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Summer 2009 Great Valley Newsletter

Summer 2009 Great Valley Newsletter

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Summer 2009
ce Expansions Across the Valley
Volume 11, Number 2
Te Great Valley Center has alwaysbeen dedicated to serving the entireCentral Valley, but the region isincredibly vast. Stretching 450miles long and 50 miles wide andencompassing 19 counties romShasta to Kern— that’s a lot o areaor a Modesto-based organization toengage and serve. Tat’s why it is soexciting that the Great Valley Centerhas opened two new satellite of cesin the past year. One o the of ces islocated in the Sacramento Valley inthe City o Chico and one is locatedin the Southern San Joaquin Valley inthe City o Bakerseld.Both the Sacramento Valley of ce andthe Southern San Joaquin Valley of ceare staed by representatives o theGreat Valley Center Energy Program,a program dedicated to inormingand educating leaders o Valley communities about the potentials o energy independence.“Energy can be a complicated subjectand people want to learn about it romthose who understand the regionalcontext,” said im Fisher energy program manager. “Te Valley is oneregion but what you learn quickly isdierent areas have dierent socialand political environments, that’s why it’s so necessary or us to have sta members based inthe northern andsouthern areas o the Valley.”Te Great Valley Center’s SacramentoValley of ce openedless than a year ago. It’slocated in downtown Chico,in Butte County, an idealcentral location in terms o proximity to Sacramento Valley counties such as Butte, Colusa,Glenn, Shasta, and ehama. Teof ce is staed by Lindsay Buckley and located at 630 Salem Street Suite110, in Chico.Te most recent Great Valley Centersatellite of ce to open is the SouthernSan Joaquin Valley of ce, whichopened this past May. Te of ce islocated at the UC Merced, BakerseldCenter. Coming onboard to sta theBakerseld of ce is Stacey Shephard,a ormer environmental reporter withthe Bakerseld Caliornian who islooking orward to working on issuesrelated to energy independence. Teof ce is located at 2000 K Street, Suite300, in Bakerseld.
 A picture of theGreat Central Valley from space, withdepictions of thethree GVC of 
Tenorthern andsouthern of ces willallow the Great Valley Centermore opportunities to serve theregion better.
 After that first year, ALFers becomeSenior Fellows and a part of a widenetwork of leaders who come togetherto improve the quality of life forothers. Senior Fellows come togetherto respond to emergent problems,but also work in sub-groups basedon their professional and personalinterests. They hear from thought-leaders and they lend their expertise toorganizations in the region.I’m confident about these outcomesbecause I’ve seen the impact ALFhas had, both as a Senior Fellow of the Mountain-Valley chapter in theSacramento area, but also throughobservation of the Silicon Valley chapter and others across the country.Because of the ALF network in theIn the Capitol region, the pace of positive change accelerated, becauseof what we had learned together, andthe strong bonds that developed overtime. I believe this new chapter inthe northern San Joaquin Valley canhave a similar impact, and the GreatValley Center is a good partner to join community members in gettingthings underway. I look forward tothis new program, and welcome bothour founding Board members and ourinaugural class of Fellows. A new chapter of the AmericanLeadershipForum (ALF)in the northernSan JoaquinValley presentsa specialopportunity tocreate betterlives for thepeople who livein the countiesof San Joaquin,Stanislaus andMerced.This network of leaders is beingformed, and will pay dividendsacross city and county lines, butalso social, economic and politicalboundaries. Through a year of hard work, facilitated by nationally-knownexperts, each ALF class member willbe better able to address challenges forthe region, workplace and personallife. The inaugural class will establishrelationships that build trust andcooperation, and will be armed withnew skills for taking on difficultissues, appreciating diverse views, andidentifying resources to turn dialogueinto action.
President’s Message: We are Taking ourLeadership Programs to the Next Level
Great Valley News: Our New Blog 
ake a look at the Great Valley Center’s newest way to keep youupdated on what’s happening atthe Center and in the region. Atthe Great Valley Center’s new electronic inormation and newscenter you will nd inormation onevents, programs, and additionalValley resources. Remember tocheck Great Valley News oten asnew content is posted weekly. Youcan also sign up to receive e-mailnotications when Great Valley News is updated.
Te Great Valley Energy Primer
GVC’s Energy Program has recently published this resource intendedto amiliarize Valley leaders anddecision makers with the basics o energy related issues and legislation.opics covered in the Primerinclude the built environment,renewable energy, transportation,climate action, and energy legislation. More inormation onenergy is always available at www.gvc-energy.org.
Find Out Other Ways to Connect to GVC
 Just head to our homepage to link to other ways we are connecting with people and keeping you intouch with what’s happening in theValley.
