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2018-09-21Sep 21, 2018

As Sonoma County’s cannabis industry moves into the regulated commercial market, the County’s Code Enforcement staff has increased its efforts to halt unpermitted cannabis operations. The County delivers quick turnaround times to respond to cannabis complaints and bring these operations into compliance with County ordinances. Since January 2017, the County shut down more than 600 unpermitted cannabis operations, mandated environmental remediation, and billed over $435,797 in related fines.

2018-09-01Sep 1, 2018

I created the Sebastopol Living Peace Wall in downtown Sebastopol to promote the cause of peace and justice by honoring the peacemakers among us. Every year we infuse the peace wall with life by adding four peoples’ names to the granite panels and by putting on an Induction Ceremony and Celebration. This year’s honorees are:Daniel Ellsberg, Dolores Huerta, Tui Wilschinsky andTherese Mughannam.

2018-05-08May 8, 2018

The opioid crisis is a major talking point on the national political stage. Despite much talk by the president and many others, relatively little has been done to date to combat the crisis, which continues to grow. This is a problem for all parts of the nation, including rural areas. A May 1 report in the Journal of the American Medical Association stated, “Drug overdose deaths are at unprecedented levels in the United States.”

2018-05-08May 8, 2018

For the past 20 plus years, I have been keeping track of the law enforcement-related deaths that occur here in Sonoma County. It shocks many people to learn that I have counted 99 such deaths so far. Most of these incidents garner only one article in the local paper and are soon forgotten. A few particularly egregious cases seem to hold the public's attention for longer. I am thinking of the deaths of Jeremiah Chass, age 16, and Andy Lopez, age 14. Both teens were shot and killed by officers from our local Sheriff's Department within seconds or minutes of deputies' arrival on the scene. Our local daily paper has never summarized these 20 years of deaths - that seems to be my task.

2018-05-08May 8, 2018

Breeding and killing billions of animals for human consumption requires vast amounts of land, water, and fossil fuels. According to the United Nations, animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all modes of transportation combined, or as high as 51% if greenhouse gases (GHG) from transportation, refrigeration, deforestation, etc, that are typically categorized separately but are a direct consequence of animal agriculture, are taken into account. To reduce our own GHG footprint and set a better example for others, a shift to plant­based foods is essential to preventing a climate catastrophe.

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.

2018-05-04May 4, 2018

Sonoma County Sheriff Candidate Forum: The Sonoma County Gazette asked the Sheriff candidates our SECOND 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....Mark Essick, Ernesto Olivares, John Mutz, are all asking for your support.

2018-05-04May 4, 2018

This has been a busy time in Bodega Bay. April 5 we had a good turnout to hear our supervisor Lynda Hopkins talk about the formation of a Municipal Advisory Council.

2018-05-03May 3, 2018

Congratulations to our teachers, students, and families who are completing the school year this month. Three West County teachers received the top honor of“Teacher of the Year” from theEducation Foundationof our Friday-noon Rotary Club.

 

2018-05-03May 3, 2018

Hey west county—it’s time to talk about something that is often avoided at the dinner table, and left out of polite conversations. Namely, septic systems. Or, as my three-year-old would put it, poop.

2018-05-03May 3, 2018

Expectations for the season are high because many businesses and workers have difficulties making it through slow winter months. The Workforce Housing Fund was awarded to, and is administered by, the Russian River Alliance to assist local workers who have experienced cashflow problems due to shortened work hours or the lack of affordable housing. Since January, 6 households needed help with rent & utilities.

2018-05-03May 3, 2018

SCG: You’ve been DA for 8 years now. Have our original motivation and goals changed based on the experiences you have had? Have you accomplished specific goals and are there still goals in process that you want to continue to meet? Has your perspective on our community changed over this time?

2018-09-01Sep 1, 2018

The US Supreme Court has rejected Sonoma County’s last-ditch appeal to keep Sgt. Erick Gelhuas from facing trial. The Iraq war veteran has been charged with the 2013 wrongful shooting death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez as the boy walked down a neighborhood street with a toy rifle. This is the fourth failed appeal, which has thus far cost the County some $4 million in taxpayer dollars.

