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Re: “Dreams on Hold

The letter written by 12 Sonoma County Deputy Probation Officers states; "SAY HAS SAID THERE ARE NO SEX OFFENDERS IN TAMAYO VILLAGE. WE CAN CONFIRM THAT TAMAYO VILLAGE HAS HOUSED SEX OFFENDERS. ALL SEX OFFENDERS ADJUDICATED IN THE JUVENILE SYSTEM ARE NOT REQUIRED TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDERS AND THEIR RECORDS ARE SEALED. THEREFORE, THEY DO NOT EXIST ON MEGAN'S LAW DATABASE. ALL JUVENILES ARE "ADJUDITCATED", NOT "CONVICTED," WHICH IS HOW S.A.Y. MISLEADS THE PUBLIC" continues in this article when S.A.Y. pledges to conduct "a sex-offender check". S.A.Y can require a waiver to access histories of sexual offenders - other transitional housing facilities do. On this, and numerous other issues, S.A.Y.'s lost credibility with many of it's former donors - myself included. Why would S.A.Y. object to a neutral, third party study?

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Posted by Lindsey on 11/20/2013 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Protect or Preserve?

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.

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Posted by Chris Knerr on 11/18/2013 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Protect or Preserve?

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

M Gallagher

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Posted by M Gallagher on 11/16/2013 at 7:26 AM

Re: “Protect or Preserve?

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...

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Posted by Brad Pipal on 11/16/2013 at 4:21 AM

Re: “Step Down

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...

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Posted by Brad Pipal on 11/16/2013 at 4:08 AM

Re: “Step Down

LEO - I meant Law Enforcement Officers LEO

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Posted by Pat Rick Riot on 11/15/2013 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Step Down

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.

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Posted by Pat Rick Riot on 11/15/2013 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Protect or Preserve?

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:

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Posted by Larry Barnett on 11/13/2013 at 6:22 AM

Re: “Bus Stop

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.

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Posted by driver949 on 11/04/2013 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Time for Charges

We require someone that is a viable candidate with the NorthBay Labor Council endorsement...Not someone in their under ware causing "hell up and down the State of Ca." while being a public official..This was a sexual crime.....Charge the public official, Supervisor Effren Carrillo with the Felony......He earned it...

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Posted by Brad Pipal on 11/02/2013 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Time for Charges

Keith: Your criticism is sadly misplaced. You state that "they (the progressives) are incapable of making a decision. Why have you not criticized the prosecutor as well as the California attorney general's office? As far as the Hobbs vineyard development, Efren remained silent for a long time - in the opinion of many west county residents, TOO long. It was only when there was both an online and an in-person outcry by too many of his constituents to ignore that he FINALLY expressed an opinion on Hobbs' nefarious misdeeds. I notice you did not mention ONE thing in your comment about Efren's reprehensible conduct - conduct that I do not believe is in any way becoming of any elected official at any level of government. Nor did you mention anything about the one person who has been most grievously affected by Efren's nocturnal escapade - the woman who, on the morning of July 13, 2013, was so frightened that she called 9-1-1 not once, but twice. And I highly doubt that she shares your minority opinion that Efren "strikes the right balance." I submit to you that he does not.

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Posted by Thomas Bonfigli on 10/30/2013 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Time for Charges

While I initially supported the calls for Carrillo's resignation, I have decided to leave this young man alone with his demons. We ALL have them, in various degrees. Watching the Progressives wring their hands over this issue has been an education in itself, and not to their benefit - they seem incapable of making a decision, and certainly we need decisive leaders, like Carrillo, who adamantly spoke out against Paul Hobbs' vineyard development on behalf of his Constituents. Short of a felony conviction, Efren will prevail. I believe he strikes the right balance between our County's needs for jobs, education and reasonable environmental protections. Furthermore, I disagree with our County's favorite political analyst, David McCuan of SSU - Efren WILL take a higher office within the next five years. I Iook forward to working with him in the future.

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Posted by Keith Rhinehart on 10/30/2013 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Gun Club

Raised as the son of a former Fed agent, seemingly the U.S. citizen has loss of gun ownership ......This is the plan concerning U.S. citizens living in the Republic while the police rule the State...Are you laying down your arms and Bill of Rights for a few who plan on owning you?.....Don't be fooled again.....Teach and inform others that are concerned of the their future....Your family has the right to privacy...Exercise it.....

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Posted by Brad Pipal on 10/28/2013 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Bus Stop

Veolia provides essential human services to both Israelis and Palestinians. I traveled on the light rail, as it twisted through Arab and Jewish neighborhoods. It was filled with all sorts of people, It was lovely, efficient, affordable. Just what you'd want people-movers to be.

I hope that ultimately, our elected officials make their decision based on whats good for Sonoma county- not on some conflict thousands of miles away.

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Posted by Sam Xie on 10/25/2013 at 9:26 PM

Re: “The Royal Scam

My father was S.F.P.D., U.S. Department of the Treasury, "A.T. and F. and later I.R.S...Do not involve yourself in any interstate mailings involving funds of "ponzi nature.".......It will take you to the Federal system faster than you can spit...

Posted by Brad Pipal on 10/21/2013 at 10:34 PM

Re: “The Royal Scam

Great article, thank you!

Posted by Kat on 10/21/2013 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Chainsaw Wine

Five acres of land with Redwoods does not pay the bills.....But income from five acres of great grapes will pay the bills....$100 K dollars..per year...

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Posted by Brad Pipal on 10/19/2013 at 9:43 PM

Re: “Chainsaw Wine

There is NOT one original Oak left in Oakland California. For 75 years we have been destroying our forests instead of growing hemp. How many golf courses and 'vineries' full of pesticides and harmful chemicals do we need?

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Posted by William Kosinar on 10/16/2013 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Chainsaw Wine

Artesa would clear-cut 1.25 million board-feet of redwood and douglas fir at the site, based on 2004 inventory, according to what the project description in the EIR says would be logged. That sure sounds more like a "forest" than "agriculture", unless you define "forest" as "tree farming"....except that it's a final harvest forever -- converted to monoculture vineyards, not regenerating young forest after clear-cut.

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Posted by Botany Bay on 10/16/2013 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Threads of Recovery

Priceless act of compassion....Must support...

Posted by Brad Pipal on 09/27/2013 at 11:40 AM

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