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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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courtesy photo

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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Community Gatherings Offer Healing for Emotional Wounds After Disasters

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Photo by Ed Coffey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers via Flickr
Photo by Ed Coffey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers via Flickr

After the Tubbs Fire in 2017, Anabel Garcia felt on edge every time an ambulance siren blared outside her home in Santa Rosa, California. Sirens reminded her of evacuating during the state’s second-deadliest wildfire, which killed 22 and destroyed 5,000 homes. Flames reached as close as five miles from her family’s house.

“It terrified us,” Garcia said in Spanish. “But it was scarier having to go through it all a second time.”

She means the Kincade Fire, which blazed through Sonoma County last fall. Garcia recalled the roads being blocked for hours, preventing her, her husband and their two teenage children from evacuating.

At that point, Garcia, 46, considered moving from California to avoid living through yet another major wildfire. “It was traumatic, psychologically and emotionally,” she said.

To cope, she attended a convivencia, or community gathering, hosted by Humanidad Therapy and Education Services. Wildfire survivors gathered in a local park to discuss their experiences with a bilingual therapist over hot chocolate, coffee and bread. The therapist walked through deep-breathing exercises, stretches and relaxation techniques in Spanish. After attending these free group sessions for several weeks, Garcia felt better. She realized she wasn’t alone.

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38 Degrees North project in Santa Rosa attracts residents from Bay Area and beyond

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Courtesy of Kennedy Wilson

The first residents are moving into 120 apartments at 38 Degrees North, the first phase of a newly constructed southeast Santa Rosa apartment community.

It’s a project by global real estate company Kennedy Wilson (NYSE:KW). The project, located at 1020 Kawana Springs Road at Petaluma Hill Road, is targeted to tenants who want high-end apartment living with modern residences and amenities, according to the developer. About 40% of the units are leased so far.

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Santa Rosa food pantry celebrates 15 years of doing God’s work

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Kent Porter / The Press Democrat
Kent Porter / The Press Democrat

Fifteen years have passed since the menace of hunger in Sonoma County spurred to action the congregations of a Jewish synagogue and a Methodist church that shared a sacred space in Santa Rosa.

Elisha’s Pantry was created in July of 2005 alongside the Yulupa Avenue sanctuary shared at the time by Congregation Shomrei Torah and Christ Church United Methodist. Soon, members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church joined in, donating dollars and volunteer hours to the food pantry named for the prophet credited with miracles that included feeding more than 2,000 disciples with just 20 loaves of barley bread and some ears of corn.

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