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Take Action! Ukiah Share Space…


logoFrom SCOTT CRATTY
Ukiah

The Vision

To create a thriving, community-centered cowork space and business incubator that supports Ukiah and Mendocino County entrepreneurs and small businesses.

The Ukiah Share Space will be a place for people to:
* share space, resources and skills,
* incubate new businesses and projects,
* foster and celebrate our entrepreneurial spirit, and
* create new local jobs.

The Need

Communities across the country are in need of a new type of economic revitalization — a type that is based on delocalization of basic needs and essential goods.

Localizing food production, reviving local manufacturing and reintroducing cooperatives are all pieces of this puzzle. The Share Space is a central location where these things can happen under one roof. It is a hub for sharing resources, learning new skills, finding sustainable solutions and incubating the new local economy.

The Ukiah Share Space Cowork and Local Economy Center will be organized as a public-private partnership between the City of Ukiah, EDFC and its partners.

Elements of the Center will include:
* Cowork Space
* Start-up Office Space
* Incubation Services
* Local Investment Opportunities
* Green Design Lab
* North Bay Made
* Reuse, Repair & Share Resources

Benefits to the community include:
* Incubation of new businesses and jobs
* A gathering place to support the local economy

Localists of the World, Unite! An Urgent Call to Join the Movement Against Corporate “Trade” Deals…



From COMMON DREAMS

Over the past two decades, communities across the world have been working to build more just, sustainable and locally based alternatives to the global corporate economy. As a result, pro-local initiatives have grown by leaps and bounds, including farmers markets, food cooperatives,“buy local” and “move your money” campaigns, small business alliances, and local renewable energy projects. However,“free“ trade treaties are a mortal threat to local economies worldwide. Like trade treaties before them, the TPP and TTIP facilitate a race to the bottom that favors large, mobile corporations at the expense of local producers, small businesses, and workers. What’s more, these treaties subordinate local democracy to corporate interests, and hamstring the ability of communities to shift direction toward more prosperous local economies. To continue the inspiring success of their movements, localists need to join the global resistance against these treaties.

Ever since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was proposed more than 20 years ago, critics have warned about the negative implications of “free” trade treaties and other efforts to deregulate global trade and investment. Today, after two decades of deregulation, the impacts are exactly as feared: endemic unemployment and economic ‘precarity’, massive social dislocation in the global North and South, a widening gap between rich and poor, financial instability, growing hunger and food insecurity, and the weakening of public interest laws meant to protect people and the environment. Meanwhile, global corporations and big banks have grown larger and ever more powerful.

Thanks to “free” trade treaties, corporations have become unfettered and less rooted to place: in a global “race to the bottom” they can move wherever wages and benefits are low, and where tax rules and social and environmental laws are weak. This race imposes a downward pressure on wages, and compels every level of government to reduce sorely needed taxes and protective regulations, or risk losing businesses and jobs.

Madge Strong: Bypass Update…


There's a better than fair chance the US Army Corps of Engineers might end up agreeing with us on this point: No Caltrans Bypass of Willits.

From MADGE STRONG
Willits City Councilwoman
Save Little Lake Valley

There’s a better than fair chance the US Army Corps of Engineers might end up agreeing with us on this point: No Caltrans Bypass of Willits.

Willits City Councilwoman Madge Strong wrote the following for the Willits Economic LocaLization Newsletter.  She wrote it before the Army Corps of Engineers’ chief regulator for the North Bay/North Coast, Laura Monarres, announced that ACE is close to shutting down Bypass construction.

Many people think the bypass is a “done deal” given the amount of construction already completed. Maybe so; maybe not…

The latest obstacle or opportunity is that the lowest bid for constructing the mitigation infrastructure (grading, fencing, planting) came in at $39 million – three times the Caltrans estimate of $$13 million. Caltrans does not have funding for this shortfall.The $39 million is only part of the price tag. Once “constructed,” the wetland mitigation lands also require monitoring and corrective measures (estimated at another $13 million), and then long-term management in perpetuity (under-estimated by Caltrans at $11 million).

Mitigation is a requirement of both the US Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) and Water Board permits, due to the 68+ acres of wetlands being destroyed in Phase 1 of the project.

