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Re: “Pipe Down

The state muffler law is not hard to enforce at all. It's not that the police have to ticket every single excessively loud motorcycle that roars through their jurisdiction.

Like Alex said, simply ticketing a few of them on a regular basis will get the message out that riding illegally modified loud motorcycles through town has consequences that the bikers would probably want to avoid. And that would educate them that the best way to avoid those consequences is to comply with the state muffler law.

But simply ignoring the problem and not enforcing the law at all sends the message that there will be no consequences for violating the state muffler law, riding loud and disturbing the peace.

The town's officials should stop making excuses and stop blowing off those who complian about unlawfully loud motorcycles. They should enforce the law and send the right message to the loud riding motorcycle noise scofflaws.

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Posted by Larry R Deal on 05/12/2016 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Pipe Down

Well said, Don Scott! Another aspect is greatly increased air pollution when scofflaw bikers remove exhaust systems with catalytic converters. Have those city council members and mayors who covet biker dollars considered the dollars they lose from tourists who stay away to avoid the abusive noise?

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Posted by Don Davis on 05/12/2016 at 5:21 AM

Re: “Pipe Down

Mr. Scott is right on target regarding the absurdity and insolence of the Loud Biker Cult[ure]. In 1981, with the de-funding of the Office of Noise Abatement and Control (ONAC), the responsibility for control/enforcement of environmental NOISE issues and enforcement relevant to "vehicular NOISE" was delegated to the States and Local Governments - THEY HAVE FAILED US MISERABLY - ALL ACROSS THE UNITED STATES!

The US EPA, via the Code of Federal Regulations, restricts "total" street motorcycle noise emissions to 80 dB(A) for the 1986 production year forward - why? Because 80 dB(A) has been stipulated as the "minimum" safe level of protection for the general public. The EPA even went further - they require every production motorcycle muffler for street use to be permanently embossed with an EPA label showing that said muffler is compliant with EPA mandates. Then the EPA enacted "tampering" restrictions that forbid the alteration, modification, removal of that factory-installed muffler except for repair, maintenance or replacement - but - the replacement muffler must not contribute to "total" motorcycle noise emissions over 80 dB(A). So, what's the problem?

We, the American people, have, for the previous five stinking decades, been audibly assaulted by hedonistic mongrel-bullies who have, with an attitude of "entitlement," opted to remove their legal factory quiet motorcycle muffler and replace same with any number of illegal, NOT FOR ROAD USE, aftermarket egregiously LOUD exhaust that, via their unlawful NOISE, intrude into our homes, our places of worship, our schools, our work environment, our daycare facilities, our retirement homes - destroy our quality of life and audibly assault or most innocent and defenseless while the Loud Biker Cult[ure] does so with impunity and void any semblance of conscience. ENOUGH WITH THE ILLEGAL NOISE!

Law enforcement, get out of Starbucks, put the hamburger down and do your job - stop the bully behavior of the Loud Motorcycle Cult[ure]! We the citizens have had enough of the LOUD biker-bully-behavior!

Rick Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired
Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles - Facebook, Wordpress and YouTube

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Posted by Rickey Holtsclaw on 05/11/2016 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Pipe Down

Mr. Scott is right on target regarding the absurdity and insolence of the Loud Biker Cult[ure]. In 1981, with the de-funding of the Office of Noise Abate and Control (ONAC), the responsibility for control/enforcement of environmental NOISE issues and enforcement relevant to "vehicular NOISE" was delegated to the States and Local Governments - THEY HAVE FAILED US MISERABLY - ALL ACROSS THE UNITED STATES!

The US EPA, via the Code of Federal Regulations, restricts "total" street motorcycle noise emissions to 80 dB(A) for the 1986 production year forward - why? Because 80 dB(A) has been stipulated as the "minimum" safe level of protection for the general public. The EPA even went further - they require every production motorcycle muffler for street use to be permanently embossed with an EPA label showing that said muffler is compliant with EPA mandates. Then the EPA enacted "tampering" restrictions that forbid the alteration, modification, removal of that factory-installed muffler except for repair, maintenance or replacement - but - the replacement muffler must not contribute to "total" motorcycle noise emissions over 80 dB(A). So, what's the problem?

We, the American people, have, for the previous five stinking decades, been audibly assaulted by hedonistic mongrel-bullies who have, with an attitude of "entitlement," opted to remove their legal factory quiet motorcycle muffler and replace same with any number of illegal, NOT FOR ROAD USE, aftermarket egregiously LOUD exhaust that, via their unlawful NOISE, intrude into our homes, our places of worship, our schools, our work environment, our daycare facilities, our retirement homes - audibly assault or most innocent and defenseless and the Loud Biker Cult[ure] does so with impunity and void any semblance of conscience. ENOUGH WITH THE ILLEGAL NOISE!

