Connecting the Dots

Fred Allebach Fred Allebach is a member of the City of Sonoma’s Community Services and Environmental Commission, and an Advisory Committee member of the Sonoma Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency. Fred is a member of Sonoma Overlook Trail Stewards, as well as Sonoma Valley Housing Group and Transition Sonoma Valley.


Choosing a collective path

Posted on August 22, 2020

The collaborative group Sustainable Sonoma (SuSo) has adopted the sustainability paradigm’s triple bottom line (TBL) conceptual model.... Continue

What about Santa Claus?

Posted on August 16, 2020
What about Santa Claus?

  When my mom was a kid, she asked my grandparents, “How can the Easter Bunny carry all those chocolate eggs to so many people?”... Continue

Eviction moratoriums — state, county and city

Posted on August 11, 2020
Eviction moratoriums -- state, county and city

Eviction moratoriums have been a confusing set of overlapping federal, state, county and city rules. As these rules begin to expire,... Continue

The call to strengthen police oversight in Sonoma County

Posted on August 1, 2020

The community group Los Cien held a virtual forum on July 30 focusing on whether the County’s Independent Office of Law Enforcement... Continue

Affordable Housing — but where?

Posted on July 31, 2020

Some say there is plenty of land in the city of Sonoma for Affordable Housing (AH). Yet Habitat for Humanity could find nothing for... Continue

Housing inventory, demographics and equity

Posted on July 20, 2020

Sonoma Valley has 350 deed-restricted Affordable Housing (AH) units already built, with 88 units under construction or done – for... Continue

Questioning ‘Use of Force’

Posted on June 12, 2020

The Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach (IOLERO), under Jerry Threet, was a super interesting public policy process.... Continue

Police ‘Use of force’ is state-sanctioned violence

Posted on June 7, 2020

Before “law and order” there was the age of honor and revenge killing. “Use of force” was in our own hands and the toughest... Continue

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

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