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2020-01-24Jan 24, 2020

The Sonoma County Tenants Union was created to directly address the housing disaster in our County. This a response to the “housing crisis.” The Union believes the collective organizing power of a Tenants Union is the best solution towards challenging the power of influence that the real estate industry has on local government. Working to shift housing policy in favor of strong renter protections. The most impacted and vulnerable community members are focussed on and organizing to fight for housing justice in Sonoma County is the goal.  The first Sonoma County Tenants Union’s General Meeting and Renters Assembly is happening tomorrow,January 25th at La Plaza-Lincoln Elementary School: 850 W. 9th St. Santa Rosa, Ca. 95401 from 10am-2pm

2020-01-08Jan 8, 2020

As part of its commitment to helping communities impacted by the 2019 Kincade wildfire, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) outlined today a series of billing and service modifications as well as disaster relief available to support recovering customers. The actions PG&E has taken to support customers who lost their home or business because of the 2019 Kincade wildfire include such things asBill Forgiveness, Flexible Payment Plans, No Reconnection Fees, Expediting Service Requests and more.

2020-01-07Jan 7, 2020

The biggest problem that America has with marijuana is that it is still considered a schedule one drug under the federal government which has significantly decreased the financial opportunities and medical advancements that could have been produced earlier. Puting marijuana in the same categorycould save lives and the environment in countless ways, on a more entrepreneurial note it could also raze thousands of people out of poverty by providing new jobs and it could make many obscenely rich. 

2020-01-07Jan 7, 2020

The County of Sonoma’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is in full swing, and today we had staff liaisons present from the City of Santa Rosa as well. This is enabling us to mobilize the massive effort needed to offer services and solutions to the 200+ camp residents and to move forward with clearing the camp and reopening the Joe Rodota Trail.

2020-01-06Jan 6, 2020

“The Sonoma Dems are proud of Supervisor Gorin’s leadership on the many complex issues that face Sonoma County. Leading the effort to reimagine the use of Sonoma Development Center while protecting those most vulnerable who have been residents at the Center, building local affordable housing, renewal of the Springs area of Sonoma, building sidewalks, focusing on road improvements, and protecting our precious open space — these are all issues important to all Democrats” said County Democratic Party Chair Pat Sabo. 

2020-01-06Jan 6, 2020

The Sonoma County Democratic Party has endorsed Lynda Hopkins for re-election to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in District 5, which includes the City of Sebastopol, Guerneville, Bodega Bay, Occidental, and the western portion of the unincorporated county to the Pacific Ocean on the west, and Mendocino County to the north. Her endorsement was unanimous, recognizing her actions on the Board and her leadership in achieving resilience in the face of the flooding and wildfires that have directly affected her district.

2020-01-04Jan 4, 2020

The 2020 Homeless Count will take place on Friday, January 31, 2020, from 5 am-9 am at locations across Sonoma County. The homeless count is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in order for the county to receive $3.4 million for a variety of supportive housing.  Info: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/CDC/Homeless-Services/Volunteer-for-the-Homeless-Count.

2020-01-02Jan 2, 2020

To address The Homeless encampments on the Joe Rodota Trail, our county supervisors held an emergency meeting and set up a plan to create shelter for people on the Joe Rodota Trail. There will be a meeting on January 3rd at the Veteran’s Building in Santa Rosa to get community input for specific design elements of the indoor-outdoor shelter sites from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is only ONE camp among many throughout the county, it is highly visible, andit impedes people from using the trail as a transportation corridor. Community input has to be part of the solution because the community, all taxpayers, are paying for these solutions. 

2019-12-29Dec 29, 2019

Residents ask 2020 Mayor, Leah Gold…many questions about the issues and changes facing the city of Healdsburg. The questions ranged from how to  make downtown more local-friendly; solutions to homelessness, ghe effect of 3 years of fires on tourism to policy changes to come.

2019-12-26Dec 26, 2019

Current park projects for Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks are The Roseland Creek Community Park & the Kawana Springs Community Park. A public hearing on the proposed Master Plan for Roseland Creek Community Park will be held during City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. The Kawana Springs Community Park has entered the design phase which can take twelve to eighteen months to complete, funding pending. 

 

2019-12-23Dec 23, 2019

An open discussion with local health professionals and community experts on how we get there. Saturday, February 8  9:30-noon, Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Ave, Santa Rosa.

