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SMITH: Erin Carlstrom conceives a new first

Erin Carlstrom, at 29 the youngest person to become the vice-mayor of Santa Rosa, is expecting that this fall she'll become the first councilmember to nurse during breaks in the meetings.

As her first pregnancy starts to show, Carlstrom and her husband, Nick Caston, the political consultant who became a student trustee at SRJC at age 20 and joined the city Planning Commission at 25, don't yet know much about the wee one.

But they do get the sense that she or he is a Democrat.

RUN, MICHAEL: Why in the warming world would Ann Hancock and others with Sonoma County's cutting-edge Climate Protection Campaign care which horse wins the Calder Derby on Saturday in Miami?

They'll cheer for Michael With Us mostly because the 3-year-old colt is named for Michael Friedenberg, the Sonoma County real-estate agent and devout advocate of art and the environment who died from complications of cancer late in 2011.

A friend of his, Rob Levinsky, founded the New Jersey stable, Kenwood Racing, that owns the horse. Levinsky invited Friedenberg's widow, Kathie Schmid, to name the beautiful animal.

And Levinsky promised to share with the Climate Protection Campaign a portion of the promising racehorse's winnings.

Ann Hancock couldn't have told you much about the Calder Derby a year ago. But she knows that for Saturday's $250,000 running, Michael With Us will appear in the 11th race at about 5:20 p.m. Eastern time.


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