sacramento connect sacramento blogs & community news around sacramento california Tue, 13 Oct 2015 05:00:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Simple steps to teach your child to be cyber-safe with texting and social media Tue, 13 Oct 2015 05:00:10 +0000 0 Everywhere But Home Tue, 13 Oct 2015 02:14:00 +0000 0 Getting Uneasy About Storminess South of Jamaica Mon, 12 Oct 2015 23:15:00 +0000 NVG model suggests there will be tropical storm development from this area.

So far, no one else is flagging it. Still, the NVG model has already been flagging it for several days, which is generally a sign to pay closer attention.

If this storminess does develop further, it will be in a position to make life merry hell in Florida.

So, wait and see….
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No Effective Way To Counter The Sleazoids At Mon, 12 Oct 2015 23:07:00 +0000 Charles Johnson and in the ecosystem of post-truth Republican politics.

Despite a Cease and Desist letter, Johnson has double-downed on rumors of an affair between Reps. McCarthy and Ellmers, but since no one cares for the truth anymore, there is no effective way to call his bluff.

Johnson is a hit man, ready to say anything about anybody. Johnson was involved in the suicide of the Tea Partier who got caught in last year's Mississippi nursing-home-pictures political scandal. Nothing like a taste of real blood to whet the appetite!

Who controls Johnson is anybody's guess, but whoever it is actually controls the Republican Party:
In the hours before House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) abruptly withdrew his candidacy to be the next speaker of the House, he received an email from a conservative activist threatening to expose an alleged affair with a colleague. The subject line: “Kevin, why not resign like Bob Livingston?”

The email, sent just after 8 a.m. on Thursday, came from Steve Baer, a Chicago-based GOP donor known for mass-emailing conservative figures and Republican lawmakers. It was addressed to McCarthy and numerous others, including the personal account of Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), whom conservative media sites have suggested is tied romantically to McCarthy.

...Baer urged McCarthy to spare his family and congressional colleagues the ordeal of the allegations being raised, and suggested that concealing an affair would be a national security risk because of the possibility of extortion.
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Powered by Women Mon, 12 Oct 2015 22:19:00 +0000 0 Modest Proposals Mon, 12 Oct 2015 21:49:31 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 Hiring The Hungarian Barbarian Mon, 12 Oct 2015 21:47:00 +0000 0 Smithsonian scientists say vines strangle carbon storage in tropical forests Mon, 12 Oct 2015 20:45:16 +0000 0 Need to know Mon, 12 Oct 2015 20:44:50 +0000 By Hannah Guzik


A nurse has an idea for bringing health care to people who need it most.

Brown signed the assisted death bill, which goes into effect in 2016.

With a new complaint phone system, will Medi-Cal enrollees be able to get help?

San Francisco’s effective response to AIDS can serve as a model.

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‘Beeting’ high altitude symptoms with beet juice Mon, 12 Oct 2015 20:33:48 +0000 100972_web.jpg
Drinking beet juice can help the human body cope with high altitudes. Here, a study subject drinks beet juice with Mt. Everest in the background. Credit: Harald Engan, Mid Sweden UniversityOctober 12, 2015 - Ever since human beings first began climbing the world's tallest mountains, they have struggled with a basic problem: altitude sickness, caused by lower air pressures which affect the ability of our bodies to take up oxygen.

Or, as actor Jason Clarke says in his role as the climbing guide Rob Hall in the recently released movie, Everest, "Human beings simply aren't built to function at the cruising altitude of a 747."

How well humans tolerate high altitudes is highly variable, but the best way to minimize the risk of developing acute mountain sickness (AMS) is acclimatization, or simply spending enough time up high to allow the body to make adjustments to lower oxygen levels.

But what if you could help your body acclimatize more quickly and thoroughly with the help of a natural substance - like beet juice? A team of Norwegian and Swedish researchers decided to see how nitrate-rich beet juice might affect acclimatization on a 39-day expedition to Kathmandu and at 3700 metres in the Rolwaling Valley, Nepal.

Nitric oxide key

One aspect of successful acclimatization is that the blood vessels are able to deliver enough oxygen throughout the body. But normal blood vessel function depends on the body's ability to naturally produce a compound called nitric oxide (NO).

In healthy people at sea level, production of adequate amounts of NO is not a problem, but with the reduced oxygen availability at high altitude it is a challenge, simply because natural NO production requires oxygen.

But the body has a "back-up system" for NO production at altitude, and it is here that beet juice can help. The secret ingredient in beet juice is high levels of nitrate, which the body can then convert to NO.

Blood vessels work better

Previous research has shown that blood vessels tend to contract at high altitude, so researchers decided to see if they could improve blood vessel function at high altitude simply by having test subjects drink beet juice. They measured blood vessel function with a standard test of arterial endothelial function, a flow-mediated dilatation test (FMD) that uses ultrasound.

In a study recently published in Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry, the researchers showed that consumption of organic nitrate-rich beet juice restored reduced blood vessel function at high altitude.

