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Monitor Notes: Wildfire Workshop, Bike Events, More Otters, Equity Atlas

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.


The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

After massive wildfires the past two years, Californians are feeling anxious about potential new outbreaks as summer rolls along. Bay Area residents can burn off a little of that nervous energy by being proactive and attending a Wildfire Air Quality Response Program workshop on Wednesday, July 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. in San Francisco. Hosted by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the event will provide attendees with the chance to learn about two proposed regulatory amendments related to the program, and share feedback and ideas with agency staff. 


Two Events on Two Wheels

The Silicon Valley Bike Summit is the place to be for Bay Area transportation stakeholders, drawing attendees from government, business, and community groups. Join the ninth annual summit on Thursday, August 1 in Mountain View’s newly remodeled community center. The event is loaded with activities, demos, and information sessions about transportation policy from morning until evening, so strap on your helmet and pedal over. And if that’s not enough bike excitement for you, head to Oakland’s Jack London Square two days later for Pedalfest on Saturday, August 3.



The Monitor’s Robin Meadows recently updated you on how river otters are doing, but what about their sea otter cousins? The California State Coastal Conservancy is funding projects to help sea otter recovery, with grant applications due September 6. More immediately, the Conservancy is seeking comments by July 19 on draft guidelines for allocating climate funding from Proposition 68 (a state park bond that Aleta George covered for the Monitor last year).


Democratizing Data

The San Francisco Foundation, PolicyLink, and USC have teamed up to produce the Bay Area Equity Atlas, which equips community leaders and policymakers with data to address problems related to displacement, racial inequality, and more. But how do you use this important tool? Register for a webinar to be held next Tuesday, July 23 from 3 to 4 p.m. and find out for yourself, while hearing from community leaders on the frontlines of the housing crisis.


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