By Sarah Glade Gurney
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.
By Melissa Hatheway
Rialto Cinemas™ Proprietor Ky Boyd announced today that Rialto Cinemas has purchased Sebastopol Cinemas from Dave Corkill. Ky Boyd remarked, “We are thrilled to have found a new home and we can’t wait to return to our core business of bringing the best films in the world to Sonoma County. Additionally, we are delighted to come off the road and have a permanent home in Sebastopol’s vital downtown to continue bringing unique events like London's National Theatre Live, The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD as well as many of the special events that Rialto Cinemas has been home to throughout our history. We look forward to meeting our new neighbors and seeing all our movie-going friends again as well as our loyal National Theatre and Metropolitan Opera patrons.”
Sebastopol Cider Makers Rescue Backyard Apples for Charity
Apple Sauced Cider™, a Sebastopol-grown cidery, is seeking north bay residents to donate apples from their backyard for a community cider blend called “Backyard” cider. Apple Sauced Cider will donate 100% of the profits from this batch of cider to Slow Food Russian River and its Apple Core project, which is responsible for raising awareness of and preserving the county’s apple heritage through marketing the region.
Mothers and Allies Challenge Wine Industrialist
By Shepherd Bliss
Half a dozen mothers from Sebastopol and its countryside quickly rallied hundreds of people to their side to challenge Sonoma County’s Paul Hobbs Winery. He wants to convert a 40-acre apple orchard into a vineyard that would use pesticides; it borders five schools on Watertrough Road, including Apple Blossom and Orchard View. Together they have around 700 children.
First Arts and Maker Space Downtown
This month, Chimera Art Space opens 5,000 square feet at the former Ford dealership property at 6791 Sebastopol Avenue. The location will house an electronics lab, photography studio, metal shop, ceramic studio, and open work areas.
Apple Sauced Cider™, a Sebastopol-grown cidery, is seeking local residents to donate apples from their backyard for a community cider blend called “Backyard” cider. Apple Sauced Cider will donate 100% of the profits from this batch of cider to Slow Food Russian River and its Apple Core project, which is responsible for raising awareness of and preserving the county’s apple heritage through marketing the region.
Snails may be “slow,” but that doesn’t mean we don’t get things done. Cittaslow Sebastopol is where the action is!
If you believe in keeping Sebastopol green, local, friendly and artistic
Here’s your chance to express your vision for Sebastopol!
Some folks would suggest that it’s held in our identity, as we are known to ourselves and to others as Sebastopolians, Sebastopudlians, or Seb-Towners.
We’ll have a report about our “Community Identity,” arising from a meeting held on January 31, 2013, and posted soon after that date on the City’s website. This is one in a rigorous schedule of meetings held in January and February to conduct qualitative research to learn about the concerns and priorities of our residents.
Sebastopol Picket and Boycott, Jan. 19, Sat., 2-4 p.m.
A peaceful picket will occur at CVS Pharmacy at 788 Highway 116 (Gravenstein) North in the Redwood Shopping Center on Sat., Jan. 19, from 2-4 p.m. Occupy Sebastopol, with the support of other groups and individuals, is organizing the protest.