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2019-11-20Nov 20, 2019

Effective Wednesday, November 20, 2019, Sonoma County is issuing a cold weather advisory in response to the National Weather Service’s prediction for temperatures in the 30s overnight in parts of the county that might also be without power.

2019-11-07Nov 7, 2019

In 2019, 36 states introduced over 220 bills to curb or eliminate plastic pollution. News story after news story has covered the harrowing statistics around the presence of plastic in nearly everything, from the water we drink  to the  air we breathe. This relatively sudden spotlight on plastic pollution is largely a result of China’s 2018 National Sword Policy.  After years of purchasing, processing, and managing 70% of the United States’ plastic collected for recycling and 95% of the European Union’s,  China banned imports  of most recyclable waste, leading to a stark 99% drop in its plastic materials imports in one year’s time.  

2019-11-06Nov 6, 2019

Permit Sonoma is conducting initial damage assessments on an estimated 59buildings damaged by the Kincade Fire. Rapid Evaluation Safety Assessment, also known as RESA,allows people to inhabit and use safe homes and businesses, and ensures that people are prohibited from entering unsafe structures.

2019-11-06Nov 6, 2019

Sonoma County Farm Bureau needs your help to find those in our agricultural community who have been impacted by the recent wildfires and also individuals who are willing to help.  https://sonomafb.org/kincade-fire-recovery-resources-help/. Residents impacted by the Kincade Fire can access recovery services and resources at the Local Assistance Center (LAC) which will open Monday, November 4, 2019 at the Healdsburg Community Center, 1557 Healdsburg Ave. The LAC will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily through Wednesday, November 6, 2019. The LAC may remain open after this date if needed. Language access services, including Spanish interpretation will be available.

2019-11-05Nov 5, 2019

There is much to be thankful for on the Sonoma Coast, and there’s a lot you can do to protect it right now.  Your current opportunities to act on behalf of our coast range from Permit Sonoma’s present process of updating our Local Coastal Plan to President Trump’s unwarranted Sonoma Coast “review” that still threatens our Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.  In addition, there remains a looming federal offshore drilling scheme planned for our coast, and we are confronting Caltrans’ proposal to build a giant “Bridge to Nowhere” at Scotty Creek near Sereno del Mar, not to mention the attempted revival of a long-discredited proposal by the US Fish species anticoagulant rat poison pellets onto the Southeast Farallon Island.

2019-11-03Nov 3, 2019

The second anniversary for one of the deadliest wildfires in CA history has come and gone, with deep reflections and emotions still raw in our community. We learned during the October 2017 Sonoma County firestorms that readiness and coordination are not to be taken lightly. ­­­Voting has been open for the West Sonoma County Fire Departments of Gold Ridge, Graton, and Occidental since October 7th, with all three departments seeking voter approval of parcel taxes to bolster services. While the three measures are unique funding strategies, there are commonalities shared across districts. 

2019-11-02Nov 2, 2019

As our community arrives at the 2-year anniversary of the 2017 North Bay Fires on October 8th, we are reminded about our vulnerabilities, our struggles to recover, and our continued need for resiliency. Fire and emergency services have been elevated issues over the past two years. They deserve our attention, our respect, and our support. As fire departments countywide are grappling with how to best serve their communities, the local Fire Protection District Boards of Directors in Graton, Gold Ridge and Occidental have decided to take matters into their own hands by placing funding measures on the ballot for a special election this November 5th. 

2019-11-02Nov 2, 2019

The Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County promotes literacy and love of reading by giving away high quality books to access-challenged people throughout the region. The Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County has been notified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) that its bookmobile vehicle engine is no longer in compliance with emission regulation law. Diesel-powered vehicles in the bookmobile’s weight class must now run a 2010 or newer model-year engine to operate across Sonoma County. The Free Bookmobile’s current engine is a 1995 model-year Cummins turbo diesel. The only exemption available to the organization is for low mileage, which is allowing the bookmobile to perform its basic public-access outreach one day per week for the rest of the calendar year. 

