I appreciate your input Jacob, but I suspect that you are not representative of all of the neighbors to Salt Point. I attended a meeting with the Park management a couple of years ago, where a major point of contention was complaints from locals about the poaching and trespassing on private property adjacent to Salt Point. The second biggest reason for closing Salt Point to mushroom foragers or regulating mushroom hunters, was "white flowers in the forest," in other words, TP left behind, so to speak. Of course, that is directly correlated with budget constraints closing bathrooms at Woodside and elsewhere, and there is no reason that one should target mushroom hunters for that etiquette breach any more than any other user of that Park, without DNA verification!
AS to commercial groups hunting at Salt Point, I absolutely agree that it shouldn't happen. I do believe that use to be an abuse of a commons, the only really productive mushroom commons that we have here in our already over-regulated State park system. And I have also seen those huge groups that follow the monthly SOMA picnics there at the Park, which also fly against the park regs that state only small groups at a time should be hunting.
The more people in the woods, the more trampling occurs. One can walk lightly in the woods, but it is not hard to see evidence of places where folks have broken new trails or torn down a slope.
Of course, the four footed pigs also have a hand/trotter in this damage.
The way that current mushroom hunters use that park is also disturbing: I often see duff scraped away from pines, a tell-tale sign of a greedy mushroom hunter, and I have personally observed one small group of humans, not pigs, tearing the duff away from all of the pines they walked up to, in search of their porcini buttons.
This topic needs to be discussed in an open manner, and all uses there looked at a bit harder.
I love that park, but one can love something to death. In my opinion, no commercial mushroom hunting should be allowed at that Park, whether by collecting more than one's fair share of mushrooms for sale to markets or restaurants, or taking paid commercial forays to that Park.
I have a lot of respect for Todd Farceau as well as most of the folks quoted in this article. If one is charging money to others to hunt in one of the very rare places where mushrooming is free to all,
it sets the wrong tone, and makes those mushrooms a commodity not a right.
Mushrooms, not profit, for the people at OUR Salt Point.
Bay Area Mycological Society
Good question. Is trespassing on adjacent private property an issue?: sure, it happens - however it's not a big deal, though, and it simply doesn't happen often. I've found most people to be extremely cautious about avoiding private property, and gratuitously apologetic when they make a mistake. Groups like SOMA are super about encouraging people to pay attention to maps and where they are in the park(s).
Root cause: The park is very poorly marked. That, *and* property lines criss-cross surrounding roads with no rhyme or reason. Therefore, it is super easy for folks (who are usually wandering like drunken sailors through the park hunting mushrooms) to wander onto adjacent properties.
Have a look at this map: https://goo.gl/maps/Dfmu1 Pay particular attention to the Kruse Ranch and Seaview Roads area... the parcel lines are all over the place. Park administration has made no effort, in the 4+ years I've lived here, to address this. If folks are complaining about trespassing, I suspect this is the root cause, and a simple one to resolve.
Another beef: Park administration (Duncan's Mills office) despite their newfound surplus, is apparently too busy rationalizing the keeping of parking lots and bathrooms *closed* along Highway 1 at places like Stump Beach, and Fisk Mill Cove (both part of Salt Point) to focus on managing a popular and largely positive use of the park in mushroom foraging.
Thanks for asking and for following up.
Hi Jacob - As the writer of the story in question, I am wondering if you have ever had problems with people trespassing on your land in pursuit of mushrooms. The same sources that have reported mushroom hunting to be impacting the park also told me that trespassing around the park's boundary has become problematic. True?
Maybe more parks could participate in mushroom foraging but have a rotational cycle so that no one park would be used over and over. Each park could recover and regenerate in the off years.
I live adjacent to Salt Point. The suggestion that the park is somehow over-run with foragers is just absurd - most of them never make it more than a few hundred yards inland from Highway 1, in a park that extends a mile inland & up steep hills.
Are more & more people discovering it? Absolutely. Is the forest trampled? Hardly. Wild pigs have a much larger and more negative impact on the park (lately) than humans - period.
This year there isn't much to harvest anyway, as we simply haven't had enough rain.
The idea that other Coastal Sonoma parks should be opened to foraging is brilliant. The larger numbers of people randomly walking the forest will also stem the emergent destructive illegal pot grows on state property as well - something that *IS* a recurring problem in Salt Point (and others) but somehow is not mentioned much in the press...
