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Friday, August 12, 2022 4:22 PM

Police Chief Kilgore departs...Interim Chief Nelson is on the job!

Chief Kilgore has submitted his resignation and will leave in August. That's the not-so-good news. The really-great-news is that our Interim Chief will be the fabulous Lieutenant Ron Nelson, who has been in charge of the Police Department's Operations Division since he was brought on board in the Fall of 2020. We're definitely in good hands with Interim Chief Nelson! 

(Please click on the title above for the official Sebastopol City News Release.)


Friday, August 5, 2022 5:38 PM

We Need City Council Candidates! File by Aug 12.

Three terms expire this year: Sarah Glade Gurney's, Patrick Slayter's, and Una Glass's. Will they run again this year? Should you put your name in the hat? Maybe to the first question and YES to the second! Click on the title above to read the full post.


Tuesday, August 2, 2022 9:18 PM

Fire Department FAQ

Please note this FAQ reflects my personal opinions only. As is true throughout my website, I am speaking on my own behalf only, not on behalf of the full City Council or the City of Sebastopol. 

1. Why is there a need to make changes in our fire department?

Our fire department is underfunded and understaffed. Our volunteers do an amazing job of serving our community, but there's only so quickly they can respond when they are coming from their homes. We need newer equipment and improved facilities and changes in our staffing model. We need to navigate a more secure financial future for the fire department, and to make sure it's a future that will ensure quality services for the community. 

Additional Questions Answered in the Full Post:

 2. How is the City Council going to get advice on the best options for the fire department?

3. Is the City Council planning to eliminate funding for the fire department?

4. Is the Firehouse at Bodega and Jewell going to be closed?

5. Has a decision been made about the future of the Fire Department? 

6. Will the Volunteer firefighters be included in the assessment being done by Matrix? 

7. When will the Matrix study be final?

(Please click on the title above for the full post with all questions answered.)


Monday, July 18, 2022 5:17 PM

SebWalks - Monthly Walking Fun

Join Sebastopol Walks on the last Saturday of each month at 9am at the Plaza, to spend the morning walking and chatting and (always) learning something new about our town.  Here's the calendar of all the walks: Sebastopol Walks 2022 Schedule. Don't miss the fun!


Friday, July 15, 2022 7:41 PM

By the Numbers: The City's Budget is final and published.

If all you want is to leap right into the pages of the 2022-23 Sebastopol City Budget, click HERE. For more information read the full post.  

For details about the very involved public meeting process this year, click on the title above. 


Friday, July 8, 2022 10:20 PM

See the Video - Services to the Unhoused

Sebastopol's Ad Hoc Committee for the Unhoused held a Town Hall on June 30th to report out on services to the unhoused. The full meeting was recorded, and can be seen HERE. The Town Hall presentation included a video highlighting interviews with formerly unhoused who are now residing at Park Village Mobile Home Park, Elderberry Commons, and Horizon Shine RV Village, all in Sebastopol. A question and answer sheet was published after the Town Hall, and can be seen HERE


Tuesday, March 15, 2022 9:42 AM

Tue Mar 15@6pm City Council Meeting - What's on the Agenda?

 
Summary of main topics: Mark your calendars - the Film Festival is Mar 24-27, the Climate Action Committee reports what it's done to help the climate, the process for expanding our Business Improvement District is discussed, we get an in-depth discussion of emergency operations from our Fire Chief, the Police Chief talks about use of "body-specific equipment," there's a discussion about Morris Street bike lanes, the unhoused committee reports out on activities and a funding reallocation need, the City's purchasing polices intended to further environmental goals are discussed, as is in-person vs hybrid City Council meetings, and a second Councilmember is added to the staffing assessment ad hoc committee. And yes, as usual, there's more! 

(Please click on the title above for my list of all items on the March 15 Agenda.)


Saturday, February 26, 2022 3:34 PM

Tue Mar 1@6pm City Council Meeting - What's on the Agenda?

 
Highlights (my personal opinion): A resolution in support of Ukraine (our sister city and all Ukrainians), the Zero Waste Committee's presentation on the environmentally preferred purchasing policy, the first reading of the mandatory organic waste reduction ordinance (SB1383), a public hearing about the 10 unit Huntley Square Townhomes, and the Planning Department's workshop on our draft housing strategy. And yes, as usual, there's more!  

(Please click on the title above for my list of all items on the March 1 Agenda.)


Wednesday, February 23, 2022 3:07 PM

Parking Ordinance FAQ (Update: Ordinance Passed)

2/24/22 Update: Ordinance Passed: Last night, the City Council passed the new parking ordinance, as proposed, with no changes. See final signed ordinance HERE. It will be effective on March 26, 2022. Participation by the public was substantial, with voices heard both in support and in opposition. The Council recognized that there would likely be a need to "tweak" the ordinance in the future, and specifically requested that the following be brought back to the Council: (1) Clarifying language stating explicitly that the 72 hour exception in residential zones allows RVs that are visiting residents to remain in place for 72 hours, and (2) A proposal (including staffing cost) for a permitting process for the City Council to consider. 

