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Santa Rosa Snippets - January 2017 - Elaine Holtz


Santa Rosa Snippets - January 2017 - Elaine Holtz

Santa Rosa City Council On the Move 

Santa Rosa City Council swore in two new Council members. Jack Tibbetts and Chris Rogers along with incumbents Julie Combs and Ernesto Olivares. Councilman Chris Coursey was elected Mayor and newly seated Councilman Jack Tibbetts was elected Vice Mayor. Tibbetts who received the highest numbers of votes is the youngest councilman and Vice Mayor to be seated in Santa Rosa History.

Coursey, 62, was a reporter and columnist for The Press Democrat. He ran for council in 2014, as an independent voice on the council. “I’m excited to be mayor of our great city for 2017 and 2018. Though I wasn’t lucky enough to be born in Santa Rosa, I was smart enough to stay once I arrived here in 1980. I can’t think of a greater honor than to serve the city that has nourished and nurtured me for all of my adult life,” said Coursey, Acknowledging the city faces many challenges in the area of affordable housing and homelessness; he excited to see progress being made on the annexation of Roseland and the revitalization of our downtown core. 

Coursey and all the council members praised outgoing mayor John Sawyer’s term as mayor. When asked what Sawyer was most proud of he responded was, “Hammering out a Roseland Pre-Annexation agreement with the county. “Serving as Mayor was rewarding beyond words and at times uniquely challenging,” said Sawyer. 

In Solidarity with the Washington DC Women’s March is Happening in Santa Rosa 

Sonoma County Stands Together For Women will rally on Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 from 12-1:30PM. People will gather at Santa Rosa City Hall (100 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa). The rally and march will include diverse music, inspirational speakers and a promised dance flash mob, followed by a 30 minute sidewalk march. Local community leaders will present a variety of options for engagement and action. 

This noon rally is in solidarity of the DC Women’s March which is being held on the eve of the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. The Women’s March on Washington DC and those happening across the country will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.   

All are invited to join together for a celebration of diversity. In solidarity with those disenfranchised by campaign rhetoric and those who fear a loss of civil liberties, speakers will provide a call to action for Women’s Rights, Immigration Rights, Disability Rights, Religious and Civil Liberties for all. For more information contact Anne Kain or go to 

An American Art Exhibit You Do Not Want To Miss 

Faith Ringgold, an African-American artist and author’s work is being presented at the Art Museum of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa. Ringgold was born in Harlem, New York is best known for her large, painted story quilts. Her mother was a professional fashion designer who taught her to use fabric creatively and her great, great grandmother who taught her how to quilt. Combining these two skills provides the onlooker a chance to not only view the magnificent displays but to get a sense of history and exposure to storytelling. The artist also utilized her art to tell her own story. The exhibit is brilliant and I highly recommend taking time to enjoy this great display of art. Ringgold’s art, including some creative masks is on display through January 29th. The museum is located at 425 Seventh St.

Kaiser Expansion – Additional Facility for Care 

Kaiser Permanente began building their new three story facility to be located at 2240 Mercury Way and will offer a wide-range of high quality primary and specialty care services, including pharmacy, lab, and imaging services. With 87,300 square feet of space, the facility will be part of a new wave of Kaiser Permanente medical offices in the Bay Area designed to enhance the care experience by using technology and space to make getting medical care easier and more convenient. 

Sixty physicians plus ancillary staff will be located at the new medical office building, where they are expected to see patients beginning in early 2018. In addition to clinical services for Kaiser Permanente members, Member Services staff will be available and there will be a Health Education and Information Technology Center.  

Happy New Year 

I want to take this opportunity to wish all my readers a Happy and Joyous New Year: One filled with good health, peace of mind and loving relations. We are letting go of a rough year and facing a lot of unknowns. For me as I enter the New Year I plan to look at all I have and appreciate myself and others more. To focus on solutions and try my best to not let fear stop me from being myself and asking for what I need of expressing what I believe. Life is a gift I believe we are given every day. Enjoy the Gift. Happy New Year Everyone, Wow 2017.

Elaine B. Holtz is producer/Host of “Women’s Spaces” on KBBF 89.1FM Monday 11-am-noon and repeats at 11pm to midnight Visit her website at: Become a fan on FB.