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Re: “Step Down, Efren

Lisa is correct; co-dependency is indeed dangerous. But in my opinion, enabling is a whole lot worse, and Efren's two arrests in the past 10 months prove it. Perhaps if his "handlers" had gotten him some help after his display of ghetto-like conduct in San Diego last September, he would not find himself in the precarious situation with which he is now confronted. Well said, Latino Dems; the bar is indeed higher -- much higher -- for elected officials. No double standards, please.

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Posted by Thomas Bonfigli on 08/28/2013 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Step Down, Efren

No one is jumping to conclusions. Mr Carrillo himself- and none of his supporters have disputed the FACTS that he was arrested in his underwear, drunk or high and trying to make contact with a woman in the middle of the night in way that was so frightening to her that she called 911 twice. While he is innocent of any crime (including any sexual assault or burglary charge that the police report alleges) That doesn't mean that he is exempt from ANY judgement about his behavior-which HE HIMSELF acknowledges. Even if this was just 'a mistake' (and the second of some really poor decisions) it's our right as citizens and people who endorsed and gave him support to speak out. And he is NOT the victim here. The woman who was woken up at 3 am by man in just underwear is the victim. And sorry but women's rights to be safe in their homes and not have elected "leaders' trying to get into their bedroom window is more important than Efren's entitlement to a six figure political position. Yes people make mistakes every day. And the average person pays for their mistakes- he doesn't get a 'free pass' for being a political big shot. Any other Latino caught by police in his undies at 3 am -would have been tested for DRUGS and ALCOHOL and would not be out on bail the next day like Efren was! (especially a on a weekend) Working class people who get busted on Friday usually stay the WHOLE weekend. I think people who keep asking for Efren to get special treatment because of who he is are part of the reason he keeps getting arrested. Co dependency is dangerous.

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Posted by Lisa Maldonado on 08/28/2013 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Step Down, Efren

Why on earth would you jump to conclusions like this before charges are even brought against him? I'm not defending his actions, but people make mistakes, especially after they've had a bit too much to drink, and the media blows things out of proportion and pretends that being perfect is a prerequisite for being a politician.

Don't you think people can learn from their mistakes, be humbled by them, and be better for it? That's how depth of character is formed. In a country where so many politicians are bought and paid for, pandering to big money instead of serving their communities, authentic, accessible politicians like Efren are priceless.

Please let the facts come out and let the court do its job before spreading such harsh criticism and jumping to such strong conclusions...what's with the hurry to condemn a man that so many in our community value?

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Posted by circo_sonoma on 08/28/2013 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Step Down, Efren

oh and Travis is a racist moron.

Latinos have brains of their own, they are more patient, not hateful and leave judging up to God and the courts. But I don't speak for all latinos.

if the guy does his job now that he's back then i just say wait. my 2 cents

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Posted by Eddie Rodriguez on 08/28/2013 at 5:27 AM

Re: “Step Down, Efren

Why is this group hell bent on getting him out of office, out of all the things they could be working on, before charges are even brought up? Could it be... politics?

That they want someone who will give them what they want in there ASAP?

Maybe the guy will be charged with a felony, maybe less, maybe nothing, later this week, I think... so why not wait until he goes on trial like eveyone else in this country?

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Posted by Eddie Rodriguez on 08/28/2013 at 5:21 AM

Re: “Step Down, Efren

No mercy latinos!!! Mistakes and alcoholism are for weak losers, and trials are for sissies! Latinos gotta stick together and say "Show no mercy!" People can't change sorry.

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Posted by Travis Davidson on 08/28/2013 at 5:06 AM

Re: “Ban the 'Boutique'

I don't understand this line of reason, starting with the children's safety issue - any stats on that?
And, as I understand it, the French Garden site was already issued approval years ago, and in the downturn the permitting lapsed; so if truly that concerned, an investigation into your surroundings should have taken place before you purchased your townhome. Next, the Barlow project hasn't even come before the board - just an option being researched on how to fill the space. And lastly, 123 rooms for a highly traveled corridor to the coast seems light to me - as much as some may detest the 'Healdsburg'-ing of the area, it's so much nostalgic fantasy to those of use that have seen the progression from bustling ag and transportation hub to bedroom community for high income professionals and migrated alterna-peops.
Sorry, but from where I am sitting, this logic sounds like the old drawbridge mentality - 'I made it over the moat, now close the gate'.

