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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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Bodega Bay Ambulance Fund Bodega Bay Ambulance - Meeting a Funding Challenge
November 1, 2014

By Vesta Copestakes

Back in the spring, Bodega Bay residents were asked to increase their fire service tax assessment to meet budget limitations. At community meetings and on a community internet bulletin board, the issue was hotly debated. The end result was that the ballot measure was rejected. That put the local fire department into a serious financial situation.  

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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - June 2015
June 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
June is a special month in Bodega Bay. School is out; elections are held, and Farmers’ Market starts. This is in addition to a continuing salmon season and even a little rain.
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - May 2015
May 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
We had some good news and some bad news in Bodega Bay last month. The good news is that the Fisherman’s Festival (Fish Fest) was a huge success. The weather co-operated and the sea was quiet for the Blessing of the Fleet. 
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - April 2015
April 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
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42nd Annual Wooden Boat Challenge at Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival 42nd Annual Wooden Boat Challenge at Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival
March 1, 2015
The 42nd Annual Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival will host one of its main events, the Wooden Boat Challenge, on Saturday, April 11th at Westside Park in Bodega Bay.  A crowd of 2500 spectators is expected to cheer on 18 teams of four participants who have just three hours to build wooden boats from scratch before racing them through a marked course in the bay.  
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - March 2015
March 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
March should come in like a lion and leave like a lamb. This year the lion came in February. It had rough spots and local flooding but the mustard is lovely and the birds are happy with the moisture we finally got. . The tulips have bloomed, and the “rhodies”’ got some of the moisture they so desperately needed. 
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - March 2015
March 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
March should come in like a lion and leave like a lamb. This year the lion came in February. It had rough spots and local flooding but the mustard is lovely and the birds are happy with the moisture we finally got. . The tulips have bloomed, and the “rhodies”’ got some of the moisture they so desperately needed. 
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - February 2015
February 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
The year, 2014, passed quietly in Bodega Bay. There were the usual Christmas visits from Santa and the Bodega Bay School children crowded the Grange Hall to enjoy his company and that of each other. Children and parents, and many other unaffiliated well-wishers chatted in English and Spanish, singing, laughing and bidding each other happy holidays. The final song, Give Peace a Chance, was a great way to usher  out a year where Peace needs all the help it can get.
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - January 2015
January 1, 2015
by Joan Poulos
December was the month that Mother Nature reminded us who was in charge. After a beautiful day December 4, when the dedication of Bodega Bay Coastal Prairie Trail was held, the weather turned on us, if only to remind us that we should learn to enjoy whatever the weather.  At least we are not shoveling snow in order to get to the grocery store. In fact, more rain is still needed.
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Bodega Bay Coastal Trail Sonoma County Regional Parks opened Bodega Bay Trail from the Dunes to the Bell Tower
December 4, 2014

Newest Segment of Bodega Bay Bike & Pedestrian Trail Opens to Public

Parks officials and community members gathered Thursday in Bodega Bay to open the newest segment of a larger pedestrian and bicycle route planned for the coastal village. The path dedicated by Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo and others is a .47-mile connection between the Bodega Dunes campground and the Bodega Bay Community Center and Children’s Bell Tower.

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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - December 2014
December 1, 2014
by Joan Poulos
Fall is the time of splendor on the Coast. The skies are often clear all day; the full moon has only a slight ring around it. There is no wind and the ocean is calm and peaceful. We do have some foggy days, but they usually result in a beautiful sunset.
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Joan Poulos - Bodega Bay Beat Bodega Bay Beat - November 2014
November 1, 2014
by Joan Poulos
By the time this is published, many voters in our area will already have voted. I have; and as a Clerk at the Elections board, many of my fellow residents have too (although it is always surprising how many rush in with their mailed in ballots to turn them in at the polling place.)
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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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