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The County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa are working with state and federal partners to provide safe, immediate, transitional, and long-term housing to assist residents who were displaced by the recent tragic fires and stabilize the immediate housing crisis faced by residents. It is estimated that nearly 5,000 residential units were destroyed in the fires. At their meeting today, the Board of Supervisors approved leasing 80 existing Recreational Vehicle (RV) spaces at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds to house Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Temporary Housing Units.

Agricultural and Rural Lands Fire Recovery and Resource Town Hall  

Monday, October 30, 2017 
Sonoma County Fairgrounds – Garrett Building 
Doors open at 5 p.m., program begins at 5:30 p.m  

In response to the recent wildfires in Northern California that have impacted the agriculture community, Sonoma County Farm Bureau is convening local, state and federal leadership to address concerns and provide information to rural property owners. 

Sonoma County Fires Community Meetings: TOMORROW: Thursday, October 19 

Re-Entering Neighborhoods, Debris Removal and Clean Up, and Shelter and Temporary Housing Update  

It's summertime, and the living is easy on American Routes, where we've got cool tunes from Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Martha and the Vandellas, and the Beach Boys to help you beat that summer heat. We'll hear memories of Sea Breeze, NC, a historically Black resort community that was an early site of integration in the Jim Crow South... And visit with some surfers at Mission Beach, San Diego.  

Listen to American Routes with host Nick Spitzer every Friday at 12:00 noon on KRCB-FM Radio 91!

This week on Sonoma Spotlight:  

Monday, July 24 – Main Stage West – 2017-2018 Season Announcement  

Roland chats with Elizabeth Craven about the upcoming 2017-2018 Main Stage West lineup of shows, which include Grace, Mary Shelley's Body, Daddy Long Legs, Buried Child, Lungs and Eurydice. The season runs from September 8th, 2017 through May 27th, 2018. More information is available at: www.mainstagewest.com  

Housing Aid for New Teachers

Mar 2, 2017

Training new teachers for local schools isn’t enough. The Sonoma County office of Education is also partnering in efforts to help secure housing for them.

Learn more about the Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County here.

Seeking Meaning in the Death of Andy Lopez

Jan 25, 2017

The fatal shooting of 13 year old Andy Lopez was shocking and polarizing. But documentary filmmaker Ron Rogers is more interested in what has happened in the neighborhood afterward.

When an editor comes on board to help complete the “Andy” film project, producer Ron Rogers says he or she will have plenty to work with.

Latinos Lag in Mental Health Literacy

Jan 4, 2017

According to a recent study, Latinos trail other segments of the California population in understanding mental illnesses and how they can be treated. But the gap closes as they become acculturated.

Naranjo’s study interviewed 100 subjects, statewide, during the summer of 2014. She explains that her survey asked a series of questions to gauge each person’s awareness and understanding of mental illnesses and their symptoms and treatments.

Sebastopol’s Village Building Convergence Resumes

Apr 17, 2016

  The Sebastopol Village Building Convergence is underway for a second and more extensive time, with an increased focus on neighborhood projects and informational programs.

A full schedule of events for the current Convergence can be found here (scroll down for event details).

Young Adults with Autism Thrive in Their New Home

Dec 28, 2015

  Eight years in the making, a new living environment for young adults with autism is attracting nationwide attention to their shared homes in downtown Sonoma.

Moorland Neighborhood Park Plans Take Shape

Dec 17, 2015
Sonoma County Regional Parks

  Plans for a new county park near the site of the Andy Lopez shooting have been drawn up and are heading for construction, prepared with extensive input from the neighborhood.

  There was also considerable discussion about incorporating a community center building in the small park site, but Sonoma County Regional Parks planner Scott Wilkinson says ultimately, that had to be left out.

The Rio Theater’s New Life

Dec 16, 2015

From origins as a  WW II relic to a community fund-raising rescue, and now a new collective ownership, the story of the Rio Theater could be told on the big screen inside. But we get it instead from reporter Ryan Miller.

Melding Old and New at Lincoln Elementary

Jul 15, 2015
Rhian Miller

  Old, one-room school houses can still be found hidden along rural roads in the north bay, and a few are still active, including three in west Marin. Lincoln Elementary is the oldest, open since 1872. Reporter Rhian Miller takes us on a visit there.

Landpaths Introduces ‘TrekSonoma’ Outings

Jun 25, 2015

  Landpaths is one of several local groups that is active in preserving and protecting scenic and unspoiled properties across Sonoma County. But they are also committed to getting people out on those lands, and will introduce a new series of extended outings later this summer.

Hiking across the countryside as part of a small group, says Landpaths Executive Director Craig Anderson, becomes a collective experience, which is quite different from traveling alone or with just one or two other people. 

Framing Roseland's Future

Jun 24, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

Roseland residents are being invited to discussions about various aspects of the area’s future, the most recent moves in a 30 year history of proposed redevelopment plans for their neighborhood. With three separate projects in the works, the pace appears to be picking up.

Task Force Recommendations on Accountability

Mar 6, 2015

  After 14 months, the Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force convened by Sonoma County Supervisors has made public its varied policy recommendations. Today we conclude our 3-part series on their work with a look at the recommendations from the Law Enforcement Accountability subcommittee.

