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Bodega Bay Beat by Joan Poulos

Bodega Bay, California

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Sonoma County Coast at Jenner by Tom Rissacher Bodega Bay Coast Trail UPDATE
July 3, 2013
by Vesta Copestakes

This was one of the more peaceful meetings I attended in June! It’s an update of what WILL happen and what is planned for the future.

The can’t happen yet aspect of the update is a sad case of funding that WAS available, but because the process took so long to approve, the money went away.  On the bright side – if you really don't want something to happen – stall it long enough and it will go away. On the dark side…if you really want something to happen, you'd better be part of making sure it DOES happen, or it will go away and could take a VERY long time before it comes back – if ever.  Just a thought.

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Goat Rock State Beach, Jenner, CA FREE Our Sonoma Coast State Beaches
May 23, 2012
Free Our Beaches, Inc. and Ernie Carpenter will host a meeting to discuss the recent State Parks proposal to install fee collection devices commonly called Iron Rangers along the Sonoma, Marin and Mendocino coast. The initial fee would be $8 per car to access our coast. Fees would be collected at almost all State access points that are currently free. The State has tried in the past to install Iron Rangers and that effort was successfully protested by citizens as discriminatory to coastal residents and poor people. “People on the coast go to these spots to enjoy the sunset. They want to charge us for something that has always been and should always be free,” stated Bev Burton, Bodega Bay and a founding member of Free Our Beaches. “How are poorer people going to access the Coast?” she asked.
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Bodega Bay 200 Year Celebration Celebrating 200 years of History in Bodega Bay
March 27, 2012
by Vesta Copestakes

Introduction:

The California Coast is so young to foreign invaders, we are just getting around to celebrating 200 years of occupation. I grew up on the east coast and that 200 year celebration was many decades ago. It’s a big deal to call some place “home” for 200 years.

When you first come to settle an area, you are an outsider. You may want to belong, but that takes time. The first generation establishes turf, the second generation has called this new place home all their life, so it's no longer foreign. By the time the first batch of kids grow up, they have no knowledge or recollection that there ever was another place called home.

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Don't Move a Mussel! Prevent Spread of Invasive Mussels
May 16, 2012
by Brad Sherwood - SCWA
A regional effort to prevent the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels into local waterways, including Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino, continues to grow after the Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) and County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors agreed to join the North Coast Zebra and Quagga Mussel Consortium.  The Consortium’s goals are to increase public awareness and encourage regional prevention planning to prevent the spread of the zebra and quagga mussels into North Coast waterways.  To date, Consortium partners include the counties of Sonoma, Mendocino and Humboldt, the Sonoma County Water Agency, and the Mendocino County Russian River Flood Control and Water Conservation Improvement District.  Additional partners will be added as the Consortium continues to grow.
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - October 2014
October 1, 2014
by Joan Poulos
One thing about politics in California is that they are lively. We had almost looked forward to the debate about the “Six Californias” discussion, although I could never be entirely sure where I was going to be assigned, North California or West California. Pretty sure we wouldn’t end up in Jefferson (whose campaign remains). The other proposal failed to get enough valid signatures to make the ballot.
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - September 2014
September 1, 2014
by Joan Poulos
Elections approach. The new California law, The Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act, created a great deal of confusion. This requires that all candidates for a voter-nominated office be listed on the same ballot. Voters can vote for any candidate regardless of any preference stated on voter registration form. The two candidates receiving the most votes move on to the general election, even if one receives a majority of the vote, and even if they are in the same party.
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Bodega Bay Elementary School Bodega Bay Elementary School NOT Closing UPDATE
August 31, 2014

The August 28th meeting opened with an announcement that Bodega Bay School will NOT close - to the relief of everyone attending. It appeared that the meeting was not adequately prepared for a large public meeting. There were no microphones for speakers and no transators for the Spanish speaking peope in attendance. 55% of the school district is Spanish speaking so this will have to be addressed at future meetings.

But the public did get a chance to speak - if not be heard by others in attendance at the rear of the room. People asked questions about WHY the district is in trouble and what they can do to prevent a future potential closing.

NEXT MEETINGS:

Sept. 8 for Ad Hoc meeting to address concerns before the next Board meeting

Sept 11 for next Board meeting - the 3 year defecit still needs to be addressed before the MCOE September deadline

