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2020-07-27Jul 27, 2020
If you’ve kept a garden or maintained a landscape here in Sonoma County, you know just how thirsty plants can get in the dry season. Luckily, many of the guiding principles for having a water-wise garden in our climate have the co-benefit of being fire-smart. Many folks are familiar with the concept of defensible space, but keeping that buffer around homes and buildings to reduce the threat of fires doesn’t mean we can’t have beautiful plants in the landscape
2020-07-06Jul 6, 2020
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...
2020-07-05Jul 5, 2020
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...
2020-07-03Jul 3, 2020
Among the treasures I have held onto for many, many years, is a framed crayon drawing my youngest son created for me very early on. It was the simple, lettered statement: Love Will Keep Us Together. He had no way of knowing how very often I glanced at that frame or how many times (to this day) I considered the wisdom of a little boy still in single-digit age.
2020-07-03Jul 3, 2020
For countless Sonoma County musicians, not only did they lose their livelihood, their only source of income — they also lost their outlet for creative expression.  But many have taken their creativity and channeled it in new directions: tapping into an online audience that is hungry for music, hungry for connection and community, hungry for reminders of what they knew as normal.
2020-07-02Jul 2, 2020
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.
2020-07-01Jul 1, 2020
We have to find a way to take back our country with love enough to govern with integrity, feed the hungry, welcome those folks Emma Lazarus spoke about, kiss, embrace and care for our veterans, comfort our frightened children, care for our frail elderly, cleanse our environment, help the less fortunate than ourselves...
2020-07-01Jul 1, 2020
WEARING A MASK is not a political issue it is a health issue.  We need to rethink that position and collectively follow the rules which are based on professional medical advice being laid out to help protect ourselves and others. Santa Rosa Celebrates Juneteenth via Zoom.
2020-07-01Jul 1, 2020
The Pandemic has wreaked havoc on our tiny enclave. Businesses are struggling to survive. I have to say that our little hamlet is truly resilient.  We are all in this together and remember, life is short, make the most of each and every day. Do something nice for another person whether you know them or not.  Bringing joy to someone can really change things around for them. The smallest gesture of kindness goes a long way.
2020-07-01Jul 1, 2020
I was by Canevari’s the other day and had one of the best deli lunches in Sonoma County - a sandwich with a good amount of meat, plenty of veggies and a great Italian dressing sauce that lifted the whole layered concoction up to a plateau of greatness. Canaveri’s makes specials every day, highlighted on big sandwich boards out front that are fun and inviting.
2020-07-01Jul 1, 2020
The grassroots Flatbed Music Festival found its fiscal partner in PIF which helped celebrate its own mission to inspire youth in music.  While the Festival has been postponed from its original June dates, the partnership is very much alive with new programs to keep musicians connected with the community through the summer.  “The FLATBED is a great opportunity to bring local music to the community, catch bands you wouldn’t normally hear.  It also gives young musicians like our students a chance to get on the big stage and perform,” says Dave who thrives on backing up his students.  
2020-07-09Jul 9, 2020
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. 
2020-07-01Jul 1, 2020
Gazette Readers let us know what's on their minds that they want YOU to KNOW...Evelyn Cheatham Effective IOLERO Ordinance -- Reform Police -- Black Lives Matter -- You Can Help Heal Racism -- The Most Important Election of My Lifetime
2020-07-01Jul 1, 2020
This beloved market successfully relaunched one year ago after an amazing outpouring of support from locals who came together to revive this neighborly gathering that encourages collaboration, community-building, and creativity. This year, the Occidental Community Farmers’ Market welcomes a new manager, Chris Santana, who is passionate about sustainable agriculture as a tool for tending the land and building community.  
2020-07-01Jul 1, 2020
The Guerneville River Parkwill become a tent city for 25 homeless people that will be managed by West County Community Services (WCCS) with 24/7 supervision and will be drug free. It will be open until 12/1/20 when the downtown shelter reopens at the Vets Hall. The idea is to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 among the homeless community while providing them a “navigation center with wrap around services” with a goal to get them into permanent housing. The Guerneville community response was once again not positive.  
2020-07-01Jul 1, 2020
LETTERS from Gazette Readers - July 2020 - Law Enforcement - Public Health Order - Vacation Rentals, Point Reyes Seaashire - Proposed Gas Station - Low Flow on the Russian River - Fluoride in our Water - these are all topics on the minds of Gazette readers this month...
