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Stone Brewing Co. is releasing its first collaboration beer of 2012 — dubbed “Bear Republic ⁄ Fat Head’s ⁄ Stone TBA." This particular beer pays homage to a relatively little–known beer style called Texas Brown Ale, which, strangely enough, has its roots in California. It originated as a hopped up version of a brown ale recipe, and it got pretty popular with a group of Northern California homebrewers in the early 1980s. Bear Republic is based in Healdsburg and is maker of the popular Racer 5 IPA.Government

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors accepted awards on behalf of Sonoma County Child Support Services.  Sonoma County received the “Top Overall Performance - Medium Size County” and the “Top 10 County – Statewide” awards from the California Department of Child Support Services. State Regional Administrator Cheryl Stewart was present to personally deliver the awards. Sonoma County qualifies as a “medium size” county based on the department’s current caseload of 13,659.  Currently, there are 13 counties in California classified as medium sized, and Sonoma received the award for achieving the “top overall performance” of medium size counties.Health Care

As part of its ongoing commitment to improve the health of the communities it serves, Kaiser Permanente announced that it is rolling out an aggressive strategy to reduce its overall greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2020, compared to its 2008 levels. The strategy includes plans to invest in clean and renewable energy sources while also targeting energy conservation measures. By reducing its reliance on fossil fuels and trimming overall energy consumption, Kaiser Permanente expects to minimize its greenhouse gas emissions, which are known contributors to climate change and the rise of pollution and disease.  Health care activities as a whole contribute 8 percent of the total greenhouse gas emissions produced in the United States. Kaiser Permanente registered approximately 819,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions during its baseline year (2008), and total emissions increased to 837,000 metric tons in 2010, the most recently reported year. By 2020, Kaiser Permanente aims to reduce its current rate of annual emissions by approximately 264,000 metric tons to achieve the 30 percent reduction target.

In 2011, Sutter Solano Charitable Foundation successfully raised $396,000 in new charitable gifts to improve the quality of patient care in Solano County. Sincere appreciation is extended to all of the 2011 donors whose generous support enabled new equipment to be purchased and education and support programs to continue. An anonymous gift of $50,000 and $12,500 each from Debra and Anthony Russo and the Billy and Louise Yarbrough Foundation inspired a charitable spirit in others that led to an amazing $100,000 being raised in the final 10 days of 2011.Music

Barry Volk's Sound Advantage in Stinson Beach has completed the new music and jingle for the Black Bear Diner (9 states, 55 locations) television campaigns and two jingles for Hollywood Park Racetrack in Los Angeles.Technology

San Rafael-based Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software and a sponsor of the 2012 TED Conference, is supporting the 2012 TED Prize “The City 2.0.” The City 2.0 seeks to nurture the development of a new city concept, dedicated to reducing the carbon footprint created by occupants and easing the environmental pressures on the world’s rural areas. Autodesk is supporting City 2.0 through content development and by providing free* software and other resources on thecity2.org  website, all of which will help citizens more easily visualize and simulate the environmental transformation of their cities. Autodesk will also create a new exhibit for the Autodesk Gallery at One Market in San Francisco, introducing visitors to technology that can help realize the vision of City 2.0.