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May 30, 2020
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Paying tribute to four excellent athlete graduates Stimulus Package for Cotati businesses Fireworks in Rohnert Park The failure to act, is an action Taking care of mental health while quarantining Not as they envision Kids with big heart The other side of the Friar Tucks story Gas Meter Inspectors EPA stresses the importance of recycling and proper disposal of PPE Friar Tucks takes a stand A visual art project for quarantining teens Economy first, health second The silver lining among clouds Part IV Testing capacity in California Cotati-Rohnert Park Co-op Nursery School struggling to survive Cougars prevail in all time classic ‘Fog Bowl’ Wellness Baskets for Seniors Healthy food given by NOAH Interception seals the deal Covid-19 impacts school district 49er Pet store closes its doors Emotions were running high Shelter in place order update Fresh faces on the CRPUSD board December gets festive in Cotati Johnson picks up Las Lomas fumble New COVID-19 community testing sites Newsom’s vision “cradle to career” Promotions in the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety Visit the Arts and Craft Faire in RP Rancho eliminates Benicia City of Cotati and Rancho Adobe Fire District partner for fire prevention Bad air quality cancels sports Official election winners as projected by the VOICE  RP swears in new council member Homelessness spikes in RP FEMA grants Santa Rosa $1M to ensure effective evacuation routes Not in my backyard... 36 New Graduates from El Camino High School People helping people during COVID-19 Fun family Christmas events in Cotati Cougars’ season comes to a tearful sad conclusion Home delivery changes Another death in California and investigation into E-Cigarette use Annual holiday gift and toy drive Callinan receives RP mayor gavel Another astral performance Is COVID-19 affecting your ability to pay rent? RP City Council held special virtual meetings Dr. Dominguez and Hawkins named as director and co-director for Hanna Institute University Elementary School to host Maker World at SSU Animal Shelter League of RP receives grant Cotati Council reshuffles seats 73rd Miss Sonoma County competition held at Spreckels More high density in Rohnert Park Put down your phone April is distracted driving awareness month SSU Police make arrest in sexual assault case CRPUSD district’s good news in May Nomination period opens for March 3, 2020, primary election Orangeco settles case for price gouging Rohnert Park storm drains getting a whole new look Public hearings held for school district Dr. Mayra Perez new CRPUSD superintendent PG&E to conduct helicopter patrols in Sonoma County The Community Voice endorses candidates DA’s office awarded DUI Prosecution Grant Rohnert Park kid joins TCU El Camino graduates Rohnert Park Council says we don’t need another agency Rancho students excel in Poetry Out Loud  SC public safety heroes of the year Don’t drive with an open container Traffic concerns top RP survey SSU Equestrian looks to go national Brace yourself for mosquitos Straus Family Creamery moving to RP Station Avenue project An offer has been made and accepted on Rohnert Park’s corporate yard SMART to offer free rides... SOMO Village overrun by CHP party Worn American flags laid to rest Penngrove man receives life sentence School Board initiates election process change Reducing disposable bottle waste at Hahn Elementary The Community Voice announces a sincere Thank You Part III Life behind the closed door The silver lining among clouds Part III Frightful, fun, free Halloween activities Cougars crush Ukiah Election projected winners November 6, 2018  Sonoma Clean Power offers no-cost energy upgrades Rancho advances to semifinals RP’s n­ew Director of Public Safety A stand-off with barricaded, suicidal woman ends safely in RP RP has a new director of public safety Mackenzie leaves SMART RP officers spent Sat. car chasing A shimmer of hope against the angry heavy sky SSU to host North Bay Women of Color conference Rancho’s TAG building, now a reality Mayors of So Co write angry letter Dodd’s college student food bill passes TAG building grand opening Rohnert Park caregiver arrested Sheriff’s canine apprehends convicted felon Latino Alliance promotes first festival Discussions on the care facility and apartments PG&E meteorologists forecasting a major winter storm Dark gloomy skies, rain, mud and Timberwolves could not stop CIF 3A NorCal Champions, Cougars AG Becerra reaches settlement alleging anticompetitive practices by Sutter Health Bella Creek, a new housing project How the County of Sonoma shares housing Astronaut Nicole Aunapu Mann talks to students The Community Voice flex operations schedule