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Re: “Sacred Ground

Absolutely fabulous reporting. Nice to hear the proceeds from Graton Casino are being used so ingeniously. Well done.

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Posted by cgtripp on 04/12/2016 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Civic Malfeasance?

I am still pissed that they removed the redwood trees. The 2 new side streets are unnecessary, there are 3 parking garages within 2 blocks that are usually half empty. Why can't people walk anymore? This removal of beautiful old redwood trees for the sake of cars is so short-sighted. We want walk-able cities that encourage pedestrians, not more streets and cars. And now they have the nerve to host Earth Day in the Square again...I encourage a boycott or protest that day. The City leaders are completely out of touch and operating in a vacuum.

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Posted by Daisy on 04/08/2016 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Civic Malfeasance?

Thank you Jennifer, for your well researched and documented article on Santa Rosa City Council's failure to uphold the city charter guidelines for including resident input for spending their tax money for capitol improvements.

The charter's constitution is ineffective if it's rules aren't enforced. That would seem to make it easy for "special interests" to influence the City Council, and bypass citizen review of proposed expenditures.

I think this could be a big case for an attorney willing to step up to the plate, and "step" on some toes of the offending parties, who's actions would be considered criminal activity in a court of law.

You've done the preliminary detective work, so it should be easy enough for an attorney to take up this very important cause.

This is just another action, in addition to the missing "millions" that should have been spent on much needed housing.

Looks to me like Santa Rosa City Council is getting away with illegal activity bordering on embezzlement. I hope that your hours of dedicated research to represent Santa Rosa citizens is recognized, and honored with a lawsuit.

Sandy Murphey

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Posted by Sandra Murphey on 04/07/2016 at 5:28 AM

Re: “Maid in America

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Posted by Ellilou Fabs on 04/05/2016 at 6:21 PM

Re: “Bigfoot Sighting in Santa Rosa

Once I saw the name Tom Biscayne. Automatic red flag!

Posted by Mark Francis Nickens on 04/05/2016 at 5:28 PM

Re: “West End Wonder

I would love to see The Strudel Guy there.

Posted by Amy H on 04/02/2016 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Shine On

Discount advance tickets here!

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Posted by Bryce David Dow-Williamson on 03/31/2016 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Beef of Burden

What's so ironic is how little these so-called environmentalists know about ecology and ecosystems, that is what's necessary for these ecosystems to function.. Look at Yellowstone for example where elk were having an adverse impact on vegetation and water ways. The elk overgrazed and polluted water ways. When an apex predator, wolves, were re-introduced, the wolves managed the elk by controlling their populations and forcing them to bunch up in herds. Without the pressure of apex predators, elk will have the same if not worse impact upon land than cattle. Why? Because elk are much much more difficult to manage. Due these environmentalist want to also reintroduce other apex predators like wolves to control the elk here?

Posted by Stefhan Gordon on 03/31/2016 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Triple Shot

Personally, I like the no res rule. It's your restaurant, run it as you will. I had the Tan Tan Ramen. One of the best plates I've ever had in Sonoma County. Ever. Wow. Very nicely done. Will definitely be back... will stand in line... happily.

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Posted by Jon Bixler on 03/31/2016 at 6:38 AM

Re: “Triple Shot

We are enthusiastic local customers that have been in both twice before the reno, and twice since the re-opening.
We have yet to be able to access the Ramen side this year.(2 hour wait, then 90 minute wait for each time respectively), but the no-reservations rule is a mis-step.

We noted while the visit with the 2 hour wait was shown to have both a packed restaurant and bar sides (the first week of re-opening), one week later a 90 minute wait had a virtually empty bar side: 2 folks at the wet bar who eventually got their names called for the Ramen side, and a second couple who left with us after we enjoyed an hour long meal the sampling the awesome bar food menu, this leaving the bar side empty.

Point being, the entire bar, (wet bar, window seats, and the middle bar facing a freezer) was empty by 8:30pm.

Ramen Gaijin has 3 distinct areas of the restaurant: the wet bar (with Window seats), the Ramen side of the restaurant, and then a middle section that straddles both halves of the Restaurant. But the lack of the ability to also serve serve Ramen, at least in the middle 10-stool bar is a mis-step; We would gladly sit there to enjoy the Ramen menu, as I'm sure others would as well when confronted with a very long Ramen-side wait.

Yes, the food is an amazing experience. The drinks too are good, and we will be sure to try their original concoctions on future visits.
But it's the will shake your head in dis-belief that this is available in Sebastopol. (But then again, it's Sebastopol, and we don't need to let the secret out on our jewels.)

