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Sonoma County Gazette

Housing and Real Estate

Affordable Housing is a hot topic just about everywhere - Homelessness for those who don't have shelter, and real estate from land use policy to Plan Bay Area 2040...where to plant our feet to call HOME is on our minds.

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2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

I have been volunteering in the local community care system for the past 17 months trying to understand the homeless crisis problem in Sonoma County. What I have learned so far is that the community care system is flush with money, professional paid labor, and public and private programs to help people get back on their feet, but it’s not working for thousands of residents still living on the street.

2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017

I talk to people all the time who are waiting for one thing or another. This makes perfect sense for many things like I am waiting until I graduate from medical school before I start work as a surgeon. I am waiting until I get the job offer before I move across the country…

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

 The addition of $750,000 by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in the adopted budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year provides a unique opportunity to convene a targeted, collaborative process to decide how to invest the one-time money to alleviate the current crisis of homelessness.

2017-08-21Aug 21, 2017

The County of Sonoma is pleased to announce that its Property Tax e-Billing System is now live. By enrolling, taxpayers will receive a tax bill via email. The Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office invites all interested taxpayers to sign up this service at Taxpayers enrolled by September 1 will receive an e-Bill for their secured property tax payments due December 11, 2017, and April 10, 2018.

2017-08-02Aug 2, 2017

Nearly three weeks has elapsed since, one by one, Administration Drive Safe Parking participants were approached by the program manager and a monitor and handed sheets of paper on the evening of June 20. “Good!”, I thought, from the front seat of my car, several rows away, “They’re finally enforcing the designated smoking area and dog leashing rules.”

2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017

Rohnert Park City Council recently voted on short term rental regulations. The council approved rentals of single rooms only, not whole house or accessory dwelling units. Part of the reason has to do with keeping much-needed housing stock available. As more whole homes are used as vacation rentals this can put a strain on available housing stock and increased housing costs. Rohnert Park has seen a 100% increase in the number of homes listed on Airbnb in less than 18 months. According to the American Community Survey short term rentals make up approximately 44% of the total unoccupied units in the county.

2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017

District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that over 100 homeless victims of crime have been provided services through the Homeless Outreach Team (HOT), which launched in March 2017.

2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017

My interest in understanding Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) coincided with discussions, back in the summer of 2014, about changes to the Vacation Rental Ordinance. Vacation rental homes were at the center of discussions regarding impacts of tourism on the local communities because the number of them had significantly increase

2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017

On the 22nd June, a number of people sleeping in their vehicles in the parking lot in front of county Administration buildings came together to talk about two memos they’d received from Catholic Charities. 

2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017

Moving has been said to be one of the 3 highest stress factors in our lives. When an older person, who may been living in their home for 30 years or more, has to move to a smaller residence by choice or is forced to move because they can no longer care for themselves, this can be one of the most trying times of life.

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