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Re: “On the Right Trail

This is something our local public agencies should be pursuing, not leaving it all up to non-profits. Sonoma is a very conservative region, conservatives hate ped/bike infrastructure "multi-modal" transit is the planning term. Of course the "pro-business" Chamber of Commerce Republicans see walkable communities as a threat to their auto-centric, sprawl type philosophy. Their type of thinking, in which everything needs to be about profit, is what has plagued land-use policies in California for decades.

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Posted by Pet65 on 07/10/2015 at 7:47 PM

Re: “Homewrecker

This is disgusting. We need to remember, the housing crash was a result of unscrupulous business practices by people like Blum and greedy bankers; not the other way around.

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Posted by Pet65 on 07/10/2015 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Taking It to the Streets

I just discovered this article. A week back I covered the topic briefly with a few photos.

Link https://frankpetaluma.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/street-life-life-on-our-streets/

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Posted by Frank Simpson on 07/10/2015 at 5:50 PM

Re: “Fat Tire Temple

I've never defended horseback riding, as you claimed. I don't support it. All I said is that mountain biking harms hikers and equestrians, which is FACT. Of course, it also harms mountain bikers! I'm for protecting mountain bikers, too, but you and mountain bikers never say anything about that.

Posted by Mike Vandeman on 07/10/2015 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Fat Tire Temple

Your original post stated this: "The common thread among those who want more recreation in our parks is total ignorance about and disinterest in the wildlife whose homes these parks are. Yes, if humans are the only beings that matter, it is simply a conflict among humans (but even then, allowing bikes on trails harms the MAJORITY of park users -- hikers and EQUESTRIANS -- who can no longer safely and peacefully enjoy their parks)."
Who's the liar, Mike?

BTW, I am not a mountain biker and I agree that they should not be allowed on hiking trails. Feel free to hate me regardless.
Your total lunacy is duly noted.

Posted by Park User on 07/10/2015 at 3:50 AM

Re: “Fat Tire Temple

Your libel is duly noted.

Posted by Mike Vandeman on 07/09/2015 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Fat Tire Temple

I've said NOTHING about equestrians, LIAR. All I said is that horses have the right to go wherever they want to, just like any wildlife. BIKES, of course, have NO rights, and don't belong off of pavement. Why can't mountain bikers EVER tell the truth???

Posted by Mike Vandeman on 07/09/2015 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Homewrecker

California is a community property state. Feinstein owns exactly fifty percent of every dollar of Blum's many assets, including his lucrative deals with Saudi Arabian state terrorists. What a racket!

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Posted by Peter Byrne on 07/09/2015 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Fat Tire Temple

By the way, Here is a little background on Mr. Vanderman.

http://www.cyclelicio.us/2010/mike-vandeman-arrested-for-assault-with-deadly-weapon/

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Posted by Park user and Wildlife fan on 07/09/2015 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Fat Tire Temple

Mike Vandeman, Disparaging bike riders and at the same time, defending equestrians.
Now THAT takes willful ignorance.
Neither should be allowed in my opinion.

Posted by Park user and Wildlife fan on 07/09/2015 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Taking It to the Streets

Have you ever tried to evict someone in Section 8 housing? It's virtually impossible for an owner to get rid of a bad tenant . . .I don't think Section 8 is the answer. Rent control hurts property owners . . .I think we need more faith based initiative and keep the government and more regulation and misdirected funding out of the picture.

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Posted by Ann-Marie Heidingsfelder on 07/09/2015 at 12:08 PM

Re: “To Boldly Go

I've had the pleasure of reading a lot by D.T. Allison, and he never fails to amuse and fascinate me.

Posted by Kathy Greene Culley on 07/09/2015 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Taking It to the Streets

Rent has increased 28% while family incomes have only increased 7% between 2000 - 2010 in Sonoma County (http://www.bayareacensus.ca.gov/counties/SonomaCounty.htm) the gap has only widened in the past 5 years. Mini houses are all well and good but if Sonoma County truly wants to stop the increase of homelessness (not to mention crime) it has to muster up the political will to institute reasonable rent control measures. At the federal level, Congress needs to reevaluate section 8 housing vouchers, funding a growing need. There is currently a 6 year waiting list for assistance in Sonoma County.

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Posted by concerned that I'll be next on 07/08/2015 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Sheldon Norberg

Sheldon whats up man been long time i was wondering if you ever hear from robert chavez I've been looking for him for years I found his brother but he won't give me any info

Posted by dino on 07/07/2015 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Fat Tire Temple

Your lies are duly noted.

Posted by Mike Vandeman on 07/06/2015 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Fat Tire Temple

Watched the video and only saw great recreation in a beautiful natural setting. Missed the all the destruction and raping of resources by the MTB'rs. If riding your bike down a mountain constitutes the "rough treatment of nature" then I guess I'm guilty of manhandling mother nature.

