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Comment Archives: stories: News & Features: News

Re: “Mist Opportunity

I have been describing WarkaWater to people for the last months wishing I could find camaraderie. Thank you for this article! I have a farm in the Central Valley of California and was wondering what sort of mesh-fabric would work. Thanks for your input. Can Richard Kirschman please contact me? Or if any others such as Chris Fogliatti, Todd Dawson, Brock Dolman would like to experiment with keeping some almond trees alive. I've thought about using trees as frames. Or a high tower in an open area. Will need water for trees and family on the farm. I feel Fog Catching and making water our of thin air is the way to go for much of California.

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Posted by Merna on 07/22/2015 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Debriefer: July 22, 2015

Love it! Very insightful! ;)

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Posted by Michelle Lee Ivanich on 07/22/2015 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Dying Behind Bars

That is terrifying. I can not believe that our jails are being contracted out to FOR PROFIT MEDICAL SERVICES! This is an abomination to humankind and is morally corrupt! For profit medical must me STOPPED!

Mother Theresa would be ASHAMED OF YOU!

Posted by Crystal Alexander on 07/11/2015 at 11:06 PM

Re: “Dying Behind Bars

That is terrifying. I can not believe that our jails are being contracted out to FOR PROFIT MEDICAL SERVICES! This is sn abomniation to humankind and is morally corrupt! For profit medical must me STOPPED!

Mother Theresa would be ASHAMED OF YOU!

Posted by Crystal Alexander on 07/11/2015 at 11:05 PM

Re: “On the Right Trail

This is something our local public agencies should be pursuing, not leaving it all up to non-profits. Sonoma is a very conservative region, conservatives hate ped/bike infrastructure "multi-modal" transit is the planning term. Of course the "pro-business" Chamber of Commerce Republicans see walkable communities as a threat to their auto-centric, sprawl type philosophy. Their type of thinking, in which everything needs to be about profit, is what has plagued land-use policies in California for decades.

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Posted by Pet65 on 07/10/2015 at 7:47 PM

Re: “Homewrecker

This is disgusting. We need to remember, the housing crash was a result of unscrupulous business practices by people like Blum and greedy bankers; not the other way around.

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Posted by Pet65 on 07/10/2015 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Homewrecker

California is a community property state. Feinstein owns exactly fifty percent of every dollar of Blum's many assets, including his lucrative deals with Saudi Arabian state terrorists. What a racket!

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Posted by Peter Byrne on 07/09/2015 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Durst's DUI

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Posted by DOODLE on 06/18/2015 at 5:19 AM

Re: “Into the Weeds

Legalization needs to address the following:

1. Reasonable possession limits.

2. Legalized free transfers from one person to another (gifting).

3. The inalienable right to grow a certain number of plants without interference or regulations from local jurisdictions (Counties and Cities cannot ban or restrict a property owner's or renter's right to grow a certain number of plants for personal use).

4. Workplace safeguards covering both employer and employee (you can be fired for showing up for work under the influence, but you cannot be fired on Monday for smoking a joint Saturday night).

5. Medically reasonable DUI testing that do NOT test for metabolites, but rather for THC levels in the blood (as of today blood tests for THC levels are the only accurate measure - but this will change).

6. A ceiling on taxes (both state and local) so that state and local authorities cannot impose taxes that effectively create or further enrich the black market.

7. Medical cannabis should be sold tax-free to those who possess a physician recommendation.

8. State and local authorities cannot impose rules for dispensaries that are more prohibitive than those in place for the sale of alcohol. Zoning ordinances for cannabis sales should parallel those for alcohol sales.

9. The rules governing the consumption of cannabis cannot be more restrictive than the rules governing the consumption of alcohol. If it is legal to consume alcohol at a certain place/time then it shall be concurrently legal to consume cannabis at the same place/time.

10. A provision that requires law enforcement to compensate those who have had cannabis confiscated but who have NOT been convicted of a cannabis-related crime as a result of that confiscation. Translation: If the cops take your cannabis but that confiscation does not result in a conviction - you get compensated (in cash) full-value street price for the cannabis.

These provisions should exist in any state initiative for 2016.

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Posted by Libertarian Society on 06/17/2015 at 6:26 AM

Re: “Blubber Trouble

I love how there's people that have the heart to save these beautiful animals of the sea. May god Bless all of you!

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Posted by Yubicela Moreno on 06/15/2015 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Whale Mystery

The dead seals and whales this year seem unprecedented and I would love to see an in-depth article researching what the effects of the radiation from Japan are having on the Pacific Ocean...What’s the worst case scenario? That the mass die-off of sealife off the West Coast of North America – which may have started only a couple of months after the Fukushima melt-down – is being caused by radiation from Fukushima. "A professor from Japan’s Fukushima University Institute of Environmental Radioactivity (Michio Aoyama) said that the West Coast of North America will be hit with around 800 terabecquerels of Cesium- 137 by 2016. This is 80% of the cesium-137 deposited in Japan by Fukushima." Scary stuff....

