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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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San Jose Spotlight logo San Jose Quilt Museum Needs Community’s Help to Survive

A decades old staple in San Jose's art scene is at risk of closing, so it's turning to the community for help.

Gilroy Dispatch logo Gilroy Assistance League Announces 2024 Grant Recipients

The Gilroy Assistance League officially announced their 2024 grant recipients at a luncheon and presentation held April 11 at Eagle Ridge Golf Course.

San Jose Spotlight logo Santa Clara County Lacks Needed Translation Services

In a region that speaks roughly 100 languages, non-English speakers often find themselves unable to follow Santa Clara County government meetings. That might finally change.

San Jose Spotlight logo San Jose Anticipates Layoffs Amid Budget Shortfall

A looming budget shortfall in San Jose means looming threats of layoffs at City Hall.

San Jose Spotlight logo Silicon Valley Congressional Recount Closing in on Final Tally

The recount to replace Rep. Anna Eshoo's congressional seat is coming to a close, but it will still be days before results are finalized.

San Jose Spotlight logo Housing Development Could Loom Over Los Gatos Backyards

A quiet neighborhood just off bustling Los Gatos Boulevard could be forever changed if a massive housing project comes to fruition.

San Jose Spotlight logo Sunnyvale Voters Likely to Support Property Transfer Tax

Sunnyvale officials may have found a new source of revenue, with a green light from residents to place a proposed tax measure on the November ballot.

San Jose Spotlight logo Sunnyvale Affordable Housing Project Opens Near Downtown

Dozens of affordable homes near Sunnyvale’s downtown are ready to welcome hundreds of residents.

Gilroy Dispatch logo More Than 10K Comment on Sargent Ranch Quarry Study

Final counts reveal that more than 10,000 letters were submitted to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors during the public comment period for the Sargent Ranch Quarry Draft Environmental Impact Report.

Morgan Hill Times logo Public Health Department Conducts Door-to-Door Survey in South County

Over the next few days, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department will be conducting a door-to-door survey in Morgan Hill, San Martin and Gilroy.

San Jose Spotlight logo Domestic Violence Cases Overwhelm Silicon Valley Prosecutors

Santa Clara County is experiencing a surge of domestic violence cases, spreading county prosecutors thin and holding up court hearings at a time when a looming budget deficit will cut District Attorney resources.

Gilroy Dispatch logo Gilroy Facility Presents Sustainable Distribution Model on Earth Day

To celebrate Earth Day, Performance Food Group on April 22 held an open house event in Gilroy to show how they have created a sustainable distribution model at the company’s local facility.

San Jose Spotlight logo San Jose Chamber CEO Wants to Build Inclusive Community

The new leader of a once-powerful San Jose business group is determined to rebuild the organization after years of controversy.

Morgan Hill Times logo MHUSD Recognized With Eat Real Certification

Morgan Hill Unified School District announced earlier this month that it has achieved Eat Real certification at the green tier.

San Jose Spotlight logo San Jose Homeless Housing Planned for Sobrato Land

A homeless housing project is coming to South San Jose, and city officials want to clear the area of unsheltered encampments before it's built.

San Jose Inside logo Politics Roils the 16th District Recount, Expected to Wrap Up This Week

The counting process exploded into a controversy involving political action committees, campaign surrogates, the Federal Election Commission, members of Congress and the counting of previously discarded ballots.

San Jose Spotlight logo Prep Begins for Santa Clara BART Extension

BART’s expansion through Silicon Valley is taking shape as pre-construction work gets underway in Santa Clara.

San Jose Inside logo Santa Clara County Hears Overwhelming Support for Sargent Ranch Open Space

More than 10,000 comments submitted to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voice concerns about proposed open-pit mine at Juristac’s sacred tribal land.

San Jose Spotlight logo Silicon Valley Congressional Recount Can’t Be Refunded

A week after an expensive and highly-criticized recount of ballots began in a tied congressional race, the California Secretary of State says the requester will not get his money back.

San Jose Spotlight logo San Jose Officials Not Reporting Lobbyists Meetings

San Jose councilmembers are supposed show who they’re meeting with behind closed doors — but their public calendars lack vital details and skirt the spirit of transparency.

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Recent Local News

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• Milpitas Welcomes New Finance Director

Luz Cofresí-Howe has been named finance director for the City of Milpitas.

(04/28/2024) → The Mercury News

• Skyline Boulevard Wildfire Prevention Project Approved

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to reduce brush and vegetation along a 16-mile stretch of Skyline Boulevard between Los Gatos and Palo Alto.

(04/28/2024) → Palo Alto Online

• Court Ruling Impacts Split Lot Developments

A legal ruling by a Los Angeles judge will impact the ability to build duplexes or triplexes on single-family zoned lots in charter cities such as Mountain View, Palo Alto and Redwood City.