Original 2/23/22 Post: 

 Questions:

  1. What are the terms of the parking ordinance?
  2. Why do I support the parking ordinance?
  3. Where will visitors to our town be able to park their RVs and similar vehicles be able to park?  
  4.  Why do we have to prohibit RVs and similar vehicles from parking in commercial/industrial areas during the day?
  5. Why can’t we let RVs and similar vehicles owned by residents or their visitors park in the neighborhoods? 
  6. Would a permit system provide more flexibility?
  7. Why can't we have a permit system?
  8. What will happen with the vehicular unhoused that didn't get into the RV Village?
  9. Why can't we limit daytime parking in commercial/industrial, but allow it in residential areas?
  10. Is there 100% support for allowing residents and their visitors to leave their RVs and similar vehicles parked in front of their homes?
  11. Why can't Sebastopol set up more RV Villages inside the City limits?
  12. How will the parking ordinance be enforced?
  13. When will the parking ordinance go into effect?
  14. How can you make your opinion about the ordinance known to the City Council?

Please click on the title above for my personal answers to the questions above. 


Monday, February 21, 2022 2:22 PM

Proposed Parking Ordinance - Summary

Second Reading is on Feb 23: The second reading of the parking ordinance is Wednesday February 23@6pm. Click here for the full staff report. Note the ordinance would go into effect 30 days after the second reading.

Info for Attending Feb 23: If you'd like to attend the February 23 meeting, here's the Zoom Link. You can also go to the City Council Meeting Page for full information (with agenda, reports, and zoom link).

Please click on the title above for my summary of the proposed parking ordinance. 


Saturday, February 19, 2022 4:52 PM

Wed Feb 23@6pm City Council Meeting - Parking Ordinance Second Reading!

 
Answer: This is a catch-up meeting, scheduled because the City Council couldn't get through its full agenda at the last meeting. (We finally tossed in the towel at 11:45pm!) Only Two Items on the Agenda: Second reading of the proposed parking ordinance (if it passes Wednesday it goes into effect 30 days later), and a discussion of appointments to various boards/committees. 

PS: The Ad Hoc Committee for the Unhoused will be submitting a full Report at the March 15 City Council meeting.  


Saturday, February 19, 2022 3:55 PM

Horizon Shine RV Village Launched!

The Horizon Shine RV Village in Sebastopol is up and running. All 18 RV dwellers are on site, plus the on-site resident manager Ben Peterson. The project manager Hector Gutierrez is on the job also, case managers are working one-on-one with residents, the place is neat and tidy, with portalets, trash and garbage organized, and an overwhelming sense of security and hope for a brighter future. What a wonderful contrast to the situation we saw on Morris Street! Wow. Sebastopol really stepped up for the unhoused. Lots of credit to St Vincent de Paul - they bought the land and leased it for this use - and to Sonoma Applied Village Services, the amazing nonprofit operating the Village. I am so proud of my community.

(Please click on the title above for more photos.)


Friday, February 11, 2022 12:08 PM

Tue Feb 15@6pm City Council Meeting - Question: What's on the Agenda?

 
Answer: Highlights (my personal opinion): Second reading of the proposed parking ordinance (if it passes Tuesday it goes into effect 30 days later), the 20-21 Grand Jury Report, the future of the parklets, and discussion of a possible opt out option for the new water meters (of particular interest to our community members concerned about EMFs). And yes, there's more! 

PS: The Ad Hoc Committee for the Unhoused intended on submitting a full Report at this February 15 meeting, but we were told there simply wasn't enough time to accommodate that item. Please look for the report on the March 15th Agenda. 

(Please click on the title above for my list of all items on the Feb 15 Agenda.)


Wednesday, February 9, 2022 8:45 AM

Horizon Shine RV Village: Fencing? What will it look like?

St Vincent de Paul, owner of the property, is installing a really attractive redwood fence for the Horizon Shine RV Village. This is the conceptual drawing. Installation should be complete by next week. Nice, right??!! 


Monday, February 7, 2022 3:49 PM

How about the Safe Overnight Parking Plan - How is that going?

Click on the title above for a recent official report from the City Council's Ad Hoc Committee for the Unhoused. We are SO fortunate to have such amazing churches in this town. They are willing to step up and help in any way possible. What a terrific solution-oriented community! 
 
(Please click on the title above for full text of this posting.)


Monday, February 7, 2022 2:26 PM

RV Village - What's the deal with the lawsuit?

In an order dated February 1, 2022, Judge Arthur Wick of the Sonoma County Superior Court dismissed the case, stating that: "Petitioner's request for relief at this time is denied in its entirety." The case, as can be seen from the pleadings included in the full posting, challenged the RV Village on the basis of various counts related to CEQA, zoning, and notices. 

(Please click on the title above for the full posting, including links to all the pleadings.)


Wednesday, February 2, 2022 2:52 PM

Community Art Project - Submit your proposal!

Sebastopol's Climate Action Committee and Zero Waste Committee
Seek Local Artists for a Citywide Environmental Art Project
 
Submit your art and be a part of this fun, educational, and inspiring project!  The goal is to have multiple art pieces installed around town, each crafted from recycled materials. Information and submission forms are available HERE.

(Please click on the title above for full text of this posting.)


Tuesday, February 1, 2022 5:00 PM

Horizon Shine RV Village - Why are there RVs on the site already?

That's an excellent question. It has an excellent answer. Once again, the reality of making the right decision in a not-so-perfect situation faced us. Did we choose the right not-so-perfect option? Most definitely.

