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By Eric Johnson
Published Jun 03, 2024

A typically joyful scene in the pool at the city of Sacramento's Clunie Community Center. A typically joyful scene in the pool at the city of Sacramento's Clunie Community Center. Image credit: Eric Johnson

Celebrating California's Diversity, Homegrown Food, and DTLA

I posted the above photo to the family text thread on Saturday and received a reply that reminded me that I'm glad I live in California. Gretchen, my sister-in-law, who lives in a leafy and perfecly lovely suburb outside Washington DC, texted back: “I love that Sacramento has community pools. Virginia only has membership-only pools. Leftover from its anti-integration history.”

In fact, one of the things my wife and I love about the pool at the Clunie Center is that it draws folks from every corner of this city. We love that we live in the most diverse state in the nation, and in one of California's most diverse cities. 

So: In this week’s edition of The Newsletter, as we often do, we celebrate some of the good stuff we get to enjoy here in the Golden State. Elsewhere, you may be rage-reading about an unapologetic felon and his defenders … here today we’re going to look toward the light.

AAPI Heritage Month Extended

May was Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and last week we celebrated with the publication of a list that might surprise you. Sure, there's Kamala Harris and Tiger Woods. But you may also be delighted to meet Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu, Dalip Singh Saund and many more.

25 AAPI Leaders From California

Dalip Singh Saund,  the first Sikh, Indian American and Asian American to be elected to Congress and Kamala Harris, the first Asian American vice president.
California has been home to many Asian American and Pacific Islanders who have transcended barriers and reshaped society, from education to advocacy, art to sports, politics, and beyond.

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Our colleague Chris Neklason and his family ventured to the land down under, that is, southern California.

He has thoughts about Downtown LA, or DTLA, as the civic hipsters call it.

DTLA: A Good Thing Gets Better

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Downtown LA is turning into a good thing.

Happy Birthday SDG!

Happy sixth anniversary to Debbie and Kathy at Sacramento Digs Gardening, who've been posting an article a day since June 1, 2018. Wow!

Time for cake! SDG hits another milestone

This citrus cake is ideal for any celebration. See the blog post for a link to the recipe.
Daily gardening blog reaches its sixth anniversary -- thanks to our readers!

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.

Bayou country, spring vegetables inspire shrimp pot pie

What's below the crust? Shrimp and a delicious collection of fresh vegetables.
New! Shrimp pot pie with fresh peas, carrots and spring onions

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Tahoe Daily Tribune logo Forest Service Prepares for 2024 Fire Season

Across California, fire crews and managers are already preparing for fire season. Despite two years of average to above-average precipitation, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region Fire Director, Jaime Gamboa, knows just how quickly wildfire season can take off.

Auburn Journal logo Colfax Questions, but Approves, Funding for 3rd of July Fireworks

The Colfax City Council approved $10,000 in funding for the 3rd of July celebration during its May 22 meeting.

Auburn Journal logo Placer County Historical Society Marks History With New Signs

If you have driven down Nevada Street lately, you might have noticed two new signs – one for Spanish Flat and one for the Auburn Fruit Sheds.

Sierra Sun logo Olympic Valley Public Service District Adopts Rate Increases

The Olympic Valley Public Service District Board of Directors unanimously approved new water, sewer, and garbage service rates for the fiscal year 2024-2025.

Sierra Sun logo 19th Annual Tahoe Bike Month Kicks Off June 1

The 19th annual Tahoe Bike Month is set to begin on June 1, featuring a full month of bicycling events throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Loomis News logo Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln Half-Cent Sales Tax Moves Closer to November Ballot

The citizens of Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln are one step closer toward potentially deciding upon a half-cent sales tax to improve transportation in south Placer County in November.

Placer Herald logo Kids 'Meet the Machines' in Rocklin

Rocklin celebrated National Public Works Week with a free kids interactive event “Meet the Machines” on May 23 at the city's Corporation Yard.

The Roseville Press Tribune logo Roseville Hosts 'Walk of Remembrance' to Honor Sgt. Nicole Gee, Fallen Veterans

Changing Cadence Foundation hosted a Walk of Remembrance to honor Sgt. Nicole Gee and other fallen veterans in Roseville last Saturday, May 25, at Nela Luken Park.

Tahoe Daily Tribune logo First of Its Kind Defensible Space Software Brings Significant Improvements to the Entire Tahoe Basin

With support from the Tahoe Fund and Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, every local fire agency in the Tahoe Basin now has access to Fire Aside, a software platform that makes defensible space and home hardening evaluations significantly faster to carry …

Sierra Sun logo Braddock Philanthropies, TTCF Join Forces for $10 Million Investment in Tahoe Truckee

The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation announced a groundbreaking $10 million commitment from Braddock Philanthropies in support of TTCF's strategic initiatives over the next five years.

Sierra Sun logo Placer Supervisors Appoint New County Executive Officer

The Placer County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted today to appoint Acting County Executive Officer Daniel Chatigny as the county's next CEO and authorize a three-year employment agreement.

Auburn Journal logo Day Hiker: Waddle Ranch Preserve Takes Hikers to a Higher Place

Waddle Ranch Preserve is accessed via Martis Dam Road off Highway 267 by the airport in Martis Valley near Truckee.

