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2020-02-24Feb 24, 2020
Never mind the title, never mind the subject matter, never mind if you’ve seen it before — the show currently running at Spreckels will have you laughing out loud and enjoying a delightful staging of this wacky musical. You’ll fall in love with the entire cast as they spoof other musicals, declare with deadpan earnestness the most implausible statements, and dance up a terrific storm for you. Totally zany and decidedly funny, it’s a treat you don’t want to miss.
2020-02-16Feb 16, 2020
Transportation is the single biggest source of GHG emissions. By shifting to low carbon transportation modes, we can prevent millions of pounds of emissions annually. SMART is a green commute alternative to the one-person-in-one-car model of sitting in tra_c idling on the Hwy 101 corridor, emitting tons of GHGs. The 1.72 million people who have ridden on SMART prevented 8.1 million pounds of CO2 emissions, compared to the same trip in a car.
2020-02-16Feb 16, 2020
Thanks to a generous grant from CAL FIRE, we’ll be discussing: Community Wildfire Protection Plans, Roadside fuel reduction work, Old Skaggs Springs Road, Stewarts Point-Skaggs Springs Road, Residential defensible space projects and more.
2020-02-15Feb 15, 2020
The 5th Annual Sonoma County Israeli Film Festival, presented by the JCC takes place March 3-31 at Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol. The festival seeks to nurture an appreciation of Israeli culture in Sonoma County, exploring the human stories and important issues facing Israeli society, and the larger world.The official selections focus on issues of gender identity, love at old age, the pull between secular life, religion, and paganism, and the Palestinian and Israeli conflict.
2020-02-12Feb 12, 2020
A NO vote on Measure I will give voters time to see if SMART can perform better than it has so far. SMART says they’re new and need time.  Let’s give it to them by voting NO on Measure I and asking them to return in a few years when we know more about their performance, and we’ve had time to decide.
2020-02-12Feb 12, 2020
Mary Rufatto unlawfully evicted during the Tubbs fire, was unaware that there were homeless folks in Healdsburg, and it took her nearly a year of sleeping outside in Santa Rosa and in hospitals before she discovered  Reach for Home  and the services they provide. Many nights she wandered around the streets of Santa Rosa seeking a warm, dry and safe place to sleep. 
2020-02-11Feb 11, 2020
Peru boasts a rugged coastline to the west, high Andes peaks to the east, lush verdant valleys, tropical rainforests, and the headwaters of the Amazon River to the northeast.  The complexity of the Peruvian cuisine reflects the combined natural forces of the land and sea, as always a localized cuisine reflects its environment. A defining moment for the discerning palate is the entry point. The Peruvian entry point is … ceviche!  All three Peruvian restaurants in our midsts serve the dish, all with incredible ceviche trio-sampler formats. 
2020-02-11Feb 11, 2020
Because of conservation efforts by Bill Kortum, Ted Eliot and many, many others that have “loved where they lived” enough to protect lands and also because we are a community that enjoys exploring and discovering the secrets of our natural world, we have a huge list of birds that have been encountered in Sonoma County over time. In addition to having an incredible diversity of natural habitats, lots of public lands, and adventurous birdwatchers, we also have mild winters. We are also along the commonly used bird migration route known as the Pacific Flyway.  All of these factors contribute to the huge diversity in birdlife that we enjoy in Sonoma County.  
2020-02-10Feb 10, 2020
American playwright  Arthur Miller  wrote  A View from the Bridge  based on a true story related to him by a Brooklyn lawyer. An epic tale with tragic proportions, it still has power today, warning of the perils of obsession and familial love that exceeds its native bonds. An uneven but worthy effort runs at  6th Street Playhouse  through Feb. 23, paying homage to Miller’s classic.
2020-02-10Feb 10, 2020
Our schools desperately need your vote to get this much-needed bond passed. On October 7, 2019, Governor Newsom signed AB 48 (O’Donnell and Glazer), which placed a $15 billion state school facilities bond on the March 3, 2020, statewide primary election. The Secretary of State assigned the heavily supported initiative by state officials, educators and administrators, and education organizations with the ballot number Proposition 13.      
2020-02-10Feb 10, 2020
The easiest way to buy a fixer-upper is you have a decent amount of money and you buy a house that needs cosmetic fixing up. That way, you can buy the house with a regular loan and use your own money to remodel. Mortgage lenders will not lend on homes that are not in at least average condition so if the house is in the below-average condition you may need a renovation loan.  
2020-02-23Feb 23, 2020
As a freelance worker I decided to do some research on AB 5. Now I really know what it means to have opened pandoras box: doing something that causes a lot of problems to appear that were not known about before. There is a lot of information out there but I found a few straightforward ones without too much legal speak and without an invite to a consultation from a law firm at the end. To get you familiar with the bones of the matter I compiled some excerpts from several sites addressing AB5. As for the adverse effects of AB5; in one statement from @SenatorBorgeas on Twitter: "AB5 will limit an individual’s ability for flexible employment and destroys entire industries across California..."
