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2019-05-19May 19, 2019

On Tuesday, May 21, the supervisors will consider approving the Sonoma County Department of Transportation and Public Work’s (DTPW) proposed list of roads to be improved during the 2020 and 2021 construction seasons. The roads to be repaired during the 2019 construction season were decided in September 2017.

2019-04-29Apr 29, 2019

In 2018, Californians overwhelmingly voted, for the second time, to protect farm animals from cruel and inhumane conditions. Numerous pieces of legislation have been passed at both the state and local level to protect companion animals from mistreatment and discrimination. Now, a proposal to ban the sale and production of fur in the state is working its way through the legislative process.

2019-04-29Apr 29, 2019

Young adult years are extremely important for brain development, but teenagers who are mesmerized by social media won't grow into healthy adults. For the sake of the next generation, it is important to shield children and teenagers from excessive phone and social media use, a Sonoma State student writes.

2019-04-29Apr 29, 2019

Despite the historically high number of women running for president, female presidential candidates are being judged and criticized on the basis of "likability" rather than whether they are qualified to serve as president. With such high stakes, we need to change the way we talk about, one Sonoma State student writes.

2019-04-29Apr 29, 2019

While using a plastic drinking straw at a restaurant may seem like an insignificant act, the cost adds up quickly. Every day, 500 million straws are used in the United States. While some states are beginning to crack down on unnecessary straw use, more needs to be done. Corporations and individuals need to continue switching to reusable and biodegradable straws, one Sonoma State student argues.

2019-04-29Apr 29, 2019

The County of Sonoma is proposing changes to the Z (Accessory Dwelling Unit Exclusion) Combining District. PRMD File No. ZPE18-0001. The Sonoma County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to review the proposed amendments and make its recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.    

2019-04-25Apr 25, 2019

Starting May 1, older adults can call a new information and assistance line at (707) 565-INFO (565-4636) for answers to questions about a host of aging issues and get referrals to helpful community and government services from Sonoma County Adult & Aging Division social workers. The free phone assistance is offered Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in English and Spanish. (Interpretation in other languages or communication accommodations can be arranged on request.) . Callers learn about local programs and benefits, such as Meals on Wheels, specialized medical support and other services that can help them have a better quality of life or get through an illness or injury more comfortably.

2019-04-24Apr 24, 2019

Sonoma County is at a crossroads right now with new and ongoing challenges such as climate change and extreme weather, housing needs, and transportation. The upcoming General Plan update are intended to provide a vision and path forward and to provide certainty for residents and voters in the long-term.

2019-04-24Apr 24, 2019

California State Treasurer Fiona Ma announced the sale today of $83.9 million in revenue bonds on behalf of the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) to provide financial assistance to local governments for safe drinking water projects. The sale represents the inaugural issuance of bonds by the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Program.



 

2019-04-23Apr 23, 2019

As the forces fueling gentrification in the Bay Area continue to spread into the North Bay, some of the tactics of renters’ resistance are moving northward as well. The recently formed Sonoma County Tenants Union will seek to organize and educate renters in the county.

2019-04-23Apr 23, 2019

A group of officials split up millions of dollars in state funding at an April meeting, ultimately agreeing to cut funding to some large projects in order to fund additional smaller projects proposed by a local activist group. 

2019-05-15May 15, 2019

CAL FIRE investigators were immediately dispatched to the Camp Fire and began working to determine the origin and cause of the fire. After a very meticulous and thorough investigation, CAL FIRE has determined that the Camp Fire was caused by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E) located in the Pulga area. 

2019-04-22Apr 22, 2019

At an April meeting, the board of a new water agency discussed an alternate payment plan for a state-mandated water use study. Under a new proposal, the county could step in to cover the costs of small well users within the Santa Rosa Plain. 

2019-04-05Apr 5, 2019

In the first of an ongoing series, the Sonoma County League of Women Voters explains the role of the county's numerous commissions and the process of applying for a vacancy. 

2019-04-04Apr 4, 2019

On April 16, the Board of Supervisors will decide whether to direct Permit Sonoma to address the severe compatibility problems with cannabis cultivation in rural neighborhoods. In order to solve this contentious question, the supervisors need to acknowledge the fundamental problem.

2019-04-04Apr 4, 2019

It was refreshing to see newspaper items in March concerning Rep. Ilhan Omar and the nationwide dialogue she has started over basic justice issues in the Israeli-Palestine conflict that has gone on for over seven decades. However, the conservation in the national media missed a few crucial points.

