ECOS endorses campaign for a just Affordable Housing Ordinance

July 28, 2015

At our Board of Directors meeting last night, the Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS) voted to endorse the campaign currently led by ECOS member the Sacramento Housing Alliance, the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), Area Congregations Together (ACT) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000 for a just affordable housing ordinance in the City of Sacramento. Sacramento’s Mixed-Income Housing ordinance is slated for changes, and has much plenty of room for improvement. Let’s work on a solution together! The city council will discuss the changes next on September 1st, 2015 at City Hall, 915 I Street.

Read more about the latest proposed changes to the City of Sacramento’s Mixed Income Housing Ordinance in this Sacramento News and Review article, published on July 23, 2015:
https://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/segregation-039-will-happen-if/content?oid=17653788

 

Will you be at the last “public hearing” on Delta Tunnels?

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Tuesday, July 28, is the last of two public hearings on the Delta tunnels project. Help us transform the open house.

Our goal: a video of how large we really are to share with the Secretary Jewell at the Department of the Interior and with President Obama. You can be provided with insightful questions to ask if you’d like or help you craft your own thoughts. Some spirited, yet respectful activities are being planned to transform their dull open house into a party to oppose the tunnels. Let’s win this thing once and for all! We need to pack the “public hearings” on the Delta Tunnels!!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday in Sacramento — that’s where we will be from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in downtown.. If you cannot make the July 28 date from 3:00p to 7:00p, there is a second public meeting on July 29 in Walnut Grove (see here).

We have buses departing from four different locations! Find out more about these public hearings and how to RSVP for a bus by going to our website here and scrolling down. Thank you for your support!

From Our allies at Restore the Delta.

 

Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour in Sacramento 2015

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Save the Date! On November 20, 2015, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2015 comes to Sacramento! The films featured in our festival focus on habitat preservation, exploration and admiration. View breathtaking landscapes, go on an adventure in wilderness and see what people are doing to achieve a healthy environment for existing and future residents of regions like ours!

Read more here!

Sacramento Housing Alliance Hosts Housing Messaging Workshop 7/22/15

The Sacramento Housing Alliance, a member of ECOS, is hosting a free workshop on July 22, 2015 to learn how to talk about housing. As the city of Sacramento looks at revising its Mixed Income Housing Ordinance, the Sacramento Housing Alliance is offering this timely chance to learn effective ways to discuss and frame affordable housing issues. Register to save yourself a space at this valuable workshop, so you too can be ready to advocate for a just affordable housing ordinance in Sacramento. To register and learn more about the workshop, please click here.

Mutual Housing California Achieves Zero Net Energy in Woodland

Congratulations to ECOS Member organization Mutual Housing California for being the first multi-family affordable rental development in the nation to receive the U.S. Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Homes certification. California Housing Partnership Corporation’s (CHPC) Green Rental Home Energy Efficiency Network released a case study that highlights Mutual Housing’s success in designing Spring Lake, a 62-unit development for farmworkers in Woodland.

Spring Lake produces as much energy as they use, and has reached between 36.5% and 40.8% above 2008 Title 24 energy requirements.  The property received $5.5 million in permanent funding from the USDA by committing to Zero Net Efficiency.

Law Bites: Legal Clinic & Workshop for Urban Ag in Sac 6/23

Are you currently practicing urban agriculture in the city of Sacramento, or would like more information about how to do it?

In an effort to help implement the recently passed Sacramento City Urban Agriculture ordinance, the Sacramento Urban Agriculture Coalition is hosting a legal clinic for people currently practicing urban agriculture or would like more information about how to do it!

Law Bites: Legal Clinic and Workshop for Urban Agriculture in Sacramento

When: Tuesday, June 23, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Colonial Heights Branch Library, 4799 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95820 
 
There will be lawyers on hand to answer questions people have on the following areas related to urban agriculture:
Employment law: How do I hire someone to help? Do I have to pay interns? What’s an I-9?
Tax and Government Benefit Impact: Do I need to pay charge sales tax to sell produce? Am I going to lose my SSI if I make money selling food?
Choosing how you form: Do I have to form a business? What are the advantages? How can I be a nonprofit?
● A workshop to talk about the urban agriculture ordinance passed by the City. What did it change? What do you need to do to take advantage of it?

Registration is required as space is limited. Please click here register here while there are still seats available.

Guests are encouraged to bring dinner for themselves, or something to share, potluck-style.

Childcare is available, courtesy of Building Healthy Communities (BHC).

Sponsors: California Endowment BHC, Sacramento Urban Agriculture Coalition, Oak Park Sol, The Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS), Legal Services of Northern California, the Law Office of Cameron Rhudy, and Alchemist CDC