May 29, 2017
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The annual Avenue of Flags May 29 at RP Community Center SSU commencement; one for the history books Problem reaching AT&T last weekend? During Rohnert Park City Council meeting protestors unexpectedly take center stage Vehicle pursuit ends with arrest of 14-year-old Ex RP public safety officer pleads no contest to sex offenses Rancho 2017 top 20 Great turnout for RPPSOA pancake breakfast to help Project Grad Gabriella stole the show Town Hall meeting Sheriff's office releases details on SSU officer involved shooting A true celebration of ‘Cinco de Mayo’ Project Grad help in full swing Richard Crane Elementary School Suspect arrested after evading a Cotati Peace Officer Emiri Nomura awarded scholarship Shopping carts ran amok in Cotati last Saturday Ricardo Oliva receives ‘Coach of the year’ for the Northern District Sonoma State University equestrians jump with joy on their way to Kentucky Double Decker Lanes hosts the QubicaAMF Boys and Girl Club employee arrested for child endangerment Armed suspect arrested after resistance RP girl accosted while walking to school And they're off. . . Saddle Up and Ride Community quickly rallies for Project Grad Cotati opposes SB 618 Rohnert Park City Council to host Town Hall meeting on May 3 Graton Tribe makes good on payments Auto burglar arrested by Cotati Police A bit of Uganda A mission to help RP to replace old trees Engineering with Legos at the Ray Miller Community room Bunkers at Foxtail set for repairs RP man arrested for attempted murder CRPUSD OKs two contracts Credo gets used to new digs at SMV Golf Course Drive Crossing concerns may delay SMART train ‘Quiet Zones’ Man busted for DUI after crashing into tree in RP New hands bring subtle changes to Sharing of the Green fundraiser A traditional dance of Japan Shameful time in history RP rejects new self-storage facilities Survey Says: Rohnert Park Residents Love City, but not Traffic Council amends UDSP Body of missing woman found RAFD names part-time fire chief KRCB garners huge windfall from FCC auction Missing Penngrove woman's body found in Marin County Bunfest was hopping with bunny lovers Nonn expected to sue CRPUSD Credo crew marches to new home Cotati delays vote on Valparaiso The Voice enters into 25th year Cotati-reviews midyear budget Two RP Parks getting upgrades A new look for SSU gym RP man reported missing Padre Town Center changes hands Bomb scare closes RCHS Local Tech High student chosen for Scholars program RP to conduct survey Man arrested after high-speed chase through 3 cities RP makes changes to city code for ADUs Man gets 11 years in prison for RP knife attack Man who led chase into SF caught Treasurer for Rancho Cotate High Project Grad Arrested for Embezzlement A crab feast at Community Center Taking a pie in her grill RP man busted for possession of meth Cotati OKs water, sewer rate study RP votes to regulate vaping CRPUSD schools now a safe haven for immigrant students RP adds seven to public safety Cotati votes to host shopping cart race Man arrested for attempted murder Defibrillators proving to be invaluable assets Artists ready for art show at library Reilani Peleti Corrections Suspected explosive device at RCHS Seventh-graders in local schools to be taught CPR Voice issues apology to school board, superintendent RP man arrested on drug possession charges

Sonoma County to take a look at immigration issue

February 10, 2017

An executive order concerning immigration by the U.S. president prompted the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to direct county staff to identify and make recommendations related to critical issues facing Sonoma County’s immigrant community. 

Additionally, county staff will analyze recently introduced state and federal legislation and identify actions the county can take to support local immigrants, including consideration of an immigration summit.  

That analysis will include identifying services for immigrants, conducting a gap analysis, and assessing opportunities to support legal services for immigrants within our community.

“Now more than ever, our county must show its support for our immigrant community,” Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Shirlee Zane said. “Today we adopted a resolution that reaffirms our commitment to the rights of all our residents, including those that are undocumented. But that is just the first step, and while this gesture is important, we need to take concrete steps to take action to support those in our community who are under siege. We are asking staff to immediately review our current policies, programs, and support services, and those of our governmental and community partners, to make sure that Sonoma County is utilizing all available resources to support our immigrant population.”

Actions include:

• Research and analyze current and recently introduced or enacted immigration laws and executive orders to understand the legal and political landscape, identify opportunities to advocate for change at the state and federal levels, and weigh any potential risks associated with those efforts.


• Engage with local governments, local nonprofits and community members to consider a plan for an immigrant rights summit that would identify strategic areas for action, support and potential solutions.


•Identify services for immigrants, analyze the sufficiency and eligibility for those services as compared with the need, conduct a service gap analysis, and research and assess opportunities for the County to support legal services for immigrants either within the County or within community organizations.


• Identify current outreach and education efforts and consider opportunities to enhance or support those efforts.


On Jan. 10, the board adopted the county’s 2017-2018 Legislative Platform, which sets forth the issues the county intends to advocate for at a state and federal level. The platform includes the county’s intention to support efforts to enhance legal protections for undocumented immigrants, increase funding for legal services and deportation defense, and address the growing number of undocumented children crossing the border, including increasing funds for immigration-related legal services, shelter and care.