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2018-09-21Sep 21, 2018

North Bay residents participated in both sides of a debate at the Global Climate Action Summit over how to best fight climate change and whether local governments have done enough.

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

Hot dawg! The ambitious proposal to spruce up the Springs and give it pizazz is moving forward.Evidence of the community’s interest can be seen by active citizen attendance at the Springs Community Alliance meeting in mid-August. Chair Rich Lee introduced County Representative Yolanda Solano who moderated the meeting. 

 

 

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

A group of over 100 supporters gathered to launch the Laura Reichek Housing Hub, a satellite of COTSopened in Santa Rosa to assist victims of the devastating fires of October 2017 in Northern California.

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

In the Fifth District, we’ve been talking a lot about carrying capacity these days.bOur office defines carrying capacity as the maximum number of visitors that a site can satisfy at one time. I think if you survey any west county resident, they’ll likely tell you we’re nearing, have reached or have far exceeded the area’s carrying capacity — especially during summer, when tourists seek respite from summertime heat, and especially along the river and coast.

 

2018-08-29Aug 29, 2018

After a month of discussion, a legislative committee tasked with writing regulations governing wildfire preparedness and responses released draft legislation on Tuesday night, just three days before the end of the legislative session.

The Wildfire Preparedness and Response Legislative Conference Committee, a ten-member group of Senators and Assemblymembers tasked with writing a bi-partisan bill to improve California’s rules for wildfire response, mitigation and prevention.

2018-08-29Aug 29, 2018

So those groovy Guerneville Gators are back in school, so be sure to exercise caution along the roadways and bus stop areas, as our youth are sometimes hard to see from the inside of our vehicles; SLOW DOWN and be AWARE!

 

 

2018-08-28Aug 28, 2018

A new health insurance option awaits consumers this fall. Proponents say it will offer lower premiums and relief from increasingly expensive Obamacare policies sold in the so-called individual market.  That’s the place where people who don’t have employer or government-sponsored insurance turn when they need coverage.

2018-08-28Aug 28, 2018

After a five-hour discussion about proposed changes to cannabis regulations earlier this month, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors quickly passed the regulatory amendments and appointed three new members to the Sonoma County Cannabis Advisory Group at its meeting on Tuesday morning.

2018-08-24Aug 24, 2018

The legislative Conference Committee on Wildfire Preparedness and Response on Friday discussed key elements of a proposed committee report that includes provisions for protecting Californians from future wildfires and preventing electric utility ratepayers from bearing unfair costs.

2018-08-23Aug 23, 2018

As droughts and wildfires become the norm in Northern California, rainwater catchment systems could play a role in making our communities more sustainable and resilient.

2018-08-22Aug 22, 2018

Nearly a year after the Sonoma County Complex Fires destroyed 5,300 homes and ten years after the last housing crash slowed Sonoma County’s economy to a crawl, discussions about the future of housing, transportation and the economy are proliferating.

2018-09-21Sep 21, 2018

James Gore and James Lee Witt, two men involved with the North Bay’s fire recovery, may be positioned to influence how communities across the country prepare for natural disasters.

2018-08-21Aug 21, 2018

Despite challenges common to small rural hospitals and to our community, we are happy to announce that for the foreseeable future, we have our community hospital management agreement.

2018-08-17Aug 17, 2018

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the roster of faculty for its inaugural Hybrid Executive MBA in Wine Business program and the addition of five new faculty members starting Fall Semester 2018. Core academic and professional faculty members of the Hybrid Executive MBA in Wine Business program.

2018-08-15Aug 15, 2018

Since the onset of the devastating Mendocino Complex Fire on July 30th, the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB), the largest hunger-relief organization serving north coastal California, has made six critical deliveries of emergency food to Lake County.

2018-08-03Aug 3, 2018

The landmark California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, co-authored with Senator Bill Dodd, Assemblymember Ed Chau, and Senator Bob Hertzberg, was recently signed into law, creating a bulwark against unscrupulous firms that troll the internet, collecting personal data they sell to other companies for profit.

2018-08-02Aug 2, 2018

Use our guide to find where your favorite cheese comes from and explore cheeses you’ve never tasted before. Numbers on the guide tell you where to find the farms.

2018-08-02Aug 2, 2018

Algae bloom in the lower reaches of the Russian River has been showing itself in alarming abundance this summer. Areas where in the past algae would typically line the shoreline gravel beaches, have seen the bloom cover the entire river surface from shore to shore. The areas above Bridgehaven up to Sheephouse Creek were especially bad.

