firmly believe, from what I have seen, that this is the chosen
spot of all this earth as far as Nature is concerned."
-- Luther Burbank (From a letter sent home to Massachusetts, soon
after arriving in Sonoma County 1875)
County is blessed with some of the most spectacular natural
environments in the world.
Unfortunately, the current Sonoma
County Board of Supervisors has approved land-use regulations
that allow the conversion of our precious watersheds and forests
to industrial vineyards, wine factories, "agricultural
support services", housing, and other developments. We
have some dangerous gaps in laws protecting public health and
safety, water quality and quantity, the environment, and the
quality of life of rural residents. We desperately need a new
Board of Supervisors but until things change, Town Hall Coalition
will work together with a network of concerned citizens to protect
the common good.
Hall Coalition is a grassroots social movement of citizens from
all walks of life who have come together to advocate for the
protection of public health and safety, the environment, and
the common good. Your support of Town Hall Coalition enables
us to identify key issues, organize grassroots citizens' groups,
educate the public through town hall forums, and take action
to advocate for responsible land use policies. Town Hall Coalition provides
information to the public about their rights regarding water,
soil erosion, pesticide drift, habitat degradation, grading,
forest conversions to vineyards, industrial vineyard and wine
factory development, subdivisions, logging, and more.
In 2008 the Redwood Empire Environmental Center moves to the first floor office in the Methodist church. This is an upgrade to our core function with more room to work in, hold meetings and expand the program.
2005, Town Hall Coalition joined with Community
Clean Water Institute and other environmental groups
to form the Redwood Empire Environmental Center in Sebastopol.
Located across from Coffee Catz we have a resource library, water testing laboratory, and dedicated
staff members who assist people to: gather information concerning
local, state, and federal government regulations; form grassroots
neighborhood activist groups; advocate for responsible land
use; and learn how to become a participant in the decision-making
of the Town Hall Coalition believe that strong democracy is
dependent upon an informed public that actively participates
in the decision-making process.
Rock Quarry: Dutra
Group plans to destroy coastal agricultural land with a massive
strip mine at the Calvi Ranch between Bodega and Bodega Bay.
Cheney Gulch and Salmon Creek, steelhead-bearing streams feeding
coastal wetlands, is at risk. The gravel mine could potentially
be 8 times the size of the existing Hwy 1 mine and operation
could last 30+ years. The mounitain-top removal will be visable
from Bay Hill Rd. and Bodega Bay, and will threaten the health
and safety of residents and tourists. To learn more, contact
Town Hall Coalition or visit Friends of Bodega Bay Watershed
Use, Development, and the General Plan Update-Wine
Factory Invasion and Land Use-
factories and agricultural support services such as bottling
plants, dance halls, shopping complexes, and wine bars in rural
neighborhoods threaten water, public health, and safety of the
residents in these neighborhoods. Wine factories belong in areas
that are zoned for industry with infrastructure such as sewer,
water, and roads. As Sonoma County updates its General Plan,
there is an opportunity to protect our rural neighborhoods from
wine factory invasions. For more information about planning,
zoning, and wine factory or development in your neighborhood,
contact Town Hall Coalition.
Outreach and Education-Town Hall Coalition organizes local,
county, and regional Town Hall Forums, guest speakers, and movies
on a wide range of issues including sustainable agriculture,
pesticide reduction, creation of parks and wildlife habitat
protection, watershed and water quality and quantity protection,
erosion control, forest protection, global warming, election
protection, and how to participate in the decision-making process.
These forums are run by local community members and non-governmental