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Insight: Councilmembers on City Redistricting / Downtown-Midtown Redistrict / Microbes on Mars / Sierra Storytelling Festival

Council Members on Redistricting The Sacramento City Council is expected to vote on one of four redistricting maps submitted by a citizens committee sometime between now and September.  Two of those maps combine two districts and mean some current council members may be competing against each other in 2012.  We'll speak with Councilmember Rob Fong, of District 4, and Councilmember Jay Schenirer, of District 5; possible competitors under one redistricting map. 

Midtown-Downtown Redistricting All the redistricting maps submitted by a citizens advisory committe call for combining downtown and midtown Sacramento into one district.  We'll speak with Wendy Hoyt, a representative of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, and Rosanna Herber, Chair of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Redistricting Committee.  Both of these groups are fighting to combine downtown and midtown into one district.

Microbes on Mars UC Davis geologist Dawn Sumner will be speaking at a NASA press conference in Washington DC this Friday about the landing site for the next Mars rover.  The upcoming rover mission will be examining whether the environmental conditions on Mars are favorable for supporting microbes, one of the most basic forms of life.  The rover is expected to launch this November and land on Mars in August 2012.  The last time Sumner spoke with "Insight" she was on her way to Antarctica.   

Sierra Storytelling Festival The 26th Annual Sierra Storytelling Festival kicks off in Nevada City this Friday. We'll speak with two storytellers.  Farrell Cunningham is the youngest speaker of the Maidu language and has stories of his grand-parents and ancestors he's translated into English. He is also a painter and writer, has studied anthropology, and currently teaches Maidu around Nevada City.  Sarah Saulter tells stories about people who--through choice or chance-turn their backs on safety, and step into the unknown. A professional storyteller for over twenty years, she has performed at the National Storytelling Festival and hopes that when you hear her tales, the adventurer in you will awaken.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
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