February 13, 2022, 5:54PM
Updated 13 minutes ago
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Racial and socioeconomic disparities reflected in graduation rates among Sonoma County high school students widened during the pandemic, reversing several years of gains that educators and advocates touted as key to improving opportunities for all students.
While energy bills are unusually high right now, this is part of a larger upward trend for California utility customers. Last year was the first time that average PG&E bills topped $200 per month, and the most recent rate increase will make them some of the country’s most expensive.
People are once again hoping for a return to “normal” life, where they can gather freely, work in offices, enter restaurants without masks, and shake hands rather than bump elbows.
But for thousands of low-income residents in Sonoma County — many of them Latino and many of them undocumented immigrants — a return to normal will mean something different.
There won’t necessarily be more joy, just less misery.
Overlooking the valleys and mountains of Sonoma County — even a slice of the ocean — an admired plot of land known as Cougar Landing on the eastern ridge of Hood Mountain has seen and been through a lot.
As soon as this summer the 120 acres will be open to the public as the newest addition in the county’s expanding network of parkland and open space. Sonoma County Regional Parks completed its $1.02 million purchase of the property in late January, expanding Hood Mountain Regional Park to the west.
In the aftermath of the omicron-fueled winter surge, with key COVID-19 restrictions being either lifted or loosened, Sonoma County health officials have begun to shift their strategies, relying less on public health mandates and more on local residents’ personal responsibility.