January 26, 2021

Fence at the Top

  • Honor Jackson points to a flip chart in the office where, pre-COVID-19, he would normally meet twice a month with Sonoma County youth. Photo by Robert Grant

As a journalist, I enjoy sharing the many community programs available in Sonoma County. Fence at The Top, a registered 501(C)(3) non-profit out of Santa Rosa is one such program. It’s a “comprehensive mentoring program for at-risk youth in Sonoma County.” Under the direction of founder Honor Jackson, it’s been around since 2007. I had the pleasure to interview Jackson on January 14. You can also read about the program at their website: 



Inequity during a Pandemic

Amazon, Aldi, Walmart, FreshDirect, Kroger, Safeway, Albertson’s, The Fresh Grocer, Hy-Vee, H-E-B, Carlie C’s IGA, Dash’s Market, Wright’s Market—these are the stores within the U.S. that currently offer online ordering with an EBT card. Less than half of these are available to California residents, not all of which are accessible to those living in the Bay Area, and only three—Amazon, Aldi and Walmart offer an option for delivery. The closest Aldi is in Fresno, nearly two-hundred miles away; Amazon, which boasts three sub-stores, Amazon Fresh, Amazon Pantry, and Amazon Grocery, offers a limited selection of food products, none of them fresh unless you live in either San Francisco or Los Angeles; and Walmart charges $20 for delivery. 

Hit and run fatality Woman sentenced to prison

Defendant Nancy Jeannethe Serrano, 26 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced to three years in state prison by the Honorable Mark Urioste following her convictions in November of last year for leaving the scene of an accident, vehicular manslaughter and driving on a suspended license.