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Sebastappeal - June 2015


Sebastappeal - June 2015

by Sarah Glade Gurney

Sebastopol is Changing

On a morning walk last month, I noticed other folks out too: three bearded dads walking their children to the campuses at Pine Crest School and three moms running the Laguna Trail with jogging strollers. Pretty exciting to think our demographics could be changing due to these younger families in town! 

In addition to maybe getting younger, Sebastopol is also growing. According to recent estimates just released by the State Department of Finance, our population count increased by 0.7% between January 2014 and January 2015: from 7,454 to 7,507 or 53 more people. Our change wasn’t as big as Santa Rosa [1.2], Healdsburg [1.1] or Sonoma [1.0] but we surpassed the other five cities and the County in population growth.

Watch for More Change “This Summer”

I continue to receive “comments” about the CVS property at the intersection of Sebastopol and Petaluma Avenues, kitty-corner from Screamin’ Mimi’s. Several remarks discuss visual blight, decaying condition of the buildings, garbage, weeds, and proliferation of advertising on the chain link fence. Others ask about the status of the project, “What’s taking them so long?” 

City Manager Larry McLaughlin has contacted CVS’s attorney about the deplorable condition of their site and requested cleanup or demolition. Hopefully, their attorney relayed his request to the development firm and something will be done. This could be an opportunity for a local landscape/maintenance business to offer their services and rescue our community from unsightliness while we await “progress.” 

Currently, the CVS project is in Plan Check, about two-thirds done. The CVS development group has been meeting with City Staff about connections to existing water and electrical service.  Mr. McLaughlin believes that CVS is proceeding as quickly as possible to complete all engineering decisions, preparatory to taking out the actual constructions permits. 

No permits have been issued. CVS’s normal procedure is to pull all permits at the same time, thus readying to do the demolition work when they are able to build. We are waiting until sometime this summer, maybe a month, for some activity.

Spend Some Summertime at Our Library

Branch Manager Mathew Rose reports on plans for our Library this summer.

On the first Saturday of each month at 2 PM: Adult Reader’s Theater. Experience great drama without any drama. No stage fright, no acting experience required, no costly theater tickets. Come read aloud, to experience great theater.

On the last Wednesday of every month at 6 PM: the Foodie Book Club, a wonderful discussion group where the menu is set with delights both literary and edible. Dine on literature and gastronomic tidbits. For the June meeting, digest Edible Stories by Mark Kurlansky. Pick up a copy at the library service desk, devour it, and attend the discussion June 24. Bring along a delicious treat inspired by the book, your reading of the book, or your whim.

Summer Reading Programs: energize your reading with activities for adults, teens, and children. Events, classes, discussion groups, story-times, and prizes for all ages, even adults! Friends of the Sebastopol Library sponsors the June reading program Tuesdays at 11 AM in the Forum Room starting June 9 – adventure, science, puppets and magic! 

Take in Some Summer Music – Ives Park in Peacetown USA

Jim Corbett, aka Mr. Music, launches his fourth year of concerts in Ives Park on Wednesdays from 5 to 8 PM starting July 1 for 10 weeks. Our “Aged to Perfection” recipient and self-proclaimed “Geezer of The Year” invites you to enjoy the music, good vibes, and camaraderie of friends and neighbors. 

Come, have a good time, and leave well satisfied by top-notch entertainment, cold beer from Lagunitas, fine wine from Taft Street, and food trucks, offering “everything anyone could need for a joyful experience,” Jim says. 

The program is free to attendees and does not come without expense. Each weekly event costs $2,500. Jim has relied on the generosity of the City Council, local businesses, and loving friends who recognize the value of these community events.  Each year, our community has joined Jim to bring talent to the summer series. For 2015, Jim hopes for sponsors at various levels. A $2,500 contribution sponsors the weekly concert and buys a stage banner, special “skybox VIP” seating, and a big ad in the program and on the poster, as well as Peacetown t-shirts. On the low end of Jim’s scale, $50 gets you a Peacetown Citizenship and a t-shirt. 

Go to for more details about sponsorship and the July line-up.