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Replacing Fire Damaged Wall in Coffey Park is Underway

The replacement of the wall was to have been paid for by several homeowners in Coffey Park. Instead, thanks to Rebuild North Bay, and a donation …

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Fire-damaged walls to be replaced in Coffey Park

Jennifer Gray Thompson, Rebuild NorthBay’s executive director, said the company’s representatives “asked a simple question, which is, ‘If we gave …

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KSRO Morning News RUNDOWN for Thursday, November 8th

8:18am – Coffey Park Wall, Executive Director of Rebuild Northbay Foundation, Jennifer Gray Thompson. 9:05am – PG&E Planning More Voluntary …

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Padecky: Sonoma Raceway president Steve Page a humble hero

“Steve always does the right thing,” said Thompson, executive director of the Rebuild Northbay Foundation, “because it’s the right thing to do.

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‘Patience and frustration’ in Sonoma Valley as as rebuild continues

‘Patience and frustration’ in Sonoma Valley as as rebuild continues …. said Jennifer Grey Thompson, head of the Rebuild North Bay Foundation.

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Rebuilding Sonoma County: Greater Larkfield area marks milestones, new beginnings

Separately, the Rebuild Northbay Foundation and Habitat for Humanity are helping Larkfield Estates and Mark West Estates secure funds for 1 mile of …

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Community spirit with a side of slaw

The spirit of good will was in the air Friday afternoon — along with aroma of delicious BBQ food — at The Haven, as volunteers served up a meal for …

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What Is There To Show For $100 Million Raised After North Bay Fires?

| KCBS Radio

She would like to see the Rebuild Northbay Foundation put itself out of business in less than 10 years. She says her greatest hope is that the spirit of …

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5000 disaster readiness kits to be distributed across Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties

| Lake County News

On behalf of PG&E, Friedman’s Home Improvement, Kaiser Permanente, Comcast, the Counties of Sonoma and Napa, Rebuild Northbay Foundation …

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Disaster Readiness Kits to be distributed in Napa and North Bay counties

| Napa Valley Register

Rebuild Northbay Foundation has collaborated on a project to distribute 5,000 GO Bags across four counties affected by last October’s wildfires.

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Go bags to be handed out at Sonoma community events

| Sonoma Index-Tribune

Rebuild North Bay Foundation has partnered with a half dozen companies to put together 5,000 “go bags” to encourage community emergency …

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Ashes to Action: Rebuilding after the Tubbs Fire

| Marin Magazine

It's been a year since the Tubbs fire devastated parts of Napa, Sonoma and beyond. For Rebuild North Bay, the work has only just begun.

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State of North Bay wildfire recovery to be focus of Nov. 7 Impact Sonoma conference

State of North Bay wildfire recovery to be focus of Nov. … County, and Jennifer Gray Thompson, executive director of Rebuild Northbay Foundation.

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Sonoma County officials join lobbying trip to push for 2017 fire aid

| The Press Deomocrat

Elected officials and private-sector leaders from Sonoma County are headed to Washington, D.C., next week to lobby the federal government for continued help recovering from last year’s devastating wildfires.

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Hopper Walls Project: A Collaboration Between Coffey Strong, Ashbritt Environmental, and Rebuild Northbay Foundation

| Coffey Strong

Coffey Strong, AshBritt Environmental and Rebuild Northbay Foundation are pleased to announce the details have been finalized for rebuilding the common perimeter walls along Hopper Ave.

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Wall rebuild in Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park to commence with cost up to $650,000

| The Press Deomocrat

The community effort to replace 2,900 linear feet of burned walls in Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park neighborhood could commence later this summer with up to $650,000 in contributions from a Florida debris removal company and a group of local businesses.

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Multi-County foundation pledges $25,000 to assist with fire relief

| Lake County Record Bee

Rebuild Northbay Foundation’s (RBNF) board of directors held an emergency meeting on Monday, June 25 in response to the growing Pawnee wildfire in Lake County. The RBNF board approved an immediate donation of $25,000 to Lake County to offset the cost of fighting the Pawnee fire.

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Rebuild Northbay Foundation approves $25,000 donation to help Lake County with Pawnee fire

| The Press Deomocrat

A nonprofit originally founded to help with the recovery from the October wildfires is donating $25,000 to assist Lake County as it responds to the growing fire burning east of Clear Lake.

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Fire Recovery Series: Rebuild North Bay

| Northern California Public Media

Out of the ashes of the October fires grew a variety of organizations to help rebuild the county. Today begins a series looking into them to find out what makes each unique in what they bring to the recovery effort. To start off this series, reporter J. Mateo Baker looked into the Rebuild Northbay Foundation, founded just days after the fire, with this report.

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California Today: A Pulitzer Brings Bittersweet Pride to Santa Rosa

| New York Time

Staff members of The Press Democrat, from left, Randi Rossmann, Julie Johnson, Martin Espinoza, JD Morris, Christi Warren and Mary Callahan, celebrate winning the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for the coverage of the October fires in Sonoma County.

