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Wednesday, January 13, 2021 10:13 PM

On the Lighthearted Side...Sometimes you just need a reason to smile, right?

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:00 PM

Why? I continue to seek the answer to this question. This article is super interesting.

It's a bit dense-packed with sociology theory, but when I got done reading it, I really felt I understood the motivations behind the high emotions we saw driving the escalation of violence at the Capitol on January 6. Definitely worth reading.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 2:00 PM

President Trump Just Now Impeachment by US House of Representatives

President Donald Trump was just impeached by the US House of Representatives. 232 to 197 vote, including 10 Republicans, making this a bipartisan vote. The Senate will vote next. 17 Republicans will need to vote along with all Democrats for the Senate to support the impeachment. The Senate is currently not scheduled to reconvene until January 19th.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 1:00 PM

Celebrating the furry members of our families. This is Arya, five years old today.

Arya is a rescue who has taught her adopted family all about loyalty and love and kindness (and oh-so-much about patience!). She has been our go-to for hugs and unconditional love during these troubling and unsettling times. Love you a ton, Arya. Happy birthday!

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 11:00 PM

FOODIES ALERT. Three Leaves Foods. Yum!!

Great food, prepped and ready to go. You do the last minute finishing steps, so it all gets served fresh and tasty at your table. The focus is on local, organic. Owned by the fabulous Rob Hogencamp, well known former head chef at Ceres. Don’t miss out!


Tuesday, January 12, 2021 10:00 PM

Topic: Climate Change & the Sebastopol Climate Action Subcommittee. Wow!

What a great day. Facilitated the Kick-Off meeting for our new Climate Action Ad Hoc Subcommittee. What an amazing and inspiring group of locals! This is definitely the brain trust we need to take aggressive action on climate change. Kenna Lee is Chair, with Luke Lindenbusch and Josho Somine as Co-Chairs. Keep an eye on this very impressive group!

Climate Action Subcommittee:Dena Allen, Sarah Elliott, Gerry Glaser, Alex Goodman, Woody Hastings, Kenna Lee, Lisa Pierce, Sunali Sikand, Josho Somine, Luke Lindenbusch (Planning Commissioner), and Diana Rich & Sarah Gurney from the City Council.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 4:00 PM

Congressman Jared Huffman on the violence at the Capitol (Town Hall video).

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 10:00 AM

LOCAL ART FOR LOCAL LOVE. Check out all the great gifts you can buy...

... through Sebastopol Center for the Arts "Valentine Pop Up" store.

Monday, January 11, 2021 2:11 PM

Who represents Sebastopol in the US and State Legislatures? How do I reach them?

In the White House
US Representative Jared Huffman
US Senator Dianne Feinstein
US Senator Kamala Harris (soon to be replaced by Alex Padilla)

In the State Capitol
Assembly Member Marc Levine
Senator Mike McGuire

(Click on the title above for contact information)

Monday, January 11, 2021 2:04 PM

Our US Rep Jared Huffman-efforts to address last week's attack on the Capitol.

Jared Huffman, the US Representative whose district includes Sebastopol, signed onto a list of demands to take corrective action in the wake of the attack on the US Capitol this past week. Click on the title above to read his full statement.

Monday, January 11, 2021 2:00 PM

Governor Gavin Newsom provides an update on the state’s response to the #COVID19 pandemic.

Monday, January 11, 2021 8:39 AM

Articles of Impeachment just introduced. Vote expected Wednesday.

Read the article - here.

Monday, January 11, 2021 8:21 AM

25th Amendment: No. Next: Impeachment.

The House just rejected 25th amendment move (Republicans objected, which immediately quashed the move.) Next step is expected to be the introduction of articles of impeachment, most likely tomorrow, and a vote on Wednesday.

Monday, January 11, 2021 8:06 AM

House: Starting 25th Amendment and Impeachment Process.

25th Amendment: Being voted on by the US House within a few minutes. Expected not to get the necessary votes. Next step: Impeachment vote this Wednesday. Turn to any news channel to watch.

Sunday, January 10, 2021 2:00 PM

Arnold Schwarzenegger: "My message to my fellow Americans and friends around the world."

Sunday, January 10, 2021 12:21 PM

Are we finally ready to face the consequences of our color that we see that the impact is on ALL people without regard to skin color??!!

No matter what you call it - white fragility, implicit bias, etc, etc - one event after another calls us to task for historical preferences that favor whites over people of color. With the horrific attack on the Capitol this past week, we see the pattern once again. Why is it that an onslaught led by whites was handled with such a relatively light touch compared to the events surrounding the BLM movement? Perhaps we can learn that failing to address these deep-seated biases and allowing these patterns to continue has dire consequences for each and every one of us, without regard to skin color. Am I hopeful? Yes. I admit to having had many moments of deep despair, but overriding it all is my absolute confidence in this country. We can do it. We just have to keep up the pressure and the focus. We can't shove it aside because it's uncomfortable and unpleasant.