2020-02-08Feb 8, 2020
Yes on Measure B provides an opportunity to make a difference not only in the lives of more than 1,800 students and hard-working teachers and staff but also in the quality of life in our community, by supporting critical programming in our public high schools. Yes on Measure B will enable us to continue along this solid pathway of providing world-class education and opportunity for all of our students.  
2020-02-08Feb 8, 2020
In September, Supervisor Lynda Hopkins with Director of Regional Parks Bert Whitaker and his team, Director of Transportation and Public Works (TPW) Johannes Hoervertsz and his team, CHP representatives and your local MAC representatives have been working away in the background on solutions to protect our Beach neighborhoods, now and for the long term. One of the top goals is toReduce influx of beach parking in the neighborhoods.
2020-02-08Feb 8, 2020
The Sonoma County Energy Independence Program (SCEIP) is now financing wildfire safety and seismic strengthening for both residential and commercial buildings. Over the last ten years, the program has funded thousands of projects resulting in greenhouse gas emission reductions and job creation countywide.  This expansion adds a resiliency component for property owners to fortify their buildings against disasters, ultimately saving more emissions and further working towards climate saving efforts.
2020-02-07Feb 7, 2020
Featuring: Martinelli 2017 Pinot Noir, Zio Tony Ranch, Russian River Valley, Balletto 2017 Zinfandel, Estate Bottled, Russian River Valley, Kokomo 2018 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley, Just in time for your Valentine’s  two-pack available, perfect for your Valentine. It’s their Woodenhead 2015 Sparkling Brut Rose and their Woodenhead 2015 Pinot Noir “Wet Kiss!.  And a Reminder: 43rd Annual Barrel Tasting March 6-8 & 13-15, 2020.
2020-02-07Feb 7, 2020
Sonoma County and Santa Rosa are in the throes of a serious affordable housing shortage, and both have recently declared a “climate emergency.” In Santa Rosa, 7-Eleven threatens to evict a family from their home of 35 years, demolishing a 100-year old house, in order to build a new gas station.The Coalition Opposing New Gas Stations (CONGAS), a recently formed group whose mission is to stop the construction of new gas stations in Sonoma County and its nine cities, is currently opposing four proposed gas stations, as well as calling for a county-wide “pause” on the continued permitting of new gas stations in the face of the climate crisis until the old rules can be updated. This proposal is the latest in a string of proposed stations, but the one with the most immediately urgent human dimension.
2020-02-06Feb 6, 2020
The Sonoma County Local Coastal Plan, an integral part of that decades-long preservation effort, is being revisited by county officials, and changes will be made. It will be important to be watchful and mindful that we do not lose what so many have fought to save. Some of our coastal parks date back 90 years, to the very first days of the State Parks system — the 19-mile-long Sonoma Coast State Beach, one of the most visited state parks in California; Fort Ross Historic State Park, Kruse Rhododendron Reserve and Salt Point State Park. 
2020-02-06Feb 6, 2020
Each Winter, the Sonoma County Economic Development Board partners with Sonoma County Tourism to host Sonoma County Restaurant Week — the Wine Country’s tastiest time of the year featuring a wide variety of restaurants and culinary options at great prices. Dine out at participating restaurants and receive prix-fixe dining options.
2020-02-06Feb 6, 2020
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2020-02-06Feb 6, 2020
Our historic record of grassroots activism is what gives us the quality of life we all treasure. We have established a spider web of protected areas, greenbelts and parks that serve as community separators. When I’ve gone to public hearings and meetings where people are working to further preserve these areas from development and degradation, I’m both impressed and alarmed that often it’s the same people who fought to establish the initial protections for these areas who are still the ones fighting to protect them. At forty-six years old, I can look around the room and ask, where is the rest of my generation? Do we take these lands that our predecessors saved for granted? Are we willing to stand up for our open spaces? 
2020-02-05Feb 5, 2020
So now Gazette readers know I sold the Gazette to Sonoma Media Investments and very little has changed. I’m still working way-too long hours, but over time that will change. My most compassionate reader-friends wish me well and understand. Others are afraid of the change and other changes that will come in the future. Nothing stays the same. But I’m old and tired and I need to get a life. I love what I do. Don’t get me wrong. I really do. But there has to be a way for the Gazette to continue without me so I don’t die at this desk!
2020-02-21Feb 21, 2020
The State of California is concerned that the ever-expanding growth of what is now called ‘the gig-economy’ new opportunities for misclassification have emerged. It seems that this is the underlying reason and push for the implementation of AB 5. A person providing labor or services for remuneration shall be considered an employee rather than an independent contractor unless the hiring entity demonstrates that ALL of the are satisfied in the ‘ABC Test’ or ‘Three-part test.
2020-02-04Feb 4, 2020
California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has awarded $67 million for landscape-scale land management projects intended to restore and maintain healthy forests, conserve working forests, and enhance carbon storage in California’s forests. CAL FIRE funded 17 Forest Health grants, targeting over 130,000 acres of California’s forestlands for restoration through a suite of activities. 
