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Block Captain Mtg Notes – Dist. 1 – Gorin

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  • The fire-affected neighborhoods in Sonoma County’s District 1 » includes, but is not limited to, Franz Valley School Road, Bennett Valley, Rincon Valley, Sonoma Valley and Sonoma, Brush Creek, Wallace & Riebli Roads areas.
  • Supervisor Gorin’s » team has kindly agreed to let me post the notes from their weekly block captain meetings.  Please forgive any errors from copying and pasting.  As a reminder, things change over time, and each home and neighborhood differ, so be sure to check with the appropriate agency for current information.  See Resources »  Rebuilding »  and Insurance » for some links.
  • Are you interested in becoming a block captain or connecting with a block captain in District 1, 3, or 4?  Visit  http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Rebuild/Block-Captains/

 

6/19/2018 – Update from 1st District 

From: Arielle Kubu-Jones <Arielle.Kubu-Jones@sonoma-county.org>
Date: Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 4:12 PM
Subject: D1 Neighborhood Captains Update–Next Meeting 6.21

Greetings,

The next meeting will be Thursday, June 21st 6-7:30 pm at the Kenwood Depot (Kenwood Depot: 314 Warm Springs Rd, Kenwood).

We will be having Caerleon Safford from Fire Safe Sonoma speak to the group about Fire Safe Sonoma, Community Wildfire Protection Plans, Fire Safe Councils and more.

If you are receiving this e-mail and are not connected with a Neighborhood Captain for your area and want to be, please reach out to me directly and I can help make that connection.

This information is all meant to be shared, so please share widely with friends and neighbors who were affected by the fires.

SAVE THE DATE! July 28th
Housing and Rebuilding Fair
Saturday July 28th, 2018
The Berger Center, Oakmont
~10-2pm

This is still in the planning stages, but I want to make sure everyone has the date on their calendar.

For an overview of what the county is doing you can read through the Office of Resiliency and Recovery update that went to the Board of Supervisors this last Wednesday. These updates will happen regularly, and I will include them in my e-mails when they do. The whole item is 46 pages, but the first 14 pages are a summary document.

The item is attached, and can also be viewed here: http://sonoma-county.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=2&event_id=1351&meta_id=244914

Opportunity for fire affected families with children in your neighborhood:

Forget Me Not Farm is offering to fire impacted residents of Sonoma County, with children, the opportunity to come visit the animals at Forget Me Not Farm. From their director: “Our barn of rescued farm animals have extensive experience working with all children, including children coping with emotionally challenging times. Our weekly programming accommodates children of the ages 3-18 to meet and work with the animals and we’d like to extend that same parameter to the visiting families. Children under the age of 3 are welcome but will need to stay with their parent(s). We would like to start small in order to make the visits impactful, and restorative. Keeping that in mind, we think a sign up of 3-5 families seems appropriate and manageable. We will provide 1-3 staff to help manage the activities on site.”

Weekday openings- Monday 5-6pm or Thursday 8-9AM or Thursday 5-6pm
Weekend open dates (10:30AM-11:30AM): 6/24, 7/7, 7/22, 8/4, 8/11

Contact:
Nathan Rathmann
Director of Operations
Forget Me Not Farm Children’s Services of Humane Society of Sonoma County
nrathmann@humanesocietysoco.org

A program of the Sonoma Humane Society, the Farm offers animal-assisted and horticultural therapeutic activities that provide a haven for children, animals, and plants to interact, bond, learn, and heal. The farm serves a variety of social service agencies that bring groups of children to the farm weekly for hour-long sessions.  https://neighborstogethersr.com/2018/06/19/forget-me-not-farm-animal-assisted-farm-therapy-activities-for-children/

I’ve attached a flier for a Legal Aid workshop. Please share with anyone you may know who was denied by FEMA.

Legal Aid is hosting a free FEMA Appeals Clinic on Saturday June 23rd at 10:00 am. The clinic will be held at the Legal Aid offices office which are located at 144 South E Street in Santa Rosa.

If you need to Join/Form a Post-Fire Insurance Claimant Group, Neighbors Together SR has a list of existing groups, as well as the process to start a new one.

