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Re: “Taking the 5th

KOWS-FM and Preserve Rural Sonoma County will host a 5th District Candidates Forum on April 28, Thurs., at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, located in the Vets Building on High Street. Noreen Evans and Lynda Hopkins have agreed to participate. All candidates who file by this Friday will be invited to join.

The evening event will be free to the public, with donations requested. This is in contrast to that of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce forum 3/9, which cost $45. The deck was stacked for that event, since it cost too much for most working people to attend.

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Posted by Shepherd Bliss on 03/10/2016 at 6:54 AM

Re: “Troubled Tenants

Wow, really, Vickie French? This area still needs teachers, janitors, and food service workers. Should they all commute from Tracy. Good thing you're older - you'd NEVER make it as a young person starting out today. And that's not right.

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Posted by Adinah Greene on 03/09/2016 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Taking the 5th

There are a number of inaccuracies in your writing - including that Noreen NEVER lived in Bennett Valley, she is not endorsed by all the supervisors except Gore, she has not bought a house. Piccinini did not drop out after Hopkins joined the race since she launched her campaign before Evans or Piccinini. And a few more.

What IS true though is that Evans won with 70% of the vote in the Fifth District in her last election. She is not exactly a newcomer to this area or to these people. Oh, and she IS endorsed by 4 of the 5 Sebastopol city council members because they have worked with her and know how competent and dedicated she is.

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Posted by Scamperwillow on 03/09/2016 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Taking the 5th

I was so hoping for a balanced analysis of this crucial race and am quite disappointed that it is not what it is.

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Posted by Michele Anna Jordan on 03/09/2016 at 4:39 PM

Re: “Troubled Tenants

Maybe you landlords should be more reasonable, and don't cry about your 'return on investment' when many of you own multiple properties worth millions. Though your money buys you a lot of political influence, the tide is turning against you, and there will be rent control and tougher eviction laws. Why should you be able to evict anyone for any reason, if they haven't broken any terms of their lease and paid their rent in timely fashion? If you want to throw people out on the street so you can refurbish a unit and then charge considerably more in rent for it, you should be obligated to pay moving expenses and relocation fees for the current tenant. So, a 'Just-Cause' eviction law protecting good tenants from greedy and unscrupulous landlords is definitely in order. There are many creative and innovative ways to provide affordable housing with the right policies. We can change many regulations, fees, and zoning laws, to allow easier construction of affordable housing, so it doesn't take years and tens of millions of dollars to accomplish, There are also many older, dilapidated, and existing commercial properties which can be converted to housing, with changes in zoning regulations.

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Posted by Interlocutor677 on 03/09/2016 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Troubled Tenants

*Have to leave this area,'move inland or out of CA'

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Posted by Interlocutor677 on 03/09/2016 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Troubled Tenants

Vicki S. French, why should people born and raised in this area or whom have resided here for decades because of the greed of you and your developer, real-estate speculator, and landlord friends for ever more profit?

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Posted by Interlocutor677 on 03/09/2016 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Taking the 5th

Some shallow writing and reporting here . The facts are that Noreen Evans, a staunch environmentalist and progressive with widespread labor union support is more of the Bernie Saunders and Linda Hopkins, who is endorsed by Koenigshafer as well as endorsed by the Sonoma County Business Alliance ( who have never met a development or winery they can't support) is the business /moderate Hilary Clinton.
In fact Hopkins is herself being supported by many of the County's good old boys - indeed her consultant is the well known Republican and Bosco Boy tag -along Rob Muelrath.
Mr Raskin needs to dig a little deeper than whatever political hacks and mouthpieces who are his sources in Sonoma County if he expects to show any depth or breadth of knowledge of Sonoma Politics. His analysis is as wrong as it is shallow and aegist/ sexist

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Posted by Lisa Maldonado on 03/09/2016 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Troubled Tenants

"Combs" refers to Julie Combs, Santa Rosa Council member. Please add this information to the article.

Our community belongs to all who live in it, not only those who happen to own the land and the houses. It's clear that we will are forcing low income people out of the county. That's bad for all of us and for the environment. I support strong rent control.

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Posted by Adrienne on 03/09/2016 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Taking the 5th

Mr. Raskin:

I wish to clear up a major falsehood which is contained in your article:

You state that "Even Evans's supporters describe her as a carpetbagger."

