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Re: “Coho vs. Pinot

Another excellent article by Will Parrish. Thanks for the kind of in-depth reporting that the Press Democrat can't seem to manage due to it's ties to the wine industry.

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Posted by Daisy on 09/02/2015 at 10:12 AM

Re: “2015 Fall Arts

Uh, oh. The schedule printed for the Redwood Arts Council is from LAST YEAR. No concert until 2016 for our new season.

Posted by Redwood Arts Council on 09/01/2015 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Taking It to the Streets

Just for the record it is not hard to evict a person on section 8 ... They are simply being given 60 or 90 orders to move and because thy are no fault ... The person on section 8 has no way of fighting them ... And this has become the trend in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County ... Property owners are displacing people on section 8 at a alarming rate .... So units can be modified and rents increased beyond what HUD permits .... I know cause it is happing where I live .... Over the last year my complex has gone from around 20+ HUD to just 2 of us left .... The third got a 90 noticed last month ...This is now the norm both City and County HUD offices state " There are no availabilities of any HUD units " but yet they continue to give out housing certificates no one is able to use and after 90 days they lose they're ability to use and lose teyre HUD adding to he problem ....

Posted by Mikeal ( OZZY) O'Toole on 08/20/2015 at 7:43 AM

Re: “The Anchor-Outs

The Boise court case mentioned above is back in court again. Here's a link to the story.

Posted by armido on 08/19/2015 at 4:35 PM

Re: “The Anchor-Outs

Anchor outs should know the RBRA recommended to the Sausalito City Council on May 19, 2015 an anchorage plan that excludes long-term anchoring as an option. Although an "anchorage" is not addressed specifically in the RBRA documentation, this comment is worth noting: "...all vessels in the anchorage will be either short-term visitors or required to be on a ball." We'll see... Presently the recommended plan is for a mooring field only. How many moorings will be in the field has not been revealed. The cost however for "...the program to develop a mooring field and bring it online in a three-year period is estimated to cost approximately $650,000. Of that total, RBRA staff is hopeful that the approximately $150,000 expense of installing the mooring field could be defrayed with grant funding...."

What will happen to live aboard "anchor outs" who's boat cannot satisfy "seaworthy requirements" and, or cannot afford mooring fees? I recommend those of you in this category familiarize yourself with the recent Boise, Idaho court decision that renders unconstitutional bans on the homeless sleeping in public places. It's an 8th Amendment to the Constitution thing... Authorities can only prevent you from sleeping in a public place (or on a public waterway?) if they provide an alternate location. And, a jail does not qualify.

I read somewhere, but can't relocate the comment at the moment, that an allowance for existing liveaboards be made in the plan. Clearly though, the ultimate goal is to have none. So, $650,000 will be spent to build what will eventually amount to another "parking place" for boats.

I wonder how Sausalito's marina owners and operators are going to feel about that? I also wonder once the mooring field opens how many boats presently in marinas are going to move onto a mooring?

We'll see...

Posted by armido on 08/19/2015 at 4:23 PM

Re: “For a Few Dollars More

What you are missing:

1) IHSS was designed for a friend or family member to care for a loved one without going completely broke. There is no "career path."

2) Just because someone is fortunate enough to make $11.65 instead of $9 doesn't mean they shouldn't pursue a better job or a real career with opportunities. Of course, some workers would have to finish high school, or learn better language skills, or take other self-motivated actions to increase their attractiveness to the general workforce.

IHSS should NOT become a highly paid dead-end job. It should be a stepping stone or a job a loved one can choose to do for their client.

3) Lastly, local government threw us under the bus with their unsustainable pension benefit increases in 1997 & 2002. There's no freakin' money for this. Plus they tried to take it out on their own contractors and non-profits last month. Notice how well THAT went over. They pulled the proposed ordinance back after hearing from the aforementioned groups of employers. The County needs to take agressive, creative action to reduce our pension obligations. Maybe there will be money then.

So, opposed to $15 in principal. On board with police reform. Guess that makes me... "Independent?" Should gave kept your old name, lol...

