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Re: “Dogfight

Perhaps I overlooked the first reference to the "Levitt" whose response to a studied concern by Ms. Pandapas (and many others) was: " . . . . That idea is floated by the flat-earth society."

This must be GGNRA spokesman "Howard Levitt " whose name-calling of opponents exemplifies his disdain for the public and for meaningful discourse. This contempt continues with his penchant for assigning himself the title of "Director of Communications and Partnerships" for the "Golden Gate National Parks."

This title is for an entity that does not even exist: The "Golden Gate National Parks" is NOT a Congressionally designated unit within the National Park Service. Instead, it seems that Mr. Levitt has assumed a mantle from the mash-up of two bodies that are morphing into one: The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (an NPS unit, supported by taxpayers, with a legislatively protected public access policy since 1972) and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (a private organization whose staff and operations are supported by donations; private, corporate and federal grants; and nonprofit status). Perhaps Mr. Levitt reports both to Christine Lehnertz, Superintendent of the GGNRA, and Greg Moore, President and CEO of the Conservancy?

In any case: The rule of law and Public voices in defense of Public Lands continue to be dismissed.

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Posted by Defender on 05/25/2016 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Down to the Wire

Where has Hopkins officially endorsed a ban on GMOs since becoming a candidate?

This is what a March 16, 2016 Press Democrat article said- "Lynda Hopkins, an organic farmer, on Wednesday expressed opposition to GMO crops and support for labeling of products that contain the altered organisms. She said she also signed the petition seeking to put the proposed county ban before voters.

But she stopped short of endorsing a ban, saying she wanted to read through “every single line” of the proposed ordinance before stating her position on it. Supporting the ban would likely put Hopkins at odds with many of her own supporters, including influential and deep-pocketed farming interests. Hopkins did not express concerns about that potential conflict, saying county politics are not “black and white.”

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Posted by Jacob Rich on 05/12/2016 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Down to the Wire

Lynda Hopkins is indeed smart and she genuinely seeks out the opinions of Sonoma County residents. She is an organic farmer who believes in urban growth boundaries. She supports the initiative to ban GMO's in Sonoma County. As a long time resident and voter, she has my vote for Supervisor!

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Posted by Sonoma Male on 05/12/2016 at 12:19 AM

Re: “Bad to the Loan

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Re: “HIV

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Posted by Joy Anna on 04/28/2016 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Taking the 5th

So far it seems clear that Lynda Hopkins' campaign has a lot of money to spend. When a candidate has a war chest so large that she can purchase expensive, multi-page newspaper inserts weeks before the campaign, I start to wonder who's paying for it.

She seems like a perfectly fine human being, and may have the best of intentions. However, Ms. Hopkins is relatively new to the area and is already funded by many of the same big businesses that funded Effren Carillo (most notably the Ratto Group). Accepting that funding without knowing that there will be an expectation of payback is either painfully naive or worse, highly calculating and corrupt. Either way, that should give us pause.

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Posted by WestCounty9 on 04/19/2016 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Bad to the Loan

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Posted by Tommy Rich on 04/14/2016 at 4:13 AM

Re: “Bad to the Loan

Thanks for this informative look at how the Republicans, who have vowed to eliminate the CFPB, managed to persuade Democrats to join them in voting for this bill that was so enthusiastically supported by the National Auto Dealers Association but opposed by consumer advocacy groups.

It is doubly distressing that both of our members of Congress from the north bay voted with the Republicans on this very bad bill.

Jared Huffman’s response in explaining why he voted with the Republicans to cancel the CFPB’s regulatory guidance is particularly disturbing: “I heard from them (the auto dealers in his district) that it could drive up the cost of car loans and make them less accessible to some of those people—I felt like I had to listen to that side of the argument."

There is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that making sure that minorities don’t pay higher auto loan rates than white people do would drive up the cost of car loans; in fact, that’s a nonsensical statement. But it’s definitely an NADA talking-point that both Huffman and Mike Thompson seem to have heard loud and clear.

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Posted by Alice Chan on 04/13/2016 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Sacred Ground

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Re: “Maid in America

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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: “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

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

Re: “Turn to Bern?

There is no "white knight" that will save this nation that is run by The Crown and The Committee of 300 as they reach thier apex. Stop following this distraction as we are being poisoned, literaly and mentaly, from the psycopaths that run our world government. If you live in CA how about looking up from all of the bombardment of media... I mean really.... go outside and look up. In fact I dare you all to watch the cloud "lines" being sprayed accross our sky and just question it.
I am not a person who likes to post anything, but we must all know about this and talk about it; Geoengineeringwatch.org Act now, talk to eachother, before we have nothing left. Even if you are not religious (I am not saying to convert) just go to your local churches to connect with people, we need to unite the people who want to care about our future and our childrens future, for this planet and every thing living on it. Because once you know, you cannot ignore it, and if we do something now, we can save ourselves and eachother before it's too late.

Posted by Jesse on 03/24/2016 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Debriefer: March 23, 2016

Thank you for your continuing coverage of Sonoma's IHSS workers. For years now your articles have been thorough and accurate, making sense of a very complicated program.
Thanks again,
Carol Taylor
IHSS Provider

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Posted by Still Here on 03/23/2016 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Turn to Bern?

