Sonoma County Sheriff Protest - June 2020

Legal Challenge Stalls Law Enforcement Review Measure

To those wondering what’s happening with Measure P, an expansion of Sonoma County’s law enforcement auditor which voters approved with a 64% majority last November, it turns out the ordinance is ensnared in a legal tangle that could take as long as another year to unravel. The measure, also known...

Spotlight on Nonprofit Heroes of the North Bay

It’s axiomatic that most North Bay nonprofits are inherently heroic. They endeavor to, as Martin Luther King Jr. said, “walk in the light of creative altruism,” and each deserves recognition. What follows, however, is a highly subjective list of those particular organizations that reached us personally—over the virtual transom of...
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Free Will Astrology

ARIES (March 21-April 19): According to my understanding of the upcoming weeks, life will present you with unusual opportunities. I suspect you will find it reasonable and righteous to shed, dismantle and rebel against the past. Redefining your history will be a fun and worthy project. Here are other...
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Healthcare Union Pushes for Additional Oversight of Jailhouse Contractor

While the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office often points to successful audits of the county’s jail, it’s more often bad news emanating from the jail that makes headlines. Over the past few decades, a string of jailhouse deaths, civil rights lawsuits and damning reports have drawn negative attention to the institution,...
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Shop of Horrors: Paranormal Petaluma Emporium Opens

By Christian Chensvold When night falls, another dimension of reality awakens, as the starlit sky opens the gateway to the dark unknown, the cosmic mysteries and what lies beyond the living dream below. It is the witching hour, when the veil between worlds becomes opaque, offering glimpses into the strange...
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Halloween Gone Eco: Thank Ghouls

By Jane Vick Let’s be honest, we’re all currently haunted. The human impact on this planet is catastrophic, and we live in the aftermath of our misguided decisions. But hope is not lost!  And while we slowly work to repair—to put the ghosts to rest, as it were—we must consider...
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Culture Crush: A Great Pumpkin Party, FUNtazmagoria, Hometown Halloween in Napa, and More.

Sonoma Great Pumpkins The community gathers for a fall celebration at the Sonoma Community Center’s Great Pumpkin Party. Attendees can bring their already-carved and/or -decorated pumpkins to be entered into the Pumpkin Contest; or come and decorate a provided small gourd or pumpkin, or join in a communal art project on...
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Musical Treats, No Trick: Concerts Come Back for Halloween

By Charlie Swanson After Halloween 2020 was all but cancelled in the North Bay and across the country due to the Covid-19 pandemic, trick-or-treaters and party-goers of all ages are ready to enjoy the spookiest holiday of the year in-person with local live Halloween events and shows. In Santa Rosa, variety...
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