A Gathering Movement Tries to Expand Social Security Instead of Cutting It…


From Moyers & Co

In our nation’s capitol, calls for cutting Social Security benefits and shifting the ever-rising costs of health care from Medicare onto the backs of American seniors are ubiquitous. But context matters, and these ideas are nothing short of perverse given the depths of the massively painful retirement crisis that working America faces today.

Social Security was never designed to provide real retirement security. It was conceived as one leg of a three-legged stool, supplementing pensions and personal savings. But traditional pensions are becoming a thing of the past, replaced by 401(K) plans — according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the share of private sector workers responsible for their own retirement savings increased nearly four-fold between 1980 and 2008. And while Americans socked away almost ten percent of their incomes back in 1970, decades of stagnant middle-class wages has made saving up for retirement much harder – by 2010, we were only saving around four percent of what we made.

Teresa Ghilarducci, a professor of economics at the New School for Social Research, says that, as a result of these trends, “75 percent of Americans nearing retirement age in 2010 had less than $30,000 in their retirement accounts.” Two-thirds of Americans over age 65 rely on Social Security for over half their income, and for over a third of all seniors, those checks make up more than 90 percent of their income. “The specter of downward mobility in retirement is a looming reality for both middle- and higher-income workers,” says Ghilarducci, and “almost half of middle-class workers, 49 percent, will be poor or near poor in retirement, living on a food budget of about $5 a day.”

This sorry state of affairs isn’t only hurting America’s seniors. It’s forcing many of them to remain in the workforce longer than they would otherwise, which is, in turn, hurting the job prospects of younger workers, who face a sky-high unemployment rate.

Take Action! Mendocino County school gardens need your help!


From TERRY D’SELKIE
Garden Based Nutrition Education
Ukiah Unified School District and
Mendocino County Schools

On October 1, Mendocino County’s 32 public school gardens - operated by the Garden Enhanced Nutrition Education (GENE) program – lost funding.

There are so many proven benefits of garden-based education, and if a significant community interest in school gardens and nutrition education is demonstrated to each school board, GENE has a very real chance of thriving once again.

Until then, most students will miss out, and unattended gardens run the risk of being plowed over. The cost to fully fund the GENE program is about $25 per student per year, or $500 per classroom. We hope that in the years to come the schools will prioritize funding for the program, but for this year we need community donations to keep the gardens alive.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Watch the video, share it with your friends, and post it on any social media sites you use.
  2. Make a donation to your favorite school garden through the Community Foundation.
  3. Urge your school board to fully fund the Garden Enhanced Nutrition Education program.
  4. Volunteer in your local school garden: e-mail Terry D’Selkie at tdselkie@uusd.net

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Renewables: 3 Reasons Why Germany Is Kicking Butt…


Ownership of Germany's Renewable Energy Capacity

From Clean Technica

Germany is racing past 20% renewable energy on its electricity grid, but news stories stridently warn that this new wind and solar power is costing “billions.” But often left out (or buried far from the lede) is the overwhelming popularity of the country’s relentless focus on energy change (energiewende).

How can a supposedly expensive effort to clean up the energy supply be so popular?

1. It’s about the cost, not the price

Most news stories focus on the cost of electricity in Germany, which has some of the highest rates per kilowatt-hour in the world.  But they don’t note that the average German electricity bill – about $100 a month – is the same as for most Americans.  Germans are much more efficient users of energy than most, so they can afford higher rates without having higher bills.  (Note to self: check out options for energy efficiency).

2. It’s about vision

Germany doesn’t just have an incremental approach to renewable energy, but a commitment supported by 84 percent of residents to get to 100% renewable energy “as quickly as possible.”  A few U.S. states have renewable energy visions (e.g. 33% by 2020, 25% by 2025) that approach Germany’s, but they’re mired in the notion that despite enormous savings to society in terms of health and environmental benefits

Doug McKenty: A KZYX Manifesto…


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From DOUG McKENTY
KZYX

[It's time. The KZYX house needs a clean sweep... DS]

My name is Doug McKenty and I have been volunteering at KZYX for the last seven years. I began as an engineer for my Tai Chi teacher on a program called “Mind, Body, Health,” which was an alternative health program alternating with Richard Miller on Tuesday mornings. I continued engineering long after my teacher was replaced by Marvin Trotter, and the show took a less alternative bent. Soon after I started work on that program, I was offered the job of moderating the Open Lines show. At the time, it seemed like a great opportunity to promote free and open dialogue around the county about, well, anything, but I also felt like it was a great opportunity to facilitate discussion about the station and its policies in a way that guaranteed transparency and provided “access to all points of view,” as stipulated by the station’s Mission Statement. Eventually, I ended up hosting an interview show called “The Thursday Morning Report” and also did a stint as the Programmer-Elected member of the Board of Directors of Mendocino County Public Broadcasting, a tenure which ended a few months ago in May of 2013.

