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New map could refocus state's pollution battles - latimes.com - http://www.latimes.com/science...
New map could refocus state's pollution battles - latimes.com
"The California Environmental Protection Agency has released a statewide list of census tracts most burdened by pollution, providing a first-of-its-kind ranking certain to pressure regulators to clean up neighborhoods with long-standing health risks. Many of the worst pollution pockets identified and mapped by state officials are in the San Joaquin Valley, Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire. Their residents are largely low-income Latinos who have had little power to force improvements in their communities. By providing the public with an objective accounting of conditions in areas as small as a few thousand residents, Cal/EPA has created a powerful tool to spur regulators to act in highly polluted neighborhoods, state officials and environmental activists say. "It is a major breakthrough that will give us a better opportunity to direct or redirect precious resources to the communities that need it the most," said state Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles). De León wrote a 2012 law... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Post office sale is off - Half Moon Bay Review - 21st Century Postal Worker - http://www.21cpw.com/post-of...
"The U.S. Postal Service has canceled a $3.05 million deal to sell the Half Moon Bay branch office to a local art dealer, halting the sale just days before it was to be completed. Postal officials explained they had a change of heart over plans to downsize and rent out a smaller space in the large Half Moon Bay building. Instead they intend to keep the facility along Stone Pine Road as the central distribution hub for the Coastside. “The (Half Moon Bay) post office is off the market and its not going to be on the market anymore,” said Diane Alvarado, real estate manager for the San Francisco district post office. “We have a new district manager who has a different vision for the building.” While postal officials point out they were fully within their rights to cancel the sale, the decision upset the proposed buyer. Josh Simpson, an El Granada resident and owner of the Half Moon Bay art boutique Jungletraders, said that he was given no warning and little reason for the cancellation.... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Twitter / abc7newsBayArea: Oakland's DPW blames BART for ... - https://twitter.com/abc7new...
Twitter / abc7newsBayArea: Oakland's DPW blames BART for ...
"Oakland's DPW blames BART for an embarrassing misspelling of a stop sign on a city street. http://abc7ne.ws/1kUShjY pic.twitter.com/xHuXITRX8e" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Lightning strikes Berkeley tree, sends wood chunks flying | Berkeleyside - http://www.berkeleyside.com/2014...
Lightning strikes Berkeley tree, sends wood chunks flying | Berkeleyside
Lightning strikes Berkeley tree, sends wood chunks flying | Berkeleyside
"A giant redwood tree in North Berkeley was struck by lightning at around 1:15 p.m. today and “exploded” sending chunks of wood flying in all directions, according to authorities. Several windows and skylights in nearby homes were broken out, but there were no reported injuries, according to Berkeley Deputy Fire Chief Avery Webb who estimated the redwood, which is at the intersection of Holly Street and Buena Avenue, had been reduced in size from 70 ft to about 25 ft. Listen to today’s thunder in this recording, made at around 1:15 p.m., shared with us by Will Galloway: 00:00 00:14 Redwood debris Debris from the redwood tree that was struck by lightning littered streets in the area. Photo: Dan Brekke “The tree blew apart, and there are chunks of wood everywhere,” Webb said. The fire department was on scene at 2:30 p.m. canvassing the neighborhood to assess the scope of the damage. Webb said the fire department received a call about the tree at 1:22 p.m. It is located on the north-west... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
A woman was struck by lightning while in a crosswalk (not near tall objects). http://www.berkeleyside.com/2014... - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Foodista | A San Francisco Treat - http://www.foodista.com/blog...
Foodista | A San Francisco Treat
"I'm not talking Rice-A-Roni here, the San Francisco treat I'm referring to is IT'S-IT Ice Cream. When I was a kid, we'd often pass the IT'S-IT factory perched on the edge of Highway 101 near the San Francisco airport. I would beg my parents to stop, but alas, it never happened. I still threaten to stop...perhaps some things are best left as a mystery. So, to satiate my desires I hop into the nearest Draeger's and pick up a box. The Original IT'S-IT Ice Cream Treat, once named the official food of San Francisco, started in 1928 and has since become a legend. The recipe has never changed; a scoop of vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two oatmeal cookies then dunked in dark chocolate. I don't care how old you are, you're never too old to beg for one of these." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
I prefer the mint IT'S-IT. :D - Hookuh Tinypants
Spidra Webster
California maps will identify tsunami danger zones - latimes.com - http://www.latimes.com/local...
