Stories from Paul Gullixson

It should be evident by now, a year into this presidential administration, that there is really only one thing that stands in the way of Donald Trump.
That leads to my question. If victims of the fire paid for $100,000 of coverage, for example, for the contents of their house, why not pay them all of it? Why put them through the pain of having to prove they have it coming?
Add me to the growing list of people who have given a thumbs down to the decision to have Schiller placed on administrative leave for decisions made in those initial days of the October fires, decisions that were well-intentioned but landed her in hot water.
Let’s end the armchair quarterbacking about how Fountaingrove and Coffey Park homeowners should be “allowed” to rebuild their homes and, in some cases, whether they should be allowed to rebuild at all. It’s pointless, and it’s divisive.
These are the kinds of stories that will fill our pages for years to come, stories of selflessness, generosity and just simple acts of kindness.
We know we will get through this. We know Santa Rosa and Sonoma County will rebuild. What we don’t know is what we would be or who we would be without you.
At 11:19 p.m. photographer Ken Porter was on the phone to Managing Editor Ted Appel. 'He said, 'Ted, this is going to be bigger than the Valley fire,' said Appel.
By day three in the Santa Rosa firestorm, the chaos, the frustration and the shortage of so many things, particularly information, was starting to take its toll.
For us, it happened at 2:30 a.m. Moments later we were pounding on neighbors’ doors ourselves, loading the minivan with photos, computers and keepsakes and arguing over silly things like what shoes and food to bring. We brought bananas, raisin bread and premade salads. It made no sense. And then we were slipping into one of the many streams of red tail lights that ran throughout Sonoma County, ribbons of cars and trucks inching along, many filled with evacuees unsure where they were going.
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors 'never obtained truthful, accurate, complete and reliable information to fulfill its fiduciary duty to determine the true nature and extent of the financial risks associated with increases in pension benefits,' the suit says. And it’s right.