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2018-07-10Jul 10, 2018

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to consider placing on the Nov. 6 ballot a one-eighth-cent sales tax for regional and local park improvements. If approved by voters, the sales tax would support the county and cities with their long-term needs to maintain parks, protect natural resources, reduce wildfire risks, provide health and recreation programs, and open new parks and trails.

2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018

The lure is upon us! The Ocean beckons, that Island get-away inches closer and the magic of a dreamy “Vacation” sucks us into the flow!It’s like a lovely form of quicksand, the seasonal shiny object coaxing: c’mon!It’s time to let “time out” caress away those Winter chills; time to put causes aside. I know all that, so why is it so difficult to just turn off the news and get outta Dodge?

 

2018-02-28Feb 28, 2018

Blackness in America was the title of a panel discussion held in the Roseland Library on Thursday Feb. 1, 2018 to start Black History Month in Sonoma County.

2018-02-28Feb 28, 2018

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors appropriated $1m in the 2017-18 fiscal year to address homelessness in the Lower Russian River area. $250,000 of that money was granted to West County Community Services by the Board of Supervisors for rapid re-housing.

2018-02-28Feb 28, 2018

The organic Kokopelli Farm, which I have owned for over two-dozen-years, has been my home, as well as my main work, identity, and love. Then I fell into a badger hole, covered by grass, on Jan. 15 this year.

2018-02-28Feb 28, 2018

What happens in Idaho in the coming weeks undoubtedly will not stay in Idaho. What happens there could make a big difference in how much you pay for your health insurance – or whether you can even get insurance.

2018-02-27Feb 27, 2018

People in Sonoma County have arrived at a moment so rare and decisive, it’s not an exaggeration to call it once in a lifetime. With the early departure of former Sheriff Steve Freitas, we are presented the opportunity to elect someone who will turn transform this beleaguered  department, or keep the status quo. Which way things will go, now lies in the hands of the voters.

2018-02-27Feb 27, 2018

Six limited liability companies (LLCs) have applied for permits to grow cannabis within the Bennett Valley Area Plan. The well-funded promoters of the marijuana industry told the Board of Supervisors in late 2016 that most applicants for permits under the Sonoma County Cannabis Land Use Ordinance would be “mom and pop” farmers who have been growing cannabis for years.

2018-02-27Feb 27, 2018

We encourage dialogue among our readers and with us. Please send your LETTERS to vesta@sonic.net

2018-02-27Feb 27, 2018

What the Trump Administration has done and how these changes affect our local immigrant community.

2018-02-27Feb 27, 2018

Learning about issues that women face when they have been raped involves a lot more than opinions about rape culture, intellectualizing the effect of rape scenes in movies, or reacting to the first-hand ordeals in the media.

 

2018-02-27Feb 27, 2018

The Healdsburg branch of AAUW is pleased to announce the Spring season of our popular lecture series, and we are again offering two new courses, with well-known instructors.

2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018

The Local Shuttle #24 will be free starting June 4, due to the unanimous vote of the City Council on May 15 to subsidize the yearly rider fare revenue.

 

2018-02-20Feb 20, 2018

‘Equus’ is a mesmerizing journey of metaphysical deduction by Peter Shaffer. Psychologist Dr. Martin Dysart seeks to understand why a teenager blinded horses under his care. Their court-appointed sessions are strained, leading Dysart to seek insight from the boy’s parents and tenaciously coax Alan Strang into reliving the choices leading up to his violent act.

2018-02-16Feb 16, 2018

When I told my mother what the principal had done to me she took off her white cotton apron, put on her walking shoes, and in her everyday house dress took me by the hand, dabbed my tears, and said, “Let’s go, Emilio. I have a few things to say to that Nazi bitch.”

2018-02-16Feb 16, 2018

After having had the vote for 98 years, women are now organizing to use that vote to change the system, the country, and the world! And men are helping us do it

2018-02-15Feb 15, 2018

So, you’ve cut the cake, cashed your last paycheck, taken a trip (by the way, this is no longer called a vacation), tackled the closets and maybe even the garage. So now what?

2018-02-14Feb 14, 2018

Thinking outside the box once again, Cloverdale Performing Arts Center opens their 2018 season with David Mamet’s November, in February. But the timing couldn’t be better. With everything going on in the real White House these days, it’s fun to compare that with Mamet’s vision of a desperate man’s last-ditch effort to hold on to power even when all hope is gone.

