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 Santa Rosa Police Department (SRPD) Releases First Record Under SB 1421
A special shout out to Redwood Empire Chinese Association President
Nancy Wang who provided me with the information and will be travelling with her granddaughter Keelyn, This is another proud moment for Santa Rosa. I will have the results of the competition in next month’s snippets. For further information go to The Wu Academy is a professional Chinese Martial Arts School specializing in Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and Qigong classes for Wellness, Personal Development & Fun.
The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center’s Friday Nights at
the Museum summer series returns for a second year with four sip-and-savor events held on the last Friday of the month beginning this month. Each event features a different theme to be enjoyed while sampling a taste of Sonoma County wineries and breweries as follows: June 28,” Taste Of Trivia,” July 26, “Taste and Toon”, August 30, “Peace, Love, And Woodstock,” and September 27, “Game Night. “ For information or to purchase advance tickets go to or call, (707) 284-1297. Ages 21 and over only and ID will be required. The program takes place from 6-9pm at the Museum located at, 2301 Hardies Ln, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.
According to a press release issued on April 15, on April 3, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) awarded a grant to Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) in the amount of $113,000 to support the college’s efforts to provide education to current and formerly incarcerated students. According to the CCCCO website, the grant supports the Currently and Formerly Incarcerated Students Reentry Program, which aims to enhance workforce skills and rehabilitation.
The Santa Rosa Police Department (SRPD) has released its first case record under Senate Bill 1421. This bill requires, notwithstanding any other law, certain peace officer or custodial officer personnel records and records relating to specified incidents, complaints, and investigations involving peace officers and custodial officers to be made available for public inspection pursuant to the California Public Records Act. Lt. Ryan Corcoran has been assigned to assure that SRPD is available to answer all questions along with making sure Santa Rosa is in compliance.
According to the SRPD Lt. Ryan Corcoran, this is part of their ongoing effort to be transparent, and the department has released its first ever Community Briefing Video to accompany this initial release of its first record of such a case. The Community Briefing Video will provide additional information and insight about this incident. The Community Briefing Video can be viewed here: youtube/cd5lHomtY8I. Reports and images are available for viewing on the Police Department’s new Transparency Information webpage.
SRJC Receives Grant to Continue On-Site Courses for Incarcerated Students
Additional responsive records will be added to the transparency webpage as review and compilation of each case record is completed. Items not included on the webpage may be requested through a Public Records Act request. For further information or requests, contact Lt. Ryan Corcoran at (707) 543-3647
SRJC has partnered with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office in order
to provide individual courses and certificate programs on-site at detention facilities through its program, Inspiring Greatness Inside Through Education (IGNITE). To date, more than 100 students have enrolled in courses that include subjects like basic mathematics, culinary arts, writing and more. Students have access to counseling services, group workshops and individual sessions, and may be eligible for fee waivers.
49TH Celebration of Juneteenth Festival
A Celebration of Freedom at Martin Luther King Park in Santa Rosa. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of
More information can be found at the Second Chance Club website. For information on the IGNITE program, please contact Robert Holcomb at (707) 527-4615 or
slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863.
Fifth district student art competition results
Along with vendors, basketball, arts and crafts, dominoes and lots of Kids activities and good food, this year there will be a special interactive event,
“ Children of Africa,” A Play of Children Slave Narratives. This is an interactive performance between actors and audience, which will provide a deeper understanding of what children experienced during the time of slavery. Presented by: Legacy Showcases, The DrumGhana & Dance Ensemble and Rebel Blues Radio. This interactive event will take place from 10 AM to 12 PM.
On May 3 I attended the 2019 Fifth Congressional District Art Competition of school high school students at the Santa Rosa Art Center on S. 8th St.
in Santa Rosa, The exhibit included eight students who were competing
for the honor of having their art displayed in the hall of Congress for one
This year’s Scholarships presented by Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow (EOT)
at the event will be given to New World Ballet, a young energetic dance company in Santa Rosa, California which is dedicated to providing a serious and enriched dance education for students who desire to become professional dancers, as well as those who simply wish to enhance their quality of life through dance.. “Dance can give children a sense of pride and accomplishment, whether they just completed a performance, or they finally master a step
they have been working on, the emotional benefits of dance education are priceless,” reports Victor Temple, the Director of New World Ballet.
year. I got to see the Sonoma County contenders which all were from Santa Rosa. The contenders were: Roseland Prep High School, Litzy Ariza Yepez, Casandra Caberra, and Kelly Garcia; Wasting Time With Fear, Juan Diego
Ruiz; Beauty, Diana Reyes; Impure Naivety, Favian Riza, Untitled and
Ashley Basurto, The Representable Heart. Marie Carrillo high school, Emma Chen, Whispering. Chen was chosen as the finalist and went on to the final competition representing Sonoma County. The 5th district encompasses much of California’s wine country. It consists of Napa County plus portions of Contra Costa, Lake, Solano, and Sonoma counties.
The Juneteenth festival will take place at the Martin Luther King Park, 1671 Hendley St., Santa Rosa on Saturday, June 16 from 10am-6pm. FREE
Finalists from each county in the Fifth Congressional District were judged. Nalani Marlowe from Kelseyville High School in Lake County was chosen as the 2019 Fifth Congressional District Art Competition Grand Prize Winner. Her art piece, A Day in the Life, will hang in the halls of the United States Capitol for one year and she will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Santa Rosa Students Head for Kung Fu Competition
A Shout Out to Congressman Mike Thompson, who personally came to the event in Santa Rosa, congratulated all the contestants and presented
From June 14–18 Santa Rosa students, Keelyn Walker, age 12, Yvette Tran, age 13 and Liana Semet, age 12 and Michelle Semet, age 12 will travel to China to compete in the “8th World Kung Fu Championships” held this year in Emei mountain, Sichuan province, China.The mountain is one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China. Mt. Emei sits at the western rim of the Sichuan Basin. The mountains west of it are known as Daxiangling.
each one with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.
Summer Fun in Santa Rosa
 Something to think about: The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” Robert Nesta Marley was a Jamaican singer and songwriter. Considered one of the pioneers of reggae, his musical career was marked by blending elements of reggae, ska, and rock steady, as well as forging a smooth and a distinctive vocal sound.
All four of the women having been learning martial arts at the Wu Academy under the guidance of the Wu Academy founder and USA Team Coach, Justin Eggert who will be travelling with them to China.
The women will be competing in the following areas: Keelyn is competing in shaolin Kung fu saber, Liana is competing in Kung Fu straight sword, and Yvette is competing in shaolin Kung Fu staff, and Michelle is competing in Tai Chi. They all qualified at the team trials and are now on Team USA Kung Fu.
Elaine B. Holtz is co-producer /Host with Kenneth E. Norton of “Women’s Spaces” on KBBF 89.1FM Monday 11-12 noon & 11-12 midnight. and
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