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Editorial: CSEC Plaza policy is misguided

The Sonoma Plaza is considered by many to be hallowed ground, consecrated in the minds of many citizens by the generations of residents and visitors who have found peace and pleasure in its leafy eight acres, never mind that no one is known to be buried there and no ecclesiastical authority has ever, to anyone’s knowledge, bestowed an official blessing.

TELEVISION FILM CREWS wait for a press conference to begin in downtown Napa Sunday afternoon. David Bolling/Index-Tribune

Napa suffers brunt of quake damage

Bill Linder was standing barefoot on hot asphalt outside his home on Patty Way, in the Napa Valley Mobile Home Park, some 12 hours after three neighboring homes were reduced to twisted sheets of aluminum and unrecognizable debris.

Project engineer Joel Grogan's job is to translate what's on the plans to points on the ground, so the crew will know exactly where to dig the creek's channel pattern. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Restoring Stuart Creek for steelhead

Sonoma Valley old timers can still recall the time when steelhead trout were so abundant in the Sonoma Creek watershed that, as one Kenwood elder said, “you could kick them out of the water.”


Editorial: Stage II water crisis

On Monday, the Sonoma City Council officially adopted the Stage II, mandatory water conservation measures dictated by the Water Resources Control Board’s July 15 emergency regulation.

The reservoir at the Sonoma Developmental Center, formally known as Lake Suttonfield, shows the effects of the severe drought dehydrating California. Both the City of Sonoma and the Valley of the Moon Water District have imposed stricter water conservation measures. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Stage II rules: Water lawns twice a week

When California’s Water Resources Control Board issued an edict July 15 declaring a Stage II drought emergency, the ripples radiated to every water agency and district in the state. The primary consequence for Sonoma: a mandatory reduction in lawn irrigation to just two days a week, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.


Editorial: Thank you, Robin

Because he was far more than simply a brilliantly funny man, because he was also a gifted actor, intelligent, compassionate, unpretentious and kind, the loss of Robin Williams has created an almost incomprehensible hole in our cultural universe.

This is a rendering of what the swimming pool complex could look like.

City still mulling $500K pool loan

The Sonoma City Council held a study session last Thursday, Aug. 7, to discuss the terms of a proposed $500,000 loan to the Sonoma Valley Health and Recreation Association (SVHRA), the nonprofit organization incorporating Sonoma Splash, a citizens group hoping to build a community pool.

Editorial: The legacy of Deets Winslow

Competitive wrestling is not one of life’s glamor sports. It requires a high pain threshold, the ability to repeatedly lose (and sometimes gain) weight at will, and to spend a great deal of time on one’s knees. And wrestling teams seldom fill stadiums.

Sonoma Developmental Center appeals state penalty

The Sonoma Developmental Center submitted a formal request on Aug. 8, for an appeal of the decertification findings brought against the Glen Ellen facility by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

This 1968 Rally Sport Camaro, restored by Doug and Nathan Sanders, was stolen in broad daylight Thursday from the Safeway parking lot on Fifth Street West.

Father-son project car stolen

A classic Chevy Camaro, rebuilt from the ground up by a father-son team, was stolen in broad daylight from the Safeway parking lot on West Fifth Street Thursday, while the father was across the street at a car repair shop where he works as a mechanic.

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Editorial: Shedding light on Fryer Creek

Examine any watershed in urban, suburban or even much of rural America, look at the topographical arrangement of streambeds, the channels carved by flowing water and the hand of gravity, and what you don’t see, hiding in plain sight, is plumbing.


Editorial: Heal, don’t punish, Sonoma Developmental Center

A close reading of the 207-page “Statement of Deficiencies” at Sonoma Developmental Center, released July 25 by the California Department of Public Health, leads to a variety of disturbing conclusions, by no means all of them about the quality of care at SDC. Those findings are of critical importance because they could lead to the loss of $2.5 million a month in Medi-Cal funding for the beleaguered facility.

This is a rendering of what the hotel would look like from West Napa Street.

Revised hotel plans submitted to city

Revised plans for a 59-room boutique hotel on West Napa Street were submitted to the Sonoma Planning Department by Kenwood Investments on Friday, and a study session to review the proposal is scheduled before the Sonoma Planning Commission on Aug. 14.

Ruling may cost Sonoma Developmental Center $2.5M a month

A litany of management and health care failures at Sonoma Developmental Center is outlined in a 207-page report released by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) July 25, that could eliminate federal funding of $2.5 million a month for 240 residents of the Eldridge facility near Glen Ellen.


Editorial: Lois Wolk’s water war

State Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, has been waging what at times seems like a one-woman campaign to point California in the direction of an ecologically sensible, economically affordable and politically possible water bond for inclusion on the November ballot.

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH took enforcement action against SDC’s intermediate care facility. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune file photo

Sonoma Developmental Center loses federal certification again

The embattled Sonoma Developmental Center – home to some 439 residents with a variety of developmental disabilities on a 1,000-acre campus outside Glen Ellen – was notified on Friday that its Intermediate Care Facility does not meet Medi-Cal compliance standards following a survey completed this month, and the facility will lose federal funding for 166 residents.


Editorial: A wine bridge to Cuba

When you stand on the shore of South Beach, on the edge of Key West, and look across the Straits of Florida, it’s not hard to imagine you can see over the intervening 110 miles of open water to the looming Castle of the Three Kings at the mouth of Havana harbor. It’s 50 miles closer than Miami, but viewed through a temporal lens it is more accurately 54 years away.


Editorial: Public pool is not a threat to water supply

The Sonoma Valley is the only area in Sonoma County without a single public swimming pool, a deficiency that has weighed on the hearts, minds and purse strings of Valley residents since the high school pool was plowed under nearly a decade ago.

AUGUST SEBASTIANI, president of The Other Guys wine and spirits company, was the winning bidder for the old Patten Street firehouse, with a $1.65 million bid. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Sebastiani wins bid on old firehouse

August Sebastiani, president of The Other Guys wine and spirits company, said Wednesday he is excitedly awaiting a signed contract for the sale of the old firehouse building at 32 Patten St., after his bid for the property was accepted by the city on June 23. The sale amount was $1.65 million.