July 8, 2020

There is no such a thing as ‘Safe and Sane’ fireworks. All fireworks are dangerous.

Even safe and sane fireworks are dangerous. A safe and sane firework accidentally spun into the hedges at a Rohnert Park M section property and caught fire.  Neighbors quickly tried to extinguish it until RPDPS arrived on scene to douse the flames.  Luckily, the fire did not burn the vehicle or house.   

Photo courtesy of Diego Rodriguez.


WillowGlen residents respond

After my “Affordable housing resolutions fail” article, several WillowGlen residents reached out to me. They asked to present their side of this story. They felt the framing of this issue was more complex. Indeed, they felt the perception that residents were against affordable housing in their neighborhood was not only untrue but offensive. Although speaking for themselves, they pointed out that 105 public comments in opposition, show that their views are representative.

Students learn hands-on with Habitat Garden

University Elementary at La Fiesta in Rohnert Park is sporting a brand-new habitat garden, over a year in the making. While it is not yet totally complete, it is already attracting all kinds of critters, from reptiles, to birds, to insects, which was the garden’s primary focus in order to give students unique hands-on learning opportunities.



It’s a family affair with Lacrosse

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.



Rotary hosts ‘Best Night Ever’ online to fight Polio

Singing and dancing under the stars, under the sun, in a theater.  Not happening this month and perhaps not for a while but Northern California Rotary clubs will be doing their best to bring a piece of Broadway into living rooms to entertain audiences—and to support Rotary efforts to eliminate polio throughout the world.