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2019-09-19Sep 19, 2019

Northern California Public Media (NCPM), announces that President and Chief Executive OfficerNancy Dobbs will retire in December 2019. As part of the succession plan, the Board of Directors has selected current NCPM Content ManagerDarren LaShelle to succeed Dobbs and appointed him to the position of President and CEO Elect.

2019-07-03Jul 3, 2019

"In mid-June, after a week of deliberation, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors] adopted a $1.78 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020. The Board was faced with prioritizing and aligning requests to revenues in order to adopt a structurally balanced budget in the face of recent natural disasters, increasing expenditures, and declining revenue sources," Supervisor Lynda Hopkins writes in her July 2019 newsletter.

2019-07-02Jul 2, 2019

CIVIL WAR DAYS, a two-day living history reenactment open to the public, gives visitors the opportunity to interact with the soldiers and civilians of the Civil War, getting a personal glimpse of the years 1861–1865 and a better understanding of the events that formed our country.

2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

Come join the festivities on July 5th at Monte Rio Beach as we celebrate Independence Day Monte Rio style beginning with the Big Rocky Games for children from 12-4 followed by a float parade at dusk. See the famous Monte Rio water curtain which shows images of the American Flag projected off the bridge and then get ready to view an amazing fireworks show - the best on the river - bar none.

2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

As Santa Rosa continues renewed efforts to develop more housing downtown, several proposed developments near the city center are moving through the city’s approval process. City officials hope to attract denser housing developments downtown, an area roughly within a half-mile radius of public transit options including the SMART station and bus lines.

2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

The team behind the Small Business Flood Relief Fund, formed to help businesses recover from the February 2019 floods, raised $129,000 with the help of donors and local organizations. So far, the fund has awarded 53 grants to local businesses and nonprofits.

2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

Despite widespread concerns about the ongoing effects of the 2017 fires, the 2019 Point-in-Time Homeless Count shows that the number of people experiencing homelessness in Sonoma County has declined by 2% during the past year - from 2,996 in 2018 to 2,951 in 2019.

2019-06-19Jun 19, 2019

Author, recovering addict and subject of the film Beautiful Boy Nic Sheff will be speaking at Healdsburg Library on Saturday, June 29, at 2 p.m. as part of Sonoma County Library’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Community members are invited to attend the free event.

2019-06-13Jun 13, 2019

Last month, something special happened right in our back yard. Over 450 women, from all 50 states, and as far away as New Zealand and the UK, came to Sonoma County to participate in the Circular Summit.  Only 1.7 percent of women-owned businesses make more than $1 million in annual revenue and only two percent of venture capital goes to female-founded companies. Alice, the company behind the Circular Summit, aims to change those statistics.

2019-06-03Jun 3, 2019

The most beautiful smile in the world has been debated for centuries.  Could the most beautiful smile be the smile of desire?  The smile of contentment?  The smile of victory?  The smile of a muse has inspired men for centuries and one of the world’s most famous smiles, The Mona Lisa smile, will forever be a beguiling curiosity.  But all these smiles pale in comparison the best smile of all.  The one smile that rules all others.  That smile is … the Sonoma County Strawberry Patch Smile!  

2019-05-28May 28, 2019

In early May, the Sonoma County Planning Commission narrowly passed a policy allowing property owners to build second homes on nearly 2,000 agricultural parcels in the unincorporated county. The change was brought to the commission as part of the county’s effort to speed housing production in hopes of reducing home prices, but critics say the new homes will increase traffic and won't serve low income families.

2019-08-02Aug 2, 2019

Vegetation Removal for Wildfire Safety Under Scrutiny. All across the state, PG&E is sending out crews to remove trees in large swathes under power lines. In neighborhoods, tree inspectors are tagging trees for trimming and removal. What used to be a required 18” clearance has become a 4-foot to 12-foot clearance since fires raged across our state and electric power lines have been identified as a source for several of these fires.

2019-05-28May 28, 2019

After months of suspense, two Sonoma County agencies have been awarded $660,000 to reframe the county's approach to pedestrian and bicycle safety efforts. The CalTrans funding will allow the Sonoma County Transportation Authority and Department of Health Services to join a growing number of jurisdictions across the country to launch a Vision Zero program, a means of reframing the way pedestrian fatalities and injuries are thought about and, hopefully, reduced.

2019-05-27May 27, 2019

As it is already May retail businesses are seeing more customers it seems like a good time to remind you of methods of interacting with customers that can and will increase sales in your business. Once the customer has walked in the door, it is up to us, as salespeople, to discover what their needs and wants are so we will know what and how to sell to them. Some time ago I created a handout for the seminars I do, entitled, D.A.R.E. To Sell. This  became one of my most popular handouts with retail sales people because of the easy to implement tips on sales.

2019-05-25May 25, 2019

For those of us who live in Windsor we know it’s an awesome place to live, but its official- Windsor is also a great town to work in!  The Town of Windsor was voted the Best Business Friendly City by North Bay Biz magazine. This year Windsor is taking a big step forward with a program called the Waste Less Windsor program. The goal of this program is to try and reduce the waste sent to the landfills from the 2019 Summer Concert Series by focusing on sustainable service ware, education and volunteer recruitment. 

2019-05-21May 21, 2019

The demand for diverse ground transportation options has increased in Sonoma County as people use our airport more and more. Uber rides are accessible by a smartphone app that connects users to drivers within the vicinity. From there, the app makes it easy to select a car and driver, and pay through your phone. 

2019-05-20May 20, 2019

Sonoma County activists and students gathered at a May 15 meeting to discuss local approaches to support the Green New Deal, a proposal to tackle economic inequality and combat climate change at the same time.

