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Congresswoman Matsui Introduces Safe and Complete Streets Legislation

Congresswoman Matsui Introduces Safe and Complete Streets Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced the Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011, legislation that would require each state’s department of transportation and metropolitan planning organization to put in place a Complete Streets policy that ensures all Federally-funded transportation projects accommodate the safety and convenience of all users. Complete Streets policies ensures roadways are built with all users in mind – including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, motorists, freight vehicles, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. This bipartisan legislation is cosponsored by Congressman Steven LaTourette (R-OH).

“Complete Streets policies are a win-win for local communities: they save lives and create forward-looking projects that provide lasting value,” Matsui said.

Honey Bee Swarms Begin in Sacramento Region

Beginning in spring each year we receive calls from concerned customers and the public regarding honey bee swarms.  Most of these callers fear the swarms and want us to erradicate them.  If you come accross a swarm, such as the one shown here, don’t be alarmed.  It’s only moving day for a colony of Honey Bees.  When a hive becomes too large the queen lays eggs in special brood cells and workers begin feeding the new larvae a special, pollen rich food,  called Royal Jelly.  This causes them to grow into new queens.  One of these queens will become the new mother of the colony.  The old queen will leave the colony, with thousands to tens of thousands of workers, and move to a new location to start a new hive.  Prior to departure scout bees will look at a number of potential new hive sites.

Nuts and Bolts: A Workshop on How to Create a Park Volunteer Corps for Your Neighborhood Park

Nuts and Bolts: A Workshop on How to Create a Park Volunteer Corps for Your Neighborhood Park

You are invited to attended a timely and practical free workshop on how to organize your friends and neighbors into a "park volunteer corps" to support and care for your local neighborhood park.  With the layoff of almost 60% of all city park workers in the last three years (and more layoffs likely), our city parks are hurting and they need your help.  Come find out the step-by-step process that some neighborhoods have used to organized "park volunteer corps" to help meet this major community challenge. 

When: Saturday, March 26, 10:00 a.m.