2018-02-11Feb 11, 2018

The number of applications in Petaluma has jumped from one to SIX commercial (up to 1 acre) cannabis farms within a three-mile radius. The county has not indicated that they are thinking about the concentration of cannabis in our area, nor are they addressing the cumulative impact of these applications on our area's overall water, traffic, safety, etc. Our area is under siege. This is a huge problem and we are planning to address it with David Rabbit at our next meeting.

2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018

“Hats off!” or might we say, “Pink Pussy Hats on!” to the four grannies and others who organized Sebastopol’s Women’s March on January 20th. One granny, Kathy Fong, tells the story

 

2018-02-03Feb 3, 2018

Our community has never been stronger than it is today. We were sorely tested by the fires in October. We’ve been tested ever since, as fire survivors clean up the ashes and rubble of our homes and attempt to keep our focus on the future.

2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018

Unstoppable by Inga Lizdenyte is many things: an autobiography, an epistolary piece, a spiritual/inspirational guide and a tragic love story.

2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018

At the May meeting of the Democratic Club, members were charmed by four young women who participated in the March for Our Livesin DC, and reassured by their enthusiasm for gun control and political action in general. Cheers! But in light of another mass shooting last Friday the 19th, feeling cheerful wasn’t quite enough.

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

July, the best month in Monte Rio, kicks off with our fireworks on Sunday 7/1. The fireworks are sponsored byMonte Rio Chamber, Monte Rio Rec & Park, and Monte Rio Fire Foundation.

2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018

As Summer eases into Healdsburg, residents are thinking about more than family gatherings, Prune Packer baseball games, visits to Memorial Beach, and even the pending completion of our famous (infamous?) Roundabout! We are very excited about an upcoming August visit by a team of outside experts to help develop a vision and blueprint for our City through 2040.

 

2018-06-19Jun 19, 2018

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.

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.

2018-06-01Jun 1, 2018

One of the best resources I have found for staying on top of environmental impact issues is theNew York Times Newsletter “Climate Forward:” One of its best features is the approach it takes on “What You Can Do”—from a very personal, individual perspective.

2018-07-10Jul 10, 2018

The Imaginists are a creative, satirical theater company, presenting free performances in local parks with minimal props and sets. They arrive on bicycles, quickly setting up a backdrop and finalizing costuming while the audience gathers with folding chairs, blankets and friendly dogs to watch the show and enjoy Sonoma County’s beautiful outdoors.

2018-06-01Jun 1, 2018

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.

2018-05-31May 31, 2018

The Local Shuttle #24 will be free starting June 4, due to the unanimous vote of the City Council on May 15 to subsidize the yearly rider fare revenue.

 

2018-05-31May 31, 2018

An update to an article submitted last May about trespassing enforcement and fire prevention as it relates to illegal homeless encampments in our area.

2018-05-31May 31, 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).

2018-05-31May 31, 2018

June already! Time to chill with friends and enjoy our beautiful outdoors. Maybe pick up a homemade Meyer Lemon ice cream at Rio Café. We all need time to decompress.

2018-05-31May 31, 2018

Through strong community support, stellar lineups and sheer persistence, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival is celebrating 20 years of America’s indigenous art form known as jazz at various venues in Healdsburg fromJ une 1–10. Starting as a modest jazz concert in 1997 with George Cables playing solo at the Dancing Goat (now Flying Goat) it has grown into a ten-day festival with year-round jazz performance and music education programming.

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

Pot holes and rough pavement are standard fare for drivers in El Verano, Boyes Springs, Fetters, and Agua Caliente. “Pull down your goggles, veer right then left, scoot by the first pot hole, straddle the next one, watch for the car on the corner, dodge the woman and her baby carriage, brake around the next series of bumps, and careful for the fellow leaving El Gran Taco.” This is the daily routine traveling Calle del Monte to Highway 12.

 

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

At the May meeting of the Democratic Club, members were charmed by four young women who participated in the March for Our Livesin DC, and reassured by their enthusiasm for gun control and political action in general. Cheers! But in light of another mass shooting last Friday the 19th, feeling cheerful wasn’t quite enough.

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.

2018-06-30Jun 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.

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

I am Branch Wroth’s mother, Marni Wroth. I’m could not accept your invitation for a chit-chat before you released a statement to the press. I wish I had faith enough in our system to think that the press release would be objective and fair. Instead, it follows the pattern I have seen many times over: the report vilifies the victim of a police shooting, in this instance my son, with no understanding of who he was.

