Women’s Spaces Radio Show with host Elaine B Holtz  with guests Laura Wells on Public Banking and Supervisor Susan Gorin, Chair, on Sonoma County’s Coronavirus Guidelines has been uploaded to the web archive.  The show was recorded, broadcast in the North Bay and streamed worldwide over Radio KBBF 89.1 FM  on Monday 4/27/2020 at 11 AM (repeats at 11 PM on KBBF) and repeat broadcast in Petaluma and streamed worldwide over Radio KPCA 103.3 FM on Wednesday 4/29/2020 at 11 AM.

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Public Banking

Supervisor Susan Gorin on Coronavirus Guidelines in Sonoma County


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1. Laura Wells, Public Banking Advocate

2. Susan Gorin,  Chair, Board of Supervisors, Sonoma County


 Our Featured Guests


1.  Laura Wells has been encouraging Public Banking for over 10 years when she campaigned for the Governor of California. In October 2019 Governor Newsom, as only the second state to do so, signed into law the ability for counties and cities to form Public Banks. Laura recounts the history of Public Banking beginning in North Dakota by farmers being foreclosed by banks lobbying successfully to form a Public Bank in that state in 1919, one hundred years before California legalized it.  Public Banking, according to Laura, can be helpful to localities in accessing the benefits of the CARES Act, just signed into  law as the Federal response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

About our Guest:  Laura Wells is a Green Party organizer residing in Oakland. She has run as a candidate for State Controller and Governor of California. Her platform has been to reform Prop 13 in order to tax the rich and to close corporate tax loopholes. When she ran for Governor in 2010 she introduced many Californians to the solution of Public Banks.

Guest Links: 


Friends of Public Banking Santa Rosa: http://www.publicbanksantarosa.org/


2.  Susan Gorin, Chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, gives us a report on the County’s efforts to slow the infection rate of the Coronavirus and what measures are in place and what will will be relaxed later this week. Supervisor Gorin encourages county residents to visit the county’s YouTube Channel with videos of public meetings and advice in English and Spanish, as well as to visit the  Emergency and Preparedness website  https://socoemergency.org/ for the current Health Orders and  links and telephone numbers that address the pandemic issues. A Dashboard on this website at the bottom of the home page gives one the number of new and total cases to date, recovered cases, deaths,  COVID-19 tests given, and graphs of new cases by date and Bay Area county cases.

About our Guest:  Susan Gorin represents the First District of Sonoma County and is the Chair.  Her biography on the county website states:

Ms. Gorin attended Santa Rosa Junior College and continued her education at Sonoma State University, graduating in 1991 cum laude with degree in Political Science and Economics. She became involved in local government and served as Chair of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, President of the Court Appointed Special Advocates Board, Vice-President of the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation, Advisory Board member of Safe Havens for Youth, and President of the League of Women Voters.

In 1996 Ms. Gorin was elected to the Santa Rosa School Board, subsequently served on the Santa Rosa Board of Public Utilities, and Santa Rosa Planning Commission. She then successfully ran for the Santa Rosa City Council where she served for six years. In addition to serving as a six-year city council member and two years as Mayor, Ms. Gorin was elected by the Sonoma County Mayors’ and Councilmembers’ Association to serve as their representative on the Executive Boards for the Association of Bay Area Governments and Bay Area Air Quality Management District. In 2012, Ms. Gorin was elected to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, representing the First District.

Guest Link: https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Board-of-Supervisors/District-1/

Sonoma County Emergency and Preparedness website:  https://socoemergency.org/

Sonoma County YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/officialsonomacounty



A larger Compilation is at the National Women’s History Alliance

National Women's History Alliance

April 26, 1777 – American Revolution heroine Sybil Ludington, 16 years old, rides 40 miles on horseback in the middle of the night to warn the American militia that the British were invading

April 28, 1993 – First “Take Our Daughters to Work” Day, sponsored by the Ms. Foundation, in 2003 it became “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work” Day

Her Birthdays This Week

April 27, 1906 (1993) – Alice Dunnigan, first African-American journalist accredited to cover Congress (1947) and the White House, Supreme Court and State Department, documented Klan actions when no “white” newspaper covered them, first journalist of color to travel with President Truman on his train (1948) but had to pay her own way, appointed to the staff of the President’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity (1961)

April 27, 1927 (2006) – Coretta Scott King, civil rights, human rights, and peace activist and wife of Dr. Martin Luther King.



Check links in case of postponements or cancellations due to pandemic precautions.


January 25 through September 13, 2020,  From Suffrage to #MeToo at Museum of Sonoma County.  Please note: Fee is required for entry to museum. For more information visit https://museumsc.org/suffrage-metoo/


League of Women Voters of Sonoma County has scheduled candidate debates and ballot measure discussions. See their webpage listing the events at https://www.facebook.com/lwvsonomacounty/


Women's Suffrage Project 2020Sonoma County Women’s Suffrage Project  https://socowomen2020.org/
with Calendar of related Events at https://socowomen2020.org/calendar


Music Selections:

The Opening and Closing Theme song is with permission of the Composer and Singer Alix Dobkin:

The Woman in Your Life is You by Alix Dobkin from the album Living with Lavender Jane (Women’s Wax Works) – www.alixdobkin.com

The Times They Are a Changing sung by The Brothers and Sisters from the Album Dylans Gospels (1969 Ode Records)

We Shall Overcome sung by Mahalia Jackson from the album We Shall Overcome (2006 Charly Records)


For music purchasing opportunity:

Link:  Spinitron.com Playlist for Women’s Spaces Show