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Housing and Real Estate

Affordable Housing is a hot topic just about everywhere - Homelessness for those who don't have shelter, and real estate from land use policy to Plan Bay Area 2040...where to plant our feet to call HOME is on our minds.

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2018-12-14Dec 14, 2018

Fourteen brand new “Tiny Houses” at the Veterans Village on the Sonoma County Campus will soon become home to 14 homeless Sonoma County veterans.

2018-11-13Nov 13, 2018

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved two contracts for winter homeless shelters and discussed updates to the county's tax structure for temporary rental properties in the county.

2018-11-13Nov 13, 2018

A week after Santa Rosa's affordable housing bond failed to find support at the ballot box, CASA, a regional housing group, released a draft of proposed policies to alleviate the Bay Area's housing crisis.  

2018-11-02Nov 2, 2018

Save Our Sonoma Neighborhoods has been heavily involved with the Board of Supervisors, Code Enforcement, its Cannabis Program team, and its Planning Commission to create policy, raise awareness of real evidence of the negative impact to both neighborhoods and the environment and to shape meaningful policy considerations to improve the County’s cannabis ordinance.

2018-11-01Nov 1, 2018

As people begin to live longer, financial planning will become even more important. Many customers have told me that these home loans just aren’t right for them, but the reality is that they can be a major financial windfall for seniors in multiple situations.

2018-11-01Nov 1, 2018

The residents of Healdsburg have a vision for the future of their City. I believe I know what that vision is, after knocking on over 1,500 doors and speaking with hundreds of my neighbors. They see a City where residents and tourists co-exist, where housing is at least obtainable, where children fill our schools and the fabric of

2018-11-01Nov 1, 2018

Faced with an ongoing homeless crisis, Sonoma County activists are pushing local governments to consider a wide range of options to house people without shelter. On Saturday, Nov. 3, Homeless Action will welcome two speakers to share their experiences finding innovative housing solutions for those in need. 

2018-10-26Oct 26, 2018

On the fourth Thursday in November, American’s traditionally celebrate Thanksgiving. In light of all that has happened over the past year and remembering last Thanksgiving when we all sat around the table giving thanks that we did not lose our home during the fires while comforting those that did, I am thankful to be alive and have my health.

2018-10-24Oct 24, 2018

Through the No Place Like Home program and the Homeless Emergency Aid Program, counties on the North Coast are eligible to receive tens of millions in funding over the next year to implement solutions to the homeless crisis (immediate needs and long term) in their communities.

2018-10-23Oct 23, 2018

At its October 23 meeting, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors heard a presentation from a regional housing planning group and amended the county’s planning code to allow a range of housing options between single family homes and traditional apartment buildings.

2018-10-22Oct 22, 2018

A group of Sonoma County residents has filed a lawsuit to shut down an illegal pot grow and cannabis tourism operation in the Purvine Road neighborhood. The suit alleges that the unlicensed grower is transforming a peaceful stretch of the Petaluma Dairy Belt into an unlawful cannabis event venue, corporate retreat and cannabis tourism destination.

2018-12-06Dec 6, 2018

The Sonoma County District Attorney says she will "continue to vigorously enforce the state anti-price gouging law." The Santa Rosa City Attorney will continue to prosecute violators under a city ordinance protecting renters. 

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.

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 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. 

2018-10-03Oct 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.

2018-10-01Oct 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

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.”

2018-09-21Sep 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

Santa Rosa city staff will present a plan to incentivize taller residential buildings downtown at the City Council's September 25 meeting. 

2018-12-04Dec 4, 2018

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors discussed the future of a Sheriff Office oversight body, approved an extension of a contract with an emergency preparedness consultant and listened to a policy update from Assemblymember Jim Wood at its Tuesday, Dec. 4 meeting.

2018-09-10Sep 10, 2018

Since the October 2017 firestorms, the University of California Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County (UCMGSC) has worked to develop a series of recommended actions property owners can take to create more fire-resistant landscapes and properties.

2018-09-01Sep 1, 2018

Back when I was a professional gardener, I had clients who insisted on having me lay down landscape fabric then putting bark on top of it to discourage weeds. I hated this practice and tried to talk them out of it. Weeds come anyway because seeds find any crevice to tuck themselves into and bark has plenty of crevices.

2018-09-01Sep 1, 2018

Local environmental groups in the San Francisco Bay area and Sonoma County often point to the successes of this resident-led initiative as proof we in the North Bay are a “Green” community. As a matter of fact, many of the organizations promoting tourism to the North Bay and Sonoma County invoke the natural beauty and conservation as marketing tools to get the visitors to come to the “Sonoma County Wine Country”. Going green has become a profitable approach now.

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

The County of Sonoma is updating County regulations for septic systems in order to meet state-mandated regulations that protect water quality and public health. Permit Sonoma invites the public to attend upcoming community meetings to share feedback on the proposed Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Manual.

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

The Sonoma County Office of Resilience and Recovery's five year Fire Recovery Plan and the Sonoma County General Plan Update will prioritize land-use altercations and other policies with the goal of reducing fire risk, improving emergency preparedness, and making our communities and lands more resilient, healthy and climate-smart.

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

We all know that fire is one of the oldest and most powerful tools that humans have but what we often forget is that most of the landscapes we know and love have also been shaped by fire, and in many cases, by fires that humans have started.

