As you must know, people can get away with criminal behavior for a long time before they're caught. This happens a lot in government, because many people don't realize it, don't believe it, and/or blindly trust.
We need whistle blowers, like Jennifer, to do the time consuming research, then risk telling the truth. Many times, they risk their own safety to protect others from being abused and controlled by those in power.
Doesn't the fact that $42 million went missing cause some suspicion that things might not be on the up and up with SR City Council?
The Courthouse Square reunification project has been discussed by City Council, and written about by the Press Democrat, for YEARS. Why is Jennifer Coleman only now becoming an "activist" about it?
Nicely written! Looking forward to reading this column weekly.
Jim Depreist was one of my favorite teachers at Long Beach City College in the early 70's. He always had an encouraging word and that amazing sense of humor. I've been in Napa for 36 year, I didn't know he was a county away. I did a google search and find he's gone. I haven't seen him in years but now feel a huge hole.
I am still pissed that they removed the redwood trees. The 2 new side streets are unnecessary, there are 3 parking garages within 2 blocks that are usually half empty. Why can't people walk anymore? This removal of beautiful old redwood trees for the sake of cars is so short-sighted. We want walk-able cities that encourage pedestrians, not more streets and cars. And now they have the nerve to host Earth Day in the Square again...I encourage a boycott or protest that day. The City leaders are completely out of touch and operating in a vacuum.
Thank you Jennifer, for your well researched and documented article on Santa Rosa City Council's failure to uphold the city charter guidelines for including resident input for spending their tax money for capitol improvements.
The charter's constitution is ineffective if it's rules aren't enforced. That would seem to make it easy for "special interests" to influence the City Council, and bypass citizen review of proposed expenditures.
I think this could be a big case for an attorney willing to step up to the plate, and "step" on some toes of the offending parties, who's actions would be considered criminal activity in a court of law.
You've done the preliminary detective work, so it should be easy enough for an attorney to take up this very important cause.
This is just another action, in addition to the missing "millions" that should have been spent on much needed housing.
Looks to me like Santa Rosa City Council is getting away with illegal activity bordering on embezzlement. I hope that your hours of dedicated research to represent Santa Rosa citizens is recognized, and honored with a lawsuit.
Once I saw the name Tom Biscayne. Automatic red flag!
Also, it would have been nice to have RP city councils support, but I wonder why, if this parcel is on county land, they should be able to "veto"--anybody know?
THANK YOU MR WIIG FOR WRITING THIS! You put it way better than me. Here's what I wrote to the to city council.
"I am writing to you in support of the incubator farm. I am a small-scale organic farmer in the county (entering my 6th year). I benefited from an apprenticeship at an incubator farm (at Hidden Villa, in Los Altos) and came back to Sonoma County, where I grew up, to start my own farm (Let's Go Farm) and run the vegetable portion of Shone Farm. I can't tell you how frustrating it is to see this absolutely necessary institution be blocked by a few neighbors and people who don't realize that the money collected from an Ag preservation and open space district-our money-is supposed to go to Ag preservation as well. Please know that there are many of us in the farming community who want to see this incubator take root. It is essential if we want to support not just our rural citizens, but our urban citizens - after all - everybody eats!
Please take action to support the incubator farm at tonight's meeting.
Lets Go Farm
Santa Rosa, CA
We would like to address the issue brought up last week by a reader, Marcus "Doing the Right Thing". It is true there has been a lack of participation in farmers registering with the Water Board, but the important question is why? In complying with this registration request, farmers will be exposing themselves to being placed on a publicly accessible site thereby relinquishing their privacy and being at risk of vandalism. While this waiver is indeed another step towards compliance, the lack of protection and safety for the farmers, their families and their livelihood is a major concern which needs to be addressed immediately. We at the Sonoma County Growers Alliance (SCGA) are working daily to support farmers developing responsible best management practices regarding the environment and their community. We are hosting a workshop, Water Quality Compliance, which will be focusing specifically on these issues on Sunday March 6th from 2-5pm, at the Finley Center in Santa Rosa.
We applaud those that are taking steps towards compliance with the new laws; in order for the next generation of cannabis operators to be successful it is imperative that people feel comfortable moving out of the shadows and becoming more actively engaged community members. We at SCGA are helping to facilitate this transition and we appreciate the Bohemian for their continued coverage of cannabis happenings throughout the county. Twice a month SCGA hosts educational workshops, the Learning Laboratory, as well as monthly social mixers for professionals across all industries to network. Representatives are in attendance at the Board of Supervisors meetings as well as local City Council meetings keeping a finger on the pulse of the industry in Sonoma County, so together we can be informed and active in the formation of fair legislation.
