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2018-10-22Oct 22, 2018
The Sonoma County Commission on Human rights announced on September 23rd that it had found pervasive violations of internationally recognized human rights of homeless individuals in Sonoma County. The findings were made following a detailed report presented to the Commission by Homeless Action!, an advocacy group based in Santa Rosa. Violations were documented of at least seven articles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which safeguards basic standards for the health and well-being of people in cases of unemployment, sickness, disability and other circumstances beyond their control. In addition, the 4th and 8th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution are regularly violated.
2018-10-16Oct 16, 2018
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors heard comment on the county’s Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and allowed staff to begin work on an environmental impact report for a long-delayed quarry at its Tuesday, October 16 meeting.
2018-10-15Oct 15, 2018
The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (Ag + Open Space), a special district of the County dedicated to protecting our working and natural lands forever, has acquired a conservation easement covering 1,600 acres of forest land owned by Rip Goelet along the South Fork Gualala River in northwest Sonoma County.
2018-10-15Oct 15, 2018
The Coast MAC and Lower Russian River MAC is established to advise the Board of Supervisors and other County decision makers on local planning and management decisions relating to their respective regions, to provide a regular forum for citizen participation in the formation of advisory recommendations on those decisions, and to provide a bridge for communication between the County and local residents and businesses, and the general public on local government decisions affecting these communities.
2018-10-15Oct 15, 2018
Creative Sonoma is offering therapeutic art sessions to local public school students recovering from the fall 2017 fires.
2018-10-15Oct 15, 2018
A year after the Tubbs Fire shook Sonoma County's artist community, it's time once again for the Sonoma County Art Trails, a two-week festival of open studios across the county run by the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.
2018-10-14Oct 14, 2018
PG&E May Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety in Portions of 12 Counties. Sonoma County officials are prepared to notify residents who will likely be impacted by PG&E’s planned power shut-off this evening, due to extreme weather conditions: unincorporated areas of northeastern and eastern Sonoma County. Sonoma County Emergency Services officials will send out aSoCoAlert to notify residents in advance of potential impacts and to alert them to possible critical communications outages.
2018-10-12Oct 12, 2018
In the cow-dotted fields of Sonoma County, dairy goat farmer Jennifer Bice has always forged her own path. As her goat dairy company Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery celebrates its 50th year, Bice looks to the future, adapting her farm to the immediate challenges of climate change, drought, and wildfires to protect the animals she loves and the land that sustains them. 
2018-10-12Oct 12, 2018
The Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have some highly anticipated events coming up in October with opportunities to get to know more about us and what we do. There is a little more to us beyond promulgating joy, expiating stigmatic guilt and serving the under-served!
2018-10-12Oct 12, 2018
Activists met Friday to discuss possible uses for new state funding to provide homeless housing.
2018-10-11Oct 11, 2018
For me, few things are more satisfying than planting trees and seeing them grow. I’m always amazed to see how they’ve matured. I feel a sense of pride when seeing a tree that is 10, 20 or even 40 years old and being able to say, “Hey! I planted that tree.”
2018-10-19Oct 19, 2018
We are committed to equality, social and environmental justice. We had a thorough discussion of the candidates, propositions, and measures on the ballot and would like to distribute our recommendations to the public. As a citizen, it is our right, duty, and responsibility to express how and by whom we will be governed. SheRISES is providing the following voting endorsements for the benefit of our Sonoma County community.
2018-10-11Oct 11, 2018
Improving our society's composting systems is imperative to fighting global warming. In Sonoma County, a new company is attempting to help achieve the county's ambitious composting goal. 
2018-10-11Oct 11, 2018
We made history Saturday September 15, 2018. According to Coastwalk, our regional Coordinator for California Coastal Clean Up Day 2018, this year’s 1,200 volunteers broke all previous Sonoma County attendance records for this annual event! And the best part? Together we removed 8.7 tons of debris from our county’s inland waterways and from our beaches.
