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Re: “Beaches 'n' Foes

I agree with Michele Luna that we need to find other ways--besides use fees--to generate revenue to help fund our State Parks. I believe there are revenue-generating options at the state and regional level to supplement operational costs and do away with use fees altogether. I for one would be interested in a committee at the regional level to explore alternatives for generating additional income for our local parks and preserves.

JP, Guerneville

Posted by JohnpaulBethann McIntoshking on 02/06/2014 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Fossil Diet

Fo' shizzle Grizzle

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Posted by Tob on 01/26/2014 at 9:35 PM

Re: “On Target

How many Latinos are working the Santa Rosa area for the sheriff's dept.? Are any in supervise?

Posted by Thefatherfigure on 01/25/2014 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Fossil Diet

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Posted by John Craft on 01/16/2014 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Fossil Diet

@Taz Man
I don't know how you can call a diet that humans have been eating for 2.5 millions years a fad diet. And it is not temporary. Everybody I know that starts the paleo diet intends to stay on it for the rest of their lives.

Dietitians are taught to promote the foods that the food industry wants promoted. And those foods are the most profitable ones. Profitability in any business is greater when there is less labor content. And there is almost no labor needed to grow grains. Cargill is the largest privately held company in the US, and Continental Grain is one of the largest.

Posted by Don Wiss on 01/15/2014 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Fossil Diet

All these temporary fad diets are a waste of time. The best thing to do is just focus on making healthy sustainable lifestyle habits..

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Posted by Taz Man on 01/15/2014 at 4:50 AM

Re: “Turning the Lens

Too fast, Lightning! Our political representatives definitely need to be massively more transparent, but they are able to do either good or bad at any time of day or night. A 24/7 tap would be unreasonable and impossible and likely unconstitutional in my mind.

They are the most dangerous of all public servants, but I think we need to change the system that encourages them towards corruption by removing monetary needs and enticements, rather than opening the door to spying on them. Ultimately, the Supremes' ruling on Citizens' United has made local experimentation with campaign finance very difficult. It must be overturned.

Posted by Villainesse on 01/12/2014 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Mice Capades

Major props on the Dead Milkmen reference!

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Posted by Kate Polacci on 01/12/2014 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Keep Calm

I am happy to report that the Andy Lopez Memorial has been completely rebuilt - and it is even bigger, better and more beautiful than the original.

Scores of volunteers showed up in solidarity at 11:00 on a sunny Saturday morning following the damaging fire to demonstrate their compassion, their sense of community and their dedication to the memory of Andy Lopez and rebuilt the memorial with amazing rapidity - five hours, to be exact.

And what followed were members of Andy's Youth completely redecorated the Memorial, rendering it, indeed, a sight to behold, a fitting memorial to one whose life was taken from him - unnecessarily - at the tender age of 13.

A friend once told me, "Tom, sometimes God shuts a window and opens a door." Truer words were never spoken, and that age-old adage certainly applies here.

Thanks to all of you who participated in any small way. You helped turn a dream into reality, and in so doing, you are helping to keep Andy's memory alive in our hearts and our minds.

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Posted by Thomas Bonfigli on 01/08/2014 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Mice Capades

What about food with a substance that keeps them from reproducing? They've done it with deer.

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Posted by Beverly Alexander on 01/08/2014 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Turning the Lens

Extend camera-wearing to the rest of our "officials," and you've got a win. No Congressperson, no DMV clerk or tax-assessor, should be allowed to go without monitoring.

And the video should be posted where ANYONE can get at it easily. Tap Congressional and Senate phones, AND the private cells of all Representatives.

They are OUR "Public Servants." It's about time we started treating them like that. Letting them go their own way simply encourages the privateers.

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Posted by Lightning Joe on 01/06/2014 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Capping the Stem

I really do think much of the problem comes from just how much public land has been the subject of ill-advised closures to even the most limited foraging, putting pressure on those public lands that remain open, such as Salt Point SP. To put it into perspective, not only is this true of much of the SF Bay Area (except for a few city and state parks, and Pt. Reyes), put the majority of public land in coastal Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte Counties. This leaves the average mushroomer without access to stretches of private land (eg, the majority of us) and lack of time and/or money to travel to Oregon little option but to either forage on the same few areas of public land so many other people go to, or illegally poach on closed public lands or trespass on private land.

I will note that this is exactly the opposite approach that places like Spain have taken. In that case, they've chosen to regulate the practice, but actually open up large areas to foraging tourism, which has proven to be a boon to the local economy. It would be nice if California land managers could lay of their "purity of nature" approach (particularly ludicrous in the urbanized landscape of the SF Bay Area) and make allowances for demonstrably low-impact forms of foraging, such as non-commercial scale mushroom picking.

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Posted by Peter G Werner on 12/22/2013 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Sam's Takeover

The problem is that any Walmart operation costs the community it is in $Billions to support a labor force it refuses to pay a living wage. Not to mention the fact that, AGAIN, none of the money made by this "inequality-pumping machine of a business" gets recirculated in our own community because all of the profit is taken out of the community. We would be better off if the space were used for a local small business which would actually benefit the community where big box Walmart does not. Even Costco is more beneficial to the community because it pays a living wage.

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Posted by Wilma on 12/22/2013 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Capping the Stem

I appreciate your input Jacob, but I suspect that you are not representative of all of the neighbors to Salt Point. I attended a meeting with the Park management a couple of years ago, where a major point of contention was complaints from locals about the poaching and trespassing on private property adjacent to Salt Point. The second biggest reason for closing Salt Point to mushroom foragers or regulating mushroom hunters, was "white flowers in the forest," in other words, TP left behind, so to speak. Of course, that is directly correlated with budget constraints closing bathrooms at Woodside and elsewhere, and there is no reason that one should target mushroom hunters for that etiquette breach any more than any other user of that Park, without DNA verification!