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

Pot holes and rough pavement are standard fare for drivers in El Verano, Boyes Springs, Fetters, and Agua Caliente. “Pull down your goggles, veer right then left, scoot by the first pot hole, straddle the next one, watch for the car on the corner, dodge the woman and her baby carriage, brake around the next series of bumps, and careful for the fellow leaving El Gran Taco.” This is the daily routine traveling Calle del Monte to Highway 12.

 

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

In July 2017 Santa Rosa City received a certified letter from the law firm of Shenkman & Hughes alleging that the at-large voting system impairs the voting strength of the City’s Latino voters and thus violates the California Voting Rights Act.

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

Perhaps the longest, time wise, and slowest road construction project ever in Roseland, or all of Sonoma County for that matter, may be done by Christmas of this year.

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

On Friday, May 18th, Occidental Center for the Arts is proud to present an Evening with Daniel Ziblatt, Harvard Professor of Government and co-author of international bestseller,How Democracies Die.

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

Between 2006 and 2013, hundreds of our neighbors in the County were arrested by our Sheriff’s Department, even though they were guilty of no serious crimes. Some were stopped because of a traffic violation or a broken headlight. Because they did not have a driver’s license, they were then handcuffed, jailed and detained sometimes indefinitely. Their cars were often impounded. In some cases, they were charged only with driving without a license; sometimes no charges were filed at all. Yet they were not allowed to go free, even if they paid a bond.

 

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) visited Healdsburg on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 to learn more about local issues, meet the people and decide whether a Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT)project would be a good fit for our city. Over the course of the day the two staff members and team leader met over 100 residents in 5 comfortable sessions.

2018-05-01May 1, 2018

I first became interested in the topic of human trafficking in the summer of 2016 when I participated in aGlobal Healthprogram at the University of Southern California.

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?”

2018-04-30Apr 30, 2018

One of the best resources I have found for staying on top of environmental impact issues is theNew York Times Newsletter “Climate Forward:” One of its best features is the approach it takes on “What You Can Do”—from a very personal, individual perspective.

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

Blissfully unaware that their home is being undermined by Nazi ideology of antagonism toward anything “other,” the residents of Berlin revel in playful night life and quiet romances. Political tension builds, turning friends against each other, and culminating in a chilling transition into Nazi controlled Germany.

 

2018-04-30Apr 30, 2018

Syria is an abysmal Hell, a fetid, roiling cauldron of man’s inhumanity to man. The intrigue and entanglements are intricate and have global ramifications.

2018-04-30Apr 30, 2018

Reese Witherspoon has a pretty good track record. She producedGone Girl andWild. Her last effort,Big Little Lies, garnered several Emmys. This TV  series was so successful that the second season has attracted the talents of no less a prestigious personage than Meryl Streep.

2018-04-27Apr 27, 2018

This morning at 10:32 am, Sonoma County Deputy Chief Sonoma County Counsel Alegria DeLaCruz informed attorneys representing homeless residents of the now destroyed homeless encampment in the Roseland district of Santa Rosa of a change of plans for another eviction that had been scheduled for today, April 27, at 2:30pm.

2018-04-25Apr 25, 2018

Senator Mike McGuire’s bill that will create the Great Redwood Trail from the San Francisco Bay to the Humboldt Bay is one step closer to reality this week after it was approved with a unanimous, bipartisan 12-0 vote in the Senate Transportation and Housing committee, and is now one step closer to reality today after it was approved with a unanimous, bipartisan 9-0 vote in the Senate Natural Resources and Water committee.

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. 

2018-04-19Apr 19, 2018

Each year, in honor of Bike to Work Month in May, the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition (SCBC) honors one inspiring cyclist as Bike Commuter of the Year. This year’s winner Dr. Tracey Jones is so dedicated to bicycle commuting that when she moved to Santa Rosa for her job at Kaiser, she prioritized choosing a home within cycling distance of the hospital.

