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Stories from Pete Golis

Americans learned last week that they may be disappointed if they expect politicians to protect consumer privacy and slow the spread of fake news.
I want to write today about how thankful we should be that hometown people are willing to sign up for public service jobs. In the aftermath of the October fires, these positions involve long hours, complicated and unfamiliar issues and trying every day to help people who are living through a nightmare.
In a long overdue move, the Santa Rosa City Council is expected to adopt a map showing seven council districts, paving way for equal representation.
For a long time, it was inconvenient to talk about the impacts of California’s anti-housing policies. Groups that opposed new home construction tried not to think about a generation of young people who couldn’t afford a place to live, or about the working poor living in cars, alleyways or apartments riddled with mold.
Generations of Californians, Democrats and Republicans, have dedicated themselves to the protection of this coastline, and now an unpopular president would give it all away.
Like many Americans, Donald Trump’s supporters are fed up with the anemic state of the two political parties and with politicians who spend their days pretending to do something. Trump supporters like it when their man dumps on political norms and the people who practice them. Still, it can’t always be easy being a Trump supporter.
It is forgotten now, but it wasn’t so many years ago that California was tens of billion of dollars past broke. Critics said the largest state in the union had become ungovernable, consumed by special interest politics and a lack of common sense when it came to managing its finances.
For years, Sonoma County residents worried about what would happen when the next major earthquake struck, only to become victims of the most destructive wildfires in state history.
This Christmas, we wish for the gifts of love, understanding and support for the people who lost their homes. We also wish we could do more for them, and we promise to try.
At a town hall meeting convened while the October fires were still burning, Mayor Chris Coursey urged Santa Rosans “to acknowledge to ourselves and to each other that we’ve been through a trauma in the last couple of days.”