506&pageId=27636]
Want to stay connected with what’s happening in Vallejo? Sign up for the City of Vallejo’s E-Newsletter and other communication options at
[ci.vallejo.ca.us/cms/one.aspx?objectId=26266]

Solano Land Trust Calendar [solanolandtrust.org/calendarlist.aspx]
---


Call for artists to join in with the Vallejo Open Studios 2016! [archive.is/mrSbN]
---


Annual Glen Cove Community Association Garage Sale
Sat., May 7, 2016
On May 7, the Glen Cove Community Association will be hosting its annual neighborhood garage sale. There will be maps of participating houses available at the Glen Cove Center near Safeway. Sale times are between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Visit the large Glen Cove Community to turn trash into treasures. Shop for clothing, books, toys, household knickknacks, lawn and garden tools, sports equipment and much more!
For questions, contact Bobbi Kahn at [707-645-0991] or email [bobbikahn@)gmail.com].
---


Loma Vista Spring Festival- May 14
Get ready for Loma Vista Farm's Spring Festival on May 14! This annual event gives friends and family the chance to come out and visit the farm. Enjoy the sights and view the year-long projects that have been completed. Loma Vista Farm provides hands-on, educational activities for students and children of all ages, and abilities.
The festival begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. at the Loma Vista Farm, located at 150 Rainier Avenue. Admission is free, activity tickets are $.50.
For additional information, visit Loma Vista's website [lomavistafarm.org/events/loma-vista-farm-open-house].

---


Trail Crew at Lynch Canyon- May 14
Make a difference and volunteer to improve trails and fix fences at Lynch Canyon on May 14. As a thank you for volunteering, there will be free parking, and free pizza will be provided to those who pre-register online.
Volunteers should be prepared to be outdoors for 3 hours, using tools such as shovels and hoes, lifting and carrying materials, and bending over or squatting in dirt. Anyone over the age of 12 is welcome to volunteer; participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must bring a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.
Make sure to bring a backpack with water and snacks, work gloves, sunglasses for eye protection, boots for walking on rough terrain, and long pants. Pre-registration is highly recommended in order to bring enough tools and food for volunteers.
To register, click here [https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ecgdym3g04838c96&oseq=&c=&ch=].
For more information, visit the Solano Land Trust Calendar [solanolandtrust.org/calendarlist.aspx].
Contact Jordan at [jordan@solanolandtrust.org] for any questions or concerns.

---

Carnevale Fantastico- May 14 and 15
After a very successful first year, the Italian Renaissance and Cultural Festival will be returning to Blue Rock Springs Park! On May 14 and 15, enjoy events such as glass blowing, lace making, and historical reenactments featuring Michelangelo, Galileo, and Leonardo da Vinci. Carnvale Fantastico is an experience that the whole family can enjoy by eating amazing food, listening to traditional music, or watching unforgettable performances.
Last year the festival attracted over 3500 attendees, and over 5000 people are expected to attend this year. Sponsors of this event include SolTrans, GVRD, Vallejo Chamber of Commerce, Visit Vallejo California, Times-Herald, and Recology.
General tickets are $12.50, and children under 12 are free.
For more information, visit Carnevale Fantastico's website [carnevalefantastico.com].
To purchase tickets, click here [brownpapertickets.com/event/2506780].

---


Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum Garden Tour and Festival- May 15
The Vallejo Garden Tour and Festival is a major annual fundraiser for the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. Visit nine beautiful gardens throughout Vallejo homes. Box lunches are available to purchase from City Lights Café and Catering.
In addition to featuring beautiful gardens throughout the city, the Vallejo Garden Tour will once again be holding the downtown Vallejo Garden Festival this year. The Festival will feature plant sales, crafts, antiques, gourmet food vendors, local non-profits, and fine art.
The Vallejo Garden Tour will be on Sunday, May 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 for the general public or $35 for Museum Members, and are available at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, the Vallejo Convention and Visitors Bureau in the Ferry Terminal, and at Zoey June Gift and Garden, located at 1426 Tennessee Street.
---


Vallejo Admirals Season Opener-     May 31
 The Vallejo Admirals will begin their season on May 31, and will face the Sonoma Stompers. They will be hosting games at Wilson Park beginning at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 5:05 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1:05 p.m. on Sundays.
To view the Admirals' entire schedule, click here [vallejoadmirals.com/game-schedule].
Grandstand tickets are $10, general tickets are $5, and children 10 and under are free. For more information about the Vallejo Admirals, visit their website [vallejoadmirals.com].

