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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

Video #1, Hosted by League of Women Voters. 

Video #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.


Sunday, January 10, 2021 11:00 AM

WaccoBB, West County online bastion of open discussion and commentary, closes its (virtual) doors.

Thank you to Barry Chertov for his commitment to giving the community a voice for so many years.


Sunday, January 10, 2021 10:00 AM

Mike Thompson - US Congressman - Town Hall with Q&A Thu Jan 6@7pm. Covers the attack on the Capital as well as other issues.


Sunday, January 10, 2021 10:00 AM

Had to share this. I’m not a tik tok fan (don’t get me started!), but this is where it shines - the ease of sharing a warm sweet moment with others.


Sunday, January 10, 2021 9:00 AM

Our Asst Fire Chief passed away suddenly yesterday. So sad...

It is with sadness in our hearts that we share our Assistant Fire Chief Mike Reeser has passed away. Mike has been with the department over 42 years. Sebastopol has lost not only a member of the Fire Department but a valuable member of the community. Today we would have been saying happy birthday now we are saying rest in peace. Mike we will all miss you.


Saturday, January 9, 2021 10:47 PM

Stay-Home Order Extended. From Supervisor Lynda Hopkins.

No surprise. The goal for ending the Stay-Home Order is having at least 15% ICU capacity. Our region (Bay Area) is at 3%, although Sonoma County is at 27.6% (not great, but at least we have some ICU beds available). As you can see from Supervisor Hopkins info below, we've doubled our daily Covid-19 cases since December 16, and we're also now at the point where 40% of those in ICU beds are Covid positive. So...follow the rules everyone. Stay healthy and safe.
 
The state health order is available on the Sonoma County website here. Residents can learn more about what activities are restricted by visiting this page.
 


Saturday, January 9, 2021 3:00 PM

Remembering Officer Brian Sicknick, the police officer slain while defending our Capitol. So sad...


Saturday, January 9, 2021 2:00 PM

First Amendment Redux from Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Rogers. Well stated.

As a gentle reminder for people complaining that Twitter, Facebook, and other social media companies are infringing on Trump’s first amendment rights by suspending his account:
The first amendment guarantees your free speech (with some limitations) without persecution from the Government. Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are not the Government. They are private businesses.
And while there do exist some “protected classes” of individuals, fascist Presidents are not among them. If you don’t agree with how these businesses are being run, don’t use them.


Saturday, January 9, 2021 1:51 PM

Martha's Old Mexico - Yum! My first stop on the Take Out Pledge - ordering take-out once a week to support our local restaurants.

I took the pledge (you can too by filling out this form). I placed my order and then picked up at the restaurant. Had a very nice meal, and supported this sweet local business. Nice. To place your order online, go to this link. Or you can call them at 823-4458. Location: 305 North Main Street in Sebastopol.


Friday, January 8, 2021 10:03 PM

REGISTER TODAY to vote for new delegates to the California Democratic Party. If you're a registered democrat you can vote.

You need to register in order to receive a ballot. Register at www.ADEMelections.com. A number of our Sebastopol neighbors are running, Jerry Threet, Omar Figueroa, and Carey Wheaton among them. Deadline for requesting your ballot: Jan 11. Deadline for your completed ballot to be received: Jan 27.

For information about the delegates and their roles, see https://adem.cadem.org/. Note Sebastopol is in Assembly District 10. I'm voting...make sure you do too!


Friday, January 8, 2021 8:43 AM

APPLY NOW. Six Days Left. Small Business Loan Program deadline extended to Jan 13.

Individual grants range from $5,000 to $25,000. Offered by the state of California. Apply by January 13 (original deadline was Jan 8, but it's just been extended to Jan 13!). Go to the site below for application and details.


Thursday, January 7, 2021 9:00 PM

VACCINE: Who gets it when? Good regularly updated info from our splendid Dr Mase.




Thursday, January 7, 2021 7:00 PM

NEEDING COMFORT FOOD. Snickerdoodles, anyone?

This was a hard couple of days politically & emotionally. What to do? Snickerdoodles! Super soft and buttery, loaded with cinnamon and sugar. Yes!! The perfect comfort food. (Click on the title above for the full recipe.)


