Thank you to the Bohemian for the continuing coverage on this story. I pray to God that Andy Lopez's family would get the attention their story deserves.The other local news media outlets coverage of this story are neither informative or noteworthy with only a few seconds of their airtime. Please continue to have coverage of any upcoming events in Andy's honor.
Thank you again.
As a friend of Mark's, I think there are other circumstances that came to play in this terrible tragedy. There was clear and irrefutable evidence that there was drug use involved with Houston, the son. It was never well established during the trial that Houston was free of the amphetamines that he had been using, or whether or not he was experiencing withdrawals.
At this point,those factors are no doubt irrelevant. But, they are worth noting to those of us who stood on the sidelines and suffered the loss of Mark's friendship and his wonderful music. God rest you Mark --- we mourn your loss, but celebrate your life and the joy you brought to so many of us.
could we have more information about the Defense Department study and your apparent claim that the government has worked or is working to make us all more likely to kill somebody in combat? I like a lot of what you say but that paragraph seems like it could use some references.
This idea might actually work. I'm nervous that if I like everything my pages will be full of stuff I don't like, like Michelle Bachmann. But I can see how snoops and commercial profiling would fail if I feed the beast way too much. If we all do it in a short period of time..... Ya never know. It might back up like a cybernetic sewer.
I like self-checkout and the newly redesigned Novato library entrance, with the new books right at the front. They've even removed the anti-theft sensors, so the whole process is very friendly -- like they trust you and they aren't too worried about people stealing information :-)
Sure, the 21st century takes some getting used to. But Kate should get a dog if she wants a friend. Librarians are too valuable to waste checking out books. They are available and happy to help, based on my recent visit.
Let's get real: there is not an infinite amount of money available for libraries, so automation is a good thing. And the Novato library is a beautiful place right next to a park and a bakery, so be happy, eh?
"Hey guys, let's do the Jesus thing and let people go hungry and kick old people out of their homes!"
Yes. Yes yes yes yes to the yes.
I moved to Sonoma County two years ago, partly due to the fact that it's the home of Bear Republic, Russian River, and especially Lagunitas. Now I'll have to seek out some HenHouse!
Nice commentary, Lisa. I feel all Citizens should feel safe in their homes, regardless of gender.
We ALL support Efren getting the help and support he needs. This is one of the reasons that those of us in the Labor Movement want all workers to have health care (currently not all Sonoma county workers do) However the question of whether Efren is fit to serve as an elected leader is another thing all together. And a lot of women are tired of being subjected to this kind of assaultive and frightening behavior by men and then told to 'let it go and give him another chance' Trying to get into a woman's bedroom in your underwear at three am is not a harmless prank or a 'mistake we all make' And let me remind you that Efren is not saying he has a mental illness. He is saying he has an alcohol addiction. Many people in jail for criminal attacks, rapes, sexual assaults burglaries etc. were drunk or high at the time they committed their crime. Alcoholism and drug addiction is not a "Get Out of Jail Free Card" Especially for the poor and working class. If you have rich and powerful friends who own the newspaper it seems to work pretty well, though.
I was also frustrated by the "free pass" but if mental illness is involved, I totally support Efren getting the help and support he needs.
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.
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.
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?
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
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?
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.
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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