Advertise
Free Compliments of our Advertisers
Sonoma County Gazette
Deadlines
Subscribe
Menu

News Archive Edition

Aug 2017

Sort by Date
2017-08-30Aug 30, 2017
I came away from the new Al Gore movie simply astonished by the power of this film, the concepts, the conversations, the graphics, and the stunning cinematography.
2017-08-10Aug 10, 2017
On Sunday July 30, Occidental Center for the Arts presented a special three hour outdoor exhibit featuring local artist Lenny Weinstein’s, “Homeless Paintings”. The exhibition was displayed on the steps of the amphitheater behind OCA’s auditorium, along with an impromptu sculpture of a homeless encampment, which added to the context of his work.
2017-08-09Aug 9, 2017
A public workshop on the Russian River Pathogen TMDL staff report and draft TMDL Action Plan will be held before the Regional Water Board at its regularly scheduled meeting August 17, 2017.  The Regional Water Board will be accepting public comments on these documents up through 5:00 P.M. September 29, 2017. A public hearing to consider adoption of the TMDL Action Plan is scheduled for the Regional Water Board’s December 12-13, 2017 Board Meeting.
2017-08-08Aug 8, 2017
Earlier this year, the County started the Sonoma County Immigration Initiative to address the heightened fear and insecurity caused by new federal actions by finding ways to support our immigrant communities and nonprofit partners who serve them. Each Supervisor will be hosting a community meeting in their district to bring attention to this issue, help inform residents of their rights and available services, provide a forum for service providers, and receive input and feedback from the community. Community meetings will consist of a presentation followed by a resource fair with local organizations and legal service providers.
2017-08-06Aug 6, 2017
As a follow-up to last year’s Electric Vehicle Incentive pilot program, which saw 206 customers purchase or lease steeply discounted electric vehicles, phase two of Sonoma Clean Power’s Drive EverGreen program will run from August 8th to October 31st, 2017.
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. 
2017-08-02Aug 2, 2017
While it’s already known as “the sweetest little fair in Sonoma County”, this year’sGravenstein Apple Fair becomes even sweeter, in the form of bees and honey. This year’s theme is “In Praise of Pollinators”, drawing attention to the critters, especially bees, who keep our food systems alive.   
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
When we think of the month of August we think of back to school and life getting back to somewhat of a routine. Teachers are already getting back into their classrooms, cleaning up and decorating for a new year.
2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017
Downsizing in all aspects of your life (because it’s time) can become pretty complex – just when you long for simplicity. It can plunge you into rapidly oscillating states of consciousness that bog down the process and make it drag on; and, on. You know, lingering too long over the old photos while trying to cull and sort!  
2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017
Sebastopol Gallery celebrated their tenth anniversary with an evening of fine art, fine food and wine, and the company of member artists for an opportunity to share life perspectives and personal missions. Jim Kelly interview 7 artists to learn“what magic they used to elevate their work from craft to fine art.”
2017-08-25Aug 25, 2017
On Women's Equality Day, we mark the 97th anniversary of the enactment of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which secured the right to vote for women. Fifty years ago, a nationwide Strike for Women’s Equality was organized by the National Organization for Women (NOW).  Demonstrations and rallies for equal opportunities in employment, education and twenty-four-hour day care were organized in ninety major cities and small towns across the country. This was the largest protest for gender equality in American history.
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
If you only read the mainstream press in Sonoma County, you may think that Sheriff Steve Freitas announced his August 1st resignation out of the blue. But a closer look at the facts reveals a much different story.
2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017
Lately, I have been reflecting back on the earliest days of my life on the coast as a young impressionable adult finding a ‘new life’ as I left the city. This reflection comes from looking at my old book collection that I have held on to for many a moon thinking one day I will get back to them and these ideas. Well – now is the time as retirement sets in.
2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017
We encourage dialogue among our readers and with us. Please send your LETTERS to vesta@sonic.net
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.
2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017
Sometimes it takes being away to make you appreciate home more. After five days in LA working on an upcoming film and another four at Comic-con in San Diego, Healdsburg and her serenity was a welcome beacon.
2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017
As a climate journalist, I’m always trying to find that “sweet-spot” between giving my readers the information needed to wake them up and take action, and scaring them so much they feel there’s no hope – that they might just as well give up and not make any changes, because they think it won’t make any difference.
2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017
Grilling Safety There’s nothing like outdoor grilling. It’s one of the most popular ways to cook food. But, a grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries. Follow these simple tips and you will be on the way to safe grilling.  
2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017
