Stories from Pete Golis

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.
Friends tell me the media are to blame for building up Donald Trump — and for tearing him down, too.
Under the governor’s 'by-right' plan, any multi-family housing project that includes low-income units and is located on a site zoned for multi-family housing could proceed to construction, free of additional hometown or neighborhood efforts to delay it.
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.