 

2020-01-23Jan 23, 2020

The council meets quarterly to discuss various topics related to management of Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off San Francisco, including sanctuary enforcement coordination; updates from the Greater Farallones, Cordell Bank, and Monterey national marine sanctuary superintendents; and from the Director of the Greater Farallones Association, the nonprofit partner to Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

2019-12-18Dec 18, 2019

Tonight Downtown Santa Rosa was ringing with chants of IMPEACH and REMOVE Donald Trump, cars honking in support of the crowd, someone singing over the loud speaker "We shall overcome... the day Trump is impeached and goes away". It felt good to be there, showing up to protest the asault on our democracy and the integrity and freedom of the press. 

2019-12-17Dec 17, 2019

Effective 12/09/2019, the burn permit suspension in Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Solano, Yolo and Colusa counties was lifted by Cal Fire. Those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can resume burning on permissible burn days. Residents are asked to use caution while conducting burns, follow all guidelines, and to maintain control of the fire at all times. Individuals can be held civilly and/or criminally liable for allowing a fire to escape their control.

2019-12-12Dec 12, 2019

On Tuesday December 10th the Petaluma Chamber of Commerce Leadership class had their annual “Nonprofit Day”. David Adams owner of Quality Printing Services and graduate of Leadership class 2019 this year’s nonprofit day chair brought together a wide mix of the nonprofits in Petaluma from a variety of categories to share the rich diversity of services and organizations that Petaluma is blessed with.

2019-12-10Dec 10, 2019

How easy is it for older adults and residents with disabilities to get around in Sonoma County? How often do they forgo important trips because they lack transportation? What are the local transportation challenges, successes and gaps in services?  Older adults and residents with disabilities are invited to discuss these questions and share their experiences, adding their input to the Sonoma County Connected Communities Transportation Study. The conversation will be Friday, January 10, 1-3 p.m., at the CLSD Bill Platt Training Room, 38901 Ocean Drive, Gualala.

2019-12-07Dec 7, 2019

As the process of updating the Local Coastal Plan unfolds (and soon also the county General Plan update) the foundation of analysis should be an understanding of the carrying capacity of the natural environment and man-made infrastructure.  Focusing for the moment on the latter, what is the carrying capacity of the roads, water systems/wells, the septic systems and sewerage treatment plants which constitute the core elements of infrastructure supporting human habitation of the area.  

 

2019-12-05Dec 5, 2019

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California businesses and residents affected by the Kincade Fire that occurred Oct. 23 - Nov. 7, 2019, announced acting Administrator Christopher M. Pilkerton of the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s designated representative, Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services on Nov. 14, 2019.

 

2019-12-02Dec 2, 2019

She lives in the corner of a 2-sided cement-block dumpster-bunker in back of a gas station in Santa Rosa, surrounded on the two open sides by 3 ranks of 5 or 6 dozen paper grocery bags with a little recycling in each, an outer ring of bike, chair, rusty shopping carts to deflect attention, sleeping on two worn bath-towels, covered by thin blankets and a large garbage bag in rain. Sally-Anne says she has had depression for many years and at about 20 was deemed eligible for SSI, She also says she has PTSD.

2019-11-30Nov 30, 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.

2019-11-30Nov 30, 2019

The Public and the LCP: The Sonoma Coast is an irreplaceable public asset and deserves the kind of respect and due process that it was accorded during the thorough public participation by which the first LCP was initially formulated and adopted.  After a County-requested pause in the LCP update process following the 2017 Tubbs fire, Permit Sonoma is now pushing through an artificially-rushed  public review of hundreds of pages of binding planning guidance and formal regulatory language in the aftermath of this year’s new fire season. 

2019-11-30Nov 30, 2019

Why were you evacuated?  What was behind Sheriff Essick’s evacuation order?  Clearly he was nervous, but nervousness in itself hardly qualifies as sufficient justification for evacuating 180,000 people.  There must be a deeper explanation.  Cal Fire is said to have a fire risk model, but what is it?  I find no descriptions online.  Evacuations impact local businesses.  The health of the old and infirm is at risk. A public interest group,  Evacuation Why,  to give us a start in dealing with issues of fire risk assessment in West Sonoma County. Contact  rdh@evacuationwhy.org  to get involved.

2020-01-22Jan 22, 2020

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has diverted over $100 million from safety and maintenance programs to executive compensation at the same time it has caused an average of more than one fire a day for the past six years killing over 100 people. PG&E is the largest privately held public utility in the United States. A new research report shows that 91% of PG&E stocks are held by huge international investment management firms, including BlackRock and Vanguard Group. PG&E is an ideal investment for global capital management firms with monopoly control over five million households paying $16 billion for gas and electric in California. The California Public Utility Commission (PUC) has allowed an annual return up to 11%.

