Volume 8: Issue: 11
Heroic firefighter rescues cat
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By Wendy Sigmund
Parker Hill rescued a cat from a burning building on Chief Mark Bingham’s first day as Fire Chief. A structure fire was called in Ben Lomond on the night of November 2, and because the engine was poised at Chief Kevin McClish’s retirement party the brave boys of Boulder Creek Fire Department were ready for action. A Cal Fire crew was standing ready in case they were needed in Boulder Creek, allowing the firefighters and a grand engine to attend the affair. When they arrived at the scene they found the house not yet engulfed in flames. The courageous crew entered the home whose occupants included a number of cats as well as their owners. Though the firefighters may have had the cats on their mind, the main focus was to contain the fire and search for human survivors. Meanwhile, no one knew if any cats were trapped inside.
Further, the more interesting part of the story was how it played out; not at the structure fire but at the grand celebration of our beloved Chief McClish. The call came in during McClish’s goodbye speech. As he poked fun back at the people who had been roasting him all night, his speech was interrupted by a shower of pages coming in from the firefighters in attendance. As our brave men exited the party the new Fire Chief Mark Bingham nodded a quick acknowledgement to McClish, with the simple words, “see you chief.” This was after all the first call of McClish’s retirement and he would not be joining them on this one. Best of luck to our New Chief Mark Bingham and a heartfelt thank you to Retired Chief Kevin McClish. We will all be seeing you around. Salute!
As the crew entered the building they were relieved to find the fire was only in two rooms, a bathroom and a bedroom. By acting quickly, trusting their training and venting the roof they were able to prevent the entire house from being taken. Instead, damage was contained to the two rooms. Firefighter Parker Hill surveyed the room where the fire may have started. He found a cat lying on the floor, not moving. Confident the fire was contained, Hill removed the cat from the premises. The cat, tattered and covered with soot, was quickly revived when Hill used his SCBA (self contained breathing apparatus) to bring it back from the brink. He returned the little sooty soul, weathered but no worse for wear, to its rightful owner. *************ECRWSSEDDM**************** Postal Customer Boulder Creek CA 95006
Who has the power? By Chris Finnie
Faced with three multi-day power cutoffs in a month that have made the national and even international news, people are talking about why this happened. Certainly, changing weather patterns have played some part. Forecasters from The National Weather Service office in San Francisco said they have never before seen three red flag warning events in a seven-day period. But it also seems likely that a large part of the problem is what governor Gavin Newsom called “greed and mismanagement over the course of decades. A desire to advance not public safety, but profits.” He adds, “Over the course of years and years and years, the hardening of the grid was not done. Those were decisions made by Pacific Gas and Electric.”
A whole neighborhood was levelled in San Bruno in 2010 and people died because PG&E did not inspect gas lines as they should. In 2018, the town of Paradise was burned to the ground and more people died because PG&E did not invest in infrastructure that might have prevented the fire. And now it’s happening again, even with the power shutdowns, because PG&E didn’t shut down the high-power transmission lines that seem to have sparked the devastating Kincaid fire near Geyserville this year. Instead of upgrades, PG&E executives spent money on themselves. It has been widely reported that PG&E lavished generous pay and bonuses on top employees. Trips to Hawaii and other resort locations have also been well documented. More recently, ABC News reported on “a party at a posh Sonoma County winery this week, while the utility planned the massive black-
outs and on the anniversary of the devastating North Bay wildfires.” PG&E held a wine tasting at Silver Oak Winery outside Healdsburg for two day for the utility’s top natural gas customers. A spokesperson told the ABC reporter the event was funded by shareholders rather than ratepayer dollars. The Intercept reports that, “Over the last year, reporters have highlighted the large lobby spending and billions of dollars in dividend payments to investors by PG&E, while the company avoided necessary investments in its aging transmission towers — some of which are among the oldest in the world and were well known to the company to be potential fire hazards.” To add insult to injury, the Enterprise-Record reported that PG&E is seeking several million dollars in bonuses for key executives, according to a regulatory filing from the utility. The request to pay nearly $11 million in bonuses would require approval by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The bonuses are expected to cost an estimated $10.9 million, PG&E said in the regulatory documents. “Actual payouts will depend on performance achieved in 2019,” PG&E said in the filing. What performance metrics they’re counting are unclear. They certainly don’t seem to include good service or safety.
