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Appreciating community

Posted on November 23, 2017

The world seems quite chaotic lately. The government in Washington D.C. is polarized and paralyzed. The climate and weather patterns... Continue

Editorial: Luxury gun club is for the birds

Posted on November 13, 2017
Editorial: Luxury gun club is for the birds

Under the noses of citizens, a private event center in disguise is close to approval for construction in the heart of our Sonoma Baylands.... Continue

What’s the best way to spend emergency money?

Posted on November 8, 2017

Sonoma Valley residents are now experiencing a range of post-fire emotions, one of which is gratitude towards the first responders,... Continue

Where do we go from here?

Posted on October 25, 2017

It’s been a traumatic few weeks for Sonoma Valley; many now homeless, woodlands and grasslands denuded of ground-cover, unhealthy... Continue

It feels good to be home

Posted on October 17, 2017
It feels good to be home

Like many of you, we at the SUN found ourselves scattered to various locations this past week, as the fire and evacuations drove us... Continue

Tasting rooms and the free market

Posted on October 4, 2017

Discussion before the City Council and on Facebook about wine tasting rooms on the Plaza always seem to include mention of The Free... Continue

Sonoma’s planning system is broken

Posted on September 21, 2017

Despite the aspirations of its General Plan, the policies and measures of its Development Code, its Planning Commission and its Planning... Continue

Ageism, bias and society

Posted on September 7, 2017

The fastest growing population in America is that of people over 85. California is growing older too, and Sonoma Valley’s senior... Continue

Sonoma’s taxpayers are not children

Posted on August 18, 2017

Political office often breeds paternalism, an inclination to protect the public from disturbing information. Though seemingly well-intentioned,... Continue

Sonoma’s water fund fiasco

Posted on August 3, 2017
Sonoma's water fund fiasco

In February of this year, we were the first to report citizen Chris Petlock’s comments and questions to the Sonoma City Council... Continue

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Where do we go from here?

Posted on November 23, 2017 by

The fires that ravaged the North Bay have certainly left indelible memories on all of who lived through that experience. The rush of... Continue

An update from County permit chief

Posted on November 20, 2017 by

By Tennis Wick, Director, Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department In the aftermath of the fire, Sonoma County faces... Continue

What to believe about the Republican tax plan

Posted on November 13, 2017 by

The release of the tax reform plan by the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives has caused the Washington spin machine to... Continue

City Council chaos

Posted on November 10, 2017 by

The most recent City Council meeting exposed a weakness in local government that may explain why Council seems to accomplish so little... Continue

Sonoma Springs Fire Relief Fund

Posted on November 8, 2017 by

Our community has been devastated by the most destructive fire in our state’s history and its cost can hardly be defined by numbers... Continue

Cannabis discussion must include teen health

Posted on November 2, 2017 by
Cannabis discussion must include teen health

As the founder and Director of R.I.S.K. Sonoma (Resources, Information, Support and Knowledge), a parent support network, I wanted... Continue

During crisis, community needs better communication

Posted on October 28, 2017 by
During crisis, community needs better communication

Now that we have a bit of distance from the immediacy of the fires I would like to raise a concern, or two, that may prove useful in... Continue

A loving welcome to evacuees at Sonoma Raceway

Posted on October 28, 2017 by

We have seen no coverage of the wonderful and generous work done by Sonoma Raceway during the days of evacuation during the fire emergency.... Continue

Anti-ag sentiment cannot go unanswered

Posted on October 27, 2017 by

As I am sure many of you have read or heard, after four years winemaker and Sonoma County resident David Ramey’s proposed Westside... Continue

SDC is vital to special-needs care

Posted on October 25, 2017 by

There are not enough hospital beds in Sonoma County to accommodate the mentally ill. For instance, Napa State Hospital is filled to... Continue