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

2018-04-03Apr 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.

2018-04-02Apr 2, 2018

On Saturday, attorneys for Roseland’s homeless encampment requested a temporary restraining order with a San Francisco federal court to delay the planned eviction. Alicia Roman, one of the attorneys who recently filed a federal lawsuit fighting the eviction, said, “The county needs time to find a location for the many disabled homeless who can’t go into a shelter. Right now, shelter beds are all that can be provided, except for a few lucky people who got permanent housing.”

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.

2018-04-01Apr 1, 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.

2018-03-30Mar 30, 2018

Daily Acts is excited to announce the 2018 Community Resilience Challenge, an annual community mobilization campaign that runs April through the end of May and inspires thousands of people to save water, grow food, conserve energy, reduce waste, and build community in Sonoma County.

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

Community wealth building begins with loyalty to geographic place. If globalization is the hallmark of today’s mainstream economy, re-localization is the hallmark of the alternative…

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

District Election sited for November Election Meetings and Concerns: Two public hearings were held regarding Draft Maps and proposed sequence of elections along with further opportunity for public to respond and make recommendations regarding the proposed district boundaries and sequence of elections were held in March and two more public hearings will be happening this month.

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

Perhaps the longest, time wise, and slowest road construction project ever in Roseland, or all of Sonoma County for that matter, may be done by Christmas of this year.

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

Will Healdsburg’s current trajectory result in a science fiction fantasy (Startrek), a science based reality (severe drought) or some nostalgic wishfulness? Is it possible to prepare for the unknown while making a positive difference across the vagaries of time and temperament?

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

The free press is under attack in a way not seen since the 1960s. The current government is engaged in an ongoing attempt at degradation of some of the long-standing media pillars of our society, while promoting and using to their advantage online websites deficient in fact-checking and proficient in inferior writing.

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.

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

Under Proposition 64, marijuana is now legal in California for those over 21 years old—at least under state law. However, cannabis use is still a crime under federal law and the potential penalties are severe for those who are not U.S. citizens.

2018-03-27Mar 27, 2018

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

2018-03-27Mar 27, 2018

Peru has made many amazing contributions to world culture – among them, the Inca civilization and Machu Picchu, the mysterious Nazca lines, and Peruvian cuisine, considered one of the world’s finest.

 

2018-03-22Mar 22, 2018

Billboards warning of child sex trafficking remind Sonoma County residents that the devastating abuse of minors is closer to home than we prefer to imagine. Main Stage West’s ‘Blackbird’ is a challenging play addressing the topic of pedophilia in a stark, disturbing conversation. A young woman has returned to face the man who took advantage of her as a young teenager, searching for closure. Their stilted meeting transforms into an honest, painful exchange that is chilling in accuracy and content.

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

Hot dawg! The ambitious proposal to spruce up the Springs and give it pizazz is moving forward.Evidence of the community’s interest can be seen by active citizen attendance at the Springs Community Alliance meeting in mid-August. Chair Rich Lee introduced County Representative Yolanda Solano who moderated the meeting. 

 

 

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

On September 15 from 9AM to noon, Coastwalk will run clean-up events at 18 local coastal locations, one of the largest debris collection and removal efforts in Sonoma County and California. Coastwalk is a statewide non-profit headquartered on S. Main Street.

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.

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

A group of over 100 supporters gathered to launch the Laura Reichek Housing Hub, a satellite of COTSopened in Santa Rosa to assist victims of the devastating fires of October 2017 in Northern California.

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

The Roseland Village Teen Center has reopened for the rest of the year at Roseland Library in Roseland Village Shopping Center. Run by Sonoma County Boys and Girls Club the Teen Center is for young people in grades 7 to 12. On Saturday, October 27 at 10 am there will be a “Make a Difference Day” effort to clean up Roseland Creek, Roseland Neighbor Wood, and surrounding neighborhood areas in the center of Roseland. OnSaturday, October 27 at 10 am there will be a “Make a Difference Day” effort to clean up Roseland Creek, Roseland Neighbor Wood, and surrounding neighborhood areas in the center of Roseland.