I live on the anchorage its a really nice life stlye
George is also active in the Japanese American Community, producing a musical drama on his imprisonment here:
And when he posted this site to his followers, bumped this petition by about 25,000 signatures:
Fighting for civil rights with passion and humor, an amazing human being!
Although I haven't been much of a "Trekkie", an Interred-Asian, or specifically gay man, I still find the career and life of George Takei fascinating.The author of this article paints a picture of an uncomplicated American original who has survived, and is now thriving in an ambiguous culture with an uncertain future. His bravery is demonstrated when virtual and actual worlds of real people meet. It is not surprising that he has gained an immense following in the realm of social media. A man of this caliber would be a natural for political office in any arena.His ending statement about humor being the connective glue that binds us, speaks of his humanity. Someone with this much insight and wisdom is desperately needed to lead us out of our virtual prison camps and into a closet that fits us all ...(Pun intended).
It sounds as if the Bohemian is intentionally trying to evoke a certain response to Walmart or the change of the market to Walmart with the wording "Walmart sneaks into the former ...". How are they "sneaking"? This was announced a few weeks ago ... did the Bohemian "news crew" not hear of that? Is this really "news" to the Bohemian? And in the final result, will the community be better served by a lower priced grocery outlet in their midst than either a higher priced store as before OR by an empty building in a major space for the center? In free enterprise, the measure is whether or not the public patronizes the store ... no?? That remains to be seen. But I doubt the folks in the community are as surprised as the Bohemian seems to be. This is old news.
Luffman and Bennett, the Living Wage Coalition and their knee-jerk reaction...and I do mean "JERK"...all typical of the kind of people and attitudes that have plunged Rohnert Park into the financial morass where it wallows.
Pacific Market was a business failure. Its business plan...putting a high-end, high-priced market into a median-income area where the closest surrounding customers were in apartments...was a failure. It TRIED to put on the front that it would fail if Walmart expanded its store. Truth is, it failed anyway. Walmart had nothing to do with it.
As for the study about how Walmart would decimate them...note that Pacific Market's "owners petitioned (the) study from Sonoma State University." It is easy to conceive of a study and execute it to produce a pre-ordained result. Any egghead can do it. Academia is full of them.
KRCB North Bay Public Media produced a story about Dry Creek that complements this story. Check it out here: http://www.ourwatershedstories.org/chapter-2-dry-creek/
And also, learn about some of the other watersheds in the North Bay!
Student: See Realmofcaringfoundatuion.org
Ravich....just as Diane Swine-slime, Nancy Pelosi (we have to pass it to see what's in it), Megabucks Meg Whitman, Carli Fiorina and grossly too many others of their sociopathic ilk....is a laboratory specimen of political whoredom at its absolute lowest and most execrable.
Will it be a crime for teenager to paint his yellow gun black, so he can be a tough looking wannabe and posture in the hood like a real gangsta?
So far as history goes, there are plenty of success stories on all sides to go around. Claims of any exclusive efficacy are completely unfounded. How does Marty N's 22+ years of sobriety with no 12-Step attendance sound? How does David D's 33+ years of sobriety using both AA and other approaches sound?
No one is being asked to give up 12-Step, at all. AA and NA and all of the 12-Step organizations are very fine institutions that should receive much credit for the work they do.
If you read the story and pay attention this is about people being allowed to choose the path to sobriety that fits their view instead of a single path mandated or coerced by government.
Looove Swami Steve! Met him here in Virginia Beach a time or two. I would like to add my piece to the mosaic, drives me nuts that I seem to be the only person even aware of the existence of this "Rosetta Stone" book, entitled: "Appointment in Dallas" - from an unimpeachable source, one Hugh MacDonald. I read it in the mid-seventies and it still exists on AMAZON! I just downloaded a digital copy but there are still some paperbacks in circulation!!! Hugh was the preeminent Police Officer, war hero, inventor of the "Identakit", CIA, Barry Goldwater's Chief of Security, etc. He used his long career in the international shadow world of spies and covert agents to find and interview the guy who caused Kennedy's head to explode. He got $50K because that's what he charges for heads-of-state. Find it, read it, share it!!!
