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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.

2018-11-27Nov 27, 2018

Efforts to shift school commutes away from single-rider trips to more sustainable modes of transportation, such as walking, bicycling, carpooling, and public transit are making a difference at 12 Sonoma County high schools. In spring 2019, students from each high school will also be presenting policy and/or infrastructure proposals to their local school boards or administrations.

2018-08-29Aug 29, 2018

Concerned about preventing discrimination from rearing its ugly head in Guerneville? Have any complaints or suggestions for our local law enforcement? Maybe you would just like to thank law enforcement for providing us with a dedicated deputy and doing a good job at treating all of our community members with fairness and respect? Wanna talk about how homelessness or immigration policies affect our community? The Sonoma County Human Rights Commission (HRC) and the Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach (IOLERO) will be bringing a road show here to Timberline (16440 4th St, Guerneville) on Thursday, Sept. 27th at 5:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Incoming Sheriff Essick and Supervisor Hopkins will also be attending.

2018-08-28Aug 28, 2018

What fairly new idiocy is raining down on unsuspecting souls who just want to watch a favorite TV show—not have an on-air doctor’s visit? Medical advice thru pharmaceutical advertising, that’s what!

 

2018-08-28Aug 28, 2018

Most of you know that Suzi Schaffert, former co-owner with her husband Don, of Don’s Dogs and the Rio Theater, passed away last month from pancreatic cancer at the age of 63. A wake was held August 25th at the amphitheater.

2018-08-28Aug 28, 2018

After a five-hour discussion about proposed changes to cannabis regulations earlier this month, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors quickly passed the regulatory amendments and appointed three new members to the Sonoma County Cannabis Advisory Group at its meeting on Tuesday morning.

2018-08-26Aug 26, 2018

When Julia witnessed Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone, she was smitten. The regularity and sheer energy of this geothermal natural wonder struck something deep in her. She returned to California and was determined to recapture the magic it sparked for her. She painted geysers, designed jewelry with geyser imagery, created mini-sculptures of geysers, included geysers on her sewn ukulele pillows, and applied the theme to her entry in the 2018 Sonoma Community Center’s Trashion Fashion by creating a “Geyser Gown”. 

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

Janelle Hanchett, author of I’m Just Happy To Be Here, is a wonderful writer. She can be sassy and sarcastic without sacrificing poignancy. I would like to take credit for her talent and her articulate expression as I was her high school English teacher. But, I can’t. She was a natural.

2018-08-16Aug 16, 2018

Retired veterans of World War I gather on the veranda of a hospital, subtly discontented with the monotony of their lives. Flashy escapades are in the distant past, replaced with dull hours under the close supervision of Sister Madeleine. With a bleak future before them, the men search for reasons to go on and something worth looking forward to. A ridiculous, endearing notion takes hold of them—escape.

2018-08-15Aug 15, 2018

Since the onset of the devastating Mendocino Complex Fire on July 30th, the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB), the largest hunger-relief organization serving north coastal California, has made six critical deliveries of emergency food to Lake County.

2018-08-14Aug 14, 2018
2018-11-26Nov 26, 2018

It’s open enrollment time for medical insurance, and for people having to shop in the individual insurance market; the choices are as confusing as ever. When searching for a policy, it's important to consider cost, coverage and other factors. 

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.

2018-08-03Aug 3, 2018

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. Compassionate men, including myself, are joining in the protest. Congress seems completely unable to agree onany immigration policy, but one judge has stepped up to order the practice of separation to stop and for re-unification of families to be accomplished swiftly.

2018-08-02Aug 2, 2018

What fairly new idiocy is raining down on unsuspecting souls who just want to watch a favorite TV show—not have an on-air doctor’s visit? Medical advice thru pharmaceutical advertising, that’s what!

 

2018-08-02Aug 2, 2018

An update to an article submitted last May about trespassing enforcement and fire prevention as it relates to illegal homeless encampments in our area.

2018-08-02Aug 2, 2018

Summer is winding down except of course for Lazy Bear Weekend the first weekend in August and Russian River Pride the last weekend in August. Traditions are important here in the River.

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.

