July 16, 2020

Sonoma County reverses routes

The following businesses must close their doors again

• Dine-in restaurants

• Wineries and tasting rooms

• Movie theatres

• Family entertainment centers (e.g. bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)

• Zoos and museums

• Cardrooms

Additionally, bars, brewpubs, breweries and pubs must close all operations both indoor and outdoor statewide, unless they are offering sit-down, outdoor dine-in meals. Alcohol can only be...


Alternative care site at SSU dismantled

By July 15 the individuals housed at the alternate care site (ACS) on the Sonoma State University campus will be moved out, ending the contract that the university had with the County of Sonoma to house people who are COVID-19 positive but do not need hospitalization, those who have tests pending, as well as people who are experiencing homelessness and are unable to shelter in place. Originally the contract was slated to expire on June 7, but an extension was mutually agreed upon. 

Dr. Perez takes charge as CRPUSD Superintendent

On July 8, Dr. Mayra Perez granted me the privilege of having an extensive and wide-ranging conversation with her. Those two hours were both informative and pleasant. She officially started her role as the new Superintendent for the Cotati Rohnert Park Unified School District on July 1, although she’s been engaged and preparing to take the reigns since May of this year. There isn’t any way to capture everything we discussed in a single article, but hopefully the highlights can provide you a sense of our new Superintendent.


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 – white privilege

This article in my teachable moment series, looks at the concept of white privilege. But before we talk about a specific type of privilege, we must understand what the noun privilege means. That’s the starting point. Otherwise we focus on an adjective such as “white,” “male” or “cisgender” and stop reading.