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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

Re: “Watch the Board of Supervisors Condemn Efren Carrillo's Actions

There are two victims here, one is clearly the woman who was being frightened by a crazed man. The remaining four supervisors were wise not to excuse his behavior.

At the same time, it is important to realize that demented behavior is just that—demented. In other words, Efren Carrillo was not his usual-- his real-- self.

Unlike a broken leg, mental illness is a fairly invisible malady. But it is not intentional. Nor is it strictly in the mind, but has a physiological basis.

Prescription drugs for mental illness are based on that very physiology. Therefore, everyone can grasp the concept that re-balancing one’s biochemistry will result in improved health. No one is born with a need for Prozac, but everyone requires various nutrients that are scarce in our modern diet.

Efren can use will power, prescriptions, talk therapy, and group support, but those won’t compensate for the lack of omega-3s (DHA, EPA), vitamin D, magnesium, iodine, and so many more, in his diet.

Joan Matthews Larson holds a doctorate in nutrition and is the founder and executive director of the Health Recovery Center in Minneapolis, which has successfully treated several thousand people over the past 20 years. Her seventeen-year-old son’s suicide led to her search for more effective solutions to emotional healing. Her books 7 Weeks to Sobriety and 7 Weeks to Emotional Healing explain the complex biochemistry and the necessary tests, diet, and supplements that rebuild health. Three quarters of the people in her program are successful in achieving sobriety from drugs or alcohol.

We are all victims of the food processing industry that ‘buys low and sells high,’ putting cheap but addictive replacements for real food into pretty boxes and knowingly using the gateway drug of sugar to hook us on these non-foods. These food corporations are no better than drug lords.

A good place to start healing is NOT the “nutritional” standards set by the USDA, which have been shaped by immoral corporations, but with Primal nutrition websites, or nutrition that copies the foods which supported healthy populations for thousands of years, as explained at For ten years, Dr. Price, DDS, studied isolated groups that were still living and eating in traditional ways, and wrote the ground-breaking Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. Some call him the Darwin of Nutrition.

Efren will recover faster if he adds super nutrition to his treatment plan. In fact, anyone would regain their real selves faster with good nutrition. The computer axiom GIGO is also true for people: “Garbage In, Garbage Out.”

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Posted by Lauren Ayers on 08/01/2013 at 2:52 AM

Re: “Watch the Board of Supervisors Condemn Efren Carrillo's Actions

Kudos to the four members of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors (Rabbitt, Zane, Maguire and Gorin) who had the courage and the grit to speak out against Efren Carrillo's disgusting conduct which led to his second arrest in just 10 short months. Several people -- myself included -- had expected a full "circling of the wagons." Fortunately, that was not the case, and for once, I'm glad that I was mistaken.

Maybe it's a generational thing, or perhaps it's just regretting and pining for the good ol' days, but I expect my elected representatives to abide by a higher standard of conduct in an effort to set an example for all citizens in their district to emulate and follow.

Efren Carrillo has failed miserably in this respect not once, but twice, and those are the incidents that we know about. How many other embarrassing incidents has he been involved in that have been swept under the rug by his cadre of professional "handlers"?

Perhaps we'll never know the answer to that question. But I believe that the lengthy list of indisputable facts gives me more than enough reason to reach the conclusion that this is not someone that I want to represent me -- at any level of government.

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Posted by Thomas Bonfigli on 07/31/2013 at 12:56 AM

Re: “Watch the Board of Supervisors Condemn Efren Carrillo's Actions

Its could be the start of the spin.. because hey, he hasn't even been charged yet.... it was delayed....

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Posted by Tim on 07/30/2013 at 7:17 PM

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