 

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

“The recovery is not a sprint, it’s a marathon,” said Teri Shore in her talk before the Alliance for a Just Recovery, a baker’s dozen of local groups brought together by Jobs for Justice, which held its first public meeting July 19. About 200 people attended, with several electeds represented including Mike Thompson’s office and Jared Huffman’s. Santa Rosa city councilmember, Julie Combs was present, as well as Una Glass from the Sebastopol City Council.

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

IWow what a month; shout out to Leslie Graves, coordinator for theWednesday Market in Santa Rosawho organized a successful “Families Belong Together Rally” in Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa with an estimated 3000 in attendance.

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

With an ongoing “housing crisis” of lack of housing it is sad this Roseland resident was forced out onto the streets by the city. It is ironic because now the city of Santa Rosa will be putting tax increase Ballot Initiatives on the November Ballot to pay for “new” affordable housing to be built. This is while the city has been holding onto houses in Roseland already bought by Sonoma County taxpayers and keeping them empty. So the taxpayers paid “Top Dollar” for houses which the city has now claimed are “surplus” and has told the public the city will demolish the houses. Wasteful!

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

Whew. After one week of deliberations, the Board of Supervisors has ratified the county’s 2018-19 operating and capital budget, totalling $1.68 billion. Looking toward the future with the hope of rebuilding our County after last fall’s horrific fire, we approved a strategic budget that will help us ride out our current storm while also preparing for challenges we anticipate and expect in the future.

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.

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

Upcoming MAC events include: Lower Russian River MAC Town Hall 3 - Saturday, Aug. 18, 1-3pm

Please join Supervisor Lynda Hopkins to discuss district boundaries, the recruitment process and qualifications for MAC representatives at Guerneville Elementary School. 14630 Armstrong Woods Rd. Guerneville

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

It’s about cars, drivers, and music. Although the lowrider lifestyle begins and ends with the wheels, there’s lots of room for photo ops, movies, bands, magazines, street parties, music, and even fashion.

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

The federal government has long had a sort of “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy toward much of our economy here—wineries, agriculture, restaurants, hotels, and construction, among others.

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

If you could, what would you tell an unbiased team of architects, planners, economists and sustainability experts offering to help us design a viable, healthy, sustainable Healdsburg?

 

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

Above all else, Elbert “Big Man” Howard loved his comrades and all oppressed people, who he never stopped fighting for.

2018-07-31Jul 31, 2018

LETTERS from Gazette READERS - September 2018

2018-07-31Jul 31, 2018

LETTERS from Gazette READERS - August 2018

2018-07-31Jul 31, 2018

Many people have weighed in on the decisions surrounding Cannabis cultivation in Sonoma County. Here are some of this month's opinions...

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

In case you haven’t heard, Recology is the newest waste management company serving Sonoma County. They are defined in Wikipedia as “an integrated resource recovery company headquartered in San Francisco, California. The company collects and processes municipal solid waste, reclaiming useful materials that would have otherwise been buried in a landfill. Recology has been in business for 100 years.”

2018-11-21Nov 21, 2018

SenatorMike McGuire and Assemblymember Mark Stone will host a comprehensive hearing next week addressing the state of the California Dungeness Crab Season, one of the oldest commercial fisheries in California, and state efforts to protect whales from entanglement in commercial fishing nets.

2018-07-29Jul 29, 2018

David Hogg and his sister Lauren lived through the horrible shooting at their high school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. They take turns in their book,#Never Again, describing what they experienced and how they’ve become activists in the aftermath, especially David. But the book describes their personal developmental process before and because of this horrible tragedy.

 

2018-07-23Jul 23, 2018

At 6:13 AM, Big Man joined the ancestors. Above all else, Elbert "Big Man" Howard loved his comrades and all oppressed people, who he never stopped fighting for. There will be a celebration of life for Big Man in a few weeks and information about this will be shared as soon as details are available. Big Man would say, "All Power Belongs to the People"

2018-07-10Jul 10, 2018

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to consider placing on the Nov. 6 ballot a one-eighth-cent sales tax for regional and local park improvements. If approved by voters, the sales tax would support the county and cities with their long-term needs to maintain parks, protect natural resources, reduce wildfire risks, provide health and recreation programs, and open new parks and trails.

