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Open Burns Banned during extremely high fire hazard conditions

Open Burns Banned during extremely high fire hazard conditions

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has announced the burn ban suspension, beginning 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 18, 2018, and bans all outdoor burning except for campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property with landowner permission. Campfires may be permitted if the campfire is maintained in such a manner as to prevent its spread to the wildland. A campfire permit can be obtained at local CAL FIRE fire stations. The suspension of burn permits is implemented in response to the extremely high fire hazard conditions.

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Plan Bay Area 2040 Transportation Improvement and Air Quality Conformity Public Review

Plan Bay Area 2040 Transportation Improvement and Air Quality Conformity Public Review

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) lists the near-term transportation projects, programs and investment priorities for the San Francisco Bay Area's surface transportation system--projects that have a federal interest and locally and state-funded regionally significant projects.

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Redwood Empire Food Bank Free Summer Lunch for Kids 18 Years and Younger

Redwood Empire Food Bank Free Summer Lunch for Kids 18 Years and Younger

From June 4th through August 10th, the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) will offer free and healthy lunches to Sonoma County children 18 years of age and younger. There are 29 different Summer Lunch program sites strategically located at parks, libraries and apartment complexes throughout Sonoma County. Lunch is completely free, open to all children, and operates Monday through Friday during lunchtime.  

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Chain Pharmacy Pricing is a Tough Pill to Swallow

Chain Pharmacy Pricing is a Tough Pill to Swallow

If Walmart or CVS tried charging five times more than local grocers for bread, milk and bananas, their customers would promptly start buying locally. Yet a new report from the Consumers Union shows those same chains get away with pricing prescription drugs several times higher than local pharmacies.

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1968 - Martin Luther King - Memphis and the Poor People's Campaign

1968 - Martin Luther King - Memphis and the Poor People's Campaign

Most Americans know that a white racist assassinated Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4,1968 – fifty years ago. But few understand the historical context and why King was in Memphis.

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Our County by Lynda Hopkins - 5th District Supervisor - June 2018

Our County by Lynda Hopkins - 5th District Supervisor - June 2018

We held our second Lower Russian River MAC informational meeting on Wednesday, May 9. During the meeting we shared the proposed boundary for the LRR MAC. We expect the boundary to encompass the area of Forestville, Guerneville, Rio Nido, Monte Rio, Duncans Mills and Cazadero (minus the west hills).

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side - Visiting California Carnivores

Take a Walk on the Wild Side - Visiting California Carnivores

For those of us who watched too much Science Fiction as children, Carnivorous plants are like something from another planet. Triffids they may be! But true or false, they are being cultivated in Sebastopol for their singular beauty with a life-long dedication by the owners of California Carnivores.

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What I Hope We Learned from the October Fires

What I Hope We Learned from the October Fires

Our phone rang off the hook at 4:10 AM on October 9. It was a panicked friend, telling my wife that Rohnert Park was on fire, being evacuated, and that we should leave immediately, even though we live much closer to Penngrove.

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Focus on Affordable Housing

Focus on Affordable Housing

While there is a widespread understanding that our housing situation is becoming increasingly desperate, some local public policy seems to be turning away from low and very low income housing and implying that the problem that can be addressed by expanding the supply of market rate rental housing and accessory dwelling units (ADUs). 

 

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