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Monday, November 21, 2005

Everything You Wanted to Know About the State Budget...But Were Afraid to Ask

Next month, attend a workshop from a premiere policy analysis organization in Sacramento:

Have you ever wondered how the state budget process works, how programs get funded, or how to participate more effectively in the process? Has California's tax system puzzled you? Do you wonder how the federal budget affects California? Attend a workshop sponsored by the California Budget Project (CBP) and find out answers to these and many other questions.

This session will feature a morning training on budget basics followed by a panel discussion featuring State Senate Chief Policy Advisor Diane Cummins and CBP Executive Director Jean Ross on upcoming budget and policy issues.

Dollars and Democracy: A Guide to the State Budget Process

Friday, December 9 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
828 I Street
East Meeting Room
Sacramento, CA

$10.00 for CBP subscribers
$15.00 for non-subscribers
(Includes materials and lunch)

Download the registration form at

Please RSVP by Friday, December 2 by calling (916) 444-0500 or email us at Attendance is limited.

thus spake Maya 11:30 AM

Monday, October 17, 2005

This comes from the Nonprofit Resource Center:

Youth volunteers needed to help grant out $50,000 or more to youth-led projects!
The Sacramento Region Community Foundation is looking for youth between the ages of 12 and 19 to join the Grants Advisory Board for Youth (GABY). GABY members will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn important leadership and decision making skills
  • Gain volunteer experience and get community service hours for school
  • Make decisions about issues that impact youth
  • Have a lot of fun and meet great new people

For more information, check the program page of the SRCF website. Applications are due on October 21st and are available on the website.

(SRCF will be releasing a grant application soon; check their website later this month.)

thus spake Maya 8:29 AM

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Health by Design

I have a retreat in Tahoe this day, so I can't attend. Hopefully someone I know will go and report back. If you are interested in good planning, check this out:

Health By Design
Upcoming symposium explores ways to plan for healthier communities

Thursday, Oct 20, 2005 - Sacramento

Has the design and construction of the American suburb led to poorer
health? Are there long-term public health consequences to building
schools, offices and stores far from where people live?

Experts point to long commutes and short neighborhood drives as not
only adding to air quality problems but also inhibiting physical activity.
The results, they say, can be seen in the rising rates of obesity,
asthma, osteoporosis, heart problems and a variety of other chronic
maladies. Excess weight and physical inactivity alone are not only the
nation's leading causes of premature death behind tobacco-related illnesses,
they also come with a very expensive price tag. In California,
obesity-related problems cost more than $20 billion a year in medical bills,
injuries and lost employee productivity.

Such costs, both physical and financial, will be among the focal points
at a unique, one-day symposium in Sacramento this fall. Experts
ranging from architects and physicians to land-use planners, developers and
public health officials are coming together to explore the broad impacts
of the 'built environment' and the ways subdivisions, urban centers and
roadways have been designed in recent decades - and how better planning
could improve public health.

Featured speakers include: Dr. Richard Jackson, former California State
Public Health Officer and a nationally recognized advocate on planning
for better health in built environments; Dan Solomon, renowned
architect and urban designer; Don Chen, executive director of Smart Growth
America; Edward O'Neil, director of the Center for Health Professions at UC
San Francisco.

(916) 734-5390

Sponsored by UC Davis Health System and the American Institute of
Architects--Central Valley Chapter. This event is approved for CME credit.

thus spake Maya 9:16 AM

Friday, August 05, 2005

Hagginwood Gospel Festival

Tomorrow, I will be manning the recycling at the Hagginwood Gospel Festival from noon to around 6PM. Don't ask me why I decided to volunteer for a festival smack-dab in the middle of the dog days of summer. I'm supposed to have volunteers, but I expect turnout will be light. So if you want to help me, I'd gladly buy you a refreshing beverage as a way to say thanks!

thus spake Maya 12:25 AM

Friday, June 17, 2005

Open House

There are a couple open house events coming up soon. From Dave Tamayo, one of Sacto's finest environmental crusaders:


I'm on the Board of Trustees of the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District. If you live in the City of Sacramento, I represent you.

This Saturday, we are having an open house at the District headquarters, at 8631 Bond Road. 10-3.

Besides free food, activities for kids, and raffle prizes (portable screened shelter), you can learn about District services and how to avoid West Nile Virus and mosquitoes.

If you want to talk about District policies or plans to control WNV, please contact me.

Hope to see some of you there.

Dave Tamayo

And next Saturday, the open house farm dance and potluck at Sacto's only urban farm, Soil Born:

Farm Dance and Potluck Fundraiser
June 25, 2005
Come out for a family day and evening on the farm of fun, food, live music, and dancing! Organic Sacramento is putting on a fundraiser event for Soil Born Farm Urban Agriculture Project. Proceeds go towards development of Soil Born’s second site in Rancho Cordova.
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2005 Time: 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Location: Goethe Ranch - 2140 Chase Dr., at the entrance of Hagan Park in Rancho Cordova Potluck: Side dishes provided, but please bring a potluck dish to share as well as individual place settings. (A free raffle ticket for those who bring their own flatware and eating utensils!) Bring your favorite meats and veggies for barbecuing.

Family activities will include, but are not limited to:
A petting zoo
Nature and plant walks
Farm tours
Bio-diesel presentations
Open-mic music from local musicians Sustainable living presentations
Screenings of The Future of Food
River access for swimming
Raffle . . And much, much more … Much dancing and live music for evening enjoyment.
Schedule: Family Activities: 1~5pm, Potluck: 5~6:30pm, Dance: 6:30 ~ 11:00pm

Requested donations of $10 to $25 - adults and $5 - children 12 to 18 years old are appreciated. (Note: children under 12 years old are free, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.) Call (916) 486-9686 for further information.

thus spake Maya 8:30 AM

Friday, May 20, 2005

Tesla Shows

Not that anyone cares but me, but Tesla is playing two acoustic shows at the Crest, beginning tonight.

thus spake Maya 9:57 AM

Monday, May 09, 2005

Hewn and Hammered: call for owners

I received this note from the editor of a fun Sacto site, Hewn and Hammered, a group blog that has fun things to check out. I find it somewhat torturous, since I will never have a home of my own in this market. Anyways, check it out.

I run a collaborative weblog on Arts & Crafts architecture and related
styles ( There are lots of Craftsman & Mission Revival homes here in Sacramento, as well as Highwaters, Victorians & Queene Annes with Craftsman interior features. I'd like to put up a call for owners of such houses to send me photographs - pictures of interiors & exteriors of their homes - for an extensive photo essay on such architecture here in Sacramento. I've taken some exterior shots in my drives and walks around town but would like to find a better way to reach out to folks.

Anyway, if you ever feel like posting a little "call for images" for us, that would be tremendous. Or if you know anyone who owns or otherwise lives in such a home, please let them know that we'd like to see it! We're also interested in other sorts of historical restorations & remodels of older homes, specifically in Sacramento...

thus spake Maya 8:46 AM


This is a section for me to post notes about Sacramento happenings that I find interesting, important, imperative, or inane. All kinds will get on here. I started it because the editor of Hewn and Hammered asked me to post a call for submissions to the site.

I will post that announcment shortly.

If you have anything that you think would be appropriate for this site, please shoot me an a-mail at mayaofsacramento at gmail dot com. I'll ping my real blog when I add new announcments, somehow.

Stay tuned!

thus spake Maya 8:33 AM