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Santa Rosa Park Property

Six acres of land to be used for the public has been acquired by the city of Santa Rosa. The purchase allows the City to move forward on plans for the future extension of Dutton Avenue and the Colgan Creek Multi-Use Path, and for one or more public uses, potentially including the relocation of Santa Rosa Fire Station 8, a new Library, a community center and pool, a recreation center, and/or a neighborhood park. (photo courtesy Sonoma County Tourism)


Wildfire Prevention Plan

Sonoma County officials are hoping to receive the public's help with ideas to enhance wildfire protection. Tonight at 6pm, a Zoom meeting will take place for the County's 2nd district, which includes Petaluma, to look at the Community Wildfire Protection Plan, identifying high risk areas, and the projects designed to reduce wildfire risk. The link to the meeting is on the Sonoma County website. (photo courtesy Housing Wire.web)


Pliney The Younger Postponed

The annual pilgrimage to Russian River Brewing Company for the release of their world famous Triple IPA Pliney the Younger beer, has been postponed due to the Omicron surge. The release was set for February 4th, after not being able to have it last year because of the pandemic. This year the delay will be for 7 weeks, to be held March 25th to April 7th at Russian River's locations in Santa Rosa and Windsor. (photo courtesy Absolute Beer)


San Francisco Bay Ships

The now familiar site of cargo ships anchored idly in the San Francisco bay is about the change. New rules initiated this week forces the ships to remain 50 miles off the coast while they wait for their docking assignment. The problem has been the air pollution the ships create while running their diesel motors constantly. (photo courtesy Yahoo)


SSU Spring Semester Online

The Spring semester at Sonoma State University will begin January 24th, with online classes only, for three weeks. President Judy Sasaki said her decision was based on Sonoma County's latest heath orders. Several UC campuses have already begun their spring semesters remotely, and Dr. Sasaki said at least 11 other Cal State campuses had also made similar moves as of yesterday. (photo courtesy SSU)


Restrictions On Events

The new health restrictions are creating a problem for planned gatherings, like business conferences, reunions, and weddings that are already planned, and in many cases, paid for. The sudden restictive orders are causing local event planners to ask lawmakers for some industry-wide guidance, and financial aid to keep their businesses running. (photo courtesy photographer)


Mrs. Grossmans Moving

Mrs. Grossmans Sticker Company is moving from Petaluma to Utah, due to the high cost of doing business in California. Andrea Grossman started the business of colorful theme stickers in 1979, and it's been in Petaluma since 1995. Thousands of school children took tours through the factory over the years. (photo courtesy 510 Families)


New Restrictions Start At Midnight

Sonoma County Health Officials say the number of COVID cases is higher now than any time since the start of the pandemic, so they have issued new health orders that go into effect at midnight tonight. The County will be banning any gathering of more than 50 people indoors, or 100 outdoors. That does not include schools, workplaces, houses of worship, or other places that are currently open, like malls and museums, but it does apply to auditoriums, gyms, wedding venues, or other meeting places. It's also recommending people stay at home as much as possible for the next 30 days, but not a shelter in place order. (photo coutesy Envato Elements)


Homeless Advocacy Board

5 board seats are open to help make decisions on key homelessness issues. The Sonoma County Continium of Care is seeking nominations to it's 17 member board, made up of elected officials, non profits reps, advocates and experts. Decisions for new members will chosen at their March 22nd meeting. (photo courtesy SF Chronicle)


Wildfire Reduction

The Assembly Committee on Natural Resources passed Assembly Bill 522, to promote forest management and build wildfire resilience. This measure allows private landowners to continue their efforts to reduce wildfire risk by removing dead and dying trees from their land. This measure, if passed and signed into law, will help the state achieve its goal to treat 500,000 acres per year by 2025. (photo courtesy ccc.ca.gov)


Dole Salad Recall

Dole iceberg lettace salad packages are being recalled in California because of a risk of listeria contamination. The expanded recall included Dole and private-label packages that include iceberg lettuce, processed in Springfield, Ohio, and Soledad, California. (photo courtesy Business Insider)


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