The researchers behind the study are from the K.G. Jebsen Center for Exercise in Medicine - Cardiac Exercise Research Group (CERG) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the Environmental Physiology Group at Mid-Sweden University in Östersund, Sweden.

First-ever study

The researchers' project is the first time anyone has studied if consumption of a nitrate-rich juice could have positive effects on blood vessel function at high altitude.

Both men and women were studied with ultrasound to check their blood vessel function, before and during the high altitude expedition. As expected, high altitude made blood vessels contract.

To test if beet juice could make the blood vessels relax again, the test subjects were investigated after drinking two types of beet juice with a 24-hour break between tests.

One of the juices contained high amounts of nitrate while the other type had no nitrate in it (placebo). Neither the study participants nor the researchers knew what type of beet juice each person drank before blood vessel function was measured, and the juices (nitrate-rich versus placebo) were given in a random order.

The study showed that beet juice with high amounts of nitrate made the blood vessels relax and return to normal function, while beet juice with no nitrate (the placebo) did not have any effect.

"Next time you plan a trip at high altitude, maybe it is worth carrying a bottle of beet juice in your backpack," said the study's corresponding author, Svein Erik Gaustad, from NTNU's CERG. "It may be the extra boost your body needs to deliver enough oxygen to your tired muscles and keep you healthy when you are climbing a high mountain."
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Turncoat protein regulates sensitivity of breast cancer cells to drug Mon, 12 Oct 2015 20:23:31 +0000 0 Perk Up at One of these Sacramento Events! Mon, 12 Oct 2015 20:05:04 +0000

Learn more about your favorite pick-me-up this week during Specialty Coffee Week (Photo courtesy of the Specialty Coffee Week.)

Looking for things to do this week in Sacramento? You could fall in love with cars, coffee, creepy creatures, and more over these next seven October days. Look below to'sTop 6 Events:


Specialty Coffee Week 2015
Various locations
Mon 10/12 - Sun 10/18

Midtown Annual Gala
E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts
Thurs 10/15

Sacramento International Auto Show
Cal Expo
Fri 10/16 - Sun 10/18

The Doorway 2015
Harris Center for the Arts
Fri 10/16 - Sat 10/24

Sinister Creature Con
Scottish Rite Center
Sat 10/17 - Sun 10/18

Tchaikovsky's Fourth
Community Center Theater
Sat 10/17


Find things to do in Sacramento this week and every day of the year

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New study projects that melting of Antarctic ice shelves will intensify Mon, 12 Oct 2015 19:17:31 +0000 0 Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Period Beginning Soon at Nevada County Department of Social Services Mon, 12 Oct 2015 19:10:31 +0000 0 39.260059 -121.022743 39.326118 -120.212151 Presentation and Critique by Ulan Valusek to the Nevada County Camera Club on Oct. 26 Mon, 12 Oct 2015 18:34:16 +0000
“Valusek has been taking pictures since the 8th grade - for 63 years. In 1967, he began industrial and commercial photography. Later he continued his love of photography freelancing for the Marysviille Appeal Democrat. Valusek, a resident of Yuba City, has been judging photos for 10 years and has been a certified Image Analyst with the Photographic Society of America for 3 years.

For this critique meeting, members can continue to submit three photos. Categories for submitted photos include: Black and White; Color; Nature - Landscapes; Nature - Wildlife; Travel; Technical; Photojournalism; and the Monthly Subject - Shadows.

Meeting: October 26, from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center, 180 Cambridge Court, Grass Valley
Meeting: The public is welcome and there is no cost for first time guests. Currently, the club has over 100 members and aims to help members refine their photographic skills.

For More Information:

Nevada County Camera Club :

Photographic Society of American/Ed Valusek]]> 0 52.861938 -8.19667 39.22364 -121.05484 39.135578 -121.62468 38.470051 -120.540512 38.943062 -94.634308
More than 1000 guests enjoy “Super Eclipse” at Community Observatory Mon, 12 Oct 2015 18:31:14 +0000 Eclipse.jpg
PLACERVILLE, Calif. October 12, 2015 - With another record nighttime crowd in a single month, the Community Observatory in Placerville hosted over one thousand guests, during the Harvest Moon Super Eclipse on Sunday, September 27. Lawn chairs and blankets covered the hillside, as many families came together and attended the eclipse viewing, beginning at sunset and ending around 10 p.m.

Despite the threat of an overcast sky, the clouds parted at sunset to reveal the total lunar eclipse of a Super Moon. The crowd cheered then silently awed at the beauty of the moon, clouds, stars and Milky Way Galaxy overhead. “I think a lot of the visitors took a chance coming here tonight. They could have easily gone elsewhere to experience this.” said Robin Longworth, Lead Docent for the evening. “They came here taking a chance on the weather, the docents, and the equipment. It is wonderful to see so many attendees at our last couple viewings – the Community Observatory is becoming the place to go for astronomical events.”

Inside of the observatory, docents dazzled attendees with amazing views of Saturn. Once the eclipse became visible inside, viewers stood in line to look through telescopes and watched the earth’s shadow crossing the moon on a large screen. Attendees were also treated to fabulous objects like colorful nebulae, star clusters and galaxies that normally go unseen during the brightness of a full moon.

