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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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Local News Matters Stockton logo Caltrans to Provide Update on I-5 Bridgework as Part of Stockton Channel Viaduct Project

A meeting scheduled next month in Stockton will provide updates on freeway bridge improvements being implemented as part of the I-5 Stockton Channel Viaduct Project.

Local News Matters Stockton logo California Garlic Festival Says Goodbye to Stockton, Hello to Merced County Fairgrounds

The California Garlic Festival is leaving Stockton and headed to the Merced County fairgrounds this summer.

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Family friends of a gas station employee fatally shot earlier this month in Stockton have established a GoFundMe account and are asking the public for donations.

Local News Matters Stockton logo Clock Is Ticking on Contract Negotiations, Say Stockton Teachers at Board Meeting Protest

Stockton Unified School District teachers demonstrated outside the school district headquarters this week and voiced their frustrations with labor negotiations during the district’s board meeting.

Local News Matters Stockton logo Stockton Landfill Operator Alleges Inmates of Prison Hospital Exposed to Hazardous Water

A federal lawsuit filed by a corporate landfill operator just outside of Stockton alleges that inmates at a nearby prison hospital known as the California Health Care Facility are drinking well water that may be contaminated by toxic chemicals.

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Recent Local News

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• Lathrop Welcomes New Community Service Officer

The Lathrop Police Department announced the hiring of Gabrielle Johnson as a new Community Services Officer.

(04/29/2024) → Manteca Bulletin

• New VA Facility Opens

A ribbon-cutting was held April 25 to celebrate the opening of the Richard A. Pittman VA Clinic at 6505 South Manthey Road in French Camp.

(04/26/2024) → Manteca Bulletin

• Tracy Tries Alternate Path Forward with Ellis Aquatics Center

Following litigation, the Tracy City Council voted to take back control of the Ellis Aquatics Center project and instructed staff to proceed with development planning.

(04/26/2024) → Tracy Press

• Boys and Girls Club Receive County Grant

The San Joaquin Board of Supervisors approved a $10,000 grant to the Tracy Boys and Girls Club to support youth sports programs.

(04/26/2024) → Tracy Press

• 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

• Arbor Day Trees Planted at Yosemite Village Park

17 trees were planted at Yosemite Village Park on Arbor Day April 25 by the Manteca Garden Club with the City of Manteca.

(04/25/2024) → Manteca Bulletin

• Teachers Voice Frustrations at Board Meeting

Teachers from the Stockton Unified School District demonstrated and spoke out over ongoing labor negotiations at the April 23 board meeting.

(04/25/2024) → Stocktonia

• Groundbreaking at McKinley Park in South Stockton

The official groundbreaking was held on April 23 for $15million in upgrades to South Stockton's McKinley Park.

(04/24/2024) → Stocktonia
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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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Government Announcements

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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
Image of United States seal. United States   (04/26/2024)

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...
Image of United States seal. United States   (04/24/2024)

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
Image of United States seal. United States   (04/24/2024)

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...
Image of United States seal. United States   (04/20/2024)

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