2020-02-04Feb 4, 2020
This is the decade of hope. Hope that we will finally stop the war against people and a plant by legalizing cannabis in the USA and around the globe. Hope that globally we are increasingly focused on real-time solutions to help sink carbon and restore climate stability. Interestingly, Industrial Hemp, and its use as a fiber, fuel, food, and much more is available to support this transition and both frees the plant and gets us off the carbon-economy.  
2020-02-03Feb 3, 2020
Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, introduced wildfire-inspired legislation today to improve emergency evacuations and public safety. The bill would authorize municipalities across the state to use European-style “hi-lo” sirens in emergency vehicles to alert people of evacuations.  The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office also successfully deployed the technique during the Kincaid Fire. Senate Bill 909 allows all public safety agencies to use hi-lo warnings for evacuation purposes.
2020-02-03Feb 3, 2020
Patisserie Angelica. After driving by Patisserie Angelica more times than I can count and not stopping and tasting, I finally visited the Patisserie on a recent Friday and became an instant convert. Jennifer Bice who previously owned Redwood Hill Farm and Creamery and retired as CEO a little while back, officially took ownership of the patisserie  January 1st of 2019, from sisters Condra Easily and Deborah Morris who owned and operated the business for 24 years and were ready to retire and move to France.
2020-02-03Feb 3, 2020
It’s election season! District 5 voters will be deciding on measures addressing schools, fire prevention, and transit. After so many months of digging out from one emergency after another, it is refreshing and exciting to look forward to building solutions for our communities’ future. Here is a bit of background on the measures on the ballot for March, plus one measure that will be on the ballot in November that could use your feedback now.   
2020-02-03Feb 3, 2020
Please do Vote in the Primary, 2020 Census is beginning, Cazadero Community Club Meetings. for Valentine's have meal at a local restaurant, such as River's End in Jenner,Cape Fear in Duncans Mills and Rio Bistro at Lucy's in Monte Rio.
2020-02-03Feb 3, 2020
The City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program, in conjunction with the National Arts Program, is proud to announce the opening of the 17th Annual National Arts Program exhibition and competition. Participants are eligible for $3,450 in awards. This year’s exhibition features 200 works by artists of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience.
2020-02-02Feb 2, 2020
On December 31, 2019, Edward M. Chen, U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California,  dismissed an EPA motion for summary judgement (MSJ) in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Fluoride lawsuit. This means the lawsuit will go forward. The trial has been rescheduled to begin Monday April 20 and will run for two weeks. Judge Chen delivered his ruling on New Year's Eve. 
2020-02-02Feb 2, 2020
Jerry Dodrill is exhibiting his amazing Photography depicting vistas of "Sonoma County Wild"" at the Laguna Foundation's Heron Hall, through May 5, 2020.
2020-02-02Feb 2, 2020
If you love theater that makes you laugh out loud, then Ripcord by American playwright David Lindsay-Abaire is for you. If you love a production that features a crackerjack ensemble with two “old ladies” in the leads, you’ve got to see this one, currently playing at Cinnabar Theater. It’s a hoot, a knee-slapper, and manages to strum your heartstrings in the bargain— definitely in the Don’t Miss Department.
2020-02-20Feb 20, 2020
In nature, when a plant is solid green but has some stems with variegated foliage that section is called a sport. The sports are removed and propagated to make more plants with this attribute. At some point as the new variegated plants mature, they can start to revert back to the mother plant of all green foliage.
2020-02-02Feb 2, 2020
I have groovy news for you!!  As most of you know, I have been searching for that special someone to take over the writing of this column.  I feel that it’s time for a fresh perspective and have found a person who wants to share her spark and passion of our area with you.  She graduated El Molino High School in 1978 and has raised her own family here as well.  As a business owner and volunteer/member of numerous local committees, she has her finger on the pulse of our community and will bring you all  the latest groovy news about our town. Please look for the new column name in the March edition of the Gazette, which will be written by none other than our own, Yvette Richardson-Bidegain,AKA Saucy Mama! Come check out Saucy Mama's pop up on Friday 1/24/20 Barrel Brothers Brewing Company 4pm-8pm. Get there early. There will be brisket.
2020-02-01Feb 1, 2020
If you love living in a small community, you’re in the right place. If you choose, you can easily connect to those who share your neighborhood.  As a MAC representative (Municipal Advisory Council member for our 5th District Supervisor) I’m learning how many community groups exist in our town.
2020-02-01Feb 1, 2020
Oscar night is back on February 9th bringing Cloverdale and all of Sonoma County the Alexander Valley Film Society’s annual fundraiser, Red Carpet Evening. Speaking of movies, check out Clover Theater’s special Tightwad Tuesday. For the 92nd year, it is Citrus Fair time once again in Cloverdale! Come on your own or with friends or family to enjoy this year’s fair theme California Dreamin’. Zero Waste pick-up happens February 21st-23rd, 9am-5pm, at the Citrus Fairgrounds. Rockin’ A Adventure Café is the brainchild of Trevor Ambrosini.