The situation has gotten to the point where I've recently filed a Federal Lawsuit over the egregious motorcycle noise and the mayoral prostitution with the Loud Biker Cult[ure] at thug-fests called motorcycle rallies...see: http://static.lakana.com/nxsglobal/nwahomepage/document_dev/2016/02/12/3296_001_7003391_ver1.0.pdf

Law enforcement, get out of Starbucks, put the hamburger down and do your job - stop the bully behavior of the Loud Motorcycle Cult[ure]! We the citizens have had enough of the LOUD biker-bully-behavior!

Rick Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired
Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles - Facebook, Wordpress and YouTube

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Posted by Rickey Holtsclaw on 05/11/2016 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Pipe Down

Police are only being asked to enforce the law. Ticketing one in one hundred violators would be enough to make bikers consider their behavior while driving through town. It's hard to not feel like law enforcement is turning a blind eye for personal reasons.

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Posted by Alex S on 05/11/2016 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Pipe Down

Don is absolutely correct about police officers routinely ignoring the illegal loud bikes. In fact, it's abusive behavior to ride loud and that fact alone should prompt the police to address this abuse.

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Posted by Springs 2 on 05/11/2016 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: April 27, 2016

Well, we do a little better with the actual nomination in November. It's still by winning the most electorates of a state, but if the state gets the electoral vote. Like IL has I believe 20 members of the Electoral College, so if Hillary wins IL by just one vote she'll win all 20 electorates and once you've reached or surpassed 270, Hillary is then the next president. And that's the closest we get to our vote really counting. At the same time, it shows how important it is to vote in the primaries and the off year non presidential elections unless you don't give a damn who you congressman is, the one that controls the purse strings. Same for you Senator. It takes two houses to pass that bill.

And people who don't vote, and there are a lot, just need to shut-up if they have a complaint. A lot of people are elected by your direct vote.

Posted by Robert on 05/02/2016 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Civic Malfeasance?

My gripe is not with Courthouse Square, although I would not vote for it personally. My frustration is over the lack of due process in allowing this project to pass the correct milestones in relation to timing of community input for design review, as well as for community input over finance and funding mechanism for this project. The budget is for $10 million, which will likely cost much more than that, or about 20 million over 30 years due to the fact that counsel motioned for a funding mechanism called certificates of participation, which is a form of finance that will cost much more in interest payments, risk, and administrative costs. Whereas if counciil chose traditional funding or if they put the cost of the project to a vote for a bond, then the project costs would be much lower. As it is, the community advisory board officiated by counsel did not give the courthouse Square (finance review) the required four community meetings to review the funding mechanism. This is a violation of the city charter. Are you out raged yet? If this project is such a great idea then what is the fear Council has in putting it to a public vote? Answer; because they know it will not pass two thirds majority vote. This project has been opposed for more than three decades, which tells us that the public does not want it. Yet counsel insists on pushing it down the gullet of the taxpayer. Our group has worked tirelessly to attempt to get answers out of council members, city attorney, the city manager, the CFO; of whom obfuscate the details. It is like trying to nail Jell-O to a tree getting a clear answer out of them, akin to a shell game. One extreme measure to take would be to repeal the city charter so that Council will stop violating city charter governing laws put into place by the voters. We could replace it with state general law, which is much more restrictive of local government, but that has its drawbacks to. Frustratingly, it would be a pleasure to take the sandbox and toys away from counsel for a while and replace it with stringent general state law until they know how to play by the rules for the people by the people.

Posted by Jennifer Coleman on 04/30/2016 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Apr. 29: Support for Survivors

Can't wait for this show! Thank you for the great boho beat post! Captured all we want for this event !

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Posted by Katrina Pimental on 04/28/2016 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Apr. 23-24: Comics with a Cause in Santa Rosa

Shameful article. The man who ran that show stalked, harassed and threatened people.

Next time do your research.

Posted by Comics Fan on 04/26/2016 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: April 20, 2016

April 23, 2016

Hello,

An important political event is happening on May 1st that effects all of your readers, and which I think needs some promotion. The California Democratic Party is holding caucuses around the state to elect “District Level” delegates for each of the 2 presidential candidates. Each of the state’s 53 Congressional Districts is doing this at the same time. Calistoga is part of CD 5, which includes Napa County plus portions of Contra Costa, Lake, Solano, and Sonoma counties.