Schools plan for distance learning Notice to residents Public invited to give input on Downtown RP Site School board candidates voice opinions Woman stabbed on west side of RP LandPaths connects people to protected land Tech High Girl's Soccer Undefeated champions! AG Becerra issues consumer alert on price gouging in fire-affected communities Learn to docent at the SSU Fairfield Osborn Preserve RP Downtown project underway New signs point in the right direction Where are the ski lifts? Is Cotati being targeted? New alcohol fees for Rohnert Park Sonoma State president testifies for tax relief for disaster victims Fixing Cotati’s roads RP driver identified Burglary suspect found with firearms Special education funding complicated Students housing and voting Flu activity widespread CRPUSD announces next steps in new election process Separating with Reconciliation and Grace Sportsmanship, community, lifelong fitness We have prepared a helpful guide Soccer Stars program receives grant Aviso a las residentes State Farm property steams forward to Station Avenue Scrappers Steal Win RP Foundation issues grant Cotati allows second dispensary New residential building lands approved In Singapore Strait aboard a missile destroyer PG&E has a prediction model USCIS presents free training on how to apply for citizenship RP investigates new site for Corp. Yard Two arrested in RP motel for mail theft  Is Juuling the new norm? Cotati considers $15 min. wage Schools, facilities and bonds: Plans but no money No criminal charges filed against PG&E in northern Ca. wildfires  RP decides on west side Vintage race cars on Sonoma raceway track May CalFresh month celebration Keeping California history alive Cube satellite built by SSU students set to orbit the Earth  So. Co. DA Ravitch announces consumer protection settlement Helping homeowners with energy efficiency Redwood Credit Union celebrates 70 years of service The study session that was not initiated during board Part one: Life behind the closed door Tragedies can occur far too easily The silver lining among clouds Part II Rancho Cotate Band fundraiser BBQ Jessica Holman: Thirty-five years of Rancho Spirit Titans crush Mustangs Station Avenue gets final approval Cotati Council reviews trash plan Baseball League receives donation from local motorcycle club Cotati Police Chief Parish swears in new officer Garber A Sunday afternoon with retired football players Injury collision closes Golf Course Dr. Giving Kids Smiles in Rohnert Park Neighborhood watch meeting scheduled New Executive Director at SSU DUI driver crashes into 7-1 RP man sentenced to prison 23 years for robbery Adolescent birth rate continues to decline November is Native American Heritage month... Thank you for an exciting season PG&E offers hundreds of college scholarships A 1905 up in the air A dinner of joy and contentment School Board approves an emergency resolution Mandatory face coverings (mask) Buchanan celebrates during the COVID-19 New interim superintendent Krispy Kreme Doughnuts comes to Rohnert Park  Cougars blow past Gauchos  Rohnert Park honors its Veterans and Servicemen CHP reminds all of increased crimes Cougars beat Bulldogs More than 276,000 Dreamers have renewed DACA White receives Matt Walsh Memorial RP and Sunday festivities SSU fraternity banned for five years Name correction: Teen arrested for shooting at RP Grand Jury report on SoCo jail system Former Rancho student convicted A New Experience – Coffee with the Congressman Monitoring wells provide picture of underground water New laws written by Dodd take effect SMART launches an expanded service schedule CA women’s to men’s earnings Milestone for RP Animal Shelter Cotati City Council’s emergency meeting Donated lunches feed many people SMART reduces train service Sportsman’s Report: Fish and game current Covid-19 regulations Cotati Chamber of Commerce Oktoberfest Rancho crushes Analy CA Homemaker Association needs volunteers Active duty honorees at the RP Veterans Day program Santa now knows her secret CPI receives funding to offer counseling in schools Caltrans works toward decarbonizing California transportation The Rancho Cotati Rotary Club hosts Humanitarian Award dinner SSU and SCOE offer high school internship RP votes to restrict fireworks Illegal robocalls and spoofing Farmers’ Market party on the plaza RP Foundation to reinstate Small Grants Program Reported sexually transmitted diseases reach epidemic level Fire management assistance granted Levine applauds investigation into power shut offs New year, new laws, legislation authored by Assembly member Marc Berman to take effect on January 1, 2020 Some strange new laws RP has public hearing for “by-district” Loud parties and shopping carts Rancho Adobe Fire District April Showers California Governor gives