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May is Mental Health Month

Your mental health is the most important thing in the world.

Image caption: California Forever's proposed city (in blue) is located roughly halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento.
The California Exodus and California Forever, Redux

The state's never-ending housing crisis has inspired hundreds of thousands of Californians to flee, and inspired an audacious plan for a brand-new city. Here's where the two related stories stand this week.

Image caption: California Forever CEO Jan Sramek announces that he has gathered enough signatures to get his plan on the November ballot in Solano County.
California Forever CEO on Democracy and City Planning

Jan Sramek disavows techno-libertarian 'Network State,' explains why master-planned cities are All-American, and talks of his love for walkable communities.

Image caption: As residents continue to exit California, the state’s political power at the national level is at risk.
Updated: California Exodus, Housing and the State's Political Future

The California housing crisis is not only weakening the state politically at the national level, it could shift the political balance in Washington, D.C., as Republican-led states add population while California’s exodus continues.

Image caption: A screenshot from “Modern Times” (1936), Charlie Chaplin’s meditation on the vicissitudes of labor.
For May Day: A Temp Worker’s Oddest Jobs

They were odd jobs, but somebody had to do them. On International Workers’ Day, one peripatetic laborer shares his career lowlights.

Image caption: 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.
Is the ‘California Exodus’ Over?

Despite predictions that the party on the West Coast is winding down, California’s population increased last year for the first time since 2020.

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On Photography and Politics

A celebration of the work of an artist who devoted a career to preserving the wildlands he loved. Plus: News you can use, and a tasty recipe!

Image caption: This image, titled 'Montara Mountain,' was used on the cover of 'The Unseen Peninsula.'
The Making of ‘The Unseen Peninsula’

A celebrated photographer reflects on the life that led to his first book, which captures a secret paradise in the heart of the San Francisco Peninsula.

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Robert Buelteman Captures the Secret Beauty of Plants

Before he started making images without a camera, Robert Buelteman was a celebrated nature photographer who worked primarily in black-and-white film.

Image caption: This 6,000 square foot structure, a two-boiler system, will help dispose of dangerous biomass by burning wood chips to boil water, providing heat to buildings in Northstar Village.
Transforming Waste Wood from Wildfire Hazard to Energy

For the good of Tahoe Truckee forests and communities, funders & local leaders rally to support Northstar Community Services District wood energy facility.

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Earth Day: Resilience vs. Disaster

Ee celebrate the efforts our fellow humans have made and are making to help heal our planet and connect us, while we simultaneously consider what we must do to protect our communities as the climate crisis worsens.

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Stewart Brand’s ‘Whole Earth’ and its Place in the Universe

Meet the hippie intellectual who changed the world with the first published photograph of our entire planet.

Image caption: West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz, California, following a storm in January 2023. Throughout the state, communities are being forced to budget for disaster.
Budgeting for Resilience

California communities are focusing resources in response to the effects of climate change and other challenges.

Image caption: Gov. Gavin Newsom tours a Chinese electric-car factory in October, 2023.
How California Helped Clean China’s Bad Air

A Tesla lobbyist, an LA-based environmental group, and Gov. Jerry Brown brought a rule minted in Sacramento to Beijing, and helped launch China’s EV industry.

Image caption: Gov. Jerry Brown meets with Chinese leader Xi Jinping at an economic summit in LA in February, 2012. Since being named Chinese president later that year, Xi has earned harsh criticism for human rights violations, and praise for his environmental policies.
California's Power Beyond its Borders

A Tesla lobbyist, an LA-based environmental group, and Gov. Jerry Brown brought a rule minted in Sacramento to Beijing, and helped launch China’s EV industry.

Image caption: Davis is in California. Davisville is off the charts.
Davisville

We take a look, or rather a listen, to Davisville, a radio show and podcast on low-power but high-energy KDRT 95.7, broadcast out of Davis, California.

Image caption: California has a goal of 6 million heat pumps cooling and heating buildings by 2030.
6 Million New Heat Pumps: Essential to California's Climate Future

Heat pumps, an energy-efficient way to both heat and cool homes, are a necessary element of California's climate goal of net zero carbon emissions. Here's what they are, how they work, and how to get one.

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Bill to Mandate ‘Science of Reading’ in California Classrooms Dies

A bill to mandate use of the method will not advance in the Legislature this year in the face of teachers union opposition.

Image caption: The O Lot Safe Sleeping site at Balboa Park in San Diego on March 22, 2024.
Is San Diego Homeless Camp Ban ‘Successful’?

A new bill would make it illegal for homeless residents to camp in certain places, such as near schools, throughout California. Its authors say such a ban has had great success in San Diego. But a closer look at that …

Image caption: Digital Democracy reporter Ryan Sabalow, left, and CalMatters senior editor Dave Lesher review a Digital Democracy page in the CalMatters newsroom on April 3, 2024.
Digital Democracy Ramps Up Accountability of CA Legislature

In an analysis of more than 1 million votes cast by current legislators since 2017, CalMatters Digital Democracy reporter Ryan Sabalow and CBS Sacramento reporter Julie Watts found that Democrats vote “no” less than 1% of the time on average.

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04/24/2024

Katz Amsterdam Foundation Continues Vital Partnership with Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Investing $250,000 to Help Transform Local Mental Health Support

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF) has partnered once again with the Katz Amsterdam Foundation (KAF). At the end of 2023, the collaboration helped distribute $250,000 in grant funding to fo...

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04/22/2024

The Martis Fund and Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation: A Decade of Collaborative Action

"Collaboration is a shared value between The Martis Fund and the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation,” says Alexis Ollar, Vice President of The Martis Fund. “By working together with regional partn...

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04/15/2024

Funders & Local Leaders Rally to Support Northstar Community Services District Wood Energy Facility

Not too long ago, a local project to thin the forest along a bike path was delayed by two seasons. Why? Because of community resistance and perception. With so many beautiful trees, why would we w...

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04/15/2024

Funders & Local Leaders Rally to Support Northstar Community Services District Wood Energy Facility

Not too long ago, a local project to thin the forest along a bike path was delayed by two seasons. Why? Because of community resistance and perception. With so many beautiful trees, why would we w...

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04/01/2024

Loomis Soroptimist Celebrates 50 Years on April 17

Celebrating 50 Years of Empowerment: Loomis Soroptimist Anniversary Event All Loomis Soroptimist members, past and present, are invited to join in the festivities! We invite you to join us in cele...

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03/20/2024

Buy Tickets for Loomis Soroptimist Fiesta Bingo Fundraiser on May 4, 2024

Soroptimist International of Loomis Basin is hosting a Fiesta Bingo fundraiser on Saturday, May 4. This family-friendly party will be held at the Blue Goose Event Center, 3550 Taylor Rd, Loomis CA...

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