Currently the following insurance companies have groups:

· AAA/CSAA
· Ameriprise (Costco)
· California Casualty
· CGI
· Farmers
· Hartford
· Liberty Mutual / Safeco
· Nationwide
· Travelers’
· State Farm

Counseling and Mental Health Resources: California HOPE is available to serve anyone affected by the fires with free counseling services. They will come to your home or work or a coffee shop. They are available to attend your neighborhood meetings. There are different providers for different geographic areas:

o Sonoma Valley: 707-608-8806

o Santa Rosa: 707-608-8805

o Adults 50 and up: 707-608-8804

o South County: (707) 608-8806

o North County: (707) 608-8807

o West County: (707) 608-8807

o Program Manager: 707-565-4868

https://www.sonomacountyrecovers.org/ Central Resource maintained by the City of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. A one stop shop, updated often

Arielle Kubu-Jones, Field Representative
Supervisor Susan Gorin, First Supervisorial District
County of Sonoma
575 Administration Drive, Room 100A, Santa Rosa, CA 95403


For more information on District Block Captains:  http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Rebuild/Block-Captains/


6/7/2018 – Notes from 1st District Block Captains Mtg

From: Arielle Kubu-Jones <Arielle.Kubu-Jones@sonoma-county.org>
Date: Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 4:49 PM
Subject: D1 Neighborhood Captains Update–Next Meeting 6.21
Greetings,

The next meeting will be Thursday, June 21st 6-7:30 pm at the Kenwood Depot (Kenwood Depot: 314 Warm Springs Rd, Kenwood).

If you are receiving this e-mail and are not connected with a Neighborhood Captain for your area and want to be, please reach out to me directly and I can help make that connection.

This information is all meant to be shared, so please share widely with friends and neighbors who were affected by the fires.

Speakers

Johannes Hoevertsz, Transportation and Public Works (TPW), Hazardous Tree Removal Program

TPW evaluated trees along the 90 miles of roadways in the burn areas. Through this evaluation, 10,733 trees were tagged with metal tags. If these trees fail they will hit the roadway creating a hazard. 60% of the tagged trees are on public property, 40% of these trees are on private property. The tags are marked R for Remove or P for Prune, and also have unique numbers identifying the tree’s location. Through the evaluation, the trees were classified into three categories of risk: Moderate, High and Extreme.

Ø There is not a way for an individual to tell what category the tree has been placed in based on the information on the tag

Recommended Actions:

For trees in the Moderate Category, TPW will monitor and evaluate them over the next 5 years. No immediate removal will be undertaken on private property. Some Moderate trees on public road right-of-way will be removed.

For trees in the High Category and Extreme Category, TPW is planning to begin removal after nesting season, in August/September.

Ø TPW will notify neighbors when they are removing trees in the public right of way in their neighborhood.

Ø If you have tagged High/Extreme trees on your property, TPW will send you a letter alerting your liability.

Ø You will need to sign an ROE for TPW to go onto your property in order to remove the tree—they will not come on your property without your permission.

Ø These trees on private property will be removed at the county’s expense.

TPW will do community outreach around this program and Supervisor Gorin’s office will update you on developments as they happen. TPW will be setting up a hotline, and they will provide contact information if you would like to contest a tree’s categorization.

TPW does not want to remove any more trees than they have to—their first concern is public safety. If a tree fails and damages property or injures someone the county (if on public property) or the property owner (if on private property) is liable for the damage.

I will send out more information about the Hazard Tree Removal Program as it becomes available.

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Mark Newhouser, Sonoma Ecology Center/Watershed Task Force: Landscape Management in a Fire Ecology

In the aftermath of the fires, we should strive to balance fire safety and public safety with habitat conservation and restoration. The watersheds in the burn areas were heavily damaged. For example, more than 28% of the Sonoma Creek watershed burned. Part of balancing safety with habitat needs is not doing more long term damage to habitat because of completely understandable fear of remaining growth and regrowth in wild spaces.

In Sonoma County, our landscape is adapted to fire. Nature is very adaptable and landscapes will heal on their own. There are different management tactics depending on the type of landscape you live in (chaparral, oak, redwood, pine, etc).

