Tuesday, March 27, 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 27, 2012 at 8:21 AM
Subject: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 – Clips

More green measures planned for new Sutter hospital

Welder Bill Gollob secures steel rivets above the entryway of the emergency room at the new Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa.

John Burgess/PD


Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 6:55 a.m.

Last Modified: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 6:55 a.m.

FAA to reassess flight patterns for county airport expansion: Board of Supervisors convince feds to perform noise reduction studies Comments (0)

Louis J. Foppiano of Foppiano Vineyards dies at 101
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
By MEG McCONAHEY Louis J. Foppiano, one of the pioneers of the Sonoma County wine industry who bounced back from the one-two punch of Prohibition and the Great Depression to build an enduring multi-generational family winery offering quality Russian …
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Lou Foppiano Was ‘Always a Farmer at Heart’
Louis J. Foppiano, vineyard farmer and patriarch of Sonoma County’s oldest winemaking family, passed away at 8:15 pm Friday, March 23rd at Sutter Hospital in Santa Rosa, California. He was 101. Outspoken and friendly, Louis J. Foppiano was always a …
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Future of Sonoma and Roseland redevelopment projects at stake

The old Albertsons shopping center in Roseland in 2010.

PD FILE, 2010


Published: Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 3:00 a.m.

Last Modified: Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 9:18 p.m.

Parks bill attracts bipartisan support


Mar 26, 2012 – 07:04 PM

Sanders loans self $40K in supes race


Mar 26, 2012 – 07:08 PM

Biker Chicks: A series of bicycle rides for women, beginning in April

Despite wet forecast, rainfall for the year leaves region dry: Rainfall still below normal but River is off ‘critical’ list

Lake County unemployment at 16.5 percent
Lake County Record-Bee
Rates for neighboring counties included Mendocino at 11.1 percent, Napa at 8.9 percent and Sonoma at 9.3 percent. Marin County again posted the lowest rate in the state with 6.6 percent while Colusa County remained highest at 27.1 percent.
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Hospital upgrades drag on Sutter Health earnings

March 23, 2012

Sutter Health, the parent company of Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa, today said today its 2011 net income dropped to $634 million from $878 million the previous year across the 24-hospital system, a decline of nearly 28 percent.

Bay Area’s Bike to Work Day Campaign Kicks Off
MarketWatch (press release)
Events are held throughout San Francisco, Sonoma, Solano, Napa, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Marin and Alameda counties. For a complete list of energizer stations and to register for a chance to win a new Public Bike, tour from Grimes Getaways …
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Sonoma County hotels notch best performance in 6 years
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
By STEVE HART Sonoma County hotel occupancy grew more than 8 percent last month, with about 56 percent of rooms filled, according to Smith Travel Research. It was the best February performance in more than six years, the research firm said.
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General Dynamics plans big Healdsburg expansion

March 26, 2012

HEALDSBURG — General Dynamics plans to nearly double the size of its Healdsburg Operations Facility this summer to accommodate rapidly growing workforce and production needs.

Empire and Dominican named to national community service ‘honor roll’
North Bay Business Journal
Law students offer support help to seniors and other needs in the community; information technology work is provided for the Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County, and accounting students provide income tax assistance. That level of service has …
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Pot growing operation blamed for house fire

An elaborate pot-growing operation appeared to be the cause of a serious house fire on Center Way near Guerneville earlier this month.

Chinese pay to play visa game

Projects court foreign bucks

San Francisco Business Times by Ron Leuty, Reporter

Date: Friday, March 16, 2012, 3:00am PDT

SC County sees gain in February home sales
San Jose Mercury News
Also seeing double-digit gains in sales from the previous year were the counties of Sonoma, 32.4 percent; Solano, 30.4 percent; Napa, 20 percent; Marin, 13.1 percent; San Mateo, 12 percent; and Alameda, 12 percent. in February was $266660 in February, …
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Healdsburg fears growing public pension problem



Published: Monday, March 26, 2012 at 3:00 a.m.

Last Modified: Monday, March 26, 2012 at 9:36 p.m.

