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Sonoma Community Center Makes Fall Events Accessible to All (Bohemian)

By Charlie Swanson, October 6, 2020, Bohemian. Sonoma Community Center was one of the North Bay’s early leaders in offering quality virtual programming when the Covid-19 pandemic halted in-person events and gatherings in the North Bay this past March. For the last six months, art enthusiasts from around the world have Zoomed in on the center’s digital platform, and the Fall series currently underway covers an array of subjects including ceramics, culinary, fiber, painting, drawing,...

From Border Town to Healthcare Frontiers (Bohemian)

By Chelsea Kurnick, September 29, 2020, The Bohemian. Doctor Toni Ramirez, MD puts justice at the center of her practice in her office and community Dr. Toni Ramirez entered medical school as an act of rebellion. That, and she wanted to help people. In high school in El Paso, Texas, her guidance counselor mocked her ambition to become a doctor, despite the fact that she was at the top of her class. A Latinx child in a border town, Ramirez thought, “If you’re telling me I can’t do this, what...

FINDING POSITIVE HEALTH IN “FORTALEZAS” AND “COMUNIDAD”: A Case Study of Latinos/X in Sonoma Valley (Hanna Hawk)

Hanna Institute launched an 18-month study, “Finding Positive Health in ‘Fortalezas’ and ‘Comunidad’: A Case Study of Latinos/X in Sonoma Valley” in 2018. Using a community- engaged research team, the study explored the unique assets, power and resilience of the Latino/x population that enables it to cope with and overcome stress, including those exacerbated by structural inequalities. The study focuses on community, political, spiritual, cultural and physical resources perceived within the...

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...

Woman who lost job turns focus to helping others (Petaluma 360)

By Kathryn Palmer, June 16, 2020, The Argus-Courier. Like many people, Debra Durgin has been spending a lot more time in her kitchen during shelter-in-place, documenting the fruits of her labor on social media. But instead of posting pictures of Sourdough bread, Dalgota coffee, cinnamon buns or other quarantine cooking trends, she’s been filling local feeds with images of individually-packaged meals she gives to some of Petaluma’s most vulnerable residents. Her posts show boxes lining her...

Santa Rosa opens homeless encampment during COVID-19 (KTVU)

By Debora Villalon, May 19, 2020, KTVU. The goal is to give people on the street someplace to stay that's sanitary and provides social distance. Already, the city has moved some people from its main homeless shelter into motels. The camp targets those on the streets. "I feel safe wherever I go, I honestly believe if the Lord wants me, he'll take me, " said James, 68, one of the first to arrive at the Finley Community Center. Please click here to read the full story.

Chris Smith: Santa Rosa landlord surprises tenants, won't collect rent due to coronavirus outbreak (Press Democrat)

Chris Smith, March 21, 2020, for the Press Democrat The full spectrum of misery being inflicted by this damnable pandemic isn’t only terrible but terribly uneven. Some, including all whose livelihoods have evaporated or are in stark danger of doing so, are hurting far more than others. Those worse off are on the minds of people like Marv Hyman and like Dennis Wilkes’ landlord and Deana Abramowitz, who devise ways to level out some of the pain. To read the full story, please open this link:...

Valley Forum: The necessity of change at Hanna Boys Center [The Sonoma Index Tribune]

By Brian Farragher, Aug 15, 2019, Special To The Index Tribune For almost 75 years Hanna Boys Center has been instrumental in turning around the lives of thousands of troubled, at-risk boys and helped them become productive citizens. We are proud of this heritage. But like many organizations — religious, educational, political and corporate — Hanna has had missteps and failures which have come to light. You’ve probably read about them. These incidents of sexual abuse over several years are...

Should Sonoma County merge its school districts? [Press Democrat]

By Susan Minichiello, Aug 11, 2019 for the Press Democrat As its schools face declining enrollment and shrinking budgets, local policymakers are asking why Sonoma County has 40 public school districts — and exploring whether they can save money and improve students’ education by consolidating. Only four counties in the state have more school districts than Sonoma County, which has been carved into an intricate, often overlapping mosaic of public agencies responsible for educating nearly...

Mother: 11-year-old boy injured in Santa Rosa park shooting is 'not the same kid' [Press Democrat]

By Chris Smith, Aug 12, 2019 for the Press Democrat As we anguish from the plague of mass shootings, a boy who took a stray bullet as he left soccer practice in Santa Rosa two months ago resists the fear that would have him simply hide from the world from now on. “He’s not the same kid,” the sweet-tempered 11-year-old’s distraught mother told me. “He’s afraid something’s going to happen to him, or to us.” I know the names of the boy and his mom but won’t mention them because they’re...

So. Co. Behavioral Health and Health Services in the county jail [Community Voice]

The Sonoma County Civil Grand jury recently released two reports related to their review of the County’s Behavioral Health Division (BHD) 2018-2019 budget and an inspection of the Jail’s Main Adult Detention Facility ( MADF ) health care resources and services. The jury commended the Sheriff’s Office for doing a job “it was not designed to do and doing so competently.” This includes providing inmates with opportunities for adult education and implementing a Jail-Based Competency Restoration...

Roseland Library Lives On! [Sonoma County Gazette]

By Duane Dewitt, July 29, 2019 for the Sonoma County Gazette Roseland Community Library Will Live On into the Future Roseland Library will host a “Veterans Connect Pop up”Providing information about benefits available to them Thursday August 15 Roseland Community Library will live on into the future. “The Sonoma County Library has signed a six-year lease on a building at 470 Sebastopol Road, across the street from the current temporary library.” according to Ray Holley of the Sonoma County...

‘None of us will ever be the same’: Survivors of 2017 Tubbs Fire face long-term trauma [Sacramento Bee]

By Panchalay Chalermkraivuth, August 2, 2019, Sacramento Bee Robert “Priest” Morgan hasn’t slept without a cocktail of pills since the night he says God kicked him in the head to wake him up – the night he opened the front door of his Santa Rosa mobile home to see a fire engine, a few people running up and down Sahara Street and screaming. “The sky looked like the Fourth of July,” he said. “The entire park except for my street was an inferno.” It wasn’t Independence Day – it was Oct. 9,...

Foster families needed in Sonoma [Sonoma Index-Tribune]

Staff Report, July 28, 2019, Sonoma Index-Tribune Every day, 50 to 75 Sonoma County children and teens need a safe place to live. There is currently an urgent need for foster parents and adoptive families to open their homes to local foster children, according to the county’s Sonoma Foster Care agency. Local families can learn more about foster parenting at Explore Foster Parenting, a one-hour discussion held monthly, 6 to 7 p.m., at 2255 Challenger Way, Suite 100, Santa Rosa. The dates for...

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