If you have many acres of burned trees that are not creating an immediate hazard (close to houses and buildings, driveways etc), it is recommended to leave them alone and monitor them.
The process of tree removal (personnel, vehicles, heavy machinery etc) in large open spaces will do more harm by disturbing the ground and damaging remaining plants and roots that are necessary for erosion control. Many species of trees are adapted to this type of fire and will resprout on their own.

If the soil has been completely scorched and is dead, you may need to manually plant. This is time consuming, difficult and runs the risk of disturbing remaining habitat, so planting large areas right now is not recommended.

· Years 2 and 3 after a fire are when the most risk for erosion occurs. Years 2 and 3 are also when you will be able to see if burned wildland is adapting (resprouting etc) or not.

The bottom line is that from an ecological perspective, right now, once immediate hazards are dealt with, patience is key.

Sonoma Ecology Center is developing materials and guidance for homeowners. We will share any more detailed materials with you when available. Mark also recommended the CalFire resources for defensible space 100’ around homes. These resources can be viewed here: http://calfire.ca.gov/communications/communications_firesafety_100feet

Mark has also been working on the wattle issue. If you have outstanding questions about wattles, please contact Mark.

Mark can be reached at mark@sonomaecologycenter.org

Short Term Rental Update

Sarah asked in Thursday’s meeting about the status of Short Term Rentals in the burn areas. We didn’t get to providing a response to her question, so I am including it here.

As you may know, Supervisor Gorin fought hard to extend a moratorium on Vacation Rentals to the entire fire affected area. At the time, this was not supported by 4/5 of the board, which is the requirement for a moratorium. The reasoning was that since you need to have a certificate of occupancy in order to get a Vacation Rental permitted which vacant lots do not have, there was not a sense of urgency on this matter.

However, as foundations are poured and rebuilding thankfully moves along, this matter needs to be revisited. The matter of a restriction on vacation rentals in burn areas will be coming before the board this summer, likely in July or August.

We will update you as we learn more details.

Other Information

At the Board of Supervisors meeting today, they discussed the after action reports you may have seen covered in the press democrat. You can watch video of that meeting here: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Board-of-Supervisors/2018-Meeting-Archive/ it should be up tomorrow.

This was item 53. The agenda is here: http://sonoma-county.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?event_id=9593006c-addd-4e77-a785-4c78ae9446ca

Note that they moved items 55 and 56 to Wednesday afternoon.

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I’ve attached a copy of the handouts brought by Logan Pitts from Senator Bill Dodd’s office. This is the fire related legislative package, along with a fact sheet for one of the bills. I’ve included contact information for the two legislative reps who attended below, feel free to reach out to them. You can also track bills and get up to date information on state legislation here: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/  [Handouts not linked here due to their being outdated almost instantly.  Better to click on the leginfo link above for the most current information.]

Logan Pitts, Senator Bill Dodd: logan.pitts@sen.ca.gov

Calum Weeks, Assemblymember Marc Levine: calum.weeks@asm.ca.gov

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Christian Kallen, a reporter with the Sonoma Index Tribune, attended to ask for Neighborhood Captains who might want to be included in an upcoming story about rebuilding. He is particularly interested in folks from the Sonoma Valley, but is open to talking to anyone.

If you would like to talk to Christian, he can be reached at (707) 933-2732 or christian.kallen@sonomanews.com

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Kevin had mentioned a class at the JC called Build Your Dream House for a Song. It is the first class on this page if you are interested https://srjcce.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassListing.ClassListingDisplay&int_category_id=1&int_sub_category_id=3&int_catalog_id=

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The landscape design templates that were released by the Sonoma-Marin Water Saving Partnership are available here: http://www.savingwaterpartnership.org/landscape-design-templates/

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Will Abrams is holding his Resiliency Communications Coordination meeting tomorrow (agenda attached). This is the meeting to discuss consolidation of the various websites for neighborhoods.