Task Force Recommendations on Community Policing

Mar 3, 2015

  After 14 months, the Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force convened by Sonoma County Supervisors has made public its varied policy recommendations. Today we begin a 3-part series with a look at the ideas that came out of its subcommittee on Community Policing.

Forum to Offer 'Perspectives in Immigration'

Jan 14, 2015

  US immigration policy is a complex and fluid subject, affecting the entire north bay population, but in widely differing ways. A public forum Thursday night is out to educate those who may not think it has a bearing on them. 

The free public forum begins at 6:30 pm; it’s being held in the Glaser Center in downtown Santa Rosa. Part of the program is a showing of a short video profile of two Santa Rosa youths (see it below) which was co-produced by Santa Rosa immigration lawyer Christopher Kerosky. He offers this summary of it.

Community Organizing

Dec 17, 2014

Begun just 80-odd years ago, Community Organizing has changed with the times, as Sebastopol sociology professor emeritus David Walls documents in his new book on the subject.    

   With its broad perspective, Walls’ Community Organizing is able to speak to a diverse audience.  But as the author explains, that wasn’t exactly the original plan for either him or the publisher.

Napa Rebounds From August Earthquake

Dec 10, 2014

 In less than five months, Napa has largely rebounded from the sizable earthquake that shook the area last August, even as the total damages have climbed to more than $550 million.

  Napa City Manager Mike Parness says he is pleased with the way their emergency planning helped the community respond to and cope with the 6.0 earthquake. But planning for a disaster, and actually experiencing one are two different things, so there are lessons to be drawn from what actually happened. One of them involved dealing with debris.

 

  Claude Lewenz believes he’s developed a better idea for a 21st century city, one that is now gaining attention in Mendocino County.  He calls it a “village town,” and explained it in this archival North Bay Report from October, 2010.

The Village Town concept is a fresh start, as Claude Lewenz envisions it, a community built completely new and separate from what has gone before

  Designing the individual villages will be left up to the people who will live in them, Lewenz explains. He offers an outline of how that might happen.

Sustainable Housing Discussion in Petaluma

Sep 22, 2014

  Homelessness and the cost of rental housing are both going up in Sonoma County, which isn’t a good combination.  The question of how to maintain cultural and economic diversity in the face of these conditions is the focus of a North Bay Sustainability Mixer in Petaluma tomorrow night. Here’s a preview.

COTS' Mike Johnson will be one of four scheduled speakers at that gathering and mixer, which begins at 7 pm. You can find more information about it here.

Flickr user _sam_i_am_

A new law goes into effect on January 1st which will allow undocumented immigrants to receive drivers licenses. We examine what this new law will mean for families in the area, and how law enforcement is responding.

Image courtesy of the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa.

A community forum is schedule this evening, giving members of the public the opportunity to discuss the death of 13 year-old Andy Lopez and this week’s announcement that Deputy Sheriff Erik Gelhaus will not be criminally charged for the shooting. KRCB’s Danielle Venton spoke with Supervisor Zane to discuss the purpose of the forum. 

The forum will be held between 6:00 and 8:30 p.m. at the Santa Rosa Veterans Hall, and is hosted by Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane and Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force. 

Novel coins raise money for West Marin nonprofits

Jun 26, 2014
Coastal Marin Fund

From Bitcoins to Starbucks rewards points, there’s more ways than ever to buy without using actual dollars. Some local communities are even minting their own money, hoping to boost local businesses and nonprofits. In Pt. Reyes Station, KRCB goes on a hunt for West Marin Trade Tokens. The tokens, worth 3 dollars, are the project of the Coastal Marin Fund.

New Mountaintop AVA Builds Community

Jun 19, 2014
Examiner.com

High altitude isolation defines the newest grape-growing appellation in the North Bay, which has also forged a sense of community among those who live and work there.

Find out more about the history and farmers in the Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak area at the AVA's website.

Building Community Through Shared Resilience

May 15, 2014

  When Daily Acts launched their 350 Home and Garden Challenge four years ago, their goal was to enlist 350 people or households in committing to take a specific action to help the environment and their community. The response has been so strong, they have now dropped the number (while increasing their goal tenfold) and changed the name to the Community Resilience Challenge. It’s coming up this weekend; here’s an update.

Village Building Convergence Comes to Sebastopol

May 4, 2014

 

   A new kind of neighborhood self-improvement project is settling into Sebastopol, one that seeks to blend creativity and community-building.  It’s a model that has been highly productive in Portland, called Village Convergence Building. Bruce Robinson talks today with the native son behind it.

New Senior Village Network in Petaluma Seeks Members

Apr 18, 2014

  We’ve all heard the saying,” It takes a village to raise a child.” But that same sort of collaborative community can play an important part in the lives of its older members as well. That’s what the Village Network of Petaluma is setting out to create., as we hear on today’s segment.

The Village Network of Petaluma will be holding their Kick Off and Membership Drive at the Petaluma Library Saturday afternoon, April 19 from 1-3 pm.  As their invitation says:

Cultural and Creative Arts Forum

Apr 16, 2014

  Sonoma County is rich in arts and culture, but those enterprises aren’t always tuned in to each other, or supported by local business and government. As part of an effort to create a more unified vision for everyone, the Sonoma County Economic Development Board is hosting a community conversation on the subject this evening at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Bruce Robinson talks about it with the man who will be leading the session.

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