The Sonoma Valley Sun’s annual all-photo issue is coming up, and we need your help. Please snap and share a smart-phone photo taken sometime on December 8. These pictures — at work or play, people or places — will make up our annual ‘Day in the Life’ issue on December 15. The stuff you’re probably already sharing on social? Just copy us, at [email protected] by Dec.. 10. Be sure to include when and where you took it. Thanks!
Sonoma County, like most of California counties, greeted the Legal Cannabis concept looking at potential tax revenue like a stoner eyeing cookies and milk. But that pot of gold at the end of the pot of edibles hasn’t materialized. Growers say that with all the regulations and added taxes, it’s too pricey of an endeavor. That’s why Senate President Designee Mike McGuire pushed through the Cannabis Licensing Reform Act. “Just like with other agricultural crops, cannabis farmers shouldn’t go under from one bad season, whether it’s from a tough market, drought, or even a wildfire. Farmers need flexibility in this erratic market and if they grow less, they should pay less. It’s that simple.” Michael Coates, of the Sonoma Valley Cannabis Enthusiasts, is all for it.“ Any adjustments to make licensing fees more fair and affordable is good common sense. This state needs to be vigilant for legal growers before they are gone.”… Meanwhile, Sonoma County is looking at updating its cannabis-growing rules and everything is on the table except your college roommate’s bong. “The analysis could result in proposals to expand, restrict, or eliminate cannabis land uses and streamline the cannabis permitting process.” Permit Sonoma convenes its first meeting on December 13.
Construction at the Bonneau’s gas station at Arnold and Grove is taking shape, as the longtime gas station builds a new 4,834 square foot retail market element. There will still be eight pumps, but the store will expand to include beer and wine, and a drive-up coffee window. A warehouse structure at the back of the .62 acre lot was removed to make way for the project.
The City of Sonoma is looking for its Honorary Alcalde 2024. Since 1975, the City Council has annually selected outstanding citizens for the title, honoring exemplary commitment to the community through voluntary service, leadership, and impactful projects. The term itself – alcalde is Spanish for ‘mayor’ – dates back to the pueblo days of Mexican rule. Now, it’s symbolic of outstanding public service. To nominate “worthy candidates for this esteemed recognition,” submit letters or emails to City Manager David Guhin at [email protected] or mail to: City Manager No. 1, The Plaza, Sonoma CA 95476. Last year’s honoree was Bill Lynch.
KSVY 91.3 welcomes a very special in-studio guest on December 5 – none other than Santa Claus. In town for his annual pre-flight spa treatment and hot cocoa colonic, the Jolly One will take calls from kids from 5-7pm. The annual tradition is sponsored by Republic of Thrift. First question should be: What is Mrs. Claus’ first name?
The bell ringers are coming! Each year, Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH) provides Holiday Baskets for 550 Sonoma Valley families. The much-needed baskets are filled with 25 pounds of fresh produce and a gift card for meat, poultry, or fish. Demand, alas, is high. To raise funds for the drive, service and social organizations, neighbors, faith-based groups, and community members ring bells for donations at local markets. Rotarians cover Safeway, St. Andrew Presbyterian members ring at Lucky’s, and Glen Ellen/Kenwood Rotary handles the Glen Ellen Market. FISH could use help at Sonoma Market. Will you help and ring a bell for an hour? Bells, Santa hats, and shelter from the rain (if needed) will be provided; you just need to bring your warm, friendly Sonoma smile. Feel free to grab a friend and work in pairs. It’s good for your heart. Fishsonoma.org.
Since the clocks went back an hour, The Eastsider has chanced upon a new dieting strategy. “I call it ‘inadvertent fasting.’ I go to bed when it gets dark and sleep through dinner.”
— Val Robichaud, [email protected]