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Savory Sonoma by Stephanie Hiller

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2019-03-30Mar 30, 2019

For a long time – for my entire lifetime – we have lived in a distinctly divided world, unable to find the bridge that would connect us, allowing for our differences but recognizing that we face a growing crisis that challenges our beliefs on both sides and could potentially unite us. Whatever the terms we use to identify our positions, our division is fundamentally between those who are comfortable with the world as it has been, and those who are not. Those in power want to maintain the social order that enriches them, and those who are not, seek change; and whenever, on whichever issue, one side moves forward, the other counters. Instead of a bridge, we have a see-saw. Meanwhile the danger that confronts us worsens.

2019-02-27Feb 27, 2019

Crises pelting toward us in such rapid succession we can barely get a grip on one before another comes along. Everywhere we turn, there’s a disaster, a war, a school shoot-out, a murder of a black youth by police, a revelation of sexual abuse. Even in the slow, easy-going town of Sonoma, life has speeded up, rushing by faster than the traffic, which continues to increase with every passing weekend, slowed only by the arrival of an “atmospheric river.” And isn’t that a novel term for “big storm”? Media ingenuity certainly contributes to the spin we are in.

Here in the Valley we live in a bucolic environment we desperately want to protect with land trusts and urban growth boundaries while rising population rushes toward us in waves, needing housing that working people can afford, and equity. Some say the poor should live somewhere else, which is roughly equivalent to Marie Antoinette’s famous words, “Let them eat cake.” 


2019-01-30Jan 30, 2019

Vicki Handron and her sister Suzanna Bon made a trip to the border in November. They told us about it January 9 in the cozy setting of Art Escape run by Kate Ortolando in the Springs. The room was packed. Vicki is an attorney who has recently changed her focus to immigration law. She went to Karnes, Texas, as a volunteer with the organization RAICES with her sister as translator.


2018-12-27Dec 27, 2018

The Women’s March is organizing its third national march, to be held January 19 in locations across the country. Here in Sonoma, the event is being organized by Angela Ryan, Angie Sanchez, and Amy Gallagher.

2018-11-29Nov 29, 2018

Savory Sonoma by Stephanie Hiller-December 2018. This month the Housing and Community Development released its report on disaster recovery. $124 million will be coming our way for houses. Gavin Newsom, has promised to build 3.5 million homes statewide by 2025.


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