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By Eric Johnson
Published May 06, 2024

California Forever's proposed city (in blue) is located roughly halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento. California Forever's proposed city (in blue) is located roughly halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento.

The California Exodus and California Forever, Redux

On January 29, The Newsletter ran a piece under the headline “The California Exodus and ‘California Forever’.” Both of these big stories moved significantly over the past week, and we revisit them today. 

Also, as always: Peruse your cureated local News Feed; learn about a local nonprofit doing good work; and check out our Recipe of the Week.

Brand New City on the Delta Takes a Step Forward

Last Tuesday, the company that plans to build a high-tech, green, walkable city of 400,000 in rural Solano County announced that it had gathered enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. The story involves an insane amount of money, some insanely powerful billionaires, and a detailed set of plans that appear to be quite sane, if not visionary. Here, amid well-earned controversy, we offer two pieces that consider the project on its own terms. 

California Forever: Building a New Community From the Ground Up

A view of the Helen Madere Memorial Bridge crossing the Sacramento River at Rio Vista in Solano County, California.
We take a closer look at ambitious plans to build a new community of up to 400,000 residents in Solano County.

California Forever CEO on Democracy and City Planning

California Forever CEO Jan Sramek announces that he has gathered enough signatures to get his plan on the November ballot in Solano County.
Jan Sramek disavows techno-libertarian 'Network State,' explains why master-planned cities are All-American, and talks of his love for walkable communities.

They're Coming Back to Cali

The California Department of Finance announced this week that the state’s population rose last year, after declining in both 2021 and 2022. 

Is the ‘California Exodus’ Over?

San Jose is finally working to fix its housing shortage, as are many California cities. This could help quell the hoards heading out of state.
Despite predictions that the party on the West Coast is winding down, California’s population increased last year for the first time since 2020.

Recipe of the Week

Our friends at Sacramento Digs Gardening publish a recipe from their gardens every Sunday, which we feature here so you can start your week with some yum.

See more recipes in their Taste Spring! cookbook.

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Time to dig into this fruity salsa

Fresh strawberries combine with oranges and chilies for a fruity spring salsa
NEW! Fresh strawberry-orange salsa with green onions

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Tahoe Daily Tribune logo South Tahoe PUD Receives Approval for Massive Solar Project; Energy Production Set to Start 2025

The South Tahoe Public Utility District will be building a solar power project at its Wastewater Treatment Plan following approval from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board during its April 24 meeting.

Folsom Telegraph logo Folsom Reviews Annexation Plan for Senior Health Town

The Folsom City Council reviewed the plan April 23 to annex land south of White Rock Road for a 4,500-home senior health community straddling two counties.

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo Lake Tahoe Boating Season Begins With New Protocols to Prevent Spread of New Zealand Mudsnails

Lake Tahoe watercraft inspection stations are open for the season to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species and boaters can now book an appointment for this summer online, announced the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Tahoe Resource …

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo City Council to Send Vail a Message

A City Council agenda item originally providing an update on Heavenly parking arrangements and amending the parking agreement quickly turned to discussions of terminating the agreement altogether.

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo Tears Shed When Businesses Asked City Council Not to Raise Local Minimum Wage

Over 40 community members expressed comments regarding a potential minimum wage increase at City Council Tuesday night, April 23.

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo Love Bears? Read This and Help Keep Tahoe Bears Wild

As human beings, we are innately fascinated with the natural world and often spend time and money to view the strength and resiliency of wildlife.

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo Online Dashboard Tracks Tahoe’s Climate Resilience

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency launched an online Climate Resilience Dashboard this week to monitor and record progress on climate action strategies that will help guide the long-term health of the Lake Tahoe watershed and safety of its communities.

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo Residential Burn Permits Required May 1 in CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Amador- El Dorado Unit has announced that residential burn permits will be required effective Wednesday, May 1.

Folsom Times logo Baby Eagle Doing Well After Being Rescued From Fall Near Lake Natoma

A collaborative effort among Sacramento Metro firefighters, officials from California State Parks, Fish and Game, Wildlife Encounters, and Sierra Pacific Tree Services officials rescued an eaglet that had toppled out of its nest and was dangling 100 feet off the …

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• Big Day of Giving Raises $13 Million

The Sacramento Region Community Foundation announced the May 2 Big Day of Giving had raised $13.2 million in donations to 826 nonprofits in El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo counties.

(05/03/2024) → Roseville Today

• Bots Remove Fuel

A look at the "burnbot", a remote control masticator being used to reduce fuels in the Tahoe National Forest.

(05/02/2024) → South Tahoe Now

• Community Profile of Justin Boyd

Meet Justin Boyd, who nurtures the community with food and live music.

(05/02/2024) → Georgetown Gazette

• Fire Safe Council Seeks Volunteers

A call is out for volunteers to work with theGeorgetown Divide Fire Safe Council.

