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Ride a Bike to Work? Incentives!

SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 400 (SB 400), authored by Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D-Santa Ana) expanding the state’s incentives for turning in old, polluting cars to include vouchers for bikeshare and e-bikes was signed into law today by Governor Gavin Newsom. SB 400, adds bikeshare and e-bikes as mobility options in the Clean Cars 4 All Program, which will provide a strong incentive for Californians to switch from car to bike travel.

“Senate Bill 400 helps California reduce our state’s greenhouse gas emissions. E-bikes are proving to be a reliable mobility option for not only replacing car trips, but also more widespread access to clean transportation,” said Senator Tom Umberg. “As an option within Clean Cars 4 All, e-bikes would help California create a more holistic approach to tackling the issues of pollution and traffic.”

Our Work Group has dozens of bikes donated for a holiday give-away. We know how important bikes are!


Dave Snyder, Executive Director of the California Bicycle Coalition said, “A good quality e-bike is better than a car for most of the local trips that people take, but it’s hard to justify spending several thousand dollars on a bike when you don’t have that kind of money. This program will help Californians make the switch to bikes if they so wish. E-Bikes provide a more affordable and cleaner option for local trips, and more fun and are healthy, too.”

Ride a Bike to Work..SB 400 improves the state’s Clean Cars 4 All Program that currently only provides support for buying electric, hybrid, and plug-in cars and mobility options like car-sharing memberships and transit passes. A study in Portland found that just a 15 percent increase in e-bike mode share results in an 11 percent decrease in CO2 emissions, even when using the dirtiest electricity generation profile in the USA.  Another study found that as many as 50% of trips by electric bicycle would have been car trips if the rider had not had access to a pedal-assist bike.

National Honey Bee Day: 5 easy things you can do to help bees

Bees are hard workers and great team players!! Your work group would like to know more about them! And you could have an interesting talk about teamwork and best practices! August 17 is National Honey Bee Day!

It’s a day to celebrate bees and bring together beekeepers and bee enthusiasts of all backgrounds to highlight the important role that bees play in our daily lives. 

There are over 19,000 different species of bees globally, who are responsible for pollinating 30 percent of the world’s food crops and 90 percent of our wild plants. Bees are absolutely essential to sustain life on this earth as we know it.

For the last 15 years, bee populations have been declining at an alarming rate largely due to climate change, habitat loss and pesticide use. Fewer bees mean fewer crops which not only impact food security, but also the economy and maintenance of a healthy ecosystem.

“Sadly, more than one third of all bee species are facing declines in population and almost ten percent are facing complete extinction,” said Flow Hive co-inventor Cedar Anderson. 

Be earth friendly!

“But the exciting thing is that there are so many tiny actions all of us can do to play a part in protecting bees. Protecting bees is not just the job of beekeepers – we all have a role, and it can start in our own backyards,” Anderson said.

Let’s celebrate National Bee Day by creating thriving habitats for these essential little pollinators. Here are 5 easy things we can all do to help bees thrive.

STEP 1: Put the sprays away! Please!

Pesticides are recognized as one of the leading threats to pollinators worldwide. Garden pesticides can be replaced with natural alternatives such as garlic, onion or salt spray, soap & orange citrus oil or even chili or pepper spray. Remember even natural sprays can harm pollinators so make sure to only use them outside of foraging hours. 

STEP 2: Plant bee-friendly flowers

Even if you don’t keep bees, planting a bee friendly garden is something anyone can do.

Find plants that bloom at different times of the year. Support a range of different pollinators throughout the different seasons. Trees and shrubs produce much higher quantities of pollen and nectar; however, smaller plants produce forage more regularly – it’s great to have a selection of both.

STEP 3: Let your garden get a little messy! 

Be garden lazy! Let your veggie and herb plants flower and let the dandelions bloom – the bees get to forage and you get some time off gardening duties – win-win!