(Click on the title above for the full posting)


Tuesday, February 1, 2022 9:44 AM

Meet the Candidates for Sonoma County Sheriff

There are four so far who are vying to be elected as Sheriff of Sonoma County. Inform yourself. See the Press Democrat article here. And remember to VOTE!!

(Click on the title above for more info, including video interviews.)


Saturday, January 29, 2022 9:26 PM

Tue Feb 1@6pm City Council Meeting - Question: What's on the Agenda?

Zoom Link; City Council Meeting Page (with agenda, reports, and zoom link) 

Answer: As usual, there's LOTS on the agenda. (Let's hope we get done before 10pm this time.) Highlights on the topics list: Locals Who Make a Difference Award for Jim Pacatte, Healthcare for All Resolution, Apple Blossom Parade (April 23!), Calder Creek Restoration options presented (yes, one affects Polley Field), Mid-Year Budget Adjustments, Report from the Committee for the Unhoused...and yes, there's more!  

(Please click on the title above for my list of all items on the Agenda.)


Saturday, January 29, 2022 12:43 PM

Why is the parking ordinance (second reading) not on the Feb 1 agenda?

The new parking ordinance was expected to get its second reading at the February 1 City Council meeting. It's not on the agenda for February 1st any more. Why is that? 

There's the practical answer, and then there's my personal opinion on what would have happened with the vote if the item had remained on the February 1 agenda. As you'll see when you read the full posting, it's probably best that it's not being considered until February 15...

 The first RV dwellers arrive at Horizon Shine, the RV Village operated by Sonoma Applied Village Services.

(Please click on the title above for full text of this posting.)


Monday, January 24, 2022 2:00 PM

Lawsuit Filed to Prevent RV Village

This is a statement by me, as one elected City Councilperson. I do not speak on behalf of any other City Councilmember , and certainly not on behalf of the full City Council. This statement and the views and opinions it reflects are mine only. 

The City learned January 21 that a lawsuit was apparently filed*, seeking to prevent the RV Village at 845 Gravenstein Highway North from moving forward. The lawsuit requests various types of relief, ranging from an order that would temporarily delay the RV Village, to one that would set aside the RV Village decision entirely. One of the claims supporting delay is that "It will not harm the public interest for the Morris Street settlement to stay in its current location as the status quo while the Court resolves this Petition.” This is a claim that may not ring true for those who are neighbors and business owners in the Morris Street area and have suffered the consequences of that situation, as well as those who have seen first hand the distress being experienced by the unhoused population struggling to survive there. 

*1/27/22 Update: Note that the City has not received or been served with an official endorsed file-stamped copy of the lawsuit. What has been received is a document that appears to be final but carries no official indication that it has been filed with the court. This is most likely a result of Sonoma County's current electronic filing system, which was implemented as a result of the pandemic, and causes some delays in the Court's filing system. 

(Please click on the title above for full text of this posting.)


Monday, January 24, 2022 12:00 PM

The RV Village is Moving Forward!!

This update is for those who are following the developments related to the RV Village that is intended to provide a managed, safe, sanitary location for the RVs currently located in the very unsafe, unsanitary conditions that exist on Morris Street and the surrounding areas. 
 
There is plenty of good news. The RV Village site preparation is moving forward, with a target date of February 15 for move-in (although that may happen much sooner). A City-wide parking ordinance is being considered, with a target implementation date in early March. The RV dwellers have elected their first Village Council. Outreach by SAVS is in full swing, and the Community Advisory Committee is set to hold its first official meeting this week. All is proceeding well.

 The First Village Council for Horizon Shine, Sebastopol’s RV Village. Ben, Elightza, Ronda, Israel, and Steve. 

(Please click on the title above for full text of this posting.)


Sunday, January 2, 2022 12:01 PM

Best Books of 2021

Click on the title above for a personal perspective and for a beginning list of Best Books of 2021. 


Saturday, January 1, 2022 6:27 PM

Family - The Best Part of Holidays


Friday, December 31, 2021 10:48 PM

High School New Year's Light Show. So Cool!


Friday, December 31, 2021 4:56 PM

Community Church Warming Center - It’s SO cold outside!

Today, with the temperature projected to dip below freezing, the Community Church of Sebastopol (1000 Gravenstein Highway North) joined forces with SAVS to open a warming center. Friday night and Saturday night, 8pm to 8am. Amazing joint effort pulled together on an urgent basis! Other resources for the homeless in this cold time are HERE.


Thursday, December 30, 2021 10:36 PM

Old Auld Syne by Phil Lawrence


Wednesday, December 29, 2021 4:18 PM

Compost? Problem? Solution!

Too Much Trash!!! With Way Too Much Food Waste = More Methane = BAD for the planet!

(Please click on the title above for more details.)


Tuesday, December 28, 2021 5:26 PM

Where Can I Get My Booster?

There are many options for Covid Boosters. Here's the links. Make sure you try them all. As you can see, there isn't one site that gives you access to all potential booster locations. That makes it a bit awkward to navigate the options, but it does increase the chances of success. 

For general information about Covid, the best source continues to be the Sonoma County website (socoemergency.org).

(Please click on the title above for all links to booster appointments.)


