Community Update- 1/7/16

By January 7, 2016 Meetings, News No Comments

Next meeting Reminder – Wednesday January 20th, from 8:30 -10 AM at Fife Creek Commons,16376 Fifth Street, Guerneville

December Meeting Speaker – Donata Mikulik, Volunteer & Community Services Manager at the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County
Learn more about the Volunteer of Sonoma County and discuss opportunities for volunteer coordination in the lower Russian River area.
Emmanuel Moon, Community Benefit Coordinator for the United Way of the Wine Country will also share information about Earn it! Keep It! Save It! and Schools of Hope a couple of their volunteer driven programs in the lower Russian River area. There will also be an update about RRARA’s efforts to bolster the Russian River Senior Center Volunteer Driver Program.
Updates and discussion of RRARA and community activities.

Community Activities and Opportunities

Community Meeting for discussion and information about current community issues on the lower Russian River: Monday, January 11, 2016 at 5:30 pm at the Guerneville School Auditorium. The three main topics for discussion will be: the homeless/housing, health and public safety concern, and environmental issues.

Elected Officials and Community Leaders present will be:

  • Sonoma County 5th District Supervisor, Efren Carrillo,
  • Sonoma County Sheriff, Steve Freitas,
  • Sonoma County District Attorney, Jill Ravitch,
  • Sonoma County Community Development Commission Deputy Director, John Haig,
  • West County Health Centers Executive Director, Mary Szecsey,
  • West County Community Services Executive Director, Donna Roper
  • Russian River Fire Protection District Fire Chief, Max Ming
  • Russian River Chamber of Commerce President, Debra Johnson

Prepare a meal for the West County Winter Shelter: If you would like to join RRARA members in preparing a dinner for the West County Winter Shelter, please provide your availability at this Doodle here to identify which date would work best. There is a kitchen we can use to prepare the meal. If you are interested in organizing another time to prepare a meal contact Debra @ 869-4215 for more information.

Date Correction: The Sonoma County Early Learners Conference: A day of learning for all those working with children ages birth to twelve years: Infant/Toddler and Preschool Teachers, Family Child Care Providers, Transitional Kindergarten Teachers, Afterschool Staff, ECE students, etc. Is on Saturday, March 5, 2016 8:30am – 4:00pm @ Sonoma State University. More info here.

Immediate job opening with Restorative Resources: The program involves ongoing restorative dialogue with youth who have been experiencing behavioral issues at schools. The Somos circles of up to 10 youth will focus on positive individual and communal transformation and will include rites-of-passage elements to maximize the effects of restorative justice on individual maturation. See SOMOS JOB DESCRIPTION


Guerneville to talk fires and homelessness: Sonoma West Times and News Article: A series of unexplained fires including the blaze that destroyed the Russian River Health Center are expected to attract a big turnout of River residents at a Guerneville town meeting next Monday.The Jan. 11 meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the Guerneville School all-purpose room and will bring in 5th District Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo, Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas and Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch to meet with River residents concerning the fires, homeless issues and a sentiment in Guerneville that no one seems to be in charge. Read here.

Russian River Health Center scrambles to maintain services after arson fire: Press Democrat Article: With their 30-year-oldcommunity clinic destroyed by an arsonist, medical staff at the Russian River Health Center in Guerneville are scrambling to maintain services to the 3,500 patients who relied on the charred clinic. Staff members have set up a mobile medical trailer across the street from the fire-gutted clinic to serve patients who cannot drive or find transportation to Sebastopol, where they have temporarily claimed space in two sister clinics. Eventually, West County Health Centers wants to rebuild the Third Street clinic, its flagship facility. But for now, it is sending patients to Sebastopol and treating patients in Guerneville inside a cramped mobile unit with two exam rooms, just enough to accommodate the patients for a single physician. Read more here.

CDC: Youth exposure to electronic cigarettes ads contributing to use: Washington’s Top News Article: Children in the United States are seeing lots of ads for e-cigarettes — and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that is one big reason why the use of e-cigs is soaring among the young. A new CDC report says seven in 10 middle and high school students have seen these advertisements which — like cigarette ads of yore — use themes of sex, independence and rebellion to sell their products. “The e-cigarette advertising we’re seeing is like the old-time Wild West; no rules, no regulations and heavy spending,” says CDC Director Tom Frieden. Read more here.

Santa Rosa, Guerneville, Vallejo rank high in LGBT rights: North Bay Business Journal: Santa Rosa, Guerneville and Vallejo have received high marks from the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization for legal protections including being at risk of being fired, being denied housing or refused service, and benefits. The Human Rights Campaign released its fourth annual report assessing LGBT equality in 408 cities across the nation, including 55 in California. The average score for cities in California was 73 out of 100 points, which falls above the national average of 56. Santa Rosa came in with 86 points; Guerneville with 81; and Vallejo with 70. Read more here.

Clean River Alliance aligns with Russian Riverkeeper: Sonoma West Times and News: Marking its one-year anniversary, the Clean River Alliance is proud to announce that Russian Riverkeeper, the nonprofit river steward group for more than 28 years, is now the fiscal sponsor of the alliance. Starting this month, residents can support the Clean River Alliance’s efforts by donating to Russian Riverkeeper with a note, “Clean River Alliance” or “river clean up” on the bottom of the check to ensure donations go to river clean up efforts. Read more here.

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