2020-01-31Jan 31, 2020
Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris, the new California Surgeon General, has made Adverse Childhood Experiences (or ACEs) a focus of her work.  You can see her on aTED talk that explores the topic. Children growing up with toxic stress may have particular difficulty with forming healthy and stable relationships. This may all lead to erratic work histories as adults and ongoing struggles with finances, jobs, and depression throughout life. Many chronic illnesses are much more likely in people with higher numbers of childhood ACEs.   
2020-01-31Jan 31, 2020
This is a local column, but there are times our hearts must stretch beyond our territory. The Board of Supervisors has approved a temporary shelter for homeless people across the highway from Oakmont at Los Guillicos, a detention center for delinquent youth. Many Oakmonters have objected to this choice of location. Lets to help make the situation workable.  
2020-01-31Jan 31, 2020
PG&E submitted testimony in the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Plan of Reorganization proceeding and filed its updated Plan with the Bankruptcy Court. New Filings Provide Update on Key Elements of Plan to Exit Bankruptcy as a Reimagined Utility Company’s Bankruptcy Plan Is on Track to be Confirmed by June 30 So PG&E Can Pay Victims and Participate in the State’s Go-Forward Wildfire Fund.  
2020-01-31Jan 31, 2020
I think most people know what I mean when I mention the waterfall on Bohemian Hwy between Occidental and Monte Rio. If you don’t but have ever driven that way, I’m sure you’ve noticed the large rocky cliff faces that look a bit like a quarry. Across the highway from these there was a bunch of work done last year to install large tree trunks, stumps and boulders into Dutch Bill Creek in the interest of creating in-stream habitat for salmon and steelhead...
2020-01-31Jan 31, 2020
The Pink opened in 1937. It is known as an historic roadside watering hole. You probably noticed the new siding and new roof. The Pink will also have a large balcony out the back. Renovations should be done soon and then the only thing left is acquiring a liquor license. Not easy to obtain, but Tom is persistent and if it takes the whole hamlet appearing at ABC in Sacramento, I’m sure we can arrange the buses. What do I love about Monte Rio? The vision to bring it back to some semblance of its heyday. And unless we’re rebuilding a seven-story hotel downtown, raise your glass because The Pink is our ticket! Thank you, Tom.  
2020-01-31Jan 31, 2020
Throughout history, women have broken barriers to instigate powerful change. The Museum of Sonoma County recently opened an exhibit dedicated local trailblazers. Among the groundbreaking women represented in the show is Alicia Sanchez, board president of KBBF 89.1 FM radio
2020-01-31Jan 31, 2020
2020-02-18Feb 18, 2020
District Attorney Jill Ravitch, Public Defender Kathleen Pozzi, and County Counsel Bruce Goldstein condemn the recent arrest of at least three individuals in and around the Sonoma County Superior Court on Tuesday February 18, 2020 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Agents. Detentions or arrests for immigration enforcement purposes within the courtroom disrupt court proceedings and deny access to justice.” See California Code of Civil Procedure sections 128(a), 177.
2020-01-31Jan 31, 2020
CSZ - SUBDUCTION ZONE LOVE? IMPACT TO BODEGA BAY? ARE YOU READY? This is a must not miss meeting. Join Bodega Bay CERT on Monday, February 10, 2020 at the Fire Station to learn why there is no love for the Cascadia Subduction Zone major impact if it pops. It can generate a much more powerful earthquake and tsunami than the San Andreas fault.  Scientists say it is PAST DUE…  Do you know about it? Do you know what to do during and immediately following the quake?  Join us for this important life-saving meeting.
2020-01-30Jan 30, 2020
Tiny Farms are starting to spring up in Healdsburg and neighbors are volunteering there time. Your Tiny Farm was started because many people do not have access to affordable, healthy food. Urban agriculture helps to correct this by providing healthy food by eliminating the middleman and increasing the opportunity for community members in need to participate in the growing of this food. Homelessness is among the most urgent social crises of our time. YourTinyFarm.com   provides a tangible solution
2020-01-30Jan 30, 2020
The Board of Trustees learned that the old method of electing members to the Board was out of compliance with equal protection of the laws requirements adopted by the California Legislature. In the case of SVUSD where there are five Board members each district’s population must be as nearly as equal as possible to 20% of the total population. The Optimist Daily, January 15, 2020 – Guest Article : New York Public Library Has Calculated Its Most Checked-Out Books Of All Time.  
2020-01-30Jan 30, 2020
For Monarch butterflies, loss of habitat is a key cause for its population decline. For both the Monarchs and honeybees, the use of pesticides is another key factor. Pesticides in the neonicotinoid (a systemic agricultural insecticide resembling nicotine) category are thought to be a culprit in Colony Collapse Disorder. Studies have shown that in non-lethal doses, neonicotinoids cause navigation disruption and memory loss in bees, even in low concentrations. These pesticides are found in our food sources and in our home gardens.
2020-01-30Jan 30, 2020
February is the month for lovers and is my favorite month out of the year. If you are making plans for V-Day dinner out be sure to get your reservations in asap! Happy Valentines Day! Our little hamlet has a new biz in town... Postal Outlet Plus  moved from Guerneville to Rio Nido last month. The MAC meetings need your attendance! The next meeting is scheduled for February 20th in Monte Rio. Google "River Mac" for details.
