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Re: “The Fountaingrove Winery

I finally got to go check this out yesterday. Its one of the coolest ruins I've explored yet. It's neat to see how the graffitis has changed since your 2008 photos, and a lot of the wine barrels are not intact anymore... :( maybe 4 left. I hope to visit again one day. Ive uploaded photos to my Instagram.

Posted by Dean Newton on 02/26/2014 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Feb.13: Freedom Riders at the Arlene Francis Center

I was 5 years old at the time. We did not discuss these things in our houshold. Ignore them and they will go away. Don't let the kids hear too much. We lived in San Leandro, CA.
14,000 people, 65 black. I had many blinder glasses to wear.

Posted by Thefatherfigure on 02/17/2014 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Rinse, Don't Repeat

Good to see you promoting water conservation, but not for the farmers sake! I won't take a one minute shower so Johnny Pinot can make more $100 bottles of wine, but I will to save the fish and other critters in the ecosystem!

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Posted by Daisy on 02/13/2014 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Rinse, Don't Repeat

Tom, thanks for this well-written piece. You took a familiar subject and made it new.

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Posted by Murray Suid on 02/12/2014 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: February 11, 2014

To Golden Gate Transit and Sonoma County Transit:
I have relied on your buses ever since they began operation. I have much to say about how they are scheduled, and it is, without question, done in such a way as to not to serve the majority of your riders. In all the years I have been a passenger on your system I have heard nothing but complaints from my fellow passengers which increase year after year. Except with rare exception, I never hear people talk about how wonderful a service you provide. Most of these complaints are leveled at the total lack of any seeming intelligence behind how the buses are scheduled. It is makes everyone suspicious as to how and why the bus company administrators and the county, state and federal agencies have created such a futile mess out of what is obviously a fairly easy fix with a little thought and a modicum of cooperation between the various agencies. Many of your riders theorize that these various agencies are paid by the oil companies to purposely sabotage the public transit systems so as to discourage ridership. Don't laugh; it's a well known fact that in the 1940's the oil companies bought out and completely dismantled Los Angeles's public transit system, which at the time was considered the best transit system in the world. I could go into great length about all the many dysfunctional problems of the bus routes and schedules, and I eventually will, but I am going to focus on one inexplicable peculiarity: Why is it that more often than not the buses that are routed on the furthest points of the east to west corridor are not scheduled to meet those on the north to south corridor? Here are some examples: I need to get from Sebastopol to Oakland on Saturday by 1:00 pm. The earliest Sonoma County Bus #20 leaves Sebastopol at 10:16 and arrives at Santa Rosa Transit Mall at 10:28. At this point I need to connect with Golden Gate Transit bus # 80, but it has left at 10:23, five minutes before SCT # 20 bus has arrived, so I have to wait an hour for next GGT # 80 which arrives at the Santa Rosa Transit Mall at 11:23, and gets me to San Rafael at 12:40. Then I have to wait for the #42 which leaves from San Rafael at 1:00 to Richmond and then take the next Bart to Oakland and I will be an hour and a half maybe two hours late for my appointment. I know that it's probably a very rare case that one would travel from Sebastopol to Oakland on a Bus and have to be there by 1:00 (maybe that is because the service is so horrific) but the point is to demonstrate how awful the service is and how ridiculous it is that the major east/west bound buses do not connect with the north/south bound buses, hardly ever. It takes upwards of four hours plus to get from Sebastopol to West Marin. If I want to get from West Sonoma to SRJC in time for a class that begins at 12:00 noon, the bus that arrives the closest to that time is 10:49, so I have to leave quite early and wait over an hour, unless I catch the next bus that arrives at 12:16. These bus schedules should be designed to get students on campus with their schedules in mind, and there are a siginificant number of students who have no choice but to take the bus to school. This lack of connectivity between bus lines is true even in the case of those operated by the same bus companies. For example, just look at the schedules of the GG Trans 80, 70 and 101 buses which should always connect with the 20, 23 and 40 & 42 lines. They used to connect but at one point, some out of touch administrator decided that it was working and therefore needed to be fixed. The same goes for many of the SCT lines. WHY? Who ever thought that was a good idea? I am not only complaining about my own experiences but am reflecting the point of view of almost every one of your riders and BUS DRIVERS. It is an indisputable fact that he admin does NOT listen to the bus drivers who continually tell them of the rider’s complaints. I doubt that any of the admin relies on their own bus service to commute, but if they did, I assure that the bus lines they use would operate in a timely and functional manner. Of course the GGT express buses operated to get commuters from North Bay cities to the financial district by between 7 am and 9 am are functional if one wants to leave between 4 am and 6 am, but that does not serve the vast majority of your riders.
At some other time I'll offer my solution to the stupid and time the consuming route between Santa Rosa and San Rafael, if your purpose is to run a bus service, you will take it into consideration.
I’ll also go on about the wifi service, the overdue need of clipper card on SCT, wasting money stupid new SR Transit Mall instead of fixing the service, I could go on.
Don’t even ask me about the “Stupid Train”. What a huge boondoggle that is now and will be when it begins to operate.

