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Re: “Debriefer: December 30, 2015

Maybe its time for the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to reduce the Sheriff's Dept budget for cannabis "enforcement" actions.

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Posted by Sensible Steve on 12/30/2015 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Dying Wishes

I am a victim of mayhem, torture, attempted murder. Upon 10/04/2011@ Chanate Rd. Santa Rosa, Ca.
I am paralyzed for life.
Kaiser of Santa Rosa, Ca. refuses to "take me out."
I am unable to stop suffering from pain and loss of moving my arms from Judge Brad DeMeo's "hit" for the "as promised" added to the Oakmont located, Clyde and Helen Greco Family Trust.
Billionaires' Clyde and Helen Greco left a substantial "paper trail" while their daughter Caren Greco defrauded me of retirement savings over $400,00. This was from offshore injuries at the New Guerneville Bridge of 10/03/1996.
Beginning back in the early mid-1970's; the Greco's and DeMeo defrauded the Sonoma County taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars thru fraud. The Christian Life Center (Wells Fargo Center) was defaulted in loan of their million dollars from the Clyde and Helen Greco Trust Fund and Cle-Len Mgt. Inc..
They followed "Italy practices" of only recording real estate at one half value as often as available. They are all criminals in attempted murder.
disabled, Capt. Brad Pipal
member of Op. Eng Local #3, D.O.D., U.S. Army Corps of Engineers certified Captain -dredger.

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Posted by Brad Pipal on 12/13/2015 at 10:57 PM

Re: “Dying Wishes

No, it's not about "having choices," although that is what "Compassion and Choices" (formerly The Hemlock Society) wants you to believe. It is about (1) relieving insurers from the cost of your care when you get sick; and (2) immunizing doctors who play along from prosecution, both for murder as well as the making of a false record.

The "protections" this law provides against undue influence over a vulnerable person are wholly illusory. I happen to be Brittany Maynard's aunt, Alison Maynard. I have requested all records required by Oregon law to be created in connection with her suicide, including her written request for the drug; attestation of competency; and diagnosis that the patient has less than six months to live by two doctors, and been denied all of them, on grounds of "privacy." Thus, not even a close relative such as an aunt can obtain assurance the law was followed.

Of course, the lack of these records has led me to another conclusion: that Brittany's "suicide" is a hoax. She is, in fact, a prankster, and there is abundant other evidence, including that the woman holding the framed photo in the picture above is not Brittany, but some model; that it is not legal, under Oregon's law, to obtain the initial terminal diagnosis in another state, then move to Oregon to get the drug; that there is a CURE for the Glioblastoma multiforme tumor, as "60 Minutes" showcased in its March 27th, 2015, edition; that Brittany's uncle is in military intelligence; that the Maynards--my side of the family--were not notified of her marriage, cancer diagnosis, or plan to kill herself, learning about it all from the mass media along with the rest of the world; that there was no funeral; and more. My blog post setting forth my findings is at:

The article above makes new points about physician-assisted suicide--and is a good one. For the most part, there has simply been hype planted all over the country by C&C, which is funded by George Soros, framing assisted suicide as a "health care option" and a "civil rights measure." It is neither. Brittany's "suicide" was simply the latest in a series of tragedies being staged in this country--with the mass media's full collusion--to advance public policy.

Posted by Alison Maynard on 12/03/2015 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Dying Wishes

In 1997, Oregon was the first state to pass a “Death with Dignity” Law. It’s a good law, but over 17 years (1998-2014) only 859 people in Oregon took the lethal medication. In fact, 35% of the people who filled the prescription decided not to take the lethal medication.

I’m glad the law is there. It’s an option I might use depending upon my diagnosis. But I’m not going to limit my family's choices and make that our only option.

If I have a stroke the paralysis could require me to need assistance 24/7. Even though I’d be physically handicapped, I could still enjoy the company of my children and grandchildren.

I’ve been a full-time caregiver for a stroke victim. Although it was a very rewarding experience, it was a burden I will not place on anyone in my family.

