Connecting the Dots

Fred Allebach


Food as a core equity issue

Posted on May 30, 2020

When I first got to Sonoma in 2006, I volunteered at La Luz for the Catholic Charities-Redwood Empire Food Bank food giveaway on Fridays.... Continue

Guitar lessons

Posted on May 21, 2020

One day I was searching for Jerry Garcia pedal steel videos and ran into a guy playing the Workingman’s Dead pedal steel intro to... Continue

Your normal, or mine?

Posted on May 12, 2020

I’m no expert but here’s what things look like to me: we ain’t getting back to no normal.     Tremendous pressure has grown... Continue

Update on the Springs Specific Plan

Posted on May 1, 2020
Update on the Springs Specific Plan

A recently released Grand Jury report has concluded that the County did not properly notify Donald Street neighborhood stakeholders... Continue

Sonoma pulse check

Posted on April 19, 2020
Sonoma pulse check

Sonoma had a regime of opulence. It was on autopilot, sanctioned by the city, playing the tourism card as much as possible. Some chafed... Continue

Indecency as the American way

Posted on April 3, 2020
Indecency as the American way

One of the many baffling aspects of Trump is that so many people support him, a 40% immovable baseline. What this says about these... Continue

Table scraps for the self-employed

Posted on March 27, 2020
Table scraps for the self-employed

Everyone at lower income levels is now going to get a $1,200 check, and for the first time, self-employed “freelancers and gig workers”... Continue

Why do tenants matter less than landlords?

Posted on March 22, 2020
Why do tenants matter less than landlords?

As I sit back and look at our current economic pickle, I wonder, why is paying the rent so sacrosanct? How can people lose their income,... Continue

A look at housing’s ‘missing middle’

Posted on March 13, 2020
A look at housing's 'missing middle'

The “missing middle” is a deceptive term used by some housing developers and local planners. The term is deceptive because it does... Continue

The ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ report — an update

Posted on March 11, 2020

I recently spoke with Katherine Fulton, one of the principal authors of the Sonoma Valley Fund’s Hidden in Plain Sight study and... Continue

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