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2020-02-27Feb 27, 2020

This  month in my column I cover: Hotel and Housing Proposed For Springs Gateway. Springs Community Alliance New Leaders and Spring Hall Film nights Focusing on environmental issues.

2020-01-30Jan 30, 2020

The Board of Trustees learned that the old method of electing members to the Board was out of compliance with equal protection of the laws requirements adopted by the California Legislature. In the case of SVUSD where there are five Board members each district’s population must be as nearly as equal as possible to 20% of the total population. The Optimist Daily, January 15, 2020 – Guest Article : New York Public Library Has Calculated Its Most Checked-Out Books Of All Time.


2019-12-26Dec 26, 2019

Michael Acker has created a magnificent on line museum detailing the history of the Springs. It’s free on line at  It doesn’t look like the Boyes Blvd. bridge over Sonoma Creek will be finished soon. It’s hard to believe that its been twenty (20) years since the City voters approved an urban growth boundary (UGB) that limits growth into the surrounding hinterlands. Springs residents do not get to vote on this measure, but they will be affected one way or another. The Sonoma Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) has hired consultants to recommend different plans for electing Board members. Currently Board members are elected at large by all voters. A Board majority feels this may result in underrepresentation of voters in the Springs who are more often Latino and theoretically vote less often. 


2019-11-25Nov 25, 2019

The Sonoma Petaluma Parks puts on a Holiday festive event that attracts several hundreds of people each year. On Saturday, December 14, there are three opportunities to join in caroling at the Sonoma Mission San Francisco Solano. Sonoma Valley residents keep asking about progress at the SDC. Sonoma County brought together a committee to study whether there is a maximum threshold for absorbing wineries in the Dry Creek region and the Sonoma Valley.

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