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A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden visits Sonoma County

Bryan Fructuoso
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden lands at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport for a Biden Victory Fund campaign stop on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024 in Santa Rosa.

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden touched down in Santa Rosa Thursday afternoon at Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport. This stop marks her second-to-last destination on a four-day press tour and her second stop in the Bay Area this week. 

After exiting the plane, Dr. Biden was greeted by Supervisors David Rabbitt, district two, and James Gore, district four, along with Gore’s wife, Elizabeth Gore. Biden spent a couple minutes chatting with them, posed for photos and then walked to the waiting motorcade of several black sedans and Sonoma County Sheriff squad cars. Her motorcade left the tarmac and took the First Lady to a political fundraiser event for the Biden Victory Fund in Healdsburg.

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden is greeted by Supervisors David Rabbitt and James Gore, alongside Elizabeth Gore after landing at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024 in Santa Rosa. (Nick Vides)

While waiting for the First Lady’s arrival, Supervisor Gore expressed the importance of the Biden administration to Sonoma County. “This president, this presidency has really delivered for the counties around the country,” he said. 

Gore credited Joe Biden for the money the county received from the federal government during the pandemic. ”Coming out of Covid, the American Rescue Plan, Sonoma County specifically, [was given] $95 million in recovery dollars, and of that, $40 million we put into equity programs that were hit hard by the pandemic, but also rebuilding a new public health lab to prepare for future events,” he said.

Gore believes President Biden plans to provide more financial assistance to college students if elected to a second term. “I think not only with what he’s already pushed forward and has tried two or three times to figure out a way forward. One of the connections that we’ve heard a lot from the administration is a greater potential for stints in public service like Americorps, Climate Corps, and other things, such as a tuition reduction.” 

Supervisor Rabbitt appreciated the opportunity to greet the First Lady. “Welcoming her is an important thing, for the county and for the board, and I very much appreciate her being here,” he said. 

Her next stop on the Biden Victory Fund tour is John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus, Ohio.


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Emelle Raschein
Emelle Raschein, Reporter
Emelle Raschein (she/her) is in her first semester at the Oak Leaf and is pursuing a degree in journalism.
Hana Seals
Hana Seals, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Hana Seals (she/her) is in her fourth semester at Santa Rosa Junior College, and is preparing to transfer to a four-year school with a major in Journalism. She mainly covers breaking news, community issues and local crime. Outside of writing she spends her time watching documentaries, drawing and opening time with friends and family. Professional content consumer.
Nick Vides
Nick Vides, Photo-Editor
Nicholas “Nick” Vides (he/him) Is a seasoned breaking news reporter dedicated to making sure every shutter click of his camera captures a moment worth sharing. Nick's itch for chasing fires has kept him busy over the past seven years, covering every major fire event in Northern California from the Paradise Fire to the Caldor Fire. Nick currently splits his time as a photojournalist with The Oak Leaf and as a Contract Photographer with The Press Democrat. He has more than nine years of experience with photography, has been director of photography for multiple short films with the SRJC Media Arts Center, directed numerous student-led broadcasts with his Media 19 class, and interned for The Sarah and Vinnie Show on Alice 97.3. In the little free time left, he works for Highway 12 Winery in Sonoma, California as a Cellar Hand.  
Bryan Fructuoso
Bryan Fructuoso, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Bryan Fructuoso-Zurita (He/Him/Él) is in his third semester at The Oak Leaf. He enjoys meeting new people and listening to their stories because everyone has one to tell. His passion lies in covering individuals and amplifying their stories, particularly on underrepresented groups on campus and Latinx stories. To pursue his passion further, he is working towards obtaining an associate of science degree in both digital journalism and digital filmmaking. Bryan's ultimate dream is to create your favorite television series or film one day.

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