Sarah Glade Gurney is currently on the Sebastopol City Council
Listen for Your Doorbell
Citizen volunteers continue to seek support for the renewal of Sebastopol’s Urban Growth Boundary [UGB] during the first half of May. If you’re a registered voter within Sebastopol’s city limits, they’ll be at your front door, providing information and asking for your signature to qualify this initiative.
It’s already April? What happened to January, February and March? The time went by too fast, maybe because there’s so much going on in Sebastopol!
On March 1, the Council will hear important safety issues. Please read the packet, attend, and participate. These issues involveeveryone on our sidewalks and roadways.
“OK, love your pet…”
“…just don’t use my front yard!” Seb-towners voice this concern with increasing energy. No one wants to clean up after someone else’s dog. It’s not even pleasant to pick up after your own dog while you enjoy a walk around town. But it’s the right thing to do. So be courteous and pick up after your dog.
"It Takes Stamina to Make Democracy Work."
As Sebastopol’s Mayor for 2016, I endorse this quote by a local citizen about our civic process.
A net-zero energy building (NZEB) is a building with zero net energy consumption, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building annually is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site. Under California’s Building code, Title 24, all new residential construction is to be Zero Net Energy by 2020 with all new commercial buildings achieving this goal by 2030. In a sense, all California building owners are already somewhere on the path to Net Zero Energy, even if they are only at the beginning.
Celebrate Friendship and World Peace
On November 7, Sebastopol World Friends hosts its annual Friendship Dinner at the Enmanji Buddhist Temple. Sharing food and culture from our sister cities, the group will serve an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring sushi, borsht, dumplings and other international treats. Taiko drumming and Ukrainian music follow dinner.
Eating is an agricultural act, as Wendell Berry famously stated. But what about drinking? Living here in ag-rich Sonoma County, with vineyards across the street and orchards down the road, it’s easy to raise a glass of locally made wine, beer, cider, even kombucha.