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Santa Rosa Snippets - February 2017 - Elaine Holtz

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Santa Rosa Snippets - February 2017 - Elaine Holtz

Rent Stablization Decided During Special Election 

With a unanimous vote the Santa Rosa City Council put fair and afforadable housing to the voters on the ballot of June 6. The special election allows residents to decide whether or not they want a rent stabilization program for the city, after the establishment in August 2016 of Ordinance 4072. On September 26, 2016, a Referendum Petition was filed with the City Clerk by the California Apartment Association challenging portions of that Ordinance that established rent stabilization, eviction control and other residential tenant protections in Santa Rosa. 

On December 21, 2016, the Registrar of Voters submitted to the City Clerk its determination that the Petition contained a sufficient number of signatures of qualified voters and the council had two options, (a) introduce an ordinance repealing the portions of the Ordinance challenged by the Petition, or (b) direct staff to bring back to Council an appropriate resolution to submit the challenged portions of the Ordinance to the voters at a Special Election to be held on June 6.

“Our city needs fair and affordable rental housing. Folks may have election fatigue but I hope our residents will turn out to vote Yes on Rent stabilization on June 6,” said Councilwoman Julie Combs who authored the ordinance to bring rent stabilization to the city multipart effort make housing more affordable in Santa Rosa. 

The Beat Goes On – 60’s Memorabilia and Art Displayed

Peace, love and rock and roll are exhibited at the Art Museum of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa. The Beat Goes On features an exciting display of rock posters, artifacts and images that trace the influence of music and the counterculture in the North Bay and are beyond the limits of San Francisco and the Height Asbury district. 

 The late 60’s was a time of questioning the status quo along with expanding one’s mind, exploring community and introducing new forms of artistic expression through posters and music. As I looked at and read about each display I got the feeling I was going back in time. A bit of trivia that I discovered, Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead graduated Analy High School in Sebastopol in 1959.

 A special thank you to Cynthia Leung, Director of Public Programs and Tours for an excellent overview of the exhibit which will be on display through April 2, 2017. You do not want to miss this exhibit. The museum is located at 425 Seventh St. 

Historic Community: National Women’s March comes to Santa Rosa 

As reported by Sergeant Summer Black of the Santa Rosa Police Dept., the crowd size of the Sonoma County Stands Together For Women march in Santa Rosa was estimated to be well over 5,000 people gathered in Santa Rosa from the North Bay cities. It was also reported the participants were very peaceful and well organized and consisted of people of all ages. As newly elected President of the National Organization for Women (NOW), I helped to carry our banner along with our secretary, Eileen Bill until two young women volunteered to take over. Being with all those people and reading the creative signs all around me I felt I was not alone in my concerns and fears for our country. 

One could see hundreds of “pussy hats” pink knitted beanies with cat’s ears worn by the marcher. The hats were inspired by the Pussy Project which according to the organizers of the Washington DC march were created as a symbol of solidarity for those involved in the marches across the country. A shout out to the march organizers and the Santa Rosa women who spoke at the event, Councilwoman Julie Combs, Retired Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, Rev. Ann Gray Byrd and KBBF President and Union Organizer Alicia Sanchez all adorned one of those special hats. Special thank you to Congressman Jared Huffman.

What was the most inspiring for me was the courage of the mothers who brought their young children to the march. For me this was why I was there to march not only in protest of the threat of women losing all we have gained but also for the future of our children. If our leaders before making any decisions would ask one basic question, “is it good for the children” before they take those important votes we just might have a chance for justice and peace for all.

Happy Valentines Day to All My Readers 

This is my favorite celebration as it celebrates love and relationships. I heard this great song, “Weave” by Rosemary Crow which included some of the following lines and expressed some of how I feel, “Weave, weave, weave us together, Weave us together, together in love. We are many textures, we are many colors, Each one different from the others. But we are all woven together in one great tapestry.”

Elaine B. Holtz is producer/Host of “Women’s Spaces” on KBBF 89.1FM Monday 11-am-noon and repeats at 11pm to midnight Visit her website at: womensspaces.com Become a fan on FB.