“Ten years ago the Rotary Club of Cameron Park had a vision to build an observatory that could serve the community by offering free astronomy programs to inspire interest in the sciences,” Chief Docent Charlie Coburn recalled. “They thought it would be successful if the observatory could be available to a thousand people per year. During this eclipse, we surpassed that goal in one night. This has been an incredible year. All summer we had upwards of 250 people visiting the observatory every weekend and many thanks go out to our volunteer docents who freely share their knowledge.”

The Community Observatory is open and free to the public every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings weather permitting. On Monday, October 19, the observatory will provide a special viewing session in coordination with the President’s “White House Astronomy Night” event. The Community Observatory will be open from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and is located at 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville. “Join us to view and learn about Saturn, craters and mountains on the Moon, colorful nebulae, awesome galaxies and fantastic star clusters,” Coburn added.

The Rotary Club of Cameron Park, Folsom Lake College and El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) partner to make these unique and innovative learning experiences possible. The Community Observatory is located on land owned by EDCOE, adjacent to the El Dorado Center of Folsom Lake College.

For hours and more information about the observatory, visit
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How to clarify the role of money in the social network Mon, 12 Oct 2015 17:20:30 +0000 0 Identity theft prevention is a life skill for the modern family: Tips for every parent & child Mon, 12 Oct 2015 16:46:16 +0000 0 Recycling Mon, 12 Oct 2015 16:25:18 +0000 0 Arena glitter blinds newspaper to plight of the poor Mon, 12 Oct 2015 15:53:20 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 38.56789 -121.468849 38.699619 -121.460129 Field Poll: While Governor Brown’s job approval remains high, Democratic primary voters oppose the idea of his seeking the Democratic presidential nomination Mon, 12 Oct 2015 15:17:25 +0000
Despite Brown's high overall standing with voters, likely voters in California's Democratic primary next year are cool to the idea of Brown becoming a candidate for their party's presidential nomination. Statewide, 48% of Democratic primary voters say it would be a bad thing if Brown were to become a presidential candidate, while 39% feel it would be a good thing.

The poll also finds divided and largely partisan views about the overall job the state legislature is doing.

These are the results from the latest statewide Field Poll conducted by telephone among 1,002 registered voters in this state.

Trend of Brown's job performance

After serving two terms as California's Governor during the period 1975-1983, Brown was elected to a third term in 2010, and was overwhelmingly reelected in 2014. Throughout his current tenure, more voters have approved than disapproved of the job he has been doing.

Brown's current ratings – 56% approving and 32% disapproving – are similar to voter assessments found in six previous Field Polls dating back to December 2013.

Approval of Brown's performance spans most voter subgroups

Voter approval of Brown's performance as Governor spans most of the major demographic, regional and political subgroups of the state.

Brown's highest approval ratings are found among voters who identify as strongly liberal in politics (84%), voters in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area (76%), and Democrats (73%).

In only three subgroups, which overlap to a large extent – Republicans, strong conservatives, and those who identify with the Tea Party political movement – do majorities give the Governor poor job marks.

Likely voters in California's June Democratic primary cool to the idea of Brown becoming a candidate for their party's presidential nomination

While the Governor's standing with the Democratic electorate is very strong, most likely voters in the state's June Democratic primary for President oppose the idea of Brown becoming a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. Statewide 48% think a Brown entrance into the presidential race would be a bad thing, while 39% say it would be a good thing.

Democratic primary voters currently supporting Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy are about evenly divided in their views about Brown entering the presidential race. Voters supporting Sanders or who are undecided are somewhat less positive in their opinions about this.

Voters continue to hold mixed and highly partisan views of the performance of the state legislature

Voter assessments of the performance of the state legislature are divided, with 40% approving and 41% disapproving of its performance. Another 19% of voters have no opinion. These results are largely unchanged from those found in two Field Polls conducted earlier this year.

Voter impressions of the legislature are highly partisan and vary by region. Democrats view the Democratically-controlled legislature in a generally positive light, with 51% approving and 29% disapproving. Republican voters, on the other hand, hold a mostly negative view, with 63% disapproving and just 21% approving.

In addition, there are wide differences in opinions of the legislature by region. More voters living in the state's populous coastal counties approve (43%) than disapprove (37%) of the job the legislature is doing, while voters in the state's inland counties disapprove 50% to 35%.]]> 0
Governor Brown Signs AB 243: Marijuana cultivation to face environmental regulation Mon, 12 Oct 2015 15:12:23 +0000
“The signing of these bills marks a turning point for the medical cannabis industry in the state of California. Developing comprehensive regulations for a 20 year-old industry took a major effort on the part of legislators, the administration, and stakeholders. These new laws mean that business owners, patients, and law enforcement will finally have clarity,” said Assemblymember Jim Wood, author of AB 243.

AB 243 and its companion legislation will provide increased oversight – and the necessary accompanying funding – to ensure that the marijuana industry complies with state standards and regulations with regard to water use, water discharge and pesticide and insecticide use.

