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Re: “Back at It

Rick brings true professionalism to any position he holds--this is great for the Green Music Center and Sonoma County! He treats the artists, the audience and the venue with equal respect.

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Posted by Mike Watermann on 08/28/2013 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Back at It

Wow, the Green Music Center (and Sonoma County) is very fortunate, indeed. His shows are always big hits and some of my favorite comedians and musical artists have performed in the area thanks to Mr. Bartalini; Lisa Lampanelli, Bill Maher, Kevin James, Diana Ross, Josh Groban, Dolly Parton, Olivia Newton-John, Wynonna Judd, Johnny Mathis, Bonnie Raitt, and so many more (can’t remember them all). The folks at Sonoma State should be thrilled to have his kind of dedication to sell-out shows and artists’ satisfaction. Best wishes for many more years of awesome shows to come.

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Posted by Shaun Ralston on 08/28/2013 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Back at It

Kudos Green Music Center for hiring such an extraordinary talent in Rick Bartalini! He was pivotal in putting LBC (Wells Fargo Center) on the map in securing sought after acts, mostly because no one handles A list like Bartalini. From both the artist and fan perspective, each show he produces is professional, well executed and memorable. He doesn't miss a detail and i know i speak for a large percentage when i say - well played Green Music Center...well played!

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Posted by Sarah Drake on 08/28/2013 at 12:39 PM

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: “Rebirthing the Blues

Aubergine of Sebastopol, Ca....Tuesday Blues only jam...Never knew thank you..b

Posted by Brad Pipal on 08/26/2013 at 11:42 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: “What Are We Gonna Do Today?

"Peri Park in Fairfax is close to Three Twins Ice Cream" Um no. Sorry but if you are at Peri and want ice cream you go to the Scoop. There is no Three Twins in Fairfax, only the famous Fairfax Scoop!

Posted by LizG on 08/23/2013 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Rebirthing the Blues

Great to know the Blues are alive and well in Sonoma County. I run the Tuesday Bluesday Jam every other Tuesday night at Aubergine in Sebastopol. Levi Lloyd runs it on the alternate Tuesdays. So every Tuesday night there are some rippin blues happening at Aubergine featuring some of the best local players. Thanks for bringing up the Blues and don't forget to mention us on the KRSH!!!

Here's to the blues!!!
Bruce Klein (Guitarist for the BK Galactic Band)

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Posted by skyking33 1 on 08/22/2013 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Rebirthing the Blues

Great article. I live in San Mateo County, and I have to look to you for blues info. These people don't play much down here (wounder why), so it's great to know here they are playing. Keep it up.

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Posted by Thefatherfigure on 08/21/2013 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Water Wars

I would like to applaud the Bohemian for being just about the only media outlet to cover this issue in detail. I am a Cal Water customer in Lancaster (Antelope Valley). Cal Water has a small pocket of 700 homes in our area. If I lived a quarter mile in any direction, I would have public water at 1/3rd the cost. We pay $150 for the same amount of water that others pay $50 for in our area. We already pay on average 2.4% of our median income for water, yet Cal Water is proposing a 60% rate increase. We also are outraged that we pay for water that we do not use. One fourth of our bills are WRAM charges. Despite having conserved 25% over the last 4 years, we cannot reduce our water bills because we continue to pay for water we did not use. Cal Water is assured of getting its money whether it pumps water or not. Kirsten of AV Residents for Reasonable Water Rates

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Posted by Kirsten Williams Larson on 08/20/2013 at 11:20 AM

Re: “What Are We Gonna Do Today?

I'm so impressed that you worked the jumpy house into the article. Beautiful. After all, it is jumpy house season.

Posted by Kate Polacci on 08/15/2013 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Water Wars

Anyone know what CalAm wanted the rates to be before they divested themselves of the system? I found the rates for San Lorenzo Valley. They a Pasted below. I don't know what the left side service charges mean:
The rates are as follows: Please use the link below for additional rate information Rates Effective June 1, 2011
Meter Size Basic Charge
5/8", 3/4", 1"F, 1K, 1.5"G, 2"H & Surplus Water $ 49.73
5/8"A, 3/4"A, 1", 1.5"F, 2"G, 2L $ 82.90
5/8"B, 1"A, 1.5" $ 166.92
5/8"C, 1"B, 1.5"A, 2" $ 265.68
2"A, 3" $ 498.62
1.5" S $ 531.36
1.5"C, 4" $ 829.76
Sewer $ 298.00
The above charges do not include any water usage
A unit of water is 100 cubic feet, which is 748 gallons. Prices per unit are as follows:
Units per unit Consumption Charge
0 - 10 $ 2.71
11 - 40 $ 3.54
41 - 100 $ 4.24
101 - 200 $ 4.59
201 plus $ 5.00

Service charges look low, but the commodity charges are pretty high.

Posted by Fred Curry on 08/12/2013 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Water Wars

Ummm.. Thats not correct. I looked up their stock and it has not dropped in half. Where do you get your info? Looks like to me they provide many hardworking people with middle class jobs.

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Posted by Local Citizen on 08/12/2013 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Angry Grousing About Housing

Overloading Schools
I noticed the article didn't talk about the property tax exemption. Not looking at the combined affect of the Marinwood, Grady Ranch, Silvera Ranch, and Terra Linda Civic Center Station PDA (620) apartments on the Dixie School District. No one wants to plan for the influx of students, just the influx of residents. This is the part of Plan Bay Area that I don't agree with. No planning for the impact on the local resources. There are two vacant schools just sitting in Marin. Are they needed for housing or for schools?

