Rally at the Capitol: Stop the Tunnels


Action Alert: Attend our No Delta Tunnels rally! 7/29

by Stina Va on June 30, 2014

July 29th will be the LAST DAY for public comment on the BDCP. Join us in a rally marking this date and in raising our ongoing message “NO TUNNELS!” Save the date, share our event, and plan to join us. This is a critical time in the BDCP twin tunnels process–we must make our opposition against the tunnels be seen and heard throughout the state. We need all supporters to show up in large numbers to show how unpopular these tunnels really are.

DATE: Tuesday, July 29th
LOCATION: West Steps of State Capitol, 10th St and Capitol Street, Sacramento
TIME: 11:30 AM
Download and share our flyer. More details to come on speakers, live music, and more.

If you are an organization interested in tabling or speaking, please e-mail Stina@RestoretheDelta.org or Javier@RestoretheDelta.org. To RSVP for the bus ride from Stockton and/or Oakley or if you have any questions relating to event, please contact Stina@restorethedelta.org or call (209) 475-9550.

More information here.


Editor’s Note:  Please. Let’s put an end to this environmental atrocity.

In Search of a Legendary Gold Country Rose


Have you seen this rose?

Image: commonweeder.com

R. harisonii, Harison’s Yellow Rose.

“Hybrid between Austrian brier and scotch rose. Very old rose that came west with the pioneers and still persists in the gold country and around old farm houses.”
The Sunset Western Garden Book, 1979.

Sometimes the garden is our first, best evidence of civilization.  Spy an abandoned orchard or vineyard and within walking distance there is sure to be the remnants of a foundation, a stone wall or terrace, or implements left to rust. Clues like these allow us to visualize not only the husbandry of the soil, but the settlement patterns of the pioneers who established these footholds.  Could that horizontal break on the hillside be the remains of a wagon road?

Photo: cornhillnursery.com

Also known as the Oregon Trail Rose, Harison’s Yellow was so beloved by pioneers that precious cuttings were carried across the prairies in order to adorn the first settlements.  Without doubt the rose was known to the California 49ers. Where might we find this brilliant yellow briar, and what tales would she tell?

Photo: Teresa Byington, the gardendiary.com.

I was inspired to extend this invitation of discovery when I happened upon Teresa Byington’s thegardendiary.com, and read her excellent series on the history of this rose, “Mr. Harison, Past, Present, and Future.”

It was curious to me that an older edition of the Sunset Western Garden Book seemed to provide the only reference to the plant’s existence as a naturalized rose in the Sierra foothills.

If you’ve seen the Harison’s Yellow anywhere in the gold country please share your information with those of us who would love to acknowledge the travels of this historic beauty.


Of interest: Wild Roses: The Native Roses and Naturalized Roses of North America

Also: Help Me Find Roses, Clematis and Peonies









2014 Downieville Classic Mountain Bike Race and Festival July 21st-August 3rd

It’s time, for the Downieville Classic All-Mountain World Championship, and ….PARTY!


Downieville Classic All-Mountain World Championships. 2-day mountain bike stage race, featuring:

Saturday, August 2nd- Point to Point Cross Country Race from Sierra City to Downieville, California. 28 miles, 4,200′ ascent and 5,200′ descent.

Sunday, August 3rd – Downieville Downhill Race from Packer Saddle to Downieville, California. 17 miles, 5,000′ descent and 1,100′ ascent.


Race Website and additional information can be found at http://www.downievilleclassic.com

Palestinians Starting To Have Mixed Feelings About Being Used As Human Shields

Palestinians Starting To Have Mixed Feelings About Being Used As Human Shields

News in BriefterrorismPoliticsmiddle eastISSUE 50•28Jul 18, 2014

“I have to say I’m pretty much on the fence about having militants strategically store their missile batteries in and around my home.”

BEIT LAHIA, GAZA STRIP—Saying they’ve begun to reevaluate their stance as the latest outbreak of Israeli-Palestinian violence has escalated, hundreds of residents of the Gaza Strip told reporters Friday they are starting to have mixed feelings about Hamas using them and their loved ones as human shields.

“At this point, I have to say I’m pretty much on the fence about having militants strategically store their missile batteries in and around my home, which Israel will almost certainly want to bomb,” said Azzam al-Salhi, explaining that, while he’s always understood Hamas’ reliance on guerilla tactics to perpetuate the decades-long fight against Israel, he has recently soured on the idea of going to bed every night facing the real prospect of being incinerated by an Israeli airstrike intended for a Hamas arms cache.

“.. my kids hate it—they’ve actually told me that a couple of times”

“When I think about it, I guess I’d go so far as to say that I don’t completely enjoy how this is being done entirely without my consent. And I’m not crazy about the fact that Hamas is actually okay with me dying as long as it fuels both resentment toward Israel and support for the party. If I’m being honest, I don’t like that part at all. But then, sometimes I put myself in Hamas’ shoes, and I guess I sort of appreciate where they’re coming from, so it’s tough. Of course, my kids hate it—they’ve actually told me that a couple of times.