Best,

Arielle Kubu-Jones, Field Representative
Supervisor Susan Gorin, First Supervisorial District
County of Sonoma
575 Administration Drive, Room 100A, Santa Rosa, CA 95403


For more information on District Block Captains:  http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Rebuild/Block-Captains/


6/1/2018 – Update from 1st District 

From: Arielle Kubu-Jones <Arielle.Kubu-Jones@sonoma-county.org>
Date: Fri, Jun 1, 2018 at 4:14 PM
Subject: D1 Neighborhood Captains Update–Next Meeting 6.7

Greetings,

The next meeting will be Thursday, June 7th 6-7:30 pm at the Kenwood Depot (Kenwood Depot: 314 Warm Springs Rd, Kenwood).

We will have Sonoma Ecology Center and Transportation and Public Works there to answer your questions about trees and environmental issues.

If you are receiving this e-mail and are not connected with a Neighborhood Captain for your area and want to be, please reach out to me directly and I can help make that connection.

This information is all meant to be shared, so please share widely with friends and neighbors who were affected by the fires.

Free Clean Fill Dirt: I got a call this morning about a contractor who has 4000+ yards of clean fill dirt in Calistoga. This could be a good option for some folks. Contact Bald Mountain Development Project Manager Robert Chrzanowski, 707-310-7149. Site address 400 Silverado Trail, Calistoga. They are helping to load trucks with the dirt.

All About Wattles

I’ve spent some time researching wattles after the questions at the last neighborhood meeting. There are still some unanswered questions and I am working on getting the answers, but here are the basics.

Please note I am referring to these wattles as two distinct types based on their purpose—these are not the technical names for them, but I found this helpful in my own understanding:

  • Ash Containment Wattles: Generally, these were installed by the FEMA/the Army Corps contractor (for opt in debris clearing folks) or by the contractor you hired (for opt out debris clearing folks) and should have been removed with the rest of the debris during the debris removal process. However, in many cases, it seems they were not.
    • These would usually be very close to the footprint of the house.
    • Usually they would be black or green plastic mesh with a variety of filling (straw, compost, etc)
    • These wattles would be subject to disposal requirements like all other fire related debris
    • If you know you have this type of wattle remaining on your property, you should call your contractor. They should have removed them.
  • Erosion Control Wattles: These were placed after debris removal. In some cases, as soon as the lot was cleared, the contractor would come back and place new wattles on the site for erosion control.  In other cases, another individual, the county or an NGO may have placed wattles on the property along areas prone to soil erosion. Theoretically, these wattles would stay and biodegrade completely.
    • These were usually biodegradable, made of burlap or jute with straw filling. In some cases, a non-biodegradable wattle (black mesh) may be serving this purpose.
    • These wattles can be left alone if they are unobtrusive; composted by slicing lengthwise and spreading the straw around; or thrown in the trash—any plastics should be thrown in the trash if you are composting the wattle.
  • In the second and third year after a fire the chances for soil erosion actually increase. If the wattles are not in the way of your rebuild and you are sure they are for erosion control as opposed to ash containment, there is no reason to remove them.

If you need help figuring out what kind of wattles you have, or have any questions, you can contact Mark Newhouser with the Sonoma Ecology Center (mark@sonomaecologycenter.org, 707.996.0712 x103) or Chris Grabil with Sonoma County Conservation Action (chris@conservationaction.org). Both Mark and Chris are quite knowledgeable about wattles.

Have remaining Ash Containment Wattles?

  • If you opted out of the public program and, call the contractor you used for debris removal. They are obligated to remove them
  • If you opted in to the public program and have had open debris removal complaints with the Army Corps, you can still use the hotline 877-875-7681
  • If you opted in to the public program and have never contact the Army Corps through the hotline, you can call (707) 565-1222

Insurance Email Groups. There are a few new ones. See https://neighborstogethersr.com/insurance-groups/

Permit Sonoma Rebuilding Documentary Series: Permit Sonoma started doing a rebuilding documentary series that you may find useful during your rebuilding process. You can find them on this page The best way for people to find out when we have new videos posted is to subscribe to Permit Sonoma’s YouTube channel. Upcoming videos will focus on insurance and County’s Energy and Sustainability Division no-cost rebuilding consultations.

