Update from the Health Care Coalition- Hospital Recommendation

Received via email today:

We finally did it! After more than 10 months of activities, meetings, discussions, negotiations, press stories, radio programs, feedback from the community, analyzing surveys, and other work, the Steering Committee of the Sonoma Valley Health Care Coalition has finalized it’s recommendations.

There will be stories in the papers, information will be on the blog and a meeting will be held to reveal all and answer your questions and hear your comments before the recommendation is officially presented to the Health Care District Board of Directors at a meeting in May.

If you caught it, the story in the IT on Tuesday was correct, that the recommendation is for the Board to pursue two options simultaneously, on modified land both on Broadway and near the current hospital. The Sun is reporting it differently, despite having been given the same information and personal interviews with Steve and Bob, our Co-Chairs — go figure. But we wanted you to know that BOTH, on sites which have been slightly modified are being recommended to be advanced to the Board.

So, now to the nitty gritty!

The Executive Summary and the full Report will be available on the Blog site (see address below) by the end of the day on Friday — maybe earlier — but I’m relying on volunteers, both me and our Blog Queen, Tina. We each have full days of business on Thursday, so, I’m afraid you’ll have to hold your horses and count on some weekend reading to find out the logic and reasoning behind the decision. Please don’t make up your mind on simply reading this email or the newspapers. Read the Executive Summary and the Report, then come to the meeting. THEN, you can make up your mind! Even the, as you’ll see, we all still need to remain flexible!

Meeting? you ask… Well, yes. We’ll have a Coalition meeting to fully explain the recommendation and the rationale and answer questions and field comments. That will be on Monday, May 14 at 6 PM at Burlingame Hall, 215 W. Spain Street at the First Congregational Church. That’s a new location and a new time for some of you. SIX PM — Burlingame Hall…215 West Spain Street … First Congregational Church.

I’ll send out a short announcement to let you know that the reports have been posted on Friday night. Just as a reminder, in case it’s not on the top of your “to do” list!


Shelley Arrowsmith
Arrowsmith Farms
707.935.3420   arrowfarms@vom.com

Sonoma Valley Events April 19 – 23

Sonoma Valley events for the weekend. Full details on these events at www.sonomavalleycalendar.com. The calendar is provided as a free community service. If you have events taking place in the Sonoma Valley (Kenwood to Schellville) please feel free to add them to the calendar.

Saturday is an especially full day with Earth Day at the Community Garden, a free showing of An Inconvenient Truth at the Sebastiani Theater, and Solar and Night Observing at the Observatory! Don’t miss the Health Care coalition presenting the results of the Hospital Survey on Monday at the Community Center.

New/One time events are in italics.

All weekend:

Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos at the SV Museum

Michael Holland Exhibit at Bartholomew Park Winery

Thursday, April 19th:

Free Health Insurance Help and Advice
Movie at the Sebastiani Theatre on the Plaza
9:30 AM
Guided Meditation
Senior Day Activities
10:00 AM
Chess Group-All Levels
10:30 AM
Yoga for Seniors
11:00 AM
Plaza Use Meeting – as needed
11:30 AM
People with Arthritis Can Exercise (PACE)
12:45 PM
Arts and Crafts – All Levels
1:00 p.m.
Painting Class- All Levels
5:00 PM
Yoga Classes – Bring mat
Game night at Boyes Barking Dog
6:15 pm
Tournament Cribbage
7:30 PM
Thomas McNamee, author of Alice Waters and Chez Panisse
Live Music at Murphy’s Irish Pub

Friday April 20:

Free Spay & Neuter clinic for cats at PLL
Movie at the Sebastiani Theatre on the Plaza
9:00 AM
Friday Farmer’s Market – Depot Park
10:30 AM
Yoga Classes – Bring mat
1:00 p.m.
Cribbage-All Levels
Involved Elder – Exercises for the Mind
5:00 PM
Vigil for Peace & Justice at the Sonoma Plaza
6:00 pm
Manazanita playing at Boyes Barking Dog
6:30 PM
Pure Honey International, a dynamic duo
7:00 PM
Live music at The Lodge at Sonoma

Saturday, April 21:

9:30 AM
Landscape Photography
10:00 AM
Earth Day at The Sonoma Garden Park
Volunteer Days at Sonoma Garden Park
12:00 PM
Public Solar Observing at the Observatory
1:00 p.m.
Open House at the Police Station
2:00 PM
Free Showing of An INCONVENIENT truth at the Sebastiani Theater
4:30 PM
Nancy Silverton, author of A Twist of the Wrist at Reader’s books
7:00 PM
Live music at The Lodge at Sonoma
8:00 p.m.
JAZZ REVISITED The Sonoma Valley Chorale Chamber Ensemble

