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RRARA Community Update: 8/22/16

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Next meeting reminder/Mark your calendar: Wednesday, September 21st from 8:30 -10 AM at Fife Creek Commons,16376 Fifth Street, Guerneville

Community Activities and Opportunities

Call for Projects – Sonoma-Mendocino Economic Development District: The Sonoma Mendocino Economic Development District is requesting submissions for potential projects which may be considered for economic development in either Mendocino orSonoma Counties, or projects which work for both counties. Please read through the information carefully as there is an opportunity for various categories of projects which may be submitted for consideration.

Master Trainer Program – Adverse Childhood Experiences & Resiliency Fellowship: This program will train 25 local representatives as trainers who can then train others as Presenters. They are looking for representatives from a variety of sectors spanning the regions of our county – please help us spread the word or consider applying yourself. The deadline for the application is September 12, 2016, and notifications of acceptance will be sent out by September 27, 2016. The two-day training with Dr. Anda and Laura Porter is scheduled for October 18-19. Community of Practice Session dates will be announced soon. Flyer and application attached.

New womens group at Empowerment Center: MEETING THE SECOND WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH FROM 5:00 TO 6:30 PM BEGINNING AUGUST 10, 2016. This is a drop-in support group for women. See attached flyer for more info.

Russian River plan calls for lower summer flows to protect fish: A long-awaited report outlining plans to permanently reduce summertime flows in the Russian River and Dry Creek to benefit imperiled fish species was unveiled Friday.The plan would nearly halve minimum summertime flows in the lower river. The new environmental report, from the Sonoma County Water Agency, is subject to a 60-day public comment period. It will be the focus of a pair of town hall meetings next week in Cloverdale and Monte Rio and a Sept. 13 hearing before Sonoma County supervisors, who oversee the Water Agency. Agency officials say it is driven by a shift in thinking over recent decades about the needs of endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead trout. While young and living in freshwater, the oceangoing fish are believed to benefit from low-velocity conditions while they feed and grow. The 60-day public comment period on the draft environmental impact report runs through Oct. 17.The document and related information are available online at Press Democrat article can be found here.

Latino Service Providers monthly meeting hosted by West County Community Services (WCCS): Learn about WCCS and how they provide support and resources in West Sonoma County – empowering one person at a time. Last season, the West County Winter Shelter served 125+ homeless adults, the Russian River Empowerment Center serves as a self-help drop-in center for people who identify as having mental health challenges, and the Russian River Senior Resource Center offers activities, trips, meals, and case management for seniors in the Russian River area. These are only a few examples of the large breadth of programs and services offered by WCCS. Join LSP to learn about WCCS’s community efforts, to meet other community members and agency representatives, chat, and network. If you are an agency representative don’t forget to bring any resource materials to share. Thursday, August 25th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Russian River Senior Center, 15010 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville 95446. To RSVP email or call (707) 823-1640 x403.

RSVP for the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Occidental Area Health Center (OAHC) Saturday, August 27th from Noon- 2pm: Come celebrate forty years of providing comprehensive, quality, and accessible health care services to the communities of western Sonoma County, beginning at the Occidental Area Health Center in 1976. The flyer for the OAHC 40th Anniversary is attached, which is also available here. RSVP here. If you are interested in volunteering at the event contact Laura Moss at

Russian River Strategic Plan- Russian River Redevelopment Project Strategic Plan “Our Vision, Our Future” (2009): Link to plan

Metropolitation Transportation Commission regional Coordinated Public Transit–Human Services Transportation Plan: The current Plan, last updated in 2013, that can be found here identifies gaps in rural areas of Sonoma County and especially West County as key gaps.

Health Action – August 2016 Impact Report: The report can also be found online on the Health Action website here:

Job Opportunity: Program Coordinators for Boys & Girls Clubs to open in West County! Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County is looking for Program Coordinators for 2 NEW CLUBS opening in Guerneville and Monte Rio. Position description can be found here. If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to

RRARA Community Update: 8/3/16

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Next meeting reminder/Mark your calendar: Thursday, August 18th from 8:30 -10 AM at Fife Creek Commons,16376 Fifth Street, Guerneville

Presenters- Learn about and discuss important issues with:
Michelle Edwards and Michael Irvine, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County. Learn about the new Boys & Girls Clubs opening in Guerneville and Monte Rio, their program offerings and more.
Community Activities and Opportunities

Recruiting Schools of Hope volunteers to tutor struggling elementary school students one-on-one in basic reading skills: Your help for just 30 minutes per week will forever change the life of a child who otherwise faces a high risk for later dropping out of high school. Chances are, you live or work within five minutes of the 31 schools participating inSchools of Hope throughout Sonoma County. Tutoring time slots are generally available throughout the school day, anywhere from 8AM until 2PM. Contact Emmanuel Moon at 528-4485 x103 or at for more information on how to apply. There is no cost associated with becoming a tutor except for 30 minutes of your time, weekly, from October until May.

