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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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Cittaslow Sebastopol Survey - What to do in Sebastopol Cittaslow Sebastopol Survey - What to do in Sebastopol
April 21, 2014
The Goal of this Survey: Tourism offers many possibilities for our town, and we want to do it in a sustainable, honest, low-impact way. For instance, home stays and farm stays offer meaningful opportunities for personal exchange between residents and visitors.
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Sebastopol Village Building Convergence Sebastopol Village Building Convergence
April 21, 2014
We hope you’ll join us for the first ever Sebastopol Village Building Convergence (VBC), coming up September 12-21, 2014. Modeled off the successful work of City Repair in Portland, the VBC is a ten day gathering where we will build a stronger, healthier, and more beautiful Sebastopol through the art of Placemaking (public art, natural building, and permaculture).
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Palm Drive Hospital Sebastopol Community Meeting April 14 Palm Drive Hospital Sebastopol Community Meeting April 14
April 10, 2014
With the impending closure of Palm Drive Hospital, a group of Sebastopol residents and doctors are crafting a plan to keep Palm Drive Hospital’s urgent care and emergency department serving West County Residents. The leaders of this coalition are holding a community forum and teach-in Monday, April 14 at 5:30pm, at the Community Church Memorial Hall in Sebastopol.
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Sarah Glade Gurney - Sebastopol Sebastappeal - Apr 2014
April 1, 2014
by Sarah Glade Gurney

Food - Gardens - and Resilience

Sebastopol leads the way as the first city to pass a formal Resolution supporting the countywide Healthy and Sustainable Food Action Plan.  The actions promoted by the Council’s Resolution are:

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Katie Mae Rummage Sale BENEFIT Rummage Sale for Katie Mae Cancer Treatment March 29
March 21, 2014
Our dear friend Katie Mae was diagnosed with extremely aggressive, Stage 4 cancer roughly two years ago. The news was devastating to all those who'd ever been in contact with her, and was especially heartbreaking to her family and her very close, yet very extensive group of friends.
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Underneath the Lintel at Main Stage West REVIEW: Underneath the Lintel at Main Stage West - by Harry Duke
March 17, 2014
“I was here.”  - three simple words that sum up the desire of every human being to leave an imprint, however small, on this world.  That yearning, that justification of a life, is at the center of Main Stage West’s current production of Glenn Berger’s “Underneath the Lintel”, running now through March 30th.
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Amor y Justica Immigrant Workers Win Significant Change in Sebastopol
March 8, 2014

When Governor Brown signed AB 60, allowing immigrants to legally drive in California, he remarked, “This bill will enable millions of people to get to work safely and legally.  Hopefully, it will send a message to Washington that immigration reform is long past due.”  Though immigration reform remains at a stand still in Congress, California continues leading the way in supporting immigrant families to integrate fully into our growing state.  Yet, soon after the excitement subsided many came to a stark realization that the DMV has until January of 2015 to implement the law.

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Gravenstein Lions Club in Sebastopol Gravenstein Lions Club in Sebastopol - Why I am a Lion
March 6, 2014
Lions Clubs’ motto is “We Serve”, and that sums up why I belong to the largest service club in the world.  Volunteering in community activities is the most direct way to pay back what we have been given. 
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Sarah Glade Gurney - Sebastopol Sebastappeal - Mar 2014
March 1, 2014
by Sarah Glade Gurney
January, we were very anxious about the drought, so the City Council’s February meeting included a report on our water supply.  We received a cautiously optimistic presentation, then were blessed with rain.  The first two days felt novel and fun, donning raincoats and umbrellas, but, by the third day, we were dealing with flooding and other problems.  March, some mustard is flowering, some trees are blooming, and we are still talking about water because our situation is unprecedented. 
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REVIEW: Yankee Tavern at Main Stage West - by Harry Duke REVIEW: Yankee Tavern at Main Stage West - by Harry Duke
February 16, 2014
The less said about Main Stage West’s “Yankee Tavern” (running now through February 23rd), the better.  No, it’s not that I don’t have anything ‘nice’ to say.  Far from it.  It’s just that the more I synopsize Stephen Dietz’s play, the more I quote his endlessly quotable dialogue, the more I explain what I thought was going on on-stage, the less pleasure you as an audience member will have to discover this show for yourself  and come to your own conclusions.  But I’ll give it a shot.
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Ilana Niernberger and Anthony Abate in Yankee Tavern REVIEW Yankee Tavern at Main Stage West by Suzanne and Greg Angeo
February 12, 2014
With more than 30 plays under his belt, acclaimed contemporary playwright Steven Dietz has seen his work performed in regional theaters all over the country and the world. Dietz specializes in tense psychological dramas with political and social themes. His dark thriller Yankee Tavern was first performed at the ACT Theatre in Seattle, WA in 2007, and is now being presented as the 2014 season opener at Sebastopol’s Main Stage West.
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Sebastopol City News - Robert Jacob - February 2014 Robert Jacob's Birthday Extravagreenza Sebastopol City News - Robert Jacob - February 2014
February 11, 2014
In this issue you'll find updates on a few community projects, as well as some recent actions our council has taken on issues affecting our immigrant families, our communities' water and more.
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Sarah Glade Gurney - Sebastopol Sebastappeal - Feb 2014
February 1, 2014
by Sarah Glade Gurney
A community of about 7,800 people, we call ourselves a small town.   Despite our small size – or perhaps because of it – we engage in ordinary issues in big ways and take on big issues in extraordinary ways.  
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Radiant Being Sebastopol Radiant Being Beauty and Health opens doors
January 31, 2014