2018-09-21Sep 21, 2018

North Bay residents participated in both sides of a debate at the Global Climate Action Summit over how to best fight climate change and whether local governments have done enough.

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

In the Fifth District, we’ve been talking a lot about carrying capacity these days.bOur office defines carrying capacity as the maximum number of visitors that a site can satisfy at one time. I think if you survey any west county resident, they’ll likely tell you we’re nearing, have reached or have far exceeded the area’s carrying capacity — especially during summer, when tourists seek respite from summertime heat, and especially along the river and coast.

 

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

On September 3, Labor Day, at 4 pm,Speaking of Palestine will debut on the nation’s first bilingual public radio station, KBBF, 89.1 FM. The show will be hosted by members of the North Coast Coalition for Palestine. We are honored to being a part of the KBBF family. Speaking of Palestine will feature news and views concerning Palestine/Israel from facts that respect the Palestinian people. Although not unique, Speaking of Palestine is one of a handful of shows that does this.

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

BRIGETTE MANSELL, MAYOR: Healdsburg Citizens do not disappoint! On two separate nights, hundreds of our neighbors poured into our public school high school gym, to provide ideas, share their dreams, and pose their questions for the SDAT process. As a proud mayor and citizen, we participated, fully, providing our visiting team with rich, specific in-put and a diversity of thinking in our stakeholder meetings.

 

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

In the last publication, I asked for readers to send me their suggestions, concerns or questions regarding the expanding homeless population in Graton. I received a lot of feedback. Some from e-mails, some calls and then some just passing conversations on the street.

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District has operated responsibly for many years, and has been an excellent steward of the public’s trust. However, the District faces a severe financial crisis that could lead to drastic measures, including laying off personnel and closing stations.

 

2018-08-29Aug 29, 2018

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors declared that September is National Preparedness Month. The preparedness campaign provides an opportunity for all of us to ready ourselves and our families now and throughout the year for potential emergency situations. According to the website Ready.gov the focus of the 2018 National Preparedness Month is:Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

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.

2018-08-28Aug 28, 2018

What fairly new idiocy is raining down on unsuspecting souls who just want to watch a favorite TV show—not have an on-air doctor’s visit? Medical advice thru pharmaceutical advertising, that’s what!

 

2018-08-28Aug 28, 2018

Most of you know that Suzi Schaffert, former co-owner with her husband Don, of Don’s Dogs and the Rio Theater, passed away last month from pancreatic cancer at the age of 63. A wake was held August 25th at the amphitheater.

2018-08-28Aug 28, 2018

After a five-hour discussion about proposed changes to cannabis regulations earlier this month, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors quickly passed the regulatory amendments and appointed three new members to the Sonoma County Cannabis Advisory Group at its meeting on Tuesday morning.

2018-09-21Sep 21, 2018

James Gore and James Lee Witt, two men involved with the North Bay’s fire recovery, may be positioned to influence how communities across the country prepare for natural disasters.

2018-08-26Aug 26, 2018

When Julia witnessed Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone, she was smitten. The regularity and sheer energy of this geothermal natural wonder struck something deep in her. She returned to California and was determined to recapture the magic it sparked for her. She painted geysers, designed jewelry with geyser imagery, created mini-sculptures of geysers, included geysers on her sewn ukulele pillows, and applied the theme to her entry in the 2018 Sonoma Community Center’s Trashion Fashion by creating a “Geyser Gown”. 

2018-08-20Aug 20, 2018

Faced with an unprecedented wildfire season in 2017 and an extremely challenging start to the 2018 season, California lawmakers approved $26 million to fund wildfire prevention and forest health grants to be spent in Northern California.

2018-08-19Aug 19, 2018

Janelle Hanchett, author of I’m Just Happy To Be Here, is a wonderful writer. She can be sassy and sarcastic without sacrificing poignancy. I would like to take credit for her talent and her articulate expression as I was her high school English teacher. But, I can’t. She was a natural.