(04/25/2024) → Palo Alto Online

• License Plate Reader Deployed in East San Jose

A new license plate reader has been installed in East San Jose at the intersection of King Road and Wilshire Boulevard.

(04/24/2024) → The Mercury News

• Mountain View Adopts Economic Vitality Plan

In its April 23 meeting, the Mountain View City Council approved a plan to address the slow recovery from economic effects of the pandemic.

(04/24/2024) → Mountain View Voice

• Palo Alto Teachers Seek Salary Increase

Teachers and supporters attending the April 23 Palo Alto Unified School District board meeting petitioned for cost-of-living increases in teacher salaries.

(04/24/2024) → Palo Alto Online

• Housing High-Rise Proposed for Downtown San Jose

A 28-story mixed use high-rise has been proposed for downtown San Jose on East Santa Clara Street.

(04/23/2024) → The Mercury News

• Tesla to Layoff Hundreds in Palo Alto

Documents filed with the California state employment department indicate Tesla will cut layoff close to 500 employees working in Palo Alto.

(04/23/2024) → Palo Alto Online

• New Police Chief Selected

A new police chief has been selected for the City of Los Altos and is undergoing vetting and background checks before being named.

(04/23/2024) → Los Altos Town Crier

• License Plate Readers Active in Los Altos

License plate readers have been placed and active in Los Altos since March 1 as an assistance in solving crimes.

(04/23/2024) → Los Altos Town Crier

• Los Altos Hills Considers Broadband Expansion

In its April 15 meeting, the Los Altos Hills Town Council considered using ARPA funds to expand broadband infrastructure.

(04/23/2024) → Los Altos Town Crier

• El Camino Park Road Plan Advances

In its April 22 meeting, the Palo Alto City Council approved the Stanford University plan to put a transit roadway through El Camino Park on the November ballot.

(04/23/2024) → Palo Alto Online
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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
Image of State of California seal. State of California   (04/26/2024)

Gail Pellerin CA Assembly 28:
Assemblymember Pellerin Comments on AB 2654 (Fong) from the Assembly Elections Committee

Assemblymember Pellerin Comments on AB 2654 (Fong) from the Assembly Elections Committee robbee Fri, 04/26/2024 - 12:15 Phone 916-319-2028 Friday, April 26, 2024 Assemblymember Gail Pellerin made the following comments during Assembly Elections Committee yesterday, April 25, 2024. Additionally, Assemblymember Pellerin provides the following statement: I have not spoken to the Governor or any members of his team about AB …
Image of City of Morgan Hill seal. City of Morgan Hill   (04/26/2024)

National River Clean Up Day in MH

May 18, 2024 is National River Cleanup Day! Join the Environmental Services team for its biannual creek cleanup at 100 Edes Ct., 9 a.m. to noon to keep our environment healthy and clean! Register through Eventbrite and we'll see you out in the field!
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 State of California seal. State of California   (04/26/2024)

Gail Pellerin CA Assembly 28:
Support AB 2839 - Deepfake Disinformation

Support AB 2839 - Deepfake Disinformation robbee Fri, 04/26/2024 - 09:50 Friday, April 26, 2024
Image of State of California seal. State of California   (04/26/2024)

Dawn Addis CA Assembly 30:
Press Conference with Governor Newsom and the California Legislative Women's Caucus

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 Assemblymember Addis spoke at a press conference held with Governor Newsom and Members of the California Legislative Women's Caucus regarding the Arizona Abortion Bill.
Image of City of Milpitas seal. City of Milpitas   (04/25/2024)

Community Town Hall Budget meeting

Join us for an important gathering at our upcoming Budget Meeting Townhall! Your voice matters, and we want to ensure that every member of the Milpitas community has the opportunity to be heard and participate in the decision-making process.
Image of State of California seal. State of California   (04/25/2024)

Ash Kalra CA Assembly 25:
Assemblymember Kalra Celebrates Passage of AB 2441 to Reduce Harmful Police Referrals in K-12 Schools

Assemblymember Kalra Celebrates Passage of AB 2441 to Reduce Harmful Police Referrals in K-12 Schools hallakze Thu, 04/25/2024 - 15:17 Thursday, April 25, 2024 SACRAMENTO Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) and AB 2441 co-sponsors celebrate the bills passage out of the Assembly Education Committee yesterday. AB 2441 will decrease law enforcement involvement in student behavioral issues at school and provide …
Image of City of Saratoga seal. City of Saratoga   (04/25/2024)

Spring Cleanup! Household Hazardous Waste Event

Make an appointment online to bring household hazardous waste items and unused medications to a special event at City Hall on May 11, 8 a.m. - noon.
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