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Everyone’s felt like they’ve been “left holding the bag” at some point or another. But what about left holding the sanitary napkin? City of Sonoma officials say they’re keenly aware of the lack of sanitary waste receptacles in the women’s restroom on the Plaza. But don’t worry, ladies – help is on the way! City officials say they’ve got new sanitary napkin bins on order and, until those arrive, temporary containers will be added to the stalls by the end of this week. The previous containers had to be removed due to vandalism. And we know what you’re wondering: Will the Plaza powder room have the finest sanitary napkin disposals money can buy? Well, how does stainless steel, all-welded construction with a jazzy satin finish on the exposed surfaces sound? Add to that a flip-up lid with easy finger depression and a slightly arced front cover for easy disposal – and you’re talking state of the art sanitary napkin bins. But wait, Plaza restroom aficionados, there’s more. The city has budgeted for a broader bathroom remodel for both the ladies and gents for some point in the near future, making the Plaza an even greater place – one tile at a time.


David was off on his weekend jog along the Sonoma bike path, when he was nearly run off the path by a motorized bike and motorized scooter. After scooching to the side of the path to let the vehicles by, David informed them that motorized vehicles are not allowed on the path. “He returned to confront me in a physically intimidating manner,” reports David, “informing me he was allowed on the bike path because of a California state code.”

But when David pointed toward a nearby sign that clearly said motorized vehicles were prohibited on the path, the moto-miscreant scurried off. “My running companions told me later to never say anything again because they were afraid the man on the scooter would come to beat us all up,” cautioned David.

But, writes David, what he’d like most – aside from not being beaten up by the Scooter Posse -- is if city officials could clear up once and for all: What are the rules of the bike path? – Jason Walsh

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