California maps will identify tsunami danger zones - latimes.com
"California officials on Friday announced that they were beginning to draw tsunami flood maps in Huntington Beach, Crescent City and other cities that could be used to restrict development of new buildings in areas along the coast that may be destroyed during a large tsunami. The California Geological Survey made the announcement Friday in advance of the 50th anniversary of the deadliest tsunami that has hit modern California. Fifty years ago next Thursday, a tsunami triggered by a 9.2 earthquake in Alaska killed 13 people in California alone. The new mapping efforts come after a February 2010 earthquake in Chile produced a tsunami that struck California's coast and caused millions of dollars in damage to harbors. Harbor officials, boaters and marina residents had no emergency plans in place. "Harbor masters and emergency managers were really caught off guard by this," said Rick Wilson, head of the California Geological Survey's tsunami program. "At this point, we started looking to... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Capitol Alert: University of California regents debate lifting tuition freeze - http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitol...
Capitol Alert: University of California regents debate lifting tuition freeze
"Facing a budget shortfall of more than a hundred million dollars, the University of California Board of Regents expressed doubts at its bimonthly meeting Wednesday that it could sustain the current tuition freeze for students. "Obviously, none of us want to increase tuition," board chairman Bruce D. Varner said. But realistically, "we will need to have increases that make sense" going forward. Tuition has been held at 2011-12 levels--$12,192--for the past three years and Gov. Jerry Brown has offered modest annual funding increases for UC as long as fees remain flat through the 2016-17 academic year. But Brown's January budget proposal, which would allocate another $142 million, or 5 percent, to the university, still falls $124 million short of the UC budget that regents approved last November, said Nathan Brostrom, UC's executive vice president of business operations. The difference covers three major areas, he added: enrollment funding, deferred maintenance and $64 million in... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Virgin America will halt L.A. flights from San Jose in May - SiliconValley.com - http://www.siliconvalley.com/ci_2534...
Virgin America will halt L.A. flights from San Jose in May - SiliconValley.com
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"SAN JOSE -- A year after local officials trumpeted its decision to begin flights from Mineta San Jose International Airport, Virgin America on Friday abruptly announced plans to halt the service in May, saying the route wasn't as profitable as it had hoped. San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said Virgin's change of mind wasn't a major blow to the airport, which is counting on luring new airlines -- and retaining those it has -- to pay off its recent $1.3 billion terminal upgrades. "Of course, we don't like to lose any routes," he said. "We clearly need to grow our passenger count, and we need flights to do that so we can pay off the debt service" on the construction. But he added, "one airline on one route doesn't have much of an impact on it." A Virgin America Airbus A320 arrives at Terminal A at Norman Mineta San Jose International Airport in San Jose, Calif. on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Virgin A Virgin America Airbus A320 arrives at Terminal A at Norman Mineta San Jose International Airport... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Mission Arts Space Forced Out After Landlord Triples Rent - The Bold Italic - San Francisco - http://www.thebolditalic.com/article...
Mission Arts Space Forced Out After Landlord Triples Rent - The Bold Italic - San Francisco
"It makes me sick to post this kind of news, especially on the heels of the 77 Geary galleries being given the hard shove, but another art space was forced out of its home, this time after its landlord nearly tripled the rent. Root Division, a great arts hub that's part gallery, part studios, part learning center, announced on its Facebook page that it's joining the ranks of creative spaces hitting a rough patch in the current San Francisco housing economy. After calling 3175 17th St. home for nine years, it was hit with a huge rent increase that has forced it to look for a new space to relocate to this summer. At least Root Division's Board of Directors have found some silver lining. "While we are disheartened to leave the neighborhood we've worked so hard to revitalize, we see this as an opportunity to develop a vital new arts facility. We aim to capitalize on the positive momentum generated in the Mission to expand our constituency and continue to serve the community," they wrote.... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
unscrupulous greedy landlords, should be a # tag - Halil
Spidra Webster
Twitter / AhabLives: I love this poster @moesbooks ... - https://twitter.com/AhabLiv...
Twitter / AhabLives: I love this poster @moesbooks ...
"I love this poster @moesbooks is giving away at their store on California BookstoreDay. @BookstoreDay pic.twitter.com/UF5HhAV52F" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
California drought: More than 255,000 homes and businesses still don't have water meters statewide - San Jose Mercury News - http://www.mercurynews.com/science...