“Thanks to Assemblymember Wood’s leadership, threatened salmon and steelhead will have a chance to recover from the extensive unregulated water diversions and damage caused by this industry along the North Coast,” said Curtis Knight, executive director of watershed and fish advocacy group California Trout.

“AB 243 was crafted with the North Coast in mind, and will help not only my district but the entire the state of California,” noted Wood. “I am proud it will serve as the foundation for the state’s cultivation language.”]]> 0 39.9104 -123.236 36.249592 -115.250458
Chocolate Peppermint Herbal Cough Syrup Mon, 12 Oct 2015 14:59:55 +0000 Hybrid Rasta Mama

It’s that time of year …  Sometimes even when we’re doing everything to take care of our bodies, we still get sick. It’s super common when fall returns and children are back to school … colds are bound to happen at some point.  I do my best to keep my family healthy. I nourish them with home […]

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Governor Signs California New Motor Voter Act Mon, 12 Oct 2015 14:39:57 +0000
The California New Motor Voter Act will register every voting-eligible resident who applies for or renews a driver’s license or ID card at a (DMV), with the ability to opt out, potentially adding millions of new registered voters to California’s voter rolls.

“As we watch states across the country do their best to disenfranchise voters, I'm proud to have legislation signed into law today that actually expands voting opportunities for all Californians,” said Gonzalez. “Removing an unnecessary barrier to voter registration will allow us to get down to the business of increasing actual participation.”

Assemblymembers Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville) and Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) served as joint authors for the bill, and Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Los Angeles County) managed the bill in the Senate as principal co-author.

Statistics show that less than 1 out of every five residents who interact with the DMV through the current motor voter program opt-in to vote, and a recent study of internet search data estimated that 3 to 4 million more otherwise eligible citizens would have voted in the 2012 presidential election if not for restrictive registration rules. Padilla, who sponsored by the bill as Secretary of State, said AB 1461 would provide Californians easier access to their right to vote by removing an unnecessary step.

“In a free society, the right to vote is fundamental. I ran for Secretary of State to expand access to the polls. Government should not impede a citizen’s right to vote,” said Padilla, who was elected California as Secretary of State in 2014. “The New Motor Voter Act will make our democracy stronger by removing a key barrier to voting for millions of California citizens. I applaud Governor Brown for his leadership and bold action to increase voter participation in our state.”

The California New Motor Voter Act calls for data already being collected by the DMV to be provided to local election officials to expand voter registration while protecting the public's right to privacy and to decline registration. Data collected by the DMV would be provided to the California Secretary of State’s Office after verifying a resident’s legal eligibility to vote. The Secretary of State then provides the information to county Registrars of Voters who maintain each county’s voter rolls. The bill would continue to protect those covered by existing confidentiality policies, such as peace officers, and voters would retain their right to cancel their voter registration at any time.

An estimated 6.6 million Californians are eligible to vote but unregistered, ranking the state 38th among the 50 states in voter registration. Just 30% of eligible voters participated in the 2014 statewide election, ranking 43rd nationwide. A recent academic study of online web search and voter participation data from the 2012 presidential election estimated that an 3-4 million people nationwide would have voted but couldn’t because they missed the registration deadline. A recent UC Davis examination of California voter registration and participation found that eligible but unregistered voters are disproportionately Latinos and Asian-Americans.

In 2014, Gonzalez authored the VOTE Act (AB 1873, 2014), creating a pilot program in San Diego County to provide all voters with mail ballots in special legislative elections. An expansion of the VOTE Act – Assembly Bill 547 – was also signed into law by the Governor today.

The California New Motor Voter Act was approved by the Senate on a 25-15 vote September 10 and the Assembly on a 52-26 vote September 11. The bill will take effect on January 1, 2016.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez represents California’s 80th Assembly District, which includes portions of the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista and National City. She serves as Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace and is a single mom. For more information, visit]]> 0
Prescribed burns planned for Fall 2015 on the Plumas National Forest Mon, 12 Oct 2015 14:38:16 +0000
The goals of these projects are to reduce the severity of future wildfires, provide added protection for communities in the wildland urban interface, promote more diverse and resilient ecosystems and improve habitat for wildlife.

The burns will occur as local weather & fuel conditions permit, through March 2016. Local authorities are notified prior to burn days and kept informed throughout burning operations.

To ensure the safety of people and property in the area, prescribed fire projects are conducted in accordance with an approved burn plan. Burn plans describe the specific conditions under which burns will be conducted including the weather, number of personnel and opportunities to minimize smoke impacts. As a result of the burns, some residents and visitors may see or smell smoke and witness glowing from the fires at night. People should not be alarmed; the fires are carefully monitored.

Forest visitors are asked to avoid areas where prescribed burns are being conducted and to recognize some spur roads near the burn areas may be inaccessible during operations.

Following is a list of prescribed burn projects (with acreage and locations) currently planned:

Beckwourth Ranger District

Freeman Underburn – 600 acres, Lake Davis area north of Portola

Ingalls Underburn – 450 acres, Lake Davis area north of Portola

Jackson Hand Piles – 500 acres, along Highway 89/70 between Blairsden/Graeagle and Cromberg.

