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Re: “Cosby Canceled at Wells Fargo Center

Notice that they had the "promoter" do the canceling for them.

This makes the Wells Fargo Center board wimps.

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Posted by Redwood on 03/22/2015 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Best Citizen

update?

Posted by Globalctzn on 03/20/2015 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Debriefer: March 18, 2015

*Adam Parks

Posted by Leila-Anne on 03/19/2015 at 10:39 AM

Re: “The Anchor-Outs

People on boats are subject to maritime law. Whenever someone on a boat claims their civil rights have been violated, it's important to ask how? Usually, the complaint is they've experienced 'a boarding', and in some cases a search of the boat. Law enforcement agents, whether a sheriff, port police officer or Coast Guardsman are authorized by law to board, inspect or search boats. These police powers derive from laws meant to control smuggling, the transport of illegal drugs, illegal immigrants and more.

There is plenty of controversy surrounding the subject of anchorage 'rights'. As long as a boat is not anchored in a channel impeding the flow of traffic, or anchored where warnings indicate doing so is prohibited due to underground pipes, cables or other obstructions, it is considered to be in the right. But, unfortunately law enforcement agents, municiple and State governments have in recent years begun to dilute what we perceive as our right to anchor. For example, although anchoring in the Oakland Alameda estuary does not impede traffic because there simply isn't any. But, this fact has not prevented law enforcement officers from telling you to haul anchor "because you can't anchor here." If you refuse, it will most likely lead to a boarding and search. There are all sorts of deficiencies - like expired flares, worn life vests, oil in the bilge, drug posession, an outstanding traffic warrant you forgot about and more - that can lead at minimum ciitations and even arrest. So, trying to assert your perceived right can create more trouble for you than it's worth. State and municipal governments, whether legally entitled or not are passing ordinances meant to control anchoring in waters adjacent to or within it's physical jurisdiction. Challenging these laws is expensive, time consuming and may prove fruitless if the federal government gives away it's authority over navigable waterways. Politics is playing an increasing significant role, and what kinds of changes may be in store with a Republican majority in the House of Representatives, and possibility the next President will be Republican, are unknown.

Having said all of this, the root cause of building momentum to exert control over anchorages is there are a increasing numbers of boats in various stages of disrepair, whether occupied or not. The worst case is the 'derelict', abandoned and threatening to sink. It is a simple fact that people taking refuge on boats do not usually have the financial means to 'fix up' a boat already in disrepair when obtained. So, they continue to deteriorate. Mr. Kiffer says "If you show up in Sausalito, with or without a boat, you won't be in need for long. You'll get a bunk or a whole boat! A foothold." A boat? Richardson Bay is heavily populated by so-called 'dollar boats'. Right, boats purchased for one dollar because control over them was assumed at some point by a marina or law enforcement agency because they were recovered by the marina or agency after dragging, or warnings mailed to owners of an apparently abandoned boat went unanswered. These boats are usually small, unsuited for living aboard and in many cases poorly maintained. Many of them drag or sink in winter storms, placing a burden upon the Richardson Bay Regional Agency for the cost of salvage and in some cases destruction.

Finally. I am not going to impugne the character of members of the 'anchor outs' by broadly classifying them into groups. I will say however, I have observed anarchical, anti-establishment, anti-government, in your face, "I'll kill anyone who gets in my way" attitudes that do not serve their best interests and garner effective support from anyone. In his post above, Mr. Kiffer serves as a good example of this. Some in Sausalito apparently believe their special needs and disadvantages places "anchor outs" in a special class of people who's responsibilities as citizens are waived and they are entitled to special dispensations and protection from the authorities. Perhaps. But at what cost to others who depend upon effective governance to protect, mediate, and resolve disputes between those who are affected in one way or another by the situation in Richardson Bay? Do people who own boats in Richardson Bay have a right to take possession of a public waterway - like squatters anywhere else - to the detriment of all other boaters who have equal right to use the same? What difference does it make that a hand full of "anchor outs" are creative? Allegedly artists and at least one film maker? I've read a novel penned by an anchor out, and by my estimation he's a pretty good writer. But there is a world full of artists, writers, film makers and very creative people who take their responsibilities as citizens seriously, obey local and State laws, and actually work to make a living. How many of the 'creative' anchor outs endeavour to work for a living with their art, films and what have you? And, if they are not able to earn "a living wage" by virtue of their creativity what effort are they making to support themselves by securing a job? There is not much incentive to find a job when you can rely on local charity to clothe and feed you.

