July 6, 2020

PVH nurses bring attention to unfair contract negotiations

  • Petaluma Staff Nurse Partnership Union President, Jim Goerlich, gathering walk participants for a quick explanation of the walking directions. Photo by Tracy Si

On the morning of June 26, about 35 Petaluma Valley Hospital (PVH) nurses and their families gathered to march down East Washington Street to raise awareness of the hospital’s unfair employment practices. Their signs declared “Patients Before Profits,” “Fair Contract or PVH RNs Strike,” and “Patient Safety is Our Priority,” among others. The nurses are angered at what they deem inequitable pay and restricting benefits, attempts at limiting union representation, and unscrupulous and damaging practices such as scheduling traveling nurses before core staff.


School District – What now?

Normally the last school board meeting of the year is routine. One school year ends, the next one starts in the fall. Graduations are over. Students and staff go on summer vacation. However, this is anything but a normal year. There were more questions than answers at the Cotati Rohnert Park Unified School District virtual board meeting held on Tuesday June 23. 

November 2020 council elections -Rohnert Park

The Rohnert Park City Council held a short 9-minute special meeting on June 29. They adopted resolution 2020-064 on a vote of 3-0. Mayor Callinan and Vice Mayor Mackenzie recused themselves since they are announced candidates. 


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.



A teachable moment – Antiracism

This article in my teachable moment series, looks at the concept of being an Anti-Racist. Although the focus is on racism, the concept applies to other forms of discrimination. For example, substitute Sexism for Racism. It still works. It is based on my experience and personal journey addressing equal opportunity issues. However, the internet is full of other articles on this topic. If you’re ready to explore, the resources are there. Reading this article is only a first step.