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Santa Rosa Snippets - March 2017 - Elaine Holtz


Santa Rosa Snippets - March 2017 - Elaine Holtz

Public Access CMedia to be Part of Library Services 

During the February 14, 2017 Santa Rosa city Council meeting the council unanimously voted to enter into an agreement with the Sonoma County Library to assist the city in creating a new video public access facility in library branches within the territorial limits of the city of Santa Rosa. Funding for this new program is made possible through a portion of the revenues from the Public, Education (PEG) fees in the annual amount of $150,000 per year to the Sonoma County library.

Background: For twenty years a media center was in operation in Santa Rosa. Operating under the Community Center and later changed to CMedia provided the residents of Santa Rosa and surrounding areas to have access to equipment and training to produce and air local programs. In late October 2016 an audit revealed there was a misuse of funds which led to the termination of both the director and assistant director along with the majority of staff. At the Santa Rosa city council meeting in December 2016 the council terminated its contract with CMedia, the nonprofit organization that provided public access media services to the city of Santa Rosa and surrounding area. To fill the gap at that time it was also recommended by the Information Technology Department for the city that the City Council by resolution approved an agreement with the Sonoma County Library. 

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. In 1980, the National Women’s History Project (NWHP) was founded in Santa Rosa, California by Molly Murphy MacGregor, Mary Ruthsdotter, Maria Cuevas, Paula Hammett and Bette Morgan to broadcast women’s historical achievements. NWHP started by leading a coalition that successfully lobbied Congress to designate March as National Women’s History Month and In 1987, after being petitioned by the NWHP Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March as Women’s History Month. Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1988, U.S. presidents have issued annual proclamations designating the month of March as Women’s History Month.

  The 2017 theme is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” Those honored have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force. Women have always worked, but often their work has been undervalued and unpaid. Honorees include Rebecca Anderson, (1940) Community and Economic Development Organizner, Norma Yaeger (1930) First woman stockbroker to be permitted on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), Addie L. Wyatt (1924 – 2012) Labor Union Leader and Civil Rights Activist, Yvonne Walker (1959), President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000, Maggie Lena Walker (1864 – 1934) Businesswoman and Community Banking Leader, Nina Vaca (1971) CEO and Chairman of Pinnacle Group, Andra Rush (1952) Founder/ CEO, Rush Group, Barbara “Dusty” Roads (1928) Flight Attendant’s Union Leader, Lucy Gonzalez Parsons (c. 1853- 1942) labor Organizer and Socialist Leader, Kate Mullany (1845 – 1906) Organized First All-Female Labor Union, Rebecca Anderson (1940) Community and Economic Development Organizer, Barbara Hackman Franklin (1940) Former Secretary of Commerce and Alexis Herman (1947) Former Secretary of Labor. 

Happy Anniversary “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” 

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Musical, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Charles M. Schulz Museum’s new exhibition, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, on view until July 16, 2017 celebrates the long-running success of this acclaimed stage production and features rare items, including original production scripts filled with handwritten notations and drawings, playbills and programs from worldwide performances, original musical score sheets, and cast photographs. 

On March 4th there will be a special Charlie Brown Cast Day where people who voiced or played one of the Peanuts characters will get free admission. Photographs from all over the world of many of past performances of the play will be on display. The Museum is located at 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa. For more information go to

Special announcement – Panel on the challenges of being a woman in politics. 

On March 22, The National Organization for Women (NOW) will be hosting along with KBBF 89.1FM and Women’s Spaces “Women in Politics Panel Discussion” with Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, Susan Gorin, Lynda Hopkins and Shirlee Zane. It was a major historic milestone when its three female members were sworn into office, marking the first time the five-member body has a majority of women. Quote for the Month” “Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations, can never effect a reform.” — Susan B. Anthony


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.