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2017-10-22Oct 22, 2017

Please attend the Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday. This item is #41 on the Agenda so there's no telling when it will come up. There are also items waiving other rules and making it easier to change core planning documents. These are also very important to all of Sonoma County going forward. 

2017-08-30Aug 30, 2017

In a quiet rural Sebastopol neighborhood in early August, bulldozers and water tanks appeared on the property next to our neighbors. “Illegal grows are a huge concern, environmentally and socially,” wrote Supervisor Hopkins. “Unfortunately they give the folks who are doing the right thing (going through County permitting processes and growing in appropriate locations) a bad name,” she added.

2017-08-30Aug 30, 2017

Nestled in western Sonoma County’s lush wine country, about an hour north of San Francisco, the tiny village of Graton, California has been a hotbed of artistic activity since 1987.

2017-08-29Aug 29, 2017

Let's call this musings from the dark side. I'm a News Junkie I watch MSNBC CNN sometimes I'll even hold my nose and listen to Fox just assure myself they are still peddling the same old snake oil.

2017-08-29Aug 29, 2017

Sonoma County residents have an historic opportunity to address two of America’s most critical 21st century issues: one is soaring economic inequality and the explosion of low-wage jobs paying less than $15 an hour; the other is global warming and the imperative to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by ending our reliance on fossil fuel. California communities have addressed both crises with “good jobs and zero waste” policies.

2017-08-02Aug 2, 2017

Since February  Sonoma West Medical Center has added strong new leadership in the persons of Interim CEO John Peleuses, Chief Nursing Officer Barbara Vogelsang, Laboratory Manger Portia Diez, and several excellent additions to our clinical staff. We have been gearing up for new lines of service which should help stabilize the financial base for our hospital while allowing us to continue our excellent clinical care in all our current departments. 

2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017

One of the first things a newcomer notices on moving to Sonoma, as I did three years ago, is the large number of pricey fundraisers that are held to support our many nonprofits. Instead of partying at home, our well-to-do throw a party for a worthy cause while wining and dining elegantly among friends.

2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017

I have been researching customer service lately and have found some interesting statistics from a number of different sources. The main thing that came through in virtually all the sites I researched was that only a small, small percentage of customers who are dissatisfied actually register a complaint with the company.

2017-07-07Jul 7, 2017

Sheriff Steve Freitas announced his retirement as the Sheriff of Sonoma County effective August 1st. 

2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017

On June 17, the Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the 2017-2018 County Budget. While “adopting a budget” sounds like a spectacularly boring bureaucratic procedure — and it does indeed involve an endless procession of spreadsheets, pie charts, and thick binders brimming with graphs — the budgeting process tells an important story. Any budget worth its salt reflects the values of the organization adopting it.

2017-06-27Jun 27, 2017

Graton, Sonoma County and the larger Veteran’s and disabled community lost a valuable friend and advocate this May when Brian Augustine passed away after a valiant cancer battle.

2017-10-19Oct 19, 2017

October 19, 2017 - CAL FIRE, the Santa Rosa Police Department, the Santa Rosa Fire Department, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol provided updates related to the fires in Sonoma County.


2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017

In customer service, it’s the little things that can make a big difference in the number of customers who come back and the amount of money they spend with you.

2017-06-20Jun 20, 2017

The Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH) is the Bay Area’s voice for affordable housing. As the Bay Area region’s affordable housing advocacy organization, NPH works to build regional solutions to support its vision for a future where everyone has an affordable and stable home.


2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017

Important points that many businesses fail to consider when they are sending out information to customers, whether that information is through social media, emails, text or even through the mail is:

2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017

Frame of Mind is the frame shop and gallery of collage artist, Leslie Zumwalt, located at Occidental Road and Highway 116 in a newly built cluster of businesses.

2017-09-22Sep 22, 2017

“This bill would almost certainly remove coverage from those who gained access through the Medi-Cal Expansion in 2014, and make access more difficult for those remaining on Medi-Cal,” said Elizabeth Gibboney, CEO of PHC. “This is a no-win situation. Any cost savings on the federal side will be shifted to the states and, in reality, shifted to nonprofit community organizations that would then provide care that would be unfunded. The loss in funding would devastate local rural communities, which have historically lacked access to care and would have to identify new funding sources or face the loss of valuable safety-net providers.”

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

“It takes a village” is a saying we are all familiar with.   The nonprofit, Serve A Little was founded in 2009, by Matthew Nalywaiko, with the idea that every community has needs, and people with abilities to meet those needs. 

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

Creative Sonoma, a division of Sonoma County’s Economic Development Board, is pleased to announce five recipients of Next Level grants in the amount of $2,500 each.

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

How Effective Is Your Interaction With Customers?

Important points that many businesses fail to consider when they are sending out information to customers, whether that information is through social media, emails, text or even through the mail is:

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

Not-for-profit financial cooperatives Mendo Lake Credit Union and Community First Credit Union merged on July 1. The newly combined credit union boasts –– through June 30 –– a loan portfolio of $312.5 million, deposits of $414.2 million, and assets of $457.7 million.

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