Dear Bohemian and Carl Patrick,
Y'all are the best in the belly of the beast ! Thanks for all you do.
And thanks for giving Carl and others like him a venue to communicate with the rest of us. Where would we be without the vision.. plus the courage, fortitude and leadership of people like Carl ? i admire his dedication and perseverance, as i know it's driven by a keen sense of compassion and justice for all, even in the face of hired guns and overwhelming odds.
i hope we can connect again one of these days, Carl, as you are an inspiration in an age easily given over to despair and isolation.
All the best to you and your family and if you have the time sometime, get in touch.
Peace, tim smith
I like the Bohemian in Marin, please keep circulating here, Good Sonoma Co news and info. PAC Sun has little of anything now.
supposed to say "read" about marin, damn auto correct
please keep distributing in marin! we go out and about in sonoma co as much as marin. folks here want to erect about the white north bay not just marin county. there must be other wsys to address potential concerns about competition. thanks, a kong time reader in san anselmo
Mike got back to me with the note:
Thank you so much for your note, Ken. In no way does this ban residential grows - It respects the laws that were brought forward by voters with Prop 215 (County/City ordinances spell out how many plants/dried product residents can have via local ordinances). Always willing to discuss - 916.651.4002. Thanks!
Also called me was his Chief of Staff Jason Liles who is on top of this issue. We are playing phone tag, but in the meantime with Mike's welcoming statement to me, I read thoroughly the bill at the legislative site and see that at paragraph 18108 that patients and caregivers under 215 are exempt from licensing of cultivation. The ban on residential grows is only for licensed cultivations.
I have to say this is truly representative democracy at work with Mike reaching out. Thanks Mike for you representing us in the Senate!
If this bill outlaws growing by residents in cities and suburbs, it is going against the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 that gave CA residents access to cannabis for medical use.
18131. A licensed cultivation site shall not be located in an area zoned residential.
If residential grows are outlawed it will mean expensive medication, and many are on fixed social security income and elderly. It will cause a centralization of this herbal medicine and it will be treated as a commodity rather than natural healing available to all in need. This is the safest plant for treating anxiety, pain, seizures, and auto-immune diseases, and yet we treat this like like a poison. Oleander bush leaves are toxic and grow everywhere in residential areas. Because Nixon placed marijuana in Schedule 1, we think God said this plant is evil. No a politician misused his high office. I hope you, Mike McGuire do not abuse your office by believing like Nixon or in Nixon's abusive actions to our Nation in regard to this plant that has afforded healing and fiber since the beginning of our human species.
Thank you, Michael Carnacchi, for your excellent article and fighting the good fight regarding usury laws. I just read your update in the Bohemian and wondered if you have also submitted it to the PressDemocrat, or any other publications.
No question, it's a major issue and it seems impossible how many years the usury laws are flouted. How can this be?
Note: Is this an issue Senator Elizabeth Warren has addressed in her fight with Wall St. and banks?
The crowd the Wine Annex sure fit that bill. Mea culpa ... it was so loud and raucous I gave up trying to listen in seconds. iPhones were flashing, people furiously texting to underscore conversation which increased in volume in direct proportion to their distance from the performers. IT'S HARD TO HEAR YOU SITTING SO CLOSE TO THE MUSIC!!!! SPEAK UP!
CHallenge accepted! ;)
Thanks, Luis - you're right.
SoCo Supes say they want to fight poverty but the words "upstream investment" come up too frequently in the conversation. It's code for "A stitch in time saves nine" planning - going for prevention instead of repair.
Unfortunately it often means yet another institutional structure.
I say what's more "upstream" than our pregnant daughters and our grandchildren? If you raise my homecare wage from $11.65 an hour to $15 an hour then I can buy the kids and grandkids vitamins, raincoats, bus tickets and decent food.
Doesn't get much more "upstream" than that.
The Living Wage Ordinance could end up saving the county more money than it will be putting out. I believe it will.
Further focus for a real water solution is to immediately stop building cities and subdivisions where there isn't sufficient water available to serve the new residents. California MUST stop sending water away from its source. Californians must learn to live with the water that is available on site. We've seen what happens when water is sent hundreds of miles away, depriving the indigenous wildlife and environment of the water they need. We have to banish the idea that we can build communities without regard for where the water is going to come from.
Also check out this Deepak Chopra vids www.timeless-u.com
The site Retirement And Good Living has some great guest posts by boomers and recent retirees and what they are doing during this stage in their lives. They are working at staying healthy, sailing full time, starting businesses based on hobbies, RVing across the US and New Zealand, backpacking across the globe, volunteering with the Peace Corps, retired overseas and more. It gives you a good perspective of the possibilities.
Did you stop to think about who is paying for your healthcare? If you can't pay for yours, then someone else not only pays for theirs, but for yours also. Maybe someday you can make enough money to be forced to buy healthcare for others.
Three cheers for the Climate Protection Campaign and Sonoma Clean Power! It's so nice to know that we're leading this historic movement. Dear Ann, more POWER to you!
Sonoma County Go Local Cooperative
Fantastic! I love the Bohemian and it's mission. Thanks for carrying on the torch, in fearless and fun-loving fashion. And just between us, I'm looking forward to one day seeing my band Team Venus featured in the music section. Certainly that was NOT a plug, just a casual aside... ;-)
a fearless and fun-loving reader
weareteamvenus.com (whoops... how did that get in there? So tacky...)
Good points, Tom, but it's worth keeping in mind that there are situations when a bicyclist or group is in no way acting out of "self-entitlement" or aggression by occupying a lane when safe to do so. As drivers we should keep this in mind and not bug out and honk a horn whenever we have to wait 10 seconds to pass.
Bridges are key examples: many, like this bridge out of Pt. Reyes if it's the one on Shoreline Highway south out of town, have no bike lane. Just because a stripe exists somewhere on the side of the road does not mean that you can safely pass.
In June this year, you cannot legally pass a bike without 3 feet of clearance, minimum. On a bridge like that—it's totally unsafe to pass anyway. The dude honking in a case like this was likely the aggressive instigator, although he may have not realized that, and was not necessarily deserving of a beat-down. Clearly, everybody needs to chill a bit. I'm just pointing out that occupying a lane, in some situations like a blind curve or bridge, are the correct thing to do per California's motor vehicle code, and not a display of aggression.
Say it, Redwood baby! That's what I'm talkin' about!
I've ridden close to 100,000 miles, on three different bicycles, mostly in Sonoma County. Showing drivers you care about staying out of the way, and using courtesy, eye contact, and a smile, makes the experience a lot more enjoyable and a lot less fearful.
I've been buzzed a few dozen times, and have had the "why did you get so close" chat with some bikers trying to show me something, but most folks are pretty cool.
Be nice out there folks. Some of these drivers are also lovers, and you may need 'em on your side of the bed some day.
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