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Posted by JDCT on 08/27/2013 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Ban the 'Boutique'

talk about schools close to wineries... they're putting a winery directly adjacent to apple blossom school in sebastopol! good thing SPD is serious about DUI, and drunk tourists, hopefully... no 'napanization' of sebastopol, please!

Posted by Gabriel McDowell on 08/27/2013 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Ban the 'Boutique'

People will be wine tasting regardless of a new hotel. People will also be going to bars regardless of a new hotel. People will also be going to tasting rooms regardless of a new hotel.
People need to not drink and drive. Sebastopol lost its small town charm years ago. Sebastopol has more wine grapes being planted and tasting rooms are everywhere. I think this is not worth fighting against. The owner of French Garden is a responsible involved member of the Sebastopol community.

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Posted by Kay Jackson on 08/26/2013 at 2:20 PM

Re: “Tomato, Tomahto, Tomatoe, KJ Festival Shows it's all Good

...but what's going on with the jam bars?

Posted by Davi on 08/26/2013 at 7:24 AM

Re: “Tomato, Tomahto, Tomatoe, KJ Festival Shows it's all Good

the sushi looks fantastic!

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Posted by Davi on 08/26/2013 at 7:19 AM
Posted by Paul J. von Hartmann on 08/24/2013 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Save Yourself

It may interest you to learn that Cannabis therapy has been shown to be effective in reducing the physical impacts of hard drug addiction.

If Karla or anyone else is interested in why young people may often turn away from their bright side, please let me know.

I may be able to help.

Posted by Paul J. von Hartmann on 08/24/2013 at 5:27 AM

Re: “Strategic Value

Increasing solar UV-B radiation causes immune suppression, genetic mutation, abnormal cell growth, increased global temperatures, death of indicator species, reduced crop harvests, extreme weather, hotter forest fires, increased solubility of aqueous mercury and arsenic, and increased materials degeneration.

UV-B is more intense at higher altitudes because there's less atmosphere to reduce the penetration of sunlight.

Posted by Paul J. von Hartmann on 08/24/2013 at 5:18 AM

Re: “Aug. 15: 'That Certain Something' at the Arlene Francis Center

Should be wonderful!!

Posted by Julie on 08/15/2013 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Guerneville Offers Free Wifi

Remember the internet cafe, where we managed to pull up a screen of a cheese brand. Cost 5 bucks. I was impressed. Was new tech. I am still impressed.

Posted by Thefatherfigure on 08/12/2013 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: August 7, 2013

Lauren Ayers ...

Your letter is a breath-taking in its hubris and absurdity.

Who the Hell are you to "diagnose" Carillo's antics, or "prescribe" what he needs medically? Who the Hell are you to presume what his diet lacks or whether changing it matters in this case of alleged felony B&E with intent to commit sexual assault?

GIGO aptly describes what you wrote and had published here.

Get over yourself. A felony case is NOT a platform for you, wonderful you, to push your own oblivious nutrition agenda.

Feh ... .

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Posted by BC on 08/12/2013 at 2:41 PM

Re: “Appendix to “One Hate, One Fear": Homophobia in Reggae

I think Buju Banton is not the same person as Pato Banton. Can anyone clear this up for me? I saw Pato Banton on a website & he was speaking & singing about peace & love, not hating gays like Buju Banton. I find it outrageous that reggae containing hate speech was allowed in Fairfax, ca one of the more progressive towns in the SF Bay Area. If people had known who this ignorant person is & what he was singing about, there would have been a picket line with protestors in front of the 19 Broadway Nightclub. Most people in Fairfax do not condone this type of message in any type of music.

Posted by eileen stevens on 08/12/2013 at 4:06 AM

Re: “Up BLEEP Creek

Nickel from buried batteries?....Much of the hillside area is prior steep canyons; demolition debris filled and dirt capped for grapes.......The "Dutra Hot Plant" would have kept the river clean by flushing with a deep channel....Confused environmentalist? A day late and dollar short of Federal laws requiring naming of "river" to obtain multi-million dollar costs for dredging..... To prevent Payran Street to Penngrove high tide winter flooding..People have houses in low lying areas....The chicken plant dumped nitrates into the river for years?..

Posted by Brad Pipal on 08/10/2013 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Burning Urgency

Do you know if there will be a carpool from Sonoma County?

Posted by Lance Goller on 08/01/2013 at 9:35 AM

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