Wednesday, March 21, 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: Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 8:55 AM
Subject: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 – Clips

Sierra Youth Center spared, for now

Pozzi named interim head of Sonoma County Public Defender’s Office
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
By BRETT WILKISON The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today appointed Kathleen Pozzi to lead the Public Defender’s office. She takes over on an interim basis for John Abrahams, who is retiring this week. Pozzi is the first woman to lead the Public …
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State will not appeal court ruling on First 5 funds
California Watch
Kenneth Price, an attorney representing commissions in Fresno, Madera, Merced and Sonoma counties, said the judge could approve all, none of, or more or less than that amount. That decision will not be issued for several weeks.
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SMITH: Both Efren and Ernie will plunge on Saturday

Forget the polls, west county adversaries, Supervisor Efren Carrillo and Ernie Carpenter are going down in a dunk booth this weekend.

Santa Rosa City Council OKs police contract

Junior gardeners contest at this year’s fair
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
The Hall of Flowers at the Sonoma County Fair is seeking junior gardeners, both individuals and youth groups, for a garden contest that showcases creativity in the design and creation of an 8′ x 10′ gardening exhibit with a cruise theme.
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Swimmers rescued from surf identified
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
By RANDI ROSSMAN The four people rescued from the ocean Monday near Jenner were three Sonoma County residents and a Shingle Springs woman, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. Miguel Vera, 35, had taken his son Joaquin, 12, …
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California water rescue caught on tape
pubId=35121343001 California water rescue caught on tape Three people had to be rescued after drifting away from the shore off Sonoma County, California. California Caught on Tape Sonoma county national outdoors rescue News KXTV 01:22.
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Transient says he was stabbed for cigarettes in Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
An elderly transient man who said he was stabbed for his cigarettes flagged down a passerby and bus Monday near a Sonoma County administration building. The man was lying on Administration Drive near Ventura Avenue in front of a bus stop at about 5 pm …
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Guided wildflower walks as part of iWalk
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
By NINA LARAMORE /Towns Correspondent As part of this year’s Sonoma County Health Action’s iWalk Challenge of enlisting 250 employers and 2500 Sonoma County residents to commit to 150 minutes of exercise each week, Sonoma County Regional Parks is …
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MAMILs, ‘Biker Chicks’, and the rise of women on bikes
In Sonoma County California, only 20% of all bike trips are made by women. That’s lower than the national average (24%) and it’s low enough that Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Shirlee Zane wanted to do something about it.
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RP eyes upgrade for older facilities

Community Center, Spreckels theater in line for improvements

By Jud Snyder March 15, 2012 10:29 am

Bill to save state parks moves forward
Ukiah Daily Journal
Huffman (D-San Rafael) represents the 6th Assembly District, which encompasses southern Sonoma County and all of Marin County. He is a candidate for US Congress from the newly mapped 2nd Congressional District which includes Mendocino County.
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Sheriff Looks to Board for Help as SB Inmate’s Medicine Exceeds Jail’s Annual Prescription Budget


Marin supervisors seek independent review of ABAG growth forecasts

By Nels Johnson

Marin Independent

Going with the ‘reverse flow’: Powerful politicians say downsizing is just fine with them

By Tracey Kaplan


Posted: 03/20/2012 04:03:45 PM PDT

March 21, 2012 5:30 AM GMT Updated: 03/20/2012 10:30:07 PM PDT

Posted: 03/20/2012 01:53:56 PM PDT

Three California Assembly members Initiate Federal Constitutional Amendment
California Newswire
/California Newswire/ — California Assemblyman Michael Allen (D-Sonoma County), Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), and Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) have introduced Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 32, a measure that begins the process to …
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Wilsons Buy Pezzi King Vineyards
Wine Spectator
Husband-and-wife team Ken and Diane Wilson, founders of the Wilson Artisan Wineries group in Healdsburg, Calif., are expanding their presence in Sonoma’s wine country. The Wilsons, who own six wineries in Sonoma and Mendocino counties, have purchased …
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PD Editorial: Consequences of choice in SR schools

Turned off

EDITOR: Why our county officials would want to get into the power supply business can probably be answered by their apparent dedication to the pursuit of California’s climate change law, AB 32, which mandates a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2020, to be partially achieved by forcing utilities to use more solar and wind power (“Survey: locals want affordable, reliable power,” Editorial, Sunday).

It is a well-established fact that electrical power generated by solar and wind is many times more expensive than that generated by carbon-based fuels. Only with substantial subsidies can it be justified, and these subsidies, even now, are beginning to show up in our bills.

The county has no power distribution system, no staff familiar with operating one and would appear to be a poor candidate to take over supplying existing customers with reliable, affordable power. If the county wants to help ratepayers, it should confer with PG&E to ensure that some of the savings PG&E should be enjoying from the recent increase in natural gas supplies is passed along to us.

This whole concept is one that should be filed away so our county leaders can concentrate on fixing the roads and solving the ever-increasing problems of employee wages, retiree pensions and health care costs for both.


Santa Rosa

Sweet deal

EDITOR: Here is one little point that nobody has picked up on the police and fire pension deal in Santa Rosa. The city is going to give them an 8 percent raise to cover a 9 percent outlay. What has not been mentioned is that the increase in pay to help cover pension contributions will also increase the wages to be factored into their retirement benefits.

These guys will be making around $100,000 a year with this increase, which, given a 90 percent pension as early as age 50, gives them about $720 more a month raise to their pension.

The city sure sold us out and continued the good old boy back room deals.



Jim Leddy

Community and Government Affairs Manager

County of Sonoma

575 Administration Drive

Suite 104A

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

(707) 565-2190 office

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