Sarah Glade Gurney is currently on the Sebastopol City Council
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.
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.
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.
Here are two questions that I’ve been asked, often, since the holidays
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.
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.
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.
Following are rough notes on a meeting yesterday at the site of the huge Dairyman Winery and Distillery being proposed close to the Laguna de Santa Rosa and the Santa Rosa floodplain. It will be discussed this Tuesday evening at a Public Hearing of the Sebastopol City Council. The deadline for comments on this fast-tracked, alcohol-processing factory is currently Feb. 4 to Sonoma County's Permit and Resources Management Department. A vigorous and detailed discussion has been occurring on Waccobb.net, which is apparently the only public news source currently covering this important, breaking story. Please forward to anyone whom you think might be interested.
Of Hootie Pies and Voodoo Dolls in Bucks County, PA
Have no fear. This crisp and wickedly funny homage to the revered Russian writer Anton Chekhov, by American playwright Christopher Durang, may be filled with references to themes in Chekhov’s work, but they are so cleverly interwoven into the story that you don’t even have to know Chekhov to enjoy the fun. And if you do, all the better. What’s more, it’s fresh. “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” just opened on Broadway last year and won the Tony Award for Best Play.