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Election by Facebook

Posted on July 9, 2021

Politics has changed in the 21st century. What used to be an intensely personal, relationship-based electoral process has become disembodied,... Continue

Editorial: Sonoma City Council is not a side gig

Posted on June 25, 2021
Editorial: Sonoma City Council is not a side gig

Three members of Sonoma’s City Council have resigned during the past six months, all for personal reasons. From citing displeasure... Continue

Time for re-start at the school district office

Posted on June 17, 2021

The opportunity to hit the reset button for the Sonoma Valley Unified School District is here. The hiring of a new Superintendent is... Continue

Pacaso: A vacation rental by any other name

Posted on May 27, 2021

In 1999, Sonoma’s City Council enacted a ban on vacation rentals in residential neighborhoods. This was well before AirBnB began... Continue

 Parklets and Plaza parking

Posted on May 4, 2021

The areas set up by local restaurants in street-side parking spaces around Sonoma Plaza have dramatically changed the appearance of... Continue

An appeal on appeals

Posted on April 15, 2021
An appeal on appeals

At an upcoming meeting, the Sonoma City Council will discuss “improving” Sonoma’s appeal process. It’s not a problem that... Continue

The ‘year of housing’ in Sonoma?

Posted on March 25, 2021

We are pleased to see Mayor Logan Harvey’s efforts to direct the attention of the City Council to the continuing crisis of affordable... Continue

When the creeks run dry

Posted on March 5, 2021

A walk around the Valley reveals just how dry it’s been this year. All the major creeks are running low, and unless things change... Continue

Digital division   

Posted on February 11, 2021

Here we are in the midst of political, economic, health, and climate crises, yet some people are making a big deal about small problems,... Continue

The to-do list of wishful thinking

Posted on January 21, 2021

In the spirit of positive thinking, good vibes, and sheer dumb luck, we offer this list of hopes and dreams for the coming year. That... Continue

Letters to the Editor
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Supervisor Coursey on latest surge of COVID-19 Delta variant

Posted on July 23, 2021 by

Please – Let’s all do our part As of July 21 Sonoma County’s daily transmission rate of COVID-19 is 9 new infections per 100,000... Continue

Opposed to Sonoma fireworks show

Posted on June 29, 2021 by

All it takes is one spark!  Let reason prevail!  Cancel Sonoma’s fireworks! Host another kind of celebratory event which does not... Continue

An obscure state panel has gutted police oversight. It’s an outrage.

Posted on June 25, 2021 by
An obscure state panel has gutted police oversight. It's an outrage.

In Measure P the people of Sonoma County voted for stronger police reform by close to 65 percent approval. This decisive approbation... Continue

Shock, disgust over Ravitch recall effort

Posted on June 23, 2021 by

As the first official Executive Director of the Family Justice Center Sonoma County I had the pleasure of working under the leadership... Continue

The state budget process is broken

Posted on June 22, 2021 by

Well, they’ve done it again. Since the passage of Proposition 25 more than a decade ago, the California Legislature has passed what... Continue

Opinion: Pacaso is a lose-lose situation

Posted on June 19, 2021 by
Opinion: Pacaso is a lose-lose situation

Brad Day | Guest Writer Everybody loves a win-win. But occasionally we’re met with a lose-lose. When a Pacaso home moves into our... Continue

Addressing concerns about Sonoma’s 4th of July fireworks show

Posted on June 9, 2021 by
Addressing concerns about Sonoma's 4th of July fireworks show

The Sonoma Volunteer Firefighters‘ Association distributed this letter last month: Dear fellow Sonoma Valley Residents:  This... Continue

Get rid of the filibuster

Posted on June 3, 2021 by

Year after year, we see politicians in Congress make promises about what they can do for constituents like me. And year after year,... Continue

Selling out the neighborhood

Posted on May 29, 2021 by

Are we willing to sell out our neighborhoods to the highest bidder? That’s indeed the question that Pacaso raises for the residents... Continue

Against Pacaso’s ‘fractional ownership’ scheme

Posted on May 28, 2021 by
Against Pacaso’s ‘fractional ownership’ scheme

We worked hard to block Vacation Rentals in our residential area. It took two-plus years to obtain an “X over layment” Zoning... Continue

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