Freeman Stewardship Piles – 50 acres, Lake Davis area north of Portola

Turner Timber Sale Piles – 50 acres, Lake Davis area north of Portola

Wolf Ranch Timber Sale Piles – 50 acres, Lake Davis area north of Portola

Grizz-Walker Timber Sale Piles –50 acres, near Walker Mine, north of Sloat/Cromberg.

For more information contact Fuels Specialist Don Fregulia (530) 836-7176

Mount Hough Ranger District

Meadow Valley Underburn – 110 ac south of Tamarack Flat, south of Meadow Valley. 165 acres north of Meadow Valley

Empire Underburn—300 acres, 125ac northeast of Massack

Wolf Creek Bear Grass Underburn – 10 acres, southeast of Canyon Dam along FS road 27N80

Corridor Under Burn – 100 acres around Mt Hough Ranger station and along HWY 70

American Valley Hand Piles – 75 acres, Mill Creek drainage south of east Quincy

Bucks Lake Hand and Machine Piles – 10 acres, campgrounds, Haskins Valley, and Thompson Lake

Chips Reforestation Piles – 375 acres of grapple piles in the Chips Fire area, south of Lake Almanor

Corridor Hand Piles – 11 acres west of Mt. Hough Ranger Station

Empire Hand Piles – 10 acres north of Quincy near Mt. Hough Rd.

Keddie Rock Cress - 15 acres, northwest of Round Valley Reservoir

Maidu Stewardship Hand Piles – 239 acres, north of Greenville along Highway 89

Twain and Virgilia Piles - 40 acres, north of Highway 70 along Kingsbury Grade

Round Valley Piles - 360 acres, around Round Valley Reservoir

Keddie Ridge Piles – 136 acres off North Arm Road in the Peters Creek Drainage

For more information contact Fuels Specialist Nick Bunch at (530) 283-7672.

Feather River Ranger District

Slapjack Underburn - 200 acres, Slapjack DFPZ Units near the community of Woodleaf, and along Oregon Hill Road south of Challenge.

Brush Creek Underburn – 200 acres, Brush Creek DFPZ units near the community of Berry Creek.

Watdog Underburn – 25 acres, Watdog DFPZ units north of La Porte.

Feather River District Piles - 390 acres

· Butte County

o Woodleaf/Kanaka – 89 acres, Feather Falls/Ponderosa Reservoir.

· Plumas & Sierra Counties

o Cemetery Restoration – 1 acre cemetery site near the town of La Porte

o Ararat-Grizzly Timber Sale Piles – 1 acre landing

o Stag Point Timber Sale Piles -26 landing piles above La Porte.

o Little Grass Valley - 3 acres near Little Grass Valley Campground.

o La Porte Pines – 10 acres, near the community of La Porte

· Yuba County

o La Porte Hazardous Fuels Reduction Piles - 5 acres near Scales area.

o Scales Deck Timber Sale Piles - 1 acres near Slate Creek and County Road 2.

o Slapjack Hand Piles – 30 acres near Woodleaf, and Marysville Road.

o Slapjack Dozer Piles - 61 acres near Woodleaf, Challenge and Bullards Bar Reservoir.

o Oregon Peak Hand Piles - 16 acres near Oregon Peak Lookout. And Oregon Hill Road

o Pendola Fire Restoration Hand Piles – 129 acres along Oregon Hill road near the town of Challenge.

o Slapjack Timber Sale Piles – 17 biomass piles near Challenge

o Oregon Hill Woodlot – 3 acres south of Challenge

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Gov. Brown signs AB 142, Mokelumne River Wild and Scenic study bill Mon, 12 Oct 2015 14:37:00 +0000
“We're excited that Gov. Brown signed AB 142,” said Foothill Conservancy President Katherine Evatt. “We’re sure the study called for by the bill will demonstrate the many reasons the Mokelumne River should be protected for generations to come while it answers local water agencies’ questions. We see this as a major milestone in our decades-long effort to protect the Mokelumne from new dams and diversions.”

As passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor, AB 142:

· Names the Mokelumne from Salt Spring Dam to Pardee Reservoir as a potential addition to the state Wild and Scenic River System.

· Calls for a state study to analyze water supply, climate change and other issues of concern to local water purveyors, to be completed by the end of 2017.

· Requires that the study will provide for input from a broad range of stakeholders.

· Analyzes the effect of previous state Wild and Scenic designations on water rights applications and water rights granted after designation.

· Adds protections for the river, including a bar on construction of new dams and diversions on the river upstream of Pardee Reservoir and a ban on state funding or assistance for projects (with some exceptions), that could harm the free-flowing condition and natural character of the same river reaches. Those protections will stay in place until the implementation of any Wild and Scenic designation recommendations resulting from the study or the end of 2021, whichever occurs first.

· Requires local agencies to pay up to 50 percent of the study’s cost.

