FIRES AND TRAFFIC or SERENE AND GREEN-Our Future?

Oakmont Democratic Club
  • By Tom Amato

Sonoma County and the San Francisco Bay Area stand at a crossroads. For decades the nine-county region has been a leader in protecting greenbelts and open space. With the pressing need for affordable housing and the ever expanding tourist industry, will these longstanding land use policies stand up to development pressure?

Will Santa Rosa build up downtown near transit or sprawl into the countryside? Will expansion of wineries and other businesses along Highway 12 make traffic insane? The Oakmont Democratic Club will feature a presentation on these issues by Teri Shore of the Greenbelt Alliance. She will also discuss our options from a policy perspective and examine the fire recovery and rebuilding decisions that are transforming our County. The ODC March 21st meeting will be in the West Rec Center starting at 7:15 PM with registration at 7 PM. All are welcome!

Teri Shore is the Regional Director of the Greenbelt Alliance North Bay. She leads advocacy efforts to protect open space and encourage good growth in Sonoma, Marin, and Napa counties. In this role, Shore championed winning campaigns to triple the size of greenbelt buffers known as community separators in Sonoma County and renew Urban Growth Boundaries in Novato, Windsor, Cotati, and Sebastopol. Teri has lived in Sonoma Valley for 30 years and grew up in Marin and San Francisco.

Before joining Greenbelt Alliance, Teri directed marine conservation campaigns to protect endangered marine species, sustainable fisheries, and oceans at the state, national, and international level.

Previously, Shore directed oceans’ campaigns at Friends of the Earth (previously the Bluewater Network) focused on greening the world’s ports and shipping fleets, where she achieved stringent new passenger ferry-emissions standards and pollution laws for cruise ships and ocean-going vessels.

And Nearby on March 20th in Santa Rosa: Know Your Rights as a Patient

The California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA)- SONOMA County Chapter- will be presenting a series of Senior Issue Forums. The first forum will be

Wednesday, March 20 from 10am – noon on “Be An Informed Patient and An Empowered Elder.” Know your rights in a hospital. Whether you are hospitalized because of an emergency or it is a planned visit, knowing your rights and what to expect can make all of the difference. Learn how to advocate for yourself and others. The forum will be held at the Glaser Center of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Rosa, 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa (between 7th and 10th Sts.), 1 block south of College Ave.

* Public parking available at 7th St. Garage, adjacent to the UUCSR building.

* The Forum is free/ Light refreshments will be served

* RSVP Preferred to amatothompson@gmail.com

The California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) is California’s largest, grassroots senior advocacy organization. We work to educate, advocate and organize on issues and policies to improve the quality of life for seniors and their families, and promote healthy aging with independence and dignity. www.californialliance.org

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