AS to commercial groups hunting at Salt Point, I absolutely agree that it shouldn't happen. I do believe that use to be an abuse of a commons, the only really productive mushroom commons that we have here in our already over-regulated State park system. And I have also seen those huge groups that follow the monthly SOMA picnics there at the Park, which also fly against the park regs that state only small groups at a time should be hunting.

The more people in the woods, the more trampling occurs. One can walk lightly in the woods, but it is not hard to see evidence of places where folks have broken new trails or torn down a slope.
Of course, the four footed pigs also have a hand/trotter in this damage.

The way that current mushroom hunters use that park is also disturbing: I often see duff scraped away from pines, a tell-tale sign of a greedy mushroom hunter, and I have personally observed one small group of humans, not pigs, tearing the duff away from all of the pines they walked up to, in search of their porcini buttons.

This topic needs to be discussed in an open manner, and all uses there looked at a bit harder.
I love that park, but one can love something to death. In my opinion, no commercial mushroom hunting should be allowed at that Park, whether by collecting more than one's fair share of mushrooms for sale to markets or restaurants, or taking paid commercial forays to that Park.

I have a lot of respect for Todd Farceau as well as most of the folks quoted in this article. If one is charging money to others to hunt in one of the very rare places where mushrooming is free to all,
it sets the wrong tone, and makes those mushrooms a commodity not a right.

Mushrooms, not profit, for the people at OUR Salt Point.

Debbie Viess
Bay Area Mycological Society

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Posted by debbie viess on 12/21/2013 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Capping the Stem

Hi Alastair-
Good question. Is trespassing on adjacent private property an issue?: sure, it happens - however it's not a big deal, though, and it simply doesn't happen often. I've found most people to be extremely cautious about avoiding private property, and gratuitously apologetic when they make a mistake. Groups like SOMA are super about encouraging people to pay attention to maps and where they are in the park(s).

Root cause: The park is very poorly marked. That, *and* property lines criss-cross surrounding roads with no rhyme or reason. Therefore, it is super easy for folks (who are usually wandering like drunken sailors through the park hunting mushrooms) to wander onto adjacent properties.
Have a look at this map: Pay particular attention to the Kruse Ranch and Seaview Roads area... the parcel lines are all over the place. Park administration has made no effort, in the 4+ years I've lived here, to address this. If folks are complaining about trespassing, I suspect this is the root cause, and a simple one to resolve.

Another beef: Park administration (Duncan's Mills office) despite their newfound surplus, is apparently too busy rationalizing the keeping of parking lots and bathrooms *closed* along Highway 1 at places like Stump Beach, and Fisk Mill Cove (both part of Salt Point) to focus on managing a popular and largely positive use of the park in mushroom foraging.

Thanks for asking and for following up.


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Posted by Jacob Bayless on 12/19/2013 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Capping the Stem

Hi Jacob - As the writer of the story in question, I am wondering if you have ever had problems with people trespassing on your land in pursuit of mushrooms. The same sources that have reported mushroom hunting to be impacting the park also told me that trespassing around the park's boundary has become problematic. True?

Posted by Alastair Bland on 12/19/2013 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Capping the Stem

Maybe more parks could participate in mushroom foraging but have a rotational cycle so that no one park would be used over and over. Each park could recover and regenerate in the off years.

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Posted by Peter woods on 12/19/2013 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Capping the Stem

I live adjacent to Salt Point. The suggestion that the park is somehow over-run with foragers is just absurd - most of them never make it more than a few hundred yards inland from Highway 1, in a park that extends a mile inland & up steep hills.

Are more & more people discovering it? Absolutely. Is the forest trampled? Hardly. Wild pigs have a much larger and more negative impact on the park (lately) than humans - period.

This year there isn't much to harvest anyway, as we simply haven't had enough rain.

The idea that other Coastal Sonoma parks should be opened to foraging is brilliant. The larger numbers of people randomly walking the forest will also stem the emergent destructive illegal pot grows on state property as well - something that *IS* a recurring problem in Salt Point (and others) but somehow is not mentioned much in the press...

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Posted by Jacob Bayless on 12/18/2013 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Sam's Takeover

It sounds as if the Bohemian is intentionally trying to evoke a certain response to Walmart or the change of the market to Walmart with the wording "Walmart sneaks into the former ...". How are they "sneaking"? This was announced a few weeks ago ... did the Bohemian "news crew" not hear of that? Is this really "news" to the Bohemian? And in the final result, will the community be better served by a lower priced grocery outlet in their midst than either a higher priced store as before OR by an empty building in a major space for the center? In free enterprise, the measure is whether or not the public patronizes the store ... no?? That remains to be seen. But I doubt the folks in the community are as surprised as the Bohemian seems to be. This is old news.

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Posted by Al Christenson on 12/05/2013 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Sam's Takeover

Luffman and Bennett, the Living Wage Coalition and their knee-jerk reaction...and I do mean "JERK"...all typical of the kind of people and attitudes that have plunged Rohnert Park into the financial morass where it wallows.

Pacific Market was a business failure. Its business plan...putting a high-end, high-priced market into a median-income area where the closest surrounding customers were in apartments...was a failure. It TRIED to put on the front that it would fail if Walmart expanded its store. Truth is, it failed anyway. Walmart had nothing to do with it.

As for the study about how Walmart would decimate them...note that Pacific Market's "owners petitioned (the) study from Sonoma State University." It is easy to conceive of a study and execute it to produce a pre-ordained result. Any egghead can do it. Academia is full of them.

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Posted by Bee Ben on 12/04/2013 at 4:36 PM

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