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AB 885 State Mandate on OWTS impacts Local Watershed Homes

AB 885 State Mandate on OWTS impacts Local Watershed Homes

On Tuesday, May 22nd, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will receive Permit Sonoma's report on OWTS (Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems) response to the AB 885 mandate from the State. Local realtors are objecting loudly, sending out sample letters with language they hope will influence supervisors on how they react to the state mandate as it impacts local watershed homes and communities.

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OPINION: Sonoma County Budget Hit by Fire

OPINION: Sonoma County Budget Hit by Fire

Sonoma County is facing seemingly insurmountable Budget issues, in part, resulting from the horrendous fires last fall. Everything has been expensive, from fire fighting to cleanup and recovery.

The question now is: “How does the County move forward in coping with the immense budget disparity?”

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Sugary Drink Consumption Decreasing in Southwest Santa Rosa

Sugary Drink Consumption Decreasing in Southwest Santa Rosa

Sonoma County Department of Health Services convened a collaborative of community partners under the South Santa Rosa HEAL Zone Project, which has been funded since 2007 by grants from Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Program. Local organizations have joined the partnership to help improve health in underserved areas. Programs aimed at reducing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among Southwest Santa Rosa residents ultimately work to address health risks associated with unhealthy weight.

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Sonoma County Housing - How Much and Where?

Sonoma County Housing - How Much and Where?

In response to the tragic loss of homes in the October 2017 fires and the critical need for more affordable homes countywide, a slate of new initiatives to speed up development are coming forward that have the potential to quickly change the face of Sonoma County for decades to come.

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Sonoma County Sheriff Candidate Forum 2 - Gazette Reader Questions - May 2018

Sonoma County Sheriff Candidate Forum 2 - Gazette Reader Questions - May 2018

Sonoma County Sheriff Candidate Forum: The Sonoma County Gazette asked the Sheriff candidates our SECOND round of questions. The candidate answers have been published in the order in which they returned their responses. To be fair, each candidate is given equal space. In their own words....Mark Essick, Ernesto Olivares, John Mutz, are all asking for your support.

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Cannabis - How Did We Get Here?

Cannabis - How Did We Get Here?

The cannabis story in Sonoma County is a hot ticket item. Communities are being divided, and information - true and false - is spreading through our neighborhoods. So how did we get here? As a cannabis cultivator, advocate, and community member; I’d like to offer my perspective.

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Our County by Lynda Hopkins - 5th District Supervisor - May 2018

Our County by Lynda Hopkins - 5th District Supervisor - May 2018

Hey west county—it’s time to talk about something that is often avoided at the dinner table, and left out of polite conversations. Namely, septic systems. Or, as my three-year-old would put it, poop.

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District Attorney Jill Ravitch, running for re-election in June

District Attorney Jill Ravitch, running for re-election in June

SCG: You’ve been DA for 8 years now. Have our original motivation and goals changed based on the experiences you have had? Have you accomplished specific goals and are there still goals in process that you want to continue to meet? Has your perspective on our community changed over this time?

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Sonoma County ~ A Vintage Rose ‘Terroir’ by Jane Rogan

Sonoma County ~ A Vintage Rose ‘Terroir’ by Jane Rogan

The rose is arguably the most poetic of flowers. It is the hallmark of Spring, bursting on the scene in April and May, boasting singular beauty and metaphorical richness in every phase, from youthful bud to mature bloom. Thorns protect it, fragrance and color attract insects who live in symbiotic relationship.

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Strong Survival - Human Trafficking in Sonoma County

Strong Survival - Human Trafficking in Sonoma County

I first became interested in the topic of human trafficking in the summer of 2016 when I participated in aGlobal Healthprogram at the University of Southern California.

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