2019-11-01Nov 1, 2019

If you are wondering why you should participate in the process now underway to update the Local Coastal Plan let me offer my take on the core reason.  The continuation of sound public policy protecting the coast from excessive development while ensuring access to the beach and care of the environment requires commitment.  That commitment comes doing the work of learning the issues and the process and then showing up.  The draft document is available on-line at the PRMD website.  There will be public hearings as the process unfolds.  

 

2019-10-20Oct 20, 2019

Permit Sonoma invites you to attend and provide input at the upcoming public workshops on the Public Review Draft of the Sonoma County Local Coastal Plan. The first public workshop is being held (CANCELLED due to fires - will be rescheduled) Saturday, October 26, 2019, in Bodega Bayat 10 AM-12 PM Bodega Bay Fire Station 510 State Hwy 1 Bodega Bay. The workshop in Bodega Bay is being rescheduled. A revised notice containing and confirming details for all of the Public Review Draft workshops will be sent as soon as possible. SEEOther workshops to attend… 

2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019

About a hundred people turned out on the Plaza in support of the Climate Strike Friday, September 20th. Happily, some 20 kids from Altimira showed up – to cheers and applause. But the absence of the high school students we had come to support was glaring. Turns out the vanguard of this growing outcry against governmental inertia on climate change were not permitted to leave school for the hour it would have taken to express their concerns for their future. A “forum” was held on campus instead. As usual here, the atmosphere was one more of celebration than outrage. But at least we were there.

2019-11-19Nov 19, 2019

This past Saturday Nov 16, I attended a very unusual and heartwarming event at REFRAME Hair Gallery  run by Nevuah Rautenberg and Cameron Nairn Wayland the owners. The event  Glamour + Grit: Art Show & CSA Fair, featured women farmers from across Sonoma and Napa Counties. There was a delicious spread of food and wine in the center. The women farmers had set up displays and provided information at each styling booth, with the portrait of each farmer at their farm on the wall behind them.  The photographs of  Loren Hansen Photography  are beautiful and capture the spirit of the women in their farm setting. Visitors could talk with the farmers and sign up for a CSA;  I was surprised to learn from Evan Wiig the communication and membership director of Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), that Every CSA farm in Sonoma and Napa Counties is either woman-owned or co-owned! 

2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019

This moving presentation takes a fresh look at a pivotal event in American history from 1916–1920.  Iron Jawed Angels tells the true story of how defiant and brilliant young activists Alice Paul, played by Hilary Swank, and Lucy Burns, played by Frances O’Connor, took the women’s suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.

2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019

When The Mother and her daughter walked through our doors at the Family Justice Center, we had their backs. Thanks to a grant from the California Office of Emergency Services and funding from our partner agencies, Verity and the YWCA, we provide immediate and emergency referrals and relief by way of Safeway and Goodwill vouchers, gas cards, bus passes and, in extraordinary cases, motel stays, to victims of crime experiencing homelessness. We can also enroll them in Coordinated Entry, the program that helps them access shelters, transitional and rapid rehousing programs, and permanent supportive housing.

2019-09-30Sep 30, 2019

To kick off the 100th anniversary celebration of the League of Women Voters, the Sonoma County League and the Sonoma County Library will present a program on suffragists and their supporters.  

 

2019-09-27Sep 27, 2019

More than 200 educators from Sonoma County attended an in-depth school safety conference on Thursday, Sept. 26. The event was hosted by the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), in partnership with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. Attendees included individuals from nearly every aspect of the educational system, including teachers, school office staff, school resource officers, superintendents, and more. The training covered multiple facets of school safety, from how to foster social-emotional learning and positive school climate as prevention measures, to how to work with law enforcement in the event of an active shooter, to how to save lives in an emergency.

