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Sep
24
Mon
SCTA/RCPA Citizens Advisory Committee @ SCTA Large Conference Room
Sep 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
SCTA/RCPA Citizens Advisory Committee @ SCTA Large Conference Room | Santa Rosa | California | United States

The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is composed of 15 members from community groups and 5 members from the public at ­large. The primary function of the CAC is to review projects, policy statements, funding programs, and any other items that may be acted on by the SCTA and to provide input and recommendations for the SCTA’s decision making process. The CAC also serves as the independent oversight committee for Measure M. The Chair of the CAC is Bob Anderson of the United Winegrowers.

CAC usually meets on the 4th Monday of each month, but to be certain, use this link to confirm a meeting hasn’t been cancelled or rescheduled:

Upcoming Meeting Information.

Sep
25
Tue
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Meeting
Sep 25 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Meeting

This is a simultaneous meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Sonoma
County, the Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Water Agency, the Board
of Commissioners of the Community Development Commission, the Board of
Directors of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space
District, the Board of Directors of the Northern Sonoma County Air
Pollution Control District, the Sonoma County Public Finance Authority, and
as the governing board of all special districts having business on the
agenda to be heard this date. Each of the foregoing entities is a separate
and distinct legal entity.

Agenda not yet available.

Elders Salon Sonoma @ El Verano School, Family Resource Center Room 31
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

THE ELDERS SALON SONOMA

September 25th topic:

On Happiness

Recently my sister queried me with the question  ‘are you happy?’  My quick response was ” No…..I am content.”  On further thought I realized her question warranted a deeper more reflective response for myself.   Let us together explore the theme of happiness, what it is , what it is not, what meaning the word has for us and more.  So many perspectives and dimensions from which to explore.  Let’s see where we go, in our reflections prior to our meeting and when we are together.
– Barbara & Rosemary

Future Salon dates will be October 23, November 27, and December 18.

Our first meeting on the topic–“WHAT IS AN ELDER?” was a great success with 22 enthusiastic people in attendance, ready to engage! Since then, The Elder Salon is off to a great start. We look forward to seeing you, and hearing your ideas.

The Elders Salon Sonoma meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, from 10 am to noon at El Verano Elementary School 18606 Riverside Dr, Sonoma in the Family Resource Center. The space is wheelchair accessible. There will be no charge for the meetings. Much gratitude is due El Verano School and the Family Resource Center for the opportunity to meet there.

The purpose of the Elders Salon is to synthesize the experience, energy and curiosity of people who have already entered or are just discovering this developmental stage of their lives. An elder is self-defined, although age 55 and up is generally the lower age of participants. We are a nonhierarchial group, recognizing that each individual is their own expert, and will not be relying on “experts” from outside. Our topics will be set ahead of the meeting and introduced by the facilitators or the person who suggested the subject. Typically we will break into small groups for part of the time to encourage personal discovery and more intimate exchange, giving everyone a chance to express themselves.   After that, a return to the larger group, to talk about our discoveries allows for the wisdom of the whole to emerge. Diversity of expression will foster growth within both individuals and the group as a whole.

Woman-smoking-cigar-(Geek-Philosopher)
Image: GeekPhilosopher

Our meetings will regularly be 10 a.m.-noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month, same time and place.

Parking Reminder: Please park in the hash-lined area marked for Buses—in the lot near the Family Resource Center–Room 31. School in in session, so the spaces in the main lot are reserved for staff. The buses don’t arrive until 2pm, so the bus parking area is free until then.

