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2020-01-22Jan 22, 2020
The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has diverted over $100 million from safety and maintenance programs to executive compensation at the same time it has caused an average of more than one fire a day for the past six years killing over 100 people. PG&E is the largest privately held public utility in the United States. A new research report shows that 91% of PG&E stocks are held by huge international investment management firms, including BlackRock and Vanguard Group. PG&E is an ideal investment for global capital management firms with monopoly control over five million households paying $16 billion for gas and electric in California. The California Public Utility Commission (PUC) has allowed an annual return up to 11%.  
2020-01-14Jan 14, 2020
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) is alerting customers, especially in the North Bay and North Coast, to be aware of ongoing scam phone calls with criminals threatening to shut off power if a payment is not made. There have been double the number of scam attempts, compared to this time last year. PG&E will not ask for personal information or a credit card number over the phone. Anyone who has received such a phone call and provided credit card or checking account information should report it immediately to the credit card company or bank and law enforcement.    
2020-01-13Jan 13, 2020
The Lower Russian River Trail Feasibility Study has been holding public workshops and meetings since May 2019, to gather input on their plans for a car-free, continuous walking and bicycling trail from Forestville to Jenner along the Lower Russian River corridor. It details the study process and community input, recommended trail alignment and amenities, estimated costs, and offers the next steps to move toward implementation. The Public Draft Study is now available for community review. Please provide your feedback by 5pm on Tuesday, January 21.
2020-01-12Jan 12, 2020
When you focus on where something is, you can’t tell where it’s going; and when you observe something moving, you can’t tell where it is— that’s the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle in a nutshell, and from the world of science it supplies the central metaphor for Simon Stephens’  latest play concerning an unlikely, unpredictable and uncommon relationship.  Left Edge Theatre serves up this delightfully different comedy with zest, featuring two first-rate talents and attractive staging.
2020-01-12Jan 12, 2020
In partnership with  The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship,  a non-profit organization based in Santa Rosa/Windsor,  Timber Cove Resort  removed 26,000 sq. ft. of non-native, invasive iceplant and replanted with native shrubs and seeds. The Center also promotes educational opportunities and works with  disadvantaged youth  on the project.   
2020-01-12Jan 12, 2020
Sonoma County has gone from total pandemonium in 2017 to a massively successful reaction in 2019. The County has responded -government and people, in an awesome way. Can we do it again, and again: fire, flood, drought?  The Civil Grand Jury is in place and capable of such review and recommendation.  It is their job.  If you have vision, and concern for the future of Sonoma County, consider applying for the Sonoma County Grand Jury. The application enrollment period for the 2020-2021 Grand Jury is Jan-Mar 2020. 
2020-01-11Jan 11, 2020
Opioid use has been rising in North Bay Counties. Telemedicine, or the delivery of health care using telecommunications technology, has the excellent potential to expand access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) programs, especially in underserved and rural areas. It offers the advantage of providing remote provision for direct-to-patient and specialty consultation services. 
2020-01-11Jan 11, 2020
The Humane Society of Sonoma County (HSSC) joins the ranks of shelters in using facial recognition technology to identify lost dogs and cats. This shelter now offers their community an additional tool to help lost and adoptable dogs and cats find their forever home. Registration of your pet is FREE and simple.
2020-01-11Jan 11, 2020
As Americans grow more dissatisfied with their insurance arrangements, public discussion about the wisdom of switching to a system sometimes referred to as Medicare for All has grown. There’s more press attention to this topic than I have ever seen. What’s not been discussed, however, is how providing health care for everyone and controlling prices are interrelated.
2020-01-10Jan 10, 2020
The California Secretary of State has begun an email notification program to voters who submit a voter registrations and have provided an email address. The notification is to confirm the voter’s activity and to help protect their voter registration in the event their registration may have been changed by accident or without their consent. Email alerts will be sent by the  California Secretary of State if a voter registers, or their registration is changed, updated or cancelled.  The Sonoma County Registrar of Voters is seeking  poll workers for the March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary Election.  
2020-01-10Jan 10, 2020
Sonoma County is planning to move occupants of the Joe Rodota Trail (trail) to permanent supportive housing and sheltering in other locations in the County by January 31, 2020.  The county is working to establish hardened shelter units, which are secure and private, with locking windows and doors. They've already ordered 30 pallet shelters.  
