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Sebastappeal By Sarah Glade Gurney

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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cittaslow Sebastopol mural project - Spirit Dog Cittaslow Sebastopol SURVEY on 12 Mural Designs
July 20, 2014

Vote on McKinley Street Murals

Cittaslow Sebastopol and Village Builders are collaborating on a project to strengthen the connection between The Barlow and the Plaza/downtown. The community is invited to vote on 2 out of 12 street mural designs submitted by area artists. The designs will be painted, literally, on the pavement of McKinley Street with the goal of creating visual interest and curiosity so that pedestrians, whether they are at Taylor Maid, or at the Plaza, will be enticed to explore further. The community will be invited to help paint the murals during the Sebastopol Village Convergence, September 12-21. To learn more about the mural project and vote for your two favorite designs, go to Survey closes Weds 7/30 at 7:00 p.m.

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Gravenstein Apple Fair - Pie Eating Contest Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol at Ragle Park August 9 and 10
July 19, 2014
For forty-one years now, every August during peak gravenstein season, Sonoma County Farm Trails has produced our primary annual fundraiser, the Gravenstein Apple Fair (GAF). Since the late ‘70s this beloved country fair has been held in Sebastopol’s Ragle Ranch Regional Park. Part of the magic and charm of the fair is undoubtedly the setting. Vendors, tents, stages, and animal pens are all nestled among the park’s majestic oak trees and grassy clearings.
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Open Our Hospital - Palm Drive Health Care Foundation Open Our Hospital - Palm Drive Health Care Foundation
July 3, 2014
Now that Palm Drive Hospital has closed, many people ask important questions. Who is the District Board who CLOSED the hospital?  Who is the “Foundation” that wants to REOPEN the hospital?  WHY did the hospital close?  CAN it reopen successfully?
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SELL Palm Drive Hospital to Foundation - PAY OFF Debts & SAVE Tax Payer Money SELL Palm Drive Hospital to Foundation - PAY OFF Debts & SAVE Tax Payer Money
July 3, 2014
There is much confusion and many opinions brought to the surface by the recent closure of the Palm Drive Hospital. The most important prominent issue of the Palm Drive crisis for the average resident is not knowing the difference between the Palm Drive Health Care DISTRICT and the Palm Drive Health Care FOUNDATION. Publicly, the lines between the District and the Foundation are indistinguishably blurred.  
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Sebastopol Village Building Convergence Project CALL FOR ARTISTS! Sebastopol Village Building Convergence Project
June 20, 2014
Cittaslow Sebastopol is embarking on an exciting project in collaboration with the newly formed Sebastopol Village Building Convergence (VBC).  The project is to make the section of McKinley Street between the downtown Plaza and the Barlow more inviting for pedestrians and to unite downtown.
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Trevor Phillips, Rick Hill Review: T.I.C. Trenchcoat in Common @ Main Stage West Sebastopol – by Harry Duke
June 19, 2014
“All adults hide things.” - says the “Kid” in Main Stage West’s current production of “T.I.C. (Trenchcoat in Common)”, running now through June 29 on their Sebastopol stage.  But in this day and age of mini-cams, cell phones, Facebook and You Tube, can anyone really hide anything anymore?  Is privacy a quaint notion of the past?
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Clockwise from top left-Trevor Phillips, Gary Grossman, Rick Hill, Dana Scott, Ivy Rose Miller, Jacquelyn Wells “T.I.C. (Trenchcoat In Common)” at Main Stage West, Sebastopol
June 18, 2014
Somehow it’s fitting that Main Stage West’s production of T.I.C. (Trenchcoat In Common) opened on Friday the 13th.  This latest work by popular San Francisco playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb is a scary-funny crazy-quilt of carefully crafted misfits and oddballs, Nachtrieb’s stock in trade. They’re all suffering, to one degree or another, from the disconnected interconnectedness that has come to define modern life. T.I.C. premiered in San Francisco in 2009, commissioned and produced by the Encore Theatre Company. It starts off as an abstract dark comedy about isolation and secrecy, and evolves into an elaborate, captivating whodunit.
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Palm Drive - Open Our Hospital campaign Palm Drive - Open Our Hospital campaign
June 10, 2014
The meeting on the evening of June 9th was a full house and that means a lot considering the size of the room at Sebastopol Community Church. It was filled to capacity. When the audience was asked – how many people have gone to Palm Drive Hospital and used the facility – almost every hand went up. How many people have used the Emergency Room – hands across the room. How many people want to see the hospital open again – almost every hand went up and waved. Like they said - preaching to the choir here – so how about everyone else? You up for this journey?
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Leslie Paula Gardner of Sebastopol Has Passed Leslie Paula Gardner of Sebastopol Has Passed
June 6, 2014
Dearly loved by many, Leslie Gardner, a long-time resident of Sebastopol, California, passed into the light on May 20, 2014. She released her body at her Davis home a few days after hosting an end of life ceremony attended by close friends and family.  Leslie had a warm and inviting nature, and a remarkably genuine smile that could bring joy to any in her presence.
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Sarah Glade Gurney - Sebastopol Sebastappeal - June 2014 - Budget Process
June 1, 2014
by Sarah Glade Gurney