2018-10-09Oct 9, 2018
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted to reshape the county's homeless support system in an effort to qualify for state funding and approved a plan to attempt to sell an 82-acre property county-owned property at the board's October 9 meeting.
2018-10-09Oct 9, 2018
The past year has been one of the most taxing that we’ve faced together. The October fires took 24 lives from us. It burned more than 173 square miles and rendered almost 7,000 homes and businesses into ash. It was a disaster in every sense. Last October, I was devastated by the losses of my friends, family and neighbors throughout Sonoma County.  
2018-10-08Oct 8, 2018
The Sonoma-Marin Water Saving Partnership (Partnership), a group of North Bay water utilities, has once again been recognized with national awards for its water-saving efforts. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Partnership its second consecutive Sustained Excellence Award for continuing to improve its irrigation-professional training program by upgrading its curriculum and training materials. The Partnership also received a 2018 Excellence Award for its outreach efforts that included promoting the use of water-saving showerheads and faucet aerators for homes and businesses.
2018-10-08Oct 8, 2018
The past year has been one of the most taxing that we’ve faced together. The October fires took 24 lives from us. It burned more than 173 square miles and rendered almost 7,000 homes and businesses into ash. It was a disaster in every sense. Last October, I was devastated by the losses of my friends, family and neighbors throughout Sonoma County.
2018-10-08Oct 8, 2018
On the one-year anniversary of the Tubbs Fire, fire survivors from the Larkfield area, located north of Santa Rosa in unincorporated Sonoma County, have joined together to announce the creation of the Larkfield Resilience Fund(LRF).  The LRF is a 501 c(3) non-profit formed with a seven-member board of directors made up of fire survivors from Larkfield with a mission to generate funding to help rebuild resilient neighborhoods. 
2018-10-06Oct 6, 2018
Sonoma County Gazette LOCAL GUIDE to all Día de los Muertos Events and Ceremonies. Also, art and history classes. Día de los Muertos is November 2nd, but there are many events before. 
2018-10-06Oct 6, 2018
    These wonderful people gathered in Larson Park on the shores of Sonoma Creek to gather bottles, trash, and other debris on Coastal Clean Up Day (9/15/18). Families and Mission Inn workers spoke with pride about improving the environment on Sonoma’s central water way. County proposes changes to housing density rules. In late August a staff report from the County Planning Commission was revealed that proposes several changes affecting the Springs.
2018-10-06Oct 6, 2018
For one thing, Cliché’s have a certain “commonality” that can instantly unify us – or move us apart!  (Depending upon the cliché, of course!) Time flies – can’t believe the year is almost over!  Surely, we can hear each other chiming in on that one as summer ends, the leaves begin to turn and the tree nuts fall.  It’s easy to agree time moves fast – and relentlessly, cliché notwithstanding.
2018-10-19Oct 19, 2018
Halloween is a Holiday for KIDS who pretend to be anything but what and who they are. Choosing and carving pumpkins, playing games, costumes, mazes - it's a great time to play. There are also plenty of opportunities to be creative! Check out our list of events at Sonoma County Libraries!
2018-10-06Oct 6, 2018
Some Roseland residents, and other supporters of Roseland, have told Roseland Review they believe racism rules Roseland. They wish to remain anonymous, but I believe they are correct, so I stand behind this forum for their views to be aired and shared here. But first, here is some good news to share before going deeper into that story. This month’s column will remind readers of “Make a Difference Day” to be held on Saturday October 27th in Roseland at the Roseland Neighbor Wood.
2018-10-06Oct 6, 2018
Junk in the trunk takes on new meaning at KBBF’s annual Trunk or Treat fiesta. You’ll get your fill of Halloween candy as well as eye candy when the station’s parking lot is taken over by classic tricked-out lowriders, rat rods, and viclas carrying sweet treats. Children of all ages can go from car to car for Halloween goodies starting at 3pm. Costumes are optional.