Sunday, January 10, 2021 11:00 AM

WaccoBB, West County online bastion of open discussion and commentary, closes its (virtual) doors.

Thank you to Barry Chertov for his commitment to giving the community a voice for so many years.

Sunday, January 10, 2021 10:00 AM

Mike Thompson - US Congressman - Town Hall with Q&A Thu Jan 6@7pm. Covers the attack on the Capital as well as other issues.

Sunday, January 10, 2021 10:00 AM

Had to share this. I’m not a tik tok fan (don’t get me started!), but this is where it shines - the ease of sharing a warm sweet moment with others.

Sunday, January 10, 2021 9:00 AM

Our Asst Fire Chief passed away suddenly yesterday. So sad...

It is with sadness in our hearts that we share our Assistant Fire Chief Mike Reeser has passed away. Mike has been with the department over 42 years. Sebastopol has lost not only a member of the Fire Department but a valuable member of the community. Today we would have been saying happy birthday now we are saying rest in peace. Mike we will all miss you.

Saturday, January 9, 2021 10:47 PM

Stay-Home Order Extended. From Supervisor Lynda Hopkins.

No surprise. The goal for ending the Stay-Home Order is having at least 15% ICU capacity. Our region (Bay Area) is at 3%, although Sonoma County is at 27.6% (not great, but at least we have some ICU beds available). As you can see from Supervisor Hopkins info below, we've doubled our daily Covid-19 cases since December 16, and we're also now at the point where 40% of those in ICU beds are Covid positive. So...follow the rules everyone. Stay healthy and safe.
The state health order is available on the Sonoma County website here. Residents can learn more about what activities are restricted by visiting this page.

Saturday, January 9, 2021 3:00 PM

Remembering Officer Brian Sicknick, the police officer slain while defending our Capitol. So sad...

Saturday, January 9, 2021 2:00 PM

First Amendment Redux from Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Rogers. Well stated.

As a gentle reminder for people complaining that Twitter, Facebook, and other social media companies are infringing on Trump’s first amendment rights by suspending his account:
The first amendment guarantees your free speech (with some limitations) without persecution from the Government. Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are not the Government. They are private businesses.
And while there do exist some “protected classes” of individuals, fascist Presidents are not among them. If you don’t agree with how these businesses are being run, don’t use them.

Saturday, January 9, 2021 1:51 PM

Martha's Old Mexico - Yum! My first stop on the Take Out Pledge - ordering take-out once a week to support our local restaurants.

I took the pledge (you can too by filling out this form). I placed my order and then picked up at the restaurant. Had a very nice meal, and supported this sweet local business. Nice. To place your order online, go to this link. Or you can call them at 823-4458. Location: 305 North Main Street in Sebastopol.

Friday, January 8, 2021 10:03 PM

REGISTER TODAY to vote for new delegates to the California Democratic Party. If you're a registered democrat you can vote.

You need to register in order to receive a ballot. Register at A number of our Sebastopol neighbors are running, Jerry Threet, Omar Figueroa, and Carey Wheaton among them. Deadline for requesting your ballot: Jan 11. Deadline for your completed ballot to be received: Jan 27.

For information about the delegates and their roles, see Note Sebastopol is in Assembly District 10. I'm voting...make sure you do too!

Friday, January 8, 2021 8:43 AM

APPLY NOW. Six Days Left. Small Business Loan Program deadline extended to Jan 13.

Individual grants range from $5,000 to $25,000. Offered by the state of California. Apply by January 13 (original deadline was Jan 8, but it's just been extended to Jan 13!). Go to the site below for application and details.

Thursday, January 7, 2021 9:00 PM

VACCINE: Who gets it when? Good regularly updated info from our splendid Dr Mase.

Thursday, January 7, 2021 7:00 PM

NEEDING COMFORT FOOD. Snickerdoodles, anyone?

This was a hard couple of days politically & emotionally. What to do? Snickerdoodles! Super soft and buttery, loaded with cinnamon and sugar. Yes!! The perfect comfort food. (Click on the title above for the full recipe.)

Thursday, January 7, 2021 3:00 PM

VACCINATIONS? Great description of the tiers.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 10:00 PM

Democrats take Georgia. Wow!

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 2:07 PM


This is not free speech.

This is insurrection and an attack on our democracy.

Let's call it what it is - fear-mongering and challenging the very principles that built this country.

Thinking positive thoughts, but feeling such despair and sadness for our already beleaguered nation.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 8:00 AM


SUMMARY (CLICK ON TITLE ABOVE FOR FULL REPORT): Great meeting last night. I love this town. Strong opinions were expressed and we had an excellent outcome. We had to make a decision about a project proposed by a local guy who runs Benedetti Tire & Lube and wants to add a car wash. The case in favor of saying yes was compelling, as were the concerns about the potential impact on adjoining properties. The overriding concern? The need to respect the City's general plan for our downtown core. The question boiled down to finding the intersect where all interests met. My opinion: We got there! 

