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Sebastappeal By Sarah Glade Gurney

Sebastopol, California

Sarah Glade Gurney is currently on the Sebastopol City Council

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CVS Pharmacy in Sebastopol - Planned Building Sebastopol Sued by CVS Pharmacy
January 2, 2013

By Shepherd Bliss

On Christmas Eve, when most were at home with family and friends or out-of-town, a summons was served at the Sebastopol City Hall. The giant CVS Pharmacy sued the City and its elected officials. 

Sebastopol’s recently elected City Council voted unanimously, 5-0, on Dec. 18 to enact a temporary, 45-day moratorium against drive-through operations. CVS seeks to nullify that moratorium and proceed with plans that it has been working on since 2009, but which have not been fully approved and permitted, to build two stores with drive-throughs.

CVS, its partner Chase Bank, and their Pennsylvania-based developer Armstrong have been trying to convince Sebastopol to allow them to move their two stores, now located at the edge of town, to a prominent downtown corner. A super-majority have opposed that move, for various reasons; only a few have supported it, mainly because of financial gain and family loyalties.

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OpEd: What's on Your Mind? OpEd: West Sonoma County parents raise concerns about vineyard spraying near schools
May 16, 2015
Apple Blossom School has a nice ring to it, as does the Orchard View School at its side. The nearby Tree House Hollow pre-school, with children as young as two and three years old, continues this agrarian theme. These names evoke a pleasant scene of trees with students, teachers, and staff relaxing outside during recesses, as in old-fashioned one-room schools.
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Palm Drive Health Care District Meeting for Detachment Decision Palm Drive Health Care District Meeting for Detachment Decision in Limbo
May 11, 2015
Another public meeting without resolution on whether Russian River Corridor Communities can detach from the Palm Drive Health Care District and stop paying a parcel tax to support a hospital people say they no longer need. Back when the parcel tax was approved by voters, Palm Drive was the closest hospital to all West County Communities. Since then Sutter has moved to Larkfield which makes it a straight shot east on River Road from communities as far away as Jenner. Kaiser is less than a mile south, so there are now two large hospitals that serve the Russian River corridor. An estimated 45% of Russian River residents are members of Kaiser so would not use Palm Drive unless an ambulance took them there.
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Sarah Piccolo, Chef and owner of the Fork Roadhouse & Catering The Chef Speaks - The Fork Roadhouse - Sebastopol
May 6, 2015
Sarah Piccolo, the Chef/Owner of Fork Roadhouse & Catering is an experienced chef who came to her love of absolutely fresh food growing up in French chef grandfather’s restaurant and garden. She invested in a college education from Colorado State University, studying French and Restaurant and Resort Management, and then traveled to Italy where she attended culinary school and worked at a Michelin Starred restaurant.
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3rd Annual “Driven to Perfection” Classic Car Show and Cruise 3rd Annual “Driven to Perfection” Classic Car Show and Cruise
May 6, 2015

Whether your favorite is a Studebaker, Ford, or Chevy, join us for Third Annual Driven to Perfection Classic Car Show and Cruise on May 23 from 10 am to 4 pm, and celebrate the beauty and history of over 100 classic cars and trucks.

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Sonoma West Medical Center entrance Sonoma West Medical Center Opening May 18th!
May 6, 2015
April 21, 2015; One year after closing, the hospital in Sebastopol proves this month that, indeed, “Something Wonderful” has happened by reopening on May 18th. Reborn as a completely new Medical Center, the hospital facility offers specialty Institutes intended to support the core services of a “No Wait ER”, an ICU and an acute care center that includes surgery with two operating rooms.
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Paul Hobbs Vineyard next to Twin Hills School Paul Hobbs wins in challenge from Watertrough Children's Alliance in Sebastopol
May 5, 2015
Judge Gary Nadler’s ruling on April 29th leans on wording of the Sonoma County Vineyard Erosion and Soil Control Ordinance (VESCO) to dismiss Watertrough Children's Alliance (WCA) contention that Paul Hobbs vineyard conversion by Twin Hills School in Sebastopol was a violation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
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Sarah Glade Gurney - Sebastopol Sebastappeal - May 2015
May 1, 2015
by Sarah Glade Gurney

Opportunity to Serve

The Sebastopol Library Advisory Board could use a few more members, according to its Chair Nancy Dempsey. Having local and regional responsibilities, this committee solicits information and feedback from library patrons and works closely with Branch Manager Mathew Rose. It also advises the Sonoma County Library Commission on issues affecting our service area and downtown facility, the most visited public building in town.