That’s why my wife and I own LTC insurance. If I become disabled my wife will not have to deplete our savings in order to pay for someone to care for me; nor will she have to risk her own health by trying to get me in and out of the tub and on and off the toilet. We’ll hire the home health aides and send the bill to the insurance company. The emotional burden on her will be hard enough. I don’t want to add the financial uncertainty on top of that.

It’s all about having choices and maximizing our options.

Scott A. Olson

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Posted by Scott A. Olson on 12/03/2015 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Dying Wishes

Note these loopholes and more work with each other to eviscerate intended safeguards.
By all these OR model laws all family members are not required to be contacted, hold that thought. A single predatory heir is allowed to steer the sign up and then execute the lethal process without a witness.
A witness is not required to confirm that the dose was so called “self administered” (you remember this was one of their lead selling points).
Even as the law provides immunity for all involved and demands the falsification of the death certificate (impossible to track trends for good public policy) it actually prohibits a public inquiry of any kind (remember the family members who were not contacted, no recourse for them). A straight up murder for money can slide right through. It is Dangerous public policy. As if that is not enough, in 2015 they added another black hole to the bogus signup process with “someone who claims to know how you communicate may speak for you throughout the lethal process, no other qualifiers”.
These loopholes and more are in the OR, WA, and CA’s laws and expand the scope of exploitation by predators and predatory corporations for windfall profits.

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Posted by Bradley Williams on 12/03/2015 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Mind the Gap

few million here a few million there...not much bang for a million anymore. ? how much of this is salaries for managers? they're pretty good at talking, playing on their phones and looking busy but not much gets done.

Posted by Vern Aroara on 12/03/2015 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Mind the Gap

Tom, I didn't see you mention that half of the Larkspur extension $$ has already been pledged by the MTC:

Thus if the transportation bill is passed into law with the $20 million for the Larkspur extension, then the extension is nearly completely funded.

Posted by Waiting for SMART on 11/27/2015 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Back Door Men

Nobody has the right to "Make-up Rules as they go", like the police seems to do daily. They swore to serve and protect!! Each and Every police officer "knows" the law. Rohnert Park has a long History of Make up Police Rules!!
Not one of them listened to the Facts, when it came to my son!! I Can't wait for the Facts to be told!!

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Posted by Micki Marilyn Mckenzie on 11/26/2015 at 7:16 AM

Re: “Busted Again

You're a jerk. You really don't know what you are talking about. Joe donates both time and material to help AIDS victims. You probably think the AIDS patients should go to jail too! Learn your facts before you make such stupid, inaccurate and insensitive comments.

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Posted by Ecowarrior on 11/14/2015 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Mist Opportunity

And here's MIT's research on the subject:

Posted by vachespagnole on 11/12/2015 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Mist Opportunity

Merna, the kind of shade cloth that is being used in big projects in Chile and elsewhere by Fogquest is 35% shade coefficient, Raschel weave, u.v. protected polypropylene or polyethylene mesh. However, the only source for this is in South America. See their website for more info: fog Of course, any shade cloth of a loose weave 30% to 40%, doubled, will catch fog.

Posted by vachespagnole on 11/12/2015 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Busted Again

Enough! Why is only state law- rather then local regs mentioned? Here in SoCo, we are limited to a total of 30 plants per script- NOT to exceed 100 sq ft of canopy. State law is irrelevant to this discussion.

Ok- whether 400-500...or 1300 plants. Let's see. If greenhouse- light dep and 2nd round- we're talking 1/4#- 3/4# per plant. Twice in a season. (3, or even 4 if he has grid power or large gens and running lights.) If full season outdoor- 1-3#'s per plant. Realistically- we're talking a low of 500#'s, a high of 3 tons. Either way- a hell of a lot of weed and far more then 53 aids patients can possibly use.

And other the new laws passed by CA to FINALLY reel in the abuses of the industry- a grow of his size, especially by the cops 2 parcel numbers, would be unlikely to be approved.

I'm sorry- but as someone who as been in this industry since LONG before 215... from what I see on the face here- and what I know of the current state of the industry- I hope he gets a felony conviction and is banned from the industry for good. I'm sick and tired of the greed cloaking themselves as do-gooders...