2019-09-27Sep 27, 2019

The City of Santa Rosa and the County of Sonoma continue to encourage residents living in and around the areas burned by the Sonoma Complex Fires to prepare their property for the rainy season and remain alert for possible threats from intense winter storms. Properties in the areas burned, and downstream of those areas, still have an elevated risk for flash floods, rock falls, debris flows, and mud flows. The areas affected by the Nuns, Tubbs, and Pocket Fires did not experience any significant debris or mudflows over the last two winters. The areas affected by the Nuns, Tubbs, and Pocket Fires did not experience any significant debris or mudflows over the last two winters. While these areas have seen substantial improvement in soil and plant growth conditions, the threat of natural hazards from winter storms still exist.

2019-09-27Sep 27, 2019

anta Rosa, CA – Sonoma County was recently awarded $586,739 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to support projects that mitigate seismic and wildfire hazards throughout the County. The awards come after an extensive application and review period that followed the Sonoma Complex Fires.  After the 2017 Fires, we immediately started identifying available grants to help our community recover.” said Board of Supervisors Chair David Rabbitt. The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds will increase public safety in Sonoma County. The California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) administers these federal funds which require a total of $195,580 in local match funding. 

2019-09-25Sep 25, 2019

The first annual “Day of the Girl” fundraiser and celebration on October 11, 2019 is a unique experience combining impact and storytelling. Hosted by WomenServe and benefitting women and girls in India and the US, proceeds from the event will be used for programs including water security, health and hygiene, education, economic development, and storytelling. A generous donor has provided scholarships for the first 50 girl students and their parent (or chaperone) to attend free of charge. 

2019-09-25Sep 25, 2019

Are you or is someone in your life interested in American citizenship?   Sonoma County Library’s “New American Collection” officially launched in all 12 branches on September 17, Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. This collection serves those interested in citizenship, civics and naturalization, primarily the immigrant population of Sonoma County. The purpose of the New American Collection is to empower community members by providing easily browsable, multilingual, multimedia materials in support of acquiring citizenship and learning English. 

2019-09-24Sep 24, 2019

Prominent Sonoma County wine executive Hugh Reimers has been ordered to submit a plan to repair the damage his wine company has done to hundreds of acres of natural habitat. The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board listed the damage in its June Notice of Violation issued to Reimers and his company, Krasilsa Pacific Farms, LLC. The Notice says that the winegrower bulldozed 50 acres of oak woodlands, deep-ripped about 200 acres of meadow, dredged and filled 10,000 square feet of wetlands, and dumped tree branches and other fill-in 2,450 feet of natural creeks which historically served as salmon runs. The actions directly threaten wildlife habitat and aquatic species, the Water Board notice said.

2019-09-22Sep 22, 2019

5th District Supervisor Lynda Hopkins called a meeting to gather neighbors negatively impacted by visitors to Russian River parks each summer. She invited Regional Parks director Bert Whitaker and his staff, Public Works director Johannes Hoevertsz, and our local CHP officers who patrol the Russian River corridor in weekends when the impact is greatest. Residents gathered at the Hollydale Club to listen to what is being done, and add their own ideas about what can and should be done to mitigate impacts.

2019-11-18Nov 18, 2019

Community coming together to Feed and Serve the Homeless and Families in Need this thanksgiving. We have an exciting event we would like to share with you:The Great Thanksgiving Banquet on Wednesday (5,000 people): November 27th from 11am-6pm, at Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.  https://www.srmission.org/gtb

2019-09-22Sep 22, 2019

Domestic violence affects millions, both women and men, of all ethnicities, religions, cultures. Domestic violence is not just hitting and black eyes, but it’s also yelling, humiliation, stalking, manipulation, coercion, threats and isolation. It’s stealing a paycheck, keeping tabs online, non-stop texting, constant use of the silent treatment, or calling someone stupid so often they believe it. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, we are here to help! The Family Justice Center Sonoma County is open Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm (clients must get there by 4pm to be seen that day). No appointment is necessary and all services are free and confidential. 24 Hour Crisis Lines: If you need to talk to someone immediately and confidentially, please call one of these hotlines...

