Show Notes – October 22, 2017

Our regularly scheduled program was pre-empted this month for a special live 2-hour program about the recovery from the devastating fires in the North Bay.

Greg Miraglia and Gary Carnivele co-hosted this special and talk with LGBT community leaders.  They share their stories from the fire and talk about the long recovery ahead.

While the damage from the fires is unimaginable and unprecedented, it could have been even worse had it not been for the incredible work done by the firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMS professionals, and community leaders.  First responders from around the world responded to our hour of need and we will be forever grateful.

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Fire Recovery Related Resources


For wildfire updates sign up for

For road closure updates, visit

For housing, Airbnb’s Open Home program was activated last week.

The San Francisco Hotel Council and San Francisco Travel have partnered with Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau to provide discounted hotel rates at a number of hotels around the Bay Area, with some offering free breakfast, parking, and welcoming pets. For more information, contact Kevin Carroll, executive director, at or visit,

Share Sonoma County is arranging housing for displaced residents. For more information, contact or visit To volunteer, visit the Petaluma People Services Center, 1500 Petaluma Boulevard, South, Petaluma.

Tech workers created a public Google doc listing free housing. Visit–V6HLQZBSQSSenfqdoUnsiOI/edit – gid=0.

AMSI Real Estate Services, which has offices in Marin, San Francisco, and San Diego, opened up its vacant homes for temporary housing to fire victims and is helping people navigate insurance claims. For assistance, call (415) 447-2000 or email

To volunteer, visit

Mendocino’s North Coast Opportunities Volunteer Network, call (707) 462-1959 or visit

Napa’s Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership has a place where people can find volunteer opportunities and sign up to help. Visit

The Billys Foundation, a gay men’s organizations located in Mendocino and Sonoma, is supporting individual members, gathering donations, and raising funds for the most vulnerable communities affected by the fires. To donate, visit

Billys members and partners Dewey Schott and Allan Stonebreaker have launched their own campaign focused on supporting day laborers, domestic workers, and undocumented individuals affected by the fires. Schott urged individuals to donate at or their campaign, which has raised more than $4,000 toward its $50,000 goal, at

Savings Bank of Mendocino is gathering donations for Mendocino and Lake counties. Mail checks to P.O. Box 3600, Ukiah, CA 95482 or visit,

Sonoma’s Positive Images is collecting donations, which can be made to, or a check can be sent to Positive Images, 200 Montgomery Drive, Suite C, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 with #sonomacountyfires in the comment section online or memo section on the check.

Napa’s LGBTQ Connection, an LGBT youth organization, is open and providing a safe gathering space, food, water, free Wi-Fi, charging stations, child care, and other needs to the community. The organization is also gathering supplies and taking donations, said Ian Stanley, program director. The organization is currently in need of gift cards to major retailors for food, clothing, blankets, child care supplies, and other basic necessities. People seeking services, in English and Spanish, should contact Jessie Hankins at To donate, visit or drop supplies off at 780 Lincoln Avenue, Napa, CA 94558.

The Napa Valley Community Foundation is raising funds for victims of the fires. For more information, visit

The North Bay Fire relief campaign organized by Redwood Credit Union, visit

The United Way of Wine Country’s Relief Fund is at

Building owners and managers and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency are issuing free temporary parking permits in select residential parking permit areas to individuals who evacuated the North Bay due to the fires. To apply for the permit, complete the form and submit in person Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the SFMTA Customer Service Center, 11 South Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco. For more information, visit

San Francisco-based Rainbow World Fund is mobilizing to raise funds and will have the Rainbow World Fund bus parked at Jane Warner Plaza in the Castro to gather supplies to take immediately to Napa and Sonoma said Executive Director Jeff Cotter. For more information, visit To donate, visit

Resources courtesy of the Bay Area Reporter.