2020-01-30Jan 30, 2020
Jasper’s, the reinvented space in the Jasper O’Farrell building in downtown Sebastopol, announced today the bar will celebrate a Grand Opening event on February 15, 2020 with Jam’s Joy Bungalow food truck  serving up delicious SE Asian fare, live jams from SCHLEE, and cocktail specials throughout the evening. Jasper’s is open for business daily from 3:00pm to 2:00am on Monday through Friday and5:00pm to 2:00am on Saturday + Sunday.
2020-01-29Jan 29, 2020
But today, on the cente-column-enial of my tenure with The Gazette, I want to do something completely different, something I should have done years ago (and for this failure I am truly sorry). As some of you may have guessed, I am of Italian descent. As such, I am genetically compelled to cook for anyone foolish enough to enter my home. My culinary skill, while inherited (and therefore something for which I deserve no credit) is, if I say so myself, considerable. BUT, the pinnacle of my cooking accomplishment is the recipe that I shall reveal here: Dr. T’s Crazy Good Dungeness Crab!
2020-01-29Jan 29, 2020
“In the 2016-2020 AAA Community Report, 57% of Sonoma County older adults and persons with disabilities stated they are concerned about access to local transportation,” says County of Sonoma Adult and Aging Division Director Paul Dunaway. From January-March 2020, the AAA will host several discussion groups throughout the County under a grant from the state Department of Transportation, Caltrans, to study how well local transportation systems serve older adults age 60+ and residents with disabilities.
2020-01-29Jan 29, 2020
On 2 Jan. 2020, The Boys and Girls Club previewed a proposed brand new 23,600 square foot building to be built just off Sebastopol Rd. On Tues. Jan 14, 2020, the Roseland NeighborWood got a potential boost for a “Natural Park” as the Santa Rosa City Council “continued” a Public Hearing by moving to consider a local Roseland Community generated “Ideal Plan”. Other good news is the new Roseland Library should be available for opening in June 2020. If this is the case the current large library facility in the existing Dollar Store building will close. Some local residents are proposing a “going away” party for the site which has been so helpful to many people over the years as a library and “community center”
2020-01-29Jan 29, 2020
On January 2, 2020, the people of Penngrove and environs gathered at the Penngrove Social Firemen's clubhouse for a presentation of “Living with lions” by Dr. Quinton Martins of the Audubon Research Ranch. The gathering was in response to the recent killing of a llama and a large goat in the Sonoma Mountain area around Lichau/Cold Springs. While people are often afraid of a lion, killing a lion does not help. Dr. Martin said that “if you kill one male, two will takes its place”.
2020-02-17Feb 17, 2020
Tomorrow’s Leaders Today (TLT), a program of Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin, is partnering with local government officials across the county for their annual  Government Day on Friday, February 21. Nearly 100 juniors from area high schools throughout Sonoma County will spend the day exploring the functions of local government, its impact on their lives, and the upcoming Sonoma County Supervisorial Election.“During Government Day, TLT partners with local municipalities,” said TLT Director Catrina Dierke. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for TLT students to meet elected officials, learn about their community, and discover what it takes to make a city run.”
2020-01-29Jan 29, 2020
Five million mattresses have been recycled by the Bye Bye Mattress program in the state of California since the program began in 2016, the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) announced today. If these mattresses were laid end-to-end they would span nearly 6,000 miles – enough to build a bridge from California to Hawaii and back. By recycling these units, Bye Bye Mattress helped California save more than 6 million cubic yards of landfill space.
2020-01-29Jan 29, 2020
Urinetown, the Musical at Spreckels Theatre Company, Raven Players  presents its first annual Short Play Festival, SRJC opens the new Burbank Auditorium withT he Cripple of Inishmaan,  the first production in the new Studio.
2020-01-29Jan 29, 2020
With the month of February comes Valentine's Day. This months recipe: Grilled Shrimp with Pomegranate Salsa. Pomegranate - Also known as the "apple of love", the ruby colored fruit was once the basis for an aphrodisiac wine made by the ancient Greeks. The name aphrodisiac was given to those foods that were thought to enhance sexual attraction or potency after the Greek Goddess, Aphrodite, Goddess of Love. 
2020-01-29Jan 29, 2020
Did you hear about the woman who was walking the Graton trail when she and her little dog were attacked by a dog who escaped from a neighboring yard?  In an attempt to protect her dog, she picked her dog up, only to have the attacking dog rip the dog from her arms and brutally kill it in front of her (she also suffered bites and abrasions).  What legal rights does that poor woman have? 
2020-01-28Jan 28, 2020
"I want to make clear to our community that yesterday's ruling by the Supreme Court expanding the public charge rule does not affect schools," said Herrington. "Families need to know their students will still be able to access important school services and school nutrition programs without penalty."  