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 10:00 AM

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope 2021 is treating you well so far. I sure won’t miss 2020.

I’ve got all the holiday decorations collected and ready to pack.
No tears of sadness that this holiday season and year is over. In fact, I find myself quite thrilled to be saying goodbye to it!
And yes, I am hopeful about 2021. So far, a few days in, my hope continues. That’s good, right??!!
Here’s to a healthier and happier 2021!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 8:00 AM

CITY COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT (Jan 5@6pm). Zoom Link here....

Here's the City webpage where you'll find the zoom link and the meeting packet. See you there at 6pm!

Saturday, December 26, 2020 1:00 PM

12/26: ROTARY IN ACTION. Celebrating the compassion and love at the heart of this community.

Two Hundred boxes of groceries distributed. Wow! 

From Sunrise Rotary's Facebook Page: Thanks to our partners; The Rotary Club of Sebastopol, The Sebastopol Center for the Arts, and the Gold Ridge VFW for helping us create and distribute 300 Christmas Dinner Food Boxes. Each box will feed a family of four. And yes we also gave away a ton of toys.

Saturday, December 26, 2020 9:00 AM

12/26: Another comforting constant in life: Our dogs. You just can’t help but smile, right?

Friday, December 25, 2020 5:00 PM

12/25: ‘Twas the night before Christmas.” A pandemic twist on a classic tale (with a happy ending!).

(Nod of thanks to Starr Hergenrather for sharing this on her Facebook page).
Twas the night before Christmas—I think, I’m not sure...
(The days ran together; everything was a blur).
All the houses were locked down from COVID-19,
With everyone wishing for the promised vaccine.
The children were nestled and sleeping just fine.
They were all tuckered out from their classes online.
And mamma in her kerchief and I in my cap
Had just sanitized our hands and hung up our masks.
The year had been hard. We were due a vacation.

..... (Click on the title above for the full entry.)

Friday, December 25, 2020 3:00 PM

12/25: Rain on First Street. Lovely.

Friday, December 25, 2020 3:00 PM

12/25: Hello December 25, 2020! Sebastopol in the rain. Beautiful.

Friday, December 25, 2020 10:00 AM

12/25: Remembering smiles and togetherness - all the joy that comes with family and friends.

Funny how even though it's not ALL perfect (!!??) and the memories aren't ALL rosy, family and friends are still what grounds us and keeps us moving forward.

As I sit here wishing they were all with me right now, I can't help but treasure all they've given me over my 61 years of life. This year is just one of those many many years, and the sixty that came before have got to sustain me through this one...leaping forward into the next when yet more memories will be made.

Here's to all those many years of family and friends, past and yet to come!! Remember, this is just one of SO many! Happy Holidays Everyone!

Thursday, December 24, 2020 10:11 AM

12/24: HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE. It’s been a tough year, but honestly that’s when traditions like the holidays feel all the more important.

It’s different this year, but in many ways it’s also comfortingly the same: the same music on the radio, twinkling lights in people’s homes, smiles from friends and family, and, most importantly for me, the same bright hint of hope for the future. This year even more than others that feels like a truly precious gift. Let’s celebrate what we treasure most today, and also think good thoughts for what our future brings. And yes, happy holidays to all! And if your tradition includes Santa, check out the Santa tracker. It’s definitely fun.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 7:00 PM

12/16: Dog philosophy....

So I asked Arya what she thought about my 5pm to 10:30pm City Council meeting last night. She was speechless, but spoke her truth through her eyes.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 3:22 PM

12/16: SEBASTOPOL INN UPDATE. Summary from Dec 15 Presentation by the County.

The Sebastopol Inn project definitely has the joint commitment of the County and the City to make sure that it is successful in the short term AND the long term. There were many supportive comments, recognizing the benefits of the Sebastopol Inn as a definite move toward housing the unsheltered (a real solution). There were also real concerns expressed, with many of them answered in real time at the meeting, and more importantly a plan put in place that will allow additional concerns to be addressed into the future. (Click on the title above to read the full entry (including a note on the very real limitations imposed by the Brown Act).)

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 7:00 AM

12/16: Shout out to Supervisor Lynda Hopkins for her role in helping to line up $350,000 from the County to the City of Sebastopol ... part of the Sebastopol Inn transaction. Thank you, Supervisor Hopkins, for recognizing the financial impact we face from the loss of one of only two hotels in town. You rock!!