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Posted by oldytmer on 11/09/2015 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Debriefer: October 21, 2015

What logical and rational evidence can there be that supports the continued use of a piece of technology that many wise and sensible people have come to recognize is harmful to our health and to the environment?
I suspect that we will need to look deeper to find what motivates our attachment to something that generates as much passion as the leaf blower. Perhaps the reasons are not rational or logical? Maybe we are in the same sphere of psychological makeup as religious beliefs or political ideologies where rational explanations do not necessarily apply? The passion that accompanies certain individuals who have expressed their right to use their leaf blower has made me think were were arguing the Second Amendment. Some letters to the Editor have expressed their entitlement and determination to continue using their leaf blowers in spite of eventual prohibition with strong emotional sentiments not altogether different from those infamous words of Charlton Heston,” I will give up my gun ( read leaf blower) when you pry it from my cold dead hands”.

The leaf blower is a weapon that forces everything in its path away at hyper speed with the power of a firearm without regard or respect for the rest of the environment or the rights of others. The noise from leaf blowers not only damages our hearing, but the intermittent frequency, the whine and the pitch from these devices cause an increase in heart rate and elevated blood pressure raising the risk of ulcers and colitis. Then there are the many psychological ill effects that people suffer. The irradiation due to the constantly changing amplitude puts the person being subjected in a continual sate of noise induced stress response which slowly erodes the immune system and can lead to depression as well as states of rage. Yet, in spite of the evidence that says the environmental damage created by leaf blowers is substantial and that their continued use puts children especially at risk of irreversible health risks, it seems to continue to fall on death ears.

To argue that one must adjust and learn to live with the noise pollution from leaf blowers is like saying we must learn to live with second hand smoke from cigarettes. This is nonsense. Noise from leaf blowers is literally making us sick.
For those who have dismissed the leaf blower issue as an insignificant distraction from more important matters, please reconsider. There is a wealth of information available.

Peter H. Coster
Sonoma, CA.

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Posted by peterhc on 11/08/2015 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Coming Home

Minkoff Chatoy here, Thank you Bohemian and Tom Gogola for an inspiring article. We at KOWS were not looking for a news release and yet here Tom Gogola presented himself, (btw Tom, love saying your last name Gogola, Gogola!) Thank you for being the news release for KOWS and attentiveness, I had so much fun talk with you! The Bohemian is one of the BEST here in Sonoma County! Grazie!

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Posted by Minkoff Chatoy on 10/29/2015 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Debriefer: October 21, 2015

Thanks to each of you for responding to this piece. It should be noted that I was the editor of this item and take responsibility for whatever problems any reader might have with it, including our use of the word "catastrophic" in relation to a leaf-blower ban's impact on residents. Yes, that was intended to be tongue in cheek, a tone that is a hallmark of this column. I regret that it was taken as seriously as it has been. I would also ask that factual issues raised by any commenters are appreciated and should be directed to my attention, Thanks again for taking the time to comment, and please keep reading. Tom Gogola

Posted by Tom Gogola on 10/26/2015 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Debriefer: October 21, 2015

This is demeaning to the efforts of Sonoma residents from all walks of life who are only trying to have some relief from the constant din and dust and exhaust of gas leaf blowers. The headline, "Leaf Blower Foes Bring the Noise" sets the biased tone. Sarah Stierch had 24 hours to write this piece and it shows -- she did not do her homework and collected quotes via email.

The grassroots group Sonoma Neighbors Against Leaf Blowers has consistently and deliberately conducted itself in a civil and rational manner, sticking to fact and science, as opposed to some of the more visible ban opponents who have raised their voices in meetings, and verbally harassed women after Council meetings, including calling them bitches and saying "F--- You." Even one Council woman was harassed and threatened in the parking lot. If anyone is bringing the noise, it is them. They are the reason the Mayor now has a police presence at every meeting where leaf blowers will be discussed.

