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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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West Sacramento News Ledger logo Study Shows Yolo Ag Workers’ Food Inequity

Yolo County study indicates that those who work hard to bring others their food are the ones who are most food-insecure.

West Sacramento News Ledger logo Free Shade Tree Program Supports Biodiversity

City Arborist David Culbertson Said West Sacramento's Three-Decade-Old Tree Program Continues to Plant, Protect, and Preserve Trees Contributing to Community Health.

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Recent Local News

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• Picnic in the Park is Back

The Davis Farmers Market popular Picnic in the Park is back, running every Wednesday from 4PM to 8PM starting on May 1 and running through September.

(04/27/2024) → Daily Democrat

• Highway 113 Overcrossing Ribbon-Cutting Held

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on April 24 to celebrate the official opening of the Sports Park Bike and Pedestrian Overcrossing connecting southeast and west Woodland.

(04/26/2024) → Daily Democrat

• 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

• Yolo County Administrator’s Office Makes Strategic Appointments

The Yolo County Administrator's office announced strategic appointments to enhance operations in several areas including climate action and sustainability and emergency services.

(04/24/2024) → Daily Democrat
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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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Image of United States seal. United States   (04/27/2024)

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
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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   (04/25/2024)

Bill Dodd CA Senate 03:
Legislature Approves Sen. Dodd’s Ukraine Sister-State Measure

Thursday, April 25, 2024 SACRAMENTO The California Legislature has approved a measure from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to create a sister-state relationship between California and Lviv, Ukraine. One of the largest Ukrainian communities in the United States is in California, so it makes sense that we forge an official bond with the Lviv region, Sen. Dodd said. We share many …
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 State of California seal. State of California   (04/24/2024)

Bill Dodd CA Senate 03:
Committee Approves Sen. Dodd’s Vallejo Police Staffing Bill

Wednesday, April 24, 2024SACRAMENTO Legislation advanced today from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, that would help address chronic police staffing shortages in Vallejo by allowing qualified retired officers to work up to full-time for the Solano County Sheriffs Office, providing the additional deputies needed to aid the City of Vallejo during this staffing emergency. Retired police officers bring a wealth of …
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...
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Visit the Woodland Public Library’s Free Comic Book Day on May 4

Woodlanders can enjoy all things comics and then visit the annual California Honey Festival in Downtown.
Image of City of Woodland seal. City of Woodland   (04/23/2024)

Apply for the City's ENGAGE Program

ENGAGE students will participate in civic-centered educational opportunities and receive a stipend at program completion.
Image of State of California seal. State of California   (04/23/2024)

Cecilia M. Aguiar-Curry CA Assembly 04:
The Pregnancy Leave for Educators Act

The Pregnancy Leave for Educators Act robbee Tue, 04/23/2024 - 08:18 Monday, April 22, 2024
Image of State of California seal. State of California   (04/22/2024)

Bill Dodd CA Senate 03:
Senate Approves Sen. Dodd’s Berryessa Snow Mountain Expansion Bill

Monday, April 22, 2024SACRAMENTO The California Senate today approved legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, in partnership with Senate President pro Tem Mike McGuire, D-North Coast and Assembly Majority Leader Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, that would urge the White House to expand Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument and to rename the new portion to reflect its cultural significance to the regions Native …