AB 142 was a compromise among stakeholders concerned with river conservation and those focused on Mokelumne River water supply and power generation. It was supported by Amador and Calaveras counties, foothill water agencies, the East Bay Municipal Utility District, the California Farm Bureau Federation and PG&E in addition to river conservation, recreation and fish organizations. A full designation bill for the Mokelumne, SB 1199, failed in the Legislature last year after passing the state Senate when foothill counties and water agencies complained about the lack of a state suitability study.

“We’d like to thank Assemblyman Bigelow for his leadership in shepherding this bill through with the agreement of diverse stakeholders,” said Evatt. “It's also important to note that passage of this bill will not affect watershed protection and restoration efforts following the Butte Fire.” That recent fire burned nearly 71,000 acres in Amador and Calaveras counties, including some lands in the Mokelumne watershed.]]> 0
Warm and dry weather, no real change in sight Mon, 12 Oct 2015 14:29:52 +0000 CRHecp1UYAAPEKE.png
October 12, 2015 - Warm and dry weather continues through at least mid-week. A weather system moving up from southern California may bring a few showers to areas south of Interstate 80 later in the week.


Building high pressure along with plenty of sunshine and lack of any substantial onshore flow will lead to unseasonably hot weather across the interior of NorCal the next several days.

Upper low west of Baja may become a player in our weather after mid-week, but it's looking increasingly likely that it will remain south of our forecast area as it moves northward into central California around Thursday, so any threat of showers will likely remain well to the south of I-80.

Extended Discussion (Friday through Monday)

On Friday, our region will be sandwiched between a closed low storm centered over SoCal and a strengthening trough just offshore of the Pacific NW & NorCal coastline. Thus, there could be a few showers that impact the Sierra south of Lake Tahoe (from the closed low) and across the Coastal Range (from the trough). Otherwise, expect Friday to be fairly dry for our CWA.

The closed low will weaken and move eastward by Saturday morning as the trough pushes inland. The trough will bring better chances for precipitation across our entire CWA on Saturday with some lingering showers into Sunday. Drier weather returns after Sunday as high pressure ridging develops along the West Coast. Temperatures will remain above normal through the extended forecast.
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Bridalveil Fire in Yosemite Mon, 12 Oct 2015 14:20:19 +0000
This fire is being suppressed. Yosemite Fire Crews and 2 USDA, US Forest Service Hot Shot crews, Groveland and Sierra, are committed to fire suppression efforts. Helicopter water bucket drops continue to cool the flanks of the fire. It is within designated wilderness and Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) will be utilized.

On October 5, Helicopter 551 responded, located the fire and its fire crew rappelled into the remote fire area. The fire area is very steep and rocky, with few opportunities to engage the fire with direct attack. There has been one injury. The west facing aspect fire becomes more active mid-morning and into late afternoon due to sunlight keeping the brush and timber fuels dry and receptive to increased fire activity.

The Pohono Trail is closed from Dewey Point south to the trail junction from Taft Point and McGurk Meadow. The cause is unknown. There has been no lightning in the area since early August.

Please remember – Yosemite and California continue to experience very dry conditions. Although it is fall, and nights are cooler, all visitors are urged to be diligent in any use of fire, including smoking.  

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Generosity, spirit of community on stage and off at annual Souper Sunday on Oct. 25 Mon, 12 Oct 2015 14:08:13 +0000 KeithReynCorinne2.jpg
Keith Porter, Reyn Smith and Corinne Glean in "The Quilt Maker's Gift," the musical theater production featured as part of this year's Souper Sunday. The Oct. 25 benefit performance will be the only public production before Sierra Stages takes the play to local schools. Photo credit: Carolyn ValleOctober 12, 2015 - Warm up to fall at the second annual Souper Sunday benefit, Oct. 25. Funds raised by this family-friendly event will support youth programming for Sierra Stages and InConcert Sierra.

In the fall of 2014, the two nonprofit arts organizations partnered to present the inaugural Souper Sunday, which raised enough funds for Sierra Stages to present “Stone Soup” at four Nevada County schools and also benefit InConcert Sierra’s music programs for youth. They will return for a second year to Miners Foundry Cultural Center at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 to present “The Quiltmaker’s Gift.”

The musical tells the tale of a greedy king, who commands presents from everyone in the land. Most people comply, but a quiltmaker, known for her beautiful works of art, will not give the king one of her blankets – they are reserved only for the poor and homeless. Convinced the quilt is his key to happiness, the king will stop at nothing to secure one from the quiltmaker.

Souper Sunday will be the sole public performance of “The Quiltmaker’s Gift” before it goes on tour to elementary schools this fall. Sierra Stages and InConcert Sierra will once again present this educational tale to the schools at no charge.

"It was so rewarding to perform the musical 'Stone Soup' (written by Ken Hardin) for more than 1,200 students at four local elementary schools last year that we decided we should put together another school touring production this fall,” said Peter Mason of Sierra Stages.