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Posted by Harry_Balzonya on 07/06/2015 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Let the Good Times Roll

Time for home girl to learn and understand the laws as written, or work to change them.
Maybe she could submit an article on cycling safety for the next issue?

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Posted by cyclist#473 on 07/04/2015 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Golden State Psycho

It was disheartening to see this cover of the Bohemian titled Nor Cal Psycho. The word “psycho” is a derogatory word used to describe those of us with mental health challenges. I am sure that The Bohemian did not intend to to promote prejudice towards people with mental health disabilities by printing this cover. Our culture is full of myths surrounding mental health and derogatory language like “crazy” and “psycho”. *

The Bohemian is not unique in pairing words like “psycho” with violence as it did on this cover. However, it is a myth that “people who have been diagnosed with mental illnesses are dangerous.” ** The fact is that “Mental illness accounts for, at most, 3 percent of all violence committed in the U.S.” **

“People with serious mental health challenges are more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators. More than 25 percent of people with severe mental illness report being victims of a violent crime within a given year, a rate nearly 12 times higher than that of the general population.” **

I am writing today in the hope that our community will pay more attention to our language and to challenge The Bohemian to print some of the positive and heartwarming stories from our community about about people who have experienced mental health recovery and about programs in our community where people are receiving help.

Teresa Romero
Sebastopol, CA

* Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. “Language Matters in Mental Health” http://hogg.utexas.edu/uploads/documents/Language_Matters_brochure_final_090810.pdf (accessed June 30, 2015)

** Each Mind Matters. “MYTHS & FACTS: The Stigma of Mental Illness and Resulting Discrimination” http://www.eachmindmatters.org/wp-content/uploads/Stigma-Myths-Facts-English.pdf (accessed June 30, 2015)

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Posted by TeresaRomero on 07/02/2015 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Let the Good Times Roll

All this "puffery" for bikes and not a word about safety. Every day I observe a cyclist riding on the wrong side of the road, on the sidewalk, not making turn signals and riding wearing flip flops and without a helmet. Time for the police to crack down on the irresponsible cyclists..

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Posted by homegirl on 07/01/2015 at 11:35 PM

Re: “Fat Tire Temple

Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996: http://mjvande.nfshost.com/mtb10.htm . It's dishonest of mountain bikers to say that they don't have access to trails closed to bikes. They have EXACTLY the same access as everyone else -- ON FOOT! Why isn't that good enough for mountain bikers? They are all capable of walking....

A favorite myth of mountain bikers is that mountain biking is no more harmful to wildlife, people, and the environment than hiking, and that science supports that view. Of course, it's not true. To settle the matter once and for all, I read all of the research they cited, and wrote a review of the research on mountain biking impacts (see http://mjvande.nfshost.com/scb7.htm ). I found that of the seven studies they cited, (1) all were written by mountain bikers, and (2) in every case, the authors misinterpreted their own data, in order to come to the conclusion that they favored. They also studiously avoided mentioning another scientific study (Wisdom et al) which did not favor mountain biking, and came to the opposite conclusions.

Those were all experimental studies. Two other studies (by White et al and by Jeff Marion) used a survey design, which is inherently incapable of answering that question (comparing hiking with mountain biking). I only mention them because mountain bikers often cite them, but scientifically, they are worthless.

Mountain biking accelerates erosion, creates V-shaped ruts, kills small animals and plants on and next to the trail, drives wildlife and other trail users out of the area, and, worst of all, teaches kids that the rough treatment of nature is okay (it's NOT!). What's good about THAT?

To see exactly what harm mountain biking does to the land, watch this 5-minute video: http://vimeo.com/48784297.

In addition to all of this, it is extremely dangerous: http://mjvande.nfshost.com/mtb_dangerous.htm .

For more information: http://mjvande.nfshost.com/mtbfaq.htm .

The common thread among those who want more recreation in our parks is total ignorance about and disinterest in the wildlife whose homes these parks are. Yes, if humans are the only beings that matter, it is simply a conflict among humans (but even then, allowing bikes on trails harms the MAJORITY of park users -- hikers and equestrians -- who can no longer safely and peacefully enjoy their parks).

The parks aren't gymnasiums or racetracks or even human playgrounds. They are WILDLIFE HABITAT, which is precisely why they are attractive to humans. Activities such as mountain biking, that destroy habitat, violate the charter of the parks.

Even kayaking and rafting, which give humans access to the entirety of a water body, prevent the wildlife that live there from making full use of their habitat, and should not be allowed. Of course those who think that only humans matter won't understand what I am talking about -- an indication of the sad state of our culture and educational system.

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Posted by Mike Vandeman on 07/01/2015 at 8:36 PM

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