2020-07-01Jul 1, 2020
2020-07-01Jul 1, 2020
As Independence Day approaches, the County of Sonoma Fire Prevention division would like to remind residents and visitors that all fireworks are illegal in unincorporated Sonoma County. “Our dry summer landscape creates a greater potential for fires caused by fireworks,” said Sonoma County Fire Marshal, Chief James Williams. “It is essential that the Sonoma County community celebrate the Fourth of July safely this year without fireworks as entertainment,” stated Chair Gorin. Ongoing Health Safety Measures are in place fro busineses to follow guidelines and individuals to social distance and wear facial masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. see which areas and cities totally ban and which allow some.
2020-07-01Jul 1, 2020
From Supervisor Hopkins' office: We are dealing, on an ongoing basis, with the reality that cases are rising and too many people come in that do not respect the health orders. We will have enforcement agencies out all weekend but they have a lot of territory to cover and can’t be everywhere at one time. We encourage you to practice safe-celebrations this weekend. Stay close to home and away from crowds, maintain social distancing, wear masks and sanitize, sanitize, sanitize. And remember fireworks are banned in unincorporated Sonoma County please don’t put your neighbors at risk during wildfire season.
2020-06-30Jun 30, 2020
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.  
2020-06-30Jun 30, 2020
This “othering” of a class of people different from ourselves is not only reserved for black people, not only for people of color, but for people of sexual difference, and the poor; and it is a license to kill. It may serve us for a time but it does not help us. The pressure that builds up as we suppress feelings we do not want to own eventually creates an explosion, not always physical but violent and destructive nevertheless, whether it takes the form of police brutality, genocide, war or domestic abuse.  
2020-06-30Jun 30, 2020
The  partnership with the Petaluma Elks Lodge #901 and the Salvation Army has worked hard to provide services and support for families in our community. So when the Petaluma Elks heard that the Petaluma Salvation Army was in need of funding for their  food pantry program that helps some 450 households a week with food and aid. 
2020-07-08Jul 8, 2020
Sonoma County Library has expanded its Student OneCard partnership  —  which provides local students access to public library resources using their student ID number—to include 16 of 40 Sonoma County school districts, giving nearly 50,000 Sonoma County public school students access to library resources. 
2020-06-30Jun 30, 2020
The station  hosted a special bonus edition of the Broken Record program, featuring members of the Sonoma County Black Coalition (SCBC). The SCBC describes itself as “a grassroots civil rights organization dedicated to amplifying and unifying Black voices in Sonoma County.”  KBBF’s Director of Programming, Edgar Avila, and Board President Alicia Sanchez also have released a statement of solidarity from the station. The United States is a country founded entirely on the exploitation and slavery of African-Americans, resulting in centuries of inequality, the effects of which have still not been fixed or even honestly confronted by our government to this day. This is why KBBF supports the Black Lives Matter movement and the right of all people to fight for their freedom.
2020-06-30Jun 30, 2020
I am happy to say that the theaters in Sonoma County are opening this weekend. Be safe and wear masks and don't sit near strangers! Fans of “Hamilton” will be excited to know they can see this gem on Disney Plus starting July 3rd. Filmed live on Broadway from the Richard Rodgers Theatre with the original Broadway cast including Lin-Manuel Miranda playing Alexander Hamilton and Daveed Diggs playing Thomas Jefferson. I get goosebumps knowing for the price of a monthly subscription of Disney Plus you can see “Hamilton” when in the past it cost over $100 to see it live.
2020-06-30Jun 30, 2020
My name is Melanie Hall. I am honored and pleased to be collaborating with Brooke Greene to write the Cloverdale column for the Gazette. Thank you, Reece and Carol, for establishing such a solid column and sharing the spirit of Cloverdale with the rest of Sonoma County.
2020-06-30Jun 30, 2020
Championed by Mayor Logan Harvey who signed the National Wildlife Federation’s Monarch Mayors’ Pledge a year ago on behalf of The City of Sonoma to protect and to provide habitat for Monarch Butterflies, A gathering of groups in Sonoma brought focus to the urgency of protecting pollinators during Pollinator Week.
2020-06-30Jun 30, 2020
OPEN OPEN OPEN! The beautiful Sonoma coast & Bodega Bay is open.  How much we have all missed it.  Now we need to show the coast, the local businesses & the town of Bodega Bay some kindness, patience & love. 
2020-06-30Jun 30, 2020
John Perpinan is trying to survive this time as best he can. He came up with a fun idea for the Art Gallery that he took over from Lorenzo De Santis eight months ago, a passion project for Perpinan and his daughter. Coming soon - Original signed photos of Jeanne-Claude and Christo’s  “Running Fence” installation - a newly acquired 60-foot panel from that 1972-1976 project, which was 18 feet high and 24.5 miles long in total. If you’re not familiar with their work, each art project was unique, impressive, large-scale and temporary. Running fence 'ran' in sonoma county through Bodega...
