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Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey - April 2016


Monte Rio Musings - Chuck Ramsey - April 2016 

We don’t have many businesses in town, but we love the ones we do have. Thank you Raj for the new lighted Bartlett’s sign. Thank you Popper, Alain, Diz, Sarah and the rest of the Rio Café Take 2 team. Their new menu is great and it’s also a quick and easy to go option for dinner. Kudos to Kari at Bia Café and Robert at Cuts on the Green as well. You won’t get more personal service anywhere. Please support our local businesses first. It’s difficult to operate a business here, especially during the slow season. One of the goals of the Monte Rio Chamber and the Alliance is to support our local businesses when we can. The county should be doing more to make sure our businesses thrive. If we lose one business due to permit issues, our whole town is impacted. If your business needs help interfacing with county agencies let us know. 

The Russian River Chamber is having a mixer at Rio Theater Wed., April 6th at 6pm. This will be a forum to meet the candidates running for 5th District Supervisor. I encourage you to attend, and to request more county resources and better response times in our area.

Speaking of interfacing with the county on local issues of concern, we now have a much stronger unified voice. The Russian River Alliance was formed as a successor to Redevelopment. It was envisioned as an umbrella organization for groups in the River Area. Monte Rio Community Alliance has been an active member of the Russian River Alliance for several years. Guerneville unfortunately didn’t have a community group to represent their interests. Last year Mark Emmett formed a group in Guerneville. This month his group will be renamed the Guerneville Community Alliance, and will be under the Russian River Alliance umbrella as well. We will now have one voice that will represent our River area in the 5th District. It took longer than we envisioned to reach this milestone, but as Siri would say, you have arrived at your destination. All three groups are on Facebook and have websites you can contact for any questions, concerns, suggestions, etc. If your concern is within Monte Rio, contact Monte Rio Community Alliance. If it is a River-wide concern, contact Russian River Alliance. If you belong to a community group that is not yet a member of the Russian River Alliance please contact us for more information. Working together gets results.

Monte Rio Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for our annual Golf Tournament, which is Friday May 20th. We are looking for T-Sponsors and players. The Golf Tournament is a fundraiser that supports our Independence Day Weekend Fireworks. Monte Rio has always had great fireworks, and this year we will have the only Fireworks in the River! Support Team Monte Rio!

Monte Rio Recreation and Park District announces the opening of Cutty Muggs Cafe at Creekside Park on April 1st. Come by and check it out. The District also has a new website and will have new signage and landscaping improvements beginning April 1st.

Sonoma County Pride will have a Give Back Tuesday April 26th at Rainbow Cattle Co. The Pride Parade and Celebration will be held on Sunday June 5th. Parades and celebrations, like fireworks, are expensive and difficult to put on, but they are worthy traditions that bring the community and tourists together for a great time. It takes volunteers, fundraising, and sponsors to keep these traditions going. “United in Pride” 

If you have an issue that you feel needs addressing, upcoming event announcements, or comments/suggestions, please contact me at my email.