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Homeless in Sonoma

Posted on October 12, 2019

Sonoma is a lovely little town that attracts visitors from around the world. They come here to enjoy our fine weather, pleasant parks,... Continue

A shameful City audit

Posted on September 26, 2019

The recently released audit of the City of Sonoma by the auditing firm of Richardson & Co. is nothing the City should be proud... Continue

What, we worry?

Posted on September 3, 2019
What, we worry?

PG&E is planning to shut down electricity to the Sonoma Valley to prevent wildfires in the event of a major wind event that might... Continue

Does banning colors in schools actually prevent gang activity?

Posted on August 22, 2019

Guest editorial by Dean Szanyi | Student Reporter It is no secret that a certain number of young people attending Sonoma Valley High... Continue

Venture philanthropy

Posted on August 8, 2019

Building a big business requires venture capital, an infusion of wealth that is used to fund a business while it grows. Unlike loans,... Continue

Solving housing by solving parking

Posted on July 25, 2019

Solving the housing problem – too little housing for lower-income residents – requires solving the parking problem – too much... Continue

Preserving Democracy

Posted on July 14, 2019
Preserving Democracy

Democracy is under assault all over the globe, suffering at the hands of a combination of authoritarian, nativist, and fundamentalist... Continue

Fire season is here

Posted on June 21, 2019

It’s all too easy to become complacent, and the early high temperatures and smoke from regional fires filling the valley on the... Continue

The theatre of life

Posted on June 6, 2019

We’re far from the first to note that “all the world’s a stage,” but we can’t resist bringing attention... Continue

Haven’t you heard? The war on pot is over

Posted on May 23, 2019
Haven't you heard? The war on pot is over

The use of cannabis – pot, weed, Mary Jane, reefer, or whatever you want to call it – is now legal in California, but here in... Continue

Letters to the Editor
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The gas tax bait-and-switch

Posted on October 14, 2019 by

Cassandra of Greek mythology was blessed with the gift of prophecy and doomed by the curse that no one would ever believe her. Conservatives... Continue

Build a tourist wall, and make Napa pay for it

Posted on October 12, 2019 by

Many people are saying there are too many tourists coming into Sonoma, and they are not the best. They are grapists. They’re... Continue

Climate action: Sonoma youth are on the case

Posted on September 25, 2019 by

One sign summed it up, “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change, I am changing the things I CANNOT accept.” Sonoma’s... Continue

Climate rally was a critical teaching moment, wasted

Posted on September 25, 2019 by

It’s stating the obvious to say the overwhelming and all-pervasive issue of our time is global warming/climate change. It’s repercussions... Continue

Donor recognition at Sonoma monument is inappropriate 

Posted on September 11, 2019 by

I respect the concerns of City Councilmembers and agree that it is inappropriate to include donor recognition at the Ting Memorial.... Continue

What happened to free enterprise?

Posted on September 5, 2019 by

Led by President Trump, Republicans have repeatedly been attacking Democrats as democratic socialists. Now, President Trump has leaped... Continue

Renew Sonoma’s Urban Growth Boundary

Posted on September 3, 2019 by

The following letter has been sent to the Sonoma City Council: Request to the Sonoma City Council to vote to place a ballot measure... Continue

Extend growth plan to allow for broader conversation

Posted on August 23, 2019 by

Since an Urban Growth Boundary sets the stage for a comprehensive land-use plan, the Sonoma Valley Housing Group calls for a two-year... Continue

Rep. Thompson: ‘Sick and tired of indifference’ on gun control

Posted on August 21, 2019 by

I’ve heard from many constituents about how outraged you are at this latest round of gun violence. I share your outrage and I’m... Continue

Council must allow donor recognition on city property

Posted on August 19, 2019 by

The Sonoma City Council will be considering a proposal to eliminate donor recognition at city property. The issue has come before the... Continue

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