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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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2018-09-01Sep 1, 2018

Local environmental groups in the San Francisco Bay area and Sonoma County often point to the successes of this resident-led initiative as proof we in the North Bay are a “Green” community. As a matter of fact, many of the organizations promoting tourism to the North Bay and Sonoma County invoke the natural beauty and conservation as marketing tools to get the visitors to come to the “Sonoma County Wine Country”. Going green has become a profitable approach now.

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

I know it is the middle of summer, so the idea of planning for next year is probably the furthest thing from your mind. Though with the way the days fly past, before we know it we will be up against the holidays and the New Year will be upon us. Now is the time to start planning for 2019.

2018-07-30Jul 30, 2018
2018-07-10Jul 10, 2018

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to consider placing on the Nov. 6 ballot a one-eighth-cent sales tax for regional and local park improvements. If approved by voters, the sales tax would support the county and cities with their long-term needs to maintain parks, protect natural resources, reduce wildfire risks, provide health and recreation programs, and open new parks and trails.

2018-07-09Jul 9, 2018

County Supervisors will join together with wildfire survivors Wednesday in a call for action against legislative changes to utility liability law and a commitment to partner with the state on fire-prevention efforts.

2018-06-30Jun 30, 2018

The devastation of our October Fires is having an impact on decades of land-use and transportation planning. 5,000 plus homes got destroyed in the fire and now the county wants to build more than 30,000 new homes to replace what was lost, and ease the high price of housing by changing the supply vs. demand ratio.

2018-06-29Jun 29, 2018

An update to an article submitted last May about trespassing enforcement and fire prevention as it relates to illegal homeless encampments in our area.

2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018

The problem with having a business especially a small business is that there is never enough time to do everything that you need (never mind want) to do.

2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018

At the May meeting of the Democratic Club, members were charmed by four young women who participated in the March for Our Livesin DC, and reassured by their enthusiasm for gun control and political action in general. Cheers! But in light of another mass shooting last Friday the 19th, feeling cheerful wasn’t quite enough.

2018-06-19Jun 19, 2018

Erin Brockovich, one of the nation’s leading consumer advocates, has joined theMauro Archer & Associates andWatts Guerra team North Bay residents against PG&E over its role in the October 2017 wildfires.

2018-06-01Jun 1, 2018

Most Americans know that a white racist assassinated Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4,1968 – fifty years ago. But few understand the historical context and why King was in Memphis.

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

The Sonoma County Office of Resilience and Recovery's five year Fire Recovery Plan and the Sonoma County General Plan Update will prioritize land-use altercations and other policies with the goal of reducing fire risk, improving emergency preparedness, and making our communities and lands more resilient, healthy and climate-smart.

2018-05-31May 31, 2018

An update to an article submitted last May about trespassing enforcement and fire prevention as it relates to illegal homeless encampments in our area.

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

At the May meeting of the Democratic Club, members were charmed by four young women who participated in the March for Our Livesin DC, and reassured by their enthusiasm for gun control and political action in general. Cheers! But in light of another mass shooting last Friday the 19th, feeling cheerful wasn’t quite enough.

2018-05-28May 28, 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?

2018-05-28May 28, 2018

Last month the unthinkable happened. Some crook stole my “identity” and opened credit card accounts in my name. Before I knew it, the thief purchased over $12,000 in goods. What are my rights?

2018-05-25May 25, 2018

On April 10, 2018, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors conducted a Cannabis Ordinance Study Session and adopted a Resolution of Intention to update the existing Cannabis Ordinance.

2018-05-21May 21, 2018

The Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps (SCYEC) is a jobs, workforce training and ecosystem education program aimed at employing youth and young adults while teaching them about environmental stewardship. The SCYEC provides youth and young adults paychecks, valuable work experience, environmental education, and the opportunity to contribute to their community through ongoing outdoor experiences.

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.

2018-05-02May 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.

2018-05-02May 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?”

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

Last month my family flew to Connecticut for a long-awaited vacation. Our connection time in Chicago was supposed to be 1 ½ hours, but due to “crew scheduling issues”, our flight was delayed an additional three hours. We did not arrive until 3 am (instead of 10 pm as scheduled). Do I have any “flight rights?”

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

We encourage dialogue among our readers and with us. Please send your LETTERS to vesta@sonic.net

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.

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

There were no old people in the Springs Community Hall the night Ken Brown, former longtime mayor, put on a Middle Eastern fusion event called “Jews, Blues and Sufis”, just a bunch of grey-heads and greybeards frolicking on the dance floor in joyful gyrations. It was a pleasure to see them, I was too weary to join but watching from the sidelines, people I’ve seen in various progressive political circles now cavorting as if they were kids.

2018-08-29Aug 29, 2018

Concerned about preventing discrimination from rearing its ugly head in Guerneville? Have any complaints or suggestions for our local law enforcement? Maybe you would just like to thank law enforcement for providing us with a dedicated deputy and doing a good job at treating all of our community members with fairness and respect? Wanna talk about how homelessness or immigration policies affect our community? The Sonoma County Human Rights Commission (HRC) and the Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach (IOLERO) will be bringing a road show here to Timberline (16440 4th St, Guerneville) on Thursday, Sept. 27th at 5:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Incoming Sheriff Essick and Supervisor Hopkins will also be attending.

2018-08-19Aug 19, 2018

Local not-for-profit Community First Credit Union has crafted a new real estate loan to help local residents purchase lots burned out during the recent firestorms. The funding allows them time and money to pursue plans, permits and people to rebuild on the property.

2018-08-03Aug 3, 2018

The landmark California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, co-authored with Senator Bill Dodd, Assemblymember Ed Chau, and Senator Bob Hertzberg, was recently signed into law, creating a bulwark against unscrupulous firms that troll the internet, collecting personal data they sell to other companies for profit.

2018-08-02Aug 2, 2018

An update to an article submitted last May about trespassing enforcement and fire prevention as it relates to illegal homeless encampments in our area.

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

“The recovery is not a sprint, it’s a marathon,” said Teri Shore in her talk before the Alliance for a Just Recovery, a baker’s dozen of local groups brought together by Jobs for Justice, which held its first public meeting July 19. About 200 people attended, with several electeds represented including Mike Thompson’s office and Jared Huffman’s. Santa Rosa city councilmember, Julie Combs was present, as well as Una Glass from the Sebastopol City Council.

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