updates on COVID-19 Cotati City Council held a special meeting RP’s new interim police chief Big changes to big project in Rohnert Park A possibility for Snyder Lane to have four lanes soon Rohnert Park road updates Sheriff’s Detectives arrest SR man after controlled delivery of ecstasy pills. Cotati comes out against CASA Llamadas ilegales y spoofing Music alive in Cotati Sept. is suicide prevention month Three arrested; stolen items recovered Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage month Paper Delivery Update The evacuation through her eyes So Co DA office awarded grant Heading to Hawaii School Board goals for the future Cotati goes green The Sozo Center - Giving teens a place to go Child Care information in our Community A new family dynamic, quarantining with children Part V: Life behind the closed door Penngrove Community Church celebrates 120 years Cotati approves tree lighting City of Cotati has apartment housing parking problems Operators ordered to pay for false advertising violations 2018 local stories which made history Becerra urges Ca. businesses resources to help prevent human trafficking Possible change to parking rules Enroll in Transportation Security Administration Elder abuse rising in So Co U10 Cal Ripken champions say Aloha New start at school board meeting In memory of Greg Beedon City of Cotati urges governor to sign affordable housing bill First Annual Latino Festival draws a large crowd Firefighters called to the front 100 birthdays and more to go Sonoma Raceway is hosting John’s march Volunteers needed for Superbowl Sunday tamale benefit Community service projects for youth in Rohnert Park Coach Newton pays homage to the seniors Covid-19 by the numbers A different kind of Easter egg celebration The silver lining among clouds Part I Students at University Elementary discussing the labyrinth Rohnert Park City Council Candidates NHTSA reminds motorists to drive sober this season ArtStart brings art to the RP Senior Center Cotati’s code of conduct School board follows its policy Free school supplies RPDPS receives grant to fight alcohol-related crime Winners of “Discovered: Emerging artists of Sonoma County” Cotati Oktoberfest on the horizon Carrying another on a recovery path Giving students added support A day of celebration and tribute to our veterans New year, new laws School District elections “by-trustee” Public Hearing Cougars extend streak PG&E to customers: Beware of scammers taking advantage of COVID-19 Fears PG&E extends a helping hand R P Foundation gives grants to NOAH and Petaluma Bounty Summit State Bank annual report FEMA awards Sonoma Water grant Holocaust piano now in Cotati RP moves to curb false alarms Doggone hot days are here! Warnings weren’t enough! ‘Stuff the van’ with school supplies Wake up to social crisis Cannabis cultivation and more projects Downtown RP infrastructure project Ca. Dept. of Public Health issues Public Health advisory School district seeks new superintendent Digital Bookmobile to visit RP-Cotati library Supervisors visit RP City Council Critters melt hearts during an event SMART makes schedule changes Board of Supervisors approves Eviction Defense Ordinance March for the blind highlights need for more accessible sidewalks Cougar to Bear — Simmons’ new pelt SRJC picks up local quarterback The Cougars defeat the Jaguars at homecoming New laws take effect Jan. 1 CRPUSD seeking a new superintendent Boards approve plan to offset proposed groundwater fee Technology High School construction on schedule Groundwater sustainability fee adopted in Santa Rosa Plain Rohnert Park City Council all about safety Accordion Festival San Francisco Mime Troupe to perform in Cotati Rep. Thompson speaks at SSU on climate change RP to vote on protecting open space and preventing sprawl Pedestrian jumps into path of SMART Train Coming together to have fun and help others New Cotati mayor introduced Construction leads to discussion District map confuses RP City Council We’ll get through this together La Junta de Supervisores aprueba la Ordenanza de Defensa de Desalojo Kids and firefighters compete in RP RP local, Petri Alva, 14, a nationally recognized athlete Superintendent search begins SSU named one of the best universities Verity is hiring to work with survivors RP City Council, not business as usual A young child making a big difference Cotati’s first homicide in 24 years Veterans’ housing to open in 2020 RPPS encourages public to drive sober Issues and recognition but no council meeting RCHS Mascot at Welcome Back Rally Raising awareness on the dangers of SIDS So. Co. is here to connect with you Potential maps for by-Trustee Elections Newly improved street soccer court coming to A Park Vamos a superar este crisis juntos SweetPea celebrates 31 years Seawolves serve