Monday, December 27, 2021 5:58 PM

City-Wide Parking Ordinance Changes? Mtg Dec 18.

On January 18, the City Council considers a draft parking ordinance. Directions were given to Staff on December 21 to provide an ordinance that met certain basic parameters. If this is important to you, there are various ways you can contribute your input. Please click on the title above. 


Sunday, December 26, 2021 5:28 PM

Calder Creek Naturalization Project

(Please click on the title above for details.)


Saturday, December 25, 2021 10:44 PM

Morning Sticky Buns. Yummy! The Best. Check out the recipe.

So worth the calories! Plan for next year!

(Please click on the title above for the recipe, courtesy of my husband the fabulous cook!)


Friday, December 24, 2021 4:09 PM

Michelle & Micah Sawyer - Our Local Heroes.

The City of Sebastopol awarded Michelle and Micah Sawyer the Locals Who Make a Difference Award this year. In December, they received the Press Democrat’s North Bay Spirit Award. These two amazing people lost their son to a tragic drug overdose, and turned their grief in the direction of doing good and helping others overcome addiction. Read the Press Democrat Article about them HERE or by clicking on the title to this post. For more information about their projects and history, visit their website: Micah’s Hugs.



Thursday, December 23, 2021 9:27 PM

Father-Daughter Song for the Holidays. A No Miss.

Local musician Joe Gonzales singing with his daughter. Wonderful. Check out his gig dates on his website. 


Tuesday, December 21, 2021 10:05 AM

Mtg Tonight - City-Wide Parking?

Tonight the City Council considers a proposal for City-Wide Parking changes. Now that there's a commitment to move RVs from Morris Street and Laguna Parkway into the RV Village at 845 Gravenstein Highway North, what are we going to do about overnight parking of RVs throughout town? The motivation for the RV Village was addressing the encampment on Morris Street. It's clear that our town doesn't want to have that happen again. So what to do? That's the question before the City Council tonight.

Parking options proposed by the Police Chief:

  • Option 1: Adopt an ordinance of no street parking of oversized vehicles (e.g., RVs, trailers, buses, etc.) in residential neighborhoods at any time.

  • Option 2: Adopt an ordinance of no parking of oversized vehicles (e.g., RVs, Trailers, Buses, etc.) in commercial and industrial areas between 6:00am and 10:00pm

  • Option 3: Adopt an ordinance of timed daylight parking in commercial and industrial areas (e.g., 3-hr. parking)

  • Option 4: Adopt an ordinance that incorporates one or more of the above options

Our process tonight will include consideration of the above options, plus others that are produced during the discussion. 

Your opportunity for input is tonight. Email mgourley@cityofsebastopol.org with your public comment, and/or attend the meeting. Tonight's meeting starts at 5:30 - zoom link is here. The full meeting information - agenda, documents (see agenda item 8), plus the zoom link - can be found at the City Council meeting page

FYI, here's the Staff Report laying out the options presented by Police Chief Kilgore. 

Plus other topics at the meeting tonight: Cyber-fraud update (1.2 million in City funds); Follow up issue related to smart water meters; City Council appointments to regional and local positions; Joe Gaffney retirement proclamation.


Friday, December 10, 2021 6:13 PM

SAVS Resets the Narrative

On Thursday evening December 9th, SAVS (Sonoma Applied Village Services), the nonprofit that will be operating an RV Village for the unhoused in Sebastopol, held a community discussion that was open to the public. At one point close to 100 people were in attendance.

That meeting truly reset the narrative about the RV Village. Recently, with worries and anxiety from neighbors and others, the goodhearted intentions behind the RV Village have become lost. The dominant narrative has been about rules and consequences...really about fears of what might be...but perhaps won't come to fruition at all.  

The purpose of this post is two-fold. First, it's to give recognition to.....

(Please click on the title above to continue reading this post.)


Thursday, December 9, 2021 10:13 AM

RV Village - Accountability and Enforcement

On December 7, the City Council approved the full Agreement with Sonoma Applied Village Services (SAVS) to operate an RV Village. This document supplemented the Memorandum of Understanding that had been approved by the City Council on November 30th. The Staff Report from the December 7 meeting is HERE. It includes the full Agreement, which incorporates a detailed Scope of Work as Attachment B.

I recommend that anyone interested in the details read through the Scope of Work section of the Agreement. SAVS (the operator of the RV Village) and the Ad Hoc Committee worked hard to incorporate into the Scope of Work section various provisions to address all the concerns raised by School families and by people in the community at large.

The purpose of this post is go through the provisions that I believe address specific concerns raised about accountability and enforcement, because that has been a general concern of neighbors, the Charter School, and the community at large. However, this is not an exhaustive list of all provisions in the Agreement. For those who want to understand the details, a good solid read of the full document is best.  

(Please click on the title above for full details.)


Sunday, December 5, 2021 7:53 PM

RV Village & Parking Policy Update

Context for the Proposed Site at 845 Gravenstein Highway North: Morris Street: The unsafe, unhealthy situation on Morris Street is the "why" that explains the decision to move forward with 845 Gravenstein Highway North. Let's not forget how appalling it's become, and the broad section of our population that's been suffering the consequences. Hundreds of complaints have been received from all sectors of the community. This is the inhumane, unsafe, and unhealthy situation that we are facing and need to address, for the unhoused and for our community. This is the situation that demands action. 