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

Humans are well aware of the imminent effects of climate change. In fact, drought-like conditions and extended fire seasons will be our new-normal due to the sheer amount of human-related greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. However, one variable of the climate change equation that is not well known among the general population is the effect of livestock on the production of greenhouse gasses. 

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

This spring, young people throughout the United States are celebrating their graduations from high school and college. Many of these graduates are immigrants or the children of immigrants, a tangible reminder that the American Dream still plays out every day in this country, from sea to shining sea. 

2018-05-28May 28, 2018

School is out and Roseland’s streets will be more active during daytime with children rushing about on foot and bicycles. Please be careful and slow down for our youth.

2018-05-28May 28, 2018

Loyal volunteer Judy Elliott has taken on the task of locating and recording new PSAs for the station. Her work in finding educational matter—much of it in Spanish—earned her the unofficial title of PSA Czar.

2018-05-28May 28, 2018

Alicia Sanchez, president of KBBF’s board of directors, reports that, due to the hard work of KBBF’s board, the volunteers, and the community of listeners and supporters, there is a new agreement with the City of Santa Rosa that will keep the station’s property out of foreclosure.

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.

2018-05-22May 22, 2018

Beginning Wednesday, May 30, 2018, the County of Sonoma in collaboration with the City of Santa Rosa will temporarily close the section of the Joe Rodota Trail (JRT) from Roseland Avenue to Dutton Avenue to remove unlawful encampments and reestablish a safe and clean environment for all trail visitors. The effort is anticipated to last two days, after which the County will reopen the closed section of the JRT for recreational trail use. 

2018-05-18May 18, 2018

On Friday, May 18th, the television show 13 Reasons Why will air its second season on Netflix. Parents/guardians should be aware that the show is an intense drama that was not designed for younger children to watch alone. This show is rated MA 17+, for mature audiences as the fictional drama takes a very serious, emotional and graphic look at the realities of bullying, depression, sexual assault, substance abuse, suicide and more.

2018-05-17May 17, 2018

There have been Frances McDormand sightings in Petaluma, she is rumored to be a denizen of Bolinas that semi-mysterious enclave of supposedly sequestered celebrities.

2018-06-29Jun 29, 2018

An update to an article submitted last May about trespassing enforcement and fire prevention as it relates to illegal homeless encampments in our area.

2018-05-17May 17, 2018

Marlene Cullen is the editor of Connections, a collection of stories, poems and anecdotes which is destined to become part of an anthology. This is the second book in The Write Spot to Jump Start your Writing series. Ms. Cullen says she is passionate about writing.

2018-05-17May 17, 2018

Have you ever seen better weather? It has been sunny and any wind came at night after we were once again housebound. We still need rain, but it is hard to complain about perfection.

2018-05-08May 8, 2018

The opioid crisis is a major talking point on the national political stage. Despite much talk by the president and many others, relatively little has been done to date to combat the crisis, which continues to grow. This is a problem for all parts of the nation, including rural areas. A May 1 report in the Journal of the American Medical Association stated, “Drug overdose deaths are at unprecedented levels in the United States.”

2018-05-08May 8, 2018

For the past 20 plus years, I have been keeping track of the law enforcement-related deaths that occur here in Sonoma County. It shocks many people to learn that I have counted 99 such deaths so far. Most of these incidents garner only one article in the local paper and are soon forgotten. A few particularly egregious cases seem to hold the public's attention for longer. I am thinking of the deaths of Jeremiah Chass, age 16, and Andy Lopez, age 14. Both teens were shot and killed by officers from our local Sheriff's Department within seconds or minutes of deputies' arrival on the scene. Our local daily paper has never summarized these 20 years of deaths - that seems to be my task.

2018-05-08May 8, 2018

Breeding and killing billions of animals for human consumption requires vast amounts of land, water, and fossil fuels. According to the United Nations, animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all modes of transportation combined, or as high as 51% if greenhouse gases (GHG) from transportation, refrigeration, deforestation, etc, that are typically categorized separately but are a direct consequence of animal agriculture, are taken into account. To reduce our own GHG footprint and set a better example for others, a shift to plant­based foods is essential to preventing a climate catastrophe.

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

Sonoma County Sheriff Candidate Forum: The Sonoma County Gazette asked the Sheriff candidates our SECOND round of questions. The candidate answers have been published in the order in which they returned their responses. To be fair, each candidate is given equal space. In their own words....Mark Essick, Ernesto Olivares, John Mutz, are all asking for your support.

2018-05-04May 4, 2018

This has been a busy time in Bodega Bay. April 5 we had a good turnout to hear our supervisor Lynda Hopkins talk about the formation of a Municipal Advisory Council.

