Oct 10, 2019
by Lynda Hopkins, 5th District Supervisor - Sonoma County
On September 17th, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors formally joined cities, counties, and countries across the world in declaring a climate emergency, establishing this issue as a top priority.
Over 1,000 local governments representing 219 million people in 19 countries have issued resolutions to solidify their commitment to mobilizing an emergency response commensurate with the scale of the climate crisis.
While we continue to work daily on disaster preparedness and clean-ups from the 6 years of floods, wildfires and droughts attributable to climate change, we also need to look at the larger picture and address the systemic issues that continue to contribute to warming our planet.
We are working on the development of local policies that will drive the greatest impact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These actions will be considered at the Board of Supervisors’ Strategic Priorities discussion on January 28, 2020 along with other Strategic Priorities for 2020. In the meantime, there is plenty we can all be doing. Below are two great programs with Sonoma Clean Power that enable you to become part of the solution.
One of a Kind Evergreen from Sonoma Clean Power
– 100% local, renewable electricity, 24/7!
EverGreen utilizes solar energy from Petaluma and Cloverdale when the sun is shining, and geothermal energy from the Geysers when the sun goes down. This is unique because the majority of energy providers still use natural gas to subsidize their renewable options at night.
The premium for EverGreen is $0.025/kWh, so for only about $13 more per month (based on an average residential customer), you will significantly reduce your carbon footprint without having to make any other changes to your lifestyle.
The City of Sonoma provided early leadership by upgrading their municipal accounts to EverGreen in 2017. Since that time, the City Councils of Cotati and Sebastopol, voted to upgrade all their municipal accounts to EverGreen. The Town of Windsor and the County of Sonoma have also upgraded a number of accounts to EverGreen and the City of Santa Rosa is currently discussing the subject. Switching to EverGreen helps us build more local clean energy facilities and support existing facilities in Sonoma and Mendocino counties.
If you are a Sonoma Clean Power customer, upgrading to EverGreen is the single easiest and most important step you can take today to help reduce your carbon footprint. By choosing EverGreen, you eliminate nearly all greenhouse gas emissions from your electricity use. Join the clean energy future and power your life with EverGreen.
SCP will do the rest!
Sonoma Clean Power is managing a project from the CALeVIP program. This project provides funding and support to build out the network of EV chargers throughout Sonoma County. Funding is available for a wide range of eligible applicants and the funding allocated $6 million over 3 years for level 2 and 3 chargers – many of which will be placed in District 5 areas that are currently underserved, rural and low income communities.
Chargers can be placed in most locations that are accessible to the public 24/7, with priority given to spots that currently are lacking charging stations.
This is an exciting opportunity to help grow the capacity for electric vehicles and reduce the significant impact of gas powered transport.
Contact Nelson Lomeli at Sonoma Clean Power at: email@example.com
if you are interested in using this financing to add EV charging stations to your public location.
Our warming climate brings to mind the 2nd anniversary of our devastating firestorm that occurs this month. The fires began on October 8th, and were out of control for weeks. So many of our community members have been affected – either directly or indirectly. Families and small businesses are still feeling the economic hit across the county. Many are dealing with the mental health challenges wrought by the fires. Remember to be kind – give your fellow community members a break, remembering that we do not know who is affected and how.
During our high-risk season, practice fire safe measures.
Check out the Fire Safe Sonoma webpage, which has a wealth of resources and practical guidelines. Always remember that just one spark can ignite a fire in the dry conditions we have right now.
Stay safe out there.
Permit Sonoma invites you to attend and provide input at the upcoming public workshops on thePublic Review Draft of the Sonoma County Local Coastal Plan (LCP). The LCP Update includes updated maps and focused policy in the areas of public access, water resources, geologic hazards, biological resources, and sea level rise.
October 26, 2019
10 AM-12 PM
Bodega Bay Fire Station
510 State Hwy 1
November 5, 2019
6 PM-8 PM
Timber Cove Fire Station
30800 Seaview Road
The Sea Ranch
November 17, 2019
12 PM- 2 PM
Del Mar Hall
40600 Leeward Rd
The Sea Ranch
Permit Sonoma Hearing room
2550 Ventura Ave
Printed copies of the Draft are available for your review at Permit Sonoma and various public locations as posted on our webpage. If you would like more information, assistance locating the nearest hard copy, or if you are unable to attend the workshops and would like to submit input please contact Cecily Condon, e-mail: PRMD-LCP-Update@sonoma-county.org phone: 707-565-1958; or at the Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department, 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.
October 17 from 5:30 pm, the Lower Russian River MAC will hold its bi-monthly meeting at the Monte Rio Community Center. We have an interesting agenda planned with presentations on roads, flood recovery funds, EV charging stations, vacation rental rules, and more.
Community members can expect an update on issues affecting the Lower Russian River region as well as the County. Agendas will be available 72 hours before the meeting at LRRMAC here.
A River's Last Chance | Eel River Documentary Screening: Thursday, October 10, 6:30 pm, Laguna Environmental Center
Weekend Along Farm Trails: Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13
Sonoma County Art Trails: October 12-13, County-wide, hosted by Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Meeting: Tuesday October 15, 8:30 am
Lower Russian River MAC meeting: Thursday, October 17, 5:30 - 8:30 pm, Monte Rio Community Center
Russian River Trail Study, Stakeholder Meeting: Friday, Oct. 18, 10:30am-11:30am, Conference Room 212, Building A, Sonoma County Regional Parks, 2300 County Center Drive, Santa Rosa
Sonoma County Art Trails: October 19-20, Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors: Tuesday, October 22, 8:30 a.m.
Lower Russian River Trail Study Community Workshop: Wednesday, October 23, 6:00pm-7:30pm, Community Room, Monte Rio Recreation & Park District, 20488 Highway 116, Monte Rio
Sonoma County Local Coastal Plan: Bodega Bay Public Workshop, Saturday, October 26, 10 am - 12pm, Bodega bay Fire Station, 510 state Hwy 1, Bodega Bay
Land Use Appeal Hearings: Tuesday, October 29, 8:30 am, Board of Supervisors
Land Use Appeal Hearings: Monday, November 4, 8:30 am, Board of Supervisors
Fifth District Supervisor Lynda Hopkins | County of Sonoma | 707-565-2241
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