2020-06-30Jun 30, 2020
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.
2020-06-29Jun 29, 2020
Environmental lawyer, James Coda has worked for the Dept. of the Interior with the Bureau of Land Management on grazing issues and at Point Reyes National Seashore during the time Tule Elk were reintroduced to the park. He is also a professional wildlife and landscape photographer. Listen in to find out how the National Park Service is proposing to further privatize our public land and what you can do to protect and restore the scenic and natural beauty of Point Reyes National Seashore for generations to come. Read more to RSVP and learn more.  
2020-06-29Jun 29, 2020
America has postponed racial justice for 400 years. We cannot gasp, clutch our pearls, and act shocked to see people take to the streets now. People take to the streets in solidarity, yes, but also in frustration, despair, grief, and anger. As humans, we can stand in solidarity with peaceful protests. As white humans, rather than allowing our voices to dominate the discussion, we can step back and make space for the voices of people of color. We can support and lift up leaders of color. We can respond thoughtfully, rather than defensively, when our own actions, perspective, and privilege are discussed.
2020-06-29Jun 29, 2020
When you need to get out of the house one of the many inspiring things to do on our Sonoma/Mendocino Coast is to take a drive into our beautiful backroads.  Many of them are paved, some are dirt,  and some are, in places, one lane.  These backroads take you into the unknown and unforgettable sites and views. One such road is Tin Barn Road which offers glimpses of the Odiyan Buddhist Temple in Cazadero, that are mouth dropping. Connected to the Odiyan Retreat Center is the Ratna Ling Retreat Center...
2020-07-08Jul 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.
2020-06-29Jun 29, 2020
As more people are working and staying at home, expanding living spaces outdoors naturally makes sense. Many changes don’t need to be seen solely as a pandemic response and can serve us well into the indefinite future. Add convenient amenities to your social spaces like power and water. Making your outdoor spaces multi-seasonal extends their use. Space for play, games, sports, and are an asset. 
2020-06-29Jun 29, 2020
The very dry weather has caused me and many others to worry about the extreme fire danger. Please, please cut back your brush, clean off the roof and rake up yard debris. Maureen Berry, Cazadero Community Club president, reminds us that  all burn permits issued by Cal Fire are cancelled. The Redwood Empire Food Bank, with the help of volunteers from the Jenner Community Club are participating in a food donationeach 1st Wed. from 10:00-11:00 AM in Jenner/adjacent to the Sea Store. Cars line up and the groceries are deposited in your vehicle.
2020-06-28Jun 28, 2020
We can never say it enough “Thanks YOU” to the countless essential workers of Windsor! Seriously thank you to essential workers including Doctors, Nurses, Environmental Service works, Firefighters, Paramedics, Police, Mail/UPS and FedEx workers, Grocery and Retail. All folks who work tirelessly to make life continue as we were all in Shelter In Place (SIP)  
2020-06-28Jun 28, 2020
Local businesses, namely thePenngrove Market, JavAmoré Cafe  and the Twin Oaks Roadhouse joined the effort to help heal Caitlin Booth who was hit on Hacienda Bridge by a large Dodge truck. Her recovery will take months. Penngroovian teen, racquetball athleteHeather Mahoney, won World Cup Player of the Year, her second straight year to win the award. Rancho Adobe Fire Districts’ July 4th Pancake Breakfast and the July 5th 44th annual “Biggest Little Parade” and BBQ are cancelled... Good news is that on July 5th the Penngrove Social Firemen will hold a drive through chicken feed curbside pick-up from Penngrove Park.
2020-06-28Jun 28, 2020
Opening Tuesday, July 7 starting at 4 pm at the downtown Oaks Park Forestville Farmer's Market. You may have noticed more headlines about Vacation Rentals now that we are back welcoming out of town folks to our special spot on the planet.  If you go to 95436.org there is a copy of the first of many reports the committee has/will be working on. 
2020-06-27Jun 27, 2020
The highest option of manifesting this powerful alignment this year is for each of us to release and let go (Pluto) of our own negativity directed primarily at ourselves, but projected onto others. When we feel good about who we are and how we perceive and relate to others, individually and collectively, we are well on our way to transforming our planet into a place of caring, concern and compassion for all.
