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Sebastappeal - December 2014

by Sarah Glade Gurney

At this time each year, we say good-bye to November with thanks and we welcome the celebratory month of December, while looking with anticipation to a New Year.  

My November Message of Thanks 

I am grateful to embark upon another term on the Sebastopol City Council, with the confidence of our electorate and with my sincere commitment to those who did not vote for me to reach out to each of you so that my Council vote is truly representative of our public.  

Also, let me acknowledge the many honorary citizens of Sebastopol who do not live and cannot vote in town but identify with our community – you are important to me and you are critical to our community’s survival and well-being.  Thank you for your part in our wider circle.

My re-election would not have been possible without the help of the many people who dedicated their time, energy, and money to my campaign. To each of you, know that you have my sincere thanks. I must extend a special, public thank you to my husband, Dan Gurney, who not only tolerated life with a candidate but also offered his unfailingly sound advice during the last stressful months. I also want readers to know that Dan Gurney is my skillful editor and creative idea-man for this column.  

Additionally, I thank Sebastopol’s electorate for generously supporting our local government by soundly passing Measure R, the updated Utility User Tax or UUT. I think the voters’ confidence in our City Council, Staff, and Public is well founded and look forward to the next Council’s wise management of these funds.

December Goings-On

The Sebastopol Downtown Association will present its holiday window display contest along our Historic Main Street.  The first place winner receives $100, while second and third prizes get $50 each. 

The inviting white icicle lights will be strung up in our store fronts, along with the colored light-balls in our street trees. Volunteers can assist in making the Light Balls, ahead of the season, on most Mondays at 5:30 PM at Community First Credit Union at 130 Petaluma Ave, by calling 824-4824, or by donating— sebastopolda.com.

Thursday, December 4th is the big kick-off.  The Chamber of Commerce will have the usual Tree Lighting Ceremony on The Plaza. There will be holiday crafts, hot beverages and popcorn, crafts, and performances by local talent. Santa is expected to visit from the North Pole, with help from the Sebastopol Fire Department.  

The public is asked to bring canned goods or non-perishables for the local food pantry to distributed to families in need this holiday season.

Also on December 4th, many of Sebastopol’s restaurants will feature “Dine Out for Life” to raise money for Food For Thought, our local non-profit providing support to people with HIV/AIDS. Close behind Santa Rosa, Sebastopol leads the County in the number of participating venues. They donate 25-50% of each bill; some include the drink tab.  

Volunteer hosts will offer a warm welcome and invite diners to enter the raffle, and/or buy a 2015 20%-off card. If you can’t join the fun on December 4, consider an online donation at fftfoodbank.org. Your support for Food For Thought on this special evening also supports the City by the tax revenue.

Make your reservation. Contact BBQ Smokehouse, Eight, Formosa Bistro, French Garden, GTO’s, Hole in the Wall, HopMonk Tavern, K&L Bistro, Martha’s Old Mexico, Mombo’s, Peter Lowell’s, Sonoma Wine Shop and La Bodega, Sunshine Coffee Roasters, and Sushi Tozai

Why dine out at a locally-owned restaurant serving locally sourced food? Why choose LOCAL FIRST? Because the money you spend in the local network stays local and benefits you, according to Terry Garrett of GO LOCAL who presented to SEP on Nov 13. Investing our dollars in our 375 locally-owned member businesses, non-profits, and governmental agencies enriches our community, not only by the “savings” to the customer but also by businesses’ support to our community.  

Help secure our prosperity by spending your dollars LOCALLY FIRST!.