2020-01-20Jan 20, 2020
Santa Rosa Junior College’s (SRJC) Culinary Café, in the B. Robert Burdo Culinary Arts Center opens on Wednesday, January 22 for the spring semester. Students at the Culinary Café prepare, cook and serve seasonal salads, soups, sandwiches, pizzas, entrees and desserts. The Café is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Wednesday through Friday. Reservations are recommended.
2020-01-09Jan 9, 2020
The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition is a local nonprofit working to promote bicycling in Sonoma County through education and advocacy. To find out more – and to make a tax-deductible contribution to support their work – visit www.bikesonoma.org .  
2020-01-09Jan 9, 2020
I was able to see over 40 productions this year, even with being out of the country for two months— that included some amazing shows that truly challenged my search for superlatives to describe their excellence. I also witnessed again the depth of the artistic community across the County, the tremendous efforts by all involved to create enjoyable and memorable entertainment. Do yourself a favor and make 2020 the year you discover some of these terrific companies, right where you live. Theater deserves your attention in this age of screen-device entertainment— its real-life magic makes all the difference.  
2020-01-09Jan 9, 2020
On January 4th and 5th, Forest Unlimited - the long standing Sonoma County-based forest and watershed protection group, planted 1400 coast redwood seedlings in an area between the Pacific Ocean and Sebastopol. The two properties that hosted the plantings are protected forever by conservation easements.
2020-01-09Jan 9, 2020
Climate Healthy Communities Start with Urban Growth Boundaries. All nine cities in Sonoma County adopted UGBs more than 20 years ago and most have renewed them once. UGBs are proven and accepted across the board by planners, communities and most elected officials as successful. 
2020-01-08Jan 8, 2020
As part of its commitment to helping communities impacted by the 2019 Kincade wildfire, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) outlined today a series of billing and service modifications as well as disaster relief available to support recovering customers. The actions PG&E has taken to support customers who lost their home or business because of the 2019 Kincade wildfire include such things asBill Forgiveness, Flexible Payment Plans, No Reconnection Fees, Expediting Service Requests and more.
2020-01-07Jan 7, 2020
The biggest problem that America has with marijuana is that it is still considered a schedule one drug under the federal government which has significantly decreased the financial opportunities and medical advancements that could have been produced earlier. Puting marijuana in the same categorycould save lives and the environment in countless ways, on a more entrepreneurial note it could also raze thousands of people out of poverty by providing new jobs and it could make many obscenely rich. 
2020-01-07Jan 7, 2020
The County of Sonoma’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is in full swing, and today we had staff liaisons present from the City of Santa Rosa as well. This is enabling us to mobilize the massive effort needed to offer services and solutions to the 200+ camp residents and to move forward with clearing the camp and reopening the Joe Rodota Trail.
2020-01-07Jan 7, 2020
The Forestville Wellness Center (FWC) sustained significant smoke damage from a non-structural fire that occurred early Friday morning, January 3, 2020.  Services will continue uninterrupted in an alternate location in Sebastopol while the facility is under repair.West County Health Centers is extremely grateful to the Forestville Fire Department for their immediate response to the incident which prevented more serious damage. West County Health Centers remains the sole provider of primary medical services for the unincorporated areas of western Sonoma County and one of the few providers of dental and behavioral health services available to Medi-Cal recipients. West County Health Centers is accepting donations from people who want to help the Forestville Wellness Center with the cost of repairs.  Please visit https://www.wchealth.org/help/donations  to donate.
2020-01-06Jan 6, 2020
Why Would Anyone Try to Justify Dropping Poison in the Middle of Our National Marine Sanctuary with a Personal Attack?  I will simply make a couple of observations about what’s likely driving the current Administration’s recently seated Monsanto-trained Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ms. Aurelia Skipwith, to rush to try to resurrect the increasingly controversial push to use helicopters to spread 1.5 tons of multi-species second-generation rodenticide poison on the Southeast Farallon Island as early as next fall.  California policymakers are right now proactively taking action to simply preclude the use of the very same dangerous chemical, brodifacoum, lest we cause the potential extinction of mountain lions, bobcats, and several other species. 
2020-01-06Jan 6, 2020
“The Sonoma Dems are proud of Supervisor Gorin’s leadership on the many complex issues that face Sonoma County. Leading the effort to reimagine the use of Sonoma Development Center while protecting those most vulnerable who have been residents at the Center, building local affordable housing, renewal of the Springs area of Sonoma, building sidewalks, focusing on road improvements, and protecting our precious open space — these are all issues important to all Democrats” said County Democratic Party Chair Pat Sabo. 
