santa rosa: Just Listed! 5716 Brigadoon Way Santa Rosa, CA 95409 - 09/01/08 04:38 AM
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santa rosa: Wildfire Preparedness - 06/30/08 05:49 AM
Wildfires usually start unnoticed and spread rapidly.  Are you prepared? If you live in high wildfire hazard zone there are some steps you can take now to protect your home and your family.
Start by clearing a 30 to 100-foot area around your house and other outbuildings.   Call your local fire station and ask them for advice on how much area is recommended for your property.
Your clearing efforts should focus on the following:
•§         Leaves, dead limbs, any/all flammable vegetation.
•§         Remove leaves and rubbish from under decks and other structures and in gutters
•§         Thin a space between tree crowns, and remove limbs within 15 … (0 comments)

santa rosa: Solar Sonoma County wins Solar America City Grant - 04/21/08 03:01 AM
Marty Roberts of Solar Sonoma County just emailed me with some exciting news.  Santa Rosa was recently named one of 12 new "Solar America Cities," which qualifies the city to receive federal funding and technical assistance for project implementation of its Solar Sonoma County grant proposal.  The objective of this proposal is a countywide solar program that accelerates and expands local solar energy production.
The foundation of Santa Rosa's proposal is the Solar Sebastopol program.  The city is banding together other area cities and the county to expand the program countywide. The funds will contribute to efforts by Santa Rosa and the Solar Sonoma County partners' to increase the amount of solar installations in the County by 25 megawatts over the … (2 comments)

santa rosa: New Sonoma County Conforming Loan Limits - 03/07/08 09:47 AM
The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) announced a temporary increase to conforming loan limits for loan originations starting July 1, 2007 and ending Dec. 31, 2008.
The government also raised loan limits FHA guaranteed mortgages for loans originated between now and Dec. 31, 2008.
Here are the new limits for Sonoma County:To view all new FHA Limits, go to:  FHA Loan Limits by County
And for proposed limit changes for FNMA and FMAC go to: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Proposed Loan Limit Changes
 
(The above information has not been verified, is not guaranteed and is subject to change without notice).
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santa rosa: Integrated Pest Management - 03/05/08 07:16 AM
From time to time I have buyers calling me to try and find homes that have not been treated with pesticides.  Usually these people are cancer victims but more and more people are beginning to understand the impact that pesticides have on ourselves and our environment. 
If you are concerned about pesticides but don't want ants and other pests you might want to consider talking to Hitmen Pest Control.  I'm delighted to say that they are now offering an alternative product they call integrated pest management.  Rather than spraying a pesticide barrier around the house, their specialists come out periodically and inspect around … (0 comments)

santa rosa: March 12, 2008 Hear Peter Barnes Speak About "How to Fight Climate Change without Soaking the Middle Class" - 03/04/08 01:05 AM

Sponsored by the Climate Protection Campaign:  Take a trip to San Francisco and learn about Peter Barnes proposal to meet the scientific imperative for climate AND narrow the gap between rich and poor.
Peter Barnes, is Senior Fellow with the Tomales Bay Institute, Co-founder of Working Assets and has authored  books about market based methods to resolve environmental problems.  Peter is on the Climate Protection Campaign's Advisory Board.
When:  Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Where:  Commonwealth Club, San Francisco
How to get there:  Car Pool!  The Climate Protection Campagin Organization has rented a bus for 25 people and purchased a block of tickets. We'll arrange for your travel meal. First come - first serve. Passengers … (0 comments)

santa rosa: Area Car Washes Using Recycled Water - 03/01/08 01:44 AM

Chevron:  7360 Commerce Bl. Rohnert Park
Jolly Washer 19249 Sonoma Highway Sonoma
Mendocino Avenue Car Wash and Detail Center  2700 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
Mission Car Wash  59 Mission Circle, Santa Rosa
Oilstop Drive Thru Oil Change & Full Service Car Wash  5070 Redwood Dr. Rohnert Park
Rohnert Park Car Wash  200 Classic Court, Rohnert Park
Rotten Robbie Touch Free Car Wash  7200 Healdsburg, Avenue, Sebastopol
Touchless Car Wash 540 Lakeville Road, Petaluma
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santa rosa: How Green is my County's Government? - 03/01/08 12:52 AM
Sonoma County and all of its cities have made a major commitment to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Here are some examples:
The County's Business Environmental Alliance (BEA), established in 1995, is charged with implementing an integrated program of voluntary responsible environmental practices by local business. The BEA is one of the first initiatives of its kind. This business-driven community partnership, coordinated by the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, centers on the use of business-to-business communication to promote voluntary responsible environmental practices as a means toward economic profitability.  http://www.sonoma-county.org/bea/index.htm 
Cotati:  Cotati is proud of its trend toward mixed use development and "Green Building." They envision continuing a leadership role … (3 comments)

santa rosa: Green Moving Companies and Supplies - 02/28/08 07:21 AM
Earth friendly moving http://earthfriendlymoving.com/ "a buck a box a week".  This company rents heavy duty stackable moving containers from recycled materials delivered to your door in trucks running on biodiesel. When you are done with them they'll pick them up.
Go Green Moving http://www.gogreenmoving.com/ runs its moving vans on biodiesel.
http://www.boxquest.com/  Find and Buy recycled and used boxes, packing material and more.  When last checked there were more than 125,000 recycled boxes for sale in California including 75 in Napa and 200 in Vacaville.
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santa rosa: Earth Day: Help Clean Up Santa Rosa Creek - 02/24/08 08:11 AM
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santa rosa: Recycle your Electric Appliances and Computers - 02/24/08 02:19 AM
We need more places like this!  I was at the Annual Santa Rosa Chamber (CA) meeting the other day and picked up a flyer on a Santa Rosa company called The Computer Recycling Center.  You can donate your old computer equipment and more.  They also take electric appliances ("everything with a battery or a plug except large appliances"). 
They have a drop off location in Santa Rosa at 3227 Santa Rosa Avenue, 95407.  They will also pick up larger donations.  If you have large quantities to drop off or something unusual that you are not sure they will take in, give them … (4 comments)

santa rosa: New Campaign to Keep medications out of Sonoma County Waterways. - 02/23/08 05:57 AM
A pilot campaign to keep medications out of our waterways has started in Sonoma County. Participating area pharmacies in Cotati, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol and Rohnert Park include Longs Drugs, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Tuttles.  Not every location will have the program to begin with so call before you make the trip.  Want to know more?  Visit www.srcity.org/safemed.  Also check out http://www.recyclenow.org/ ... you'll be surprised at what can be recycled these days.
Way to go SoCo and participating Pharmacies!
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