Women’s Spaces Radio Show with host Elaine B. Holtz  and guests Susan Jensen of Economy Plumbing and Janeen Murray of GoLocal on Small Businesses Adapting with Precautions for COVID-19 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 5/18/2020 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 5/20/2020 at 11 AM.

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Small Businesses Adapting to COVID-19 Precautions


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1. Susan Jensen , Co-Owner, Economy Plumbing in Santa Rosa

2. Janeen Murray, Executive Director of Sonoma County Go Local


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1.  Susan Jensen shares the concerns and steps her company, considered essential to stay open during the Shelter-in-Place order, has taken on protecting her company’s six employees and the customers they visit on plumbing calls.  Susan also talks of the process she went through to procure a Small Business Loan through her bank and the federal online sites as advised by her accountant and local bank loan officer. She reports that the company did not receive any service calls the first three weeks of social distancing orders, and then, as the need became too great for those with stopped up sewers or broken pipes, the calls began to come in, but still business is slow.  Economy Plumbing is a member of GoLocal, which helps with marketing their essential presence in the community.

About our Guest:  Susan Jensen is co-owner of Economy Plumbing for 20 years and the company has been serving Sonoma County customers for 40 years. Susan was raised in Sonoma County by her mom Elaine, the host of this show. Susan is an avid Soccer player and competes around the state. She lives in Santa Rosa with her husband David, and is the mother of two children and is also a new grandmother.

Guest Link:  Economy Plumbing  http://economyplumbingsr.com/


2.  Janeen Murray discusses how locally owned businesses are vital for the local economy, allowing the money paid for goods and services to recirculate in the community.  GoLocal is a collective of locally owned businesses, and you can see the GoLocal logo on many of their storefronts.  The local business members are listed in the quarterly print catalog and in the directory of GoLocal’s website, so whenever a county resident needs a particular service or goods a visit to the website and search will bring up the possibilities of dealing locally. Many small businesses are expanding their services to adapt to the virus precautions in place to include curbside pickups, food carryout, and even store-to-door delivery.

About our Guest: Janeen Murray started out as a junior high and high school teacher for several years, then for the next decade she managed Operations and Marketing at two local companies. Then spending 10 years as GoLocal’s Co-Manager and Board Member, she now serves as Executive Director. She also manages Sustaining Technologies, LLC, and both organizations work together to provide marketing consulting and resources for locally owned businesses, and to remind the public the importance of going local. Janeen also serves as a member of the Sonoma County Food System Alliance and plays accordion in the Hubbub Club street band.

Guest Link:  Go Local https://sonomacounty.golocal.coop/



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

National Women's History Alliance

May 21, 1932 – Amelia Earhart Putnam becomes the first woman to complete a solo-transatlantic flight by flying 2,026 miles from Newfoundland to Ireland in just under 15 hours

Her Birthdays This Week

May 19, 1921 (2014) – Yuri Kochiyama, civil rights and political activist, influenced by her Japanese American family’s internment and her association with Malcolm X, she advocated for many causes, including Black separatism, the anti-war movement, Maoist revolution, reparations for Japanese-American internees, and the rights of people imprisoned by the U.S. government

May 19, 1930 (1965) – Lorraine Hansberry, first African-American woman to write a Broadway play, A Raisin in the Sun (1959)



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

August 26 – November 8, 2020, Petaluma’s Participation in the Women’s Suffrage Movement, Petaluma Library and Historical Museum The Petaluma Museum Association’s suffrage exhibit has been rescheduled. This postponement has provided the opportunity to coordinate the exhibit’s opening reception with the national celebration of “Women’s Equality Day”. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 26th, 5 to 8 pm! The exhibit will be dedicated to our former Congresswoman, Lynn Woolsey, and our former Mayor, Helen Putnam, and we are delighted to report that Mayor Barrett will be attending the opening to bestow the honors.


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 2020


Sonoma 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

Let’s Get Together sung by Kate Wolf from the Album Evening in Austin (Rhino Entertainment Company, A Warner Music Group Company)

Buy Local”,
sung by KJ and Friends from the album Farms, Food and Fun (2007 KJ)


For music purchasing opportunity:

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