Monday, December 7, 2020 2:47 PM


Please, if you have input or suggestions, email me at (new email). The purchase agreement is within hours/days of being signed. The City Staff and City Council are moving forward to make sure we've done our best to put in place measures that will help ensure that our businesses and residents (and visitors) can feel as comfortable as possible with the County's plan. The plan, FYI, still seems to be to house vulnerable homeless seniors, with 24/7 supervision. The County will be available for a Q&A at the Sebastopol City Council meeting on December 15 (yes, open to the Public). Again, email Diana Rich at with your concerns/questions regarding the County's purchase of the Sebastopol Inn. Remember, we are not negotiating WHETHER the purchase will happen. That's a done deal. Please focus on what rules or conditions we can place on the operations in order to protect the needs and interests of Sebastopol's businesses and residents. Thanks!!

Monday, November 23, 2020 5:00 PM


The Sonoma County Registrar of Voters issued her certification last night, and I am now officially elected to the Sebastopol City Council. Hooray!! The swearing-in ceremony will be this coming Tuesday December 1st at the 6pm Sebastopol City Council meeting. Please be there to cheer me on!! Zoom Link to be added here when available.

Friday, November 20, 2020 12:43 PM

11/20: GREAT NEWS! All ballots have been counted by the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters. Attached is last night's report (Friday November 20).

Voter Turnout for City of Sebastopol: 92.77% (5223 of 5630 total registered voters)! Go Sebastopol! Certification should be next week, at which point it's official!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 5:50 PM

11/18: CARDBOARD SIGNS GO FULL CIRCLE. These campaign signs were wonderful. Their lifespan was unusual for campaign signs: made of cardboard....

...sourced from dumpsters, each piece individually cut to size, painted with end-of-paint-can white paint, screen-printed, then hosted by campaign supporters for months. They survived through the smoke-filled days of fire season, a few light rainstorms, and our late-summer dewy mornings.Today they all returned to their original dumpster home. They'll soon be recycled, and undoubtedly go on to become some other item of use to humans. Nice environmentally friendly end-of-campaign bedtime story!
Question: What about those large plywood campaign signs?
Answer: Artist Patrick Amiot is using them to make shelving!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:00 AM

11/17: Walking the dog in the rain (photo). It’s beautiful out here!

Monday, November 16, 2020 10:03 AM

11/16: Monday. Only a handful of ballots remain to be counted. The posted website report (image below) from Friday is still unchanged.

In a phone call this morning, I learned that there are only two "returned" ballots that are not included in the website report numbers. A few more will be added as they review provisional ballots this week, and as they continue to process any late-arriving mail-in ballots. But I think we're looking at close-to-final numbers here. The results can be certified any time after this Friday November 20, with Friday December 4 as the legal deadline for all counties to submit certified results to the Secretary of State.

Friday, November 13, 2020 6:00 PM


This was posted tonight at about 5pm. It represents 5166 ballots, which is a 91.76% voter turnout for Sebastopol. Wow! Is there a possibility that more ballots will trickle in? Yes...but not many. Friday of next week (November 20th) the Registrar stops accepting any more ballots. I would bet we'll get a very-close-to-final count by Monday the 24th of November. Soon we'll be able to call it final!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 8:44 PM

11/10: LATEST CITY COUNCIL RACE UPDATE. MORE VOTES. SAME RESULTS. This was posted on the official website today at about 5:30pm.

Friday at 5pm the vote total was 7215. In this report it's 525 more, at 7740. This represents 4739 ballots, or about 84% of our registered 5630 voters in the City of Sebastopol. Are there more ballots to count? I'm certain that's a YES. Why? Because Sebastopol voters VOTE!!! (And also based on a conversation I had Monday with a Registrar of Voters team member.) What to do? Be patient and let the hard-working Sonoma County Registrar of Voters go through their process. They've got thousands of ballots to tally, and we all know very well that every vote counts!

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 5:28 PM


(Those in the know advise to expect official results after Thanksgiving.) Why Nov 3-Dec 4? Because Sonoma County requires that the Registrar of Voters keep counting mail-in ballots received through Friday November 20 (so long as they've been postmarked by Nov 3). That means that the very earliest date for a final official count would be Monday November 23. The latest date for official results is set by the Elections Code, which requires that the count end by December 3, and that certified results be submitted to the Secretary of State by December 4. (Click on the title above to read the remainder of this entry.)

Monday, November 9, 2020 8:58 AM


I just talked to the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters, and was told that so far they've counted 5153 ballots for the City of Sebastopol, and are still counting. With 5630 registered voters, that means we'll have more than a 90% turnout (at 91.5% already with 5153 ballots). I love this town!! An official report will likely be posted on the Registrar of Voters website late this afternoon or tomorrow.

