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Stories from Pete Golis

Golis: Shutting the door on deserving students

After World War II, a world-class system of public colleges was the engine that drove prosperity in California. The unspoken agreement was that every generation would help the next find success. Now that promise to pay it forward looks to be in jeopardy.

Golis: Tearing down barriers to success

If you confine your world to Roseland and southwest Santa Rosa, you think people are younger and more likely to be Latino. If you live in one of the east side enclaves, you think folks are older and predominately Anglo. And there is where the risk of misunderstanding begins.

Golis: Is Humpty Dumpty on the mend?

Checking out the Santa Rosa City Council meeting last week, I thought I’d wandered on to the wrong website. There were no grim faces, no shouting matches. There wasn’t a censure vote aimed at another council member.

Golis: Creating a climate for change

There is a drought on. You may have heard. We, Californians, find ourselves on an uncharted (and arid) landscape, where the economic losses will be measured in the billions of dollars and the environmental damages may be incalculable.

Golis: Can we change how we think about housing?

As Sonoma County communities scramble to increase the stock of affordable housing, community leaders will be obliged to confront hard questions: Who needs housing, and what kind of housing do they need? Where will it go, and what will it look like?

Golis: Ho-hum, a new warning about earthquakes

It qualifies as the most cataclysmic event in the history of Sonoma County. On the morning of April 18, 1906, the earth moved, and downtown Santa Rosa was reduced to a pile of bricks.

Golis: Celebrating stories of who we are

A little more than a century ago, my grandparents immigrated to the U.S. from Poland. The family history lists a ship that left Germany bound for New York on Oct. 11, 1911.

Golis: How local politics was turned upside-down

In 1970, a Republican congressman named Don Clausen handily won election to a fifth term, defeating a Democratic challenger from Petaluma named Bill Kortum.

Golis: Housing crisis requires more than talk

Healdsburg is the trendiest town around, so when the mayor of Healdsburg says he is jealous of neighboring Windsor, you know something’s happening.

Golis: Still searching for the old mojo

Driving around California last year, we saw how our state has been changed. The beauty, diversity and promise of the place remain, but now people are less sure state leaders know how to put things right again.

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