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Op Ed: Sonoma posts FAQ on water rates

Editor’s note: The City of Sonoma recently released a report with its answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding proposed water rate hikes. Below is an edited and condensed summary of that report:

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Party of the people

Voters who won’t vote Democratic because they dislike or are disappointed in President Obama, are like those folks who cut off their nose to spite their face.

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What Capt. Kirk would say

$15 an hour is not rational, Phineas Worthington says. He reminds me of a cold Spock or Data on Star Trek: “… but that is not logical”… “I am not programmed to feel emotion…”. This appeal to pure reason is laughable, on Star Trek and in the I-T; it’s obviously such a limited frame.

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Ken Brown has earned another term

Ken Brown has served the community of Sonoma with distinction in his career as a city council member. He has been the critical third vote on many key decisions regarding living wage, affordable housing and quality of life issues for Sonoma.

Len Haldeland is Count Dracula in the Silver Moon Theatre’s production of “Dracula,” at the Sonoma Community Center. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Curtain falls on ‘Dracula’

Silver Moon Theatre’s production of “Dracula,” by Hamilton Deane and John Balderston, directed by Nellie Cravens, closes Sunday, Nov. 2, on the Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall, at the Sonoma Community Center.

‘Pelican Dreams’ premieres Saturday

The Sebastiani Theatre Foundation and the Sonoma Birding Society host a special screening of the new film “Pelican Dreams” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Sebastiani Theatre.

Farm Trails dinner, auction set for Nov. 8

Farm Trails, the nonprofit group formed to cultivate community among local farmers and with consumers, will hold its first ever Farm-to-Fork Fall Feast on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Atwood Ranch in Glen Ellen.

Vox Populi, Plan Be team up

Vox Populi, Sonoma’s own rock and roll choir, along with Plan Be band will be performing an eclectic mix of songs to pay homage to singers/songwriters as well as favorite dance music at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at the Sebastiani Theatre, 476 First St. E., Sonoma.

Workers were busy harvesting olives earlier this week at B.R. Cohn. From all indications, this will be a very good harvest. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Olive crop looks ‘amazing’

Sonoma Valley’s olive season is off to a great start, according to Daniel Cohn of B.R. Cohn Winery. Cohn called this year’s olive harvest “a significant crop” that “looks amazing.”

These young ladies put on their new Halloween costumes for the annual parade at the Tuesday night market on the Plaza. There were plenty of princesses and super heroes who were looking to score some of the goodies that the vendors were passing out. In addition to the parade, it was the last Tuesday market of the year. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Getting ready for Halloween

These young ladies put on their new Halloween costumes for the annual parade at the Tuesday night market on the Plaza. There were plenty of princesses and super heroes who were looking to score some of the goodies that the vendors were passing out. In addition to the parade, it was the last Tuesday market of the year.

Montini Preserve ceremony Saturday

There will be a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the City of Sonoma taking ownership of the Montini Preserve at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, the First Street West Trailhead.

Business start-up workshop set for Nov. 5

The Sonoma Valley Economic Vitality Partnership is teaming with the Small Business Development Center to offer a comprehensive orientation for those considering launching a business for the first time.

David Richard Welty

David Richard Welty

David R Welty, loving father of Melanie Valesi, Sarah Welty and Jason Welty passed away peacefully on October 19, 2014 with his family at his bedside.

James Lyle Sims

James Lyle Sims

James Lyle Sims passed away peacefully at his home in San Francisco on September 24, 2014 with his loving wife at his side along with Danny Benatar, a friend whom he loved as a son. Jim leaves behind his siblings: Donald, Roberta, Dee and Sarah.

Nicholas Cali

Nicholas (Nick) Cali

Nicholas (Nick) Cali, urrounded by family, Nicholas (Nick) Cali passed away peacefully at his home in Hillsboro, Oregon on October 19, 2014 at the age of 80.

Work is continuing on Stuart Creek in Glen Ellen. Back in August, an old bridge and culvert were removed. The creek bed is being restored so that steelhead can resume spawning upstream.  Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Stuart Creek shaping up

Work is continuing on Stuart Creek in Glen Ellen. Back in August, an old bridge and culvert were removed. The creek bed is being restored so that steelhead can resume spawning upstream.

New swim pool still years away

Despite voting to support a new community swimming pool in Sonoma Valley, City Council members and supporters of the project acknowledge that the project will not be finished in the near future.

Lions Club member Greg Baxter gets ready to test the eyes of a youngster at the recent Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue open house. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Line of sight

Lions Club member Greg Baxter gets ready to test the eyes of a youngster at the recent Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue open house.