2019-04-03Apr 3, 2019

Representatives of a new local water agency continued a series of public meetings about a possible fee on well owners within the Santa Rosa Plain to pay for a new state-mandated groundwater regulation program. Next meeting is April 11 in Santa Rosa

2019-03-31Mar 31, 2019

A friend of mine recently returned from two weeks in Ireland and Scotland plus a week visiting his hometown in the Netherlands. He told me the temperature was in the mid-90’s the entire time and in Ireland, miles of marshes were dried up. The news was heartbreaking but eventually propelled me to reexamine the impacts of my activism locally.

2019-03-27Mar 27, 2019

Senator Mike McGuire joined Senator Jerry Hill and 16 other California State Legislators to introduce legislation that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco in the Golden State. “Lured by fruit, candy and other kid-friendly flavors, high school and middle school students throughout the U.S. are vaping in record numbers,” said Senator Hill. “We must stop the appalling epidemic of e-cigarette use among youth.”

2019-03-23Mar 23, 2019

UPDATE: The Marathon has been postponed for now. Representatives from the marathon will be at the meeting on Sunday, March 31st as planned.

The Sonoma Coast Municipal Advisory Council will hold a Public Meeting on March 31at 2pm to discuss the Sonoma Coast Half Marathon with members of the community. The agenda will be published on the County website and at public locations along the coast at least 72 hours prior to the meeting for review.

2019-03-21Mar 21, 2019

UPDATE: The Marathon has been postponed for now. Representatives from the marathon will be at the meeting on Sunday, March 31st as planned.

The 13.8-mile marathon, has not met with local praise and support because the plan disrupts the only road for access to residences and businesses at the tail end of tourist season. The original plan called for shutting off the entire highway and that has been revised to closing sections at a time as the runners make their way down the coast.

2019-03-19Mar 19, 2019

The supervisors voted to fund an effort to find shelter for flood victims, discussed an upcoming deadline for trailers housing fire victims, approved a housing funding plan and separated the county's emergency planning and response department from its parent agency. 

2019-05-10May 10, 2019

In late March, the Public Library Association (PLA) announced the winners of its 2019 awards and grants, honoring the best in public library service, innovation and outreach. Award and grant recipients are chosen by member volunteers who serve on PLA’s Award Juries. Kathy DeWeese, the library’s Youth Services Administrator, helped plan and organize the Together at the Table series.

2019-03-19Mar 19, 2019

The third annual We The Future Social Justice Conference will be held on Santa Rosa Junior College's Petaluma Campus on April 12.

2019-03-13Mar 13, 2019

Elizabeth Gore has traveled the world espousing the economic advantages of entrepreneurship. Now, the globetrotting businesswoman from Houston is hosting two upcoming events for entrepreneurs in Sonoma County.

 

2019-03-12Mar 12, 2019

At a meeting Tuesday, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved emergency funding for the county’s flood response, announced a new leader of the Sheriff’s oversight agency and moved forward two housing developments.

2019-03-11Mar 11, 2019

Driving along River Road west through Forestville, Rio Nido, Guerneville into Monte Rio is going through a flood war zone with piles of debris stacked on the side of the road ready for pickup this week. Curbside collection will be provided to residents impacted by the flood in the unincorporated lower Russian River and will take place daily from March 11 – March 15, 2019 with a final sweep for remaining items from March 18 – 22, 2019.

2019-03-06Mar 6, 2019

According to early results of the March 5 special election, voters in the Palm Drive Health Care District resoundingly passed Measure A. It is important to be clear on what precisely voters approved. In the District's haste to call the special election, I am afraid the process was bungled, resulting in widespread confusion about what was being voted on - whether Resolution 18-10, passed unanimously by the District Board on December 7, or Resolution 19-01, adopted on a 4-1 vote of the District Board on February 4. 

2019-03-06Mar 6, 2019

It seems every day brings a new spate of federal, state, hospital and clinic restrictions on the opioids needed by millions of chronic pain patients to be functional human beings. Some are seeing their doses cut back. Others are cut off completely.

2019-03-05Mar 5, 2019

The Sonoma County Health Officer declared a local health emergency Tuesday due to the scale of household hazardous waste (HHW) scattered along the waterways, roadsides, and on public and private properties after flooding in the County from last week’s rain storms.

