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2019-09-27Sep 27, 2019

anta Rosa, CA – Sonoma County was recently awarded $586,739 in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to support projects that mitigate seismic and wildfire hazards throughout the County. The awards come after an extensive application and review period that followed the Sonoma Complex Fires.  After the 2017 Fires, we immediately started identifying available grants to help our community recover.” said Board of Supervisors Chair David Rabbitt. The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds will increase public safety in Sonoma County. The California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) administers these federal funds which require a total of $195,580 in local match funding. 

2019-08-28Aug 28, 2019

Across the USA, 45 cities and counties have approved local minimum wage laws to address soaring inequality. Twenty-six are in high-cost California coastal counties and the Bay Area: San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, and San Diego. North Bay cities are joining the ‘Fight for $15’ movement. Sonoma approved the first citywide minimum wage law in June 2019 and Petaluma passed the second in July. Novato, Santa Rosa, Cotati, and Sebastopol are considering $15 citywide minimum wage ordinances and will likely adopt legislation comparable to Petaluma’s. 

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.

2019-07-13Jul 13, 2019

Once again, Donald Trump has declared his intention to start raids against our immigrant communities. (“ICE”) has formulated a plan to find and deport thousands of immigrants, and announced that it will be implemented starting this weekend. I’ve written the detailed description below as a guide for immigrants as to their legal rights and remedies when confronted byICE - Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

It happens to most of us at some point. You’re on your way to work, stressed because you hit ‘off’ instead of ‘snooze’ on your alarm, or you’re in a hurry to get home before the babysitter’s parents come to pick her up. Suddenly you hear a siren scream and lights flash in your rear-view mirror, causing your heart to sink. Attorney Amy Chapman offers some advice on how to stay out of trouble during a routine stop.

2019-06-18Jun 18, 2019

Santa Rosa, CA - Today, the City of Santa Rosa and the County of Sonoma, together with seven other counties and cities, announced that they and PG&E have accepted a mediator’s proposal of $415 million to resolve the collective cities’ and counties’ North Bay Fires claims. The mediator’s proposal is exclusive of and does not affect the claims of any residents, individuals, or businesses. 

2019-05-26May 26, 2019

Our Sonoma County roads do seem to be getting a little more crowded and dangerous.  For example, look at the busy intersection near Stony Point Road and Highway 12, where at least three hit-and-runs have occurred over the last 6-8 months.  It does not shock me that some drivers are inattentive.  I see it all the time in my personal injury practice.  Certainly, my readers also see it all the time on our local roads.  Texting while driving.  Zipping in and out of lanes of traffic, without signaling.  The list goes on and on.  Our roads have become a type of battlefield.   The laws of physics are unforgiving and unwavering.  Newton’s laws of motion do not discriminate.  I can only speculate why a driver would flee the scene.  Perhaps they were already breaking the law (under the influence of drugs or alcohol).  Perhaps they do not even own the car and are scared of the consequences.  Perhaps they have no sense of morals or conscious.  Perhaps they have no automobile insurance. 

 

2019-01-30Jan 30, 2019

You may think it is self-evident that an immigrant who marries a U.S. citizen can get their green card (permanent residence) and stay in this country.  Most Americans I meet assume this is the case.  The truth is quite different. The anti-Mexican bias in our immigration laws is one of the government’s best-kept secrets. 

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