Hello, hello! Simone here with your Tuesday edition of the Healdsburg Daily, filled with all the local information you need to know right now. Including updates on:
- The closing of a local restaurant, and the possible arrival of another
- The never-ending race for our last open Healdsburg City Council seat
- The opening of the L&M Village homeless shelter, as well as the regular winter shelter at St. Paul’s
- And more…
But first, your daily weather:
- Tuesday: Some frost in the morning. Then a mix of sun and clouds, with a light wind. High: 70 Low: 38.
- Wednesday: Mostly sunny and heating up! High: 76 Low: 38.
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Air over Healdsburg:
Here are the top 4 stories today in Healdsburg:
- The Asahi Ramen & Izakaya location on Vine Street, in the Safeway shopping center, has closed, according to their Google listing and a neighbor who snapped a photo of a handmade closure notice on their door over the weekend. And another sign next to it says a restaurant called “Bollywood Kitchen” with “Indian, Nepalese & Tibetan cuisine” is coming soon to the 1047 Vine St. location. Meanwhile, Asahi’s other spot downtown, at 335 Healdsburg Ave., remains open. “Notice of closure!!” says the sign on their old Vine Street window. Owners thank customers for all their “love & support,” and say: “It is unfortunate that we must close! Please come check our other sushi restaurant located downtown.” The general consensus among neighbors talking about the change in the “Beverly Healdsburg” Facebook community group seems to be that, while it’s sad Asahi is closing one location, at least we’ve still got the other one — and many are “super jazzed for Indian food!” (Facebook Groups & Google Maps)
- Healdsburg City Council candidate Ron Edwards continues to edge ahead of Brigette Mansell in the race for the final open seat on the council, a two-year term left vacant by Skylaer Palacios. As of last count on Friday, “Edwards had 46.5% of the vote to 43.9% for Mansell, with 4,164 ballots counted,” the Press Democrat reports. “Edwards led by 111 votes with the addition of about 1,000 new votes, up from 47 during the previous update.” Still, county officials do not appear to have called the winner of the race yet. Edwards says on Facebook that he expects a final count this Friday, FWIW. (Facebook Groups & Press Democrat; paywall)
- The L&M Motel turned homeless shelter at the south end of town is now accepting residents for its 22 private units, according to Healdsburg city officials. And construction is expected to wrap up by the end of the month, with an official ribbon cutting planned for Jan. 12. Healdsburg’s long-awaited new shelter was originally scheduled to open in August — but officials claimed a mixup with state funds caused a delay. Since then, they’ve been racing to open by Nov. 21 in order to receive “a $220,000 bonus for expedited occupancy.” In an L&M update at the Healdsburg City Council meeting last night, a rep for local nonprofit Reach for Home, which will operate the shelter, said the org is “starting to take clients as we speak.” He said Reach for Home is planning to accept folks in small cohorts, for a gradual ramp-up. You can watch the full update starting around the 1-hour, 54-minute mark of the meeting. At the same time, a local activist who calls himself Will Sonoma says he stopped by the former L&M Motel — now the L&M Village — yesterday, and questioned in a Facebook post whether the active construction site was really move-in ready. City leaders have been encouraging anyone with questions about the L&M project to contact the city’s housing director, Stephen Sotomayor, at [email protected]. (City of Healdsburg & City of Healdsburg & Healdsburg City Council Meeting via Facebook & Facebook Groups)
- Related: The regular winter shelter at SignUpGenius.com & Reach for Home via Facebook) 209 Matheson St. is officially in effect for the season. The shelter will open whenever “it is below 37°F or is raining significantly,” according to Reach for Home — including today, tomorrow and Thursday to start. Here’s some more info from Reach for Home: “We use Accuweather to determine open dates for the season. Dates that Winter Shelter will be open will be posted outside of the church as well as here. At Winter Shelter, dinner is served from 6pm to 7 pm. Lights are out and and the shelter closes for the night from 9pm to 7am.” Shelter officials also say they’re “looking for people to volunteer by bringing food” for dinner. “If providing dinner please plan for 15 people. We provide plates, bowls, utencils and drinks,” they say. “Meals must be ready to serve at 6 p.m. each night.” You can sign up for a shift here. (
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Today and tomorrow in Healdsburg:
Tuesday, November 22
- Dino Stop Motion Maker Studio at the Healdsburg Library for Kids in Grades 4-6 (11AM)
- Architectural Historian Gives “Historic Architecture of Healdsburg” Presentation at the Healdsburg Library (5:30-7:30PM)
- Healdsburg Running Company Trail Sisters Host Parkland Farms Run With Thanksgiving Feast Potluck (6PM)
- Zumba With Chuy at TCElite Gym (Weekly, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6PM)
- Baile Folclórico at Corazón Healdsburg (Weekly, 6PM)
Wednesday, November 23
- Farm to Pantry Hosts Volunteer Veggie Glean at Noble Goat Farm (9AM-12PM)
- “Universal Yums for Teens” at the Healdsburg Library (2-3PM)
- Trivia Night at Coyote Sonoma (7-9PM)
From my notebook:
- Quick correction from a newsletter I ran last week: The name of the Healdsburg man killed in a DUI crash down in Utah last year was Stephen Cotler, not Colter. Thanks to the reader who pointed out my typo. “He was a great guy,” the reader says. (Inbox & Healdsburg Patch)
- More than 2,000 people have already signed up to run in Healdsburg’s annual Turkey Trot tradition on Thanksgiving this year, according to the Healdsburg Running Company. And there are still some 500 spots left, if you want to join! (Healdsburg Running Company via Facebook)
- Healdsburg city offices, as well as the library, will be closed this Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. (Sonoma County Library via Facebook)
- Meanwhile, city crews have been busy adding holiday touches to the downtown area — including “lighting up street light posts, installing the Healdsburg Avenue Bridge Lighting, decorating the Roundabout, installing the Plaza Holiday Tree, and adding color to our new public art piece ‘Rounder’ in West Plaza Park.” And the city says you should “watch for a few more additions that will be installed in time for the Merry Healdsburg event” the weekend after next. (City of Healdsburg)
- Costeaux’s giant nutcracker collection, featuring 700-plus nutcrackers, is also back on display for the season! (Shop Local Healdsburg via Instagram)
- Tomorrow is the last day to RSVP for a holiday party being thrown Dec. 9 by our local Northern Sonoma County chapter of Communities Organized to Prepare for Emergencies fire safety group (aka, COPE). The occasion? To “celebrate each other and our accomplishments this year.” (COPE Northern Sonoma County via Facebook)
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— Simone Wilson
About me: I was born and raised in Healdsburg, CA, where I was the editor of the Healdsburg High School Hound’s Bark. I have since worked as a local journalist for publications in San Diego, Los Angeles, New York City and the Middle East. I’m currently a senior product manager for Patch.
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