The Oak Leaf

Superburger's Cheese Superburger makes for a dependable, if messy, feed.

Review: Super Burger

May 12, 2020

Super Burger | 1501 Fourth St., Santa Rosa; Also in Windsor, Bennett Valley, Cotati, Stony Point | (707) 546-4016 | Most entrees under $15 4.5 of 5 Oak Leaves Signature Dishes St. Helena Avenue burger, cheese Superburger, mushroom Swiss bacon...

Central Santa Rosa's back alleys offer walkers a peaceful and calming respite from traffic and paved roads.

Walking Santa Rosa’s back alleys

April 23, 2020

  I’m a walker. Growing up in the ’70s and ’80s I walked long miles to school and home (by choice) and by high school I regularly walked from my home in the Silicon Valley sticks to downtown Palo Alto or vice versa, a distance of 5 miles ea...

Pandemic Notes: Parts I and II

Pandemic Notes: Parts I and II

April 8, 2020

Part I Greetings from the edge of the known world! By which I mean human civilization at this uncanny hour. I’m a survivalist from way back, having grown up during the waning days of the Cold War, so pandemic is not a new concept to me. Combine...

A hippie survivalist

Confessions of a Hippie Survivalist

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 ent...

Wrecked at 51 — five decades of damage, or five decades of metal?

Why my 50s are my metal years

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 ag...

The Joe Rodota Trail homeless encampment is unofficial home to over 200 people.

Opinion: Let’s help the homeless

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...

Store important survival supplies and low-tech entertainment in a stout backpack you can grab at a moment’s notice.

When it’s time to bug out what to pack when you have to get out of Dodge

December 12, 2019

Fires. Floods. Power outages. Sonoma County residents live with them all. It’s not whether these events will strike, but when. How does one best deal with forced evacuations during high-stress situations? Consider assembling a bug-out bag (BOB). A...

Santa Rosans will need to make major adjustments to their lifestyles in order to survive climate change.

Regeneration: four ways to survive climate change

December 12, 2019

The scene: 2020–2030 CE Climate change grips the world and its effects are felt everywhere. Years of seasonal wildfires and drought take their toll on Santa Rosa. The northern and eastern edges of the city burn down in successive years, causing the h...

Morgan Lewis Jr, 45, of Lake County, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and will serve four years in prison for the death of Hermilo Andrade, 55, in 2018.

Lake County man to serve four years for involuntary manslaughter in 2018 Graton Casino parking lot assault

July 18, 2019

Hidden Valley Lake resident Morgan Lewis, 45, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter during a hearing at the Sonoma County Superior Courthouse on July 9 and agreed to serve four years for his role in the death of Hermilo Andrade, 55, in a case of mista...

Joseph Fink's latest novel—available in Hardcover, E-Book, CD, and Digital Audio.

“Alice Isn’t Dead”: Horror’s best new read

April 16, 2019

Horror nerds everywhere, fetch your reading glasses and plump up the cushions on your comfy chair: There’s a new book in town, and it doesn’t disappoint. Joseph Fink, New York Times bestselling co-author of “It Devours!” and “Welcome to Nightvale,”...

Structural characteristic shown in artist rendering highlights the similarity in design between current SRJC buildings.

Board of Trustees advances student housing

April 11, 2019

Housing developer Servitas presented to the Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees Tuesday afternoon final plans for a 360-bed student housing building to be completed by August 2022. Representatives from the three companies that will co...

CBD: A natural remedy for today's ills?

CBD: A natural remedy for today’s ills?

April 3, 2019

Anxiety. Insomnia. Depression. Headaches. As the pressures of survival in present day Sonoma County mount for local students, so, too, do the health consequences. For some students, the negative effects of stress can lead to the abuse of alcohol and re...

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Mark Fernquest