I had many sponsee’s calling me, wanting my attention and I called them all and said I was done sponsoring anyone from now on. And I just took the position of GSR (General Service Rep) for my Home Group. Her sponsor said to her, “what’s your part in it” ? I began attending the mixed meetings I no longer attended. She was 5 years old when he, an AA member, who was dating her mom, took her innocence from her in the most horrific way. Holy cow…how they responded was like they were trying to cover up something and they wouldn’t give us the time of day.
I gave my time, my home, my experience, my soul and friendship and I just wanted to move on. But when I attended the meetings with her at The Marina Center in Culver City, California and The VRC Friday night Meeting at 414 Lincoln, in Venice, CA., I was horrified what I saw. It appeared that there were men there that were not even alcoholics, trying to get sober hanging out. I called an old friend Tom, who was a board member in NA for many years and he told me stories about Bill W taking LSD, how Tom Powers called him a sex addict back then and this sent me searching on the web to then find read Orange Papers and attended more horrible meetings that I did not know existed in Los Angeles, CA. We fought for it and the more we did the more they iced us out.
Santa Rosa is the largest city in California's Redwood Empire, Wine Country and the North Bay; the fifth most populous city in the San Francisco Bay Area after San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, and Fremont; and the 28th most populous city in California.In the 1830s, during the Mexican period, the family of María López de Carrillo built an adobe house on their Rancho Cabeza de Santa Rosa land grant, just east of what later became downtown Santa Rosa.Allegedly, however, by the 1820s, before the Carrillos built their adobe in the 1830s, Spanish and Mexican settlers from nearby Sonoma and other settlements to the south raised livestock in the area and slaughtered animals at the fork of the Santa Rosa Creek and Matanzas Creek, near the intersection of modern-day Santa Rosa Avenue and Sonoma Avenue.According to a 1905 article in the Press Democrat newspaper reporting on the "Battle of the Trains", the city had just over 10,000 people at the time.The 1906 San Francisco earthquake essentially destroyed the entire downtown, but the city's population did not greatly suffer.The tribe gathered at ceremonial times on Santa Rosa Creek near present-day Spring Lake Regional Park.Upon the arrival of Europeans, the Pomos were decimated by smallpox brought from Europe, and by the eradication efforts of Anglo settlers. The first known permanent European settlement of Santa Rosa was the homestead of the Carrillo family, in-laws to Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, who settled the Sonoma pueblo and Petaluma area.The Bitakomtara controlled the area closely, barring passage to others until permission was arranged.Those who entered without permission were subject to harsh penalties.Many of the downtown buildings seen in the film no longer exist due to major reconstruction following the strong earthquakes in October 1969.However, some, like the rough-stone Northwestern Pacific Railroad depot and the prominent Empire Building (built in 1910 with a gold-topped clock tower), still survive.