2020-01-20Jan 20, 2020
If you love the music of Buddy Holly, you’ll love this musical biography. If you’re one of the rare people who knows nothing about the iconic rock star whose work influenced countless others and changed the face of rock’n’roll forever, you’ll still love this tribute, if you’re ready to party on with a whole theatre full of happy people. Kyle Jurassic is the real deal as Holly, definitely a Don’t Miss performance. Get your tickets now, as the show is sure to sell out its limited run through February 16.
2020-01-06Jan 6, 2020
The Sonoma County Democratic Party has endorsed Lynda Hopkins for re-election to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in District 5, which includes the City of Sebastopol, Guerneville, Bodega Bay, Occidental, and the western portion of the unincorporated county to the Pacific Ocean on the west, and Mendocino County to the north. Her endorsement was unanimous, recognizing her actions on the Board and her leadership in achieving resilience in the face of the flooding and wildfires that have directly affected her district.
2020-01-05Jan 5, 2020
On December 31, 2019, Edward M. Chen, U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California,  dismissed an EPA motion for summary judgement (MSJ) in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Fluoride lawsuit. This means the lawsuit will go forward. The trial has been rescheduled to begin Monday April 20 and will run for two weeks. Judge Chen delivered his ruling on New Year's Eve. 
2020-01-05Jan 5, 2020
This new year  WE  residents should take heart. Let’s do  OURBEST  to overcome the past and look to the future with goals  WE set by telling the government what WE  want in no uncertain terms. Start by contacting your elected officials. A polite conversation can help you keep track of your proposal. A good place to start helping Roseland is by applying for a  Community Improvement Grant NeighborFest Program by Jan. 6, 2020to Santa Rosa. Applications can be done online at  www.srcity.org/cabgrants.
2020-01-05Jan 5, 2020
Pegasus Theater Company welcomes your submissions for its annual Tapas New Short Play Festival, now in its 14th year. Tapas’ enthusiastic reception by our audiences to seeing 7 short plays in one evening’s performance is due to the high quality of the plays we receive from you. Please remember that we need minimalist sets for each play and, in fact, literally use black boxes that can quickly be moved around between plays.
2020-01-05Jan 5, 2020
More than 150 awards totaling nearly $500,000 are being made available through PG&E scholarships, which includes the employee resource group (ERG), engineering network group (ENG) and Better Together STEM scholarship programs. PG&E scholarships information, including criteria and applications, is available on PG&E’s website. To be considered for a scholarship, all applications must be submitted by Feb. 7, 2020. 
2020-01-04Jan 4, 2020
The 2020 Homeless Count will take place on Friday, January 31, 2020, from 5 am-9 am at locations across Sonoma County. The homeless count is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in order for the county to receive $3.4 million for a variety of supportive housing.  Info: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/CDC/Homeless-Services/Volunteer-for-the-Homeless-Count.
2020-01-03Jan 3, 2020
LETTERS - from Sonoma County Gazette Readers in PRINT and ONLINE
2020-01-02Jan 2, 2020
In December, the County of Sonoma declared a state of emergency due to the 200+ person encampment on the  Joe Rodota Trail (JRT). I have been pushing the County of Sonoma to address the deteriorating situation on the JRT for months. In fact, I’d requested that the encampment be agendized for public discussion by the Board of Supervisors in mid-October, and was working to address the growing crisis — but then the Kincade Fire hit, and staff was forced to turn their attention to emergency operations, sheltering, and short-term fire recovery. So here we are, in 2020, with more than 200 people camped along a public trail inside the city limits of Santa Rosa.
2020-01-02Jan 2, 2020
To address The Homeless encampments on the Joe Rodota Trail, our county supervisors held an emergency meeting and set up a plan to create shelter for people on the Joe Rodota Trail. There will be a meeting on January 3rd at the Veteran’s Building in Santa Rosa to get community input for specific design elements of the indoor-outdoor shelter sites from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is only ONE camp among many throughout the county, it is highly visible, andit impedes people from using the trail as a transportation corridor. Community input has to be part of the solution because the community, all taxpayers, are paying for these solutions. 
2019-12-31Dec 31, 2019
Featuring Wilson Winery  “We have amazing, award-winning wines, with a laid-back atmosphere … It’s everything; the views, the wines, and our fun wine club events,”  and Zichichi Family Vineyard  “We sell out of everything from our estate vineyard and we have for more than seven years in a row; the demand is greater than our supply,” Hospitality Associate Midori Longo said.
