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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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Do you feel financially stable? Does your neighbor? What would you do to improve the economic future of your community?

A first-of-its-kind Inclusive Economy Poll, which was released by the community coalition We Prosper Together on Monday, April 29, is …

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.

Folsom Telegraph logo Citizen-Led Folsom Tax Measure Exceeds Signature Minimum for Ballot

The citizen-led Folsom Takes Action (FTA) announced it has has collected 8,279 signatures for its proposed 1-cent tax measure to appear on November’s ballot.

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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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• Electric Vehicle Maker Fisker Signs on Lumin Auto Dealership on Florin Road

Manhattan Beach-based electric car company Fisker Inc. has added a Sacramento sales location as the struggling company seeks to get more cars into the market.

(05/03/2024) → Sacramento Business Journal

• 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

• City of Sacramento Releases Budget Plan to Close Deficit With Cuts, Fee Increases

Sacramento City Manager Howard Chan on Tuesday released a budget proposal outlining a plan to close the $66 million deficit staff warned of a couple months ago by increasing fees and cutting services. 

(05/02/2024) → CapPublicRadio

• 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
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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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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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Assemblywoman Lori D. Wilson Speaks at the 2024 Caltrans Statewide and District Workers' Memorial Ceremony

Assemblywoman Lori D. Wilson Speaks at the 2024 Caltrans Statewide and District Workers' Memorial Ceremony guerraje Fri, 05/03/2024 - 10:30 Friday, May 3, 2024 Video file
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Marysville-Del Paso Boulevard is moving ‘forward together’ with adopted community-engaged action plan

The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the Forward Together Action Plan, a community-engaged initiative that outlines priorities aimed at enhancing the quality of life and fostering economic growth opportunities for residents and businesses along the Marysville-Del Paso Boulevard corridor. District 2 has been historically disinvested, now it is time to change this, said [...] The post Marysville-Del Paso …
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Old Sacramento park renamed to honor pioneering woman business owner

The Sacramento City Council Tuesday voted to change the name of Pioneer Park on J Street in Old Sacramento to Mary Gregory Park in honor of an early Sacramento businesswoman who once owned the parcel. The Center for Sacramento History said the name change is an important step toward recognizing the contributions of Gregory and [...] The post Old Sacramento …
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Sacramento City Council approves infrastructure financing blueprint for Natomas hospital project

The Sacramento City Council Tuesday unanimously approved a non-binding term sheet for a new financing district to build streets, drainage, and other backbone facilities needed to serve a teaching hospital and higher education campus planned for the site of the former Kings arena in Natomas. The development, called Innovation Park, would also include 2,500 homes, [...] The post Sacramento City …
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City sends new letter to Camp Resolution leadership, offers to work toward solution

On March 28, 2024, the City of Sacramento sent a notice to Safe Ground Sacramento notifying them that their lease for 2225 Colfax Road would be terminated on June 1, 2024. Today, the City of Sacramento notified Safe Ground Sacramento that it would hold off on the termination if various conditions were met. Read the [...] The post City sends …
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Rev Up Safety: May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May, the Citrus Heights Police Department would like to remind drivers to always look twice for motorcycles.
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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...