River To Coast Children’s Services celebrates its 40th Birthday on August 20, 2016, 1:00 PM to 4PM at the Forestville Youth Park. Free food, fun, games, music and surprises AND more

Veteran’s Housing Crisis Summit: Thursday August 11 at 6 pm at the Palms 3345 Santa Rosa Ave. There will be a Presentation on the Veteran’s Housing Crisis on local efforts to address it along with breakout groups to brainstorm solutions. Keynote speakers include: Shirlee Zane- Third District Supervisor Julie Combs – Santa Rosa City Council, Jennielynn Holmes – Catholic Charities, Rex Bishop – Vietnam Veteran. More information and a pdf of the poster is attached. Feel free to share this information with all of your contacts and media outlets.

Sonoma-Mendocino Economic Development District Report: Sensing an opportunity to collaborate on issues impacting the entire region, Sonoma County and Mendocino County formed a joint powers agreement in 2015 to create the Sonoma-Mendocino Economic Development District and launch Innovate, Sustain, and Compete, a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) built around three core themes: economic diversification (resilience), human capital and innovation capacity, and inclusive economic development. The intent of a CEDS is for organizations to work together, each pursuing its own mission and programs, but all aligned toward a set of common, measurable outcomes achieved over time through successful implementation of the strategy. The call to action was clear: 1. Sonoma-Mendocino must diversify its economy to build resilience against downturns in consumer confidence, discretionary spending, and real estate investment. 2. Educational attainment, a traditional strength for the region, has not kept pace with US gains and now trails the national average for postsecondary completion. 3. Average earnings are not keeping up with housing costs, creating a disproportionate impact on minority workers. The draft report can be seen here. Email feedback to

FREE Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training: Led by Sonoma County Behavioral Health on Tuesday August 9th from 8am-5pm. YMHFA is a great training for para-professionals working with youth in our community. More information and registration here. Questions? Contact:

Sonoma County Countywide Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) 2016 Results: The CHNA process provides a deep exploration of health in Sonoma County. The goal of the Community Health Needs Assessment is to inform and engage local decision-makers, key stakeholders and the community-at-large in collaborative efforts to improve the health and well-being of all Sonoma County residents. The 2016 CHNA process continues to utilize a comprehensive framework for understanding health that looks at ways a variety of social, environmental, and economic factors—also referred to as “social determinants” —influence health. Nine health needs emerged as top concerns. Highest priority needs identified were: Early Childhood Development, Access to Education Economic and Housing Insecurity. Higher Priority Health Needs were: Oral Health, Access to Health Care and Mental Health. High Priority Health Needs were: Obesity and Diabetes, Substance Use and Violence and Unintentional Injury. Assessment results can be viewed here.

Job Opportunity: Program Coordinators for Boys & Girls Clubs to open in West County! Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County is looking for Program Coordinators for 2 NEW CLUBS opening in Guerneville and Monte Rio. Position description can be found here. If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to

Community Advisory Board Applications: Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach: Attached, please find pdf copies of the applications, in both English and Spanish, for membership on the Community Advisory Board for the Sonoma County Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach. Please distribute the application to your networks.

County of Sonoma Cannabis Town Hall Meetings & Community Survey: The County of Sonoma is holding a series of town hall meetings and conducting an online survey to receive input on cannabis regulation in unincorporated Sonoma County. Supervisor Efren Carrillo is hosting a Town Hall on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the Sebastopol Grange. The town hall meetings will consist of a brief presentation on the status of the regulatory process, and will provide an opportunity for attendees to offer feedback and ask questions on key issue areas. In addition to town hall meetings, the County has also released a short survey to receive input and feedback on various issues and opportunities presented by the marijuana industry. To fill out the survey, please visit: The survey will be open until Friday, August 5, 2016.


The Community Cure for Health Care: Stanford Social Innovation Review: Large health care systems are beginning to invest core operating dollars in connecting their patients to community resources, in service of the ultimate solution to better costs and outcomes: keeping patients healthy. Read more here.

Polling on Bay Area Attitudes Shows Desire for Greater Inclusion: San Francisco Foundation: At a time when cynicism about politics and the political process seems to be at an all-time high, a new five-county survey from the San Francisco Foundation reveals that Bay Area residents still have hope for greater racial and economic inclusion. Respondents overwhelmingly acknowledged the shared role that government, business, and the nonprofit community can play in addressing issues like quality jobs, affordable housing, public transportation, and ensuring opportunity for people regardless of their race. However, a significant majority called on political leaders to show results, even if it means making compromises. Read here.

Poor at 20, Poor for Life: A new study indicates that from the 1980s to the 2000s, it became less likely that a worker could move up the income ladder: The Atlantic: It’s not an exaggeration: It really is getting harder to move up in America. Those who make very little money in their first jobs will probably still be making very little decades later, and those who start off making middle-class wages have similarly limited paths. Only those who start out at the top are likely to continue making good money throughout their working lives. Read here.

How Prisons Overtook Schools as the Foremost American Institutions: The American Standard: Schools are paying the price for our fear. A new report from the U.S. Department of Education, which shows that state and local government spending between 1979 and 2013 on incarcerating citizens has increased at three times the rate of expenditures on K-12 education for taxpayers—a 324 percent increase ($17 to $71 billion) for prisons and jails, compared to a 107 percent increase ($258 to $534 billion) for primary and secondary schools. More alarmingly, expenditures on jails and prisons rose 89 percent during that same time period while spending on post-secondary education like community colleges and public universities remained totally flat. Read here.

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