To the commenters above: where were you at the Board of Supervisors meeting when, "Fifty-nine speakers voiced opposition to the bypass. Only one spoke up to defend it?" The "majority of Willits" hardly approves of the Caltrans land grab. Draining and filling in 86 acres of wetlands — the largest wetlands fill permit in Northern California in 50 years- at the cost of $300 million in taxpayer money for a town of 5000 makes no sense whatsoever, especially when less costly alternatives are clearly possible. Hats off to the activists for highlighting the absurdity of this project.
Wow what ever happened to investigated reporting? What a one sided story full of misleading facts and a couple straight up lies. Did Will write this for you? Take the time to actualy do your research, before you put it in print and call it a story.
I totally agree with you Randi, as I’m sure the majority of Willits does. There are so many untruths in this article. I wish that journalists would do more research and weren’t so one sided. Hopefully Will and all the other protesters that break the law will get the punishment they deserve. They have cost us tax payers millions of unnecessary dollars. What I found quite hilarious is that he asked the CHP to carry him out for a more dramatic appearance.
It is disappointing to see this very one-sided article about the Willits bypass. Many of us here in Willits are just thrilled that we are finally getting relief from all the through traffic on our Main Street. We are astonished and disgusted that Will Parrish and a handful of other extremists continue to fight the project, which is already 25% completed. The bypass will occupy just two hundred acres out of a 7500 acre valley. Another 2000 acres will be restored and preserved. Thousands of acres will still be available for the modest agricultural enterprises that exist in Little Lake Valley. The protesters have accomplished nothing other than adding millions in totally unnecessary costs to this project and turning a sweet, peaceful town into a battleground. Parrish probably neglected to mention that he was only charged with an infraction initially. It was he who raised the stakes by demanding a jury trial, available only for misdemeanors and felonies. He got what he wanted - a bigger soapbox. But the evidence might not make him look like the hero he claims to be - one of the police officers who arrested him testified at a recent hearing that Parrish asked the officers to carry him because "it's more dramatic that way." Too bad the Bohemian didn't take the time to actually investigate this story instead of just printing what Parrish and the other protesters gave them.
Look outside your narrow minds. All of California has been suffering drought conditions since the winter of 1964-1965. Look at the water the stables at the beginning of mark west springs road pumps out of the creek. All of you that live within a few hundred feet are pulling water directly from the creek. Bigots
Priceless act of compassion....Must support...
Nice article about Remy and Paul with Fogbelt looking forward having them as neighbors at @Santa Rosa Vintners Square soon! Cleveland Avenue is Happening place just uptown from Downtown SR. where everything is happening.
Jess Jackson on GlennEllen spent how many millions of dollars for hops?....And two others?..Good luck...but the price per ton and harvested tonnage on grapes per acre vs. lbs. of hops @ "X" price is what?....Where is the money? Or is this a luxury?....
Hops grow on bines not vines.
Good article on the local Stony Point Rd., Sonoma Highway, Occidental Rd./ Mill Station Rd., rollovers and deaths....Oh, alcohol was going down but you failed to mention how these people fill up our E.R. services while trying a local buzz....
Great Article! Jeff Bull is rocking out with all his new projects, I don't know how the guy does it all ^_^
Check out the trellised Cascade Hops growing along Mendocino Ave in the beer garden of recently opened Heritage Public House , offering a large variety of California only craft beer on tap and amazing gastropub fairer lunch and dinner . Side note :Florian Daunhauer was former property owner in the mid 1960's when the business location was the Copper Penny.
It's not about the money, it's about the MONEY.- Bill Graham
I guess the message here is :
Don`t be a " dumbfuck " .....LOL
Much research indicates that social media and other mediated communication actually has widened, deepened and varied our interpersonal relationships and communication. Though I would intensely agree we share too much and are often inappropriate, used responsibly and in a focused manner it can make and maintain relationships that might otherwise not be possible. All things in moderation perhaps instead of such a decisive condemnation would be the way to go.