 

2018-08-02Aug 2, 2018

For a groovy treat this summer, be sure to enjoy the Russian River Wienery, which is a mobile hot dog stand that’s been frequented by residents of all ages over the past two years!

 

 

2018-08-02Aug 2, 2018

I hope you’re all getting excited for this month’s activities! After going to the Big Event on Sunday August 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., head to The Seafood, Art and Wine Festival

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

Sonoma County has many treats and special places to discover, and summer is the very best season for riding the back roads of our county.

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

On July 10 County Planning conducted an Environmental Review Report (EIR) as Step 6 in the development of the Springs Specific Plan. Once the final EIR and financing is set, the County will move toward final plan adoption. Anyone wishing to obtain a copy of the SSP or submit recommendations may do so by contacting Yolanda Solano (707-565-7387) or yolanda.solano@sonoma-county.org.

 

2018-09-21Sep 21, 2018

After several months of discussions, labor and business representatives failed to find to find common ground about how to best spend the money from an affordable housing bond on Santa Rosa's November ballot. 

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

IWow what a month; shout out to Leslie Graves, coordinator for theWednesday Market in Santa Rosawho organized a successful “Families Belong Together Rally” in Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa with an estimated 3000 in attendance.

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

Whew. After one week of deliberations, the Board of Supervisors has ratified the county’s 2018-19 operating and capital budget, totalling $1.68 billion. Looking toward the future with the hope of rebuilding our County after last fall’s horrific fire, we approved a strategic budget that will help us ride out our current storm while also preparing for challenges we anticipate and expect in the future.

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

I know it is the middle of summer, so the idea of planning for next year is probably the furthest thing from your mind. Though with the way the days fly past, before we know it we will be up against the holidays and the New Year will be upon us. Now is the time to start planning for 2019.

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

Upcoming MAC events include: Lower Russian River MAC Town Hall 3 - Saturday, Aug. 18, 1-3pm

Please join Supervisor Lynda Hopkins to discuss district boundaries, the recruitment process and qualifications for MAC representatives at Guerneville Elementary School. 14630 Armstrong Woods Rd. Guerneville

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

Above all else, Elbert “Big Man” Howard loved his comrades and all oppressed people, who he never stopped fighting for.

2018-07-31Jul 31, 2018

Many people have weighed in on the decisions surrounding Cannabis cultivation in Sonoma County. Here are some of this month's opinions...

2018-07-30Jul 30, 2018

In case you haven’t heard, Recology is the newest waste management company serving Sonoma County. They are defined in Wikipedia as “an integrated resource recovery company headquartered in San Francisco, California. The company collects and processes municipal solid waste, reclaiming useful materials that would have otherwise been buried in a landfill. Recology has been in business for 100 years.”

2018-07-30Jul 30, 2018
2018-07-23Jul 23, 2018

At 6:13 AM, Big Man joined the ancestors. Above all else, Elbert "Big Man" Howard loved his comrades and all oppressed people, who he never stopped fighting for. There will be a celebration of life for Big Man in a few weeks and information about this will be shared as soon as details are available. Big Man would say, "All Power Belongs to the People"

2018-07-17Jul 17, 2018

It takes a certain kind of person to step into the general management of a family legacy business like Dry Creek Vineyard, take up the yoke and plow forward. I’m going to go out on a limb and claim that personal integrity is a critical ingredient for that drive.

2018-09-18Sep 18, 2018

At its Tuesday, Sept. 18 meeting, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors applied for a state grant to fund outreach and treatment for mentally ill homeless people, approved new usage rules for the county's veterans buildings and awarded a construction contract to build a tunnel connecting the jail with a new county courthouse.

2018-06-30Jun 30, 2018

The devastation of our October Fires is having an impact on decades of land-use and transportation planning. 5,000 plus homes got destroyed in the fire and now the county wants to build more than 30,000 new homes to replace what was lost, and ease the high price of housing by changing the supply vs. demand ratio.

2018-06-27Jun 27, 2018

Eat Dessert First! - Sonoma County's Locally Owned Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt Shops - 2018

2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018

The problem with having a business especially a small business is that there is never enough time to do everything that you need (never mind want) to do.

2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018

Let’s get ready for Sonoma County’s “shortest parade” right here in Bodega. It starts at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday August 19th. If you want to participate in the parade, please visit bodegafire.org and apply for a (float) spot or to be a craft vendor. If simply attending, be prepared for flying sweet morsels.

