Agua Caliente – Boyes – El Verano – Fetters
From Lost Kitties to Politics, Springs Residents Stay In Touch!
On January 28 twenty residents gathered at the Sonoma Library to greet and meet. Kathryn Page drew the group together by e-mail on the website, “Nextdoor Boyes Hill.” Kathryn encouraged local residents to participate in a non-political neighbor to neighbor gathering. Twenty people joined together around the table. For the most part they were strangers to one another.
Since Sonoma County is developing a “Springs Specific Plan” (2018) to spruce up the area, it seems appropriate to reflect on the Springs in “the good old days.” To assist in this endeavor, two long time residents walked this writer around the Springs identifying buildings, vacant lots, and monuments that fostered a different lifestyle than we experience today. My walking guides were local artist Patrick McMurtry who was raised in the Springs and author and artist Michael Acker who has chronicled the changing history of Sonoma’s one-time central attraction, the warm natural springs waters.
Heads Up! Changes are coming to the Springs in 2017!
Still reeling from the election blues, residents attended a Springs Community Alliance meeting on Thursday (11/10/16) at the Charter School to learn about a proposed new development along Highway 12. It’s a planned takeout restaurant at property formerly owned by Steve Lanning Construction. It’s across the street from Armando’s Garage and the planned Plaza.
Vote, Tuesday, November 8!
Thoughts, Feelings, and Insights…
“Live In The Springs?” Local Residents Express Themselves!
Mark Your Calendar – September 10! The Springs Festival!
Supervisor Susan Gorin and a cast of hundreds invite residents and visitors to attend “The Springs Festival” on Saturday, September 10. Festivities begin at 1 p.m. with a ribbon cutting at the Boyes Plaza Center celebrating the completion of Highway 12 construction.
Community Members Gather to Propose and Plan!
In late July over sixty (60) Springs residents met at the Charter School with County representatives and personnel from the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) to further discuss ideas to be included in the Specific Plan for the Springs Community.
The long awaited plans for a new restaurant at 15 Boyes Blvd. are working their way through the approval process at the County Permit Resource and Planning Department (PRMD). On June 22 the plans drafted by local architect Adrian Martinez were presented to the Sonoma Valley Community Advisory Commission. Since this was after press time it is unknown what action the Commission took.
Northbay county readers find articles everyday detailing stories about the housing crisis. Whether it is a daily like the Santa Rosa Press Democrat or Marin I-J, or local community paper like the Sonoma IT, Sonoma Sun, Healdsburg Tribune or the Russian River Times articles abound on affordable housing, housing availability, tenant rights, evictions, high rents, and homelessness.
Boulevard Saint-Germain or Greenwich Village?
Springs Community Alliance learns about Plaza and Planning!
Lois Fisher, Town Designer, recently addressed the Springs Community Alliance about design principles when imagining changes in the Springs . Ms. Fisher served on the Windsor Planning Commission helping to guide that community’s early development. She participated in restructuring areas of Petaluma, Ukiah, and Cotati.
Housing Crisis Generates Open Letter Seeking Public Hearing
Will the City Council listen and act on the issue of affordable housing? That’s the question the authors of an “Open Letter” asked the Council.
Springs Community Grieves for Postmistress Kathy Gerletti
Why did people use the tiny U.S. Post Office in El Verano, when services existed closer to home? It is because Postmistress Kathy Gerletti was special. She was more than the Postmistress. Kathy was the impresario who changed a visit to the post office into community theater.