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Laguna de Santa Rosa Laguna de Santa Rosa Workshop Laguna Preserve Management Plan
April 20, 2015
There will be a community workshop on the Laguna Preserve Community Workshop on the Laguna Preserve Management Plan Saturday, April 25 from 9am to 11am at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 South High Street, Sebastopol. There will also be an optional Laguna walk at 11am. 
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Sebastopol Entrepreneurs Project Update - April 2015 Sebastopol Entrepreneurs Project Update - April 2015
April 5, 2015
The Sebastopol Entrepreneurs Project was founded on the belief that providing three basic business focused services to the west Sonoma County community would help grow our local economy and improve the economic well-being of our neighbors.
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Sarah Glade Gurney - Sebastopol Sebastappeal - April 2015
April 1, 2015
by Sarah Glade Gurney
Thank you to Gazette readers who responded to last month’s article with appreciation for my message: “Let’s clean up our streetscape.” Another thank you to the many folks who took action and removed the [red-n-white] non-campaign and/or unapproved business signs. From what I’m hearing, our community likes the new, crisper, cleaner look. 
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Palm Drive Health Care District board votes to approve hospital opening Palm Drive Health Care District board votes to approve hospital opening
March 10, 2015
After several hours of a standing room only meeting, the board of directors of the Palm Drive Health Care District (PDHD) voted unanimously to approve the management services agreement (see below) with Sonoma West Medical Center (SWMC), contingent upon further approval of revised bylaws for the district and bylaws for the proposed governing body. The room erupted into applause with a standing ovation that carried into the halls where people were seated, listening to the meeting over a speaker.
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teach children how to swim Sebastopol Rotary seeks volunteers to teach children how to swim
March 7, 2015

Preventable Child Deaths

When Greg Jacobs worked in the Sonoma County District Attorney’s office, he was on a committee that reviewed all child deaths in the county every month. There were too many drownings from bathtubs, swimming pools, to the River.  All preventable. Drowning is the second leading accidental cause of death for kids 14 and under, nationally and worldwide. And now pediatricians are recommending swim lessons for one-year-olds.

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Shining City at Main Stage West, Sebastopol - Ilana Niernberger, Nick Sholley Shining City at Main Stage West, Sebastopol REVIEW by Suzanne and Greg Angeo
March 6, 2015

Modern Irish playwright Conor McPherson is known for crafting stories with elements of the paranormal. His 2004 play “Shining City” was first performed in London’s West End and saw its Broadway debut in 2006. It was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play.

This is a ghost story that’s about more than just floating bits of protoplasm. It’s about haunted people who carry their ghosts around with them. The tale unrolls like an interesting fabric with frayed edges purposely left undone. Set in contemporary Dublin, “Shining City” is spooky drama leavened with wry humor. Taking place entirely in a dingy therapist’s office, it was written to flow seamlessly over five scenes without intermission. At Main Stage West, there is one, and the dynamics remain intact.

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West Sonoma County Group wants to DETACH from Palm Drive Healthcare District West Sonoma County Group wants to DETACH from Palm Drive Healthcare District
March 5, 2015
From the time people voted to add a parcel taxt to all properties in West Sonoma County to be included in the Palm Drive Healthcare District, people have objected. Now that an investment group wants to reinvent the bankrupt Palm Drive Hosptal into Sonoma West Medical Center, people are objecting once again. They want communities more easily served by Sutter and Kaiser to be DETACHED from the District and be removed from the parcel tax.
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Sarah Glade Gurney - Sebastopol Sebastappeal - March 2015
March 1, 2015
by Sarah Glade Gurney

Awating Spring

Here are two questions that I’ve been asked, often, since the holidays  

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Cittaslow Sebastopol to Celebrate Five Years Cittaslow Sebastopol to Celebrate Five Years
March 1, 2015

Celebrate Sebastopol! March 31, 2015
Cittaslow Sebastopol presents Celebrate Sebastopol!
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Guayaki Yerba Mate Bar,
6782 Sebastopol Ave. in Sebastopol.

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The Hospital That Would Be Healed- Sonoma West Medical Center The Hospital That Would Be Healed - Sonoma West Medical Center
February 25, 2015

Northern California Community Rallies to Save Hospital in Spite of Nationwide Closures Epidemic

While an alarming trend of closing hospitals continues across the country, a small hospital in Sebastopol, California is rallying to re-open thanks to unprecedented community support and an entrepreneurial strategy.

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Sonoma West Medical Center offering Tours of Renovated Facility Sonoma West Medical Center offering Tours of Renovated Facility
February 24, 2015

Sonoma West Medical Center, formerly Palm Drive Hospital, will be offering tours of the newly refurbished and renovated hospital beginning on March 14.

These tours will allow the public to visit areas of the hospital normally off limits and also to see a typical private patient room.

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Proposed Dairyman Winery site at 5150 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa Sebastopol City Council Unanimously Opposes Dairyman Winery Proposal
February 4, 2015
After the Sebastopol City Council heard from two-dozen residents on Feb. 3--all of whom spoke against the huge Dairyman Winery and Distillery proposed for Highway 12--it unanimously and vigorously opposed the project. The large, attentive crowd flowed beyond standing room into the lobby. Now the project goes before the County of Sonoma, where it will ultimately be decided.
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