Events and Additional Resources

  • June 9th 10am, Santa Rosa: United Policyholders Events/Legal Aid to host Santa Rosa Insurance Clinic: Saturday, June 9th at 10am, Legal Aid of Sonoma County at 144 South E Street, Santa Rosa RSVP to Kendal Jarvis to make an appointment kjarvis@legalaidsc.com (https://neighborstogethersr.com/event/santa-rosa-free-insurance-clinic/)
  • June 14th 1-3pm, Santa Rosa: US Department of Homeland Security Listening Session: open to all stakeholders, particularly interested in experiences of those with disabilities (flyer attached)

Counseling and Mental Health Resources:   California Hope» is available to serve anyone affected by the fires with free counseling services. They will come to your home or work or a coffee shop. They are available to attend your neighborhood meetings. There are different providers for different geographic areas:

  • Sonoma Valley: 707-608-8806
  • Santa Rosa: 707-608-8805
  • Adults 50 and up: 707-608-8804
  • South County: (707) 608-8806
  • North County: (707) 608-8807
  • West County: (707) 608-8807
  • Program Manager: 707-565-4868

https://www.sonomacountyrecovers.org/ Central Resource maintained by the City of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. A one stop shop, updated often

Arielle Kubu-Jones, Field Representative
Supervisor Susan Gorin, First Supervisorial District
County of Sonoma
575 Administration Drive, Room 100A, Santa Rosa, CA 95403


For more information on District Block Captains:  http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Rebuild/Block-Captains/


5/23/2018 – Notes from 1st District Block Captain Mtg

From: Arielle Kubu-Jones <Arielle.Kubu-Jones@sonoma-county.org>
Date: Fri, May 25, 2018 at 4:24 PM
Subject: D1 Neighborhood Captains Resources and 5/23 Notes

Greetings,

Thank you to the Captains who came out to our meeting last Wednesday. The next meeting will be Thursday, June 7th 6-7:30 pm at the Kenwood Depot (Kenwood Depot: 314 Warm Springs Rd, Kenwood).

If you are receiving this e-mail and are not connected with a Neighborhood Captain for your area and want to be, please reach out to me directly and I can help make that connection.

This information is all meant to be shared, so please share widely with friends and neighbors who were affected by the fires.

For an overview of what the county is doing you can read through the Office of Resiliency and Recovery update that went to the Board of Supervisors this last Tuesday. These updates will happen regularly, and I will include them in my e-mails when they do. The whole item is 51 pages, but the first 11 pages are a summary document.

http://sonoma-county.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=&event_id=942&meta_id=242751

Top Themes from 5/23 Neighborhood Captains Meeting

  • Deputy Brandon Vancamp attended the meeting and provided some tips on securing your neighborhoods. There are only 2 deputies for the District 1 region. They are ramping up their patrols in the burn areas, but can’t be everywhere. The best way to avoid being a victim of theft is to make your property less attractive to thieves. Deputy Vancamp also talked about how it can be hard to tell who belongs there, versus does not belong, from his outsider perspective. To help with this, he recommended:
    • Erecting fencing and a gate that locks around the property. Insurers may pay for perimeter fencing. If a deputy drives by and the fence is cut or the gate is ajar, this is a red flag.
    • Motion sensor lights
    • Battery operated motion cameras and/or game cameras. Position cameras so you can catch license plates of suspicious vehicles if possible
  • Deputy Vancamp encouraged residents to report thefts, especially if they can provide the 1) Make  2) Model 3) Serial Number 4) Value of any stolen objects. This helps law enforcement identify stolen property when they encounter it in the field, and return it to the original owner. Report thefts to 565-2650
  • Deputy Vancamp also highly recommended organizing Neighborhood Watch programs in respective neighborhoods. If you are interested you can visit https://www.sonomasheriff.org/neighborhood-watch/ or contact Crime Prevention at 565-7398 or e-mail CSO Jennifer Abaro at jennifer.abrao@sonoma-county.org.

If you are in the City of Santa Rosa, you can get more information about Neighborhood Watch by calling 543-3653.