2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018

“Art Escapes,” founded by Springs residents Thena Trygstad and Kate Ortolano provides art education and creative experiences to young people throughout the Sonoma Valley. Art Escapes is located at 17474 Highway 12. Children of varying ages are taught how to sketch, paint, and create in various media.

 

2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018

Whew. After one week of deliberations, the Board of Supervisors has ratified the county’s 2018-19 operating and capital budget, totalling $1.68 billion. Looking toward the future with the hope of rebuilding our County after last fall’s horrific fire, we approved a strategic budget that will help us ride out our current storm while also preparing for challenges we anticipate and expect in the future.

2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018

Beginning April 9, 2018, the installation of over 220 pieces of artwork will take place at the new Kaiser medical office building in Santa Rosa, CA. The three floors will include 21 local artists along with artists from around California and the country.

2018-06-13Jun 13, 2018

TV Effects Star Invites Public To Visit New Local Studio. Lex Rudd, known from TV show Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, is inviting the community to visit her new workshop in downtown Forestville on June 23. During the informal studio tour, the award-winning designer will describe the birth of a film creature — from dream to big screen — plus insights into her creative process and tales from over 20 years in the film and toy industries.

2018-06-01Jun 1, 2018

The headline in the Wall Street Journal seemed to sum up the president’s plans for dealing with America’s high drug prices. “Drug Industry Relieved By Price Proposal,” it read and then described the president’s blueprint as falling short of “more far-reaching ideas.” Since the plan contained no major threat to the status quo, it’s no wonder it boosted pharmaceutical stocks.

2018-05-31May 31, 2018

I hope we all enjoyed celebrating our mothers last month. Before honoring our fathers in mid-June, I want to join in the celebration of Mama Evelyn Casini, owner of the Casino Bar and Grill for 69 years, since July 1, 1949. Evelyn took over the bar only ten years after it began.

2018-09-11Sep 11, 2018

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Tuesday heard public comment on six lawsuits against the county, approved an amendment to the county’s mining ordinance and granted county employees affected by the fires 40 hours of leave time.

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

In July 2017 Santa Rosa City received a certified letter from the law firm of Shenkman & Hughes alleging that the at-large voting system impairs the voting strength of the City’s Latino voters and thus violates the California Voting Rights Act.

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

In July 2017 Santa Rosa City received a certified letter from the law firm of Shenkman & Hughes alleging that the at-large voting system impairs the voting strength of the City’s Latino voters and thus violates the California Voting Rights Act.

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

They work hard and store their goods for the cold, rainy winter when they’ll need them. Inherent in that Aesop Fable is the importance of planning and patience. Grasshoppers, according to Aesop, are impulsive, like to play cards and live for today.

2018-05-25May 25, 2018

On April 10, 2018, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors conducted a Cannabis Ordinance Study Session and adopted a Resolution of Intention to update the existing Cannabis Ordinance.

2018-05-17May 17, 2018

Bay Nature's Local Hero Awards Dinner, which celebrates the contributions of extraordinary individuals towards the understanding and preservation of the natural world of the San Francisco Bay Area.

2018-05-08May 8, 2018

Of the 302 wines entered in the North of the Gate Wine Competition in Petaluma, California an unprecedented 294 were honored with awards. And yet despite the overall quality of the wines entered, this year’s esteemed judging panel of 12 had no trouble at all selecting just one overall winner. This year’s Best of Show was awarded to Lewis Grace’s 2015 Petite Sirah, which also won Best of Show Red, Best of Class, Best of El Dorado County, and a Double Gold award.

2018-05-05May 5, 2018

In response to the tragic loss of homes in the October 2017 fires and the critical need for more affordable homes countywide, a slate of new initiatives to speed up development are coming forward that have the potential to quickly change the face of Sonoma County for decades to come.

2018-05-04May 4, 2018

The cannabis story in Sonoma County is a hot ticket item. Communities are being divided, and information - true and false - is spreading through our neighborhoods. So how did we get here? As a cannabis cultivator, advocate, and community member; I’d like to offer my perspective.

2018-05-03May 3, 2018

SCG: You’ve been DA for 8 years now. Have our original motivation and goals changed based on the experiences you have had? Have you accomplished specific goals and are there still goals in process that you want to continue to meet? Has your perspective on our community changed over this time?