From a feeling to Reality

A new walk-in healing clinic has revealed itself in Sebastopol. “Radiant Being Beauty and Health” has opened it’s doors to the public. Envisioned by Vicchi Oleski seven years ago, she actually felt the vision of a collective, a consortium for personal development and self care to the community. She has been stepping toward this vision ever since. Looking back at her journaling from that period she wrote “I am a radiant, being” completing the manifestation through this name.



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Sebastopol City NEWS by Robert Jacob - January 2014 Sebastopol City NEWS by Robert Jacob - January 2014
January 17, 2014

Happy new year, Sebastopol! I hope that you had a wonderful holiday break. As we head into 2014, I am excited about our city's progress and the possibilities for the year ahead. 

I have completed my first month as mayor, and together we have already accomplished so much! Read on for some important updates and exciting upcoming events. As always, I value your input and would love to hear from you. Please don't hesitate to get in touch.     

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Sebastopol City NEWS by Robert Jacob - January 2014 Sebastopol City NEWS by Robert Jacob - January 2014
January 17, 2014

Happy new year, Sebastopol! I hope that you had a wonderful holiday break. As we head into 2014, I am excited about our city's progress and the possibilities for the year ahead. 

I have completed my first month as mayor, and together we have already accomplished so much! Read on for some important updates and exciting upcoming events. As always, I value your input and would love to hear from you. Please don't hesitate to get in touch.     

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Global Student Embassy - Maya Boone and friends Global Student Embassy - Empower from the Heart
January 6, 2014
My name is Maya Boone, I am a student at Analy High School and have been blessed with the gift of change. For the past year, I have been involved with a nonprofit organization called Global Student Embassy (GSE). GSE is an international youth empowerment and environmental leadership program that uses project-based learning to connect students in Northern California, Ecuador, and Nicaragua. The mission is to stimulate awareness of the common challenges our generation faces and provide us with the tools we need to address them and have a positive impact within our communities, and eventually the world. The  main types of projects we focus on are school or community gardens, reforestation, and habitat restoration.
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Cittaslow Sebastopol Cittaslow Sebastopol Eco-Tourism poll summary
January 3, 2014
As part of our Eco-Tourism Listening CampaignCittaslow Sebastopol distilled roughly 160 ideas from over 400 solutions offered via our Internet polls. Then, on October 29, more than 120 people attended the Eco-Tourism Open House to vote for their top priorities across 7 themes:
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Community Market, Sebastopol CA Community Market Opens in Sebastopol
January 3, 2014

Non-profit Community Market, which has served Sonoma County for 38 years through its Santa Rosa store, has now opened a new market in the Barlow Center in Sebastopol.

Community Market was formed in 1975 as an answer to Sonoma County’s growing need for wholesome and organic food. Originally called the Red Clover Worker’s Brigade, we were a small group of committed individuals, dedicated to pioneering the sourcing distribution of the modest array of organic produce and unprocessed products that were available in the early years of the natural foods movement. Many growers and manufacturers were running small independent production facilities without the resources to deliver or distribute their goods effectively. We formed our own trucking and distribution company to address this need. 

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