2018-10-06Oct 6, 2018
September was a big month for the planet. On September 8th, “Rise for Climate, Justice, and Jobs,” drew over 30,000 people to the streets of San Francisco, joining thousands of others at 900 events in 90 countries. All this was designed to say it is time for a Fossil Free World with Renewable Energy for All, a message for leaders from all over the world, who gathered September 12-14 at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, to celebrate the climate action achievements of states, regions, cities, companies, investors, and citizens.
2018-10-06Oct 6, 2018
2018-10-05Oct 5, 2018
Durang Durang, a trio of one-acts by Christopher Durang, now running at Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, is a night of entertainment for people who love the theater and love to laugh. Durang is best known for his playsBeyond Belief and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You,both of which were made into movies. With these three plays, Durang takes the art of parody just about as far as it can go.
2018-10-05Oct 5, 2018
Encouraging you to VOTE for what YOU believe is GOOD for YOUR Community  
2018-10-03Oct 3, 2018
Count Dracula at Curtain Call Theater in Monte Rio and The Rocky Horror Show at 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa will take you out of your reality and into theirs!
2018-10-03Oct 3, 2018
The fire isn’t over though. Far from it. Santa Rosa is no longer like a war zone with hugs, but there is a long way to go. Fire survivors are all different, but one unifying characteristic is that none of us is past the fire.
2018-10-03Oct 3, 2018
Board of Supervisors approved formation the Sonoma County Coast and Lower Russian River Municipal Advisory Councils. On Sept. 25, the Board of Supervisors approved the formation of both the Sonoma County Coast and Lower Russian River Municipal Advisory Councils. The application process for both are now open.
2018-10-03Oct 3, 2018
tel:17077852648Today I head a fire captain on the news say,“We don’t have a fire season anymore, fires are now all year long”. I think this is very true. We all need to be more vigilant than ever as we work around our homes and our community.If you see something that is dangerous and could potentially cause a fire, please do something.Report it...
2018-10-16Oct 16, 2018
For parents, 'NO' can be a magic wand to be used with skill, purpose, and creativity. Overusing the word itself can dilute the message (the average toddler hears NO 400 times a day), but in the hands of a conscious parent, it's a life-shaper.
2018-10-03Oct 3, 2018
By Alexa Chipman Sonoma County’s Marquee Theater Journalists Association announced the nominees for its 3rd Annual MTJA Awards. Artists and productions were recognized with eighty-five nominations in seventeen categories. The nominations were derived from the sixty-six Sonoma County productions attended by MTJA members in the past year. Recipients will be announced at the 3rd Annual MTJA Awards, which will be held October 22nd at the Juncture Taproom and Lounge in Santa Rosa.
2018-10-03Oct 3, 2018
One judge can make a huge difference in many lives—including the lives of immigrants.  In 2015, one federal judge in Texas unilaterally blocked an Executive Order issued by President Obama called DAPA that would have extended a reprieve from deportation and a work permit to 5 million people.  Later that same year, the difference on the federal appeals court was one judge in a 2-1 ruling affirming the decision of that Texas judge. 
2018-10-03Oct 3, 2018
There's a lot to see at your local movie theaters in October. Starting with “Venom”. Kids of all ages will love this movie. It stars Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams. It opens October 5th. Also opening October 5th is “A Star is Born” starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Cooper also directed this remake.
2018-10-03Oct 3, 2018
When I was young girl we had a pomegranate tree in my backyard. The neighborhood kids and I would pluck off the fruit from the tree and bust it open to find all the little seeded jewels inside. We would fill up our hands and pop the plump juiced filled seeds into our mouths and let the juice explode, satisfying our thirst and sweet tooth all in one fall swoop. It's an experience that I still get excited about as an adult. I get giddy at the first signs of pomegranates at the farmers' market. The pomegranate tree is native from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India and has been cultivated since ancient times throughout the Mediterranean region of Asia, Africa and Europe.  
