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The Benefits of Aging Outdoors

The opportunities for Sonoma County’s older residents to get out and enjoy our local environment were promoted and demonstrated yesterday in an event called “Age Out Loud, Age Outside,” a convergence of demographics, recreation, and thinking ahead.

Measure J, a ballot measure to increase local funding for county parks, fell just short of passing last November. A retooled follow-up is now being readied for next year, and Regional Parks Director Caryl Hart says that in addition to helping turn protected open space into new public spaces, it would boost public safety throughout the county parks system.

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May 24

How Sir Francis Drake Made History in California

Sir Francis Drake, a critical figure in British naval history, left his mark on this region’s history as well.
May 23

POLITIFACT CALIFORNIA: Claim Says Governor Jerry Brown 'Diverting' 30 Percent Of New Gas Tax Money

California Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez claimed Gov. Jerry Brown is 'diverting' 30 percent of the new gas tax revenue to non-road pet projects.
May 23

Arts Education Survey Highlights Disparities

Just about everyone involved agrees that arts education is important and valuable. But new survey data reveals that it is far from uniformly available to students in Sonoma County.
May 22

California Single-Payer Health Care Cost Pegged At $400 Billion

ALSO: The California Assembly has voted to eliminate the authority of school districts to allow guns on campuses.
May 22

After Commencement, Many Sonoma State Graduates Face Student Loan Debt

Nearly 2,600 Sonoma State seniors walked across the stage at Weill Hall this past weekend to receive their diplomas. It was the University’s largest graduating class in its history and that means…