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Cotati Heart & Soul - Deborah Taylor-French - June 2016


Cotati Heart & Soul - June 2016

by Deborah Taylor-French

“Rumors aren’t interested in the unsensational story, rumors don’t care what’s true.” —John Irving

Good news: Measure G funds meets all objectives 

At Redwood Café I sat down with Mark Landman to discuss the Measure G Annual Report, Fiscal Year 14-15. Walking me through the multipage document, he answered all my questions. We chatted on all things Cotati. With the additions of Measure G tax funds the city is on track, meeting its original goals to fund essential city services. This measure ensures that those who visit Cotati and use local services like streets, sidewalks, parks and police protection pay their fair share. This one-cent sales tax keeps the city functioning for residents plus attracts new business and homebuyers. Over half of all funds raised by Measure G cover additional police officers, plus one fulltime motorcycle officer. I notice his monitoring of safety zones for pedestrians, traffic enforcement and presence on streets has calmed drivers. 

On September 8, 2015, the city council established a five-member Measure G citizen oversight committee. This volunteer non-paid committee’s appointed members are Suzanne Whipple, Kenneth Savano, Amy Lyman, Yvonne van Dyck and Adrianne Eskew. They deserve our thanks. The committee found that the “...program expenditures were in full compliance with the intent and letter of Measure G.” Online at or read the printed report at city hall. Other topics on the top of this webpage include: Cotati – Open for Business Program, What you need to know about Cotati’s new smoking laws, Recreation is back and a Map of Public Works Projects (pdf).The Cotati Council meets Tuesday, June 14 at Cotati City Hall, 201 W Sierra Ave. Residents may read the meeting agenda at

Grow Cotati’s Wildlife Corridor at Pocket Park, Saturday, June 4th FREE event  

Come plant bee-friendly native flowering plants. This event will expand Cotati’s Pocket Park food forest by planting native pollinators. Participants will get hands-on experience with sheet mulching and drip irrigation while learning about water-wise plants and permaculture design principles. “FREE food and beverages donated by Oliver’s Market for local volunteers to enjoy.”

The City of Cotati, Oliver’s Market and Daily Acts launch a new pollinator paradise. This will flower on the opposite side of the creek from the park. This little gem of a food forest was once an under-utilized lawn, nestled beside a section of the Laguna de Santa Rosa. Transforming this new area will reduce herbicide runoff and erosion to the neighboring creek while beautifying this popular walking trail. The corridor’s native plants and flowers will serve as a gallery for locals who use the trail and also beautify both sides of the creek. Please come and help Grow Cotati’s Wildlife Garden Corridor

Whether this is your first time getting involved with Daily Acts or you are an ongoing supporter (as we are), come get your hands dirty. Show your Cotati pride. Involvement with this project can even count towards the Community Resilience Challenge, where your daily actions help grow the sustainability movement across the country. Interested people please sign up online at or call (707) 789-9664.

Cotati Lions Club  

Learn about the Lions Club global mission and programs through the Cotati Lions Club through their Web site and links or email Interested volunteers and those who wish to become members, please contact Mike O’Neill, Lions District Zone 2 Chair, Lions District 4C2. You can reach O’Neill by email to or call 707 794-0599.

If a family member, child or adult, needs help for a new eyeglass prescription or paying eyeglasses, visit then click on Eyeglasses Assistance. “Lions International is dedicated to providing eye care for those in need. Continually seeking new or low-cost solutions for the people the club serves. Currently, a company called Zenni Optical offers eyeglasses for as low as $6.00!” See updates on Cotati Lions Club’s raise the roof project at Sonoma County Gazette online.

Open Belly Night, Monday evenings at Redwood Café 

Meet me at Redwood Café on Monday night for Open Belly Night, a mix of tribal and performance belly dancing. Happening from 6 to 9pm, admission $5. Please email your news, views, events, etc. to