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River Community Advocates represents concerned citizens in the Lower Russian River area, Sonoma County, CA. CONTACT:Jennifer Wertz

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2019-03-29Mar 29, 2019

Have you ever opened your medicine cabinet, picked up a bottle, and realized it has been expired for years or that you had more than you would ever need? A survey in Los Angeles County found that 59% of respondents had medications in their homes that were expired or no longer needed, with 45% of these people not knowing what to do with them. In California there are approximately 9.2 retail prescriptions written per year per person. This makes a whopping 359 million prescriptions a year! That’s a lot of medications that may be sitting in homes, or are being dumped into landfills, or flushed into our water resources. When flushed down the drain, some medications are not completely removed by certain kinds of wastewater treatment plants. Proper disposal of unused pharmaceuticals helps protect the environment and keeps the medications out of the wrong hands. 

 

2018-12-28Dec 28, 2018

The State of California recently passed SB 850, the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP), which is a block grant of $500m to provide direct assistance to cities and counties throughout California with the homeless crisis.  Sonoma County is slated to receive about $12m of that funding in January 2019, based on the number of homeless individuals living within the Sonoma County.  To put the amount of funding in perspective, the Sonoma County Community Development Commission (CDC) usually spends about $4m a year on homeless programs.  $1.2m of the HEAP funding should be directed at the 5th District, based on the number of homeless individuals living within the 5th District.

 

2018-11-30Nov 30, 2018

What’s Our Fair Share of the Tourist Tax? There is always a lot of talk about how the West County generates the lion’s share of the Transient Occupancy Tax, or TOT tax.  For anyone who doesn’t know what that is, it’s a bed tax that hotels and vacation rentals in Sonoma County charge their guests. 

2019-03-23Mar 23, 2019

The Russian River Chamber of Commerce and local business owners have joined together to announce that the high water has receded and the community is open for business. Using the hashtag   #bettertogether  the business community is encouraging visitors to come, stay, and play in the Russian River area. Community members are also encouraged to get out, support their neighboring businesses, and continue to shop locally.

2019-03-21Mar 21, 2019

Residents have one extra weekend, until Sunday, March 24th, to place the flood-related debris on their curbside. Crews will carry a final sweep from March 25th - 29th, 2019. Illegal dumping enforcement will begin during that same week after the streets have been cleared from debris. Anyone who tosses debris on the curbside after the street has been cleaned by crews, as part of their final sweep, will be subject to fines.

2019-03-14Mar 14, 2019

IMPORTANT on residential debris removal:

1) Our LAST hazardous debris drop-off will be this Saturday, March 23rd at Sunset Beach parking lot from 8am to 4pm.
 
 
2) 
Due to requests from residents for additional time to clean out their houses, we have extended the curbside debris removal program. Rather than launching the second sweep this week, we will be launching the second sweep Monday, March 25.
2019-03-11Mar 11, 2019

Driving along River Road west through Forestville, Rio Nido, Guerneville into Monte Rio is going through a flood war zone with piles of debris stacked on the side of the road ready for pickup this week. Curbside collection will be provided to residents impacted by the flood in the unincorporated lower Russian River and will take place daily from March 11 – March 15, 2019 with a final sweep for remaining items from March 18 – 22, 2019.

2019-03-06Mar 6, 2019

Due to the flood disaster, Sonoma County Regional Parks has canceled two community workshops on a proposed Russian River bicycle and pedestrian trail. The workshops announced for March 9 and 12 in Guerneville will be rescheduled for a later date. Regional Parks is studying the feasibility of building a 19-mile trail from Forestville to Jenner and will be inviting the public to learn more and provide feedback about the project.

2019-03-02Mar 2, 2019

The County of Sonoma will host a community meeting on Sunday, March 3, to discuss the impacts of recent storms and share information on how to get started with the recovery process. The meeting will be 2 to 4 p.m. at El Molino High School, 7050 Covey Road, Forestville.

2019-02-27Feb 27, 2019
2019-02-21Feb 21, 2019

It's a big deal on The River. The Lower Russian River area has wanted a voice of influence at the Board of Supervisors and now, thanks to Fifth District Supervisor Lynd Hopkins, the first public meeting will be held February 25 at Guerneville Elementary School. The public is welcome and encouraged to be involved in making decisions about the present and future of the Lower River Communities which extend from Forestville to Cazadero/Duncans Mills.

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