September 27, 2021

Sebastopol’s Apple Blossom Parade returns

  • The VFW was on hand for the Sebastopol Apple Parade Saturday in spite of the inclement weather. This was also the first year Analy participation was limited to the 50-year alumni of the Class of 1971. The West County High Band did their part in making it a festive occasion for onlookers. Photo by Robert Grant

A light drizzle and a low turnout did not deter the Apple Blossom Parade that returned Sept. 18 in Sebastopol after the pandemic canceled it in 2020.


Call to action at school board meeting

The Cotati Rohnert Park Unified School District (CRPUSD) conducted their monthly board meeting at the Theater, Arts and Gymnasium (TAG) building located at Rancho Cotate High School on the evening of September 21. The meeting lasted over three hours. Returning from a closed session, they were greeted by a sea of red in the audience. Over four dozen members of the Rohnert Park Cotati Educators Association (RPCEA), their families, and supporters were there to advocate for cost of living and salary increases for teachers. 

Hispanic Heritage Month – 2021

Last week, Mayor Gerard Giudice on behalf of the entire city council proclaimed September 15 through October 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month in Rohnert Park. This 31-day period coincides with the yearly dates for the National Hispanic Heritage Month designation used throughout the United States. Let’s look at the origins and purpose of this annual event.


Cougars win, but work remains

Be obsessed with improvement. This was Head Coach Gehrig Hotaling’s message to his team in the post-game huddle. The Cougars were coming off a 37-22 win against the Montgomery Vikings, but it still felt like the team wasn’t completely satisfied. For the second game in a row, the Cougars let a big lead slip away and were forced to regroup. Two weeks ago, against Acalanes High School, the Cougars jumped out to a 21-0 nothing lead but took the foot off the gas and ended up losing 42-41. The same thing happened Friday night; the Cougars looked dominate in the first quarter getting out to a 16-0 lead, only to fall apart in the second quarter and go into halftime tied at 16.


CRPUSD Board holds Governance workshop

The Cotati Rohnert Park Unified School District Board conducted two, three-hour special meetings on September 8 and 9. The purpose was to conduct a Governance Workshop. The meetings were open to the public in accordance with the Brown Act, although no members of the public attended either of the two sessions. The goal of this article is to provide a broad overview of these sessions for the public.