 Next: More Information and Process! 

  • Tue Dec 7@6pm: City Council mtg. Zoom & Staff Report HERE.
  • Thu Dec 9@5pm: !! UPDATE!! 12/9 SAVS COMMUNITY MEETING IS VIA ZOOM - Zoom Link HERE.
  •  Community Advisory Committee: Concerns, complaints, suggestions discussed and solutions developed to address neighborhood and community concerns. Attend the Dec 9 Community Discussion if you are interested in being on the CAC.

(Please click on the title above for full details on the RV Village and Parking Policy.)


Tuesday, November 30, 2021 8:03 AM

Morris Street Changes Since Nov 7

LOCATION CHANGE to 845 GRAVENSTEIN HIGHWAY NORTH. The proposed site for the RV Village intended to provide an alternate location for the RVs on Morris Street (and Laguna Parkway) has changed. The proposal is still largely the same as the one presented to the City Council on October 27, with the Public Works Storage Yard no longer viable, and the new site (845 Gravenstein Highway North) now being presented to the City Council. This location became a real option the day before Thanksgiving, less than a week ago. 

CITY COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT: The City Council considers the new proposed site TONIGHT, TUESDAY NOVEMBER 30, at 6pm. The Staff Report and Zoom Link are HERE. Join us to share your comments, or email your input to City Clerk/Asst City Manager Mary Gourley (mgourley@cityofsebastopol.org). If you start your email with "Dear Mayor and City Councilmembers," Mary will immediately distribute your email to all five on the City Council.  

(Please click on the title above for full details of developments since November 7th.)


Sunday, November 7, 2021 10:04 PM

Morris Street Update

I know its been a long time since I’ve done my E-Newsletters. I stopped because my City Council work became so time-intensive. I’m not complaining…just explaining.I'm posting this now because the City Council is in the midst of trying to address the situation on Morris Street, and I’ve realized that there’s a real need to do better outreach to the community (yes, that means you!). (Please click on the title above for full details.) 

Photo: Morris Street in the Rain, October 24 2021


Friday, November 5, 2021 10:35 PM

My First Year on the City Council

Wow. It's November 2021. A full year has passed since I was elected to the Sebastopol City Council. It's been exciting, busy, and so worthwhile. Why have I not kept up my news postings here? Because it's been a whirlwind of activity and engagement. How is there time to document activities when life is requiring that you actually fully engage??!! It's been great. However, I post here today because I have decided I need to try to pick up the conversation with everyone once again. Wish me luck!!


Tuesday, February 23, 2021 10:56 AM

Federal Relief Package for State & Local Governments

For the policy wonks who want the full story on upcoming funding. Click on the image below to view the presentation by Cal Cities. 


Tuesday, February 23, 2021 10:24 AM

Two Debates on Measures A & B - Videos

#1. Hosted by League of Women Voters. 

#2. Hosted by Russian River Chamber of Commerce.


Wednesday, February 17, 2021 8:14 PM

City Council Mtg Summary Feb 16 2021 Meeting

Interviewed applicants for the alternate position on the Design Review Board. Appointed Marshall Balfe. Approved administrative corrections to the Climate Action Committee. Authorized City Staff to submit an application for a One Bay Area Grant. Approved the mid-year budget adjustment. Approved a proposal to move to electronic filing of campaign documents and Form 700s. Received a report on Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) numbers. Received reports from the City Manager and City Councilmembers on City-related developments since the last City Council meeting. (Click on the title above for full details.)


Wednesday, February 17, 2021 1:44 PM

Tax Time Assistance. Resources for Free Help.

United Way: 211 or 800-325-9604/ www.unitedwaywinecountry.org/earn-it-keep-it-save-it/

AARP Tax Help: Sebastopol Center for the Arts (861-1048) / www.aarpca2.org / 707-327-240/ Email Ca2D10@aarpfoundation.org.

(Click on title above for full information.) 


Tuesday, February 16, 2021 3:00 PM

New Police Chief Kevin Kilgore!

Sebastopol Names Kevin Kilgore New Police Chief

Sebastopol City Manager Larry McLaughlin today announced that Kevin Kilgore, most recently a lieutenant with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Police Department, has been selected as Sebastopol’s next Chief of Police. Chief Kilgore will be sworn in on March 1, 2021 and will take over from Interim Chief Don Mort. The appointment follows a search of just over a year, prolonged due to the COVID-19 pandemic, after the retirement of Chief James Conner in December of 2019. (Click title above for full press release.) 



Friday, February 12, 2021 5:06 PM

I am so excited to be helping with vaccinations!

Yes, vaccinations are happening! I know because I'm helping at the Petaluma Vaccination Location. It is so wonderful to see hundreds of people in the 70 and over age group get their first doses. Plus we had many Latinos from Petaluma Poultry and Petaluma Bakery come through. The sad but not surprising comment from my experience with this particular group: almost all of them had Covid-19 in November or December. They were SO pleased to be getting the vaccine! It was a wonderful day. Over 250 vaccinated. I can hardly wait to do it again next week! 


Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:53 PM

Local Music. Eliza Gilkyson and Nina Gerber.


