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City of Sonoma faces ‘unprecedented’ economic uncertainty (Sonoma Sun)

By Sonoma Sun Staff writers, July 9, 2020. Like most cities, the City of Sonoma finds itself in a financial hole due to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to cope with deep cuts in revenue, city staff developed a set of three different five-year financial projection plans for City Council review, named Optimistic, Base Conservative, and Pessimistic. [ Please click here to read more. ]

BZA backs mobile home park closure, winery expansion (Sonoma Index Tribune)

By Christian Kellan, July 6, 2020, Sonoma Index Tribune. It was the final meeting for long-time Planning Commissioner Dick Fogg when the county’s Board of Zone Adjustments (BZA) met on June 25 – Fogg’s retirement was announced four days later. But all three items on the agenda pertained to the first district, the one Fogg has represented since 2002, on issues whose importance hasn’t diminished over the past 18 years: wineries, affordable housing and water use. [ Please click here to read more. ]

Boys & Girls Teen Club to relocate in 2021 (Sonoma Index Tribune)

By Lorna Sheridan, July, 6, 2020, Sonoma Index Tribune. Five years after opening its doors in the Maxwell Village Shopping Center, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley is giving up the lease on its teen-centric club location. Club CEO Cary Snowden told the Index-Tribune that while the program “continues to thrive,” because it is a free offering, “the financial sustainability of the building itself is just too much with the onset of COVID.” “We’ve always known taking over that big...

Regulation Before Education: Trauma-Informed Schools

Regulation Before Education: The Roots and Fruits of a Trauma-Informed School July 29-31st | 12:00 - 3:00pm EDT These times are unsettling in many ways. But the disruptions have widened opportunities for different ways of being, thinking and doing in education. The trauma-informed schools movement has never been more relevant. Schools committed to cultivating trauma-informed change can successfully buffer the adverse effects of the pandemic, economic collapse, and persistent racial...

Demands for defunding Santa Rosa’s police continue at community forum (Press Democrat)

By Will Schmitt, July 1,2020, Press Democrat. Santa Rosa residents continued to press the City Council this week to defund or reform the Santa Rosa Police Department as city officials, reacting to the protests over George Floyd’s killing, held hearings in an effort to improve community relations and increase scrutiny of the police department. [ Please click here to read more. ]

Santa Rosa police to begin keeping racial data (Press Democrat)

By Lori Carter, July 1,2020, Press Democrat. Santa Rosa police will begin collecting demographic data on people its officers stop earlier than state law requires in an effort to quantify and ultimately prevent racial profiling. Chief Ray Navarro said Wednesday the department is working to begin gathering certain demographic details about pedestrian and traffic stops by 2021, one year earlier than required by the state Racial and Identity Profiling Act. The law, passed in 2015, gave smaller...

Healdsburg alumni, parents say there’s still a divide in local schools (The Healdsburg Tribune)

By Katherine Minkiewicz, June 27,2020, The Healdsburg Tribune. Inequality in schools — Nonprofit Corazón Healdsburg held a Community Conversation on June 23 surrounding the topic of racial and academic divides in Healdsburg schools. This was the second live stream event in a series of interactive community conversations hosted by the organization. [ Please click here to read more. ]

Santa Rosa receives nearly $26 million in grant money for housing, transit projects (Press Democrat)

By Chantelle Lee, June 25, 2020, Press Democrat. Nearly $26 million in state grant money was approved Thursday to fund several projects in Sonoma County, including new affordable housing in Roseland and an extension to the SMART system. The $25.8 million grant package was awarded to the city of Santa Rosa, SMART and Bay Area affordable housing developer MidPen Housing by the California Strategic Growth Council, a state agency focused on affordable housing and transportation. The state grant...

Santa Rosa is updating its General Plan - and needs your input!

Help Shape the Future of Santa Rosa! Santa Rosa is in a time of incredible change. The recent fires, housing crisis, electrical grid blackouts, and calls for social justice and equality provide a backdrop for an immensely important discussion on how the City will grow and “bounce forward” to become an even more sustainable, resilient, healthy, and inclusive community. The City is updating its General Plan to tackle these and many other issues that are important to the community. How Can I...

Self-Healing Communities Model

“The Self-Healing Communities Model (SHCM) builds the capacity of communities to intentionally generate new cultural norms and thereby improve health, safety and productivity for current and future generations.” This model was implemented in Washington State and was successful in improving rates of many interrelated and intergenerational health and social problems by investing in the people at risk. They worked to reduce and prevent the root of the issue being Adverse Childhood Experiences...

Better Beginnings announces launch of the My Navigator Program!

INTRODUCING THE MY NAVIGATOR PROGRAM Better Beginnings , in partnership with First 5 Sonoma County , is proud to announce the launch of the My Navigator Program! A warm line designed to provide free resources and information to women and their families during pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenthood during the COVID-19 pandemic. The My Navigator Program also offers free Baby Weight Stations designed for mothers to come with their baby for a quick baby weight check, with locations...

Sonoma County’s Family Justice Center could close amid budget crunch (Press Democrat)

By Julie Johnson, June 23, 2020, Press Democrat. The Family Justice Center , a central hub of services for victims of domestic violence and elder abuse, is facing the threat of closure as Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch identifies up to $2.7 million in budget cuts to meet demands from the county administrator’s office. [ Please click here to read more. ]

Reminder SCAC meeting is today at 3:30!

Quick reminder- our 4th Wed ACEs meeting is today at 3:30! I hope you can join us on the Zoom call. *If you’re shy - you can call in without the video. Please plan to participate! Karen Zoom info: Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89191197175?pwd=MXBHQ0JhMU1aZllIYjRta1BFMXRjdz09 Meeting ID: 891 9119 7175 Password: 437941 One tap mobile +16699009128,,89191197175#,,,,0#,,437941# US (San Jose) +13462487799,,89191197175#,,,,0#,,437941# US (Houston) Dial by your location +1 669 900 9128...

ACEs screening is about building relationships, says early adopter

Whether or not to screen for ACEs in primary care is an important debate—and I hear and respect the passion from both sides of the argument. I fall in the “pro-ACE assessments” camp, but with some important caveats. I think that assessments for ACEs are dramatically different from screening for autism or developmental delays. In my opinion, assessments for ACEs in primary care should be primarily about building relationships.

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