That is absolutely FALSE!

Here's one supporter who doesn't - and I have yet to hear EVEN ONE of Ms. Evans' numerous and varied supporters tag her with that rather disparaging ascription.

I will note that Ms. Evans has lived in Sonoma County for approximately 36 years - which is something which cannot be matched by ANY of her opponents.

And I will further note that Ms. Evans represented the Fifth Supervisorial District as part of her leadership duties while serving admirably in the California State Legislature AND the California State Senate.

It would now appear that some of her opponents and their "advisors" are having second thoughts about invoking the spurious "carpetbagger" argument and are trying desperately to put the carpetbag genie back into the bottle where it belongs.

Unfortunately, you seem to have hastily taken a drink of this Kool-Aid and have fallen right into their trap.

I say that such a blatant inaccuracy is beneath the good voting community members of Sonoma County's Fifth District - and should never have been invoked in the first place.

I heartily support Ms. Evans' candidacy to become the next Fiftgh-District Supervisor for Sonoma County and would urge my family, friends and acquaintances to join me in doing so as well.

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Posted by Thomas Bonfigli on 03/09/2016 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Troubled Tenants

The rents are high because of the increased costs to the landlord: taxes, garbage and water rates (when they are paid by landlord), insurance costs and the cost of labor to make repairs. Manna doesn't just fall from heaven you know. Banks give you no return on your savings in today's world so you are always robbing Peter to pay Paul, so to speak. Perhaps some landlords are greedy but most are just trying to cover their butts because owning investment property comes with increased risk today. Often tenants don't hold up their end of the bargain and want to create their own rules which often leads to trouble. They don't really 'GET IT" that they are merely paying for rented space that is not theirs. I'd say get over the prices folks, we live in a high priced and affluent area of the country. It's not like living in the Midwest or the South where rents are considerably lower. If you want lower rents move inland and out of CA. That's my take and I have been a landlord for over 30 years, and no, I'm not a slumlord nor am I in the upper income bracket.

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Posted by Vicki S. French on 03/09/2016 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Picturesque

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Posted by Joy Watkins on 03/08/2016 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Old-Fashioned Love

Times sure have changed. The thing that bothers me most about the internet is that not many people are real. Angles, Photoshop, and editing can completely alter someone's looks.

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Posted by Ravenlocksblog on 02/19/2016 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Scalia Via Anagram

Friends and admirers of Scalia think you are a "maggot tool" and that you should eat some "mo' goat log". And by goat log, I mean goat shit.

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Posted by Chris Sholes on 02/19/2016 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Scalia Via Anagram

Coming up with the most insulting anagram of a dead person's name sounds like a "moot goal, g."

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Posted by Chris Sholes on 02/19/2016 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Pesticide Use in Sonoma County

"PAN wants the DPR...to create an easily accessible Internet database on the use of particular pesticides on particular pieces of land, so you'd know exactly what is being applied in your neighborhood."

Has this happened? If so, how can one access it?

Posted by Ayya Tathaaloka Bhikkhuni on 02/16/2016 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Old-Fashioned Love

Older, Classic Mercedes Roadster. Good power under the hood. Engine runs smooth with occaisonal backfires. Paint older, chipped in a few areas, interior faded a bit, white walls, service history included, well maintained for an older 1951 model. Enjoys short fast drives having just returned from a long tour. Looking for a warm cozy garage to park in overnight, maybe longer.

Posted by HoodooVoodooBlood on 02/09/2016 at 11:40 PM

Re: “SBA loans for California crabbers as feds declare Dungeness season a disaster

Loans won't help those that are already having trouble paying their bills it will only add more debt to the list. A disaster declaration is the only thing that would help at this point.

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Posted by Fisherman on 02/05/2016 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Old-Fashioned Love

Oh..I wistfully hope that after losing my mate to cancer almost 5 years ago and being suddenly ready to move forward, that I should someday find someone like the happy couple, who found each other, in the beginning of this lovely article. xoxo
VLK

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Posted by vicki on 02/03/2016 at 6:08 PM

Re: “So Far, So Near

Sounds cool.

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Posted by fiesta joe on 01/29/2016 at 12:23 AM

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