Tuesday, February 9, 2021 10:38 PM

A VERY Bad Zoom Experience...

Not


Tuesday, February 9, 2021 4:00 PM

Covid-19.Vaccine Information

Sonoma County Vaccine Website (click here): Summary list of all vaccination locations, public and private. Please note that the "current eligibility" column may not be current. But as of this posting the list does seem to include all Sonoma County vaccination sites, and the links do go to the appropriate vaccination scheduling sites.
West County Health Centers (click here): For those who live or work in West County, this is an important vaccination scheduling website. Offering vaccinations at Analy High and Guerneville School for 70 and over age groups now, as well as many non-age-group categories. Updated weekly on Wednesday night with new appointment times.
 
For full details go to Covid-19 Info on this website (click here).


Saturday, February 6, 2021 10:03 AM

Vaccines - Centralized County Link for Appointments Still in the Works

ONE SITE (TRIES TO) GET YOU TO ALL COUNTY VACCINE APPOINTMENT SITES.
 
The County has set up a central UPDATE:10:30 am UPDATE RE COUNTY SITE FOR VACCINATIONS INFO:Here's the deal: The Safeway appointment system definitely has glitches. For example, when I went through the County webpage link to a local Safeway site, it didn't list Sonoma County at all. So...feel free to try out the process, but (same old rule here) be patient and don't be surprised if the system seems to not be aligned with what the County is REALLY trying hard to get done. Patience....so hard right now...
 
\The County now has a central site that is intended to link to all the County-overseen vaccination clinics.The intent is a good one: To provide a one-stop location so we can all go there to know the latest about vaccination clinics, including qualifications, and to provide us all with direct links on that same webpage for the various appointment webpages.

However, the system is not yet working, just so you know. For example, the County webpage lists local Safeways that are accepting vaccination appointments for 70 and over, but when I clicked through to a local Safeway, it didn't list Sonoma County at all.

So...feel free to sign onto the County central vaccination appointment webpage, but (same old rule here) be patient and don't be surprised if the system seems to not be aligned with what the County is REALLY trying hard to get done. Patience....so hard right now...

Click here for the link. Please let me (drich@cityofsebastopol.org) know how it goes - whether you get an appointment or not, etc.
 
Also, remember the situation is constantly changing. It's SO hard, but we all need to try to be patient and help those who are more at risk around us.


Friday, February 5, 2021 10:34 AM

Vaccinations Open for West County Over 70 Group on Feb 10, and Over 65 on Feb 15.

Great News on the "Let's Get Everyone Vaccinated" Front. Go Sonoma County!!
 
1. MOST IMPORTANT "DON'T FORGET" POINT: Please reach out to anyone you know who is in the most at risk group (75 and older) to make sure they know about vaccination opportunities. Offer them help getting an appointment. It’s not easy to navigate an online system. I’ve helped a number of people in that age group get it done, and it’s 100% the most satisfying thing I’ve done in dealing with the many trials and tribulations of this pandemic. (Click on the title above for full details.) 

Click Here for West County Health Center Website


Tuesday, February 2, 2021 4:05 PM

Sebastopol Walks - Self Guided Walking Routes. Fun!

Sebastopol Walks is on hiatus as a result of Covid-19. But that doesn't stop walkers! Here are maps that you can use for two self-guided walks around town. Fun!!

Little Free Libraries Walk: Download the full map here: Little_Free_Libraries_Map.pdf

Peace Pole Walk: Download the full map here: Peace_Pole_Walk_Map_2021.pdf


Tuesday, February 2, 2021 3:35 PM

Reliable Vaccination Info from Supervisor Lynda Hopkins.

Email from Lynda Hopkins February 1, 2021:
 
We have received a lot of messages around confusion on vaccination programs. There has been conflicting information between press, social media, and the reliable rumor mill. This newsletter is to cut through the noise and confusion with verified information on vaccine distribution.
 
There are two different opportunities for seniors 75+ to receive their COVID vaccine, including appointments available this week (February 2-8). (Click on title above for full email content.) 
 
 
Vaccine Phases


Monday, February 1, 2021 3:30 PM

Forum Feb 3-West Sonoma County March 2nd Ballot Measures

Click on title above for full details. 


Saturday, January 30, 2021 4:57 PM

VACCINATIONS - For West County Residents 75 or Over, Starting Mon Feb 1.

Click on the title above for the full details. 


Tuesday, January 26, 2021 2:58 PM

WEATHER ALERT. This is from Skip Jirrels, Sebastopol Public Safety Outreach Coordinator. Bottom Line? Windy weather coming!

Click on the title above for full report from Skip Jirrels. 


Monday, January 25, 2021 11:00 AM

NEWS FLASH! STAY HOME ORDER LIFTED!! We're still in purple tier, but outdoor dining plus other activities can resume. See Lynda Hopkins email here.

Click on the title above for the full information. Stay safe everyone!!! 




Thursday, January 21, 2021 4:00 PM

Local Music. California Honeydrops.


Thursday, January 21, 2021 1:00 PM

Biden Signs 10 More Executive Orders. Focus? Covid-19.


Thursday, January 21, 2021 9:00 AM

Amanda Gorman. Watch the video. Hope, youth, poetry, a message that has deep personal and national meaning.

