Picnic & Coastal Clean-Up, Alameda, 9/21 – All Welcome!

The Membership, Engagement and Activities Committee is pleased to announce the

Annual Member Appreciation Picnic
and Beach Cleanup
Saturday, September 21

Non-Members welcome!

Cleanup, 10am – 12pm
Picnic, 12:30-3pm

East Bay Regional Park District
Encinal Beach, Alameda Point Shoreline
190 Central Ave, Alameda, CA 94501

NCRA will provide:

vegan/vegetarian food options (TBA), water and beer

Please bring a salad or dessert for 8.

This is a Zero Waste event:
Bring Your Own Essentials:
utensils, plate, napkin, water bottle…
Also, buckets, grabbers, small shovels and bags for the cleanup.

Join us for a day of environmental stewardship, networking,
tamales and more!
Family, kids, friends and dogs welcome!

Non-members are encouraged to chip in $5 per adult.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Welcome to attend just the picnic or just the cleanup.


New Bylaws Adopted!

Thank you to all that voted! The new, more streamlined NCRA Bylaws passed with 99.4% of the voters voting for ratification and 0.6% against!
Those that voted against ratification are welcome to contact the Executive Director if you have not already done so. If you were concerned that the policies listed in the 2019 Bylaws would be lost, rest assured these past policies will be included in the Policy Manual currently under development.
As you can see from the SimplyVoting letter posted below, only 53.5% of the NCRA membership voted. Unfortunately, many hours of staff and board time were required to get a slight majority. In the future, we need to make it even more clear to all members – new and old, that voting is an expectation of membership.

Annual Meeting Well Received!

Thirty-nine, or possibly more, people attended the May 16 Annual Meeting including 14 via Zoom!  Most were members, though as usual, non-members were also very welcome. We hope all enjoyed the program and the 2024 – 2025 brainstorm, pictured in the photo below.

NCRA Annual Meeting Brainstorm, 5/16/2024. Photo by Freddy Coronado.

Thank you to all that were involved in the planning – especially the Board Members – current and past, that led the meeting, worked to make the dinner, program and Green Drinks a success, plus the staff working behind the scenes.

Cheers to StopWaste for again being our host, and Angelina Vergara and Jeanine Sidran of StopWaste for collaborating with us!

The presentation was well received – it can be viewed at the end of this post.

Below, Bailey Hall, Co-Chair of the Zero Waste Advocacy Committee and Legislative lead presents with Gwynn Mackellen her co-organizer for the NCRA Goes To Sacramento Day.

NCRA Annual Meeting, ZWAC Leaders Bailey Hall and Gwynn Mackellen, 5/16/2024.
Photo by Freddy Coronado.

Volunteer with NCRA!: NCRA is mostly a volunteer group. Want to help out – for an afternoon or more? Some tasks are quick and easy, while others are complex with steep but satisfying learning curves. Committees usually meet monthly via Zoom. Each is detailed in depth in the presentation below and generally on the website. The meeting schedules are in each newsletter.

Save The Date: This meeting is held every May, generally on the third Thursday. An interesting, interactive event, it is where we start settings the course for the coming year. For some of us, it is as much fun as Recycling Update.

Questions welcome via the Contact Page.

Please Vote!!! Simply Voting Bylaw Ratification Ballots due 6/15!

On May 15, custom ballots were sent to all current NCRA members via the email address they usually receive NCRA e-News. In other words, it came from simplyvoting.com, not a regular NCRA email address. If you have not seen it, please check your regular and spam folders for an email entitled 2024 NCRA Bylaws Ratification from vote@simplyvoting.com. If still not found, please the contact the office via this form.

Proposed Bylaws.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to improve our governance procedures. 

NCRA Board of Directors and Staff

NCRA Visits The Capitol

Registration is now closed!
If you are still interested in attending, contact ED Portia Sinnott via the website contact page.

You are invited to join us June 20 in downtown Sacramento at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria for our first legislative day in perhaps a decade! The free interactive meeting runs from 9am – 4pm including lunch. You do not have to attend the whole day.

The program includes presentations from Joanne Brasch, Director of Advocacy and Outreach, California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) and Krystal Raynes, Policy Associate, Californians Against Waste (CAW).

Topics include legislation basics, EPR and how to lobby effectively. We’ll also go over NCRA’s priority bills for the day and “role play” practice meetings with legislators.

After lunch we’ll have meetings with staff members of Assembly-member Ting, Senator Blakespear, Assemblymember Wood and Senator Weiner. (with more to come!).

Visit our Legislative Tracker for a brief overview of what’s on our radar.