A Message from the Mayor
On my desk in the mayor's office, right under my computer monitor where I can see it every day, is a postcard:
"Dear Chris Coursey", it says in neat schoolgirl print, "Today we prayed for you in Sunday School.
I'm not much of a praying man, but I'll take all the support I can get. So I look at - and appreciate - Holly's postcard every single day.
So far - knock on wood - it appears to be working.
Notes from the Campaign Trail
Maybe it was an envelope with an unusual combination of postage stamps. Maybe it was the mysterious taxi cab that pulled into your driveway. Or perhaps it was the 12-year-old knocking on your door.
One way or another, you may have noticed a difference in my campaign for Santa Rosa City Council.
It makes sense that I run a different kind of campaign, because I’m a different kind of candidate. I don’t come from a background in politics. My career has been covering politics as a journalist, not practicing them as a politician. And I wanted my campaign to reflect that difference.
Changing Our Relationship with City Government
During my campaign for City Council, I’ve been talking a lot about the need to change the culture of City Hall. I truly believe I can be part of that change when I get elected.
But changing a culture requires more than just replacing the people at the top. It demands altered behavior and different relationships among all of those involved. And a big step toward that broader change occurred Sept. 25 when nearly 100 members of the community gathered in the City Council chambers to talk about reconstructing the relationship between Santa Rosa’s government and Santa Rosa’s citizens.
A “reasonable” killing in Santa Rosa?
On Monday, we learned that a law enforcement officer could spot this kid on a Santa Rosa street, and – within seconds – “reasonably” assess him as a lethal threat and then pump seven bullets into his young body.