2018-10-03Oct 3, 2018
It’s been a few years since I’ve monkeyed around with noise ordinances and the like, so perhaps now is a good time for a refresher.  It is a complicated issue—we must balance the inevitable noises in our surroundings with the interests to enact a law to define (and more importantly, enforce) acceptable noise standards. 
2018-10-02Oct 2, 2018
The autumn came down quickly this year, with some early cool days - and then a leap back up into the 90’s as we headed out of September. It feels like we are in for a real change of seasons somehow this time. I’m watching the trucks filled with grapes driving past on Geyserville Avenue. https://napavintners.com/napa_valley/life_cycle_
2018-10-01Oct 1, 2018
Do you like seeing trash and litter on our sidewalks, streets, yards, and waterways? We didn’t think so. Not only do our open spaces look better when they are clean and tidy, it contributes to a healthier environment.
2018-10-01Oct 1, 2018
Fall in Sonoma County is beautiful, especially in Windsor. The yellow, red, green an orange colors come alive. With autumn comes a flurry of activities in Windsor that are for locals and visitors alike.  
2018-10-01Oct 1, 2018
Sonoma County DRAFT Fire Recovery and Resiliency Plan - PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINE: October 26, 2018. As we continue to recover and rebuild a year after the North Bay fires of October 2017, the DRAFT Recovery and Resiliency Framework just released by the Sonoma County Office of Recovery and Resiliency offers a pathway for starting to look forward.
2018-10-01Oct 1, 2018
Our natural world is a better place, thanks to the efforts of 90+ people of all ages who responded who volunteered for Coastal Clean Up Day on September 15 right here in Sebastopol. The Laguna Foundation teamed up with Clean River Alliance to mobilize litter removal along our Laguna waterway which flows to the Russian River then to the Pacific Ocean.
2018-10-16Oct 16, 2018
Sinister and dignified, Mark Gregory’s Count Dracula, enhanced with red-rimmed eyes and pale complexion, has poise and confidence that radiates power. Assisted by clever effects throughout the set, such as balcony windows that open of their own accord, he is a convincing creature of the night.
2018-10-01Oct 1, 2018
On September 6, 2018 at 3:03 am my beautiful Great Granddaughter Satori Trinity Jensen was born to my Grandson Ryan and Granddaughter. It makes me recognize more than ever that  as women we need to stand up and demand the world is made safer for all the children across the globe. 
2018-10-01Oct 1, 2018
I am having a hard time with the fact that the farmers market is coming to an end for the year with the last market taking place on October 26th. Please make sure to stop by in the next few weeks to support our local farmers and crafts-people. 
2018-10-01Oct 1, 2018
The wildfires of October 2017 destroyed more than homes, neighborhoods, and open space. They burned almost a fourth of the county’s parkland and damaged or destroyed parks in Santa Rosa as well. Measure M on the November ballot will provide funds for aggressive action to reduce fire risk in parks in the unincorporated areas of the county and for improving and maintaining existing county and city parks.
2018-10-01Oct 1, 2018
Homeless is Graton continued…As I suspected this is a huge and complicated topic. As one person wrote “The working poor are not the same as the lazy poor, disabled poor, mentally unstable poor, and drug/alcohol addicted poor. It’s a very broad range of reasons why people end up homeless.”
2018-10-01Oct 1, 2018
Register and Vote November 6th, 2018. Paper voter registration applications are available at libraries, DMV offices, U.S. Post Offices, and at the Sonoma County Elections office. Your voter registration must be postmarked or submitted electronically no later than October 22nd.  If you are already registered, schedule time to read your ballot, discuss, and VOTE.  