2020-06-27Jun 27, 2020
The City Council scheduled two special meetings to determine the community process to address concerns regarding police policies and racism. The agendas and videos of the zoom meetings held on June 23 and June 30 are on the City’s website on the “Meetings” page. Announcing the meetings, Mayor Patrick Slayter said, “We realize that all of the public’s concerns and all of the issues cannot be addressed in just one or two meetings. These are the beginning of what we see as an ongoing collaborative process
2020-06-27Jun 27, 2020
Most of the restaurants in town are open and have gotten creative by making area’s for outside dining.  You will have a choice of indoor or outdoor dining at most of the restaurants.  I suggest you call before you go to check to see if reservations are needed and hours of operation.  The last restaurant to open is Brot and should be opening this month!  Remember you still need mask and social distancing is still in effect.  
2020-06-27Jun 27, 2020
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...
2020-06-27Jun 27, 2020
The definition of a recession is if you have two negative quarters in the GDP (Gross Domestic Product). The first quarter was negative. As I write this, we are about to end the 2nd Quarter and we will be negative as well so July 1, 2020 we will officially be in a recession. in the last recession, in 2008  the housing market and the mortgage markets caused the recession itself and things were a real mess. Today is a much different. In the 11 years since that recession, we have seen housing prices come back but in a much more healthy way.  We currently have 26.7% of households who have more than 50% equity in their homes and 37% of homes nationwide are owned free and clear. Now is indeed a great time to buy but it is also an excellent time to sell. 
2020-07-08Jul 8, 2020
Supervisor Lynda Hopkins brings two new commissioners on to represent the Fifth District onSonoma County Commission on Human Rights! Lyndsey Burcina and Mickale Jones!
2020-06-26Jun 26, 2020
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.
2020-06-26Jun 26, 2020
Information about restaurants is accurate at the time of writing; however, as we all know, things are morphing quickly in this time of Covid-19. Information on websites is often not correct or updated as things change rapidly. Due to State and County regulations, assume that all customers must wear masks while moving through indoor areas and all must maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet. Restrictions on party sizes, necessary precautions, and operating hours may change abruptly.
2020-06-26Jun 26, 2020
The affordable housing, community green space and public uses that have been promised to the Roseland community are finally becoming a reality! Over $25 million was approved today by the State of California that will provide a huge boost in the development of the transformational Roseland Village project. Senator McGuire, the County of Sonoma, the City of Santa Rosa, SMART and MidPen Housing have been working together to secure the funds for over a year.
2020-06-25Jun 25, 2020
When Roseland residents participated in the planning for the Roseland Village redevelopment a majority advocated for an acre of GREEN Space to be put in near the intersection of West Ave. Instead the city and county bureaucrats have stiffed the kids and now are pushing for concrete. At so-called “public hearings” the officials turn a deaf ear to the community. Now an out of town entity will be putting in some “temporary” spots to drink and eat with no consideration for kids.
2020-06-24Jun 24, 2020
Do you know why so many people cannot afford housing in Sonoma County? Its the lack of affordable housing.  If you are poor,an illness, an accident, or a missed paycheck can catapult you to living on the streets, especially if most of your income is going into paying rent. TheSonoma County 2020 Affordable Housing Needs Report, published in May 2020, researched and written by Danielle M. Mazzella and Lindsay Rosenfeld attest via data and graphs to this sad truth.
2020-06-24Jun 24, 2020
On Nov. 22, 2016, a Citizens’ Petition was presented to the Environmental Protection Abency (EPA) under Section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The Petition requested EPA “to protect the public and susceptible subpopulations from the neurotoxic risks of fluoride by banning the addition of fluoridation chemicals to water". In 2017, after EPA denied the Citizen Petition, a suit was filed in federal court in San Francisco, as allowed under TSCA.  The trial began Monday June 8, 2020, and was scheduled to conclude Friday June 19, 2020. For the first time in its 44-year history citizens reached the trial stage of a lawsuit under TSCA. After final arguments concluded on Thursday June 18th, Judge Edward M. Chen (the Court) made a surprise proposal that he defer judgement, while EPA and the plaintiffs discuss a solution that will satisfy both.
2020-06-24Jun 24, 2020
Spike Lee is a masterful story teller. Lee directed, produced and co-wrote Da 5 Bloods released recently on Netflix. Five soldiers who dubbed themselves "Da Bloods" function under the leadership of "Stormin' Norman" who, to them is their "Martin and Malcolm". Tragically he is the one who does not survive. Four now old soldiers meet again in Vietnam ostensibly to retrieve the remains of their fallen leader but also surreptitiously to lay claim to a hidden treasure, a cache of gold that they buried so many years ago. 
2020-06-24Jun 24, 2020
It’s fire season once again.Thankfully, nothing but a few vegetation fires, quickly corralled by our tireless first responders. They are our last line of defense. Who is the first line of defense?  That’s right:  you.  Get the winter’s deadfall off your roof and sweep it away from your dwelling. Look at what you didn’t get done last year and put it on your list.   Once you get the ball rolling, the time investment becomes manageable. CHECK OUT Fire Safe Camp Meeker (FSCM) which continues to evolve.
