Posted on May 1, 2022 by Sonoma Valley Sun
It’s not a pretty picture at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, at least behind the scenes, where workers have taken steps to organize. In late March, staff members who said they represented a supermajority presented a letter to Executive Director Linda Keaton asking for Cultural Workers United recognition. But, to inject a gratuitous reference to Van Gogh, that request fell on deaf ears. “We welcome a dialogue with our employees as we always seek to be a place of inclusion, equity, accessibility and diversity,” Keaton said; yet, still a firm no. Then, like a Monet Nenuphar at Munch Scream, things went from serene to ugly. The union is now turning to formal certification procedures with the National Labor Council. And the museum, according to organizers, “has retained as legal counsel one of the national leaders of the union-busting industry, Jackson-Lewis, an action” fundamentally in opposition to the museum’s efforts to become a more diverse, equitable and inclusive space. for workers and the community. The pro-union campaign is convinced that it will prevail. “Our supermajority plans to stick together in any union busting campaign the museum chooses to engage in.” Get ready for a long blue period.
Did you feel the fake earthquake on April 28, or did you not receive the fake memo? State agencies have chosen the Sonoma Developmental Center campus for their annual emergency response exercise. About 700 first responders participated, dealing with “numerous building collapses, multiple casualties, trapped or missing victims, damaged roads and bridges, and the uncontrolled release of hazardous materials.” Again, only a test.
Sonoma Valley Hospital Now Offers Free Mammogram Screenings for uninsured and underinsured Sonoma Valley women ages 40 and older. The scouting program, known as Project Pink, had lasted just one month, October. But thanks to a grant from the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation, it’s now offered all year round. It’s free, but some restrictions apply. To register for Project Pink or for more information, call 707.935.5215.
The City of Sonoma has appointed Mike Berger as Director of Public Works. Berger has over 30 years of civil engineering experience and comes to Sonoma from the City of Napa Department of Public Works. Here, he will oversee a departmental budget of more than $10 million and a staff of 20 full-time employees responsible for the city’s water and transportation systems, parks and cemeteries. He replaces Colleen Ferguson, who retired after nearly five years on the job… Berger grew up in Sonoma, attended Santa Rosa Junior College and earned a degree in civil engineering from the University of California, Davis. “Growing up in Sonoma, I already have a deep appreciation for the city, its history and its citizens,” he says. “I am very excited to apply my diverse skills and experiences in the works municipal public services to a community that has always been very dear to me.”
The Sonoma Valley Education Foundation will present its signature fundraising event, the Red & White Ball, return to a live-action on Sonoma Plaza this summer, unveiling a new format. With a more casual approach and a cheaper price tag, the traditional gala will now be a “community celebration,” says Angela Ryan, SVEF executive director, including picnic-style meals and a more family-centric atmosphere. “We are thrilled that the generosity of our donors has given us the confidence to host a more inclusive event that helps families, donors and the community as a whole feel more invested, engaged and connected to our public schools and communities. to each other.” Ticket sales ($40) open in June, with volume discounts available. Save the date: August 27.
remember the movie dirty dancewhen Baby and Johnny were having a blast? The setting was a fictional Catskills resort based on the real Grossinger’s Catskill Resort, the jewel of the Borscht Belt. which in turn inspired Saturday night at Grossman’s, the musical is now getting a Sonoma Arts Live production at Andrews Hall. One of the stars is Dani Beem. “I’m having a wonderful time playing Jennie Grossinger and getting a little taste of this incredible, long-lost world of luxury and entertainment,” Beem told Page 3. “My only experience so far has been watching dirty dance. The story is so rich. It’s a fun, funny and touching show. Schtick that on your calendar.
–Val Robichaud, [email protected]