Elder Salon Topics:

  • 2018
    • September 25 – On Happiness
    • July – August (summer break)
    • June 26 – What Are My Gifts?
    • May 22 – Letting Go!–It’s How the Light(ness) Gets In
    • April 24 – Holding the Center (Buz Hermes)
    • March 27 – Self Compassion
    • February 27 – Grief
    • January 23 – What’s Going, What’s Coming?
  • 2017
    • December 26 – Gateways
    • November 28 – Gratitude
    • October 24 – Fire Experiences
    • September 26 – The Reality of Grief and Grieving
    • August 15 – What About Dying?
    • July 25 – Compassionate Self Care
    • June 27 – Battle Scars or Beauty Marks
    • May  23 – Play and Playfulness, as Elders
    • April 25 – Art and Personal Growth
    • March 28 – Essential Work – Going Inward
    • February 28 – Coming Alive
    • January 24 – Outsourcing, Power, and Communication
  • 2016
    • December 27 – Essential Risks (Part 2)
    • November 22 – Essential Risks (Part 1)
    • October 25 – Self-Esteem, Self-Love, and Love of Others (by Margot)
    • September 27 – Work(!)
    • August 23 Play – Elder Play
    • July 26 – Unexpected Lessons, Still Coming
    • June 28 – Elders Growing in Community
    • May 24 – What We Have Gained – Looking at the Good Stuff
    • April 26 – Vulnerability
    • March 22 – Scars – Seen and Unseen
    • February 23 – Self Compassion and Loving Ourselves
    • January 26 – “We Are All Just Walking Each Other Home” – Ram Dass
  • 2015
    • December 22 – Asking for What You Want, and Need
    • November 24 – Gratitude: Our Relationship as We Grow and Change
    • October 27 – Tending Our Fires: Sharing Stories of What Engages Us
    • August 25 – Looking Back – Connections with Elders
    • July 28  – Regrets, and Compassion

Come join us.


About the Facilitators

In 2005, Trymon (Spyder) Hunter became involved in the care of a long time friend who began to deteriorate physically after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Through that experience he met David (Lucky) Goff, who with Alexandra Hart, co-founded the first Elders Salon in 2010. Always interested in personal development, this concept was ideal for Trymon.

 Iris (Ruth) Lombard has been excited by the willingness of the people that she has met at the Elders Salon to be themselves, without apology. She has learned by their example the depth this brings to an individual. The diversity of people and opinions brings constant richness to her life.

Spyder and Iris live in Boyes Hot Springs, so it seemed natural to grow another Elder Salon in order to bring the potential wisdom of our local elders home to our community.


featured image credit: Metamorphosis of Narcissus … reflect.

Sep
27
Thu
City Council Candidate Forum – Sonoma Valley Climate Coalition @ Burlingame Hall
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the Sonoma Valley Climate Coalition for a candidate forum on advancing climate change solutions within the City of Sonoma.

Cities produce approximately 75% of global CO2 emissions, and therefore must be an integral part of the solution.

While the City of Sonoma cannot single-handedly address the growing threat of climate change, the urgency of this problem necessitates doing all we can.

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Oct
2
Tue
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Meeting
Oct 2 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Meeting

This is a simultaneous meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Sonoma
County, the Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Water Agency, the Board
of Commissioners of the Community Development Commission, the Board of
Directors of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space
District, the Board of Directors of the Northern Sonoma County Air
Pollution Control District, the Sonoma County Public Finance Authority, and
as the governing board of all special districts having business on the
agenda to be heard this date. Each of the foregoing entities is a separate
and distinct legal entity.

Agenda not yet available.

