Stories from Pete Golis

Golis: Finding shelter from the violence and gloom

I find myself seeking small ways to reconnect with people and push away the gloom. No doubt you have your own remedies. Here are some of mine.

Golis: Trump, Brexit: Result when political elites live in a bubble

We were reminded last month that the disenchantment of voters is not unique to the U.S.

Golis: Formula for gridlock: More cars, more miles, fewer dollars

When it comes to highways and streets, years of neglect have left state and local governments in a deep hole.

Golis: 2-party system is alive and well (so long as you’re a Democrat)

While the factions within the Democratic Party prepared for yet another battle, the Republican Party in Sonoma County continued to find ways to be irrelevant

Golis: Can the new Old Courthouse Square make up for past missteps?

Before the end of the year, the new Old Courthouse Square will become the city’s newest and most ambitious public space.

Golis: Confronting the need for more workforce housing

Fifteen months have passed since the Santa Rosa council placed housing and homelessness atop its list of priorities, and 15 months have passed since Gov. Brown told Press Democrat Editorial Director Paul Gullixson: 'The problem is you don’t want housing up there.'

Golis: The long road from Reagan to Trump

Donald Trump may be many things, but a genial optimist isn’t one of them.

Golis: State government of, by and for (some of) the people

Once upon a time, state government was dedicated to the proposition that life should be better for all Californians. Now the state wants to charge admission to publicly-owned, Sonoma County beaches — an arrangement sure to punish people who don’t have a lot of money.

Golis: Remembering the Running Fence

Forty years ago this summer, the Running Fence came to Sonoma County. Thousands of people came to see it because it was like nothing that came before.

Golis: Is Santa Rosa City Hall's housing effort finally on track?

In recent months, the city has signaled its determination to respond to a housing shortage that has driven up rents by 40 percent in three years.

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