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Santa Rosa on Notice for Elections 

Feb 28, 2018
by Elaine B. Holtz


Santa Rosa is transitioning from at-large to district-based elections November 6, 2018.

The city received a certified letter from the law firm of Shenkman & Hughes on July 17, 2017 claiming the city is violating the California Voting Rights Act (Elec. Code §§ 14025-14032) because Council members are elected at-large rather than by districts. A total of five public hearings were scheduled between February and April. To date two public hearings were held in February along with publishing draft maps and potential sequences of elections. On March 13 the third public hearing will be held and at this time tentatively a review of the maps will happen along with the opportunity for the public to respond and make recommendations regarding the proposed district boundaries and sequences of elections. Meetings will be held Santa Rosa City Council Chamber. For additional information visit or call the city at 707-543-3015. City Clerk, Daisy Gomez is in charge of this issue.

Women’s History Month ~ 40 years of writing women back into history in Santa Rosa/Sonoma Country 2018 is the 40th anniversary of Women’s History Week (the week of March 8, 1978), which led to the celebration of National Women’s History Month in March, but few people know that since its inception in 1980, the National Women’s History Project (NWHP) has been headquartered here in Santa Rosa and In honor of Women’s History Month, Molly Murphy MacGregor, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Chair of the National Women’s History Project Board of Directors will give a talk about the history NWHP, its impact on women, and its future at the Sonoma County Museum.

MacGregor is a former high school social studies teacher who has worked for over 35 years in the field of gender equity and women’s history. Her work in the field of multicultural women’s history has been widely recognized including awards from the National Education Association, the US Department of Education, and the National Association for Multicultural Education, and the Association for Gender Equity Leadership in Education Leadership. The event is happening Thursday, March 15th with a meet-the-speaker reception at 6:30pm and the talk beginning at 7:00pm at the Sonoma County Museum, located at 425 7th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401.

Santa Rosa Democratic Women Honored at 2018 Awards Ceremony/Crab Feed At the Sonoma County Democratic Party Annual Crab Feed & Awards Dinner two Santa Rosa women were honored this year. The crab feed has become known statewide for bringing together hundreds of local and regional Democrats. Originating as the Trowbridge Dinner, the crab feed has changed and grown to include their annual awards.

For 2018 Linda Hemmingway lead organizer for Organizing For Action Sonoma County (OFA) was chosen as Democrat of the Year. OFA is part of a long line of people who have stepped up to take on the big fights for social justice, basic fairness, equal rights, and expanding opportunity to everyone. Hemmingway attributes the success of the organization to the dedicated volunteers.Mary Watts was awarded the Young Democrat of the Year award. Watts is the Deputy Director for Community Action partnership and is Representative Jim Woods’ alternate on the Democratic Central Committee. Beth Hadley, Coordinator for OFA, Sonoma Valley chapter received the Roberta Howell Award. Howell was a mainstay of the Sonoma County Democratic Party. Throughout her life she was active in a host of issues that benefited from her skills and contacts.

Sesquicentennial(150th anniversary) Reception for Santa Rosa’s Time Capsule On March 16, 1968, two capsules were buried in Old Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa. About 1,000 people came to the dedication ceremony for the two capsules, one to be opened in 2018, and the second to be opened in 2068. On March 17, 2018 from 10-11am the first time capsule will be opened in a ceremony at the new Courthouse Square, and afterwards, will be brought to the History Museum to be displayed to the general public.

On March 24 starting from 1pm there will be reception at the Sonoma County History Museum to celebrate Santa Rosa’s 150 years and view the time capsule’s contents on display. Anthologist professor Margaret Purser of Sonoma State will be doing a review of the capsule. A special showing of the film, “Santa Rosa: The Chosen Spot of All the Earth” produced by documentary film maker (producer of Modern Marvels for the History Channel) Don Cambou will be shown. For more information go

Something to think about: “It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union. And we formed it, not to give the blessings of liberty, but to secure them; not to the half of ourselves and the half of our posterity, but to the whole people -- women as well as men.“Susan B. Anthony (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906) was an American social reformer and women’s rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement. This quote is from a speech after her arrest for voting in the 1872 presidential election.


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