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LEARN about Sonoma County’s Land Use Policies on Cannabis & Wineries 

Feb 5, 2019


Town Hall Meeting
Saturday afternoon, February 16th, 1-3 pm

Graton Community Club, 8996 Graton Rd., downtown Graton


The community is invited to an open, fact-filled discussion on Sonoma County land use policies, including: 
General Plan for 2020
cannabis regulations
winery event regulations
Local Coastal Plan due this spring and
chemical use (SoCo rates high in CA for cancer)  

Community input is critical.

Which General Plan elements have the most impact; what it means to your neighborhood; and how we can have input on the decisions being made? Don’t let special interests co-opt your quality of life. These policies will affect the county for generations to come.

Speakers: Laura Waldbaum, Ernie Carpenter, Rue Furch and Tom Conlon.

These speakers have decades of experience in our county on land use policies.

ERNIE CARPENTER received his BA from San Francisco State and Master of Social Work at Berkeley in 1969. Ernie has lived in Sonoma County since 1969. He is a psychiatric social worker and an original Social Advocates for Youth staff. Ernie served on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors 1981-1997 representing the West Sonoma County. He is a former Coastal Commissioner, Planning Commissioner, Supervisor and current muckraker. He has an ongoing interest in progressive drug policies and government and currently works as a consultant on environment and government.

RUE FURCH has worked for years with local farm groups, seeking to protect family farms. Rue has served as a County Planning Commission for 16 years and has a reputation for doing her homework and asking tough questions. She was appointed by two West County supervisors and has twice been the Commission’s chairperson. She recently chaired a statewide conference on responsible water use and succeeded in prioritizing water resources in the county’s new general plan. Among her many awards,Rue was named California Woman of the Year by the state Assembly, 2006 Upstream Swimmer Award by Sonoma County Conservation Action, Environmentalist of the Year by the Sonoma County Conservation Council, County Planning Commissioner of the Year by the California County Planning Commissioners’ Association and received the Agent of Change Award from Concerned Citizens for Santa Rosa.

LAURA WALDBAUM is an environmental activist. For the past 20 years she has worked to implement changes to County policies and influence land use decisions to protect fish habitat in the Mark West Creek Watershed. She has been involved with litigation opposing several County land use decisions, has served on the County’s “working group” to modify the Vineyard & Orchard Site Development Ordinance and is currently a member of Sonoma County’s Cannabis Advisory Group representing the environment.

TOM CONLON is an applied anthropologist and an expert in energy-efficiency social marketing. His clients have included Southern Edison, the California Energy Commission, the Electric Power Research Institute, and The World Bank (Jamaica). He is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and Sonoma State University, and has founded several ‘green’ businesses, including one acquired by Autodesk in 2008. A Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Tom represented District 1 on the Sonoma County Climate Action 2020 Stakeholder Advisory Group, and he has served on the boards of other local organizations including the Economic Development Board’s Business Environmental Alliance, the Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley, and Transition Sonoma Valley. In the late 1980s he helped initiate the Organic Market News and Information Service and early drafts of the California Organic Foods Act (1990).




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