STEP 4: Help educate children on the importance of pollinators

Educating children about bees and pollinators is a great way to get them involved with caring for the environment and provides an excellent excuse to get them outdoors and off the screens! If you have a vegetable garden, this can be a fun way to introduce the importance of pollinators – we need them to pollinate one-third of our food crops and 90% of our wild plants.

STEP 5: Become a beekeeper!

Discover the fascinating world and experience how caring for your own colony connects with your local environment. There’s never been a more important time to act.

The Flow Hive

Born out of a concern of the decline of the honey bee, second and third generation father and son beekeepers, Stuart and Cedar Anderson, invented a beehive that allows for easier honey extraction. Their ‘Flow Hive’ harvests honey in a simpler way, straight from the hive and into a jar, making it gentler on the bees and much easier for the beekeeper.

“The Flow Hive speaks to the yearning in so many of us to be more in touch with the food we eat and more connected with the natural world. Our hive makes beekeeping easier and more accessible for thousands of people to enjoy this wonderful hobby which also benefits the planet,” Flow Hive co-inventor Stuart Anderson said.

Flow Hive launched in 2015 through a record-breaking crowdfunding campaign which received support from tens of thousands of people around the world. In the four years since the launch, Flow Hive has reached over 65,000 beekeepers across 130 countries.

“We hope to encourage a new era of beekeepers around the world who bring with them enthusiasm, wonder, passion and purpose. Beekeeping increases our overall engagement with nature and reinforces our appreciation of how these magical creatures work,” Anderson said.

The Flow Hive is being used on the rooftops of The Intercontinental Hotel and the Barclay Hotel in New York, The Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte, North Carolina, at The Hague in Europe, Government House in the heart of Sydney, and at Parliament House in Canberra Australia. 

Cedar and Stuart Anderson have supported grassroots pollinator projects in the USA and Australia by producing upcycled Pollinator Houses with all profits donated in the form of micro-grants to projects supporting habitat regeneration, protection and advocacy for bees. Flow Hive is also a Certified B Corp, helping to lead a global movement of people using business for a force of good.

For more information about how you can help bees watch this video.

For more information about Flow Hive visit www.honeyflow.com.

This email was sent to findjac@gmail.com 
Fifty Acres, ‘Caliburn’ Gundaroo Road, Bellmount Forest, NSW 2518, Australia 
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What could your company do?

We can all do something and so can our companies! We can study other countries or groups and see that they are eliminating single-use plastic bottles. It’s not so hard, and it’s a good feeling to be working for a clean-green company. Our company removed styrofoam cups from break rooms! Then stopped stocking paper cups! Then said bring your own… then added water filtration and filling stations. There were a few timing issues and “Where did I put my cup?” Moments… but it’s so good now! How about your workplace?

Americans have never had much incentive to consume less. But as more Asian countries follow China’s lead in refusing to accept America’s trash, and more US municipalities shut down their recycling programs, this could be about to change.

One CEO, Rich Razgaitis of Denver-based FloWater, makers of new-tech water refill stations sees a silver lining in the, literally, mountains of plastic water bottles coming home to roost from Asia. He says that the end of recycling will force consumers to change their ways. “If we can provide a safe, better-tasting and convenient alternative, consumers are now more ready than ever before to ditch the plastic water bottle, just as they are doing with plastic straws and shopping bags.” Razgaitis adds that, while 77% of Americans might not trust or like the taste of their tap water, there are thousands of businesses, schools, fitness centers, and concert venues already doing something to fix this by providing an entirely new drinking water experience for their customers, employees and students right from the tap and without the plastic.   

In the U.K.– there are already 1,600 refill stations across the country that operate in 13 towns and cities in England and England has pledged to offer free water refill stations in every major city and town by 2021.  In the U.S. and England there are also apps now where people can find free water stations to fill up their reusable flasks.  

