Sonoma County, California
Supervisor Efren Carrillo can be contacted at (707) 565-2241
A report from the Ad Hoc Committee on Roads presented at the Tuesday morning Board of Supervisors meeting on June 19.
The following are SOSroads.org initial observations about the Ad Hoc Road Report.
First, we compliment Supervisors Zane and Rabbitt and the Public Works staff for moving quickly after forming the Ad Hoc Committee on Roads to issue a report with recommendations to increase road funding and a plan to develop new sources of funding for repairing our roads.
2012 Sonoma County Fair Seeks Creative Workshops Leaders
New "Inspiration Stations" Spark Artistic Exploration
By Christy Gentry
When it comes to crafts and creativity, what are your biggest passions? Would you like to share those interests and skills with others? The 2012 Sonoma County Fair is excited to introduce "Inspiration Stations" and is currently seeking individuals and groups to lead short workshops on arts, hobbies, home crafts and other skills.
A coalition of labor, faith, environmental, and community organizations has proposed a Living Wage Ordinance to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. Over the past year, the coalition has both lobbied the Supervisors and County staff, and conducted an extensive public education campaign.
The law would mandate an hourly wage of $15/hr. for all workers employed by the county, large county contractors and employers receiving county subsidies or leasing county property.
More than 5,500 low-wage workers, including park aides, janitors, security guards, County Fair temp employees, and about 3,800 home-care providers, would receive wage increases.
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.
By Craig S. Harrison
On the first of May, a member of Save Our Sonoma Roads struck a pot hole that deployed an air bag and caused $3,000 in damages to her vehicle. She was driving 25 mph, well below the speed limit. The board of supervisors hearing on June 19th that discussed the comprehensive 31-page road report by the Ad Hoc Committee provides little reason to believe that that close encounters with pot holes will cease any time soon.
The good news is that the county maintenance budget, which was merely $5.3 million this year, will almost triple to $15.5 million in the fiscal year beginning July 1st. This returns the county’s contribution for road maintenance from its general fund, adjusted for inflation, to the levels it spent in the late 1980s. The decisions by supervisors for over 20 years to divert road maintenance funds to projects that seemed more interesting to them have reduced Sonoma County roads to their current abysmal condition. Had road maintenance funding been maintained at an equivalent of $15 million per year during that period, the additional $120 million would surely have resulted in most county roads being in much better condition today.
By Lori Houston
When you’re living paycheck to paycheck, an unexpected expense or turn of events such as an illness or injury can unravel your whole life. Sometimes even a few hundred bucks can mean the difference between making next month’s rent or losing your home.
In Sonoma County, a single local family has quietly helped families and individuals existing on that edge, giving more than $7 million since 1990 to keep as many as 45,000 people from homelessness.
The man responsible for this, Harold C. Aguirre, started what is known as the HCA Program based on his own direct experience witnessing the difference a few dollars can make to someone struggling to stay afloat. Administered by Community Action Partnership Sonoma County, the program provides up to $1,000 of one-time rent or mortgage assistance to families and individuals who have fallen on hard times.
Community Engagement Fair & Volunteering
On January 29th, KBBF was 1 of 103 activist and service organizations participating at the North Bay Community Engagement Fair at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds. Of the thousands of people in attendance, many eagerly signed up to volunteer at the station.
“To dismiss anger and frustration is to breed more anger and frustration. Even if someone is hateful, they should never be dismissed or ignored.” (Lynda Hopkins, Dec. 2016 Sonoma County Gazette).
My first weeks in office have been quite the whirlwind! I am excited to announce that in our second board meeting of the year, the Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance that will make ADUs -- accessory dwelling units, often called “granny units” -- easier and less expensive to build for the residents of unincorporated Sonoma County. This ordinance is one small step on the long journey towards affordable housing in our County. It will bring our County code into compliance with recently passed State legislation, and we believe that it will also open up low-impact affordable housing opportunities for residents.