2018-07-10Jul 10, 2018

The Imaginists are a creative, satirical theater company, presenting free performances in local parks with minimal props and sets. They arrive on bicycles, quickly setting up a backdrop and finalizing costuming while the audience gathers with folding chairs, blankets and friendly dogs to watch the show and enjoy Sonoma County’s beautiful outdoors.

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.

2018-06-29Jun 29, 2018

An update to an article submitted last May about trespassing enforcement and fire prevention as it relates to illegal homeless encampments in our area.

2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018

Goat Ropers rolled through Roseland in the night and rustled out two goats recently donated to the Bayer Farm project run by Land Paths.

2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018

The federal government has long had a sort of “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy toward much of our economy here—wineries, agriculture, restaurants, hotels, and construction, among others.

2018-06-27Jun 27, 2018

The Press Democrat published an article on June 3 of their cannabis poll results from 500 county voters; three questions asked about cannabis safety, grow location, and crime.

2018-06-27Jun 27, 2018

Humans are well aware of the imminent effects of climate change. In fact, drought-like conditions and extended fire seasons will be our new-normal due to the sheer amount of human-related greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. However, one variable of the climate change equation that is not well known among the general population is the effect of livestock on the production of greenhouse gasses.

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.

2018-06-27Jun 27, 2018

Carol Benfell wrote an excellent summary of how some local people in Sonoma County worked hard to conserve some beautiful natural surroundings we are blessed to have here. We need to keep in mind vigilance is necessary if we are going to be able protect our lovely area from an onslaught of development in the future.

2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018

The lure is upon us! The Ocean beckons, that Island get-away inches closer and the magic of a dreamy “Vacation” sucks us into the flow!It’s like a lovely form of quicksand, the seasonal shiny object coaxing: c’mon!It’s time to let “time out” caress away those Winter chills; time to put causes aside. I know all that, so why is it so difficult to just turn off the news and get outta Dodge?

 

2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018

The Local Shuttle #24 will be free starting June 4, due to the unanimous vote of the City Council on May 15 to subsidize the yearly rider fare revenue.

 

2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018

Ragle Road and Bodega Avenue – Joint App: Sebastopol submitted a joint grant application with the County of Sonoma for funds from Caltrans’Active Transportation Program [ATP]. The goal of the ATP is to fund projects that increase bicycling and walking [the physically active modes of transportation], like the construction of trails, bike lanes, pedestrian beacons, or crosswalks. 

 

2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018

Unstoppable by Inga Lizdenyte is many things: an autobiography, an epistolary piece, a spiritual/inspirational guide and a tragic love story.

2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018

At the May meeting of the Democratic Club, members were charmed by four young women who participated in the March for Our Livesin DC, and reassured by their enthusiasm for gun control and political action in general. Cheers! But in light of another mass shooting last Friday the 19th, feeling cheerful wasn’t quite enough.

2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018

Whew. After one week of deliberations, the Board of Supervisors has ratified the county’s 2018-19 operating and capital budget, totalling $1.68 billion. Looking toward the future with the hope of rebuilding our County after last fall’s horrific fire, we approved a strategic budget that will help us ride out our current storm while also preparing for challenges we anticipate and expect in the future.

2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018

July, the best month in Monte Rio, kicks off with our fireworks on Sunday 7/1. The fireworks are sponsored byMonte Rio Chamber, Monte Rio Rec & Park, and Monte Rio Fire Foundation.

2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018

As Summer eases into Healdsburg, residents are thinking about more than family gatherings, Prune Packer baseball games, visits to Memorial Beach, and even the pending completion of our famous (infamous?) Roundabout! We are very excited about an upcoming August visit by a team of outside experts to help develop a vision and blueprint for our City through 2040.

 

2018-06-19Jun 19, 2018

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) lists the near-term transportation projects, programs and investment priorities for the San Francisco Bay Area's surface transportation system--projects that have a federal interest and locally and state-funded regionally significant projects.

2018-11-19Nov 19, 2018

The open enrollment period to apply for or renew Covered California health insurance coverage ends on January 15, 2019.

 

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

In July 2017 Santa Rosa City received a certified letter from the law firm of Shenkman & Hughes alleging that the at-large voting system impairs the voting strength of the City’s Latino voters and thus violates the California Voting Rights Act.

