Fall is here and I’m back home with a bounty of Scottish tales! From the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh to traversing the Highlands to memorable moments with amazing people.
Maybe you have some travel tales?
I’d love to hear from you!
Below are just a few snippets from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a bucket list experience, in my book! The world’s largest art festival – for 3 weeks, the streets, bars and playhouses are filled with thousands of performances – music, dance, theatre, spoken word, art in every form! I’ve also added a video about the festival to give you a taste.
Back to our regularly scheduled programming.
News & Happenings in good ol’ Sonoma County
The challenge between protecting our green spaces and facing our housing crisis.
On November 8, we will all have the opportunity to vote. This year seems an incredibly important one, in many ways.
On a local level, we have Measure K – Protecting “Community Separators” or preserving the green spaces between our cities in Sonoma County.
A “yes” vote would extend the provision requiring voter approval to remove/amend county law preserving green space between cities.
A “no” vote would allow the voter approval requirement to expire.
Some call this measure “anti-urban sprawl” in that it protects our open and agricultural spaces between cities. Simultaneously, the cost of land is only increasing, not just in our county, but across the country, and we have an ever increasing challenge with housing and affordability.
But one thing is clear – our quality of life is important and in these changing times, we have profoundly difficult decisions to make. The PD wrote an editorial piece on this measure which I found to be informative. I also found more details about the measure on ballotpedia.
Next issue: Measure J
This month I’ve asked my friend, Lars Langberg, to contribute his perspective on happenings in town. He is a local architect and newly appointed to the Design Review Board which lends him a unique eye into our community. Lars says:
We all love Sebastopol’s quintessential small town character and no matter how small a community, there’s always a vibrant center. And what creates vibrancy in in a small, downtown rural setting? It is a combination of factors both in the built environment, as well as the social fabric and history of the culture and people that inhabit it. Looking around Sebastopol lately, there is a lot of activity in the former that makes for an exciting time for those of us who live and work here. I feel fortunate to have been the architect for two renovation projects that have enhanced our downtown buildings, and have enabled long time business people in Sebastopol to continue to grow and thrive. K&L Bistro has long been a favorite dining destination for locals and visitors alike and has recently expanded, adding a bar space to its restaurant. And it’s next door neighbor Abacus Wealth Partners has given new life to one of the most iconic buildings in downtown, the old bank building at 101 South Main.
Recently I had the honor of being appointed to the Design Review Board in Sebastopol, and I am excited to be able to weigh in on new projects that will affect our community. That includes the proposed new development for a significant downtown site commonly known as the Diamond Lumberyard property. As a member of the Core Project we brought a team of experts to study our downtown that resulted in a sustainable design assessment team report (SDAT). One of their recommendations was to investigate this very site for a mixed-use development, to help create a distinct edge to the east side of the Sebastopol Plaza. This proposed project is doing just that, proposing a beautiful and unique project, and one in which the developer has been very sensitive to involve the community in their process. It will be exciting to see how this plays out, as part of the ongoing evolution of our downtown.
If you want to connect with Lars, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out his website to see his other projects.
Real Estate Updates
Condo – 3bed/2.5bath/1 car garage
Beautifully renovated light & bright home
LISTED at $549,000
An in town fixer with a beautiful setting
LISTED at $789,000
3bed/2bath/1992 sqft/detached 2 car garage/ .5 acre
In town living with a country feel at the end of a land with mature trees and a creek! Tastefully renovated inside.
See you there!
Food for Thought, in collaboration with the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, feature tours of their garden, in its prime and a fabulous silent auction. An abundance of local food and wine with live music on hand-made gourd instruments. Celebrate and support community at another beautiful and satisfying event!
I’d love to hear from you.
Give me a call if I can be of service in any way (707-477-9347)