Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.
The East Bay Regional Park District and the Regional Parks Foundation are celebrating a unique dual anniversary this weekend, marking the 85th anniversary of Tilden Regional Park and the 80th of the Brazilian Room event venue. Tilden Regional Park is one of the Park District’s three original parks and has been called the jewel of the East Bay Regional Park system. The Brazilian Room was once part of the Brazilian Pavilion at the 1939 Golden Gate International Exhibition on Treasure Island that showcased the commerce and culture of the country of Brazil. Festivities will take place at both locations on Saturday, September 25th and begin at 10:30 for Tilden and 12:30 for the Brazilian Room. RSVP with Monique Salas ([email protected]) to attend.
The Tilden Park events continue the following day, Sunday, September 26th, as Greenbelt Alliance hosts a chance to learn the stories of native Bay Area plants. Alan Siegel, psychologist and 45-year nature awareness educator, will teach participants about the edible, medicinal, and cultural uses of native plants on the ascent of Seaview Trail. Register here, pack a lunch, and meet at the Little Steam Train at 9am.
Housing and Wildfire
California faces a dual threat of a housing shortage and wildfire risk, but smart policy for one can mitigate the other. SPUR is hosting an online event next week on Tuesday, September 28th to discuss how state housing policy can address the needs for affordable housing while also protecting lands vulnerable to wildfire, and to help attendees grasp how state policy, including the Regional Housing Needs Assessment, addresses the intersection of climate change and housing. Speakers include Brian Hanlon of California YIMBY and Amanda Brown-Stevens of Greenbelt Alliance, among others. Register here and tune in at 12:30pm.
Meet Your Water District
If you can’t make a midday meeting about housing and wildfire, then perhaps an evening presentation next Tuesday (September 28th, 7pm) about the drought and your water supply is up your alley. Join the League of Women Voters of Fremont, Newark, and Union City and the Alameda County Water District to learn more about how the ACWD is meeting today’s challenges of drought, climate change, and increased water demand. Sign up here.
The city of Mountain View is restarting a program for residents in 2022. The Cool Block Program aims to build neighborly engagement around three main themes: community building, disaster preparation, and resilience. 8 collaborative meetings over the course of 5 months help neighborhoods meet the challenges of climate change and build stronger communities. Those interested should attend the information sessions held on October 16, 19, or 25.
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