Winemaker Dinner
9:00 PM
Public Observing Night at the Observatory

Sunday April 22:

10:00 AM
Mosaic Stepping Stone Class
10:30 AM
All-faiths group mindfulness, gratitude and forgiveness
6:00 pm
Live Music at Murphy’s Irish Pub

Monday April 23:

9 AM
Home Stretch with JJ
Tap Dance for Seniors
Yoga Classes – Bring mat
11:30 AM
Painting Studio – all media
12:00 PM
Duplicate Bridge Club
7:15 p.m.
Health Care Coalition Meeting, Hospital Survey Results

Full details on these events at www.sonomavalleycalendar.com. The calendar is provided as a free community service. If you have events taking place in the Sonoma Valley (Kenwood to Schellville) please feel free to add them to the calendar.

Yes on Measure B – Parcel tax for the current Hospital

In March of 2002, Sonoma Health Care District voters approved a $130 per parcel tax to support the hospital and keep it open. That parcel tax is set to expire in June of this year.

On Tuesday, March 6th, there will be a special election asking the Health Care District voters to approve a $195 per parcel (per year) tax for up to five years as a ‘bridge’ of support for the current hospital as a new hospital is researched and built.

The consensus among those folks that have been following this situation is that without the parcel tax the hospital will be forced to close.

Using $500,000 as a property value, $195 is 0.039% of the property value. I would imagine that NOT having a hospital in the Valley would reduce the dollar value of a home by at least that much and would certainly lower the perceived value of a home even more.
It seems clear to me that we need a hospital in the Valley. It it also clear that we need a new parcel tax to pave the way to that new hospital.

I will be voting yes on Measure B.


Measure B did pass!!!  Now we can all come together to support the vision of a new hospital.  The Health Care Coalition should be announcing their recommendation soon.

Upcoming Events for the weekend

Hello everyone,

Here is a summary of this weekend’s events from our sister site www.sonomavalleycalendar.com.

Saturday is a HUGE day of events in the valley. Here are a few selections. Further details can be found at http://www.sonomavalleycalendar.com

At the top of the list for Saturday are the two meetings offered by the Health Care Coalition . One will be at 10:00 am and the other at 2:00 pm. After 8,100 hours of study, the coalition wants to share their findings and answer your questions. Don’t miss this important opportunity.

Chris Elms will be teaching a workshop on improving communication with your partner.

Sonoma Country Antiques is having a big arrival of new items from Europe and is making a fun day out of it with wine tasting and door prizes.

Ken Brown, Sonoma Bear Flag Social Club, 938-8623 is offering ‘Lush Life- an evening of Love songs with Allen Roland and Stan Pappas at the Plaza Bistro resturant.

Flamenco guitarist Eric Symons is in Concert at Gloria Ferrer

22nd Annual Sweetheart Ball to benefit the Boy’s and Girl’s Club (707) 938.8544

On Sunday:
EAA Young Eagles – In order to promote the pleasures of flying to our youth, the local chapter of the EAA, Sonoma SkyCrafters, fly children free at Sonoma Skypark Airport, ages 8-17. Rich Coope 938-5587

About Bordeaux: Wine Lecture & Tasting with Master of Wine Geoff Labitzke at the Sonoma Community Center

Sunday’s are always free admission to the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

Check http://www.sonomavalleycalendar.com for all the details on these and plenty of other events. Please feel free to add your events!

Important Meetings about the Hospital Situation, Feb 10th

I just received this email from the Health Care Coalition. The Coalition has invested over 8000 hours into researching the Hopsital situation. Please try and make one of their meetings to learn about their findings.

Gossip and rumors on the grapevine aren’t going to fix the Hospital
situation. Come to a friendly meeting where the Sonoma Valley
Health Care Coalition can give you the best thinking we’ve come up
with, we promise it won’t be biased. We’ll share our 8100 hours of
research and do our best to answer your questions and listen to
your concerns as we move forward. So, please join us to get the
straight scoop and enjoy a glass of good old Sonoma wine!


10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
19355 Arnold Drive at Petaluma Blvd
Goehring Hall

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
252 W. Spain Street
Burlingame Hall

Further information? http://www.svhcc.blogspot.com • 707.935.3420 • arrowfarms@vom.com