Meg Mizutani

October 1, 2018

Meg Mizutani


At the August 7 City Council Meeting, the Sebastopol City Council announced Meg Mizutani as its most recent honoree in the City’s “Locals Who Make a Difference” program, making her the second member of the Sebastopol community to receive such an honor. Meg’s nomination noted her participation in many community organizations, including Sebastopol World Friends, Cittaslow Sebastopol, the Sebastopol Educational Foundation, Sonoma County Taiko, Japanese Culture and Taiko Summer Camp, Sonoma County Matsuri Festival, and Park Side-Pine Crest and Brookhaven schools, among others. She has also been named Sebastopol Union School District Volunteer for the Year 2009-2010 and Sebastopol Community Service to Youth Awardee 2012.  

 “Meg is passionate about what we identify as ‘Sebastopol Values:’ citizen diplomacy, empowerment and equality for all, community activism and volunteerism,” reads an excerpt from one nomination. “Meg has taught Taiko drumming workshops to Park Side, Reach and Hillcrest students that not only teach how to play the drums but also how to respect each other, [use] teamwork, and [play] the instrument,” reads another.

The Locals Who Make a Difference program acknowledges and thanks members of the Sebastopol community for their contributions in helping to make Sebastopol a better place to live.  These members of the Sebastopol community will be recognized with banners lining Sebastopol’s Main Street and Downtown Plaza. There will be three honorees each year, with each being featured for approximately four months. 

The next Locals Who Make a Difference honoree will be chosen in January 2019. Applications must be submitted by December 3, 2018 for consideration. Anyone may submit a nomination application. Nominees must be living and must reside in Sebastopol or identify Sebastopol as their home community. The accomplishment or contribution to the Sebastopol community for which the nominee is being recognized must not be their primary source of income. Applications will be reviewed by the program subcommittee and approved by the City Council. Applications for nominees not chosen in initial rounds will be retained for future consideration. Applications are available at Sebastopol City Hall (7120 Bodega Ave.), Public Works (714 Johnson St.), and on the City’s website at The program is sponsored by the City of Sebastopol. Sonoma West Times & News has donated promotional space. For more information, visit