RRARA Community Update: 3/15/16

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Next meeting Reminder- Wednesday, March 16th from 8:30 -10 AM at Fife Creek Commons,16376 Fifth Street, Guerneville
March Meeting Speakers: Learn about and discuss important issues with:

Jennielynn Holmes, Catholic Charities Director of Shelter and Housing

Pauline Richardson, Manager Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Home Visiting Programs Sonoma County Department of Health Services

Other meeting agenda items:
  • Update and feedback on ongoing Affiliated Strategies
  • Community Updates.
Community Activities and Opportunities

Time running out to comment on State Park’s Sonoma Coast parking-fee plan: The time for the public to weigh in before the California Coastal Commission reviews the California State Parks’ plan to install pay stations at beaches along the Sonoma Coast is running out. The Coastal Commission will hold a public hearing in Santa Rosa in April, where the issue may be decided. The decision will have statewide significance and could result in additional fees in undeveloped lots, lower standards for environmental review of state park projects and reduced access to the coastline.  Anyone who cares about this issue can gather more information at sonomacoast.surfrider.org. Even more important: Contact your legislators and provide written comment by March 25 to sonomastateparksappeal@coastal.ca.gov.

Grant Writing and Administration mentors for SSU Masters in Public Administration students: The SSU course, “Grant Writing and Administration,” offered through the Masters in Public Administration program is looking for mentors. Your organization will receive a master proposal for this program, master letter of inquiry for this program, and five new foundation prospects. Expressions of interest from nonprofits and government agencies with a staff person experienced in grant writing are due no later than March 25. Contact the professor, Judy Kunofsky at kunofsky@jmjline.com. More info here

Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Quinceañera: Fifteenth anniversary celebration will be held on March 25th at the Rio Theater. Please join us for music by the Hubbub Club Marching Band, Miss Netty Machete ,and the Russian River Sisters, and the grants award ceremony, blessings & saintings. Cocktails at 5:00pm at the Rio Cafe. Festivities begin at 6:00pm at the Theater.

Forestville Fire Department Blood Drive: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 2:00 PM – 6:00 pm. Blood Centers of the Pacific Bloodmobile will be at the Station at 6554 Mirabel Road. To schedule your lifesaving appointment, visit bloodheroes.com, click “Locate a Blood Drive”& enter sponsor code: Forestville. For additional help please call (707) 280-2563.

Forestville Creative Sonoma “Coffee and Conversation” meeting at Gerald Huth Fine Arts Studio: Creative Sonoma is a new county-wide initiative established to support and advance the creative community of Sonoma County, from individual artists and arts organizations to creative businesses such as graphic designers, architects, culinary arts and artisans. These meetings are taking place throughout the County to learn about both the assets and concerns of our diverse creative communities.This is an opportunity for the creative community of Forestville and surrounding communities to help us shape the direction of Creative Sonoma and define how we will measure our collective success going forward. Monday March 28, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM. To learn more and RSVP, please click this link. SPACE IS LIMITED.

Give Back Tuesday for the Russian River Chamber of Commerce – Stumptown Daze Parade Fund: Tasty potluck buffet for just $5/plate, and a large raffle. All proceeds from the potluck & raffle, and 10% of bar sales goes to the Russian River Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center #StumptownDazeParade Fund. Tuesday, April 19th from 5 PM – 9 PM at the Rainbow Cattle Company.

Employment Opportunity: Stewards is currently taking applications for Service Aides in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve and Austin Creek State Recreation Area, Guerneville, CA. Seasonal position 24 to 40 hours a week. Stewards is seeking a qualified candidate, or candidates, to assist our organization in the daily park operational tasks.  Job duties will be to help staff the entrance kiosk at Armstrong Redwoods, collecting day use fees, counting and reconciling moneys collected, answering phone calls and questions, registering campers, and deal tactfully with public.  Job duties also include campground maintenance, including the bathroom cleaning, trash pickup, general janitorial, and road/trail maintenance tasks.More information here


Mapping America’s distressed communities, zip code by zip code: According to this metric termed as an “analysis of community well-being across the United States”, the most distressed zip codes in Sonoma County appear to be in the Russian River area. The Distressed Communities Index mapped how each zip code was faring based on the following metrics: education, housing vacancy, employment rate, poverty rate, median income ratio, employment trends and number of business establishments. Zoom in on the map here


Sonoma County supervisors make housing key priority: Press Democrat Article: Sonoma County supervisors are eying rent control, just-cause eviction policies and land-use reforms to increase affordable housing as key components of a broad and ambitious new plan to address the county’s housing crisis. Supervisors unveiled the plan in an outline of their top policy priorities for the year, with action on county’s steadily tighter housing crunch foremost on the list. Board members voiced support for moves certain to generate controversy, including stronger protections for tenants and development of new housing, both within and outside city limits. The measures are seen as possible ways to keep people in their homes and stave off steeper rent increases that are pricing out the lowest-income residents. Read article here.

Finding Solutions to Homelessness in a Small Town: KRCB Channel 22 Video: This video discusses some aspects of the homeless issue in Guerneville and some of what is being done. Watch here.

Community Engagement Matters (Now More Than Ever): Stanford Social Innovation Review: Data-driven and evidence-based practices present new opportunities for public and social sector leaders to increase impact while reducing inefficiency. But in adopting such approaches, leaders must avoid the temptation to act in a top-down manner. Instead, they should design and implement programs in ways that engage community members directly in the work of social change. Read more here

California smoking age increase, vaping bills move to Jerry Brown: California is one step away from enacting some of its most significant tobacco legislation in decades. The state Senate on Thursday approved a far-reaching package of bills that will raise the legal purchase age to 21 from 18 and regulate e-cigarettes like a traditional tobacco product. Six measures now head to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, where their fate is uncertain.If Brown signs the age increase, which includes an exemption for active members of the military, California will follow Hawaii as only the second state with a smoking age of 21. The Senate approved the change on a 26-10 vote. Read more here
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