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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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Sonoma County Library Expanded its Student OneCard Partnership

Sonoma County Library Expanded its Student OneCard Partnership

Sonoma County Library has expanded its Student OneCard partnership  —  which provides local students access to public library resources using their student ID numberto include 16 of 40 Sonoma County school districts, giving nearly 50,000 Sonoma County public school students access to library resources. 

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Paycheck Protection Program has Reopened - Dealine Aug 8, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program has Reopened - Dealine Aug 8, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications in response to President signing the program's extension legislation. The newdeadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020. The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses. Read more about PPP loan application and loan forgiveness.

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Farallones Poison Drop, Free Webinar July 14

Farallones Poison Drop, Free Webinar July 14

The California Coastal Commission will consider whether or not the Farallones Poison Drop is consistent with California’s federally-approved Coastal Plan, at the upcoming November 2020 virtual online meeting.  The Coastal Commission has a unique and decisive role to play in protecting our coastal wildlife, and Commissioners listen carefully to the public. We need Public input: This free webinar, on July 14 at 1 pm Pacific, 4 pm Eastern, will fill in the details about this controversial proposal, the pending decision, the harmless alternatives, and the precedent-setting implications for marine protected areas everywhere.

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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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Greenbelt Update - Defend Community Separators

Greenbelt Update - Defend Community Separators

A new luxury resort and major event center is planned in the heart of a key community separator between Santa Rosa and Windsor at 3890 Old Redwood Highway. The resort needs to be denied, delayed or sent to a vote of the people. The county is accepting public comments on the proposal and environmental review until Tuesday july 7. A public hearing before the Board of Zoning Adjustments is tentatively set for 1 p.m. Thursday July 9 for a vote on the environmental review and the project. Send your comments to  permitsonoma@sonoma-county.org. The July 9, 2020 Board of Zoning Adjustments meeting will be facilitated virtually through zoom. Members of the public can watch or listen to the meeting using one of the two methods, READ ON get the info...

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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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Racism - We don't have that problem here -- Healdsburg Responds

Racism - We don't have that problem here -- Healdsburg Responds

Racism - We don't have that problem here -- Healdsburg Responds. At the end of the June 1st City Council meeting, Healdsburg leaders unwittingly gave voice to a narrative repeated by people in charge all over America, “We don’t have that problem here.” Insulted and angered, people mobilized with a petition to oust the mayor, put their racial experiences in writing and then hang them like flags around the gazebo on the downtown plaza for all to read at a June 11 rally.

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Black Lives and Endemic Violence Rooted in Economic Expediency — A History

Black Lives and Endemic Violence Rooted in Economic Expediency — A History

Black lives in america begun with slavery enforced through violence by slave patrols, which were the first form of policing.  Abolition and the ensuing race-based violence to keep black lives in control for economic reasons, the civil rights struggles, and the choices made by Southern white supremacists after abolition and the rest of the country’s accommodation shows clearly a thread of unbelievable and unending violence against blacks. At the end of the article there is discussion and ideas on how to address the inequity and make a start at reparations through policies that support black lives and especially black children.

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Blue-Green Algae Caution at Salmon Creek Lagoon in Bodega Bay

Blue-Green Algae Caution at Salmon Creek Lagoon in Bodega Bay

Out of an abundance of caution, Friday morning (June 26th) Caution Advisory signs for HABs were posted along the Salmon Creek lagoon in Bodega Bay. As the summer season progresses, advisory signs will be posted in other freshwater recreational areas and remind the community to heed the advisory message if they see these signs.  The Caution Advisory recommendations include staying away from algae and scum in the water, preventing pets and other animals from going into the water, and keeping children away from algae in the water or accumulated along the shore. Read more find out about thd real dangers to people and pets...

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Sonoma County DA Announces Dismissal of 2,735 Marijuana Convictions

Sonoma County DA Announces Dismissal of 2,735 Marijuana Convictions

Understanding the burden that has been placed on individuals, families, and communities as a result of cannabis convictions and In line with the values of the overwhelming number of people of Sonoma County, DA Ravitch took aggressive steps to assist those affected. Especially since the relief granted under Proposition 64 failed to reach many of those affected the DA, following the provisions of AB 1793, required the California Department of Justice to review state criminal history information, identify those eligible for relief under Proposition 64 to the courts, and directed said courts to automatically reduce or dismiss eligible convictions by July 1, 2020. To find out if your record has been cleared, get the contact info and/or access the "Clear my Record' portal.

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Firefighter News — July 2020

Firefighter News — July 2020

Now that the temperatures are rising and the grasses are starting to dry out, it is becoming easier for wildland type fires to start. Remember to mow high weeds and grasses early and often. The lower temperatures and higher humidity help slow a fire should one start. This fire season is set to be the driest season on record since the 1850’s!

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