 

2019-09-17Sep 17, 2019

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors formally joined cities, counties, and countries across the world in declaring a climate emergency, establishing this issue as a top priority. Over 1,000 local governments representing 219 million people in 19 countries have issued resolutions to solidify their commitment to mobilizing an emergency response commensurate with the scale of the climate crisis. The adopted resolution includes a directive to partner with Sonoma County’s Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA) to fight climate change by developing and implementing the 2030 Climate Emergency Mobilization Strategy. 

2019-09-14Sep 14, 2019

The solution to our health care crisis is right under our noses!  Medicare — now 54 years old — is popular, efficient, and proven to improve health outcomes for seniors. But before we expand Medicare to all U.S. residents, we must improve Medicare for seniors by covering all medically necessary services, including those not currently covered, such as vision, hearing, dental, mental health, and long-term care. We must also eliminate the financial burden of premiums, deductibles, and copays, making medical bankruptcy a thing of the past. 

 

2019-09-04Sep 4, 2019

The Documentary “The Edge of democracy about recent events in Brazil had me sitting at the edge of my seat. It chronicles the passage from years of dictatorship to democracy in Brazil.  Brazilian filmmaker Petra Costa recounts with old and new footage the rise and fall of democracy in Brazil from 1985 to the present. Now streaming on Netflix.

2019-09-01Sep 1, 2019

The County of Sonoma invites the community to attend Sonoma Ready Day on September 8, from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm, at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Sonoma Ready Day is a free event offering emergency preparedness resources, demonstrations, short lectures, emergency vehicle displays and tools to educate and empower community members to withstand and recover from disasters. 

2019-08-30Aug 30, 2019

Native American Students Participate in a Unique Performance Camp, sponsored by Graton Rancheria, SiS is an intercultural and international remembrance project centered on historical education. Nearly 30 high school students from Native American households in Sonoma and Marin counties recently participated in a week-long overnight performance camp at Camp Cazadero

 

2019-08-29Aug 29, 2019

Next to the pink and white striped, Patrick’s of Bodega Bay on Highway 1 stands the Old Cannery Building also referred to as Meredith Pier. It juts out more than 100 feet over the bay showcasing its former glory; and it is falling apart.

2019-08-29Aug 29, 2019

There are still tall, dry grasses, dead limbs on trees, wooden privacy fences right up against houses, landscape mulch that all the fire services tell us is highly flammable and spreads fire in high winds. At a recent presentation by CAL FIRE and State Senator Mike McGuire, we learned that the state of California is taking this all very seriously. They no longer consider us to have a fire SEASON. It’s ALL year. CAL FIRE is replacing Vietnam era helicopters with Black Hawk helicopter. They keep airplanes loaded with fire-retardant rather than loading them when fires begin. They have more people-power than ever before, trained and ready. 

2019-08-28Aug 28, 2019

Across the USA, 45 cities and counties have approved local minimum wage laws to address soaring inequality. Twenty-six are in high-cost California coastal counties and the Bay Area: San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, and San Diego. North Bay cities are joining the ‘Fight for $15’ movement. Sonoma approved the first citywide minimum wage law in June 2019 and Petaluma passed the second in July. Novato, Santa Rosa, Cotati, and Sebastopol are considering $15 citywide minimum wage ordinances and will likely adopt legislation comparable to Petaluma’s. 

2019-08-20Aug 20, 2019

Rebuild NorthBay Foundation (RNBF) and United Way of Wine Country (UWWC) are pleased to announce their new partnership in the RiseUp Community Impact Grants program. The RiseUp Community Impact Grants program is supporting the long-term rebuild of our region as a more sustainable and resilient community. With this partnership, the program will fund up to $400,000 in grants that fill identified gaps in rebuilding, wildfire prevention and preparedness, and long-term resilience. The RiseUp Community Grants program was launched by Rebuild NorthBay Foundation in Spring of 2019 to provide support for the long-term recovery and rebuilding of Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino Counties.

