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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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Direct your browser to https://sanjoaquin.californialocal.com/ to catch up on the latest news in California and San Joaquin County. Bookmark the link and visit often, there's a lot happening in your community!


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Created in 2005 by friends and volunteers, Chest of Hope raises funds to support women and orphans who are suffering from domestic violence.

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Recent Local News

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• Bridge Repair Advances

The Ripon City Council approved funding to repair the foot bridge over the Stanislaus River, closed to use since being damaged by a falling tree in October 2023.

(05/03/2024) → Manteca Bulletin

• Funds Secured for New Community Center

Central Valley District 9 Congressman Josh Harder announced $850,000 in federal funds towards construction of a new community center in Manteca for American Legion Post 249.

(05/03/2024) → Manteca Bulletin

• Lodi Appoints New City Manager

The City Council of Lodi unanimously approved the appointment of Scott Carney as City Manager.

(05/03/2024) → LodiNews

• Candidates for City of Tracy Mayor Issue Statements

Statements by two Tracy City Councilmembers have been issued announcing their candidacy for mayor.

(05/03/2024) → Tracy Press

• Questions Over Trustee Charges

There are questions over the arrest of Stockton Unified trustee AngelAnn Flores.

(05/02/2024) → Stocktonia

• Lodi Comic Con Set for May 11


The Lodi Grape Festival will be the location of the Lodi Comic Con on Saturday, May 11.

(05/02/2024) → LodiNews

• 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

• Calivirgin Wins Award

Calivirgin of Lodi was awarded the 2024 Olive Oil Producer of the Year for the second year in a row.

(05/01/2024) → LodiNews

• Hundreds of Volunteers Show Lodi Some Love

The April 27 Love Lodi event saw a turnout of nearly 1,000 volunteers completing 60 projects throughout the city.

(05/01/2024) → LodiNews

• Candidates Consider Run for Council

Three possible candidates are exploring a run for a seat on the Manteca City Council.

(04/30/2024) → Manteca Bulletin

• School Libraries Evolve in Manteca Unified

An exploration of the evolving mission of school libraries in the Manteca Unified School District.

(04/30/2024) → Manteca Bulletin

• 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
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Recent Statewide News

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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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Government Announcements

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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
Image of United States seal. United States   (05/03/2024)

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
Image of United States seal. United States   (05/03/2024)

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
Image of United States seal. United States   (05/02/2024)

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...
Image of United States seal. United States   (05/01/2024)

Cargill Meat Solutions Recalls Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2024 - Cargill Meat Solutions, a Hazleton, Pa., establishment, is recalling approximately 16,243 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7...
Image of United States seal. United States   (04/30/2024)

Gibson Farms Voluntarily Recalls Organic Light Halves and Pieces Shelled Walnuts Because of Possible Health Risk

On 04/26/2024, Gibson Farms recalled Organic Light Halves and Pieces shelled walnuts because Gibson Farms received information that they may have the potential to be contaminated with E. Coli 0157:H7. E. coli O157:H7 causes a diarrheal illness often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults c
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Heath Flora CA Assembly 09:
AB 2748: Tri-Dam Project: board of directors: meetings.

READ MORE The post AB 2748: Tri-Dam Project: board of directors: meetings. first appeared on AD09 | FLORA.
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Heath Flora CA Assembly 09:
AB 2158: Vehicles: disabled veterans.

READ MORE The post AB 2158: Vehicles: disabled veterans. first appeared on AD09 | FLORA.
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Heath Flora CA Assembly 09:
AB 2578: Nursing: students in out-of-state nursing programs.

READ MORE The post AB 2578: Nursing: students in out-of-state nursing programs. first appeared on AD09 | FLORA.
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Heath Flora CA Assembly 09:
AB 2726: Health care coverage: access to specialty care.

READ MORE The post AB 2726: Health care coverage: access to specialty care. first appeared on AD09 | FLORA.