Stories from Pete Golis

Democrats in places like California like to pretend that only conservatives revert to fake news to advance their points of view. But this, too, is an alternative fact.
People like living in Sonoma County. If you doubt it, check out a new national survey that assesses what makes people feel good about the places they live.
If you’re like me, you have conservative friends who complain about the politics and the eccentricities of California. If only it could be more like Texas or Kansas … they say. What you also will notice about these friends is that they show no signs of picking up and moving to Texas or Kansas.
I always learn valuable lessons from the high school seniors nominated by their respective schools in this newspaper’s annual Youth Service Awards program.
If we’re cautioned not to discuss religion or politics in polite company during normal times, what do we do in the age of President Trump?
This winter, the Highway 101 overpasses at Ninth, Sixth and Fifth streets in Santa Rosa have become popular sanctuaries for homeless people.
In 2016, Trump broke all the rules of politics and made it work for him. In 2017, we wait to see what other political norms he is prepared to shatter.
Say this about the selection of Chris Coursey as Santa Rosa’s new mayor: The new City Council managed to finish the job without the partisans insulting one another in public. It wasn’t always so.
Donald Trump and the people who voted for him have a different view of the world than the majority of voters in California. So it goes. But like people in the red states, people in California now have the right to stand up for what they believe.
In Tuesday’s election, voters didn’t lack for hometown candidates promising to do something about a housing shortage and the crippling cost of rents.