2018-08-16Aug 16, 2018

Retired veterans of World War I gather on the veranda of a hospital, subtly discontented with the monotony of their lives. Flashy escapades are in the distant past, replaced with dull hours under the close supervision of Sister Madeleine. With a bleak future before them, the men search for reasons to go on and something worth looking forward to. A ridiculous, endearing notion takes hold of them—escape.

2018-08-15Aug 15, 2018

Since the onset of the devastating Mendocino Complex Fire on July 30th, the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB), the largest hunger-relief organization serving north coastal California, has made six critical deliveries of emergency food to Lake County.

2018-08-14Aug 14, 2018
2018-08-13Aug 13, 2018

The County proposed a $300 million bond issue to address the housing crisis. Those funds would have been leveraged two or three times and generate enough funds to make a significant impact. The surveys showed that the vast majority of residents supported the measure. BUT…a few wealthy and well-connected people felt compelled to put their greed and bias ahead of what is good for the county.

2018-08-03Aug 3, 2018

Women in the U.S.A. are protesting with all their might against the separation of children from families seeking asylum at our southern border. Compassionate men, including myself, are joining in the protest. Congress seems completely unable to agree onany immigration policy, but one judge has stepped up to order the practice of separation to stop and for re-unification of families to be accomplished swiftly.

2018-08-02Aug 2, 2018

What fairly new idiocy is raining down on unsuspecting souls who just want to watch a favorite TV show—not have an on-air doctor’s visit? Medical advice thru pharmaceutical advertising, that’s what!

 

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.

2018-09-21Sep 21, 2018

After several months of discussions, labor and business representatives failed to find to find common ground about how to best spend the money from an affordable housing bond on Santa Rosa's November ballot. 

2018-08-02Aug 2, 2018

Summer is winding down except of course for Lazy Bear Weekend the first weekend in August and Russian River Pride the last weekend in August. Traditions are important here in the River.

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

On July 10 County Planning conducted an Environmental Review Report (EIR) as Step 6 in the development of the Springs Specific Plan. Once the final EIR and financing is set, the County will move toward final plan adoption. Anyone wishing to obtain a copy of the SSP or submit recommendations may do so by contacting Yolanda Solano (707-565-7387) or yolanda.solano@sonoma-county.org.

 

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.

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

IWow what a month; shout out to Leslie Graves, coordinator for theWednesday Market in Santa Rosawho organized a successful “Families Belong Together Rally” in Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa with an estimated 3000 in attendance.

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

With an ongoing “housing crisis” of lack of housing it is sad this Roseland resident was forced out onto the streets by the city. It is ironic because now the city of Santa Rosa will be putting tax increase Ballot Initiatives on the November Ballot to pay for “new” affordable housing to be built. This is while the city has been holding onto houses in Roseland already bought by Sonoma County taxpayers and keeping them empty. So the taxpayers paid “Top Dollar” for houses which the city has now claimed are “surplus” and has told the public the city will demolish the houses. Wasteful!

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

Whew. After one week of deliberations, the Board of Supervisors has ratified the county’s 2018-19 operating and capital budget, totalling $1.68 billion. Looking toward the future with the hope of rebuilding our County after last fall’s horrific fire, we approved a strategic budget that will help us ride out our current storm while also preparing for challenges we anticipate and expect in the future.

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

Upcoming MAC events include: Lower Russian River MAC Town Hall 3 - Saturday, Aug. 18, 1-3pm

Please join Supervisor Lynda Hopkins to discuss district boundaries, the recruitment process and qualifications for MAC representatives at Guerneville Elementary School. 14630 Armstrong Woods Rd. Guerneville

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

It’s about cars, drivers, and music. Although the lowrider lifestyle begins and ends with the wheels, there’s lots of room for photo ops, movies, bands, magazines, street parties, music, and even fashion.

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

The federal government has long had a sort of “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy toward much of our economy here—wineries, agriculture, restaurants, hotels, and construction, among others.

