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Re: “Over-Oaked Theater

Great piece - so true and so frustrating. I went and saw the opening night performance of Jake's Women as part of the Sonoma Arts Live season. It was the best theater performance in Sonoma in ages - and it wasn't sold out - this was opening night!!

I'm bias - I've never been a big musical fan. I appreciate what people are doing to bring all types of performance to Sonoma County, but, when you offer fancy wine and food and the events sell out every weekend and a local theater producing a Neil Simon play can't even fill the small theater? It's so frustrating..

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Posted by Sarah Stierch on 07/15/2015 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Taking It to the Streets

Excellent article - again: thanks for putting quality reporting on important local issues in your weekly.
So S.R. has bylaws against sleeping in cars? Too bad; often a car is the only thing keeping a person from full-fledged homelessness! With a working vehicle it's possible to look for more work (and get to the part-time, lowpaying job one already has) while hopefully managing to put money aside. The downside - keeping clean, finding toilets - is nothing compared to the advantages of having mobility, safety, and independence. And, of course, the possibility of locating permanent shelter.
To Jacqueline:
Yes, the homeless move around, and areas with better services will be a magnet to them. Of course a solution is to not provide services; more humane and ultimately, more responsible, is for communities to have housing, mental health, and food programs in place. And this is happening!

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Posted by leslie 2 on 07/14/2015 at 2:32 AM

Re: “Taking It to the Streets

The homeless population has increased because of the obvious reasons, but i can't help but question if there aren't people coming from other areas to live on our streets. The increase in encampments, drugs, unsupervised dogs ect.... is out of control.

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Posted by Jacqueline Smith on 07/13/2015 at 8:21 AM

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!

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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!

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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: “Taking It to the Streets

I just discovered this article. A week back I covered the topic briefly with a few photos.


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Posted by Frank Simpson on 07/10/2015 at 5:50 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: “Taking It to the Streets

Have you ever tried to evict someone in Section 8 housing? It's virtually impossible for an owner to get rid of a bad tenant . . .I don't think Section 8 is the answer. Rent control hurts property owners . . .I think we need more faith based initiative and keep the government and more regulation and misdirected funding out of the picture.

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Posted by Ann-Marie Heidingsfelder on 07/09/2015 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Taking It to the Streets

Rent has increased 28% while family incomes have only increased 7% between 2000 - 2010 in Sonoma County ( the gap has only widened in the past 5 years. Mini houses are all well and good but if Sonoma County truly wants to stop the increase of homelessness (not to mention crime) it has to muster up the political will to institute reasonable rent control measures. At the federal level, Congress needs to reevaluate section 8 housing vouchers, funding a growing need. There is currently a 6 year waiting list for assistance in Sonoma County.

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Posted by concerned that I'll be next on 07/08/2015 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Let the Good Times Roll

Time for home girl to learn and understand the laws as written, or work to change them.
Maybe she could submit an article on cycling safety for the next issue?

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Posted by cyclist#473 on 07/04/2015 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Golden State Psycho

It was disheartening to see this cover of the Bohemian titled Nor Cal Psycho. The word “psycho” is a derogatory word used to describe those of us with mental health challenges. I am sure that The Bohemian did not intend to to promote prejudice towards people with mental health disabilities by printing this cover. Our culture is full of myths surrounding mental health and derogatory language like “crazy” and “psycho”. *

The Bohemian is not unique in pairing words like “psycho” with violence as it did on this cover. However, it is a myth that “people who have been diagnosed with mental illnesses are dangerous.” ** The fact is that “Mental illness accounts for, at most, 3 percent of all violence committed in the U.S.” **

“People with serious mental health challenges are more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators. More than 25 percent of people with severe mental illness report being victims of a violent crime within a given year, a rate nearly 12 times higher than that of the general population.” **

I am writing today in the hope that our community will pay more attention to our language and to challenge The Bohemian to print some of the positive and heartwarming stories from our community about about people who have experienced mental health recovery and about programs in our community where people are receiving help.

Teresa Romero
Sebastopol, CA

* Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. “Language Matters in Mental Health” (accessed June 30, 2015)

** Each Mind Matters. “MYTHS & FACTS: The Stigma of Mental Illness and Resulting Discrimination” (accessed June 30, 2015)

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Posted by TeresaRomero on 07/02/2015 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Let the Good Times Roll

All this "puffery" for bikes and not a word about safety. Every day I observe a cyclist riding on the wrong side of the road, on the sidewalk, not making turn signals and riding wearing flip flops and without a helmet. Time for the police to crack down on the irresponsible cyclists..

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Posted by homegirl on 07/01/2015 at 11:35 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: “American Booty

Melvin Seals and JGB gave the best show Sonoma County and Cloverdale has ever received!! Many drove to Cloverdale for "Friday On The Plaza." No one has ever seen all persons rocking to the music at once....And they did! And the "Dead" tunes to The Beatles, "Dear Prudence" were performed to excellence...

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Posted by Brad Pipal on 06/13/2015 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Cheerleader for the Local

Feels good to know that you Richard are tending to fruit trees and gardening. I too am grooming my fruit trees and planting vegetables. And it feels good!

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Posted by Diane Whitedove on 06/11/2015 at 2:56 PM

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

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