When the Google sidebar ad thing happened to me for the first time a while back, it was disquieting, disturbing...full of disses basically.
However, as a musician I have never and would never buy into that elitist Ayn Rand rubbish....amatuers and professionals, pshah. Yes, there are narcissistic individuals who think they are smarter than everyone else and love nothing more than to profit on what you give away for free. And yes, we are essentially social animals and we like to share. But I am more confident that we will find new and better ways to deal with this than what Keen recommends.
And for the record, I stopped visiting both the NYtimes and the Pressdemo sites after they started charging. Ever hear of What.CD, Keen? The war over paying for content is already over.
Basically what Keen is saying is that we are sharing too much on social media and paying too high a price without realizing it. I really don't think charging customers like the two leading newspapers are doing is the answer, but Keen makes some valid points.
Bravo to those involved in this peaceful protest. Rachel painted well the dark brush strokes of what aging refineries look like.
In addition to those living near the refinery, Gary Pace and his children deserve much gratitude, a local Sonoma County healh professional who is able to project out what the near/long term might look like without intervention.
I grew up in and then worked for a brief period in the petrochemical industry. Another career took me away for a long time but I found myself recently creating a natural gas production reporting system (Exxon/Mobile) and software for oil/gas pipeline inspection equipment (GE)
My observations are that the "Separate Oil and State" mantra is crucial now to open up space for not just renewables but also energy efficiency across the consumption/conservation spectrum.
Too much of our financial, R&D, public health, and opportunity resources are still devoted to, and supporting forms of energy that without doubt have become problematic in many ways.
It will take longer to create localized distributed energy systems than it did to create the smartphone ecosystem, but it's happening. The evidence is everywhere and indisputable.
There is no shame in having the US become a prime mover in this energy transition, much less so than having been one of the worlds highest per capita consumers.
With the emerging electric car market, the increased use of residential high efficient hvac systems, solar installations, energy audits, changes in local government land use and energy policy, etc. change can be fun and without sacrificing anything except an old way of doing business.
Thank you Rachel for your courage to cover this topic.
Interesting article, and some good points. Also interesting that now the liberal left and Sarah Palin essentially agree that the US should not become more involved in this ... "Let Allah sort it out." While I understand the resistance to military action, it is clear that more discussion doesn't get anywhere: we simply have to stop assuming that everyone on the world thinks and reasons the same as we do. Our logic and arguments don't work with many of the leaders in other countries. But military action generally includes innocent civilians (and children) who become "collateral damage", which is little different than their killing by corrupt regimes. Clearly this is not an easy choice, and people will not agree on whatever outcome is finally implemented. And another sad result is that we will never know which option is the path to quickest solution (end to the innocent deaths of people who happen to live in harms way.) Do you believe that the rebels/resistance would massacre their own people and their own children with poison gas? Do you believe that lower level military people in Assad's forces has the ability to launch an attack without Assad's knowledge? Do you believe that anyone else in the free world would assume the responsibility for responding to the situation instead of the United States? If no one responded, what do you think will happen? These are not meant to be flippant questions, but serious long-term thought about options and alternatives. What alternatives are there that would engage ALL the parties in this fiasco?
The article has a HUGE flaw, which - when exposed- renders its conclusions irrelevant. None of the proposed actions to address GW address ANY of the major causes of atmospheric CO2. Worse, no proposals even address the major cause of anthropogenic CO2, Third World homefires, per the revised IPCC report. So even if everything about the magnitude and imminence of the problem as stated in the article is true, none of the proposals to date could make meaningful changes in CO2 levels; the proposals amount to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.
However, despite repeated false statement to the contrary, there is nowhere near consensus in the scientific community on the GW issues, especially among physicists and chemists. That does not mean we should not take action. There are plenty of reasons to take reasonable action to keep air and water clean that do not necessitate a return to the Stone Age. Some of us have been involved in those actions for many years. But we reject the ill-advised kind of panic responses pushed by the doomsayers.
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