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

If you could, what would you tell an unbiased team of architects, planners, economists and sustainability experts offering to help us design a viable, healthy, sustainable Healdsburg?

 

2018-09-18Sep 18, 2018

At its Tuesday, Sept. 18 meeting, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors applied for a state grant to fund outreach and treatment for mentally ill homeless people, approved new usage rules for the county's veterans buildings and awarded a construction contract to build a tunnel connecting the jail with a new county courthouse.

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

Above all else, Elbert “Big Man” Howard loved his comrades and all oppressed people, who he never stopped fighting for.

2018-07-31Jul 31, 2018

LETTERS from Gazette READERS - September 2018

2018-07-31Jul 31, 2018

LETTERS from Gazette READERS - August 2018

2018-07-31Jul 31, 2018

Many people have weighed in on the decisions surrounding Cannabis cultivation in Sonoma County. Here are some of this month's opinions...

2018-07-31Jul 31, 2018

Faced with a rapidly worsening affordability crisis, twelve labor, tenants rights and environmental groups proposed a slate of actions to lead an“equitable, just and sustainable recovery” from last year’s wildfires.

2018-07-30Jul 30, 2018

In case you haven’t heard, Recology is the newest waste management company serving Sonoma County. They are defined in Wikipedia as “an integrated resource recovery company headquartered in San Francisco, California. The company collects and processes municipal solid waste, reclaiming useful materials that would have otherwise been buried in a landfill. Recology has been in business for 100 years.”

2018-07-29Jul 29, 2018

David Hogg and his sister Lauren lived through the horrible shooting at their high school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. They take turns in their book,#Never Again, describing what they experienced and how they’ve become activists in the aftermath, especially David. But the book describes their personal developmental process before and because of this horrible tragedy.

 

2018-07-23Jul 23, 2018

At 6:13 AM, Big Man joined the ancestors. Above all else, Elbert "Big Man" Howard loved his comrades and all oppressed people, who he never stopped fighting for. There will be a celebration of life for Big Man in a few weeks and information about this will be shared as soon as details are available. Big Man would say, "All Power Belongs to the People"

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.

2018-07-10Jul 10, 2018

The Imaginists are a creative, satirical theater company, presenting free performances in local parks with minimal props and sets. They arrive on bicycles, quickly setting up a backdrop and finalizing costuming while the audience gathers with folding chairs, blankets and friendly dogs to watch the show and enjoy Sonoma County’s beautiful outdoors.

2018-09-11Sep 11, 2018

In this unique production, Spreckels presents a spectacular example of contemporary drama. Join Christopher on a fascinating journey through his world; terrified of being touched, and unable to comprehend the intricacies of social interaction, the teenager is brilliant with mathematics.

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.

2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018

Goat Ropers rolled through Roseland in the night and rustled out two goats recently donated to the Bayer Farm project run by Land Paths.

2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018

The federal government has long had a sort of “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy toward much of our economy here—wineries, agriculture, restaurants, hotels, and construction, among others.

2018-06-27Jun 27, 2018

The Press Democrat published an article on June 3 of their cannabis poll results from 500 county voters; three questions asked about cannabis safety, grow location, and crime.

2018-06-27Jun 27, 2018

Humans are well aware of the imminent effects of climate change. In fact, drought-like conditions and extended fire seasons will be our new-normal due to the sheer amount of human-related greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. However, one variable of the climate change equation that is not well known among the general population is the effect of livestock on the production of greenhouse gasses.

2018-06-27Jun 27, 2018

Carol Benfell wrote an excellent summary of how some local people in Sonoma County worked hard to conserve some beautiful natural surroundings we are blessed to have here. We need to keep in mind vigilance is necessary if we are going to be able protect our lovely area from an onslaught of development in the future.

2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018

The lure is upon us! The Ocean beckons, that Island get-away inches closer and the magic of a dreamy “Vacation” sucks us into the flow!It’s like a lovely form of quicksand, the seasonal shiny object coaxing: c’mon!It’s time to let “time out” caress away those Winter chills; time to put causes aside. I know all that, so why is it so difficult to just turn off the news and get outta Dodge?

