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Sarah Glade Gurney is currently on the Sebastopol City Council

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2019-11-25Nov 25, 2019

An overwhelming majority of residents from Fircrest Mobile Home Park in Sebastopol have signed a petition asking the City of Sebastopol to help them stand up to PG&E to avoid the installation of “smart meters” in their senior community. PG&E has been working in the mobile home park since July replacing utility lines in order to switch all homes from sub-metered analogs to smart meters. 

2019-11-24Nov 24, 2019

PARKING in the downtown district on city streets will be UNLIMITED and FREE. Holiday shoppers can avail themselves of the opportunity, from November 15, 2019, to January 5, 2020, because the City Council has unanimously lifted the one-hour time restriction. Shoppers can linger and enjoy the offerings of our small town. “This holiday season, come escape the hustle and bustle of malls and big-box stores and enjoy shopping at local Sebastopol businesses. Shop your favorites!

2019-10-28Oct 28, 2019

I inherited the name SEBASTapeal for this column from its original author. Then came the SEB bumper sticker, first made by Todd at Sprint Copy Center on Main Street. Adopting the abbreviated designation on our fire trucks and police vehicles, it expresses civic pride in a European-looking, trendy way. The SEB shorthand has endured. 


2019-10-02Oct 2, 2019

Please note that the Mayor has changed the Council meeting dates to October 15 and October 29 this year AND the start time for October 15 will be one hour earlier, at 5 PM, to hopefully accommodate an earlier end time to let Council Members travel to the annual conference of the League of California Cities. Sebastopol will receive up to $1.5 million in flood relief to cover the flood damage and to better prepare for our future in the flood plain. How this big pot of money gets distributed is the subject of the Council meeting on October 15.



2019-08-26Aug 26, 2019

Consider trying out public transit in Sebastopol. Bus Buddies will be available in September and October to help you learn to ride the Local Shuttle # 24. Buddy Volunteers for September and October ride on a new day this Fall. Remember there’s an opportunity to learn how to ride the green bike lanes and practice with other cyclists.  The City seeks individuals, businesses, organizations, and community groups to help maintain Sebastopol’s green spaces. Volunteers give time, talent, and/or money to assist our Department of Public Works to keep the City looking its best.

2019-07-25Jul 25, 2019

You can do something about the traffic in town! Walk, ride your bike, or take the Local Shuttle #24 and leave your car parked at home. Sebastopol Walks:Now in their eleventh year, the volunteer leaders of the Sebastopol Walks Program continue to offer new adventures and to repeat some favorites around town, under sponsorship from the City. The Council unanimously supports a new event created by the Ped/Bike/Transit Sub-Committee: SebastoPedal GREEN on September 21, 2019, from 9 AM to 11 AM.

2019-07-24Jul 24, 2019

Goldridge Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3919 was honored with a Diamond Jubilee Award in recognition of its 75 years of “exceptional service to the nation and its veterans throughout its seven and one half decades of dedicated support for the programs and purposes of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.” 

2019-06-29Jun 29, 2019

The Annual Sidewalk Faire, from Friday July 19th through Sunday the 21st.  Merchants will offer amazing discounts and guest vendors will line Main Street. Swing Dance lessons to a live band at the dhyana Center on Friday, July 19th starting at 6:30pm.” The dhyana Center is upstairs in the Basso Building, at the intersection of North Main and McKinley Streets. Also downtown this summer, the newly launched program called Friday Nights Arts + Beats + Eats continues with guest musicians at People’s Music, just a few doors south of the dhyana Center on the same side of the street. The Center for the Arts contributes to our casual summertime with its free Patio Series each Sunday from 2-4 pm, now through August 11th.  The musical line-up of local talent is varied, the art activities fun for children and adults, and the venue relaxing.

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 Ceremony / Celebration will be held in the Sebastopol town square, on Saturday, September 7, 11:00 AM to Noon. 

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