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Naomi Metz with her wife Jennifer Foley 3rd Time's a Charm Celebrating the Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage
July 1, 2015
Metz and Foley tied the knot for the third time on August 1, 2008 in Sonoma County.  This was, by no means, the end of the story.
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Barrister Bits by Debra A. Newby Leash Laws in Sonoma County - by Debra A. Newby
March 1, 2017
by Debra A. Newby

DEAR READERS: Do you have a legal question on your mind? If so, please email me.  Your name will remain confidential. This Q & A Legal Column is intended as a community service to discuss general legal principles and does not create an attorney-client relationship.

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ASK the Loan Man Hans Bruhner - March - Student Loan Debt Sucks! ASK the Loan Man Hans Bruhner - March - Student Loan Debt Sucks!
March 1, 2017
by Hans Bruhner

No matter how you slice it, student loans suck. I am not saying that they don’t provide an excellent opportunity for many people but as a mortgage advisor I see it cripple people on almost a daily basis.

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Sonoma County Sheriff Sonoma County Sheriff Freitas on Local Immigration Enforcement
February 22, 2017
There has been much talk recently in the news about immigration enforcement. I thought it would be a good time to re-state the Sheriff’s Office policies and practices regarding immigration enforcement and/or cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
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Cannabis Tax Oversight Hearing in Sacramento Cannabis Tax Oversight Hearing in Sacramento
February 13, 2017
Senator Mike McGuire, who has been voicing concern over the last several months about the tight timelines associated with Proposition 64, will chair the Senate Governance and Finance Committee hearing next week focused on cannabis business taxes, implementing California’s Cannabis tax collection system and the “track and trace” system which verifies cannabis taxes and product safety – all critical elements of the structure for cannabis that is being developed, and that is slated to go live on January 1, 2018.  
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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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Sonoma County affirms commitment to Safeguarding the Rights, Safety, and Dignity of Immigrants Sonoma County affirms commitment to Safeguarding our Immigrants
February 7, 2017

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today directed County staff to identify and make recommendations related to critical issues facing Sonoma County’s immigrant community. Additionally, County staff will analyze recently introduced state and federal legislation and identify actions the County can take to support local immigrants, including consideration of an immigration summit.  That analysis will include identifying services for immigrants, conducting a gap analysis, and assessing opportunities to support legal services for immigrants within our community.

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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Tax Refund 5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Tax Refund
February 1, 2017
More than 110 million Americans collected a tax refund – worth an average of just under $3,000 – after filing their 2015 tax returns, according to statistics released by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). 
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Barrister Bits by Debra A. Newby Barrister Bits - Snapshot of New Laws
February 1, 2017
by Debra A. Newby

DEAR READERS: Do you have a legal question on your mind? If so, please email me.  Your name will remain confidential. This Q & A Legal Column is intended as a community service to discuss general legal principles and does not create an attorney-client relationship.

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Community Input Needed on Law Enforcement Issues Community Input Needed on Law Enforcement Issues
February 1, 2017
Community members are invited to participate in a facilitated Community Engagement Circle with Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office deputies and staff from the Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach (IOLERO)...
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Free Tax Prep for Northern Californians Free Tax Prep for Northern Californians
February 1, 2017
Last year, the United Way led Earn It! Keep It! $ave It! (EKS) coalition of more than 20 partner organizations, including Catholic Charities, helped 5,200 individuals and families file their taxes for free and brought back $6.8 million dollars in refunds to our local economy.
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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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ASK the Loan Man Hans Bruhner - February- Are Those Real Estate TV Shows Real? ASK the Loan Man Hans Bruhner - February- Are Those Real Estate TV Shows Real?
February 1, 2017
by Hans Bruhner

I think you know the answer to that question. Buyers are looking at 3 homes and then deciding, every house they look at is available right now AND the sellers will wait for them to decide and finally, houses are always sold right at the open house, I don’t think so!

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Redwood Credit Union Financial Wellness Redwood Credit Union Launches Financial Wellness Center
January 26, 2017
Redwood Credit Union (RCU) has launched a new free online Financial Wellness center to help people achieve financial success. The new portal, located at redwoodcu.org/financial-wellness, features interactive videos, learning modules, articles, and podcasts designed to help people of all ages build a solid financial plan.
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Banking on Our Future class at Flowery School, Sonoma Operation HOPE - Banking on Our Future - at Sonoma Flowery School
December 23, 2016

As part of its ongoing commitment to financial education, Union Bank together with its partners at nonprofit Operation HOPE and Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley celebrated the latest class of financially literate elementary school students at Flowery School. The five-week Banking on Our Future course was taught by Union Bank volunteers Molly Fedorchak and Robin Gold and culminated with a recognition ceremony to recognize the students’ completion of the program in early December.

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Barrister Bits by Debra A. Newby Barrister Bits - Smoking Under the Influence
November 25, 2016
by Debra A. Newby

DEAR READERS: Do you have a legal question on your mind? If so, please email me.  Your name will remain confidential. This Q & A Legal Column is intended as a community service to discuss general legal principles and does not create an attorney-client relationship.

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Sonoma County Pension Crisis Study Report OPINION: Pension Committee Identifies Source for Roads Funding
November 25, 2016

Currently County excess pensions costs are running about $50 million a year and are projected to exceed $1 billion before they come under control.

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Planning on Retiring Early? Make Sure You Have the Essentials Covered Planning on Retiring Early? Make Sure You Have the Essentials Covered
November 25, 2016
by Jason Glazier
Do you dream of wrapping up your career early so you can pursue other interests? The idea of early retirement appeals to many of us, but it takes more than dreaming. 
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Donate Local Donate Local
November 25, 2016

Now that the political mailers and phone calls have ceased we are about to be inundated with the end of the year donation requests.  In the same spirit of shopping local and keeping the money in our community, you may also want to donate locally.

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