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From the Oct 25, 2023 public meeting in Guerneville

Questions about west county vacation rental ordinace updates 2023


The work that Lynda Hopkins has put, and continues to put, into this massive undertaking is greatly appreciated!
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Critical Infrastructure Improvement/Repair Dates in Monte Rio:

Iconic sign taken down
Welcome to Monte Rio Vacation Wonderland sign taken down.

No new bridge over Russian River into Monte Rio. (CALTRANS)

No date for Main St Bridge repair over Dutch Bill Creek. (Sonoma County)

Brilliant article about the Main St Bridge

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Vegetation Management/Abatement

The Sonoma County Fire District wants to remind you of the importance of vegetation management on your properties… Owners of properties not in compliance with county and/or state regulations can be subject to inspection fees and enforcement costs by the Fire District & the County of Sonoma.

This will be strongly enforced for non-compliant properties for the safety of the community at large.

Useful information and complaint form HERE.
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Monte Rio is a town with approximately 1,058 residents and is 1.90 square miles in size.

It is considered to be lower middle class. In other words, a disproportionately large percentage of its households earn between $25,000 and $50,000 per year.

Monte Rio Income



Stolen glass float

Sculpture of an approximately 18" inch glass float in a custom carved burl display stand. This is of significant sentimental loss to the owner! Please e-mail Kim if you see it anywhere.

Minh Ta bird sculpture
Click HERE for enlargement.

This driftwood sculpture of a water bird (Egret/Heron/Crane) by Minh Ta was removed from the
Monte Rio triangle on Hwy 116 in early January 2022.

$1,000 reward for information leading to the return of this beloved public sculpture!

Contact Halsey Brochu via:

text: (707) 303-0003
landline: (707) 788-6042
or e-mail

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July 2021

Toxic Blue Green Algae

Monte Rio 2021 blue green algae

Read about exposure modes and symptoms at the CDC website.
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Saturday, July 18, 2020

Zelda Michaels
Your brilliant and fierce wit as well as your deep love and concern for the Monte Rio community will be sorely missed...
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Blood Alcohol Concentration ( BAC ) Limits

It is illegal for any person to operate a vehicle with a: BAC of 0.08% or higher, if the person is 21 years old or older. BAC of 0.01% or higher, if the person is under 21 years old. BAC of 0.01% or higher at any age, if the person is on a DUI probation.

Exact blood alcohol levels are hard to estimate, but these charts to help men and women know when they've had too much to get behind the wheel.

Here, one drink equals 1.5 ounces of 80 proof liquor (40% alcohol), 12 ounces of beer (4.5% alcohol), or 5 ounces of wine (12% alcohol).

Under current law, everything in red (.08 BAC and higher) is legally intoxicated.

These figures are approximations, and can vary based on how much food is in the drinker's stomach. The charts below are meant as a reference only.

Blood alcohol levels, women

Blood alcohol levels, men
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Russian River
Photo source: Chuck Ramsey, via Nextdoor

The following quotes are from our local Nextdoor by outspoken (and fever-pitched, IMO) people who are convinced that our area is going to Hell in a Hand basket.

Very doom and gloom, but perhaps more homes will become available again as affordable rental units to full-timers who are active in community efforts to keep our area a nice place to live year-round AND a viable, but limited, tourist destination. I say "limited" because I feel we need a healthier balance of Community AND Visitors that is mindful of our over-stressed and under funded infrastructure.

We could also use a large dose of compassion.

“And one of the reasons that Guerneville, & parts of the lower Russian River have so many homeless, is because it has been tolerated here. Not anywhere else. Which is why places like Windsor, Healdsburg , Forestville, Occidental, Bodega Bay, etc... are still clean , & enjoyable towns.

This is a very small area to have over 600 homeless ppl here. And we don’t have the shelters, & all the programs like Santa Rosa & other cities have. And we shouldn’t. It would encourage even more homeless to come here, & destroy this area as being a Tourist area.”

“… And it’s Diseases. All the garbage, human waste, etc... has created a bigger problem of rats. And the rats carry diseases along with the fleas that are on them. It could turn into a disaster.

This was one of my main concerns here, the pollution being done to the river.”

“When you have drug addicts who could care less about anything except , getting high & criminals just out of prison camping in parks with playgrounds, or camping outside your door or defecating & peeing all over your front door of your business or restaurant my sympathy is nil.”

“… what about the business owners who are dealing with this everyday? The destruction of their property, the unsanitary conditions they have to deal with everyday , the transients that attack their customers? The needles, the pollution to our river, creeks, & environment? Not from families nor single ppl having hard luck, but drug users, & criminals who were described as aggressive by residents on Neeley Road. And who presented a fire risk as well as dumping oil in the river? “

“Last weekend my wife and I worked on the river clean up project, it was disgusting, i was brave enough to enter the homeless camps and clean out bags of poop (or scoop it int bags) trash, empty amazon boxes, brought tears to my eyes that the state lets this happen , the leaders in formed me it was insensitive to take there personal belongings so i left there laptop chargers, portable elelectric fans, etc.... im discusted.”

“A wonderful man who has been cleaning up after the Transients & homeless for years in LA., he’s very religious.... lost his right leg a month ago from getting contaminated by all the “ poop”. He got that flesh eating disease. This is no joke. LA has gotten all these diseases now that hasn’t been seen in over a hundred years. And this is the river which is used for ppl’s drinking water & goes to your home. That’s why we only use bottled water, even for our pets.“

“We are being run over already by Meth heads.”

“This Transient problem here on the River is causing more & more crimes such as the poor elderly former marine being abused & stolen from by the “ homeless”.”

