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SOCO Rises - Rebuilding Sonoma County

SOCO Rises - Rebuilding Sonoma County

Even before the smoke cleared,
people were talking about rebuilding Sonoma County.

But what does that look like?
Who will make the decisions?
How can we all become stronger together?

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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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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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Telecommunication SURVEY of Firestorm Outages

Telecommunication SURVEY of Firestorm Outages

During the "sunny day" outages of 2014 and 2015we documented the scope of the telecommunications outages.  Data from those surveys were compiled with other sources (OES reports, AT&T reports, etc) into a comprehensive report which was shared widely with elected representatives, the CPUC, and even the FCC.  They were also cited incomments from CPUC commissioners (pages 8, 9, and 12) in specific proceedings, in anGAO report, and I believe had a role in the positive decision that occurred in the Rural Call Completion in December 2016. 

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Fraudulent FEMA Applications SCAM Personal Identification Information

Fraudulent FEMA Applications SCAM Personal Identification Information

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch warns Sonoma County residents of scams involving fraudulently filed applications for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance. The Napa and Sonoma County District Attorney’s Offices received several reports from residents whose personal identifying information, including their social security numbers, had been used to file a fraudulent FEMA application.  Some residents reported that they attempted to apply for FEMA assistance, only to find that someone had already applied under their name. While other residents, who had not filed applications for assistance, reported that FEMA-affiliated inspectors came to their homes to ask about their applications.

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Calendar of Holiday Events 2017

Calendar of Holiday Events 2017

Gearing up for the holidays? There's so much to be thankful for this year. Here's a list of Thanksgiving dinners, craft fairs and classes and tree lightings to celebrate the season.

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Sonoma PROUD - Sonoma STRONG

Sonoma PROUD - Sonoma STRONG

I have never been so proud to live in Sonoma County.

Over the past 11 days, we’ve been to Hell and back. The worst wildfire in the history of the State of California slammed into the heart of our community, consuming everything in its path.

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Post-Fire HOUSING Challenges

Post-Fire HOUSING Challenges

We’re about the enter a new phase in Sonoma County, one that we were trying to achieve through environmental awareness and social and political activism.

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Fire Fighter News - November 2017

Fire Fighter News - November 2017

In the early hours of Monday, October 9th, all of our West County Fire Departments emptied our stations to fight the catastrophic fires attacking Sonoma County.

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Supervisors ready for dramatic measures to provide housing

Supervisors ready for dramatic measures to provide housing

Please attend the Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday. This item is #41 on the Agenda so there's no telling when it will come up. There are also items waiving other rules and making it easier to change core planning documents. These are also very important to all of Sonoma County going forward. 

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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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