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Medicare for All — Supported by HPEACE

Medicare for All — Supported by HPEACE

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. 

 

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Waterways and Watershed Clean-Up Sonoma County 2019

Waterways and Watershed Clean-Up Sonoma County 2019

Waterways and Watershed Clean-Up Sonoma County 2019. Every fall volunteers scour the hills, creeks, tributaries, river, and beaches of Sonoma County to remove trash before winter rains wash it out to sea or before floodwaters float trash into our riverbank trees and bushes. It's a daunting task and takes hundreds of people time to accomplish. But the end results are spectacular. Yes, wouldn't it be wonderful if this were not necessary! But it is. Please join all these wonderful people to clean up Sonoma County waterways before winter rains begin! THANK YOU!

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Sonoma Ready Day Event - Sept 8 - Prepares Community for Disasters

Sonoma Ready Day Event - Sept 8 - Prepares Community for Disasters

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. 

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Two Decades of Educating the Next Generation of Conservationists

Two Decades of Educating the Next Generation of Conservationists

The Sonoma Resource Conservation District’s longest standing youth education program of over twenty years, FARMS (Farming, Agriculture, and Resource Management for Sustainability) Leadership provides innovative, hands-on experiences to urban, suburban and rural youth at working farms, agri- businesses and universities. A state-wide program facilitated by the Center for Land-Based Learning (CLBL), our graduates join approximately 300 other students in California that complete the program annually.  

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Proposed Ordinance to Increase Housing in our Agriculturally Zoned Areas

Proposed Ordinance to Increase Housing in our Agriculturally Zoned Areas

September 8th is Sonoma Ready   will offer emergency resources, demonstrations, short lectures, emergency vehicle displays and tools to educate and empower community members to withstand and recover from emergencies. On September 10, Presentation Regarding Deferred maintenance of all County-Owned Properties. September 17th, Proposed Ordinance to Increase Housing in our Agriculturally Zoned Areas. And New New Lower Russian River TMDL Ombudsperson for Septic Requirement announced.

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Sound in the Silence — Native American Student Performance Camp

Sound in the Silence — Native American Student Performance Camp

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

 

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Streets to Creeks: Prevent Creek Pollution in the RRW

Streets to Creeks: Prevent Creek Pollution in the RRW

A coalition of cities, counties, towns, and special districts that share the Russian River watershed have partnered to raise awareness about storm drains and their connection to the vitality of our local creeks. Many community members are unaware of the fact that the storm drains in our streets, go directly into local creeks, and ultimately flow into the Russian River. The campaign focuses on raising awareness about impacts to our watershed and water quality by educating residents about one essential fact — only rain should ever go down the storm drain. 

 

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Meredith Pier a Community Hazard

Meredith Pier a Community Hazard

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.

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Fire Safe – Fire Ready by By Vesta Copestakes

Fire Safe – Fire Ready by By Vesta Copestakes

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. 

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Creating Immediate & Affordable Housing Through Home Sharing

Creating Immediate & Affordable Housing Through Home Sharing

There’s a lot of publicity about the lack of affordable housing both nationwide and locally and Sonoma County is doing something about it. SHARE (Shared Housing and Resource Exchange) Sonoma County offers a timely alternative throughout Sonoma County and the Sonoma Valley.  A “Provider” has a room or rooms in his/her home and might need a bit of extra income or some sort of service exchange in order to remain home safely to age-in-place. The “Provider” is carefully and thoughtfully matched with a “Seeker,” someone in need of housing, who is screened and thoroughly background checked with proven financial sustainability should rent be exchanged.

 

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Labor Day - Raise the Minimum Wage

Labor Day - Raise the Minimum Wage

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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Citizens Stand Up to Protect California’s Wildlife

Citizens Stand Up to Protect California’s Wildlife

As native carnivores, bobcats (Lynx rufus) are an indicator species of ecosystem health. Yet they face growing challenges as their habitat disappears and human impacts increasingly affect their ability to survive. Fortunately, lawmakers and a coalition of organizations are advancing bills through this session of the California State Legislature that, if passed, would protect bobcats from cruel and senseless killing. AB 1254 passed the Assembly and is scheduled to be heard in Senate Appropriations on August 30. If released, it could hit the Senate floor quickly. Residents can contact their senator and urge a ‘Yes’ vote on AB 1254. 

