Goodbye California Watch, Bay Citizen

ALS overlooking SF Bay Area

Say goodbye to California Watch and Bay Citizen because tomorrow (29 May 2013), they will be merged into the existing The Center For Investigative Reporting.

This wasn’t a secret, but it is still worth noting that both had distinct missions. A merge was logical, and I have no doubt that journalistic standards and the stories will still be top-notch.

[photo via Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory]

Help Save Old-Growth Redwoods In The Santa Cruz Mountains


Save the Redwoods League has the opportunity to preserve two old-growth redwood forests in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains.

The non-profit conservation group needs to collect $2M by 31 December 2012 as a down payment to buy the Peters Creek Old-Growth Forest and Boulder Creek Forest as part of a conservation agreement. In total, the group needs $8M to fully purchase and restore the forests for future generations.

Please donate.

If you haven’t been to these areas, watch the video below.

[photo via John Carleton/flickr]

SPUR San Jose Is Close, But Still Hasn’t Launched Yet

SPUR San Jose: 'Coming January 2012'

It’s 31 January 2012 (9:26PM PST), and unfortunately SPUR San Jose still hasn’t launched yet.

I’m sure that SPUR‘s pilot project for San Jose and Silicon Valley is still moving forward. Heck, there’s talk about another project to bring San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association to Oakland and the East Bay.

Why am I so sure? There’s a date for the SPUR San Jose Launch Party! It will be Thursday 8 March 8 2012 (5:30-7:30PM PST) at San Pedro Square Market (87 N San Pedro Street, San Jose, CA).

It’s FREE, but please RSVP.

[image via PJ]

SPUR San Jose Coming In January 2012

SPUR San Jose

San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association or SPUR has long led the charge in promoting good planning and sound policy-making through research, education and advocacy.

SPUR is deeply rooted in San Francisco, but the member-supported nonprofit organization will pilot a new local branch in San Jose in January 2012. SPUR San Jose seems to want to be a part of the planning process in the next wave of Silicon Valley growth, and hopefully will partner with San Jose State University, Santa Clara University, and Stanford as part of its efforts.

This is a no-brainer decision for SPUR. After spending the past few years trying to shed its sprawl image by implementing more sustainable and smart growth planning tools, San Jose has tried to extend that efforts into its 2040 General Plan Update. Also, Silicon Valley companies are vying for better real estate for their large workforces, and their land use decisions will have great implications on not just the cities they are located in, but for the entire South Bay region (including transportation, education, etc.).

Don’t believe me? Here are a few headlines from the past few days:

1. Google offers to help Mountain View hire more staff
2. Apple submits updated renderings, plans for Cupertino ‘spaceship’ campus
3. Facebook must pay Menlo Park millions of dollars if it can’t improve Bayfront Expressway

It will be interesting to see how SPUR San Jose will operate: as an extension of SPUR or as its own separate independent entity? Time will tell, but it will be exciting.

[image via PJ]

Ecological Farming Association’s Hoes Down Harvest Festival, October 1-2, 2011

Capay Valley

The Ecological Farming Association is once again holding the Hoes Down Harvest Festival at the Full Belly Farm in Capay Valley (Yolo County, California) on October 1 and 2, 2011.

Saturday’s festivities are from 11AM-11PM PST and will include:

-Live Music and Dancing
-Farm Workshops
-Children’s Activities
-Farm Tours
-Farmers Market and Crafts

Sunday’s festivities include (pre-registration required):

-Bike Tour of Local Farms
Full Belly Farm Tour
-Chick and the Egg (e.g., Egg Production 101)
-Kid’s Day Camp
-Busy Bees: The Tricks to Backyard Beekeeping
-And more… please see for more activities

[photo via achesonblog]