Overloading the Marinwood Plaza
I cannot speak for everyone, but for me, it has always been about the numbers, not race. Is adding 82 housing units to the area too many housing units? A total of 146 bedrooms will be added. There is a grocery store, a gas station, there will be a restaurant and another store. Marinwood Plaza is like an island. If you need anything else, what do you do to get it? Get in your car or get on the bus. This is a solution to Global Warming?

With 146 bedrooms, there might be 200 or more people living in the Marinwood Plaza site. There are a few court yards to hang out, but how quickly will the plaza get packed with 200 people as potential users? There is a park a mile away. A short bike ride for adults and teens. Where do children play in the area? 200 people... To give you an idea, the Marinwood meeting room has a capacity of 150. There were about 200 people at that meeting.

Tell me this is about making a life better for a few people by allowing them to live in a better neighborhood with a shorter commute to their job. I would agree. Tell me this is about fixing Global Warming, I will laugh. Marinwood is a very car oriented area. 197,000 vehicles pass the Civic Center each day. And their solution is add a few hundred units to fix Global Warming?

Reducing the number of housing units and figuring out the needed school resources would reduce resistance to this housing site.

Oh, all of you "Just build the housing" people might see the Marinwood Plaza fails the noise standard and is listed as a "Potentially Significant Cancer Risk" risk. See the document below.…

Cancer risk - Page 89

Noise - Page 43 Noise factors. Page 212 Noise measurement table. Marinwood Plaza fails, but does not state by how much.

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Posted by Kevin Moore on 08/12/2013 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Angry Grousing About Housing

The Disorganized and unruly meeting.
The meeting was held by Susan Adams as an opportunity for Marinwood residents to talk to the District 1 representative. The meeting turned into a long presentation by Susan Adams. 200 to 250 people showed up. The room capacity is 150. There was a much bigger crowd than anticipated. There was no order for picking questions. "Raise your hand" was the method. That does not work well with a huge crowd.

$250,000 recall
The recall only happens if enough people, almost 7000, sign the recall petition. This is not about a handful of people causing a recall, there is a set minimum. If you don't like it, change the recall laws.

If a neighbor adds a bedroom to their house, they must post a large sign in front of their house. Apparently adding 146 bedrooms does not require a similar sign.

Zoning and PDA
The Marinwood Plaza has "Planned Commercial" or "CP" zoning. The intended use for "CP" zoning can be a variety of things: businesses, housing, almost anything short of a car lot or industrial use. The "Marin County Housing Element" sets Marin County's intended best use for the land. In 2003, the Marin County Housing element had no housing on the property. In 2007, that was changed to be up to "100 housing units". The PDA status had nothing to do with the ability to add 82 housing units. However, Susan Adams offered to remove the PDA status, which in effect would do nothing for Marinwood Plaza. Does Adams not know the zoning laws? Or just giving people what they want, even if it does nothing.

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Posted by Kevin Moore on 08/12/2013 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Angry Grousing About Housing

Okay we are really out of control here but seeing as how everyone thinks this is all about race on one side lets run with it for a minute. I am a WASP(for those of you who don't remember terms that mean White Anglo Saxon Protestant) or at least close enough! Even though I am part German and basically a Mutt. I grew up in Marin County, married and raising my children here. The only way I made it into a house was from buying it from a parent. Affordable housing is a dream. When my parents bought their house in Terra Linda it was 20K a lot of money back then in 1957. It was not affordable then any more than it is now. Most of the families in 1957 worked in San Francisco or Oakland and the building created jobs then in Marin. We forget that.
I had many friends that were of different races in my schools. Yes, not as many as in the big cities but they were here and we all played dated together.
My sons when they went to elementary school in the 1990's had many different faces. They were friends not races.
I would also like to mention that no one spoke about low income housing in Santa Venetia. I guess we don't count! However, we have some here. We have buildings at La Brea. Are they counted?
Also I would like to point out that I would be placed in the "low income" bracket too. Got to love phrases and terms! My parents would be and so would my husband's parents that owned his house. Marin really is not a "Rich" community. I would also like to point out that the Republican party (Bush comment) was really BS. There are more Democratic, Independent and Green Parties in Marin than Republicans. There is nothing wrong for any party or person to state that changes to the community need to be done in the open. WE forget that we have a telephone. Oh wait, we only use them for calling to get out and vote not for meetings that may change your world or somewhere close by.
Also have you thought of the Marinwood Market and what would happen to them, Or any other business in that location.
Susan Adams has never been my favorite person. She has been in the business of Politics now for quite some time. I think she knows how to run a meeting as mentioned above and allowed this to get out of control. I know many families that live in Marinwood, I have not known them to be racists. I do believe that they have a right to fight this and if it goes through should be houses or condos but not a huge development of apartments. No one community can handle all the burden of "affordable housing".
I would also like to ask about all the apartments above businesses in San Rafael. Are some of those considered affordable housing? Are those counted? Also do you count the houses that have been built in subdivisions?

I have no worries about who fill those apartments. I do not care in my area what race they are. My street is a beautiful view of people from India, some from China, Mexicans, and I have some that were from China a long time ago but were born here in Marin. They are my friends and some I call family. My parents live across from people from Russia. The point is we do not care what race they my be but that they are neighbors

All I want to say is that everyone has the right to speak, to be in the process. I do not take the paper, nor do I read the what is going on in the planning stages unless I get a postcard. Even when work is going on your street you get a heads up! on a letter or postcard. How hard would that have been?

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Posted by acfenstermaker 1 on 08/11/2013 at 7:26 PM

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