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Monday, October 19, 2009

RR Community Honors Supervisor Carrillo Oct 23rd

On October 23rd, the Russian River Community will experience an evening celebrating and honoring its County Supervisor, Efren Carrillo. The evening is being billed as The First Annual Mexican Fiesta! which means more fun in years to come. “Mexican Food, Wine, Beer, Margaritas and Live Music” states the invitation.

And, of course, since Herman J. Hernandez and his lovely wife, Guillermina, are more or less the ring leaders behind the scenes, authenticity is primo! Guests will be entertained by The Mariachi (Los Caporales) and the Trios of Madrigal Musical Productions directed by Carlos Molina while dining on delicious Mexican food, prepared by Guerneville’s very own La Tapatia!

One might ask why such a large community-wide event to honor Efren when he has only been in office less than a year. The response to that question is as vocal and articulate as the number of people with whom Carrillo has been meeting in the Russian River Community. Without allowing any time for dust to settle after his swearing-in Ceremony, Carrillo immediately began scheduling appointments with the various community groups and individuals who represent the community: RR Recreation and Park District, Monte Rio Recreation and Park District, the RR Rotary, the RR Fire Protection District, RR Redevelopment Oversight Committee and other elected boards. Whether he was on a dais at more formal and structured meetings such as the one held by the Water District, or wandering between tables and chairs at the crowded budget meeting, or at one of the Homeowners’ Associations’ picnics such as the one held by Guernewood Park in Armstrong Woods this past August, Carrillo has been a constant presence in the community, talking and listening to the Citizens.

Before the election, Carrillo promised that he would have an “office set-up” in Guerneville. Reality has found him not at a desk in the Vets’ Hall as he originally envisioned, but rather, going out into the community and meeting with the people in groups, large and small, briefing them on what is happening in government at the County, State and Federal levels as well as trying to assist them in resolving conflicts, the shortages of funds and cuts in services. One of the locals observed that instead of an office day, the Supervisor probably should have promised that he would set up a room with a cot so that he could get some rest in between meetings.

As Efren has worked hard to know and understand the issues and concerns of the River Community, it’s only fitting that we wish to show our appreciation to our Supervisor,” stated Hernandez. For that reason, the “Friends of Efren Carrillo invite one and all to the First Annual Fiesta honoring Fifth District Supervisor Efren Carrillo”.

In addition to Herman and Guillermina Hernandez, Event Co-Chairs are Michael Nichols, Tom Lynch, Michael de Proto, Wendel & Gwen Trappe, Laura A Wilson, Thera A. Buttaro, and Mike & Judi Reilly. The event will be Friday, October 23, from 5:30 – 9:30 at the Guerneville Veterans Memorial Building (Church St. & 1st St.). Sponsors Reservations are:
$ 300 Platinum, $ 200 Gold, $ 100 Silver or $20 Individual. It is highly requested that people call ahead for reservations: 707.293.67877 or

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