North Bay business briefs from Adventist Health Ukiah Valley, cannabis conversions, Assisted Living Locators and more

Adventist Health Ukiah Valley will hold a Sept. 6 grand opening for its emergency department, intensive care unit (ICU) and rooftop helipad.

The hospital stated the new 14,700-square-foot department is four times as big as the existing space. It has 19 private treatment rooms, including rooms for special types of care such as assessment and triage, psychiatric care, gynecological care, negative-pressure rooms for highly infectious patients, and two trauma rooms equipped like mini-operating rooms.

For patients who require hospitalization in the ICU, eight critical care rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, natural lighting, and accommodations for loved ones at the bedside. Each ICU room is also equipped with its own temperature control systems to provide for individual control of temperature for the comfort of our patients.

Lionakis designed the building with Herrero Builders as general contractor. Local contractors were Valley Paving, Peterson and Son's Welding, Wipf Construction, and HL Weaver.

The Sept. 6 celebration begins at 4:30-6:30 p.m. and includes a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:15 p.m.


California Sen. Mike McGuire's environmental legislation that cracks down on illegal forest conversions to cannabis or other agricultural operations has passed both houses of the legislature with bi-partisan support and is being sent to Governor Brown for his signature.

The senator's office stated that Senate Bill 1453 would protect California forestland from illegal clearing to cannabis conversions, said to damage watersheds, pollute drinking water and kill wildlife. A bear-like mammal, the fisher, is close to extinction due to the practices of unlicensed cannabis growers.

SB 1453 would extend the statute of limitations for illegal conversions of timberland to agricultural uses from one year to three years, upon the discovery of an illegal clearing. That is said to be a critical change that will assist in prosecuting these offenses.


Assisted Living Locators, a nationwide senior care provider and referral service, announced the launch of a franchise in the Santa Rosa area. Assisted Living Locators will provide the full continuum of care locating quality assisted-living options throughout Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties. The franchise is owned by elder care adviser Ramona Maurer.

Assisted Living Locators now has franchises in Santa Rosa, El Dorado, Thousand Oaks, San Gabriel Valley, West Inland Empire and Los Angeles.



Kaiser Permanente has partnered with Becoming Independent to run the café at Kaiser's new Mercury Way medical offices in Santa Rosa. The nonprofit founded to assist those with intellectual and developmental disabilities live meaningful and productive lives.

The Mercury Way café, expected to open in mid-September, will serve grab-and-go sandwiches, salads and wraps, as well as coffee and pastries provided by local vendors like Andy's Produce, Taylor Lane Organic Coffee and Redbird Bakery.

Becoming Independent has been the source of food and beverage sales for the SMART commuter rail service since it began about a year ago.


The Medical Assisting program - a collaboration between San Rafael City Schools, the Marin County Office of Education, College of Marin and Kaiser Permanente - progresses from a full year of theory to a summer of clinical internship at Kaiser, officials said.

Recently, the latest class of 17 students graduated, each receiving a Regional Occupational Program certificate of Completion in Medical Assisting. In addition to the ROP certificate, participants are eligible to receive up to 6.5 units of college credit at College of Marin.



Creative Sonoma is offering free teaching artist residencies to Sonoma County schools that have students and/or staff affected by the fires - directly or indirectly. Provided at no cost to public schools in all grades, these residencies use the talents and training of a dynamic group of teaching artists, crafting an experience tailored to each situation.

Thirteen of these residencies have been completed so far at schools and Boys and Girls Clubs. And 36 more are scheduled for this fall. For more information on the residencies or to schedule an interview with a teaching artist or school site, please call Debbie Yarrow at 707-565-6123, email or visit


Novato-based SolarCraft recently completed the installation of a 111-kilowatt solar system at New Life Christian Church and Marin Christian Academy in Novato.

The company stated the solar power system is roof mounted for maximum southern sun exposure and consists of 309 high-efficiency solar panels, producing 155,996 kilowatt-hours annually. Excess power generated during the day is banked by PG&E for credit towards future use.

“During the life of the system, over 6 million pounds of carbon dioxide generated by New Life Christian Center's operations will be eliminated,” the company announcement stated.


Clover Sonoma is among four businesses which recently joined the Family Business Association of California, the only organization exclusively working to protect the interests of family businesses in Sacramento.

Clover Sonoma has joined the association as a founding member, the highest level of membership. The company was founded in 1916 as the Petaluma Cooperative Creamery and remained a cooperative until the mid-1970s, when the biggest fire in Petaluma's history destroyed the processing and bottling operations.

Clover Stornetta Farms was born in 1977 when Gene Benedetti purchased the wholesale distribution business after the co-op decided not to rebuild. Gene's son, Dan, succeeded him as president in 1986 and the company was an early entrant into organics. Third-generation president Marcus Benedetti became president in 2006, and added the title of chairman of the board in 2015. They are a major dairy products company with 240 employees headquartered in Petaluma.

The company rebranded as Clover Sonoma in 2017.


Woodmont Real Estate Services has been selected as a finalist for the Institute of Real Estate Management annual and national Real Estate Management Excellence Awards for national Accredited Management Organization Firm of the Year.

The winners will be announced at a gala event September 29 in Hollywood, Florida. Over 80 U.S. chapters of the institute qualified to participate in the awards process, a rigorous application in which the highest standards of property management “best practices” are judged by a panel of industry experts.

Woodmont won the IREM San Francisco chapter Accredited Management Organization 2017 Firm of the Year for the company's leadership in sustainability and its management response to the North Bay wildfires last fall.

“During the October 2017 North Bay Wildfires, five of the eight apartment communities managed by Woodmont Real Estate Services in the Santa Rosa area required mandatory evacuation by all residents and Woodmont staff,” the company said. “The evacuations affected approximately 750 apartment homes and temporarily displaced some 2,000 people.”

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