Glen Ellen Forum hears about housing, applauds funding
There was news both good and sad for those attending the Glen Ellen Forum’s June 3 meeting at Dunbar School. On the positive side, the Glen Ellen-Kenwood Rotary has funded the cost of buying enough storage containers for every fire survivor who entered the Glen Ellen Forum's lottery.
The Forum had already distributed 20 sheds. The $4,250 grant should provide enough for up to 10 more sheds, according to treasurer Margie Foster. “We were blown away,” Margie said, prompting a generous round of applause from the members.
Sadly, the passing of longtime resident and advocate for environmental sanity Anne Teller was hard news for everyone who knew the remarkable lady. An anonymous donation to the Forum was made in her name.
Forum Chairman Nick Brown noted that the Traffic and Safety Committee has provided a new fire hazard sign near the Glen Ellen Fire Station to remind people of the season’s coming fire dangers.
Brown said that discussions are still happening with county officials over renaming the bridge at the north entrance to the Sonoma Development Center on Arnold Drive to honor the late and highly regarded Glen Ellen resident Jim Berkland.
The Projects Committee has been working on a beautification project at the local Post Office, according to BJ Blanchard, and is looking forward to the next phase that will see the installation of a small book exchange cabinet and a kiosk.
SDC Committee Chair Tracy Salcedo informed everyone about the upcoming public forum on June 15.
Psychotherapist and historian Jim Shere has been chosen as the Grand Marshal for this year’s Glen Ellen Village Fair.
The meeting wrapped up with a presentation by Sustainable Sonoma’s Diana Sanson and Cindy Scarborough. The group is comprised of a wide variety of local organizations which have an interest in Sonoma Valley’s future. The number one topic these days is housing – affordable housing, and how to make it possible.
The next meeting of the Glen Ellen Forum will be on July 1, 7 p.m., in the space occupied by recently closed Umbria Glen Ellen, next to the Jack London Saloon. Find out more at glenellen.org.
Editor's note: This article was updated on Friday, June 21, 2019. The original article incorrectly implied that the Glen Ellen-Kenwood Rotary has funded the cost of buying enough storage containers for every fire survivor who lost their homes in October 2017.