(05/02/2024) → Georgetown Gazette

• Spring Featured Artist Named

Tom Watts has been announced as the featured artist of the Tahoe Art League spring event.

(05/01/2024) → South Tahoe Now

• 8,000-Unit Housing Development Proposed

UC Davis researchers are joining a developer to build a "healthy living" community of thousands of homes on 2,800 acres near Latrobe Road.

(05/01/2024) → Mountain Democrat

• Bike Projects Advance

The El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors is moving forward with the design and permits for the Powerline Park Bike Trails and Silver Dove Bike Park.

(04/30/2024) → Village Life

• Public Comment Open on Draft Strategic Plan

The California Tahoe Conservancy announced public comment and feedback is open for their 2024-2029 draft strategic plan.

(04/30/2024) → South Tahoe Now

• Future of Fire Service Under Discussion

Cameron Park Community Service District staff preparations of the 2024-2025 budget is leasing to discussion of fire protection services and the possible closing of Fire Station 88 on Alhambra Drive.

(04/29/2024) → Village Life

• Preparing for Fire Season

It's time to work on home defensible space and fire hardening.

(04/29/2024) → South Tahoe Now

• Saratoga Park Holds Grand Opening

Located at Saratoga Way and Wilson Boulevard, the 2.1-acre park held its grand opening on April 17.

(04/29/2024) → Mountain Democrat
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Recent Statewide News

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• Metal Detectors, Fear, Frustration. College Commencements Altered Amid Gaza War Protests

At many universities across the country, graduation for the Class of 2024 will feel more like making it through airport security than a procession through a free-flowing campus green or a cheering stadium crowd.

(05/04/2024) → Los Angeles Times

• How Congress Is Letting Die an Internet Connectivity Lifeline for Millions

More than half of the U.S. House supports a bill to extend the funds, but it can’t get out of committee.

(05/04/2024) → CalMatters

• California's Population Increased Last Year for First Time Since 2020

During the much-ballyhooed “California exodus” amid the pandemic, remote workers moved to other states where they could live for a fraction of the cost compared to cities like Los Angeles or San Francisco.

(04/29/2024) → Los Angeles Times
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Palmer Candy Company Recalls White Confectionary Products Because of Possible Health Risk

Palmer Candy Company, Sioux City, Iowa, is recalling its "White Coated Confectionary Items" because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immu
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Tahoe Valley Stormwater and Greenbelt Improvement Project

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Chuao Chocolatier Recalls Its: .39 oz /11 Gram Potato Chip Mini Bar Lot 4022 Due to Undeclared Hazelnuts

May 3, 2024, Chuao Chocolatier is voluntarily recalling a single production of Potato Chip mini bar .39oz/11 gram LOT 4022 because some packages may contain undeclared hazelnut. People who are sensitive or have allergies to hazelnut could be at risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reactio
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Hormel Foods Sales, LLC Recalls a Limited Number of Planters® Honey Roasted Peanuts 4 Oz. and Planters® Deluxe Lightly Salted Mixed Nuts 8.75 Oz. Because of Possible Health Risk

Hormel Foods Sales, LLC is voluntarily recalling a limited number of two PLANTERS products that were produced at one of its facilities in April. This recall only impacts two retailers in five states. These products are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria
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FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Raw Pork Chorizo Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

WASHINGTON, May. 2, 2024 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns of raw pork chorizo products...
Image of United States seal. United States   (05/01/2024)

Cargill Meat Solutions Recalls Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2024 - Cargill Meat Solutions, a Hazleton, Pa., establishment, is recalling approximately 16,243 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7...
Image of United States seal. United States   (04/30/2024)

Gibson Farms Voluntarily Recalls Organic Light Halves and Pieces Shelled Walnuts Because of Possible Health Risk

On 04/26/2024, Gibson Farms recalled Organic Light Halves and Pieces shelled walnuts because Gibson Farms received information that they may have the potential to be contaminated with E. Coli 0157:H7. E. coli O157:H7 causes a diarrheal illness often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults c
Image of United States seal. United States   (04/27/2024)

H-E-B Issues Voluntary Recall for 3-Ounce Cups of Creamy Creations Ice Cream in Select Flavors

Committed to the safety and quality of its products, H-E-B is voluntarily issuing a recall for 12-count packages of 3-ounce cups of Creamy Creations ice cream in select flavors for potential metal. The affected products were distributed to all H-E-B stores in Texas and Mexico and Central Market, Joe
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802 VT Frozen Recalls Frozen Meat Pizza Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2024 - 802 VT Frozen, a Newport, Vt. establishment, is recalling approximately 8,221 pounds of frozen meat pizza due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department...
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Tama Corporation Recalls Product Because of Possible Health Risk

Tama Corporation of Doral FL is recalling 24-ounce containers of "Oueso de Mano PAISA" have contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy indivi