diversity

First-Person Accounts Illuminate Gold Rush History

Jun 8, 2017

The Gold Rush brought tens of thousands of dreamers, seekers, entrepreneurs and charlatans into California, each, it seems with a story to tell. A new non-fiction book samples dozens of these first-person accounts to create a multi-faceted portrait of a tumultuous time.

The Gold Rush was covered in great detail and enthusiasm by the newspapers of the day, and those accounts can still be found today. Bu for accuracy and detail, historian Gary Noy cautions that they should be read with a certain amount of skepticism.

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.

Community Policing Task Force Recommendations

Dec 14, 2014

Asked to suggest ways to help local law enforcement be more effective and accountable, a citizen task force is calling for more diversity, better training, and improved communications with the people they serve.

The full text of the seven recommendations from the Community Policing subcommittee can be found here.

Engaging with Local Boards and Commissions

Nov 7, 2014

  It takes more than just a desire to serve, and perhaps some relevant personal background, to win a seat on a local board or commission, and to be an effective member of that body. So where does one get that specialized training? One place is a event for that very purpose, being held tomorrow at Santa Rosa Junior College. Here’s more about it.

Latino Candidates Seek School Board Seats

Oct 31, 2014

 Regardless of the results in this year’s election, the modest increase in Latino candidates in local school board races this fall is seen as an encouraging development by Latino community leaders in Sonoma County.

   Demographic diversity is helpful among the elected members of local school boards, says Laura Gonzalez, a second-term trustee for Santa Rosa City Schools. But she places an even higher value on cultural sensitivity.