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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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Into the Woods Analy High School Arts Into The Woods Analy High School Arts
March 7, 2017
The Award Winning Analy Arts Department presents the Broadway sensation Into The Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. 
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PEP Pony Rides for Senior Housing Sebastopol Area Senior Center Hires New Executive Director
March 1, 2017
The Sebastopol Area Senior Center is pleased to welcome its new Executive Director, Linda Civitello, who has more than 25 years’ experience leading non-profit public health and service organizations and a long history of fundraising in the greater Bay Area, from childcare to senior services.
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Sebastopol Little League Celebrates 60 Years Serving Kids Sebastopol Little League Celebrates 60 Years Serving Kids
March 1, 2017
Started in 1957, the Sebastopol Little League will celebrate its 60th season at its 2017 Opening Day, Saturday, April 1st. The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. and be held on the large field at the Laguna Youth Park, 425 Morris Street, in Sebastopol.
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Sarah Glade Gurney - Sebastopol Sebastappeal - Sarah Gurney - March 2017
March 1, 2017
by Sarah Glade Gurney
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CalTrans Greenlights Sebastopol Ped Line CalTrans Greenlights Sebastopol Ped Line
March 1, 2017

The City of Sebastopol received approval from CalTrans to move forward with four color-coded, self-guided walking tours. Created by Cittaslow Sebastopol as part of the City’s Park-Once-And-Walk campaign, three of the walks take visitors from the Plaza to local attractions and back:

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Sebastopol City Council Votes to Continue Immigration Policy Sebastopol City Council Votes to Continue Immigration Policy
March 1, 2017

At its regularly scheduled meeting (Tuesday, February 21, 20017), the Sebastopol City Council voted to reaffirm its support of current Police Department policy not to engage in federal immigration enforcement.


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Japanese Internment OPINION: Japanese American Internment Remembered, As Trump Rounds Up Immigrants
March 1, 2017
The Japanese American Citizens League held a “Day of Remembrance” at Sebastopol’s Enmanji Buddhist Temple on Feb. 18. Around 200 people marked the 75th anniversary of the incarceration of over 120,000 innocent West Coast Americans of Japanese ancestry in internment camps during World War II.
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Sebastopol City Council Reaffirms Indivisible City Policies Sebastopol City Council Reaffirms Indivisible City Policies
February 22, 2017

Vote Continues Support of Longstanding Police Practice Regarding Immigration Status Enforcement

At its regularly scheduled meeting (Tuesday, February 21, 20017), the Sebastopol City Council voted to reaffirm its support of current Police Department policy not to engage in federal immigration enforcement.

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teach children how to swim Sebastopol Rotary Seeks Volunteers to Teach Children How to Swim
February 18, 2017
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 in bathtubs, swimming pools, Lake Sonoma and the Russian River. All were preventable.  Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for kids 14 and under, nationally and worldwide. And now pediatricians are recommending swim lessons for one-year-olds.
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Lua Viet - Great Vietnamese in the West Sonoma County Lua Viet - Great Vietnamese in the West Sonoma County
February 13, 2017
Lua Viet, a recent addition to Sebastopol’s international food scene, is easily missed if one is not looking for it. Sandwiched between a dance studio and a physical therapy office in a quiet corner of a Gravenstein Highway shopping center, it is perhaps this relative seclusion that lends the place its aura of serenity. Stop in for a bowl of hot pho or cool vermicelli and a tall glass of draft Sapporo, and watch the troubles of the outside world recede.
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KOWS Community Radio Sebastopol antenna stopped by lawsuit KOWS Community Radio Sebastopol antenna stopped by lawsuit
February 9, 2017
The KOWS-LP radio antenna project, one that would have vastly increased their power, though unanimously approved by the Sebastopol City Council, has failed due to a threatened lawsuit by a small group of Sebastopol residents. The KOWS group of 80-100 broadcasters is hurting down deep.
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Flower Song - For the Love of Flowers in Sebastopol Flower Song - For the Love of Flowers in Sebastopol
February 1, 2017

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.

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February 1, 2017
by Sarah Glade Gurney

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. 

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Recovering Equilibrium  in the Time of Trump Recovering Equilibrium in the Time of Trump
January 4, 2017
The morning after Trump’s election a sense of dread fell over me. Sebastopol, my home of seventeen years, felt for the first time treacherous. My psychotherapy clients, friends, and family have had similar reactions. Some can no longer bear looking at the news. Others can’t stop looking.
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Sarah Glade Gurney - Sebastopol Sebastappeal - Sarah Gurney - January 2017
January 4, 2017
by Sarah Glade Gurney

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. 

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Si Kahn at Main Stage West, Sebastopol, CA HOPE by Si Kahn at Main Stage West. Sebastopol CA
December 10, 2016
The world premiere of “Hope” at Main Stage West is yet another heartfelt and rousing work by noted poet, songwriter, social activist and playwright Si Kahn. As Artist in Residence since 2011, it’s his fifth show to be presented at MSW (all directed by his long-time friend, MSW Artistic Director Elizabeth Craven). His “Mother Jones in Heaven” a few seasons back was a sensational hit with audiences and critics alike.
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City of Sebastopol logo City of Sebastopol redesigns website to be mobile-friendly
December 5, 2016

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.

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Sanctuary Cities on the West Coast Sanctuary Cities - is Sebastopol next?
November 30, 2016

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.

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Rotary Be a Gift to the World Sebastopol Rotary Community Grant Applications Open
November 30, 2016
Once again the Rotary Club of Sebastopol has opened up the application process for their Community Grants Program. “Since 1925, Sebastopol Rotary Club has given more than $1.75 million to hundreds of local non-profit organizations, putting Rotary’s “Service Above Self” motto into action,” says Rotarian President David Schreibman. “Last year alone we awarded approximately $36,000 to deserving organizations.” This program is made possible through fundraising efforts at October’s Lobster Fest with 100% of the money going directly to those in need. 
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Hippie Bug Backstory of “The Hippies” Exhibit
November 25, 2016
The Hippies are invading Sonoma County again!  With the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in Haight-Ashbury  in San Francisco coming up, the West County Museum in Sebastopol is mounting an exhibit “The Hippies” that will open October 30th.  The curators, Erin Sheffieldand Sue Gary are collecting memaorabilia from the Hippie elders in our midst to recreate the environment that these rebels against consumerism and conformity built in the forests of Graton and Occidental 1966-1973.
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