Fukushima: ‘General Electric is killing your children’ & Japan Professor: ‘I won’t eat any seafood’ and refuses to buy any fisheries product, from any market, anywhere in country after bringing detector to store and learning actual radiation levels…


From ENERGY NEWS

Latest Headlines:

11:00 AM EST on October 5th, 2013 | 15 comments

Japan Professor: “I won’t eat any seafood, I’ve changed my entire diet” — Refuses to buy any fisheries product, from any market, anywhere in country after bringing detector to store and learning actual radiation levels (AUDIO)

07:02 AM EST on October 5th, 2013 | 27 comments

Radio: Japan Professor moved family out of country after finding radioactivity levels contradicting official claims it was safe — “Gov’t doesn’t want anyone to talk about radiation from Fukushima” (AUDIO)

12:57 AM EST on October 5th, 2013 | 44 comments

“Post-Fukushima Horror”: Severe impacts on oceanic environment — An unpredictable amount of damage to Pacific — Fundamental to reproduction of humans — Japan’s simply dumping nuclear waste into sea

07:28 PM EST on October 4th, 2013 | 57 comments

Professor: Fukushima disaster is the worst case of nuclear contamination in history — It’s a crisis for all humanity — Building up to something much worse? (VIDEO)

03:28 PM EST on October 4th, 2013 | 70 comments

Radio: Health physicist in U.S. worried about inhaling hot particle from Fukushima — Either uranium, plutonium, etc. (AUDIO)

01:57 PM EST on October 4th, 2013 | 33 comments

Gundersen: Quite likely that 400 foot tall tower near Fukushima reactors “buckled” from massive earthquake — Consequences of it collapsing being analyzed by Tepco (VIDEO)

Scott Cratty: Introducing ‘North Bay Made’ — Taking localization to the next level…


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From SCOTT CRATTY
Westside Renaissance Market
Ukiah Farmers Market
North Bay Made

How do we take localization to the next level?  One important step it to be able to readily identify what really is local.  Certainly another important part of the picture is tapping the power of a wider neighborliness, i.e., regionalization.  Great as it is to have things being made in Ukiah, it is also true that many producers will never be able to make a living selling only to people in the Ukiah area.

Creating the linkage between what is really made in this area and a wider, regional market is the focus of North Bay Made, a recently launched initiative to help make our local economy as strong as it can be.  North Bay Made works on several levels.

It starts with set of beautiful county-specific product brands created by Local Works in Santa Rosa.  You can view the brands at the project’s homepage, which is http://www.northbaymade.org/.

North Bay Made is also working to create a network of brick and mortar retail locations throughout the North Bay that will all use this same shelf branding so that customers throughout the North Bay will have an easy way to identify products that are truly local to their region.

In Mendocino County the roll-out of the project is being coordinated by me, Scott Cratty of the Westside Renaissance Market, 1003 W. Clay Street in Ukiah (https://www.facebook.com/WRMUkiah) and Sarah Bodnar of the Eat Mendocino project https://www.facebook.com/eatmendocino and Social Media Sisters http://www.socialmediasisters.com/. You can already look for North Bay Made logos on the Westside Renaissance Market shelves.  Other early adopters of the program in Mendocino are Harvest Markets in Fort Bragg and Mendocino, Mariposa Market in Willits and Surf Market in Gualala … in another month or so you should soon be able to look for the North Bay Made brands at those locations to find locally-made, local economy boosting everyday groceries, processed foods, as well as

URGENT: House Passes Monsanto Protection Act. Ask Your Senators to Stop It!


