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Sebastappeal - Sarah Gurney - September 2016


Sebastappeal - September 2016 - Sarah Gurney

by Sarah Glade Gurney

School’s in Session – Slow Down Sebastopol! 

Let’s pay attention to Linda Irving, Principal at Park Side Elementary School and Superintendent of the Sebastopol Union School District, when she advises us to take extra care driving around town right now, as we adjust from summer mode to school time. There are more cars, pedestrians and cyclists on our roads, especially on those favorite routes between schools. 

Share the road graciously. Consider leaving home 5 to 10 minutes earlier to reduce anxiety and time pressure. Using a crosswalk? Disengage from all devices and wait for the cars to stop before entering the crosswalk. Using a street-smart crosswalk? Press the button and make the lights work while remembering flashing lights do not guarantee that cars will stop.

Everyone’s safety is a top priority in our community.

Go Analy Tigers of 1966! 

Greg Jacobs reported that “Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be,” when he contacted me recently. 

Greg, along with Pat Duckhorn, Carol Newman, Carole Pellini Weeks, Lauralee Aho, Linda Peter Duckhorn, Mel Sanchietti, Donna Starkey Fore, Lauree Miller Asarian, Maggie Crocker, and Kathi Jacobs from Analy’s Class of 1966, is planning their 50th reunion – “the big one.” 

“It will be the best chance to see those kids you grew up with, when Sebastopol was much more rural than now,” enthuses Greg, “a rare opportunity to see a friend you haven’t seen in 50 years!” Classmates are encouraged to bring any memorabilia, like yearbooks, that they’ve held on to, to share at the event. Also elementary school and junior high photos will be on display, as well as a photo chronicle of senior year. 

Anyone who is a member of the class or knows how to contact fellow classmates or who just wants more information is urged to contact Greg at (707) 823-7341 or Help Greg’s committee track everybody down so they can be invited. 

The reunion will be a dinner event with activities, on Saturday. October 15, 2016, from 6 to 11 PM at the Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club, 333 Country Club Drive in Santa Rosa.

Help Our Library – Join the Campaign Yes on Y!

Our library system is independently funded and operated, relying of property tax revenues that have not kept pace with expenses. Suffering years of cutbacks and deferred maintenance, and after running exhaustive financial scenarios to solve this problem, the Library Commission is asking voters to pass a 1/8% increase to the sales tax this November.

If approved by two thirds or more of the voters, this measure will provide much needed financial support with strong local oversight. It’s likely to raise about $12 million per year for 10 years. These funds would boost Sonoma County from the bottom to the middle of the pack of Bay Area libraries, from $33 per year up to $56, compared to $85 in Napa, $106 in Marin, and $130 in San Francisco. 

One benefit from this new funding could be to restore Monday hours, so important to Sebtowners and people in our service area who enjoy our “community living room.”

To learn more and get involved in the campaign, go to SCL

Consider donating your time and/or money. Let’s win this one this year for our public library system!

Attend the Community Forum September 15

The City Council and Cittaslow Sebastopol will host a Community Forum on Thursday, September 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts to discuss the results of a survey asking residents in the 95472 Zip Code area what they would like to know about new businesses and developments coming to town. 

Survey data will be tabulated and thus disclose topics of significant concern for the community. Forum participants will have the opportunity to review this material and contribute further to the discussion of each topic. 

The Council’s Sub-Committee on Community Impact Reports will then use the material from the survey and the forum to create a questionnaire for incoming business people and project proponents. The questionnaire will be voluntary, without cost, and used for a trial period of two years.