California drought: More than 255,000 homes and businesses still don't have water meters statewide - San Jose Mercury News
California drought: More than 255,000 homes and businesses still don't have water meters statewide - San Jose Mercury News
"Despite urgent calls for water conservation amid one of California's worst droughts, more than 255,000 homeowners and businesses across the state can still use all the water they want without paying higher bills. And nobody even knows how much water they are using. From Bakersfield to Sacramento to Shasta County, 42 communities in California have not installed the most basic tool of water management -- water meters -- for all of their connections. People without meters are charged a flat monthly rate in those areas for water, usually between $20 and $35 a month. And those communities use 39 percent more water per capita than the state average, according to an analysis of state Department of Water Resources records by this newspaper. Meter reader Laura Rodelas of the Alameda County Water District works along South Grimmer Boulevard on Friday afternoon, March 7, 2014, in Fremont, Calif. Meter reader Laura Rodelas of the Alameda County Water District works along South Grimmer Boulevard... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
California just flat out sucks dry hairy balls when it comes to water management. We didn't even have a state-wide water management agency/entity until a decade ago. How the fuck does any state function like that?! Especially one that has already had well over a century of water rights conflicts under its belt? I swear to god, I love being a California native and I love all that this... more... - Hookuh Tinypants
That's shocking. I didn't know there was no statewise agency, either. Jesus. - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
San Francisco Public Library Art, Music and Recreation Center: Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013 - http://sfplamr.blogspot.com/2014...
San Francisco Public Library Art, Music and Recreation Center: Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013
San Francisco Public Library Art, Music and Recreation Center: Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013
"We are please to present Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013 in the Art, Music and Recreation Center of the Main Library. This display is curated by Trina Robbins, a comics artist and historian, and consists of original art work and other ephemera relating to her book by the same title. The display includes work by early comic artists such as Grace Drayton, who created Dolly Dingle and other roly-poly tots, Nell Brinkley, famous for the Brinkley Girls, Edwina Dumm, who wrote the comic strip Cap Stubbs and Tippie which ran for over 6 decades, and Dale Messick, creator of dashing journalist Brenda Starr. There is also a display case devoted to the “fighting women of World War II” which presents the work of Tape Mills, Lily Renee, Fran Hopper and Marcia Snyder, who drew comics about competent action heroines who were not looking to be rescued but did the rescuing themselves!" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Cesar Chavez Park in fog | Flickr - Photo Sharing! - http://www.flickr.com/photos...
Cesar Chavez Park in fog | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
"took the new Canon EOS M KAP cradle down to Cesar Chavev Park for a maiden flight. The park had a thin thread of fog forming as the day came to an end - how atmospheric. The new KAP setup worked well. It has been a long time since I flew a cradle this light. Good thing too as the Sutton 30 could barely lift the load in an intermittent breeze. I am particularly impressed with the sharpness of the EOS M and EF-M 11-22mm lens." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. - Emergency Drought Legislation - http://gov.ca.gov/news...
Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. - Emergency Drought Legislation
"The legislation provides $687.4 million to support drought relief, including money for housing and food for workers directly impacted by the drought, bond funds for projects to help local communities more efficiently capture and manage water and funding for securing emergency drinking water supplies for drought-impacted communities. In addition, the legislation increases funding for state and local conservation corps to assist communities with efficiency upgrades and reduce fire fuels in fire risk areas, and includes $1 million for the Save Our Water public awareness campaign – which will enhance its mission to inform Californians how they can do their part to conserve water. “Without enough rain and snow this winter, we need to capture as much water as we can through any means possible. Water agencies around the state have projects ready to go to capture and distribute more of the water that’s now lost to evaporation or simply flowing out to the ocean. They simply need money to get... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
So This Housing Flier is Depressing - The Bold Italic - San Francisco - http://www.thebolditalic.com/article...
So This Housing Flier is Depressing - The Bold Italic - San Francisco
"Every time I get sick of living above a loud restaurant, or tired of stepping around Haight Street mystery chunks (poop or puke?) and I consider moving a little further away from the madness, I realize I'm not going anywhere in this housing market. Not until things calm down, at least. My coworker Max brought in this flier from RentSFNow, where the prices are very telling when it comes to current real estate madness in this city. A studio in Hayes Valley, Duboce Triangle, Downtown, and other listed neighborhoods, runs from $2,295-$2,795. One bedrooms go from $2,695 to close to five grand. And then there's the $14,000 apartment (furnished, for those who find buying furniture a burden) in Russian Hill. Of course, if your car is looking for a place to crash, it can sleep in a garage for a couple hundred bucks a month. Update: One of my friends just messaged me that the mirror image of her one bedroom apartment is being advertised here as a (renovated) two bedroom with a $3500 increase in rent." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Twitter / StevenFruhmoto: Some awesome rain in Berkeley ... - https://twitter.com/StevenF...