Oct
8
Mon
SCTA/RCPA Board Meeting @ Santa Rosa City Council Chambers
Oct 8 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
SCTA/RCPA Board Meeting @ Santa Rosa City Council Chambers | Santa Rosa | California | United States
The Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) was created in 1990 and is governed by a twelve-member Board of Directors representing each of the nine cities – Cloverdale, Cotati, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma and Windsor – and the Sonoma County board of Supervisors. The SCTA acts as the countywide planning and fund programming agency for transportation and performs a variety of important functions related to advocacy, project management, planning, finance, grant administration and research.
The Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA) coordinates community-wide climate solutions for a better future.  The RCPA was formed in 2009 through locally sponsored State legislation to coordinate countywide climate protection efforts among Sonoma County’s nine cities and multiple county agencies.  The RCPA has four main areas of focus: efficient buildings, clean energy, alternative transportation and conservation/ adaptation. The RCPA is focused on securing grant funding for GHG reducing programs and projects as well as leading countywide climate planning efforts. In addition, data collection, public information and education are significant elements of the climate protection effort.
The two authorities share the same board members, meet jointly, and issue joint meeting agenda and minutes.
SCTA/RCPA Board Meetings are usually held on the second Monday of each month at the Santa Rosa City Council Chambers.
To confirm the date and time of any upcoming SCTA/RCPA board meeting, ALWAYS check the full Agenda Packets which are available at:
http://scta.ca.gov/meetings-and-events/board-meetings/
Wilder Than Wild (film) @ Sebastiani Theatre
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

An absolutely wonderful production. The messages in this film are spot on.” – Ken Pimlott, Cal Fire Director

Wilder than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future reveals how fire
suppression and climate change have exposed our forests and
wildland-urban landscapes to large, high severity wildfires, while
greenhouse gases released from these fires contribute to global
warming.

6:00 p.m. Light Refreshments and Wine
7:00 p.m. Wilder than Wild Film Screening
8:00 p.m. Panel Discussion

On the one-year anniversary of last year’s Tubbs, Nuns Canyon, and Partrick fires that devastated Sonoma Valley, this is a community event NOT to be missed.  Sure to sell out, advance online reservations are highly recommended.

Following rave reviews at the film’s Sonoma International Film Festival premier, the Sonoma Ecology Center and Transition Sonoma Valley agreed it was important to schedule a repeat screening here in the Valley.

This powerful film reveals how fuel build-up and climate change have exposed Western wildlands to large, high intensity wildfires, while greenhouse gases released from these fires contribute to global warming. This vicious cycle jeopardizes our forests and affects us all with extreme weather and more wildfires, some of which are now entering highly populated wildland-urban areas.

There is much at stake. Landscapes that store water and carbon, produce oxygen, and feed and shelter a diversity of wildlife are at risk. “We are losing forests at a rate which is causing them to be a contributor to the problem of global warming,” says Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board. According to fire historian Stephen Pyne, “Forests should be renewable, but with climate change and all the other problems going with it, we could see a large-scale conversion of forest – the equivalent of clearing it.”

Highlighting these issues with personal experience, filmmaker Kevin White takes us on a journey from the Rim Fire of 2013, which burned 257,000 acres in the central Sierra, to the wine country wildfires of 2017, which destroyed 9,000 buildings and killed 44 people. Along the way, we learn how the proactive use of prescribed fire can reduce reliance on reactive fire suppression, we see a California tribe renew their tradition of cultural fire, and we meet stakeholder groups working with scientists and resource managers to build consensus on how to restore and manage the lands we love and depend on.

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The Fires of the Future

Wildfires that cover at least 100,000 acres, burning a larger proportion of the land at high intensity than do normal wildfires, are known as megafires, and they’re increasing in frequency.

Before 1995, on average, less than one megafire per year ignited in the United States. The decade between 2005 and 2014 averaged 9.8 megafires each year, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Of the largest wildfires in the continental United States during the last hundred years, more than 80% have occurred since the year 2000. Megafires are baked in to our future.

This extraordinary increase in the size, frequency and severity of wildfires has caused unprecedented suppression costs, destruction of properties, natural resource damage, and in some cases, loss of life.

“High impact mega-fires,” wrote Jerry Williams in Forest Ecology and Management, “are frustrating efforts to provide for public safety, slow rates of deforestation, sequester carbon and reduce black carbon emissions.”

Some scientists predict that by mid-century, stand-destroying megafires will turn many forests into net emitters of carbon. Already, says Mary Nichols, the chair of California’s Air Resources Board, “Forests globally are as big a source of greenhouse gas emissions as transportation worldwide. We are losing forests at a rate which is causing them to be a contributor to the problem of global warming.”

