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Comment Archives: stories: News & Features

Re: “Crude Awakening

This article reveals yet another reason for electing environmentalist Noreen Evans as the 5th District Supervisor. She would be more able to stand up to Big Oil and its damage to the environment, including the climate, as well as to Big Wine. It is our habitat that provides jobs, not the corporations that rape nature.

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Posted by Shepherd Bliss on 06/08/2016 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Toxic Redux?

Do you trust the Sonoma County tourism industry?....Do you remember last years outbreak and those that entered during the R.R. Blues and Jazz festival?...And the concurent "Valley Fire."....Too many were not informed of the Russian River as non-potable and prior canine deadly.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Brad Pipal on 06/08/2016 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Hidden Agenda

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Posted by vincentjamesj on 05/26/2016 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Dogfight

Defender, the full article with an additional comment from Levitt is here:

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Posted by Concerned Citizen on 05/25/2016 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Silent Treatment


Posted by Brad Pipal on 05/25/2016 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Troubled Tenants

Aren't these the same people who will protest EVERY low income housing development proposed? Without an income/means test, how do we know stabilizing the rent benefits only poor people? I personally have welcomed all new housing projects in San Rafael, being a lone voice in the NIMBY wilderness. I agree with paying a living wage as partially addressing the issue, encouraging builders to included below market rent units for those families below the HUD median also helps. But taking the ability to generate market revenue away from the housing providers will not encourage more apartments or condos or single family homes from being made available, it never has.

Posted by cgtripp on 05/25/2016 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Dogfight

Perhaps I overlooked the first reference to the "Levitt" whose response to a studied concern by Ms. Pandapas (and many others) was: " . . . . That idea is floated by the flat-earth society."

This must be GGNRA spokesman "Howard Levitt " whose name-calling of opponents exemplifies his disdain for the public and for meaningful discourse. This contempt continues with his penchant for assigning himself the title of "Director of Communications and Partnerships" for the "Golden Gate National Parks."

This title is for an entity that does not even exist: The "Golden Gate National Parks" is NOT a Congressionally designated unit within the National Park Service. Instead, it seems that Mr. Levitt has assumed a mantle from the mash-up of two bodies that are morphing into one: The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (an NPS unit, supported by taxpayers, with a legislatively protected public access policy since 1972) and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (a private organization whose staff and operations are supported by donations; private, corporate and federal grants; and nonprofit status). Perhaps Mr. Levitt reports both to Christine Lehnertz, Superintendent of the GGNRA, and Greg Moore, President and CEO of the Conservancy?

In any case: The rule of law and Public voices in defense of Public Lands continue to be dismissed.

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Posted by Defender on 05/25/2016 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Down to the Wire

Where has Hopkins officially endorsed a ban on GMOs since becoming a candidate?

This is what a March 16, 2016 Press Democrat article said- "Lynda Hopkins, an organic farmer, on Wednesday expressed opposition to GMO crops and support for labeling of products that contain the altered organisms. She said she also signed the petition seeking to put the proposed county ban before voters.

But she stopped short of endorsing a ban, saying she wanted to read through “every single line” of the proposed ordinance before stating her position on it. Supporting the ban would likely put Hopkins at odds with many of her own supporters, including influential and deep-pocketed farming interests. Hopkins did not express concerns about that potential conflict, saying county politics are not “black and white.”

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Posted by Jacob Rich on 05/12/2016 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Down to the Wire

Lynda Hopkins is indeed smart and she genuinely seeks out the opinions of Sonoma County residents. She is an organic farmer who believes in urban growth boundaries. She supports the initiative to ban GMO's in Sonoma County. As a long time resident and voter, she has my vote for Supervisor!

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Sonoma Male on 05/12/2016 at 12:19 AM

Re: “Bad to the Loan

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Re: “HIV

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Posted by Joy Anna on 04/28/2016 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Taking the 5th

So far it seems clear that Lynda Hopkins' campaign has a lot of money to spend. When a candidate has a war chest so large that she can purchase expensive, multi-page newspaper inserts weeks before the campaign, I start to wonder who's paying for it.

She seems like a perfectly fine human being, and may have the best of intentions. However, Ms. Hopkins is relatively new to the area and is already funded by many of the same big businesses that funded Effren Carillo (most notably the Ratto Group). Accepting that funding without knowing that there will be an expectation of payback is either painfully naive or worse, highly calculating and corrupt. Either way, that should give us pause.

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Posted by WestCounty9 on 04/19/2016 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Bad to the Loan

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Posted by Tommy Rich on 04/14/2016 at 4:13 AM

Re: “Bad to the Loan

Thanks for this informative look at how the Republicans, who have vowed to eliminate the CFPB, managed to persuade Democrats to join them in voting for this bill that was so enthusiastically supported by the National Auto Dealers Association but opposed by consumer advocacy groups.

It is doubly distressing that both of our members of Congress from the north bay voted with the Republicans on this very bad bill.

Jared Huffman’s response in explaining why he voted with the Republicans to cancel the CFPB’s regulatory guidance is particularly disturbing: “I heard from them (the auto dealers in his district) that it could drive up the cost of car loans and make them less accessible to some of those people—I felt like I had to listen to that side of the argument."

There is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that making sure that minorities don’t pay higher auto loan rates than white people do would drive up the cost of car loans; in fact, that’s a nonsensical statement. But it’s definitely an NADA talking-point that both Huffman and Mike Thompson seem to have heard loud and clear.

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Posted by Alice Chan on 04/13/2016 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Sacred Ground

Absolutely fabulous reporting. Nice to hear the proceeds from Graton Casino are being used so ingeniously. Well done.

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Posted by cgtripp on 04/12/2016 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Maid in America

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Re: “Beef of Burden

What's so ironic is how little these so-called environmentalists know about ecology and ecosystems, that is what's necessary for these ecosystems to function.. Look at Yellowstone for example where elk were having an adverse impact on vegetation and water ways. The elk overgrazed and polluted water ways. When an apex predator, wolves, were re-introduced, the wolves managed the elk by controlling their populations and forcing them to bunch up in herds. Without the pressure of apex predators, elk will have the same if not worse impact upon land than cattle. Why? Because elk are much much more difficult to manage. Due these environmentalist want to also reintroduce other apex predators like wolves to control the elk here?

Posted by Stefhan Gordon on 03/31/2016 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Beef of Burden

Once again, the National Park Service is under fire in the Bay Area for issues of mismanagement. There's been a constant drone of criticism from Drake's Bay to West Marin cattle ranching practices to Tule Elk dying of thirst to massive traffic at Muir Woods damaging the environment to curtailing legitimate recreational uses at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, including dog walking, bonfires and sporting events. Has anyone ever given thought that maybe, just maybe, the National Park Service does not have the expertise or leadership in place here? Maybe they are not the right agency, considering their experience and forte is managing remotes wilderness areas? Yes, these are hard, complex issues. Yes, there are competing interests. Of course, it's not easy. Yet this is not a good performance review by any stretch. Can anyone argue it's not time for a total shake-up and revamping of NPS leadership and operations in the Bay Area? Anyone?

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Posted by Ted Edwards on 03/30/2016 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Debriefer: March 23, 2016

Collapsing fisheries. Collapsing oceans. Collapsing forests. And yet still no one mentions geoengineering. Have we lost the ability to trust our own judgement and common sense? For the most part it appears that we have. Look up. The answer(s) are right above us.

Posted by Gimme Some Truth on 03/29/2016 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Early Adopters

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Posted by Goshen Perry on 03/24/2016 at 3:01 PM

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