Twitter / StevenFruhmoto: Some awesome rain in Berkeley ...
"Some awesome rain in Berkeley this weekend! The stream in Live Oak Park was flowing like crazy today. @berkeleyside pic.twitter.com/7QTHRhdEy6" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
I'm loving this rain. Should be done with us by tomorrow, but I'd like to see a couple more weeks of it :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Wish we were getting more. You guys are bogarting the rain, maaaaan. - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Somebody attacked an electrical substation in California last year. This should make you concerned. - Boing Boing - http://boingboing.net/2014...
Somebody attacked an electrical substation in California last year. This should make you concerned. - Boing Boing
"When we think about threats to America's energy infrastructure, we usually think about hackers. Hackers, or maybe, somebody taking a bomb to a nuclear power plant. What we don't usually think about is some guys with guns. According to a Wall Street Journal report by Rebecca Smith, last April a group of snipers cut the phone lines and internet access near a major electrical substation in San Jose, California, and then fired on the substation for 19 minutes, knocking out 17 transformers. This is a big, big deal. The former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Jon Wellinghoff, has been trying to draw attention to the little-discussed incident. Although the FBI doesn't think it was the work of a terrorist group, a retired VP of transmission for the utility company says that the attack was clearly well-organized and targeted at specific components of the substation. Although the utility, PG&E, called the attack the work of "vandals" in a press release, military experts... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
East Bay Woman Dies Suddenly From H1N1 Flu Virus « CBS San Francisco - http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014...
East Bay Woman Dies Suddenly From H1N1 Flu Virus « CBS San Francisco
"DANVILLE (KPIX 5) – The flu outbreak has claimed the life of a woman from the East Bay who once worked at KPIX 5. Nancy Pinnella became sick last week and died a few days later. People who knew Pinnella thought she was extraordinary and taught others the joy of giving. Friends and family told KPIX 5 that she was kind and also had a sweet tooth. But in other ways, she was like so many of us and never got a flu shot. “And I’m equally guilty of not getting a flu shot. I’m not old, I’m not young. So why get one,” said Rich Pinnella, one of Nancy’s brothers. Nancy’s family got the tragic answer to that question over the weekend, when the otherwise healthy 46-year-old woman died in a Sacramento hospital after contracting the H1N1 flu virus. “You can sleep the flu off in three or four days. This thing took my sister’s life in that same time frame,” Rich Pinnella said. play East Bay Woman Dies Suddenly From H1N1 Flu Virus KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports 00:00 According to her family, she left work... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
The Mac at 30: Tales from the Berkeley Mac Users Group | Macworld - http://www.macworld.com/article...
"Before the Genius Bar and before Apple’s own online forums, when the Mac was young and its users needed help, there were user groups: Part social clubs and part volunteer tech-support staffs, they disseminated tips, troubleshooting advice, news, and arguments about the Mac. They distributed loads of early Mac shareware and became important stops for vendors promoting new Mac products (including one Steve Jobs when he was trying to get Next Computer off the ground). And in that early Mac age, no user group was bigger or more important than the Berkeley Macintosh Users Group, known to all as BMUG. Founded in 1986 and lasting for 14 contentious years, it at one point reportedly boasted more than 13,000 users, with satellite groups in Boston and Japan. While the original group formally dissolved in 2000, a smaller group (BMUGWest) still meets. And so, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Mac, Macworld joined the group for dinner after one of its meetings and asked a few of the more senior members to look back over their three decades with the Mac." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Aw, dangit. The Bookmarklet left the illo out. - Spidra Webster
Starmama
Anti-abortion group targets Oakland's black community http://www.insidebayarea.com/news...
"At Friday's event, all the speakers talking about the evils of abortion were men." - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
"During the rally, Pastor Bruce Rivers, of Los Banos, called on men in the audience to raise their hands if they were "fugitive" fathers of aborted children but never "confessed" to it. Two men rose their hands and came up to the stage to be congratulated for coming forward." - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Ugh :( - Eivind
So, basically they were rallying men to try to curtail women's rights. Lovely. - Katy S
Ugh, indeed. - vicster: hon. canadian
Spidra Webster
San Francisco Is Only The Fourth Most Godless Place In The Country, Study Finds: SFist - http://sfist.com/2014...
