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Sebastappeal - November 2016 - Sarah Gurney

by Sarah Glade Gurney

Construction Zones – End Dates?

Thank you for enduring the road construction around the corner of the CVS site and over the Highway 12 bridge across the Laguna. From the number of times that I’m asked about these two projects, I can tell our patience for long queues at traffic lights is wearing thin. 

I wish I had good news with definite end dates for each project, but I don’t. CVS hasn’t announced a completion date. Caltrans, however, states in the monthly report to the Sonoma County Transportation Authority [SCTA] that the Laguna Bridge will be done sometime in December, with landscaping work to continue into 2017. 

Let’s keep our eyes on the prize-s. Someday soon we will return to full driving lanes, adjacent bike lanes, and full sidewalks. We are looking forward to it!

Looking Back to October – Many Thanks

The Sebastopol electorate benefited from several opportunities to observe all four City Council candidates as they answered questions at public forums. 

Voters heard individual answers to the predictable “Why are you running for office?” and “Why should someone vote for you?” as well as positions taken on affordable housing, the hotel project at the Diamond Lumberyard site, gentrification, tourism, and traffic. 

Thank you to the event sponsors, organizers, moderators and others, for your contributions to democracy!

Looking ahead to November – Lots of Work

The current Council faces full agendas during its last month together in November. The workload will likely cover discussion and possible action regarding: 

• Adoption of the new General Plan; 

• Recommendations for the Willow/Jewel intersection;

• The traffic synchronization study funded by the CVS settlement; 

• The local streets network of bike lanes; 

• Pedestrian safety measures for Bodega Avenue; 

• Campaign Zero; 

• Zoning amendments for the hotel project; 

• The appeal on the revised KOWS antenna project; 

• The Way Finding Sign Program; 

• Revisions to the Joint Powers Agreement for Sonoma Clean Power [SCP]; and

• SCP’s Evergreen Program. 

 Come to the meetings and participate.

Fun and Fund-Raising, too, on November 5!

Sebastopol World Friends [SWF] hosts its Sister City Friendship Dinner and Celebration starting at 6 PM on Saturday, November 5, at the Enmanji Buddhist Temple Memorial Hall [1200 Gravenstein Highway South]. 

The all-you-can-eat buffet showcases food from Ukraine and Japan, where Sebastopol has its two sister cities. The program of cultural entertainment begins once dinner is served at 6:30 PM. Suggested donations are $15/adult and $5/child, with additional contributions greatly appreciated.

The silent auction, featuring local goods and services, will raise money for Project C.U.R.E., a nationally acclaimed non-profit organization collecting medical donations and equipment for health clinics and hospitals in the developing world. SWF has formed a partnership with Project C.U.R.E. to benefit our sister city, Chyhyryn, Ukraine.

Chair Abigail Evans invites anyone interested in our Sister City program to attend the dinner, “It’s important to support our friends in Chyhyryn and to continue to develop the bonds between our communities, especially since we’re currently unable to take part in our regular exchange programs with students there.” For more details, contact Abigail at 707-347-9339 or info@sebastopolwf.org.

December’s Business

Sebastopol will say good-bye to Council Members John Eder and Robert Jacob at the December 6th meeting.

John Eder, who has maintained his staunch opposition to the CVS project over the last four years, brought his acerbic wit and wisdom to the job and offered insights that often got right to the heart of the issues at hand. 

Robert Jacob, who served as Vice Mayor and Mayor during his tenure, will be especially remembered for his Community Newsletter, a regular monthly email reporting the local goings-on in a warm and accessible way. He engaged many first-time and younger citizens in city government. 

Two newly elected Council Members will be sworn in to start their term of office. Vote for your choices on November 8th.