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This website is an archive of Sebastopol Citizens, capturing all the superb efforts over 10 years to keep the citizens of Sebastopol informed and, of course, entertained...Note the March 3 parting statement from John Necker below...

March 3, 2021 - It’s time for me to quit...

After a long decade of laboring to inject just a little moderation into the politics of Sebastopol, it’s time to admit that my efforts have come closer to those of Don Quixote than those of Ida Tarbell. The windmills won.

Thank you for your support and criticism.
Both were helpful.

--John Necker

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February 16, 2021 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • You want Public Comment. We got Public Comment.
  • City to apply for One Bay Area Grant, for road repairs and other transportation-related needs.
  • Marshall Balfe appointed to Design Review Board.
  • Kevin Kilgore named as new Police Chief of Sebastopol.
  • Soon you will be able to file online when you run for office around here.

Read the notes from John Necker.

February 2, 2021 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Sebastopol Area Senior Center is still serving seniors with rides, meals, and classes.
  • Consultants hired to analyze how best to protect the Community Center from floods.
  • Local Emergency proclamation extended another 60 days.
  • Ned Kahn's public art planned on Hwy 12 won't be on 12 due to CalTrans misgivings. Look on Morris St. At least something close to the original design will get shown, without CalTrans interference.
  • Discussion of revamping the Planning Commission. Stay tuned.
  • Our Council members do a lot more than attend Council meetings. Thank them when you get the chance.

Read the notes from John Necker.

January 19, 2021 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Public comment, yup.
  • Bathroom renovated at the Community Center, for $14k.
  • The voluntary Water Upgrades Save Program was authorized.
  • CoMission reported on it's activities. $43k left of $100k. Unclear what we are getting for the dough, questions raised. Staff to evaulate.
  • Council supports Measure B, which raises Transient Occupancy Tax (hotels, rentals).
  • City might get a $335k housing grant from the county. Might.

Read the notes from John Necker.

January 5, 2021 - City Council Meeting - highlights:

  • Sebastopol World Friends will have a virtual Friendship Dinner - Jan 23.
  • Cary Bush and Ted Luthin to remain on the Design Review Board.
  • Conditional use permit approved for an "environmentally friendly" car wash at Benedetti Tire Service.
  • Properties at 726 and 732 Robinson Rd approved to hookup to City water and sewer.

Read the notes from John Necker.

January 1, 2021 - Annual Summary of 2020

Read it here!