Thanks to today's society, video games and movies and pure ignorance... people can let their kids run around with replica assault rifles... Even when school and public shootings are becoming a almost more than a annual event. That toy was made to look exactly like a real ak-47. They make replica airsoft guns that even have real accessories on them. Now days everywhere else outside of our peaceful bubble we call America (even occasionally inside of our peacefull bubble) 12 year old boys pick up ak-47's that look exactly like Andy's toy gun and kill people. I have held, handled and operated many ak-47s including airsoft replicas and the only difference is the replicas don't go bang and shoot lethal projectiles. I would like to see all of you who slander the officer involved imagine yourself in simular situations and think what comes to mind... Your family to go home too? Your partners family to go home too? Or sit there and try to figure out when that person is going to raise their weapon and shoot you even after you gave them proper task direction to do so. Good luck with those few seconds of decion making. Unfortunately deadly force is the hardest decision to make no matter how experienced you are. Unfortunately there are plenty of cops who die because they made a different decision and waited 1 second to long and got shot to death... I guess no one or the media cares about those stories. My heart bleeds for Andy's parents and the officer who had to make that decision to shoot an innocent child and deal with that for the rest of his life. Shame on all of you folks and immature kids who live in Disney land slandering these people who protect you from all the real violence and fun things that go on right outside your border. Maybe you should go live in one of the many places where the cops actually just shoot, rape and slaughter people on a daily basis for kicks and thrills because their cartel police boss told them to do so. Back back to playing grand theft auto in your bubble.
While it may be well-intended, Measure B will have a negative impact on the quality of life now, and particularly for future generations. I urge you to vote “no” on Measure B and protect Sonoma from special interests.
Wineries, large hotel concerns, tour companies and other outside parties see Sonoma as a brand, a destination, a place to make money using our plaza for there business. We who live here see Sonoma as our home and recognize the unique nature of our town and plaza. The opponents of measure B claim we need this continued hotel and increased TOT to fund our ever increasing services, but how many of those increase costs are caused by the more traffic and maintenance due to those very tourists. Mr Anderson has been buying up the town. He already caused the closing of Estate Restaurant when he bought the building, eliminating many well paying jobs for locals. Measure B represents a challenge to those deep pocket folks who would turn take over the soul of this wonderful town. Already many local small business have closed due to high rental rates and loss of local business. Every lost business results in another wine tasting room ( I think we have 18 of them on the plaza now.) If we allow big money interests to take over this town, its only a matter of time until we will have the next Indian casino in the center of town. This is a fight for the soul of Sonoma. Don't be fooled by the tricky fiscal impact threats by the measure B proponents.
SAVE SONOMA. Otherwise we may wake up living in ANDERSONVILLE! Vote YES on B
Affordable motels stays in Sonoma that are reflective with State unemployment insurance weekly payments to the working class is the first priority to the community....Providing affordable hotels is a necessity to Sonoma....Placating corporate owners of $700.00 and up luxury hotels is a municipal fault...Never forget your citizens vs. only the tourist high dollar cash flow created by a no choice City Council and graft...
Giving up the 12 step programs? Never!... Yet those lifer "tweakers" that rotate in and out of the doors are damaged for life..And those caught in the Judicial system are never the same...innocent suspects are found guilty after being set-up by judges,L.E.'s, and the D.A. while failing to investigate claims of fraud by the accused defendant."..Replace and imprison #70-90 personnel working within the court system in Sonoma County they are organized criminal L.E.'s...
Thank you for this detailed, unbiased article, about the sickening, unnecessary death of thirteen year old Andy Lopez.
LEO - I meant Law Enforcement Officers LEO
Which is exactly what the county does now, despite the fact that LifeRing and every other secular support group have absolutely no track record of success, no history of helping alcoholics/addicts abstain from their drug of choice and so really, what they were asking for is "Let us go to programs that don't have a history of success (i.e. programs that don't work). *sHrUgS* It's job security for the LOE community. When people don't change, like they typically do in AA/NA and CR (Celebrate Recovery), they typically re-offend and everyone involved keeps getting a paycheck...except for the offender.
