Sarah Glade Gurney is currently on the Sebastopol City Council
I have an affinity for flower shops. The scent of Roses, Stock, Delphiniums, Sunflowers, Snapdragons and Daisies lift my spirit and clear my head, like a very inexpensive form of therapy.
New Heights for Downtown
Downtown will grow up, that is, get taller.
Sebastopol now allows 4-story buildings of up to 50 feet in height in the downtown area, by the City Council’s decision on January 17. Previously, buildings were limited to 3 stories and, curiously, only one such building was ever constructed: the remodeled office building at the corner of Petaluma Avenue and Burnett Street, a project designed by architect Patrick Slayter, now Vice Mayor.
Sebastopol’s New Mayor in the New Year 2017
“I’m a Mayor with training wheels,” Una Glass described herself last December 6th after the Sebastopol Council unanimously selected her as Mayor. She outlined her priorities for 2017. At the top of her list: immediate Council response to our housing crisis.
Mobile-friendly, Online Bill Pay and More Opportunity for Feedback Lead Site Changes
Residents of Sebastopol may now pay water and sewer bills online, find out how to apply for a business license from a smartphone, and get a preview of the agenda for the next City Council Meeting from a tablet. The City of Sebastopol just launched a newly redesigned website, www.cityofsebastopol.org, bringing a cleaner, more modern look and enhanced features to Sebastopol residents and visitors.
Open Letter to Sebastopol City Council and others,
Let’s discuss Sebastopol declaring ourselves a sanctuary city. In such cities, the local police and officials refuse to share information and collaborate with federal agents from ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement), who seek to deport residents. Many immigrants, both documented and undocumented, feel unsafe since the recent presidential election, as do others.
Sebastopol Council Welcomes Two New Members
With “provisional” results from November 8, it seems clear that Neysa Hinton and Michael Anthony Carnacchi will take two open seats on the City Council.
Construction Zones – End Dates?
Thank you for enduring the road construction around the corner of the CVS site and over the Highway 12 bridge across the Laguna. From the number of times that I’m asked about these two projects, I can tell our patience for long queues at traffic lights is wearing thin.
For what might be the first time in history, Sebastopol has a write-in Council candidate. Craig Litwin, who served on the Council from 2000 to 2008, including two times as Mayor, has qualified to run for office alongside Neysa Hinton, Michael Carnacchi, and Jonathan Greenberg. All four candidates will participate in each of the following free public forums.
School’s in Session – Slow Down Sebastopol!
Let’s pay attention to Linda Irving, Principal at Park Side Elementary School and Superintendent of the Sebastopol Union School District, when she advises us to take extra care driving around town right now, as we adjust from summer mode to school time. There are more cars, pedestrians and cyclists on our roads, especially on those favorite routes between schools.