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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - August 2014
August 1, 2014
by Joan Poulos
Summer is fast slipping away. We don’t have the heat, but we do have seasons and summer is unique. We often have fog (this year it conveniently lifted in order that we might watch the fireworks) and sometimes we have high winds. But the wildlife loves it here.
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - June 2014
June 1, 2014
by Joan Poulos
As lovely as the weather is, many citizens this week were intently focused on an impending emergency in our fire department. The exact facts were not known until Supervisor Efren Carrillo brought several officials from the county administrator’s office , Parks department and Emergency Medical Services, to town to inform Bodega Bay citizens what they feared was true; we have a fire safety/medical emergency.
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - May 2014
May 1, 2014
by Joan Poulos
Summer approaches.  April showers (some in March) came through, and Bodega Bay is at its best.  A trip to the Head challenges Milford Sound (in New Zealand) for wildlife amid oceanic splendor.   A fawn in the road, a family of quail (male, female and four little ones) pelicans, blackbirds, shorebirds and rocky shores sporting fifty cormorants and at least a hundred gulls, (and three apparently lost Canadian geese) sheltering on the big rocks forming the Bodega Head—any or all of these may appear. And then there are the whales—if they deign to make their appearance. They are most visible as they make their way north. We may also see sea lions, seals, dolphins and osprey and many kinds of sea birds. We fervently hope the proposed dredging won’t upset the marsh area too much. We know it’s needed, and support the proposed project, but still wonder where the dredgings will be put.
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Bodega Bay Channel Dredging Scheduled Bodega Bay Channel Dredging Scheduled
April 2, 2014
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has budgeted $500,000 to plan for the dredging of the federal channel at Bodega Bay. The funding is in the Army Corps’ 2014 Civil Works Plan delivered to Congress last week and will cover the studies and permits needed to perform future maintenance dredging. 
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Joan Poulos

Daylight Savings time is, to me, a questionable improvement. When I get up in the dark, it’s as if the stars, still twinkling, wonder why I am so grumpy about their beautiful, dawning day.  Even the birds are just waking.  Doves call and respond from every fence; the crows start their quarreling and the quail are calling their distinctive warning. Bodega Bay has lots of birds; from humming birds to pelicans.  They make getting up earlier more palatable.


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Bodega Bay Channel Bodega Bay Channel Dredging gets Funding
March 11, 2014
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has budgeted $500,000 to plan for the dredging of the federal channel at Bodega Bay. The funding is in the Army Corps’ 2014 Civil Works Plan delivered to Congress last week and will cover the studies and permits needed to perform future maintenance dredging. 
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Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival 2014 Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival - Sonoma Coast - April 26 and 27
March 6, 2014
The 41st Annual Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival will take placeSaturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th at Westside Park in Bodega Bay.  The weekend will be packed with fun including live music, wine tasting, craft booths, fresh food and exciting entertainment. 
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Joan Poulos
The crab feeds are pretty much over for this year and the Cabaret was its usual success. The always-enjoyable production was benefitted this year by the improvements the Grange has made. The new ceiling is acoustically much better and the lights are wonderful. The stage, prepared carefully by Sharon Corbett adds much to the production. Congratulations to Diane and Mike Bundy for their usual professional performance and to Grange members, Jim Moore, Rod Moore, Chuck Gentry and David Lewis.  One of the best things about the very-great improvement is that the project came in under budget. Grange members work hard to keep up the building for community use, and we in the community are most grateful.
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Bodega Bay Fire Measure A Public Meeting Bodega Bay Fire Measure A Public Meeting
February 8, 2014

Want to Know More About Measure A?

Come to a community meeting.
Where: Bodega Bay Grange
Date: February 12, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

 

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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Joan Poulos
Bodega Bay Grange was its usual hive of activity on Martin Luther King holiday as they hosted the oldest, and apparently the biggest crab cioppino in the county.  More than 700 diners enjoyed the repast; the same way they have been doing since l953.  A huge turnout of workers from the area makes it possible (along with about 25 very competent servers from the local high schools).
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Bodega Bay FPD Workshop Discusses Proposed Parcel Tax Plan
February 1, 2014
About 25 citizens and fire staff attended the December 11th Bodega Bay Fire Protection District Workshop on future financing and implications of the proposed April 2014 parcel tax.  New Board President Constance Clover opened the workshop, and then turned it over to Director John Doolittle, who moderated it.
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Bodega Bay Fire Department Bodega Bay Fire Tax Measure UPDATE
January 4, 2014
About 25 citizens and fire staff attended the December 11th Bodega Bay Fire Protection DistrictWorkshop on future financing and implications of the proposed April 2014 parcel tax.  New Board President Constance Clover opened the workshop, and then turned it over to Director John Doolittle, who moderated it.  After agreeing on some Ground Rules of operation, the workshop concentrated on where the District was financially, how the new tax would help, and what would happen if the new tax was not approved.  Doolittle presented tax impacts on the District surplus, which is currently negative, and overall reserves, which will run out July 2015.  The new tax would carry the District for the foreseeable future at its current staffing and service levels, and allow it to retire the over $1 million in debt, principally associated with the fire station built in the 90's.  By not having any debt, the District would save over $100 thousand per year.  This "plan" assumes significant help from the County and State.  One important item left out was the acquisition of equipment over the next 4 years, partic
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat Jan 2014
January 1, 2014
by Joan Poulos
Frost in Bodega Bay?  Unheard of... but old Jack Frost creeps in once in awhile. Not much damage; a few frosted Jade plants, but we are so very lucky to live here.  The payoff for red noses and cold toes is the absolutely clear, beautiful sky; day and night.
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