“This year, the California Department of Child Support Services celebrates parents who make the effort to be an exceptional example in the lives of their children,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Shirlee Zane. “In managing over 13,000 cases, the Sonoma County Department of Child Support Services collected and distributed $33 million last year for families, demonstrating a commitment to our children, and ultimately in shaping the future of our community.”
2017-07-31Jul 31, 2017
The state of California announced on July 7, 2017 it will list glyphosate, as “Known to the State of California to Cause Cancer.” Glyphosate is the main ingredient in the pesticide Roundup and the most common pesticide in the world in hundreds of products, as a known human carcinogen under this state’s Proposition 65.
2017-08-25Aug 25, 2017
Hundreds of spectators, dignitaries, and SMART Train employee family members crowded a bunting bedecked Railroad Square Depot on Friday, Aug. 25 to celebrate the kickoff of the first passenger rail service in Sonoma County in six decades.
2017-07-31Jul 31, 2017
This column almost never happened. My computer, in its wisdom, erased the first draft saying theFile is Corrupt and Can Not Be Opened. I had no idea what salacious data I had happened onto, but maybe I should have tried to sell it.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
An eclipse takes place when the Sun, the Moon and the Earth are all in alignment. There are usually four eclipses that occur each year. Two are full Moon lunar eclipses, when the Earth is between the Sun and Moon.
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
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Following a busy day of poetry, farmer’s market and hanging out with his grandchildren, Mike Tuggle went to bed and didn’t wake up on Father’s Day morning.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
We have a theory of the disease and a treatment that appears to work. Does that mean the diagnosis is correct?
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
What’s round, lives in the ocean and is good enough to eat? I would have said abalone before meeting Kristin Aquilino, who moved from Iowa to northern California to work with the White Abalone Captive Breeding Program at the Bodega Marine Lab.  
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
It was previously announced that “The Hippies” Exhibit at the West County Museum would close at the end of Labor Day, September 4th.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
In mid-July a fourth community review meeting was held regarding the County’s plans for changes at Maxwell Park. Supervisor Susan Gorin introduced the program and County planners.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
I created the Sebastopol Living Peace Wall in downtown Sebastopol to promote the cause of peace and justice by honoring the peacemakers among us. Every year we infuse the peace wall with life by adding four peoples’ names to the granite panels and by putting on an Induction Ceremony and Celebration.This year’s honorees are:Holly Near, Susan Lamont, Don & Dee Schilling and Charles Liteky.
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.
2017-08-25Aug 25, 2017
The California Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region (Regional Water Board) is proposing to amend the Water Quality Control Plan for the North Coast Region (Basin Plan) to establish a Pathogen Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and Program of Implementation (TMDL Action Plan) for the Russian River Watershed. Regional Water Board staff invites you to attend a public workshop to learn about the Draft Pathogen TMDL and TMDL Action Plan.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
In 1986, California voters approved Proposition 65, an initiative to address their growing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. Glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, is probably carcinogenic to humans. The City of Santa Rosa will be working to prepare an updated Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit bids calling on landscape companies to outline how they could switch to safe alternatives. 
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
This summer while teachers are away there are kids out playing in the park almost daily at Bayer Farm across from Shepard School on West Ave. Up at Roseland Village Shopping Center there are many days when the Roseland Branch Library is brimming with activity.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Here it is the first of August and we Leos can beat our chests with futile fists unless we are truly hung up with astrological symbols. There are a lot of thank yous to be delivered and one that’s almost slipped below the public’s horizon is the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and the City of Rohnert Park.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
This summer’s weather has been wild. Its hard to believe it was 107 degrees in Rio Nido with most days in the high nineties. We are lucky to be under the redwoods. It’s extremely important to stay hydrated when the weather hits the triple digits. Be sure to make certain your pets have plenty of water and a cool place to rest. Pets can get heatstroke just like humans.  
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
If you missed Annie Sampson at Ives Park last summer, you’ re getting another chance on Aug. 16. Backed by two of Sonoma County’ s finest – guitaristGary Vogensen and drummerGary Silva – with three others, on guitar, bass, and trumpet, she’ ll be performing her own brand of rock n’ roll, R&B, and gospel.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Petaluma ends summer on a high note with events ranging from the Petaluma Music Festival to the Taste of Petaluma opportunity to sample our restaurants as a benefit for Cinnabar Theater, our local live theater and performance venue. Petaluma Rotary is raising money to help children with polio, selling boks to educate kids, you name it - we're doing it in Petaluma!
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
The Petaluma Arts Center opens a new exhibition, Tidal Response: Coastal Marine Environments from Above and Below, on August 19 through October 21.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
