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Re: “Back at It

The Green Music Center has made quite the catch with Rick Bartalini! I have had the pleasure of working with him, and he will bring nothing but success and happy patrons to the Green Music Center.

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Posted by Dawn Tolosa on 08/28/2013 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Back at It

No one can put together a show like Rick. His shows are always a memorable experience for both the fans and the artist. Very excited for what's to come from his new shows and Green Music Center!

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Posted by Chris on 08/28/2013 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Back at It

Rick is a world-class producer! Look for more wonderful shows at the Green Music Center.

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Posted by Lynne Sloan on 08/28/2013 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Sticking to It

Pretty well balanced article. But I don't believe there's a need to "finesse" the labelling so as not to turn away customers. If the words "contains GMO ingredients" scare people, it's because the industry has not done a good enough job educating the public on how "safe" and "beneficial" and "necessary" GMO crops are...if they want us to believe, they need to stop trying to trick us and bully us and actually do the necessary studies, have the necessary conversations, and tread lightly...this is public health we're talking about...and what's with their hurry and secrecy, so that their executives can make more money? Please...whether or not there's any basis to all the GMO fears, nobody has done a good job communicating with the public about them, and that alone is cause for concern...

Posted by circo_sonoma on 08/28/2013 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Sticking to It

Yes 'Contains ingredients engineered to reduce pesticide use" is inaccurate.
Pesticide/Herbicide use has skyrocketed along with GMO crop acreage.
"Contains ingredients engineered to increase farm sustainability," is also inaccurate. Farm sustainability is not increased by monoculture chemical agriculture. Soil becomes depleted of bacteria needed to break down minerals. Glyphosate chelates or binds minerals and makes these minerals unavailable to the growing plant and the growing body of our children.
"Contains GE corn, GE soy, GE soy, GE canola, GE beet sugar, GE cottonseed oil, GE papaya, GE zucchini" is the label that consumers are asking for.
This labeling needs to include alterations in the order of the gene sequences along with insertion of genes from bacteria and viri. We have a right to know what we eat.
And it needs to include milk from cows injected with bovine growth hormone. American baby formula is all bGH, unless organic. Adults have eliminated bGH pretty much, but American moms deserve the fundamental freedom to choose their infant formula and baby food as mothers in 64 other countries already do.
The market will determine the value of GMOs. Already nonGMO markets are booming, and more and more acreage will be planted to meet this demand. It is a good thing to support farmers who wish to reduce herbicide exposure to their families and workers, by using traditional rotational cropping and traditional soil preservation methods.

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Posted by Jessica Denning on 08/25/2013 at 11:21 PM

Re: “Sticking to It

"Contains ingredients engineered to reduce pesticide use" or "Contains ingredients engineered to increase farm sustainability." This only proves that you can say the same thing in two very different ways, meaning, something positive might appear negative and viceversa. In my opinion, labeling in this manner is not the answer. "Contains GMO ingredients" or "GMO-free" should be enough. People then will have a choice to research it more or stick to one buyign option, instead of being manipulated with one kind of label.

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Posted by Tim on 08/24/2013 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Nearly Showtime

Rough indeed!!

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Posted by Rick Bartalini on 08/08/2013 at 5:47 AM

Re: “Falling Star

I don't like the fact that Efren said absolutely nothing about the event of his arrest for breaking into a womans bedroom at 3:40 a.m.

In this instance, saying nothing at all, and completely ducking the public that voted for him and the broader public that he is responsible to, speaks volumes about his lack of maturity, even if he is completely innocent and it wasn't even him, (like if they got the wrong guy).

From a policy perspective, he completely ducked his job without so much as a "I didn't do it."

The public can't argue about his need for rehab, so that's where he chose to hide. He should have said "did it" or "didn't do it" before going to rehab. After drinking in san diego, numerous political events, and then some, but not so much that he was incapacitated, according to Sgt Terry Andersen, Carrillo's need to "rush" to rehab looks like he was rushing to duck the truth.

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Posted by Redwood on 08/03/2013 at 5:53 PM

Re: “'Stalin's Plan'

Do the NIMBYs of Marinwood expect that lack of planning will solve the Growing Challenges? Or do people just simply deny that growth has effects that should be planned for?

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Posted by SC on 07/27/2013 at 11:49 AM

Re: “'Stalin's Plan'

I was on the Citizen Marin bus. It was to save gas and parking. We actually do believe in living green and walkable/bikeable communities. The colorful Supervisor Mackensie really must be out of touch and in denial.

