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Re: “Debriefer: May 28, 2014

I would have appreciated an article on recommendations of the Bohemian editorial team for the current election. The Press Democrat had a few recommendations as did the SF Chronicle. As the leading liberal journal in the North Bay, your input on the election was missed. Please do so for the big election in November.

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Posted by NBBob on 06/02/2014 at 2:39 PM

Re: “The Anchor-Outs

Refreshing not having to wade through the same old "wing-er" hit pieces. Very insightful journalists! Kudos to both Michael and Ryan!
You two gentlemen definitely have your veritable finger's on the tsunami of reality that will be soon be effecting the sea change of public sentiments.
Jack booted thugs come and go all the time... good guys and bad guys are as co-dependent as cofee&donuts
The AO's are the least exclusive group I've ever encountered, which means they don't means test anyone.
Pretty much doesn't matter what your size, IQ, ink, wardrobe, language, or financing is, you can rock on the Bay.
If you show up in Sausalito, with or without a boat, you won't be in need for long. You'll get a bunk or a whole boat! A foothold.
Seems like the establishment's attitudes can switch around like the tides. Luckily, the no necked,
"Deliverance"talking, roid raging ex -prison guard Deputies, like the one that welcomed me by jumping onto my deck and Exclaiming....
"I'm the new Sheriff on the water here and I'm the one who's gonna clear out this cesspool!" "You're outa here in two more days or We'll be back every day dropping $150 cititations on you!"
OKAY then! It was a real waste of talent having him driving Rescue errrrrrr Harassment One around the bay. He's gone and I've gone through almost six years of civil rights violations. But I'm sticking this thing out. All wars come to an end..........
45, 46, 47 years?????
There's a tsunami of public opinion that's headed this way at 400mph
and we're holdin' on!

Keven Kiffer

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Posted by Keven Kiffer on 05/30/2014 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Field Trippin'

Possible fiction? The opening line is taken damned nearly verbatim form Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. ("We were just past Barstow when the drugs began to take hold.")

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Posted by Brett Powers on 05/26/2014 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Petroleum Politics

This is a very informative round-up of California politicians who are being put into office and kept in office with the help of campaign contributions from the fossil fuel lobby.

Although he’s not mentioned in this article, 10th District Assembly member Marc Levine has also benefited from donations from fracking proponents. Last month he sent out a nice-looking flyer touting his anti-fracking position. Looks good on paper, but there’s one big problem: that flyer, costing $40,000, was paid for by Levine’s ballot initiative committee, a committee that is funded almost entirely by John Scully, the managing director of a private investment firm that includes in its portfolio a Texas company that is significantly involved in oil shale fracking. In addition to making personal campaign contributions to Assemblymember Levine, Scully has contributed $102,000 to that ballot initiative committee. Last month, Scully told the Press Democrat that he is “absolutely for” fracking, although he’s opposed to it in northern California.

Levine appears to have used funds provided by a fracking advocate to produce and mail a flyer that says he opposes fracking, even though he voted to continue it last year. This is double-dealing at its most insidious!

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Posted by Alice Chan on 05/15/2014 at 1:55 PM

Re: “How We Represent

This article won first place for Editorial Comment in the 2014 California Newspapers and Publishers Association Better Newspapers Contest. Congratulations, Gabe!

Posted by Nicolas.Grizzle on 05/13/2014 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Wrung Dry

This article was won second place for Investigative Reporting in the 2014 California Newspapers and Publishers Association Better Newspapers Contest. Congratulations, Rachel!

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Posted by Nicolas.Grizzle on 05/13/2014 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Morel of the Story

I would bet that the fire growth mushrooms would be a little more tasty with the "smoke flavor" coming through ;) A bonus of the hunt !!

Posted by Richard Callis on 05/13/2014 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Morel of the Story

This sounds like pretty much the same article that I have seen a couple of times already by Alastair.

I am much less concerned about access for commercial morel hunters like David Campbell, and far more worried about what is constituting the "forest recovery plan" … planting tree farms, after clear cutting?

I have been in the Rim Fire on the Stanislaus side, as part of the UC Berkeley post-burn fungal survey, and the forest is recovering quite nicely all on its own, thank you very much. Burned forests are part of the normal cycle of nutrients, and morels are a big part of forest recovery, as colonizing species. Believe it or not, they don't pop so that humans can make money offa them!

I just got back from the Lake Almanor area and found more "natural" morels than I know what to do with. No burn necessary! BTW, the store price for morels in the Bay Area is now down in the low twenties, which is a far cry from a $30/# wholesale price. The mushroom buyers outside of Chester were paying hunters $8/pound for morels, altho it didn't appear as tho business was booming.

The other advantage to non-burn morels? Little to no grit.

What would y'all have done this spring if Yosemite hadn't burned? Believe me, that morel flash in the pan is not worth losing that forest. It'll come back, just not in OUR lifetimes. That's a real reason to be weeping in our beers.

As far as the "mushroom lobbyists," that's a joke, son. No big bucks, no concessions from lawmakers. Pity the poor folks who put on the Strawberry Music Festival every year; they have been kept out of "their" woods two years running, and they are also taking a big financial hit, but with no other options available.

Here's a thought … just go elsewhere for your spring fungi. The morels are everywhere right now.

There will always be poachers, for mushrooms, deer and whatever else has monetary or food value.

That doesn't make it right or admirable.

It's a pity that we can't get into this fire, this year, but life will go on, and is going on, even for mushroom hunters.

I prefer my wine without the h.

