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FIL – AM Heritage Month Celebrated in October in Daly City, CA

This wonderful annual event changes a bit every year. It’s always free and family-oriented. Daly City is a large city next to San Francisco, and you may have never stopped there. It is watched over by San Bruno Mountain…. which is San Mateo county’s largest open space area. Come for the fog, fresh air or Filipino cultural events.

This city is home to the largest Asian demographic in California, the Filipino community in Daly City goes back 50 years celebrates this heritage

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The annual Asian American Cultural Festival in Daly City, California, is a family-friendly festival organized by Over the Fog, whose mission is to foster understanding and appreciation of all aspects of Asian American and Pacific Islander culture in Daly City and the greater Bay Area. The festival was inspired by the Asian Heritage Street Celebration and how it has brought together the Asian American community in San Francisco.

Locally renowned disc jockey Keith O, former Daly City Mayor David J. Canepa and Daly City native Melody Ybona Gawliu teamed up to create this wonderful community event back in 2012. Attendees can enjoy arts and crafts exhibits, a Kids’ Zone with games and prizes, a photo station, live entertainment, giveaways and more.

3Core – Supporting California Small Business

3Core serves businesses in the Tri-county area of Tehama, Butte, Glenn in Northern California.  Small businesses often don’t meet the traditional requirements for lending, so expansion is difficult. Sometimes a small business owner’s biggest challenge isn’t the grand opening, but managing the growth spurts or weathering a change in conditions.  Many businesses benefit:  Sutherland Glass Art, Girls with Guns, Sierra Nevada Cheese to name a few. See their stories here.

Farmelot, located in Vina, CA,  is a local store selling local produce. It gives people in the community a way to showcase their goods and keeps the community working. When Farmelot, a sustainable farming operation acquired large commercial customers, it needed more greenhouse space to meet the new demand. Farmelot owner James Brock turned to 3CORE for a loan to fund the expansion.

“Many small businesses are financed with high-interest credit cards, second mortgages, or loans from friends and family,” says Marc Nemanic, executive director of 3CORE, a nonprofit lender and economic development group in Chico, California. “Our goal is to help these businesses obtain good capital so they can grow while being able to repay their loan at an affordable price and in a reasonable amount of time.”

Park Merced adds a Transit Subsidy as an Incentive

Get out of your cars! SF is looking at ways to encourage this transition to Uber, Muni, Walking, and biking around the city; it is focusing on the planning process for large scale developments.

For Park Merced and SF State there is a $100 credit to ride Bay Area Public transit or take Uber! Maximus has entered into a partnership with Uber to accept the monthly payments and will work with Clipper to get them on-board.

green corporateFor the 152 acre complex, Park Merced plans to provide ONLY A SINGLE PARKING SPACE per housing unit. This is HALF of what is generally required for housing developments.  This could become another site of “parking wars” or it could be transformational. There is a great deal of transportation in this area now, the M-Ocean View runs through it, there are buses on 19th…. for the 5,700 housing units….the planning and adoption of a low-impact commuter mindset will save the day.


Oakland Museum is all new!

  • Where: Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak Street, at 10th Street, in Oakland
  • What: Completely redone, shows California as the World’s top Bio-Diversity HotSpots
  • When: RE-Opening May 31 2013

(Oakland, CA)—The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) announces the opening of the newly transformed Gallery of California Natural Sciences in the summer of 2013. The natural history and ecology of Mount Shasta will be one of seven areas of intense focus in the newly transformed gallery. Scheduled for opening celebrations FridayMay 31, through Sunday, June 2, 2013, visitors will experience the Golden State’s natural offerings like never before. Showcasing a fresh focus on California’s natural history, the threats it faces, and our relationships with nature, the reinstalled Gallery draws on the museum’s extensive holdings and community resources.  This interdisciplinary gallery will feature relevant art and historical connections alongside repurposed natural science dioramas that merge new multimedia and interactive elements.

In the reinstalled Gallery, visitors will experience seven real places throughout California that depict the state’sdiversity of climate, geology, habitats, ecosystems, and wildlife, while exploring current research,contemporary issues of land use, environmental conflict, and conservation projects. Innovative displays present the fusion of world-class dioramas with emerging technologies, citizen science projects, and visitor contribution, enabling the new Gallery to tell the story of California’s amazing natural world through the voices of local community members and scientists of these regions, while providing an immersive and intimate experience of the individual habitats.

