April 21, 2014
SEBASTOPOL – While the impending closure of Palm Drive Hospital has raised continued questions of access to health care and emergency services for residents of western Sonoma County, the economic impact and effect on jobs could be significant.
The hospital is Sebastopol’s largest employer, with some 240 employees, and the loss of those jobs would translate to a total economic loss of roughly $43 million for the local economy, assuming another hospital or large-scale employer doesn’t replace Palm Drive, according to Dr. Robert Eyler, professor and director for the Center of Regional Economic Analysis at Sonoma State University.
April 14, 2014
NORTH BAY — Social media has evolved into a great tool for business, allowing networking on so many different levels it’s hard to imagine how we ever did without it. But face-to-face is making a comeback as well, stimulated by relationships developed in cyberspace.
April 12, 2014
SEBASTOPOL — Cash-strapped Palm Drive Hospital is set to get an advance from the county of Sonoma on forthcoming funds in order to continue operations at least until the planned suspension of operations at the end of this month, and ideas to “reimagine” and “reinvent” the rural institution are being sought, thanks to new actions by the board overseeing the hospital.
February 24, 2014
Mezcal Vago of Mexico inks a distribution deal with The Henry Wine Group of Benicia. …
Hennes & Mauritz, or H&M, opened a store in Fairfield. …
Cyan Inc. of Petaluma said it signed a deal with a South Korean provincial government to install its Blue Planet software-defined network. …
Swedish wine club Munskänkarna, the world’s largest, named Sonoma and Napa counties this year’s “Wine Regions of the Year.” …
Napa Valley Vintners and Visit Napa Valley give $5 million to Napa Valley Vine Trail. …
TexaCali Wine Co.. and Winemonger form a strategic partnership. …
Winemakers Paul Hobbs of Sebastopol and Johannes Selbach of Germany buy a New York vineyard. …
Food & Wine magazine named Oakville-based Silver Oak best in steakhouses. …
Korbel Brandy turns 125. …
Treasury Wine Estates rebooted its Sonoma County-focused Souverain brand for the first time since the 2006 sale of the landmark Geyserville chateau. …
February 17, 2014
SEBASTOPOL and SACRAMENTO — Palm Drive Hospital is seeking special legislation that would allow it to refinance bond debts, which in turn would help the financially struggling hospital remain afloat.
Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) is currently crafting legislation “that would improve Palm Drive Hospital’s ability to pay for patient care as opposed to paying interest,” according to Mr. Levine’s office.
January 17, 2014
SEBASTOPOL — Palm Drive Hospital said it would move forward with layoffs and labor reductions, impacting 40 employees in 15 departments as the 37-bed facility seeks to shore up its finances.
January 13, 2014
SEBASTOPOL — The Palm Drive Health Care District recently voted to create a new foundation that would raise money for Palm Drive Hospital, reversing a previous decision to fold the existing foundation into the district’s purview and creating an entirely new one instead.
January 13, 2014
The Watertrough Children’s Alliance is hoping to slow a vineyard expansion project at Paul Hobbs Winery by arguing that the California Environmental Quality Act should apply, a position that much of the wine industry said could lead to unintended consequences by usurping what they and the county say is an important local provision.
While the Alliance, a citizens group in Sebastopol, is far from the first to bring CEQA to the legal table in opposing a vineyard or land-use issue, the group’s efforts also include contesting the permit that Sonoma County Agricultural Commission issued for the expansion under the Sonoma County Grading, Drainage and Vineyard and Orchard Site Development Ordinance, which is exempt from CEQA. State law, the group argues, should supersede that ordinance, also known as VESCO.
December 2, 2013
SEBASTOPOL — Several square blocks on the eastern gateway to Sebastopol on Highway 12 at Morris Street have been repurposed using agricultural style architecture in keeping with this section’s former Barlow apple-processing plant heritage.
November 25, 2013
High-end distilleries in the North Bay and across California are stepping up their efforts to ease restrictions they say is hindering growth at a time when demand is soaring, as with the state’s recent surge in craft beer.
November 18, 2013
Blair Kellison has been chief executive officer of Sebastopol-based Traditional Medicinals since mid-2008, becoming the nearly four-decade-old medicinal-tea maker’s first leader who wasn’t a founder.
September 23, 2013
SEBASTOPOL — The Palm Drive Health Care Foundation will be folded into the Palm Drive Health Care District, which voted unanimously to adopt a report urging the integration of the two entities as a means of producing better fundraising.
September 16, 2013
SEBASTOPOL — Maker Media, Inc., spun off from O’Reilly Media at the end of last year, hired Greg Brandeau as president and chief operating officer to accelerate growth of the company oriented toward do-it-yourselfers.
August 19, 2013
Moss Adams employees from four Greater Bay Area offices donated more than 478 hours of volunteer time to nine local charity organizations this month, including five hours at Redwood Empire Food Bank. …
Summit State Bank (NASDAQ: SSBI) was recognized as one of the Top 75 Corporate Philanthropists in the Bay Area. …
Santa Rosa Junior College Shone Farm olive oil has been named a Double Gold-winner by Sonoma County Harvest Fair. …
EPIC, with an office in Petaluma, acquired SafeHarbor Risk Management. …
Petaluma-based Oculus Innovative Sciences reported fiscal first-quarter revenues were $3.4 million, down 17 percent from a year before. …
Duskie Estes and John Stewart reopened their restaurant with a new name, Zazu Kitchen + Farm, at The Barlow development in Sebastopol. …
Two North Bay restaurantsmade OpenTable’s 2013 Diners’ Choice Award list for the Top 100 Scenic View Restaurants in the U.S.. …
Stanley and Helen Cheng of Hestan Vineyards opened a 2,400-square-foot tasting room in Yountville. …
August 12, 2013
Darlene Brazil is chief financial officer of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery in Sebastopol.
August 12, 2013
Richard Reid is Marin General Hospital’s affiliate chief financial officer for Sonoma Valley Hospital and Palm Drive Hospital.
August 5, 2013
The governing board that will oversee the first operating year of a renewable energy-focused public power agency in Sonoma County took shape last Thursday, as the agency’s joint powers authority grew to include the cities that recently voted to allow the agency to offer power to its residents and businesses.
July 25, 2013
SEBASTOPOL — The Sebastopol City Council voted unanimously to approve a zoning amendment that could clear the way for a 60-room hotel at The Barlow development on the eastern edge of downtown.
July 22, 2013
SEBASTOPOL — Developers of the Barlow Project on the edge of downtown Sebastopol are proposing an amendment to the zoning ordinance that could permit construction of a hotel. The project’s main developer, Barney Aldridge, said he’s already identified a potential hotel partner, the Palisades Hospitality Group, which hopes to develop a two-story, 34,000-square-foot 60-room boutique hotel on three acres of vacant space at The Barlow. Average room rates could fall in the $270 per-night range, Mr. Aldridge said, which could appeal to a wide range of visitors and provide an economic boon to the city.
July 22, 2013
SEBASTOPOL and FORESTVILLE — There are plenty of folks who believe the future of driving belongs to electric cars. There are others who are sure of it.The folks at Switch Vehicles in Sebastopol and Electric Auto Shop in Forestville are among the true believers, so much so that they’re already training the next generation of electric car technicians.
Electric Auto Shop is the brainchild of Michael Mack, a long-time electric car professional – he’s held positions at CPI International, US Electricar and Zap Power Systems.
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