Jul 25

AADC Member, George Beland, receives Commendation from Placer County Supervisors for environmental work

Belands with George's Plaque

George Beland, with his wife Joyce

George Beland is probably the Father of the Environmental Movement in Placer County.  When the environment was little more than an afterthought in Placer County, he was forming a Wetlands Committee and trying to make the Auburn Ravine a center piece for the Auburn Community.  He helped Janice Waddle Forbes daylight North Rich Ravine, the South Fork of Auburn Ravine, which resulted in Auburn School Park Preserve.   His lasting contribution is the trail along Auburn Ravine from Auburn Ravine Road downstream to Grocery Outlet.  His dream was and still is to daylight that parking lot with restaurants and boutiques streamside for the enhancement of the quality of life for the Auburn community.  George was and is still a tireless environmentalist supporting PARC and being a charter and current member of SARSAS.

George Beland grew up in Vallejo and came to Auburn in 1955, with his lovely wife Joyce.  George Beland was District 3 supervisor from 1988 to 1992 and Auburn mayor for two terms, 1982 and 1986.  He said, “I was concerned about the environment, got a tree ordinance; went back to Washington, D.C. to lobby against the Auburn dam.”  He was the first person in Placer County who actually addressed issues of enhancing the Auburn Ravine.

He appointed true environmentalists to the Wetlands Committee for Placer County and jumpstarted the Environmental Movement in Placer County and served as an inspiration for PARC and SARSAS.

George oversaw the creation of the walking trail along the Auburn Ravine from Auburn Ravine Road down to the Grocery Outlet Parking lot.  He recalled his efforts in a 2008 AJ Article:  “Completed in 1995, the trail provides a shortcut for walkers but former Auburn mayor and Placer County supervisor George Beland said he has noticed that work to preserve plantings of native foliage has been pretty much abandoned. There were plans farther up Auburn Ravine Road for more restoration work along the banks but the Auburn City Council was never very cooperative, Beland said. “It was like pulling teeth,” he said. “The native plants have to be watered the first three years and most are gone now but once the invasive plants like blackberries are taken out, it would still be an improvement.”

Beland said he still envisions the culvert that moves Auburn Ravine Creek under the Grocery Outlet shopping center parking lot being taken out and the stream daylighted. “They have a lot more parking than they need and it would be a good site for restaurants,” he said.

Beland points to Berkeley, where recent daylighting efforts have created an urban stream.  ” The last thing I heard, more people were going to that park than anywhere else,” he said. “It can be done here.  A combination of modern political will and the memories of what once was could provide the glue for a coalition to build a strong urban creek daylighting effort.”    Even more important to Ashland, Oregon, than the world famous Shakespeare Festival is how the city has made Ashland Creek a central part of the lives of residents and visitors.  The creek like Auburn Ravine flows through town center and has been make a part of the town’s life by the addition of children’s play areas, sitting area, animal sanctuaries and picnic areas.  George wants that same kind or restoration of Auburn Ravine for its people.

“But the 4.3-acre site (where the Auburn Ravine Creek daylighting work can take place) is a good place to start.” Farther down Auburn Ravine, as it moves past the city of Auburn’s wastewater treatment plant, other issues have resulted in work to preserve water quality, control sedimentation, and implement restoration work.

SARSAS currently have salmon 22 miles up the 33 length of Auburn Ravine on their way to spawning in the two parks in Auburn, Ashford Park and Auburn Park Preserve, between Auburn City Hall and Placer High School.

Along with Janice Waddle Forbes who daylighted North Rich Ravine, the south Fork of Auburn Ravine,

George has done much to create interest and focus on Auburn Ravine.

George was and is an inspiration for founding SAVE AUBURN RAVINE SALMON AND STEELHEAD whose mission is to return salmon and steelhead to its entire thirty-three miles length with salmon spawning in Ashford Park and Auburn Ravine Park Preserve.  Salmon are already up 22 of the 33 length of Auburn Ravine on their way to spawning in the two parks in Auburn, Ashford Park and Auburn Park Preserve, between Auburn City Hall and Placer High School.

George Beland has always been an environmental visionary and is a most deserving recipient of this award for his selfless devotion to making Placer County a more desirable place for us to live enriched lives.

Jack Sanchez
Save Auburn Ravine Salmon and Steelhead (SARSAS)
President and Founder
P.O. Box 4269
Auburn, CA 95604
(530) 888-0281



WHEREAS, George Beland was raised in Vallejo and moved to Auburn in 1955 with his wife Joyce, serving two terms as the Mayor of the City of Auburn, in 1982 and in 1986, and serving on the Placer County Board of Supervisors from 1988 to 1992; and

WHEREAS, George became interested in preserving Placer County’s natural resources and beauty and worked to build momentum within the community to identify and protect streams, wetlands, and other natural areas, and he worked with other community members and local government agencies to create open spaces for people to use and enjoy; and

WHEREAS, he spearheaded movements that led to the creation of Save Auburn Ravine Steelhead and Salmon (SARSAS) and Protect the American River Canyon (PARC), and was instrumental in daylighting North Rich Ravine, which made way for the School Park Preserve in downtown Auburn, and worked tirelessly to create a walking path along Auburn Ravine in Auburn; and

WHEREAS, during his time as a County supervisor George Beland was instrumental in creating a Wetlands Committee and in advocating for the adoption of the Placer County Tree Preservation Ordinance, and he traveled to Washington D.C. to speak in support of protecting the American River Canyon; and

WHEREAS, those who have had the great opportunity to work alongside George Beland praise his kindness and determination in accomplishing conservation projects that make Placer County a better place to live, and consider him a visionary when it comes to natural resource and open space preservation.

