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Economics - Money

Managing money is  part of our lives and if we do it well, we can thrive. From NEWS of economic issues to advice on money, this category keeps you informed.
Immigrants coming to the USA are welcomed by the Statue of Liberty Seeking HOME - finding solutions to Affordable Housing
February 2, 2017
“Home” and “Homeless” are taking on new meaning lately. Sonoma County is working to solve the affordable housing dilemma while people are fleeing countries where their lives are at risk. Whether trying to find shelter or safety, people living uncertain lives experience daily stress beyond most of our understanding.  
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Superior Court Workers Report Erosion in Public Access Superior Court Workers Report Erosion in Public Access
February 1, 2017

Let’s say you have been involved in a court case that has finally come before the Sonoma County Superior Court. But 30 minutes past the time court was to begin, the entire courtroom is still waiting (your attorney’s fees are multiplying) because the court reporter is still in another courtroom. When that trial is over, she will have to pack up her gear and race to your courtroom and set up her gear again.

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Refinancing: Money Saving Ways To Combine Loans Last Chance for Smart Money Moves: 10 Things to Consider Right Now
November 25, 2016
Now is the time to avoid the most common and costly financial planning mistakes: waiting too long to make smart moves before year-end.
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Sonoma County Takes Action to Ease the Housing Crisis Sonoma County Takes Action to Ease the Housing Crisis
November 21, 2016
Sonoma County took significant action in November to ease the local housing crisis. With actions taken by the Board of Supervisors, the County is now set to expand emergency shelter capacity during winter months, implement innovative programs to boost homeless services, challenge federal Housing and Urban Development regulations to make housing vouchers work in Sonoma County, and invest nearly $4 million in new affordable housing construction in 2017.
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California State Parks logo State Parks & Operators to Hold Public Meeting on Operations
October 17, 2016

Meeting to be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 5:30-7:00pm at the Sonoma Land Trust office,  822 Fifth Street, Santa Rosa.

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Job Fair in Santa Rosa for California State Jobs Job Fair in Santa Rosa for California State Jobs
October 17, 2016

Senator McGuire hosts State of California Open House and Job Fair November 3

McGuire teams up with Operation Blanket to collect for the homeless 

State Senator Mike McGuire is excited to host the annual State of California Open House at the Rattigan State Building in Santa Rosa on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Navigating Your First Year in Retirement Navigating Your First Year in Retirement
September 26, 2016

Like most Americans, you’ve probably spent years working to achieve the retirement of your dreams. Then there comes a point when this career milestone changes from a distant goal to an imminent reality. You can make your first year away from work more rewarding and less stressful when you take the time to anticipate potential challenges and prepare for how you will handle this important life change.


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Cannabis Farm Changing Cannabis Laws Impact on Sonoma County - PART 3
September 18, 2016

Continued from PART 2 in the September Sonoma County Gazette summaries of the presenters at the August 17th conference on Cannabis Impact: How Changing Cannabis Laws Will Impact Sonoma County


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Sonoma County Housing,  Fife Creek Commons Sonoma County Housing, Crisis and Hope, Part 2
September 1, 2016

Housing — A Search for Solutions 

In Part 1 of this article, published in the August Gazette, I made the case that the desperate condition of housing affordability stems from a variety of public policy decisions.  Part 2 identifies some local options for housing success.

