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Beautiful Plant is Both Poisonous And Invasive

Beautiful Plant is Both Poisonous And Invasive

California is dealing with a beautiful but invasive and poisonous invader called the Rattlebox Plant (also known as Red Sesbania or Scarlet Wisteria), scientific name Sesbania punicea.  According to a publication of the California Invasive Plant Council this plant is a native of South America and because of its profuse red flowers was introduced as a garden plant in California prior to 1930.  It was first documented in riparian vegetation in 1987.  Since then it has spread rapidly along the American and San Joaquin Rivers.  This weed is known to thrive in 13 counties up and down the state of California and is a problem in several southern states.

In a pamphlet published by the Sacramento Weed Warriors reasons for this weed being a problem are listed as follows: 

  1. Sesbania is rapidly forming dense stands along rivers & creeks in the Sacramento region.  Sesbania clusters are often so th

Branch down in Midtown, blocking one lane on X Street... but not for long!

On my way to shoot a water rescue near Howe Ave., I saw this and had to stop to get 45 seconds of video on this, near 10th and X Streets in downtown Sacramento. As you can see in the video, a branch fell from a tree but didn't fully detach. One of Sacramento's finest pulled over in his black and white police cruiser to prevent other motorists from running into the foliage and possibly damaging their vehicle or even causing a traffic collision with another car. Just as I was getting to wrap it, an orange Public Works truck showed up with its tree removal trailer and began clearing the problem. Unable to stay for this conclusion, I got in my car and drove off toward the water rescue. By the time I reached the Howe Ave. exit off Highway 50, my assignment desk called to tell me the person in the river was able to save themself before water rescue crews made contact with them. Just another exciting day on the job at News10.

Mutual Housing receives nearly $500,000 for housing development and upgrades

Mutual Housing receives nearly $500,000 for housing development and upgrades

Sacramento|Yolo Mutual Housing Association recently received $464,985 from NeighborWorks® America .

The grants will help support Mutual Housing’s healthy housing by developing new, sustainable communities for the Sacramento region’s diverse households as well as upgrading older multifamily housing to make it greener and more energy-efficient.

Of these funds, $329,485 was a capital grant for programs and services, real estate development and maintenance, $110,500 was for organizational underwriting and $25,000 for green initiatives and cash flow.  

“If you can show strong outcomes,” said Rachel Iskow, Mutual Housing Executive Director, “NeighborWorks will let the organization use the funds as it sees fit.

“Because we have a strong business plan and strong strategic goals, these funds will help us continue developing healthy housing in the local region, maintain and upgrade our communities as well as  providing programs and services for o

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.

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.