We will always come back, the food on both sides is incredible; Sebastopol (no, the entire North Bay) is extremely lucky to have this place to go to. However we worry that the 'no reservations' rule will hurt it, and the limited Ramen seating is just unfortunate. This is apparently because they did not expand the ramen cooking area of the kitchen during the renovation. That's puzzling, as it's called 'Ramen Gaijin', not '1/3 Ramen', or 'Ramen if you're patient'.

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Posted by Peter Jeno on 03/31/2016 at 5:08 AM

Re: “West End Wonder

Great Job West End,(Allen) See you in Railroad Square ♡

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Posted by on 03/31/2016 at 12:30 AM

Re: “Triple Shot

Very cool!

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Posted by Nicki Wolfe on 03/30/2016 at 9:18 PM

Re: “West End Wonder

Free parking on Sunday! Come one, come all to Railroad Square!

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Posted by Lenna Saltzman on 03/30/2016 at 7:52 PM

Re: “West End Wonder

Do parking meters operate on Sundays? Maybe not.

Posted by Gary Lipking on 03/30/2016 at 5:14 PM

Re: “West End Wonder

That's just great.... Now we will have to contend with parking meters.... I'll pass.

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Posted by Gary Lipking on 03/30/2016 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Ag Is Open Space

Also, it would have been nice to have RP city councils support, but I wonder why, if this parcel is on county land, they should be able to "veto"--anybody know?

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Posted by Joey Smith on 03/30/2016 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Ag Is Open Space

THANK YOU MR WIIG FOR WRITING THIS! You put it way better than me. Here's what I wrote to the to city council.

"I am writing to you in support of the incubator farm. I am a small-scale organic farmer in the county (entering my 6th year). I benefited from an apprenticeship at an incubator farm (at Hidden Villa, in Los Altos) and came back to Sonoma County, where I grew up, to start my own farm (Let's Go Farm) and run the vegetable portion of Shone Farm. I can't tell you how frustrating it is to see this absolutely necessary institution be blocked by a few neighbors and people who don't realize that the money collected from an Ag preservation and open space district-our money-is supposed to go to Ag preservation as well. Please know that there are many of us in the farming community who want to see this incubator take root. It is essential if we want to support not just our rural citizens, but our urban citizens - after all - everybody eats!

Please take action to support the incubator farm at tonight's meeting.

Thank you,
Joey Smith
Lets Go Farm
Santa Rosa, CA

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Posted by Joey Smith on 03/30/2016 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Beef of Burden

Once again, the National Park Service is under fire in the Bay Area for issues of mismanagement. There's been a constant drone of criticism from Drake's Bay to West Marin cattle ranching practices to Tule Elk dying of thirst to massive traffic at Muir Woods damaging the environment to curtailing legitimate recreational uses at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, including dog walking, bonfires and sporting events. Has anyone ever given thought that maybe, just maybe, the National Park Service does not have the expertise or leadership in place here? Maybe they are not the right agency, considering their experience and forte is managing remotes wilderness areas? Yes, these are hard, complex issues. Yes, there are competing interests. Of course, it's not easy. Yet this is not a good performance review by any stretch. Can anyone argue it's not time for a total shake-up and revamping of NPS leadership and operations in the Bay Area? Anyone?

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Posted by Ted Edwards on 03/30/2016 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Debriefer: March 23, 2016

Collapsing fisheries. Collapsing oceans. Collapsing forests. And yet still no one mentions geoengineering. Have we lost the ability to trust our own judgement and common sense? For the most part it appears that we have. Look up. The answer(s) are right above us.

Posted by Gimme Some Truth on 03/29/2016 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Early Adopters

I am Goshen Perry by name i want to say a big thanks to the St Anthonio Orphanage home for making my dreams come true. I and my wife have been married for long now, but we are unable to have a child because of some health issues. And we decided to adopt. We have been hearing that the process to adopt a child is a very difficult one so since then going through the process has really been our fear. but we got in contact with someone who adopted from St Anthonio Orphanage she told us that the process in St Anthonio is very easy. so i decided to contact St Anthonio Orphanage, and behold the process was so easy and in just one week i got the child and now i am a happy man because the child is finally with me. So please i want you all to help me say a big thanks to St Anthonio Orphanage for their good heart. In case you want to also adopt a child, and you don't want to go through any stress i recommend you to St Anthonio Orphanage Home. Their email is (, and their phone number is +1 (508) 686-7018

Posted by Goshen Perry on 03/24/2016 at 3:01 PM

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