Santa Rosa City Council has voted to make the HERO Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program available to city residents. HERO PACE financing enables homeowners to pay for clean-energy and energy- and water-efficiency improvements over time at a fixed interest rate through an additional line item on their property taxes.
According to the announcement, residents of Santa Rosa may begin submitting applications to HERO later this year. San Diego-based Renovate America administers the HERO Program. Some of HERO’s most popular products include funding for solar-power-panel installations, energy-efficient HVAC systems, energy-saving windows and doors, and roofing and insulation. HERO can also be used to finance a wide variety of products to help homeowners cut down on water use, including high-efficiency toilets, faucets and shower heads; drip irrigation systems; rainwater catchment systems; gray water systems; and artificial turf and other drought-tolerant landscaping.
The Marin Healthcare District announced the opening of its new multidisciplinary medical office in Novato. The district health center offers primary care services and specialty care — all under one roof — with immediate scheduling.
The new $2.2 million center offers patients primary care, vascular surgery, endocrinology, rheumatology, urology, urologic oncology, general surgery and behavioral health. An additional 13,500 square feet is occupied in the same location by other affiliated care providers, including cardiology, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, sports cardiology and pulmonology.
The new center is located at 75 Rowland Way, Suite 200.
Bourbon House Beer, Wine and Spirits in Vallejo is the sixth store to participate in the Solano County Department of Health and Social Services, Public Health Division’s healthful–store-makeover initiative. The department stated that as part of VibeSolano, Bourbon House’s makeover will include adding more fruits, vegetables and healthful snacks and beverages at the checkout.
Fighting Back Partnership, a nonprofit organization in Vallejo, has been conducting customer surveys at Bourbon House in preparation for the makeover. They asked 80 customers about their shopping experience and what healthful options they would enjoy seeing there.
“The support for healthy options is overwhelming,” says Annabelle Prasad, civic engagement coordinator with Fighting Back Partnership. “With the recent closure of Vallejo’s Raley’s supermarket, now more than ever, local residents need places that offer fresh produce and healthy grocery items in their neighborhood.”
Napa attorney Richard Mendelson’s book “Appellation Napa Valley: Building and Protecting an American Treasure” has received several awards. The International Organization of Vine and Wine awarded the book its grand prize for economy and law. Gourmand International gave the book its Best in the U.S. Award (Food and Wine Law) award and announced at its award ceremony in Yantai, China, that the book won second place in the Best in the World competition.
Mendelson’s work follows the history of the area’s path to protecting the wine region. The book, published by Val de Grace Books in May 2016, is presently in its second printing.
Vintage Wine Estates, a Santa Rosa-based privately held wine company owned by vintner families, has been named the official wine partner of Sonoma Raceway.
Viansa Sonoma, part of Vintage Wine Estates’ collection of winery estates and brands, will serve as the presenting sponsor of the raceway’s NASCAR Checkered Flag Club. Guests in the chalet will be treated to wine sampling from three local wineries during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 June 23–25, including Windsor Vineyards, BR Cohn and Viansa Sonoma.
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