Anchor outs are referred to by some as a "community" posessing a unique culture. Where are the features that qualify disconnected individuals on boats as a community? There is a group of individuals who meet in Dumphy park, picnic together and plot how to respond to efforts by the authorities to address issues related to Richardson Bay. There is even a plan to start a "paper" to inform locals and attract support. But, over all participation by all anchor outs is limited to a handful of people. Hardly a community. A special interest group consisting of a small number of people engaged in lobbying to pursue their ends? Yes. Culture? Again, if any thing, the disparate interests, backgrounds and individualism characteristic of the anchor outs defies the suggestion there is commonality in the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of the anchor outs. The Dumphy Park group? Hardly representative of the total number of anchor outs.

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Posted by armido on 03/18/2015 at 10:47 AM

Re: “The Anchor-Outs

Since I've been doing so upwards of 24 years I know what it means to live aboard a small boat. But, unlike those who identify as Sausalito's 'anchor outs', I've remained on the move; completing the greater part of 2 global circumnavigations mostly alone. 'Cruisers' like myself and local sailors in the S.F. Bay area used to be able to find room to anchor in Sausalito, whether for a weekend or longer. No more, because the entire area - both sides of the main channel - are clogged with illegally moored boats that rarely if ever move. Illegal because permits for the moorings required by ordinance, have never been applied for or received. It is one thing to empathize for people down on their luck. Quite another to relieve them of responsibilities as citizens, which includes respecting and obeying federal, state, and local laws. You do not need to be well fed, employed or have a clean record to comply with the laws of the land. It is unfathomable to believe law enforcement officers should be expected to overlook violations of local ordinances and State laws simply because people on boats in Richardson Bay are somehow disadvantaged.

All I ask for is order and an open area free of illegally moored boats where I and others who wish to anchor can. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to occur without a comprehensive change in how the Bay is used and managed. Presently - whether abandoned, stored, unnoccupied or lived upon - roughly 200 boats are on moorings or 'permanently at anchor' (until they drag in a storm) in Richardson Bay. The effect is the remainder of the boating community that would like to use the bay, a public waterway, can't. There are three possible outcomes in the debate about Richardson Bay. 1.) Things will remain unchanged which is untenable for many reasons. 2.) The anchorage wil be closed, or 3.) RBRA will install, maintain and manage a mooring field in addition to defining a managed anchorage for anchoring only. In order to eliminate any possibility illegal, serrupticiously installed illegal moorings will appear in the anchorage boats must be required to re-anchor every 15 days or so, and harbour police provided to monitor and enforce this and compliance with permit requirements. All boaters wanting to use a port mooring or anchor in the newly designated anchorage must submit their boat for inspection by either the Coast Guard or RBRA if the plan on staying longer than 72 hours.

This isn't only about the people. It's about fair play, equal opportunity for all boaters to use Richardson Bay, resource management and good citizenship.

Bob L.
S/V Armido
Sausalito

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Posted by armido on 03/17/2015 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Senator Warbucks

As lethal as cheney Halliburton? Have you see any charges ever brought against Cheney on this?

Posted by Donna Goodnight on 03/15/2015 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Wild Meets Mild

A responsible article on a difficult subject with no simple answers. A refreshing change from the hyperbole reported by local newspapers as fact. At one extreme are those who want to evict the ranchers from the Park's pastoral zone and at the others those who want to evict the elk from the Park's pastoral zone. But some of us believe there is room in for both ranchers and elk, but it will take some work by the Park, willing collaboration by interested parties, and a tone down of the hyperbole.

Posted by Save Our Seashore on 03/12/2015 at 9:09 PM

Re: “The Heretic

Folks who know how to actually practice Holistic Management planned grazing somehow get much better results than university researchers who don't understand it.
I've visited Neil Dennis and Blain Hjertes ranches in Saskatchewan - they are part of a study of 7 farms that over a 3 year period sequestered nearly 9 tonnes of carbon per hectare per year. As Blain says. "All of these farms have had increases in grass production, had a decrease in inputs, are holding more water in the soil and producing more nutrient dense food. Clearly farmers are more profitable, consumers have better food and society has more water holding capacity mitigating floods and mitigating climate change. To view results check out the web site at www.soilcarboncoalition.org"

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Posted by Tony McQuail on 03/12/2015 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Wild Meets Mild

Save the elk, the mission of a "National Park" trumps provincial interests. Elk long have been an emblem of what's wild, as the drought continues more and more hay must be imported to continue "farming", there is land designated for farming and some...very small on the scale in pecking order for National Park, I take exception with predators, poachers take numbers of elk every year, and cougar take calves, an old adults, on my own ranch caught 3 young men killing animals just to celebrate their new rifles...It is a miracle of sorts they are coming back...some, I gave up hunting years ago as could no longer pull the trigger, what will future generations find here? I hope they encounter elk as it never fails to straighten neck hair and lift your hat, the regal beauty and a connection to the primordial past...which is why we seek out National Parks...Save the Elk.

