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Sonoma County Fire Fundraisers and Benefits

Sonoma County Fire Fundraisers and Benefits

Sonoma County is coming out for our own in more ways than we can count. SONOMA-STRONG

If you know of a BENEFIT, FUNDRAISER, or GENEROUS OFFER that raises money to help our home recover, please email it to me atvesta@sonic.net - - OR - COMMENT bylogging in to our webpage COMMENT section. THANK YOU!

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Assistance Center Opening for Sonoma County Residents Impacted by the Fires

Assistance Center Opening for Sonoma County Residents Impacted by the Fires

The County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa are opening a Local Assistance Center (LAC) in partnership with FEMA and the California Office of Emergency Services (CalEOS) tomorrow morning, Saturday, October 14th.

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Sonoma Fire Info for verified fire emergency resources

Sonoma Fire Info for verified fire emergency resources

Sonoma Fire Info is a community service run by a group of volunteers collecting and verifying information about the fires affecting Sonoma county. Based out of the Chimera Arts and Makerspace in Sebastopol, we are compiling a live database and comprehensive website that has verified up-to-date information, resources, and news for those affected by the fires.

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Sonoma County Fire Emergency Information Resource

Sonoma County Fire Emergency Information Resource

The most current info, maps, etc., on the Sonoma County, twitter feed: https://twitter.com/countyofsonoma

Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for parts of Sonoma County. Twenty four evacuation centers are open to the public. Evacuation orders remain in effect and many areas remain unsafe. Do not enter a road that is closed or attempt to return to your home before evacuation orders are issued.

Do not call 911 for general information. ONLY call for an emergency including unattended, active flames and life threatening emergencies. Please keep these lines open for emergency responders.If you are in a safe place and not in a mandatory evacuation area, please stay in place and keep roads available for emergency personnel.

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October is 2017 Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is 2017 Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Imagine being in fear of the person you care about most. Imagine feeling you have nowhere to turn because you lack resources, perhaps have children to care for and you don’t know if family and friends will believe you. It happens every day.

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Measure L revenue committed to community investments

Measure L revenue committed to community investments

Board of Supervisors approved funding commitments to expend increased revenue resulting from Measure L, a ballot measure approved by voters last November that increases the County’s Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) rate from 9% to 12%. Supervisors committed to use $5 million of anticipated new revenue largely on funding for roads, fire services, Regional Parks, affordable housing and homeless services, and other essential services and community needs.

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Santa Rosa District Elections public hearings and input

Santa Rosa District Elections public hearings and input

Public Hearings: The City of Santa Rosa has initiated the legal process to transition to district-based voting for council members. The City asks for your help in designing voting districts. A series of Public Hearings will be held to receive community input and direction from the Council will be used by independent demographers to inform the development of the district boundaries.

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Bike Commuting on SMART Trains made Easy

Bike Commuting on SMART Trains made Easy

The morning begins with some juice and fruit at home in Santa Rosa’s Junior College Neighborhood. It is important to hydrate! I grab my folding bicycle which I keep by the front door and step out into the sweet morning air. Unfolding the bike and donning my helmet, I am on my way in less than 60 Seconds. It's a few short blocks from where I live to the SMART Pathway at College Avenue. I head south on the quiet, smooth, car-free ‘Class 1’ pathway, running alongside the tracks. In a few minutes I arrive at the historic train station in Railroad Square. I grab a cup of fresh roasted coffee at The Flying Goat, then walk up the ramp to the boarding platform and swipe my pre-paid Clipper card on the scanner. I quickly fold my bike and take my position behind the yellow line. It's a beautiful morning!

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Vital Lands Initiative

Vital Lands Initiative

In 1990, through the foresight of community leaders and thoughtful citizens, Sonoma County voters approved the creation of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and a quarter-cent sales tax that provides funding for land conservation, including planning, acquisition, and stewardship of the region’s working, natural, and scenic open space lands.

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Blazing Trails for 50 Years

Blazing Trails for 50 Years

As the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love runs its course, and Sonoma County hails the half-century mark of its Regional Parks Department, there is another local institution celebrating its 50th this year, the Sonoma County Trails Council (SCTC).

