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Economics - Money

Managing money is  part of our lives and if we do it well, we can thrive. From NEWS of economic issues to advice on money, this category keeps you informed.

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2018-05-05May 5, 2018

In response to the tragic loss of homes in the October 2017 fires and the critical need for more affordable homes countywide, a slate of new initiatives to speed up development are coming forward that have the potential to quickly change the face of Sonoma County for decades to come.

2018-03-19Mar 19, 2018

Sonoma County Rises, a community based, wildfire recovery focused organization, has launched aCommunity Outreach Survey to gain insight into Sonoma County residents’ attitudes five months after the October wildfires. The Survey, atwww.socorises.org, seeks to gain information from a broad section of the community living here now to best inform and guide decision-makers about what matters most as they plan for recovery and rebuilding.

2018-03-16Mar 16, 2018

In my lifetime, I have watched a larger and larger divide between rich and poor. I’ve watched the middle class evaporating, and the homeless population exploding.

2018-02-28Feb 28, 2018

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors appropriated $1m in the 2017-18 fiscal year to address homelessness in the Lower Russian River area. $250,000 of that money was granted to West County Community Services by the Board of Supervisors for rapid re-housing.

2018-02-28Feb 28, 2018

What happens in Idaho in the coming weeks undoubtedly will not stay in Idaho. What happens there could make a big difference in how much you pay for your health insurance – or whether you can even get insurance.

2018-02-28Feb 28, 2018

Last month we discussed the basic structure and workings of a Durable Power of Attorney (“DPOA”), prompted by a question from a reader who had difficulty with a local bank when she tried to manage her Uncle’s financial affairs. 

2018-02-16Feb 16, 2018

Immediate phase complete; transitions to mid and long-term groups & efforts. The relief fund has collected and distributed over $32 million from over 41,100 donors over the past 120 days, to support immediate needs of fire victims following the devastating fires that impacted Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties in October 2017.  The North Bay Fire Relief Fund represents one of the largest and most successful disaster relief efforts in Northern California history, with 100% of all donations collected directly benefitting neighbors in need.

2018-02-15Feb 15, 2018

Seventeen classes at El Molino High School will be cut next year to meet a district-wide budget emergency, including in some of our most popular electives such as dance, woodshop, drama, and French. We may even lose entire programs.

2018-02-12Feb 12, 2018

After the fires, our normal greetings were replaced by three quick questions to our friends and neighbors we encountered in the next month after the fires: How are you? How’s your family? Did your house make it?  The varying responses, hugs, and connections made with former acquaintances that became neighbors and friends changed our concept of community. We all faced some level of shock, terror, and sustained fear for those weeks following the initial event, which for most was slowly replaced by grief, acceptance, and motivation to do something productive.

2018-02-06Feb 6, 2018

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has released an online survey to get input from the public, partner agencies and others as the Commission prepares its next Public Participation Plan (PPP). The survey is available now through Feb. 23.

2018-02-03Feb 3, 2018

Our community has never been stronger than it is today. We were sorely tested by the fires in October. We’ve been tested ever since, as fire survivors clean up the ashes and rubble of our homes and attempt to keep our focus on the future.

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

Last week a few hundred of us came out in the drizzle to attend a presentation hosted by the “Eldridge Committee” on April 16 at Dunbar School.

2018-02-02Feb 2, 2018

The recent catastrophic fires in both Northern and Southern California should serve as a wake-up call to home and business owners everywhere! A lot of people view insurance as a mandated requirement that is costly and confusing, however, if the fires taught us anything, it is that the proper insurance is an absolute necessity!

2018-02-02Feb 2, 2018

On Valentine’s Day we show our love through flowers, poems and chocolate. Some chocolate comes with blood in it. A great deal of chocolate is grown in northwesternAfrica in: Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Guinea and Burkina. Some of it is harvested with forced child slave labor.

2018-01-30Jan 30, 2018

The cannabis industry is more open to women executives than most other industries. As one survey of cannabis professionals found (in 2015); women held leadership roles in 36 percent of those businesses, compared with 22 percent of U.S. companies generally, according to the trade publication Cannabis Business Daily, an Inc. 500 company that was co-founded by two women -- Cassandra Farrington and Anne Holland.

