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Sep 23
2010

Climate Ride

Posted by Bruce Robinson in West County , transportation , Sonoma County , recreation , ocean , nonprofit orgs , lifestyle , Green , environment , energy , current events , conservation , coast , climate change , California , bicycle , air quality , activism

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A large pack of bicyclists swarming down the north coast this week are riding to raise awareness of climate change—and incidentally to have a great time in the process.    
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While preliminary planning for a second Climate Ride on the north coast is just getting started, Carter says everything is in place for any riders who might want to join in the eastern route's third run next spring. In addition to its obvious recreational aspects, the Climate Ride is also a fund-raising event, in which each rider must raise or contribute $2,400 to participate. But co-founder Geraldine Carter says that can be done in any number of creative and satisfying ways.
Click here for updates on the ride as it comes through Sonoma County.
 
Sep 20
2010

Local Businesses

Posted by Bruce Robinson in speaker , Sonoma County , research , policy , nonprofit orgs , jobs , Ideas , government , finances , employment , economy , community , business , author

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Small businesses have a disproportionately big impact on the local economy, especially when it comes to creating jobs. But public policy has been slow to recognize that. The need for changes was a central theme at Monday's Smart Growth Symposium, presented the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy.



ms.jpgOn the global economic playing field, the ongoing tug-of-war between local business and corporate giants can be distilled into competing views of how capitalism should work, explains Mike Shuman, Director for Research and Economic Development for the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). He likes to think of them as two quite different women.


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Many consumers are already aware of and acting on the desirability of directing their spending toward local businesses. But few give much thought to taking the same approach with their retirement accounts and other investments. Shuman explains how some of the long-standing obstacles to doing that are beginning to go away.
 
Sep 09
2010

Ethnic Mental Health

Posted by Bruce Robinson in speaker , Sonoma County , research , policy , nonprofit orgs , international , healthcare , Health , education , children , California

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Different cultures deal with mental illness quite differently, which poses a significant challenge to mental health service providers in an area such as Sonoma County, with extensive multicultural subpopulations.
 
One of the challenges in tailoring mental heath services to  meet the needs of a particular cultural group, says Rosemary Milbrath, Director of the Sonoma County chapter of the National Association on Mental Illness, is first defining exactly who that population is.
 
One of the goals of mental health service providers, Milbrath adds, is developing early intervention measures to anticipate and counter some of the stresses that may cause problems later in life. She lauds the Redwood Empire Chinese Association for their proactive prorams in that area.
Aug 31
2010

Conservation Corps

Posted by Bruce Robinson in youth , waste , teens , students , Sonoma County , recycle , preservation , poverty , parks , nonprofit orgs , Marin , jobs , environment , employment , education , Cotati , conservation , activism

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What’s the antidote to gangs, unemployment and juvenile crime? In part, it’s the newly rechristened Conservation Corps North Bay.

Marilee Eckert, the organization's Executive Director, explains that their expansion into Sonoma County was begun in early 2009, with the support and encouragement of many local leaders.


08californiaxlarge1.jpgLooking ahead, Eckert sees a busy future for the Conservation Corps North Bay, doing more of what they are already working on.

 
In addition to referrals from established partner sources, individuals who are interesting in becoming part of the program can apply directly using the CCNB online application form.

The Conervation Corps was  featured previously on the North Bay Report when they launched their Sonoma County operations in January, 2009.

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