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Santa Rosa Snippets - December 2015

North Bay Organizing Projects Annual Public Meeting

Over 400 people, individuals and those from non-profit agencies, gathered at the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa for the 5th annual meeting of the North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP). Their theme this year was “Which Side Are You On: Public Resources for the Public Good.” Affiliated with the Gamaliel Foundation founded in 1986, NBOP mission is to unite people to build leadership and grassroots power for social, economic, racial and environmental justice. Their diverse members apply their faith and values to the pursuit of equal opportunity for all, shared abundance, and stronger, more prosperous communities. According to Executive Director Susan Shaw, the goal of this year’s meeting was to demonstrate the power that we all have individually and collectively and to move their tasks forces and issue campaign forward. The current tasks force and campaigns are: Education Justice Task Force - ethnic studies, Transit Riders United and the Latino Student Congress: bus passes for student K-College at no cost, Housing – rent control and just-cause eviction and voter engagement. For more information visit their website at

California Attorney General Speaks in Santa Rosa

Over 80 people gathered at the Fountain Grove Inn to hear Attorney General of California Kamala Harris goals if elected to the United States Senate in 2016.  Tony Crabb and Barbara Grasseschi, owners of the Puma Springs Vineyard in Healdsburg, hosted the event. Harris’s campaign is focusing on what she coined as the 4 E’s: the Economy, Environment, Education and Equality. Harris states that, “Harm against anyone is harm against us all.” To support Harris attendees included Senator Mike McGuire, Congressman Jared Huffman, Assemblyman Bill Dobb and Sonoma County Supervisor Shirley Zane. Grasseschi was pleased at the turnout and when asked why events like this are important she responded, “It is one of the ways to give people a chance to ask questions and have a voice, particularly women who are less represented.”

Community Recognition and Awards

Minimizing Occurrences of Violence in Everyday Society (MOVES) is an organization with two primary goals: to make people aware of what they can do to minimize violence in their everyday life and to actively participate in the process of making our communities less violent held their 19th annual Day of Nonviolence Bob Tunks Peace Award Luncheon. Awards were presented to Gustavo Mendoza, Lead Intervention Specialist with California Youth Outreach which, is part of the Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership; and Buzzy Martin, musician who works with young adults in juvenile hall and with adults who are incarcerated and has taught music to inmates at San Quentin. Each year in April during which is Child Abuse Month, MOVES joins with the Child Welfare League of America to honor children lost through acts of violence. According to Gig Hitao, President of the Board of Directors, they are seeking board members and are “open to ideas that people have in reducing violence in our community”.

Community Action Partnership Executive Director Vince Harper and Herman J. Hernandez, one of the founders of Los Cien Sonoma County, were nominated and selected to receive the Jefferson Award for Public Service 2015 for Excellence in Community Leadership and Public Service. According to Sylvia Lumas, Human Resources Program Manager and coordinator of the awards process in 2006 Sonoma County adopted the idea with the focus on honoring individuals, non profits, boards, Advisory County that demonstrates in community leader and civic engagement. The award is modeled after The Jefferson Awards Foundation, a national organization committed to tapping into the incredible capacity and spirit of Americans. Three organizations were recipients: Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County, Empire College’s board of directors and Mentor Me, serves youth at-risk-youth.

Take a Walk

If you want to find out more about the history Santa Rosa and the sections of the city, take a walking tour. Go to where you can find an excellent map that will guide you through the city. The map is divided into four sections, West End, Saint. Rose Historic District, Cherry Street, Railroad Square and Civic Art Walk. On the tour can discover why Santa Rosa was voted one of the Best Places to Live (2014, 2015, and 2016).

Wishing Everyone a Joyous Holiday Season

One filled with peace of mind, good health and loving relations. May Peace on Earth live in each one of our hearts and minds.

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