Recent clips

Community Energy Model Is Speeding U.S. Move To Renewables

| May 8th, 2015

Published in THE GUARDIAN

Sewage and solar power may be odd bedfellows in the race to save the climate. But in Sonoma County, one hour north of San Francisco, an experiment is underway to install the nation’s largest floating solar array on a series of wastewater treatment ponds.

Elbin Blatz washes off one of 994 panels in the floating solar cell array at Far Niente winery in Oakville, California Read more »

Posted in Economy. Environment. Frontpage

Thousands of Californians March In Largest Ever Anti-Frack Protest, Calling For Statewide Ban | February 9th, 2015

More than 5,000 Californians marched Saturday through the streets of downtown Oakland calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to fulfill his promise as a climate leader by enacting an all-out ban on fracking in the state.

Read more »

Posted in Environment. Frontpage. Politics

Mauricio Lim Miller, Founder of Family Independence Initiative, Wins 2014 Purpose Prize | October 24th, 2014

In 2001, Mauricio Lim Miller received a phone call at dinnertime from then-Oakland mayor and current California governor Jerry Brown. The mayor told Miller — already a recognized social worker who had once been invited to attend President Bill Clinton’s State of the Union address — that he thought nonprofits were spending a lot of money to alleviate poverty, but with limited success. He asked what kind of innovative, high-impact program Miller would build if given the resources.

Miller Head Shot
Read more »

Posted in Economy. Frontpage. Profiles

Food, Energy, Finance: A Solutions Movement Takes Root In Northern California | May 9th, 2014

PETALUMA, Calif.—There’s a new currency here called Bay Bucks that’s helping businesses trade in services and get off the dollar. There’s a new agriculture-tech startup called CropMobster helping redistribute excess produce and cut down on food waste. And a new electricity provider, Sonoma Clean Power, just flipped on the switch May 1 to supply tens of thousands of Sonoma County residents and businesses with renewable energy.

Read more »

Posted in Economy. Environment. Frontpage

Why Richmond’s Plan to Rescue Homeowners Could Reshape the Mortgage Lending Industry | March 27th, 2014

RICHMOND, Calif.— Once this city uses eminent domain to seize and refinance underwater homes belonging to Wall Street banks, towns nationwide will hurry to replicate the success. And when they do, they’ll study the maverick trio of power holders who made it happen here first.

Read more »

Posted in Economy. Frontpage