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

The rose is arguably the most poetic of flowers. It is the hallmark of Spring, bursting on the scene in April and May, boasting singular beauty and metaphorical richness in every phase, from youthful bud to mature bloom. Thorns protect it, fragrance and color attract insects who live in symbiotic relationship.

2018-09-10Sep 10, 2018

Santa Rosa city staff will present a plan to incentivize taller residential buildings downtown at the City Council's September 25 meeting. 

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

In July 2017 Santa Rosa City received a certified letter from the law firm of Shenkman & Hughes alleging that the at-large voting system impairs the voting strength of the City’s Latino voters and thus violates the California Voting Rights Act.

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

I am always surprised when I come across people who believe that they have nothing to learn Yet it is rare that there is not something new to learn, a new idea, a different way of thinking about something we may already know or even something about ourself, or our reactions, in every situation in which we find ourselves.

2018-04-30Apr 30, 2018

Mr. Music (aka Jim Corbett) has been bringing music to Sebastopol since 1972, when he volunteered “to do music,” he says, in his five-year-old daughter’s class. The seeds of that experience eventually flowered into the Peacetown concert series, every summer Wednesday in Sebastopol’s Ives Park, 5 – 8 p.m.

2018-04-16Apr 16, 2018

Our work on the Field of Dreams has begun! Just when we were slated to begin work in October 2017, our focus dramatically shifted to the fire response. Now that we’ve moved into the recovery phase, we have also spent the last month finalizing our plans, contractors and initial timeline for the project!

2018-03-31Mar 31, 2018

I feel that I must say something to make everyone aware of the Dangerous situation that exists along the Hwy 1. corridor through the Timber Cove Subdivision: PG&E Lines, Dead Pines & Tan Oaks. 

 

2018-03-31Mar 31, 2018

Breaking News: Iconic Berry’s Saw Mill and property in Cazadero are for sale. The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District should take note, as this historic property is just over the hill from the Jenner Headlands Preserve and would complement the Preserve/Pole Mountain acquisitions in so many ways.

 

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

District Election sited for November Election Meetings and Concerns: Two public hearings were held regarding Draft Maps and proposed sequence of elections along with further opportunity for public to respond and make recommendations regarding the proposed district boundaries and sequence of elections were held in March and two more public hearings will be happening this month.

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

On February 23, roughly 2,000 North Bay residents attended the Rebuild Green Expo in Santa Rosa to learn about options and strategies for rebuilding a greener, healthier, more sustainable and – perhaps most importantly – a more resilient community.

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

The decision on WHERE cannabis can be grown has only partly been decided as Sonoma County enters into farming and selling this now legal crop in California. People who voted to make this beneficial plant legal so that it can be grown for fiber, medicinal solutions, as well as recreational use, are afraid of WHERE this crop will be grown The ease of stealing and selling it attracts criminals and has caused death to innocent people living near grows.

2018-03-19Mar 19, 2018

Sonoma County Rises, a community based, wildfire recovery focused organization, has launched aCommunity Outreach Survey to gain insight into Sonoma County residents’ attitudes five months after the October wildfires. The Survey, atwww.socorises.org, seeks to gain information from a broad section of the community living here now to best inform and guide decision-makers about what matters most as they plan for recovery and rebuilding.

2018-09-07Sep 7, 2018

As goat dairy company Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery celebrates its 50th year, Jennifer Bice looks to the future, adapting her farm to the immediate challenges of climate change, drought, and wildfires to protect the animals she loves and the land that sustains them. 

2018-03-18Mar 18, 2018

Dr. Lisa Micheli leads Pepperwood Preserve in East Sonoma County and it just turns out that the work they do has had a huge impact on understanding fire as a normal part of our ecology. Because they study fire's impact on the environment, when the Tubbs Fire came roaring over the hills and ran right through Pepperwood, they had cameras, temperature gauges, wind gauges and everything already in place that gave them an amazing amount of information on Fire Ecology.

2018-09-07Sep 7, 2018

At events this Fall, MTC and ABAG staff will be taking a closer look at seven strategies to promote a more mobile Bay Area by 2050, a place where everyone has a suite of travel options to use on demand, regardless of where they work, live and play.

2018-09-02Sep 2, 2018

Greetings, fellow coastal creatures. It’s that time of year again - surfers know: the best season for surfing is from September to January.The Northern Light Surf Shop has been serving Bodega and passers-by since 1986

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