2020-01-28Jan 28, 2020
If you don't have plans for Oscar Sunday then come to Mountain Mike's pizza in Rohnert Park to help raise money for the Boys and Girls Club in Sonoma County. There will be a Joker and Judy Garland costume contest and signature drinks honoring “Judy” and “Joker. Opening February  is “Birds of Prey” starring Margot Robbie,  “Fantasy Island” starring Michael Pena, “The Call of the Wild” starring Harrison Ford and “The Invisible Man” starring Elisabeth Moss.
2020-01-27Jan 27, 2020
A study presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Session* found that riding a train or bus to work is associated with health benefits, such as lowering your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. Taking public transit is linked to a healthier lifestyle, because riders get more than 3x the daily physical activity of people who drive, just from walking to and from their transit stops and their final destination.
2020-01-27Jan 27, 2020
The Play Enchanted April provides heart-warming trip to sunny Italy to escape a dreary winter, replete with the promised wisteria. Elizabeth von Arnim’s 1922 novel spawned several stage adaptations including this one from 2003 by Matthew Barber. The plot centers on Lotty Wilton (here played by  Katie Kelley), whose marriage has gone stale, leaving her without purpose or hope for the future.
2020-01-27Jan 27, 2020
In partnership with Sonoma County Library, SAY’s mental health clinicians will be hosting a series of weekly and bi-weekly drop-in wellness groups for youth ages 12-19. These groups will be focused on supporting mental wellness and healthy ways to cope with challenges. Possible topics include: normal responses to loss and change, identifying complex emotions, and making meaningful choices.   
2020-01-27Jan 27, 2020
This month I want to give a shout out to the Ocean Cove Store and Campground. The land was surveyed October 18th, 1860 and soon after the store was built by the first owner Dr. Henry Jackson. Aftyer many owers and changes the ocean, the cabins and campground were well known as a fishing and abalone picking spot. Today the Manaro Family is celebrating the 40 year anniversary as caretakers. 
2020-02-17Feb 17, 2020
Supervisor Candidates are running out of time to gain your vote. Every forum is to be attended because you learn so much more about a candidate listening and watching than you do by fliers in the mail, etc. Here's another opportunity to HEAR what candidates have to say: Streaming live at  kbbf.org 89.1 FMFRIDAY Feb 21, 6-8pm.
2020-01-27Jan 27, 2020
I for one welcome our new owners who see the value and will continue the paper as is with Vesta at the helm for a while yet! It’s actually quite happy news:Sonoma Media Investments (owners of, among other things, the Press Democrat) has acquired the Sonoma County Gazette. This means that the paper will continue and allow Vesta, after a year of transition, to gradually go on to her next adventures.
2020-01-26Jan 26, 2020
Valentine’s Day is about love and sex, in whichever order you prefer. On Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, Hopmonk Sebastopol will present Whole Lotta Love, a burlesque Valentine to Led Zeppelin. Strippers and pole dancers will be performing to Zep recordings. An emcee will provide humor and sing the title song. The fun and excitement will be organized by the ShowGirl Temple, whose creator and high priestess is Eva D’Luscious, a self-avowed dance, holistic living, and fitness nerd. It’s her stage name she says during our phone call from her current home, Portland.
2020-01-25Jan 25, 2020
The big story this year is the alignment of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. This is a major event that has been building up for several years and will have significant consequences for decades to come. This month, however, the planet that is deserving of our attention is Uranus. One reason is that the Sun will be in Aquarius, a sign ruled by Uranus, until the 18th. More important is that Uranus will aspect 3 planets this month. As the energy of change, Uranus will have a lot to do with determining our experience. 
2020-01-25Jan 25, 2020
Life seemed very promising for Ya-Chi Tang in 2007.  She had immigrated from Taiwan with her dad at age 6. Then Angela’s father suddenly died of a heart attack. In an instant, Angela became undocumented. Then in 2013, Angela was granted a reprieve from deportation through DACA. Angela finally obtained her permanent residence in 2018, after 10 years of proceedings with the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Service. 
2020-01-25Jan 25, 2020
As my horticultural and botanical career developed during the ’80s and ’90s, it was Sonoma Co that kept drawing me back; for indeed, it is the second most diverse county in CA for native flora due to the incredibly diverse landscape, climates and soil types and so on. There are over 1400 native plants that occur in the County, with 20 known to occur only in the County and nowhere else on Earth, and about 125 are considered endangered or threatened to some degree. One of my favorite shrubs is manzanita (genus Arctostaphylos). This led me to wander into The Cedars, a sizeable serpentine area at the headwaters of Austin Creek, a hike that changed my life.
2020-01-24Jan 24, 2020
Nancy Wang, President of the Redwood Empire Chinese Association wishes everyone a Happy New Year and invites folks to their 29th New Year celebration in Santa Rosa. After 11 hours interviewing 19 candidates to replace Councilwoman Julie Combs, Dick Dowd, a 77-year-old retired builder and 25-year veteran of the Board of Public Utilities was appointed; in appointing another man to the board there is an imbalance along with a strong progressive voice being eliminated. Santa Rosa Passes Climate Emergency Resolution. From Suffrage To #Metoo: Groundbreaking Women In Sonoma County Exhibit Opens  January 25 - September 13, 2020. 