2020-01-18Jan 18, 2020
More than three dozen Alameda County elected officials today urged Governor Gavin Newsom to enact a comprehensive climate emergency plan to phase out the production and burning of oil and gas in California. Concerned that Australia’s apocalyptic fires are a dire warning for California’s increasingly deadly fire season that is mere months away, the officials stood in solidarity with the people of Australia and called for emergency action. 
2019-12-31Dec 31, 2019
The Jennifer Bice Artisan Dairy/Cheesemaker Grant is a culmination of Jennifer’s rich heritage, knowledge and life.  The grant recipient is chosen by a selection committee and administered by the California Artisan Cheese Guild. All the cheesemakers are so dedicated and hard working. With a 40 plus year history of commitment to creating a caring and thriving business, Jennifer Bice can clearly see the same passion she has felt, in each of the Artisan Cheese Guild members who have applied for the grant.
2019-12-31Dec 31, 2019
Cloverdale continues to evolve as we move into this New Year bringing intriguing retail opportunities for our little city - Heart City, erin mavis clothing, The Outpost, Next Door Comics and Games, and, finally, Speed of Sound Music. These new shops offer a means of self-expression through clothing that emphasizes comfort with their unique styles. However, these new Cloverdale businesses do not stop there. We also find imaginative and creative fun via party crafts, games, comics, and music.
2019-12-31Dec 31, 2019
Richard Seaman, who singlehandedly started Fire Safe Camp Meeker (FSCM) from nothing, has stepped away from that role. The good news here is that the good work FSCM did under his aegis has acquired its own momentum, with the successful application for a grant to create a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).LandPaths, our Sonoma County conservation nonprofit heroes, have completed their acquisition of Ocean Song, a 400-acre jewel off Coleman Valley Road.
2019-12-30Dec 30, 2019
I am a firm believer that with everything dramatic there will be a Phoenix Effect and that good things come out of bad.  One example of this has been demonstrated by the support shown to our First Responders, including Fire, Police, Sherriff, Dispatch and a myriad of others who made our evacuation and repopulation possible.  Another example of the Phoenix Effect is an event that is coming to Windsor in late January (TBD but will be either the 23rd or 27th) is a Tourism Cares Day. 
2019-12-30Dec 30, 2019
I’ve seen many pictures of Monte Rio in its heyday, but last month I saw some I hadn’t seen before. One was a Press Democrat article from May 1931 “Johnny’s Casino at Monte Rio Opens”. The article discussed the formal grand opening, the featured live musicians, the “dance and dine” club, and I counted 38 congratulatory ads from local businesses. 
2019-12-30Dec 30, 2019
In 2014, the grape growers in Sonoma County made a commitment to ensure every vineyard was certified sustainable by 2019. In order to be considered a “Sonoma County Sustainable Vineyard” they must have their vineyard first assessed and then certified sustainable by one of four California sustainability programs. Graton Against Synthetic Pollution GASP held an informative meeting in December and information can be found online at https://www.gratongasps.com.
2019-12-29Dec 29, 2019
On December 5th, at its Holiday Networking Party, the Sonoma County Conservation Council gave Woody Hastings the Ernestine I. Smith Environmentalist of the Year award, for his work organizing against new gas stations being built in the County — one of the great success stories of 2019. 
2019-12-29Dec 29, 2019
 Wine Banter by John Haggard - January 2020 - Sonoma County. Woodenhead Pinot Noir “Wet Kiss” 2015, Russian River Valley.  De Lorimier Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Barrel Select, Alexander Valley, 2016.  Wilson Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley, 2014.  Honorable Mention: HLR Cabernet Sauvignon, Fountaingrove District, 2014. Upcoming Events: Winter Wineland, January 18-19, 2020, 11a-4p each day, and 43rd Annual Barrel Tasting March 6-8 & 13-15, 2020.11a–4p each day.
2019-12-29Dec 29, 2019
Residents ask 2020 Mayor, Leah Gold…many questions about the issues and changes facing the city of Healdsburg. The questions ranged from how to  make downtown more local-friendly; solutions to homelessness, ghe effect of 3 years of fires on tourism to policy changes to come.
2019-12-29Dec 29, 2019
I am, of course, Spot’s pancreas, the most important organ in the body. The EXOCRINE pancreas and the ENDOCRINE pancreas.
