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Close to Home: Effort to recall Sheriff Freitas will move ahead — here’s why

On March 24, members of the Community Action Coalition served a notice of intention to recall Sheriff Steve Freitas from office. Just hours later the sheriff announced that he would not seek re-election in 2018.

Nonetheless, the Community Action Coalition will persevere in its effort to remove a sheriff who has failed repeatedly to fulfill his stated mission to provide “professional, firm, fair and compassionate public safety services” to our communities. Under his leadership, this Sheriff’s Office has consistently discriminated against people of color, the homeless and their encampments and the mentally ill. Excessive use of force is pervasive.


The 2013 killing of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by Deputy Erick Gelhaus fanned deep-seated resentments of local Latino communities, which had already endured years of racial profiling, humiliation and senseless killings by law enforcement. After the sheriff reassigned Gelhaus back to street patrol, one Latina from Santa Rosa said, “The message was clear: you are faceless, nameless, voiceless, and we don’t care about you.”

Sentiments swelled again last year when the sheriff promoted Gelhaus. “He is highly qualified and will represent the Sheriff’s Office well,” Freitas said. “If I didn’t believe that, he wouldn’t be promoted."

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(It happened after, therefore it was prompted by...)

In this 25-min interview host Evelina talks with Daniel about Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas cancellation of his re-election plans hours after receiving a Notice of Intent to Recall from members of the Community Action Coalition. Did this grassroots action precipitate his retirement? What will it mean to the CAC members? Should they continue with the recall process? How will the community find a qualified replacement or will Freitas name his successor as it has been done for years in the past? 




Excerpt: Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas said Friday he will not run for re-election next year, revealing he plans to retire at the end of his second term in charge of the largest local law enforcement agency, where he was a politically tested leader who confronted both deep recession-era budget cuts and sharp public criticism in the aftermath of the 2013 Andy Lopez shooting. More

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Deportation is an issue that affects all of us, young and old, fathers and mothers, teachers and students, empoyers and employees. So, what measures are immigration attorneys and legislators taking to ensure the security and safety of our communities during a time of escalating I.C.E. raids?

In this 45-min interview, André Marc (pictured above to left) reviews with immigration attorney Rick Coshnear the past ten years of immigration arrests and deportation holds done under the direction of the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department. Coshnear also explains the constitutional issues involved with these arrests, and measures that he and other attorneys took to defend immigrants and affect changes in immigration law.

Before starting the interview, it may be helpful to familiarize youself with the names of some state policies and federal agancies that impact your life, if you happen to be an immigrant. ICE – I.C.E. - stands for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It is an agency of the Dept. of Homeland Security, whose duty it is to arrest and deport the undocumented.

“Secure Communities” and “287-G” are two terms for the same thing, which is a program to recruit local law enforcement - Police and Sheriff's Depts. - to themselves become ICE officers, and help ICE detain and deport immigrants. These organizations have had a lot of power in selecting people to detain and deport from the U.S.

However - You may be pleased to discover in this three-part interview with Rick Coshnear, that a recent court decision and two state laws have weakened this power, at least for now.

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On our Travel & Adventure segment of "Waking Dream Radio" called Ventana Latina host and producer Evelina talks with Heather Lincoln, mother of three and wife of chiropractic neurologist with a busy practice in Sonoma County, California whose interest in a “richer, deeper lifestyle” brought her whole family to Costa Rica during the Christmas season of December 2016. 



Costa Rica is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Caribbean Sea to the east, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island. It has a population of around 4.5 million. Learn more at: mindfuljourney.info


Many believe that life in a developing country such as Costa Rica would be far inferior to that of richer countries such as the the United States. But, Costa Rican touriar resorts can be just as luxurios and accomodating as any 5 star hotel in the U.S.  

Heather also points out that as soon as they got off the plane, her family felt what she called the “warm, welcoming Carribean like weather.” She felt like the air itself was a call to adventure. A sharp contrast from the below freezing temperatures common in Northern California during the Christmas holiday season.  

We talk with Heather about her journey to the beaches of Marbella, and how it was in the coastal, surfing lifestyle that the Lincoln family found what Costa Ricans call “La Pura Vida” which means pure life or the good life along with some unexpected surprises too. 

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January 13, 2017

Awakening the Dreamer

Arise Dreamers! It is such a great pleasure to be in your cosmic reality for this 'Time Within A Time'. The ground all around us is moving, making room for tiny new sprouts of light and radiance.


So many New Adventures lie in store for us, and for La Madre Tierra/Mother Earth. like many of you who are listening I know something transformational on a global scale is starting to happen. Yes, The time has arrived to feel your soul, to grow, rejoice and most importantly DREAM forth  our new Reality, and our New World.

So, Today we will embark on a Waking Dream Journey together that will take us to the luminous spaces of our imagination because the time has come to be who you were meant to be and live the life you were meant to live.

But, before we can begin we must see and understand the lay of land and I MayaRose will be the bearer of those magical waking dreams, your very own personal Dream Weaver. 



You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour.
Now you must go back and tell the people that THIS is the hour.
And there are things to be considered:
Where are you living?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.
It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.
This could be a good time!
There is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold onto the shore.
They will feel they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.
Know the river has its destination.
The elders say we must let go of the shore,
push off into the river.
Keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.
See who is in there with you and celebrate.
At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally,
least of all ourselves.
For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey
comes to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves!
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we've been waiting for.

~ The Elders of Hopi Nation
Oraibi, Arizona


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