New County Path2Health Program Part of Health Care Debate
CMSP is a multi-county collaborative that provides health insurance to low-income adults. In addition to increasing access and services for Sonoma County residents, implementation of Path2Health helps position Sonoma County for the full implementation …
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Local chiropractor ordered to pay $1.1 million for deceptive marketing
San Ramon Express
The Alameda County DA was joined by district attorneys from Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Orange, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Solano and Sonoma counties. The complaint filed by district attorneys claims that Altadonna and his company, …
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Santa Rosa district investigates conflict charge

Group demands new vote on Doyle closure after board member admits child was on wait list for new

Project Labor Agreement Debate is as Complex as it is Conflicted
the discovery of two potential conflicts-of-interest that made an intriguing topic become a fascinating story. PublicCEO looked into the information and potential misinformation that surrounded last year’s National University study, and whether the veracity of its conclusions had survived critique and attack.
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Conflicts Called into Question in San Jose Pension Case
The independency of San Jose Retirement Board’s consultant is being questioned by reporters from NBC Bay Area after their investigation revealed emails that show influence between board members and the consultants.
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Chapter 9, A Brave New World
The financial restructuring plan that the Stockton city’s elected leaders approved in February has renewed the interest in our state’s new municipal bankruptcy laws. After much angst and wrangling the California Legislature passed AB 506 last fall. As a result, the landscape of municipal bankruptcy saw the most dramatic change in more than sixty years.
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County to get a new Auditor-Controller
By ANDREW GALVIN / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER Orange County’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider appointing a new auditor-controller to fill the vacancy created when David Sundstrom departed for Sonoma County. The only candidate on the …
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PD Editorial: Shoot-first law puts justice in jeopardy

SMART subsidies

EDITOR: One of the attendees at a presentation by SMART director Farhad Mansourian expressed surprise that the expenses of running the train will never be fully covered by the riders’ fares (“A bill of goods?” Letters, Saturday). The reality of all mass-transit systems, even in huge cities such as Tokyo and London, is that they must be subsidized by taxpayers. A better question would be what SMART will do if operating expenses are not covered by the income from the tax and fares.

Since public works projects tend to cost significantly more than projected, the cost to run the train may exceed the $20 million SMART estimates. Since the projected cost is close to the tax revenue estimate of $25 million, it may end up not being fully covered. Will SMART cut service, close stations, raise fares or just come to the taxpayers with hat in hand asking for more money?

It seems that the SMART board should be discussing this possibility now and preparing for it. In any case, the people against SMART have one other hope. If you remember, the SMART sales tax is only in effect for 20 years, so another sales tax measure will have to be voted on in 2028.


Santa Rosa

Healthy diets

EDITOR: I was glad to see Susan Swartz’s article in Sunday’s paper (“Setting the stage for a healthy life”) regarding the local efforts in place to improve our children’s diets. It seems that a grass-roots effort is in order to change our culture’s perception of acceptable foods. As a mother, I find myself pressured to supply unhealthy snacks and drinks for my children’s sports teams, and I’m tired of it.

Simply cutting out sweet beverages makes a huge difference in our children’s health. The greatest amount of empty calories comes from sugar-laden beverages such as soda, juice and syrupy coffees. The Network for a Healthy California will soon launch a statewide campaign called Rethink Your Drink that aims to educate the public about the dangers of sweet beverages and the benefits of increased water consumption. I love the idea of going back to water as our primary beverage and look forward to the day when we have more water fountains and fewer vending machines.


Santa Rosa

Treating dental decay

EDITOR: As a dentist in Sonoma County for almost 40 years, I have seen the explosion of dental decay. Whether it’s parent’s “negotiating” tooth-brushing with their children, allowing multiple daily exposures to sweetened foods and drinks or the cost of regular dental care, the fact is our children and the elderly are being ravaged by this disease.

Kelley Larsen (“Some arguments against fluoridating our water,” Close to Home, March 15) is correct about the topical effectiveness of fluoride, but most of his argument is based on classifying fluoride as a medication. It is not. It is a mineral supplement found naturally in many parts of the country, and it passes harmlessly through the body in concentrations much higher than are being suggested.

Fluoridation is not a “magic bullet,” but, as a public health measure, it ranks way above allocating the cost to direct dental treatment, as he suggests. The cost to the public in terms of pain, lost hours in school or work is much greater than what is being proposed. In these times of limited public funds and limited family incomes, I would argue that this is a prudent and safe use of our county’s resources.


Santa Rosa

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

(707) 565-3778 fax