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By Eric Johnson
Published Apr 21, 2024

Earth Day: Resilience vs. Disaster

Happy Earth Day! Today we celebrate the efforts our fellow humans (including some powerful Californians) 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. We begin with a tribute to a man who is given credit for lighting the spark that led to this holiday.

Below, as always, find a carefully curated selection of local news; a short tribute to a local nonprofit, and a tasty recipe.

Seeing the World Anew

Just a few months before Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders took the "Earthrise" photo above, Stewart Brand convinced NASA to release the first color photo of the earth that had ever been seen. He believed people would be deeply affected by that image and he was right: The founders of Earth Day cite that photo as their inspiration. Here are several other ways this former Merry Prankster changed the world.

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.

Organizing Against Disaster

Worsening winter storms and the lengthining wildfire season are forcing us to confront unprecedented challenges. Here's how communities are coping and some ways you can help.

Budgeting for Resilience

West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz, California, following a storm in January 2023. Throughout the state, communities are being forced to budget for disaster.
California communities are focusing resources in response to the effects of climate change and other challenges.

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.

These scones won’t curb your enthusiasm

These strawberry and cream scones are perfect for a spring brunch or tea.
NEW Strawberries and cream scones with orange zest

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Folsom Times logo Folsom to Hold Workshop for Proposed 8,000 Home Community Near County Line

The Folsom City Council will hold a public workshop at its upcoming meeting on Tuesday, April 23 to consider a preliminary request from AKT and UC Davis Health for a conceptual annexation proposal.

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• California Judge Sides With AG Rob Bonta Over Proposed Trans Youth Ballot Measure’s Title

A Sacramento Superior Court judge has tentatively sided with California Attorney General Rob Bonta over the name of a proposed ballot measure that his office says would “restrict the rights of trans youth.”

(04/20/2024) → The Sacramento Bee

• San Juan Unified School District Seeks Feedback on Facilities Master Plan

San Juan Unified ihas invited the community to contribute feedback at nine upcoming community forums. The district plans to address facilities plans of each high school and all associated schools that feed into the high school.

(04/20/2024) → Citrus Heights Sentinel

• Supreme Court Hearing Case on Regulating Homeless Encampments. How It Effects California

It is the most important Supreme Court case about homelessness in 40 years, advocates say, and has the potential to affect much broader policy.

(04/20/2024) → The Sacramento Bee

• Goats and Sheep Are Roaming Elk Grove Grasslands. Here’s Why and How to Check Them Out

Each year, a herd of 7,000 sheep graze and goats tend to the grass with their kids, or baby goats, in creeks and channels throughout the city, clear vegetation grow during the wet season to cut down on wildfire dangers.

(04/20/2024) → The Sacramento Bee

• CapRadio to Terminate Its Agreement With Capital Public Radio Endowment

Capital Public Radio is terminating its operating agreement this summer with the nonprofit that exists solely to support the NPR-affiliate station that operates under the broadcasting license of California State University Sacramento.

(04/19/2024) → Sacramento Business Journal
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Recent Statewide News

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• Newsom Calls Out Republican Abortion Policies in New Ad Running in Alabama

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new ad blasts GOP efforts to make it harder for people to leave states with abortion bans and seek treatment elsewhere.

(04/21/2024) → Los Angeles Times

• As Salmon Are Released Into the Klamath River, Tribal Leaders See a 'Symbol of Hope'

California has released 500,000 salmon into the Klamath River. As dams are removed, the fish will be some of the first to return to a free-flowing river.

(04/20/2024) → Los Angeles Times

• A Private Calif. Ranch Holds Important State History — And It Might Be in Danger

Some residents fear development could destroy parts of the historic land.

(04/19/2024) → SF Gate

• After Previously Being Cleared, Three Alameda Police Officers Now Face Manslaughter Charges

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has charged three East Bay police officers with involuntary manslaughter in the 2021 death of 26-year-old Mario Gonzalez.

(04/19/2024) → SF Gate

• A Plan to Change Your Utility Rates Is Dividing California Environmentalists. Here’s Why

The California Public Utilities Commission will consider on May 9 a new proposal that would change how Californians pay for electricity.

(04/18/2024) → CalMatters

• California Sets Nation’s First Water Standard for Cancer-Causing Contaminant

Water suppliers say the costs will be massive, with rates increasing for many consumers. Known as the “Erin Brockovich” chemical, hexavalent chromium is found statewide.