2020-01-24Jan 24, 2020
The City of Sebastopol has some challenges, but, like building a house, we are working on them with measured, steady progress. Funds are being accumulated from a variety of sources to continue maintaining and improving our roads. A number of housing projects are being discussed, some with delight and others with dread, but that’s why the public process is the way it is; everyone gets a chance to speak. The aging underground water utilities serving all residences and businesses in the City require maintenance and upgrades, and the City has developed a long-range plan to provide for adequate funding of these vital systems. 
2020-01-24Jan 24, 2020
While this means Sonoma County, I want to take a wider perspective. We need to love where we all live—this planet. If we really love it and if we love our children, we have to get really serious about saving it for the future. Already, we’ve lost so much of what we cherish. Because the losses’ve been incremental, we don’t always see them until some cataclysmic event such as the fires (followed by floods, hailstorms, and dust storms) in Australia.
2020-01-24Jan 24, 2020
The Forestville Fire District's paid and volunteer staff participated in 803 hours of in-house training and logged over 8,756 hours responding to 1,033 calls for service during the 2019 calendar year. As 2019 ended, the firefighters of the Graton Fire Protection District completed 813 calls.  Sebastopol Fire Department 2019 Annual Recap Incidents Year-to-Date wa 1306 - A New Record! The russian River Fire Protection district ended the year at 1,828 incidents. Bodega Volunteer Fire Department responded to a record high of 212 emergency calls, a 11% increase over last year. 2019 was Bodega Fire Volunteer Protection district's call response years ever.
2020-01-24Jan 24, 2020
The Joker, spawn of the DC Universe, is an arch-villain who has captured the imagination of the American public for decades. He is Batman's nemesis, usually flamboyantly attired, clownish but sinister. The most recent film starring Joaquin Phoenix provides the origin story. Why is this guy so twisted and sadistic? It is brutally nihilistic and audacious in its unpleasantness. Even with its ultimate artistry it is not always easy to watch. The director, Todd Phillips, is mostly known for comedies but in this he goes way beyond solemnity into Shakespearean tragedy. It is a tough act to follow but Joaquin Phoenix lives up to the challenge.
2020-02-17Feb 17, 2020
The Sonoma County Democratic Party has unanimously endorsed Measure I in the March 3 Primary election. In 2008, Sonoma and Marin Counties took the first step to establish a green transportation system that has taken traffic off a severely congested Highway 101.  The Sonoma County Democratic Party has endorsed Susan Gorin for re-election to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in District 1, which includes the eastern portion of Santa Rosa, the City of Sonoma and the unincorporated county to the eastern County Line. Her endorsement was unanimous. The Sonoma County Democratic Party has endorsed Lynda Hopkins for re-election to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in District 5, which includes the City of Sebastopol, Guerneville, Bodega Bay, Occidental, and the western portion of the unincorporated county to the Pacific Ocean on the west, and Mendocino County to the north. Her endorsement was unanimous
2020-01-24Jan 24, 2020
The Career Technical Education (CTE) Foundation Board of Directors has approved over $300,000 in grant funding for the 2020-2021 school year. Funding will support students from Cloverdale to Sonoma Valley with classroom grants for industry-grade equipment purchases, professional development and innovative course topics including regenerative agriculture, veterinary science and welding technology – all with an emphasis on hands-on learning and career exploration.
2020-01-23Jan 23, 2020
The council meets quarterly to discuss various topics related to management of Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off San Francisco, including sanctuary enforcement coordination; updates from the Greater Farallones, Cordell Bank, and Monterey national marine sanctuary superintendents; and from the Director of the Greater Farallones Association, the nonprofit partner to Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
2020-01-23Jan 23, 2020
Who knew that Petaluma was such a hotbed of literary talent? For one, Marlene Cullen is at it again. This is the fifth book in her "Write Spot" series. She not only edits but contributes to the anthologies that her group creates. This edition is called Possibilities. David Hightower insists the he is "not a writer", a stay at home father reading Dr. Seuss books to his two children, he became inspired. The subtitle of his book The Sun Also Sets is A Seussical Indictment of Trump.
2020-01-22Jan 22, 2020
The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has diverted over $100 million from safety and maintenance programs to executive compensation at the same time it has caused an average of more than one fire a day for the past six years killing over 100 people. PG&E is the largest privately held public utility in the United States. A new research report shows that 91% of PG&E stocks are held by huge international investment management firms, including BlackRock and Vanguard Group. PG&E is an ideal investment for global capital management firms with monopoly control over five million households paying $16 billion for gas and electric in California. The California Public Utility Commission (PUC) has allowed an annual return up to 11%.  
2020-01-22Jan 22, 2020
The challenges facing us with homelessness along the Joe Rodota Trail and throughout the County are bringing engaged citizens and government leaders together to address the hard questions. More than 300 people attended our Joe Rodota Trail Town Hall. The Board of Supervisors selected Los Guillicos, as an emergency outdoor shelter site. This site will provide 60 emergency 64 square foot housing units, restrooms, showers, dining area/warming station, personal storage, dog run, a Navigation Center, medical services, fire watch, and 24-hour security. This emergency outdoor shelter site will be managed and supported by  St. Vincent de Paul.
