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It takes time to find someone willing to part with what you want and even longer to find something of equal value in return. But that’s just fine for hundreds of locals who have joined Petaluma Trading Post, a Facebook group committed to the ancient form of payment. Started last month by Heidi Margocsy, a 39-year-old Petaluma photographer, the group has grown to more than 300 members, who have traded homegrown veggies, baby clothes, books and many other items with fellow Petalumans.
Homeowners spend years living next to neighbors without getting to know them, cut off from contact once they drive into the garage and close the door. Not so at FrogSong, a co-housing community in downtown Cotati, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Here homes are clustered closely together and connected by winding pathways shaded by apricot, pear and persimmon trees.
Cited for bevy of issues, including not having proper care plans for residents, not attending to patients in a timely manner and letting elder residents wander out of facilities, federal health inspection reports show.
Novato Public Access Television is in turmoil, with only $7,500 in available funds, an executive director recently fired, the studio closed and most employees laid off. The community station held an emergency meeting Thursday to discuss its future, following the sudden departure last month of Executive Director Rick Tucker.
Trend points to collaboration between police and immigration enforcement, say advocates, who are pushing for a new ordinance that would bar local law enforcement from assisting immigration authorities in any way.