Debbie Viess
Bay Area Mycological Society

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Posted by debbie viess on 05/11/2014 at 2:11 PM

Re: “No Peeking

On second thought, if he had been given the field sobriety test and been shown to be inebriated, it would have been used as an excuse for his behavior. He must be removed.

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Posted by Janet Evans on 05/06/2014 at 7:07 AM

Re: “No Peeking

If this had been an ordinary citizen, and not a County you think there would have been a field sobriety test! Do you think the prowler/screen intruder would not be in jail right now! Of course. Looks like its just the good ol' boys club once again covering each others asses. Shame on all of you and the jurors too. This gives license to anyone now to do the same and expect that it is not a punishable crime. Lesson learned...

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Posted by janet Evans on 05/05/2014 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Quote of the Year

How about "I forgot where I left them."
Never worked for me either.

Posted by Thefatherfigure on 05/01/2014 at 5:23 PM

Re: “The People's Business

I want to hear more about what a crook Mary Hayashi is.

Read today's story in the Chronicle. So ridiculous that someone as corrupt as Mary Hayashi thinks she even has the grounds to run for public office.

The "Mug Shot Mary" website makes it pretty clear:

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Posted by Guest on 04/30/2014 at 8:41 PM

Re: “No Peeking

Efren Carrillo must resign – please sign and circulate the petition, being sent to Carrillo and the Board of Supervisors:

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Posted by Effren Carrillo Should Step Down Now! on 04/30/2014 at 8:16 PM

Re: “Time for Charges

What is hysterical about Keith (other than thinking he actually has a chance in politics) is that I was recently informed that he actually helped author the petition asking for Carrillo's resignation, signed it, and asked others to do the same. He made a "decision" then but now that he is running for office, he has a new opinion it seems. I suspect since he has zero support among progressives that he is now simply angling for the anti-Fudge vote (which includes some Carrillo backers). No worries, Keith has zero chance of winning and Carrillo's political future is over.

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Posted by Rhinehart lies on 04/30/2014 at 8:05 PM

Re: “No Peeking

And now for a little humor on the subject. Have you heard that John Beck from the PD wrote a song about the case called A Couple of Pliny's (The Ballad of Efren Carrillo)? You can hear it online here:

And the lyrics:
I gotta couple of Plinys
and you on my mind
I'm here in my undies
let's have a good time

so come to you window
I can't see through your blinds
I mighta put my hand through your screen
but is it a crime?

I saw you down at Space 25
I didn't want the night to end
You looked like you wanted some
and so did your friends

So put away your butcher knives
You can see I'm not armed
just a couple of Plinys
I mean you no harm

Remember me I'm your neighbor
I brought you that wine
oh wait are those sirens?
I'm gonna do time

But thanks to that jury
I'm gonna get another chance
Looking back in restrospect
I shoulda worn pants

Effren Carrillo
District 5 Sonoma County Supervisor
campaign headquarters down at the Russian River Brewing Company Santa Rosa

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Posted by Dasiy on 04/30/2014 at 1:52 PM

Re: “The Gopher Hunters

I dug open tunnels in 3 places, tossed in used cat litter. Gophers gone. Maybe over at my neighbors.

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Posted by mikeSHIR on 04/27/2014 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Oversight Knights

The funding for the Sonoma County Grand Jury won't pay for cab fare.
The Grand Jury members each require payment of equal fees of a State Superior Court Judge.
Nothing less...
They have the only flow into the legal system for the citizen.
This is a disgrace..

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Posted by Brad Pipal on 04/26/2014 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Shuck Stops Here

Dear Tom,

Thanks for this thoughtful and even-handed article. Healing the community will be a challenge, but it can be done. In West Marin, there is widespread and deep interest in conflict resolution.

I have a small quibble with your article: Many of those who support DBOC do NOT put sustainable ag above environmental protection. Indeed, DBOC's proponents include folks who in the past fervently supported EAC and other environmental organizations. Others, like myself, aren't into oysters or high-toned food preparation. If you talked with the hundreds of people who prefer that DBOC would continue, you would hear a variety of reasons. No need rehashing all that now. But I didn't want your readers to think that the fight is between pro-environmentalists on one side and foodies and right-wingers on the other. That characterization doesn't come close to defining the complex issues that have torn apart our community.

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Posted by Murray Suid on 04/24/2014 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Decarceration Nation

So if a guy rapes me, Martinot wants to put me in a room to talk to him, instead of putting him in jail. Wow, that's brilliant. That's how I want to spend my days, if that ever happens to me. I definitely want to spend my recovery days looking at the guy that raped me, and knowing he's still walking free, and probably choosing his next victim.

Posted by Sue Hirsch on 04/21/2014 at 11:07 AM

Re: “The Telltale Text

This is woefully inept reporting. It appears as if the Bohemian has done nothing more than file a series of public records requests and use that as the basis for skewering a competing news organization. I can't say whether the assertions in this story are true - that the PD's ownership is influencing coverage of a favored politician - they very well may be. But journalism - good journalism - owes an obligation to prove that. Here, the author has clearly fallen short. He takes one example, the bosco-carillo text after the lopez tragedy, and uses that to make a leap of logic backward to suggest that a similar thing may have happened after Carillo's arrest. No other hard evidence is provided, just circumstantial "proof" that may not prove anything. Had the author presented this in a court of law he would have been laughed out of the courtroom by both judge and jury. This story Is akin to a prosecutor arguing, "Well the defendant has done the crime once, so clearly he's done It before!" Thankfully, our legal system has protections built in for this. In journalism, that duty rests with a skilled editor. Sadly, in this case at least, it doesn't appear the Bohemian has one.

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Posted by PeterJensen on 04/17/2014 at 9:15 AM

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