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GOP shines light on safety concerns for school board members

Jessica Sternfeld, Staff Writer November 30, 2021

While there has been a general rise in crime rates in the U.S. in recent years, according to the FBI, Americans are seeing more of this uptick in smaller aspects of life. Hate crimes, unruly passengers, and threats against school boards have skyrocketed all across the country.

But as the FBI, led by Attorney General Merrick Garland, attempts to fight against the latter threat, they are met with backlash from Republicans.


Sonoma County loosens restrictions on in-law units

Jessica Sternfeld, Staff Writer November 17, 2021

Restrictions on in-law units were decreased in September by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to help ease the ongoing housing crisis. The changes include things like halving application processing time and permitting structures on multifamily properties.

An in-law unit, also called a guest house or a granny unit, is defined as “an accessory dwelling unit – an additional separate living space located on a property where only one unit would normally be” by SFGate. These units can be either connected, inside, or completely detached from housing on the property.


Lifted mask mandate sparks questions for students

Jessica Sternfeld, Staff Writer November 10, 2021

New guidelines released by Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase allow certain groups to go mask-free indoors.

A press release from October 21 states that the new orders will “allow certain stable groups of people, such as those in gyms, classes, and offices, the option of lifting the mandate on wearing masks indoors if they verify that all members of the group are fully vaccinated for COVID-19.”


Netflix stages walkout over Dave Chappelle’s new special

Jessica Sternfeld, Staff Writer October 27, 2021

Several weeks of discussion and outrage culminated in a large crowd of Netflix employees and others staging a walkout on Wednesday. The employees, going by “Team Trans'', were angered by comments made by comedian Dave Chappelle in his new special “The Closer,” which premiered on the streaming platform in early October.


Facebook blackout shows dangers of monopoly

Jessica Sternfeld, Staff Writer October 12, 2021

For people in the U.S., the internet brings many things: memes, cute animal videos, unrealistic body standards, etc. But for people in developing countries, Facebook is the heart of internet use. While Americans lost their ability to view racist rants from relatives on Monday when Facebook went down for almost six hours, many other countries basically lost their Google.


Santa Rosa Women’s Rally decries Texas abortion ban and preaches unity

Jessica Sternfeld, Staff Writer October 5, 2021

The sound of the simple chant fills the square: “Pro Roe!” Cars blast their horns in solidarity as they drive past, spurned on by the protesters lining the sidewalk. The crowd gathered there is diverse. Hundreds of people, old and young alike, all united in their cause of protest and solidarity for women’s rights. They carry signs like “A Woman’s Right to Choose Matters,” “Texas: where a virus has reproductive rights but a woman doesn’t!” and “I will not silently go back to the 1950s.” Some wear pink, others red, and a choice few wrap themselves in the color of their pride.


Local nutrition program wins ‘Premiere’ award

Jessica Sternfeld, Staff Writer September 1, 2021

The Sonoma County Woman, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program received the USDA Premiere Breastfeeding Award of Excellence on August 18. The Sonoma County branch is the only California WIC to be awarded a Premiere this year.

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