2018-05-03May 3, 2018

Congratulations to our teachers, students, and families who are completing the school year this month. Three West County teachers received the top honor of“Teacher of the Year” from theEducation Foundationof our Friday-noon Rotary Club.

 

2018-05-03May 3, 2018

Hey west county—it’s time to talk about something that is often avoided at the dinner table, and left out of polite conversations. Namely, septic systems. Or, as my three-year-old would put it, poop.

2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018

Goat Ropers rolled through Roseland in the night and rustled out two goats recently donated to the Bayer Farm project run by Land Paths.

2018-05-03May 3, 2018

Expectations for the season are high because many businesses and workers have difficulties making it through slow winter months. The Workforce Housing Fund was awarded to, and is administered by, the Russian River Alliance to assist local workers who have experienced cashflow problems due to shortened work hours or the lack of affordable housing. Since January, 6 households needed help with rent & utilities.

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

Pot holes and rough pavement are standard fare for drivers in El Verano, Boyes Springs, Fetters, and Agua Caliente. “Pull down your goggles, veer right then left, scoot by the first pot hole, straddle the next one, watch for the car on the corner, dodge the woman and her baby carriage, brake around the next series of bumps, and careful for the fellow leaving El Gran Taco.” This is the daily routine traveling Calle del Monte to Highway 12.

 

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

Last week a few hundred of us came out in the drizzle to attend a presentation hosted by the “Eldridge Committee” on April 16 at Dunbar School.

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

Perhaps the longest, time wise, and slowest road construction project ever in Roseland, or all of Sonoma County for that matter, may be done by Christmas of this year.

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

On Friday, May 18th, Occidental Center for the Arts is proud to present an Evening with Daniel Ziblatt, Harvard Professor of Government and co-author of international bestseller,How Democracies Die.

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

Between 2006 and 2013, hundreds of our neighbors in the County were arrested by our Sheriff’s Department, even though they were guilty of no serious crimes. Some were stopped because of a traffic violation or a broken headlight. Because they did not have a driver’s license, they were then handcuffed, jailed and detained sometimes indefinitely. Their cars were often impounded. In some cases, they were charged only with driving without a license; sometimes no charges were filed at all. Yet they were not allowed to go free, even if they paid a bond.

 

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) visited Healdsburg on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 to learn more about local issues, meet the people and decide whether a Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT)project would be a good fit for our city. Over the course of the day the two staff members and team leader met over 100 residents in 5 comfortable sessions.

2018-05-01May 1, 2018

I first became interested in the topic of human trafficking in the summer of 2016 when I participated in aGlobal Healthprogram at the University of Southern California.

2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018

The federal government has long had a sort of “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy toward much of our economy here—wineries, agriculture, restaurants, hotels, and construction, among others.

2018-05-01May 1, 2018

Sonoma County is facing seemingly insurmountable Budget issues, in part, resulting from the horrendous fires last fall. Everything has been expensive, from fire fighting to cleanup and recovery.

The question now is: “How does the County move forward in coping with the immense budget disparity?”

2018-04-30Apr 30, 2018

One of the best resources I have found for staying on top of environmental impact issues is theNew York Times Newsletter “Climate Forward:” One of its best features is the approach it takes on “What You Can Do”—from a very personal, individual perspective.

2018-04-30Apr 30, 2018

Syria is an abysmal Hell, a fetid, roiling cauldron of man’s inhumanity to man. The intrigue and entanglements are intricate and have global ramifications.

2018-04-30Apr 30, 2018

Reese Witherspoon has a pretty good track record. She producedGone Girl andWild. Her last effort,Big Little Lies, garnered several Emmys. This TV  series was so successful that the second season has attracted the talents of no less a prestigious personage than Meryl Streep.

2018-04-27Apr 27, 2018

This morning at 10:32 am, Sonoma County Deputy Chief Sonoma County Counsel Alegria DeLaCruz informed attorneys representing homeless residents of the now destroyed homeless encampment in the Roseland district of Santa Rosa of a change of plans for another eviction that had been scheduled for today, April 27, at 2:30pm.

2018-04-25Apr 25, 2018

Senator Mike McGuire’s bill that will create the Great Redwood Trail from the San Francisco Bay to the Humboldt Bay is one step closer to reality this week after it was approved with a unanimous, bipartisan 12-0 vote in the Senate Transportation and Housing committee, and is now one step closer to reality today after it was approved with a unanimous, bipartisan 9-0 vote in the Senate Natural Resources and Water committee.

