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Re: “Drowning California's History

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Posted by Editor on 02/26/2015 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Drowning California's History

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Posted by Editor on 02/26/2015 at 8:01 AM

Re: “Food Shift Is Forging A Deal with Andronico's

Exciting progress update!

This January, Food Shift launched this program with Andronico’s Community Market, establishing and managing a food donation and waste tracking system for their stores. Already, we are seeing huge strides towards reducing waste, feeding people, and saving money. Food Shift has arranged for 3 weekly pickups in which the food is collected and distributed through St. Vincent de Paul, a soup kitchen in West Oakland. In just the first few weeks of the program, almost 10,000 lbs of food was collected, including melons, apples, oranges, lettuce, granola bars and more. Just yesterday, Andronico’s determined that the quantity of waste in their dumpsters had declined so drastically that the store could reduce their number of garbage and compost pick ups to three days per week, which will save them almost $27,000 each year!

In addition to the social and environmental benefits of food donation, this program is an important step towards demonstrating that its a smart decision to invest in food recovery rather than incur the costs of food disposal. The next phase of the program will be working with stores on waste prevention. Keep up with the program’s progress and impact on Food Shift’s facebook and twitter.

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Posted by Kathryn Werner on 02/14/2015 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Salmon Stuck in Dead-End Waters

DFW should be given nothing Jacob! They are a regulatory agency that has the power to protect our fisheries, yet incompetence prevails. Don't buy the hype people. Let's hold the agencies we fund accountable. DFW has known about these issues for DECADES!

Posted by Matt Manuel on 02/09/2015 at 5:28 AM

Re: “Oakland's New Sewer Fees Penalize Water Conservation

We average less than 60 a day for two people and one cat!

Posted by Christine Pelayo on 02/07/2015 at 9:57 AM

Re: “New Roots for City Trees

I wish these folks every success. Having once heard a longtime resident of one of the neighborhoods in question, at a community meeting, assert to much agreement that only "stupid people" had street trees, I especially wish them well in getting community buy-in.

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Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 02/05/2015 at 9:47 AM

Re: “New Roots for City Trees

In my community people intentionally destroy newly planted street trees. I've found people advocating this behavior on radical blogs as a means to slowing gentrification. Without adequate police we're subject to whatever the bullies decide is right and wrong.

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Posted by Matt_Chambers on 02/05/2015 at 9:12 AM

Re: “New Roots for City Trees

I'd love to see some education efforts going out to the business owners in this town who routinely brutalize their street trees; I believe they imagine this to be "pruning" but it's not. There's a recent pitiful example at the nasty taqueria at Market and MacArthur, but it happens all over. Plant all you want but without a community that either cares, or is shamed into caring, this is what we'll get.

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Posted by Don Howe on 02/05/2015 at 7:38 AM

Re: “New Roots for City Trees

Sounds like a wonderful group of efforts. Notable is that it's all come from citizens and state agencies, with the city of Oakland, our government, as usual, out-to-lunch, with regard to the poorest and most neglected of us.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 02/04/2015 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Hijacking Yosemite

DNC should not receive a renewed contract. It should go to some other company or else the concessions simply be operated by the NPS itself. DNC is nothing more than a group of greedy, selfish pigs who have exploited the crown jewel of the national park system for 2 decades for their own private profit. They have charged top dollar (over $500 per night at the Ahwahnee) and provided bottom-of-the-barrel service. Just look at traveler reviews on travel web sites of the properties in Yosemite that DNC has (mis)managed. They have actually degraded the park and the visitor experience of the park. They don't belong there and they don't own the place names either. Go ahead and change the names if necessary, to prevent DNC from getting anything. Travelers won't mind. Hotels change names from time to time and it's never a problem.

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Posted by Bob Weaver on 01/05/2015 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Hijacking Yosemite

In response to Mr Thompsons legal mumbo jumbo, So does that mean that the town of Ahwahnee can no longer use their name on businesses in their town? I think not, and call BS on your post

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Posted by Charles O'Malley on 01/03/2015 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Hijacking Yosemite

William Thompson - Of course there is "Yosemite View Lodge" a stones throw from the park line. People still confuse it with the "Yosemite Lodge-at-the-falls" aka "Yosemite Lodge" in the Yosemite Valley....

