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Sonoma County - 1942 - 2011 airel map Sonoma County - Update on NOW - 2015 State of the County
February 1, 2015

Each year in January, the Board of Supervisors sets our priorities for the coming year. We capture the accomplishments of the past year; review the challenges that were addressed, refocus on those long term issues remaining, and include any new issues that may have arisen during the prior year. The County’s theme for this year is building strong foundations for the future. 

In 2014 we battled through yet another year of drought, as well as an earthquake that shook our homes that reminded us both of our fragility and our strengths. Today Sonoma County has one of the strongest economies in the State. We are tackling legacy challenges and making major investments that provide the foundation for our next generations. Needs remain high, but opportunities persist. We have made strategic investments targeted at the board’s priorities in making smart investments in our community. 

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Sonoma County Frozen Dessert and Ice Cream Shops Sonoma County Frozen Dessert and Ice Cream Shops
August 1, 2013

By Aleta Copestakes

You’ve never seen a kid smile so big as my daughter did when I told her we had to eat ice cream every night for a week so we could sample and photograph various ice cream shops throughout Sonoma County. She must have thought she’d gone to heaven! So we set off on our hunt for the perfect scoop.

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Sonoma County Groundwater recharge map Into the Future - Judie Messier Interviews Sonoma County
February 1, 2015

Last year, a woman from Seattle had spent enough time in Sonoma County that she became fascinated with how committed people are to our home, how much in love with Sonoma County so many people are, and how we approach conflicts that put us at odds with each other. 

Judie Messier is in the business of Conflict Resolution, so her fascination became a study in Sonoma County’s biggest issue - water. She approached Gazette community columnists and me, then embarked on a series of interviews with people who are in some way impacted by our water shortage, and for some - have the ability to shape how our county deals with water, water services, water conservation and water use.

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Bill Kortum on the Kortum Trail Bill Kortum - A Force of Nature - Leaves this Earth
December 20, 2014
'Tis said of the most successful people on earth - they tried and failed - they tried and succeeded - they tried and tried and tried again to accomplsh their goals. Bill Kortum is among our earth's environemtnal heroes because his efforts succeeed so many times.
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Ethnic Elegance at Galleria in Occidental Ethnic Elegance at Galleria in Occidental
March 1, 2017
If you love to travel, but haven’t had the opportunity to get out of Sonoma County in a while, take a trip to Occidental, the sweet little town tucked into the Redwoods, and visit Galleria. It sits among a row of shops, just a couple of doors from one of our favorite pubs, Barley and Hops (best garlic fries around). 
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Jake Mackenzie Elected Chair of Metropolitan Transportation Jake Mackenzie Elected Chair of Metropolitan Transportation
March 1, 2017

Rohnert Park Mayor Jake Mackenzie took over the reins of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) after the 18 voting members of the 21-member regional Commission unanimously elected him as chair for the two-year term running through February 2019. Mackenzie has served for the past two years as MTC’s vice chair, and has represented Sonoma County on the Commission since 2008. 

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Community First Credit Union eclipsed $200 million in assets Community First Credit Union eclipsed $200 million mark in assets
February 9, 2017
Financial cooperative Community First Credit Union eclipsed the $200 million mark in assets for the first time in its 56-year history, and set records in vehicle loans and net revenue for the year ending Dec. 31, 2016.  
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Flower Song - For the Love of Flowers in Sebastopol Flower Song - For the Love of Flowers in Sebastopol
February 1, 2017

I have an affinity for flower shops.  The scent of Roses, Stock, Delphiniums, Sunflowers, Snapdragons and Daisies lift my spirit and clear my head, like a very inexpensive form of therapy.

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Soap Cauldron of Shared Devotion Soap Cauldron of Shared Devotion
February 1, 2017
My love for my child was the catalyst that brought us to a shared love of handcrafted artisan soap. 21 years ago, before my soap partner was born, I thought that my accomplishments defined me. 
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Mark Shimizu Jewelry Designer Mark Shimizu Jewelry Design of Windsor
February 1, 2017
Jewelry seems to have always carried elements of supernatural or mystical meaning. Silver was sacred to the moon, as gold was to the sun. When jewelry began to be used selecting it became an art form.
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Bay Area Income Rising Along with Housing Costs Bay Area Income Rising Along with Housing Costs
February 1, 2017
Vital Signs Data Highlights Bay Area’s Booming Economy – with Incomes Rising and Housing Costs Increasing
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Hallberg Butterfly Garden - Graton, CA - Open House June 24, 2013 Louise Hallberg, Graton's ‘Butterfly Lady’ turns 100
February 1, 2017
Despite record-setting rain, and a storm raging in the West County, more than 100 people attended local icon Louise Hallberg’s 100th birthday celebration at the Graton Community Club on Jan. 8. Origami butterflies decorated the hall and a cake honored the centenarian known as “The Butterfly Lady.”
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Marketing 101 - Effective Emails Marketing 101 - Words Change Perception
January 4, 2017
The words we use when selling out goods or services are as important as the products themselves. Using the wrong words may change the perceptions of potential customers leading them to leave your business empty-handed, whereas if the right words had been used, these same customers would have been happy to buy.
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Bike Arc in Palo Alto and Contra Costa County shelters parked bikes Bicycle Thought - physical exercise provides stress relief
January 4, 2017

Over the years (61 so far) I’ve sought cognitive relief in creative ways. When my head is full of confusion and doubt. When I’m troubled about things going on in my life, big or small, I have turned to a variety of distractions in an effort to restore balance. I’ve found that physical exercise provides the best remedy for what ails me: walking, running, kayaking, hiking, backcountry skiing.

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rural area internet access Sonoma County increases rural area internet access
December 12, 2016
Rural Sonoma County is home to many small businesses whether entrepreneurs working from home or small businesses located in rural communities. Internet access is essential to doing business so increasing availability has been a necessary art of serving our business community. Also, as landlines fail more frequently in rural communities, and hills and valleys interfere with radio transmissions. the internet has become the way emergency services reaches people and communities in need.
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County Boys & Girls Clubs Hires New Vice President of Resource Development
November 25, 2016

In acknowledgment of excellence in providing service to the public in Sonoma County, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has selected Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County for  the prestigious Jefferson Award in Public Service. 

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Creative Sonoma Announces Inaugural Advisory Board Creative Sonoma Announces Inaugural Advisory Boardoard
November 25, 2016
Kristen Madsen, director of the newly-formed Creative Sonoma program, said creativity is a fundamental—yet often overlooked—component of Sonoma County’s identity.
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Persona Wood-Fired Pizzeria Collects Another 7 Medals Persona Wood-Fired Pizzeria Collects Another 7 Medals
November 25, 2016
Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria’s Executive Chef did it again. Chef Glenn Cybulski added 7 more medals to his prestigious record and now has 119 national and international culinary awards. This Fall, at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, Cybulski won three double gold medals, three silver medals, and one bronze medal for his pizzas, sauces, and salad dressings.
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Community Forums on SRJC Bond Measure H Community Forums on SRJC Bond Measure H
November 25, 2016

Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) invites Sonoma County community members to the two remaining Measure H Community Forums, where implementation and current status of Measure H bond projects will be discussed and viewed. All members of the community are welcome to attend this free event.

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