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Apr 19
2009

Sun Train

Posted by Bruce Robinson in transportation , technology , Science , Santa Rosa , policy , planning , news , Marin , jobs , Ideas , government , environment , economy , design , construction , climate change , carbon , business , author , alternative energy

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 The North Bay is finally on its way to getting passenger rail service rolling again. But what if it used solar and hydrogen fuel cell technology to be non-polluting and carbon-free?

 

This artist's conception of a future Sun Train was drawn by David Vasquez, who used it as the cover illustration for his book, Mr. Swan's Big Idea, which details and sets out a case for this forward-looking  update of passeger rail travel. He notes that building a new rail system is an expensive undertaking, but Vasquez urges putting the costs into perspective by comparing them highway construction.

America has a proud history of rail service reaching back more than a century, notes David Vasquez (right), but much of that has been forgotten as other modes of transportation took precedence.

 

Mr. Swan's Big Idea  is built on the concepts developed by architect and rail advocate Christopher Swann (left) , whose on recent book, Electric Water, concentrates on his vision of a future hydrogen-based economy.

   David Vasquez will present a multi-media slideshow about the Sun Train concept at Aqus Cafe in Petaluma , on Wednesday, April 22, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

 

 

Apr 01
2009

Money Monsters

Posted by Bruce Robinson in speaker , Sebastopol , Santa Rosa , Ideas , finances , families , education , economy , budget , author

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The keys to successful investing and money management are not financial, they're psychological.

Spencer Sherman was motivated to write The Cure for Money Madness because he saw himself and others making financial mistakes, when they clearly knew better.

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 Are you experiencing Monen Madness? Take Spencer's online quiz and find out.

It's not just individual investors whose decision-making is compromised by their "money monsters." Sherman observes that even big financial companies exhibit some of the same flawed behaviors.

 

When adding up your personal net worth, Sherman recommends including a calculation of total career earnings up to retirement, to help add some long-term perspective.

 

Spencer Sherman talks about Money Madness at Copperfield's Books in Santa Rosa on April 2, and  at Spirit Rock Meditation Center on April 19th.

 

He has also prepared this video preview to introduce some of the issues and ideas contained in The Cure for Money Madness.

[video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lW5BnZcVDB8 400x400] 

 

 


 

Mar 30
2009

The Landfill's Future

Posted by Bruce Robinson in water , waste , toxic , technology , speaker , Sonoma , Sebastopol , Santa Rosa , resources , public safety , policy , planning , Petaluma , nonprofit orgs , news , Health , government , events , environment , economy , design , conservation , community , climate change , chemicals , carbon , business , alternative energy , agriculture

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 Sonoma County's main dump, seen from the air at left,  has been closed since 2005, but its future continues to be hotly debated.

 

           

Operating a landfill anywhere in northern California is a difficult prospect in today's regulatory climate, observes Assemblyman Wes Chesbro, and even a well-funded private company must surmount those obstacles.

A proposed Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) for Sonoma County could eventually be able to sort out and reuse as much as 90% of the region's waste stream. Alan Strachan, one of the backers of that project, suggests that through composting or other processes, even most of the remaining 10% could someday be reused.

Longtime recycling advocate Mike Anderson is one of many voices taking up the call for setting a goal of zero waste.

 

 The March 30th forum on the future of the Sonoma County landfill was co-hosted by the Climate Protection Campaign and the  Leadership Institute on Ecology nd the Economy.

The entire public forum was recorded and will be broadcast at the following times on Community Media Channel 26 in Santa Rosa:

Monday, March 30 (LIVE) 8am
Wednesday, April 1st  5pm
Thursday, April 2nd 12pm
Friday, April 3rd  5pm
Saturday, April 4th  6am
Sunday, April 5th 5pm
Monday, April 6th  8am
Wednesday, April 8th 5pm
Thursday, April 9th  12pm
Friday, April 10th 5pm
Saturday, April 11th 6am
Sunday, April 12th 5pm

 More information and background about Ecoleader .

To learn more about the Landfill.

Mar 08
2009

The Nonviolent Peaceforce

Posted by Bruce Robinson in war , volunteer , Santa Rosa , public safety , peace , nonprofit orgs , international , Ideas , government , families , activism

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 Volunteer peacekeepers, including a Santa Rosa woman, are helping to hold down the violence in some key international hot spots, as part of the Nonviolent Peace Force.

Linda Sartor and Jan Passion (right) will talk about their experience with the Nonviolent Peaceforce  and the ways that people can joinat a private home gathering in Santa Rosa on Tuesday evening, March 10 at 7 pm in Santa Rosa.  If you want to attend, email Pat at patmas41@mac.com for directions and to RSVP.

Of course there are other ways to get involved, too. One is by buying Peace Bonds.