2020-01-17Jan 17, 2020
Redwood Credit Union (RCU) is proud to announce its celebration of 70 years of service to members. Originally formed by seven County of Sonoma employees as an affordable means to make bridge loans to fellow employees between paychecks, the credit union has grown to offer full service personal and business banking, as well as financial services beyond banking such as financial planning, insurance, and even an auto sales center.
2019-12-29Dec 29, 2019
Check out Sonoma County Crab Feeds in January through early March. The Dungeness crab is by far the most popular crab served at events, as it is caught off  our own Pacific shores.
2019-12-29Dec 29, 2019
An old Navy friend used that term, and I have found myself thinking it frequently in the last three years, oftener in recent months.    Steady on, he said, implied continuing to move forward, no matter what, while also grappling with whatever challenges your particular “sea” presents. I dig deep into the integrity that I know lies in our Constitution and I cheer myself up by trusting that. 
2019-12-29Dec 29, 2019
UGBs contain the growth of cities so that they do not spread into the surrounding countryside, turning farms and open space into developments and accused of contributing to the high cost of real estate. Proponents argue that there is plenty of space to build within the cities, especially if we build up, instead of out, as I understand Santa Rosa is planning to do. The planning process for the reuse of the SDC is beginning. “PAT meetings are not subject to the Brown Act and will not be open to the public.” He went on to say that the PAT members “are the community.” But not very diverse. They are all professional people, all but one of them white.
2019-12-29Dec 29, 2019
America is a disposable nation. Each person, on average, produces more than 1,600 pounds of trash each year. In total, over 230 million tons of trash accumulates in landfills yearly in the United States. Growing up you have likely been taught to help reduce your waste by practicing the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Have you ever thought about what those terms really mean? Did you know that there are actually three more R’s that we can practice to help make the planet healthier? 
2019-12-29Dec 29, 2019
What are your plans for your business for the next decade as well as the next year? Where do you see your business when 2030 hits? Do you have plans to expand the business to reach different areas or you may expand your services to reach different customers. Perhaps you are thinking it is time to sell your business. Whatever you are going to do, you will need a plan for it. 
2019-12-29Dec 29, 2019
The word is that American Water may be considering adding fluoridation to our wonderful local water. While this practice was touted as a “Health Benefit” for many years, the science is piling up against fluoride, which is a known and proven neurotoxin that especially affects young children. If your toddler swallows more than a tiny amount of toothpaste, you are supposed to call your local Poison Control Center. That’s not because of the mint flavoring or some other ingredient, it’s because of the fluoride content.    
2019-12-29Dec 29, 2019
I don’t know about you but I’m all for kicking 2019 to the curb and taking on the New Decade!  2020 is such a nice round number, full of potential, rife with possibilities, a powerful year I’m sure.  We know the political wrangling’s will either generate or conversely suck up lots of energy being an election year and all, yet we’re out there. We get a say in who leads us and we are having serious discussions about the future we design.  If you don’t think life is interesting, you may not be paying attention.  
2019-12-29Dec 29, 2019
Greta Thunberg is youngest ever named Time’s Person of the Year. For all her work in motivating millions of people to care about and strike for the climate, Time named Greta their person of the year. She stressed that she wasn’t alone and talked about other youth leaders. COP 25, the UN Climate Summit was a failure. Million Roofs Initiative reaches its goal. Divestment—Goldman Sachs, UC, Ireland join 1100 other institutions.  
2019-12-29Dec 29, 2019
It has been proven it is healthier to live on the coast.  Some of us are addicted to the ocean, similar to chocolate!  Best hiking is Doran Beach where you can take your shoes off and walk in the gentle waves while looking at the sand dollars and numerous shells that wash up. Always wanted to learn how to surf, SUP or kayak? Surfs up at Doran and Salmon Creek beach. Go fishing, It has been a bountiful year of fishing from the salmon, ling cod and crabs, it’s all delicious.  Just want to cruise, tours are available! BECOME A BB VOLUNTEER.
2019-12-29Dec 29, 2019
There is strength in numbers. I hope to see some of you in Santa Rosa for the Women’s March on January 18th, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Courthouse Square. Also the next night, January 19th, is the annual MLK Jr. “Live the Legacy - Make it Happen” celebration at the Santa Rosa High School Auditorium, 7 - 9 p.m. Speaking of blessings, a gift of new life has been bestowed on me this year. I am expecting a baby girl anytime now. She has already brought so much joy to me and my family.
