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Confessions of a Hippie Survivalist

Confessions of a Hippie Survivalist

Mark Fernquest, Magazine Editor

April 3, 2020

It’s difficult being a hippie survivalist. I should know. I have a foot in each camp, but belong to neither. It’s like this: I go to the shooting range and I meet friendly and capable people, but I’m scared of breaking gun etiquette the entire time (with guns, proper safety must be observed...

A reasonable — and perhaps beneficial — choice: Postponing the Tokyo Olympics

A reasonable — and perhaps beneficial — choice: Postponing the Tokyo Olympics

Kayla Beaton, Sports Writer

March 30, 2020

The International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday that the Summer Olympics will be postponed to July 23, 2021. While this news is surely heartbreaking to many athletes whose strict training schedules are now upended, it is good news for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team.  Forward Alex ...

Every California resident must participate in the 2020 Census

Every California resident must participate in the 2020 Census

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief

March 15, 2020

Every 10 years, the U.S. government counts the country’s population to determine federal funding and congressional representation for every state. Californians — a word that for the census means everyone who lives in the state, including documented, undocumented and homeless residents alike — mu...

Four reasons why the U.S. isn’t ready for coronavirus

Four reasons why the U.S. isn’t ready for coronavirus

James Domizio, Editor-in-Chief

March 12, 2020

Coronavirus has arrived in America, and America isn’t ready. COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, has canceled the remainder of NHL and NBA seasons, closed Disneyland and forced most major universities to offer online only instruction. California, North Carolina, Washington and other states have declared ...

The Oak Leaf endorses Bernie Sanders for President

The Oak Leaf endorses Bernie Sanders for President

Oak Leaf Staff

February 26, 2020

The Oak Leaf Editorial Board, considering the interests of Santa Rosa Junior College students and faculty, endorses Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont to be the 46th President of the United States because of his positions on climate change, Medicare-for-all, student debt relief, tuition-free public col...

Why female coaches matter in male professional leagues

Why female coaches matter in male professional leagues

Kayla Beaton, Staff Writer

February 25, 2020

History was made earlier this year when women made headlines on  coaching staffs in two professional sporting leagues. On Jan. 9, Alyssa Nakken took her place as the first female full-time coach in Major League Baseball, for the San Francisco Giants; one month later Katie Sowers was the first female to ...

Why my 50s are my metal years

Why my 50s are my metal years

Mark Fernquest, Magazine Editor

February 11, 2020

I’m 51. This is my Metal Decade and I have the scars to prove it. They might not all be visible, but I assure you it took everything I’ve ever had for me to make it this far in life. I’ve been through a lot. There was the time, not so long ago, when I walked into a wall and hit my head with...

Opinion: Let’s help the homeless

Opinion: Let’s help the homeless

Mark Fernquest, Magazine Editor

January 28, 2020

I went down to the homeless encampment on the Joe Rodota Trail yesterday and handed out a case of candy bars. It was a good excuse to get out of the house and do something worthwhile for a change. I talked in-depth to one couple and got to see firsthand how people are living there. It was a dirty, s...

Opinion: Los Guilicos is a lie

Opinion: Los Guilicos is a lie

Zane Zinkl, Editor-in-Chief

January 28, 2020

The City of Santa Rosa and the County of Sonoma are failing their homeless residents, again. Despite the “hunger for change” and a community that is “on board and invested in solutions,” as described by Sonoma County Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, efforts to improve the conditions of the county’s poo...

Evacuating Healdsburg: My experience fleeing home during the Kincade Fire

Evacuating Healdsburg: My experience fleeing home during the Kincade Fire

Jose Gonzalez, Staff Writer

December 12, 2019

I had tears streaming down my face and my hands were shaking — I feared what would come next. Healdsburg was under mandatory evacuation. I wondered if it would burst into flames and if I would return to a pile of ash instead of my hometown. The Kincade Fire started at 9:27 p.m. Oct. 23 near Geyservi...

The digital detox diary: My 24-hour device-free diet

The digital detox diary: My 24-hour device-free diet

Mark Fernquest, Co-Magazine Editor

December 12, 2019

The rules: my digital diet will last 24 hours, during which time I will forgo cell phone, laptop, internet, debit/credit card and electronic key-fob usage. I will, however, use analog technology as usual, including clocks, my truck and a pay phone — if I happen to come across one that works. Prefa...

Carceral state: The prison industrial complex wasn’t the solution for my mom

Carceral state: The prison industrial complex wasn’t the solution for my mom

Jesse Kapukui, Co-Features Editor

December 12, 2019

The first time my mom was incarcerated — for vandalizing public property — I counted the approximately 730 days until she’d get out. Every weekend I got used to the dehumanizing routine. I checked my pockets for contraband, made sure my clothes followed the dress code, walked into the crowded...

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