Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.
Fair Housing, Fair Challenge
The Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) appeals process is underway, with public hearings on appeals being held each Friday for the remainder of October. The Monitor spoke with Michael Lane of SPUR and Ken Kirkey of All Home to hear their perspectives on the appeals, and the importance of affirmatively furthering fair housing in the bay area. Read the full report at the Bay Area Monitor.
The Air District is on the lookout for some qualified organizations and individuals with a history of working with low-income and/or limited-English communities to help the District shape the future and improve the air they breathe. This Request for Qualifications will inform future decision making with whom the District contracts with to assist Stakeholder Group formation and management, event promotion and meeting logistics, and more. An informational meeting will be held on October 27th beginning at 10am. Sign up here.
The climate crisis conversation seems to revolve around a binary star system of water and energy, carbon footprints and sea level rise. The Climate Center is presenting a talk on the intersection of these two worlds, and educating the public on how better water management can play a key role in reducing energy demand and associated pollution. The webinar, held on October 14th at 10am, will feature a diverse set of speakers discussing how climate change is exacerbating water mismanagement in California, especially in vulnerable communities. Register here.
Birds of Berkeley
Avid and beginning birders alike, take note: the Berkeley Bird Festival is coming up on Sunday, October 17th. Featuring a series of free, guiding bird watching tours around Berkeley locales such as the Aquatic Park, Cesar Chavez Park, and the UC Botanical Garden, the festival will celebrate the value of biodiversity in both land, sea, and air. You can sign up at the Berkeley Bird Festival website starting on October 10th, and don’t forget to bring your binoculars.
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