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Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declares Erik Gelhaus used excessive force

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declares Erik Gelhaus used excessive force

The panel affirmed the district court’s order denying defendants’ motion for summary judgment on the defense of qualified immunity in an action brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging that Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy Erik Gelhaus deployed excessive force when he fatally shot thirteen-year-old Andy Lopez.

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Sonoma County Fire Updates for Going Home

Sonoma County Fire Updates for Going Home

October 19, 2017 - CAL FIRE, the Santa Rosa Police Department, the Santa Rosa Fire Department, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol provided updates related to the fires in Sonoma County.

 

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Sonoma County Cannabis Penalty Relief Program Extended

Sonoma County Cannabis Penalty Relief Program Extended

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution on September 12, 2017, to modify and extend the Temporary Code Enforcement Penalty Relief Program for Cannabis businesses. This extension allows existing cannabis businesses to remain operational and avoid land use fines while providing additional time to meet the standards required to successfully obtain a local commercial cannabis cultivation permit.

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Request for Proposals: Lower Russian River Homeless Housing and Services

Request for Proposals: Lower Russian River Homeless Housing and Services

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors appropriated $750,000 in flexible local resources in the 2017-18 fiscal year to help address homelessness in the Lower Russian River area. Proposals are sought from eligible organizations or groups that can effectively mitigate the impacts of homelessness in the Lower Russian River area leading to a reduction in the number of people experiencing homelessness by fifty (50) by January 2019. 

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Sonoma County Fire Information Update

Sonoma County Fire Information Update

October 20, 2017  –  Emergency response agencies throughout Sonoma County continue to fight numerous fires in the County. The County’s Emergency Operations Center remains active and is staffed around the clock. CAL FIRE continues to release fire activity and containment information at approximately 7:00am and 7:00pm daily at fire.ca.gov.

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Post Fire Photos from Above - Coffey Park and Journeys End Park

Post Fire Photos from Above - Coffey Park and Journeys End Park

Sonoma County residents will soon be able to view current aerial imagery (photos) of their properties within some burn areas.  Right now we have aerial imagery of Coffey Park and Journey’s End Mobilehome Park.This was taken from an authorized drone controlled by law enforcement. 

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Redwood Empire Food Bank in need of Financial Support

Redwood Empire Food Bank in need of Financial Support

We need your financial support to respond to this disaster. We are here to support our neighbors for the long haul and hope you will give generously to support our efforts. Please visit refb.org to make an investment in recovery.

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PG&E Restores Nearly All Electric Customers - Gas back shortly

PG&E Restores Nearly All Electric Customers - Gas back shortly

After more than a week of around-the-clock restoration work, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) said today that it restored electric power to 97 percent of customers who can receive it. Late today, the company also reported it was granted access by CAL FIRE to an additional 6,000 homes and businesses, reducing the number of customers the company cannot access to about 400. The company expects to restore service to these 6,000 additional customers within the next 24 to 48 hours and get access through CAL FIRE for the remaining 400. PG&E also said it expects to restore gas service to all remaining customers who can receive it by Wednesday evening.

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Redwood Empire Food Bank drive-through distribution

Redwood Empire Food Bank drive-through distribution

Redwood Empire Food Bank is offering a special drive-through distribution to our community this week - the Station 3990 distribution - providing FREE produce, non-perishable foods and snacks, staple groceries, including a variety of breads and tortillas, an assortment of canned goods, quality proteins, water and healthy beverages, and dairy items when available to ALL of our neighbors in need. No identification is required. Open to anyone in need of food assistance at the Redwood Empire Food Bank station house: 3990 Brickway Boulevard, Santa Rosa, CA 95405.

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Sonoma County Fire assessment of evacuated areas in process

Sonoma County Fire assessment of evacuated areas in process

The County of Sonoma has begun the process of assessing evacuated areas of the unincorporated county for damage. This is a necessary and important process as it allows the County to determine what dangers may/may not be present and what repairs may/may not be needed before evacuation orders are lifted.

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Santa Rosa-Sonoma County Fire Community Meeting Summary - October 14

Santa Rosa-Sonoma County Fire Community Meeting Summary - October 14

CAL FIRE, the Santa Rosa Police Department, the Santa Rosa Fire Department, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol provided updates related to the fires in Sonoma County.

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