2018-05-28May 28, 2018

Loyal volunteer Judy Elliott has taken on the task of locating and recording new PSAs for the station. Her work in finding educational matter—much of it in Spanish—earned her the unofficial title of PSA Czar.

2018-11-17Nov 17, 2018

As the fires and hurricanes keep coming, it becomes increasingly difficult to deny weather as a major concern when planning for human health. Fires, floods, extreme heat, poor air quality, and problems with water access all make us more vulnerable as “Global Warming” continues to unfold. Some individuals may do reasonably well in the coming era, if they are lucky or well-resourced (and able to buffer from the worst impacts). For the rest of us, though, and for the planet as a whole, some massive changes are in store.

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. 

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.

2018-12-11Dec 11, 2018

At its last meeting of the year, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors altered the zoning code for cannabis farms, approved staff recommendations for housing funding, and extended several staff contracts among other items during a 10-hour meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

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.  

2018-11-10Nov 10, 2018
I urge everyone in the Timber Cove Community to inspect the power lines in our neighborhood. Years ago I insisted that PG&E sleeve the bare lines over Pine Court with a protective insulation. I am glad I did, as the pines and firs nearby drop branches on a regular basis.
2018-11-08Nov 8, 2018

Coast, River MAC Representatives to be selected this monthOver the past month, the Fifth District Office received more than 40 applications from people hoping to represent their community in one of the two new Fifth District municipal advisory councils.

 
2018-11-05Nov 5, 2018

In an era when the spectrum of gender and sexuality has become vibrant and inclusive, how does the new normal affect parents? For Helene, an outspoken mother in New York, her family has become complicated enough that she finds herself in a support group. From a lesbian daughter to a son who adores BDSM “scat play” her acceptance is strained to the maximum.

2018-11-03Nov 3, 2018

Anger. Fear. Exhaustion. Jubilation. Relief. A strong desire to rebuild, restore, strengthen, and protect. We who endured the massive wildfires here in Northern California a year ago are still experiencing all of these feelings, and more. As are many of us across the entire nation, in response to what I’ll summarize here as political events during the past 18 to 24 months.

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.

2018-11-02Nov 2, 2018

Across Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries, funerals would be graced by a stranger providing one last chance at savings the deceased’s soul. Bread or other simple food would be placed on the corpse, to absorb sin from its flesh, and then it would be consumed by the willing sin eater.

2018-11-02Nov 2, 2018

If you read the paper or watch the news as it relates to Sonoma County Cannabis, by now you’ve heard these terms: Regenerative, Biodynamic, Organic, Sun-Grown, Light-Dep, and Sustainable Practices. Sure, you know it’s better than the stuff that comes from a warehouse or worse, grown with who-knows-what, added to it. But do you know why it’s better? More importantly, do you know where you can get it?

 

2018-11-02Nov 2, 2018

There’s been plenty of talk about cannabis and where or where not it should be grown. However, there hasn’t been enough talk about what a locally-permitted and state-licensed cannabis farm would look like in Sonoma County.

2018-11-01Nov 1, 2018

Lights! Camera! Action! A great number of decisions face Springs residents in the near future. Some are well known, but others have only recently come into focus. Be certain to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6! Cast your vote! Make your voice heard locally, statewide, and in Washington, D.C. Just think! Everyone has heard about the candidates for Governor, U.S. Senator, Congressman, and State Representative, butwho will make decisions for you right here in the Springs?

2018-12-10Dec 10, 2018

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire, Chair of the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance and Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, announced plans today to work together and implement the recent United States Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. This decision authorizes states to begin collecting sales and use tax from online and out-of-state retailers without a physical presence in California.

 

2018-11-01Nov 1, 2018

In the wake of a federal court ruling, Santa Rosa and Sonoma County reviewed the laws city employees cite when moving people from homeless encampments, according to Santa Rosa's City Attorney.

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. 

2018-10-30Oct 30, 2018

There’s so much activity just in my own small sphere here in Sonoma, I’m exhausted just thinking about it; but the times are so intense, the cloud over the world hovers so darkly, what is happening today is some kind of bizarre nightmare.