2019-11-17Nov 17, 2019

Senator Mike McGuire, Chair of the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (JCFA), and Assemblymember Mark Stone, Vice Chair, are hosting an important hearing next week on two critical topics: the upcoming Dungeness crab season and how fish passage barriers on our state highways are impacting species recovery. 

2019-08-20Aug 20, 2019

Coffey Strong, in partnership with AshBritt Environmental and Rebuild NorthBay Foundation, is pleased to announce the completion of the Hopper Walls Project.  A dedication will take place on Saturday, August 24th at 10am @ Coffey Lane and Hopper Avenue, at the northeast corner.  Santa Rosa Mayor Tom Schwedhelm noted, “This project is symbolic of our rebuild efforts and what can happen when a community comes together as one to rebuild neighborhoods and lives.”

2019-08-14Aug 14, 2019

Apparently the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has given away most of your rights to the telcom companies over the years, so now it’s an uphill battle to “opt out.”  How would you like an antenna right outside your house?  Maybe you don’t care about the drop in property value it would bring, but maybe you have kids?  Kids don’t fully myelinate (insulate) their nervous systems till their 20’s.  They are more susceptible than adults to all those signals competing for attention in their brains. I wonder why Steve Jobs didn’t let his kids use iPhones or iPads?

2019-08-13Aug 13, 2019

It's a very sad day in Forestville as teachers parade in front of the school asking for a Living Wage while administrators prepare for opening day with substitutes. This small community school once boasted more than 800 students and is now down to less than 300 from Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Once the recipient of the California Distinguished Schools Award, parents have pulled their children from this school to attend neighboring schools instead. Both parents and students who love the tradition of multiple generations attending their hometown school are stressed and concerned about the future of their school.

2019-08-13Aug 13, 2019

The Center for Climate Protection announced today that Ellie Cohen will join the organization in the newly created position of CEO, starting September 1st. Cohen, a national leader in collaborative nature-based climate solutions, will spearhead the organization’s climate emergency policy efforts in California and beyond. Ann Hancock, the Center’s co-founder and Executive Director will continue on staff as a vital member of the Center’s leadership team.

 

2019-08-04Aug 4, 2019

TLC Child & Family Services is excited to announce that we have been awarded the highest level of recognition as Innovators working within the LGBTQI community.

TLC offers a continuum of evidence-based treatment and relationship-focused care to youth and families. 

2019-08-02Aug 2, 2019

Vegetation Removal for Wildfire Safety Under Scrutiny. All across the state, PG&E is sending out crews to remove trees in large swathes under power lines. In neighborhoods, tree inspectors are tagging trees for trimming and removal. What used to be a required 18” clearance has become a 4-foot to 12-foot clearance since fires raged across our state and electric power lines have been identified as a source for several of these fires.

2019-07-23Jul 23, 2019

Daily Acts Matter! Rising Up For Climate Action is the first annual Sonoma County community educational and music event dedicated to raising climate awareness. Taking place on September 8th, 2019 at the SOMO Village Event Center in Rohnert Park, CA, this festival is hosted by Daily Acts, a sustainable non-profit that inspires transformative action that creates connected, equitable, and climate resilient communities. The intention for this event is to elevate awareness of positive, solutions-oriented actions we can all take to address the global climate crisis and to create change in our local communities.

 

2019-07-23Jul 23, 2019

General Services staff outlined California Code’s criteria for scoring proposals, made recommendation

On Tuesday, July 23rd, General Services staff presented information on a preliminary step of the Chanate surplus sale process to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. After outlining the Surplus Act criteria used to judge the proposals.

2019-07-22Jul 22, 2019

OneJustice, a legal service non-profit organization located in San Francisco will be hosting two FREE immigration assistance workshops in Sonoma County in the upcoming months. One will be held in Sonoma city on August 22nd and the other will be in Petaluma on September 26th. Below are the flyers in English and in Spanish for the dates of the workshops to distribute on social media platforms and community boards!

