Sonoma County

Message from Lynda Hopkins, Candidate for Sonoma County District 5 Board of Supervisors

Dear friend  ~ I’m running for District 5 Supervisor. If you know me, you know that I’m not a politician. I’m an organic farmer: a grassroots, beet roots kind of girl. And I’m writing to ask you for something that’s terribly precious: your time. Five minutes, five hours, five days — whatever you might be…

Shop Local this Holiday Season & Pick Up a Copy of the Sonoma County Gazette’s 13th Small Shops of Sonoma County Gift Guide

This is the 13th annual edition of Vesta Copestakes’ local holiday gift guide – itself an remarkable gift to the community. Says Vesta: 13 years ago I started publishing the Small Shops guide because I was inspired to promote small businesses run by people who responded positively to me when I handed the Gazette to…

The Right to a Roof: A Grassroots Housing Movement Takes Shape in California’s North Bay

North Bay journalist Dave Ransom reports on the growing housing crisis. Originally published by Tribuno del Pueblo: ‘The Right to a Roof’ Dave Ransom  |  Issue: August | September 2015 A homeless man sitting in the park is ticketed by a San Francisco cop. We must fight the rampant, petty criminalization of people abandoned by…

Composting for Progressive Movements & Challenging Sonoma County’s Corporate Power Structure. A Presentation by Norman Solomon

On June 20, 2015 the Coalition for Grassroots Progress (CGP) hosted an event at Heidi Overman’s lovely restaurant and catering venue, Fourchette, in an industrial business park at the northern end of Petaluma, California. Some may know the site as the former location of Lydia’s Sunflower Center. The event was an organized for two purposes:…

The Andy Lopez Task Force Minority Report You Won’t Read About in the Press Democrat

You might think this letter from Caroline Banuelos and Robert Edmonds would merit some discussion or at least mention in the local daily newspaper monopoly, and you’d be right. It just hasn’t happened yet. As Chair and Vice Chair of the Sonoma County Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force (CALLE), we are very proud…

Big Turnout in Support of Sonoma Compost at Board of Supervisors Hearing

From Evan Wiig of The Farmer’s Guild, via Facebook: Big thanks to the HUGE show of support at yesterday’s Board of Supervisors hearing. The room was PACKED with passionate supporters, eloquent farmers like Paul Kaiser of Singing Frogs Farm and Kaiti Catchmyer of Red H Farm, ag advocates like Carmen Snyder of Sonoma County Farm…