2020-01-16Jan 16, 2020
Learning Laguna Docents provide meaningful volunteer service to schools to ensure a healthy future for the Laguna de Santa Rosa and the children of our community. Learning Laguna is a two-part wetland education experience for 2nd-4th grade students that inspires learning with specially designed, engaging activities focused on the Laguna ecosystem and gets children outside for explorations in nature. Sign up!Docent Training Orientation;Monday, January 27, 2020, 10:00am – 12:00pm
2019-12-28Dec 28, 2019
Upgrade to the rail crossingand the safety improvements came from the ad hoc group called the "Citizen's Organization Of Penngrove". Also  You’ll see chain-link fencing around the lot next to Penngrove Pub on Main Street, soon to be a two-story building. It will have retail commercial (non-food) on the first floor and a residence on the second floor, with on-site parking for both uses, and a private deck for the residence.
2019-12-28Dec 28, 2019
Last December as I started my term of Mayor, little did I know what was involved in the role. Thankfully Mary Gourley, our City Clerk, provided me with excellent crib notes that got me off to a great start.  Beyond the ceremonial aspects of being Mayor, I had no idea all the events that would be thrown at our community this year. Nevertheless, Sebastopol rose to the occasion, accomplished so much, and this year has flown by...
2019-12-28Dec 28, 2019
Easy Slow Cooker Pork Loin and Saurkraut. Pork is considered lucky in some countries including Cuba, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Austria because in most of those countries the pig symbolizes progress. It is believed that the animal never moves backward as it pushes forward snout to the ground foraging for food. So, rejoice in having bacon or pork chops or Pork loin.  
2019-12-27Dec 27, 2019
The alignment of planets in Capricorn is the big story both for this month as well as the whole year. As noted in previous columns, the Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn brings accountability to a high priority. As such it can cause loss of power or control of those individuals who have been avoiding personal responsibility in order to achieve personal power. While Saturn and Pluto can be confrontational and competitive, Jupiter brings a higher mind focus to the situation.
2019-12-27Dec 27, 2019
Santa Rosa City Council Votes for new Vice Mayor. City Council Woman Julie Combs resigns and Replacement process begins. The annual MLK birthday celebration in Santa Rosa will be January 19. The theme this year is, “Live the Legacy, Make it Happen.” 4th Annual Women’s March will be on January 18 in Santa Rosa, and there is Exhibition Highlights Groundbreaking Sonoma County Women. 
2019-12-27Dec 27, 2019
Keyboardist Howard Wales will be in the spotlight at Cotati’s Redwood Café on Jan.11, with what he calls “an organ trio,” backed by guitarist Terry Haggerty and drummer Kevin Hayes. Wales became a member of the blues-rock band A.B. Skyh in 1969, and jammed with Jerry Garcia, Santana, Elvin Bishop, and Harvey Mandel (Wales played on two of his albums), among many others, at the Matrix on Fillmore St. Wales hosted their Monday night jam.  
2019-12-27Dec 27, 2019
Our Sonoma county January 2020 theater review includes: Heisenberg, presented by Left Edge Theatre opening January 24, then the theatrical treat Enchanted April presented by Sonoma Arts Live and  More entertainment options  in  the “Good Bets” department: In various venues,The Buddy Holly Story, Mary’s Wedding,  The Wolves and Ripcord.
2019-12-27Dec 27, 2019
When I turned 70 last spring, I promised myself that I would find someone who could continue the Gazette’s journey, or if I could not, that I would simply have to stop. I’m tired. I was afraid that finding someone to continue this community-generated publication would be impossible. But Sonoma Media Investments (SMI) and Kenwood Investments, local owners ofThe Press Democrat, Sonoma Index-Tribune, Petaluma Argus-Courier and several other publications appreciate its value to our home and want to continue what I started
2019-12-26Dec 26, 2019
Michael Acker has created a magnificent on line museum detailing the history of the Springs. It’s free on line at  www.springsmuseum.org.  It doesn’t look like the Boyes Blvd. bridge over Sonoma Creek will be finished soon. It’s hard to believe that its been twenty (20) years since the City voters approved an urban growth boundary (UGB) that limits growth into the surrounding hinterlands. Springs residents do not get to vote on this measure, but they will be affected one way or another. The Sonoma Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) has hired consultants to recommend different plans for electing Board members. Currently Board members are elected at large by all voters. A Board majority feels this may result in underrepresentation of voters in the Springs who are more often Latino and theoretically vote less often.   
