Stories from Pete Golis

Golis: Ho-hum, a new warning about earthquakes

It qualifies as the most cataclysmic event in the history of Sonoma County. On the morning of April 18, 1906, the earth moved, and downtown Santa Rosa was reduced to a pile of bricks.

Golis: Celebrating stories of who we are

A little more than a century ago, my grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Poland. The family history lists a ship that left Germany bound for New York on Oct. 11, 1911.

Golis: How local politics was turned upside-down

In 1970, a Republican congressman named Don Clausen handily won election to a fifth term, defeating a Democratic challenger from Petaluma named Bill Kortum.

Golis: Housing crisis requires more than talk

Healdsburg is the trendiest town around, so when the mayor of Healdsburg says he is jealous of neighboring Windsor, you know something’s happening.

Golis: Still searching for the old mojo

Driving around California last year, we saw how our state has been changed. The beauty, diversity and promise of the place remain, but now people are less sure state leaders know how to put things right again.

Golis: Is there more to sports than TV contracts?

What we’re learning about big-time sports makes it increasingly difficult to hold on to the innocence that brought us to sports in the first place.

Golis: How will people pay the rent?

It is a familiar story by now. In the age of globalization, working class Americans are being clobbered, and no one seems able or willing to help them.

Golis: Celebrating hometowns, generous hearts

A year ago at Christmas, visitors were invited to imagine what an abandoned hospital could mean for local kids living in cars and under bridges.

Golis: Addicted to our devices

If you drive to the store for a loaf of bread and forget your phone, do you feel adrift?

Golis: But can they keep their promises?

For cynics, the high point of the 2014 campaign came when a machine telephoned 22,000 local homes with the news that our lives could be in danger if Chris Coursey was elected to the City Council.

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