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July 21, 2020 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Marghe Mills-Thysen appointed to open seat on the Public Arts Committee.
  • Extended to August 2021 the urgency ordinance for moratorium on new non-hosted vacation rentals of over 30 days.
  • Something happened with parking on Florence Ave, but only Abbott & Costello really understand it.
  • Independent review of the Seb Police Dept approved, with Jerry Threet to conduct it, $30-40k.
  • CoMission spent the first $40k, granted another $40k, towards revitalization of business effort.

Read the notes from John Necker.

July 7, 2020 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Schedule for 2020/21 Budget approved. Be there, your dollars in action.
  • A tobacco retail licence ordinance is in the works.
  • One result of the special Council meetings is interest in painting Black Lives Matter on the plaza.
  • The idea of a Small Business Loan Sustainability program was introduced.
  • Banners coming too, to mark the "Grand Re-Opening" of downtown, if that should ever occur.

Read the notes from John Necker.

June 16, 2020 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Yes, there is an election in November. And two Council seats are on the ballot. Your time is here?
  • Remodel of Community Center Kitchen going to bid, estimated cost of $136,620.
  • Community wide conversations regarding the Police Department to be held June 23 and June 30.
  • CoMission presented some findings for the Sebastopol Community Vitality Project, they have spent $30k of the $40k budget since approval May 5.
  • Recology rates are going up.

Read the notes from John Necker.

June 2, 2020 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Still meeting virtually, or is that virtually meeting, public comment returned.
  • Joel Neuberg appointed to the Sonoma County library Commission.
  • Annual audit reports the City is on solid financial ground, good for another year.
  • However budget adjustments are needed, expecting 19% decrease in revenues.
  • Vice Mayor Glass is working to save Gravenstein Health Action, funded through the Health Care District, set for imminent demise.
  • What? No Parting shot?

Read the notes from John Necker.

May 19, 2020 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Public comment finds a silver lining with covid, cycling is less contentious.
  • Vacancies June 30: citizen liaison to Climate committee, seat on the Arts Committee.
  • Banners coming downtown in recognition of 100 years with the women's vote.
  • Big discussion on fireworks sales, given covid and wildfire concerns, by 3:2 vote sales banned this year.
  • City moving ahead with allowing outside dining at restaurants, coming soon to a street near you.
  • Sit back, relax, settle in to your quarantine with this.

Read the notes from John Necker.

May 5, 2020 - addendum - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • This is a correction to May 5 notes.
  • There was no vote to approve CoMission for Vitality consultant.
  • Somehow City Staff hired them on their own.
  • Somehow the job went from one part-time person to a multiple person consultancy.
  • Did we really pay 3 people ($94 -$211/hour) to attend a City Council Meeting??

Read the additional notes from John Necker.

May 5, 2020 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Better abate your weeds by June 2, or the City may do it for you, on your dime.
  • Untested, first of its kind, BayREN Water Upgrades Savings Program starting in Sebville.
  • Community Vitality Consultant job going to a new company called CoMission. Also untested.
  • Getting used to the ole Zoom format, meeting went 4 1/2 hours.

Read the notes from John Necker.

April 21, 2020 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Annual Assessment for street lighting approved, down a tad (LEDs?)
  • With COVID, hotel taxes generated are way down, deferral of payment by our two hotels to the City approved.
  • Climate Action Sub-Committee will wait until after shelter-in-place order lifted to form, a few more members needed.
  • You too can attend meetings in real-time on Zoom. Will the May 5 one be virtual? Here are instructions >>

Read the notes from John Necker.

April 7, 2020 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Meeting held on Zoom, and it zoomed by in only one hour.
  • Council endorses Community Center's application for a $1M grant to upgrade the facility.
  • Council to send letter to commercial property owners requesting relief for tenants.
  • The City is maintaining local info re COVID-19, found here on the City website.

Read the notes from John Necker.

April 1, 2020 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Wisdom abounds in our City Council, and it is proclaimed.
  • Speaker advocates for return to 2-way traffic on Main, with driving on the left to emphasize the Sebastopol spirit.
  • Sebastopol Citizens to receive much-needed and well-deserved $20k City Funds, in cash. In small brown unmarked bags.
  • In a surprise move, Council says it is now OK to shop at CVS.

Read the notes from John Necker.

March 17, 2020 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Shortened meeting due to COVID-19, essential items only. Three physically present, Two via remote access.
  • Local emergency proclaimed for COVID-19, might be eligible for grants from impact. TBD.
  • PGE looking to install microgrid generator for Sebastopol, meets with some objections.
  • Peace Wall to add: Fred Ptucha, Adrienne Lauby, Mary Moore and Joan Baez.

Read the notes from John Necker.

March 3, 2020 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • March 15-21 is proclaimed National Surveyor's Week.
  • No public comment. Really?
  • Dollars for seismic safety of Sebastopol homes may be coming, psychoanalysis not covered.
  • Hotel Sebastopol must break ground by March 7, or else?
  • COVID-19 casualty: Sebastopol World Friends has canceled this years exchange.

Read the notes from John Necker.

February 18, 2020 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Requests to expand overnight safe parking program for the unsheltered, as done at The Community Church.
  • Annual audit report shows the City is ahead, buckwise.
  • Another Bike to Work Day is coming.
  • Barlow flood plan is just like the old one, except to execute it next time. Dry run yet to be performed. A wet run does not seem like a good way to test it.

Read the notes from John Necker.

February 4, 2020 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Feb 12: Analy EcoAction club screening and discussing "Hike the Divide, a Conversation About Climate Action on the Continental Divide Trail"
  • Presentation by Supervisors Lynda Hopkins and David Rabbitt in support of Measure G, sales tax increase for fire services.
  • Vaping discussion, how to discourage use, more to come on this...
  • Little interest in Sebastopol becoming successor agency for dissolving Palm Drive Health Care District.

Read the notes from John Necker.

January 21, 2020 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Sebastopol World Friends Friendship Dinner Jan 25 - Japan and Ukraine sister cities.
  • Kincade Fire emergency proclamation officially over.
  • Libby Park playground renewal going out to bid.
  • Cross walk revamp around the town square in works by CalTrans - a MUST read...

Read the notes from John Necker.

January 7, 2020 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • 20th Anniversary of Rialto Cinemas recognized.
  • New water/sewer rates approved. Rates are not going down.
  • Signs for Peets and Supercuts approved. No litigation needed.
  • Formation of a climate action sub-committee authorized.

Read the notes from John Necker.

Bonus Read - Sebastopol's Chinatowns provided by John Necker.

January 1, 2020 - Annual Summary of 2019





Read it here!