There are more than "a handful" of towns with bans on all blowers or on gas blowers. As of 2013 there were 21, and dozens more with heavy restrictions and/or trying to enact a ban. Regarding your assertion that cities with bans are wealthy -- and I'm not sure what your point is in mentioning it (you might also have chosen to point out that many of them are environmentally-oriented, "green" communities) -- I would point out that neither Berkeley nor LA are wealthy cities. Certainly we currently see more wealthy communities with bans, because I doubt poor communities have the political power or frankly the time to stand up for themselves. In Sonoma, Boyes Hot Springs is one of the most effected (no this is not an East Side issue) and you might be interested to know that many of the ban proponents who have spoken at the City Council meetings were from the Springs, describing the many ways leaf blowers negatively impact their lives. They know a ban would not help them, but hope that if Sonoma bans them, the County might eventually follow suit. It is our intention to create packets of information to share with other communities.

Having several issues of importance does not preclude dealing with leaf blowers, another important issue (unless you dismiss the science on the serious health risks of breathing in fine particulate matter, and the other health and environmental impacts associated with leaf blowers).

The issue of job loss is a red herring. This report from Burlingame prepared by a citizen's committee for the City Council is one of the best and most recent -- there are others as well -- to spell out the satisfaction in towns with leaf blower bans, and the total absence of any evidence that anyone lost their jobs or went out of business. (The interviews with cities are summarized starting about 2/3 through the document.)

Finally, Waldron's letter did not predict "catastrophic" effects as you describe them, and your own quote confirms this. "A little less tidy" for the same price is not what I'd call catastrophic. I've spoken to him myself and I know his feelings about a ban have consistently been: it's probably inevitable (for good reasons) and he can deal with it - for some jobs the cost will go up slightly or the result will be less perfect.

I think you've done a disservice here to the public, who have a right to know the facts.

Speaking of facts, there is ample research on the health risks associated with the filthy emissions and fine particulate matter leaf blowers produce, including reports from the Harvard School of Public Health , Harvard Medical School, NYU Medical School, the American Lung Association, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, an Orange County Grand Jury Report on Leaf Blowers, physicians groups, the EPA, The New England Journal of Medicine, The NY Times, Scientific American, Environmental Health Perspectives, and many other sources.

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Posted by Sarah Ford on 10/22/2015 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Debriefer: October 21, 2015

I would like to point out, that the refugee crisis in Europe is more important than affordable housing, but what does that have to do with affordable housing not being an important issue? On the drought, as we have been told by our arborist, if people did not blow the leaves off, the ground would not become rock hard and unhealthy for our native trees. This would also help stop the spread of sudden oak death, by keeping the trees healthier. I am 64 years old and weight 107 pounds. I sweep the leaves out of our driveway and off the street in front of our house and place them under the oak trees on a regular basis. So, I do not buy into this "We must have our leaf blowers as a necessary landscape tool, or our world will fall apart, our property values will plummet if we can not keep our yards devoid of all naturally occurring elements" litany in favor of leaf blowers. Maybe it is time to embrace our natural world, and contribute to its health and be just a bit less tidy without our leaf blowers.

Josette Brose-Eichar
Boyes Hot Springs

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Posted by Josette Brose-Eichar on 10/21/2015 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Debriefer: October 21, 2015

Wow. Sarah Stierch got so much wrong about this five year effort to ban leafblowers in Sonoma, and is so clearly committed to journalism as an exercise in hyperbole vs. getting the facts straight, it would be a miracle if anyone working on either side of this issue ever talked to a Bohemian writer again.

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Posted by Lisa Summers on 10/21/2015 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Legal Lockdown

What a shock it is that DA Ravitch took a pass. I'm sure ever since she faked her investigation of Eric Gelhause, she will double down from now on. Those local defense attorneys must have been pretty sure these allegations had meat on 'em to get Attorney Izaak Schwaiger involved. I bet if the attorneys with juevos in the area did a little digging, they'd find a can of worms at that jail.

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Posted by Russell Naylor on 10/20/2015 at 1:03 AM

Re: “Back Door Men

Just another example of "rogue police". Unexcuse-able behavior for the protectors of the Friendly City. If I am not mistaken, this isn't the first time. What if Barney Fife's gun went off and killed one of their kids? Resisting arrest???

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Posted by Rick Fernwood on 09/24/2015 at 9:53 AM

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