  • Counseling and Mental Health Resources (Brochure here): California HOPE is available to serve anyone affected by the fires with free counseling services. They will come to your home or work or a coffee shop. They are available to attend your neighborhood meetings. There are different providers for different geographic areas:
    • Sonoma Valley: 707-608-8806
    • Santa Rosa: 707-608-8805
    • Adults 50 and up: 707-608-8804
    • Program Manager: 707-565-4868
  • Over excavation Program: A number of folks mentioned that they are concerned that the over excavation program may hold up their rebuilds. We are reaching out to the Office of Recovery and Resiliency to get the most up to date information possible as far as timelines, and provide updates when we have them. Details about the program:
    • Cal OES has informed Sonoma County and Santa Rosa it will hire a contractor to address over-excavation issues that occurred as a result of the government debris removal program. If you are already on the Army Corps issue resolution list, you do not need to take any further action; the county started calling property owners on the Issue Resolution List today to see if they are interested in a site visit to evaluate their claim.
    • The County will continue take requests from interested property owners until May 31.
    • A hotline (565-1222) has been created for property owners to call and info@sonomacountyrecovers.org will be used for email.
    • Property owners who have already contacted the Army Corps with concerns or complaints associated with their debris removal can continue to contact the USACE at  877-875-7681, or USACESupportToSonoma@usace.army.mil.
  • Weed Abatement and Chipper Program:
    • The weed abatement ordinance that began with a pilot program on Fitch Mountain and Mayacamas is indeed county wide as of May 19th. Currently, it is a complaint driven process, not a proactive inspection process. This means if you have concerns about neighboring properties you can report them to the Fire Department that is responsible for your area. The fire department should then contact the property owner. The issue with weed abatement is enforcement—most fire companies do not have any funding to address this, though work is currently being done to attempt to secure funding and make this a more robust program. Stay tuned. In the meantime, if you have serious concerns, start the process by contacting your local fire department, lodging a complaint, and asking them to contact the property owner.
    • I’ve attached the Chipper Guidelines_2017 and Chipper_application for the Chipper Program. Please know that this is a small program with limited funding who are in very high demand right now. The program was designed for folks creating defensible space around their homes, but they are helping fire survivors as well. This means they are serving more folks than usual with limited resources. They can only spend about 2-3 hours per day chipping. There is also somewhat of a wait.

Additional Resources and Information

  • Upcoming United Policyholders Events
    • Roadmap to Recovery: Santa Rosa, Thursday May 31st at 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa (United Universalist Church)
    • Santa Rosa Insurance Clinic: Saturday, June 9th at 10am, Legal Aid of Sonoma County at 144 South E Street, Santa Rosa RSVP to Kendal Jarvis to make an appointment kjarvis@legalaidsc.com
  • June 1st 1-5pm Free Rebuilding Workshop on energy efficient hot water system: https://www.sonomacountyrecovers.org/event/8508/
  • June 14th 1-3pm, Santa Rosa: US Department of Homeland Security Listening Session: open to all stakeholders, particularly interested in experiences of those with disabilities (Flyer Here)
  • https://www.sonomacountyrecovers.org/ Central Resource maintained by the City of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. A one stop shop, updated often
  • https://neighborstogethersr.com/  Neighbors Together ~ Strong & Resilient maintained by Vita Iskandar, a District 3 constituent

Thank you all, have a great long weekend!

Arielle Kubu-Jones, Field Representative
Supervisor Susan Gorin, First Supervisorial District
County of Sonoma
575 Administration Drive, Room 100A, Santa Rosa, CA 95403


For more information on District Block Captains:  http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Rebuild/Block-Captains/


5/2/2018 – Notes from 1st District Block Captain Mtg


From: Arielle Kubu-Jones <Arielle.Kubu-Jones@sonoma-county.org>
Date: Mon, May 14, 2018 at 5:13 PM
Subject: D1 Neighborhood Captains Resources and 5/9 Notes

Greetings,

Thank you to the Captains who came out to our meeting last Wednesday. The next meeting will be Wednesday, May 23rd 6-7:30 pm at the Kenwood Depot (Kenwood Depot: 314 Warm Springs Rd, Kenwood).

Supervisor Gorin will be attending the meeting.

If you are receiving this e-mail and are not connected with a Neighborhood Captain for your area and want to be, please reach out to me directly and I can help make that connection.

This information is all meant to be shared, so please share widely with friends and neighbors who were affected by the fires.

