Town Hall on TV!!
The Town Hall was videotaped by Access Sacramento, edited, and here is the schedule for viewing. Watch it on Comcast/Surewest Channel 17 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99. If you don't have those channels, it can also be viewed online at www.accesssacramento.org/
channel_17.html [Channel 17]. The Internet stream is not video on demand so you can only watch it at the times listed below.
Sunday, July 13th @ 5:00pm
Monday, July 14th @ 9:00am
Tuesday, July 15th @ 1:00am
Saturday, July 19th @ 10:30pm
Sunday, July 20th @ 2:30pm
Monday, July 21st @ 6:30am
Sunday, July 27th @ 10:00pm
Monday, July 28th @ 2:00pm
Tuesday, July 29th @ 6:00am
Feel free to share this schedule with your friends! Or, better still, have a Town Hall watching party. A great big thank you to Richard Langley, Gary Martin, JoAnn Fuller, and the great crew from Access Sacramento that did all the work.
Town Hall Update
We're almost finished with the task of refining and finalizing the Action Plan. Then the fun begins: we'll start implementing the actions.
Oil Train Protest a huge success!
On Wednesday, July 9, 350 Sacramento organized a protest in commemoration of the tragedy in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, when an oil train derailed and exploded, killing 47 people and destroying a large part of the downtown. These oil trains are coming through Sacramento. In a few years, if we don't stop them, there are expected to be six to eight 100-car trains coming through town each day! In addition to the extreme danger in case of explosion or spill, these fossil fuels are exacerbating climate change. We say, “keep it in the ground!"
The program was held in front of the Federal Railroad Administration building, and included short presentations by Laurie Litman, 350 Sac; Lynne Nittler, Yolano Climate Action; and Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, who has a bill to improve oil train transparency and safety. There was an excellent media presence and we know about coverage of the event in the Sac Bee, Merced Sun-Star, Capitol Public Radio, Fox News 40, KTXL, KTVU, KCRW, KGET, KION, KOVR, KXJZ-FM, and KMAX. A SF Chronicle reporter tweeted the event. Wow! [see home page for links to all media coverage] 350 Sac signed on to the letter below [pdf] from NRDC to the California Energy Commission with suggestions on what California can do to improve rail safety. These suggestions go beyond what the state is currently considering.
The Draft EIR on expanding the Valero Rail Terminal in Benicia is now available and the public review period was extended to September 15. It's very important to get public comments on record to help stop these trains; please consider writing one. We may organize a workshop about how to respond to the DEIR--let us know if you would be interested. For more information go to http://yolanoclimateaction.wordpress.com/.
Thursday, July 17--Sacramento Sustainability Forum 2, 5–8:30 at Clunie Community Center. Theme: Smart Fuel. Sponsored by SSF2.
Saturday, July 19--Solar Cooking Festival, 10–3 at Land Park. Volunteers needed firstname.lastname@example.org or call 916-455-4499. Sponsored by Solar Cookers International.
Tuesday, July 22 (location/time TBA)--350 Sac Book Club. Read the following 3 books for a discussion of resilience and perseverance:
- Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back, Andrew Zolli, 2012.
- The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in a Capsized Culture, Mary Pipher, 2013.
- Perseverance, Margaret J. Wheatley, 2010.