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Help decide what’s next for Maxwell Farms Park

Posted on April 16, 2015
Help decide what's next for Maxwell Farms Park

For reasons which often defy explanation, certain parcels of land repeatedly become focal points for community action, controversy... Continue

Reflections on the Commons

Posted on April 15, 2015
Reflections on the Commons

For a species whose prime adaptation is cooperation, the Commons — lands and resources owned and shared by all — have always... Continue

Whither SDC?

Posted on April 6, 2015
Whither SDC?

In a public meeting about the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center, it seemed clear to the hundreds present, including elected... Continue

Film in the age of Global Harming

Posted on March 20, 2015

The creativity in this year’s Film Festival is a welcome respite from Hollywood’s adolescent fantasmagorical Doomsday epics, whose... Continue

Editorial: A wage we can live with 



Posted on March 4, 2015

The Sonoma County Living Wage Coalition, a group of labor, environmental, political and religious organizations, has asked the County... Continue

Mobilizing the feminine principle

Posted on February 10, 2015

Our local leadership has clearly tilted towards the feminine, with capable and talented women now at the helm of local political offices... Continue

Goals and good intentions

Posted on January 23, 2015
Goals and good intentions

At the end of 2013, Sonoma City Council took another stab at setting goals for itself. The 2014/2015 goals can be found on the City’s... Continue

Creating affordable workforce housing

Posted on January 7, 2015
Creating affordable workforce housing

The demise of Sonoma’s Redevelopment Agency has effectively ended its creation of significant workforce housing, housing that’s... Continue

Our Sonoma Valley family

Posted on December 19, 2014

Holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas are typically times when families celebrate together. Big meals are cooked and eaten, stories... Continue

Searching for community

Posted on November 17, 2014

The word community used pretty freely. We talk about the business community, or the gay community, or the Latino community and so on.... Continue

Letters to the Editor
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Dog fan calls Malarkey

Posted on April 16, 2015 by

For Pete’s sake, there are tons of Coyotes on the trails in the Hollywood hills where I used to hike with my dogs, where dozens... Continue

Gifts of community good

Posted on April 14, 2015 by
Gifts of community good

Editor: Yesterday after calling the IRS to help me with my income tax return I was referred to the free tax service at the Vintage... Continue

Time to ban leaf blowers

Posted on April 7, 2015 by
Time to ban leaf blowers

The leaf blower issue is back before the Sonoma City Council because many of us in Sonoma want gas-powered leaf blowers banned in our... Continue

Dogs and deer don’t mix

Posted on April 7, 2015 by
Dogs and deer don't mix

I want to simplify the dogs on Montini property controversy. It’s not about leashes it’s about deer. Through building and... Continue

Envies ‘victory’ over short-term rentals

Posted on April 7, 2015 by
Envies 'victory' over short-term rentals

Congratulations to the residents of Sonoma! You will not be forced to do without sleep, peace, or a sense of safety, as is the case... Continue

Decide the future of Maxwell Park

Posted on March 31, 2015 by

For thousands of years travelers going east or west across the center of Sonoma Valley have crossed Sonoma creek where it merges with... Continue

Yes to water fluoridation

Posted on March 30, 2015 by
Yes to water fluoridation

Editor: Recently, you ran a letter opposing water fluoridation. The writer said most of his friends opposed fluoridation. Well, I would... Continue

Sonoma City Council has superficial interest in climate action

Posted on March 23, 2015 by
Sonoma City Council has superficial interest in climate action

I attended the March 16 meeting of the Sonoma City Council where I heard presentations from the County’s Climate Protection Program,... Continue

Providing library services 24/7 – without staff

Posted on March 20, 2015 by

What city amenity is available to the public 24/7, 365? Naturally, most people’s first answer would be police and fire. What about... Continue

Private business shouldn’t provide public restroom

Posted on March 20, 2015 by

Editor: As local independent business owner, I would like our community and the City of Sonoma to have a dialogue regarding our public... Continue