News Briefs

Hospital board meeting

Sonoma Valley Hospital CEO Kelly Mather will make her first appearance at a hospital board meeting, Thursday, August 5 at 7 p.m.
Mather is expected to deliver updates on the facility upgrade and the hospital’s strategic plan, and speak to a possible joint powers agreement with the Northern California Health Care Authority.
The public meeting will be held in the Community Meeting Room, 177 First Street West.

Citizen’s advisory panel OK’s projects

Three land-use requests have received initial approval from the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission:
Redeveloping 405 Fifth Street West with a 7,340 square-foot office building and 25-stall parking lot.
Construction on Lot #16 of the Franquelin Place subdivision.
Subdividing the lot at 20144 Fifth Street East into four parcels. One would have frontage on Fifth St. E. and the others would have frontage facing the shared driveway to the north. The existing residence would be retained, while three sheds and a hot tub structure would be removed.
The SVCAC hears items for and makes recommendations regarding local planning issues to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors.

Seven names in Council election hat

The race for the three open Sonoma City Council seats is heating up as seven prospective candidates have taken out nomination forms from city hall.
Names new to the list this week are: Mike Gillaspie, Antoinette (Toni) Castrone and current Mayor Steve Barbose. They join Fred Martin, Tom Rouse, David Cook and incumbent Ken Brown, all of whom had previously requested official papers. Only Cook has been qualified for the race by completing the necessary paperwork, according to City Clerk Gay Rainsbarger.
The deadline to file official papers is August 11. The date was pushed back from August 6 after incumbent August Sebastiani announced he would not seek reelection.
There is no primary in advance of the November 2 election, from which the three top vote-getters will be seated on the council.
The other two seats on the council, now held by Laurie Gallian and Joanne Sanders, will be contested in 2012.

Host a student this year

International high school exchange students are coming to study in the Sonoma area during the 2010-11 school year. These students will integrate themselves into a Sonoma area family with the goal of experiencing American culture as an American high school student does. In turn they will provide insight into their own culture.
 This year, STS Foundation, a nonprofit student exchange organization, is looking to place two students – Paul and Andreina – with host families in Sonoma. Paul is a 17-year-old boy from Meyreuil, France. His favorite sport is football, which he has played for nine years at a club in his hometown. He also enjoys refereeing and coaching a younger team. He is eager to learn about American culture and experience an American high school. Andreina is a 17-year-old girl from Caracas, Venezuela. She loves playing tennis and has also trained as a competitive swimmer for three years. Andreina is excited to exchange customs and cultures with an American host family. They are both excellent students and will have their own spending money and health insurance.
 The host family provides a separate bed, family meals and a safe environment. If your family is interested in being a host family please call Lillian at 800.522.4678 or send an email to lillian@stsfoundation.org. For more information visit www.stsfoundation.org


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