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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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Local News Matters Stockton logo Stockton Recognizes Community Influencers With Keys to the City During Mayoral Address

Keys to the City were given out on Thursday in Stockton as part of the annual State of the City address by the mayor.

Local News Matters Stockton logo Stockton Mayor Touts ‘Actionable Steps’ on Homelessness, Crime in State of City Address

Nearly 900 people made their way to the Port of Stockton to hear Mayor Kevin Lincoln give his State of the City address on Thursday.  

Local News Matters Stockton logo UOP Receives Nearly $1M to Support Students to Help Fill the Need for Health Care Workers

The University of the Pacific in Stockton has announced that their School of Health Sciences was awarded nearly a million dollars in state grants to continue helping students fill the need for health care workers. 

Local News Matters Stockton logo Stockton Schools Employee Says He Was Fired for Blowing Whistle on ‘Unethical’ Expulsions

The director of child welfare and attendance for Stockton Unified School District was escorted off the district premises last week and placed on administrative leave after coming forward about enrollment drops and alleging he was pressured to approve unethical expulsions.

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Recent Local News

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• Lodi Planning EV Charging Stations

Input from Lodi residents is being sought as the city undertakes development of an Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Master Plan.

(04/19/2024) → LodiNews

• School District Positions for Budget Cuts

While expecting cuts to its budget due to reduced state funds, the Manteca Unified School District is in a resilient position because of policies resulting from the aftermath of the 2008 recession.

(04/19/2024) → Manteca Bulletin

• Two Reappointed to Planning Commission

A profile of the two commissioners reappointed to the planning commission by the Tracy City Council in its April 16 meeting.

(04/19/2024) → Tracy Press

• Kettleman Lane Safety Project Slated

A CalTrans project to improve traffic, bicycle and pedestrian safety on a stretch of Kettleman Lane is set to begin on April 29 and will be completed by June.

(04/18/2024) → LodiNews

• Manteca Unified School District Energy Costs Increase

Energy costs increased by $1.4M during the last school year at Manteca Unified School District.

(04/17/2024) → Manteca Bulletin

• The Ripon Consolidated Fire District Has New Chief

At a promotion and induction ceremony on April 29, the The Ripon Consolidated Fire District will be swearing in new fire chief Eric DeHart.

(04/17/2024) → Manteca Bulletin

• New EV Chargers Coming to Manteca

In their April 16 meeting, the Manteca City Council approved a development project at corner of Lathrop and Union roads which will include a gas station, auto part store and new EV chargers.

(04/16/2024) → Manteca Bulletin

• Manteca’s Marijuana Dispensary Locations Approved

A report on the locations of three newly approved marijuana dispensaries in the City of Manteca.

(04/16/2024) → Manteca Bulletin
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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 State of California seal. State of California   (04/18/2024)

Damon Connolly CA Assembly 12:
Connolly Passes Wildfire Insurance Bill through Policy Committee

Connolly Passes Wildfire Insurance Bill through Policy Committee myreme Thu, 04/18/2024 - 14:14 Assemblymember Connolly passes legislation strengthening the California Department of Insurances Safer from Wildfires program through the Assembly Insurance Committee Thursday, April 18, 2024 SACRAMENTO, CA Assemblymember Damon Connolly (D-San Rafael) took on the insurance industry this week and passed Assembly Bill (AB) 2416 out of the Assembly …
Image of United States seal. United States   (04/18/2024)

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   (04/16/2024)

Damon Connolly CA Assembly 12:
Assemblymember Connolly and Colleagues Pass Title IX Bill Package through Assembly Higher Education Committee

Assemblymember Connolly and Colleagues Pass Title IX Bill Package through Assembly Higher Education Committee myreme Tue, 04/16/2024 - 17:02 Legislation from the A Call to Action bill package, strengthening Title IX policies in the California State University system, passed through the Assembly Higher Education Committee Tuesday, April 16, 2024 SACRAMENTO, CA Today, Assemblymember Damon Connolly (D-San Rafael) and colleagues presented …
Image of City of Lodi seal. City of Lodi   (04/16/2024)

2023-2031 Lodi Housing Element

Lodis Housing Element: Among Californias First Cities to Receive State Department Approval for Substantial Compliance
Image of United States seal. United States   (04/12/2024)

Roly Poly Bakery Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg Ingredient in Multigrain Bread

Roly Poly Bakery of New Britain, CT is recalling its 20 ounce loafs of Roly Poly multigrain bread because the product contains undeclared egg product. People who have allergies to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
Image of United States seal. United States   (04/12/2024)

Gracie's Kitchen Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sesame and Wheat Allergens in "Broccoli Cutlets"

Gracie's Kitchens of New Haven, CT, is recalling its 20-ounce packages of "King Kullen Broccoli Cutlets with Bread Crumbs and Parmesan" because they may contain undeclared sesame and wheat. People who have allergies to sesame and wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if