2018-10-30Oct 30, 2018

Sorry for the redundant articles about the Lower Russian River Municipal Advisory Council, or MAC, however I’m still hearing people say “What’s a MAC?”  It’s a big deal, and this will be the last article before you start getting your MAC ballots in the mail, which should be arriving shortly after November 7th.  If you don’t want to mail in your ballot, or you don’t receive one, there will also be an in-person caucus on Saturday, November 17th, at which full-time residents can alternatively vote for their district reps. in person.  Visit the website for additional details.

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

Representatives who are applying to serve on the Lower Russian River MAC and Sonoma County Coast municipal advisory councils (MAC) have submitted their applications. Our office has been fielding good questions pertaining to the selection process.

2018-10-24Oct 24, 2018

Applications are now being accepted for next fall’s California Senate Fellows program, an 11-month, on-the-job training opportunity for college graduates offering valuable legislative experience and excellent preparation for many public- and private-sector careers.

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.

2018-12-06Dec 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. 

2018-10-23Oct 23, 2018

What if you were able to have a brand-new family practically overnight? What if you were able to have two sets of families? I have had the most incredible experience recently. I was adopted at birth in NYC and I’m 61 years old. A family friend told me when I was a teenager that all she knew was that a young teenager from a well-to-do family became pregnant and her name was Edith Costello. She had to give me up for adoption.

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.

2018-10-22Oct 22, 2018

The Sonoma County Commission on Human rights announced on September 23rd that it had found pervasive violations of internationally recognized human rights of homeless individuals in Sonoma County. The findings were made following a detailed report presented to the Commission by Homeless Action!, an advocacy group based in Santa Rosa. Violations were documented of at least seven articles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which safeguards basic standards for the health and well-being of people in cases of unemployment, sickness, disability and other circumstances beyond their control. In addition, the 4th and 8th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution are regularly violated.

2018-10-19Oct 19, 2018

We are committed to equality, social and environmental justice. We had a thorough discussion of the candidates, propositions, and measures on the ballot and would like to distribute our recommendations to the public. As a citizen, it is our right, duty, and responsibility to express how and by whom we will be governed. SheRISES is providing the following voting endorsements for the benefit of our Sonoma County community.

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.

2018-10-16Oct 16, 2018

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors heard comment on the county’s Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and allowed staff to begin work on an environmental impact report for a long-delayed quarry at its Tuesday, October 16 meeting.

2018-10-15Oct 15, 2018

The Coast MAC and Lower Russian River MAC is established to advise the Board of Supervisors and other County decision makers on local planning and management decisions relating to their respective regions, to provide a regular forum for citizen participation in the formation of advisory recommendations on those decisions, and to provide a bridge for communication between the County and local residents and businesses, and the general public on local government decisions affecting these communities.

2018-10-15Oct 15, 2018

Creative Sonoma is offering therapeutic art sessions to local public school students recovering from the fall 2017 fires.

2018-10-12Oct 12, 2018

Activists met Friday to discuss possible uses for new state funding to provide homeless housing.

2018-10-11Oct 11, 2018

We made history Saturday September 15, 2018. According to Coastwalk, our regional Coordinator for California Coastal Clean Up Day 2018, this year’s 1,200 volunteers broke all previous Sonoma County attendance records for this annual event! And the best part? Together we removed 8.7 tons of debris from our county’s inland waterways and from our beaches.

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.

2018-10-09Oct 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 Sonoma-Marin Water Saving Partnership (Partnership), a group of North Bay water utilities, has once again been recognized with national awards for its water-saving efforts. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Partnership its second consecutive Sustained Excellence Award for continuing to improve its irrigation-professional training program by upgrading its curriculum and training materials. The Partnership also received a 2018 Excellence Award for its outreach efforts that included promoting the use of water-saving showerheads and faucet aerators for homes and businesses.

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. 

2018-10-06Oct 6, 2018

 

 

These wonderful people gathered in Larson Park on the shores of Sonoma Creek to gather bottles, trash, and other debris on Coastal Clean Up Day (9/15/18). Families and Mission Inn workers spoke with pride about improving the environment on Sonoma’s central water way. County proposes changes to housing density rules. In late August a staff report from the County Planning Commission was revealed that proposes several changes affecting the Springs.

2018-10-06Oct 6, 2018

For one thing, Cliché’s have a certain “commonality” that can instantly unify us – or move us apart!  (Depending upon the cliché, of course!) Time flies – can’t believe the year is almost over!  Surely, we can hear each other chiming in on that one as summer ends, the leaves begin to turn and the tree nuts fall.  It’s easy to agree time moves fast – and relentlessly, cliché notwithstanding.

