No Water? No more mega-wineries!
Thanks for running Shepherd Bliss’ recent Open Mic column about the growing backlash against winery overdevelopment.
Despite the fact that the Guy Fieri winery project was recently denied by the Sonoma County Planning Commission, this was - one of only two winery projects to be rebuffed in the past several decades.
With California facing one of the most severe droughts on record, it’s hard to fathom how proposals for winery/resort/event center projects continue to be considered by our county.
Napa Valley supervisors have had an ongoing discussion about limiting new wineries because they are running out of space and water.
Are we going to pick up the slack for Napa County by permitting more and more industrial scale wineries and event centers to overtake our agricultural/green space land? Should Sonoma County residents conserve water so that a Napa winemaker can develop our ag land into a winery his own county can’t accommodate?
It’s time to consider a moratorium on major winery/event center developments. Let’s take a lesson from Napa County and learn from their mistakes before it’s too late.
Dear Editor: Walmart has announced it will raise its minimum wage to $9 an hour in April and $10 next year, in a move that will impact about half a million low-wage workers. The increase falls far short of the $15-an-hour living wage demanded by workers who have launched historic strikes against Walmart and reported retaliation from the company for joining the protests. A 2012 analysis found the six heirs to the Walmart fortune have as much wealth as the bottom 40 percent of the United States combined.
Walmart is one of only a few major retailers that have refused to sign on to the new safety standards after the Dhaka tragedy. The Tazreen Fashion factory fire killed 112 workers and left hundreds injured. The Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh killed 1,127 and left more than 600 or 700 injured for lifetime. And in that shareholder meeting, they haven't even expressed any condolence for those families.
Ted Rudow III,
It's so wonderful to see that this show was cancelled. Or postponed. Or whatever they want to call it.
Obama and Walmart
Dear Editor: Walmart is one of only a few major retailers that have refused to sign on to new safety standards that came out after a garment factory collapsed last year in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 1,129 people.
Despite a spotty record on labor issues, President Barack Obama's visit Friday to the Walmart in Mountain View was the first ever by a sitting president to a Walmart store -- the world's largest retailer. It raised the ire of some labor advocates who have long criticized the retailer for low wages and importing goods from China rather than buying from U.S. manufacturers. They protested alongside environmentalists demanding a halt to the Keystone XL pipeline on a street outside the Fairmont Hotel on Thursday. Yet the same cost-saving motivations that have led Walmart have cut corners on labor.
Ted Rudow III,
The crowd the Wine Annex sure fit that bill. Mea culpa ... it was so loud and raucous I gave up trying to listen in seconds. iPhones were flashing, people furiously texting to underscore conversation which increased in volume in direct proportion to their distance from the performers. IT'S HARD TO HEAR YOU SITTING SO CLOSE TO THE MUSIC!!!! SPEAK UP!
Elaine Xie, one point of correction on your letter: Shannon Wheeler is a man. Tom Gogola
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Before we blame the ignorant parents, first look at the makers and retail outlet that sold that item and made a financial profit.
There was no legal reason to deny. If the City Council had denied, Walmart could have sued, and overturned the denial in court, then gone ahead and built anyway.
The bias of the liberal media establishment never ceases to amaze me, but the onesidedness of this report reaches new heights. Or is it "plumbs new depths?"
Great interview! Coworking is definitely a growing phenomenon and not ready to slow down any time soon. It's been so positive in the ways it has helped small businesses develop themselves by providing them with a not-so-expensive office where collaboration is inspiring. I found a blog which centers around the coworking/startup world, they recently published 2 interviews with founders of coworking spaces. Very interesting, check it out here: http://www.shareyouroffice.com/blog-syo/
I suddenly had a memory of "going out to coffee" at the old El Rancho Tropicana, and wondered where the heck it went.....I guess that's Target now ?
You forgot another SR icon - the funky red oriental-shaped Chinese restaurant on Mendocino near what is now Adel's.
And Holliday Bowl (though Old Mexico and their bowla's are still there).
And downtown "the hill" that was leveled, next to "Wolf Coffee," where silly "alternative" teenagers hung out, some panhandling.
Jalisco's is still around, as is Lincoln Arts Center, and the good old Flamingo Hotel !!
How we lost Petrini's I cannot understand - I remember WE eves were the "meet-market."
And the funky old Molsberry's Market (A&B?) on Yulupa eventually became Food For Thought and now Whole Foods.
And Crystal's Corner on Yulupa is still there.....
**but alas, the "Milk-Stand" was torn down long time ago - I'd buy $.10 Jolly Ranchers there after school.**
I remember when the 7-Eleven and Baskin-Robins sat next to a field in Bennett Valley.
And the Payless across the street.
We had a Long's over there too - I miss Long's.
And the "castles" at the top of Medica Rd. that my friend lived next to - I think still there, but accessible from a different street.
How about those sewer pipes one could walk through in Roseland ? (always wanted to try that one).
How about the "Baby Tree" in the old Community Hospital ?
I went up there shortly after Sutter took over the premises to see my pic on the baby tree, and sadly it was gone - a nurse said it was removed and put in storage only weeks before.
My old park on North Street is no longer the fun little place I remember.
I still call the LBC the LBC. Ode to Luther Burbank !
What a shame the Copperfield's building was renovated - SHAME SHAME SHAME !!!
Oh, the list goes on......
A swat team for a family quarrel with children present? This would never have happened when the Peace and Freedom Party ran the City of Cotati circa 1970s. The police chief was a full blooded Native American and the Mayor later worked for United Way.
I've read the story twice now, and I still don't know why I put that giant eyeball there.
You've got to read the story to find out!
Yeah, what IS up with that eyeball, anyway?
"macaroni and cheese is haute cuisine because you rubbed your truffles on it"
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