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|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.
|2020-01-02Jan 2, 2020
In December, the County of Sonoma declared a state of emergency due to the 200+ person encampment on the Joe Rodota Trail (JRT). I have been pushing the County of Sonoma to address the deteriorating situation on the JRT for months. In fact, I’d requested that the encampment be agendized for public discussion by the Board of Supervisors in mid-October, and was working to address the growing crisis — but then the Kincade Fire hit, and staff was forced to turn their attention to emergency operations, sheltering, and short-term fire recovery. So here we are, in 2020, with more than 200 people camped along a public trail inside the city limits of Santa Rosa.
|2019-12-23Dec 23, 2019
Changes in State law related to accessory dwelling units (ADUs) will take effect January 1, 2020. These regulatory updates will remove minimum lot size requirements and reduce setback requirements, and private covenants (CC&Rs) may no longer prohibit ADUs on lots zoned for single family dwellings. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are backyard cottages up to 1,200 square feet.
|2019-12-10Dec 10, 2019
The pressures that online shopping are putting on the mere existence of small shops dictates the need to adapt, diversify and support the small shop local way of life! . . . and I must mention Ms. Vesta stopped by and took some photos as she does for all the advertisers. What Commitment!
|2019-11-06Nov 6, 2019
Permit Sonoma is conducting initial damage assessments on an estimated 59buildings damaged by the Kincade Fire. Rapid Evaluation Safety Assessment, also known as RESA,allows people to inhabit and use safe homes and businesses, and ensures that people are prohibited from entering unsafe structures.
|2019-10-28Oct 28, 2019
Our County by Lynda Hopkins - 5th District Supervisor - November 2019. Local Coastal Plan, PSPS, or “Public Safety” Power Shutoffs, Flood Recovery Funds, Disaster Prep Fair, CalFire Fire Prevention Grants.
|2019-10-10Oct 10, 2019
On September 17th, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors formally joined cities, counties, and countries across the world in declaring a climate emergency, establishing this issue as a top priority. Over 1,000 local governments representing 219 million people in 19 countries have issued resolutions to solidify their commitment to mobilizing an emergency response commensurate with the scale of the climate crisis. While we continue to work daily on disaster preparedness and clean-ups from the 6 years of floods, wildfires and droughts attributable to climate change, we also need to look at the larger picture and address the systemic issues that continue to contribute to warming our planet.
|2019-09-25Sep 25, 2019
Are you or is someone in your life interested in American citizenship? Sonoma County Library’s “New American Collection” officially launched in all 12 branches on September 17, Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. This collection serves those interested in citizenship, civics and naturalization, primarily the immigrant population of Sonoma County. The purpose of the New American Collection is to empower community members by providing easily browsable, multilingual, multimedia materials in support of acquiring citizenship and learning English.
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