Stories from Pete Golis

Can the Santa Rosa City Council and five supervisors change the culture and overcome the inertia that has defined the politics of housing in Sonoma County? Should the county remain the same or get smaller? In the coming months and years, we will find out.
Crying at fire trucks is not something we usually do, but you know how it is. These brave man and women came from far and wide for one reason and one reason only — to help us survive.
I stopped counting at 20 — which is the approximate number of friends whose homes were destroyed by fire before dawn on Monday. Call it a nightmare in slow motion — one friend and then another and another.
There is no rush of immigrants from Mexico into the United States. More people are leaving the U.S. and returning to Mexico. The Pew Research Center reported in March that the number of Mexican immigrants in the U.S. has declined by more than a million people since 2007.
Poor Ted Cruz. The Texas senator built a political career telling Americans that government can’t be trusted. He even voted against federal disaster relief for New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
While some council members welcomed the prospect of district elections and some did not, everyone seemed to know, in the words of Mayor Chris Coursey, that 'we have a losing case here.'
It turns out Americans have a history of welcoming immigrants to do the hard work of their town and then later making them feel unwelcome.
For the presidency of Donald Trump, each week seems to bring a new series of big and small calamities — with most of the damage being self-inflicted.
Democrats have spent the first six months of Donald Trump’s presidency in a dither, in turns angry and depressed. Of late, however, there are signs that rank-and-file Democrats at least want to move on. The question I hear every day from my Democratic friends is this: What the hell is wrong with the Democratic Party? These Democrats want to know why their side can’t produce new ideas and a new generation of leaders.
If you slept through the past decade, you were amazed by the page-one news last week. In Sonoma County, medical marijuana purveyors lined up to secure new business permits. County government now has its very own 'cannabis program manager.' So much for demon weed and reefer madness.