June is the month when our City Council focuses on next year’s budget. The Council could spend two or three meetings reviewing, discussing, and revising the budget in public with input from our community.  We must adopt a balanced budget before July.

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Artist, Musician Bev Judd Dies at 76 Artist, Musician Bev Judd Dies at 76
May 27, 2014
Bev Judd, a beloved Sebastopol artist, poet, musician and widow of the late master craftsman, Ron Judd, died on April 25 at age 76.  Bev used her art, her music and her life as a way to express her profoundly spiritual relationship with the world. Her art forms were constantly evolving as she took delight in finding new materials and different ways to share her passion, curiosity and enthusiasm.
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Michael Kyes, Sebastopol City Council member dies at 65 Michael Kyes, Sebastopol City Council member dies at 65
May 27, 2014
The Sebastopol City Council joins the entire community in mourning the passing early Sunday morning of councilmember and former mayor Michael Kyes. The Council extends its heartfelt sympathy to his wife, Una Glass; to members of the Kyes family; and to all those who knew and admired this committed city leader. He was 65.
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Pesticide use in agriculture Watertrough Children's Alliance Legal Battle UPDATE
May 22, 2014
The Watertrough Children’s Alliance continues its progress though the superior court. The other side attempted to get our complaint dismissed onthree different grounds. All three were rejected by the Sonoma County court. The case is now awaiting a conference with the court at which time the briefing schedule and a hearing on the merits will be scheduled.
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Much Ado About Sebastopol seeks vendors for September event Much Ado About Sebastopol seeks vendors for September event
May 21, 2014
Much Ado About Sebastopol invites vendors to sell their wares in the mythic hamlet of Fenford (Ives Park) during two days of 16th century historical re-enactments, entertainment, games and refreshments. 
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Sebastopol joins cities who support ban on fracking in California Sebastopol joins cities who support ban on fracking in California
May 21, 2014
The Sebastopol City Council joined 13 other cities in supporting a Ban on Fracking in the state of California. Running the gamut from conservative LA and Beverly Hills to freewheeling Santa Cruz and Berkeley, local governments are taking the lead to pressure state and federal representatives to wake up. It’s past time to stop the toxic extraction industry from poisoning and wasting our precious water. 
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Tour d'Organics Fundraising Challenge Grant EXTENDED Tour d'Organics Fundraising Challenge Grant EXTENDED
May 20, 2014
Help us continue to provide this wonderful community with quality programs, classes, live entertainment, and all types of events!
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city parklets Sebastopol CORE project studies how Parklets benefit towns
May 16, 2014

Transforming Pavement to Parks: 
Learning how Parklets have benefited other towns.

On May 27 at 7:00 we look at Parklets to understand the process and beneficial outcomes of transforming pavement to parks!

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Cittaslow Sebastopol Cittaslow Sebastopol Survey Winners
May 8, 2014
Many thanks to all those who completed our What To Do In Sebastopol Survey. We received 231 surveys filled with great places to take a visitor and show off our town.
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