 

2019-11-29Nov 29, 2019

The Vital Lands Initiative is a comprehensive plan that will guide our work for the next 10 years. Building on our nearly 30 years of successful land conservation work, the initiative will outline strategies for protecting our vital open space lands to preserve agriculture, natural resources, recreation, scenic vistas, greenbelt areas, and urban open space. The updated draft of the Vital Lands Initiative is now available for review. Comments on the draft are due by Monday, December 16, 2019, and can be submitted using our online form or by emailing  lauren.alpert@sonoma-county.org.

2019-11-24Nov 24, 2019

The city has released an "Initial Study and Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/Proposed MND) for the City’s Roseland Creek Community Park Project.” To see or download the map go here: https://srcity.org/DocumentCenter/View/26439/Roseland-MP_191101. It has a “Review Period: November 19, 2019 to December 18, 2019.” PLEASE READ IT AND MAKE COMMENTS before Dec. 18th. You can read it here:https://srcity.org/2448/Park-Projects. Comments may be directed to the attention of Ms. Jen Santos at 55 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.jsantos@srcity.org  Many Roseland residents are concerned the city has discriminated against Roseland in this process while serving the residents of eastern Santa Rosa better in regards to park planning.

2019-11-21Nov 21, 2019

The City of Sebastopol is enacting a new Ordinance, effective November 25, 2019 written to: prohibit use and sale of disposable food service ware and other products containing polystyrene foam, require food providers to use compostable or recyclable disposable food service ware when such products are commercially available. A copy of the full ordinance is posted on the City website.

2019-11-21Nov 21, 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.  

 

2019-11-20Nov 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.

2019-11-19Nov 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! 

2019-11-18Nov 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

2019-11-17Nov 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. 

2019-11-15Nov 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.

2019-11-15Nov 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.

 

2020-01-15Jan 15, 2020

California State Treasurer Fiona Ma says when it comes to addressing the climate crisis, California is "moving the financial needle" in the right direction. "As the State’s Banker, I’m happy that we will invest in companies that spur newer, greener tech solutions to combat fires, floods and blackouts in California. The $1 billion low-interest revolving loan fund sends a message to the world that California is stepping up even more to help Mother Nature." Both Ca treasury programs, CAEATFA assists the state in meeting its greenhouse gas goals and works with the private market. CPCFA facilitates low cost financing to qualified waste and recycling projects to control pollution and improve water supply.

 

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.

2019-11-13Nov 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/

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.

2019-11-03Nov 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. 

2019-10-20Oct 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… 

2020-01-12Jan 12, 2020

Sonoma County has gone from total pandemonium in 2017 to a massively successful reaction in 2019. The County has responded -government and people, in an awesome way. Can we do it again, and again: fire, flood, drought?  The Civil Grand Jury is in place and capable of such review and recommendation.  It is their job.  If you have vision, and concern for the future of Sonoma County, consider applying for the Sonoma County Grand Jury. The application enrollment period for the 2020-2021 Grand Jury is Jan-Mar 2020. 

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.

2019-09-30Sep 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.

2020-01-11Jan 11, 2020

As Americans grow more dissatisfied with their insurance arrangements, public discussion about the wisdom of switching to a system sometimes referred to as Medicare for All has grown. There’s more press attention to this topic than I have ever seen. What’s not been discussed, however, is how providing health care for everyone and controlling prices are interrelated.

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.

2019-09-22Sep 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. 

2020-01-10Jan 10, 2020

The California Secretary of State has begun an email notification program to voters who submit a voter registrations and have provided an email address. The notification is to confirm the voter’s activity and to help protect their voter registration in the event their registration may have been changed by accident or without their consent. Email alerts will be sent by the  California Secretary of State if a voter registers, or their registration is changed, updated or cancelled.  The Sonoma County Registrar of Voters is seeking  poll workers for the March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary Election.

 

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.

2019-08-20Aug 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. 


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. 

2020-01-10Jan 10, 2020

Sonoma County is planning to move occupants of the Joe Rodota Trail (trail) to permanent supportive housing and sheltering in other locations in the County by January 31, 2020.  The county is working to establish hardened shelter units, which are secure and private, with locking windows and doors. They've already ordered 30 pallet shelters.

 

2020-01-09Jan 9, 2020

Climate Healthy Communities Start with Urban Growth Boundaries. All nine cities in Sonoma County adopted UGBs more than 20 years ago and most have renewed them once. UGBs are proven and accepted across the board by planners, communities and most elected officials as successful. 

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