Kenwood Press

Serving the communities of Kenwood, Glen Ellen and Oakmont

email print
News: 09/15/2019

North Valley MAC coming soon

Supervisors set to create new advisory body on Sept. 17

Seven people (and two alternates) may soon be chosen to staff a new advisory body to the First District Supervisor, in this case, Susan Gorin. The group, to be called the North Valley Municipal Advisory Council (NVMAC), will keep the supervisor informed of local issues and help direct county resources to resolve identified needs.

Municipal Advisory Councils have been used by California county and city lawmakers for over 50 years for varying purposes. Sonoma County’s first MAC – the Windsor Municipal Advisory Council – laid the groundwork for incorporating Windsor. While there are no plans to incorporate Eldridge, Glen Ellen and/or Kenwood, major changes are afoot in the valley since the state decided to abandon the 945-acre Sonoma Developmental Center, and the 2017 wildfires devastated all of these areas. These three communities, and the rural properties between them, will be included in the scope of the NVMAC considerations.

The bylaws proposed for adoption call for the NVMAC to prioritize transportation, transit, traffic calming, bicycle and pedestrian improvements; health and human safety-net services, including homelessness and housing; community projects such as art, clean ups and vegetation planting; fire services and community preparedness; and additional topics as requested by the supervisor.

The NVMAC will set regular public meetings and make annual reports to the entire Board of Supervisors.

The bylaws also make it clear that the NVMAC reports to the First District Supervisor and is not free to contact other county, city or state agencies unless specifically authorized.

Gorin convened a group of “stakeholders” in October 2018 to talk about forming an advisory council, and think about boundaries and possible areas of interest.

If the board establishes the North Valley Municipal Advisory Council on Sept. 17, council members may be appointed by late 2019 or early 2020, and the council may begin meeting by February of next year.

A separate MAC is currently operating in the Springs area.

Recently Published:

12/01/2019 - New groundwater monitoring wells will provide ‘picture’ of underground water connections
12/01/2019 - Hood Mountain Regional Park to expand 253 acres with Sonoma Land Trust purchase of historic ranch
12/01/2019 - Welcome home...
12/01/2019 - North Valley advisory council application deadline extended
12/01/2019 - Ag + Open Space invites public review for Vital Lands Initiative
12/01/2019 - Jack London Park Partners names new director
12/01/2019 - Correction
12/01/2019 - FEMA grants Santa Rosa $1M to ensure effective evacuation routes
12/01/2019 - Fire consolidation moves along; Kenwood undecided
12/01/2019 - OVA inks deal with Oakmont Golf Club
12/01/2019 - Nominations sought for Big Heart Award
12/01/2019 - Ag education grants available
12/01/2019 - Jack London State Park projects underway
11/15/2019 - Kenwood Depot celebrates 40 years as Historic Landmark
11/15/2019 - FEMA grants Santa Rosa $3.4M to protect critical infrastructure
11/15/2019 - Volunteers restore historic orchard
11/15/2019 - Special delivery to Kenwood School
11/15/2019 - Sonoma Raceway Food Drive
11/15/2019 - PG&E agrees to extend fire claim deadline
11/15/2019 - County fire funding to hit the March 2020 ballot
11/15/2019 - Fire district consolidation pondered
11/15/2019 - Oakmont honors its veterans
11/15/2019 - SVCAC meeting on traffic study
11/15/2019 - Free Thanksgiving dinners
11/15/2019 - Missing man found dead at Hood Mountain park

Community Calendar

Blue Christmas church service
Holiday MarketPlace
Oakmont Farmers Market
Caroling with the Clydesdales
Celebrate the spirit of Sonoma Mountain
Santa Claus is coming to town
Free food available for those in need
Rotary Club of Glen Ellen-Kenwood meeting
A solstice saunter through Quarryhill
Yoga Hike
Emmaus Inclusive Community service and potluck supper

Weather Underground PWS KCAKENWO2