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Volume 8, Number 8  August 4 - September 1, 2011

Fish Vs. Humans: Seeking Balance

Fish Vs. Humans

Seeking Balance

Russian River Estuary & the Biological Opinion: Two Views

Two OPINIONS on the Environmental Impact Report (EIR)and Biological Opinion (BO) on closing the Russian River Estuary at Jenner to restore fish habitat. Both are intelligent and considered, scientific and comprehensive. Please read BOTH to form an EDUCATED perspective on this subject. Our water use and fish habitat are very much wrapped up in this action designed to restore the Russian River to a more habitat-friendly environment for fish...and hopefully humans as well.

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Treating Addiction

Treating Addition

What it Means to You and Our Community

By Michael Spielman, MFT

The Drug Abuse Alternatives Center

The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as national health care reform requires private insurance plans to include mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment beginning in 2014.

  • Nearly 1 in 5 Californa adults suffers from a mental disorder, about 1 in 25 has signs of a serious mental illness and nearly 1 in 10 abuses or is dependent on illicit drugs or alcohol
  • It is estimated that 40,000 teen and adults in Sonoma County have an alcohol or other drug problem yet currently little funding is available for treatment
  • Alcohol and other drug treatment providers in Sonoma County (funded by Sonoma County only) provide services to approximately 5,000 people per year at a cost of approximately $10 million
  • Sonoma County will spend over $47 million in general fund dollars in 2011/2012 to run the jail system
  • An estimated 70% of jail inmates in Sonoma County have substance abuse problems (primarily alcohol or methamphetamine) that underlie their criminal behavior
  • Every $1 invested in treatment saves $7 in legal, medical and social costs Federal and state lawmakers are trying to address gaps in behavioral health insurance either by mandating coverage or requiring parity. Parity laws require insurance coverage for mental health and substance use disorders to be equal to or better than the insurance already provided for other medical and surgical benefits, including maximum lifetime benefits, co-payments, and deductibles.

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Go Out and Pedal

Go Out and Pedal

By Sandra Lupien

We humans are largely social animals. Of course we need plenty of time to ourselves, but most of us love getting out with our people and making new friends. Participating in group bicycle rides or races is a great way to meet new people, get outside, get exercise, and have a great time. Whether you're looking for a family ride about town, a fundraiser Century (100 mile) ride, or a wild mountain bike race, Sonoma County offers a grand array of opportunities to get out there and pedal together. Here's a l'il roundup of what's coming up in late summer and early Fall.

"Lycra-free" Family-friendly

Want to ride about at a leisurely pace that is inclusive for people of all levels of experience? For the following rides, no fancy bikes or special bike clothes are needed. Just your bike and you. Helmets are required by law for everyone under 18 years of age; we recommend them for everyone.

Daily Acts Ride to "Create Fermented Foods and Brews" Workshop – Saturday, August 13 BikeSonoma is partnering with Daily Acts ( bike with you to this great workshop in Santa Rosa. Leave your car at home and ride with fellow workshop participants who, like you, are excited to learn how to make sauerkraut, kombucha, and mead! Meet-up spots will be determined based on where interested riders live. Riders will depart at about 1:30 p.m. The workshop starts at 3:00. Ride may include stops to pick blackberries. You must sign up for the workshop at (fee applies).

"Ride About Town" from the Northern California Bicycle Expo, Saturday August 20, Santa Rosa City Hall The Northern California Bicycle Expo is your destination for all things bike including the "Ride About Town." This 10 mile jaunt is a chance for you and your family to rub handlebars with elected officials, community leaders , and your neighbors while enjoying a leisurely pedal around town. BikeSonoma Executive Director, Gary Helfrich, leads the ride, which highlights trails and bike lanes. Bring the kids! Meet at Santa Rosa City Hall in the D Street Parking lot at 8:30 a.m. for a riders-only free continental breakfast provided by Whole Foods Market Coddingtown. Ride departs promptly at 9:00a.m. Afterward, enjoy the Expo, which features bike (used and new) vendors, great exhibits, live music and performance, kids’ activities, food, beer, and more.

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