Cuts cause their own hazards Assemblymember Mark Stone identified some of these hazards in an article he wrote in The Sentinel. Based on generalized weather reports and extremely poor planning, PG&E decided that their best course of action was to shut off power to hundreds of thousands of people without adequate communication to the population or to other infrastructure providers. Additionally, they failed to provide
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critical information to Santa Cruz County and left emergency personnel scrambling to protect necessary resources and people at risk. Many publications report that business losses could be in the billions, with a final tally yet to come. The poor planning involved the loss of communications. Many residents had no internet access, home phone, and/or cell service for as much as a week during the first outage because of what Stone describes as a lack of “proper coordination from PG&E, leaving far too many – including a local firehouse – without any communication whether by telephone or internet.” This meant that residents in the Kincaid fire zone got no evacuation notices because there was no way to reach them. People with urgent medical needs had no way to call for help. The outages also have drawn concern at the federal level. U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie sent a letter to Governor Newsom on Monday urging him to curb the power outages, saying they “could become dangerous for Veterans receiving in-home care and those who rely on the refrigeration of life saving medications like insulin.” KSBW reported that “Pacific Gas & Electric says it failed to notify 23,000 customers, including 500 with medical conditions, before shutting off their power to prevent wildfires earlier this month. In a report filed with regulators Monday, California’s largest utility didn’t say where the affected customers live or if there were any reported medical complications. PG&E says some customers had no contact information on file. Others were incorrectly thought to be getting electricity from power lines that weren’t turned off.” That people did not die as a result of all this is just pure, dumb luck. But shutting down the transmission lines that appear the likely cause of the Kincaid fire isn’t easy either due to the way the grid is currently configured as power routed from energy suppliers in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest
wouldn’t make its way through California to locations as far south as Los Angeles.
What can be done? The California Senate and PG&E’s state regulator, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) are now investigating the shutoffs. Calls are increasing for a breakup or buyout of the utility, now mostly owned by three large hedge funds. The Wall Street Journal reports that San Jose, California’s third-biggest city, is proposing to convert PG&E Corp. into the country’s largest customer-owned utility. Mayor Sam Liccardo said the city hopes to persuade other cities and counties in coming weeks to line up behind the plan. PG&E Corp said in an emailed statement to Reuters, that while the company hasn’t seen this proposal, the company’s facilities are not for sale. They already rejected a $2.5 billion offer from San Francisco to buy the bankrupt California company’s power lines and other infrastructure within the city, calling the offer inadequate. Governor Newsom, however, sees the bankruptcy filing as a possible route to achieve that. At a news conference, Newsom said, “I want as many people bidding for the assets of Pacific Gas & Electric as possible. That includes municipalization.” The San Jose proposal also calls for the city to invest in microgrids, self-contained electrical systems that will allow neighborhoods to continue to have electricity even if the larger power grid shuts off. Liccardo also suggests that the city invest in programs that would enable low-income residents to buy solar panels and other electric storage equipment. In 2018, California
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lawmakers passed SB 1339, which required the California Public Utilities Commission to support the commercialization of more systems by Dec. 1, 2020. Last month, the power regulator opened a proceeding to coordinate microgrids in high fire-risk areas. Some cities, utilities and large high-tech companies have already taken advantage of this to build their own. Fremont is one of the first cities in the U.S. to install a microgrid as a self-contained electrical system around a fire station. Fremont’s microgrid includes solar panels, batteries and a generator. Control software allows the stations to operate independently from PG&E’s grid. San Diego Gas and Electric operates a microgrid at Borrego Springs, and the utility has submitted a plan to regulators to build more throughout San Diego. San Diego is well ahead of PG&E in using technology solutions by installing networks of sensors, known as synchrophasors, which can communicate when problems occur helping to restore power faster. The sensors can detect broken lines and cut the power off to that line within a fraction of a second— before it even hits the ground. SDG&E also turns off automatic restarting in high-risk areas. They have replaced 18,000 wooden poles with steel, installed new conductors, and increased the wind tolerance in remote areas, using data from weather sensors to know which equipment was most at risk. The company also sectionalized electrical circuits so power managers could target outages more precisely to the lines facing danger. A decade of data and the refined grid have helped SDG&E to narrowly target outages when they’re necessary. Of its 14 outages since 2013, only two affected more than 20,000 customers and most have been significantly fewer. These types of long-term investments are not popular with hedge fund managers. So PG&E has tried to get state taxpayers and company ratepayers to foot the bill. The often-suggested remedy of putting power lines underground is even less popular with the hedgefund managers, with costs about $3 million per mile, according to PG&E estimates. The utility has 81,000 miles of overhead lines and 18,000 miles of transmission lines. Maintaining underground lines is more expensive. Sumeet Singh, vice president of PG&E’s community wildfire safety program, estimated
that it could take 10 to 14 years for the company to finish updating about 7,100 miles of power lines in high fire risk areas, and 8 years to improve vegetation management on 25,000 miles of lines in high-risk areas. A California judge is pushing PG&E to do more vegetation trimming and tree removal. But, as USA Today reports, “Picking up the pace of their tree-trimming operation may not provide much comfort. Sierra Club California director Kathryn Phillips is concerned about relying on tree trimming to help mitigate against future fire-related disasters. She says that such trimming tends to open up ‘long, narrow clear cuts that will be filled in with fire-prone grasses and shrubs, so this may not be the right thing to do from a safety perspective.’” As a short-term fix, state legislators made $75 million available in the state budget to prepare for power outages. Those funds would go toward supporting local governments with generators or other essential equipment. In the week before the blackout, the governor signed dozens of new wildfire bills into law that will add more oversight to so-called Public Safety Power Shut-offs to ensure better outcomes in the future.