up a victory Cotati Council moves ahead Students almost ready for kindergarten Would you make a great foster parent? Grand Jury recommends improvements for So. Co. Water City of Cotati switches to 100% renewable electricity I’m ready, bring ‘em on! Tech High School celebrates 20 years PG&E Wildfire Assistance Program accepting applications for aid Learn to become a naturalist Police and housing topics discussed at Council Coursey on the campaign trail RP voters overwhelmingly renew open space protections SAY’s winter shelter for youth open Cotati regulates ADUs with state law State postpones tax deadlines until July 15 Cardinals rout Cougars Planning Commission approves hotel SSI and SSP recipients eligible for CalFresh benefits Five vehicle crash shuts down Golf Course Dr. Happenings at Cotati City Council Trades Intro Program (TIP) leads to career RP City Council: from safety to striping Girls explore STEM possibilities at Tinker Academy Spring Lake Water Bark kickoff Sozo Student Center opens Credo ladies in Trashion show Cougars win behind roaring defensive performance Another long evening at Cotati City council Immigration appointments rescheduled Let hearts soar on Valentine’s Day RCHS Unity week brings out Bollywood dancers Coronavirus in Rohnert Park How to help victims of wildfires Polynesia celebrated at annual Pacific Islander Festival Fire storm anniversary New fire station gets final direction Undercover operation identifies prostitution at local massage parlors Red flags fly at all fire stations during “Red Flag” warnings L J principal promises open door policy DUI driver arrested after collision on RP Exp Contact information needed from about 150,000 PG&E customers A satisfied smile Cotati Council makes it short Cotati is open to new county wide voting system Family Justice Center Sonoma County receives grant awards Commitment to Service earns agents Pinnacle Award Coronavirus en Rohnert Park Plan approved for Station Ave. park Football in full swing, 3rd win Arrests and charges target Apple stores CalFresh clients get Feb. benefits early Cotati fills Planning Commission The long summer grinds Alert resident foiled attempted burglary of neighbor’s home All about the roads Third DUI driver arrested in RP in three days Santa Rosa doctor overprescribing New leadership delivers new start at school board meeting Man takes own life Bound for a peaceful resting place After sluggish start, Cougars explode RP Improvements Update week of October 21st State Fund offers extended credit to policyholders RCH’s soccer team was honored RP man arrested for the Kirk Kimberly homicide COVID-19 Closures & Updates Annie Rasmussen Celebration of Life Rohnert Park Station Ave. update School district set to begin new year Wrong way bicyclist rides into path of SMART train City, county reach agreement with Homeless Advocates Our words are not enough: Educators call for action First day of school and new friends PG&E Wildfire Assistance Program distributes first checks to victims  Credo Kaplan-Kinsey semi-finalist Focusing on finances... Fire - Community - Businesses American Heart Month Miss Sonoma County 2020 COVID-19 Closures & Updates Revisiting those who lost it all: October wildfire victims still on the road to recovery Cuts suggested for school district Rohnert Park residents awarded law degrees School Year 2019-2020 for free and reduced-price meals Cattle drive comes to SR Man dies in custody Home-based learning on the rise Home invasion robbery, suspects still at large Travis Jenkins Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist Years to launch SMART will run limited service So. Co. Democratic party endorses Measure I An epic musical story of love, isolation and justice Sports update: Covid-19 leads us to unforeseen times SMART celebrates a year of service RP Public Safety report card The “Healing Wall” comes to Sonoma County Joint Legislative Wine Committee to meet at SSU Ca. Dept. of Justice announces ammunition regulations Fatal bicycle vs. vehicle collision RPPS investigating sexual assault A slow and painful wait for a downtown RP improvement updates RP road improvements update Take one, leave one – New free library in Cotati Remembering Japanese Internment Spreckels celebrates 30 years of entertainment A note from the publisher Penngrove native set for amazing voyage Cotati votes opposition to oil leases Cotati memorializes victims DMV offices will close for half day Social Security – Care and Beware Urban growth boundary benefits RP Council looks at serious close-to-home issues Fight the flu... get immunized CANCELLATION Updated frugality store in RP Cotati’s homeless and affordable housing PG&E’s pandemic response on customer shutoffs for nonpayment SC neighborhood sues illegal pot grower Rohnert Park considers