At 25,000 square feet, the vast gallery space is the only museum presentation of its kind to showcase a collective portrait of California’s rich biodiversity alongside human’s interaction with the natural world. These converged storylines are showcased to raise awareness of the state’s environmental pressures that call for a heightened need for environmental conservation and provide opportunities for visitors to become involved in the future of California’s environment.

The new gallery project—which has been seven years in the making—is led by a curatorial team that is guiding a group of diverse designers, scientists, artists, builders, and community members, each of whom has made creative contributions to the project. By incorporating different voices into the curatorial process through video interviews, co-creations with community groups, and citizen science projects, the Gallery stays true to OMCA’s dedication to developing innovative exhibition and programming strategies that set a new paradigm for the way a museum engages the public. The result will be a Gallery that exists as a place for authentic individual voices,offering multiple stories and perspectives, and providing a forum for lively discussion and exchange of ideasabout our state’s natural world.

Continuing OMCA’s dedication to presenting interactive and participatory experiences, the Gallery features‘loaded lounges’ where visitors can further investigate ideas and concepts, with opportunities for feedback and interactive dialogue; ‘investigation stations’ where visitors can take a deeper look at the animals and issues using the tools and perspectives of naturalists and scientists, open areas for in-gallery programs and events; and the flexibility to bring in dynamic new ideas, artifacts, and exhibits over time. Current conservation issues, and the science to solving them, are embedded throughout the exhibits, providing insight into how visitors can be part of the solution to preserve California’s natural world.

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The Orientation Area of the new 25,000 square foot Galleryputs California into an environmental perspective as one of the world’s top ten most important conservation areas. As visitors enter the space, the locations of the seven areas of California explored in the new gallery—Oakland, Sutter Buttes, Mount Shasta, Yosemite, The Tehachapis, Coachella Valley, and Cordell Bank—are projected onto a large 3D topographic map,showcasing the spatial relationship of these seven areas within the state.

The seven places explored in the transformed Gallery include:

Mount Shasta, an iconic landmark, plays a defining role in the region’s ecosystems. Visitors will learn about the habitats that surround the volcano and how the water from it feeds and sustains local wildlife in a myriad of habitats, and is the source two major rivers, the Klamath and the Sacramento, and the people that depend on them.

, a complex urban environment that still has remnants of diverse habitats, underscores the theme, which runs throughout the Gallery, of understanding the human imprint—for better or worse—on California’s diverse ecosystems, and the different ways we are connected to it.

Sutter Buttes, a range of mountains that rises above the Sacramento Valley, were chosen as remnants of the vast habitats and species now largely eliminated in this area, and an essential migratory pathway for millions of animals each year. The complexity of land ownership in the region is a case study for presenting contemporary issues of resource management and stewardship found throughout California.

Yosemite’s spectacular beauty and diversity are known the world over. The gallery will not only depict the magnificence of California’s #1 natural tourist destination as the “Yosemite you know” with historic paintings, visitor-contributed photos, and vintage postcards, but will also depict the long-term human impacts to the park.  The “Yosemite you don’t know” will feature the unique and threatened habitats most visitors never see.

Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, is one of our nation’s 14 National Marine Sanctuaries protected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the centerpiece being Cordell Bank, an underwater coral topped mountain that is teaming with marine life. The food rich waters attract whales and seabirds from all around the Pacific ocean. The section features several new, large-scale environmental dioramas, two commissioned art installations, and a laboratory where people can investigate the diverse organisms of Cordell Bank, from tiny plankton to the Blue Whale.

The Tehachapis, a mountainous hub where the Mojave Desert, San Joaquin Valley, Sierra Nevadas, Great Basin, and Coast Ranges all meet, is a key area of ecological evolution. Impressive dioramas will reveal how species like the Tule elk were saved from the brink of extinction, where Mountain Lions thrive, and the new threats California Condors face in a changing landscape. (This section will open in December 2013.)

Coachella Valley is a desert of palm oases and sand dunes, rocky hills and dry pinon forests. Visitors will learn how uniquely Californian species thrive in this arid yet fragile environment.  They will also see how the human populations taxes the scarce water supply and how diverse communities are working together to preserve the land. (This section will open in December 2013.)


