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2019-11-19Nov 19, 2019

This past Saturday Nov 16, I attended a very unusual and heartwarming event at Re Frame Hair Gallery  run by Nevuah Rautenberg and Cameron Nairn Wayland the owners. The event  Glamour + Grit: Art Show & CSA Fair, featured women farmers from across Sonoma and Napa Counties. There was a delicious spread of food and wine in the center. The women farmers had set up displays and provided information at each styling booth, with the portrait of each farmer at their farm on the wall behind them.  The photographs of  Loren Hansen Photography  are beautiful and capture the spirit of the women in their farm setting. Visitors could talk with the farmers and sign up for a CSA;  I was surprised to learn from Evan Wiig the communication and membership director of Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), that Every CSA farm in Sonoma and Napa Counties is either woman-owned or co-owned! 

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. 

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.

2019-11-11Nov 11, 2019

Before the main event could begin, there were tickets to raffle off to support GetchuSomeGear, a non-profit that collects coffee gear to supply marginalized or under-paid individuals in the coffee industry. Next, a large group of costumed contestants stood in front of the room, each one named as the onlookers clapped enthusiastically for their favorite entrant. On October 24th in Sebastopol, Retrograde Roasters held their first Latte Art Throwdown at their current location, to a room packed with a colorful collection of inventive costumes.

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!  

2019-10-08Oct 8, 2019

Greg LeMond, a California-born bicycle racer who now stands as the only American winner of the legendary Tour de France, is up for a prestigious national medal under legislation authored by a congressman from St. Helena.

2019-09-27Sep 27, 2019

These days, the companies we deal with know so much about their customers. Many of the larger companies are even using artificial intelligence to gauge customers’ behavior, with software that can analyze a tone of voice and the pace of their speech to determine how upset this person is. If you are angry you may well be routed to agents who are trained in de-escalating conflict and who are warned in advance of the caller’s frustration.  As a smaller business, you probably don’t have the same technology, however, when a customer is frustrated or angry, it is easy to tell by their tone of voice that they are not happy.  When this happens in your business, what are the practices that you have in place to ensure that your staff

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.

2019-08-02Aug 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.

2019-07-31Jul 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.

2019-07-25Jul 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.

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