It took a mysterious act of Congress to get $20 million in federal funds earmarked for controversial ferry service at Port Sonoma Marina. And it will take an act of Congress to get rid of it.
Retired Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey of Petaluma will help preside over a five-day media event aimed at revealing evidence of an ‘extraterrestrial presence’ and a decades-long government effort to cover it up.
Federal officials say they are open to suggestions from the public that more of the North Coast should be protected from offshore oil drilling under a proposed expansion of two marine sanctuaries.
No contrary words were heard at a public meeting that filled Bodega Bay’s Grange Hall with about 70 citizens, federal officials and fishing industry representatives Thursday night concerning a plan to protect an additional 2,770 square miles of the ocean off the rugged North Coast.
On the verge of retirement — her replacement will be sworn in Thursday — Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, 75, offered an assessment of her career as only she could, dismissing her critics as ‘full of sh–,’ and making no apologies for being ‘a liberal for 20 years in an organization where people would rather you go along to get along.’
She is, in many ways, the same outspoken everywoman who shocked the North Coast’s political establishment in 1992 by winning what was then the 6th District Congressional seat.
The four-decade battle to preserve Sonoma County’s scenic coast from offshore oil drilling came to an apparent end Thursday as federal officials announced plans to expand two marine sanctuaries, putting an area the size of Delaware off-limits to energy development.
With her time in Congress running short, Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, is pursuing a new approach to protecting more of the North Coast from oil drilling — one that doesn’t require a vote in the Republican-controlled House.
Imagine a Republican county supervisor from Crescent City winning the North Coast seat in Congress and holding onto it for 20 years. That’s what happened when Don Clausen, a World War II veteran, won the 1962 election in a district that stretched — as it does now, with some variations — from Marin County to Oregon. But that area of rugged coastline and liberal-leaning voters now has no Republicans in Congress or the Legislature, nor does any GOP candidate have a shouting chance of success in today’s election.
Petaluma Vice Mayor Tiffany Renee announced Monday she will seek election to a second term in November joining Planning Commissioner Alicia Kae Herries, who announced her intention to run for council earlier this year, and Councilman Gabe Kearney, who will seek election to a full term.