Top Themes from 5/9 Neighborhood Captains Meeting

  • Theft and Security: Concerns about theft—past and potential—were echoed throughout the evening. This is particularly concerning as properties move towards construction, and with the recent thefts in Larkfield. Getting someone in to present on security is a top priority. In addition:
    • We are working closely with Supervisor Gore in District 4 to address these issues. District 4 is currently gathering bids from private security contractors, as well as looking for funding through a few non-profits and some other options. This effort is scalable for all fire affected districts, and I am talking with Supervisor Gore and his staff about this possibility.
    • I am looking into partnering with the Sheriffs and/or other local law enforcement on programs utilizing retired law enforcement to patrol. There are similar successful programs in other jurisdictions. I will provide updates when available
  • Defensible Space, Vegetation Abatement, Reforestation
    • Governor Brown issued an executive order last Thursday to combat dangerous tree mortality, increase the ability of our forests to capture carbon and systematically improve forest management. https://www.gov.ca.gov/2018/05/10/governor-brown-issues-executive-order-to-protect-communities-from-wildfire-climate-impacts/
    • Living With Fire PDF on defensible space Here
    • I have an inquiry in with Senator Mike McGuire’s office about his comments at the recent town hall regarding funding for reforestation and will communicate the details when I get them.
    • After hearing that the chipper program does not take burned wood from one of the Captains, I have an inquiry into them to clarify. If this is so, our office will look into alternatives
    • I am reaching out to other environmental organizations to see what kind of resources they have for folks concerned about reforestation and controlling of invasive, fire prone species
  • Over excavation and Debris Clearing Issues: Cal OES has informed Sonoma County and Santa Rosa it will hire a contractor to address over-excavation issues that occurred as a result of the government debris removal program. If you are already on the Army Corps issue resolution list, you do not need to take any further action; the county started calling property owners on the Issue Resolution List today to see if they are interested in a site visit to evaluate their claim.
    • The County will continue take requests from interested property owners until May 31.  5.14.18 Press Release – New Process Established
    • A hotline (565-1222) has been created for property owners to call and info@sonomacountyrecovers.org will be used for email.
    • If you are not on the Army Corps Resolution list, you can still get on it– U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Debris Removal hotline for Issue Resolution will stop taking new debris removal complaints on Wednesday, May 16 at 7:30 pm.
    • Property owners who have already contacted the Army Corps with concerns or complaints associated with their debris removal can continue to contact the USACE at  877-875-7681, or USACESupportToSonoma@usace.army.mil.

Insurance Issues: a number of folks expressed concerns about insurance companies, and requested information on maximizing payout, etc. United Policyholders are really the experts on insurance, and are very responsive. Their website is a great resource, and has videos of their old workshops as well https://www.uphelp.org/blog/north-bay-fires-insurance-claim-help

Additional Resources and Information

Legislative Updates:  Here is a list of all the bills that have been introduced in the state legislature that deal with fire related issues. This document may be a bit out of date; these things change quickly and I received this on April 19th. Below I highlighted the three bills that Supervisor Gorin testified in Sacramento in support of.

You can track bill progress on http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/

  • SB 894: Sen. Dodd and Sen. McGuire: Extend living expenses from 24 to 36 months; would be retroactive. Passed out of Insurance committee (8-0) and moves to a vote on the Senate floor. Must pass out of the Senate by 5/30 to move on to the Assembly
  • SB 897: Sen. Dodd and Sen. McGuire: Would make insurance cover 80% of claim without itemizing; would be retroactive. Passed out of Insurance committee (8-0) and moves to a vote on the Senate floor. Must pass out of the Senate by 5/30 to move on to the Assembly
  • SB 1291: Sen. Dodd. Requires insurance adjusters to be licensed. . Passed out of Insurance committee (8-0) and is headed to the Appropriations Committee.

https://www.sonomacountyrecovers.org/ Central Resource maintained by the City of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. A one stop shop, updated often

https://neighborstogethersr.com/  SR Neighbors Together maintained by Vita Iskandar, a District 3 constituent who runs the State Farm Insurance Group

Arielle Kubu-Jones, Field Representative
Supervisor Susan Gorin, First Supervisorial District
County of Sonoma
575 Administration Drive, Room 100A, Santa Rosa, CA 95403


For more information on District Block Captains:  http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Rebuild/Block-Captains/


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