Loss of power is not a mere inconvenience—it endangers lives and property, especially those individuals who are reliant on power for medical reasons. Several of the corrective actions ordered by the commission dealt with website crashes and the overwhelming surge in call center activity the utility experienced during the shutdown. Whether these CPUC mandates truly have any teeth is an open question. The situation with telephone service is a case in point, as the CPUC supervises those services in the state as well. Their website says, “The CPUC’s General Order 168 Rule 3 requires communication providers who offer end-user access to the public switched telephone network to provide access to 9-1-1 emergency services to all residential customers and wireless devices. Rule 3 does not require carriers to provide access to 9-1-1 during a power outage or de-energization event. For VoIP customers, service during a power outage depends on the underlying facility used by the provider. Some VoIP providers will maintain line power (some variants of DSL) during an outage, and others rely on network power which may or may not be present.
Cable subscribers with voice service and wireless (cellular) customers may or may not have service in a power outage depending on the backup power installed at cell sites. The CPUC does not have rules mandating backup power for this type of service. AT&T has forced customers off of the switched telephone network by raising rates to stratospheric levels, or simply not offering it to new customers. More and more people rely on VoIP or wireless services for emergency communications. The CPUC has not addressed this new reality but they must in the future. Ultimately, while politicians, courts, and state agencies look for solutions, it falls on us to provide the pressure to do the right thing. Here’s contact information to do just that: CPUC: https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/ pubsafetycomplaint/ Assemblymember Mark Stone: https://a29.asmdc.org/contacting-marks-office-sharing-your-views-getting-assistance-and-visiting-office State senator Bill Monning: https:// sd17.senate.ca.gov/contact-us
Who can do it? The CPUC, as its name suggests, is responsible for oversight of utilities in California. At the PUC after the first shutoff, the commission’s president, Marybel Batjer scolded PG&E executives. “What we saw play out by PG&E last week cannot be repeated,” Batjer told the company’s chief executive, Bill Johnson. Batjer stated “PG&E was not fully prepared to manage such a large-scale power shutoff. This is not hard. You guys failed on so many levels on some pretty simple stuff.” Batjer told PG&E it must try to restore power within 12 hours in the future, reduce the size of outages, develop systems to ensure call centers and the website are accessible, and develop a “communication structure” with counties and tribal governments so they can respond to emergencies. Separately, Batjer sent PG&E executives an eight-page letter outlining seven “major areas where immediate corrective actions are required. Failures in execution, combined with the magnitude of this power shutdown event, created an unacceptable situation that should never be repeated”.
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The Importance of a well- rounded life when we do use our devices. It can become an addiction, so it’s important to fill our lives with things that will make us well rounded and give us fulfillment. I have realized that singing is important for strengthening my lungs, and memorizing songs is good for our brains. It’s important to shut the radio off once in a while and try to sing simple songs from memory and go from there. Families used to sing together and play musical instruments, which by the way also helps our brain develop new nerve pathways.
