In a 2020 poll released by Public Policy Institute of California, voters stated that homelessness was the top issue facing California.
Now, after facing multiple wildfires and a global pandemic there is a visible increase of unhoused individuals in our community confirming that in 2023, homelessness is still a top issue.
In fact…. just this morning the Press Democrat released an article about the Board of Supervisors holding a special meeting tomorrow to discuss the possibility of creating two managed camps at the Santa Rosa Veterans Building for unhoused individuals on the Joe Rodota trail.
Although it seems we are dealing with a moving target, I find hope in stories like Bradly Browns, a formerly homeless individual who changed his stars with the help of some incredible local programs and services.
There is a seat saved for you at our next program, A Discussion on Homelessness set for March 1st. Join us as we learn more about the complexities of this delicate issue and the opportunities we have to play a role in its solution.
I hope to see you there.
Sonoma County Alliance is thrilled to welcome the new Director of Membership & Events, Ty Mooney.
Ty is an experienced Marketing and Events professional specializing in rebranding, development, and fundraising for nonprofits. Ty is passionate about living a local lifestyle; supporting local businesses, engaging with local government, and actively volunteering at local events.
Ty holds a certificate in grant writing and events from Sonoma State University and serves as the President of the Boosters Leadership Program at Petaluma High School and as a fundraising committee member of a local political group.
Ty is a proud foster parent and a coach at Petaluma High School spending her spare time camping in her converted sprinter van, hiking local trails and reading historical fiction novels.
Sonoma Clean Power hosted our bi-monthly meeting this month to show off their Advanced Energy Center on 4th Street in Santa Rosa.
Committee members enjoyed learning about the newest clean energy technology and financing availability.
The showroom includes educational space as well as installations and details on induction cooking, heat pump water heaters, smart thermostats, remote control, solartubes, and battery storage.
SCP can also connect customers to contractors that can provide installation services.
Thank you to Store Manager, David Harvey.
During the past decade, the Sonoma County Alliance’s Reward Fund has provided funds to combat local crimes totaling over $44,000 to credible tipsters whose leads helped investigators solve open cases.
In cooperation with law enforcement agencies – including the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department and the county’s 9 municipal police departments – 45 recipients who came forward to assist investigators have been rewarded since 2012. They received rewards ranging from $250 to $5,000, helping to solve homicides, robberies, narcotics-related cases, and vandalism, while also helping law enforcement get dozens of illegal firearms off the streets.
Sonoma County Alliance leaders established the reward fund in 2005 with $15,000 in donations from the North Coast Builders Exchange, the Airport Business Center, and other Alliance members who pitched in. The fund has gradually grown to its current floating balance of $21,500, thanks to contributions which Alliance members may opt into when renewing their annual dues.
Each partnering law enforcement agency may now offer up to $2,500 per case to incentivize leads in difficult-to-solve crimes. The Sonoma County Alliance Board of Directors serve as fiscal stewards of the fund and have no influence over how investigators choose the cases eligible for a reward offer.