2018-01-30Jan 30, 2018

A Power of Attorney (“POA”) is a complex creature that takes many forms. The world of POAs include Limited POAs, POAs for Health Care, and a Durable POA. A POA is very valuable, and in fact a necessity, when it comes to managing your affairs.

2018-01-09Jan 9, 2018

Applications are now being accepted for Category D (Historical Commissions) grants. Grant funds in this category are for the renovation, restoration, and/or preservation of historical resources. First priority for grants is given to government agencies or non-profits.  Applications that include matching funds or contributions are more competitive. The County will award a total of approximately $50,000 this year.  Funds are typically allocated among several grant projects. Grant funds will be available in August of 2018 and project funds must be spent by June 30, 2019.

2018-01-05Jan 5, 2018

Are you a local worker making less than $18,550 per year(one person/other household limits apply) that needs emergency help with rent or utilities this winter to prevent you from becoming homeless? Do you know somebody that is? Help is on the way within the in the next few weeks.

2018-01-03Jan 3, 2018

The fires that descended on Sonoma County last October destroyed thousands of homes and increased pressure on an already tight housing market, leading the board of supervisors to take a closer look at the role Vacation Rentals play in exacerbating those problems.

2017-12-20Dec 20, 2017

Though household incomes rose in 2016 for some Sonoma County families, more than 160,000 low-income households continued to be unable to afford the food needed to prepare three meals a day. For these residents, many of them children and seniors, going without lunch or missing breakfast is unavoidable even by those receiving help from local charitable and government nutrition programs.

2017-12-01Dec 1, 2017

FEMA and SBA Deadline to Register for Assistance cannot be extended. Whether people need the funding now, or in 18 months for rental assistance, child care, medical expenses, etc. there is a firm cap of $34,000  per household for renters as well as homeowners. The Small Business Administration (SBA) loan deadline for businesses impacted by the fire is the same - December 11, 2017. APPLY even if you have insurance!

2017-11-30Nov 30, 2017

To provide a financial boost for those affected by the Sonoma County fires, the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund (SOS) is offering special assistance grants to low-income residents for up to $3000. The grants aim to help those who lost possessions, jobs or income due to the fires: get or keep housing by paying a month’s mortgage, rent or security deposit; cover utility bills; buy essential household furniture, a wheelchair or other vital health aids; or cover costs of medically required dental care and non-routine automotive repairs for critically needed transportation.

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

Dear Debra:

My aunt worked for a local company for over 20 years until she was laid off. Her boss told her that the company was down-sizing and that they had to let a few employees go. She is devastated. She is only 44 years-old and is a hard worker. What are her legal options?

2018-05-01May 1, 2018

Sonoma County is facing seemingly insurmountable Budget issues, in part, resulting from the horrendous fires last fall. Everything has been expensive, from fire fighting to cleanup and recovery.

The question now is: “How does the County move forward in coping with the immense budget disparity?”

2018-04-22Apr 22, 2018

On 4/20/18, a victim received a call from a subject who identified himself as “Captain Al Vernon” of the “Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Civil Department”.  The caller told the victim that she had failed to respond to a Grand Jury Federal Summons which she had been personally served on March 1st, 2018 and she had missed her court date of April 18th, 2018.  Since she did not respond to the summons she needed to pay fines to avoid being arrested. 

2018-04-16Apr 16, 2018

In June, there's an historic election for the Sonoma County Sheriff: an office that hasn't been contested in 25 years. Join us on Tuesday, April 24 for a candidates forum at Healdsburg High School. This is your chance to meet the candidates and make an informed decision about this powerful elected official.

2018-04-11Apr 11, 2018

Citizens for Responsible Access, a Political Action Committe (PAC) Cannabis Debate hosted Santa Rosa. Responses to Scripted Questions for Participants In alphabetical order by last name: MARK ESSICK, JOHN MUTZ, ERNESTO OLIVARES

2018-03-27Mar 27, 2018

When discussing the conservation of natural resources within Sonoma County, it’s hard to avoid the elephant in the room. That elephant is our prosperous wine industry. Despite how much wine benefits our local economy, we cannot ignore its negative environmental impacts to our unique and fragile ecosystem.

 

2018-03-27Mar 27, 2018

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