You got the delegate count wrong

Posted by Shaun Hensley on 03/19/2016 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Turn to Bern?

Sorry! I am not a good loser, that's why I don't gamble. Put it this way, I am not going to vote for Sen. Cruz, former Gov. John Kasich who are in the corrupt institution called Congress or the Republican good old boys clique. It's obvious if it comes to a convention, GOP elites are not going to pick Donald Trump. Using Kasich to bring down Trump, at any meeting are risking and it's at there own peril. Nor am I voting for that Criminal Hillary Clinton or a Socialist-Communist Bernie Sanders who along with King Obama has pilfered the depleted federal and state treasuries, in supporting financially millions of illegal aliens. I'll stay to the end until Donald Trump is either crippled or loses the race as nominee for the Presidency, by using any method to block Trump, which means any dirty tricks diversion, any manipulating of the delegates by either Political Party.



If it goes against Donald Trump I am out, my family out, a bunch of old GI's who fought in Viet-Nam are out; a majority of my friends and co-worker thought their vote didn't matter are out and people who have never shadowed the election booth and millions of Trump you can be rest assured supporters will drop out. The effect of riots in the street of civil unrest is will cause what's left of our sovereignty to collapse, Why bother voting when they see the election system is corrupt. All these people are a tiny drop in the ocean, but it's not worth my energy or encouragement to vote for GOP establishment, or an alleged felon who violated our National Security and just like Sanders wants to soak the rich, and then kill more jobs of what is left of them.



I never trusted either party as anybody who goes into today's Washington morass, is corrupted by the lobbyists who appear at their offices offering them blank checks that they can squirrel away as long as they work for them on the floor of the House and Senate. The people who voted for Donald Trump are part of the 'Silent Majority'. The American people are so demoralized by the Left or Right who never pursue what the population want; not the elites or a government that wants controls your life, just as the Kremlin does in Russia even today. Hillary is a clever in her dialogue, ranting on about equality and telling Americans that Conservatives are against every minority and ethnic population. YES! She's good with her automatic commentaries, but she still has the same weak agenda of Obama and his proponents, that will drone on just like the other party.



Any theft in a contested conference will certainly implode inside the Republican Party if they try to isolate the Donald. Why has millions of a silent majority entered the fray, because they want to see the Trump wall go up. Right now the United States are on the edge of economic disaster and the filaments extend outwards that includes the illegal alien invasion, that is depleting large chunks of social services and is effected Citizens and Legal immigrants way of life. More highway congestion, when foreigners are given drivers licenses and much of the facts about the illegal immigrant inversion is muffled by Obama's government and the mainstream press. States like Ohio, Michigan has lost hundreds of thousands of jobs, not only theft by illegal aliens, but by people with profiles chief negotiator Democratic John Kerry who gave away $150 Billion dollars to Iran.


On Obama's orders and GOP Cartel elites who have sold our jobs and businesses to foreign countries, that includes Mexico. Although our deficit with Mexico is $60 B, it does not compare with China' $600 Billion. To me it's no wonder that Detroit, Michigan, or the 'Rust Belt' states as they are called, which was once a hive of the bustling auto and steel industry. Now thousands of empty lots padlocked and still, having moved to Mexico. 9 provinces in the NAFTA treaty are the capitols of General motors, Ford, and Chrysler and a whole range of foreign cars and trucks, now manufactured across the border.

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Posted by David John Francis on 03/16/2016 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Taking the 5th

These comments are, in and of themselves, so biased, they prove many of the points made in the article. They're like a spectacular illustration of the entire idea behind Jonah Raskin's thoughts.

In reality, Raskin's write-up on the 5th District Supervisorial Race captures well the political theater that typifies Sonoma County and SoCo as a microcosm of broader American political trends. While some supporters of Noreen Evans, who has served the public as an elected official before and has many supporters, seem to have taken umbrage at this look at regional politics - certainly all of the folks posting here - they miss the underlying point: politics is always the politics of perception and the perception of this race is that it's getting a little dicey - one might say, as Raskin has, gonzo.

The article is less about Evans and contender Lynda Hopkins, who has not served in elected office before and has many supporters, than it is about the inner workings of the sometimes brutal political machine that informs our contemporary politics and the journalists and campaign workers who hear and know the real stories of local and regional campaigns that can often trend harsh behind the scenes - despite the apparent idealism of the candidates.

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Posted by Chip McAuley on 03/16/2016 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Taking the 5th

I agree with Laura Gonzalez. As she said, "This is a sadly disappointing article. I was actually embarrassed for Jonah Rankin while reading this piece." The references to Hunter Thompson made no sense at all, his lack of substance about what each of the candidates stand for, his obvious bias in favor of Lynda Hopkins simply because she is young and inexperience, and his tying Noreen Evans to the "good old boys" when it is Hopkins through the support of Koenigshafer, the big business group Alliance, etc. who is a young,female, inexperienced "good old boy" in the making. Yes, she's the Hillary Clinton in the race. If you really want to protect the Sonoma County we know and love, vote for Noreen Evans.

Lilith Rogers

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Posted by Lilith Rogers on 03/15/2016 at 12:08 AM

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