MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
◆ Tuesday, March 17—City Council Hearing on City Urban Ag Ordinance, City Hall at 6 pm
◆ Saturday, March 21--Urban Farm Short Films, Bus Tour, and Party for Urban Ag, McClatchy Park at 5:30 pm
◆ Tuesday, March 24—City Council Final Vote on City Urban Ag Ordinance, City Hall at 5:30 pm
◆ Wednesday, April 1—Transportation Committee Meeting, Breathe California conference room, 909 12th St, at 5:30 pm
◆ Thursday, April 2—Energy Committee Meeting, TBA
◆ Thursday, April 2--Sacramento Has Talent! Crest Theater at 7 pm
◆ Thursday, April 16—Earth Day at CSUS, 10–3 pm
◆ Sunday, April 19—Earth Day at Southside Park, 11–4 pm
◆ Wednesday, April 22—Earth Days at American River College and Sac City College, 10–3 pm
◆ Friday, April 24—Party for 350 Sac, stand by for details
◆ Friday, May 1—First day of May Is Bike Month
◆ Thursday, May 14—Bike Fest, 11–1 pm
◆ Saturday, May 16—Eco Home Tour, TBA
Urban Ag Ordinance
The Sacramento City Council will hold an initial hearing on the Sacramento Urban Agriculture Ordinance on Tuesday March 17 at 6 pm at City Hall. We support the ordinance, which would provide locally grown food as an alternative to the food deserts that exist in some parts of town and a low-carbon alternative to traditional agriculture. We oppose the amendments, which would limit urban ag stands to Tuesday and Saturday (what about people who don't have Tues or Sat off?) and restrict sales from front yard gardens (in the odd belief that edible gardens are an eyesore). The final vote on the ordinance will be on March 24 at 6:00—come out to show support. For more information: http://www.ubuntugreen.org/advocacy-urban-agriculture.
The Council unanimously voted to make Sacramento a "Honey Bee Haven," an important first step toward protecting these busy little pollinators so vital to agriculture. What does this mean? See the pledge at http://www.honeybeehaven.org/content/take-pledge. Next: ban neonicotinoids from Sacramento.
The transportation committee is working to develop a lower carbon transportation future for Sacramento. After looking at various areas of transportation, we decided the greatest need is transit—the city needs more community advocates working to expand the local transit system. Join us on Wednesday, April 1, at 5:30 at Breathe California, 909 12th St.
There have been 5 major oil train derailments/explosions in the last 5 weeks. Many were using the new "safer" tank cars. The fires that resulted were too hot to put out and the environmental damages are not yet known…the Mississippi River and major wildlife refuges are at risk from a derailment at the intersection of the Galena and Mississippi Rivers (the photo above shows the Galena River on fire from the explosion http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-83003544/). It's just a matter of time before one of these trains blows up in a highly populated area, killing potentially hundreds of people. Here's one of many articles about this: www.mcclatchydc.com/2015/03/07/259010/epa-illinois-oil-train-derailment.html.
The energy committee is working to stop these oil trains. If the Bay Area refineries expand as they wish, we could have 7–8 oil trains per day through Sacramento within the next few years. Pipelines are not a viable alternative: pipelines spill and cause great environmental damage, the oil being transported will increase climate change, and we don't need it. Come to the next transportation meeting on Thursday, April 2, place and time TBA.
350 Sac will participate in a number of Earth Days in April. This is an opportunity to introduce ourselves to the community, raise awareness about climate change, and have have a good time. We need volunteers for a shift at the table for 2 hours or so. No experience needed—we'll train.
Eco Home Tour
Planning is underway for our 2015 Eco Home Tour that will take place on May 16 during May is Bike Month. This tour (preferably by bike!) will highlight sustainable aspects of homes in the Sacramento area. We are currently looking for homes to add to the tour. The last Eco Home Tour included: aquaponics, community garden, sustainable architecture design, home retrofits such as new windows and upgraded insulation, beekeeping, solar electricity, solar water heater, swamp cooler, electric vehicle charging, and a family fleet of bicycles for exclusive bike commuting. If you or someone you know have an aspect of sustainable living you are willing to share with the community, please contact Ashley Pierson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 837-5237.
Sacramento Has Talent!
Support Access Sacramento at Sacramento Has Talent at the Crest Theater on April 2nd at 7pm. In addition to enjoying a variety of talent (hula hoop artists and other exotic fare as well as musical and comic talents!) you'll support our local media training center. At Access Sacramento, you can take classes on television, radio, video, and blog production. The station airs 350 Sacramento's climate change show, The Climate Report, and Because People Matter on KUBU, 96.5 FM, the low power radio station serving Sacramento.
Sacramento Has Talent specifically raises money for Neighborhood Correspondents, a group of young people who hone their reporting skills and report on their local communities. Check out the news stories, blogs, videos the youth produce on AccessLocal.TV. Support this valuable service by buying a $25 ticket for Sacramento Has Talent.
We welcome your donations
Building a movement costs money. We pinch your pennies…please send lots of them to 350 Sacramento, PO Box 161677, Sacramento, CA 95816 or go to our website and donate through Paypal. http://www.350sacramento.org.