RRARA Community Update: 3/28/16

Next meeting Reminder- Thursday, April 21st from 8:30 -10 AM at Fife Creek Commons,16376 Fifth Street, Guerneville
Community Activities and Opportunities

Coastal Commission Meeting on State Park’s Sonoma Coast parking-fee plan: The Coastal Commission will hold a public hearing in Santa Rosa on April 13th where the issue may be decided and will likely be discussing the issue around 1pm. 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.  More information can be gathered at sonomacoast.surfrider.org and also from the attached letter written by Efren Carrillo. A large and diverse crowd would be ideal.

Celebrate Earth Day! Volunteer at Sonoma Coast State Park! Saturday, April 16, 2016 Registration Required: calparks.org/earthday Pomo Canyon Campground Restoration: 9-12 PM, 20 Volunteers needed. North Jenner Beach Clean-Up: 9-12:30 PM , 75 Volunteers needed. *Russian River Estuary & Penny Island Paddle Clean-Up  8:30 AM, *Register for Paddle Clean-Up with WaterTreks 707-865-2249. See attached flyer for more information.

National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day at the Forestville Teen Clinic: April 8th from 4-8 pm at the Teen Clinic. People will have the opportunity to learn more about how HIV and AIDS impacts young people and to get tested. There will be free testing, fun & educational carnival booths and games, mural painting, raffle prizes, and an outdoor movie screening of the documentary “It’s Not Over.” Flyer attached.

West County Community Services’ (WCCS) first annual Derby Day Fundraising Gala: At the historic Rio Theatre in Monte Rio, CA on Saturday May 7th from 12:00 to 4:30 pm. Break out your pastel attire and plan for your best hat — prizes will be awarded for ‘best hat in show’. Wage your bets on races shown on the big screen, enjoy great musical entertainment, stroll and sip mint juleps, wine / beer and sweet tea, dine on a southern inspired menu and enjoy other southern treats. Music will be provided by The Honey Dippers. Save the date and order your tickets here. Advance tickets can be purchased for $75 per person.

Registration open for the Great Russian River Race! Great Russian River Race is May 21st: 6th annual canoe, kayak and SUP race. Adding to the excitement is the change of race course, which is moving downstream to Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville this year. There will be 2 separate races, a 4 mile race for recreational paddlers and an 8 mile race for experienced paddlers and pros. Both races begin at 11 a.m. and both end at Johnson’s Beach with a free River Race Party from Noon-4 p.m. for the community to enjoy. There’ll be live music with Cahoots and the Bad Apple String Band, food trucks and beer and an award ceremony for the racers. This race is a fundraiser for Russian Riverkeepers educational programs and the Russian River trash clean-ups. They need volunteers and sponsors to make this race a success. More info and registration here.

Russian River Food and Wine Spring Fling: The event will feature local restaurants and local wineries, offering small bites and wine tasting from some of the Russian River’s best. Saturday, April 23 at 1 PM – 4 PM in the Lark Drugs Parking Lot in Guerneville. Check back here for a list of participating restaurants and wineries. Advanced ticket prices: $20 for Food Only, $30 for Food + 4 Wine Tasting Tickets, $50 for Food + Unlimited Wine Tasting. Tickets at the door (limited availability): $30 for Food Only, $40 for Food + 4 Wine Tasting Tickets, $60 for Food + Unlimited Wine Tasting. For questions please contact the Russian River Chamber at 707 869 9000 or news@russianriver.com

Eviction of 8 Petaluma families puts new spotlight on rental market: Press Democrat: Anahi Cisneros, a business major at Sonoma State University and the first in her family to attend college, is trying to focus on her studies. Instead, she has spent most days for the past month and a half helping her parents search for a new apartment after they received an eviction notice in February. The family’s search in Sonoma County’s increasingly tight rental market has been frenetic. “We don’t know where we’re going to go,” said Cisneros, 19, whose family is one of eight being evicted from a small apartment complex in Petaluma. “We’ve been looking but we can’t find anything. We’re all really stressed out.” The families, many of whom have lived in the eight-unit complex for more than a decade, said they were not given a reason when asked to leave. Read more here.

How Your Early Childhood Affects Your Path Forward: Co.Exist.com- Clinicians use a common tool to assess the extent of toxic stress a child has experienced during his or her childhood. It’s called the Adverse Childhood Experience test, or ACE for short. It’s a simple tool made up of just 10 yes or no questions. The lower the score, the better. In a meta study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente, researchers tracked the health outcomes of adults based on the extent of the adverse experiences they dealt with as children. The results were alarming. Read more here

More gentrification, displacement in Bay Area forecast: Berkeley News: The San Francisco Bay Area’s transformation into a sprawling, exclusive and high-income community with less and less room for its low-income residents is just beginning, according to UC Berkeley researchers who literally have it all mapped out. The interactive Urban Displacement Project map, released today by a Berkeley team, indicates the displacement crisis is not yet half over, as rising housing prices and pressure on low-income residents to relocate to the outer suburbs accelerate. Read more here.
Race, Gender, and Class Politics in the US Primaries: Counterpunch article: The Great Recession, which for large segments of our population was the Great Depression, had been building up for many years. It did not happen suddenly. If you look at income distribution in the US, you can see that while income derived from capital (property that generates income) has increased since the 1980s (as a percentage of all income), income derived from labor has declined. This is the root of the problem we are facing. The income of the first—a minority—has been increasing enormously at the cost of the second—the majority. The most successful candidates—Donald Trump on the Republican side and Bernie Sanders on the Democrat side—are indicators of this anti-establishment mood of the electorate. Their success has surprised and alarmed the political and media establishments. Read more here.

Blue Collar Blues: 
Chattanooga Times Free PressEmployment among undereducated American men in their prime is free-falling, statistics show, creating an underclass of able-bodied males who don’t have the income stability or social capital to become good husbands and fathers. This contributes to a cycle of multigenerational poverty that has hollowed out Chattanooga’s middle class and threatens to stop economic progress dead in its tracks. But local approaches that connect those lost boys, many now lost men, to pride and purpose, are proving a rebound is possible. Read more here.

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