“Seeing the filth & destruction to the environment , the crimes committed , and the drugs everywhere should upset every single resident in our community. This is NO JOKE”

“Certain towns do not allow the Transients to take over , like Forestville, & Occidental which has maintained a lovely town. Duncan Mills also seems to have kept the Transients in check. Only Monte Rio, & Guerneville have the more serious problems. “

“…the river is now destroyed by poop…”

“And we too could have disease affect this whole community from this unsanitary, filth. I would NEVER drink the water here. I don’t trust it after seeing these “ camps”. “

“We have more homeless here, per capita then San Francisco! 4 times as many! “

“I spent a week in the mid west and they just laughed at me and my state, how do you defend "hey heard your $$$ house is on shit river, how dumb are you?"

“After having our vacation home in our family for over a hundred years, my hubby & I are discussing selling it& maybe buying something in Tahoe or somewhere else.”

“We are fed up that nothing ever changes, but gets continually worse each year. When the “homeless”, or should I say the 60% or more Meth Heads completely take over , & the tourists decide to go elsewhere, the business’s here will close , & the property will be worthless, as you will have ghost towns. Or worse an area like Stockton. “

“Go read the post about the 87 year old Former Marine, who had over 5 Tweekers take over his house, abuse him & steal his money & live there. This was in GUERNEVILLE, on Neeley Road. And this was this week!

Or the posts about ppl coming up to your front door here & want to come inside to look for their phone,!

Or the lady who lives close to the Northwood Golf Course who found a man looking into the windows of her neighbor.

Or all the ppl posting almost daily about their boats being gone, their bikes being stolen, or other things being taken.

Or like we witnessed on Main Street in Guerneville one night at 8:00 pm , a couple of “ homeless” guys screaming at a young family with kids.

Or my husband who was trying to go to the Versateller machine to take money out at West America Bank but two ppl were sleeping there. “

“Oh, & not to forget my lovely experience of trying to go into the lovely Safeway here, & when I got out of my car a guy sitting under a tree was shooting up.”

“…God Forbid a disease takes over our community from all the defecation in the river, & creeks. Not to forget the Auto Oil that was poured into the river, or gasoline, or other harmful chemicals. And of course the drugs & needles.”

“Right now we have utter chaos.”

“I don’t think it’s scapegoating at all, when a whole community is run over with Tweakers, who took over a 87 year old former Marines home, & stole everything he had…”

“Our community is getting worse every year with crime, Tweekers, & hard drugs. The majority of the homeless are about 60% hard drug users & criminals. Somewhere between 30 & 40 % are ppl needing & wanting help to get back on their feet. And of course you have the mentally ill. “

“And, rape is common at these homeless camps because again they don’t have to register.”
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July 2017

Lost Dog in Monte Rio

pdf flier to print and share here.

How to Crate Train Your Dog (and avoid unnecessary tragedy): Click here.
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Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Russian River Sculpture

6ft carved wood sculpture of woman. Please contact Sonoma County Sheriff with any info. The owners and the community want her back! 
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The Next Generation of:


(Mouse over image to participate in the political process)
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MONTE RIO CENTRAL is the Free Online Community Directory and Resource Finder for full time residents with a focus on issues that impact locals!

(The best physical bulletin boards are in the window of Bartlett's Market on Main St @ Moscow Rd. and at the Monte Rio Post Office)

Monte Rio, CA
Jewish Voice For Peace


Parasite originally meant ‘next to food’, but later signified sitting next to a host to get free food. Now it describes a long-term relationship between species, in which the parasite benefits and the host is harmed, although in practice the latter ranges from “deadly effects” to “some benefits”.

"Even parasites have a right to life" - PETA

Effren Carillo PSA
Parasites of Sonoma County
tick ID
The Kirkman
Lok Zombie Re$ort

Click HERE for Oct 2023 update!
Kirkman Lok
Efren Carillo
Doug Demers
"They took all the trees
Put 'em in a tree museum"
Big Yellow Taxi
- Joni Mitchell
Russian River Alliance
Chuck Ramsey campaign
Carol Parks: a Chuck Ramsey supporter
Everclean North
Guerneville trash trolls
raccoon worms

Why you shouldn't feed raccoons:

Lower Russian River Municipal Advisory Council

River MAC:

E-mail the Monte Rio
River MAC Rep
Cynthia Strecker:
Cynthia Strecker River MAC
Lower Russian River Governace Study

5th District Supervisor
Lynda Hopkins
Lynda Hopkins

Click on photo to visit her website!
The easiest 'try first' resource for reporting problems in your community: roadside trash, potholes, Sheriff's employee misconduct, homeless outreach, and more!

Some issues get addressed swiftly, some issues are said to be resolved but aren't. Still worth trying. Click HERE.
West County Community Services
Wonderland Radio Hour

Monte Rio Volunteer Fire Department

ordinance 6148 hazardous vegetation.pdf

Vegetation Management Recommended Actions per Oct 23, 2018 Board of Supervisor's Meeting. Click HERE for pdf

Smokey the Bear

Highland Dell
Boho Manor


Dutch Bill Creek

William "Dutch Bill" Howard (born 1823) was a Danish seaman who jumped ship at San Francisco Bay in 1849 and started a new life as a homesteader near the source of this creek.

In the 1870s, the North Pacific Coast Railroad was built through the valley. In return for donating right-of-way to the railroad, Howard received a lifetime railway pass and got a station named after him.
Jacques Resleure
Jacques François Resleure
Click HERE to enlarge


Monte Rio Deam Catcher
Assemblage of artifacts found in flood & storm dirt along the lower Russian River.

Click HERE to enlarge.

Pacific Wren