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Re: “Letters to Editor: July 15, 2015

Richard Blum says making all-cash purchases of foreclosed homes, before they even reach the open market does not adversely affect potential home buyers. You are being turned into rental slaves, serving the greed of the ultra wealthy, and our neighborhoods being degraded in the process. You are being cheated out of the pride and benefits of home ownership. Michael Hilber

Posted by M Hilber on 08/17/2015 at 12:46 AM

Re: “Cops on Film

The behavior of the police officer is truly reprehensible, with no need for further explanation or debate. It is scary, period. And it's certainly not just about the gun.

The aggressive, sarcastic tactics to achieve an unstated goal must not become the new norm in our community, especially in an area of relatively-low crime. I know; this is less than two minutes from my house.

Unfortunately, the non-response response by the police department indicates that more of this is on the way. If no more "constitutionalists" step forward, then this may indeed be the new normal.

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Posted by rohnertpark1956 on 08/17/2015 at 12:13 AM

Re: “Charging Ahead

Bohemian, do your research before you praise SCP and believe their numbers.

Mr. Sypher’s Sonoma Clean Power isn’t as green as they say they are, very sad to say. And they are fighting tooth and nail against a transparency law that would expose them: AB 1110.

I work in the energy industry and a big supporter of CCAs since day one (not for putrid PG&E), but you don’t need to be an insider to see the truth.

PD article shaming SCP for lack of transparency on AB 1110:

PD article showing that Sonoma County isn't anywhere near meeting their targets, especially if SCP were to tell the truth:

Sierra Club and labor have both come out in strong support too.

Marin Clean Energy and LEAN Energy both dropped it their resistance, as their alliance with Shell’s sneaky accounting was finally going public. They’re preparing for the inevitable forced transparency, going greener than they currently are, as they want to retain customers.

BOTTOM LINE is that businesses and homes with low-carbon goals who thought Sonoma Clean Power was going to do all the work for them may be, unfortunately, mistaken.

Posted by rohnertpark1956 on 08/16/2015 at 11:54 PM

Re: “Cops on Film

The Barjas' case is set for trial next year. Very different facts are alleged. Plaintiffs allege that defendants' entry into their home was illegal even though their son was on probation. They don't explicitly state if that was their son's residence.

Posted by me on 08/16/2015 at 5:01 PM

Re: “For a Few Dollars More

Unfortunately we are not paid what we're worth, we're paid the smallest amount people can get away with.
Every 17¢ Sonoma pays IHSS homecare workers is matched by 33¢ from the state and 50¢ by the Feds.
That's an extra 83¢ that comes into the county that doesn't cost a dime. And that money is not hoing to be socked away in anyone's 401k - it is going to pay for goods, services, housing.
Now that's good economics!

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Posted by Zuriea on 08/15/2015 at 7:40 PM

Re: “Cops on Film

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

Abraham Lincoln

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Posted by bode t on 08/14/2015 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Cops on Film

Don McComas friend Greg was also, ironically, the victim of renegade police tactics. What are the odds that Don's co-worker would have an early morning "visit" from the Rohnert Park PD who cuffed him and searched his home?

Of interest also is the case naming Officer Rodriguez as a defendant which is set for trial in the US District Court. For - wait for it - violation of 4th Amendment Rights. Google Barajas v City of Rohnert Park, David Rodriguez, et al.

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Posted by Albisua on 08/14/2015 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Enticing and Ethical

Hi, as Luna Vineyards publicist, we have been advised that the event City Winery & "Eat, Drink and Be Vegan!" to benefit the Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch, has unfortunately been canceled. Luna Vineyards was proud to be a part of this event and look forward to Tonia Brow's next endeavor!

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Posted by Tonya Hayes on 08/13/2015 at 7:49 AM

Re: “For a Few Dollars More

What an asinine article. You obviously have no understanding of economics. You get paid for what you are worth, not what you want. Your worth is based on your skills and education.

That being said, the piece de resistance: "Confederate state of Alabama." You do realize that there hasn't been a Confederate state in 150 years? Unless, of course, you are granting the right of secession to Alabama. If so, please confer the same right to the other 12 states of the former Confederacy.


A girl formerly from the Confederate state of Florida.

Posted by Folly67 on 08/13/2015 at 7:30 AM

Re: “For a Few Dollars More

Right now the minimum wage is a joke. Hats off to Marin County, S.F., and the other communities that are Doing The Right Thing!
Unbelievable that home care workers are still getting shut out.
Thankyou for intelligent, informative articles on whats going on locally.

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Posted by leslie 2 on 08/12/2015 at 11:48 PM

Re: “In the Moment

Yay!!♡ Franti is great

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Posted by leslie 2 on 08/12/2015 at 11:17 PM

Re: “Rethinking Cosby

Grab the mike from that woman! Get the the hook-

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Posted by big wave on 08/12/2015 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Rethinking Cosby

What an opportunity missed by those commenters who do not see a cause of how abuse can manifest and to take a hard and open "look-see" at the many causes of such abuse. Marcia Singer is not dismissing Bill Cosby for his actions but what she is writing about is to look at all the causes of this situation, with one in particular, whether it is conducted by an unconscious famous person or not. By unconscious I mean a person who does not live a life of self examination, looking for the essence of truth and respect for all and acting within the principles of such behavior.

