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As we grapple with the trauma from the recent wildfires, it’s important we create space for our community to come together.

This is why we are particularly grateful to be able to invite you to our Holiday Party on Monday, December 18th at 5:30pm.Come enjoy a delicious potluck provided by our Board Members, warm company among SCCA Members and love from our community.

All you have to do is show up! 

Address: 540 Pacific Ave, Santa Rosa. Across from the Odd Fellows Hall

Time: 5:30 p – 8:00 p

 

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10/25/17

OES Hazardous Waste and Debris Removal Fact Sheet

Questions have circulated about how to most quickly and effectively proceed with toxic waste clean up as rains approach.

This work is essential as Adobe Creek and Mark West watershed, among others, are at risk of toxic runoff.

The California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) has just provided the most up-to-date information (10/25/17) for homeowners and residents affected by the fires.

It lists and answers frequently asked questions as well as cleanup start dates in different counties and jurisdictions. This is an official government document.

 

 

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By Kerry Fugett, 10/16/17

The devastation that hit Sonoma County residents, students, small business owners, workers and our environment during the recent wild fires has been enormous. With well over 7,000 structures destroyed, our community has had to come together like never before.

As a leader in grassroots mobilization, Sonoma County Conservation Action stepped in on day one to help our community stay informed, work together and develop a platform for long term relief coordination.

To do this, we helped launch the SonomaCounty.Recovers.org website.

What is SonomaCounty.Recovers.org?

SonomaCounty.Recovers.org is a locally-managed bilingual website that works with local organizations, government and volunteers to help fire victims meet their individual needs without delay.

By leveraging the national Recovers.org community-powered disaster relief platform, we were able to start pulling together thousands of volunteers and donations in a matter of days, matching them to real-time needs in our community…by the minute! 

With over 50 local organizations working together on the backend of this site, we have already been able to meet over 150 individual needs in our community.

How does SonomaCounty.Recovers.org work?

With over 40 trained volunteer “matchers” on the backend, we are actively matching individual needs to resources in real-time as they are submitted on the website.

Fire victims can easily use the site to log a need for assistance, goods or services.

Community members can offer a donation or sign up to volunteer, noting their specific skill set and availability.

This easy sign-up process, multi-organizational collaboration and up-to-date recovery information makes this the most powerful site for helping meet the individual needs of our community following this crisis.

Simple, nimble and accessible, it has forever changed how communities can collaborate to support each other during and after a crisis.

How can you get involved?

If you know of an organization involved in disaster relief, invite them to use this tool! It’s free of charge and available to our local non profits to facilitate coordinate and collaboration. They just need to go to SonomaCounty.Recovers.org and apply as a representative of a local organization.

If you are interested in volunteering as a community need “matcher”, please email sonomacountyrecovers@gmail.com with “Matcher” in the subject line. Donations can also be logged on this site.  When a need is submitted that matches your donation offer, we’ll make the connection!

Together, we can not only re-build our community, but we can create a more resilient, equitable and networked community and healthy ecosystem.

 

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UPDATE: 10/15/17 – Vetoed by Governor Brown. Veto Message:

To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 649 without my signature. 

This bill establishes a uniform permitting process for small cell wireless equipment and fixes the rates local governments may charge for placement of that equipment on city or county owned property, such as streetlights and traffic signal poles. 

There is something of real value in having a process that results in extending this innovative technology rapidly and efficiently. Nevertheless, I believe that the interest which localities have in managing rights of way requires a more balanced solution than the one achieved in this bill. 

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We are excited to have our beautiful Sonoma Coastline highlighted in the recent KCET and Link TV’s “Summer of the Environment,” video series, a state-wide project intended to ignite compassion and action for helping to save and heal our planet.

https://www.kcet.org/shows/california-coastal-trail/experiencing-the-wild-sonoma-coast-along-the-kortum-trail

This short video offers a beautiful overview of the history of Bill Kortum, co-founder of Sonoma County Conservation Action, and our community’s dedication to protect the Sonoma County coastline.

A story that winds it’s way from the 1960s to today, it highlights development pressures along our coastline and reminds us how important it is to safeguard the unique ecosystems we have in our own backyard.

A story of perseverance, collaboration and grassroots advocacy, this video captures the gift we have in our coastline. Enjoy!

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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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Photo Credit: Patricia Brunelle

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)


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