San Francisco Is Only The Fourth Most Godless Place In The Country, Study Finds: SFist
"This week in studies: a new survey from the American Bible Society has found that San Francisco is not, in fact, the godless hellhole it is made out to be. Instead, the titles of modern day Sodom and Gomorrah go, respectively, to those East Coast portals to hell known as Providence, Rhode Island and Boston, Massachusetts. San Francisco did come in third fourth though, so we've got that going for us. The ABS study set out to find the most "Bible-mind" cities in the United States. According to the study's methodology, which we don't really have a lot of faith in, "Bible Minded" people are those who have read the bible (outside of church, that is) in the past week and believe it to be an accurate account of ancient human history. By those measures, Providence (a town founded as a refuge for persecuted religious dissenters) and Boston (a town full of Catholics who prefer to take their Eucharists at sports bars) are the least bible-minded folks in the country. Interestingly, the study... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Bill would require paid sick leave | John and Ken - http://www.kfiam640.com/pages...
Bill would require paid sick leave | John and Ken
"According to the UT San Diego, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzales has introduced AB 1522, legislation that would mandate all businesses in California to provide paid sick time off for its employees. The business community is strongly opposed to the new measure as it would drive up costs and maybe keep them from hiring more employees. Here are some of the major provisions of AB 1522: • Employees could earn up to 24 hours of leave a year. • Employees working in California for seven or more days per year are eligible. • Sick leave would be accrued at one hour for every 30 hours worked. • Sick days could be used to care for an ill family member or for leave related to domestic violence or sexual assault. • Employees covered by collective bargaining are exempt. • A share of the sick leave may be carried over into the next year, overruling some “use it or lose it” company policies. • Employers would not be required to pay for accumulated sick leave when a worker leaves the company. Read more at the UT San Diego" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Shelter seeking owners of dyed-pink Chihuahua puppy with broken leg | abc7news.com - http://abclocal.go.com/kgo...
Shelter seeking owners of dyed-pink Chihuahua puppy with broken leg | abc7news.com
"SAN MATEO, Calif. -- Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA staff are searching for the owner of a Chihuahua puppy with dyed pink fur that was found in East Palo Alto last week. The roughly 2-month-old female dog, which the staff has named "Candy," was rescued by a good Samaritan who found her lying in the street with a broken leg around 5 p.m. on Jan. 13, according to shelter staff. No one has come forward as the pooch's owner, and she was found without a collar or ID tags, and isn't microchipped. Related Content link: Follow @abc7newsbayarea on Instagram link: 'Like' ABC7 News on Facebook The dog suffered a hairline fracture to her right rear tibia and is receiving pain medication and resting at the PHS/SPCA facility in San Mateo until she recuperates. The owner is encouraged to pick up the dog at the shelter's intake facility at 12 Airport Blvd. in San Mateo. However, since it has been more than a week since the dog arrived, Candy is eligible to be adopted or taken into foster care,... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
The Santa Clara Weekly | September 2013 | Issue 39 | Future of Franklin Mall Post Office in Jeopardy - http://www.santaclaraweekly.com/2013...
The Santa Clara Weekly | September 2013 | Issue 39 | Future of Franklin Mall Post Office in Jeopardy
"For decades, the Franklin Mall Post Office has served downtown residents. The sole remaining building of the City’s downtown - the only one not demolished during a razing in the 1960s. According to Augustine Ruiz, Corporate Communications, USPS, the post office has contracted with a historic consultant to “help us define the covenants and restrictions that will be placed on the building.” The USPS will host a community meeting on the proposed relocation of postal services. USPS is proposing the to relocate the Franklin Mall post office to the John Sanchez Annex at 1451 Walsh Avenue, two miles from the Franklin Mall Post Office. Many residents have been in vocal opposition to the potential relocation, as the Walsh location has no direct public transit connection, and inadequate sidewalks for consumers on foot. Ruiz says that the building will not be listed for sale until the public hearing process and the covenants and restrictions have been formalized and cleared by the State... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Brown Suspends Environmental Law in Drought Declaration | Agencies | ReWild | KCET - http://www.kcet.org/news...
