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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

Re: “Empty Bottle

It's not about the money, it's about the MONEY.- Bill Graham

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Posted by Old Scam on 09/17/2013 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Rush to War

Interesting article, and some good points. Also interesting that now the liberal left and Sarah Palin essentially agree that the US should not become more involved in this ... "Let Allah sort it out." While I understand the resistance to military action, it is clear that more discussion doesn't get anywhere: we simply have to stop assuming that everyone on the world thinks and reasons the same as we do. Our logic and arguments don't work with many of the leaders in other countries. But military action generally includes innocent civilians (and children) who become "collateral damage", which is little different than their killing by corrupt regimes. Clearly this is not an easy choice, and people will not agree on whatever outcome is finally implemented. And another sad result is that we will never know which option is the path to quickest solution (end to the innocent deaths of people who happen to live in harms way.) Do you believe that the rebels/resistance would massacre their own people and their own children with poison gas? Do you believe that lower level military people in Assad's forces has the ability to launch an attack without Assad's knowledge? Do you believe that anyone else in the free world would assume the responsibility for responding to the situation instead of the United States? If no one responded, what do you think will happen? These are not meant to be flippant questions, but serious long-term thought about options and alternatives. What alternatives are there that would engage ALL the parties in this fiasco?

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Posted by Al Christenson on 09/05/2013 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Rush to War

Good article, raises questions many of us have. The current "debate" dramatically illustrates how political, inconsistent, and incoherent the debate has become. E.g., Iraq opponents who have shouted the "no WMDs" for years now criticize Assad for his WMDs/sarin. Of course the irony is that CIA reports suggest strongly that Assad got his sarin from Iraq.

The article is correct that there are too many uncertainties to justify the proposed strike. Iraq exposed the fallability of our intelligence. Finally, even if there is a need for action, is it not about time that someone other than the U.S. takes that action?

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Posted by Willliam M on 09/04/2013 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Back at It

The Green Center was wise to bring Rick Bartalini on board. He is a talented, innovative, true professional who will bring a whole new level of excitement to this beautiful venue!

Posted by Sheila Groves-Tracey on 08/29/2013 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Back at It

Congratulations, Rick...what a wonderful partnership! The Green Music Center is fortunate to have your passion and expertise!

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Posted by Darren M. Rockhold on 08/29/2013 at 4:25 AM

Re: “Back at It

Rick is the ultimate professional. He is so dedicated to his work. Rick pays every attention to every detail leaving no stone unturned witch equates to a very successful outcome. What he does behind the scenes to create magic is simply amazing! It was truly a pleasure watching him in action exceeding the expectations of the ultimate DIVA ~ MISS ROSS

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Posted by Jamison DeTrolio on 08/29/2013 at 12:13 AM

Re: “Back at It

I had the pleasure of working with Rick at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. He's professional, fun and knows how to treat an artist! He also understands the finer points of working for a non-profit, marketing and balancing it all with the cost of big name celebrities. Congratulations to the Green Music Center--they are lucky to have Rick!

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Posted by Michelle Denham on 08/28/2013 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Back at It

Looking forward to many nights of great programming at GMC and SSU. Rick is a world-class programmer/booker/marketer whose presence is Sonoma County has been missed since WFC decided they didn't need him. It is wonderful that Rick will now have a world-class facility to present world-class talent at.

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Posted by James on 08/28/2013 at 10:39 PM

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