His comments on Stalin amuses me. The ideas behind Bay Area Plan are "Smart Growth" that was first developed in socialist countries.


No doubt, you will be hearinig more about the plan as the heavy hand of government comes down on you. Will you join the growing chorus of opposition or will you wimper?

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Posted by save marinwood on 07/26/2013 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Bohemia's Gate

For the record, I was 100% transparent with what happened in Facebook. I coordinated with the web masters, and even attended a meeting in Santa Rosa. I never hijacked anything or "made myself" the administrator. I actually helped them make a Facebook presence, and their webmasters had complete control from the beginning. I backed off on my Facebook group, and even renamed it two times to make sure I was keeping the name separate. We Are Change is all about Action and Resistance, and my own personal websites center around Resist Tyranny.

The group I helped start is not called with a "Network" in the name, and never was. There was a mistake in a single e-mail posting, which I corrected after that. The Facebook is called "Resist the Grove - Bohemian Grove Action and Resistance".

The action group is actually called "Redwood Empire - We Are Change", and I don't associate myself with the mainstream Republicans that you might see with "official" organizations. I am mostly a Libertarian, and only deal in the truth, not conspiracy theories.

I have no beef with Mary, and only wanted to get involved to gain a better understanding about the Grove. I would have hoped Mary Moore would have encourage conservative or even Republican input into the grove, because that is the focus of the membership in this so-called oligarchy of "conservatives". There is nothing conservative about what is going on inside the Grove, and we are there to expose it.

I appreciate the history of what people have done up in Monte Rio/Santa Rosa in collecting facts on the Grove, and never once considered hijacking this group, nor causing them problems. For some reason even the simplest of errors and mis-understandings turn into large disagreements, which is unusual for a volunteer effort. I am a phone call away for any BGAN member to call me about the real facts, I haven't hid my phone number or e-mail from anyone.

If there is legal action, it would be a shame. They originally talked about copyrighting the name, but I suggested a Trademark. Unfortunately for them, I am not using that name, never have, don't have anything "marked" anywhere which would cause confusion in a legal sense. They have their own website and electronic communications, I have nothing to do with that. All the Facebook, Meetup and websites I help operate have nothing to do with what they would Trademark.

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Posted by Sean Ackley on 07/19/2013 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Falling Star

In response to Joolz, and others who think that the main problem here is Efren's drinking, and that once he gets a handle on this, we are good to go...

What if the victim of the acknowledged, undisputed action (trying to sneak through a window, removing a screen, knocking on the door, resulting in TWO calls to 911 by a terrified woman in the middle of the night) had happened to your sister or daughter or me, and this was NOT our County Supervisor. WOULD you be saying the same thing (heart and compassion for the perpetrator)?

Would you be asking for the same wait and see response? Have you ever prior to this suggested that our system and public wait to respond to (in terms of his job) or judge any other alleged criminal prior to this? Are you suggesting that his action might be justified if we can "blame" the drugs he might have been taking?

I believe that we owe women more understanding in this matter than we owe Efren. Women have been subject to violence, threats, and terror by men for centuries. I believe that women have the right NOT to be subject to break-ins in the middle of the night, regardless of the level of intoxication of their perpetrator. DO YOU AGREE WITH THIS STATEMENT, JOOLZ?

I am SO TIRED of the excuses that men make to justify their actions when it comes to inappropriate, illegal behavior, and I am nauseated by our patriarchal military system's unwillingness to address the epidemic of rape in the armed services. As for the Republican war on Women....where does this end, and WHO ARE WE as a modern society?

To me, compassion does not mean that I believe we should rationalize, or , apologize for a person's actions, WHEN HE HAS HARMED ANOTHER PERSON, or cover up the discomforting REALITY that this is not something that we pay $150,000 per year to represent us should be doing. Especially given the facts: no apologies to victim, no recognition of the terror that such actions create for women, repeated attempts to blame the alcohol, etc., I feel we have enough facts to say that he should resign; that he is not fit for public office. I say this as a citizen, a constituent, and a taxpayer who has become pretty frustrated that we, the people, continue paying his salary at this moment.

I wish Efren luck in his recovery, and future endeavors. He has some commendable qualities. But I know enough, from the UNDISPUTED FACTS of this case, to say that we, the people, ought to have the power to fire this public employee soon, and get someone in that office who does not stalk and terrify a woman in the middle of the night, REGARDLESS of whether he has a drug problem or not.

