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Stories from Pete Golis

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.
More than half of all Americans report feelings of anxiety, anger and fear associated with the most bizarre and dispiriting campaign in memory.
During a forum for Santa Rosa City Council candidates last week, a candidate asked a room full of teens for a show of hands: How many of you expect to come back to Santa Rosa as adults? Only four hands went up.
Sixteen years ago, Jill was diagnosed with breast cancer.
I saw a terrific short film about my hometown last week. Beginning with Maria Carrillo, who arrived by oxcart, the movie tells of the people who came to this valley and made it what it is today. The film is called “Santa Rosa: The Chosen Spot of All the Earth …”
On a picnic table, Caryl Hart spreads out a large map. She points to one location, then another and another. At each stop along the way, she reels off chapter and verse about ambitious plans for transforming Sonoma County’s system of regional parks.