2020-06-24Jun 24, 2020
Author, James Kelly, a local journalist who is a member of the Redwood Writers actually served three tours in the Vietnamese conflict. His book, however, deals with the aftermath of conflict rather than the war itself. I felt, at times, as if I were reading a first draft of a wonderful novel that could be a best-seller or a choice option for a film interpretation considering its visual appeal with its more than interesting locales. The story was enjoyable and has great potential.
2020-06-21Jun 21, 2020
Over one hundred years ago, black people found blues music to be an outlet for their suffering, and a source of solace. Many took up playing on the streets as a way of supporting themselves, work being largely unavailable. Even some all-time greats like Howlin’ Wolf. Those who were blind or otherwise handicapped found this to be the only way to stay alive.   
2020-07-08Jul 8, 2020
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.
2020-06-21Jun 21, 2020
As residents head outside, mosquito experts encourage community members to protect themselves from mosquitoes and the diseases they can spread. West Nile virus is the most prevalent mosquitoborne disease in the U.S. according to the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is no human vaccine for West Nile virus, a disease that can cause debilitating cases of meningitis, encephalitis, and even death. West Nile virus isn’t the only mosquito-borne threat, newly established invasive Aedes mosquitoes can transmit viruses such as chikungunya, dengue, and Zika, all of which are costly to treat and can have long-term health and financial consequences. Check out how you can protect yourself and your home.
2020-06-19Jun 19, 2020
Transcendence Theatre Company is offering, free of charge, a thrilling night of heart exploding performances that is over nine years in the making. “Don't Stop Believin' ”  is the musical journey of a lifetime that has been created to empower you to believe in yourself.
2020-06-18Jun 18, 2020
On June 18th, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients and against the Trump Administration.  In short, it means immigrants with DACA can continue to renew their status and their work permits, and maintain their reprieve from deportation.  The decision might have even larger consequences for DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents. Read more to get the details on the decision.
2020-06-13Jun 13, 2020
The Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), in collaboration with the Sonoma County Department of Health Services and a committee of regional superintendents, is releasing a document of guiding principles and planning considerations that schools and districts should consider when making plans for opening the 2020-2021 school year. It is important to note each district is responsible for creating its own reopening plan. Also included is images, a video and link from the World Economic Forum of what other countries are doing in their schools after lockdown.
2020-02-27Feb 27, 2020
Everyone understands that these times can be frustrating. But they do not have to be dismal and sad! Thankfully you are sitting and tasting wine while your winery hosts do all they can to make your experience wonderful. Be a positive force to support Sonoma Wine Country, and not a positive case of COVID19. There are always other ways to show your support by buying wine for pick-up and foregoing the tasting reservation. As we have come accustomed to zoom meetings with our nice tops and pajama bottoms, no one will judge if you prefer to sip in the comfort of your favorite slippers. 
2019-06-28Jun 28, 2019
Healdsburg has a powerful lever to pull in the energy arena: its publicly owned utility. Healdsburg has operated an electrical utility since 1899. The City owns generation facilities to produce electricity to meet the City’s demands while it maintains the distribution infrastructure throughout the City limits. Healdsburg’s residents and community members have local control of where their electricity comes from, and therefore, the carbon-intensity of electricity.
2019-06-28Jun 28, 2019
In June the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission (SVCAC) voted to send the County Planning Department a proposal to build 92 senior affordable housing units on property now housing a mobile home park including twelve (12) households. The Springs affordable housing proposal passed 6-3 Split vote. Thirty-six people would be subject to eviction - 25 adults and 11 children to be replaced by 300 seniors in a three story building. "All of the residents would be relocated and given housing support, following a six-month notice to vacate. That notice was delivered to the residents on June 9." 
2019-06-25Jun 25, 2019
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!
2020-07-07Jul 7, 2020
While the observatory cannot yet open its doors for the public to use its telescopes due to social distancing limitations, docents found another way to create fun, family events outside. Visitors are required to follow Covid-19 precautions including wearing face masks and social distancing from other family groups. The number of participants are also limited to ensure a safe environment. Sign up and pay ahead of time online, to ensure a spot as well as to minimize contact at the event.
2020-07-07Jul 7, 2020
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.
2020-07-06Jul 6, 2020
Starting today, Monday, July 6, PG&E will conduct pre-inspection helicopter flights in Sonoma county to improve its Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) program by making events smaller in size, shorter in length and smarter for its customers.

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