Working with the likes of Google, Red Bull, Play Station, Specialized Bikes, Alaska Airlines, YMCA and the Oakland Unified School District, FloWater is deploying its cutting-edge, 7x purification water refill stations that connect to any potable water line and  remove lead, dirt, dust, rust, suspended solids, chlorine, herbicides, pesticides and other contaminants, and enhance the water with oxygenation, electrolytes and trace minerals to elevate the alkalinity of water.

Since its launch FloWater has eliminated the need for nearly 150 million plastic water bottlesand recently raised $15 million in Series B funding to fuel its growth.

Think green, do some good!

Be Your Own Boss?

Senator Portantino’s Small Businesses Friendly Legislation Passes Key Committee in the Legislature

                                                                                                                               Wednesday May 1, 2019

Yvonne Vasquez (916) 651-4025

Yvonne.Vasquez@sen.ca.gov

Sacramento, California – Today, SB 349 passed the Senate Governance & Finance Committee. SB 349 authored by State Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D–La Cañada Flintridge) and co-authored by Assemblymember James Ramos (D- Highland) modifies the minimum franchise tax on small businesses and creates a tax structure to encourage entrepreneurship in California.  

SB 349 is an attempt to help small businesses succeed and encourage investment growth while also respecting protections with LLCs (Limited Liability Corporations).  The bill creates a fee structure based on a small businesses annual gross receipt to replace the flat $800 flat minimum tax mandate. This will help foster growth of small businesses and encourages entrepreneurship.

Running your own business can be fun or not! If you have an entrepreneurial spirit- it may be the perfect solution!

My friend Sharon just started her own business from her life long hobby- genealogy!

See www.JourneysUntoldGenealogy.com

Earth Day- Great Reads!

Celebrating your Space with Green ideas!! Natural Style: Using Organic and Eco-Conscious Materials for Earth-Friendly Designs is an eco-elegant guide to home décor and is packed with attractive decorating ideas inspired by the colors, forms, and themes of nature. The pictures are inspiring; there is one on every page! The textiles section is informative and easy to follow. The natural kitchen and bathroom ideas are gorgeous, and welcoming! Such a cool idea book! Make your space eco-lovely!

so much to Learn! The TIPS really help! Green Clean: Natural Cleaning Solutions for Every Room of Your Home explains how to eliminate toxic chemical household cleaning agents from your life and replace them with natural, homemade solutions, with practical, comprehensive advice for every household cleaning need from kitchen, bathroom, and laundry to windows, floors, grills, decks, and cars.

Spring Cleaning and EARTH DAY are here! I love all the suggestions- you will learn the best way to clean your home – AND – the metals, fabrics, tile and the rest. Clear explanations on a variety of items like air purifiers, dry cleaning and BBQ grills to name a few. Tips on cleaning windows too! Really helpful guide!

Stress is NO JOKE!

This is from Deepak Chopra MD:

I don’t want to open the vast discussion of stress that now exists, except to make two limited points.

  1. Stress isn’t good for you.
  2. The vast majority of people do not deal with their stress effectively.

Coming to grips with these two things is important for anyone who wants to create a conscious lifestyle. To be aware is to be open, alert, ready to meet unknown challenges, and capable of fresh responses. When you are under stress, these qualities are compromised. Raise the stress high enough and they are reversed. The mind closes down as an act of self-defense. In that state it is very difficult to be alert and open.

stressful living

But stress is bad for you in far more basic ways. The hormones that are released in the body’s stress response, such as cortisol and adrenaline, are meant to be temporary. Their effect is to galvanize the fight-or-flight response, which is triggered in a primitive area of the brain, because fight-or-flight is an inheritance from our pre-human past. In the stress response, a privileged pathway is opened for dealing with emergencies, while at the same time the brain’s higher responses are temporarily suppressed.

More information about health and stress from Health Grinder! Take a look:

No one can healthily sustain the heightened alertness, quick burst of energy, rapid heart rate, elevated blood pressure, and other marks of the fight-or-flight response.  Physically, the hormone rush must come to an end, leading to the opposite state – you become drowsy, lose energy, and have a hard time remaining alert and focused. So-called adrenaline junkies deliberately induce an aroused state because they enjoy being highly aroused, and they presumably value the courage, euphoria, and killer instinct that the stress response brings.

