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Catch the last weaving workshop of 2022, artist conversations, and the Earth, Sky, and Everything In Between exhibit before it closes

This Saturday, October 8, you can experience what it means to be a contemporary Pomo basket weaver, jeweler or mixed media artist to the artists themselves. Their responses will be varied but will include stories that raise awareness of the history and heritage of the original inhabitants of this place, who are still here. They carry, in the present and the future, the cultural practices of their ancestors using both traditional and contemporary materials.

Join us at the MAC – space is limited – for artist conversations and basic basket rolling techniques or tune in on Zoom for the first part of the day including conversations and demonstration of winding of Corine. Donations are greatly appreciated to support the project, or you can attend for free. No one turned away for lack of funds. sing on: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E354376&id=78

Earth, Sky, and Everything In Between ends October 10. This is the first exhibit of contemporary Native American art in Lake County and the first exhibit hosted by a Native American in the county. It’s on view Thursday through Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

By Monday, more than 550 students will have visited the exhibit, bringing new perspectives and awareness to their families and communities. Join them and discover this collection of powerful and revealing works by 31 contemporary Native American artists.



Thompson and Levin lead letter to FTC demanding investigation into price gouging gas

At press time Friday, Reps. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and Mike Levin (CA-49) announced they were leading 29 House colleagues demanding a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation into possible uncompetitive practices, anti-consumer behavior and market manipulation by California oil refineries. At least six California refineries have gone offline for maintenance in recent weeks, and gas prices have soared far beyond the national average without a clear explanation from industry leaders as to why refineries are going offline. at the same time or why California prices have diverged from national averages in unprecedented ways.

“While maintenance is a normal occurrence at refineries, this degree of divergence from national prices is unprecedented, regardless of whether refineries are scheduled or unscheduled,” the members wrote in the letter. “Even though gas prices continue to rise, the industry has provided no clear explanation as to why prices are rising so rapidly or how refineries make decisions about maintenance or outages. times of significant financial hardship for Californians, refiners need to be transparent about market dynamics.”

“We urge the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in conjunction with the Department of Justice, Department of Energy, and California Department of Justice, to use its existing authorities to initiate an investigation into any anti-consumer behavior market potential and manipulation. in California transportation fuel markets,” they wrote. “While refiners and other actors may want to continue to operate without transparency or accountability, our constituents deserve to know whether these companies are manipulating markets at the expense of ordinary Americans, including through any collusion or coordination to affect the ability to refining or inventory levels. Our constituents deserve to know why gasoline prices in California continue to rise even though the price of oil has not increased. We urge you to immediately investigate the business practices of refiners across California to analyze whether these companies may be engaging in anti-consumer behavior.

The letter is signed by several representatives. In the letter, representatives acknowledged Governor Gavin Newsom’s significant action in directing the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to allow a rapid transition to winter blended gasoline, which generally lowers fuel prices. gasoline, and noted the relief that the state’s middle-class tax refund will provide Californians. They also pointed to the House’s passage of the Consumer Fuel Pricing Prevention Act, which would clamp down on all oil and gas companies that distort or manipulate fuel markets by strengthening the authority of the FTC to combat against misinformation in the oil and gas markets that aims to inflate the retail trade. prices for consumers.

The full text of the letter can be read online at: https://mikelevin.house.gov/imo/media/doc/2022-10-07%20Levin%20Letter%20to%20FTC%20on%20California%20Gas%20Price%20Increases.pdf