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By Eric Johnson
Published Apr 29, 2024

On Photography and Politics

Happy Monday! A reminder that below this week's featured offerings you will find a local news digest designed to help you easily keep up with important stuff that's happening in your backyard. And: A seasonal recipe to bring some delicious to your week.  

Art and Community

This week, we focus on a Californian who found a creative way to contribute to his community. Robert Buelteman is a fine art photographer who devoted much of his career to protecting the wild lands around his home on the San Francisco Peninsula. By beautifully documenting redwood forests, oak studded hillsides and a watershed that were under massive pressure of development, he helped two environmental organizations preserve more than 140,000 acres of land from Santa Cruz to San Francisco.

This all occurred during the decades when the place once known as the "Valley of Heart's Delight" exploded to become became Silicon Valley. And, in his later career, Buelteman invented a new form of imaging technology that was celebrated in nationwide publications, including Wired magazine. His inspring, brief recounting is a very "California" story.

The Making of ‘The Unseen Peninsula’

This image, titled 'Montara Mountain,' was used on the cover 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.

Robert Buelteman Captures the Secret Beauty of Plants

Field Flowers (2010) by Robert Buelteman
Before he started making images without a camera, Robert Buelteman was a celebrated nature photographer who worked primarily in black-and-white film.

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.

Rhub-berry cake does a flip for spring

Rhubarb stripes are accented with blueberries on top of this easy spring cake.
NEW Upside-down cake features stripes of rhubarb, dots of blueberries

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Sacramento News and Review logo Lawsuit Demands That Water Board Take Action on Outdated DWR Water Rights Before Delta Tunnel Can Be Approved

A coalition of environmental groups and the Central Delta Water Agency are demanding that the State Water Board take action on outdated water rights before the approval of the embattled Delta Tunnel is even considered.

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The Gold Ridge Elementary modernization project is moving forward in Folsom-Cordova Unified School District, with a request for proposal sent out last month.

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• Citrus Heights City Council Meetings to Change to Wednesdays

According to the city, the recommendation to change regular council meetings from Thursday evenings to Wednesday evenings came from the observation of multiple conflicting events.

(04/29/2024) → Citrus Heights Sentinel

• Sacramento Got an F in Air Quality on American Lung Association Report Card. Here’s Why

Sacramento is among the top 10 most polluted cities in the nation in terms of ozone and particle pollution, the nonprofit organization said in its 2024 State of the Air report.

(04/27/2024) → The Sacramento Bee

• Verge Evictions Highlight Need for More Inclusive Practices in Sacramento Arts Scene, Artists of Color Say

Dozens of members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers, including vocational nurses, social workers, kitchen and janitorial staff, picketed outside the Sutter Center for Psychiatry

(04/26/2024) → CapPublicRadio
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Recent Statewide News

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• 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

• Chuckwalla National Monument Would Protect Swath of California Desert and Preserve a Sacred Land

Indigenous Californians want President Biden to establish a national monument in a stretch of desert that is both an ecological wonder and a window into their cultures.

(04/27/2024) → Los Angeles Times

• Who Killed CA Utility Bill Legislation?

A bill to rein in a proposed monthly fee on California electric bills would let California’s largest for-profit utility companies charge customers $24 per month — with fees as low as $6 for lower-income customers — as a kind of membership fee for the power grid.

(04/26/2024) → CalMatters

• Rural Counties Far From Universities Struggle to Recruit Teachers

Nine counties located more than an hour away from universities with teacher preparation programs face particular difficulties.

(04/25/2024) → EdSource

• California Wants Better Animal Shelter Conditions, Stray Population Curbed

Several bills making their way through the California Legislature seek to address overcrowded animal shelters and streamline how animals receive care.

(04/24/2024) → Los Angeles Times

• Bill Would Allow Arizona Abortion Providers to Practice in California Temporarily

Newsom-backed bill would allow Arizona abortion providers to practice in California as the Republican-led state restricts access.

(04/24/2024) → Los Angeles Times
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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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The City’s updated plan for growing its tree canopy is ready for review. Here’s why it’s important

The City of Sacramento has launched the draft Sacramento Urban Forest Plan for public review and comment. This document will become the Citys primary planning tool for the protection, expansion, maintenance, sustainability, and enhancement of trees in Sacramento. Trees are essential infrastructure that help our city function by helping clean our air and keep temperatures [...] The post The Citys …
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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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Lori Wilson CA Assembly 11:
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The City’s Department of Utilities is hiring. Here’s how to apply

The City's Department of Utilities is looking for people to fill many roles in the organization, which provides drinking water, stormwater and wastewater services to residents and business in the city of Sacramento. The department offers many types of positions for many kinds of people, according to Carlos Eliason, Utilities spokesperson. "People who like to [...] The post The City's …
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City awards $1.1 million to support North Sacramento organizations

The City of Sacramentos District 2 Council Office is awarding $1.1 million in grant funding to seven North Sacramento nonprofit organizations. Open to nonprofits and small businesses located within District 2 boundaries, the North Sacramento Transformative Reinvestment grant program funds an array of activities with the goal of creating and retaining jobs as well as [...] The post City awards …
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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
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ConSup North America Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Sliced Prosciutto Product Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2024 - ConSup North America Inc., a Lincoln Park, N.J. firm, is recalling approximately 85,984 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) sliced prosciutto ham product produced in Germany without...
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Data Report: How the City responded to homelessness April 15-21

The City of Sacramento has released its weekly progress report for the Citys Incident Management Team responding to homelessness. From April 15-21, the City of Sacramento received 891 calls to 311 customer service related to unsheltered individuals. Through the work of the IMT, 584 calls were closed, meaning that either the issue was remedied, compliance was achieved, [...] The post …
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Learn about AI technologies from industry experts at this May 1 event

Notable industry leaders will discuss how to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and the implications on business at May 1s BizX event, the annual business and networking event held in Sacramento. Hosted by the City of Sacramentos Office of Innovation and Economic Development and Countys Office of Economic Development, BizX brings together entrepreneurs, small business owners [...] The post Learn …