I’m not a medical professional but must comment on this opinion piece. His line of reasoning appears to be “Phytocannabinoids stimulate the vagus nerve causing compulsive consumption of confection”. At best, this is an oversimplification of a compulsive eating disorder; at worst, it is absolutely misleading. This much is correct: the vagus nerves are stimulated by a neuropeptide (ghrelin) produced in the GI tract when the stomach is empty. Specifically, this neuropeptide stimulates vagus nerve receptors, signaling the lateral hypothalamus, initiating appetite and increasing gastric acid secretions. Obviously, the individual’s response to this stimulative process varies and there are people less affected than others. Some people develop an over-sensitive response and have difficulty controlling their food consumption, whether they use cannabis or not. Medical “pot” is clearly not integral to the story and appears to be a red herring.
Looks like the food and wine lineup will be as amazing as the musical lineup <3
Thank you for last week's article on the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. The ongoing struggles and successes of the indigneous peoples of America are important and I'm hoping you'll consider making this type of coverage a monthly feature. A lot of Americans seem very concerned about the suffering of oppressed peoples on continents halfway across the globe... and yet these same passionate folks seem quite ignorant of the genocide and oppression that continue right here, today. Articles like the one you cared enough to publish can shine a beam of light on an area of American culture that cruelly stays hidden, far too often. My hope is that with more frequent coverage, we all can bring our awareness and compassion to those right here at home who have suffered for too long and help empower them to thrive again.
Greetings....I understand that the Bohemian likes to put forward the art, poetry and writing of local North Bay folks. I would like to submit my recent book of poetry for your consideration: SNAPSHOTS: Mono no Aware here: http://www.amazon.com/Snapshots-Mono-Aware-Michael-Browne/dp/1517224853/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1455231292&sr=8-1&keywords=Snapshots+%3A+Mono+no+Aware
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Thank you for publishing these excellent Letters challenging the claim that "chicken" is better for the environment than "beef." For the reasons the writers give - environmental and ethical - the truest friend of the environment will switch to delicious, nutritious animal-free food and make the slaughterhouse and all the miserable apparatus of animal production relics of the past. Karen Davis, President, United Poultry Concerns
Thanks for publishing my letter. I forgot to add that the energy that goes into incubating male chicks in the egg laying industry isn't included in calculating the GHG footprint of eggs. That is why the GHG footprint of chickens may be higher than current official numbers present.
Elvis Costello’s solo "Detour" tour arrives on March 29 in Santa Rosa at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Performing with guitar and piano in front of a giant television set on which are projected family photos, mysteries, mottos and other mischief, Costello sings his best known songs and the hits of tomorrow in a way that is both intimate and vividly emotional. Larkin Poe opens http://tickets.wellsfargocenterarts.org/si…
"When a hurricane wipes out a shantytown, and the science points to the cause being extravagant lifestyles of the global North, we should not be surprised if it results in cycles of terrorism and right-wing reactionary backlash."
There it is. The dumbest damn thing I've ever read. You obviously know nothing about terrorism or hurricanes. "Extravagant lifestyles of the global North" causes hurricanes? What does that even mean?
The Northern Hemisphere is where hurricanes occur, genius. Atlantic hurricanes generally form off the west coast of Africa and travel west. When's the last time a hurricane hit Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan or Paris? The only "shantytowns" even in the path of a hurricane are in the Caribbean and, the last time I checked, the Haitians weren't blowing up theaters and the Jamaicans weren't shooting up cafes.
Once again, someone who believes himself to be some sort of expert has no clue about reality. Please educate yourself before writing any more of this tripe.
"When a hurricane wipes out a shantytown, and the science points to the cause being extravagant lifestyles of the global North, we should not be surprised if it results in cycles of terrorism and right-wing reactionary backlash. Let's head that off, and work together toward a peaceful, just and climate-protected world."
This is easily the stupidest thing I've read all month. Even IF I accepted the premise that global warming was a root cause of terrorism, which is preposterous on its very face, last time I checked it isn't Haitians and Jamaicans that are exporting terrorism, and no hurricanes are leveling shantytowns in North Africa and the Middle East. Were I the Bohemian's editor, I wouldn't even have considered this for publication.
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