 

2019-07-21Jul 21, 2019

Last month, the first part of this article outlined the recent experience. my wife and I had working with migrants in El Paso. The discussion of the immense scale of the problem, with 100,000 people a month being apprehended at the Southern border, and the desperation of the people  coming into this country due to extreme poverty and violence in their homelands continues to be relevant. A lot has changed in the last month, though. The president has  altered the laws so that Central Americans can be deported back to  Mexico. The horrible conditions of the detention facilities, especially for  children, have been exposed by journalists.  

 

2019-11-15Nov 15, 2019

The teachers in the West Sonoma County Union High School District reached a tentative contract agreement with management, ending a three-day strike.  The settlement will help the 1,861-student district recruit and retain teachers, who have been leaving for better-paying neighboring districts.

2019-07-17Jul 17, 2019

“WE” as Americans, own a most unique set of documents. These documents are the personal property of EVERY one of“US”! Together they tell The who, what, when, where, why, and how of our country. As Americans “We” own wealth of Documents. These Documents are among the most beautiful working Documents that the world has ever known, written by the Founders of our Nation , at its birth, to create a framework within which “We”, as a society could agree to go forth, as a Union. These Documents can be used by “Us” to fact check our Government at ALL times, so, familiarity with them is important, and useful. For example;  The constitution, in article 1, section 9, #8, tells “Us” that The President, or any official, may NOT accept , or receive, ANY Emolument, that is, ANY gift, of ANY kind, whatsoever from any foreign State or entity, without the consent of Congress...

2019-07-15Jul 15, 2019

Sonoma County officials discovered more than 9,000 unpermitted cannabis plants and a hash oil lab during a raid of a property in unincorporated Santa Rosa on Friday. Permit Sonoma has shut down 863 cannabis sites over the past two years as part of the county's on-going efforts to crack down on illegal cannabis production operations.

2019-07-13Jul 13, 2019

At a recent community meeting, a woman spoke in frustration...“Why do we expect public services to take care of what we should take care of ourselves? She’s part of a community group who is taking emergency preparation into their own hands. In an emergency, of any kind, there are only so many First Responders available. They will be busy. Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) & Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE)  are systems people are adopting because it puts them in charge of their own needs and lives. Local governments are supporting this effort by hiring an educational leader who holds classes for neighborhod leaders and also will come to local meetings to help guide people through the process of being prepared for any emergency...fire, flood, and earthquakes.

2019-07-13Jul 13, 2019

Once again, Donald Trump has declared his intention to start raids against our immigrant communities. (“ICE”) has formulated a plan to find and deport thousands of immigrants, and announced that it will be implemented starting this weekend. I’ve written the detailed description below as a guide for immigrants as to their legal rights and remedies when confronted byICE - Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

2019-07-12Jul 12, 2019

After 18 months of legal proceedings in a San Francisco federal court, a judge announced a year-long truce between group of Santa Rosa homeless people and the City of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. Among other changes, the immediate seizure and destruction of homeless people's personal belongings by law enforcement and other public servants will stop.

2019-07-01Jul 1, 2019

For many locals in our Northern California community, reading that we are in the midst of a devastating imbalance within our Pacific coastal intertidal zones will not come as a surprise. This is due to a chain of events spanning almost 200 years.  This story is one of ripples, spreading ever outward: one imbalance leads to another, and another. While a perfect solution is not clear, educating the public about the problem is crucial.

2019-06-30Jun 30, 2019

Are you prepared for another wildfire – and going without electricity for an extended period-of-time when extreme fire danger conditions are forecasted?

