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This past January at The North Bay Community Engagement Fair, we gathered as a community with over 100 local groups and invited thousands of volunteers to directly engage with community! We were overwhelmed, humbled, and inspired by the response of our community and are answering the calling to continue this movement moment…

 

Please join us on April 5th, for an Engagement Breakfast of Community Leaders at the Sustainable Enterprise Conference at the Student Center of Sonoma State University! This breakfast is a cross-sectional gathering of leaders who are working towards a healthy, equitable, and resilient community to help secure civil liberties, protect the disenfranchised, empower a more equitable economy, and foster ecological regeneration!

Space is limited! Please register in advance by clicking here.

Join us to connect with like-minded organizations, explore shared values with a diverse spectrum of local groups, and share your vision for Sonoma County as we build a foundation for collective impact.This breakfast aims to cultivate synergy, collaboration, and a holistic (and effective) ecosystem of change-makers, leaders, and coalitions of every kind. This gathering will help foster cross-collaboration, cultivate shared visioning and project discussion, and create an opportunity for your organization to share how we as a community can support your success!

Agenda

7AM – Arrive, registration and breakfast

8AM – Another World is Possible Convening

9:15 AM – Adjourn to breakouts

This breakfast takes place before the annual Sustainable Enterprise Conference in the same location at the Student Center at Sonoma State University. This pass is not a pass to the Sustainable Enterprise Conference (SEC) – purchase deeply discounted passes here. You are welcome to stay and enjoy the SEC programming without a conference pass, but please don’t participate in the SEC lunch without registering for the conference.

Another World Is Possible

A coalition of diverse organizations and individuals working together to integrate and cross-pollinate the many efforts in the North Bay to ensure a healthy, equitable and just community!

  • SCCA, Sonoma County Conservation Action
  • CAFÉ, Conservation Action Fund for Education
  • ARC | Alliance for Regenerative Communities
  • The Arlene Francis Center for Spirit, Art, and Politics
  • Farmer’s Guild
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Santa Rosa
  • NBOP, North Bay Organizing Project
  • Sierra Club
  • Daily Acts

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Petaluma Community Engagement Fair: Where Do You Want To Make A Difference?

Sunday, May 7, 2017 — Noon to 4 p.m.

Lucchesi Community Center 3

20 North Mc Dowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA.(map)

The Petaluma Community Engagement Fair is a grassroots, non-partisan effort to encourage and support residents’ engagement in the life of our community based on the values of respect, appreciation, and understanding of diversity and toward the goals of a sustainable environment, inclusive economy and the provision of assistance to those in need. This event is co-sponsored by Petaluma Community Relations Council, Sonoma County Conservation Action and CAFE, and will bring together Petaluma and other organizations and community groups with volunteers and activists who wish to further these values.

For further information: Contact Marjorie Helm – 707-321-3192 – MarjorieHelm10@gmail.com 

ATTENDANCE AT THIS EVENT IS FREE OF CHARGE!

Please register in advance by clicking here.

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Join Conservation Action for a float down the Russian River with Don McEnhill, the Russian Riverkeeper & Riverkeeper Executive Director!

Learn about current water and river issues, and how we can do our part to help protect this incredibly valuable resource.

Paddle down the beautiful Middle Reach of the Russian River. This remote 6.5 mile journey will take us through an intimate and rarely accessed part of the river; providing the opportunity to see the river’s abundant wildlife in a new light!

 

Key Details!

Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Slide Scale Donation: $50-100

Tickets: Click here to purchase online or send a check to “SCCA, 540 Pacific Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404” noting “Riverfloat”

RSVP: Email Kerry@conservationaction.org for tickets

Arrival Time: 3:45 pm

Start Time: 4:00 pm (we will leave on time, so don’t be late) 

Meeting Location: Wohler Bridge Parking Lot, Corner of Wohler & Westside Roads, Outside Forestville

Canoes are provided for you and are sponsored by Russian River Adventures!

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Saturday, June 10th from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Keynote Speaker

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom at 5:30 pm!