@ Jethro; a good shoot, and to say or imply that because the orange tip of a FAKE gun was missing that that is what makes it so...are you serious. help me out here guy, do u think this because orange is a universal color that automatically signals something to be a replica instead of the actual thing? And lets say hypothetically speaking you encountered a person carrying a gun that was pink? Would you then also think that it was fake... i hope not because you would be absolutely wrong!!!. A female customer in Season 1 Episode 3 of American Guns requested a custom hand gun to be made in the color pink and she got her gun. Is she any less dangerous because its pink... NO!
I urge you to think a bit more outside the box and less with mainstream thinking when considering a missing orange tip to be a deciding factor in your decision to render this tragedy a "good shot".
What did he teach in elementary school? Probably viticulture, right? Making wine is more fun, I bet. Plus, he probably gets fewer colds.
This guy is an accident waiting to happen...............again. What is going to be next? He should be cut off from any public salary NOW! He is a liability and walking time bomb.
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The lack of objective standards in Sonoma's General Plan leads to endless interpretation of what reinforcing "small town character" means. For Sonoma, any objective standard must include the idea of "small" and the Hotel Limitation Measure is built on that presumption. Developers today bring an army of planning experts, traffic consultants, design professionals and so forth to the approval process, effectively overwhelming any effort a single individual can offer in objection to a proposal. Thus each large hotel application commits the community to an exhausting and complicated effort to influence outcomes. Measure B simply limits the overall size of hotels until the occupancy rate justifies large hotels; the approval process remains exactly the same, but the citizens will no longer have to worry about over-sized, out-of-scale hotel projects being built as the 25-room limit insures a more predictable outcome. For more information, visit: www.preservingsonoma.com
could we have more information about the Defense Department study and your apparent claim that the government has worked or is working to make us all more likely to kill somebody in combat? I like a lot of what you say but that paragraph seems like it could use some references.
I need some real facts please. If one is to research to the extent of "The Harmless Farmer" one should quote sources of knowledge to back your smack. Your not believable unless verifiable.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 50 yo and refused "The Western Medicines Cure". This is my best choice, to heal/cure the problem.
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Looks like the " good-Ol-days" still exist at the farm in Santa Rosa.
I Am Andy Lopez: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fIqd_owujM
What is good for the people of Sonoma County is to have safe and reliable transportation for the public without compromising It's employees by hiring some giant corporate conglomerate that exploits its workers and then ships profits thousands of miles away.
We elect officials to govern the county not solely based on fiduciary concerns, ethics cannot be ignored. The end does not justify any means. These companies are brought in saying they can operate public commons more efficiently. In the end "more efficiently" is codes for pay the workers less, take the money that would otherwise provide decent middle-class jobs that would circulate back into our economy. Instead it shipped off thousands of miles away to French Stockholders.
I would like to mention that Veolia/Transdev is now partially owned by a French public pension fund. These French workers are afforded much better financial compensation and retirement packages by far than that a Veolia Transit Worker It's making in the United States.
In the end this boils down to French Public Workers profit at the expense of workers in the United States.
Police are turning on average American citizens, even children. Police do put their lives on the line when on duty, but their paranoia has caused them to see enemies around every corner. Citizens could look to cops as friends, aiders, and rescuers. But citizens now have a fear of cops and for a very good reason. Can't the cops understand that the tables are turned and they are no longer our friends, our rescuers, but are now a very real source of danger to us? I fear cops now! I do not and can not trust them. They have become thieves, abusers, attackers, and killers. Their own lives are all that matter to them. And it has been so very easy for them to treat all of us citizens as hardened criminals because they get by with it. They are not punished for harming us, instead of protecting us; they are barely given a reprimand. The boy with the toy gun - a very tragic event and handled all wrong by the cop. He was shot before he ever knew the cop was present, before he had a chance to respond. He was shot in the back, a cowardly cop's shot, and then shot again and again and again - overkill!
We citizens have to get cops in line, now, and back to doing their jobs, as our protectors, aiders, rescuers, and friends. Otherwise, the NAZI PARTY will be alive and well in America. We are not bad people. Don't lump us all in with the really bad. Don't hire military people as cops.They were trained for warfare, to kill. We aren't the enemy! One cop was quoted as saying they just wanted to go home alive. What?! They actually believe the citizens are trying to kill them, to keep them from returning to their families at day's end? That's what we all want, to stay alive and return safely to our families. God help us all.
Any review of the Show?....Rodney C. was great in Cotati during 1980... And so was his wife, Rosanne Cash with The CherryBombs..
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