2018-09-30Sep 30, 2018
Welcome neighbors and the idly curious - I’ve been asked to fill Beth Rudometkin’s sizable boots as informer and commentator regarding what’s transpiring in Guerneville. Nearing a half-century as a ‘local’ I’ve been witness to a sea-change or two and I’m pleased to report we’ve morphed into a big-hearted burg packed with natural beauty,  creative individuals, an enviable climate, and  a ‘sanctuary’  where “acceptance” has replaced “tolerance”.  
2018-09-30Sep 30, 2018
October has finally arrived.  For me, it is my favorite time of year. The weather is a little chilly, the mornings are refreshing, and the leaves are falling from the trees and turning colors. Harvest time is fast approaching, and the vineyards are beautiful.
2018-09-30Sep 30, 2018
Fall is my favorite time of year. There is so much going on. Check out the Taylor Atkins Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser for Scholarships for our local high school students at The Hollydale Club.
2018-09-30Sep 30, 2018
With November’s election just ahead and 6 candidates vying for 3 Cloverdale City Council seats, we’re reminded that running for elected office, almost as much as serving, requires quite a commitment as it can be an experience unlike any most voters will ever have, let alone volunteer for. So, let’s all say, “Thank you!” to (listed in non-partisan alpha’ order): Shawn Bovee, Marta Cruz, Jon Lambert, Jason Turner, Michele Winterbottom and Gus Wolter.   
2018-09-29Sep 29, 2018
Things are moving along this fall in the river. A workshop on the new Monte Rio bridge was held 9/28. An Onsite Water Treatment System (OWTS) workshop was held 9/29. Also moving along is the Municipal Advisory Councils (MAC) formation. Plus Permit Sonoma has a new Administrative Citation Program that began in August supporting their goal of establishing a safe and healthy community.
2018-10-16Oct 16, 2018
Find the perfect pumpkin to greet trick or treaters on Halloween - or - decorate your holiday dinner table, your front porch, your mailbox! have FUN. Carve them, Paint them - even eat them. Special kinds are perfect for making pie and soup. Ask which ones! Here's a list of Sonoma County Pumpkin patches...all locally-owned!
2018-09-29Sep 29, 2018
It is getting dark as I write this, close to the Autumnal Equinox. The large Redwoods outside of my airy cyber-hut are outlined in the dusk and remind me of the necessity to be fire-safe, if there is such a thing!  As we approach the 1st Anniversary of the horrific firestorms of October 2017, I know that many of us ask what can we do to prevent wild land fires. 
2018-09-29Sep 29, 2018
October is here, and with it we fervently hope the rainstorms that will put an end to another California fire season.  Camp Meeker has (knock on redwood) made it through another fire season, in no small thanks to the hard work of our Volunteer Fire Department.  For the past seven years, the Camp Meeker VFD has been ably led by Fire Chief Tim Williams, but as of now there’s a new sheriff in town. 
2018-09-29Sep 29, 2018
After its 18-month hiatus, Ariel Coddington has taken over our beloved Bodega Country store. She is the sole-proprietress and has been running the place on her own day in and day out since the soft opening on September 1st. She is a kind and gentle Israeli who would love to meet each of you. This is her seventh year in California and second year here in quaint little Bodega, which she loves. So far she’s had great experiences meeting everybody - most neighbors are personable and happy to have the store back. The community really came together for her, bringing signs to display in front and attract others.  
2018-09-28Sep 28, 2018
As the Supreme Court moves inexorably to the right there are those who have offered to donate their organs to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Both reviled by some and raised to icon status by others. Documentarians Julie Cohen and Betsy West have given us a mostly adulatory look at the life and times of Ms. Ginsburg. 
2018-09-28Sep 28, 2018
The book begins with a prologue featuring an Asian family coming in from the rain with their unruly children to a ritzy hotel and requesting lodging. They are snubbed by the snooty hotel clerk whereupon they just buy the place. The tone has been set.
