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County to Host Economic Recovery Town Hall with Community Input

County to Host Economic Recovery Town Hall with Community Input

The County’s Economic Recovery Committee will be hosting its first Town Hall on Wednesday, August 26th, at 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm to gather feedback from the community.  Register to the Zoom meeting and send email questions and comments before the meeting.

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400 Goats Arrive for Eco-Friendly Fire Prevention Mission

400 Goats Arrive for Eco-Friendly Fire Prevention Mission

400 Goats Arrive for Eco-Friendly Fire Prevention Mission. Caltrans has hired a herder and 400 goats as part of an eco-friendly mission to remove brush along a two-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 101 in Sonoma County between Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg and Canyon Road in Geyserville.

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Apply for the Commission on Human Rights or Commission on the Status of Women!

Apply for the Commission on Human Rights or Commission on the Status of Women!

Invitation to apply to fill one opening on the Commission on Human Rights, or two vacancies on the Commission on the Status of Women. These are important opportunities to serve our community, collaborate with leaders throughout the county, and advance initiatives that promote meaningful social change.

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California Educators Urge Voters Support Prop. 16, Equal Opportunity for All

California Educators Urge Voters Support Prop. 16, Equal Opportunity for All

The CTA Board of Directors voted to support Prop. 16 earlier this month, following CTA’s support of ACA 5, which cleared the legislature in June with overwhelming bipartisan support qualifying the measure for the ballot.

 

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California Treasurer Fiona Ma Calling for Ideas From Community on Housing Solutions

California Treasurer Fiona Ma Calling for Ideas From Community on Housing Solutions

Leading the charge in finding solutions for the Workforce/Middle Income housing crisis, California State Treasurer Fiona Ma announced today that she is looking for creative ideas from the public to aid families in need of housing.   

 

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Gov. Newsom Joins Educators in Prioritizing Safe Reopening of Schools

Gov. Newsom Joins Educators in Prioritizing Safe Reopening of Schools

The new guidance provides clarity that distance learning should be the immediate course of action in any county that is on the state watch list and allows other districts to make those decisions in accordance with local health department officials. Safe school reopening, quality distance learning and equity for our communities requires funding. Many local districts don’t have the necessary resources or capacity to maintain even the most basic prevention measures of six feet physical distancing and limiting contacts, personal protective equipment (PPE), or adequate ventilation and cleaning supplies. In addition, studies show that 30 percent of K-12 students still do not have access to the internet or computers. CTA asks Governor Newsom to join them in supporting Proposition 15 to ensure large corporations pay their fair share of taxes to restore $12 billion to our schools and communities.

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4th Annual International Monarch Monitoring Blitz - July 24—August 2

4th Annual International Monarch Monitoring Blitz - July 24—August 2

The eastern monarch suffered a 53% drop last year when compared with 2018, remaining well below historic levels, which demonstrates that conservation efforts are still needed to attain a positive trend. Meanwhile, the western monarch population, which breeds west of the Rocky Mountains and overwinters on the California Coast, continues to hover at less than 1% of its historic population size. For one week, the Blitz invites people across North America to look for milkweed plants and survey them for monarch eggs, caterpillars, chrysalises and butterflies. This information will help researchers identify priority areas for monarch conservation actions. Data gathered during the Blitz is uploaded to the Trinational Monarch Knowledge Network, where it is accessible for anyone to consult and download.

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State Public Health Officer Order for Sonoma County

State Public Health Officer Order for Sonoma County

The current data reflect that community spread of infection is of increasing concern across the state, and most particularly in those counties on the County Monitoring List, which includes Sonoma County. Therefore the State Public health officer has ordered  Bars, pubs, breweries, brewpubs, dine-in restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums, and cardrooms will be closed to indoor services. All other Orders, Guidance, and Directives, including but not limited to the State Public health officer's guidance mandating the wearing of face coverings and maintaining social distancing of at least 6 ft, and the guidance prohibiting all gatherings, continue to apply to Sonoma County

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State Places Sonoma County on Watch list - Restrictions to Come as soon as Monday, July 13

State Places Sonoma County on Watch list - Restrictions to Come as soon as Monday, July 13

Due to sharp increases in new coronavirus infections since early June, Sonoma County was added to the state monitoring list on friday july 10. Our County will be subject to new restrictions as part of statewide actions designed to slow the spread of coronavirus. The restrictions would start as soon as  Monday, July 13, 2020 and would be in place until the state takes further action, which  would be no earlier than July 22, 2020.

 

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Workshops for Residents to Share Groundwater Concerns

Workshops for Residents to Share Groundwater Concerns

The Groundwater Sustainability Workshops being held in July 15– july 29  will provide an opportunity for well owners, farmers and others in Petaluma Valley, Sonoma Valley and Santa Rosa Plain to learn about groundwater in these basins and to help define local, sustainable groundwater management. Community workshops help the County get ideas and feedback from those who have wells in the basin and who rely on groundwater for their livelihood. 

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Board of Supervisors to create Office of Equity for Sonoma County

Board of Supervisors to create Office of Equity for Sonoma County

Recent natural disasters including the fires of October 2017 and the COVID-19 pandemic have served to underscore the disproportionate challenges communities of color face on a daily basis. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors committed to making “Racial Equity and Social Justice” one of the pillars for its revised Strategic Plan.

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COVID-19 MUSINGS - #1 by Jon Jackson

COVID-19 MUSINGS - #1 by Jon Jackson

What he has learned from reading the medical literature for nearly six months and speaking from medical experience as a physician, Jon Jackson shares some important information. The take away is simple: Wear the Mask, Wash your Hands, Practice Social Distancing. The unique nature of the virus are in the details. Find out more...

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The Most Important Election of My Lifetime—Tish Leve

The Most Important Election of My Lifetime—Tish Leve

We need to do everything we can to make sure everyone who wants to vote CAN, and that they can do safely AND fairly. Vote-by-mail is the safest and fairest way to hold an election.  (As of May, California is an all-mail ballot election state.) However, for mail-in ballots to work, we must have a functioning Post Office. The pandemic reduced the Post Office’s income from first class mail and marketing mail by as much as 50%. The administration has opposed any bailout stimulus money for the Post Office. The least WE CAN DO IS BUY STAMPS. Just half the Americans over age 18 buying a sheet of 20 Forever stamps would raise about $1.15 billion.  

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