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Posted by Keith Rhinehart on 08/18/2015 at 8:42 AM

Re: “For a Few Dollars More

Unfortunately we are not paid what we're worth, we're paid the smallest amount people can get away with.
Every 17¢ Sonoma pays IHSS homecare workers is matched by 33¢ from the state and 50¢ by the Feds.
That's an extra 83¢ that comes into the county that doesn't cost a dime. And that money is not hoing to be socked away in anyone's 401k - it is going to pay for goods, services, housing.
Now that's good economics!

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Posted by Zuriea on 08/15/2015 at 7:40 PM

Re: “For a Few Dollars More

What an asinine article. You obviously have no understanding of economics. You get paid for what you are worth, not what you want. Your worth is based on your skills and education.

That being said, the piece de resistance: "Confederate state of Alabama." You do realize that there hasn't been a Confederate state in 150 years? Unless, of course, you are granting the right of secession to Alabama. If so, please confer the same right to the other 12 states of the former Confederacy.


A girl formerly from the Confederate state of Florida.

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Posted by Folly67 on 08/13/2015 at 7:30 AM

Re: “For a Few Dollars More

Right now the minimum wage is a joke. Hats off to Marin County, S.F., and the other communities that are Doing The Right Thing!
Unbelievable that home care workers are still getting shut out.
Thankyou for intelligent, informative articles on whats going on locally.

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Posted by leslie 2 on 08/12/2015 at 11:48 PM

Re: “Apples Ascendant

Lots of people in the NorthBay have backyard apples, most of which are just fine for homemade cider. There are community organizations you can join to learn more or do more.

You can access the Slow Food Sebastopol Community Apple Press at Burbank Farm for free, but you are limited to 100 pounds of apples. You can also buy apples from local farmers (they have a list) to press. See

The CA Rare Fruit Growers (garden club) has a cider press available by the day to members, and numerous educational events. They also offer hundreds of varieties of scions (cuttings for grafting) at their annual Scion Exchange in January at the SR Vets Building, including classes on how to easily graft apples and “fruit salad trees”. One member has over 100 varieties of apples on one tree. Go to for event dates and membership info.

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Posted by Keith C Borglum on 08/05/2015 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Taking It to the Streets

How can you determine that the homeless are moving into the area when so many of our local people are being pushed into the streets? And, I agree with Brad (yikes), we need to provide housing, laundry facilities & shower facilities and these need to be located in central areas like downtown, Guerneville Road area, Lower Santa Rosa Avenue. While I'm on the topic, why do we refuse to provide restroom facilities to the public in general including the homeless? Our constant need to "shame" people for being homeless by denying them the right to even the most basic need of the ability to use a restroom is sick and twisted. Come on people, who thinks this is a good idea?

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Posted by Sonoma4Life on 07/31/2015 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Over-Oaked Theater

Sonoma County theater is not dying and musicals are not killing theater. The numbers of theaters has grown along with the expectations that audiences should fill the seats. "Build it and they will come" has it's limits.
Does Sonoma County have more expensive theaters that pay salaries to staff, actors and musicians then reason should expect audiences to pay for?

Posted by Darlene Kersnar on 07/21/2015 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Over-Oaked Theater

Wish we'd have more new non-musical plays -- I personally can't stand most musicals, even though I go all the time since my daughter loves them -- but give me Shakespeare -- in the Cannery or anywhere, any maybe a few besides R & Juliet, MacBeth and 12th Night or Midsummer's. But let's get some new plays in the works. Why does theater seem to be dying? At least HBO has writers! Where are the NEW plays? Regular theatergoers like myself have seen all the plays, over and over again. And I'm only in my early 50s. Kudos to Marin Theater Company and other houses which actually get new works!

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Posted by amity hotchkiss on 07/20/2015 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Taking It to the Streets

Get a scanner. The police are dispatched on homeless issues almost 50 per cent of all 911 calls. We must provide housing, laundry, and shower facilities in all parts of Sonoma County. Failure to do so requires many homeless to be law breakers in order to stay alive...