 

2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018

The Local Shuttle #24 will be free starting June 4, due to the unanimous vote of the City Council on May 15 to subsidize the yearly rider fare revenue.

 

2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018

Ragle Road and Bodega Avenue – Joint App: Sebastopol submitted a joint grant application with the County of Sonoma for funds from Caltrans’Active Transportation Program [ATP]. The goal of the ATP is to fund projects that increase bicycling and walking [the physically active modes of transportation], like the construction of trails, bike lanes, pedestrian beacons, or crosswalks. 

 

2018-09-11Sep 11, 2018

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Tuesday heard public comment on six lawsuits against the county, approved an amendment to the county’s mining ordinance and granted county employees affected by the fires 40 hours of leave time.

2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018

Unstoppable by Inga Lizdenyte is many things: an autobiography, an epistolary piece, a spiritual/inspirational guide and a tragic love story.

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.

2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018

Whew. After one week of deliberations, the Board of Supervisors has ratified the county’s 2018-19 operating and capital budget, totalling $1.68 billion. Looking toward the future with the hope of rebuilding our County after last fall’s horrific fire, we approved a strategic budget that will help us ride out our current storm while also preparing for challenges we anticipate and expect in the future.

2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018

July, the best month in Monte Rio, kicks off with our fireworks on Sunday 7/1. The fireworks are sponsored byMonte Rio Chamber, Monte Rio Rec & Park, and Monte Rio Fire Foundation.

2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018

As Summer eases into Healdsburg, residents are thinking about more than family gatherings, Prune Packer baseball games, visits to Memorial Beach, and even the pending completion of our famous (infamous?) Roundabout! We are very excited about an upcoming August visit by a team of outside experts to help develop a vision and blueprint for our City through 2040.

 

2018-06-19Jun 19, 2018

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) lists the near-term transportation projects, programs and investment priorities for the San Francisco Bay Area's surface transportation system--projects that have a federal interest and locally and state-funded regionally significant projects.

2018-06-01Jun 1, 2018

The headline in the Wall Street Journal seemed to sum up the president’s plans for dealing with America’s high drug prices. “Drug Industry Relieved By Price Proposal,” it read and then described the president’s blueprint as falling short of “more far-reaching ideas.” Since the plan contained no major threat to the status quo, it’s no wonder it boosted pharmaceutical stocks.

2018-06-01Jun 1, 2018

One of the best resources I have found for staying on top of environmental impact issues is theNew York Times Newsletter “Climate Forward:” One of its best features is the approach it takes on “What You Can Do”—from a very personal, individual perspective.

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.

2018-05-31May 31, 2018

The Local Shuttle #24 will be free starting June 4, due to the unanimous vote of the City Council on May 15 to subsidize the yearly rider fare revenue.

 

2018-09-10Sep 10, 2018

Santa Rosa city staff will present a plan to incentivize taller residential buildings downtown at the City Council's September 25 meeting. 

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.

2018-05-31May 31, 2018

We held our second Lower Russian River MAC informational meeting on Wednesday, May 9. During the meeting we shared the proposed boundary for the LRR MAC. We expect the boundary to encompass the area of Forestville, Guerneville, Rio Nido, Monte Rio, Duncans Mills and Cazadero (minus the west hills).

2018-05-31May 31, 2018

June already! Time to chill with friends and enjoy our beautiful outdoors. Maybe pick up a homemade Meyer Lemon ice cream at Rio Café. We all need time to decompress.

2018-05-31May 31, 2018

Through strong community support, stellar lineups and sheer persistence, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival is celebrating 20 years of America’s indigenous art form known as jazz at various venues in Healdsburg fromJ une 1–10. Starting as a modest jazz concert in 1997 with George Cables playing solo at the Dancing Goat (now Flying Goat) it has grown into a ten-day festival with year-round jazz performance and music education programming.

