September 19, 2020

Palace of Fruit will see better days

  • Palace of Fruit in Penngrove after the fire. Photo courtesy of Mike Weihman, Battalion Chief, B shift, Rancho Adobe Fire

  • A driver destroys Place of Fruit and his own vehicle. Photo courtesy of Mike Weihman

Early Saturday morning at 3:17 a.m., The Rancho Adobe Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle accident in the area of Ely Road and Old Redwood Highway, Penngrove. Battalion 91 arrived on the scene to find a vehicle into the building of the famous green Palace of Fruit. The vehicle was on fire inside the structure and the call was upgraded to a structure fire assignment.


Updated list as of 9-14-20 Barbershops, hair and nail salons open in RP/Cotati

After calling 20 barbershops and hair salons over the weekend, surprising some were open for business. One shop said they were open for inside customers, but she didn’t know how long before orders would be given again that Sonoma County has up-ticked with COVID-19 and could close down again in days.

CRPUSD School Board report

The school board held their September 15 meeting online again. About three dozen folks viewed the YouTube live broadcast. The two-hour meeting included a presentation about efforts to ensure “Student Social and Emotional Well Being.” Many fiscally related issues were also presented and discussed. 


Community shouldn’t expect sports anytime soon

Last Wednesday’s announcement from Your Sports Network (YSN) and the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) came as no surprise to Amy Alvarez, the first year Athletic Director at Technology High School.  Just like men’s soccer coach Fatima Worden, Alvarez was preparing for the worst. The worst came on July 20. 


Library as a verb

The year 2020 got off to a pretty good start for the Sonoma County Library. We were halfway through a fiscal year, with the biggest budget ever. We were celebrating the success of a winter author series that drew 300-400 people a night to our libraries, our sales tax revenue was growing, our staff was growing, we were making solid progress on a new Roseland Library and we were planning upgrades to every branch in the system. We were looking at steady and solid expansion, a healthy mix of legacy services and new ideas.