Posted by Jay Cimo on 02/06/2014 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

"Most importantly????????????" Shame on you, Gabe. Common mistake for civilians, a no-no for an Editor.

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Posted by Bob Canning on 02/05/2014 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Ike's Place Finally Opens in Santa Rosa!

Why is Elvis Kieth his high school nickname?

Posted by Ike-s fan on 01/31/2014 at 5:36 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

The paper will survive, Gabe. And we all hope you will, too. But we definitely will miss your editorial savvy, your journalistic skills, your damn-fine writing. Be well, keep writing (occasionally), and slow down. Santa Rosa needs folks like you!

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Posted by DaBigBird on 01/29/2014 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

Sorry to see you go. Lets all hope the torch is passed into competent hands. You set the bar high.

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Posted by Thefatherfigure on 01/29/2014 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

Sorry to see you go. The paper was very interesting in your hands. Let's all hope the torch will be passed into competent hands.

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Posted by Thefatherfigure on 01/29/2014 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

You're a inspiration, Gabe. I'm sorry I couldn't think of anything more literary to say, but that's the plain truth. May your future life be filled with happiness :)

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Posted by Melissa Gordon on 01/29/2014 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

Oh, no! I am genuinely bummed out upon reading the news that both Gabe and Leilani will be stepping down from their respective positions as Editor and Assistant to the Editor of the North Bay Bohemian. In a day and age when the dull saber of mainstream journalism no longer cuts it for many of us who require more than mere cookie-cutter reporting and bland journalistic pablum, the two of you were definitely bright spots on the newspaper horizon. I can tell you that I always looked forward each week with eager anticipation to see which controversial issues of the day you would report, write and comment on - and, I have to tell you, you never left me wanting. I also appreciate the fact that you have seen fit to not only print many of my letters, but the letters of many other community members as well, thus, giving us a voice on issues and matters which we hold near and dear. My heartfelt thanks for the high standard of journalistic integrity which you are both leaving behind as you pursue your personal paths and your future endeavors. Thank you.

Posted by Thomas Bonfigli on 01/29/2014 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

The editor's job post is here. If you're interested in the position, please get in touch.

Posted by slipkid on 01/29/2014 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

The editor's job post is here. We're conducting a search so please get in touch if you're interested.

Posted by slipkid on 01/29/2014 at 1:02 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

I second Andy's comments about the 24 Hour Band Contest! I did it in 2013 and it was SO MUCH fun. Please say you'll continue it Boho! Sad to see Gabe go, and hoping anew editor emerges soon!

Posted by Kate on 01/29/2014 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

Our loss, Gabe, you and your family's gain--Bravo! I remember when you first started--as a cartoonist, right?--at the paper when it was called just that, The Paper. You were the tender age of about 18, I think. Jim and John have loved watching you blossom and mature. Best of luck to you.

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Posted by Michele Anna Jordan on 01/29/2014 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

Although you may consider it one of your lesser achievements, the 24 Hour Band Contest is the coolest thing I have ever participated in during my time in Santa Rosa. I cannot fully relate, as a new resident, how much of an impact it had on my Sonoma County experience. Participating in that one night (July 14, 2012) exponentially expanded my circle of friends, musical and otherwise. There I met Deborah, our wonderful singer, who convinced me to attend California Brazil Camp that summer, during which I studied and jammed with percussion masters Mauricio Zottarelli and Airto Moreira. During the contest I was also befriended by random band mates Teed, the stick master, as well as Andy G., inventor of the Slaperoo, and of course Dan, a fine drummer in his own right. You couldn't have drawn a cooler (or weirder) mix from the hats.

Thanks for all you've done to foster the good vibes in this community. May your journalistic saber remain sharp and continue to shred through The Bullshit. See ya at the record store.

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Posted by Andy Maroney on 01/29/2014 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

May all the best new adventures involve you, Gabe and Leilani. I look forward to the Bohemian each week, both print and digital versions. You should be proud of what you've achieved. Only question is, who's going to take the helm?
Happy trails!
Susan L. Miller

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Posted by Susan L. Miller on 01/29/2014 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Goodbye, Farewell & Amen

Noooo!!! You will be missed!

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Posted by Bianca May on 01/29/2014 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Hospital Fever

Sad but true, as a Kaiser patient , I have already taken the precaution of seeking medical help for my heart condition OUTSIDE of America . This because Kaiser would be perfectly happy to sell my pills the rest of my shortened life, instead of doing the heart ablation that will cure me. As a former Cos reduction Manager I perfectly understand the elimination of duplicate processes and redundant activities however cutting employees is short sited, which is what cutting beds at hospitals really is.

Posted by Robert Freund on 01/27/2014 at 3:50 PM

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