 

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KBBF RadioLand By Serena Makofsky — September 2019

KBBF RadioLand By Serena Makofsky — September 2019

Fresh to KBBF is a program focusing on indigenous news, culture, and discussion in multiple languages. KBBF will Celebrate Mexican Independence Day This informational, family-friendly celebration is still in the planning stages. Women’s Spaces Features Marnie Wroth and Susan Lamont.

 

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Taking Out Healthy Trees Is Not the Answer

Taking Out Healthy Trees Is Not the Answer

PG&E has hired many different companies to do their work, supposedly to prevent against their power lines causing another devastating wild fire. People are afraid naturally, of a fire, but taking out many of our fine trees is not the answer! The 20th Cazadero Old Time BBQ is about to happen on Sunday, September 1st at the Music Camp from 12-5 p.m. A splendid day, filled with terrific events, tasty steak or chicken BBQ and more.  The Russian River Jewish Community will celebrate the New Year-Rosh HaShana on Saturday, September 28th at Armstrong Woods. 

 

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Fire Preparation—Frontline Wildfire Defense Systems

Fire Preparation—Frontline Wildfire Defense Systems

The national behemoth issuing your home insurance policy have decided to go away from covering you.  That is inconvenient at best and financially crippling at worst for you the homeowner, but you can be assured said insurance company behemoth has run the numbers. It’s what they do; their essential function in fact.  This is one large factor underlying the near-seismic shifts in behavior regarding fire. It turns out that there is a way that might be better AND safer than the garden hose gambit.  This is a system offered by a company called Frontline Wildfire Defense Systems.  Essentially, it is a system of smart sprinklers installed on your home by professionals. These sprinklers, when activated, will cover your home with a biodegradable firefighting foam.

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County Has Adopted Onsite Wastewater Treatment System

County Has Adopted Onsite Wastewater Treatment System

County has Adopted the Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Manual, version 7 dated 8/15/19. We also have a new ombudsperson, Alisha O’Loughlin, who can assist residents regarding septic upgrades. Next summer you will be asked what type of system you have. Systems will have to be inspected every 5 years (you pay for inspection).  In the Fifth District Office, Elise VanDyne has taken over the field rep position from Amie Windsor. Elise was most recently the Executive Director for Russian River Chamber. District Director Susan Upchurch will be retiring to her home on Whidbey Island near Seattle in October after 11 years of service.

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SR City Council Banning Use of Synthetic Weed-killers

SR City Council Banning Use of Synthetic Weed-killers

In August 2018 the city of Santa Rosa during their yearly contract renewal with Golden Gate Landscape Management Company requested they discontinue the use of synthetic pesticides in their parks and roadway landscaping that belongs to the city, including all civic places like Santa Rosa City Hall, for the next year.  Chairman Congressman Mike Thompson (CA 5), Gun Violence Prevention Task Force urges Senator Mitch McConnell to meet on bipartisan gun violence prevention measures.

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RRWA Environmental Column – September 2019

RRWA Environmental Column – September 2019

Under the supervision of a highly qualified and capable management team, Conservation Corps North Bay (CCNB) trains its corpsmembers to offer a wide range of services which profit and enrich the community.  Their Natural Resources division provides assistance with a variety of tasks including trail construction and maintenance, flood prevention, fire fuel reduction and habitat restoration; among many other services. They also operate a Zero Waste program which benefits the community by providing: 

 

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Immigration Stories by Christopher Kerosky - September 2019

Immigration Stories by Christopher Kerosky - September 2019

The debate about immigration in this country suffers from a preponderance of misinformation, much of which is disseminated by politicians and amplified by social media.  I address 7 of the most common myths here.

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West County Fire Parcel Tax Measures - September 2019

West County Fire Parcel Tax Measures - September 2019

There are important ballot measures coming to you this fall in Gold Ridge, Graton, and Occidental. We need your support and participation to ensure the future of the West County fire services. Sonoma County fire departments are undergoing significant changes with some failing and others combining to become sustainable; it was time for our West County fire board directors to make some hard decisions to ensure the safety of our residents.

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