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Santa Rosa Snippets - November 2015


Santa Rosa Snippets - November 2015

As a 40-year resident of Sonoma County, 27 years in Santa Rosa I am proud and excited to be writing the column for Santa Rosa. There's a lot going on in our beautiful city and if you know of anything you believe is important to share, please email me and let me know.

 Get an Eyeful, Plateful and Bagful

Congratulations Santa Rosa, spear-headed by Julie Kawahara owner of Kindred Fair Trade and Maria Lewytzkyi Milligan and a coalition of citizens and community groups, on October 17, 2015 a proclamation by the Santa Rosa City Council was read announcing the official designation of Santa Rosa as a Fair Trade Town. Santa Rosa joins 20 other municipalities recognized as Fair Trade Towns which is part of a nationwide organizing effort called Fair Trade Towns USA. There are two Fair Trade Towns in Sonoma County: Healdsburg and Santa Rosa. The campaign raises consumer awareness, increases availability of Fair Trade products, and drives sales to help lift more than 1.2 million farming families out of poverty. To become an official Fair Trade Town, applicants must build retail availability and show that Fair Trade products are available in local stores, institutions, like places of worship, schools and offices. To learn more about the initiative and designation, go to

Santa Rosa Community Engagement Director Hired

To support one of the cities goals to be open and transparent and having a good ear for the community Ecuador native and Santa Rosa resident for 15 years, Jaime Penaherra was hired as its first Community Engagement Director. His local experience includes Santa Rosa Junior College Bond Oversight Committee and the Moorland Area Revitalization Steering Committee along with a strong background in social media, public relations, strategic planning, community organizing, civic engagement as well as diversity and inclusion plus sales and marketing. In 2013 he received the American Dream Award from the Napa County Chamber of Commerce. Penaherra graduated cum laude from Upsala College and received an MBA from Farleigh Dickinson University and a MA degree in Government from Harvard.

Art Museum of Sonoma County – Great Place to Visit

Looking for places to write about, a friend suggested that art in our community is overlooked and suggested that I visit the Art Museum of Sonoma County on 4th St. in Santa Rosa – which I did. A tour of the museum was provided by Cynthia Leung, Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator who graciously introduced me to three exhibits: two were ending by the time of this publication but the one remaining – Flexible Sculpture and Fiber: West Coast Fiber Artists – is phenomenal and ends November 29th. One of the highlights of this exhibit is a complete deck of embroidered playing cards. Two shows will be starting this month: “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation.” This was collaborated with the Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition, starts and “Journey to Fountaingrove: From Feudal Japan to California Utopia,” the story of the connection between 19th century Japan, Santa Rosa, and Kanaye Nagsawa who became known as the “Wine King of California.” Both exhibits begin November 7th. The museum offers school tours of both the Art and History Museums. For information visit website

Coffee With A Cop

The Coffee With A Cop program is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The goal is to provide an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, ask questions and drink coffee. The program started in September and all community members are invited. If you are a business and would be interested in hosting one of these events or dates and times, contact Sgt. Jeneane Kucker (707) 543-4019 or

The Commission on the Status of Women (Sonoma County)  Supports Planned Parenthood

Their statement on their Facbook page: “The Commission on the Status of Women fully supports continued funding of Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is an essential component of our countywide system of health care for women, men, and families. Any disruption to Planned Parenthood’s current levels of funding or services would negatively impact the well-being of this community.

“We urge our local, state, and federal representatives to support Planned Parenthood, and oppose any decrease in funding or scope of services.” Commission-on-the-Status-of-Women/

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt 

Elaine B. Holtz is producer/Host of “Women’s Spaces” Monday 11-12noon & 11-12midnight. All shows on line at