NOW, THEREFORE, LET IT BE KNOWN THAT the Placer County Board of Supervisors acknowledges George Beland for his years of community service and his dedication to preserving precious natural resources and open spaces in Placer County.

Kirk Uhler, Supervisor District 4

Chairman 2015

Jack Duran, Supervisor District 1

Robert M. Weygandt, Supervisor District 2

Jim Holmes, Supervisor District 3

Jennifer Montgomery, Supervisor District 5

Jul 22

Ideas for new AADC Standing Committees – comment on this post please!

Your discussion is invited for proposed amendments to the Bylaws that would create three new standing committees for the AADC. The committees would be 1) Voter Outreach and Education, 2) Fundraising Committee and 3) Community Outreach Committee. The voter outreach and education committee would do pretty much the work that the ad hoc voter registration committee is now doing. The whole club would have an opportunity to weigh in on writing a mission statement for the committee that would sharpen its focus and give it clear march orders. I would have the chair of that committee be a person appointed by the President and the term would be for one year with the possibility of being reappointed. The Fundraising committee would be responsible for raising money for the club with the exception of the money that comes from membership dues. Fundraising activities performed by this committee would include the annual fall event, possibly working the polls, rummage sales, a casino night, solicitation of members to donate more than just their dues and whatever else the committee could come up with that would further the goals of the AADC in a manner consistent with our purpose. The Board would make an initial determination that a particular activity fits with the purpose of the AACD and the club would vote on whether the activity should be carried out. The Chair Person of this committee would be appointed by the President and would serve for one year with the possibility of being reappointed. The Community Outreach Committee would have as its Chair the Representative at Large “ex officio” or by virtue of the office. This would now be Debra Polansky. This committee would help the Representative at Large solicit and publicize the monthly speakers for the club and would engage in other such outreach activities that would create the most favorable outreach to the community served by the Auburn Area Democratic Club. These activities could include a speaker event at the Old State Theatre, e.g. Robert Reich ( Debra has been wanting to get him as a speaker.) Celebrity Chef, KVIE, Fourth of July and Festival of Lights Parade, Mandarin Festival, Home Shows, etc.

I see the club functioning now with one large committee that does everything and that Committee is the Board. Having these new standing committees would hopefully involve more members in doing the work of the club. It would also give more focus. The Fundraising committee, for example, would begin to plan the Fall fundraising event as soon as the last one concludes. The venue may be selected a year ahead of time and the committee would be working during that whole year on selecting a theme, getting speakers, getting items for the silent auction as well as simultaneously engaging in other activities. It would be expected that these committees would meet at least once a month outside of the regular club meeting. The voter registration committee has been meeting monthly for some time now and it is working very well.

Richard Sanborn has been pitching for A Political Activities or Local Affairs Committee and that may be a good idea. That Committee would keep up with events in local government and solicit members to turn out at meetings, political rallies, etc. when those activities have been approved by the Board as being consistent with the purpose of our club. Richard needs to think about his idea more and put some flesh on it and maybe we would include that amendment too.  Paul Comiskey

Jun 30

Women, Politics & Power – September 13th – AADC’s Fall Fundraiser


Betty Yee, California State Controller


Toni Atkins, Speaker of the California State Assembly

Keynote speakers Betty Yee, California State Controller and Toni Atkins, Speaker of the California State Assembly join our own Jennifer Montgomery, Placer County Supervisor and Heidi Hall, 2014 US District 1 candidate, to speak on “Women, Politics and Power”, Sunday September 13, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:30 pm at the General Gomez Arts Center, 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn. Event includes art exhibit, Silent auction, hors d’oeuvres with beer/wine and live music. $35 per person includes entrance to the event, hors d’oeuvres and one complimentary drink of wine or beer.  $35 per person includes entrance to the event, hors d’oeuvres and one complimentary drink of wine or beer. Click here to order your tickets.

Jennifer Montgomery, Placer County Supervisor

May 24

HISTORY OF CHILDREN’S PEACE CAMP by Millee Livingston and Leslye Janusz, Peace Camp Organizers


Peace Camps began in 1986 by the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) at the WILPF Western Regional Meeting in Missoula, MT. WILPF members, who wanted to bring their children, felt that there should be something beyond childcare for their children. Thus WILPF Peace Camps were born and quickly sprang up over the country in the following years. It probably was the first Children’s Peace Camp ever presented in the United States.