“Souper Sunday is a fun opportunity for the community to support what InConcert Sierra and Sierra Stages does for youth, but also gives them a chance to see what it is they are directly supporting, all in an enjoyable and social atmosphere,” said InConcert Sierra Artistic Director Ken Hardin.

Following the Oct. 25 performance, there will be a luncheon of various soups, breads and desserts, and a silent auction, including a handmade quilt donated by the Pine Tree Quilt Guild, and a raffle of goods and services donated by local businesses and individuals.

“This year we start again with comforting soup and add the warmth of quilts by presenting a story that will bring a glow to your heart.  “The Quiltmaker’s Gift,” shows us all the value of generosity, the spirit of community, and the true secret to happiness – giving,” said Susan Mason, who is the director and vocal director.

Tickets to Souper Sunday are $35 adults and $20 youth under age 12 and available online at Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Miners Foundry Cultural Center is located at 325 Spring St. in Nevada City.

For more information, visit either organization’s websites at or, or call InConcert Sierra at 530-273-3900.

WHO: Sierra Stages and InConcert Sierra present
WHAT: second annual Souper Sunday
WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City, CA 95959
TICKETS: $35 for adults, $20 for youth under age 12. Available online at
INFO: 530-273-3990, 530-346-3210
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Out to Lunch Mon, 12 Oct 2015 14:00:53 +0000 read more]]> 0 Historic Cannabis Bills Signed in California but Banking and Public Safety Concerns Remain Mon, 12 Oct 2015 13:50:19 +0000
In a rare parliamentary procedural exception, Assemblymember Jim Wood introduced a bill in the final hours of the regular 2014 Legislative session on Friday, September 11, 2015. Sponsored by Board Member Ma, Wood authored AB 1549 to address the urgent matter of the lack of banking opportunities for the legal cannabis industry in California.

“Forty-three states today allow some form of legal cannabis or hemp access under state and/or local laws. However, not one state allows individuals access to banks or credit unions which creates a huge safety concern when millions of dollars remain unbanked on our streets, homes, and businesses," stated Assemblyman Wood.

"Our currency still says 'this note is legal tender for all debts, public and private' and yet we are still forcing cannabis businesses to use cash-only in a digital world,” stated Board Member Fiona Ma. “By failing to conform our laws with their business needs and not allowing access to bank accounts, we are creating a whole society of third-class citizens.”

California led the nation by passing Proposition 215: The Compassionate Use Act in 1996. In summary, Prop. 215 requires the creation of nonprofit cooperatives that would register with the State Board of Equalization (SBOE) and pay sales taxes on products sold. Last year, the SBOE collected about $44 million dollars of sales tax from the licensed Medicinal Cannabis Dispensaries (MCD) representing about 25% of the MCD’s in operation in the State of California.

However, given the federal government’s classification of marijuana as a Schedule I Controlled Substance, banks and credits unions cannot provide banking services to medicinal cannabis operations without risking the threat of criminal prosecution. This remains true even if financial institutions follow the federal guidance issued by the Department of Justice and Department of Treasury, via the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) which oversees Bank Secrecy Act compliance. For those financial institutions willing to take on the enhanced compliance for banking cannabis, they face an additional threat of risking their eligibility to participate in the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), which guarantees deposits for credit unions similar to the FDIC’s guarantee for bank deposits.

This has the effect of forcing medicinal cannabis operations to remain strictly cash operations, making compliance and enforcement of California tax law significantly more difficult. Furthermore, medicinal cannabis operations do not have access to checking accounts, ACH transactions or credit lines to finance their day to day operations or opportunities to expand. The all-cash nature of MCD operations includes employees, which exposes them to liability for federal and state tax withholding errors, and prevents them from participating in the Social Security program.

Finally, because the medicinal cannabis industry operates on a cash basis, employees, patients and neighborhood residents are at greater risk of violent crime.

In July, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee voted 16-14 to allow cannabis operators access to the federal banking services. This historic vote was on the heels of the Federal Reserve System denying Master Account status to a newly formed compliance-based credit union in Denver who was prepared to bank the now-legal cannabis industry in Colorado. The credit union has since filed a lawsuit demanding “equal access” to the payments system.

On July 31, 2015, State Board of Equalization Member Ma convened a banking stakeholder meeting in Sacramento. "The consensus from this meeting was that until the federal government affirmatively addresses many of the conflicting federal and state laws, California needs to step up and find a creative and feasible legislative proposal to bank the unbanked in our state," said Board Member Ma.

State Board of Equalization Member Ma and Assemblyman Wood’s move has the support of the financial services community. “In order to continue serving our customers and for the sake of the security of our community, people who work in credit unions and banks need to have a place at the table to ensure any laws and regulations are feasible,” stated Janet Sanchez, Senior Vice President of Community Credit Union of Southern Humboldt. “This will make sure financial institutions are willing and able to participate.”

The introduction of this bill has captured the interest and support of Congressman Ted Lieu. "I commend Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma and Assemblyman Wood for working to provide banking access to cannabis businesses and consumers. I am a cosponsor of HR 2076 in Congress to provide banking access to marijuana-related businesses. I look forward to working with my colleagues at the federal and state level to ensure we update our state and federal banking laws to allow cannabis providers and consumers the full range of financial access," states Congressman Lieu.