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From ORGANIC CONSUMERS
Thanks to Rosalind Peterson

On Friday, September 20, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the Continuing Resolution (H.J.RES.59), a bill to keep the government running through December 15. The bill will force a showdown with the Senate because it includes a provision to defund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

But the Continuing Resolution is controversial for another reason. It extends the Monsanto Protection Act, officially referred to as the Farmers Assurance Provision

Our One Demand Is To End Capitalism…


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From OCCUPY WALL STREET

On September 17, 2013, the second anniversary of the beginning of the Occupy Movement, tens of thousands will come together across the country and the world to honor the most important and influential social movement in generations. As we exchange stories about the past and ideas for the future, we will be opposing a number of the 1%’s toxic attempts to siphon even more of our money and power away from us. The Trans Pacific Partnership “free trade” agreement, the undue influence of money in politics, and the lack of accountability in the global financial sector will be just a few of our targets. But, as we attack these symptoms it is necessary that we remember the disease: capitalism.

Without capitalism, there could be no

The Climate Crisis and a Unified Left Agenda…



From NAOMI KLEIN
Common Dreams
Thanks to Linda Sanders

Author and journalist Naomi Klein speaking at the founding UNIFOR convention in Toronto on Sunday, September 1, 2013. (Photo: UNIFOR website)The following remarks were delivered on September 1, 2013 at thefounding convention of UNIFOR, a new mega union created by the Canadian Autoworkers and the Canadian Energy and Paper Workers Union, and provided to Common Dreams by the author for publication. 

I’m so very happy and honoured to be able to share this historic day with you.

The energy in this room — and the hope the founding of this new union has inspired across the country – is contagious.

It feels like this could be the beginning of the fight back we have all been waiting for, the one that will chase Harper from power and restore the power of working people in Canada.

So welcome to the world UNIFOR.

A lot of your media coverage so far has focused on how big UNIFOR is — the biggest private sector union in Canada. And when you are facing as many attacks as workers are in this country, being big can be very helpful. But big is not a victory in itself.

12 Very Good Reasons Why America Should Stay Out of Syria…


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From ALTERNET

Any notion that an attack on Syria could be limited is fantasy — if it commences, the military operation could assume a life of its own.

The House of Representatives and the Senate of the United States of America should reject any form of US military intervention in Syria.

Rejection would be a clear statement against war. It would be a lucid message on behalf of peace.

There are at least 12 reasons why the US Congress, and the people of the world, should adopt such a stand.

One, if the two houses represent the voice of the American people

‘Fukushima Never Again’ Film, Ukiah Monday 7/22/13 7pm…


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“Fukushima, Never Again” tells the story of the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdowns in north east Japan in March of 2011 and exposes the cover-up by Tepco and the Japanese government.

This is the first film that interviews the Mothers Of Fukushima, nuclear power experts and trade unionists who are fighting for justice and the protection of the children and the people of Japan and the world. The residents and citizens were forced to buy their own geiger counters and radiation dosimeters in order to test their communities to find out if they were in danger.

The government said contaminated soil in children’s school grounds was safe and then when the people found out it was contaminated and removed the top soil, the government and TEPCO refused to remove it from the school grounds.

It also relays how the nuclear energy program for “peaceful atoms” was brought to Japan under the auspices of the US military occupation and also the criminal cover-up of the safety dangers of the plant by TEPCO and GE management which built the plant in Fukushima. It also interviews Kei Sugaoka, the GE nulcear plant inspector from the bay area who exposed cover-ups

Action Alert: Monopolistic Too-Big-to-Fail Banks Try to Crush Credit Unions as Competition by Removing Tax Exemption…


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From MARK KARLIN
Truthout
Thanks to Janie Sheppard

[When the Big Banks took our economy down the tubes, we switched our bank accounts to Credit Unions in droves. Now they are pissed and want to snuff out the competition, which are democratic cooperatives. We won't let them. Here's what we can do: Don't Tax My Credit Union -DS]

Given the steady growth of consumers turning to responsive credit unions for their banking, the oligopolistic banks that brought you the crash of the American economy – and made you lend them money to survive – are now trying to crush credit unions.

The vehicle being used by the large financial institutions — many of whom are still engaged in risky and unethical if not illegal actions – to remove credit unions as competition is to get their pawns in DC to pass legislation that will remove their tax exemption.

According to a July 6 LA Times article:

Skill Share at the Todd Grove Park Ukiah Today Saturday 6/15/13 10 – 4


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Mendo Free Skool & Transition Ukiah Valley

present a

SKILLSHARE

Sat., June 15 from 10 AM to 4PM

Todd Grove Park Ukiah

Three 90 minute workshop sessions

beginning at 10:15, 12:45, & 2:30

Potluck lunch at 11:45
(so bring a dishes and sturdy dishes if you want to join us for lunch)

Likely skills you can learn are:

Tai Chi, fermented foods, primitive skills, bike repair (so bring your bike if it needs fixing), Charleston and Electric Slide dances, drumming, knitting, hula hoop making, kid’s use of tools,  Art, solar oven cooking, rope knot tying,and many more.

