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The Realities of California’s Drought In Santa Clara County

calero creek fish loss

We’ve all heard the stories and seen the photos on the news about just how bad the drought is in California and other states. But today, as I left my neighborhood of green lawns and gardens and drove out into the country I noticed new evidence that took my breath away. Along one of my favorite riding trails runs Calero creek, an area full of wildlife. Fish, crayfish, birds and of course raccoons, skunks, opossum and the occasional bobcat rely on the daily releases from the reservoir to keep the creek flowing. So do the farmers and homes who use wells and creeks for watering their livestock.

As of yesterday the creek is no longer flowing. The banks are dry, and although there are some areas that still hold a small amount of water, those will dry up soon too.

In a 100 yard section of creek bed I saw scores of fish dead or dying. The remaining pools of water are getting smaller and the wildlife trapped in them will die as well.

Unless we get significant rain, there will be few or no releases of water from the reservoir in the near future and the death toll in the creek is heartbreaking.

According to a resource at the Santa Clara Water District offices, all of the reservoirs that use imported water (pumped in from the California Aquaduct for example) are significantly reducing or completely stopping outflow to the creeks. This includes Calero, and Almaden reservoirs.

According to the water district staff person I spoke with, the California department of fish and wildlife (CDFW) is working with the Water District and tough calls have to be made.

The CDFW has closed several streams to fishing until they determine water flows are adequate. You can find a partial list here. Other streams deemed not as important because there aren’t steelhead present, are simply being “turned off”.

What can you do?
It’s time to take our heads out of the sand folks. Take a look at this photo of what is left of the wildlife in Calero creek and ask yourself if you really need to keep your grass green or take a 15 minute shower. Start thinking about how you can conserve.

The  Santa Clara Valley Water District is asking for a 10% reduction in water use. To meet the reduction goal, the water district will double rebates paid to people who conserve water, promote water conservation laws in cities and use technology to convert the county’s wastewater into drinkable water within five years. But that’s in 5 years. We must conserve now.

Learn more about the California Water Action Plan, which will guide state efforts to enhance water supply reliability, restore damaged and destroyed ecosystems and improve the resilience of our infrastructure.

And while you’re at it. Pray for rain!

 

Time to Fall Back 2012

Profile of Time - Salvador Dali

Profile of Time - Salvador Dali

This weekend we turn our clocks back an hour as we return to Standard Time, Sunday morning November 4 at 2:00 am.

Does this mean we get to spend an extra hour at our favorite bar? No, bars actually stop serving alcohol at 1:59 am, one minute before the clocks are set back one hour.

This is also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Year Spring Forward Fall Back
2012 November 4
2013 March 10 November 3
2014 March 9 November 2
2015 March 8 November 1
2016 March 13 November 6

Welcome to “the 669”


It’s finally come to pass. Thirty years ago when “Ma Bell” was broken up to form the regional Bell operating companies, my step-dad claimed it was only a matter of time until we’d need to dial 11 digits to call someone at the other end of the block. Starting today (October 20, 2012), South Bay residents in the 408 area code are required to dial 11 digits (1 plus 408 plus a phone number) to reach other 408 phone numbers. We’ve come a long way from asking the operator for “CYpress 7 1234”.

The new dialing procedure is being enforced to make way for a new area code, 669, which will cover the exact same geographic region as 408. This “overlay” was approved by the California Public Utilities Commission one year ago, when it was predicted that 408 would run out of new phone numbers by January, 2013.

Phone service providers will begin to issue new 669 phone numbers starting on November 20.

Stanford Mobile Blood Drive @ Whole Foods Market

Today at 11:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM

Whole Foods Market Blossom Hill
Stanford Mobile Blood Drive
1146 Blossom Hill Road
1 (408) 266-3700

Read why we should give today August 18, 2012

San Jose Bike Party “The Luau Ride” August 17, 2012

It is the Friday that the SJBP (San Jose Bike Party) may take its ride through your neighborhood. For non-bikers it is helpful to know their route. The riders have been known to be loud enough to wake sleeping children. Also, when out in a car it is best to avoid the stream of bikes.

Tonight’s ride “The Luau Ride” on August 17, 2012 will hit the streets at 8 p.m. It will start in the SJ County Parking Lot – 1st St. and Hedding.St.

The SJBP site encourages safe, legal and courteous behavior. So, if putting on your Hawaiian style beachwear we are wishing you a fun ride that will be safe for all.

8 p.m. ~ 1st St. & Hedding St.

