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Volume 4, Number 8   August 16 - September 13, 2007

Look into the Future
Sonoma County General Plan 2020
Sonoma County General Plan 2020

By Vesta Copestakes

This is one of those incredibly important subjects that involves vast amounts of reading filled with enough details to bend your mind, spread over a mountain of pages that are guaranteed to put you to sleep. Yet there are many dedicated individuals who are passionate about this subject and all the rest of us are depending upon their good sense to guide us into the future. They could use some input from us. After all - it's our future as well.
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Affordable Homes
Part Two
By Vesta Copestakes

There's nothing like being on a "Mission" to get you all fired up! I've had so many comments on my "Yes, you CAN Buy an Affordable Home!" article from last month. Most of them very positive and encouraging. One from a person who completely missed the point, but that's covered in the Letters section with a reply from WCG loan expert, Hans Bruhner is his column "Ask the Loan Man."

So let me start by clarifying one issue - I'm not encouraging people to go out and get over their heads financially. I'll stress over and over again that your credit rating is gold and don't ever risk it if your score is high! The mess will follow you for way too long to make anything worth bringing the score down...
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7 Years in the Making
The Graton Day Labor Center opens at new location
After 7 Years, 3 Organizing on the Street Corner, New Worker Center Opens for Business in Graton

Sonoma County's first day labor organization, Centro Laboral de Graton (the Graton Day Labor Center), will take its next historic step on Tuesday, September 4, 2007 when the new worker center opens for business. For three years the group has been organizing and distributing jobs and services on the street corner in downtown Graton.
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