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View the latest version (Jan 31, 2017) of City Council Goals & Priorites


May 15, 2018 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Mr. Necker mailed this one in
  • We are loaning our buiding inspector part-time to Rohnert Park
  • Yurts galore in this report
  • Proposed 2018-2019 Budget getting reviewed
  • Local Sebastopol bus 24 will be FREE for a while

Read the notes from John Necker.




May 1, 2018 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • The EMF lady: blah, blah, blah, blah.
  • Fireworks will again be on sale in Seb for 4th July.
  • Outreach Coordinator presented annual report
  • Comprehensive update to zoning ordinance to comply with General Plan has begun. No decisions yet.
  • Affordable housing is oxymoronic in Sebtown.

Read the notes from John Necker.




April 17, 2018 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • No mercy in public comment - 30 minutes of blather for which Seb Council has no jurisdiction.
  • Lighting assessment increasing. If we had LEDs, it would decrease.
  • Grant being submitted to FEMA to fund a fulltime firefighter.
  • Sebastopol World Friends, a fantastic sister city organization, reported on latest trip of 28 folks to Takeo, Japan.
  • Linda Hopkins and Mayor Slayter pitched a $300M bond for housing, for the November ballot.

Read the notes from John Necker.

April 3, 2018 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Steve Levenberg appointed to county Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
  • City to join with county to finance first steps to improve several bike & road conditions.
  • Cittaslow reported.
  • Ned Kahn's sculpture for the East entrance to town, a new design required by Caltrans, will go forward.
    <-- See the picture, left

Read the notes from John Necker.

March 20, 2018 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Still no energy-saving, cost-saving, low maintenance LEDs on our streets.
  • Dangers of EMF and other random items make up public comment.
  • A flashing beacon system will be installed at Bodega Ave & Ragle Rd.
  • Sonoma County Library Commission has a vacant seat.
  • With lots of consternation, Council approves new building on the CVS lot.
    <-- See the picture, left
  • Planning Commision to look at updating the Telecom Ordinance before Verizon installs 5G antennas.

Read the notes from John Necker.


March 6, 2018 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Snap crackle pop of EMF detector competes with BS detector in public comment.
  • Sebastopol pot ordinance is now approved.
  • 10k Race coming to the Barlow on April 14.
  • Council overrules Planning Commission approval for downtown fitness gym.
  • Want your PGE meter read every month? Get a Smart Meter.
  • Under 3 hour meeting, congratulations.

Read the notes from John Necker.


February 20, 2018 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Public comment, the usual mixed bag.
  • Pot ordinance becoming permanent, wafting towards approval, includes delivery options.
  • Application to add another building on the CVS property continued to March 20.
  • Public Art Committee looking to place some art on front of the library.
  • New "Sound Like a Fit?" brochure pitching Sebastopol approved.
  • No Council Reports, no parting shot.

Read the notes from John Necker.



February 6, 2018 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Public comment. Yup.
  • Apple Blossom Parade is April 22
  • County Bike-Pedestrian Committee needs citizen volunteer. Application here.
  • Another update on pedestrian-bike path to Petaluma
  • The "Door to Hell" sculpture needs a new home. Yours for $20k.
  • Caltrans work on 116 is hitting its own potlholes.

Read the notes from John Necker.




January 16, 2018 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Public comment does not disappoint
  • Pine Grove Square - parking study is controversial
  • Sebastopol pot laws extended 10 months
  • LED lights fail again 5:0, no annual $26k saving for Sebville

Read the notes from John Necker.



January 1, 2018 - Annual Summary 2017 - Read it here.

December 19, 2017 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • DRB and Planning Commission seats filled, not without drama
  • Marking for bike lanes completed
  • Fee structure for granny units to be examined...reductions coming?
  • Recreational pot sales will go ahead in Sebastopol starting Jan 1
  • Is a brand new $8.5M library in Sebastopol's future?

Read the notes from John Necker.



December 5, 2017 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Patrick Slayter is now Mayor, Neysa Hinton is Vice Mayor
  • 7-layer aluminum hat protects public comment speaker from EMF
  • A new LED proposal from PGE, with a warmer 3k color, would save Sebastopol $26,000 a year, got a frosty Luddite response
  • Establishing rules for recreational pot sales moving forward, expect an urgency ordinance to make the Jan 1 deadline
  • Grinding, repaving work on 116 from Mill Station Rd to McKinley St takes place 12/11 thru 12/15 from 7pm to 7am - yes that's all night - details here

Read the notes from John Necker.



November 21, 2017 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • After 10 years, Diana Rich to retire as Director of the Community Center
  • Volunteer firefighters to get protective pants and coats
  • $245k contract awarded for HAWK flashing light at Bodega and Nelson Way
  • Housing committee reported
  • Caltrans adding bike lane markings, with issues

Read the notes from John Necker.



November 7, 2017 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Closed session, litigatin rolls on, even over CVS
  • 13 people had their say at public comment
  • Median strips on Covert lane to be removed for bike lanes
  • Is a second building coming to the CVS site? Stay tuned...

Read the notes from John Necker.