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It’s time to take a break from our phones, our social media, our selfies, and our streaming. Too much of this can lead to self-absorption, boredom, materialism, and unhappiness. Not to mention the damaging effects blue light causes on our eyes and brains, and the problems that EMF’s pose to our bodies and environment. There should be days when we take a break from social media all together, and screen time should be limited
Dance is also very important for our minds as well as our bodies. We were meant to let loose and have fun. It helps us not to take ourselves too seriously, and it can really help work out congestion and stagnation in our bodies and minds. There are many different types of dancing that help support whatever we’re going through in life. I have been doing ballet basics right now to help strengthen my core, my feet, and my upper and lower body to prevent injuries. Swimming is a great tool to strengthen your lungs, your legs, and upper bodies. I swim once a week and love it. I start with a lap under water to hold
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my breath as a lung exercise, and then I do a few fast laps, and then slow it down. I then go in the steam room and sauna where I stretch, stretch, stretch. Stretching and strengthening is key to a injury free body. It’s also important to hang out with kids once in a while. Their fresh wonder and joy is actually how we are supposed to be. Our brains thrive on joy, not judgment, not negativity. If you’re feeling gloomy and sad, it’s time to get early morning sun to replenish your D, the happy vitamin, take electrolytes to energize you and high quality green tea for mood enhancing L-Theanine. If you can’t sleep at night, take melatonin short term, and B vitamins long term because they support your brain and nervous
system. And retrain your brain to look at the good around you and not just the bad. Start to journal and pray to help you to calm down your mind, and you can write notes of appreciation to loved ones and family members, and verbalize your appreciation to the people around you. This all energizes you and gives you extreme joy! We were meant to thrive, and that entails getting outside, having activity, having meaningful and enjoyable conversations with the people around us, and loving and caring for others. If that means getting off our devices to do that once in a while, then we should be more than happy to put those aside for the greater good in our life. .
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Baking treats for friends It’s that time of year when we start to entertain and bake for family and friends. This edition is a tribute to quick breads. Specifically, that little single serving quick bread we call the scone. Quick breads are those products that are leavened with baking powder and baking soda rather than yeast. The scone is well known in its British origin as a Girdle Scone, made with leavened barley flour or oatmeal that is rolled into a round shape then baked on a griddle (called a “girdle” in the Scots language). My great grandmother always enjoyed an afternoon tea scone and coffee in the late morning. I adapted this recipe to use buttermilk rather than whole milk due to family allergies. The trick in baking with milk products is if you substitute buttermilk for whole milk you need to add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda for each cup of milk used in a recipe. The baking soda is added along with the baking powder into the dry ingredients. The baking soda is used to adjust the batter’s acidity due to the buttermilk’s acid content. The baking soda or
sodium bicarbonate is alkaline in nature, so I use this formula in my baking
Whole milk buttermilk substitution: 1 cup whole milk = 1 cup buttermilk + ¼ teaspoon baking soda (added to dry ingredients). We hope you enjoy these little gems, from “Our Kitchens to Your Table” … Patricia
Afternoon tea Scones • Sift together: • 2 1/3 cups cake flour (sift flour to measure) • 2 1/2 teaspoons double acting baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 2 tablespoons sugar • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda next add (see below): • 6 tablespoon shortening • 5 tablespoons buttermilk
• 2 eggs • Photo additions: • 1 cup fresh blueberries (added with egg) • 2 tablespoons raw sugar (for dusting the tops before baking) Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Sift all dry ingredients together then cut in shortening with pastry blender until it looks like corn meal. Add the buttermilk and mix. Separate 1 egg and reserve 1 tablespoon egg white. Beat the rest of the egg with the second egg and add to flour mixture, add blueberries or other additions if using. On a floured surface dump scone mixture. This is very wet dough so sprinkle a little more cake flour on top. Roll dough ½ inch thick cut into 3x3 squares, (optional you can cut
each square into two triangles). Makes six 3x3 scones or 12 triangles. Arrange on greased cookie sheet. Brush with reserve egg white and sprinkle with sugar. If making savory scones, omit sugar add additions like 1 cup cheddar cheese 2 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapenos with egg. Bake 10 to 15 minutes until lightly brown on top. Comments or suggestions are welcomed. Please contact Patricia Davis at Information@QuailHollowKitchens.com For more information about Patricia or her cooking classes go to: www.QuailHollowKitchens.com or follow on social media at www.instagram.com/quail_hollow_kitchens or www.facebook. com/quailhollowkitchens