2018-10-06Oct 6, 2018

Some Roseland residents, and other supporters of Roseland, have told Roseland Review they believe racism rules Roseland. They wish to remain anonymous, but I believe they are correct, so I stand behind this forum for their views to be aired and shared here. But first, here is some good news to share before going deeper into that story. This month’s column will remind readers of “Make a Difference Day” to be held on Saturday October 27th in Roseland at the Roseland Neighbor Wood.

2018-10-06Oct 6, 2018

September was a big month for the planet. On September 8th, “Rise for Climate, Justice, and Jobs,” drew over 30,000 people to the streets of San Francisco, joining thousands of others at 900 events in 90 countries. All this was designed to say it is time for a Fossil Free World with Renewable Energy for All, a message for leaders from all over the world, who gathered September 12-14 at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, to celebrate the climate action achievements of states, regions, cities, companies, investors, and citizens.

2018-10-05Oct 5, 2018

Encouraging you to VOTE for what YOU believe is GOOD for YOUR Community

 

2018-12-03Dec 3, 2018

After a nationwide search and extensive interview process, Sonoma County Administrative Officer Sheryl Bratton will officially recommend the appointment of Christopher Godley as the county's next Emergency Management Director at the Tuesday, December 11 Board of Supervisors meeting. 

2018-10-03Oct 3, 2018

Board of Supervisors approved formation the Sonoma County Coast and Lower Russian River Municipal Advisory Councils. On Sept. 25, the Board of Supervisors approved the formation of both the Sonoma County Coast and Lower Russian River Municipal Advisory Councils. The application process for both are now open.

2018-10-03Oct 3, 2018

tel:17077852648Today I head a fire captain on the news say,“We don’t have a fire season anymore, fires are now all year long”. I think this is very true. We all need to be more vigilant than ever as we work around our homes and our community.If you see something that is dangerous and could potentially cause a fire, please do something.Report it...

2018-10-03Oct 3, 2018

One judge can make a huge difference in many lives—including the lives of immigrants. 

In 2015, one federal judge in Texas unilaterally blocked an Executive Order issued by President Obama called DAPA that would have extended a reprieve from deportation and a work permit to 5 million people.  Later that same year, the difference on the federal appeals court was one judge in a 2-1 ruling affirming the decision of that Texas judge. 

2018-10-03Oct 3, 2018

It’s been a few years since I’ve monkeyed around with noise ordinances and the like, so perhaps now is a good time for a refresher.  It is a complicated issue—we must balance the inevitable noises in our surroundings with the interests to enact a law to define (and more importantly, enforce) acceptable noise standards. 

2018-10-01Oct 1, 2018

Fall in Sonoma County is beautiful, especially in Windsor. The yellow, red, green an orange colors come alive. With autumn comes a flurry of activities in Windsor that are for locals and visitors alike.

 

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

On September 6, 2018 at 3:03 am my beautiful Great Granddaughter Satori Trinity Jensen was born to my Grandson Ryan and Granddaughter. It makes me recognize more than ever that  as women we need to stand up and demand the world is made safer for all the children across the globe. 

2018-10-01Oct 1, 2018

The wildfires of October 2017 destroyed more than homes, neighborhoods, and open space. They burned almost a fourth of the county’s parkland and damaged or destroyed parks in Santa Rosa as well.

Measure M on the November ballot will provide funds for aggressive action to reduce fire risk in parks in the unincorporated areas of the county and for improving and maintaining existing county and city parks.

2018-09-30Sep 30, 2018

With November’s election just ahead and 6 candidates vying for 3 Cloverdale City Council seats, we’re reminded that running for elected office, almost as much as serving, requires quite a commitment as it can be an experience unlike any most voters will ever have, let alone volunteer for. So, let’s all say, “Thank you!” to (listed in non-partisan alpha’ order): Shawn Bovee, Marta Cruz, Jon Lambert, Jason Turner, Michele Winterbottom and Gus Wolter. 

