Thursday, March 22, 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: Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 9:00 AM
Subject: Thursday, March 22, 2012 – Clips


Legislators join fight for Santa Rosa school sidewalk 7 min ago

Interim County Public Defender Named
Kathleen Pozzi succeeds John Abrahams, and becomes the third woman chosen for high offices in Sonoma County in last two years. By Christian Kallen Kathleen Pozzi, a Sonoma County native who was raised on her grandparents’ dairy farm, has been appointed …
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New ACLU report on costly realignment – counties ignoring cheaper, better alternatives

By Tracey Kaplan tkaplan

Posted: 03/21/2012 06:59:54 AM PDT

March 21, 2012 2:1 PM GMT Updated: 03/21/2012 07:01:13 AM PDT

SMART moves to tap millions in bond funds for Marin-to-Sonoma rail project

SMART rail agency converts bonds to fixed interest rates

Crowd turns out to criticize plan to shut down Marin County’s public health …
Marin Independent-Journal
The Board of Supervisors are scheduled next week to review the proposal to shift the bulk of Marin County’s Public Health Laboratory services to Sonoma County, leaving only a pickup and drop-off point within Marin County.
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Despite wet forecast, rainfall for the year leaves region dry: Rainfall still below normal but River is off ‘critical’ list

Forum on carryout bag reduction efforts coming March 27: Ban on plastic bags, fee for paper to be considered Comments (0)

Sebastopol City Council establishes redevelopment oversight committee
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Councilman Patrick Slayter is Mayor Guy Wilson’s appointment to the committee, and Councilwoman Kathleen Shaffer is the appointee for the Sonoma County Water Agency. Other appointments to the seven-member oversight committee are made by the Sonoma …
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Unconscious biker found on Annadel trail

Week of bike-related fun will precede Amgen tour’s Santa Rosa start

Budget losses endanger non-profit funding

The loss of redevelopment agencies continues to reverberate throughout the Town of Windsor’s finances impacting programs and services previously unrelated to the now defunct funding source.

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First 5 groups claim victory after California backs off attempt to grab funds
Fresno Bee
By Joanna Lin – California Watch The state will not appeal a Fresno County court ruling that rejected its attempt to divert $1 billion from First 5 commissions. The state informed First 5 commissions of its decision Monday, the deadline for appeal.
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Santa Rosa junior college rape suspect delays entering pleas
KTVU San Francisco
A Santa Rosa Junior College student delayed entering pleas in Sonoma County Superior Court Wednesday afternoon to sexually assaulting a female student on campus Thursday night. Marco Antonio DeAnda-Vargas is charged with felony forcible rape, …
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Longtime Santa Rosa school librarian dies at 59

Letter of the Day: Fluoride alternatives

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Last Modified: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 1:09 p.m.

Fluoride alternatives

EDITOR: Fluoridation has been debated since before the 1950s, and the debate is now emerging in Sonoma County. I hope the Board of Supervisors took note of the eloquent column by Kelley Larsen (“Some arguments against fluoridating our water,” Close to Home, March 15).

It bears understanding why the majority of European countries do not add fluoride to water. I, too, am concerned about tooth decay, especially in children; however, I suggest going to the root of the problem.

I refer to the extensive work of the prominent dentist Weston A. Price. Price left his Cleveland dental practice to travel the world for several years in search of the answers to the causes of the tooth decay and misshapen facial structures. The results are recorded in his tome, “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration,” published in 1939, nine years after he shifted his focus from focal infection to nutrition.

Taking this a step further, Larsen wisely suggests spending fluoridation monies for “real dental treatment programs or oral health education.” Such programs could teach people about participating in, and taking responsibility for, their own dental health and could simultaneously help reduce the false belief that government will take care of us.


Santa Rosa

Jim Leddy

Community and Government Affairs Manager

County of Sonoma

575 Administration Drive

Suite 104A

Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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