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Mr. Astrology–Nov. 2019 Hipparchus is regarded by many as the most significant astronomer from ancient times. He is the first astronomical observer of whom there exists documentary evidence. His image; typically showing him seated and gazing into an orb, has been discovered on many coins minted between the first and second centuries. Hipparchus initiated many developments in geography and mathematics. Born in approximately 190 BC in Nicaea in modern-day Turkey, the mists of time have shrouded much of his life in obscurity. Much of what the modern world knows about Hipparchus comes from Ptolemy’s Almagest, although he is alluded to in other texts as well. In the Almagest, Hipparchus established the lengths of the seasons and correctly measured the year to within six minutes. He also discovered the precession of the equinoxes and determined the sizes of the sun and moon by observing eclipses through a simple sighting tube, a dioptra. Hipparchus also made numerous contributions to the field of mathematics, including constructing one of the first trigonometric tables for solving triangles and dividing the circle into 360 degrees. Sagittarius Nov. 23-Dec. 21 The moon illuminates your 6th house of health and service on the 3rd. Rededicating yourself to achieving your fitness goals will pay off over the next year! On the 13th gracious Venus teams up with your ruling planet Jupiter. Under this influence, you reap the rewards of your previous good deeds and hard work. Capricorn Dec. 22-Jan. 20 On the 3rd Venus enters into a favorable configuration with your ruling planet Saturn. You can clearly communicate your ideas. This indicates a great opportunity to ask for a raise or promotion. Your energy and effort is rewarded. Venus enters your 10th house of public standing on the 7th. Your responsibility and authority are likeable qualities now. Aquarius Jan. 21-Feb. 19 Saturn harmonizes with your ruling planet Uranus on the 11th. A rush of excitement and energy lifts your spirits, providing breakthroughs and insights regarding your career. On the 21st the sun enters your 11th house of community, making it an excellent day for entertainment and recreation. Pisces Feb. 20-March 20 On the 16th Venus creates a beneficial alignment with your ruling planet Neptune. Truth, compassion, faith and imagination are themes that characterize this transit. The moon enters your 9th house of journeys and higher learning on the 18th, potentially causing boredom or anxiety in regards to your ideas and principles. Making an effort to remedy this will be fulfilling. Aries March 21-April 20 Venus enters your 8th house of shared resources on the 7th. It’s time to take a partnership to the next stage! On the 17th Mercury is in a harmonious alignment with your ruling planet Mars. Trust your instincts! This is a good time to devote your energy to nurturing things that signify long-term security.
Leo July 22-Aug. 22 Venus enters your 4th house of roots and family on the 7th, giving you inspiration to enhance the appearance of your home. A gathering with relatives will be gratifying. On the 9th your ruling planet the Sun forms an advantageous alignment with Pluto. Banking, accounting, shared resources and new commercial endeavors are some of the themes that are spotlighted during this transit. Virgo Aug. 23-Sept. 22 On the 3rd the moon enters your 9th house of journeys and higher learning, fueling a desire for progress and development. Your ruling planet mental Mercury squares off with Neptune on the 13th. Communications may seem to be blocked. Be patient! All situations come to a resolution eventually. Libra Sept. 23-Oct. 22 Your ruling planet gracious Venus faces off with unconventional Uranus on the 3rd, favoring an attraction to the unusual and exotic. On the 21st the sun enters your 3rd house of communications. Over the next four weeks, discover new parts of your community. You can gain valuable insights. Scorpio Oct. 23-Nov. 22 On the 7th Venus enters your 1st house of self. This is a time when you express the gentler and more sympathetic aspects of your personality. Mars squares off with your ruling planet Pluto on the 19th. Patience is the key to resolving any conflicts that may arise. Be alert to power struggles. While you’re not deceived, negotiating the circumstances might be demanding. Hipparchus also created the first known systematic catalog of the heavens. He gave the positions of at least 850 stars and divided them into six brightness classes, a system of stellar magnitudes developed further by Ptolemy, whose own geocentric theory of the universe was significantly influenced by the work of Hipparchus. It is regrettable that more of his writings have not survived. It appears evident that the work of many astronomers to follow was developed from the foundation laid by Hipparchus. Have a great month, and always remember: keep looking to the stars!
Taurus April 21-May 21 On the 3rd your ruling planet Venus is in a beneficial configuration with Saturn. This helps you to influence those in authority. You receive some long overdue encouragement from a significant colleague. The Sun enters your 8th house of shared resources on the 21st. Comprehension will develop concerning your needs in a partnership. Gemini May 22-June 20 The moon enters your 12th house of solitude on the 3rd. Take rest; A field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. On the 27th your ruling planet communicative Mercury teams up with serious Saturn. Communications flow easily. Achieving progress seems effortless under this influence! Cancer June 21-July 21 On the 5th Mercury enters your 11th house of community. If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Your ruling planet the moon enters your 5th house on the 18th. You may require space to allow you to gain perspective on a current situation. Page 6 www.SantaCruzMountainBulletin.net
The Boy Problem By Lisa Robinson In 1903, a remarkable young man opened a summer camp for the Boys’ Brotherhood of East Oakland. He was just 21 years of age and would go on to become an authority on the upbringing of boys, lecturing all over the country.
