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Support Habitat for Humanity Foreclosure Acquisiting Program Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version Tuesday, June 09 2009 @ 03:21 PM Habitat for Humanity Introduces Foreclosure Acquisition Program; Partners with the City of Menlo Park to Revitalize Neighborhoods Offers beacon of hope in the foreclosure crisis with combined initial investment of $1.0 million with the city for the first five homes

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF., May 27, 2009 — Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco today announced it has begun acquiring bank-owned homes as part of its new Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) — the first of its kind in the San Francisco Bay Area. Habitat has committed $500,000 to launch the program, which will enable new affordable homeownership opportunities for local working families following rehabilitation of the homes by Habitat.

Habitat Greater San Francisco has also entered into a groundbreaking new partnership with the city of Menlo Park, which is investing an additional $500,000 in the program. With this combined initial invest- ment of $1.0 million, Habitat plans to acquire and rehabilitate five vacant bank-owned properties in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park, with a possible program expansion following the initial pilot phase. Habitat made the announcement at the site of the first home under the program in Menlo Park. Habitat hopes to expand the program to other areas hard-hit by the foreclosure crisis.

“I have seen first-hand the impact of foreclosures on Menlo Park and know that we must take immediate action to address the problem” said Heyward Robinson, Mayor of Menlo Park. “I’m grateful that we have a community that is willing to step up and address this challenge when the federal and state governments couldn’t. I am very hopeful that the combined efforts of Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco and the City of Menlo Park will prove successful and become a blueprint for other communities attempting to cope with the foreclosure crisis.” Read the rest of this entry »

from Mei Lin

March 2, 2009

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present….as our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.”  Abraham Lincoln,

Dec 1 1962

For next week, I will provide an introduction to the conceptual framework of Douglas Engelbart and also introduce the Program for the Future Challenge being launched by The Tech Museum of Innovation. I hope I will be joined by Rob Stephenson the Online Curator of The Tech –at 8 am Palo Alto on March 5th. In this email, I am also inviting the other members of the Program for the Future Challenge committee to join us if they can.

 Here is the link to Douglas Engelbart’s presentation and paper hosted at the IBM Co-Evolution (of Human and Tool Systems) Symposium – organized by Jim Spohrer, head of IBM Services Research who sits on the board of Bootstrap, the organization founded by Engelbart.

Topic will be what do we know about the stimulus bill, how it affects locally, and implications at the state level.  perhaps bringing together what we know we can get a fairly accurate picture. Please add links on articles you find that help clarify the way it will unfold, who gets the money, how it is managed, what problems it solves, and what problems, speaking locally, it does not solve.

Next meeting Thurs Feb 12

February 11, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009
Topic:  Sustainable Food Sources that are:
o Environmentally sound,
o Economically viable,
o Socially responsible,
o Nonexploitative, and
o Serve as a foundation for future generations.

Bill Leland
UC Santa Cruz

To all:

Here is information on an event that just came in from my contacts at UC Davis. Clearly, transportation is a key component in our economy and society.


Dear NCA ITS-Davis Friends,

Please join us this coming Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. at the Commonwealth Club (Blue Room) in downtown San Francisco where Dan Sperling will discuss the main themes of his new book with Deborah Gordon Two Billion Cars.  This event will be a wonderful opportunity for the ITS-Davis community to gather.  Please pass this on to others, bring a group, etc.  Arrive early and stay late and catch up with others in our great circle of clean transportation and energy experts.  Students, alumni and other friends will attend; we hope you make it.  Sign up directly with the Commonwealth Club.  See below to register and for directions.

AND, on Wednesday night, before the Commonwealth Club event, watch (or record!) The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  Dan will be the guest; don’t miss it.


Joe Krovoza,
(I’ll be there!)


THURSDAY, February 12, 5:30 p.m.

Dan Sperling, Founding Director, Institute of Transportation Studies; Board Member, California Air Resources Board 
By 2020, the number of cars on the planet will double to two billion. Without big changes to our cars, fuels and personal habits, the carbon footprint from transportation will rise above its current 25 percent of total emissions. Can   we break the cycle of “shock and trance?” Join energy expert Sperling as he reveals what is at stake if we refuse to move quickly, and what opportunities exist if we act now.

Location: Blue Room, Commonwealth Club/Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. wine and cheese/networking, 6 p.m. program
Cost: $12 members, $18 non-members


Jeffrey Chow

To all:

Attached is a document that Doug and I worked on to give an overview of “Continuing the Conversation” and to remind us of our topic for this week (Sustainable Food Sources with Bill Leland).  We wrote this so that it can be forwarded on to others who you think might be interested in joining our discussions.

Sorry that I will not be able to attend this week. I am very interested in the topic and Bill’s efforts. I suspect that it has implications for a tremendous number of items that we don’t immediately think of as being related to where our food comes from. I look forward to getting an update.



Jeffrey Chowcontinuing-the-conversation-february-20091

This is a space holder item.  Here are some photos of our meeting space.  Rich Green of Rich Green Inc. has donated our meeting space here in Palo Alto.