Rohnert Park

Northern California Wildfires Community Workshop -  

WHEN: Friday October 27TH - 6:00-9:00 PM

WHERE: Grand Ballroom, DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country One DoubleTree Drive - Rohnert Park, California 94928  

FREE EVENT. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  

The Atlas and Tubbs wildfires have ravaged Napa and Sonoma counties since October 8th. Combined, these are the deadliest and most destructive fires in the state’s history.

Community Information

Published:  October 15, 2017 at 3:54 AM

Current Evacuations: 

Judy Sakaki, president of Sonoma State University
Sonoma State University

Last week, we talked about Sonoma State’s new approach to remedial learning in English and Math. Today we return to the Rohnert Park campus, to listen in on remarks by SSU President Judy Sakaki. Her address yesterday to the opening convocation for the academic year emphasized plans to broaden access to the school for underrepresented groups. Steve Mencher has more.

MacKenzie Chairs Regional Transportation Body

Jun 5, 2017
Metropolitan Transportation Commission

For the first time in more than 35 years, the head of the Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission is an elected official from Sonoma County:  longtime Rohnert Park city councilman and current mayor Jake MacKenzie.

Tune in for Curtain Call, Sunday morning at 10, when host Charles Sepos chats first with director Larry Williams and actors Gene Abravaya and Steven Kent Barker. They talk about the musical “1776," February 10th through 26th at Spreckels Performing Arts Center. 

Next, Actor Eric Thompson, puppeteer Sheila Devitt and producer Ellie Lichenstein preview Trevor Allen’s "One Stone,” February 10th through 19th at Cinnabar Theater. 

Incubator Farm Revisions Offered to Mollify Neighbors

Apr 20, 2016
Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District

  A proposed hands-on "incubator farm” for young would-be farmers next to Rohnert Park has generated protests from nearby residents. So the project is being revised to ease their concerns.

The 45-acre Young-Armos property was purchased by the county’s Ag and Open Space District for $370,000 in 1997. Rohnert Park Mayor Gina Belforte is sympathetic to the Rohnert Park residents who would strongly prefer that nothing be changed on it.

School Parcel Tax Tops Quiet November Election

Oct 28, 2015

  Next Tuesday is a quiet election day for most of Sonoma County, but voters in Rohnert Park are being asked to extend a parcel tax to fund local schools. 

    The student population attending the Cotati-Rohnert Park School District’s 11 schools now stands at 5900, well above the 4000 or so they were projecting just five years ago. Superintendent Robert Haley says most of that increase has come through intensified efforts to retain the students already living within the district’s boundaries—not from new residents arriving.

Green Roof Tops New Amy's Drive-Thru

Jun 13, 2015
Kerrrie Lee Cole, Symbios

  A new fast food outlet in Rohnert Park is drawing attention for their vegetarian menu, but the organic aspects of the Amy’s Drive-Thru building itself are also unusual.

The iconic tank is the most visible aspect of water management at Amy's Drive Thru, but company Sustainability Manager Tim Griffin says it's part of a carefully developed larger plan.

Schroeder Hall's Organ Set to Debut

Aug 21, 2014
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  The boy pianist from Peanuts gave Schroeder Hall its name, but the intimate new concert space at the Green Music Center is more notably the new home of a remarkable and historic pipe organ.

Opus 9 is a baroque organ, in the style of instruments three centuries older. That’s not a factor in its size, says Sonoma Bach Music Director Bob Worth—it’s descriptive of the sound it produces.

'BeagleFest' Returns to Snoopy's Home Turf

Jun 25, 2014

  Fans of all things Peanuts from all over the world are converging nearby this week for a collectors’ club convention they call “BeagleFest.” Today we get a peek inside.

 To find out more about the 13th BeagleFest—which runs tomorrow through Saturday--click here.

Union Vote at Graton Casino

Jun 17, 2014
Sarah Norr, Unite Here 2850

The first large union representation vote at the new Graton Casino in Rohnert Park is underway, and local labor leaders are optimistic it will set a significant precedent for the region.

Graton Tribe Wins Wetland Grant

Mar 6, 2014

  The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria were one of ten recipients in a recent round of wetlands grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency. Today, Bruce Robinson talks with a pair of tribal representatives to find out how they’ll be using their share of the one and a half million dollars in grant funds.

Young Engineers Seek Support

Feb 11, 2014
KRCB

Update Mar. 26, 2014 -- The project reports they are about $5,000 away from their fundraising goal.

To raise the remainder they're holding a live comedy show called "Comics Stripped" on April 3, at Lawrence E. Jones Middle School, feature Johnny Steel and Geoff Bolt. Or, donors can contribute to a crowdgiving campaign.

Casino Traffic Impacts Waning

Nov 26, 2013
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Three weeks ago, when the new Graton Indian casino first opened, traffic in the area was gridlocked for much of the morning.  To find out how that situation stands now, Bruce Robinson checked in with the local Highway Patrol office.

Local Economy Looking Up

Oct 16, 2013
Graton Resort and Casino

A new casino, expansion of the Sonoma County airport, and a close-to-home workforce all contribute to renewed confidence in the local economy, as revealed in a recent survey of area business leaders.

   The runway expansion has drawn most of the attention at the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport, but concurrent construction will create a SMART train station very close to it, a prospect that Tom Duryea, CEO of Summit State Bank, sees as an enormous benefit.

 

A Day at the Casino Dealer School

Sep 15, 2013
KRCB

 A new class begins Monday, Sept. 16 at the Graton Resort and Casino Dealer School in Rohnert Park. The soon-to-open casino has trained dealers since April, giving many in the community the chance of reinvention in a difficult job market. KRCB reporter Danielle Venton visited the school to become a temporary student for the day.