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Forum on the Road: Six Months After Sonoma County Fires, Community Leaders Discuss Recovery

| KQED Forum on the Road

As Sonoma County approaches six months since the North Bay wildfires, less than 60 rebuilding permits have been issued out of approximately 6,000 homes lost in the county. We’ll talk with city and county officials about the status of rebuilding efforts and their vision for the region.

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Rebuild Northbay Foundation talks wildfire recovery in Marin and Sonoma counties

| North Bay Business Journal

Editor’s note: Casey Mazzoni is set to speak on April 18 at the Impact Marin conference in San Rafael on how Rebuild Northbay Foundation is focusing on medium- to long-term recovery from the devastating October wildfires in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties.

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AshBritt pledges donation to rebuild Coffey Park walls

| The Press Deomocrat

A Florida debris removal company has offered to help Coffey Park residents solve a vexing problem: replacing the burned, cracked and sinking walls that line a few blocks of Hopper Avenue.

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Sonoma State University president Judy Sakaki honors firefighters who rescued her from October wildfires

| The Press Deomocrat

When firefighters Tony Niel and Drew Peterson set out early the morning of Oct. 9, through the hills of Fountaingrove in the only car left at Santa Rosa Fire Station 2, their mission was no longer to fight the wildfires raging through Sonoma County. It was to see whether anyone was still alive.

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Meet a champion for recovery of North Bay homes, jobs, community after the fires

| North Bay Business Journal

October’s wildfire fires did not take Jennifer Gray Thompson’s home, nor did it cause her to “run for my life barefoot on fire-covered roads.” But it altered her life, she says.

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Editorial: We should all be worried about the 1.5% who leave North Bay after fires

| North Bay Business Journal

We should all be worried about the 1½ percent. That is the number of employees one prominent North Bay company lost after the October fires. Among them were highly trained, hard to find technicians, one of them on a track to senior leadership. We’ve all heard stories like this, of friends and acquaintances that have moved to Los Angeles, Florida or Tennessee.

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Jennifer Gray Thompson to head up Rebuild North Bay Foundation

| Sonoma News

When Jennifer Gray Thompson, 48, resigned from her position as aide to 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin in December, tongues were wagging – guessing where she would land next.

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A FEMA superstar jumps into Wine Country recovery

| KTVU

A private/public partnership has hired a disaster rock star to head up rebuilding and recovery efforts in the North Bay. Experts say initially, the fire spread at 200 feet per second – six football fields a minute. Now, a public private partnership wants to ratchet up the considerably slower rate of recovery. It will operate for years to come.

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Former FEMA director James Lee Witt to lead local organization Rebuild North Bay

| The Press Deomocrat

James Lee Witt, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the Clinton administration, has been named as the leader of Rebuild North Bay, a nonprofit organization formed to coordinate wildfire recovery in the region.

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Press Release

Rebuild North Bay has named James Lee Witt, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the Clinton Administration, to serve as its interim executive director and lead recovery efforts in the wake of the North Bay wildfires that burned more than 400 square miles, destroyed at least 8,400 structures and resulted in 42 deaths.

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As wildfires raged, a local newspaper sprang into action to document the devastation

| LA Times

Trees exploded, one after another, as Kent Porter watched the glow of fire roll over a nearby hill. Parked at Camp Newman, a summer retreat in Santa Rosa, Porter had spent the past hour on this Sunday night shooting photos of the fires that began rapidly engulfing parts of his community.

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Ex-FEMA head named to lead Wine Country fire rebuilding effort

| SF Chronicle

James Lee Witt, a former national director of FEMA, was named executive director Wednesday of the most prominent nonprofit agency helping businesses and residents recover from the Wine Country fires.

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Recovery plans for Sonoma and beyond already underway

| Sonoma News

While Sonomans cast their eye this week on encroaching flames, some were already looking a bit further down the road – to fundraising and eventual rebuilding efforts.

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Residents In Napa Take Fire Reporting Into Their Own Hands

| San Francisco CBS Local

People in the North Bay fire zones want to do something about a lack of information being provided by officials as to whether their homes are still standing. So some area residents are banding together to conduct their own investigations. For the past three days, Josh Browning has been taking fire reporting into his own hands.

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Group formed to help lead North Bay fire rebuilding

| North Bay Business Journal

Darius Anderson of Kenwood Investments, announced the formation of Rebuild North Bay, a 501c4 organization, today which will focus on the recovery efforts in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake and Solano counties.

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Press Release: Formation of Rebuild Northbay

Darius Anderson of Kenwood Investments, announced the formation of Rebuild North Bay, a 501c4 organization, today which will focus on the recovery efforts in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake and Solano Counties. Given the amount of devastation in the North Bay, it is imperative that these recovery efforts start now and the organization has recruited a number of prominent community leaders that are willing to advocate for the necessary resources that the region needs now and into the future.

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