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Climbing, swinging, sliding returns to hidden gem of playground in Santa Rosa

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With community input on the design, a new $300,000 playground boasting the latest in play equipment, opened in late February at Colgan Creek Neighborhood Park in Southeast Santa Rosa.

The playground was damaged during a 2016 car accident and was replaced this winter.

The playground includes the impressive “Crab Trap” climber, one of only three in Northern California.

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Sonoma County Supes Table Old Sears Site Acquisition For 2nd Time

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By Katy St. Clair, Bay City News Foundation

SANTA ROSA, CA — Sonoma County Supervisors who had asked the county to deliver more detailed financial specs this month about a proposed purchase of the old Sears Building were still not convinced as of Tuesday’s meeting, when the county presented a more in-depth report on the feasibility of moving many county government offices into the 7.24-acre site.

The decision to purchase the site has been pushed to a future meeting that could take place in two to three months, which some supervisors noted could mean losing the deal entirely.

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Sonoma County gives homeless residents 15-day notice then reverses course

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Residents at the Astro Motel in Santa Rosa were given notice Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, that they had until March 15 to find other housing because FEMA was cutting funding to the program that has housed homeless people with health vulnerabilities throughout the pandemic. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

County officials this week informed people living in two hotels that have served as emergency shelter for at-risk homeless people during the pandemic that they must leave by March 15.

The 72 residents of the Astro Motel near downtown Santa Rosa and the Holiday Inn in Windsor were handed sheets of paper Monday, effectively giving two weeks notice to some of the county’s most vulnerable residents.

County officials changed plans a day later, and on Wednesday evening newly appointed Department of Health Director Tina Rivera told The Press Democrat they would extend the stay at the Windsor hotel to April 15 and offer beds there to Astro residents.

While county health department officials insisted the closures, due to the expiration of federal emergency funding, have been known about for months, the March 15 date surprised and alarmed people staying at the Astro, according to two current residents and the relative of two others.

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Santa Rosa Taking Applications For Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program

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SANTA ROSA (CBS SF/BCN) – The city of Santa Rosa began accepting applications Tuesday for the waitlist of its HOME tenant-based rental assistance program, a spokesperson for the city said.

The wait list lottery is a federally subsidized program that helps low-income individuals and families afford market-rate, private rental housing within Santa Rosa city limits for up to two years, the spokesperson said.

The deadline for applications on March 31 and once all of the applications are in, the city will conduct a random lottery to determine which applicants will be placed on a waiting list and in which order each application will be reviewed for eligibility.

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Political Notebook: Lesbians seek Bay Area county school superintendent posts

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Since winning election in 2018 as San Mateo County superintendent of schools, Nancy Magee has yet to meet a counterpart in another county who is also LGBTQ. Magee, the second consecutive lesbian to serve in the countywide elected position, is the only superintendent of schools listed on a map of out elected leaders in California maintained by the LGBTQ Victory Fund.

That could change this year. Amie Carter, Ph.D., a gay married mother, is running for the open Sonoma County superintendent of schools this year. The first openly gay candidate to run for the education post, she would be the first woman to hold the position in Sonoma in almost 100 years if elected.

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‘Day without immigrants’: Advocacy group organizes march in Eureka

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On Monday afternoon, several dozen people participated in a march organized by Humboldt County immigrant advocacy group Centro Del Pueblo from the gazebo in Eureka to the Humboldt County courthouse to call on Democrats in the federal government to offer a pathway to citizenship through the Build Back Better bill.

The “Day Without Immigrants” protest aimed to get immigrants to abstain from going to work, school, or shopping on one day to call attention to their cause, saw a few dozen people march with signs and slogans.

“We were invited by organizers from San Francisco and Santa Rosa, to join this day in order to put pressure on the Democrats and others to say ‘we are observing you and we need your promise to be kept to be done,’ ” Brenda Pérez, executive director of Centro Del Pueblo, said.

The Build Back Better Bill — which had the support of both California senators, but is currently stalled — currently offers a form of “parole” for undocumented immigrants who have been in the country since Jan. 1, 2011, but does not offer a pathway to citizenship.

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Supervisors to protect Paulin Meadow in Santa Rosa as open space

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The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors is expected this week to approve the transfer of Paulin Meadow, a 10.42-acre property adjacent to the County of Sonoma-owned Chanate campus, to the Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (Ag + Open Space). The transfer from the county’s general services department will ensure the protection of the woodland area as open space in perpetuity.

This collection of parcels consists of Paulin Meadow, Ag + Open Space’s Paulin Creek Preserve (8.89 acres), and land owned by Sonoma Water (26.57 acres). These properties function together as an informal urban nature preserve and recreation space, with the approximately 1 mile of informal trails on Paulin Meadow connecting the Sonoma Water parcel to Ag + Open Space’s Paulin Creek Preserve, as well as to the surrounding neighborhood.


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Same as it ever was in Santa Rosa

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Really, everything is the same as it ever was, but… just a little bit different. When the pandemic first came to Sonoma County, it brought a new set of behaviors and expectations for how we — as a community — could work together to beat this virus.

It was all different, at first — there were curfews, and masks, businesses that shut down, and delivery services that opened; here we are 17 months after COVID-19 gained pandemic status in March 2020 and really, looks like it’s gonna be here awhile. Here’s how I’ve noticed this year-and-a-half has absolutely changed my view of what’s now ‘normal,’ and how I see it all throughout Santa Rosa…

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Annual Meeting About Habitat Projects That Benefit Threatened Fish In The Russian River Watershed

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Santa Rosa, CA – On Tuesday, March 9, 2021 the Public Policy Facilitating Committee (PPFC) will host its annual meeting to receive reports and presentations on various projects designed to help restore endangered and threatened fish to the Russian River watershed, while maintaining the region’s primary water supply. The meeting will take place via Zoom from 2 to 4 p.m. To register for the meeting and receive log-in directions, visit www.sonomawater.org/ppfc2021.

A Biological Opinion was released by National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in September 2008. This 15-year plan requires Sonoma Water and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to modify Russian River water supply and flood control operations to prevent harm to endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead trout. The PPFC – comprised of elected and appointed officials from public agencies throughout the region – meets annually to review implementation of the Russian River Biological Opinion.

The Biological Opinion requirements include reducing minimum summertime flows in the Russian River and Dry Creek; changing the way the sandbar is managed at the mouth of the Russian River between May 15 and October 15; enhancing habitat in Dry Creek; and fish monitoring.

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Giving back to community is legacy of 130-year-old Exchange Bank of Santa Rosa

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In 2019, Exchange Bank donated $900,000 to over 300 nonprofits and service organizations throughout Sonoma County. In addition to their fundraising effort, employees donated over 4,000 volunteer/service hours to organizations that are meaningful to them and contribute to the well-being of individuals in the communities they serve.

1. In 2019, Exchange Bank donated a total of $900,000 to the local community. Exchange Bank employees raised an additional $139,000 through a variety of fundraising activities.

3. When the Kincade fires struck in 2019, Exchange Bank demonstrated its support by donating over $40,000 to community organizations providing much needed services to fire victims.

3. For over 25 years, the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County has named Exchange Bank the corporate fundraising champion for the Human Race.

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