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COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS ON RACE - HISTORY OF PRIDE MONTH

Community Action Partnership  •  Johnny Nolen
June 14, 2021

Join us for a discussion on the history of PRIDE Month, Queer Liberation, Decentering Whiteness and the FAIR Education Act! With Sarah Casmith, Johnny Nolen (CAPS Board President), Kerry Rego (Kerry Rego Consulting), Em Robles-Tuttle and Moderated by Jessie Hankins from LGBTQ Connection Sonoma.

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SEBASTOPOL’S SERVICE CLUBS, NONPROFITS TO UNITE TO TACKLE CITY NEEDS

Sonoma County Gazette  •  Craig Litwin
March 12, 2021

Sebastopol’s Service Clubs, in partnership with the City of Sebastopol and CoMission, are organizing a community needs summit. The goal is to bring together all organizations in and around Sebastopol that address community needs and all the area’s Service Clubs to identify pressing community issues and better organize how the community responds to them. The tentative schedule for the summit is late April or early May.

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SEBASTOPOL SERVICE CLUBS AND CITY OF SEBASTOPOL ORGANIZE A NEEDS SUMMIT

The Community Voice  •  Craig Litwin
March 12, 2021

Sebastopol’s Service Clubs, in partnership with the City of Sebastopol and CoMission, are organizing a community needs summit. The goal is to bring together all organizations in and around Sebastopol that address community needs and all the area’s Service Clubs to identify pressing community issues and better organize how the community responds to them. The tentative schedule for the summit is late April or early May.

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COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS ON RACE - OVERCOMING WHITE FRAGILITY

Community Action Partnership  •  Johnny Nolen
February 22, 2021

Join our CAP Board President, Johnny Nolen as he moderates a discussion on White Fragility and Privilege. This conversation is hosted on the premise that we all acknowledge that White privilege exists, and nothing discussed is intended to justify, deny, or contest its existence. With Steven David Martin (Raven Theater, Artistic Director), Serene Cooper (Director of Career Services, SAY), Leslie Graves (Community Activist) and Jamie Padilla (CAP Board Member).

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COMMUNITY RESILIENCY SURVEY RESULTS HEARD BY SEBASTOPOL COUNCIL

The Community Voice  •  Brandon McCapes
January 29, 2021

CoMission Chief Operating Officer Johnny Nolen presented the residential survey, which included 1,179 respondents residing within the city limits and nearby unincorporated areas. Nolen stated that due to the usage of the voter database to conduct the survey, the results were skewed towards more affluent, Caucasian and older residents in the targeted area.

CoMission has carried out two other surveys focused on local businesses and organizations and worked with the city to offer zero-interest micro loans of up to $10,000 to local businesses hard hit by Covid-19-related lockdown measures.

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SEBASTAPPEAL BY SARAH GLADE GURNEY — JULY 2020

Sonoma County Gazette  •  Sarah Glade Gurney
June 27, 2020

The City Council retained CoMission, a local consulting firm, to assess the impacts of COVID-19 on local businesses and to recommend steps for recovery.

During May, 160 business owners completed CoMission’s Business Survey. Fifty percent of the participants were located in the Downtown Core and The Barlow. Thirty percent were from the retail, food services, and healthcare sectors. Those identified as needing immediate triage were routed to a half-hour one-on-one intake interview for help and support.

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COMMUNITY VITALITY CONTRACT GOES TO NEW LITWIN COMPANY

SoCoNews  •  Laura Hagar Rush
May 13, 2020

The Sebastopol City Council has been talking about hiring an economic development director/community vitality specialist for more than a year and slated $40,000 for the half-time position. At the last city council meeting on May 5, it was announced that rather than hiring an individual, city staff opted to engage a company called CoMission, headed by former Sebastopol Mayor Craig Litwin.

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