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

Hot dawg! The ambitious proposal to spruce up the Springs and give it pizazz is moving forward.Evidence of the community’s interest can be seen by active citizen attendance at the Springs Community Alliance meeting in mid-August. Chair Rich Lee introduced County Representative Yolanda Solano who moderated the meeting. 

 

 

2018-08-24Aug 24, 2018

The legislative Conference Committee on Wildfire Preparedness and Response on Friday discussed key elements of a proposed committee report that includes provisions for protecting Californians from future wildfires and preventing electric utility ratepayers from bearing unfair costs.

2018-08-22Aug 22, 2018

Nearly a year after the Sonoma County Complex Fires destroyed 5,300 homes and ten years after the last housing crash slowed Sonoma County’s economy to a crawl, discussions about the future of housing, transportation and the economy are proliferating.

2018-08-22Aug 22, 2018

The UC Cooperative Extension Sonoma County is hosting an all-day symposium on fire resilience this Friday, August 24, at Shone Farm. Attendees will learn how wildfires operate in Sonoma County’s wildland urban interface, how to maintain a fire safe community, and what natural resource management strategies best improve the survivability of people, property, and homes.

2018-12-01Dec 1, 2018

In the last several months, advocates' fervent pleas for city and county officials to act quickly to protect unsheltered people from the winter cold and rains have been ignored. At the same time, a series of findings by several independent bodies have shown clearly that the city and county's homeless policies are not only inadequate but worsening the situation. 

2018-08-20Aug 20, 2018

Faced with an unprecedented wildfire season in 2017 and an extremely challenging start to the 2018 season, California lawmakers approved $26 million to fund wildfire prevention and forest health grants to be spent in Northern California.

2018-08-19Aug 19, 2018

Local not-for-profit Community First Credit Union has crafted a new real estate loan to help local residents purchase lots burned out during the recent firestorms. The funding allows them time and money to pursue plans, permits and people to rebuild on the property.

2018-08-14Aug 14, 2018
2018-08-13Aug 13, 2018

The County proposed a $300 million bond issue to address the housing crisis. Those funds would have been leveraged two or three times and generate enough funds to make a significant impact. The surveys showed that the vast majority of residents supported the measure. BUT…a few wealthy and well-connected people felt compelled to put their greed and bias ahead of what is good for the county.

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

On July 10 County Planning conducted an Environmental Review Report (EIR) as Step 6 in the development of the Springs Specific Plan. Once the final EIR and financing is set, the County will move toward final plan adoption. Anyone wishing to obtain a copy of the SSP or submit recommendations may do so by contacting Yolanda Solano (707-565-7387) or yolanda.solano@sonoma-county.org.

 

2018-07-31Jul 31, 2018

Well, do ya? It is a good question and a lot of people who think they want to buy a fixer end up not doing so and others who stumble onto a fixer end up taking it on and loving it. It will be a lot of work, period. It could also end up being one of the best things you ever did. I feel like it is my job as a mortgage advisor to help people ask themselves the proper questions so they can determine if this is the right thing for them.

2018-07-31Jul 31, 2018

Faced with a rapidly worsening affordability crisis, twelve labor, tenants rights and environmental groups proposed a slate of actions to lead an“equitable, just and sustainable recovery” from last year’s wildfires.

2018-07-30Jul 30, 2018

It’s the last weekend in June and women in the U.S.A. are protesting with all their might against the separation of children from families seeking asylum at our southern border.

2018-06-30Jun 30, 2018

The devastation of our October Fires is having an impact on decades of land-use and transportation planning. 5,000 plus homes got destroyed in the fire and now the county wants to build more than 30,000 new homes to replace what was lost, and ease the high price of housing by changing the supply vs. demand ratio.

2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018

Sonoma County is in the midst of refining our Cannabis Ordinance, addressing where it can be grown, & defining the permitting and taxing process, etc. to bring this Black Market business into compliance with all other legal businesses.

2018-12-01Dec 1, 2018

A proposal to build a cannabis grow and processing facility near the West County Trail in Graton has raised questions about the county's land use laws for the fledgling industry. At its December 11 meeting, the Board of Supervisors are expected to decide if the West County Trail and the Joe Rodota Trail should be included in the setback requirement and if the Graton applicant must place its cannabis plants and structures at least 1,000 feet from the trail.

2018-11-26Nov 26, 2018

At a December 8 event, Homes for Sonoma will unveil a modular home built in an effort to provide a low-cost housing option for people displaced by the 2017 fires. The group aims to produce elegantly designed modular house communities located on private property leased and managed by a housing agency.

2018-11-20Nov 20, 2018

Two weeks before the expiration of an executive order meant to prevent price gouging in the wake of the 2017 North Bay wildfires, Sonoma County's top disaster recovery official says the county is ready to pass a local extension if the governor doesn't extend the state protection first.

2018-11-16Nov 16, 2018

At an event on Monday, a coalition of labor, environmental, housing and faith groups will unveil a report about working conditions in Sonoma County and the group's priorities moving forward.

2018-11-14Nov 14, 2018

Two State Senators who chair the key Senate committees focused on housing and housing financing legislation have partnered to host two legislative hearings this fall on the affordable housing crisis. The second of the two hearings this Friday in Los Angeles. 

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