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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. 

2018-02-28Feb 28, 2018

Though our programming reaches beyond the North Bay, KBBF is lucky to call Santa Rosa home. This month’s column is dedicated to the groups in Santa Rosa that are organizing to support Latinos and immigrant communities.

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

The most sweeping tax reform legislation in decades was enacted into law at the end of 2017. If you pay federal income taxes, you are likely to see an impact this year.

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. 

2018-02-27Feb 27, 2018

People in Sonoma County have arrived at a moment so rare and decisive, it’s not an exaggeration to call it once in a lifetime. With the early departure of former Sheriff Steve Freitas, we are presented the opportunity to elect someone who will turn transform this beleaguered  department, or keep the status quo. Which way things will go, now lies in the hands of the voters.

2018-02-16Feb 16, 2018

The most sweeping tax reform legislation in decades was enacted into law at the end of 2017. If you pay federal income taxes, you are likely to see an impact this year. As you plan your 2018 tax strategy, here are five key changes to know about the tax reform law:

2018-02-01Feb 1, 2018

I believe we in Sonoma County like much of our country are at a crossroads. We are a microcosm for a much larger debate in our country. We can either lead or follow. We can defy our fears and cynicism and seize the opportunity we have to make change happen or we can do what we have always done. I believe we are ready for this change.

2018-01-30Jan 30, 2018

Sonoma Strong- our county-wide response to a crisis - has been a powerful example of what happens when we join hands and face our challenges together. It will take courage, commitment and mutual respect to keep that bond vital throughout our community going forward.

2018-01-30Jan 30, 2018

Nextdoor is a powerful platform that allows you to communicate with your neighbors to make your neighborhood stronger and safer...When to use an Urgent Alert vs. a regular post -  Post an Urgent Alert if someone’s safety or property is at risk and if the issue has occurred within the last 10 minutes. If you just witnessed the behavior, call 911. Then post an Urgent Alert so that your neighbors will be notified of the situation by both email and text message.

 

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.

2018-04-16Apr 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.

2018-01-03Jan 3, 2018

The Sheriff’s Department of Sonoma County has been the target of much community criticism in recent years. Since 2008, there has been continuing controversy over the office’s cooperation with ICE in the detention of undocumented members of our community. Then came the shooting of Andy Lopez and the Sheriff’s decision to keep the officer responsible on the streets. Many felt there was a need for a change.

2018-01-02Jan 2, 2018

People ask me all the time about buying a piece of land and building a tiny home or something off the grid or some other wonderful idea that mostly I can’t help them with. I spend a good deal of these conversations figuring out exactly what the person has in mind so I can determine whether I can help steer them in the right direction.

2018-01-02Jan 2, 2018

As we embrace a New Year, I thought it would be fun to highlight some of the new laws, most of which are effective January 1, 2018, unless special provisions are addressed in the text of the new law.

2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017

Bioremediation can be defined as any process that uses microorganisms,fungi,green plants or theirenzymes to return the natural environment altered by contaminants to its original condition.

2017-12-28Dec 28, 2017

The Sonoma County Tax Collector is receiving a number of inquiries from property owners who wish to “pre-pay” property taxes prior to January 1, 2018, resulting from the federal tax bill with anew $10,000 limit on state and local taxes that may be deducted for federal income tax purposes.

 

2017-12-06Dec 6, 2017

I write this as a concerned constituent of the marijuana community in Sonoma County. Having worked with several industry leaders and businesses, I am deeply concerned about the well-being of Sonoma County’s marijuana industry and understand the importance of protecting small-scale farmers. The medical-marijuana industry may soon lose its protection from federal recourse by December 8th if Congress has not approved a new budget including the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment.

2017-11-21Nov 21, 2017

As people return to evacuated areas and visit their homes, many are finding nothing more than ashes where once stood their family home filled with memories and treasured possessions.

2017-11-21Nov 21, 2017

The impact of a specific traumatic event, such as a fire, has life-changing repercussions. The questions that often arise is what can the various support services do for those whose life-course is damaged.

2017-11-21Nov 21, 2017

In the September 2017 edition, I addressed the underlying principles of the new cannabis law. Specifically, we looked at: 1)how the product can be legally used for recreational purposes; 2) how it will be regulated on the state level (overseen by three California state bureaucracies); and 3) how our Sonoma County Board of Supervisors have passed several ordinances addressing taxation and land use issues.

2017-11-03Nov 3, 2017

Beginning Monday, November 6, 2017 the Sonoma County Assessor’s office will send teams of two appraisers to the affected fire areas to inspect fire damaged properties. The appraisers’ field work will help process fire damage reassessments and may lead to adjusted property tax bills.

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

2017-01-01Jan 1, 2017

A number of people have asked me what to do in the wake of the November election. My answer is:don’t stop voting.

2018-04-03Apr 3, 2018

The Sonoma County Gazette asked the Sheriff candidates our first round of questions. The candidate answers have been published in the order in which they returned their responses. To be fair, each candidate is given equal space. In their own words....Ernesto Olivares, John Mutz, and Mark Essick are all asking for your support.

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

As many Gazette readers know, we want our readers to make educated votes when they go to the poles. Our next election will be the first time in decades that our county has had a chance to elect a new sheriff. At this point in the primary elections, we have three candidates running. When votes are counted in June, we will know which two of the three will continue on to November.

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

As many Gazette readers know, we want our readers to make educated votes when they go to the poles. Our next election will be the first time in decades that our county has had a chance to elect a new sheriff. At this point in the primary elections, we have three candidates running. When votes are counted in June, we will know which two of the three will continue on to November.

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

Though our programming reaches beyond the North Bay, KBBF is lucky to call Santa Rosa home. This month’s column is dedicated to the groups in Santa Rosa that are organizing to support Latinos and immigrant communities.

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

The decision on WHERE cannabis can be grown has only partly been decided as Sonoma County enters into farming and selling this now legal crop in California. People who voted to make this beneficial plant legal so that it can be grown for fiber, medicinal solutions, as well as recreational use, are afraid of WHERE this crop will be grown The ease of stealing and selling it attracts criminals and has caused death to innocent people living near grows.

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.

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