R The Alameda
At De La Cruz / El Camino fork veer L to go onto El Camino Real R Lafayette St
L Laurelwood Rd
R Thomas Rd – becomes Mission College Blvd – R to stay on MC Blvd

REGROUP 1 – Mission College 7.5 mi

Exit R Mission College Blvd L Burton Dr
L Wyatt Dr
L Bassett St

R Agnew Rd L Lafayette St – becomes Gold St

R Catherine St – becomes State St

R Spreckles Ave
R Grand Blvd

Continue straight onto Disk Dr

REGROUP 2 – L into Jubilee Parking Lot just before Nortech Pkwy

Exit R on Disk Drive – becomes Grand Blvd becomes Los Esteros Rd becomes Zanker Rd becomes Old Bayshore Hwy

Slight right onto N 10th St R San Fernando St
R 5th St

END: SJ City Hall 5th St @ Santa Clara St

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE


I was a taxi driver here in San Jose for many years and that is how I met my husband Ken. He is a very busy taxi driver.

Between his job and his love for playing pool he wouldn’t have the time for another wife… But, then there is a taxi driver named John who is married to two wives!

Read all about it: RUN FOR YOUR WIFE

John, a taxi driver, is married to two wives who live in different parts of London. Things go well until he rescues an elderly woman from three muggers and winds up in the hospital. The ensuing treatment throws his carefully constructed life off kilter. John’s dilemma is not helped when an upstairs neighbor tries to help and only makes things worse. Add two police detectives, one sexually charged wife, one play-by-the-rules wife and a gay dressmaker and you have the elements of chaos and continuous laughter.

Cast:
Mary Smith……………….Lucy Littlewood
Barbara Smith……………Cynthia Branch Lagodzinski
John Smith………………..Jim Woodbury
Det. Sgt. Troughton……Joel Butler
Stanley Gerdner…………C. Conrad Cady
Det. Sgt Porterhouse….Spencer Stevenson
Bobby Franklyn…………Jimmy James Allan

Directed by John Baldwin
Assistat Director Gary Laidlaw

Broadway West Theatre Company
4000 B Bay Street, Fremont, CA

Call for info and tickets ~ 1 (510) 683-9218
Tickets are going fast! Final weekend, last three performances.

facebook: Broadway West Theatre Company

Ken with his other "wife"

Chevron Richmond Refinery Fire


Fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond started at about 6:30 PM.

Shelter in place! A level 3 health warning.

I took the photo with the Live Cams Pro App on my iPad.

…as seen over the hills.

Psycho Donuts Bakes Americas Freedom of Choice

Gay Bar

Psycho Donuts is not taking sides (Chick-fil-A). Psycho Donuts has what they call their Psycho Moral System or for short – PMS. They want ALL donut loving Americans to eat what and wherever they wish.

Today Psycho Donuts has baked up a new choice: The Gay Bar – Read All About It!

When: Starting today, August 1st.

Where: Psycho Donuts Campbell – 2006 Winchester Blvd. or Psycho Donuts San Jose – 288 S. 2nd Street.

Call (408) 533-1023 for hours etc.

MY CHOICE

face it: Campbell or San Jose

The First Day of Summer (Summer Solstice) Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Here in San Jose, California summer means we will have nothing but bright sun shiny days.
A ride on the Farmers Airship Zeppelin would be an amazing way to enjoy our beautiful West Coast weather.

On October 28th, 2008 I was invited to go up in the Zeppelin. It was the most exciting experience!

Instrument Panel
Katharine Board – The only female Zeppelin pilot in the world.

Farmers Airship Zeppelin
Track the Ship – Current Location

Airship Ventures Gift Store

Zep Cam

House of Thunder Harley BBQ and Bubba Blackwell Show

The last time I was on a motorcycle was back in my high school days, and that was on my then boyfriends little Honda!

To me motorcycles are a naughty – wicked living on the edge thrill. I love the way they look and sound. I enjoy talking to the riders and snapping a photo… Ms. Valley Vixen on hers and Vince on his big red bike.

The FX hit drama “Sons of Anarchy” is teaming up with Harley-Davidson to make a custom SOA bike.

The award winning (2011 Silver Bar and Shield Award) House of Thunder Harley-Davidson store in Morgan Hill is hosting a BBQ this Saturday.
– talk to them about the SOA bike…

American Daredevil Bubba Blackwell will preform amazing stunts on Harleys! He will do two shows: 12:30 and 3:30 PM.

Also, enjoy the live bands and much more. The show is free but do bring a bit of cash for the BBQ

Where: House of Thunder Harley-Davidson
16175 Condit Road – Hwy101 and Tennant Ave. Morgan Hill.
(408)776-1900

When: Saturday, June 16

House of Thunder

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