RRARA Community Updates 4/19/16

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

Community Activities and Opportunities

West County Charter Middle School community input: Dr. Kellner has been asked by the WSCUHSD Board  to create a proposal for the West County Charter Middle School with an August 2017 start date for their review at the May Board meeting. There is one date remaining for community input: Tuesday April 19th in the El Molino library at 7pm.  The best charter school truly reflect the values of the communities it serves.  We hope to see you there to make your voice heard.

Food for Thought Services event: Latino Service Providers invites you to their  Monthly Meeting, hosted by Food for Thought, on Thursday, April 21st, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 6550 Railroad Ave. in Forestville (between First and Forestville Streets). Everyone is welcomed to learn about the wonderful services offered by the host, including: weekly groceries, including fresh produce, high-quality protein, healthy grains, prepared meals, and vitamins and supplements; county-wide delivery to anyone who cannot travel to the facility; individual nutrition counseling, group cooking classes, and congregate lunch program. A light luncheon will be served. For more information or to RSVP, please email volunteer@FFTFoodBank.org or call(707) 887-1647. See the attached flyer.

Spring Concert at the Luther Burbank Center featuring El Molino, Forestville and Guerneville students: The Spring Concert will feature performances by students from El Molino HS, Forestville Academy and Guerneville school. The concert will be held at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 23rd at 6:30pm. Please come and enjoy a wonderful evening of music. See attached flyer.

El Molino High School Summer Job Fair: Advertise jobs to El Molino High School students.Thursday, May 12th from 11:30AM-12:10PM. Call 824 6508 to participate and or advertise jobs to students. If you are unable to make the Fair, other dates can be made available. See attached flyer.

Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Partners for next year: The grant application that United Way of the Wine Country (UWWC) submits on behalf of the Earn It! Keep It! Save It! (free tax preparation) coalition is due the end of May.  To help with planning and writing the grant, UWWC asks all current and potential coalition partners to fill out a Request for Qualification (RFQ) if they want to partner to have a tax site next year. If your organization might be interested in being a coalition partner next tax season consider filling out the attached RFQ and Letter of Support. If you have questions about this, direct them to Suzanne Yeomans, UWWC Financial Stability Program Officer Suzanne.yeomans@unitedwaywinecountry.org or 707-528-4485 x108.


What Happened to the American Dream? Here’s what you need to know about wage stagnation in America:Pacific Standard: Over the last 40 or so years, the real wages of most Americans have essentially stalled, with the exception of a brief period of prosperity in the late 1990s. For much of the 1980s and first half of the ’90s, the trend primarily affected middle- and lower-income American workers, but since the beginning of this century, workers across almost all of the income distribution have seen their wages stall. In fact, the economic boom of the late 1990s was the only time in recent history when Americans’ wages increased.  Economists disagree somewhat about technology’s effect on employment and wages, but there’s widespread agreement that globalization has indeed harmed middle-income American workers. Link to article

Sonoma County debuts court specializing in cases of homeless defendants: Press Democrat: Things were looking up for Roy Burress.: Press Democrat: After a few years living on the streets, he moved into a Santa Rosa motel converted to homeless and veteran housing where he started volunteering with an eye toward full-time employment. Then financial disaster struck. Burress was pulled over by the CHP for driving in the carpool lane on Highway 101. He was slapped with a $500 ticket. Fearing he would never be able to pay it and could lose his license, Burress turned to Sonoma County’s new homeless court, where Commissioner Anthony Wheeldin allowed him to work off the steep fine with 25 hours of community service.It was the break he needed. “I’ve never been in a courtroom where they have so much compassion for you,” said Burress, a onetime resort manager living at the Palms Inn since mid-February. “It’s pretty amazing.” Full article here

Forget El Niño — California’s coast is in danger from a soulless commission: LA Times: After several hours of public comment , in the end, the commission cast an 11-1 vote. To punt.
They’ve got to take a closer look at this, commissioners said, and get everyone together to work out a plan. Nonsense. They should have said it isn’t the coastal commission’s job to solve the parks department’s budget problems, or Jerry Brown’s, or the Legislature’s. But that’s not the end of the story. On Thursday, Chairman Kinsey reopened the meeting with a scolding of the previous day’s crowd.
“There was an injustice in this hall yesterday that I found unacceptable…” he said. “The entire speaking public ignored its own self-interest in having state parks in Sonoma…” and “not a single individual expressed appreciation for what the park system provides.” Full article here

Why Do Some Poor Kids Thrive? Researchers tracked hundreds of students in Baltimore to find out what top achievers had that others didn’t: The Atlantic: Despite the challenge of growing up in tough areas with few resources, thousands of inner city kids manage to excel academically. But even some students who seem to thrive early on run a significant risk of faltering on their quest for college degrees or the elite jobs they once envisioned. So what’s the deciding factor behind kids who meet their potential and those who wind up falling short? Full article here

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