Sonoma County Election Results - CLICK HERE

Sunday, November 8, 2020 9:01 AM


And it could not have happened without all your support!!! Thank you so much for your confidence in my ability to do what's right for this wonderful town!! Number of outstanding votes remaining to be counted: My prediction is somewhere between 250 and 425. As of Thursday, the Registrar had confirmed receipt of 202 ballots that aren't reflected in the numbers reported below (based on data downloaded from the Registrar website, plus a phone call I had with that office on November 5). Even if no more ballots were received, that's already an amazing 80.63% voter turnout for Sebastopol!!! But we know that number will go up because of additional mail-in ballots processed over the next few days. If we end up with 85% final voter turnout that would mean we have 425 ballots outstanding (including the 202). Bottom line: It all looks good!!! GO SEBASTOPOL!!!

Saturday, November 7, 2020 12:00 PM

11/7: CONGRATULATIONS AMERICA! Biden has won. We have a chance to heal and recover.

Saturday, November 7, 2020 11:00 AM

11/7: SONOMA WEST TIMES & NEWS: Latest Count adds 25K Ballots.

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT (Nov 6, 2020, by Will Schmitt)

Sonoma County election staffers had counted about 25,000 more ballots by Friday with nearly 226,000 of the ballots cast counted so far and more than 40,000 additional ballots received but still unprocessed.

The new data, posted to the county’s elections website and provided by Registrar of Voters Deva Proto, point to an estimated turnout of more than 88%, not including about 3,500 provisional ballots. Another update is expected Monday, after more ballots arrive by mail over the weekend, Proto said in an email. (Click on the title above to read the remainder of this news entry.)

Saturday, November 7, 2020 10:00 AM

11/7: CITY COUNCIL COUNT UPDATED. Still not final. Still looking great!

Saturday, November 7, 2020 9:00 AM

11/7: SENATE RACE. Latest projections from CNN. States still not "called" listed here.

 Maine: Rep Collins 50.5%, Dem Gideon 42.8%
88% reporting
 North Carolina: Rep Tillis 48.7%, Dem Cunningham 46.9%
94% reporting
 Georgia: Rep Purdue 49.8%, Dem Ossoff 47.8%
98% reporting
 Georgia Special Election: Dem Warnock 32.9%, Rep Loeffler 26%,
Rep Collins 20%, Dem Lieberman 2.8%
97% reporting
 Alaska: Rep Sullivan 62.9%, Dem Gross 31.8%
47% reporting

Saturday, November 7, 2020 8:00 AM

11/7: PRESIDENTIAL RACE UPDATE. These are the latest projections from CNN.

Arizona 50% Biden, 48.6% Trump
11 electoral votes (93% reported)
Nevada 49.7% Biden, 48.1% Trump
6 electoral votes (92% reported)
Pennsylvania 49.5% Biden, 49.3% Trump
20 electoral votes (96% reported)
Georgia 49.4% Biden, 49.4% Trump
16 electoral votes (99% reported)
North Carolina 50% Trump, 48.6% Biden
15 electoral votes (95% reported)

Friday, November 6, 2020 12:00 PM

11/6: FUN FACT - TAKE A TOUR! The Registrar of Voters is open to the public. Anyone can go take a look at the process.

No pre-arrangement needed. Just show up and say you'd like to see how the count is going. Democracy in action (take a young person with you!). The address is 435 Fiscal Drive in Santa Rosa, open 8am to 5pm Mon-Fri. 565-6800.

Friday, November 6, 2020 11:00 AM


An updated report from the Registrar of Voters is expected this weekend. It definitely looks like I'm in. I've got 30.53% of the vote, which puts me in the lead. From what I can tell (it's a bit of a mystery), the results reflect votes from about 80% of registered voters in the City of Sebastopol (you can ignore the "100%" number in the image's complicated...but take my word on this). (Click on the title above to read the full entry.)

Thursday, November 5, 2020 9:29 AM

11/5: SEBASTOPOL VOTER COUNT UPDATE. Interesting information shared by awesome journalistic reporter Laura Hagar: She is now being told that...

...the numbers reported for the City Council race include 4557 of the 5659 registered voters in the City of Sebastopol. That leaves a maximum of 1102 voters yet to be included, and that's assuming that we have 100% voter turnout. That would be nice, but not likely. The voter turnout in 2016 was 89.1%. Hmmm.... feels like a math question. Maybe I can tackle this after a good night's sleep (I admit I got very little sleep last night - too much presidential election angst!).
Please check out Townsy, Laura Hagar's new news+ app.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 4:00 PM

11/4: SONOMA WEST TIMES & NEWS ARTICLE: City Council Results...

Challenger Diana Rich tops Sebastopol council race

By Rollie Atkinson, Sonoma West staff (Nov 4, 2020): In the Sebastopol City Council election, one incumbent has lost his seat to a newcomer with well-known community credentials while a second incumbent holds a narrow lead to return to office as the final votes are still being counted on the day following the Nov. 3 election.

With 100% of precincts reporting at noon on Nov. 4, Diana Rich leads with 2,095 (30.53%) votes, followed by Neysa Hinton with 1,753 (25.54%), Evaristo “Evert” Fernandez with 1,734 (25.27%),

incumbent Michael Carnacchi with 687 (10.01%) and Vaughn Richard Higginbotham with 594 (8.66%).