 

2018-09-29Sep 29, 2018

Things are moving along this fall in the river. A workshop on the new Monte Rio bridge was held 9/28. An Onsite Water Treatment System (OWTS) workshop was held 9/29. Also moving along is the Municipal Advisory Councils (MAC) formation. Plus Permit Sonoma has a new Administrative Citation Program that began in August supporting their goal of establishing a safe and healthy community.

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. 

2018-09-28Sep 28, 2018

As the Supreme Court moves inexorably to the right there are those who have offered to donate their organs to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Both reviled by some and raised to icon status by others. Documentarians Julie Cohen and Betsy West have given us a mostly adulatory look at the life and times of Ms. Ginsburg. 

2018-09-28Sep 28, 2018

The book begins with a prologue featuring an Asian family coming in from the rain with their unruly children to a ritzy hotel and requesting lodging. They are snubbed by the snooty hotel clerk whereupon they just buy the place. The tone has been set.

2018-09-26Sep 26, 2018

In the not so distant past, the controversies around what risk different chemicals such as Glyphosates posed to human health pitted the Federal regulators against the Industry representatives. Now, in this new era, many of the leaders at the Environmental Protection Energy have actually come from the ranks of Chemical Industry lobbyists. Not surprisingly, despite increasing evidence of human toxicity, these regulators seem to be losing interest in limiting human exposure to these potentially dangerous substances.

2018-09-21Sep 21, 2018

As Sonoma County’s cannabis industry moves into the regulated commercial market, the County’s Code Enforcement staff has increased its efforts to halt unpermitted cannabis operations. The County delivers quick turnaround times to respond to cannabis complaints and bring these operations into compliance with County ordinances. Since January 2017, the County shut down more than 600 unpermitted cannabis operations, mandated environmental remediation, and billed over $435,797 in related fines.

2018-09-21Sep 21, 2018

North Bay residents participated in both sides of a debate at the Global Climate Action Summit over how to best fight climate change and whether local governments have done enough.

2018-09-21Sep 21, 2018

James Gore and James Lee Witt, two men involved with the North Bay’s fire recovery, may be positioned to influence how communities across the country prepare for natural disasters.

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. 

2018-09-18Sep 18, 2018

At its Tuesday, Sept. 18 meeting, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors applied for a state grant to fund outreach and treatment for mentally ill homeless people, approved new usage rules for the county's veterans buildings and awarded a construction contract to build a tunnel connecting the jail with a new county courthouse.

2018-09-11Sep 11, 2018

In this unique production, Spreckels presents a spectacular example of contemporary drama. Join Christopher on a fascinating journey through his world; terrified of being touched, and unable to comprehend the intricacies of social interaction, the teenager is brilliant with mathematics.

2018-09-11Sep 11, 2018

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Tuesday heard public comment on six lawsuits against the county, approved an amendment to the county’s mining ordinance and granted county employees affected by the fires 40 hours of leave time.

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.

2018-09-10Sep 10, 2018

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

2018-09-10Sep 10, 2018

Every election is important, but this one has serious significance for both local and national elections. Our readers check in with their opinions on who and what they encourage you to vote YES.

 

 

2018-09-07Sep 7, 2018

At events this Fall, MTC and ABAG staff will be taking a closer look at seven strategies to promote a more mobile Bay Area by 2050, a place where everyone has a suite of travel options to use on demand, regardless of where they work, live and play.

2018-09-01Sep 1, 2018

I created the Sebastopol Living Peace Wall in downtown Sebastopol to promote the cause of peace and justice by honoring the peacemakers among us. Every year we infuse the peace wall with life by adding four peoples’ names to the granite panels and by putting on an Induction Ceremony and Celebration. This year’s honorees are:Daniel Ellsberg, Dolores Huerta, Tui Wilschinsky andTherese Mughannam.

2018-09-01Sep 1, 2018

The 18th annual El Día de Los Muertos Petaluma alter placements is almost upon us. Any downtown businesses that would like to participate can, free of charge, and will be added to the map, which gets distributed to 3,000+ tourists and locals.

2018-09-01Sep 1, 2018

The US Supreme Court has rejected Sonoma County’s last-ditch appeal to keep Sgt. Erick Gelhuas from facing trial. The Iraq war veteran has been charged with the 2013 wrongful shooting death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez as the boy walked down a neighborhood street with a toy rifle. This is the fourth failed appeal, which has thus far cost the County some $4 million in taxpayer dollars.