Brown Suspends Environmental Law in Drought Declaration | Agencies | ReWild | KCET
"The state's foremost environmental law no longer protects wildlife or the environment from the effects of the state's response to the drought, after an emergency drought declaration was signed by Governor Brown at a press event in San Francisco Friday morning. Buried in the language of the declaration, unmentioned at the press event which focused on voluntary conservation programs, is a clause exempting the state's responses from having to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the backbone of the state's environmental protection law. The declaration claims that compliance with CEQA would get in the way of swift reaction to the effects of the drought emergency. Story Continues Below Support KCET Here's the text in question, section 9 of Friday's drought declaration:. 9.The Department of Water Resources and the Water Board will take actions necessary to make water immediately available, and, for purposes of carrying out directives 5 and 8, Water Code section... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Starmama
Restoring Oakland's Biff's diner may be tall order http://m.sfgate.com/bayarea...
After training us up for years, my mom tested mine & my brother's restaurant IQ by letting us go to Biff's after chorus practice. No grownups. We remembered our manners & calculated the tip & had a grand time. I've been waiting years to see what would happen to that iconic building, had no clue folx wanted to actually recreate the Biff's experience! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Starmama
Lee Jenkins: The Oak Edge: Lillard takes torch from Kidd, Payton http://m.si.com/3786414...
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Spidra Webster
10-year-old ‘Wonder Girl’ with leukemia is hero to her hometown | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources - http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2013...
10-year-old ‘Wonder Girl’ with leukemia is hero to her hometown | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources
"When Monika Romo opened the door on Thursday morning, she wasn’t expecting the day that lay ahead: The 10-year-old leukemia patient was met by a crowd of well-wishers outside of her Vallejo, California, home, and then whisked away — with a police escort, no less — to begin her daylong tour as the city’s own superhero. If that sounds more than a little like the celebration surrounding Batkid, it’s no accident: Romo, who was diagnosed in April with leukemia, is the only child cancer patient in the city, and the nonprofit group Vallejo Together wanted to do something special for her. “We asked if she needed a Disney princess theme or something,” the organization’s founder Maria Guevara told KGO-TV. “But she doesn’t like Disney princesses, she likes Wonder Girl. So we were like, ‘Oh, my gosh, perfect setting, we’re going to do Batkid-style Wonder Girl in Vallejo.’” However, Romo didn’t spend her day fighting crime. Instead, she was brought to Pennycook Elementary School, where students... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
1906 Earthquake Photos Merged with Modern San Francisco - The Bold Italic - San Francisco - http://www.thebolditalic.com/article...
1906 Earthquake Photos Merged with Modern San Francisco - The Bold Italic - San Francisco
1906 Earthquake Photos Merged with Modern San Francisco - The Bold Italic - San Francisco
"Thanks to Facebook postings, I recently stumbled upon some incredible photos perfectly melding scenes of San Francisco in the ruins of the 1906 earthquake with the modern view of the exact location. They were such meticulous mashups of the rubble and the rebuilt that I tracked down the photographer behind the images, Shawn Clover, to get the story behind the work. I found out the pieces I saw are part of a larger collection called Fade to 1906 that he's hoping to turn into a book (hint: he's looking for a publisher!) and that there's a ton of historical research that goes into each then and now combination. Shawn has lived between San Francisco and the larger Bay Area since the mid-'70s, and he's permanently called this city home for the last six years. He tells me he first became obsessed with the city's history as a kid. "I was fascinated by Playland, which was demolished a year after I was born," he says. "Also, my dad would frequently take me down to the Sutro Baths ruins, which... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
2013 – 2014 California School Garden Survey - http://www.lifelab.org/2013...
2013 – 2014 California School Garden Survey
"Life Lab, in collaboration with the California School Garden Network, is conducting a survey of California School Gardens. This same survey was conducted in 2010-11 with 580 respondents. The information gathered from this survey will help those that are creating and supporting school garden projects across the state and nation to better understand how school gardens operate. Take the survey at www.http://fluidsurveys.com/s... Please help spread the word of this survey via your school garden team and larger networks. Our goal is for every school in California to respond to the survey. For schools that do not have gardens we want to know what the barriers are. For schools with gardens we want to know what makes them work and what resources are needed to sustain them. IF YOUR SCHOOL DOES NOT HAVE A GARDEN PROGRAM THE SURVEY WILL TAKE LESS THAN 5 MINUTES. FOR THOSE RESPONDING THAT HAVE A GARDEN THE SURVEY SHOULD TAKE ABOUT 20 MINUTES TO COMPLETE. Preview all... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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