Please Don't Leave Sonoma County, Press Democrat Columnist Says

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Residents search for an engagement ring at a burned residence in Santa Rosa, California on October 20, 2017. Residents are being allowed to return to their burned homes on October 20 to grieve and search through remains. Around 5,700 homes and businesses have been destroyed by the fires, the deadliest in California's history.  (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

Northern California lost nearly 5,500 residential properties in this month's wildfires. Santa Rosa Press Democrat Editorial Director Paul Gullixson has a plea for those who lost their homes: Please don't leave. "We want you back. We need you back,” Gullixson wrote recently. “We know Santa Rosa and Sonoma County will rebuild. What we don’t know is what we would be or who we would be without you." Forum talks with Gullixson about his Sonoma County community, and recovery after the devastating wildfires.


Paul Gullixson, editorial director, The Press Democrat


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