To advocate is an activity that aims to influence decisions in political, social, economic, or other settings. The advocacy may take the form of recommending, pleading, or supporting some issue or concept in order to influence public opinion and change policies or processes. In a democracy, advocates play an important role in social and political systems.
June is here. In Sonoma County, the LGBTQ+ community usually comes together to celebrate in a series of events during this traditional PRIDE month. During June, you would expect to see articles like this. Social media would be filled with announcements about upcoming PRIDE events throughout the county. The annual PRIDE parade, in and around Santa Rosa’s Old Courthouse Square would be the most visible gathering of the community. Sponsors and vendors from all walks of life would join in the celebrations.
In April Sonoma State University entered into a contract with the County of Sonoma to use parts of the university’s campus as an alternate care site (ACS) to house people who are COVID positive but do not need hospitalization, in order to free up space at local hospitals. It will also house those who have tests pending, as well as people who are experiencing homelessness and are unable to shelter in place. While the action is meant to support public health and reduce the spread of COVID-19, many community members were left wondering what these actions would mean to the community, both now and in the future. The Community Voice aimed to have some of their questions answered and dispel myths that are circulating around our local neighborhoods.
Rancho Cotate Girls Lacrosse Coach Maddy Smith fell in love with coaching her sophomore year at Rancho while being coached by her father. Now six years later, Smith gets to coach her younger sister, Mackenzie, with her father on the sidelines as her assistant. The Smiths are a lacrosse loving family who get to share their love and knowledge with other talented athletes.
The Cotati Rohnert Park Unified School District held their board meeting once more on-line, May 19. The two-hour meeting was a mixture of thanks for the past year and worries about next year and beyond. The earlier portion of the meeting was dedicated to recognizing folks to include 2020 Community Volunteers, District Retirees, and the Student Board Members. Board President Leffler Brown also reported out that in closed session, Melissa Quinn has been hired as the new principal at Lawrence Jones Middle School.