Fall Springs Town Hall Meeting to Address Key Issues

Our Fall Town Hall Meeting takes place on Thursday, October 10 from 7 to 9 pm at the Sonoma Valley Grange. The meeting as been designed to maximize opportunities for members of the Springs Community to effectively participate in discussing key issues identified in at our previous Town Hall Meeting held in March.

Springs Community Alliance Town Hall Meeting

Participants in this community conversation will breakout into small groups covering:

  • Safety
  • Business
  • Community Identity
  • Beautification
  • Youth & Families
  • Health & Wellness

These small group discussions will be gently facilitated by a Springs Community Alliance leader. Towards the end of the meeting, we will reconvene to listen to brief summaries from each group. This meeting has been thoughtfully planned to provide a comfortable forum for learning, sharing and forging connections with others in the Springs Community.

Supervisor Susan Gorin will also be present at the meeting and will provide a brief update on the Highway 12 project and other Springs-related County matters.

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided, thanks to the Sonoma Mission Inn and our local Starbucks.

We look forward to seeing you and your participation at this special meeting!

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Springs Town Hall Meeting Report

Springs Town Hall meeting, March 14, 2013Around a hundred community members turned out for our Springs Town Hall Meeting last Thursday, which centered around a community conversation with Supervisor Susan Gorin. It was a vibrant meeting and a potpourri of issues and ideas were raised, often passionately, by community members. Thomas O’Kane, Deputy Director of Transportation & Public Works and John Haig, Redevelopment Success Agency Manager were on hand to answer questions and provide information.

Here’s a list of some of the topics and ideas covered during the meeting, in some cases with some related web links:

  • Preservation of “eclectic” and historic houses in the Springs
  • Creating a historical walk through the Springs
  • Fluoride in drinking water concerns (links: pros and cons)
  • Access to and safety along Sonoma Creek
  • The proposed Sonoma Springs Mixed-Use project and Community Health Center
  • Getting the most out of Maxwell Park
  • Highway 12- status of the improvement project, lighting, crosswalks, traffic congestion, parking, signage, scenic route…
  • How important safe pedestrian access is to aging community members
  • A pocket park at the old Clemente Inn (Mountain Ave) site?
  • Preserving access to Sonoma Valley hills

Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Thursday’s Town Hall meeting might mark a sort of new beginning for the Springs. We will be working hard over the upcoming months to help connect people who want to work together to tackle the important issues and advance the good ideas raised during the meeting. Please join us at our regularly monthly meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 pm at the Sonoma Valley Grange Hall if you want to help make this happen.

The Springs Community Alliance wishes to thank Supervisor Gorin for enthusiastically engaging with the Springs community and to Messrs. O’Kane and Haig for their participation at the Town Hall Meeting. Also thanks to the Sonoma Valley Grange providing the venue, Sonoma Mission Inn and Starbucks for refreshments and our dedicated volunteers who helped make the meeting possible.

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