Politics on Tap
The race for First District Supervisor gained a new candidate with the entry of Keith Rhinehart, a perennial outsider who has been challenging incumbents around the county for the past few election cycles. He is an independent, retired UPS manager and part time school teacher who wants to replace seasoned politicians with “One Man One Vote” politics. He ran a complete stealth campaign in the 2012 First District race, and then challenged the crowded field looking to replace Mike Maguire in the county’s Fourth District. So far, he’s made no comments about carpetbagging in the race. Check out his website at www.rhinehart1stforsupervisor2016.com/.
Both Susan Gorin (incumbent) and Gina Cuclis (challenger) have filed their financial statements for the last half of 2015, listing donations and expenses. In all of 2015, Gorin raised $106,445, spent $44,207 and had $77,328 left over at the start of 2016. Reporting for the last half of 2015, Cuclis raised $28,868, spent $21,884, and had $13,280 left over. Rhinehart has collected $75 at GoFundMe.
Looking at donors of more than $1,000, Gorin’s 22 high-rollers accounted for 33 percent of her total, while Cuclis’ eight large donors accounted for 97 percent of her reported contributions. These are simple numbers and probably don’t tell the whole story of campaign contributions, but they are the ones on the public documents.
Planning Commissioner for SonomaOddly enough, the City of Sonoma is looking for a non-resident to sit on their Planning Commission. Six of the members and the alternate must live in the City of Sonoma, but the current vacancy may be filled by a Sonoma Valley resident. Commissioners work on the city’s general plan, building codes, environmental impact reports, subdivision and parcel maps, use permits and more.
The Planning Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month.
Application forms can be downloaded at www.sonomacity.org or picked up at City Hall. Applicants will be interviewed by the Mayor and another City Councilmember. The nominee must be approved by the City Council.
SDC Surplus SaleShades of things to come? The March 9 Press Democrat featured a classified ad for a March 12 Surplus Sale at the Sonoma Developmental Center, offering cargo containers, office furniture, food service supplies and equipment, computer workstations, cabinets, tables, chairs, dressers and more. All sales “As Is” and final. Hmmm…