I was attending a birthday party the other day when I met a friend and supporter of my opponent in the last election. He was, by his own admission, shocked to see that I was a caring, decent, compassionate human being. (In the moment we met, I was a mom attempting to prevent my daughters from demolishing the French fry tray.) He and I joked about the fact that I didn’t, as he’d initially suspected, come equipped with devil’s horns, cloven hoofs, and a forked tail.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Oh, late summer! I missed the birdsong and the old men grumping at me at 7am. Oh yes, as of the time of writing, the Grove is in full swing, and every day I don the ugly red smock and say “sir” like it’s the only word I know.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Get ready for the Total Solar Eclypse! On Monday August 21st, beginning around 9:30 am, the moon – slowly moving eastward – will begin to move in front of the sun and almost completely block it out.
2017-08-22Aug 22, 2017
Join SMART Fans and Staff on Friday at 9 a.m. at the Santa Rosa Downtown SMART Station at 7 Fourth Street in Historic Railroad Square to celebrate the start of SMART’s new passenger rail service. 
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
ArtStart Creative Director and mural artist Mario Uribe has announced that a revision to the Andy Lopez mural originally unveiled on June 2nd has been completed. The amended segment will be dedicated on Friday, August 4 at 5:30pm, Roseland Village Neighborhood Center, 779 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Mustard seeds have been unearthed in prehistoric sites through out Europe and Asia. Recent archaeology excavation in the Indus Valley found that mustard seeds were cultivated before 1800 B.C. Mustard was the one and only pungent spice available in ancient times.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
July was a fun month in Monte Rio. Packed with happy people attending various events.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
The Sebastopol City Council wants to meet you! The Sebastopol City Council will be reinstating its summer information table at the Sebastopol Farmers Market. One member of the Sebastopol Council will be staffing the table at the Farmers Market in the Sebastopol Downtown Plaza every Sunday through September, generally from 10 am to noon. This is your opportunity to meet members of the Council, ask questions about our City government and share your ideas.
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.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
KBBF is rising to the challenge to navigate audiences through these difficult political times. As part of the station’s goal to connect with the community and represent it well, Alicia Sánchez, Andre Andrus, Alan Bloom attended theNational Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB)conference in Denver in July.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Bicycles, motorhomes trailers & RV’s, logging trucks, locals & vacationers, wine tasting limousines, delivery trucks and pedestrians are all sharing our narrow (shoulder-less in most areas) rural roads and highways these mid-summer days and nights. Throw in a few ‘road cows’ and deer wandering through the traffic lanes and you have a good idea of the picturesque landscape along our coast and inland roadways.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Five years ago this month, a new federal law changed the lives of almost one million young people. The law, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Applicants or DACA, gave many young undocumented immigrants – colloquially known as “Dreamers” – the chance to obtain a work permit, a drivers license, and a reprieve from deportation.  
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Summer is hot on the Russian River in more ways than one - there's so much to do - for FUN! Take a look and get your GROOVE on before summer ends!Hey there, a groovy Guerneville! This month’s highlighted business is a new “Pop Up” located at TRIO Restaurant/Bar, every Monday, beginning at 5pm.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
There is a wellspring of guilt-free irrigation water in your house, just waiting to be tapped...Graywater!
2017-08-22Aug 22, 2017
Please join us for a discussion about the Bay Trail Sears Point Connector. TheSonoma County Regional Parks Department is preparing a feasibility study and preliminary engineering analysis for an approximately one-mile connection between the existingEliot Trail and the Tolay/Tubbs Island Trail at Sears Point in southeast Sonoma County. August 30, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Since first coming to Geyserville as a visitor many years ago, I’ve been fascinated by the story of these mysterious sulphurous “geysers” somewhere beyond Geyser Peak and I yearned to see them, or at least what is left of them.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
This is the time of year when many of us gardeners, if we’re lucky, have counters laden with about 100 zucchinis and all kinds of other produce pumping out of the garden
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
To all Forestvillians (and those who wish they were) What an honor to take over writing this column from Richard Naegle. It was Richard who got me involved in local projects in the first place. His enthusiasm for all things Forestville was catching. Volunteer he said, you’ll like it. He was right. I’ve met some of the best people on the planet thanks to his encouragement. Because of that I feel a part of this community, and that feels good.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
For my live theater fans, August is jam packed. Let’s start with the beloved musical,“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” opening at the 6th Street Playhouse August 18th and closes September 17th.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
