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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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Sebastopol Entrepreneurs Project Update - April 2015 Sebastopol Entrepreneurs Project Update - April 2015
April 5, 2015
The Sebastopol Entrepreneurs Project was founded on the belief that providing three basic business focused services to the west Sonoma County community would help grow our local economy and improve the economic well-being of our neighbors.
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Sarah Glade Gurney - Sebastopol Sebastappeal - April 2015
April 1, 2015
by Sarah Glade Gurney
Thank you to Gazette readers who responded to last month’s article with appreciation for my message: “Let’s clean up our streetscape.” Another thank you to the many folks who took action and removed the [red-n-white] non-campaign and/or unapproved business signs. From what I’m hearing, our community likes the new, crisper, cleaner look. 
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Palm Drive Health Care District board votes to approve hospital opening Palm Drive Health Care District board votes to approve hospital opening
March 10, 2015
After several hours of a standing room only meeting, the board of directors of the Palm Drive Health Care District (PDHD) voted unanimously to approve the management services agreement (see below) with Sonoma West Medical Center (SWMC), contingent upon further approval of revised bylaws for the district and bylaws for the proposed governing body. The room erupted into applause with a standing ovation that carried into the halls where people were seated, listening to the meeting over a speaker.
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teach children how to swim Sebastopol Rotary seeks volunteers to teach children how to swim
March 7, 2015

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.

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Shining City at Main Stage West, Sebastopol - Ilana Niernberger, Nick Sholley Shining City at Main Stage West, Sebastopol REVIEW by Suzanne and Greg Angeo
March 6, 2015

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.

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West Sonoma County Group wants to DETACH from Palm Drive Healthcare District West Sonoma County Group wants to DETACH from Palm Drive Healthcare District
March 5, 2015
From the time people voted to add a parcel taxt to all properties in West Sonoma County to be included in the Palm Drive Healthcare District, people have objected. Now that an investment group wants to reinvent the bankrupt Palm Drive Hosptal into Sonoma West Medical Center, people are objecting once again. They want communities more easily served by Sutter and Kaiser to be DETACHED from the District and be removed from the parcel tax.
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Sarah Glade Gurney - Sebastopol Sebastappeal - March 2015
March 1, 2015
by Sarah Glade Gurney

Awating Spring

Here are two questions that I’ve been asked, often, since the holidays  

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Cittaslow Sebastopol to Celebrate Five Years Cittaslow Sebastopol to Celebrate Five Years
March 1, 2015

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.

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The Hospital That Would Be Healed- Sonoma West Medical Center The Hospital That Would Be Healed - Sonoma West Medical Center
February 25, 2015

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.

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Sonoma West Medical Center offering Tours of Renovated Facility Sonoma West Medical Center offering Tours of Renovated Facility
February 24, 2015

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.

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Proposed Dairyman Winery site at 5150 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa Sebastopol City Council Unanimously Opposes Dairyman Winery Proposal
February 4, 2015
After the Sebastopol City Council heard from two-dozen residents on Feb. 3--all of whom spoke against the huge Dairyman Winery and Distillery proposed for Highway 12--it unanimously and vigorously opposed the project. The large, attentive crowd flowed beyond standing room into the lobby. Now the project goes before the County of Sonoma, where it will ultimately be decided.
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Dairyman Winery in West Santa Rosa Dairyman Winery in West Santa Rosa opposed by Laguna Advocates
February 3, 2015

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.

Shepherd Bliss, 707-829-8185
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Molly Eckler - Captures Wildlife in Watercolor Paintings Molly Eckler - Captures Wildlife in Watercolor Paintings
February 1, 2015
“The continuity of the natural world with its fantastic variations and specific adaptations for coexistence offers humanity a forgotten sense of balance. There is also a sense of joy and wonder -- this is what I hope to communicate through my art.” --Molly Eckler
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Sebastopol's Dog Park - Sonoma County, CA Sebastopol's Dog Park
February 1, 2015
by Shepherd Bliss
Having read articles complaining about dogs, which I shamefully must admit having done, I want to appreciate Sebastopol’s Dog Park as a good place for those four-leggeds and their two-legged human companions. We can gather, socialize, play, frolic, share stories, teach and kid each other, as well as build community among these two species.
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Sarah Glade Gurney - Sebastopol Sebastappeal - February 2015
February 1, 2015
by Sarah Glade Gurney

You Just Gotta LOVE Our Small Town!

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Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation - Molly Eckler painting Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation Celebrates 25 years
January 28, 2015
The Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation is proud to announce that 2015 will be the 25th Anniversary of its founding and the beginning of our work to restore, conserve, and inspire public appreciation of the Laguna de Santa Rosa. 
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Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation - Molly Eckler painting Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation Celebrates 25 years
January 28, 2015
The Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation is proud to announce that 2015 will be the 25th Anniversary of its founding and the beginning of our work to restore, conserve, and inspire public appreciation of the Laguna de Santa Rosa. 
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Sarah Glade Gurney - Sebastopol Sebastappeal - December 2014
December 1, 2014
by Sarah Glade Gurney

 The Holiday Season in Sebastopol 

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Eric Thompson, Elly Lichenstein, Madeleine Ashe Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike at Main Stage West – REVIEW by Harry Duke
November 10, 2014
Christopher Durang’s “Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike” won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, which proves one thing - theatre people LOVE plays about theatre people!  Not that it’s a bad play; it’s just that having some knowledge of theatre - Chekhov in particular – and the personalities and egos involved could increase your enjoyment of this comedy currently running at Sebastopol’s Main Stage West.
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Hans Bruhner First Priority Financial City of Santa Rosa Earth Day - Tile Sonoma County Gardeners Resource Guide 2015 Sonoma County Gazette Survey  - WHO Reads the Gazette? Community First Credit Union Sonoma County Gazette April 2015 Fine Tree Care
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