Thursday, January 7, 2021 3:00 PM

VACCINATIONS? Great description of the tiers.


Wednesday, January 6, 2021 10:00 PM

Democrats take Georgia. Wow!


Wednesday, January 6, 2021 2:07 PM

INSURRECTION? WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR DEMOCRACY??!!

This is not free speech.

This is insurrection and an attack on our democracy.

Let's call it what it is - fear-mongering and challenging the very principles that built this country.

Thinking positive thoughts, but feeling such despair and sadness for our already beleaguered nation.


Wednesday, January 6, 2021 8:00 AM

CITY COUNCIL MEETING (Jan 5) - NOTES.

SUMMARY (CLICK ON TITLE ABOVE FOR FULL REPORT): Great meeting last night. I love this town. Strong opinions were expressed and we had an excellent outcome. We had to make a decision about a project proposed by a local guy who runs Benedetti Tire & Lube and wants to add a car wash. The case in favor of saying yes was compelling, as were the concerns about the potential impact on adjoining properties. The overriding concern? The need to respect the City's general plan for our downtown core. The question boiled down to finding the intersect where all interests met. My opinion: We got there! 


Tuesday, January 5, 2021 10:00 AM

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope 2021 is treating you well so far. I sure won’t miss 2020.

I’ve got all the holiday decorations collected and ready to pack.
 
No tears of sadness that this holiday season and year is over. In fact, I find myself quite thrilled to be saying goodbye to it!
 
And yes, I am hopeful about 2021. So far, a few days in, my hope continues. That’s good, right??!!
 
Here’s to a healthier and happier 2021!!


Tuesday, January 5, 2021 8:00 AM

CITY COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT (Jan 5@6pm). Zoom Link here....

Here's the City webpage where you'll find the zoom link and the meeting packet. See you there at 6pm!


Saturday, December 26, 2020 1:00 PM

12/26: ROTARY IN ACTION. Celebrating the compassion and love at the heart of this community.

Two Hundred boxes of groceries distributed. Wow! 

From Sunrise Rotary's Facebook Page: Thanks to our partners; The Rotary Club of Sebastopol, The Sebastopol Center for the Arts, and the Gold Ridge VFW for helping us create and distribute 300 Christmas Dinner Food Boxes. Each box will feed a family of four. And yes we also gave away a ton of toys.


Saturday, December 26, 2020 9:00 AM

12/26: Another comforting constant in life: Our dogs. You just can’t help but smile, right?


Friday, December 25, 2020 5:00 PM

12/25: ‘Twas the night before Christmas.” A pandemic twist on a classic tale (with a happy ending!).

(Nod of thanks to Starr Hergenrather for sharing this on her Facebook page).
 
Twas the night before Christmas—I think, I’m not sure...
(The days ran together; everything was a blur).
All the houses were locked down from COVID-19,
With everyone wishing for the promised vaccine.
The children were nestled and sleeping just fine.
They were all tuckered out from their classes online.
And mamma in her kerchief and I in my cap
Had just sanitized our hands and hung up our masks.
The year had been hard. We were due a vacation.

..... (Click on the title above for the full entry.)


Friday, December 25, 2020 3:00 PM

12/25: Rain on First Street. Lovely.


Friday, December 25, 2020 3:00 PM

12/25: Hello December 25, 2020! Sebastopol in the rain. Beautiful.


Friday, December 25, 2020 10:00 AM

12/25: Remembering smiles and togetherness - all the joy that comes with family and friends.

Funny how even though it's not ALL perfect (!!??) and the memories aren't ALL rosy, family and friends are still what grounds us and keeps us moving forward.

As I sit here wishing they were all with me right now, I can't help but treasure all they've given me over my 61 years of life. This year is just one of those many many years, and the sixty that came before have got to sustain me through this one...leaping forward into the next when yet more memories will be made.

Here's to all those many years of family and friends, past and yet to come!! Remember, this is just one of SO many! Happy Holidays Everyone!


Thursday, December 24, 2020 10:11 AM

12/24: HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE. It’s been a tough year, but honestly that’s when traditions like the holidays feel all the more important.