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Posted by Jonathan Greenberg on 07/18/2013 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Falling Star

As a lifelong resident of Sonoma County and the fifth district, I find Supervisor Carrillo's behavior reprehensible and unbefitting of a Sonoma County Supervisor, or any other public official, for that matter. Putting the outcome of the criminal case aside, the damage is done. Going over to a woman's home, cutting her window screen, waking her up by disturbing the blinds, then going to the front door, knocking on the door and then running away is an indication of a very serious lack of judgment -- or perhaps something even worse. Yet, he continues to blame "his" problems on alcohol, and so do his handlers -- no, I mean, his enablers.

They are doing him no favors by continuing to offer up lame excuses which seem to only get progressively worse every time they open their mouths. Quite frankly, the idiocy of such excuses is an insult to the good citizens of this county.

Had his "friends" truly wanted to help him, they would have gotten him help long before this shameful incident rather than waiting until something like this latest fiasco occurred.

I've read the words "I," "me," "I'm," "him" and "Efren" more times than I can count.
But I'm still waiting to read or hear the words "her" and "she."

Oh, yes. And "I apologize" and "I'm sorry" to the victim would be nice, too.

There's a victim in all this, alright, and "his" name isn't Efren.

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Posted by Thomas Bonfigli on 07/18/2013 at 12:59 AM

Re: “Bohemia's Gate

Most of us do drive slowly, and enjoy supporting the Monte Rio community.

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Posted by MJ on 07/17/2013 at 9:41 PM

Re: “Falling Star

i think the outcome of the legal case is beside the point. Even if no charges are filed he has damaged his credibility this board of supes reputation and his ability to carry out the duties of his job. Recovery from any addiction is difficult even when people enter of their own volition because they WANT to change. It is stressful and involves a lot of work and support and often relapses. How likely is it that someone who did noot choose to get help but did so because his handlers want to salvage his political career will be able to carry a huge workload as required by the job and still work on their recovery and staying sober. His handlers already did him a disservice by enabling his drinking and bad behavior the last time he was arrested. Setting him up for a quick 30 day fix and crossing your fingers he will be 'better than before'" is a disservice to him and to his constituency.

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Posted by Lisa Maldonado on 07/17/2013 at 6:47 PM

Re: “Falling Star

I think Efren will not be found guilty of any felony charges, maybe a misdemeanour, breaking and entering, two years probation, and 100 hours community service.

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Posted by David Rosas on 07/17/2013 at 5:58 PM

Re: “Falling Star

Thank you, Gabe, for an excellent article; it is beautifully written. One thing that has not yet been addressed is whether or not this behavior is typical of alcohol intoxication. I find that rather unlikely for several reasons. I hope there has been a blood test, with a toxicology report at some point. I suspect there is something else, a substance, driving this behavior. I make this comment as a concerned citizen of the Fifth District. Excellent representation on the Board is essential at this fragile time.

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Posted by michele on 07/17/2013 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Falling Star

I remember a few years ago when you (and you and he were both suffering from big fish in a small pond syndrome--I believe you probably BOTH are still), along with all the people you mentioned, were enamored of him and now you've climbed on the rightfully critical bandwagon. Hmm. Obfuscate is a REALLY big word for you, dude.

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Posted by Dr.Now on 07/17/2013 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Falling Star

Like the Press Democrat's recent editorial, Gabe is right to highlight the incident's alleged facts; for they are too disturbing to ignore or deflect or minimize. How our local political leaders and media respond to these disturbing facts and the issues they raise risks defining their and even our county's reputation for a long time. I sincerely wish Efren the best with any sincere efforts at recovery; and I expect our local political leaders and media to address the disturbing issues raised because a local elected official was "arrested in his underwear and socks after trying to break into a woman's bedroom at 3:40 in the morning." Efren is not the victim. He is the suspect.

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Posted by Michael Donovan Aparicio on 07/17/2013 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Falling Star

Put this in your (our) Trade Unionist pipe and smoke it:

Including July, there are 27 weeks remaining in 2013.

Including July, there are 14 Tuesday Supervisor's meetings.

Do we really expect that the Supervisors can get the people's work done at HALF TIME, FULL PAY?

Leadership, smeadership. Smoke & political mirrors. The WORK gets done in open session.

I certainly don't intend to hijack this conversation about being arrested in his underwear and socks after trying to break into a woman's bedroom at 3:40 in the morning... However:

Have a gander at their calendar yourself... and ask if you think there is anything exceptional happening between our elected Supervisors:

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Posted by Jacob Bayless on 07/17/2013 at 11:59 AM

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