2019-06-30Jun 30, 2019

It started here in Sonoma County: the statewide movement to ban chemical pesticides and herbicides by 2050. Robert Henry (Bob) Cannard, the man who jump-started the movement—with help from Karen Lee and Nellie Praetzel—has grown organic fruits and vegetables ever since 1972, and sold them to cooks and chefs, and at farm stands and farmers’ markets in northern California. The website is https://organiccalifornia2050.org. For decades, Cannard has supplied Alice Waters flagship Berkeley restaurant, Chez Panisse, with fresh produce. He’s also taught thousands of students the practice and the philosophy of organic farming

2019-06-30Jun 30, 2019

There are many ways to view the current state of our nation, but I want to look through the lens of a recent trip my wife and I took to El Paso, Texas to work with migrants crossing the border. The situation is very complex, and one of the take-home messages was that polarization in our country is preventing any reasonable conversation about how to deal with these complex humanitarian problems. Very notable was the willingness of our government to risk the lives of desperate people in order to implement deterrence as a central strategy. 

2019-06-29Jun 29, 2019

Free Reentry Legal Clinics. Are you facing barriers because of an arrest or conviction history?  Meet 1-on-1 with a lawyer to learn about your legal rights with an arrest or conviction record.

 

2019-11-15Nov 15, 2019

A huge show of educators will rally before a school board meeting Monday demanding that the Union School District (USD) settle contract negotiations that have dragged on for a year. Teachers are seeking an agreement that will invest in students and classrooms and help the district recruit and retain quality teachers. Talks are at impasse over professional pay, prep time, class sizes and other resources students need to succeed.

 

2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

Daily Acts has sponsored the Community Resilience Challenge for ten years; now they’re partnering with the Regional Climate Protection Agency to launch the Sonoma Climate Challenge, a program that offers actions varying in cost and difficulty that save water and energy and reduce pollution. Rated from easy to challenging, each action has information about how to do it, upfront cost in dollars, time commitment to take action, savings in resources, dollar cost of the action, and more information on resources to help you.

2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

On July 1, theSonoma County Library will join hundreds of libraries across the nation and go “fine-free;” eliminating overdue fines for items returned late, and forgiving past fines. In all, more than 80,000 people — 30 percent of all library borrowers — will have their overdue fines waived.

2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

North Coast Senator Mike McGuire was able to secure funding in the upcoming state budget for California to implement an enhanced screening program when patients see their doctors, which is modeled off of successful programs for alcohol addiction. 

2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

The CAS’s mission is providing guidance and oversight for implementing and updating Santa Rosa’s Municipal and Community Climate Action Plans, with a goal to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and ensure long-term sustainability and resilience from climate change and its effects. 

2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

An August 5 Daily Acts fundraiser will feature the authors of The Fight Against Monsanto: The Politics of Pesticides and local activist groups pushing for pesticide bans in Sonoma County.

2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

It happens to most of us at some point. You’re on your way to work, stressed because you hit ‘off’ instead of ‘snooze’ on your alarm, or you’re in a hurry to get home before the babysitter’s parents come to pick her up. Suddenly you hear a siren scream and lights flash in your rear-view mirror, causing your heart to sink. Attorney Amy Chapman offers some advice on how to stay out of trouble during a routine stop.

2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

A new report finds that a state-funded nutrition program showed promise in its first year. The Medically Tailored Meals pilot project aims to improve the health of low-income Californians living with chronic illnesses including heart disease through improved nutrition.

2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

Despite widespread concerns about the ongoing effects of the 2017 fires, the 2019 Point-in-Time Homeless Count shows that the number of people experiencing homelessness in Sonoma County has declined by 2% during the past year - from 2,996 in 2018 to 2,951 in 2019.

2019-06-26Jun 26, 2019

An exhibit of forty photographs by Salvador "Pocho" Sanchez-Strawbridge aims to offer dignity to some of the vulnerable human beings who have been criminalized and dehumanized while experiencing homelessness in Santa Rosa. FACES, presented by Homeless Action! and Justicewise, will open in September.

2019-06-26Jun 26, 2019

On Monday, June 24th, Forestville teachers made their case at a Fact-Finding hearing, the last step in the legal process before a initiating a strike, while the District continued its questionable practice of hiring attorneys and outside consultants to find ways to not give the sixteen teachers in the district respect and a living wage.