Any registered Democrat from CD 5 is allowed and encouraged to participate and vote for the delegate candidates. Depending on the outcome of the June primary within each district, a commensurate percentage of these preselected delegates will be sent to the Democratic National Convention held in late July in Philadelphia. There they will join with the delegates and party insiders from every state to choose the Democratic party nominee for the General election in November.

Each caucus candidate pledges to support one of the Presidential candidates. To vote for delegates who are in support of Bernie Sanders, the location is 720 Technology Way, Napa, CA 94558. To vote for delegates who are in support of Hillary Clinton, the location is Carpenters Local 751, 1706 Corby Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95407. Doors open at 2:00. You must at least be in line by 3:00 in order to vote. You can leave quickly after voting if desired.

I think it important that we citizens take part in our political process, and that our media keep us properly informed.


Matt Sarconi



1517 Myrtle Street
Calistoga, CA 94515
(415) 812-6730

Posted by matt sarconi on 04/26/2016 at 10:26 PM

Re: “Apr. 23-24: Comics with a Cause in Santa Rosa

You guys are promoting an event that had so many controversial things about it. Looks like the Bohemian has lost its actual reporting skills. You should look into the things your writing about. Things like fake facebook accounts, stolen photos, copyright infringement. Let alone 18 out of the 21 guests cancelled.

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Posted by A con dude on 04/23/2016 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Service with a Snarl

Good points. It never hurts a business to go the extra mile with a customer. People talk about their experiences with businesses, and that's called "Word of Mouth".

Only last month, Chipoltle honored an expired 2 for 1 coupon, which was very appreciated.

Posted by Sandra Murphey on 04/22/2016 at 5:47 AM

Re: “Civic Malfeasance?

TooLittleTooLate,

As you must know, people can get away with criminal behavior for a long time before they're caught. This happens a lot in government, because many people don't realize it, don't believe it, and/or blindly trust.

We need whistle blowers, like Jennifer, to do the time consuming research, then risk telling the truth. Many times, they risk their own safety to protect others from being abused and controlled by those in power.

Doesn't the fact that $42 million went missing cause some suspicion that things might not be on the up and up with SR City Council?

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Posted by Sandra Murphey on 04/22/2016 at 4:55 AM

Re: “Civic Malfeasance?

The Courthouse Square reunification project has been discussed by City Council, and written about by the Press Democrat, for YEARS. Why is Jennifer Coleman only now becoming an "activist" about it?

Posted by TooLittleTooLate on 04/22/2016 at 12:17 AM

Re: “Green Scene

Nicely written! Looking forward to reading this column weekly.

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Posted by Jacquelynne Ocaña on 04/21/2016 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Sell Your Guns to the Government

The best place to buy a gun in very reasonable price. ( www.firearmconnection.com/ )

Posted by Laraib Malik on 04/16/2016 at 8:18 AM

Re: “Saying Goodbye to Jim DePriest

Jim Depreist was one of my favorite teachers at Long Beach City College in the early 70's. He always had an encouraging word and that amazing sense of humor. I've been in Napa for 36 year, I didn't know he was a county away. I did a google search and find he's gone. I haven't seen him in years but now feel a huge hole.

Posted by Wayne Scott on 04/14/2016 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Civic Malfeasance?

I am still pissed that they removed the redwood trees. The 2 new side streets are unnecessary, there are 3 parking garages within 2 blocks that are usually half empty. Why can't people walk anymore? This removal of beautiful old redwood trees for the sake of cars is so short-sighted. We want walk-able cities that encourage pedestrians, not more streets and cars. And now they have the nerve to host Earth Day in the Square again...I encourage a boycott or protest that day. The City leaders are completely out of touch and operating in a vacuum.

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Posted by Daisy on 04/08/2016 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Civic Malfeasance?

Thank you Jennifer, for your well researched and documented article on Santa Rosa City Council's failure to uphold the city charter guidelines for including resident input for spending their tax money for capitol improvements.

The charter's constitution is ineffective if it's rules aren't enforced. That would seem to make it easy for "special interests" to influence the City Council, and bypass citizen review of proposed expenditures.

I think this could be a big case for an attorney willing to step up to the plate, and "step" on some toes of the offending parties, who's actions would be considered criminal activity in a court of law.

You've done the preliminary detective work, so it should be easy enough for an attorney to take up this very important cause.

This is just another action, in addition to the missing "millions" that should have been spent on much needed housing.

Looks to me like Santa Rosa City Council is getting away with illegal activity bordering on embezzlement. I hope that your hours of dedicated research to represent Santa Rosa citizens is recognized, and honored with a lawsuit.

Sandy Murphey

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Posted by Sandra Murphey on 04/07/2016 at 5:28 AM

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