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

It is important to first honor the significant hard work that went into seeking community input and writing this strong guiding fire recovery and resiliency framework for action, especially under difficult conditions. While there are more detailed fire recovery recommendations that have been crafted, such as in the recent report from the Alliance for a Just, Equitable and Sustainable Recovery, here are a few of the recommendations to help strengthen this plan.

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

Blissfully unaware that their home is being undermined by Nazi ideology of antagonism toward anything “other,” the residents of Berlin revel in playful night life and quiet romances. Political tension builds, turning friends against each other, and culminating in a chilling transition into Nazi controlled Germany.

 

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

Under Proposition 64, marijuana is now legal in California for those over 21 years old—at least under state law. However, cannabis use is still a crime under federal law and the potential penalties are severe for those who are not U.S. citizens.

2018-11-30Nov 30, 2018

Jackalope Gardens plans to grow primarily CBD strains that are intended for medical use. These cultivars are targeting medical users such as pain relief, seizure disorders and sleeping aids. We are building our business on the medical benefits of Cannabis. 

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. 

 

 

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

On September 15 from 9AM to noon, Coastwalk will run clean-up events at 18 local coastal locations, one of the largest debris collection and removal efforts in Sonoma County and California. Coastwalk is a statewide non-profit headquartered on S. Main Street.

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

There were no old people in the Springs Community Hall the night Ken Brown, former longtime mayor, put on a Middle Eastern fusion event called “Jews, Blues and Sufis”, just a bunch of grey-heads and greybeards frolicking on the dance floor in joyful gyrations. It was a pleasure to see them, I was too weary to join but watching from the sidelines, people I’ve seen in various progressive political circles now cavorting as if they were kids.

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

A group of over 100 supporters gathered to launch the Laura Reichek Housing Hub, a satellite of COTSopened in Santa Rosa to assist victims of the devastating fires of October 2017 in Northern California.

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

The Roseland Village Teen Center has reopened for the rest of the year at Roseland Library in Roseland Village Shopping Center. Run by Sonoma County Boys and Girls Club the Teen Center is for young people in grades 7 to 12. On Saturday, October 27 at 10 am there will be a “Make a Difference Day” effort to clean up Roseland Creek, Roseland Neighbor Wood, and surrounding neighborhood areas in the center of Roseland. OnSaturday, October 27 at 10 am there will be a “Make a Difference Day” effort to clean up Roseland Creek, Roseland Neighbor Wood, and surrounding neighborhood areas in the center of Roseland.

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

In the Fifth District, we’ve been talking a lot about carrying capacity these days.bOur office defines carrying capacity as the maximum number of visitors that a site can satisfy at one time. I think if you survey any west county resident, they’ll likely tell you we’re nearing, have reached or have far exceeded the area’s carrying capacity — especially during summer, when tourists seek respite from summertime heat, and especially along the river and coast.

 

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

On September 3, Labor Day, at 4 pm,Speaking of Palestine will debut on the nation’s first bilingual public radio station, KBBF, 89.1 FM. The show will be hosted by members of the North Coast Coalition for Palestine. We are honored to being a part of the KBBF family. Speaking of Palestine will feature news and views concerning Palestine/Israel from facts that respect the Palestinian people. Although not unique, Speaking of Palestine is one of a handful of shows that does this.

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

BRIGETTE MANSELL, MAYOR: Healdsburg Citizens do not disappoint! On two separate nights, hundreds of our neighbors poured into our public school high school gym, to provide ideas, share their dreams, and pose their questions for the SDAT process. As a proud mayor and citizen, we participated, fully, providing our visiting team with rich, specific in-put and a diversity of thinking in our stakeholder meetings.

 

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

In the last publication, I asked for readers to send me their suggestions, concerns or questions regarding the expanding homeless population in Graton. I received a lot of feedback. Some from e-mails, some calls and then some just passing conversations on the street.

2018-08-29Aug 29, 2018

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors declared that September is National Preparedness Month. The preparedness campaign provides an opportunity for all of us to ready ourselves and our families now and throughout the year for potential emergency situations. According to the website Ready.gov the focus of the 2018 National Preparedness Month is:Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

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