Read more: http://www.theonion.com/articles/palestinians-starting-to-have-mixed-feelings-about,36497/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=Default:2:Default

California’s Low On Water? Time to Fine the Water Resources Board Not Its Citizens

Drought (Photo credit: Bert Kaufmann)

Thomas Del Beccaro 7/10/2014 @ 1:38PM

California is in the midst of one of its many droughts.  To combat the current drought, the otherwise do-nothings of the California Water Resources Board are proposing to fine citizens they call “water hogs” $500 per day.  Instead of fining helpless consumers, California’s government should do its job for once and seriously increase water supplies.

It is well known that California is the most populated state in the Union, with more than 38 million people.  Its population was just under 20 million in 1970, when the bulk of its current water storage and delivery systems were already built.  In other words, the California governments have done very little to significantly increase water supplies in over 40 years, even though its population has doubled during that period of time.

California’s current drought was at its worst in 2013, and continues to this day.  It is apparently less well known to the public, the media, and government that California has been subject to considerable droughts over the centuries, lasting up to 20 years in a row.  In fact, contrary to the notion that California is suffering more droughts than usual, according to Scott Stine, a professor of geography and environmental studies at Cal State East Bay, as reported in the San Jose Mercury News, “the past century has been among the wettest of the last 7,000 years.”

Read more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasdelbeccaro/2014/07/10/californias-low-on-water-time-to-fine-the-water-resources-board-not-its-citizens/



Sunsweet Growers and Yuba City Host Triple Crown Viewing Party

YUBA CITY, Calif., June 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Yuba City, the home of famed racehorse California Chrome’s co-owners, Denise and Perry Martin, is shutting down the streets and rolling out the red carpet for what could potentially be a history-making-race on Saturday, June 7. Sunsweet Growers, Inc, is the world’s largest marketer of prunes, as well as, other high quality specialty dried fruits and fruit juices. Sunsweet, headquartered in Yuba City, is partnering to host the Triple Crown Viewing Party celebrating California Chrome.

Sunsweet could not be more proud of this hometown hero as California Chrome races to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978. Those attending the Yuba City Triple Crown Viewing Party can stop by Sunsweet’s booth to receive free product samples, participate in games and will even have the opportunity to take their picture with Sunsweet’s own racehorse. Additionally, Sunsweet will offer a hospitality tent for employees and grower members, who make up a large percentage of the local community.

Sunsweet will be hosting a social media contest that ties into the horseracing theme of the event. Each person who uploads their photo taken at the Sunsweet booth to Facebook or Twitter, along with the hashtag #SunsweetLovesCAChrome, will be eligible to win one of three cash prizes “Win, Place, or Show”. Fans who are not able to make it to Yuba City can share in the fun from their own hometowns by visiting Sunsweet’s Facebook page.

Those hosting their own Belmont Stakes viewing party should try Sunsweet’s Prune Barbecue Sauce it’s sure to be a crown pleasing appetizer, and one that Sunsweet will also be serving during Yuba City’s Triple Crown Viewing Party. See below for the complete recipe.

Sunsweet Prune Barbecue Sauce
*Sauce Recipe is delicious with chicken or pork

18oz Sunsweet Prunes
2 Cups Boiling Water
cup Olive Oil
Cup Chopped White Onion
4 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 Tablespoon Fresh Ginger, Grated
2 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt
Teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Cups Sunsweet Prune Juice
Cup Molasses
Cup Red Wine Vinegar
Cup Balsamic Vinegar

Put Sunsweet Prunes in a large bowl, and pour in boiling water. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for at least 15 minutes. In large heavy bottomed pot, add the next 7 ingredients and saute on medium heat until the onions are soft.

Add the next 4 liquid ingredients to the pot, along with prune-water mix. Use a submergible stick blender or regular blender to puree the mixture. Once smooth, simmer on low heat for about 2 hours, or until thickened while stirring frequently. Use now or let cool and refrigerate for up to 2 months. Recipe courtesy of Hillcrest Catering in Yuba City, CA.

Sunsweet is committed to helping people lead healthier lives by offering convenient products featuring Sunsweet Amaz!n Prunes. Prunes are emerging as a dried fruit packed with health benefits. Recent studies suggest that prunes may help keep bones strong by preventing bone mineral loss, which often leads to osteoporosis. [i] Additionally, prunes are a natural source of fiber, which can aid in weight maintenance, blood sugar control and digestive health. Compared to other dried fruits, prunes are lower in sugar and calories, and have a glycemic index of only 29. This low glycemic index means that prunes are digested slowly by the body, which helps to sustain energy over a longer period of time than a food with a high glycemic index.

Yuba City’s Triple Crown Viewing Party Celebrating California Chrome will take place downtown on Plumas Street, Saturday, June 7, from noon to 7pm. Two giant screens will stream the Belmont Stakes Race live while guests celebrate California Chrome and root for his final victory of the season.

For more product information and recipe ideas, visit http://www.sunsweet.com/.

Sunsweet Growers Inc., established in 1917, has more than 95 years of experience and heritage in producing the highest quality dried fruits. The Yuba City, Calif.-based cooperative of 300 grower/members is the worldwide leader in prunes and related products. Most recently, the product portfolio has been expanded to include a full line of dried fruit snacks and juices, all designed to fit today’s need for healthy and convenient food choices.

Note: Who else would give you a prune sauce recipe?