It’s different this year, but in many ways it’s also comfortingly the same: the same music on the radio, twinkling lights in people’s homes, smiles from friends and family, and, most importantly for me, the same bright hint of hope for the future. This year even more than others that feels like a truly precious gift. Let’s celebrate what we treasure most today, and also think good thoughts for what our future brings. And yes, happy holidays to all! And if your tradition includes Santa, check out the Santa tracker. It’s definitely fun.


Wednesday, December 16, 2020 7:00 PM

12/16: Dog philosophy....

So I asked Arya what she thought about my 5pm to 10:30pm City Council meeting last night. She was speechless, but spoke her truth through her eyes.


Wednesday, December 16, 2020 3:22 PM

12/16: SEBASTOPOL INN UPDATE. Summary from Dec 15 Presentation by the County.

The Sebastopol Inn project definitely has the joint commitment of the County and the City to make sure that it is successful in the short term AND the long term. There were many supportive comments, recognizing the benefits of the Sebastopol Inn as a definite move toward housing the unsheltered (a real solution). There were also real concerns expressed, with many of them answered in real time at the meeting, and more importantly a plan put in place that will allow additional concerns to be addressed into the future. (Click on the title above to read the full entry (including a note on the very real limitations imposed by the Brown Act).)


Wednesday, December 16, 2020 7:00 AM

12/16: Shout out to Supervisor Lynda Hopkins for her role in helping to line up $350,000 from the County to the City of Sebastopol ...

...as part of the Sebastopol Inn transaction. Thank you, Supervisor Hopkins, for recognizing the financial impact we face from the loss of one of only two hotels in town. You rock!!


Monday, December 7, 2020 2:47 PM

12/7: YES, THE SEBASTOPOL INN IS THE LATEST ISSUE.

Please, if you have input or suggestions, email me at drich@cityofsebastopol.org (new email). The purchase agreement is within hours/days of being signed. The City Staff and City Council are moving forward to make sure we've done our best to put in place measures that will help ensure that our businesses and residents (and visitors) can feel as comfortable as possible with the County's plan. The plan, FYI, still seems to be to house vulnerable homeless seniors, with 24/7 supervision. The County will be available for a Q&A at the Sebastopol City Council meeting on December 15 (yes, open to the Public). Again, email Diana Rich at drich@cityofsebastopol.org with your concerns/questions regarding the County's purchase of the Sebastopol Inn. Remember, we are not negotiating WHETHER the purchase will happen. That's a done deal. Please focus on what rules or conditions we can place on the operations in order to protect the needs and interests of Sebastopol's businesses and residents. Thanks!!


Monday, November 23, 2020 5:00 PM

11/23: IT'S OFFICIAL!

The Sonoma County Registrar of Voters issued her certification last night, and I am now officially elected to the Sebastopol City Council. Hooray!! The swearing-in ceremony will be this coming Tuesday December 1st at the 6pm Sebastopol City Council meeting. Please be there to cheer me on!! Zoom Link to be added here when available.


Friday, November 20, 2020 12:43 PM

11/20: GREAT NEWS! All ballots have been counted by the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters. Attached is last night's report (Friday November 20).

Voter Turnout for City of Sebastopol: 92.77% (5223 of 5630 total registered voters)! Go Sebastopol! Certification should be next week, at which point it's official!


Wednesday, November 18, 2020 5:50 PM

11/18: CARDBOARD SIGNS GO FULL CIRCLE. These campaign signs were wonderful. Their lifespan was unusual for campaign signs: made of cardboard....

...sourced from dumpsters, each piece individually cut to size, painted with end-of-paint-can white paint, screen-printed, then hosted by campaign supporters for months. They survived through the smoke-filled days of fire season, a few light rainstorms, and our late-summer dewy mornings.Today they all returned to their original dumpster home. They'll soon be recycled, and undoubtedly go on to become some other item of use to humans. Nice environmentally friendly end-of-campaign bedtime story!
 
Question: What about those large plywood campaign signs?
Answer: Artist Patrick Amiot is using them to make shelving!


Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:00 AM

11/17: Walking the dog in the rain (photo). It’s beautiful out here!