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

Pot holes and rough pavement are standard fare for drivers in El Verano, Boyes Springs, Fetters, and Agua Caliente. “Pull down your goggles, veer right then left, scoot by the first pot hole, straddle the next one, watch for the car on the corner, dodge the woman and her baby carriage, brake around the next series of bumps, and careful for the fellow leaving El Gran Taco.” This is the daily routine traveling Calle del Monte to Highway 12.

 

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.

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

In July 2017 Santa Rosa City received a certified letter from the law firm of Shenkman & Hughes alleging that the at-large voting system impairs the voting strength of the City’s Latino voters and thus violates the California Voting Rights Act.

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

In July 2017 Santa Rosa City received a certified letter from the law firm of Shenkman & Hughes alleging that the at-large voting system impairs the voting strength of the City’s Latino voters and thus violates the California Voting Rights Act.

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

I am Branch Wroth’s mother, Marni Wroth. I’m could not accept your invitation for a chit-chat before you released a statement to the press. I wish I had faith enough in our system to think that the press release would be objective and fair. Instead, it follows the pattern I have seen many times over: the report vilifies the victim of a police shooting, in this instance my son, with no understanding of who he was.

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

Humans are well aware of the imminent effects of climate change. In fact, drought-like conditions and extended fire seasons will be our new-normal due to the sheer amount of human-related greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. However, one variable of the climate change equation that is not well known among the general population is the effect of livestock on the production of greenhouse gasses. 

2018-09-07Sep 7, 2018

At events this Fall, MTC and ABAG staff will be taking a closer look at seven strategies to promote a more mobile Bay Area by 2050, a place where everyone has a suite of travel options to use on demand, regardless of where they work, live and play.

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

This spring, young people throughout the United States are celebrating their graduations from high school and college. Many of these graduates are immigrants or the children of immigrants, a tangible reminder that the American Dream still plays out every day in this country, from sea to shining sea. 

2018-05-28May 28, 2018

School is out and Roseland’s streets will be more active during daytime with children rushing about on foot and bicycles. Please be careful and slow down for our youth.

2018-05-28May 28, 2018

Loyal volunteer Judy Elliott has taken on the task of locating and recording new PSAs for the station. Her work in finding educational matter—much of it in Spanish—earned her the unofficial title of PSA Czar.

2018-05-28May 28, 2018

Alicia Sanchez, president of KBBF’s board of directors, reports that, due to the hard work of KBBF’s board, the volunteers, and the community of listeners and supporters, there is a new agreement with the City of Santa Rosa that will keep the station’s property out of foreclosure.

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.

2018-05-22May 22, 2018

Beginning Wednesday, May 30, 2018, the County of Sonoma in collaboration with the City of Santa Rosa will temporarily close the section of the Joe Rodota Trail (JRT) from Roseland Avenue to Dutton Avenue to remove unlawful encampments and reestablish a safe and clean environment for all trail visitors. The effort is anticipated to last two days, after which the County will reopen the closed section of the JRT for recreational trail use. 

2018-05-18May 18, 2018

On Friday, May 18th, the television show 13 Reasons Why will air its second season on Netflix. Parents/guardians should be aware that the show is an intense drama that was not designed for younger children to watch alone. This show is rated MA 17+, for mature audiences as the fictional drama takes a very serious, emotional and graphic look at the realities of bullying, depression, sexual assault, substance abuse, suicide and more.

2018-05-17May 17, 2018

There have been Frances McDormand sightings in Petaluma, she is rumored to be a denizen of Bolinas that semi-mysterious enclave of supposedly sequestered celebrities.

2018-05-17May 17, 2018

Marlene Cullen is the editor of Connections, a collection of stories, poems and anecdotes which is destined to become part of an anthology. This is the second book in The Write Spot to Jump Start your Writing series. Ms. Cullen says she is passionate about writing.

2018-05-17May 17, 2018

Have you ever seen better weather? It has been sunny and any wind came at night after we were once again housebound. We still need rain, but it is hard to complain about perfection.

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