I am utterly overwhelmed by this young woman, and by a President who knew her words were the ones we needed on this very special, emotional, and uplifting day. Thank you, Amanda Gorman and President Biden.

A Hill we Climb, by Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, 22 years old. So inspiring!


Wednesday, January 20, 2021 10:24 PM

Inauguration Day! Here's the full 12 hour video.


Wednesday, January 20, 2021 8:00 PM

Today...A message from Supervisor Lynda Hopkins.

A message from Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, as she tucked her kids in to bed tonight, the end of a day of celebration and reflection as new President Biden was inaugurated. Click on the title above for the full message. 


Wednesday, January 20, 2021 1:00 PM

Proudly flying the American flag. The sense of celebration is palpable.

Proudly flying the American flag. The sense of celebration is palpable. I thought I was prepared for this, but the emotion I am feeling is overwhelming. I had no idea how much I was holding in. My heart is overflowing ( and so are a few tears).


Tuesday, January 19, 2021 2:00 PM

In the "Warm and Fuzzy" Category. Sometimes you need something to make you smile.


Tuesday, January 19, 2021 8:00 AM

High Wind Advisory through 6pm tonight.


Monday, January 18, 2021 3:00 PM

California Sunshine. Enjoying it with my dog Arya. It’s a beautiful day. If only I could forget the drought. Sorry, but really? Spring, on Jan 18th?!



Monday, January 18, 2021 9:00 AM

Business News: Rob Daly is back! He ran Taylor Maid before it was Taylor Lane. Now he's bought the coffee side of Acre Coffee.

Love this guy - super community-minded and an astute businessman. That's the kind of combo we want in our local businesses, right?
 
Hint: Buy Acre's new "Resiliant" coffee - a portion of the profits go to our local nonprofits.


Sunday, January 17, 2021 10:18 PM

Local Nonprofits need our help - Donate to one today. No matter the amount, it helps.

Sebastopol has wonderful nonprofits. They're hurting these days. Help them out. Make a donation to one you love - the one you want to see up and running after the pandemic. These groups give, give, give to us, improving the quality of all our lives. They need us to give to them now. Choose a worthy local nonprofit. Send in $25 (or more..the point is to send what feels OK to send in this odd pandemic time when everyone is facing financial stresses). Click on the title above for the full details.


Sunday, January 17, 2021 9:59 PM

It's here: The CoMission Community Vitality Report and Residential Survey! Read it!

Very interesting report commissioned by the City of Sebastopol, being presented at the City Council meeting on January 19. Read a short introduction and the full report by clicking on the title above.


Sunday, January 17, 2021 9:26 PM

ADU Workshop - Specifically about building ADUs in Sebastopol. I'm definitely going. Free. Thu Feb 11 11am to 12:30p

To register, CLICK HERE.


Sunday, January 17, 2021 8:54 PM

FOOD DRIVE MONDAY 10-4. Drop off at the Sebastopol Grange parking lot, on Highway 12.

Specifically requested: crackers, tuna, and olive oil, but they'll take any nonperishable goods. An easy way to help our community, and an excellent way to start the week.
CLICK HERE for the Grange's Website.

 


Sunday, January 17, 2021 8:21 PM

KIWANIS ROCKS. NO FIREWORKS? NO PROBLEM!

The July 3 Fireworks is how our Sebastopol Kiwanis Club raises funds to support community projects. But did the lack of a fundraiser stop this amazing group? No! They still stepped up to meet local needs. Wow!  


Sunday, January 17, 2021 4:53 PM

FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT! Sat Jan 23. Deadline to order food: TODAY Jan 17

I just ordered - Sushi from Sushi Tozai, but there's a Borsch Dinner from Hole in the Wall option also! The food deadline is today, but there's no deadline to register to join this event - dancing and Taiko drumming and support for our Sister City program. Registration is free (zoom of course), but you do have to register in advance. Order your dinner NOW, though, for $13 per person, pick up between 4 and 6pm Saturday, just in time for the festivities to start at 6:30pm. Plan now! Good food, great entertainment, and supporting Sebastopol's amazing Sister City program (bridging cultures is more important now than ever!). CLICK HERE to register and order food.  


Friday, January 15, 2021 11:00 PM

Mass Covid-19 Site at Fairgrounds for in-home care givers and private doctors.


Friday, January 15, 2021 10:00 PM

Vaccine’s for Anyone Age 65 or Older. Call your provider. The governor announced this earlier in the week.

Vaccine’s for Anyone Age 65 or Older. Call your provider. The governor announced this earlier in the week. If you are in this age group, you should have been notified by your provider. For example, Kaiser sent emails to all patients 65 or older (571-4044 is the Kaiser number to call to make your vaccination appointment). Get vaccinated!!


Friday, January 15, 2021 1:00 PM

Inauguration Day Event. The Democratic National Committee. Register so you can join the festivities "virtually."


Friday, January 15, 2021 10:00 AM

Ragle Park. Have you seen these woodpeckers busy with their food storage?

Those are acorns! A nod to Kathleen Moore for posting this great photo on Nextdoor. Love what Mother Nature offers us in this beautiful County.


Friday, January 15, 2021 9:00 AM

Vaccinations - Major Push. Here’s a news flash.

