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THE WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA celebration will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park.

Sonomans can sponsor a wreath

On Saturday, Dec. 14, members of the community are invited to gather to honor veterans during the holiday season as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day. The event begins at 8:45 a.m. at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park, and will be held rain or shine.

Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Capt. Joe Morrison briefs Division Chief John Franceschi at a fire on Buena Vista Avenue Sunday afternoon. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Sunday Springs fire

Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Capt. Joe Morrison briefs Division Chief John Franceschi at a fire on Buena Vista Avenue Sunday afternoon.

Cal Focus

The need for initiative volunteers

By Thomas D. Elias A recently vetoed California law that would have required at least some ballot initiative signatures to be gathered by volunteers, instead of paid workers, contained the following statement: “The voters amended the California Constitution to reserve for themselves the power of the initiative because financially powerful interests, including railroad companies, exercised… Continue Reading >>

Valley Forum

Veterans need more than a day – they need a career

By Thomas A. Kennedy America is home to 21.2 million veterans – men and women who were willing to risk their lives for our country. Unfortunately, many of these veterans face a daunting personal battle here at home: finding work. According to the labor department, more than 700,000 U.S. veterans are currently unemployed. This simply… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Sonoma is not an exclusive fraternity

Editor, Index-Tribune: I’m so relieved Sonoma voters struck down the ill-written Measure B. The people who want to “save” Sonoma at all costs, just cost the taxpayers an estimated $35,000 for an unnecessary election. I just wish the proponents and writers of this measure would have to pay the costs for this election. If there… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Violently ill over tainted victory?

Editor, Index-Tribune: I trust I’m not the only local citizen to fall violently ill watching the opponents of Measure B revel in their tainted victory last week. Make no mistake about it, this was one of the most deceitful and disingenuous campaigns in recent history, with big money and private interests trumping loyalty and common… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Jam on the door jamb?

Editor, Index-Tribune: Re: “Paint the whole town pink.” Perhaps the $186 check was needed to clean up the mess all that jam and paint created on the door jamb. Judy Thornton Sonoma (Editor’s note: We’d like to jam someone’s face into a bucket of strawberry jam for overlooking the door jamb typo (Letters, 11-22-13, “Paint the… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Thank Brown for killing leaf blower ban

Editor, Index-Tribune: Thanks to Ken Brown, we will not have a ban on gas leaf blowers. So say thank you by voting for Ken in the next election, and vote no on Laurie Gallian when she runs. Please do not forget to opt out of the new Sonoma Clean Energy this January and stay with… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

The words of Adrian Rogers

Editor, Index-Tribune: Adrian Rogers, an American pastor (1931-2005), wrote: “You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. “What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. “The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. “You… Continue Reading >>

ONE YOUNG ADMIRER had to get up close and personal with one of the snowmen. Index-Tribune file photo

Lighting of the Snowmen set for Dec. 8

The ninth annual Lighting of the Snowmen at Cornerstone moves to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Come out and be the first to see what the Snowmen are up to this year. Festivities include photos with Santa on the Big Blue Chair, a special holiday performance by the Sonoma Ballet Conservatory, live music with the… Continue Reading >>

Depot Park Museum launches gift shop

The Depot Park Museum has just completed the addition of its new gift shop featuring unique, one-of-a-kind items for adults, teens and children, most of which can’t be found in Sonoma’s local shops. Just in time for the holidays the museum offers Christmas ornaments as well as handmade and vintage jewelry, antique figures, European plates… Continue Reading >>

Hometown Band sets two concerts

The Sonoma Hometown Band will celebrate the holiday season by putting on two concerts under the direction of its new conductor, John Partridge. “A Big Band Holiday” will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in Burlingame Hall, at the First Congregational Church, 252 W. Spain St., and again at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec.… Continue Reading >>

Epicurean Connection hosts pop-up show

Elise Sahota, a native Sonoman who moved to India in 2006, is returning to California for the holidays to share the products created by her fair-trade endeavors abroad. On Black Friday, Nov. 29, she will host a pop-up show at The Epicurean Connection, 122 W. Napa St., with hand-made clothing and gifts for women, men… Continue Reading >>

SVMA sets Wall to Wall Art Party for Dec. 6

Looking for a new art treasure at a super reasonable price to add to your collection? Then Wall to Wall Art Party at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, is the place to be. From curious collectibles to high-quality fine art prints and paintings, Wall to Wall has… Continue Reading >>

SCC, PLL to team up for sale, Santa Paws

The Sonoma Community Center and Pets Lifeline are teaming up On Saturday, Nov. 30, to offer fun-filled holiday events at the community center. Pets Lifeline will present its annual Santa Paws event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Andrews Hall. Come down and have a special picture of your pet taken with Santa. To… Continue Reading >>

Girl Scout Troop 10141 honored

The Girl Scouts of Northern California is pleased to have bestowed the highest honor possible for a Junior Girl Scout, the Bronze Award, to Troop 10141 of Sonoma. The Girl Scout Bronze Award recognizes that a Junior Girl Scout, grades 4-5, has gained the leadership and planning skills required to follow through with an intensive… Continue Reading >>

Signs of the season are springing up all over Sonoma. City Hall, the Carnegie Library and the Plaza palm are all lighted, and Sergio Cortez, the foreman at Church’s Tree Service, was putting wreaths up on the streetlights around the Plaza Wednesday. It won’t be long until Santa makes his appearance on the Plaza to greet Valley children. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas …’

Signs of the season are springing up all over Sonoma. City Hall, the Carnegie Library and the Plaza palm are all lighted, and Sergio Cortez, the foreman at Church’s Tree Service, was putting wreaths up on the streetlights around the Plaza Wednesday. It won’t be long until Santa makes his appearance on the Plaza to greet Valley children.

Austin Ridge attacker gets 10 years in prison

The man who brutally attacked Austin Ridge in April 2012, was sentenced on Nov. 14, to 10 years in prison. Logan Dunning, 23, pleaded “no contest” in September to a charge of attempted murder. Dunning was also charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and mayhem. In a separate case, he was… Continue Reading >>

How not to cash a faux check

Success at any enterprise requires persistence, ingenuity and at least a minimal amount of intelligence. Sonoma police are now looking for a man who may be deficient in all three qualities after he tried unsuccessfully to cash a fraudulent check at Exchange Bank. The enterprise began at about 4 p.m. on Nov. 13 when the… Continue Reading >>

Fire personnel survey the damage when a large plate glass window blew in at Meritage restaurant. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

High winds blow in Meritage window

High winds blasting up and down West Napa Street blew in a large plate glass window in the front of Meritage restaurant around 7:15 p.m. Thursday night, dropping sheets of heavy glass onto the heads of two patrons having drinks.

DARIUS ANDERSON applauds the results Tuesday evening after it became apparent Measure B failed. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Sonoma voters reject hotel ban

A cheer erupted at the “No on Measure B” party at about 10:40 p.m. as long-awaited results were posted Tuesday. Measure B, the Hotel Limitation Initiative, was ultimately defeated by 124 votes, although it took until Thursday afternoon before 308 absentee and provisional votes could be counted and the final figures were posted.

OpEd

Poverty, FISH and gleaning

By Sandy Piotter Early in October, an editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle caught my eye. The editorial cited a study released by Stanford’s Center on Poverty and Inequity that recalculated poverty using the California Poverty Measure that factors in the high cost of housing and the use of safety net benefits. The result is… Continue Reading >>

 
 

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