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Posted by Daisy on 06/10/2015 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Year of the Rat

You're right. The headline seems to be 180-degrees opposite from the intent of the article. Shouldn't it be "In purportedly progressive Sonoma County, why are so few construction projects union?"

Posted by Rob Weinstein 1 on 05/21/2015 at 4:01 PM

Re: “BottleRock 411

so where is the link to win BottleRock Tix as promoted on the cover of this issue?

Posted by Tim Hayes on 05/21/2015 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Debriefer: May 20, 2015

Let's look at that one more time...

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It remains to be seen what becomes of the Napa tank, but Public Enemy might want to drop "Fight the Power" from the set-list during their scheduled BottleRock appearance next weekend.

The way Debriefer sees it, police are feeling a little sensitive around that kind of talk lately, especially when it's coming from militant African Americans . . . So keep your head down, Chuck D!

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Posted by Joseph Tucker on 05/20/2015 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Year of the Rat

That headline makes no sense. Are most construction projects union. Or, are most construction projects non-union. It can't be both. Can it?

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Posted by Miles Mendenhall on 05/13/2015 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Line in the Sand

Sonoma Coast Surfrider is meeting this Thursday evening and every first Thursday of the month at 7:30 at Papas & Pollo in Sebastopol. We will continue to fight for free and safe access to our beaches but would really appreciate community support and people who care about this issue showing up at the meetings. We are looking to form a committee to work on free access and we are only asking for your time and effort. Please join us and contact sonomacoastsurfrider@comcast.net for more information.

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Posted by Local Surfrider on 05/06/2015 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Line in the Sand

Free Our Beaches!!!

The State Parks Dept. already tried this in the early 1990's, and the fisherman's wives group blockaded Bodega Head. That is where our memorial to fishermen lost at sea is located, near the West Lot. Please sign the change.org petition to the Coastal Commission to deny the State Parks' application to install "iron rangers" on the Sonoma Coast - Link here

https://www.change.org/p/california-coastal-commission-sonoma-county-board-of-supervisors-we-oppose-any-new-pay-to-park-iron-rangers-on-the-sonoma-coast-please-uphold-the-5-0-decision-by-sonoma-county-supervisors-to-deny-state-parks-permit-application-to-install-iron-range

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Posted by Free Our Beaches on 05/06/2015 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Rain Catchment-22

Myself and most of my neighbors in Petaluma all have catchment tanks and grey water systems, mostly because we want to keep are water bills down.
Mainly, the reason municipalities are reluctant to encourage residential water saving, is because it's a source of revenue. (e.g. Petaluma has a $165 million bond to pay off)
Residential water use is such an insignificant part of the equation. If so called "pioneering activists" like Trathen Heckman and Daily Acts are sincerely concerned about these water resource issues, he and his org should've been more actively involved when the City of Petaluma approved two giant shopping centers, one having a large health club. Yet, I don't recall seeing him at any of the public meetings. For instance, the new Target shopping center is using 3 million+ gallons/year, (it's all documented in the hydrology report, if anyone from DA cared to read.
Commercial industry and AG is where the systemic problem sits. Rohnert Park just built a Casino with 15 restaurants with a hotel planned soon. RP also just finished building 244 condos behind the Casino. Has anybody heard of the recently approved Coliseum City on Oakland water front? New sports arena, retail/offices and 6,000 homes. SF Mayor Lee's ballot measure to build 30,000 new apartments by 2020? Policy makers need to make serious changes to building/planning requirements, when it comes to grey water/catch systems and water conservation. Just saying...

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Posted by Pet65 on 04/05/2015 at 3:16 AM

Re: “Rain Catchment-22

Rain barrels work. I have five and haven't pulled out the hose in the front yard yet this winter! Besides, our plants like rain barrel water runoff because it's not got any of the chloramines or salt in it! It's really worth it and fun as well! We in SoCal have rebates via Metropolitan Water District. It's time for our local districts to promote this worthwhile investment of basically $10 each!

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Posted by gero cocerp on 04/01/2015 at 6:20 PM

Re: “Rain Catchment-22

The quote, "As for rain barrels at [the] home level, they are not very cost-efficient. It is much better and cheaper to direct your storm runoff onto your lawn or flower beds and let it soak in." is why rain harvesting has an uphill struggle for legitimacy. Let me put this very succinctly; that's rubbish.
In drought conditions, stormwater does not infiltrate but sheet flows off lawns and gardens until they are already slightly saturated enough for the water to infiltrate.
Yes, tiny 50 gallon rain barrels are useless. But up that to say 200USG per downspout or about 600-1000USG per home and you'll notice a significant reduction in both runoff impacts and potable water demand. Volume is king but so is having capacity available to catch and hold that storm when it arrives.
I'll leave this thread with one suggestion, RainGrid lot level stormwater utilities distribute automated cisterns to householders free of charge on the basis that catching stormwater at the lot level actually pays for itself in saved infrastructure damage and insurance risk reduction. And that's before even bringing potable water conservation into the discussion.

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Posted by Kevin G Mercer on 04/01/2015 at 8:31 AM

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