Check it out at
Great Valley Center President and ALF Senior Fellow David Hosley
Energy Program Educates on SB375
Te Great Valley Center Energy Program has been hard at work spreading the word on how Senate Bill 375 relates and impacts local governments. Te Energy Program has been holding regional trainingsup and down the Valley to inorm leaders onstrategies or local government compliance,economic benets, and how to take advantageo the new CEQA rules and exemptions.Regional and local experts have showcased someo the best and most innovative steps that localgovernments throughout the state are taking,providing specic examples as models or othersto ollow.Featured speakers at these trainings haveincluded sta rom the Governor’s Of ce o Planning and Research, theCaliornia Air Resources Board, and the Local Government Commission.Te next training will be held in the Northern Sacramento Valley in August.Look or an announcement with more inormation or visit
or presentations, handouts, and additional workshop dates.
Christine Tien from the City of Stockton gives a presentationin Merced about her city’simplementation of green practices.
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community partners, stakeholders,and an executive steering committeeo 17 with representativesranging rom developersto environmentalists, are working to develop anurban and community orest guide or theSan Joaquin Valley.Tis guide willencompass best practicesor planning, maintaining,and managing tree policies in citiesand communities in the San JoaquinValley. Te public will have anopportunity to contribute their inputto the guidebook in the all.For more inormation or to be notied when the guidebook is availablecontact project manager Manuel Alvarado at manuel@greatvalley.org.
Daily Publications Get Valley Connected
 Dear Gus and Velma,
I am a student, and I have been lookingforward to our upcoming FFA project of maintaining our own orchard and farmanimals. Unfortunately, the programhas been put on hold because of thelack of water and fish. What’s the bigdeal?
 Frustrated Future Farmer 
Dear Frustrated,
The big deal is a little fish calledthe delta smelt.
Technically, it’s fishes; the delta smelt and the longfin smelt, they bothreside in the Sacramento-San JoaquinDelta.
The courts have voted in favor of the fish and allowed special protectionunder the California EndangeredSpecies Act. Access to water has beencut short because of forced reductionsin water pumped out of the Delta tobe shipped to San Joaquin Valley andSouthern California.
 Wait, wait, this is because of a fish?
Well if you were a little fish wouldn’t you want some protectionagainst powerful pumps the size of a bus?
 Well I’m not a fish, I’m a personand I think my water needs shouldcome first.
 Well, if the smelt go, other fish which are not native to the Delta willget bigger, and we will never be able togo back to our native ecosystem– it willbe lost forever.
All I’m sure of is that they betterhurry up to make a decision about what they are going to do because I can’t  wait ten more years in this “regulatory drought.”
 Valley To Get Guidance on Going Green
Each day thousands o peoplethroughout the Valley are receivingand reading their Sacramento or San Joaquin Valley Connects in order toknow what’s happening throughouttheir region. Tese daily electronic e-mailsare the GreatValley Center’s way o keepingpeople up-to-date with what’shappening in theirregion.Each newsletterocuses on newsand happeningsthroughout thetwo Valley subregions, theSacramento Valley and the San Joaquin Valley. Tey give justenough inormation or thereader to be inormed withouthaving to read every local mediapublication in the region.Te daily newsletters are designed togive an overview o what’s happening with planning, environmental trends,and energy policy throughout theregions. Every day the Connectsprovide links and a brie summary o 6-12 relevant news articles that havelocal signicance. Te newsletter alsoeatures an events section and a daily energy conservation tips.“Producing a daily newsletter is anopportunity or the Great Valley Center to get people thinkingabout the interconnectedness o theSacramento Valley,” said Lindsay Buckley the Great Valley Center’sSacramento Valley Energy ProgramRepresentative andConnect Editor.“Yes, there are county lines and city limitsbut the opportunity or communities in theValley to look beyondthose and learn and work with each other isgoing to benet residentsthroughout the Valley.”o sign up to begin receiving theSacramento Valley Connect and theSan Joaquin Valley Connect, visit ourhomepage at
SacraC“Y linbutor cVallehose work going throuh“PopCeabSaHere’s a riddle or you: Whatpositively impacts air quality, waterquality, and provides signicantenergy savings, all whilebeautiying communities?rees! And due to anongoing Great Valley Center project, those inthe San Joaquin Valley may be enjoying moreo them in the nearuture.Te Great Valley Center’s
Green Canopies Program
, undedby the Caliornia Department o Forestry and Fire Protection,is working to develop andsupport standards or urbanand community orestry programsin the San Joaquin Valley. GVCsta, along with
rangingo en woeorand managingand communitValley. Te puopportunity t, undedent o n,

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