Learn More About This Film >>

A “Fire Recovery Walk” at Sugarloaf is also scheduled for the morning of October 8.

Oct
9
Tue
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Meeting
Oct 9 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Meeting

This is a simultaneous meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Sonoma
County, the Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Water Agency, the Board
of Commissioners of the Community Development Commission, the Board of
Directors of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space
District, the Board of Directors of the Northern Sonoma County Air
Pollution Control District, the Sonoma County Public Finance Authority, and
as the governing board of all special districts having business on the
agenda to be heard this date. Each of the foregoing entities is a separate
and distinct legal entity.

Agenda not yet available.

TSV Steering Team Meeting @ Private Residence
Oct 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
TSV Steering Team Meeting @ Private Residence | Sonoma | California | United States

Transition Sonoma Valley Steering Team typically meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Until further notice we will be meeting at a PRIVATE RESIDENCE.

[Note, this is a change from our prior recurring date and location].

If this is your first time attending a TSV meeting, we recommend contacting someone on the Steering Team to get the correct location and confirm that the meeting hasn’t been rescheduled.

For climate-action related business, you are invited to check the meeting schedule of our coalition partners at the Sonoma Valley Climate Coalition.

Pictures from A Gone City @ Copperfields Books
Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

UC Berkeley economic geographer Richard Walker will be speaking on his new book:

“Pictures from A Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area”
 

About the Book

This exploration begins by tracing the concentration of IT in Greater Silicon Valley and the resulting growth in start-ups, jobs, and wealth. This is followed by a look at the new working class of color and the millions earning poverty wages. The middle chapters survey the urban scene, including the housing bubble and the newly exploded metropolis, and the final chapters take on the political questions raised by the environmental impact of the boom, the fantastical ideology of TechWorld, and the tech-led transformation of the region.

About the Author


Richard A. Walker is professor emeritus of geography at the University of California, Berkeley and the director of the Living New Deal Project, whose purpose is to inventory all New Deal public works sites in the United States and recover the lost memory of government investment for the good of all.

Praise For…


“San Francisco has battened from its birth on instant wealth, high tech weaponry, and global commerce, and the present age is little different. Gold, silver, and sleek iPhones — they all glitter in the California sun and are at least as magnetic as the city’s spectacular setting, benign climate, and laissez-faire lifestyles. The cast of characters changes, but the hustlers and thought-shapers eternally reign over the city and its hinterland, while in their wake they leave a ruined landscape of exorbitant housing, suburban sprawl, traffic paralysis, and delusional ideas about a market free enough to rob the majority of their freedom. Read all about it here, and weep.” —Gray Brechin, author, Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin
“Too many studies of cities dwell on their peculiarities; this fascinating book balances the dramatic story of the Bay Area against a profound understanding of urbanization. It eschews a descriptive narrative in favor of hard-hitting critical analysis. The book is not only about the inherently contradictory development of the San Francisco region, but also about where it stands in relation to the rest of the United States, even the world and why it matters so much. No one but Richard Walker combines such an intimate knowledge of one city with the theoretical insights necessary to make sense of it.” —Kevin Cox, author, The Politics of Urban and Regional Development and the American Exception 
“Debunking the Horatio Alger-promotional blather of self-flattering tech moguls, the real Bay Area comes into view, based on nurses and teachers, drivers and clerks, homeless and the desperate. Real estate bubbles have given way to tech bubbles which have given way to housing bubbles, and now have given way to a chimerical prosperity that is as fragile as any of the prior ones.” —Chris Carlsson, San Francisco historian and co-founder, Critical Mass
“Walker has given us a brilliantly accessible and fact-laden political economy of the San Francisco Bay Area—America’s richest and fastest changing metropolis. Pictures of a Gone City explains both the miracle of Silicon Valley and the heavy price, in growing inequality, unaffordability, and environmental impact, that the Bay Area is paying for it.” —Wendy Brown, author, Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution
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