Created in 1969 as a “museum for the people,” the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) has revived its foundational premise with a groundbreaking reinstallation of its collections, coinciding with the major renovation and expansion of its landmark Kevin Roche Modernist building and the reinstallation of the Museum’s three main collection galleries: the Galleries of California Art, History, and Natural Sciences.

Through this multi-year transformation, which began in 2007, was celebrated in 2010 with the reopening of the reinstalled Galleries of California Art and History, and is scheduled for completion in 2013 with the re-opening of the reinstalled Gallery of California Natural Sciences—OMCA has adopted innovative exhibition and programming strategies that set a new paradigm for the way a museum engages its public.

Featuring a participatory exhibition model that encourages visitor engagement and feedback, OMCA reflects the diversity of our complex and evolving state through the voices of people that live in and visit California. Withdynamic exhibition environments that showcase the integration of art, history, and natural sciences collections and present the multilayered story of California—OMCA aims to investigate the state’s diverse natural environment from a variety of perspectives. Visitors encounter multiple entry points to explore the state’s biodiversity and learn about the natural and human forces that continue to shape it, while investigating their own role in the conservation of our natural world.


Major funding to The Museum of California Campaign is provided by the Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation. Support for the Gallery of California Natural Sciences is provided by the National Science Foundation, California State Parks Nature Education Facilities Program funded by Proposition 84, the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the OMCA Natural Sciences Guild.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA’s groundbreaking exhibits tell the many stories that comprise California with many voices, often drawing on first-person accounts by people who have shaped California’s cultural heritage. Visitors are invited to actively participate in the Museum as they learn about the natural, artistic, and social forces that affect the state and investigate their own role in both its history and its future. With more than 1.8 million objects, OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California’s dynamic cultural and environmental heritage.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is at 1000 Oak Street, at 10th Street, in Oakland. OMCA is situated between downtown Oakland and Lake Merritt.  Museum admission is $12 general; $9 seniors and students with valid ID, $6 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for Members and children 8 and under. OMCA offers onsite underground parking and is conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station, on the corner of 10th Street and Oak Street. The accessibility ramp is located at the 1000 Oak Street main entrance. For more information, visitmuseumca.org.

Ahh, Filoli! If you want to Volunteer, call NOW!

Filoli poolIf you always wanted to volunteer at one of the most beautiful places in CA…now is the time!! Located in Woodside CA, just off Highway 280 with a mansion, 10 acres of formal gardens and hundreds of acres in all this, this place is a dream.

Register to attend Filoli Volunteer Open House May 22 9:30-11:30 in the Visitor Education Center www.filoli.org  650-364-8300 x300
There are 1200 volunteers, and dozens of activities to choose from.  If you like to garden or love history / libraries or enjoy interacting with visitors or serving up tasty food… there is a place for you. We have a group of dedicated weeders and another group that builds, installs, counts and reports bluebirds, the variety of assignments is immense. Come to the open house to learn more.


Filoli Center
86 Cañada Road
Woodside, California 94062
Phone: (650) 364-8300
Fax: (650) 366-7836
Email: friends@filoli.org

Carbon Footprint for Sonoma Water

WATER!!! This will become the BIGGEST issue for California. Make sure to “stay in the loop”!

Press Release 4/1/09   Santa Rosa, CAThe Sonoma County Water Agency has identified the size of its carbon footprint for 2007 – a total of 12,460 tons of greenhouse gases – down 46 percent from 23,098 tons in 2006.  The GHG reduction is due in part to SCWA’s Carbon Free Water by 2015 initiative which delivered an additional 2 megawatts of solar to power administration and wastewater treatment facilities.  For that, SCWA will receive recognition at the 7th Annual Navigating the American Carbon World conference.  The conference is a landmark partnership between Point Carbon; the California Climate Action Registry; and the International Emissions Trading Association. SCWA is a member of the California Climate Action Registry.  SCWA Directors Paul Kelley and Valerie Brown will attend the conference today in San Diego to participate in discussions on local and worldwide greenhouse gas reduction efforts.

Visit Sonoma County water for more details and info: www.sonomacountywater.org.