 

We invite you to join us Saturday, June 10th from 5:00 to 9:00 pm for a fantastic dinner catered by A La Heart at the newly remodeled Friedman Center in Santa Rosa. Come celebrate and share stories with Sonoma County’s environmental leaders and passionate community members. A La Heart will be serving a delicious three-course meal focused on locally grown, healthy ingredients.

***SOLD OUT***

If you have already RSVP’d and received confirmation from our staff but need to pay online, please email kerry@conservationaction.org for the link to our online purchasing page.

Thank you for your interest in joining us and please stay tuned for our 2018 Gala next year! 

Sponsorship/Ticket Levels:

Platinum $2,500 (10 tickets/1 tables) | Gold $1,000 (8 tickets/1 table) | Silver $500 (4 tickets) | Bronze $300 (2 tickets)

General Admission Ticket Levels:

Advance General Admission $70 (before June 1st) | General Admission $90 (after June 1st)

Email Kerry@conservationaction.org or call 707-571-8566 for additional sponsorship information. 


Environmental Leadership Awards:

Dick Day Community Activist Award: June Moes

Upstream Swimmer Award: Caryl Hart

Bill Kortum Innovative Leader Award: Denny Rosatti

Young Environmental Activist of the Year Award: Jazmín Gudiño

NEW! 2017 Sonoma County Ernestine I. Smith “Environmentalist of the Year” Award: Teri Shore — Sponsored and Presented by the Sonoma County Conservation Council


A Huge Thank You to our Early Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors:

Former Senator Noreen Evans and Guy Conner

Service Employees International Union, Local 1021

Board President Neal Fishman and Maxene Spellman

Board Member Janis Watkins and Warren Watkins

Rick Theis and Carolyn Johnson

Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (FIGR)

Recology

Gold Sponsors:

Congressman Jared Huffman

Assemblymember Jim Wood

Former Assemblymember and Board Chair Michael Allen

421 Group, Inc.

Citizens for Safe Neighborhoods

SOAR / Russian River Adventures

Fishman Supply Company, Petaluma

Lozeau Drury LLP, Oakland

Operating Engineers Local Union No. 3

Silver Sponsors:

Senator Mike McGuire

Board Member Jane Nielson and Howard Wilshire

Arnie Feldshar

Occidental Arts and Ecology Center -(OAEC)

David Schonbrunn-TRANSDEF

Robert and Paula Brent

Marc and Jeanie Kahn

Thera and Don Buttaro

Vice Mayor, Jack Tibbetts, City of Santa Rosa

Supervisor David Rabbitt, District 2

Jean Schulz

Bronze Sponsors:

Bonnie Berkeley and William Smith

CAFE Board Member Sara Sharp Goldstein

Beth and Hugo Martinez

Mayor Jake Mackenzie and Barbara Mackenzie

Sonoma Coast Surfrider

Matt and LaRee Maguire

Greenbelt Alliance

Padi Selwyn and Reuben Weinzveg

Sebastopol City Council-Member Sarah Glade Gurney

Ted Eliot

Lucy Kortum

Santa Rosa School Board Trustee and SCCA Board Member Ed Sheffield

Nancy and Willard Richards

Janice Cader-Thompson and Jerry Thompson

Connie Codding

Petaluma Mayor David Glass and Vice-Mayor Teresa Barrett

Sonoma County Water Coalition

Mayor Deb Fudge

Nell Kneibler

Margaret Spaulding

Chris Brokate

Janie Castles and Barry Bussewitz

Save SF Bay

Louisa Leavitt

Sonoma County Gazette

Councilmember Chris Rogers, City of Santa Rosa

Maddy Hirshfield and Former Mayor Janet Orchard, City of Cotati

Sonoma County Democratic Party

Marjorie Helm and Chip Atkin

Board Member Anne Seeley

Board Member David Keller and Alison Marks

Summit State Bank

Supervisor Susan Gorin, District 1

Andrew T. McCormick, DDS

Lance and J Barlas

Former Council Member Gary Wysocky

Santa Rosa School Board Member, Jenni Klose

Maalama Watershed Alliance

Council Member, Julie Combs, City of Santa Rosa

Council Member, Chris Coursey, City of Santa Rosa

North Bay Bohemian

Daphne Smith

Summit State Bank

Lee Hunt and Joan Meisel


Wine sponsors include:

 


Event Information:

When: Saturday, June 10th, 2017 – 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: Friedman Event Center – Santa Rosa (4676 Mayette Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 | Click HERE for Map)

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Sonoma County Conservation Action is turning 25 this year! To celebrate a quarter of a century of fighting for Sonoma County’s environmental heritage, we celebrated on June 18th with our members and amazing community, we awarded our Environmental Leaders Jared Huffman, US Congress 2nd District, Ted Eliot, former US Ambassador, and Cea Higgins of Surfrider Foundation.

We are incredibly thankful for our sponsors, members, supporters and friends. You make this possible.

THANK YOU

 Our photographer, Patricia Brunelle, has made her photographs available for download online, check them out by clicking HERE!

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Thank you to our Gala Sponsors!

25 More Years!

SSCA Board President Neal Fishman & Maxene Spellman, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 551, Jackson Family Winery, Service Empoloyees Unternational Union Local 1021, Rick Theis & Carolyn Johnson

Community Separators

Guy Conner, US Congressman Jared Huffman, Robert Jacob, SCCA Board Member Jane Nielson & Howard Wilshire, Warren Watkins & SCCA Board Member Janis Watkins, Assemblymember Jim Wood

SMART Transit Equity

SCCA Board Chair Michael Allen, Marc & Jeannie Khan, Eleanor Kneibler, North Bay Labor Council AFL-CIO, North Bay Organizing Project, David Schonbrunn

Coastal Access

Jack Tibbett, Lucy Kortum, Barbara & Jake MacKenzie Rohnert Park City Council member, State Senator Mike McGuire, Petaluma Tomorrow, SCCA Board Member Anne Seeley & Brien Seeley, Sonoma County Water Coalition, James Winston

Localized Compost

Chris Rogers, Marea Canizzaro, Alan Siegle, Beth Martinez, Daniel Gurney, David Grabill & Dorthy Battenfeld, SRJC Trustee, Sebastopol City Mayor Sarah Glad Gurney & Daniel Gurney, SCCA Board Member Edward Sheffield & Beth Dadko, Greenbelt Alliance, Hank Flum, Kenneth Wells, L Willard Richards, Margaret Fishman, Margaret Spaulding, Matthew & LaRee Maguire, Sara Sharp Goldstein, Beth & Hugo Martinez, L. Willard & Nancy Richards, SOAR Inflatables, Sonia Taylor, Sonoma County Water Coalition, Veronica Jacobi, Russian Riverkeeper, Julie Combs Santa Rosa City Council, Chris Coursey, Margaret Spaulding, Kenneth Wells

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Hello Conservation Action Community!

 

Today we celebrate National Voter Registration Day with a important civic information! First, If you have not registered to vote, and have the capability to do so, we ask that you go to the Secretary of State’s online portal to register today. Now with that out of the way, here are a series of key election dates that we ask everyone to keep in mind. Your vote is important to the future of Sonoma County’s conservation and environmental health, so we want to make sure you have all the information you need.

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Election Timeline

  • September 29th: First day that sample ballots arrive.
  • October 10th: Absentee Ballot voting opens.
  • October 24th: The last day to register to vote. Registration must either be post marked or electronically filed no later than this date.
  • November 1st: The deadline to request an absentee ballot if you are already registered to vote.
  • November 8th: Election Day! If you are not able to return your absentee ballot by mail, you must return your ballot in person at either the Registrar of Voters Office, or any polling place in Sonoma County. This must take place no later than 8 p.m. on election day.
  • November 11th: The last day to receive a VBM ballot in the mail that was post marked no later than November 8th.

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For more information, check out the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters website, or the California Secretary of State’s website.

 

Sonoma County Community Separators

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Supervisors Unanimously Approve Community Separator Ballot Measure and Designations

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Today the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted 5 – 0 to renew longstanding protections for green buffers between towns and cities for another 20 years with a ballot measure requiring a countywide majority vote in the November General Election.