2019-05-20May 20, 2019

I had the great pleasure to meet with our new neighbor, Lindsey Migdalski, the owner of the Mudd & Gold shop. She has lived in Bodega Bay since August, 2018. She was born to be a barber. As a young girl, she would chop up the hair of all her barbies. Once she found the clippers, she took it upon herself to give the family dogs a new hairstyle. As a teen, she trimmed and colored her boyfriend’s hair. Finally, she went to cosmetology school at age 19 and has been a hair stylist ever since.

2019-05-15May 15, 2019

CAL FIRE investigators were immediately dispatched to the Camp Fire and began working to determine the origin and cause of the fire. After a very meticulous and thorough investigation, CAL FIRE has determined that the Camp Fire was caused by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E) located in the Pulga area. 

2019-05-12May 12, 2019

Athletes from around the world compete in Ironman Triathlons - literally - around the world. When you look at the schedule this organization has you can see that our home is one of many where super-athletes compete with each other in totally different climates and terrains This year, Ironman started with the swim at Lake Sonoma and ended in Santa Rosa's new Courthouse Square.

2019-04-27Apr 27, 2019

For 27 years, you’ve known us as the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency (SCWMA), but starting in 2019, our new name is Zero Waste Sonoma. Our mission and values will stay the same, but our name and logo are changing to better reflect our identity as a government agency separate from, but related to, Sonoma County. This new brand also captures the regional commitment to achieving zero waste by 2030. This means diverting 100% of all material from landfills and into more beneficial use. Our new colors and streamlined design were thoughtfully chosen to match the progressive community we serve and increase accessibility to a broader and more diverse audience.

2019-04-27Apr 27, 2019

Being a boss, at any level, is rarely easy. There are times that you wish your employees would just do what you want them to do and there are times that your employees wished that you understood the problems that implementing new rules and regulations may result in. As a middle manager there can also be times that you have to implement procedures that you do not agree with, as the requests for change come from higher up the chain.

 

2019-07-31Jul 31, 2019

Your CBD Store Petaluma is the first and only dedicated CBD store selling hemp products.  Cannabis has been helping people in wake of the Opioid Crisis. Our business has been growing very fast since opening the doors just a month ago. Most of our customers are looking for alternatives to prescription drugs and most are elderly. The response has been so overwhelming that we are launching stores around the country now.  Since our opening we are already seeing testimonials from arthritis relief, fibromyalgia, stress, anxiety and Insomnia.

2019-04-25Apr 25, 2019

Today (April 25, 2019), Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation requiring out-of-state and online retailers like eBay, Etsy or Amazon to collect sales taxes like local brick and mortar California businesses, eliminating the out-of-state and online unfair advantage.

2019-04-24Apr 24, 2019

Here's what's happening in Monte Rio this May. Many small businesses are reopening for the first time after the floods, Monte Rio's Fire Chief won an award, and a Shakespeare production is coming to town.

2019-04-24Apr 24, 2019

A low-power radio station with roots in the West County will celebrate its move to a studio in Santa Rosa with barn-raising party in late May. Sources say it will be an "udderly" brilliant celebration.

2019-04-17Apr 17, 2019

2-1-1 is a free telephone and web-based information and referral service. The service connects Sonoma County residents with health and human services and resources when assistance is needed, including during times of disaster. The transfer of 2-1-1 Sonoma County management from the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County (VCSC) to United Way of the Wine Country (UWWC) allows each organization to strategically focus on their core service and expand the value each organization contributes to the community.

2019-04-01Apr 1, 2019

Join hundreds of regional leaders at Sonoma State University's Sustainable Enterprise Conference for conversations around how local businesses can implement the Green New Deal in the North Bay.

2019-07-25Jul 25, 2019

Meeting expectations is a tricky thing as much of the time you don’t know what consumers are going to expect when they walk through the door. Nor do individual sets of consumers want the same thing.

 

2019-07-23Jul 23, 2019

General Services staff outlined California Code’s criteria for scoring proposals, made recommendation

On Tuesday, July 23rd, General Services staff presented information on a preliminary step of the Chanate surplus sale process to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. After outlining the Surplus Act criteria used to judge the proposals.

2019-07-18Jul 18, 2019

By Sara Cummings

Laurie Tuxhorn, Store Director for Oliver’s Market in Windsor, was named a2019 Top Women in Grocery by Progressive Grocer, one of the grocery industry’s top media organizations. Among the 393 winners, Tuxhorn is one of only 65 store managers or directors nationwide being recognized this year. Along with Store Managers, other award categories include Senior Level Executives and Rising Stars.

 

2019-07-15Jul 15, 2019

Sonoma County officials discovered more than 9,000 unpermitted cannabis plants and a hash oil lab during a raid of a property in unincorporated Santa Rosa on Friday. Permit Sonoma has shut down 863 cannabis sites over the past two years as part of the county's on-going efforts to crack down on illegal cannabis production operations.

2019-07-12Jul 12, 2019

After 18 months of legal proceedings in a San Francisco federal court, a judge announced a year-long truce between group of Santa Rosa homeless people and the City of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. Among other changes, the immediate seizure and destruction of homeless people's personal belongings by law enforcement and other public servants will stop.

2019-07-08Jul 8, 2019

A Social Purpose Corporation, by its nature, prioritizes people and community. The word CORPORATION has taken on a negative meaning over time because priorities tend to be profit above all else. Investors seek to make money on their money so corporations do what it takes to make their investors happy. Often that means making compromises that create profit in the short run but that harm people, communities, the environment, etc. in the long run. Socially conscious corporation and businesses function within the guidelines that long-term investing is more than for financial gain. That benefits to communities, people and the planet are also assets to be counted and valued. 

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