The problem, as described by George Ellingwood Joy, was “that ordinary man is so wrapped up in making a success of his business, so intent upon the pursuit of the almighty dollar, that he has no time to devote to the simple things in the boy’s life.”
age from nine to eighteen, stayed at Camp Joy. They were accompanied by a number of their parents who stayed in nearby resorts. A large open-air pavilion seating four hundred was erected in one of the groves for entertainment and as an open-air dining room. The sleeping quarters were “in a most picturesque location,” being located in eight tents on large platforms that were built over the river. In 1910, the railroad company established a flag-stop at the camp.
The Reverend Joy also managed Camp Joys in San Bernardino, until in the spring of 1909, the Boys’ Brotherhood there decided to disband. Joy, however, was also an advisor to the Boys’ Brotherhood of Sacramento and it was for this organization he organized a summer institute on land owned by his father just south of Boulder Creek on the east bank of the river in the summer of that year.
In 1911, the ninth season of the camps, a thirty-two page brochure describing the Boulder Creek location was published. Besides the activities and outings available to the boys such as boating, swimming, photography, a dramatic club, athletics, culinary, workshop, reading … to name just a few, there was also a treasure hunt. With the goal of “education through play,” each new boy is given a description of the exact location of where the treasure was buried in a prior year. This encouraged him to “observe nature so closely that he unconsciously becomes clever in his knowledge of the woods.”
The Sacramento club was the largest west of Chicago with almost four hundred members. For fifteen days in late July 1909, about forty boys from the club, ranging in
Now the camp ran from the end of June for two months. A boy could stay the whole summer ($80) or just three weeks ($35). For an extra five dollars a boy could be part
Athletic Bars and Rings – The Boys at Play, 1911 of a three-day excursion to Yosemite, all expenses, including hotel accommodation, included. After the camp ended, Rev. Joy too returned to his home in Sacramento and the resort remained deserted until the following year. Over the subsequent years Joy founded a home for young men in Sacramento, and lectured profusely. His talks were often attended by hundreds. The camp was reportedly was sought after by many for a Boy Scout camp, but eventually it became the home of Elihu Huntington. After his death it passed to his daughter
Cressie, who was born on the property. In 1971, Cressie had the property re-zoned from single-family-residential to residential-agricultural and allowed the Camp Joy Garden Project to use the land. She and her family members “wanted the land turned into a garden to preserve older values that have been lost since the American public became urbanized.” Today, Camp Joy Gardens is a small, organic family farm that is run as an educational non-profit organization. You can learn more at www.campjoygardens. org..
The 20th Annual Environmental Town Hall The Valley Womens Club’s Environmental Committee invites the community to the 20th Annual Environmental Town Hall, Saturday, November 23rd from 1 to 3 at the Felton Community Hall. State Assemblymember, Mark Stone, respected for his knowledge and local commitment, will be discussing many State level environmental issues that affect us here in the SLV, including his efforts to address plastic pollution and on-going PGE a nd water issues. As part of this event, twenty-three vital, local environmental organizations will provide informational exhibits.
For further information contact Nancy Macy, at (831) 345-1555. For a complete list of exhibiting agencies and organizations, visit www.valley women’s club.org.
This is an opportunity to learn from County agencies and nonprofit environmental organizations involved in issues crucial to all of us. Audience members are encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity, as well as the Q&A session with Mark Stone. Exhibits will cover topics ranging from vectors of disease, to dirt and road erosion, habitat restoration, the health of our waterways, groundwater aquifer restoration, drought response, fish, birds and native plants, PG&E’s controversial tree removals, our State Parks, and the new Felton Library’s plans for its Nature Discovery Park. This is the place to bring your questions and get them answered.
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The event is free and suitable for all ages. Refreshments will be served at this plastic-free event. Felton Community Hall is located at 6191 Hwy 9.
