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Feb 10
2009

2-1-1 Debuts

Posted by Bruce Robinson in volunteer , veterans , Sonoma , seniors , resources , public safety , policy , nonprofit orgs , news , media , jobs , healthcare , Health , government , finances , families , energy , education , drugs , disability , community , budget , aging

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As of 8:30 this morning, getting information about non-emergency services throughout Sonoma County just  got a lot easier.

 The 2-1-1 calls are answered by operators using an extensive database of Sonoma County service providers, one that is updated every six months. But you don't have to call to make use of it. Visitors can also walk into the 2-1-1 call center, which is housed within the county's Human Services Department offices at 2550 Paulin Drive in Santa Rosa. Or you can access it directly online, right here.

 

Click here for information about how to volunteer with the Sonoma County 2-1-1 program.

 

 As for the dubious Property Tax Reassessment solicitations, homeowners are advised that the county does not charge for this service, and southern California companies that offer to do it for a fee should not be taken at face value, especially any deadlines they may set. The Sonoma County Assessor's office has set no such deadlines. If you have recieved such a solicitation, you are invited to contact the Sonoma County District Attorney's office at (707) 565-3161.

You can download the form for a no-c0st reassessment of your Sonoma County property directly from the County Assessor's website.  Questions for the Assessor's office can also be called in to (707) 5651888. 

Feb 04
2009

Budget worries

Posted by Bruce Robinson in youth , wheelchair , teens , students , Sonoma , resources , politics , policy , nonprofit orgs , news , Napa , medicine , legislation , jobs , healthcare , Health , government , finances , families , economy , disability , community , children , business , budget

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People with developmental disabilities and physical handicaps will be among the first to feel the consequences if California's budget stalemate lasts much longer.

 

The North Bay Regional Center mains two local offices, in Santa Rosa and Napa:

Sonoma County:
2351 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 569-2000
TDD: (707) 525-1239


Napa/Solano Counties:
10 Executive Court
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 256-1100
TDD: (707) 252-0213
Solano County phone number
1-888-256-2555


 

Dec 29
2008

The West at Risk

Posted by Bruce Robinson in water , Sebastopol , resources , public safety , policy , planning , ocean , history , Health , government , environment , economy , conservation , business , author , animals , alternative energy , air quality , agriculture

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The seeds of the rapacious exploitation of the American West lie in the popular myths about the region's history, but there's not very much real history within those myths.

 

  Two of the three co-authors of The American West at Risk, Howard Wilshire and Jane Neilson, are Sebastopol residents.   Wilshire (left)  was a U. S. Geological Survey research geologist for thirty-five years and now is Board Chairman of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

 

 

 

Nielson was a U. S. Geological Survey research geologist for twenty-five years and now is President of the Sebastopol Water Information Group.

 

 

 

 

 

The third co-author, Richard  Hazlett, is Professor of Geology and the coordinator of the Environmental Analysis Program at Pomona College.

 

 

While popular histories romanticize the "winning of the west," we now must make some hard policy decisions to keep from losing it.

At left, huge deposits of mining wastes fill the landscape near Yerrington, Nevada.  Below, craters from atomic bomb tests further south in the Nevada desert.

The authors have developed an extensive website with photos, updates, extra chapters, quotations and other materials at LosingTheWest.com

Dec 25
2008

Out of Poverty

Posted by Bruce Robinson in water , volunteer , Santa Rosa , resources , nonprofit orgs , Ideas , Health , food , fish , events , environment , education , economy , conservation , community , climate change , children , business , author

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The best way to fight poverty, says Paul Polak, is to talk to and learn from the people who know the most about it-the poor themselves.

 

 

Paul Polack detailed his ideas for combatting poverty worldwide in an article in the Smithsonian earlier this year. You can read it here.   Or find out more about his book on the subject, Out of Poverty , by clicking on the cover below.

One important difference between urban poverty in America and the third world, is the presence of government programs to assist the poor. But they can also pose a significant obstacle to climbing out of poverty, as Paul Polack explains.

 Paul Polak was the keynote speaker at the Fifth Annual Dialog on Poverty hosted September 25, 2008 by Community Action Partnership of Sonoma  County.

 

Dec 22
2008

Uncertain Peril

Posted by Bruce Robinson in wildlife , resources , public safety , policy , legislation , international , Ideas , Health , government , food , fish , environment , business , animals , agriculture , activism

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One way or another, seeds have fed humans for centuries. But their future, and ours, is threatened by the combination of genetic engineering and global warming.

 

 

Click here to read an excerpt from Uncertain Peril.

 

 

 

Claire Hope Cummings, the author of Uncertain Peril, is a Napa County based writer, journalist and environmental attorney.