The Tomato History has origins traced back to the early Aztecs around 700 A.D; therefore it is believed that the tomato is native to the Americas.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Most people associate Black-headed Grosbeaks with spring, when their beautiful song awakens us to freshness of new things to come. But I often think about them in August. This is when they try to slip out of our northern lands and drop down to Mexico without being noticed. I always try to catch glimpses of them quietly lurking in the streamside willow forests before they leave. I just don’t want them to leave “without saying good-bye.”  
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
In 1966, Thomas Cullinan penned a novel with a creative premise which centered around a small group of girls and their teachers whose school has been isolated by the Civil War.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
It was previously announced that “The Hippies” Exhibit at theWest County Museum would closeat the end of Labor Day, September 4th.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
When I started cycling in 1982, I was a broke Air Force veteran in Tucson, Arizona using a bicycle as transportation because I could not afford a car. In those days, all I needed was a pair of cutoffs – it was the ’80s after all – and a backwards baseball cap or a bandana to take bike rides far into the shimmering desert. Or so I thought.  
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
For the past two years, Linda L. Conner, Producer and Scott Goree, Executive Director have planned, organized, and run the Cotati Accordion Festival to raise money for local schools. The festival features Everything from classical music, with vocals of professional quality, to punkish versions of popular songs, low growling jazz tunes, jubilant polkas, and party Zydeco.
2017-08-19Aug 19, 2017
One week ago, as Nazis and white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, I was in the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center watching a production of Larry Shue’s The Foreigner. It’s an award-winning, two-act comedy first produced in 1984 that’s become a staple of community theatre. Having seen the show, I knew full well where it would go in Act II and yet I found my stomach-churning at the sight of hooded and robed Klansmen filling the stage. At that moment, the play and its humor completely evaporated for me as images of what had happened earlier in our country filled my mind. 
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Remember your first car? With savings from her babysitting and odd jobs, Californian Reece bought a 1941 Plymouth Coupe (the fondly remembered “Betsy”) when both were 16. Ex-NYer Carol, who’s only a few years younger than Reece, bought her first car 17 years later: a 1974 Chevy Nova (at 8 mpg the names Carol and her spouse, Roz, called this otherwise fine car can’t be repeated!)  
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Very blue skies and warm temperatures continue here in the mighty redwoods. Outside of my airy cyber hut barely a leaf flutters.  
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
The dog days. That’s where we are. Get your dog and spend the day at the beach. That’s my kind of dog day. This month’s column is chock full of Camp Meekery goodness.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
(1) Why did you write Justin Time? I have a tremendous value for the potential impact that a book can have on a life. They certainly have had that effect on mine.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Thanks to a collaborative effort between several local agencies, in 2016 Sonoma County was accepted into the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network of Age-Friendly Communities (GNAFC), one of 175 communities in the growing Age-Friendly Network in the U.S.
2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017
Can you wash a car without wasting water and harming the environment? The answer is Yes, if you plan ahead and understand that everything that’s been stuck to your car—gasoline, oil, heavy metal particles, tar, and particulate matter from exhaust fumes—has the potential to flow from your wash area to the nearest storm drain and eventually reach the Russian River.
2017-07-20Jul 20, 2017
With the recent detachment of the Russian River area from the Palm Drive Health Care District, RRARA currently seeks ongoing funding for the RRARA Coordinator to be able to continue our important work.
2017-07-13Jul 13, 2017
Go out and have some fun on your bike this summer! Here are just a few of the classes, rides, and events you’ll find on the Sonoma County Gazette Calendar for bike fun and maintenance this summer. Look at our ALL EVENTS Calendar for these and other bike activities www.sonomacountygazette.com
2017-08-17Aug 17, 2017
SMART receives final approval from the Federal Railroad Administration to begin FULL SERVICE on August 25th
2017-08-10Aug 10, 2017
Sheriff’s Office will release a revised policy that affects how it cooperates with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in the jail. The policy results in less cooperation with ICE and will be implemented on Friday, August 18. Generally, the jail will respond to ICE’s inmate release date requests only when the inmate has a previous conviction for a serious crime. These crimes are those listed in the TRUST Act, plus another 14 crimes that are not in the TRUST Act but still present a threat to our community’s safety. 

Please support our sponsors:

Cutter Law
Bike Partner.net Logo

Call 855-483-3732 to find out about Folding, Cargo & BionX Bikes. Perfect for a SMART Train Ride!


The Gazette's 15th Annual Guide to encourage readers to support Locally-Owned Businesses

Fine Tree Care - Sonoma County Tree Services
Flower Shops and Florists of Sonoma County

Please support locally-owned businesses and tell them the Gazette sent you - THANK YOU!

Locally-Owned Jewelry Businesses in Sonoma County

Find Goldsmiths and Jewelers who create custom designs, offer jewelry repair, estate appraisals, and gems.