March 5, 2021

SMART and others offer free rides to COVID-19 vaccine appointment

  • Socially distanced passengers, including one with an electric scooter, exit the 5:56 p.m. North bound SMART train at the Cotati Station Monday evening. Photo by Robert Grant

Starting today, Marin Transit, SMART and Golden Gate Transit and Ferry will provide free transit trips to and from vaccination sites for community members with appointments. All three agencies are offering free rides by bus, train and boat in both directions to mass vaccination sites, hospitals, or anywhere else that is offering vaccinations.


Accidents on the rise

More businesses have reopened, which has increased the amount of traffic on the roads. Not back to pre-pandemic levels, but enough to qualify as a “commute.” There are more drivers on the road waiting until they reach their turn off before changing lanes to take the exit. Tuesday afternoon one such driver, allegedly, cut in front of this truck right before the Todd Road off ramp. The truck driver swerved to avoid the ensuing collision and sailed into the adjacent field. The other driver did not stop and as of this writing has not contacted authorities. The truck driver survived the incident. CHP, SCFD and Cal Trans are seen assessing the damage, gathering investigative information, ensuring the damaged truck did not pose fire or any other danger to near-by residents and discussing the best way to move the truck. 

Photo by Robert Grant

Sebastopol endorses climate action platform

The City of Sebastopol will add its voice alongside over 700 governmental and nonprofit agencies in endorsing a climate action initiative associated with the statewide climate advocacy group Climate Center.


Coach Gehrig holds outdoor practice for Rancho Cougars

Coach Gehrig Hotaling talked to players before their outdoor practice Monday evening. Practices are being held in the outfield of the Technology High baseball field because the high school field is still under construction. 

Photo by Robert Grant


Red Cross calls for healthy blood donors following severe weather

Record-breaking cold and winter storms across much of the U.S. has forced the cancellation of hundreds of American Red Cross blood drives in about 30 states and caused more than 15,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. The Red Cross is urging healthy individuals, especially those with type O blood, to give now to ensure blood products are available for patient emergencies when help can’t wait.