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Redwood Credit Union (RCU) recently completed its 2013 United Way workplace giving campaign with total contributions of more than $96,000, exceeding the campaign goal of $95,000. The credit union offered several unique incentives to encourage employees to contribute: prize raffles, casual days, smoothie parties and more. RCU's campaign efforts support both United Way of the Wine Country, and United Way of the Bay Area. In addition to supporting with monetary contributions, RCU employees recently volunteered in four counties for the United Way's Day/Week of Caring. In Sonoma County, volunteers helped to clean up Children's Village, which provides nurturing for children in foster care; in Marin, they helped garden at Homeward Bound, a support center for the homeless; in Mendocino, they refinished picnic tables and planted flowers for the Boys & Girls Club; and in Napa, RCU helped restore native grasslands at Archer Taylor Farm.Transportation
Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit announced that it has acquired more than 56 contiguous acres in Marin and Sonoma, counties commonly known as the Mira Monte Marina, to be preserved, enhanced and restored as part of its environmental mitigation program. SMART will restore approximately 5 acres of tidal wetlands and wildlife habitat and enhance an additional 10 acres. This will not only address the 2.2 acres of project impacts that were determined through the environmental review process for the next stage of construction, but ensures a local source for potential future mitigation needs for the rail and pathway project. The purchase also permanently preserves 38 additional acres of tidal wetlands and habitat that is home to a variety of protected species, including rare upland habitat that was once a bay island and is critical in protecting native species in the event of sea level rise. Located at the confluence of San Antonio Creek and the Petaluma River, the property has 32.23 acres in Marin County and 24.55 acres in Sonoma County, with a purchase price of $2.55 million.
San Francisco Bay Ferry offers service from Vallejo to San Francisco as a convenient alternative to driving. Since the Water Emergency Transportation Authority assumed operations of the Vallejo Baylink Ferry service, statistics show an increase in ridership over the past 18 months. Though the summer months often experience an increase in Vallejo, ridership has gone up year-round. Vallejo offers transport service to the San Francisco Ferry Building and Pier 41, with seasonal routes to Angel Island and AT&T Park. Despite the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) strike in July, the numbers have continued to increase through July and August, up approximately 20,000 riders from last year.