2019-03-05Mar 5, 2019

California’s Board of Equalization has faced significant challenges and scandals in recent years, leading the California legislature and Governor Brown to strip the Board of the vast majority of its responsibility in 2017, including removing all of its non-Constitutional tax administration duties and transferring them over to the newly created Department of Tax and Fee Administration.

2019-03-04Mar 4, 2019

With political and cultural tensions rising in America, it is important to share our experiences in a way that is respectful and empowering. Fire Circle Theater was founded by friends who met at Santa Rosa Junior College with a shared vision of positive artistic expression.

2019-03-04Mar 4, 2019

At its February meeting, the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board honored a long-time local activist for her influence on the city of Santa Rosa’s historic decision to expand wastewater recycling to the Geysers, and her continuing efforts to increase awareness of the role of endocrine disrupting chemicals on human health and aquatic life.

2019-05-08May 8, 2019

Local activists and elected leaders will gather for a town hall exploring the need for - and challenges facing - the Green New Deal, an ambitious proposal that would attempt to tackle the nation's most pressing problems - including climate change, income inequality and failing infrastructure - all at once.

2019-03-04Mar 4, 2019

Instead of eliminating the so-called "Death Tax", the United States should eliminate all taxes except estate taxes on the wealthiest individuals among us.

2019-02-28Feb 28, 2019

In late February, local veterans experiencing homelessness finally moved into their new homes, a group of 14 small houses located on county-owned land in north Santa Rosa. The lot, located on the county’s administrative campus, is the location of Veterans Village, a group of tiny houses intended to house veterans receiving federal benefits.There are approximately 200 veterans living without shelter in the county, out of the total estimated homeless population of nearly 3,000, according to the county’s 2018 point-in-time count of people experiencing homelessness.

2019-02-28Feb 28, 2019

In the wake of this week’s severe storms and subsequent flooding along the Russian River, Governor Newsom has declared a State of Emergency to allow for state funds and resources to help our local community respond to and recover from the impacts of flooding, mudslides, and damage to critical infrastructure.

2019-02-27Feb 27, 2019

Patients for Affordable Drugs Now, which collects stories about patients having trouble paying for their medicines and is building a patient advocacy community to make their voices heard. His group has collected some 15,000 patient stories, more than 100,000 emails, and has trained patients to be advocates to testify in state legislatures and lobby Congress.

2019-02-26Feb 26, 2019

In February, the Dream Center announced an ongoing partnership with Vital Immigrant Defense Advocacy and Services (VIDAS), an organization that provides free legal advice and services to undocumented students.

2019-02-26Feb 26, 2019

The MAC will hear presentations about current and future infrastructure projects planned in the area by county and state agencies, including Regional and State Parks, the County Department of Transportation and Public Works and Caltrans.

2019-02-26Feb 26, 2019

The Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival will launch its 12th annual season in late March. The festival features films from around the world and several panel discussions with filmmakers.

2019-02-26Feb 26, 2019

When taken together, two separate events at the beginning of this year illustrate how much danger lurks in Schellville due to the presence of the more than 130 LPG rail tankers that are stored there now. Tom Martin explains the threats the tankers pose in his second article about the issue.

2019-02-25Feb 25, 2019

All local women are invited to attend a free “listening session” for the Voices of Sonoma County Women project, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, at Petaluma Women’s Club, 518 B Street, Petaluma. You could win a prize for attending!

2019-02-25Feb 25, 2019

Carl Mears has a good sense of humor for a climate scientist. At a talk in January, Mears was able to make people laugh even while pointing out there will be serious trouble ahead for the planet if governments do not make serious changes in the near future.

2019-05-05May 5, 2019

My community work this past year is dedicated to two career firefighters: Charlie Rice, RIP March 29, 2018 and his widow, Shellie Rice, of Napa.  I was asked to help stop the invasion of 60+ Verizon 5G cell towers in the city of Napa, with one tower to be installed in front of the Rice’s home on Franklin Street. I soon discovered that the 5G roll over was also happening in the cities of Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol & Petaluma. More recently, the telecom industry has headed for Marin County. They have already been installed in Sacramento.  

2019-02-24Feb 24, 2019

Catholic Charities' Jennielynn Holmes discusses staying motivated as a social worker, misperceptions about people experiencing homelessness, and the nonprofit's relationship to the Catholic Church.

2019-02-22Feb 22, 2019

On Thursday, February 21, the Santa Rosa City Council wrangled over the city’s priorities for the coming year in a conference room at the Flamingo Hotel. The process offers citizens a view of the city’s management process and the sometimes-messy business of governing the city. 