She is simply pointing out how a woman can attract such unconscious people into her life through her own unconscious behavior and not fully integrating her own life and that includes her sovereignty over her own body. She is showing how woman have been led to give themselves away and that this is an example of how predominate this is in our culture. In the essence of this article she is NOT blaming the victims. She is saying how like energetic magnets we can attract destructive people. Read it through again with out knee jerk preconceived bias.

A woman or man can be involved in an abusive relationship by attracting subconsciously those people that commit abusive relationships instead of her/his healing internally the area where the abuse comes from at the core level and there by not attracting these people anymore. And by doing so one must be able to fully and completely forgive one's self for attracting those kinds of people and to understand deeply within to "forgive them for they know what they do". That does not mean these perpetrators should be slapped on the wrist and given a pass. What this article does mean that as a moral society we need to look at every thing and that includes self responsibility for those we attract that are basically vampires and to go deeper how our society actually upholds and encourages victim-perpetrator behavior and how we unconsciously support it ourselves.

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Posted by Dan Argraves on 08/12/2015 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Mist Opportunity

What an awesome topic, and such useful information as well! Kudos to Ellen Shehadeh and the Bohemian!
Lyons Filmer

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Posted by Lyons on 08/12/2015 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Rethinking Cosby

This article is self serving and ridiculous. When talking about rape, there is not gray area. Shame on the author

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Posted by Suzanne Smith on 08/12/2015 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Rethinking Cosby

Any relation to Martin Singer, Cosby's pit bull attorney?

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Posted by Bonnie Upton on 08/12/2015 at 5:18 AM

Re: “Rethinking Cosby

This article gives the term "mind numbing" a new meaning. Geeze, get over yourself. I didn't read the name of the author but two sentences in it screamed of the bias of a dopey woman. Sure enough, it was. I'm just glad she's not my mother, people like that are the ones bringing up the next generation of neurotic basket cases that we all get to look forward to living with in society.

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Posted by greg on 08/12/2015 at 3:29 AM

Re: “Letters to Editor: August 5, 2015

The equivalent of over 300,000 Hiroshimas
by Ted Rudow III, MA ( Tedr77 [at] )
Wednesday Aug 5th, 2015

On July 16, 1945, the United States of America detonated the first atomic bomb in the barren desert of New Mexico. Less than a month after this first explosion, the U.S. dropped two atom bombs on the heavily populated cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, respectively. This first usage of the horror bomb indiscriminately wiped our over 100,000 civilian woman, children and old people--and condemned many others to a very slow and painful death.
Others were horribly maimed and burned and scarred for life! There were horrors the U.S. wouldn't even let its own people know about, wouldn't allow pictures in the newspaper.

Since WWII, "the war to end all wars", the explosive power of the combined nuclear arsenals of the United States and the Soviet Union has grown to the equivalent of over 300,000 Hiroshimas! The 8,500 warheads and bombs in the U.S. arsenal alone have a combined explosive power of more than three billion tones of TNT--about 1,500 pounds of explosive for every man, woman and child on this planet.

Dr. James Muller, a Harvard heart specialist and secretary of the Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, Inc., brought this out when he said, "At some point deep down inside, people know the world could explode tomorrow. " Yet some people are just talking about it calmly as though it is the natural thing to expect--that we are going to destroy each other and the World! Stanford physicist, Sidney Drell, asked in a recent New York Times article: "More and more we hear of usable Nuclear weapons, and of Nuclear weapons, fighting and winning. where are we going?--Do we even still remember what nuclear explosions do? Does the post-Hiroshima generation still appreciate the horror of nuclear weapons and the dangers posed by the prospect of a nuclear conflict?"

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Posted by Ted Rudow III on 08/07/2015 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Aug. 8: Animal Kingdom in Sebastopol

No animals in circuses anymore please.

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Posted by Wicked Abuelita on 08/06/2015 at 8:54 AM

Re: “The Fight for $15


A great, big shout-out and thank you to you, the members of the North Bay Organizing Project and each and every community member who continues to fight, toil and press our Sonoma County "supes" to do more than merely pass a token, feeble, toothless living-wage ordinance - like the resolution which they passed at their regularly scheduled meeting back on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015.

I was in attendance at that meeting and gave a speech in which I urged immediate passage of a REAL living-wage ordinance and, also, that action be taken by them on a number of other issues with which this county is currently confronted and urged them to exercise true leadership on those numerous issues as well.

The measure of your success will be in your ability to channel your steel resolve, your indomitable courage, your abiding spirit and your passion for all things social justice into inspiring those who may be your detractors on this issue to confront and accept the fact that no one deserves to be paid less than 15 dollars an hour for performing often menial but necessary tasks - especially those who are providing caregiving services to the elderly and disabled in their own homes - and who, by doing so, are saving the County of Sonoma literally millions of dollars a year. And this fact was iterated by a paid professional consultant retained by the County of Sonoma itself!

I am proud to stand with you on this issue - which I consider to be one of the most pressing social-justice issues of our time.

Good luck to you - and may your commitment to this laudable cause ensure that you and your fellow activists will attain eventual victory.

(Oh. And a couple more things: Don't stop calling...and, above all, don't accept their lame excuses - including the one that "There's no money." Just look at their overinflated salaries and overbloated benefits packages for concrete proof and affirmation that there's plenty.)

Posted by Thomas Bonfigli on 08/06/2015 at 12:42 AM

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