2018-04-22Apr 22, 2018

On 4/20/18, a victim received a call from a subject who identified himself as “Captain Al Vernon” of the “Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Civil Department”.  The caller told the victim that she had failed to respond to a Grand Jury Federal Summons which she had been personally served on March 1st, 2018 and she had missed her court date of April 18th, 2018.  Since she did not respond to the summons she needed to pay fines to avoid being arrested. 

2018-04-19Apr 19, 2018

Each year, in honor of Bike to Work Month in May, the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition (SCBC) honors one inspiring cyclist as Bike Commuter of the Year. This year’s winner Dr. Tracey Jones is so dedicated to bicycle commuting that when she moved to Santa Rosa for her job at Kaiser, she prioritized choosing a home within cycling distance of the hospital.

2018-04-16Apr 16, 2018

In June, there's an historic election for the Sonoma County Sheriff: an office that hasn't been contested in 25 years. Join us on Tuesday, April 24 for a candidates forum at Healdsburg High School. This is your chance to meet the candidates and make an informed decision about this powerful elected official.

2018-04-11Apr 11, 2018

Citizens for Responsible Access, a Political Action Committe (PAC) Cannabis Debate hosted Santa Rosa. Responses to Scripted Questions for Participants In alphabetical order by last name: MARK ESSICK, JOHN MUTZ, ERNESTO OLIVARES

2018-06-27Jun 27, 2018

The Press Democrat published an article on June 3 of their cannabis poll results from 500 county voters; three questions asked about cannabis safety, grow location, and crime.

2018-04-03Apr 3, 2018

The Sonoma County Gazette asked the Sheriff candidates our first round of questions. The candidate answers have been published in the order in which they returned their responses. To be fair, each candidate is given equal space. In their own words....Ernesto Olivares, John Mutz, and Mark Essick are all asking for your support.

2018-04-02Apr 2, 2018

On Saturday, attorneys for Roseland’s homeless encampment requested a temporary restraining order with a San Francisco federal court to delay the planned eviction. Alicia Roman, one of the attorneys who recently filed a federal lawsuit fighting the eviction, said, “The county needs time to find a location for the many disabled homeless who can’t go into a shelter. Right now, shelter beds are all that can be provided, except for a few lucky people who got permanent housing.”

2018-04-01Apr 1, 2018

As many Gazette readers know, we want our readers to make educated votes when they go to the poles. Our next election will be the first time in decades that our county has had a chance to elect a new sheriff. At this point in the primary elections, we have three candidates running. When votes are counted in June, we will know which two of the three will continue on to November.

2018-03-30Mar 30, 2018

Daily Acts is excited to announce the 2018 Community Resilience Challenge, an annual community mobilization campaign that runs April through the end of May and inspires thousands of people to save water, grow food, conserve energy, reduce waste, and build community in Sonoma County.

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

As many Gazette readers know, we want our readers to make educated votes when they go to the poles. Our next election will be the first time in decades that our county has had a chance to elect a new sheriff. At this point in the primary elections, we have three candidates running. When votes are counted in June, we will know which two of the three will continue on to November.

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

As many Gazette readers know, we want our readers to make educated votes when they go to the poles. Our next election will be the first time in decades that our county has had a chance to elect a new sheriff. At this point in the primary elections, we have three candidates running. When votes are counted in June, we will know which two of the three will continue on to November.

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

Community wealth building begins with loyalty to geographic place. If globalization is the hallmark of today’s mainstream economy, re-localization is the hallmark of the alternative…

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

Perhaps the longest, time wise, and slowest road construction project ever in Roseland, or all of Sonoma County for that matter, may be done by Christmas of this year.

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

Will Healdsburg’s current trajectory result in a science fiction fantasy (Startrek), a science based reality (severe drought) or some nostalgic wishfulness? Is it possible to prepare for the unknown while making a positive difference across the vagaries of time and temperament?

2018-06-27Jun 27, 2018

Humans are well aware of the imminent effects of climate change. In fact, drought-like conditions and extended fire seasons will be our new-normal due to the sheer amount of human-related greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. However, one variable of the climate change equation that is not well known among the general population is the effect of livestock on the production of greenhouse gasses.

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

The free press is under attack in a way not seen since the 1960s. The current government is engaged in an ongoing attempt at degradation of some of the long-standing media pillars of our society, while promoting and using to their advantage online websites deficient in fact-checking and proficient in inferior writing.

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.