2018-09-27Sep 27, 2018
As winter approaches after a smoky, darkish summer, West Sonoma County residents found inspiration on a foggy day at land’s end.  A large turnout of hippies, survivors, refugees, gypsies, and just plains folks, with kids fluttering around like butterflies, congregated on Aug. 25, outside the Jenner Community Center to celebrate and benefit Sylvia Murphy, long time keyboardist for the Thugz and west county teacher for years.
2018-09-27Sep 27, 2018
The Aztecs, the last of the great pre-Colombian native civilizations adored the avocado and made “bitter water” from ground coca beans and spices. They incorporated the areas older and newer cultures, along with their agricultural methods, in the mid-15th century.  
2018-09-26Sep 26, 2018
In the not so distant past, the controversies around what risk different chemicals such as Glyphosates posed to human health pitted the Federal regulators against the Industry representatives. Now, in this new era, many of the leaders at the Environmental Protection Energy have actually come from the ranks of Chemical Industry lobbyists. Not surprisingly, despite increasing evidence of human toxicity, these regulators seem to be losing interest in limiting human exposure to these potentially dangerous substances.
2018-09-26Sep 26, 2018
Fall is here. The days have been getting noticeably shorter while the nights have been getting longer as we slowly head towards the Winter Solstice. 
2018-09-24Sep 24, 2018
After a whirlwind visit to the land of my ancestors, Scotland, my granddaughter and I returned home to Bodega Bay with many memories and a greater understanding of the background of our ancestors.
2018-10-16Oct 16, 2018
Once upon a time being an insurance agent was viewed as a rather boring, vanilla occupation. Not so, these days in Sonoma County. Insurance agents enjoy the life of the party now! 
2018-09-24Sep 24, 2018
When planets are retrograde, we experience and express their energies in personal, subjective ways. This is a time to tune in to what is important to us.
2018-09-21Sep 21, 2018
A 10,000 sq. ft. maker space is taking shape under the leadership of property owner Cornerstone Properties. The former Old Adobe Lumber site at 5400 Old Redwood Hwy. tenants include Soap Cauldron and FEED Sonoma. And Check out Denman Ranch the property is a community of creative makers and several renters. 
2018-09-21Sep 21, 2018
After several months of discussions, labor and business representatives failed to find to find common ground about how to best spend the money from an affordable housing bond on Santa Rosa's November ballot. 
2018-09-10Sep 10, 2018
Every election is important, but this one has serious significance for both local and national elections. Our readers check in with their opinions on who and what they encourage you to vote YES.    
2018-09-10Sep 10, 2018
LETTERS are welcome emailed to vesta@sonic.net, and as COMMENTS on our website articles.  LOGIN @ SonomaCountyGazette.com. And Snail Mail still works: Sonoma County Gazette, 6490 Front Street #300, Forestville, CA 95436
2018-09-01Sep 1, 2018
The 18th annual El Día de Los Muertos Petaluma alter placements is almost upon us. Any downtown businesses that would like to participate can, free of charge, and will be added to the map, which gets distributed to 3,000+ tourists and locals.
2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018
It is important to first honor the significant hard work that went into seeking community input and writing this strong guiding fire recovery and resiliency framework for action, especially under difficult conditions. While there are more detailed fire recovery recommendations that have been crafted, such as in the recent report from the Alliance for a Just, Equitable and Sustainable Recovery, here are a few of the recommendations to help strengthen this plan.
2018-08-20Aug 20, 2018
Connection with your customers and potential customers in a variety of different ways can increase your profitability and potential for new customers. Ask yourself: Why should customers want to hear from your business?
2018-10-16Oct 16, 2018
Once you’ve experienced the pure genius of StockHome Restaurant in Petaluma, you’ll wonder why there aren’t more family-style Swedish-Mediterranean restaurants in the area.
2018-10-16Oct 16, 2018
Our local government, if it wants to show it’s working for people, it needs to start with making a real impact on our most dire social issue and that is housing by taking it out of the hands of commercial developers, landlords, and real estate investors and making it affordable to everyone.

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