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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. 

2019-08-20Aug 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. 

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!

 

2019-09-17Sep 17, 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. 

2019-07-21Jul 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.  

 

2019-07-17Jul 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. 

2019-09-14Sep 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. 

 

2019-06-29Jun 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.

 

2019-06-27Jun 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.

2019-09-04Sep 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.

2019-06-26Jun 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.

2019-06-25Jun 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.

2019-05-28May 28, 2019

It started for me many years ago when one of my mentors, told me about the useful tool:  Letters Not For Mailing.  Her name was Ruth.  She was the General Manager of a “high profile” women’s clothing department store in Boston.  It was a position unusual at that time, hard won and requiring a lot of diplomacy working with 99% of the managers of that venue being male.  One tool became especially useful.   Letters Not For Mailing was basically just a simple discipline that could save the user a lot of grief, and bring the user clarity and a certain kind of success handling sticky situations.  

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. 

2019-05-28May 28, 2019

In early May, the Sonoma County Planning Commission narrowly passed a policy allowing property owners to build second homes on nearly 2,000 agricultural parcels in the unincorporated county. The change was brought to the commission as part of the county’s effort to speed housing production in hopes of reducing home prices, but critics say the new homes will increase traffic and won't serve low income families.

2019-05-28May 28, 2019

After months of suspense, two Sonoma County agencies have been awarded $660,000 to reframe the county's approach to pedestrian and bicycle safety efforts. The CalTrans funding will allow the Sonoma County Transportation Authority and Department of Health Services to join a growing number of jurisdictions across the country to launch a Vision Zero program, a means of reframing the way pedestrian fatalities and injuries are thought about and, hopefully, reduced.

2019-05-26May 26, 2019

Our Sonoma County roads do seem to be getting a little more crowded and dangerous.  For example, look at the busy intersection near Stony Point Road and Highway 12, where at least three hit-and-runs have occurred over the last 6-8 months.  It does not shock me that some drivers are inattentive.  I see it all the time in my personal injury practice.  Certainly, my readers also see it all the time on our local roads.  Texting while driving.  Zipping in and out of lanes of traffic, without signaling.  The list goes on and on.  Our roads have become a type of battlefield.   The laws of physics are unforgiving and unwavering.  Newton’s laws of motion do not discriminate.  I can only speculate why a driver would flee the scene.  Perhaps they were already breaking the law (under the influence of drugs or alcohol).  Perhaps they do not even own the car and are scared of the consequences.  Perhaps they have no sense of morals or conscious.  Perhaps they have no automobile insurance. 

 

2019-05-25May 25, 2019

Many North Bay businesses received a surprise in the mail recently: letters from the Social Security Administration (SSA), notifying them that certain social security numbers they reported for their employees do not match the SSA database.  This has created concern among many local employers and their workers, who fear this might be the first step toward an investigation by ICE.  When these letters arrive, many undocumented immigrants choose to quit their jobs rather than face possible detention and deportation.   The Trump Administration announced that they are have been sending out over 500,000 such letters since March. Apparently, this was a result of the “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order issued by Donald Trump earlier this year.  

 

2019-05-24May 24, 2019

One of the wonderful things about Cloverdale is its ever-increasing diversity, including  personal perspectives and views on life. Both of us have lived here for almost 20 years. Both of us have been active in our community, meeting different people, listening to them, interacting with each other in many positive ways. Recently, we began thinking: “Wouldn’t it be great to start a community dialogue?” Vicky Groom is one community leader whose special path we often cross. We asked Vicky to write her personal story of why and how she got involved doing “something” on a local and  national level. Here, in her own words, is her inspiring story:

 

2019-05-22May 22, 2019

Sonoma County Library’sTogether at the Table program series encourages community members of all ages to come together to learn about important topics and interact and engage in a safe space. Next up on the agenda? Cannabis.

2019-05-21May 21, 2019

On Tuesday, May 21, the Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water Board) and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors (County Board) approved a plan to offset a fee that is likely to be imposed on groundwater users in the Santa Rosa Plain (an area extending from Santa Rosa west to Sebastopol, north to Windsor and south to Cotati). 

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.

2019-05-15May 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. 

2019-05-10May 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.

2019-08-30Aug 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

 

2019-05-10May 10, 2019

The Petaluma City Council became the first city in Sonoma County to pass a Climate Emergency Resolution. Petaluma joins nearly a dozen municipalities in Northern California and more than 500 jurisdictions worldwide—representing about 52 million people—that have passed such a resolution.

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.

2019-05-05May 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.  

2019-05-03May 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.

 

2019-04-30Apr 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.

2019-04-30Apr 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.  

2019-04-29Apr 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.

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.

2019-08-29Aug 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.

2019-04-29Apr 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. 

2019-04-22Apr 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.

2019-08-29Aug 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. 

2019-04-04Apr 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.


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. 

2019-08-28Aug 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. 

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