2018-03-27Mar 27, 2018

We encourage dialogue among our readers and with us. Please send your LETTERS to vesta@sonic.net

2018-03-27Mar 27, 2018

Peru has made many amazing contributions to world culture – among them, the Inca civilization and Machu Picchu, the mysterious Nazca lines, and Peruvian cuisine, considered one of the world’s finest.

 

2018-03-22Mar 22, 2018

Billboards warning of child sex trafficking remind Sonoma County residents that the devastating abuse of minors is closer to home than we prefer to imagine. Main Stage West’s ‘Blackbird’ is a challenging play addressing the topic of pedophilia in a stark, disturbing conversation. A young woman has returned to face the man who took advantage of her as a young teenager, searching for closure. Their stilted meeting transforms into an honest, painful exchange that is chilling in accuracy and content.

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.

2018-03-16Mar 16, 2018

In my lifetime, I have watched a larger and larger divide between rich and poor. I’ve watched the middle class evaporating, and the homeless population exploding.

2018-03-16Mar 16, 2018

The Commission on Human Rights plans to hold public meetings ineach of Sonoma County’s five districts throughout the year. The goal is to increase visibility and awareness of the commission, build bridges with existing organizations, and provide a platform for the public to access information and participate in discussions on issues that are of interest to communities. 

2018-03-16Mar 16, 2018

Would you like to read a novel that is about a marriage going through a rough patch but that also functions a a quasi-cookbook and a botanical reference manual? Look no further than Not Quite Happily Ever After by local author,Heidi Freestone.

2018-03-15Mar 15, 2018

Sonoma County high school students are joining the national movement calling for action to address gun violence in schools. Members of the Sonoma County Junior Commission on Human Rights, with support from Petaluma Moms Demand Action, are organizing a county wide rally on Saturday, March 24th

2018-06-27Jun 27, 2018

Carol Benfell wrote an excellent summary of how some local people in Sonoma County worked hard to conserve some beautiful natural surroundings we are blessed to have here. We need to keep in mind vigilance is necessary if we are going to be able protect our lovely area from an onslaught of development in the future.

2018-03-15Mar 15, 2018

John Mutz, former Commander and candidate for Sonoma County Sheriff is very honored to receive the endorsements of Noreen Evans (Senator, ret.), Julie Combs (Santa Rosa City Council), Teresa Barrett (Petaluma City Council), Matt Maguire (Petaluma City Council, ret.), Leah Gold (Healdsburg City Council), the Coalition for a Better Sonoma County and the North Bay Labor Council.

2018-03-13Mar 13, 2018

He was conceived and born at home on the Inverness Ridge between Tomales Bay and the Pacific Ocean. His father taught him how to surf from a very early age.

2018-03-02Mar 2, 2018

What does the Santa Rosa Southeast Greenway have in common with the increased popularity of bicycling in Santa Rosa? Cycling infrastructure included in the Southeast Greenway is the next important project to create a way to move around the Santa Rosa Plain on a bike without having to engage with cars. As our city continues to define itself as a cycling destination, Greenway bike paths will become an attraction for cyclists – both residents and visitors alike

2018-03-02Mar 2, 2018

I heard Professor Gregory Simon on KPFA radio talking about his book Flame and Fortune in the American West as I was evacuating to my sister’s in Petaluma due to smoke and encroaching fire near my home in Sonoma Valley.

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

I don’t really like being fired up and angry so much of the time. But this is no time to cool off, let it go, and help all this slip into a “new normal” quagmire. It’s no time to relax about what is happening with our country, now in dangerous hands.

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

have wanted to write to you for some time now. But, each time I begin, something else happens that makes me hesitate just to see what will come of the newest outrage, how it must impact you, and how it would again influence what I want to say to you.

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

The free press is under attack in a way not seen since the 1960s. The current government is engaged in an ongoing attempt at degradation of some of the long-standing media pillars of our society, while promoting and using to their advantage online websites deficient in fact-checking and proficient in inferior writing. The latter are proliferating like weeds in cyberspace.

2018-02-28Feb 28, 2018

“Hats off!” or might we say, “Pink Pussy Hats on!” to the four grannies and others who organized Sebastopol’s Women’s March on January 20th. One granny, Kathy Fong, tells the story

 

2018-02-28Feb 28, 2018

The less the reigning president does about climate change, the more we have to do to attempt to wrestle this bull to the ground.

2018-02-28Feb 28, 2018

Santa Rosa is transition from at-large to district-based elections November 6, 2018.

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