(Click on the title above to read the full entry.)

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 3:39 PM

11/4: WONDERING HOW NEWS ORGANIZATIONS PREDICT ELECTIONS? This is an interesting overview article.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 2:14 PM

11/4: SEBASTOPOL VOTER COUNT UPDATE. Interesting information shared by awesome journalistic reporter Laura Hagar:

Laura is now being told that the numbers reported for the City Council race include 4557 of the 5659 registered voters in the City of Sebastopol. That leaves a maximum of 1102 voters yet to be included, and that's assuming that we have 100% voter turnout. That would be nice, but not likely. The voter turnout in 2016 was 89.1%. Hmmm.... feels like a math question. I better have another cup of coffee...
Please check out Townsy, Laura Hagar's new news+ app.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 1:25 PM

11/4: ARE ALL THE VOTES IN FOR SEBASTOPOL CITY COUNCIL? No, not quite. The Registrar of Voters still needs to process...

...the bulk of the mail-in ballots received after 5pm this past Thursday. The Registrar of Voters hopes to update numbers this weekend and get through the mail-in backlog by the end of next week. And yes, I know that the Registrar of Voters website now says “Precincts Reporting 100%.” But just add "(partial results)" and you'll have a more accurate labeling.

Can't complain about our Registrar of Voters, though. What a team. Working hard and always in a good mood. How do they do it??!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 11:45 AM

11/4: PRESIDENTIAL RACE. From CNN. We're at 237 for Biden, 213 for Trump (electoral votes). Needed to win: 270.

These are predictions, nor official numbers. The pros doing the predictions are good, but not perfect (let's recall the failed predictions in 2000 by all "experts" that Al Gore would take Florida...) Regardless, the predictions have generally been reliable. Here's the info on the remaining to be "called," and their current status, including their electoral votes, from the CNN website.
6 votes: Nevada (49.3% for Biden; 86% reported)
11 votes: Arizona (51% for Biden; 86% reported)
16 votes: Michigan (49.5% for Biden; 94% reported)
15 votes: North Carolina (50.1% for Trump; 95% reported)
16 votes: Georgia (50.3% for Trump, 93% reported)
20 votes: Pennsylvania (53.3% for Trump; 80% reported)

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 10:00 AM

11/4: CALIFORNIA PROPOSITIONS STILL UNCERTAIN! These numbers are not final. Millions of votes remain to be counted.

(99% of the precincts have “partially” reported). And many are too close to 50/50 to call. From the Secretary of State website.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 11:00 PM

11/3: PROPOSITIONS ARE UNCLEAR. About 65% of the votes are in...

Many of the propositions are close enough to 50/50 that it just can't be called with 35% of the votes still to be reported. The only exceptions might be (1) prop 17, giving parolees the right to vote, currently with a 60% yes vote; (2) prop 20, increasing penalties for crimes, with a 63% no vote, (3) prop 21, giving cities the right to expand rent control, with a 59% no vote, and (4) prop 23, increasing regulations for dialysis clinics, with a 64% no vote.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 11:00 PM

11/3: MEASURES SEEM TO BE PASSING. We had four measures that we voted on here in Sebastopol...

...Measure N ($76 parcel tax for Sebastopol Union School District, needs 2/3 vote), Measure O (new 1/4 cent tax for mental health services, needs a 2/3 vote), Measure P (oversight of Sheriff's office, plus funding, needs majority vote), and Measure DD (continuation of 1/4 cent tax - road repairs, needs 2/3 vote). All are passing at the moment with 61-64% of the votes in. Measure N is at 75% yes, Measure O is at 69% yes, Measure P is at 67% yes, and Measure DD is at 72% yes.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 11:00 PM

11/3: PRESIDENTIAL RACE AND OTHER NATIONAL CONTESTS ARE UNCLEAR. As election night ends, Biden has 220 electoral votes, and Trump has 213...

PRESIDENTIAL RACE. From CNN. 253 for Biden, 213 for Trump (electoral votes). Needed to win: 270. These are predictions, not official numbers. The pros doing the predictions are good, but not perfect (let's recall the failed predictions in 2000 by all "experts" that Al Gore would take Florida.)
Regardless, the predictions have generally been reliable.
Regardless, the predictions have generally been reliable. Here's the remaining states to be "called," including their electoral votes, from the CNN website.
6 votes: Nevada (49.3% for Biden; 86% reported)
11 votes: Arizona (51% for Biden; 84% reported)
15 votes: North Carolina (50.1% for Trump; 95% reported)
16 votes: Georgia (50% for Trump, 94% reported)
20 votes: Pennsylvania (51.5% for Trump; 86% reported)

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 10:00 PM

11/3: ELECTION NIGHT, 10pm. WOW. What an evening...