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Posted by social glimpse on 03/12/2015 at 7:07 AM

Re: “Brush to Judgment

I've come to the conclusion that the new Boho editors are soft on environmental issues and lazy about doing their homework. Fluoride in drinking water has been proven to be detrimental to our health. The local gov't should not be forcing it on us. End of story.
At present, 97% of the western European population drinks non-fluoridated water. This includes: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, and approximately 90% of both the United Kingdom and Spain. Think they're onto something?

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Posted by Daisy on 03/04/2015 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Brush to Judgment

New US Study Links Fluoridation to ADHD


"Artificial water fluoridation prevalence was significantly positively associated with ADHD prevalence," according to research published in Environmental Health (2/15),

This is the first study to examine the relationship between exposure to fluoridated water and ADHD prevalence.

Artificial fluoride chemicals (hydrofluosilicic acid) added to public water supplies attempt to match the perceived decay-preventing effects of natural calcium fluoride. But teeth require calcium – not fluoride.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood disorder. Symptoms include difficulty paying attention, controlling behavior, and hyperactivity.

Researchers, Malin and Till, conclude that, even after controlling for socio-economic-status, their findings suggest that fluoridated water may be an environmental risk factor for ADHD.

They write, fluoride "has received virtually no attention in the ADHD literature, [even though], there is a burgeoning body of human and animal research indirectly suggesting that it may contribute to the disorder's onset."

This ADHD/fluoride study comes on the heels of a British study linking fluoride to thyroid disease.

Malin and Till write "exposure to fluoridated water may contribute to ADHD via suppression of the thyroid gland."

We've been falsely assured that the science is settled on fluoridation safety. But studies such as this one were never done before. What else have they failed to research? What's worse is that government agencies seem to dismiss research that hurts fluoridation rather than protect the citizens whose health is entrusted to them.

Researchers Malin and Till explain that children and adults living in fluoridated communities (0.7 – 1.2 mg/L) actually received 0.9 – 3.6 mg and 0.6 – 6.6 mg of fluoride per day, respectively from all sources, including water, food and dental products.

They write "Fluoride can readily cross the placenta, accumulate in the infant brain and easily exert neurotoxic effects…Such changes can adversely affect arousal and attention, pain tolerance, and learning and memory, respectively."

"Importantly, among children who were exposed environmentally to water fluoridated at 1.2 – 3 mg/L (slightly above the US recommended level), increased urinary fluoride concentrations were associated with slower reaction time and poorer visuospatial organization that could interfere with attention, and reading and writing respectively," they write.

With fluoride linked to lower IQ, and ADHD in children and hypothyroidism in adults, it is reckless to continue fluoridation - especially since ingesting fluoride delivers risks without any benefits. Fluoride hardens teeth by topical means alone and in high concentrations - as in toothpaste.

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Posted by Nys Cof on 03/04/2015 at 4:40 AM

Re: “The 1986 Guerneville Flood Photo Project

I remember it well!
Scott Kersnar, Steve Pizzo, And Connie Schlabach owned and operated the Russian River News and put out an issue that week. Connie and John DeSalvio did layout, he and Frank Remkoweitz were the cartoonists. Scott and Steve were able to get the RRN print pages out the back way and over the Sweetwater Springs Rd until they were stopped by a landslide. They then walked thru the slide to another waiting car from the other side and finished the drive to Healdsburg to the printers.
That issue of the RRN went out with the Safeway insert and with their flood pictures became a valuable collectors item.
I believe The Paper was flooded.
I and two of our children, in the meantime, hosted friends Manure Man and a very nervous Tiana Lee, whose clothing store Changes, and home we're flooding. Some of us walked, waded and boated into town daily to help out, assess damages and rubberneck. We had "freezer soup" meals with our neighbors at night by candlelight, and hung our rainwear and socks in the living room to dry near the wood stove.
After, came the back breaking cleanup of friends stores, homes and Southside resort. Don't ever try to carry a mud soaked wall to wall carpet!
Fond community coming together memories.

