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Mar 15
2009

Masai land rights

Posted by Bruce Robinson in wildlife , resources , policy , legislation , land rights , international , history , government , families , environment , economy , community , business , animals , agriculture , Africa , activism

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 Western concepts of property rights don't mesh well with the nomadic lifestyle of East African tribes like the Masai -but it's possible that eco-tourism can.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elias Morandot and his wife, Mary, have been visiting California and reporting on the circumstances that face their Masai people as guests of Global Partners for Development, a Rohnert Park based non-profit that provides heath, educational and economic development assistance to small rural communities in East Africa, including Morandot's villagage of Arkaria (seen below.)

 

A more detailed analysis of the Maasai tribal land rights issue can be read here.

   

Ngorogoro Crater is one of the most popular destinations for tourists to see African wildlife within the Masai people's traditional territory. Two others are Seregeti National Park and the MasaiMara National Reserve.

 

 

 

Mar 08
2009

The Nonviolent Peaceforce

Posted by Bruce Robinson in war , volunteer , Santa Rosa , public safety , peace , nonprofit orgs , international , Ideas , government , families , activism

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 Volunteer peacekeepers, including a Santa Rosa woman, are helping to hold down the violence in some key international hot spots, as part of the Nonviolent Peace Force.

Linda Sartor and Jan Passion (right) will talk about their experience with the Nonviolent Peaceforce  and the ways that people can joinat a private home gathering in Santa Rosa on Tuesday evening, March 10 at 7 pm in Santa Rosa.  If you want to attend, email Pat at patmas41@mac.com for directions and to RSVP.

Of course there are other ways to get involved, too. One is by buying Peace Bonds.

 

 

Feb 17
2009

Farm Succession

Posted by Bruce Robinson in youth , Sonoma , seniors , resources , planning , nonprofit orgs , Napa , Marin , jobs , food , finances , farms , families , environment , economy , conservation , community , children , business , agriculture

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 Just about everyone agrees that preserving California's productive agricultural lands is a good idea, even if there have been some highly charged disagreements over the best means to accomplish that objective. Sidestepping these policy debates, California FarmLink is working directly with farming and ranching families to help them decide what they want to do with their lands from one generation to the next, as reported on today's North Bay Report:
 

Shrinking real estate values in California are prompting some ag families to re-evaluate their plans for their land. But Steve Schwartz, Executive Director of California FarmLink, says the shifting economic climate also holds some unexpected opportunities for new farmers to get established.

California Farmlink is hosting a series of regional conferences in Sonoma, Humboldt and San Luis Obispo counties titled Sowing the Seeds of Farm Succession:  Planning the Transition to the Next Generation of Family Farmers. the next session in Sonoma county will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21 at SRJC's Shone Farm, 6225 Eastside Road, Forestville. Click here for registration information.

Feb 11
2009

The Lincoln Secret

Posted by Bruce Robinson in media , history , government , families , author

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Today has long been identified as the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, but the documents that would verify that don't really exist.

John McKinsey spent a full three years delving deep into Lincoln history as he prepared to write his novel, a search that eventually took him back to original source documents.

Visit the website for the Lincoln Secret.

Former Sebastopol resident John McKinsey, author of The Lincoln Secret,  has been writing fiction, and non-fiction alike nearly his entire life. He is the co-author of an undergraduate textbook, Understanding the Law, that teaches college students the basic legal workings of life in the United States. McKinsey is a graduate of Analy High School, California State University, Sacramento and the School of Law at U.C. Davis. He lives in Northern California with his wife and has done extensive travel and research to gather information for this piece of historical fiction.  

Here's a partial list of his upcoming bookstore readings in our region:

Copperfield's Books, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa

Saturday, Feb. 14, 1:30 pm

 

Copperfield's Books, Petaluma

Saturday, Feb. 28, 1:30 pm

 

Vacaville Public Library

Wednesday, March 4, 7 pm

 

Copperfield's Books, Napa

Saturday, March 7, 1 pm 

 

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.