"How should we balance the transportation needs and wants of a growing region?" Answer this question for yourself, learn more and let your voice be heard at SACOG's Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy Public Workshops on October 9th from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. at American River College and on October 11th from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 4–8 p.m. at the MARRS Building Midtown. http://www.sacog.org/mtpscs/
Laurie Litman named Environmentalist of the Year by ECOS!
Please consider joining us to help honor our Chairperson, Laurie Litman. This year’s annual Environmentalist of the Year awards, hosted by the Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS), will take place October 28th at Sierra 2 Center for the Arts and Community. This year, among the honorees is Laurie Litman for her leadership in Climate response as chair of 350 Sacramento.
ECOS mission is to achieve regional and community sustainability and a healthy environment for existing and future residents of the Sacramento region. Each year since 1972, ECOS has recognized individuals and organizations from the Sacramento region for significant contributions to the local environment by presenting our Environmentalist of the Year Award. Here’s the link for tickets and event info:
Opposition to the Benicia Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for Valero Plant expansion to increase crude oil by rail transport resulted in dozens of letters questioning the adequacy of the analysis. One of the highlights was SACOG’s comment letter, which members of 350Sacramento and Yolano Climate Action worked hard to support. The most recent blow to the Valero plans came in a letter from California Attorney General Kamala Harris in which she says the DEIR “fails to properly account for many of the Project's potentially significant impacts pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act.”
Plastic Bag Ban! One of the Action items supported at 350Sacramento’s Town Hall meeting last May was a ban on plastic bags commonly found at grocery stores. On September 30, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law just such a ban, SB 270. Supported by statewide environmental groups and labor unions, the bill helps move us away from fossil fuel products which typically end up being used once, an often end up as polluting litter, a danger to wildlife, when thy don’t make it to a landfill. The text of the bill can be found at http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/
Cool Davis Festival
Come along to Cool Davis’ flagship festival!
HAVE FUN, SAVE MONEY
COOL HOMES, GREEN LIVES
8am-1pm on Saturday October 11th 2014 in Central Park, Davis
Share a copy of the Cool Davis Festival Poster!
For information about Sponsorship or Exhibiting contact – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Story: Interview with the volunteer leaders of the festival
- Story: Festival links sky to soil to plate
- See a great slideshow of the 2013 Festival on our Google+ page
Yasunidos Resistance to Oil Drilling in Amazon
Join us for a talk by Yasunidos, a broad youth coalition, on the struggle to protect Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park in the Amazon from oil drilling. Considered the most biodiverse region in the world, Yasuní is also inhabited by the last indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation. Yasuní’s future is at risk due to the planned oil extraction. Sponsored by the Sac Activist School (916) 572-9680; SacActivistSchool@gmail.com
Monday, October 13th; 11am - 130pm
California State University Sacramento; Student Union, Redwood Room
6 - 9pm
At the Sol Collective
2574 21st Street
Climate Change, educational training series!
October 15th, 22nd, and 29th
The three trainings will be held 7pm at the Sol Collective on three consecutive Wednesday evenings.
Sac Activist School will be hosting these trainings presented by the Citizens Climate Lobby.
Contact the either the Sac Activist School or the Citizens Climate Lobby for more information:
Sac Activist School
Citizens Climate Lobby
Save the American River Association's directors urge you to VOTE NO ON PROP. 1, the water bond measure on this November's ballot.
• Prop. 1 does nothing to address drought relief in the near future.
• Prop. 1 adds $7.12 billion to California's debt, debt that will cost taxpayers $14.4 when the principal and interest is paid.
• Prop. 1 dedicates only 13% of its funding for conservation, stormwater capture and treatment, and recycling.
• Prop. 1 allocates $2.7 billion for three dams that would increase the state's water supply by only 1%. The money would flow under the provision that allows "continuous funding," meaning there would be no legislative oversight.
• A number of dam projects that had been abandoned because of low water yield or would not be cost-effective are now being revived.
• When the State Water Project was approved in 1960, it provided that beneficiaries of water projects -- not taxpayers statewide -- would pay for new projects. Prop. 1 reverses that principle. Taxpayers would pay the lion's share of new projects. Taxpayers, for example, would pay 73% of the cost of the proposed Temperance Flat Dam on the San Joaquin River while the beneficiaries -- agribiz and the City of Fresno -- would pay most of the balance.
• Prop. 1 requires taxpayers to buy water the public already owns to protect fish. It's a retread of programs in force for years that allow speculators who reap huge profits by selling the public's water back to the public. And it will have the additional impact of making more water available to export from The Delta.
• Prop. 1 does nothing to address factors that have worsened the water crisis in California during the current drought: the overdrafting of major reservoirs in Northern California, inequitable distribution of limited water supplies and the failure to balance the Public Trust.
• Prop. 1 contains $1.5 billion for "conservancies" without any language governing how the money is to be spent. Nothing would prevent the conservancies from spending the money on projects that have no impact on water supplies such as bike trails or administrative costs. Critics are calling it "pork."
• Promoters of Prop. 1 note that about 6.9% of the bond will spent to provide safe drinking water and clean water programs to disadvantaged communities. That long overdue initiative should have been presented to the voters years ago as a standalone proposition. It is shameful that California government has never addressed the water problems of disadvantaged communities.
There are more reasons to vote NO ON PROP. 1. As Bill Jennings of the California Sportfishing Protective Alliance has said, Prop. 1 "is a poster-child of why California is in a water crisis: it enriches water speculators but accomplishes little in addressing the drought, solving California's long-term water needs, reducing reliance on The Delta, or protecting our rivers and fisheries."
Opportunity to Do Some Hands on learning about permaculture, graywater, rainwater harvesting and low water use landscapes
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 9 am
Cosponsored by Ubuntu Green's Youth Gardening Squad
For more information, including the location, contact Chris Brown at 916.391.1436 or email@example.com