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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.