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Re: “Petroleum Politics

This is a very informative round-up of California politicians who are being put into office and kept in office with the help of campaign contributions from the fossil fuel lobby.

Although he’s not mentioned in this article, 10th District Assembly member Marc Levine has also benefited from donations from fracking proponents. Last month he sent out a nice-looking flyer touting his anti-fracking position. Looks good on paper, but there’s one big problem: that flyer, costing $40,000, was paid for by Levine’s ballot initiative committee, a committee that is funded almost entirely by John Scully, the managing director of a private investment firm that includes in its portfolio a Texas company that is significantly involved in oil shale fracking. In addition to making personal campaign contributions to Assemblymember Levine, Scully has contributed $102,000 to that ballot initiative committee. Last month, Scully told the Press Democrat that he is “absolutely for” fracking, although he’s opposed to it in northern California.

Levine appears to have used funds provided by a fracking advocate to produce and mail a flyer that says he opposes fracking, even though he voted to continue it last year. This is double-dealing at its most insidious!

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Posted by Alice Chan on 05/15/2014 at 1:55 PM

Re: “How We Represent

This article won first place for Editorial Comment in the 2014 California Newspapers and Publishers Association Better Newspapers Contest. Congratulations, Gabe!

Posted by Nicolas.Grizzle on 05/13/2014 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Wrung Dry

This article was won second place for Investigative Reporting in the 2014 California Newspapers and Publishers Association Better Newspapers Contest. Congratulations, Rachel!

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Posted by Nicolas.Grizzle on 05/13/2014 at 2:52 PM

Re: “No Peeking

On second thought, if he had been given the field sobriety test and been shown to be inebriated, it would have been used as an excuse for his behavior. He must be removed.

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Posted by Janet Evans on 05/06/2014 at 7:07 AM

Re: “No Peeking

If this had been an ordinary citizen, and not a County Supervisor.....do you think there would have been a field sobriety test! Do you think the prowler/screen intruder would not be in jail right now! Of course. Looks like its just the good ol' boys club once again covering each others asses. Shame on all of you and the jurors too. This gives license to anyone now to do the same and expect that it is not a punishable crime. Lesson learned...

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Posted by janet Evans on 05/05/2014 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Quote of the Year

How about "I forgot where I left them."
Never worked for me either.

Posted by Thefatherfigure on 05/01/2014 at 5:23 PM

Re: “No Peeking

Efren Carrillo must resign – please sign and circulate the petition, being sent to Carrillo and the Board of Supervisors:

https://www.change.org/petitions/supervisor-efren-carrillo-please-resign-now

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Posted by Effren Carrillo Should Step Down Now! on 04/30/2014 at 8:16 PM

Re: “Time for Charges

What is hysterical about Keith (other than thinking he actually has a chance in politics) is that I was recently informed that he actually helped author the petition asking for Carrillo's resignation, signed it, and asked others to do the same. He made a "decision" then but now that he is running for office, he has a new opinion it seems. I suspect since he has zero support among progressives that he is now simply angling for the anti-Fudge vote (which includes some Carrillo backers). No worries, Keith has zero chance of winning and Carrillo's political future is over.

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Posted by Rhinehart lies on 04/30/2014 at 8:05 PM

Re: “No Peeking

And now for a little humor on the subject. Have you heard that John Beck from the PD wrote a song about the case called A Couple of Pliny's (The Ballad of Efren Carrillo)? You can hear it online here:
https://soundcloud.com/user466593039/a-couple-of-plinys-the-ballad-of-efren-carrillo

And the lyrics:
G C
I gotta couple of Plinys
G C
and you on my mind
G C
I'm here in my undies
D G
let's have a good time

so come to you window
I can't see through your blinds
I mighta put my hand through your screen
but is it a crime?

I saw you down at Space 25
I didn't want the night to end
You looked like you wanted some
and so did your friends

So put away your butcher knives
You can see I'm not armed
just a couple of Plinys
I mean you no harm

Remember me I'm your neighbor
I brought you that wine
oh wait are those sirens?
I'm gonna do time

But thanks to that jury
I'm gonna get another chance
Looking back in restrospect
I shoulda worn pants

Effren Carrillo
District 5 Sonoma County Supervisor
campaign headquarters down at the Russian River Brewing Company Santa Rosa

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Posted by Dasiy on 04/30/2014 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Oversight Knights

The funding for the Sonoma County Grand Jury won't pay for cab fare.
The Grand Jury members each require payment of equal fees of a State Superior Court Judge.
Nothing less...
They have the only flow into the legal system for the citizen.
This is a disgrace..

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Posted by Brad Pipal on 04/26/2014 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Shuck Stops Here

Dear Tom,

Thanks for this thoughtful and even-handed article. Healing the community will be a challenge, but it can be done. In West Marin, there is widespread and deep interest in conflict resolution.

I have a small quibble with your article: Many of those who support DBOC do NOT put sustainable ag above environmental protection. Indeed, DBOC's proponents include folks who in the past fervently supported EAC and other environmental organizations. Others, like myself, aren't into oysters or high-toned food preparation. If you talked with the hundreds of people who prefer that DBOC would continue, you would hear a variety of reasons. No need rehashing all that now. But I didn't want your readers to think that the fight is between pro-environmentalists on one side and foodies and right-wingers on the other. That characterization doesn't come close to defining the complex issues that have torn apart our community.