---


* "Coyotes in Glen Cove" (2016-01, Glen Cove Community Association newsletter) (.pdf)  [http://is.gd/V9dARk]:
As many of you know, Glen Cove has a urban Coyote pack living in the open spaces.
There are frequent postings on Next Door about sightings. One resident has posted a link to information about living with coyotes in urban areas. Some hints regarding dealing with coyotes are:
1. Never feed coyotes!
2. Coyotes are attracted to areas with rodents, so remove sources of food and rodent hiding places in your yard and garden.
3. Remove fallen fruit and bird seed.
4. Secure trash with a locking lid, or put your trash out on the morning of trash pickup.
5. Use compost containers that do not attract rodents instead of having compost piles on your property.
6. Trim vegetation and remove unnecessary piles of wood and clutter to reduce rodent hiding places, and store necessary items off of the ground.
7. Work with your neighbors to discourage coyotes from your neighborhood.
8. Frighten coyotes away by spraying them with a garden hose, yelling, or banging pots and pans to help them re-learn their healthy and natural fear of humans.
9. Keep your pets on a short leash when walking outdoors. Do not use retractable leashes or allow them to walk or run on their own, off-leash. Pick up small pets if confronted by a coyote.
10. If a coyote approaches you and your pet, yell, stomp your feet and throw small rocks or sticks at it.
More information at [bouldercounty.org/safety/animals/pages/coyote.aspx]
---


Public Works Celebrates Earth Day
The Public Works Water Conservation section and Recycling section participated in Vallejo’s Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 16, in conjunction with the Vallejo Farmer’s Market. During the event, conservation staff provided citizens with information about ongoing local and statewide drinking water restrictions and offered helpful tips to reduce water use around the home. Recycling Coordinator Derek Crutchfield highlighted innovative recycling, disposal and zero-waste solutions. Awards were given to residents for the most creative artwork made from recycled/reused materials.


---


Participatory Budgeting
Arts, Beautification & Community Project Seeks Artists
Vallejo Community Arts Foundation (VCAF) is requesting qualifications from mosaic artists to work on the Participatory Budgeting Cycle 2 Project “Art, Beautification & Community.” A committee of local artists and VCAF representatives selected a proposal to install mosaics on the Capitol Street Stairs as the Neighborhood Placemaker project, which received $24,000 of the PB project funding. A citizen committee comprised of local residents, artists and VCAF representatives are now seeking experienced artists to qualify before request-ing designs for the stairs.
The Cycle 2 project provided a total of $96,000 in funding for several public art projects, which included two downtown murals, painting of 11 utility boxes, 24 videos for the Art & Architecture Walk, and the “Neighborhood Placemaker Art Project.” Using the Community-build model, the Placemaker project will leverage the $24,000 in PB funding with external grants and material donations, and work closely with a volunteer neighbor-hood committee to create the art. The “Artist-in-residence” selected will lead the neigh-borhood committee as they work together to transform part of a neighborhood into a work of art.
Interested artists should apply online before June 1 [vallejoartandarchitecture.com/call-for-art], and can send questions to Sarah Nicols, Neighborhood Project Coordinator, at [mosa-ic@)vallejoartandarchitecture.com].


Work Continues on the Police Activities League (PAL) Athletic Field Restroom/Snack Bar -
The walls have been erected on the Police Activities League (PAL) Athletic Field Restroom/Snack Bar funded through the first cycle of Participatory Budgeting (PB). The roof, doors and windows have been installed and the interior painting is under-way. Plumbing is expected to be installed by the end the week. The project was allocated $260,000 from PB and PAL contrib-uted an additional $82,000 in matching funds.



PB Cycle 3 Project Implementation Underway -
Contracts have been signed for PB Cycle 3 projects:
- VCUSD After School Technology ($240,000)
- Afterschool Sports Program - Soccer & Basketball ($50,000)
VCUSD has already purchased and received 280+ iPads for fourteen school locations and the after-school sports program held their first basketball and soccer games in April.
View Participatory Budgeting updates, announcements and exclusive photos on our PB social media:
- homepage [ci.vallejo.ca.us/city_hall/departments___divisions/city_manager/participatory_budgeting]
- Facebook [facebook.com/ParticipatoryBudgetingvallejo]
- Instagram [instagram.com/pb_vallejo]
- Twitter [twitter.com/PB_Vallejo]
---