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2020-04-01Apr 1, 2020

The Federal government is working now on the next stimulus bill. This is a good time to be telling your Federal representatives what you want to see in that bill. Congressman Mike Thompson will be holding a FB Live Town Hall on April 2 from 7-8pm. Information here. My next scheduled live FB fireplace chat will be Thursday at 8:30 and then Sunday at the same time on my public facebook page here. I'm answering some Frequently Asked Questions in thsi briefing.

2019-10-28Oct 28, 2019

Our County by Lynda Hopkins - 5th District Supervisor - November 2019. Local Coastal Plan, PSPS, or “Public Safety” Power Shutoffs, Flood Recovery Funds, Disaster Prep Fair, CalFire Fire Prevention Grants.

2020-03-31Mar 31, 2020

We must recognize that while we are all taking difficult steps to protect our community members who are most vulnerable to COVID-19, a prolonged shelter-in-place order creates NEW vulnerabilities in other members of our community. For those workers and businesses who are classified as non-essential, this news is especially difficult. Those of us who are still able to work must do our best to support others. Can you donate to a local non-profit? or volunteer to deliver essentials?

2020-03-30Mar 30, 2020

We will get through this pandemic. But we will survive and thrive as a community only if we value one another equally. From the youngest to the eldest, from the most vulnerable to the healthiest, let’s take care of one another by throwing ourselves into our new jobs — and showing the world the tough, compassionate stuff that Sonoma County is made of. We must stand up and demand access to adequate personal protective equipment, testing, and safety protocols for healthcare workers, our front-line soldiers in this crisis.

2020-03-20Mar 20, 2020

On Thursday, Governor Newsom issued a Stay at Home order to protect the health and well being of all Californians. The State has also launched a website with information on California's response. The County of Sonoma Shelter in Place order is consistent with the State order and no major changes are expected due to this addition. In keeping with my pledge to keep answering your questions and keep you informed, we've now held two live facebook chats. You can view the video for last night's session (March 19)here. Our schedule for these fireplace live chats is every Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday at 8:30 pm on my public facebook page here. Please join us with your questions in english or in spanish.

2020-02-03Feb 3, 2020

It’s election season! District 5 voters will be deciding on measures addressing schools, fire prevention, and transit. After so many months of digging out from one emergency after another, it is refreshing and exciting to look forward to building solutions for our communities’ future. Here is a bit of background on the measures on the ballot for March, plus one measure that will be on the ballot in November that could use your feedback now. 


2020-01-02Jan 2, 2020

In December, the County of Sonoma declared a state of emergency due to the 200+ person encampment on the  Joe Rodota Trail (JRT). I have been pushing the County of Sonoma to address the deteriorating situation on the JRT for months. In fact, I’d requested that the encampment be agendized for public discussion by the Board of Supervisors in mid-October, and was working to address the growing crisis — but then the Kincade Fire hit, and staff was forced to turn their attention to emergency operations, sheltering, and short-term fire recovery. So here we are, in 2020, with more than 200 people camped along a public trail inside the city limits of Santa Rosa.

2019-12-23Dec 23, 2019

Changes in State law related to accessory dwelling units (ADUs) will take effect January 1, 2020. These regulatory updates will remove minimum lot size requirements and reduce setback requirements, and private covenants (CC&Rs) may no longer prohibit ADUs on lots zoned for single family dwellings. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are backyard cottages up to 1,200 square feet.

2019-12-10Dec 10, 2019

The pressures that online shopping are putting on the mere existence of small shops dictates the need to adapt, diversify and support the small shop local way of life! . . . and I must mention Ms. Vesta stopped by and took some photos as she does for all the advertisers. What Commitment!

2019-11-06Nov 6, 2019

Permit Sonoma is conducting initial damage assessments on an estimated 59buildings damaged by the Kincade Fire. Rapid Evaluation Safety Assessment, also known as RESA,allows people to inhabit and use safe homes and businesses, and ensures that people are prohibited from entering unsafe structures.

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Local Guide for takeout food

Sonoma County Restaurants who offer Take-Out Food during the Corona Virus Shelter-in-Place.
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SENIOR Resources during COVID-19 Pandemic

SENIOR Resources during COVID-19 Pandemic - Grocery Stores, Meals, Caregiving, Transportation and more to Shelter-in-Place. NOT on our LIST - Get LISTED HERE:

Family Guide for Corona Virus Shelter-in-Place - Sonoma County - with link to SCOE activities and more 

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Your 2020 GUIDE to support locally-owned garden businesses and natural landscaping practices.

LOCAL GUIDE to Cannabis Dispensaries and Delivery Services, Sonoma County & Beyond.

LOCAL GUIDE to Cannabis Dispensaries and Delivery Services, Sonoma County & Beyond.All dispensaries have verified their information.

Sonoma County Bicycle Shops and Groups

Sonoma County Bike Shops and Groups. Find LOCALLY-OWNED Bicycle Shops for NEW, Used and Rental Bicycles as well as REPAIR. Look for a bike-riding group that suits your needs and style.

Locally-Owned Jewelry Businesses in Sonoma County

Find Goldsmiths and Jewelers who create custom designs, offer jewelry repair, estate appraisals, and gems.

Bookstores of Sonoma County - LOCAL GUIDE

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Flower Shops and Florists of Sonoma County

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