(04/17/2024) → CalMatters

• Senate Impeachment Trial Begins for Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas

Alejandro N. Mayorkas, a Cuban immigrant who grew up in California, is the first U.S. Cabinet official impeached in nearly 150 years.

(04/17/2024) → Los Angeles Times

• Paris Hilton Speaks Up for California’s ‘Troubled’ Teens

Heiress Paris Hilton is on a mission to shine a light on the "troubled teen industry," a largely unregulated multibillion-dollar industry that is gaining public scrutiny for alleged abuse of vulnerable youths.

(04/17/2024) → California Healthline

• In San Francisco’s Chinatown, a CEO Works With the Community to Bolster Hospital

Chinese Hospital, located in the heart of this city's legendary Chinatown, struggles with many of the same financial and demographic challenges that plague small independent hospitals in underserved areas across the country.

(04/16/2024) → California Healthline
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Government Announcements

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FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2024 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for ground beef products that may be contaminated...
Image of United States seal. United States   (04/19/2024)

Primal Kitchen Issues Voluntary Recall of Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil (750mL Glass) Due to Packaging Issue

Primal Kitchen is announcing a voluntary recall of approximately 2,060 cases of three code dates of Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil (750mL) because the glass may be prone to breakage, causing the product to spill.
Image of United States seal. United States   (04/19/2024)

Infinite Herbs, LLC Expands Recall of Fresh Organic Basil to Include Melissa's Brand Organic Basil Received by Illinois and Missouri Retailer

Infinite Herbs LLC of Miami, Florida, is expanding its April 18th recall to include Melissa's brand fresh organic basil in 2.0 oz ( 96 packages, UPC 0 45255 14142 9) and 4.0 oz packages (24 packages, UPC 0 45255 14439 0) available for sale at Dierberg's stores in Illinois and Missouri between Febru
Image of United States seal. United States   (04/18/2024)

Sammy's Milk Providing a Warning Against the Use of Goat Milk Toddler Formula as Infant Formula

Newport Beach, California - Sammy's Milk, a local company, has been asked by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide a warning against the use of its Goat Milk Toddler Formula as an infant formula because the FDA is concerned that the formula may not meet all FDA requirements for infant fo
Image of City of Sacramento seal. City of Sacramento   (04/18/2024)

Traffic alert: Closures on 21st and S streets this weekend

Several streets in downtown Sacramento will be closed as City of Sacramento crews perform a sewer installation and roadway pavement work. The closures will occur Saturday, April 20 through Monday, April 22 on S Street from 20th Street to 22nd Street and on 21st Street from R Street to T Street. "Motorists are encouraged to [...] The post Traffic alert: …
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What does the future hold for this vacant 102-acre site in South Sacramento?

This large, vacant City-owned property has received a significant amount of attention and speculation in recent years. What does the future hold for the 102-acre site in South Sacramento, which the City purchased in 2022 from the federal government for $12.3 million? Planners from the Citys Community Development Department last week presented an opportunities and [...] The post What does …
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Permit Ready ADU Program-Builder Testimonial Video

Considering building an ADU?
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Infinite Herbs, LLC Voluntarily Recalls 2.5-Ounce Fresh Organic Basil Sold From February 1 Through April 6 Because of Possible Health Risk

Infinite Herbs LLC of Miami, Florida, is voluntarily recalling 2.5-ounce packages of Infinite Herbs fresh organic basil sold between February 1 and April 6, 2024, and bearing the UPC 8 18042 02147 7 (see photos below) because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella
Image of State of California seal. State of California   (04/17/2024)

Lori Wilson CA Assembly 11:
Assemblywoman Lori D. Wilson Introduces Assembly Bill 3259 Empowering Solano County Voters

Assemblywoman Lori D. Wilson Introduces Assembly Bill 3259 Empowering Solano County Voters guerraje Wed, 04/17/2024 - 15:54 Title Communications Director Email Phone 916-319-2011 Wednesday, April 17, 2024 SACRAMENTO, CA Assemblywoman Lori D. Wilson (Solano County) has introduced Assembly Bill 3259, a measure that proposes to empower the cities within Solano County to determine their local tax policies through voter …
Image of City of Citrus Heights seal. City of Citrus Heights   (04/17/2024)

Public Works Showcase Brings Education and Family-Fun to 3rd Annual Event

The Public Works Showcase is back for its third year!