• AmeriCorps, NCCC • California Conservation Corps • California Native Plant Society (S.C.) • Caregivers Support Group • CERT- San Lorenzo Valley Emergency Network
Mark Stone at a previous event
Transportation Commission • Santa Cruz County Vector Control
• Santa Cruz Fly Fishermen • Santa Cruz Sierra Club
• Friends of Felton Library • Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks • Henry Cowell State Park • Monterey Bay Air Resources Board • Mountain Parks Foundation • Recycled Art Project • Resource Conservation District • San Lorenzo Estuary Re-Vegetation Restoration Project • San Lorenzo High School • San Lorenzo Valley Native Habitat Restoration Program • Santa Cruz County Fisheries and Environmental Health • Santa Cruz County Parks • Santa Cruz County Regional www.SantaCruzMountainBulletin.net
Letter to the edtior Ms. Finnie’s opinion piece in the Mountain Bulletin (July-August 2019) is, in the immortal words of Yogi Berra, “déjà vu all over again”—demonstrating again how urgently we need to bring facts to the discussion. The purpose of this letter, which I’m writing on my own, is to provide facts about the recently passed San Lorenzo Valley Water District budget. Previous SLVWD Boards, supported by Ms. Finnie, generally ignored infrastructure improvements when construction costs were far less. That’s the real high price our District is paying. And will continue to pay. It totals millions of dollars. During the recent campaign, we made it
crystal clear that we prioritize infrastructure to avoid repeating that same mistake. That meant taking a hard look at our programs. For example, the SLVWD had been participating in a county-wide water conservation program whose costs were allocated by participating district connections. SLVWD connections are heavily residential, using relatively little water, while Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek have many commercial/industrial connections using a lot more water. This meant the SLVWD community was subsidizing those better funded districts. No more. In addition, the Board majority kept
its campaign pledge to focus on “the business of the environment”, ensuring funding remains in place to: update the Watershed Management and Urban Water Management Plans; develop an Integrated Pest Management Plan; and complete the Blue Ribbon Commission report on management of invasive species in Olympia (without using glyphosate). The Board funded fish monitoring commensurate with our relative use of the San Lorenzo River watershed. We agreed to shift a water conservation specialist position (whose job description did not include writing the environmental documents above) into a customer
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service position. Unfortunately, Ms. Finnie appears to have conflated this re-assignment with a 40% cut in environmental programs. And on the topic of water conservation, here’s more facts. The average annual rainfall since the 1981 season (http://slvwd.com RAINFALL%2013060%20Highway%209. pdf) is 49.16 inches; since 2009 it’s been…49.16 inches. In addition, comparing fiscal years ending 2009 & 2019, the District is extracting 7% less water from our watershed while selling 20% less water—meaning SLVWD is doing an excellent job conserving water even after the drought—and meeting state mandates for indoor water use. Ms. Finnie also confuses the location of our surface water extraction, which is west of Boulder Creek, with the area that has had the most recent controversy regarding invasive species: the Olympia area off Zayante Road. There has been no recent invasive species work in the surface water extraction area, which is producing water just fine. And the District is spending almost $150,000 this coming year to rehabilitate Olympia 2 and Quail 5A wells to better serve our customers. Finally, I think this Board should take credit for positive changes. Lois Henry, Steve Swan and I ran on a Change platform—meaning doing things differently. Promises kept: Change the Board culture and interaction with the community; Dispose of the Vierra lawsuit; Reduce operating costs (this year’s budget is almost 2% under last year’s budget—and the work of reducing costs continues); Ban Glyphosate (Roundup) use by the District; Build up reserves; and Rebuild trust with the Lompico community. Promises underway: Build a new website, Develop a complete inventory of the District’s water system, Get construction underway (next year). Of course there are more promises to go, which we are working hard to fulfill as quickly as possible. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Thank you. Bob Fultz Director, SLVWD
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Mountain Mama Let’s get dirty Composting
Making dirt is so very rewarding. I feel like I am keeping light my trash that gets taken to the landfill, and I know that the dirt is organic because I put the organic scraps into it. Plus the saving on dirt is encouragement enough for me. At the end of the season my big fat juicy tomatoes are all the affirmation I need for a job well done. Plus it is easy. So you have nothing to lose.
a bit to fit your needs. Simply build a rectangular box out of 2x4s. Use chicken wire for three sides and a removable front. They have layered 1x4s stacked to make a wall but not attached for easy access. Don’t forget the lid. Put it on large hinges and your done. The lid can be a frame of 2x4s with chicken wire inside or a solid plywood piece. The solid lid is heavier but it also holds in that wonderful heat better. Painting it in a flat black helps with the heat even more. Then you might decorate it with pictures of flowers or tomatoes. Let the kiddos decide and bring them into the project. The inside of the box may be divided into three sections. Each with its own front entry.
