Glass Full/Glass Empty in Sonoma

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“True hope is swift, and flies with swallow’s wings,” William Shakespeare observed in “Richard III.” And reader Steve Eckert is finding no small amount of hope around the Valley these days. Eckert says he’s been keeping an eye on the “nooks and crannies around Sonoma.”

“When the swallows return from their yearly winter visit to Mexico and points south, it’s always a sure sign of spring,” says Eckert. He points out that swallows spend most of their time in the air eating insects. “They fly very fast and very erratically chasing bugs so they are hard to get a good look at.”

But Eckert’s camera has been up to the task – he snapped this photo near Hudeman’s Slough south of town. Thanks for sharing the picture Steve. And a little hope, as well.


And you thought the government was slow in responding to your inquiries, Sonoma. Beau Gosney wrote in with a tale of bureaucratic delay for the ages. After a string of torrential rain storms drenched the Valley, Gosney reached out to the California Department of Transportation in Sacramento to complain about a “low point” in front of his building at the corner of Highway 12 and Fetters Avenue that each year is “dammed” by the highway, leaving no path for runoff. Caltrans had recently removed a storm drain that previously mitigated the flooding. In frustration, Gosney was considering re-paving the “low point” himself to prevent his building from water damage. “I’m certain you will agree that one individual should not be responsible for such an undertaking when it involves run off from the entire community,” Gosney wrote to Caltrans.

That was 1987. And he got no response.

Fast forward to Feb. 26 of this year when Gosney sent Caltrans another letter – replete with a copy of his 1987 letter – along with photos from the “flooded entire corner” of Highway 12 and Fetters in front of his building, which currently houses Lost Art Glass Works. “Water was all the way to front step and the neighbor’s bottom floor was completely flooded,” wrote Gosney.

On March 1, he got a notice from Caltrans: Return to Sender – Address unknown.

“This has been my only response (from Caltrans) since 1987,” writes Gosney. Sigh. – Jason Walsh

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