The Community Separator Protection Ordinance will extend existing protections for rural open space and agricultural lands designated as community separators by preventing conversion to shopping malls, housing tracts or resort hotels without a vote of the people.

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The supervisors also added lands to the existing eight community separators and established a long overdue community separator between Healdsburg and Cloverdale.

“This is the most important greenbelt policy measure in Sonoma County in decades,” said Teri Shore, Regional Director for Greenbelt Alliance in Santa Rosa.  “It will preserve what we have and hold back sprawl for the next generation.”

 

Community separators have protected Sonoma County from the sprawl seen elsewhere and, combined with Urban Growth Boundaries, form the backbone of city-centered growth policies dating back more than two decades.

No taxes or fees are part of the ballot measure nor does it change existing land use or property taxes.

 

The Community Separator Protection Ordinance will protect a total of 53,576 acres of rural open space and farmlands from subdivision and sprawl. The community separators remain in place whether or not the ballot measure passes. View interactive map on county website.

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An independent campaign committee has formed to pass the ballot measure, Keep Our Community Separators.

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By Kerry Fugett, Executive Director

 

Stepping into Dennis Rosatti’s role as Executive Director can certainly be described as “big shoes to fill”. But I am ready for this challenge and am extremely honored and excited for the opportunity to take those shoes and stretch them out. To keep those shoes knocking on 50,000+ doors a year, educating and building our community to achieve a healthy quality of life and ecologically thriving environment in Sonoma County.

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The environmental movement is shifting, as we stand on the shoulders of those before us, we must open our arms and acknowledge the impacts of social pressures affecting our environment. Longstanding, unsolved problems are festering: affordability of housing, stagnant wages, crumbling infrastructure, the impacts of climate change, and a generation who wants to call Sonoma County home but struggles to find a salaried job locally. This all affects our environment: carbon emissions from long commutes and increasing traffic, development pressures on open spaces, our local coastal access being used as a quick fix to state level funding problems.    While there is no shortage of problems, there is equally no shortage of solutions. Our community is filled with brilliant minds, passionate groups of millennials thinking outside the box, and advocates for our environment. The crucial piece is that we build the right alliances and push to have our values and voices represented in local government.

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Join Conservation Action for a float down the Russian River with Don McEnhill, the Russian Riverkeeper & RiverKeeper Executive Director!

 

Learn about current water and river issues, and how we can do our part to help protect this incredibly valuable resource.

 

Paddle down the beautiful Middle Reach of theRussian River. This remote 6.5 mile journey will take us through an intimate and rarely accessed part of the river; providing the opportunity to see the river’s abundant wildlife in a new light!

 

Key Details!

Date: Thursday, July 21st

Slide Scale Donation: $50-100

RSVP: Email Kerry@conservationaction.org for tickets

Arrival Time: 3:45 pm

Start Time: 4:00 pm (we will leave on time, so don’t be late) 

Meeting Location: Wohler Bridge Parking Lot, Corner of Wohler & Westside Roads, Outside Forestville

 

Click here for more information about the Russian River, and the continuing efforts of the Russian River Keepers to protect it.

P.S.

Canoes are provided for you and are sponsored by Russian River Adventures!

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Join Conservation Action for a float down the Russian River with Don McEnhill, the Russian Riverkeeper & RiverKeeper Executive Director!

Learn about current water and river issues, and how we can do our part to help protect this incredibly valuable resource.

Paddle down the beautiful Middle Reach of theRussian River. This remote 6.5 mile journey will take us through an intimate and rarely accessed part of the river; providing the opportunity to see the river’s abundant wildlife in a new light!

 

Key Details!

Date: Thursday, July 21st, 2016

RSVP: Email Kerry@conservationaction.org for tickets

Arrival Time: 3:45 pm

Start Time: 4:00 pm (we will leave on time, so don’t be late) 

Meeting Location: Wohler Bridge Parking Lot, Corner of Wohler & Westside Roads, Outside Forestville