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Sonoma County officials recommend awarding fire district exclusive ambulance service

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Health officials officially awarded the Sonoma County Fire District an exclusive and lucrative ambulance contract that had previously been held for 30 years by American Medical Response, a private ambulance company.

AMR, locally known as Sonoma Life Support, said it plans to challenge the decision in court. AMR has issued a formal protest alleging that the bidding process was tainted by conflict of interest and skewed in favor of the fire district.

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Sonoma County cannabis cultivators facing new tax rates

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The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors gave preliminary approval Tuesday to new business tax rates for cannabis cultivators in unincorporated areas of the county that would nearly double the top rate for indoor growers.

The new rates would maintain the current tax structure on cultivators, which calculates the amount owed based on the square footage of canopy permitted to be grown.

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Things to do in Sonoma County, May 19-28, 2023

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Salute “American Graffiti,” attend food and wine festivals and more at these Sonoma County events.

Friday, May 19

Ginger Beavers: Songs from Broadway to Disney from 5 to 10 p.m. in the piano lounge at Tonti Family Wines, 9086 Windsor Road, Windsor. Free. More information at tontifamilywines.com.

“Above and Beyond”: Orchestral classics and a cappella choral works by the Santa Rosa Junior College Orchestra plus the SRJC Choirs and members of the Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Burbank Auditorium, SRJC, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Tickets are $6 and $12. More information at pdne.ws/458gnjE.

Sister Hazel: Alternative rock band plus opener Victoria Bailey perform at Mystic Theatre, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $23 to $38. More information at mystictheatre.com.

“House of Sandwich”: Five short plays and an operetta concerning the sandwich and its role in historic world events. Showtime is 8 p.m. at The Imaginists, 461 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa. Tickets are $10 to $25. Through May 20. More information at 707-528-7554, theimaginists.org.

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Things to do in Sonoma County, May 12-21, 2023

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Celebrate Mother’s Day, see live music, attend art openings and more at these Sonoma County events.

Friday, May 12

SRJC Dance Program: “Affects/Effect” student dance performances, with professional guest artists UPside Dance Company, Funny Bones Crew and Platypus. Show opens at 7 p.m. at Burbank Theater, Santa Rosa Junior College, 1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Tickets are $15 to $25. Through May 14. More information at dance.santarosa.edu/events.

Monster Trucks: Les Schwab Tires Monster Truck Spring Nationals open with a 7 p.m. show at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. A pit party starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $18 to $30. Through May 13. More information at pdne.ws/3M8Ujy7.

The Transatlantic Guitar Trio: Jazz ballads, gypsy swing standards, pop music and original compositions at 7:30 p.m. at The California, 528 Seventh St., Santa Rosa. Tickets are $25 to $30. More information at 707-664-7529, caltheatre.com.

Little Gems and April and Monroe Grisman Music Project: Eclectic show with folk/roots rock begins at 8:15 p.m. at The Lost Church, 427 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa; use the Ross Street entrance. Tickets are $25. More information at thelostchurch.org/santa-rosa.

Sean Carscadden: Fortieth Birthday Bash performance with special guests Wyld Iris, Dan Martin, Lemme Adams and Jaleh. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. at Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E., Sonoma. Tickets are $25. More information at 707-996-9756, sebastianitheatre.com.

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Meet Bill Petty, Your Sonoma County Bike Champion Of The Year

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SONOMA COUNTY, CA — Bay Area Bike to Wherever Days organizers have named the winners of the 2023 Bike Champion of the Year awards for each of the nine Bay Area counties. Given to individuals for inspiring bicycling in their Bay Area communities, this award recognizes riders in the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties for their commitment to cycling as the primary mode of transport.

This year’s Sonoma County winner is Bill Petty of Santa Rosa.

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Sonoma County volunteer opportunities

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin

Handy/repair person needed

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin in Santa Rosa needs a volunteer handy/repair person to help maintain and give support for buildings and grounds. Some duties include painting, landscaping, adjusting door latches and changing light bulbs. Volunteers must have mechanical skills, be comfortable with hand and power tools and be able to climb a ladder.

For more information, go to pdne.ws/41KREjv.

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The 30 Best Restaurants in Sonoma

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Whenever I visit a new place, I’m eager to find restaurants that serve up the true flavors of the region. That’s not always an easy feat when SEO-optimized lists, pumped-up Yelp reviews and sales-driven picks top the online search results.

As a longtime dining editor in Sonoma County, I want to be your guide to the essential, “most Sonoma” restaurants that locals and visitors should know. My selection of best restaurants is entirely based on the impressions of someone who has dined for a living in this area for nearly 20 years. No one paid to be on this list. I don’t accept free meals or any other compensation in return for positive reviews.

In order to make this list, restaurants need to feature local ingredients on their menu, which should change with the seasons and reflect the land and waters around us. This list also highlights chefs whose skills and attitudes I respect.

Those are not the only qualifiers. Sonoma County also is home to a large Latino population who’ve brought the recipes and flavors of Latin America to this region. Latino chefs and restaurants are not only part of the local food scene, but continue to shape it in a significant way and therefore are also included on this list.

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Sonoma County Ends Drought Emergency, Urges Public To Keep Conserving

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SONOMA COUNTY, CA — The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to end the local drought emergency it declared two years ago. At the same time, county leaders strongly encouraged the public to continue conserving water, citing increasingly volatile weather patterns in the region as a result of climate change.

Following a series of wet winter storms that dropped nearly 3 feet of rain on Santa Rosa in three months, the two main reservoirs that supply Sonoma County exceeded their normal storage capacity this year for the first time since 2019. Combined, Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino held 372,000 acre-feet of water when winter ended March 20, the most ever going into the dry season, according to a news release from the county. Just one acre-foot is equal to approximately 326,000 gallons, which is enough to meet the annual indoor and outdoor needs of three average households in Sonoma County.

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Sonoma County seeks to eliminate racist covenants in millions of real estate documents

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SANTA ROSA — Sonoma County is seeking proposals to help the county recorder identify, report and redact illegal racist restrictions originally printed in over 24 million previously recorded real estate documents.

The county announced Tuesday it is seeking to formally void racially-restrictive covenants in paperwork that prevented people of color from purchasing, renting or using property.

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What it was like to be a kid in 1970s Sonoma County

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Disco, bell bottoms, roller skates and Rubik’s Cubes. The 1970s was a groovy time for kids.

While the decade was marked by economic and political turbulence — as civil strife surrounded the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal under then-President Richard Nixon — the youth focused on love, peace and fun.

Those who grew up in the ‘70s most likely remember playing with Stretch Armstrong, tie-dyeing clothes and watching the first “Star Wars” movie. Kids sported tube socks and long hairdos as they biked around town while teens cruised along Fourth Street listening to music on an 8-track player. And they all knew to come home when the street lights came on.

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