What they overlook is the down side. They may also be unaware of the physical damage done to various parts of the body, since various processes (e.g., growth, digestion, oxygenation of muscles) are temporarily shut down during fight-or-flight, which must be considered an abnormal, unbalanced state – no one would deliberately stay there. As stress experts have asserted for decades, the low-level stress of modern life fools the body into triggering a borderline condition of fight-or-flight that isn’t good for us. “Normal” stresses like being stuck in traffic contribute to hypertension and coronary artery disease, along with susceptibility to infections, insomnia, and much else.

So those highly competitive types who boast that they thrive on stress are living in a fantasy world when you consider the potential for damage to their bodies. The most recent studies on the genetic effects of exercise, diet, meditation, and stress reduction conducted Dr. Dean Ornish, a national expert on reversing heart disease, suggests that a positive lifestyle produces beneficial output form as many as 400-500 genes. This implies that the same genes are adversely affected by a negative lifestyle that ignores stress management.

We are only now beginning to understand that subjective states like pain and happiness are not standardized. In fact, as we constantly reshape the brain and nervous system through everyday experience, each of us is structuring a unique response to the world, including our response to stress. This implies that there are people with high tolerances for stress and people with low tolerance, just as there is for pain.  But if you put soldiers under the high stress of battle, eventually all of them will become shell-shocked unless they are given time away from the front lines. The firefighters and police who responded on 9/11, a group self-selected to go into stressful situations, suffered very high rates of post-traumatic symptoms.

Therefore, don’t try to make stress your ally, either by toughing it out or turning your back on the problem. The conscious choice is to recognize that modern life is a battleground of low-level stress, sometimes peaking into high stress, that will have a damaging effect over time unless you deal with everyday stressors in a consistent, effective way.

From the Editor: A great way to release stress is working out, hiking, dancing & moving, walking, stretching, yoga. If you need INSPIRATION – join a group! You’ll sleep better, and you’ll have more clarity over a longer time period. Be Gentle with yourself. – Jacqueline

Planting Trees is a Team Activity

Earth day/ month is coming, Arbor Day is just around the corner.  On  4/27 in Gellert Park (Daly City, CA), Arbor day is being celebrated with residents picking up a “flag” to put in their yard to indicate where they want their free tree. This is part of the re-greening of Daly City and other cities in San Mateo county. Many trees have been lost to drought, disease and age. On this day, volunteers will plant trees in Gellert Park50 Wembley Dr, Daly City, CA 94015  This park is huge, built for picnics, soccer, baseball, running and community events. It even has a tot lot and club house!

(picture is JFK Elementary School on Price St. Daly City)

Now it is time for the community to give back! Get involved, bring a team and enjoy your community.  We are hoping that this tree planting will be extended to a nearby dirt path…  add a couple trees on the end of the 200 block of Wyandotte Avenue. There is an opportunity to collect money to pay for a bench also…this is the route that the kids take to get to JFK Elementary, wouldn’t that be great? These kids love science and trees and learn about them in school.

This is a great service to add trees to the SM COUNTY landscape. The contact in Stephen Stolte in Daly City. Project Green Space, 650-991-8126 or email sstolte@dalycity.org.

There is a choice of four trees,

  1. Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia)
  2. Strawberry Tree (Arubutus ‘Marina’) a manzanita
  3. Peppermint Will (Agonis flexuosa)
  4. Water Gum (Tristaniopsis laurina)

 

You pick up a “flag” for the tree location and an arborist comes out and plants it. Front or back yard. Must register and request tree.We picked a Strawberry Tree (coast live oak is too big and slow growing though a native).

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

APA is coming in MAY!!!

There are many Community Events  

Asian Art Museum

This museum is beautiful and fun, it’s only walking distance from the Civic Center BART station.