Since that eventful day in Missoula, Children’s Peace Camp was organized in Auburn, CA in 1987 by Millee Livingston and the Auburn branch of WILPF. It has been happening since then, with a few years off for rest and rehabilitation. The Camps have introduced over a thousand young children, in the past twenty-nine years, to the ways of peace, justice, and environmental awareness.

Peace Camp in Auburn is a grassroots program, with volunteers, staff and fiscal sponsors from many community and faith based organizations. In addition to WILPF, most of them are involved in its planning and implementation. The camp typically runs for a week in the summer, usually ending with a commemoration for Hiroshima Day.

In 2010, Sierra Foothills Unitarian Universalists picked up the program, changed the name to “Growing Peace Camp” and ran the program for two years at the Placer Nature Center. The Camp has been hosted for the past three years at the Alta Vista School in Auburn. The dates for this year’s Camp are August 3-7, 2015.

In 2014 and 2015, the Placer People of Faith Together (PPOFT) has offered to be the fiscal umbrella agency for the camp. Growing Peace Camp has found a home with PPOFT, as one of their outreach programs working to strengthen families and community.

We are very excited to announce that the 2015 Growing Peace Camp theme is “Peace With Our Planet”. Currently the Camp is partially funded by a variety of grants, local government and civic organizations. No child will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Activities will support respect, protection and conservation of our natural world. They will include nature hikes, music and friendship building. Children ages 5-10 will participate in hands on artistic and educational curriculum designed to promote peace in our world (including environmental and social concepts). Other activities include involving Campers with special needs as well as a Camp video project with the 11-14 year olds.

Additional funding for staff and daily guest specialists will make this year’s Growing Peace Camp the best one ever!

For more information and how you can help with Growing Peace Camp, please contact Millee Livingston at 530-887-1775 or email: milleelivingston@gmail.com


Growing Peace Camp’s mission is to provide an alternative day camp experience that fosters an understanding of peace, justice, and environmental awareness appropriate to the needs of the children involved.


  1. To teach concepts of peace, equality, and justice at a developmentally appropriate level.
  2. To encourage the development of self-esteem, empowerment, critical thinking skills and the interdependence of all livings things.
  3. To encourage respect for the environment and the interdependence of all living things.
  4. To introduce peaceful conflict resolutions skills and alternatives to war play.
  5. To provide an opportunity for children of diverse ethnic and class backgrounds to create comfortable, empathic relationships with one another.
  6. To facilitate in children an understanding of their humanness and different ways they are human.
  7. To provide a relaxing, yet energizing “camp” atmosphere for the campers and their families.
  8. To provide opportunities for young children, teens and young adults to learn new ways to interact together that build and strengthen their families and communities in which they live through the practice of non-violent peaceful communication.

Jan 31

Nevada-Placer Brady Chapter Update

State Legislation Update: Good news! SB 347 (expanding firearm prohibitions) was passed be the Assembly Public Safety Committee by a vote of 5-2. Thank you for your faxes! 

Nevada-Placer Brady Chapter Meeting:
Date: July 22nd (this Wednesday)
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Where: Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office (112 Nevada City Hwy, Nevada City)
Join us to learn about pending projects and the latest news and help us make plans!

Brady Booth at Nevada County Fair (Aug. 12-16)
Our Fair Booth Committee is doing a great job planning a new and improved, interactive display for our booth at the County Fair. Similar to past years, we are collaborating with the Peace Center and other violence prevention organizations. Please volunteer to help staff our booth! A volunteer schedule is attached (shifts are for three hours, every day (Wed. – Sun.) between 10 am and 10 pm). Send an email to ncpeace@sbcglobal.net or call Lily Marie directly at 272-4595 to schedule your shift. (If you leave a message, please indicate your preferred day & time and leave you phone number.) You will not be working alone and talking points will be provided. With the heightened interest in gun violence prevention due to the recent mass shootings, this is a good opportunity to educate the public about our organization and gun violence prevention.

Amanda Wilcox
Nevada-Placer Chapter
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence


The following meeting dates have been set for 2015. Mark your calendar and join us!
Oct. 28 (Wed.) Auburn
Dec. 9 (Wed.) Nevada City

All meetings start at 7 pm. Auburn meetings are at the Auburn Library (350 Nevada Street, Auburn).  Nevada City meetings are at the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office (112 Nevada City Hwy, Nevada City)

Jan 23

August 6th Next AADC Meeting – Join us!

GOPClownCar-PresidentialCampaign2016-Attrib-Flickr-DonkeyHotey-18053097218-640x360Our next meeting is Thursday, August 6th at 6 pm, Placer County Library (Beecher Room), 350 Nevada Street, Auburn.  We’ll be broadcasting the live GOP Presidential debates, via FoxNew.com, into the Beecher Room.  Come watch the Republican Clown Car debate with the support of your fellow Democrats.  Notice the early start time of 6 pm to coincide with the GOP debate time.  Refreshments will be provided.  Free and open to the public.  An AADC business meeting will be held from 8:00 to 9:30 following the 2 hour GOP debate.