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Posted by jeff.hunt.562 on 01/02/2015 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Hijacking Yosemite

Welcome to the wonderful world of "privatization". NPS should operate the concessions, save "We the People" a bundle, and ensure the properties our nation built will remain in the public domain.

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Posted by Keith Ensminger on 01/01/2015 at 7:06 AM

Re: “Salmon Stuck in Dead-End Waters

While it included many important points, the story overlooked the heroic efforts of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to save more than 600 of these “lost” fish in recent weeks. Although trapping fish in drainage canals and trucking them back to the Sacramento River is not a sustainable long-term solution, DFW should be given kudos for its intensive efforts to save these salmon.

The 100-year old Yolo Bypass canal system was built in a past era, one in which salmon biology was largely unknown and these native fish did not enjoy protection under state and federal laws. State and federal agencies now have a legal obligation to protect these fish, and straightforward and cost-effective improvements are available to prevent this problem in the first place. An updated water system could meet the needs of both people and fish and, ultimately, save the state millions of dollars. These are goals that all Californians should support – and ones that the California Department of Water Resources and Federal Bureau of Reclamation should pursue in due haste to avoid repeating this tragedy again next year.

Jacob Katz
California Trout
Central California Program Manager

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Posted by jacob katz on 12/31/2014 at 6:14 PM

Re: “Hijacking Yosemite

Dr. Alfred Runte, author of National Parks, The American Experience (now in a 4th edition), and Yosemite, The Embattled WIlderness, which examined the attempt to balance environmental preservation and human recreation and enjoyment in the park, disagrees with Delaware North's position.

“DNC’s insistence that it owns intellectual property rights to the place names of Yosemite is ludicrous. This is nothing more than a ‘poison pill’ meant to discourage other bidders," said Dr. Runte, who is a contributing writer to the Traveler. "I cannot imagine why the National Park Service is playing along, but then, most in the Park Service don’t know the history, either. It’s in my Yosemite: The Embattled Wilderness, if they would care to read it. Even then, they should not have to read it here.

"The rights of concessionaires do not extend to the place names of our national parks. If the Park Service is allowing that suddenly these place names are private property, the managers responsible should resign. Nor should Delaware North ever be allowed to bid on a park contract again," said the historian.

Park officials have not indicated whether they will challenge DNC's claim beyond giving other companies the option to rename buildings and places in Yosemite if they were to win the next concessions contract, rather than paying DNC $51 million.

However, in a possibly related move, the Park Service at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, where a new concessions contract is up for bid, is allowing the next concessionaire to "develop a cohesive, marketable brand" for the concessions operation, but specifically states that "(T)he Service will not consider any name changes as intellectual property of the Concessioner."

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Posted by Tim Howe on 12/31/2014 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Hijacking Yosemite

IMHO, Delaware North shouldn't be allowed to bid on any concessions contracts with the NPS, period.

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Posted by Tim Howe on 12/31/2014 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Hijacking Yosemite

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Posted by Editor on 12/28/2014 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Hijacking Yosemite

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Posted by Editor on 12/28/2014 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Hijacking Yosemite

Be grateful that Delaware North has not yet tried to trademark the actual sites--e.g., Yosemite Falls--as the Pebble Beach Corp. did with the famous "Lone Cypress." The corporation acquired the legal right to the IMAGE of that little tree. Every tourist who stopped for a photo was supposed to pay a fee, and the image could not be used on any sign, painting, stationery--you name it. Local artists immediately collaborated on a large exhibit of images of the cypress. My favorite was the tree constructed of dollar bills.

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Posted by Barbara Mountrey on 12/27/2014 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Hijacking Yosemite

Ridiculous and insulting. I would think that as historical landmarks that are an integral component of our National Parks, the rights should belong to the people, not some corporate pirate trying to kidnap our National Treasures.

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Posted by Jon Bock on 12/27/2014 at 12:55 PM

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