You will need to turn the contents in order to get oxygen inside and allow the wonderful bacteria to do its job. Turn is as simple as taking a pitch fork or large shovel inserting it into the pile and turn it over. Remember that heat is your friend. You can use a cooking thermometer to check the center. At 140 degrees F the magic starts to happen.
The three bin system allows you to use dirt from one section while still building up the other two. Start with one section. Add your brown matter first. You can leave it right on the ground. Start with a stack of sticks from yard clean up. Then start adding your green vegetable scrap matter from your kitchen clean up. I have a small pail or can on the counter with a tight lid. It also has a vented lid covered with a thin disk shaped sponge pad. This keeps out the flies and leaves the smell inside. I take it out about once a week. They have very cute ones at World Market but I will cover how to make one in another column. You might also decide to add worms to your pile. Worms break down the matter and deposit castings that enrich the soil even more. They can be purchased at fishing or farm supply stores. Active worms are a great sign that your composting is in a healthy condition…. A great gauge of success. Worms will multiply rapidly and can be sorted out later; put back into the compost pile and adding of course, some to your garden for its continued health.
Building the container can be an easy creative process. I love the one they have at University of California, Santa Cruz. It is simple yet very effective. They have a larger system then you might need at home but it works great. You might even consider the concept and scale it down
Every time you add green waste to your composting bin throw in a handful of hay to make sure there is air flow between layers. When the first bin is about half full, repeat the process in the next bin. Use a little sign to indicate which section to currently put the green waste into. By the
First pick a sunny location, close to the garden but far enough away from the house to not cause a problem. You can use a shady spot but it will take longer and the key here is heat to break down the organic materials. You will need a combination of brown and green matter. Brown can be newspaper, cardboard, or sticks and green is kitchen waste, grass clippings, or weeds. Stay away from dairy or meats because they attract pests and even dogs. You will want to use two parts brown to one part green.
time the second bin is half full the first might be ready to use in about 6 weeks. Thank you so much for reading the Mountain Mama column. Living and raising children in the mountains is full of fun
and challenges so let’s take on the challenges together. If you have a comment, a question, or an idea you would like to see covered please don’t hesitate to send me an email at mountainmama.mountainpublishing@ gmail.com.
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Saturday November 30 10:00 am-5:00pm Santa Cruz Mountains Marker’s Market Felton Community Hall – 6191 Highway 9 Over 40 Local Artists + Free Concerts by Body Language & Patti Maxine with Joshua Lowe + Silent Auction Benefit for MCR FREE admission!
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Saturday November 23 & Sunday November 24 Santa’s Shelves Craft Faire 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Felton Fire station corner of Kirby and Gushee downtown Felton. Over 30 crafters and artists, bake sale, breakfast and lunch. Free admission.
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Wednesday and Thursday at Felton Bible Church. Volunteer Orientations – here you can learn about what to expect on Thanksgiving Day, meet some of the leaders and see how you can help. The Turkey Tailgate – This day is a whole lot of fun. It is a time when volunteers come together, the day before our big day, in preparation for the event. Turkeys are cooked, donations are sorted and a lot of laughs and good times are shared.
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Come join us on Thanksgiving morning for what has become one of Santa Cruz County’s favorite holiday traditions - Run For Pie Thanksgiving Day Race. Bring the whole family out to run or walk a 5K in the Skypark. Run for Pie also includes a Turkey Chase race for kids who aren’t quite ready for a 5K. All registered racers get a slice of pumpkin pie at the finish. This event will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank. Be sure to register today — this race sells out early every year!
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Sunday December 8 10:00 am-5:00 pm Downtown Santa Cruz Makers Market Pacific Avenue – between Water & Locust St. – Santa Cruz Over 40 Local Artists + Free Concert with Whiskey West! FREE admission!
12:00 noon - 4:00 pm Annual TrimA-Tree & Holiday Craft Workshop All San Lorenzo Valley children are invited to join us in making craft ornaments, stringing popcorn and cranberries and decorating our Christmas tree in a Victorian fashion. Cookies and juice included. The San Lorenzo Valley Museum, 12547 Highway
Sunday December 15 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Christmas Market on the Felton Covered Bridge Come celebrate the season at Felton Covered Bridge Park! Join us for a traditional Holiday Market on the bridge, complete with arts & crafts, delicious food & beverages, music, holiday lights and other festivities. Great opportunity to get last minute gifts from local artists and to socialize with your neighbors. The Felton Covered Bridge was built in 1892, and is recognized as a historical treasure in the State of California.r
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