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Posted by Murray Suid on 04/24/2014 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Decarceration Nation

So if a guy rapes me, Martinot wants to put me in a room to talk to him, instead of putting him in jail. Wow, that's brilliant. That's how I want to spend my days, if that ever happens to me. I definitely want to spend my recovery days looking at the guy that raped me, and knowing he's still walking free, and probably choosing his next victim.

Posted by Sue Hirsch on 04/21/2014 at 11:07 AM

Re: “The Telltale Text

This is woefully inept reporting. It appears as if the Bohemian has done nothing more than file a series of public records requests and use that as the basis for skewering a competing news organization. I can't say whether the assertions in this story are true - that the PD's ownership is influencing coverage of a favored politician - they very well may be. But journalism - good journalism - owes an obligation to prove that. Here, the author has clearly fallen short. He takes one example, the bosco-carillo text after the lopez tragedy, and uses that to make a leap of logic backward to suggest that a similar thing may have happened after Carillo's arrest. No other hard evidence is provided, just circumstantial "proof" that may not prove anything. Had the author presented this in a court of law he would have been laughed out of the courtroom by both judge and jury. This story Is akin to a prosecutor arguing, "Well the defendant has done the crime once, so clearly he's done It before!" Thankfully, our legal system has protections built in for this. In journalism, that duty rests with a skilled editor. Sadly, in this case at least, it doesn't appear the Bohemian has one.

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Posted by PeterJensen on 04/17/2014 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Dharma Bummer

This article has factual errors and does not reflect the large number of people and Sonoma County environmental groups fighting this large-scale industrial printing press near Salt Point State Park. It makes it sound as if it's just a few neighbors.

Get the REAL story with the CORRECT facts.

http://www.sonomacoastalhillsruralpreservation.org/masterissuestatement

Posted by Get It Right on 04/15/2014 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Palm Leaves

Paralyzed for life.
$400K dollars spent on fraud Caren Greco R.N. and her D.A. ordered child support kids and family support funds to ex Tom and Debbie Scott. She was a prostitute with me and my spine m.d., Dr. David Scheetz, a polygamist, prior president of the medical association.
Employed by billionaire Clyde Greco Sr. and Jr., victim of w.c. fraud, fraud.
A "hit" from Judge Brad Demeo.
New Palm Drive injuries 10/04/2011..kidnapping in Santa Rosa mayhem by 10 S.C.S.D. detectives.
"Hero" crane mishap blinded by sun crane operator. 10/03/1996, Unstable deck, left out rigger undersized pin, Fire Dept. Rescue fall of 17 foot fall, strike steel time ten. Fed. water new Guerneville Bridge column. Palm Drive Hospital failed...Atlas One broken bone at lower brain...Hard hat, (R) side shattered five inches by two and one-half inches.

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Posted by Brad Pipal on 04/12/2014 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Dharma Bummer

Buddhists, the peaceful loving-kindness kind of folk, always are targets from downsteam. I hope you can find equanimity, Mike Singer.

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Posted by Bernie Weston on 04/09/2014 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Oversight Knights

Good work. Too bad something as obvious as this is taking so long to implement; a citizen's review board will help all concerned. The police and sheriff's depts might be concerned about less automatic rubberstamping of their shootings, but their relations with the community should improve tremendously.

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Posted by leslieronald 2 on 04/02/2014 at 10:46 PM

Re: “Oversight Knights

I hope I am still alive when all these things are implemented

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Posted by Thefatherfigure on 04/02/2014 at 6:17 PM

Re: “The Telltale Text

Great photo: appears wandering, left arm of Official E.C. is providing personal services in discovery of Steve's finest for massage?

Hispanic culture of embrace and kiss upon ears is not what this is...

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Posted by Brad Pipal on 03/29/2014 at 4:47 PM

Re: “The Telltale Text

Kudos to the Bohemian for their excellent article exposing the telltale texts between Mr. Bosco and Mr. Carrillo and for finally providing justification for what many of us have suspected all along - that there is, indeed, a cozy political relationship between the two. Personally, I found the text messages between them very disturbing, as they seem to call into question the very reason why the P.D. provided so much coverage on several aspects of the Andy Lopez story, and that is, in and of itself, quite sad. There is no question that the Andy Lopez story overshadowed the sordid tale of Captain Underpants' nocturnal transgressions and subsequent arrest emanating therefrom, if only for a relatively short time. But the text message that really turned my stomach was when Mr. Bosco congratulated Effie on his appointment to the board of Sonoma Clean Power. No one - and I mean NO ONE - with whom I have spoken has voiced anything but criticism and derision for this terribly misguided appointment, which was made by Chairman of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chairman David Rabbitt, and now Mr. Bosco is congratulating Effie for this? P-LEASE!

But I suppose that in the end, we must look on the bright side, for if we have learned anything at all from this text-message thread, it is that we now have been provided with unmistakable proof as to just exactly where the allegiances of some of our county's movers-and-shakers lie, and that is food for thought that I am having a hard time swallowing.

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Posted by Thomas Bonfigli on 03/22/2014 at 10:12 PM

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