If you have a skill you’d like to present, contact us.  Or if you can help with set up that morning at 8:30 or clean-up afterward, or help during the day, also contact us

And the second

REALLY REALLY FREEMARKET will be happening in the park at the same time. Bring items you no longer want but that still have a useful life. Find new treasures to take home with you. It’sREALLY REALLY FREE.

For more information, contact us at 235-9080 or peace@pacific.net and after June 12th, check the Mendo Free Skool and the Transition Ukiah Valley websites and Facebook pages for a list of the exact skills offered and times.

http://mendofreeskool.wordpress.com

http://facebook.com/mendofreeskool

http://transitionukiahvalley.org

http://facebook.com/TransitionUkiah

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Statement from Will Parrish: “The Greatest Gift Mendocino County Could Give The World Is To Stop The Willits Bypass”


Little Lake circa 1905. Picture housed at Mendocino Historical Society.Little Lake circa 1905: closer to their original state.

From WILL PARRISH
Ukiah

“Red-Tailed Hawk,” aka Will Parrish (a local journalist), issued the following statement from his tree sit, May 20th.

“On May 14th, I ascended roughly 70 feet into a 100-foot tall valley oak that stands in the path of the California Department of Transportation’s proposed six-mile freeway (“The Willits Bypass”) through Little Lake Valley. This tree, which has a nearly six-foot trunk and is covered from top to bottom with an intricate tapestry of lichens and moss, stands amid hundreds of ash trees in a lustrous grove in the north Little Lake Valley wetlands. The tree is certainly older than the State of California. It may be older than the United States of America.

This mighty oak stands like a sentinel at the southern edge of the ash grove. In its life, it has experienced the gridding, platting, and draining of its wetlands home for cattle ranching and the construction of Highway 101. It has experienced Euroamericans’ destruction of the Central Pomo people, who referred to the valley by the evocatively intimate name Mto’m-kai – a name that closely translates to “Valley of Water Splashing the Toes.” It has experienced the wetlands as they existed when the Pomo and early Euroamericans lived here, as an incredibly vibrant and life-sustaining ecosystem:

The tree’s days are likely numbered, though, as are those of the entire ash grove and nearly 90 acres of these wetlands, which CalTrans intends to drain, fill, and pave over to build its highway. It would be the most extensive destruction of any wetlands in Northern California in more than a half-century.

Willits Bypass Protesters Get a New Tree Sitter: Will Parrish…


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From SAVE LITTLE LAKE VALLEY

As of Wednesday, Redtail Hawk landed in Condor’s nest and has roosted there. Condor has gone flying out in the Valley. Redtail brought a 25 foot banner with him that reads, ‘Save Our Water. Stop Caltrans NOW!’ The banner is visible from 101.

Redtail Hawk also goes by the name of Will Parrish. Parrish is a Ukiah resident who has been an instrumental part of the Bypass campaign. He is an activist and well known local journalist, who has written about and worked on forest and water protection, indigenous peoples land rights, nuclear weapons abolition, immigrant justice, and many other issues. He hasi written aabout dozen articles on the bypass and the resistance to it. To read Parrish’s most recent article on Caltrans mitigation debacle, click here.

This tree sit is in an Oregon ash grove just east of Highway 101, roughly a mile north of Willits High School. The tree is perched in one of the grove’s only oak trees. It is a valley oak at least 200 years old, one of precisely 1,815 oaks CalTrans inventoried to cut down.

This is the first tree sit in the wetlands area of the bypass construction zone, and has been strategically nested to bring attention to the activity happening in the wetlands currently. In a phone call with Redtail Hawk, he described the scene he is witnessing: Caltrans has brought in the wick drains and wick drain machine they will use to install the 55,000 wick drains to drain the wetlands, and they have begun test pile driving 100 foot steel tubes into the wetlands.

The current tree sit, and Condor and Redtail’s nesting in it, is to block destruction of this grove of trees in the wetlands, and to call attention to the destruction of the wetlands that is now beginning.

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