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Minimum wage just plain wrong

I oppose any city ordinance to impose an increase in the minimum wage on businesses in Sonoma, because it is just plain wrong.


A very special thank you

This is a very special thank you to the person who picked up a little bag from the Safeway pharmacy in their parking lot on Thursday, Sept. 11, and returned it to the customer service desk. I appreciate your thoughtfulness.


Celebrating Mexican independence as one community

Last Sunday, Sonoma celebrated and enjoyed a free and peaceful afternoon of fun, music, food and friendship in the Plaza. I saw children dressed up and performing folkloric dance. I marveled at the Charros de Sonoma, with their artistic horsemanship. I heard mariachi music, banda, and everyone raising voices for freedom. Most important, I saw people from all ethnicities and walks of life come together in the Plaza as one community.

Climate march set Sunday from First Congregational to Plaza

On Sunday, Sept. 21, the largest gathering in history to address the planet’s warming climate is set to take place in New York City, with a crowd potentially reaching a half million traveling to Manhattan from across the nation for what is being called the People’s Climate March (PCM).

THE SONOMA ECOLOGY CENTER will be conducting creek cleanups in four Valley locations Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon as part of California Coastal Cleanup Day.

Coastal Cleanup focuses on Valley creeks

Sonoma Ecology Center, in partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks, Whole Foods, The Fairmont, Basque Boulangerie Café, and Starbucks will facilitate a California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Debra Huse was one of a number of artists who took part in Tuesday’s Plein Air Quickdraw on the Plaza. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Painting in plein air

On Tuesday at the farmers market, the 36 plein air artists who are participating in Sonoma Plein Air 2014 set up their easels around the Plaza and had 90 minutes to complete a painting.

Twenty-six Star Volunteers were honored by the Sonoma Valley Fund on Sept. 14. David Bolling/Index-Tribune

Sonoma Valley Fund honors 26 volunteers

More than 200 guests packed the new Sonoma Valley Community Health Center on Sunday to support the top volunteers in the Valley as they were named “Star Volunteers.” The event is organized and sponsored by Sonoma Valley Fund, an affiliate of Community Foundation Sonoma County, to honor service in the Valley.

Isabella Calderon, 4, a member of Balet Folklorico Quetzalen, was costumed, made-up and ready to dance. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Viva Mexico!

Mexico’s independence from Spain was celebrated on the Plaza Sunday with a daylong agenda of dance, music, food and ceremony. Among the dancers were these celebrants from Balet Folklórico Quetzalén. The day honors “El Grito de la Independencia” (the Cry of Independence), which was uttered by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla from the small town of… Continue Reading >>

Michael John Doyle

Michael John Doyle

Michael John Doyle passed away peacefully at home at the age 71 on Grandparent’s Day (9/7/2014).

Betty Sierck

Betty Sierck

Betty Sierck, 83, passed away on September 8, 2014 in Sonoma, CA.

Coastal Cleanup Day set for Sept. 20

Sonoma Ecology Center, in partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks, Whole Foods, The Fairmont, Basque Boulangerie Café, and Starbucks, will facilitate a California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 20. Volunteers are invited to support this statewide initiative by joining the Sonoma Ecology Center in one of several creek cleanups from 9 a.m. to noon.… Continue Reading >>

Green groups present film series

Transition Sonoma Valley, and the Earth Care Committee of First Congregational Church, are collaborating for a three-month film series beginning with the showing of “Open Sesame” on Thursday, September 18, at 7:30 p.m., at Burlingame Hall. Each film begins at 7:30, followed by informal conversation to encourage community dialogue and engagement. Refreshments will be provided.… Continue Reading >>

SV Fund, La Luz to host community forum

The Sonoma Valley Fund and La Luz Center will co-host a community forum to discuss a recent report, “A Portrait of Sonoma Valley,” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Sonoma Valley Grange.

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Mexican independence celebrated Sunday

For those who love a fiesta, Sonoma Plaza is the place to be on Sunday, Sept. 14, when the Latino community of Sonoma Valley celebrates Mexican Independence Day. From 11 a.m. until late into the evening, there will be a celebration to welcome people of all ages and familiarity with Mexican culture. The event commemorates… Continue Reading >>


Pool closing date moved, no change in timeline

Editor, Index-Tribune: Thank you for your article this past Tuesday on Sonoma Splash and the community pool. It’s great to share with the community the exciting news that we are so near to closing on the Paul’s Resort property as the future site of the long-awaited community pool facility. An important update to the timeline,… Continue Reading >>


An economy based on catering wars?

Editor, Index-Tribune: It’s raining metal in the Middle East and the forecast calls for pain. The creation of the euro allowed Germany to take over Europe with a pen. Countries that do not have their own currency have no sovereignty. The Ukraine should have its own currency. The question is, which bully is going to… Continue Reading >>


Abandoned by Artisan Bakers?

Editor, Index-Tribune: Am I the only customer upset that Artisan Bakers, which made its start and its success in Sonoma, has suddenly decided to not distribute their breads here any more? First, they closed their own retail store; now they no longer supply any local stores (Safeway, Sonoma Market, Whole Foods).  They are still baking,… Continue Reading >>


A great addition to the cultural landscape

Editor, Index-Tribune: On a recent visit to Sonoma, we enjoyed a fantastic Transcendence Theatre Company performance, having attended several performances in the past few years. The evening, under a starlit sky, was even more magical than we remembered, and now that we are temporary residents of Montana, we were more appreciative than ever that we… Continue Reading >>

Restaurateur Sondra Bernstein and chef John Toulze.

A girl, a fig, a great business

The Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce has made its choice for 2014 Business of the Year, and the selection may resonate with Plaza regulars. Sondra Bernstein “has contributed so much over the past 17 years to our local economy and our community,” said chamber board president Neil Colwell, referencing a Sonoma Valley history that encompasses… Continue Reading >>