Swami Steve's answer is a profound answer reflecting his ability to go deep into himself, and history, and to remember....... Where were you when you heard the president was shot?Thanks for this remarkable article. Shall read this book.
Following is one the most brilliant and unsettling paragraphs, I have ever read about the perceptual distortions that are currently going on in our news media......!!! It says:
Swami Steve was/is WONDERFUL, WISE and WITTY, making his troublesome observations even palatable. Most useful quote from a House Concert of his, in Austin Texas, was that Swami Steve said "the only one's speaking the truth on television, during these times, were the comedians, not the news-broadcasters." What a wake-up call! .... I have found that to be true and have watched Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert and Rachel Maddow, ever since.
Could it be we are in "the dark side of democracy" which Jefferson warned us about, when people of privilege would take advantage of the others, less fortunate, actually not realizing they are a majority? Anytime politicians start cutting public education, I remember Jefferson's warning, especially here in Texas. Jefferson invested his land and personal fortune in education, starting the University of Virginia, because he believed so much in education for us all to be informed and participate in evolving the best form of government possible for ALL.
The authors of a remarkably well-developed book on the cycles of American history, The Fourth Turning sub-titled their researched work, "An American Prophecy—What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny." Read how an economist and an historian can predict that we will elect and anti-government president in 2000. Strauss and Howe did that in the mid-'90's.
How will those of us, living through this pivotal time in history live well with our heritage into a sustainable future? ..for our children and their children? Where will this next century take us and what is my part in that? Who does speak the TRUTH ! Seems Swami Steve does!
If its not broke, dont fix it. Things are working well, and I want our supervisors making decisions based on whats best for our community. Personally, i don't care about the politics 10,000 miles a way from here- the Arab spring showed us those can change on a dime. I want Veolia to continue providing good low cost service to the people of our community. Truth be told, I'd like a lot more good low cost evening and weekend service to our community
Thanks for writing this Steve. I'm sharing it on Facebook and will plan to reread Douglass's book. A couple of recent books I've acquired are also eye opening. "Me and Lee" by Judiyth Vary Baker gives a comprehensive picture of the real Lee Harvey Oswald. "Mary's Mosaic" by Peter Janney, the son of a CIA operative who was deeply involved, throws a lot of light on the CIA involvement as well as the elimination of people who knew too much.
SAY has not been forthcoming with the problems it has at Tamayo House or those that will be created by its Warrack Hospital solution. Only when their back is to the wall does SAY admit some of their operational problems. Bottom line: they aren’t being honest.
If one looks at the concerns, it is not that many of Bennett Valley residents don’t want to help those in need, it is that this particular self-serving “solution” creates risk to more people than it serves.
For example: police are called when there is a tear in the social contract. SAY’s director of development Cat Cvengros told me she doesn’t see anything unreasonable about Tamayo’s 20 police calls a year for 25 beds. My frame of reference is zero calls on my block—many addresses, more people—in over 15 years (2 blocks away from Warrack). So, if 20 calls is okay for Tamayo House, by extension SAY’s tolerance is an additional 50 calls at former Warrack Hospital campus. That means anti-social behaviors rise to the level of police involvement every week. Clearly, SAY’s management doesn’t have the same behavioral standards I do. They are choosing to run their business allowing that much anti-social activity.
If you look at SAY’s financials (CharityNavigator.com) you will see their income was $3.2 million in 2002, $3.18 M in 2011, with average year to year growth over that period not keeping up with inflation. In order to cover their salaries and benefits of $2.3 million plus other professional fees of $1.5 M, (2010 form 990) SAY’s plans for the Warrack “Dream Center” are about increasing their income by being a landlord, and providing an outdated product that creates risk to the neighborhood. It costs money to reduce that risk. When I asked SAY’s Ms. Cvengros why don’t they have group homes which give residents solid abilities to succeed in society, instead of an apartment complex with little structure, she said “Oh, we don’t do that.”
Why not? It is because they are unwilling to pay for the state-required higher percentage of licensed staff, and it is more important to them to have rental income than drug test, by providing insufficient services to ADA-protected alcohol and drug addicted tenants (very difficult to evict), than to foster existing neighborhood, and societal, behaviors.
And it is my choice to not accept a lowering of the social contract.
If the City of Santa Rosa would require a Socio-Economic Impact Assessment (SEIA) to quantify the risks by using facts, I might be persuaded to think differently.
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