2019-12-26Dec 26, 2019
Current park projects for Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks are The Roseland Creek Community Park & the Kawana Springs Community Park. A public hearing on the proposed Master Plan for Roseland Creek Community Park will be held during City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. The Kawana Springs Community Park has entered the design phase which can take twelve to eighteen months to complete, funding pending.   
2020-01-16Jan 16, 2020
Transportation is the single biggest source of GHG emissions. By shifting to low carbon transportation modes, we can prevent millions of pounds of emissions annually. SMART is a green commute alternative to the one-person-in-one-car model of sitting in tra_c idling on the Hwy 101 corridor, emitting tons of GHGs. The 1.72 million people who have ridden on SMART prevented 8.1 million pounds of CO2 emissions, compared to the same trip in a car.
2019-12-26Dec 26, 2019
Winter in our area is a forgiving season, the ground is moist, the air cool and the days short. While the main challenge in gardening is finding enough daylight hours, it feels good to be part of a renewing cycle of life. January is peak bare root season. Perfect season for getting new plants in, dividing those we like and spreading or sharing them and editing those that we don’t like. Its especially important to get those native plants in the ground soon.  
2019-12-26Dec 26, 2019
There are four movies you should see in theaters this month. First is “Just Mercy” starring Jamie Foxx and Michael B Jordan. Second is “1917” George MacKay,  Dean-Charles Chapman,  Mark Strong, Andrew Scott,  Richard Madden,  Claire Duburcq,  with Colin Firth, and  Benedict Cumberbatch. Next is  “Dolittle” with Robert Downey Jr.  Finally the much anticipated return of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in  “Bad Boys For Life”.
2019-12-25Dec 25, 2019
At Stage 1, Once a federal disaster declaration is made, the County meets with FEMA and Cal OES to determine scope of damage, address application procedures, requirements for eligibility and documentation, project planning, and funding options. Followed by Stage 2; site visits, Stage 3; design and Stage 4; engineering and construction.
2019-12-25Dec 25, 2019
We feel we must again respond to the opposition to a proposal by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to eradicate non-native and invasive House Mice from the Farallon Islands outlined in this article (https://www.sonomacountygazette.com/sonoma-county-news/part-2-threat-to-our-coast-updating-the-local-coastal-plan).  A lot has been written about this proposal, both pro and con. We invite those interested in being informed to read the FWS's Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the project here https://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/South_Farallon_Island_%20Invasive_House_Mouse_Eradication_Project_Final%20EIS.pdf  
2019-12-25Dec 25, 2019
Now’s the time! Make all the new goals that your heart desires. Let’s start with getting outside. If you are not big on hiking how about starting with a 10 minute walk each day of the first week, then build to 15 minutes each day the following week, and next week do 20 minutes – until you are walking each day 30 minutes. Fit it into your busy schedule. DO IT! Make time. In case you are reading this before New Year’s the Timber Cove Resort has planned a five course dinner menu with DJ Kevin.  Winter Concert at Gualala Arts Center. The Wolf Full Moon Tour, January 10th and 11ththe tallest lighthouse on the West Coast complete with Champagne.
2019-12-25Dec 25, 2019
In late November, Governor Newsom took a dramatic step in moving towards some actual solutions to the climate crisis. By limiting new oil and gas drilling in California, he has gone beyond rhetoric and acted to stop the destructive practices that are causing climate and health problems. As a practicing physician and a County Public Health Officer, I am seeing firsthand the health impacts from climate change.
2019-12-23Dec 23, 2019
Changes in State law related to accessory dwelling units (ADUs) will take effect January 1, 2020. These regulatory updates will remove minimum lot size requirements and reduce setback requirements, and private covenants (CC&Rs) may no longer prohibit ADUs on lots zoned for single family dwellings. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are backyard cottages up to 1,200 square feet.
2019-12-23Dec 23, 2019
Our laws provide legal status for immigrant victims of domestic violence (DV) and other serious crimes to stay in this country on a temporary status, similar to DACA.  In addition, they can often be eligible for permanent residence status in this country.  So few solutions exist for undocumented immigrants under our laws; this is one that should not be overlooked.  The purpose of these laws is not only to alleviate the harm suffered by victims of such violence, but also to encourage crime victims to come forth and report crimes so perpetrators can be caught and punished.
2019-12-23Dec 23, 2019
As part of my annual year-end tradition, I am highlighting some of the new California state laws.  Keep in mind that during the 2019 Legislative Session, hundreds of Assembly Bills (AB) and Senate Bills (SB) collectively passed.  Governor Gavin Newsom signed 870 of the 1,042 bills that landed on his desk (he vetoed the remaining 172 bills). 