2019-02-22Feb 22, 2019

At this year's showcase, nearly 500 students from 20 public and private schools and 18 school districts will take turns showing their work, exploring the work of other students, and participating in hands-on science and maker activities. 

2019-02-21Feb 21, 2019

The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Veteran Affairs office, on the Santa Rosa campus, has announced plans to partner with the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Health Care System (SFVAHCS) in order to expand services for SRJC’s student veterans, beginning Feb. 26. Additional services will include assistance with obtaining VA and community resources, assistance with enrollment in VA health care, and referrals for eligible student veterans and others at the SRJC location

2019-02-21Feb 21, 2019

It's a big deal on The River. The Lower Russian River area has wanted a voice of influence at the Board of Supervisors and now, thanks to Fifth District Supervisor Lynd Hopkins, the first public meeting will be held February 25 at Guerneville Elementary School. The public is welcome and encouraged to be involved in making decisions about the present and future of the Lower River Communities which extend from Forestville to Cazadero/Duncans Mills.

2019-02-21Feb 21, 2019

The Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) is hosting a series of community meetings in early March, to discuss a proposed fee to provide short-term funding for the new agency. Attendees will also learn about a proposed groundwater user registration program.

2019-02-21Feb 21, 2019
2019-02-20Feb 20, 2019

At a workshop for developers and city housing officials, the commission in charge of the county’s affordable housing funding lay out their priorities for choosing projects to receive approximately $2 million in federal affordable housing funding during the next fiscal year.

2019-02-12Feb 12, 2019

In 2014, I was elected to the State Board of Equalization, one of the two principal tax collection agencies in our state where cannabis dispensaries are supposed to collect and remit sales taxes. Duffel bags and sometimes suitcases of cash would arrive quarterly at some of our designated offices and some business owners had to drive 350 miles to pay their taxes. I asked how much we collected from the cannabis industry and my agency really didn’t know since tax revenues are “commingled” and deposited with other cash tax payments. 

 

2019-02-07Feb 7, 2019

A new report confirms that rising housing prices in the Bay Area have caused disproportionate harm to low-income households of color, displacing them at higher rates and pushing them into new areas of poverty and racial segregation.

2019-05-03May 3, 2019

His name has been changed.  Details are as told to me by his mother or observed by me.  I met Devin as we passed on the E Street sidewalk, April, 2015, and he asked if I had a couple of quarters.  I said no, then asked if he’d had anything to eat today.  We had lunch in a little Mexican restaurant on 4th and I learned that he loved his family, felt he had a good childhood, that he’d been in and out of psych wards, and that more than anything he wanted to work, earn a living, be able to pay rent and buy food.  "A warm, dry space with a roof” he said. He didn’t feel he had anything to say about how he grew up, what school was like, except that after he graduated “I made mistakes and drifted.  Didn’t spend my time right." Devin graduated from Analy.  I learned this from his mother after he’d given me her phone number so I could keep in touch with him.  But he rarely saw her. ADHD riddled him and when he turned 13, making school and home relationships full of pain for those around him.  He was prescribed Ritalin.  It calmed his body, but made life ethereal.  Ritalin sometimes makes the patient’s mind almost unendurable day after day.  Smoking pot will knock the buzz of the top of Ritalin.

 

2019-02-05Feb 5, 2019

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved emergency funding to repair a rapidly-degrading portion of a road near Geyserville, accepted a staff plan to offer financing to homeowners rebuilding their septic systems in a neighborhood destroyed in the 2017 fires, and discussed lawsuits involving the county behind closed doors at a Feb. 5 meeting.

2019-02-05Feb 5, 2019

Graton residents voice their concerns about a plan to merge their town's sanitation district with the neighboring Occidental sanitation district. At present, Occidental's wastewater is ported through downtown Graton to the Sonoma County Airport for treatment.

2019-02-02Feb 2, 2019

By no stretch of the imagination could Lynda Hopkins be called a “pot politician,” but she’s the supervisor of the Fifth District, where more marijuana is cultivated than in any other district in Sonoma County. Geography, agriculture and politics have pushed her front and center where cannabis is concerned, not just locally but nationally.

2019-02-02Feb 2, 2019

“Growing up, my family would read slave novels and I became interested in the history of my people specifically that which took place on the plantations duringslavery said Dr. Jacqueline Lawrence, founder of Legacy Showcases, a black history production company in Santa Rosa. As time went on, Dr. Lawrence became interested in collecting black memorabilia and turned her home into what appeared to be an African American Museum.