Auburn Journal logo Downtown Auburn Hosts Music in Central Square

From June through September, the Downtown Business Association is hosting live music at Central Square Fridays at 7PM.

Auburn Journal logo Preservation Groups Partner to Protect 1,500 Acres Along Lake Clementine, North Fork of American River

Placer Land Trust and Trust for Public Land recently announced the protection of more than 1,500 acres of significant river canyon along Lake Clementine and the North Fork American River in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Sierra Sun logo Alpenglow Sports Launches Fourth Annual Community Book Initiative

Now through June 10, Alpenglow Sports is encouraging people to take part in its fourth annual Community Book Initiative.

KSQD logo Student Protestor Voices on Israel-Gaza-Palestine

In this field-produced, bonus episode, the Moment of Truth team interviews pro-Palestinian, student protestors and campers at university and college encampments.

Sierra Sun logo TAMBA Expands Roster of Tahoe Mountain Bike Events

While the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA) has a consistent roster of signature events including the Tahoe Mountain Bike Festival and the impressively grueling Rose to Toads ride, this year it will add more educational and inclusive events on …

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• New Research Indicates More Massive California Flooding in Past

Cal State Fullerton researchers released findings of ancient floods in Southern California which indicate the state may be more prone to mega flooding than previously thought.

(06/01/2024) → Los Angeles Times

• Why a Bay Area Transit Rescue Plan Is on Hold

A Bay Area transit funding bill is delayed so supporters can seek consensus on how the money will be raised and distributed.

(05/31/2024) → CalMatters

• Raising Kids in California? They May Have College Savings Accounts You Don’t Know About.

The state is directly investing money for low-income students and all newborns to attend college. After two years, the program is still not widely known by the students who need the most financial assistance.

(05/30/2024) → CalMatters

• California Sides With Big Utilities, Trimming Incentives for Community Solar Projects

These community projects can give renters and low-income homeowners a chance to go solar, but the PUC’s action is unlikely to give them the option.

(05/30/2024) → CalMatters

• California’s Runoff Flows Down the Drain. Can More Be Captured?

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(05/30/2024) → CalMatters

• Democrats Kill California Homeless Camp Ban, Again

A bill to ban homeless encampments statewide near parks, schools and transit hubs failed to get out of the same legislative committee as last year.

(05/29/2024) → CalMatters

• Planets on Parade in June

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(05/28/2024) → Los Angeles Times

• As Key Deadlines Loom, Newsom and California Lawmakers Have Dozens of Deals to Make

It’s time for the folks in California’s Capitol to play let’s-make-a-deal – or actually, many deals.

(05/28/2024) → CalMatters

• UC Student Workers Expand Strike to Two More Campuses as They Demand Amnesty for Protestors

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• ‘We Have to Do Less With Less’: Cal State Faces Extra $500 Million Budget Gap

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• California Wants to Be Carbon-Neutral by 2045. What Does That Mean for Its Big Economic Drivers?

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Free history all summer! Placer County Museums announces Heritage Trail tour dates

Placer County Museums is excited to welcome everyone back to the Heritage Trail Museums Tour, celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, with museums throughout Placer County offering free admission on select dates all summer.
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Placer County deploys 2,000 goats to reduce wildfire risk at Dry Creek Community Park

The Placer County Department of Agriculture, Parks and Open Space and Natural Resources took a unique approach to wildfire mitigation last week by deploying 2,000 goats (including kids) to the Dry Creek Community Park in western Placer County.
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Readers of all ages invited to "Choose Your Own Adventure" at the library this summer

The Placer County Librarys Summer Reading Program kicks off June 4 and runs through July. This years theme is Choose Your Own Adventure.
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Fresh Start Produce Sales Initiates Recall of Whole Cucumbers Because of Possible Health Risk

Fresh Start Produce Sales Inc. of Delray, Florida, is recalling whole cucumbers shipped to certain states from May 17th through May 21st, 2024, due to the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elder
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Readers of all ages invited to Choose Your Own Adventure at the library this summer

You are invited to dive into realms of fantasy, quests and endless adventure this summer with the Placer County Librarys Summer Reading Challenge for all ages. Choose Your Own Adventure, sign up for fun events and earn prizes
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Delinquent Sewer Public Hearing

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GAAN Public Notice

Section 7910 of the California Government Code requires each local government agency to determine during each fiscal year the appropriations limit pursuant to Article XIIIB of the California Constitution applicable during the fiscal year. The limit must be adopted at a regularly scheduled meeting or at a noticed special meeting, and the documentation used in determining the limit must be …
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Free Hazardous Waste Drop-Off

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Heinen's Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Pecans in Heinen's Tuscan Salad Bowls

May 30th, 2024. Heinen's of Warrensville Heights, OH is voluntarily recalling Heinen's Tuscan Salad Bowls, due to the possibility that it may contain undeclared Pecans. While no reports of injury have occurred, out of an abundance of caution people who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to Pecans
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Board of Supervisors appoints new CEO to lead county

Acting CEO Daniel Chatigny has been appointed as the new county executive officer for the County of Placer. The Board of Supervisors' unanimous vote at its May 28 meeting also authorized a three-year employment agreement.