2020-01-20Jan 20, 2020
If you love the music of Buddy Holly, you’ll love this musical biography. If you’re one of the rare people who knows nothing about the iconic rock star whose work influenced countless others and changed the face of rock’n’roll forever, you’ll still love this tribute, if you’re ready to party on with a whole theatre full of happy people. Kyle Jurassic is the real deal as Holly, definitely a Don’t Miss performance. Get your tickets now, as the show is sure to sell out its limited run through February 16.
2020-01-18Jan 18, 2020
More than three dozen Alameda County elected officials today urged Governor Gavin Newsom to enact a comprehensive climate emergency plan to phase out the production and burning of oil and gas in California. Concerned that Australia’s apocalyptic fires are a dire warning for California’s increasingly deadly fire season that is mere months away, the officials stood in solidarity with the people of Australia and called for emergency action. 
2020-01-12Jan 12, 2020
When you focus on where something is, you can’t tell where it’s going; and when you observe something moving, you can’t tell where it is— that’s the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle in a nutshell, and from the world of science it supplies the central metaphor for Simon Stephens’  latest play concerning an unlikely, unpredictable and uncommon relationship.  Left Edge Theatre serves up this delightfully different comedy with zest, featuring two first-rate talents and attractive staging.
2020-01-12Jan 12, 2020
In partnership with  The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship,  a non-profit organization based in Santa Rosa/Windsor,  Timber Cove Resort  removed 26,000 sq. ft. of non-native, invasive iceplant and replanted with native shrubs and seeds. The Center also promotes educational opportunities and works with  disadvantaged youth  on the project.   
2020-01-06Jan 6, 2020
“The Sonoma Dems are proud of Supervisor Gorin’s leadership on the many complex issues that face Sonoma County. Leading the effort to reimagine the use of Sonoma Development Center while protecting those most vulnerable who have been residents at the Center, building local affordable housing, renewal of the Springs area of Sonoma, building sidewalks, focusing on road improvements, and protecting our precious open space — these are all issues important to all Democrats” said County Democratic Party Chair Pat Sabo. 
2020-02-17Feb 17, 2020
Sonoma County Climate Activist Network (SoCoCAN!) wants you in the room for Sonoma County Climate Activists Community Summit, It’s Up To Us! Sun., Mar. 15, 1:30-6:00pm, Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa. The Summit aims to link groups and activists closer for greater leverage on climate crisis, focuses on how adults can work with youth-led groups and seeks an overall vision for our county in the fight for climate justice. 
2020-01-06Jan 6, 2020
The Sonoma County Democratic Party has endorsed Lynda Hopkins for re-election to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in District 5, which includes the City of Sebastopol, Guerneville, Bodega Bay, Occidental, and the western portion of the unincorporated county to the Pacific Ocean on the west, and Mendocino County to the north. Her endorsement was unanimous, recognizing her actions on the Board and her leadership in achieving resilience in the face of the flooding and wildfires that have directly affected her district.
2020-01-05Jan 5, 2020
More than 150 awards totaling nearly $500,000 are being made available through PG&E scholarships, which includes the employee resource group (ERG), engineering network group (ENG) and Better Together STEM scholarship programs. PG&E scholarships information, including criteria and applications, is available on PG&E’s website. To be considered for a scholarship, all applications must be submitted by Feb. 7, 2020. 
2019-12-29Dec 29, 2019
 Wine Banter by John Haggard - January 2020 - Sonoma County. Woodenhead Pinot Noir “Wet Kiss” 2015, Russian River Valley.  De Lorimier Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Barrel Select, Alexander Valley, 2016.  Wilson Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley, 2014.  Honorable Mention: HLR Cabernet Sauvignon, Fountaingrove District, 2014. Upcoming Events: Winter Wineland, January 18-19, 2020, 11a-4p each day, and 43rd Annual Barrel Tasting March 6-8 & 13-15, 2020.11a–4p each day.
2019-02-10Feb 10, 2019
The person I’m visiting is Jarvis Jay Masters, a most remarkable man, who’s been on Death Row for 38 years, 21 of which were in solitary confinement, longer than any other prisoner in San Quentin history. I know Jarvis to be an innocent man, wrongfully convicted, and we have been friends for 20+ years. But the point of all this is not about what prisons look like or how they operate. The descriptions I’ve given you are more by way of setting the scene. This little account is about freedom and what that word has come to mean for me.Prison not only confines the human body to a designated space, it also restricts practically all human activity except thinking.
2019-02-09Feb 9, 2019
Each Sonoma County library branch will host three separate classes on topics relating to emergency preparedness: Emergency Kits and Go Bags, Family Planning (and your pets, too!), and Sources of Information and Community Support. Learn what you need in your emergency kit, create a solid evacuation plan and establish your sources of information and community support system by attending classes at your local library.

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