Kathleen Rhodes

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Appy Marketing

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Damage to property protected by the Sonoma Land Trust

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Damage to Protected Property

Sonoma County couple ordered to pay over $586,000 for damage to protected property

Source: Santa Rosa Press Democrat

In a court judgment that was finalized last week, Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Patrick Broderick ordered Peter and Toni Thompson to pay more than $586,000 in damages toward environmental restoration and other costs. The Thompsons purchased a protected piece of land on the north flank of Sonoma Mountain. “But while the Thompsons were building their new estate home on their ranch in 2014, they apparently decided the oak trees from the easement property would provide a nice accent,” land trust representatives said.

The picture above shows a 180-year-old oak uprooted and bound so it could be dragged to an adjoining parcel to adorn the grounds of a newly constructed estate home, according to court documents. The records indicate that this heritage oak and two others that the landowners sought to move over a haul road they bulldozed through the previously undisturbed site all died, along with a dozen more trees and other vegetation.

The full extent of the losses discovered on the 34-acre conservation property included grading for a haul road in 2014 that removed more than 3,000 cubic yards of dirt and rock. No permits were obtained for any of the work, according to court documents.

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Fire in Historic Rosenberg Building

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Fire at Historic Rosenberg Building in Santa Rosa

Source: Patch

According to Santa Rosa Fire officials, a two-alarm fire at a near-century-old, six-story apartment building in downtown Santa Rosa was reported early Wednesday morning. A woman was transported to a hospital and five others were displaced by the fire that started in a single unit on the sixth floor of the Rosenberg Building at 306 Mendocino Avenue.

An update reported by the Santa Rosa Press Democrat indicates that the fire’s origin was traced to an electrical issue from a power strip extension cord — including one plug used for a pet lizard’s heat lamp, according to Battalion Chief Matt Dahl.

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Mountain Lion Captured Outside Macys

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Mountain Lion Downtown Santa Rosa

Amazingly, a juvenile mountain lion was captured just outside of Macy’s in Downtown Santa Rosa

Source: Santa Rosa Press Democrat

A mountain lion was captured this Monday morning outside of the Santa Rosa Plaza shopping mall – in a raised planter box near Macy’s department store!

Wildlife officials said that the animal probably wandered into downtown from a nearby creek.

Whatever the explanation, the occurrence was shocking:  “I didn’t expect to be late to work due to a mountain lion,” said Kharman Aidun, who waited with coworkers along B Street for the cat to be captured.

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Wildfire survivors move into village of small homes

in Housing/Wildfire Recovery

Small Homes for Wildfire Survivors

Source: Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Last Thursday, the keys to five brand new little homes were given to survivors of the 2017 firestorms at a celebration in Windsor that praised the manufactured cottages as essential additions to the local housing scene — additions that really must multiply.

Barbara Reynolds, a retired Memorial Hospital nurse, who owned a plot of land on Old Redwood Highway that was unscathed by the Sonoma-Napa fires last October, was moved by the plight of displaced residents, many of whom who were elderly. Barbara obtained permission from the Town of Windsor in January to allow fire evacuees to bring seven recreational vehicles onto her land.

Members of Homes for Sonoma, a volunteer-led coalition of community nonprofits, businesses, and individuals, read of her plans for a small, temporary RV park. They asked if she’d consider having cottages on the property.

Reynolds embraced the idea. There was born a mission to rally the public and private partners to do something profound and original: gather the necessary permits and resources and create a critically needed mini-village of mini-homes.

Guests of the “welcome home” ceremony on an Old Redwood Highway plot of land owned by Barbara Reynolds spoke of imagining 15 or 20 or more of the cottages — at 480 square feet, less than a fifth the size of the typical U.S. home — appearing on bare land across Sonoma County.

“What I hope comes of this, more than anything,” said Reynolds, “is that we can serve as an example to the community.”

Residents will pay $950/month for the one-bedroom, one-bathroom, all-electric, movable cottages, which will be managed by the nonprofit Burbank Housing.

The agreement with the city allows the homes to remain on Reynolds’ property for up to five years. The founding tenants will have an option to purchase their cottages and move them.

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American Airlines Adding Flights from SRO to Los Angeles and Dallas-Fort Worth

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In 2019, American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, is expanding its service from Santa Rosa, CA (SRO) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW). This is great news for people traveling from Santa Rosa, CA, Sonoma County, and nearby cities because they will be able to get direct flights to these hub cities.  While San Francisco (SFO) and Oakland (OAK) offer many more flights to many more cities, both in the US and abroad, it can be a real hassle to get to those cities. Santa Rosa’s airport is so much more convenient!

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that “Local leaders, who continue to pursue spreading the county’s reach through the airport, were enthused by the news of the additional flights.

‘We have continued to push for expanded options for Sonoma County, but not just more flights, better flights,” said James Gore, chairman of the Sonoma County supervisors. “It’s about better service and providing more connectivity and this is a great example of that.'”

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