2019-11-15Nov 15, 2019

Four state and national education union leaders from the California Teachers Association,  California Federation of Teachers,  National Education Association and  the American Federation of Teachers, issued a statement of solidarity demanding all federal and state lawmakers  take quick action to put an end to the tragic shootings by passing meaningful and sensible gun reform, in the wake of the early morning shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California.

2019-06-25Jun 25, 2019

The Sonoma County Housing Authority will accept applications for its new Housing Choice Voucher lottery waiting list from July 1-31, 2019. Due to a recent change in the system, previous voucher applicants must reapply in July to be awarded a voucher.

2019-06-24Jun 24, 2019

The California Coastal Commission today posted notice of their upcoming public hearing on the Trump Administration’s proposed helicopter dispersal of 1.5 tons of poison bait pellets in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off of Marin and San Francisco this fall.

 

2019-06-19Jun 19, 2019

Author, recovering addict and subject of the film Beautiful Boy Nic Sheff will be speaking at Healdsburg Library on Saturday, June 29, at 2 p.m. as part of Sonoma County Library’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Community members are invited to attend the free event.

2019-06-14Jun 14, 2019

The film is a reminder of the long and difficult work that victory took in a political climate in which all things progressive are at risk. No such victory can be taken for granted. "Freedom to Mary"  introduces us to the people who worked for decades for the fight for marriage equality which led to the 2015 Supreme Court ruling making it legal for gay people to marry in all 50 states.

 

2019-06-13Jun 13, 2019

Last month, something special happened right in our back yard. Over 450 women, from all 50 states, and as far away as New Zealand and the UK, came to Sonoma County to participate in the Circular Summit.  Only 1.7 percent of women-owned businesses make more than $1 million in annual revenue and only two percent of venture capital goes to female-founded companies. Alice, the company behind the Circular Summit, aims to change those statistics.

2019-06-11Jun 11, 2019

Petaluma, CA – Farm workers who pick our food are victims of an unjust system that benefits corporations over workers, often leaving parents and grandparents unable to afford school supplies for their children or grandchildren. Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) – where farm worker rights are a critical pillar of our advocacy – strives to give these children every possible chance at success. Today we announce the launch of our 2019 School Supply Drive to benefit the children of farm workers and support families trying to meet their basic needs.

 

2019-06-05Jun 5, 2019

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a plan Tuesday to allocate staff hours over the next two years to complete planning efforts including finalizing the county's cannabis zoning rules, updating an existing tree protection ordinance, and beginning the latest version of county's long-range planning document, the General Plan.

2019-06-03Jun 3, 2019

We need new terms. In line with suggestions from Greta Thunberg and the new writers’ guidelines at the Guardian, this column will no longer use the terms “climate change” or “global warming.” Instead, I will use terms that really describe the situation: “climate crisis, climate emergency, climate breakdown, and global hotting.” We’re way past the point where we can talk about what’s happening to the climate in incremental terms. There’s no middle ground anymore.


I created the Sebastopol Living Peace Wall in downtown Sebastopol to promote the cause of peace and justice by honoring the peacemakers among us.  Every year we infuse the peace wall with life by adding four peoples’ names to the granite panels and  by putting on an Induction Ceremony and Celebration.  This year’s Ceremony / Celebration will be held in the Sebastopol town square, on Saturday, September 7, 11:00 AM to Noon. 

2019-11-13Nov 13, 2019

The Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County’s newly formed Grant Program is now accepting applications. The program was made possible, in large part, because of funds contributed by the Alvin James Hansen Trust to support agriculture education. Grant requests can be made for programs and projects that further agriculture education, especially efforts that further youth education in agriculture. 

2019-11-11Nov 11, 2019

UPDATES on West County Teachers Strike & Lawsuit - Latest to initial postsThe West County School Board is using funds that would have gone to Special Ed or livable wages for teachers and giving it to a wealthy lawyer who goes from school district to school district helping to sue low-income teachers. They are suing over the teachers taking a legal strike Wed Nov 13.Source: https://www.facebook.com/nbjwj/

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