Yesterday the County reached out to Sonoma County primary care doctors to alert them that ALL these doctors offices’ will be expected to administer vaccines. This is huge. So far it’s only been Sutter, Memorial, and Kaiser, with some clinics and now the Fairgrounds. If we can get vaccinations through all internal medicine and family medicine doctors, that would be great! FYI, the tiers still apply, so no jumping the line! Hooray to Dr Mace and Barbie Robinson!


Wednesday, January 13, 2021 10:13 PM

On the Lighthearted Side...Sometimes you just need a reason to smile, right?


Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:00 PM

Why? I continue to seek the answer to this question. This article is super interesting.

It's a bit dense-packed with sociology theory, but when I got done reading it, I really felt I understood the motivations behind the high emotions we saw driving the escalation of violence at the Capitol on January 6. Definitely worth reading.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021 2:00 PM

President Trump Just Now Impeachment by US House of Representatives

President Donald Trump was just impeached by the US House of Representatives. 232 to 197 vote, including 10 Republicans, making this a bipartisan vote. The Senate will vote next. 17 Republicans will need to vote along with all Democrats for the Senate to support the impeachment. The Senate is currently not scheduled to reconvene until January 19th.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021 1:00 PM

Celebrating the furry members of our families. This is Arya, five years old today.

Arya is a rescue who has taught her adopted family all about loyalty and love and kindness (and oh-so-much about patience!). She has been our go-to for hugs and unconditional love during these troubling and unsettling times. Love you a ton, Arya. Happy birthday!


Tuesday, January 12, 2021 11:00 PM

FOODIES ALERT. Three Leaves Foods. Yum!!

Great food, prepped and ready to go. You do the last minute finishing steps, so it all gets served fresh and tasty at your table. The focus is on local, organic. Owned by the fabulous Rob Hogencamp, well known former head chef at Ceres. Don’t miss out!

 


Tuesday, January 12, 2021 10:00 PM

Topic: Climate Change & the Sebastopol Climate Action Subcommittee. Wow!

What a great day. I facilitated the Kick-Off meeting for our new Climate Action Ad Hoc Subcommittee. What an amazing and inspiring group of locals! This is definitely the brain trust we need to take aggressive action on climate change. Kenna Lee is Chair, with Luke Lindenbusch and Josho Somine as Co-Chairs. Keep an eye on this very impressive group! Click on the title above for the full Subcommittee Member list. 


Tuesday, January 12, 2021 4:00 PM

Congressman Jared Huffman on the violence at the Capitol (Town Hall video).


Tuesday, January 12, 2021 10:00 AM

LOCAL ART FOR LOCAL LOVE. Check out all the great gifts you can buy...

... through Sebastopol Center for the Arts "Valentine Pop Up" store.


Monday, January 11, 2021 2:11 PM

Who represents Sebastopol in the US and State Legislatures? How do I reach them?

In the White House
US Representative Jared Huffman
US Senator Dianne Feinstein
US Senator Kamala Harris (soon to be replaced by Alex Padilla)

In the State Capitol
Assembly Member Marc Levine
Senator Mike McGuire

(Click on the title above for contact information)


Monday, January 11, 2021 2:04 PM

Our US Rep Jared Huffman-efforts to address last week's attack on the Capitol.

Jared Huffman, the US Representative whose district includes Sebastopol, signed onto a list of demands to take corrective action in the wake of the attack on the US Capitol this past week. Click on the title above to read his full statement.


Monday, January 11, 2021 2:00 PM

Governor Gavin Newsom provides an update on the state’s response to the #COVID19 pandemic.


Monday, January 11, 2021 8:39 AM

Articles of Impeachment just introduced. Vote expected Wednesday.

Read the article - here.


Monday, January 11, 2021 8:21 AM

25th Amendment: No. Next: Impeachment.

The House just rejected 25th amendment move (Republicans objected, which immediately quashed the move.) Next step is expected to be the introduction of articles of impeachment, most likely tomorrow, and a vote on Wednesday.


Monday, January 11, 2021 8:06 AM

House: Starting 25th Amendment and Impeachment Process.

25th Amendment: Being voted on by the US House within a few minutes. Expected not to get the necessary votes. Next step: Impeachment vote this Wednesday. Turn to any news channel to watch.


Sunday, January 10, 2021 2:00 PM

Arnold Schwarzenegger: "My message to my fellow Americans and friends around the world."


Sunday, January 10, 2021 12:21 PM

Are we finally ready to face the consequences of our color biases..now that we see that the impact is on ALL people without regard to skin color??!!

No matter what you call it - white fragility, implicit bias, etc, etc - one event after another calls us to task for historical preferences that favor whites over people of color. With the horrific attack on the Capitol this past week, we see the pattern once again. Why is it that an onslaught led by whites was handled with such a relatively light touch compared to the events surrounding the BLM movement? Perhaps we can learn that failing to address these deep-seated biases and allowing these patterns to continue has dire consequences for each and every one of us, without regard to skin color. Am I hopeful? Yes. I admit to having had many moments of deep despair, but overriding it all is my absolute confidence in this country. We can do it. We just have to keep up the pressure and the focus. We can't shove it aside because it's uncomfortable and unpleasant.


Diana Rich, Sebastopol City Council
321 S. Main St. #60, Sebastopol CA 95472
drich@cityofsebastopol.org
707 861-0032
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