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Posted by Brad Pipal on 07/18/2015 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Taking It to the Streets

Housing, laundry facilities and showers 24/7 are needed....Little homes with no washing machines and storage fail miserably. Please stop the stories that fail to adjust to basic necessities.

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Posted by Brad Pipal on 07/18/2015 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Over-Oaked Theater


Thank you. A thoughtful post.

Had I set out to interview people for this piece in the usual way (and yes, I am the author) I would have certainly contacted as many women as men. Check my 22 years of journalism, easy to find on the the web.

But in this piece, as described from the first line, I simply gleaned the most pertinent remarks from the 20+ responses I got from my Facebook posting to several hundred friends, roughly half-of-which are women.

As relatively few women responded (more did, but presented thoughts beyond the scope of the piece) I was in a position of using only what I had at hand.

I doubt though, since the people I DO quote present a fairly even balance of opinion (some pro-musical, some pro-nonmusical, most liking a balance of both), that additional voices—female, or otherwise—would have much changed the tone of the piece.

Are you saying that women are more, or less, inclined toward musicals than men?

Had I interviewed only women, would the consensus have been skewed more toward plays than musicals?

Other than noticing that more men responded to my question than women, what, exactly, would the final conclusion—left un-concluded in the piece—have been?

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Posted by David Templeton on 07/16/2015 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Over-Oaked Theater

Maybe testosterone poisoning is also a contributing factor to what's killing North Bay theater. In a 2300-word piece, writer/critic David Templeton (male) apparently couldn't find a single female actor or director to interview for it. He quotes a Nick, a Matt, another David, a Larry, a Gene, a Harry, a Conrad, a Dan and an Adam. That's 10. The lone female voice, a Karen, is a publicist and event marketer whose input is worth less than a column inch. A whopping 16 words. Really?? Come on. You don't have to look long or far in the North Bay to find talented women who act or direct, or both, and some are even intelligent and articulate enough to have an opinion worth including. But what do you expect from the Bohemian, a newspaper that itself tips the testosterone scale toward obese. The paper's page 4 list of names with either "editor" or "contributor" in their title include a Dan, a Stett, a Tom, a Gary, a Charlie, a Rob, an Eric, a James, a David (of the theater piece) and a Tom. Again, 10. And then there's a Flora (presumably female) who writes the restaurant reviews. Fine, but that's not exactly hard news, guys. I do use the word "guys" intentionally. Sonoma County is considered progressive. Let's please see that reflected here with a wee bit of gender equity in the writers and the stories they produce.

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Posted by Quinn Trudeau on 07/16/2015 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Over-Oaked Theater

Musicals are a genre of their own and audiences need to remember that. Instead, people will only see a show if it's a musical. Well, what about the rest of us that have true acting talent that can't be hidden behind a song? No one wants to see that kind of show anymore.
I also believe you can have great and terrible productions of both anywhere.

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Posted by Vanessa on 07/15/2015 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Over-Oaked Theater

It may be frustrating to have small houses, but it is hardly the fault of too many musicals. That is a logical fallacy. I have never seen where more of one branch of any performing art means less of another. And to think that large houses for a musical is the cause of smaller houses for "serious" theatre misunderstands the genres and the audience. The very long and steady decline of theatre attendance begins with film, continues through television, and accelerates with cable/internet.

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Posted by Richard Pallaziol on 07/15/2015 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Over-Oaked Theater

Love this discussion. Same phenomenon applies in South Bay, where three different companies are staging West Side Story within a month of each other-- but of course they don't know that when they apply for the license-- so I think it's a licensing issue as well.

I particularly like Palafox's note re Main Stage West, as that has also been the formula for my home theatre, the Pear Avenue Theatre, that has done quality theatre for 13 seasons and is still going strong. Classics, contemporary, world premieres, short plays, readings-- everything BUT musicals... Focusing on the best quality work possible, with simpler production values... Always trying to maintain that trust with the audience, that we will bring them something worth seeing...

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Posted by Jeanie K. Smith on 07/15/2015 at 12:13 PM

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