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|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!
|2020-05-04May 4, 2020
Governor Newsom has announced that on Thursday, May 7th, the State will release guidance documents on the next stage of re-opening our economy. This guidance will include timelines and required mitigation criteria to be met in order to loosen restrictions. This stage will be focused on safely and strategically re-opening mom and pop retail and manufacturing. Sonoma County will need to amend the County Shelter-In-Place Order to fit the modified State order after receiving the State guidelines.
|2020-04-29Apr 29, 2020
Stretching our limited dollars as far as possible to help the community during the Coronavirus Public Health Emergency. We have funded Food support for community, including local businesses that grow, prepare, and deliver food. We also provided funds for Workers that don’t qualify for standard support, undocumented workers and artists. Very Crucial is our funds for Mental health services and showers for youth and homeless. Other Funds were also alloted for Small Business Support and more. The county has spread available funds across as many organizations as it could, and all asked for more than we were able to provide. Go to the website links of the organizations and projects that interest you and send in your donation! Photo: Apples in apple orchard. NPS Photo - public domain.
|2020-04-20Apr 20, 2020
Join us for the Wednesday Town Hall with Senator Mike McGuire. Senator Mike McGuire; the Sonoma County public health officer; a leading economist from Sonoma State; and a University of California physician focused on infectious diseases to provide the latest updates on our response to the coronavirus. This coming Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m.
|2020-04-15Apr 15, 2020
Financial worry, isolation, lack of access to regular activities, too much closeness with those you are quarantined with - all these can add to your stress level. Lynda shares some excellent suggestions from a trained mental health professional member of the Friends of Rio Nido, some links to mental health resources, and some resources for your financial health.
|2020-04-01Apr 1, 2020
The Federal government is working now on the next stimulus bill. This is a good time to be telling your Federal representatives what you want to see in that bill. Congressman Mike Thompson will be holding a FB Live Town Hall on April 2 from 7-8pm. Information here. My next scheduled live FB fireplace chat will be Thursday at 8:30 and then Sunday at the same time on my public facebook page here. I'm answering some Frequently Asked Questions in thsi briefing.
|2020-03-31Mar 31, 2020
We must recognize that while we are all taking difficult steps to protect our community members who are most vulnerable to COVID-19, a prolonged shelter-in-place order creates NEW vulnerabilities in other members of our community. For those workers and businesses who are classified as non-essential, this news is especially difficult. Those of us who are still able to work must do our best to support others. Can you donate to a local non-profit? or volunteer to deliver essentials?
|2020-03-30Mar 30, 2020
We will get through this pandemic. But we will survive and thrive as a community only if we value one another equally. From the youngest to the eldest, from the most vulnerable to the healthiest, let’s take care of one another by throwing ourselves into our new jobs — and showing the world the tough, compassionate stuff that Sonoma County is made of. We must stand up and demand access to adequate personal protective equipment, testing, and safety protocols for healthcare workers, our front-line soldiers in this crisis.
|2020-03-20Mar 20, 2020
On Thursday, Governor Newsom issued a Stay at Home order to protect the health and well being of all Californians. The State has also launched a website with information on California's response. The County of Sonoma Shelter in Place order is consistent with the State order and no major changes are expected due to this addition. In keeping with my pledge to keep answering your questions and keep you informed, we've now held two live facebook chats. You can view the video for last night's session (March 19)here. Our schedule for these fireplace live chats is every Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday at 8:30 pm on my public facebook page here. Please join us with your questions in english or in spanish.
|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.
|2020-07-01Jul 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.
|2020-06-29Jun 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.
|2020-06-26Jun 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.
|2020-06-01Jun 1, 2020
Beaches reopen .New Health Order Expands Parks Access Coastal Beaches, Parking Areas To Reopen. The order means residents can drive to Sonoma Coast parks and trails beginning Wednesday, June 3, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Please do all you can to follow the rules of social distancing , carrying a mask and being willing to got to another beach if social distancing is a challenge. We do not want the county to close the beaches once again because of the health risk of not being diligent about the advisories. read more and watch a video by dr Anthony Fauchi explain Social distancing and why we do it as well as a video by medical professionals on how to wear a mask correctly and how it is protective.
|2020-05-28May 28, 2020
Sonoma County the public health officials are not allowing the reopening of more businesses despite California Governor Gavin Newsom announcing on Tuesday that light hair salons and barbershops can open. Sonoma County health officials said hair salons and barbershops will remain closed, because of too many new coronavirus cases in the county. Health officials have discovered over 200 new cases of coronavirus In the past two weeks, many of which were discovered after the long holiday weekend. We must realize that opening businesses before it is safe to so will only result ion longer and longer shut downs. Read more on the reasons why we must wait, and watch the detailed video message from our Sonoma County Health officer Sundare Mase, as to what the new order outlines and why.
|2020-05-27May 27, 2020
From Lynda Hopkins : "Once again, we are proud to see the strength and resilience of our West County communities as there are so many acts of kindness and creative steps forward taking place. Yesterday, as I was in Guerneville, I saw the Russian River Alliance going to laid off worker homes to deliver food cards purchased from local donations as well as a grant from our TIF Funds. West County Community Services has housed more unsheltered community members at the alternative care site in SSU, we've heard from a nationally renowned artist looking at donating a piece of art to the town, and one of our local youths is working on organizing a drive-in movie night. I am so grateful for these and many other positive lights in our community that uplift us all". And as the Health Order is modified to its 3rd itiration, there is some good news for restaurant owners and us as well! The County has met the State’s COVID-19 Resilience Roadmap criteria for accelerating the opening of lower-risk businesses and public space, but please read more to be aware of the rules and precautions allmust take for health safety.
|2020-05-25May 25, 2020
To the people who think we should remain in our homes forever, with no lifting of restrictions: I respectfully disagree. Considering business-as-usual vs. hermitage, neither extreme is feasible. Extreme viewpoints rarely are. So what do we do? We try to find the space that most of us live in every day: the space above zero risk, but below unacceptable risk. We reopen gradually, in phases, in order to monitor the impact of our decisions; we use real-time regional data as our guide; we acknowledge up front that we will need to adjust course as we go forward, and we deal with deep siocietal problem that have been laid bare lik enever before..
|2020-05-15May 15, 2020
As we continue to increase testing and contact tracing to follow the data and be ready to adapt should there be changes, Our Public Health Officer issued new public health order modifications both in parks and for the overall Shelter-In-Place order, relaxing parks access and re-opening some business categories. Since we started tracking ethnicity in COVID reporting we see a Disproportionate impact of COVID is reflected in income disparity - the Latinx community. In District 5 we have providing food support and funding to Undocfund, Latino Family Services, River to the Coast family Services, West County Community Services, and will continue to work to fight the endemic racial injustice that results in the disparities we are seeing in testing and impact of this public health emergency.
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