...Thank you to the many who have sent me congratulatory messages. It's very kind and very much appreciated. But the reality is that the Sebastopol race is still anyone's guess. Yes, I currently am in the lead, with 2095 votes, but that's with only 60% of the votes reported, and two other (very worthy) candidates close behind at 1753 (Neysa) and 1734 (Evert). The remaining unreported 40% of the votes could make a huge difference in those numbers. So it looks like we still have three serious contenders for the two City Council seats: me, Evert Fernandez, Neysa Hinton, and me. (I admit that reporting only 60% of the votes confuses me, since my understanding is that 68% of the votes had been processed as of this morning. Hmm....) Bottom line: there is no clarity at this point re the local race. But am I still feeling optimistic? That's a big YES!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 9:00 PM

11/3: Press Democrat: Diana in the lead!

A five-way race for two open seats on the Sebastopol City Council remained tight Wednesday morning, with three candidates pulling ahead, led by challenger Diana Rich, the former executive director of the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, who had slightly more than 30% of the vote.

Councilwoman Neysa Hinton and Evaristo “Evert” Fernandez, chair of the city Planning Commission, were in a tight contest for second place and a seat on the council.

Each had just over 25% of the vote and were separated by only 19 votes Wednesday morning.

(Click on title above to read full article.)

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 3:42 PM

11/3: THANKS! In advance of tonight's voting results, I'd like to take the opportunity to extend a heartfelt thank you to all....

...who have supported me through this campaign.

I've had so much amazing help from start to finish- layout and content for the website and mailed pieces, making, installing, and hosting yard signs, addressing envelopes, sign waving downtown (and accompanying music!), donations, endorsements, encouragement, mentoring, and just plain simple conversations that helped me understand ever more deeply the wonderful people of Sebastopol.

No matter the outcome, this has been an experience I will treasure my entire life.

Thank you everyone. You rock!!


Tuesday, November 3, 2020 9:54 AM

11/3: 75%: SEBASTOPOL VOTER TURN-OUT! (Report attached.) Impressive. If you haven’t voted yet, do it now.

The Sebastopol Community Cultural Center is open until 8pm tonight. 390 Morris Street. Best to take your mail-in ballot with you (but not essential). VOTE VOTE VOTE!!

Monday, November 2, 2020 9:43 PM

11/2: WATCH PARTY ANYONE? Please join us to share all the emotions of this very important election night! Contact Diana for the zoom link.

Monday, November 2, 2020 11:00 AM

11/2: 2020 SONOMA COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS. Best place? I'll be tracking KQED's numbers.

(Note this page won't be actively populated with data until after 8pm on Tue Nov 3.)

Monday, November 2, 2020 9:00 AM

11/2: MUSIC. Looking for a respite to the pressures of waiting for Election Day results? How about the pure soprano voice of a young Joni Mitchell?

Her first ever recording. Not perfect. But so much raw talent. She was only 19 years old. Let’s hear it for talented youth!

Sunday, November 1, 2020 11:00 AM

11/1: VOTE IN PERSON IF YOU CAN!! Check out the excellent article in Townsy (thank you Laura Hagar for keeping us informed!)

Saturday, October 31, 2020 2:00 PM

10/31: IN-PERSON VOTING open at Sebastopol Community Cultural Center now through Nov 3.

Saturday, October 31, 2020 12:35 PM


Thank you to the North Bay Association of Realtors for sharing this report.

Saturday, October 31, 2020 12:00 PM

10/31: YES ON MEASURE P! Watch this video from Supervisor Lynda Hopkins...

Saturday, October 31, 2020 11:00 AM

10/31: WHERE CAN I DO IN-PERSON VOTING? If you want to make sure your vote is counted on election night, take your mail-in ballot to.... in-person voting location and turn it in to get an in-person ballot. Where in Sebastopol? Today through Election Day: Sebastopol Community Center (390 Morris) 9am-5pm on Sat (today), Sun, Mon, then 7am-8pm on Tue 11/3. Or Mon and Tue at the Registrar of Voters: (435 Fiscal Dr in SR) 9am-5pm Mon and 7am-8pm Tue 11/3. THE BEST CHOICE AT THIS POINT: Vote in person to make sure your vote is included in the election night numbers! VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!! (Click on the title above for the full entry.)

Saturday, October 31, 2020 10:00 AM

10/31: 68% of SEBASTOPOL BALLOTS RETURNED! Wow. A full 3804 of our total 5618 registered voters in the City of Sebastopol have returned their ballots.

Message to the remaining 1814 registered voters: Vote in person so your votes will be included in election night numbers. Let’s see how close Sebastopol can get to 100% voter turnout!!

Friday, October 30, 2020 9:00 AM

10/30: HALLOWEEN COSTUME. NICE PHOTO! I give you my dog Arya. Providing much-needed comic relief.


