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|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.
|2019-12-28Dec 28, 2019
Last December as I started my term of Mayor, little did I know what was involved in the role. Thankfully Mary Gourley, our City Clerk, provided me with excellent crib notes that got me off to a great start. Beyond the ceremonial aspects of being Mayor, I had no idea all the events that would be thrown at our community this year. Nevertheless, Sebastopol rose to the occasion, accomplished so much, and this year has flown by...
|2019-11-25Nov 25, 2019
An overwhelming majority of residents from Fircrest Mobile Home Park in Sebastopol have signed a petition asking the City of Sebastopol to help them stand up to PG&E to avoid the installation of “smart meters” in their senior community. PG&E has been working in the mobile home park since July replacing utility lines in order to switch all homes from sub-metered analogs to smart meters.
|2019-11-24Nov 24, 2019
PARKING in the downtown district on city streets will be UNLIMITED and FREE. Holiday shoppers can avail themselves of the opportunity, from November 15, 2019, to January 5, 2020, because the City Council has unanimously lifted the one-hour time restriction. Shoppers can linger and enjoy the offerings of our small town. “This holiday season, come escape the hustle and bustle of malls and big-box stores and enjoy shopping at local Sebastopol businesses. Shop your favorites!
|2019-10-28Oct 28, 2019
I inherited the name SEBASTapeal for this column from its original author. Then came the SEB bumper sticker, first made by Todd at Sprint Copy Center on Main Street. Adopting the abbreviated designation on our fire trucks and police vehicles, it expresses civic pride in a European-looking, trendy way. The SEB shorthand has endured.
|2019-10-02Oct 2, 2019
Please note that the Mayor has changed the Council meeting dates to October 15 and October 29 this year AND the start time for October 15 will be one hour earlier, at 5 PM, to hopefully accommodate an earlier end time to let Council Members travel to the annual conference of the League of California Cities. Sebastopol will receive up to $1.5 million in flood relief to cover the flood damage and to better prepare for our future in the flood plain. How this big pot of money gets distributed is the subject of the Council meeting on October 15.
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