Tuesday, March 20, 2012 – Clips

On Most weekdays, Sonoma County Community and Government Affairs Manager Jim Leddy compiles news stories from many sources that generally relate to Sonoma County government. Jim then sends the stories & headlines as a courtesy to Executive Staff as well as anyone who wants to see them:

From: Jim Leddy
Date: Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 7:55 AM
Subject: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 – Clips

SMART eyes property near airport as possible maintenance facility



Published: Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 5:47 p.m.

Last Modified: Monday, March 19, 2012 at 7:32 a.m.

SoCo Considers Ban On Plastric Grocery Bags
Sonoma County and its various city governments are working on a comprehensive plan to ban plastic grocery bags. The goal to is to outlaw plastic bags entirely and require grocery stores to charge shoppers ten cents for every paper bag a customer needs …
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SSU, CSU plan to cancel spring 2013 admissions

26 min ago

Sonoma State University and the rest of the CSU system, with few exceptions, plan to cancel spring 2013 admissions in 2013 in a cost-cutting measure that will block thousands of new students.

Poll: Healdsburg voters back sales tax hike

Crews rescue boogie-boarding trio at Sonoma Coast beach
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
By RANDI ROSSMANN Just a few minutes delay and Sonoma County lifeguard Tim Murphy may have been recovering bodies from the surf off Wrights Beach, not saving lives. On Monday, Murphy helped rescue three people from frigid waters near Jenner, …
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Healy beats Glass for Petaluma oversight post

Napa County CEO proposes consolidation of departments to create “one-stop shop” for permits

By Dan Verel, Business Journal Staff Reporter

Monday, March 19, 2012, 7:00 am

Marin chosen for Medicare hospital program

County partnership aimed at reducing costly readmissions

By Dan Verel, Business Journal Staff Reporter

Monday, March 19, 2012, 7:05 am

Marin County officials to vote on water crisis
About 50 percent of normal pasture production in Marin County and going up into Sonoma as well," said Stacy Karlsen, a Marin County Agricultural Commissioner. "Oh in that field, the cows will eat it in probably two weeks," said Jon Madeiros, …
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Library set to re-open today

Mar 19, 2012 – 07:48 PM

Calpine testing injection technology; the 50-year plan
North Bay Business Journal
By Gary Quackenbush, Special to the Business Journal SONOMA COUNTY – Key projects are under way at The Geysers to upgrade existing facilities, test new Enhanced Geothermal System technology and to study the effectiveness of injecting treated wastewater …
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Bellevue School District’s new hard line
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
He began telling incoming kindergarten families they couldn’t leave the district, which has four schools teaching 1700 students from south of the Sonoma County Fairgrounds to west Santa Rosa near Elsie Allen High School. "Unless parents have a really …
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Hanna plans draw neighbors’ flak


Mar 19, 2012 – 07:51 PM

Catholic Charities refocus on services, successes
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
By JEREMY HAY One of Sonoma County’s biggest homeless services providers is retooling its operations, partly to meet the demands of those who fund its operations. Catholic Charities, which runs a battery of services including four homeless shelters in …
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Seeking 4-H Inclusion
Thirty years ago veterinarian Fred Groverman helped found the Sonoma County 4-H Foundation as a means of expanding opportunities for youth dressed in uniforms of white shirts and green cloth hats. Today, as the foundation president, the 78-year-old …
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Construction: Succession plan for Soiland Co. moves forward
North Bay Business Journal
At the same time, the Soiland offices near Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport are consolidating to the Cotati office, and Marv Soiland’s oldest daughter, Marlene Soiland, will be stepping out of her 35-year role of administrative and financial …
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Storm Topples Heritage Oak at Healdsburg Home
By Pete Foppiano The recent storm brought some much needed rain to Sonoma County. Unfortuately, it also left damage in its wake. Sunday evening a heritage oak in the back yard of a First Street home fell, narrowly avoiding several houses.
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CalPERS Earnings Lag Big funds, Changes Planned
Nearly all of the nation’s larger public pension funds, 99 percent, have better investment earnings than CalPERS since the economy began a steep drop five years ago, a Wilshire consultant report said last week.
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PD Editorial: SR council should reject pension deal

Atkinson’s pension

EDITOR: Janice Atkinson, the retiring Sonoma County clerk, says she’s going “out with a bang” (“County clerk plans retirement,” Saturday). Atkinson is also going out with a bundle — around $200,000 annually in pension and benefits, more than what she’s taking in right now.

Is it any wonder she believes that pension reform, while worthy of consideration, can wait until after she retires 2½ years early? Damn the county budget woes; full speed ahead.



Jim Leddy

Community and Government Affairs Manager

County of Sonoma

575 Administration Drive

Suite 104A

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

(707) 565-2190 office

(707) 529-4510 cell

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