Thursday, October 29, 2020 4:20 PM

10/29: GET OUT THE VOTE FLAG WAVING TOMORROW! Thanks to Scoutmaster Dennis Thomas of Troop 27 we will have plenty of American flags to wave tomorrow.

Be there! Noon-1pm and 5-6pm. Downtown Sebastopol. All candidates invited to share in the celebration of our democratic right to free speech and, most importantly, to VOTE!!!

Thursday, October 29, 2020 9:52 AM


Wednesday, October 28, 2020 4:28 PM

10/28: HOW LONG WILL THE SECURE DROP BOX AT SEBASTOPOL CENTER FOR THE ARTS REMAIN OPEN? The dropboxes will remain open until 8pm on Tue Nov 3....

The final pick up from all drop boxes, including ours at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts at 282 South High Street will be after 8pm on November 3. I confirmed this with the Registrar of Voters (565-6800) just a minute ago.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 3:00 PM

10/28: WHERE CAN I DO IN-PERSON VOTING? If you aren't able to hand-deliver your mail-in ballot to the Registrar of Voters by this Thursday at 5pm.....

...(435 Fiscal Drive in SR), and you want to make sure your vote is counted on election night, take your mail-in ballot to an in-person voting location and turn it in to get an in-person ballot. MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!! (Click on title above for full entry.)

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 2:00 PM


... (1) Hand-deliver your ballot to the Registrar of Voters (435 Fiscal Dr in SR) by tomorrow (Thu Oct 29) at 5pm, OR (2) do in-person voting which begins this Saturday Oct 31. WHY? Because this Friday is the last time before election night that the Registrar of Voters will be processing mail-in ballots. Beginning Saturday through election night the Registrar will be focusing on processing in-person ballots, and then will return to remaining mail-in ballots after election night.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 1:00 PM

10/28: VOTER TURN-OUT 57% IN SEBASTOPOL!! Wow. This is amazing, folks. This means 3238 of ...

... 5640 ballots have been returned and processed - they have all been confirmed as valid and WILL BE COUNTED ON ELECTION NIGHT. It also means 2402 have not been received. Want them counted on election night? The time is running out! Drive your ballot to the Registrar of Voters (435 Fiscal Drive in SR) today or tomorrow. Or just switch to in-person voting, available beginning on Saturday October 31. At this point, dropping off your ballot in a secure drop box or placing it in the regular USPS mail will mean it won't be processed or counted until AFTER election night. We want ALL Sebastopol ballots to be tabulated and counted on Election Night!! Get the word out NOW!

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 10:01 PM

10/27: FRIDAY IS SIGN & (AMERICAN) FLAG WAVING DAY! This Friday will mark four days until the election. Please join us downtown if you can.

This time will be even more fun, because WE'LL ALL HAVE AMERICAN FLAGS TO WAVE!! Let's get REALLY patriotic here! This country is about ALL our voices. Let's make sure our message about the future of America and the power of voting is heard loud and clear. Sebastopol has a 54% voter turn-out (as of yesterday). Let's make it 100%!!

Monday, October 26, 2020 4:13 PM

10/26: EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CLASS WED 10/28 -(Posting includes video.) Learn about Map Your Neighborhood. Terrific program.

Reach out to Skip Jirrels (Sebastopol Public Safety Outreach Coordinator) for information and to register.

Monday, October 26, 2020 3:08 PM

10/26: PROPOSITION CONFUSION? Check out my recommendations. I did a deep dive and ....

... attempted (with relative success) to arrive at some clarity about the 2020 propositions.

Sunday, October 25, 2020 4:49 PM

10/25: FRIDAY IN DOWNTOWN SEBASTOPOL. Talk about democracy. Quite a mix of voices and opinions (and even some music)




Saturday, October 24, 2020 4:43 PM

10/24: TINY HOME VILLAGE. Creative housing solutions, anyone?

Friday, October 23, 2020 4:41 PM

10/23: HIGH SCHOOL CONSOLIDATION? Two upcoming meetings: Oct 28 and Nov 4.

Friday, October 23, 2020 2:17 PM

10/23: VOTING PROCESS & SECURITY. Are you wanting information about the 2020 voting process and security? Check out the resources...

Click on the title above for all the information you need!

Friday, October 23, 2020 2:14 PM

10/23: HOW MANY BALLOTS HAVE BEEN PROCESSED? As of yesterday (October 22), 38% of Sebastopol City voter ballots had been processed. That's about....

...2100 out of the total 5566 registered voters in the City of Sebastopol. It turns out that compared to prior years, that's a big number with 12 days left to the election. But, looked at another way, there are about 3500 Sebastopol City voters who still need to turn in their ballots! Please get the word out...people need to vote NOW.

Diana Rich, Sebastopol City Council
321 S. Main St. #60, Sebastopol CA 95472
707 861-0032
FPPC #1430199
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