Darlene Kersnar

Posted by Darlene Kersnar on 03/02/2015 at 8:25 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: February 25, 2015

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.

Posted by Ina Selwyn on 03/02/2015 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Dying Behind Bars

My name is Dean Stevens I was in sanoma co jail I have no mentel ilnes I filed a law site against C.F.M.G out of the blue the jail held me down by force and injected me with psyciatic medication l was then in court when my court appointed attorney said she said she felt I was incompCourts to stand trial for vandelisem I was then sent to Napa state mentel hospital for six months the state doctor wrote in the report to the court that I had an in known mentel illness the court found me guilty I did on other six months in jail the court then orderd C. F. M. G to put me on psych meds moved to ukiah Mendocino county where Dr Tayler fithiàn resides and runs the jail medical group him self Dr fithian is owner director and C. E. O I was placed in jail again a psych Dr Apostle was called to the Mendocino co jail from Santa Rosa co sanoma county to evaluate me again I was sent to Napa state hospital for three months I was sent back to court the judge gave me five and a half years for a simple vandelisem all became I filed a law suit against calif forencic medical group the judge again orders C. F . M. G to put me on psyotopic medication I'm now free from jail on probation and must take psych meds as a condition of probation the illness was clearly manifested by c.f .m.g medical group to shut me up I was also sent to state prison by sanoma county Courts under a false name and birthday it was clearly on perpious the prison said if the jail would have run my finger prints through the computer that my true name would have went through D. O.J the jail did not finger print me and did in fact know my true name and birthday the California department had to fix my file it was all coverd up but Dr mike dagay Chief medical Dr of C. F.M. G sanoma co jail resigned do to this and because he put two lady's into the jail mentel unit and said that had a mentel illness and put the womans two little girls in foster care the woman's family was wealthy and sided Tayle Fithian and Dr Dagay .Dr Dagay resigned and retired. rhttps://m.facebook.com/login.php?next=https%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2Fn%2F%3Fhelp%252Fsecurity%26medium%3Demail%26mid%3Db5955c7G5af522bc7d7dG0G158G5bfe7159%26bcode%3D1.1424971929.Abn84XJ9yAiglAGs%26n_m%3Ddinostevens69%2540gmail.com&refsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2Fn%2F&_rdrthttps://m.facebook.com/login.php?next=https%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2Fn%2F%3Fhelp%252Fsecurity%26medium%3Demail%26mid%3Db5955c7G5af522bc7d7dG0G158G5bfe7159%26bcode%3D1.1424971929.Abn84XJ9yAiglAGs%26n_m%3Ddinostevens69%2540gmail.com&refsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2Fn%2F&_rdrrsigned

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Posted by Dino Stevens on 02/28/2015 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: February 25, 2015

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,

Palo Alto

Posted by Ted Rudow III on 02/28/2015 at 10:07 AM

Re: “FEED Me

We started using Tim/FEED when we first opened Bistro 100 (100 miles of local foods) last month in Petaluma: They have made it very simple to pull vegetables from local farms for me as a new restaurant owner... We braised the baby fennel in beurre monte last Wednesday for a winemaker dinner 1 example; the vegetables we get from the farms through FEED Sonoma are in a way magical, full of flavor and vibrant and I beleive with the support of more restaurants and diners who seek these restraunt who use FEED Sonoma will only strengthen our local small farmers, economy and health... Thank you for the article is is "Right-On!"

Posted by Garrett on 02/27/2015 at 8:06 AM

Re: “Ghost Stories

Right before Tom took over, my friend's dad was the manager. We were about 11/12 at the time and basically lived there and helped him with everything from ushering to sell concessions. I saw many things while hanging there before and after hours. The projection booth ghost was seen many times. Also have seen someone in the balcony on several occasions. I've never been afraid though. Hanging at the Phoenix was partly responsible for me being a ghost hunter myself. Good times!

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Posted by Nikki Stras on 02/26/2015 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Banjos & Brushes

Congrats Amanda

Posted by Sam Hurley on 02/25/2015 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Banjos & Brushes

Along with even more artists and more bands!! Don't miss out!
-Soundproof the band (Cosmic Jam)

Posted by Sam Hurley on 02/25/2015 at 7:50 PM

Re: “Banjos & Brushes

Oh my gosh. This is amazing. Thank you guys so much.

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Posted by Amanda Mae Blackmore on 02/25/2015 at 6:57 PM

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