Monday, November 16, 2020 10:03 AM

11/16: Monday. Only a handful of ballots remain to be counted. The posted website report (image below) from Friday is still unchanged.

In a phone call this morning, I learned that there are only two "returned" ballots that are not included in the website report numbers. A few more will be added as they review provisional ballots this week, and as they continue to process any late-arriving mail-in ballots. But I think we're looking at close-to-final numbers here. The results can be certified any time after this Friday November 20, with Friday December 4 as the legal deadline for all counties to submit certified results to the Secretary of State.


Friday, November 13, 2020 6:00 PM

11/13: UPDATED VOTER NUMBERS. RESULTS STILL GOOD.

This was posted tonight at about 5pm. It represents 5166 ballots, which is a 91.76% voter turnout for Sebastopol. Wow! Is there a possibility that more ballots will trickle in? Yes...but not many. Friday of next week (November 20th) the Registrar stops accepting any more ballots. I would bet we'll get a very-close-to-final count by Monday the 24th of November. Soon we'll be able to call it final!!


Tuesday, November 10, 2020 8:44 PM

11/10: LATEST CITY COUNCIL RACE UPDATE. MORE VOTES. SAME RESULTS. This was posted on the official website today at about 5:30pm.

Friday at 5pm the vote total was 7215. In this report it's 525 more, at 7740. This represents 4739 ballots, or about 84% of our registered 5630 voters in the City of Sebastopol. Are there more ballots to count? I'm certain that's a YES. Why? Because Sebastopol voters VOTE!!! (And also based on a conversation I had Monday with a Registrar of Voters team member.) What to do? Be patient and let the hard-working Sonoma County Registrar of Voters go through their process. They've got thousands of ballots to tally, and we all know very well that every vote counts!


Tuesday, November 10, 2020 5:28 PM

11/10: WHEN CAN WE EXPECT FINAL OFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS FOR SONOMA COUNTY. Answer: Between November 23 and December 4.

(Those in the know advise to expect official results after Thanksgiving.) Why Nov 3-Dec 4? Because Sonoma County requires that the Registrar of Voters keep counting mail-in ballots received through Friday November 20 (so long as they've been postmarked by Nov 3). That means that the very earliest date for a final official count would be Monday November 23. The latest date for official results is set by the Elections Code, which requires that the count end by December 3, and that certified results be submitted to the Secretary of State by December 4. (Click on the title above to read the remainder of this entry.)


Monday, November 9, 2020 8:58 AM

11/9: AMAZING! VOTER TURNOUT IN SEBASTOPOL CONTINUES TO RISE...

I just talked to the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters, and was told that so far they've counted 5153 ballots for the City of Sebastopol, and are still counting. With 5630 registered voters, that means we'll have more than a 90% turnout (at 91.5% already with 5153 ballots). I love this town!! An official report will likely be posted on the Registrar of Voters website late this afternoon or tomorrow.

Sonoma County Election Results - CLICK HERE


Sunday, November 8, 2020 9:01 AM

11/8: THANK YOU EVERYONE. (POSTING THIS AFTER DOING SOME MATH-NERD CALCULATIONS.) THE LEAD FOR ME LOOKS SOLID...

And it could not have happened without all your support!!! Thank you so much for your confidence in my ability to do what's right for this wonderful town!! Number of outstanding votes remaining to be counted: My prediction is somewhere between 250 and 425. As of Thursday, the Registrar had confirmed receipt of 202 ballots that aren't reflected in the numbers reported below (based on data downloaded from the Registrar website, plus a phone call I had with that office on November 5). Even if no more ballots were received, that's already an amazing 80.63% voter turnout for Sebastopol!!! But we know that number will go up because of additional mail-in ballots processed over the next few days. If we end up with 85% final voter turnout that would mean we have 425 ballots outstanding (including the 202). Bottom line: It all looks good!!! GO SEBASTOPOL!!!


Saturday, November 7, 2020 12:00 PM

11/7: CONGRATULATIONS AMERICA! Biden has won. We have a chance to heal and recover.


Diana Rich, Sebastopol City Council
321 S. Main St. #60, Sebastopol CA 95472
drich@cityofsebastopol.org
707 861-0032
FPPC #1430199
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