2019-12-23Dec 23, 2019
An open discussion with local health professionals and community experts on how we get there. Saturday, February 8  9:30-noon, Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Ave, Santa Rosa.  
2020-01-15Jan 15, 2020
California State Treasurer Fiona Ma says when it comes to addressing the climate crisis, California is "moving the financial needle" in the right direction. "As the State’s Banker, I’m happy that we will invest in companies that spur newer, greener tech solutions to combat fires, floods and blackouts in California. The $1 billion low-interest revolving loan fund sends a message to the world that California is stepping up even more to help Mother Nature." Both Ca treasury programs, CAEATFA assists the state in meeting its greenhouse gas goals and works with the private market. CPCFA facilitates low cost financing to qualified waste and recycling projects to control pollution and improve water supply.  
2019-12-21Dec 21, 2019
The City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program is excited to announce the installation of five temporary projects selected for Fire Response – Round Two. Artists and their works:  Teresa Camozzi: Sonoma Fire Aftermath, Alejandro R. Torres & Theresa Pisani: Dawn of a New Day,  Adrian Litman: Splash & Fire,  Ashleigh Riggs: Beacon Obelisk: Life Grid, Luba Zygarewicz: Risorgere (to rise again).
2019-12-20Dec 20, 2019
The Trumpet Lesson intertwines the activities of a lost dog, an eccentric friend, a bi-racial trumpet player, a street kid and the Jehovah's Witnesses. All the action is perceived by a chipped statue of a jaguar who often passes judgment on the proceedings.
 There is a dash of magical realism here and there, a style that can only be properly implemented on Latin American soil. Consider that plaster jaguar who seems to be not only omniscient but discriminating and checks out all the protagonist's deeds in this thoroughly engrossing novel.   
2019-12-17Dec 17, 2019
Effective 12/09/2019, the burn permit suspension in Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Solano, Yolo and Colusa counties was lifted by Cal Fire. Those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can resume burning on permissible burn days. Residents are asked to use caution while conducting burns, follow all guidelines, and to maintain control of the fire at all times. Individuals can be held civilly and/or criminally liable for allowing a fire to escape their control.
2019-12-15Dec 15, 2019
It is time to stop being naive about what is happening in America. Our country has been taken over by a small cadre of Trumpists. Taking advantage of America's inherent unconscious and conscious racism, Trump blamed "the other" for all of the country's problems. Somewhat like Germany in the 1930s, Trump campaigned on promises of economic salvation and cleaning out corrupt government. People believed he could do it too. The public ignored all his bankruptcies and unfair business practices while believing him to be a multi-millionaire with this worldly, amazing business prowess who could make America great again. Well, so Hitler told the Germans in the 1930's. At first imperceptibly, then subtly, fascism quietly took root; and soon blatant, inhumane, ignorant policies, decrees, and sweepingly undemocratic, government-wide changes were taking place with breathtaking rapidity.
2019-12-12Dec 12, 2019
On Tuesday December 10th the Petaluma Chamber of Commerce Leadership class had their annual “Nonprofit Day”. David Adams owner of Quality Printing Services and graduate of Leadership class 2019 this year’s nonprofit day chair brought together a wide mix of the nonprofits in Petaluma from a variety of categories to share the rich diversity of services and organizations that Petaluma is blessed with.
2019-03-05Mar 5, 2019
Gardens aren't merely for plants and soil. Don't forget about furniture, statues, sculptures, whimsical metal animals, old toys and rusty farm equipment to decorate your garden.  
2019-03-03Mar 3, 2019
Designers specialize in creating beautiful gardens and landscapes, choosing plant materials and aggregate elements, but do not necessarily install or maintain the gardens they design. They often work in concert with partner professionals that do the installation and maintenance.
2019-03-01Mar 1, 2019
Locally-grown plants are already adapted to our seasons, they thrive in our climate zone, and they do not import insects and diseases from outside our area. Laa the nurseries and plant propagor=tors on this list are Sonoma County owned and pride themselves on locally-grown plants.
2020-01-14Jan 14, 2020
The play Mary’s Wedding  starts off simply but finishes with a powerful emotional impact that lingers long after it ends. The play sings an ode to young love while simultaneously pitching Charlie into perilous war, and the battle scenes are as fierce as the courting scenes are tender. Drawn headlong into the conflict through Charlie’s letters home to Mary, we dread each battle and his potential demise. The promise of a wedding keeps hope alive

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