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Santa Rosa Snippets - November 2016 - Elaine Holtz


Santa Rosa Snippets - November 2016 - Elaine Holtz

November 8 is the day we all go to the polls to vote: 

For those of you who vote by mail it is important that you mail in your ballot as soon as possible prior to Election Day to make sure your vote is counted on that day. I talked with Deena Thompson-Stalder, Election Manager for the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters for an explanation of the sequence of the count and why it is important to get those mail in ballots early. She advised me that on Election Day they start counting the Vote By Mail ballots received about noon on Election Day, then release the results shortly after the polls close at 8pm. At approximately 9 pm, they begin to receive the ballots voted at the polls. They begin counting the polling place ballots until finished. Vote By Mail and provisional ballots cast at the polls are counted in the canvass period and the election is certified by December 8, 2016. The best way to have your ballot counted on Election Day and to reduce delays for the election to be certified is to return your Vote By Mail ballot ASAP if you vote by mail OR if you vote at the polling place, be sure to go to your designated polling place. For additional information on the election go to 

Santa Rosa City School Board Endorsement: 

I am concerned that people do not pay attention to the Santa Rosa City School Board candidates. Those elected determine the education of our children. This is something I have not had the opportunity to do and for the first time am able endorse candidates for these positions. I have worked with and personally know Caroline Banuelos, Laura Gonzales and Ed Sheffield and believe they will do an excellent job. These individuals have demonstrated that they are committed to our community and are willing to put the time and energy into getting things done and are not afraid to speak out when they see a situation that is wrong or needs improvement Sheffield sums it up “It is imperative that school Board Members make principled and responsible decisions that prioritize quality education for our students and values the interest of teachers, schools, and community. 

Gold Resolution issued by Board of Supervisors: 

Spearheaded by Supervisor Shirley Zane the Board of Supervisors issued a “Resolution Of The Board Of Supervisors Of The County Of Sonoma, State Of California, Celebrating The 50th Anniversary of the National Organization for Women,” NOW on October 18. Accepting the resolution was the newly elected chair of the Sonoma County Chapter, Elaine B. Holtz. “I am proud on behalf of our chapter to accept this award and to thank the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors for acknowledge fifty years of activism for women,” said Holtz. The Sonoma County Chapter of NOW began in 1989 and celebrated the anniversary at the Finley Center on October 22. The chapter meets the third Wednesday of the month at Round Table Pizza on Guerneville Road. 

Women Artists Collective: 

“My paintings and found-object sculptures are extensions of my playfulness and deep feeling nature,” explains Sharona “Cha Cha“ Tracy, a member of the artFlare collective of Woman Artists who share the joy of working together and exhibiting their art. Their Mission is to ignite and illuminate the bond connecting art, nature and community. artFlare is committed to participating in creative events that promote education for women and children. On display at their studio is their project for 2015, a mosaic painting of Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenager and activist for girls’ rights to education. In 2014, she survived a horrific attack by the Taliban militants, being pulled off a school bus and shot in the head. She continues to speak out loudly and clearly for the rights of all girls to be educated – reaching people around the world. In 2014, she became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. “They will not stop me. I will get my education if it is in home, school or anyplace...” —Malala Yousafzai. 

 On November 5th and 6th artFlare will be celebrating their second year at 33ARTS and the community is invited to celebrate with over fifty plus artists and enjoy music, food and have some fun. On December 10th and 11th for one weekend only. A display of Altar Art; A Journey of Spirit featuring works by artFlare artists Nina Ayin, Batja Cates, Barbara Goodman, Marge Mount, Leah Ocean, Mary Prisland and Sharona Tracy. Art for altars will include healing sculpture, paintings, prints and hand-made books. artFlare is located at 3840 Finley Avenue, Building 33, Studio/Gallery106 in Santa Rosa. 

Elaine B. Holtz is producer/Host of “Women’s Spaces” on KBBF 89.1FM Monday 11-12 noon & 11-12 midnight. Visit her website at: Become a Fan on Facebook.