This bill is the starting point for discussions amongst stakeholders and will be heard in committee early next year when the Legislature reconvenes.

To view Assemblymember Jim Wood’s website, please visit:

To view Board Member Ma’s stakeholder meeting for the cannabis community that took place on July 31, 2015, please visit:]]> 0
America’s aging voting machines Mon, 12 Oct 2015 12:56:54 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 0 Monday Morning Thoughts: A Stacked Deck on the Sports Park? Mon, 12 Oct 2015 12:17:51 +0000 In July, the Davis City Council did the right thing by separating the issue of the potential tax measure from the question about the need and location of a potential sports park. The council at that time decided to direct a Sports Complex Task Force to consider some critical issues. From our perspective, it made ...

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Correcting the Record on the Blondies Commentary Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:34:26 +0000 In our commentary on Blondies yesterday, we wrote, “If staff wanted to allow Blondies to open and operate as the council and community weighed in on what changes they wanted to see, then it stands to reason that they might have offered alternative language that would have been acceptable. But they didn’t go that route, ...

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Eye on the Courts: Is There a Place in the Legal System for Justice and Mercy? Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:00:08 +0000 Last night 60 Minutes had a segment on Glenn Ford, who spent nearly 30 years on death row, in solitary confinement, in Louisiana’s notorious Angola prison – until new evidence revealed he did not commit the murder. He would die this year at the age of 65, denied compensation by a system indifferent to the ...

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California Becomes First State To Ban “Redskins” as School Mascot or Team Name Mon, 12 Oct 2015 10:04:06 +0000 by Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald Assembly Bill 30, sponsored by Democratic Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) was signed by Governor Brown yesterday and goes into effect January 1, 2017. The bill, known as “the California Racial Mascots Act” makes the state the first to prohibit public schools from using the term “Redskins” as a school athletic team name, ...

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Creating a bike-friendly Sacramento Mon, 12 Oct 2015 08:14:59 +0000 In this story we go to Sacramento where bike advocates are promoting a healthy lifestyle and bike-friendly public policy.

By Daniel Weintraub and Sara Washington

Jim Brown
Executive Director, Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates

I think there’s just an assumption that bicycling is a healthy activity. We don’t talk about it. We hear a lot about the risk of, you know, hazardous interaction with cars.

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ASUCD President appoints new senator Mon, 12 Oct 2015 08:01:34 +0000 0 TCL Roku TV – Givaway! Mon, 12 Oct 2015 07:08:00 +0000 0 Vegan on the Monterey Peninsula Mon, 12 Oct 2015 07:02:00 +0000

While I had a few "make-do" meals while I was there -- unbuttered sourdough toast with jam for breakfast, and pasta without the cheese for dinner -- I also had a few good vegan meals. In case you find yourself on the Monterey Peninsula any time soon, here are some suggestions.

One of my favorite sandwich chains is Ike's Love and Sandwiches. Their menu offers a whole vegetarian sandwich section, most of which can be made vegan. Alas, they don't have a Sacramento location, but they do have one in Monterey. I ordered the Sally Ride, made with vegan turkey, Daiya vegan cheese (provolone, I believe), avocado, and a vegan "dirty sauce." I had mine on a sourdough roll, and it was served warm. It was a great way to begin our weekend getaway! Ike's is located at 570 Munras Avenue, and their phone number is 831-643-0900. The restaurant is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Their vegetarian menu can be found at this link:

Another great find, just blocks away from Cannery Row, was Hula Island Grill, which also offers a vegetarian section on their menu. Most of these items can be made vegan, and the ones that are vegan without the need for modification are clearly marked on the menu. I ordered the macadamia nut encrusted tofu, which came with rice and mango-papaya sauce. Normally, it also comes with slaw, but since the slaw contains mayonnaise, I got fries instead. The tofu and mango-papaya sauce were excellent, and I will definitely visit this restaurant again the next time I'm in the area. Hula Island Grill is located at 622 Lighthouse Avenue, and their phone number is 831-655-4852. They also have locations in Santa Cruz and in Phoenix, Arizona. The restaurant is open Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Their vegetarian menu can be found at this link:!mvegetarian/c18j7.

We also drove into lovely Carmel by the Sea for a few hours. We had decided to eat lunch at Basil Seasonal Dining because they had a vegan entrée on their menu, but they were temporarily closed due to plumbing difficulties. Just steps away, we found Carmel Belle, which offered an open-faced avocado sandwich, which was just as simple and elegant as it sounds. A slice of Il Fornaio sourdough bread was sprinkled with olive oil and salt, then I asked that a layer of tomato slices be added, and avocado slices topped it off. It was a reminder that good food can stand on its own, without a lot of fancy sauces or seasonings. Carmel Belle is located at Doud Craft Studios on San Carlos between Ocean and 7th, and their phone number is 831-624-1600. The restaurant is open Monday and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Wednesday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

And now, back to checking out all the great Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge items at our local restaurants!]]> 0