2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019

On March 5, voters in the Palm Drive Health Care District will go to the polls to decide if Sebastopol’s struggling public hospital will be leased, then sold, to a private, for profit company, American Advanced Management Group of Modesto. The District is putting the former Palm Drive Hospital on the market because it has consistently lost money. Despite 20 years of good faith efforts and multiple managers, the District is $28 million in debt and in its second bankruptcy. Former employees and vendors are still owed more than $8 million.

2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors pushed back a decision on some parts of a plan to consolidate fire services in the county and discussed the county's political priorities in Washington DC and Sacramento with some county consultants at a January 29 meeting.

2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019

Representatives of a new local water agency presented information about a state-required fee on well owners within the Santa Rosa Plain to pay for a new groundwater regulation program.

2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019

I feel it’s important for people to be informed. I am quite aware of how conservative news outlets report the Women’s Marches as “anti-abortion protests”... “the election”..or “women’s rights.” Its easy enough to criticize & say “what rights have you lost?” It’s not about “lost rights.”

2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019

Homelessness is one of Sonoma County’s most intractable problems. Despite the efforts of local activists, nonprofits, and government agencies, the number of people living on the streets, in vehicles, and in improvised shelters remains largely unchanged from year to year.

2019-01-24Jan 24, 2019

After an extensive and thorough investigation, CAL FIRE has determined the Tubbs Fire, which occurred during the October 2017 Fire Siege, was caused by a private electrical system adjacent to a residential structure.

2019-04-30Apr 30, 2019

West County Health Centers is hosting a one-day workshop in late May to develop collective understanding and narratives around the topic of community opioid addiction. The process will be engaging and highly interactive with a goal of creating a shared understanding of the underlying forces, and specific areas of potential impact.

2019-01-17Jan 17, 2019

The Sonoma County Housing Authority will continue to provide much-needed rental assistance through its programs funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), despite the federal government continuing its longest shutdown in U.S. history. The Housing Authority has guaranteed rental assistance payments through March 2019.

2019-01-15Jan 15, 2019

Between January 15-20 the State will issue February CalFresh benefits earlier than usual to many Sonoma County residents to cover food during the coming month. The early allocation is due to concerns that the partial federal government shutdown will prevent issuance of the benefits in February. Payments will be made by the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), from reserves approved by Congress in 2018.

2019-01-15Jan 15, 2019

In the early hours of Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, more than 150 volunteers will join Community Development Commission staff and paid, homeless guides to conduct a “street count” of people living outside, in all census tracts of the County.

2019-01-08Jan 8, 2019

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors swore in newly-elected and reelected officials, altered two contracts with consultants and updated rules around temporary rentals on agricultural lands at the board's first meeting of the year.

2019-01-08Jan 8, 2019

For 2019, the Fifth District office has one New Year’s Resolution: to focus on improving West County’s physical, intellectual and social infrastructure.

2019-01-07Jan 7, 2019

Roger and Linda Collins were honored as Sebastopol's latest "Locals Who Make a Difference" for the passionate dedication they have shown while hosting an annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner for the past 18 years.

2019-01-07Jan 7, 2019

The thousands of homeless people living in our county deserve better living conditions. And Sonoma County could offer more shelter quickly if it funded two fast, cheap housing solutions: safe parking and sanctioned campsites.

2019-01-03Jan 3, 2019

Aurora Santa Rosa, a hospital with 95 mental health beds, has big plans for the coming year. The hospital is partnering with Stanford Medicine and Sonoma State University to host new events, and has plans to add 49 new beds by October. 

2019-01-02Jan 2, 2019

Rail Tankers Pose Danger of Environmental Pollution and Damage in Schellville. While recent wildfires have occupied the attention of Sonoma County residents this year, another potential disaster sits just down the road in Schellville. There 160 rail tanker cars filled with millions of gallons of highly volatile liquid petroleum gas (LPG) sit in two lines, each a mile long, amid the marshlands. As they sit awaiting shipment to East Bay refineries, each tanker car holds over 30,000 gallons and weights more than 286,000 lb. fully loaded.

2019-01-02Jan 2, 2019

Redwood Creek is a tributary to Jonive Creek, which weaves under and along Bodega Highway before entering Atascadero Creek at the northwest corner of Ragle Ranch ParkAtascadero Creek then flows through Graton into Green Valley Creek, which meets the Russian River in Forestville. Green Valley Creek is renowned as a critical and productive stronghold for endangered coho salmon and was the last stream in the Russian River watershed to support three consecutive year classes of coho (representing all year classes, given that coho have a three-year life cycle). For decades, it has been a focal point of local salmon recovery efforts, but comparably little is known about the potential of Atascadero Creek and its tributary streams to support salmon.

