RRARA Community Update: 2/4/15

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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

Participate in the West Sonoma County Unified High School District Career Fair: The purpose of this event is to connect organizations and local high school students from El Molino, Analy and Laguna and expose them to the many employment, career and volunteer opportunities available to them locally.  Career Fair registration form can be completed at this link: Please RSVP no later than Friday, March 18th, 2016. Space is limited! Analy High School Main Gym on Thursday, March 31st from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Creative Sonoma Advisory Board Opportunity: Creative Sonoma, a division of Sonoma County’s Economic Development Board, opened up the recruitment process for individuals who are interested in serving on its first Advisory Board. The Creative Sonoma AdvisoryBoard is an advisory group to Creative Sonoma and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and consists of up to 11 members. Board members are appointed to a two-year term, renewable one time. For full position description click HERE. For Press Release click HERE. For more information contact Kristen Madsen Kristen.Madsen@sonoma-county.org (707) 565-6120

Documentary Series: The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation: The 5-part documentary series which explores how a strong start for all our kids can lead to a healthier, stronger and more equitable America can be viewed for free February 1st  – 15th at www.raisingofamerica.org. Here’s a 30 second video trailer!  http://raisingofamerica.org/raising-america-30secondtrailer. More background, video clips, Tookits, interactives and more at www.raisingofamerica.org

Guerneville School Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and Resource Fair- Share in an exciting evening on Feb. 24 from 5:30 -7:00 in the school library. Families are invited to come and see the progress they are making on their  LCAP (annual plan) and to seek their input for future next steps. It is also an opportunity for organizations to share community resources, describe the services they provide, etc. They would love to have a table/space for you! Please let Superintendent Dana Pedersen (dpedersen@guernevilleschool.org) know if you can attend. They would love to have their partners there sharing their services and helping learn how we can further serve their kids!

Clean River Alliance RIver Clean-up Events: Let’s Get Trashed Guerneville Town Clean up. Every Monday 4-6pm @ the Guerneville Town Square.For more info or to talk trash call Chris @ 707-322-8304

Russian RIver Health Center fire update: West County Health Center’s most recent press release (1/22/16) is attached. There are a couple *new* items on the Fire Frequently Asked Questions  page that can be seen here- http://www.wchealth.org/news/Russian-River-Health-Center-Fire-Recovery. West County Health Center has established a Community Outreach Office at 16350 3rd Street in Guerneville (next door to Higher Grounds Coffee Shop) which is down the street from the Russian River Health Center where people can drop-in for more information.


Forestville resident devoted to keeping Russian River clean: Press Democrat article: Forestville resident Chris Brokate has become a master of the before-and-after shot. His “before” photos typically feature expanses of trash and debris of every size, shape and material that has been ground into riverbanks, hangs in trees and is stashed behind buildings and under local bridges. The “after” pics? Land and beaches swept clean of soiled clothing, damp cardboard, torn bedding, waste paper, cigarette butts and other trash, more than 10 tons of it removed from the Russian River watershed in January alone. .In the past several months, he has mobilized dozens of people in lower Russian River communities for regular cleanup events, including some of the homeless whose encampments are among the most challenging work sites. Read more here.

Stuck in squalor: Hundreds of Sonoma County renters endure poor living conditions: Press Democrat: Squalid conditions have been reported in hundreds of housing units across the county, mostly in apartment complexes, public records show. Complaints by tenants to city and county code enforcement agencies, analyzed and tracked over the past six months by The Press Democrat, detail chronic problems with mold, infestations by rodents and other vermin, inadequate heating and broken plumbing — conditions that qualify as “substandard” under state laws meant to prevent people from living in slum housing. Inspectors say it is impossible to keep up with complaints against offending landlords. Read more here.

‘High-impact’ step for schools: Help students get health insurance, feds say: EDSource Article: Lengthy, complicated and expensive programs are used in schools every day to improve student performance, but last week the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services kept it simple. If schools want to take one action to boost student attendance, health, behavior and learning, they should help uninsured students enroll in health insurance, the departments said. Read more here.

Ethnic studies classes in S.F. surprisingly successful: San Franciso Chronic:Taking a ninth-grade ethnic studies course boosted the grades, attendance and course completion rates of San Francisco students who started high school with an academic record that indicated future failure, according to a newly released Stanford University study. In fact, the academic benefits of the course were so significant, the researchers who conducted the Stanford study said they were shocked by their own findings.The study found struggling students who took ethnic studies went on to compile a C-plus average in their freshman year, compared with a D average for similar students who didn’t take such a course. The ethnic studies students completed four more semester courses than the other students and had nearly perfect attendance, the Stanford researchers found. Read more here.

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