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California Map - Frontier, Rural - Urban areas Funding California Rural Communities
August 23, 2016
With a unanimous show of support in the Assembly Thursday, Senator Mike McGuire’s bill that will assist rural counties by again requiring the State to fund Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) reimbursements to counties will now head to Governor Brown’s desk for his signature.
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Laguna Wastewater Treatment Plant, Santa Rosa, CA Santa Rosa Refinances Wastewater Bonds SAVING $16.5 Million
August 15, 2016
For the second time in four years, the City of Santa Rosa and its Board of Public Utilities have demonstrated their stewardship of rate payer dollars by refinancing $54.63 million of wastewater revenue bonds as well as $53.8 million of outstanding State Water Resources Control Board loans. On July 19, 2016 the City was able to take advantage of near historical interest rate lows in the market, refinancing the bonds and State loans to an all-in true interest cost of 1.43% with a final maturity in 2028.
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Granny Unit Housing Granny In Your Back Yard? Part 2: Grassroots SDU Housing
August 7, 2016
The City of Healdsburg is updating its granny unit ordinance and needs your input to build a more effective and robust granny unit program. Would it serve your family to have a rentable granny unit? This commentary introduces homeowners to the idea, and provides a big picture view of a multifaceted program in which the ordinance plays but a part. We’ll followup  in our next article putting granny units in context with the City’s current work to provide affordable housing. 
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Sebastopol Community Questionaire The Importance of a Community Questionaire
August 1, 2016

When a new business development is proposed, the state of California currently has a requirement for an Environmental Impact Report: a massive document prepared by an objective third party that outlines potential ecological threats and suggests changes to offset them.

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Sonoma County Housing,  Fife Creek Commons Sonoma County Housing, Crisis and Hope, Part 1
August 1, 2016

Housing has been a passion for me. As a child, I was aware that the comfort and security I experienced was related to the pleasant home my parents were able to provide. As a young person, I was aware of the distress experienced by others who struggled in poor housing conditions, and I came to see the importance of housing opportunity.

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Marijuana Bud Sonoma County Marijuana Town Hall Meetings
July 10, 2016
The County of Sonoma will be holding a series of town hall meetings and conducting an online survey to receive input on marijuana regulation in unincorporated Sonoma County. Led by the Medical Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee of Supervisors Efren Carrillo and Susan Gorin, the County is currently in the process of developing ordinances and policies to create a comprehensive regulatory scheme for the marijuana industry.
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Examining $15 Minimum Wage Examining $15 Minimum Wage
June 29, 2016
Governor Jerry Brown recently signed legislation to boost the California minimum wage from $10/hr. to $15/hr. – a 50 percent increase, which will affect more than one-third of the workforce, making the state’s minimum the highest in the nation. This minimum wage hike will be phased in over six years, then automatically adjusted annually to offset rising costs of living. 
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Granny Unit Housing Granny In Your Back Yard?
June 26, 2016
The City of Healdsburg is updating its granny unit ordinance and needs your input to build a more effective and robust granny unit program. Would it serve your family to have a rentable granny unit? This commentary introduces homeowners to the idea, and provides a big picture view of a multifaceted program in which the ordinance plays but a part. We’ll followup  in our next article putting granny units in context with the City’s current work to provide affordable housing. 
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Sonoma County Housing Crisis: Candidates Clash on Solutions Sonoma County Housing Crisis: Candidates Clash on Solutions
May 31, 2016

First District candidates’ views on housing crisis: clash on rent control, legal aid, homelessness

“The proof is in their ability to stand up to the special interests profiting from this crisis," says Brigode.

The First District’s three candidates for county supervisor in next Tuesday’s primary election have submitted extensive answers to a series of questions on Sonoma Valley’s housing crisis, which were submitted by the Sonoma Valley Housing Group.

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The Financial Side of Being a Caregiver The Financial Side of Being a Caregiver
May 25, 2016
Caring for a family member is complex. While deeply meaningful, it can be emotionally taxing and often presents unexpected challenges, often financial ones. If you may need to step into a caregiving role, it’s a good idea to plan a financial strategy today, before it becomes an added stressor. Here are some questions to help you get started:
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Scientists Holding Media Accountable on Climate Reporting Scientists Holding Media Accountable on Climate Reporting
May 1, 2016
We all know about the media confusion – and misinformation – that surrounds the climate debate. Now, a new global coalition of scientists has stepped out of the lab to respond in an organized, powerful way to inaccuracies in the media, while reinforcing trust in news sources that accurately report on climate issues. By sorting fact from fiction in coverage across the mainstream news, these scientists are finally doing what no one did before: hold the media accountable on climate reporting.  
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