firework restrictions Reckless vehicle ends in DUI arrest Do you know the relationship between low impact development and water quality? So. Co. Behavioral Health and Health Services in the county jail Cotati City Council of Aug. 13 USCIS clarifies special immigrant juvenile classification to victims of abuse The Salvation Army expands response to Kincade Fire Coronavirus is rare- giving blood is safe Caltrans activates signs on COVID-19 preparedness CHP to check motorcycle safety in local area Water Conservation Car washes and water waste Equifax provides $600 million in consumer restitution Cotati sees its first homicide in 24 years New Column Things to know about PG&E’s Public Safety power shutoff SoCo post offices forced to close DA Ravitch warns against price gouging FEMA resolves claim with PG&E Penngrove grassfire destroys buildings Cotati Accordion Festival still a hit after 28 years RP residents provide input in police chief search Forum hosted by WLV for RP City Council candidates Cotati honors and appreciates Stray sways the crowd Showing off rope tricks Sonoma County Fair reviews safety protocols Gun violence in the U.S. and globally Beautifying Magnolia Park When the power is off, treat signals as stop signs School Board establishes By-Trustee election districts SMART is temporarily cancelling weekend train service Supply giveaways lend a hand to families Police officers inspect inside of car Lowerys help with campaign Yes on Measure W will keep fire stations open Skating during Cotati Kids Day parade Watenpaugh returns to lead CRPUSD Join CASA of So. Co.’s commitment to helping victims of child abuse Safety and power outages Stay indoors to reduce smoke inhalation Rohnert Park City Council passes Ordinance 947 USCIS launches new online tip form for reporting immigration fraud RP to host community forum for public safety director search Emergency Alert System Test Sept. 10 & 12 Spreckels and Alchemia connects community Help save lives by donating blood Vehicle crashes into house Call to action in Ca. Passenger killed fleeing crash Help with citizenship Consumer alert on price gouging CRPUSD decision looms for board election districts Update on Cotati City Hall operations It wasn’t an easy fight but Rancho wins again RP Safety Dept. climbs in remembrance of 9/11/18 New laws on purchasing and concealing handguns Suicide leading cause of death in youths Impersonating pharmacists Pesticide residue consumed by infants and children Ayuda con ciudadanía Structure fire displaces family Rohnert Park Sports Expo is a success Cotati Council emergency meeting Back to school for Rohnert Park and Cotati Another tough break for roller derby Fencing in Sonoma County PG&E to conduct inspections by helicopter in Sonoma County Correction to the July 26 issue SSU student receives prestigious CSU Trustees’ Award Voters urged to return vote by mail ballots early Seppa reaches a milestone of 100 RP waits to make update to emergency alert system Cougars slay Dragons School district leaders tackle 1.9m deficit Deputy saves overdosing man using department-issued Narcan SR theft suspect caught after lengthy chase Cotati City Council recommends several adoptions Campaign targets vaping-related illness USCIS updates fee waiver requirements Helping elementary kids focus with a sensory path Third pedestrian struck by SMART train Enjoying ribs School district seeking new superintendent Rohnert Park’s Black Blear Diner gets sued Penngrove wastewater pipeline overflows Vote by mail ballots now available for the Nov. 5, consolidated elections Sonoma County 2020 campaign headquarters opening Ca. Senate Fellows Program application period opens Millions in grants for highway safety Little ones with big Polynesian dancing spirit Sidewalk repair gets big break from City of RP Cotati protests CASA compact New safety power shutoff zip code alerts 'Team Trevor' A football team with a heart King and Queen Early voting center opens CORRECTION RP Health Center celebrates anniversary Imitating major leaguers Rohnert Park waiting for approval for canine program School district balances budget The California Highway Patrol implements a regional effort to save lives RP Council talks about fast trains and lawsuits Reckless driver resists arrests, with help from K-9 Max The USCIS application support center in Santa Rosa closed

Part two Life behind the closed door

By: Cassandra May Albaugh
April 3, 2020

Continuing this series, we’re now in our second week of sheltering in place. I am again bringing you another voice from our community. My hope continues that by sharing these voices we can reduce the sense of isolation we may be feeling and find the commonalities we are experiencing. Of course, no story will ever be the same; but I’m sure they may be similar.