 

2019-04-30Apr 30, 2019

When bleeding can be controlled or stopped, it is baffling why so many die from the loss of it during tragedies such as the Sandy Hook shooting. While learning the skills needed to slow blood loss is not a solution for the acts of violent, radical individuals, knowledgable citizens could help reduce the casualties at such events with a little extra knowledge.  

2019-01-02Jan 2, 2019

Five years after the killing of Andy Lopez, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a $3 million settlement with Lopez's family. Is it a step towards community healing for the family?

2018-12-29Dec 29, 2018

On Sunday, November 25, I casually turned on the BBC news and heard the screams of women and children — they playing audio of American border agents shooting tear gas at a crowd at the border. A sob broke through me, and I instantly knew I had reached my breaking point. Often, I’ve wondered what would need to happen to make me put down my sign and act in a more concrete way to protest the actions of our government. This was it. It was incomprehensible to accept children being knowingly shot at with anything, much less tear gas. I knew right away that I had to go stand in the way should our government try it again. I took a few days to formulate my plan and sent out an email to a group of my friends and family letting them know I was heading down to San Diego to deliver donations to refugees in the migrant camp.

2018-12-29Dec 29, 2018

In a significant victory for government transparency and accountability, the California Supreme Court today denied a police union’s last-minute effort to undermine the effectiveness of a new, landmark police transparency law, rejecting the union’s effort to make the law (SB 1421) apply only to records created after January 1, 2019.

2018-12-28Dec 28, 2018

The State of California recently passed SB 850, the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP), which is a block grant of $500m to provide direct assistance to cities and counties throughout California with the homeless crisis.  Sonoma County is slated to receive about $12m of that funding in January 2019, based on the number of homeless individuals living within the Sonoma County.  To put the amount of funding in perspective, the Sonoma County Community Development Commission (CDC) usually spends about $4m a year on homeless programs.  $1.2m of the HEAP funding should be directed at the 5th District, based on the number of homeless individuals living within the 5th District.

 

2018-12-22Dec 22, 2018

Without legislative changes, Sonoma County will continue to become increasingly unaffordable, as middle class jobs disappear and new wealth continues to move upwards, according to a new report from a local labor organization.

2018-12-22Dec 22, 2018

Law enforcement accountability activists say that, five years after Andy Lopez’s death, there are still open wounds in the community and that some of the few victories activists won appear to be in danger of being scaled back.

2018-12-18Dec 18, 2018

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that the Board of Supervisors had agreed to settle with the family of a 13-year-old boy, Andy Lopez, who was shot and killed by Sheriff Deputy Erick Gelhaus in October 2013.

2018-12-14Dec 14, 2018

Fourteen brand new “Tiny Houses” at the Veterans Village on the Sonoma County Campus will soon become home to 14 homeless Sonoma County veterans.

2018-12-11Dec 11, 2018

At its last meeting of the year, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors altered the zoning code for cannabis farms, approved staff recommendations for housing funding, and extended several staff contracts among other items during a 10-hour meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

2018-12-10Dec 10, 2018

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire, Chair of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance and Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, announced plans today to work together and implement the recent United States Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. This decision authorizes states to begin collecting sales and use tax from online and out-of-state retailers without a physical presence in California.

 

2019-04-29Apr 29, 2019

While money won't buy you happiness, a recent scandal revealed that cash will probably buy you a ticket to a fancy college. But will the students whose parents took advantage of the system be kicked out of college? One Sonoma State student argues that such students should be forced to reapply.

2018-12-06Dec 6, 2018

The Sonoma County District Attorney says she will "continue to vigorously enforce the state anti-price gouging law." The Santa Rosa City Attorney will continue to prosecute violators under a city ordinance protecting renters. 

2018-11-27Nov 27, 2018

The Supreme Court decision five years ago changed the lives of couples like Maben and Robert forever.  “Being allowed to marry and have that marriage recognized by the federal government was crucial for us,” says Maben.  “It’s all about securing the basic legal protections and rights every couple needs.”  Robert ads that while it has always been possible to create LGBT families, “it is important for people to understand it was challenging, costly and you felt inferior and less worthy. Not so now.”

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