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2020-03-02Mar 2, 2020

Homelessness is now a global problem, and Sonoma is no longer immune. On February 1, a teenage girl was accosted by a homeless man along the trail near the ballpark, the Police Department, and the Haven, our small homeless shelter. She fought him off, but the incident caused an uproar. Mayor Logan called a special community meeting. Some 300 locals attended. Watch the City council meeting on the issue in the article.

2020-01-31Jan 31, 2020

This is a local column, but there are times our hearts must stretch beyond our territory. The Board of Supervisors has approved a temporary shelter for homeless people across the highway from Oakmont at Los Guillicos, a detention center for delinquent youth. Many Oakmonters have objected to this choice of location. Lets to help make the situation workable.


2019-12-29Dec 29, 2019

UGBs contain the growth of cities so that they do not spread into the surrounding countryside, turning farms and open space into developments and accused of contributing to the high cost of real estate. Proponents argue that there is plenty of space to build within the cities, especially if we build up, instead of out, as I understand Santa Rosa is planning to do. The planning process for the reuse of the SDC is beginning. “PAT meetings are not subject to the Brown Act and will not be open to the public.” He went on to say that the PAT members “are the community.” But not very diverse. They are all professional people, all but one of them white.

2019-11-25Nov 25, 2019

I couldn’t help but wonder, in the current era of blackouts and anti-PG&E fury, how much power the new installation uses, so I called the Visitors’ Bureau to inquire. A few days earlier, I had attended the Springs Community Hall’s second Annual Pancake Breakfast, a historic tradition held when the Hall was part of the Grange. The Valley is now under further threat of rapid investment under a new policy called Opportunity Zones. Much of the Springs has been so designated.

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