This is the time of year we open our hearts (and wallets) to share a bit of our own good fortune with those whose fortunes could use an extra dash of goodness—that goes double for kids. Devoted staffs, boards, volunteers, and donors support dozens of local nonprofits and government agencies that are dedicated to helping kids be kids, making sure every child feels wanted, important, and taken care of, and guiding children and teens on a healthful path to adulthood. In our end-of-year issue, we profile four inspiring examples of work that benefits local kids and families, with suggestions for ways we all can help sustain them.
The 'Blue Economy' is an idea whose time has come, and now it's coming to the Mendocino Coast. A collective of government and non-government agencies and nonprofits have collaborated to launch a study with the goal of applying Blue Economy principles in Fort Bragg's Noyo Harbor. Innovations that promise to protect the resiliency of the ocean while revitalizing the economy of the iconic fishing village will inject new energy for a better future for local fisherfolk, the town, the county, the state, and—best of all—the entire planet.