RRARA Community Update: 2/17/15

By February 17, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

Next meeting Reminder- Thursday, February 18th from 8:30 -10 AM at Fife Creek Commons,16376 Fifth Street, Guerneville

February Meeting Speakers: Learn about and discuss important issues with:

Al Lerma and Heather LoBue, Business Assistance and Business Services Program Managers at the Sonoma County Economic Development Board

Davin Cárdenas, Lead Organizer with the North Bay Organizing Project

Other meeting agenda items:

  • Five year visioning process to inform our planning process, identify resources we would need to reach our vision and also inform Health Action’s five year plan to create a healthier Sonoma County.
  • Community Updates.

Russian River area Volunteer Coordination Meeting: We will be having a volunteer coordination action planning session after the next RRARA meeting. The planning session is scheduled for Thursday, February 18th at Fife Creek Commons from 10-11am.  Lori Norcia, a program Director at the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County will be leading the planning session. If you are planning to attend, it would be helpful if you could resppond to this email so that we can plan accordingly.

Community Activities and Opportunities
State Parks Meeting on Parking Fees at the Sonoma Coast: Tonight, Wednesday, 2/17 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Sebastopol Community Center. This may be the last chance to make public comment before a proposal is sent to the Coastal Commission. Learn more here.

Creative Sonoma: Coffee and Conversation in Guerneville: In case you missed it, Creative Sonoma held a  “Coffee and Conversation” convening at the Guerneville Regional Library last week. This was an opportunity for the creative community of Guerneville, West County and the Sonoma Coast to help them shape the direction of Creative Sonoma and define how they will measure their collective success. If you have any issues, suggestions or ideas related to art or creativity in Sonoma County and the Russian River area please feel free to share at this email- creativesonoma@sonoma-county.org. To sign up for Creative Sonoma’s email list click here.

Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence grant Cycle Open: Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on March 11, 2016. Grants are available to local,under-funded charitable groups and civic-minded organizations, such as small grass roots organizationsthat receive little, if any, government or mainstream funding. They are especially attracted to progressive projects that promote wellness, identity, tolerance and diversity within communities in the Russian River Area. For more information and to apply click Here.

Forestville School Early Literacy Faire on March 30th: Community event for parents of 0-5 children. The goal for the event is to reach as many parents as possible and expose them to all the resources that are available to them. If your organization would like to participate email Talin Tamzarian at ttamzarian@forestvilleusd.org.

Stewards Volunteer Orientations, Trainings & Seminars: Would you like to explore tidepools along our coast with your children, friends and family? Would you like to know more about the marine mammals that inhabit our Sonoma Coast? Would you like to lead hikes in Spanish and be trained to share redwood ecology with your group? We are in search of volunteers and interested parties! For more information or to register for one of their events, call 707.869.9177 ext. 6# ! For flyer click HERE


Great Russian River Race May 21st: The Race Course for the 6th annual Great Russian River Race will be moved downstream with the Finish Line located at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville.  They are still working out the location for the start of the shorter race, but the longer race will depart from Steelhead Beach in Forestville and is roughly 9 miles. Tickets will go on sale mid-March, so stay tuned and mark your calendars for May 21st! This race is a fundraiser for Russian Riverkeeper. I If you would like to be a  sponsor please return the Sponsor Form ASAP!

Sonoma County Library needs public input to implement its new strategic plan. Due to decreased revenues and the increasing costs of books and materials, Sonoma County Library hours have been cut by 25% since 2011. These funding cuts have reduced overall access to our libraries and to the many educational classes and resources for the 30,000+ school and pre-school children who use our libraries each year. Recently the library conducted an independent survey of residents that where 77% of respondents surveyed would support a local funding measure to maintain, restore, and enhance library services. Help the library prioritize services by completing the attached Community Feedback Form. See the attached FAQ for more information.

Job Announcement: Community Engagement Manager: The Sonoma County Human Services Department is seeking an experienced professional with exceptional analytical skills to fill one full-time vacancy assigned to the Office of the Director under Planning, Research, Evaluation andEngagement (PREE) of the human Services Department (HSD). The emphasis of this position is on community engagement.  Bilingual, English-Spanish candidates are encouraged to apply. $31.51 – $38.30 Hourly. Closing date: February 28th. For full job description click HERE


Job Announcement: Resource Connector Worker: The non-exempt, full-time, Resource Connector Worker is the primary service provider for clients referred to the Resource Assistance Program. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, a non-profit and the largest human services provider in the North Bay, serves the most vulnerable regardless of their religious, social, or economic background. $15.00 – $18.00 Hourly. Closing date: Open until filled. For full job description click HERE



California State Parks downsizes Sonoma Coast beach fee proposal: Press Democrat Article:  Faced with a public backlash, California State Parks has downsized its proposal for expanding the number of beaches on the Sonoma Coast where day-use fees are charged. The state agency, which had been pushing to install self-pay stations at 14 beaches along 35 miles of coastline, now is seeking to do so at only three locations: Shell Beach, Stump Beach and Freezeout Creek. In addition, three manned fee-collection stations would be constructed at Bodega Head, Goat Rock and Willow Creek under the state’s proposal. Read more here:

Why Sonoma County Workers Can’t Afford the Rent: Sonoma County Gazette Article: A widening gap between declining incomes and rising rents is fueling two powerful movements in the Golden State: one to raise the wage floor for low-wage workers, and another to control rents and increase funding for affordable housing. According to the California Housing Partnership Corporation, a combination of falling incomes and high rents is driving the worst rental-housing crisis in California since World War II. Between 2000-2014 in California adjusted median household income fell 8 percent while median rents jumped 20 percent. During this timeframe Sonoma County‘s median renter income dropped by 9 percent and median rents increased by 17 percent. As a result, a record number of renters in the state and the county cannot afford housing costs. In Sonoma County in 2014, 56 percent of renter households spent more than 30 percent of their income on rent, and 30 percent of county households were severely cost burdened, spending more than 50 percent on rent. Read more here

Sonoma County coalition awarded $8 million grant for water conservation work: Press Democrat Article: A coalition of Sonoma County resource agencies has been awarded $8 million in federal funds to advance an ambitious series of conservation projects intended to improve water supply and quality and enhance wildlife habitat on local agricultural lands. The efforts will take in vineyards and farmland and aim to reduce erosion, boost stream flows and groundwater and clean up the Russian River and its tributaries while restoring habitat for imperiled fish and wildlife species. Read more here:

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