September 2019 Newsletter

Monthly Meeting Reminder

When: Monday, September 9, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Where: Dunbar Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room

Our featured speakers will be Jillian Beall, the principal of Dunbar Elementary School and Helen Sedwick, who will inform meeting attendees on how they can protect their rights regarding a potential PG&E settlement with or without a lawyer. Arthur Dawson will present plans for a 4-mile bike path linking Eldridge and Glen Ellen.

Marty Winter, presented his plans for the Rustic Shops and Apartments project during our August meeting. You can view the meeting minutes here. The conceptual design review presentation for the project with the county is tentatively set for Wednesday, September 18. You can view up-to-date information and status of the meeting on the county PRMD website here.

The next Glen Ellen Forum monthly meeting will be Monday, October 7th, at 7:00 PM, at the Dunbar Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room. Speakers will be announced on the Glen Ellen Forum website.

Jack London Yacht Club Logo

A HUGE Thank you to the Jack London Yacht Club!

The Glen Ellen Forum is honored to be one of the recipients of funds raised by the members of the Jack London Yacht Club during this year's inaugural Jack to Jack race in April. Members of the Glen Ellen Forum will be on hand at the JLYC grant distribution event this Sunday, September 8, at the Valley of the Moon Winery. The event is almost sold out. Purchase tickets here.

Lottery for Fire Survivors for Trees and Shrubs

The Glen Ellen Forum is grateful and humbled to be in good company as one of Rebuild NorthBay's Rise Up Community Impact Grants Fund recipients. Please learn more about the Landscape Lottery program by viewing the application below. If you fit the criteria and would like to apply, your completed application is due no later than Wednesday, September 11th. The lottery drawing will take place on Wednesday September 15th.

Lottery applications are available here: Trees/Shrubs Lottery Application. Applications will also be available at the September 9th at the monthly Glen Ellen Forum meeting.


Proposed Bikeway Project for Eldridge and Glen Ellen

Our community has an outstanding opportunity to establish a bikeway between Glen Ellen and Eldridge. Running more than four miles north from Madrone Road, the bikeway will link residential neighborhoods to downtown Glen Ellen, Dunbar Elementary School, the former Sonoma Developmental Center, and two regional parks.

Essential elements of a Glen Ellen - Eldridge bikeway are already in place. According to Arthur Dawson, who has been leading the effort, "The bikeway will give everyone a chance to get out of their cars, reduce emissions, improve their health and strengthen ties within our community."

Arthur will be presenting details and next steps during the September monthly Glen Ellen Forum meeting.

SDC Photo

Eldridge - Trespassing Warning

The authorities at Eldridge, the former site of the now closed Sonoma Developmental Center sent an open letter to the community. They would like to remind everyone that although the site remains open for pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles in non-restricted areas, individuals are prohibited from accessing both reservoirs (for fishing or swimming), areas affected by the recent fires, and all vacant buildings and parking lots. For everyone's safety, these closed areas are clearly marked. Entering closed areas is considered trespassing. If voluntary compliance is not successful, officers will take the appropriate enforcement action to curtail trespassing.

If you’d like to stay informed on the progress of the planning process for the future of Eldridge or learn how to get involved, you can check current status and sign up for email updates here.

old building Beauty Ranch from historical tidbits

Post Office Parking Lot Beautification Project Update

The Projects Committee placed a Glen Ellen historical display and a town map in the new kiosk! If you haven't already, be sure to stop by to take a look.

The MAC has a Name!

As determined by an informal survey from the community, the new Municipal Advisory Council will be called the North Valley MAC. The Board of Supervisors will vote to finalize formation of the new MAC on September 18th and if approved, applications to represent your community as a member of the MAC will be available in late September. To learn more, you can read the recent North Valley MAC announcement here. View the North Valley MAC bylaws here.

Save the Date for the following upcoming Glen Ellen Forum Events:

Monday, September 9, 7:00 PM – September Monthly meeting, Dunbar School Multi-Purpose Room

Tuesday, September 24, 5:30 PM – Commerce and Tourism Committee upcoming meeting contact for location details

Sunday, September 29 - Upcoming Family Picnic Day at Morton’s Warm Springs

Monday, October 7, 7:00 PM – October Monthly meeting, Dunbar Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room

Monday, November 4, 7:00 PM – November Monthly meeting, Dunbar Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room

We need and appreciate your donations to support our ongoing operations and committees. You can make a donation to the Glen Ellen Forum using this link: Donate or from our website You can also mail a check payable to The Glen Ellen Forum to PO Box 464 Glen Ellen, CA 95442. Thank you for your support!

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Warm Regards,
The Glen Ellen Forum