My second interview was with another individual within the defined “at-risk population.” Being in their late 60s with some limited mobility. A lifelong native of Sonoma County, they grew up in an agricultural setting but currently live in Rohnert Park with their spouse and cat. Other than the limited mobility, they are in good health. They own their home. They don’t have to worry about paying their day-to-day bills. A former teacher, they’ve always been active in the community to include their church, schools, scouting, 4H clubs and the Sonoma Marin Fair. They are sincerely grateful for what they and their family have. They know how fortunate they are.

What has changed for them? In some sense, not much. In others, a little bit. For example, being creative and a crafter, they can still do that. Yet, they can no longer share their abilities as before with the adult disabled population in our community. They especially miss the ability to work with their visually impaired friend that they were teaching how to sew. They also worry that the annual fair will be impacted. Currently holding it is just in doubt; it hasn’t been cancelled. Like most of us, they miss the social contact that we took for granted pre-virus days.

One child, a single parent, is in an essential job. So, they made the decision that the grandchild would shelter-in-place with them instead of their parent. That way, the child is at less risk of being exposed when the parent is out and about during this pandemic. Spending quality time with their grandchild is a blessing. Being separated from the parent is not. These are the type of things we do to keep our kids safe. Speaking of safe, they are worried about other children who may be at more risk due to school closures. They worry about them not having enough food. They do love that the school districts are addressing that issue with their “Grab and Go” meals. But they know the schools can’t do much about kids sheltering in place with families who are potentially abusive. Schools may have been their safe spaces. 

As a former teacher, they are also in charge of guiding the grandchild with continuing their education. Using both experiential and on-line learning tools, they make the best use of their time together. Virtual tours of museums, in-depth discussion about a variety of topics, and effective use of available on-line materials. They are glad they kept their textbooks from their teaching days. They come in handy now. They also share their abilities with friends who’ve reached out to them on-line to find resources. Sometimes the friends just want to chat and not feel alone. 

They are also learning a bit more about tolerance. For example, initially they couldn’t understand why others couldn’t follow the shelter-in-place and social distancing rules. Why they took the entire family to the store to pick up supplies; or went to the park; or wanted their events to not be cancelled. Then they realized many aren’t as fortunate as they are. If they have a home, they may not have a yard to let the kids get some air and exercise. If they were living payday to payday, they had to work. If their jobs weren’t essential, to try and understand their fears and anxieties around finances. With the schools closed, they might not have close family to provide childcare like they are for their grandchild. They hope folks are being smart and practicing social distancing and safety rules when they do have to work or go out. That those trips are for needs not wants. But for the Grace of God, it may have been us too. 

As before I want to thank them for sharing their story with you and me. It’s not easy to share your story with a semi-stranger. However, if you’re interested in sharing your story with me for part three of this series, you can contact me at cassandra@thecommunityvoice.com. In the meantime, stay safe and be well.