Free general admission courtesy of Target  Sunday May 5 10:30 AM–4 PM

Insider’s tip: skip the line on Sunday by ordering advance tickets online!

On Sunday, May 5, the Asian Art Museum joins the City and County of San Francisco in Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a free, museum-wide celebration featuring poetry readings, an artist’s talk, kids’ tours, art-making and more.

Get to know the collection through Storytelling or Kids’ Tours, and make art with the museum’s high school Art Speak interns.

From <http://www.asianart.org/regular/apa-heritage-month>

Local Libraries

  • San Mateo County Libraries:  https://smcl.org/blogs/post/celebrate-asian-pacific-american-heritage-month/  – 7 events. (Henna, book discussion, Hula, Family research, Candy Lei Making, Japanese Taiko Drumming, New Zealand Taiko Drumming)
  • San Francisco Public Library has partnered with the APA Heritage Foundation and has more than 100 programs celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage, including special events, exhibits, author talks, crafts, delicious food and creative programs for all ages. View the full program guide here. 2 events of special interest are below:
    • Saturday 5/12 Chinatown Meeting Room 2:30-4pm, at the SF Public Library Chinatown Him  Mark Lai on 1135 Powell St. SF Lemon Drops: A Bittersweet Memoir, author Frances Chin describes the journey of her mother as a “picture bride” in 1935, going to San Francisco from China. (in English) LINK
    • Tuesday, 5/22 Koret Auditorium, 6-7:30 at the Main Library, 100 Larkin St. For the “My Favorite Book” series, the speaker is Vanessa Hua, the author of Deceit and Other Possibilities, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and a columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle.  LINK   Make sure to stop by and see the exhibition: The Unique Costumes of the 56 Ethnic Groups of China – Through June 2, Main Library, Intl’ Center.

Celebrating with your family? APA Scholastic books for Children K-12 “27 Books to Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month”

PLEASANTON: Hawaiian May Day Festival Sat/Sun May 11-12, 2019, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Alameda County Fairgrounds

4501 Pleasanton Ave.

Pleasanton, CA

kumuhulaassociation.com  (check the URL for the cost)

Be a CAAMFest36 Volunteer

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month will be here in MAY! 

The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. Entering its 37th year!! Sign up for the Volunteer Orientation on April 17 or 18, and get all your questions answered.
WHEN??? May 9th – 19th, 2019
Hundreds of Movies are shown … in both San Francisco and Oakland, CAAMFest will continue to be an anchor event celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. If you’d like to volunteer, that is very fun, you’ll be working at the showing of three movies, and for each volunteer time slot, you’ll get a voucher to see a move. Helping out and Having fun. There is a VOLUNTEER PARTY at the end of May.  This is a great way to get involved and support a community non-profit event.

 

CAAMFest36 Volunteer  volunteeradmin@caamedia.org 415-863-0814 x 303 May 9-19, need to discuss the 12 hour minimum and volunteer orientation required. Contact: Czarina Garcia.

Amazon Shuts its POP-UP Stores

Amazon to Shut All U.S. Pop-Up Stores As It Rethinks Physical Retail Strategy

Wall Street Journal (paywall)

““After much review, we came to the decision to discontinue our pop-up kiosk program,” an Amazon spokeswoman confirmed to The Wall Street Journal. The closings are expected by the end of next month, some employees at Amazon pop-up stores said. These shops typically occupy a few hundred square feet of space and showcase devices like voice-assistant speakers, tablets and Kindle e-readers. They feature staff, dressed casually in black Amazon T-shirts, who encourage passersby to sample the newest products. Pop-ups are operated in locations ranging from malls and Kohl’s stores to Amazon’s Whole Foods stores in 21 states.”

I’m a little sad, I was able to go to only one of these, and it was full of the most interesting gadgets and highly rated items…. most of which I had never seen. The one I checked out was in Berkeley and had a great kids toy section. It took care of my biggest problem with Amazon shopping….. I am always looking at the picture and description an wondering what something FEELS like…..