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Re: “Apr. 19: Past & Present in Mill Valley

Here's a clip from a long-lost 1978 video of Ancient Future:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp5et9Qfgo4

Posted by Matthew Charles Montfort on 04/15/2015 at 10:06 AM

Re: “We Are Family?

i work for CDS the day the doors opened. sold like crazy and they got rid of me and keep a punch of 70-80 year old making 12-14 dollars and hr. and not even a smile on their face. go home and give other people the job who really need it. COSTCO OPEN YOUR EYES AND GET ALL OF THEM OUT OF THERE.If you didnt have samples things would still sell.The demos are just in the way hard to shop

Posted by jane on 04/14/2015 at 5:16 AM

Re: “Iconic Opening

I'm disappointed. I've been pretty excited about the opening of the Art Museum of Sonoma County only to find out that admission to its Studio 54 themed party, complete with red carpet, is $200/$175, if you're a member. I'm not wanting to go for the soirée but for some art in my neck of the woods. I didn't see a "normal" cost of admission for the exhibit that runs through May 24th in this article or via their website. Way to isolate a lot of us, especially the starving artist. Sheesh!

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Posted by Ro on 04/10/2015 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Hog Heaven

Great Article on the Manglitsa Breed! My son is very interested in this breed as well and talks about them and their benefits often. That's why I thought I would google the Royal Mangalitsa!

Posted by Julie Whittington Herdman on 04/10/2015 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Crazy Christmas Carol

Years ago, when the girls were little, we acquired a box of children's records, and this record was in it. We sang it over and over, amazed that it even existed. I've hunted for it again, but it has disappeared in the turnover of the years. I'm so glad to find it again! Thank you!

Posted by Karen Jives on 04/10/2015 at 6:46 AM

Re: “So Long

I'm glad that the Bopeemian did a story on Matt. He was a really influential person. He definitely touched me.

I'm still going to say Bopeemian though, since that's my jam.

Matt, you are missed. Facebook went nuts for you.

Let's try to go nuts for each other with better timing in the future. Ok?

Thanks ladykiller Charlie! <3

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Posted by andrewapeterson on 04/09/2015 at 3:55 AM

Re: “Green Grocer Goes Indoors

We are encouraging guests to bring their own bottle of wine to share. There is no corkage, Wine Pairings are $20 and this is a flat fee for service. Typically it includes a pour of wine with each course/menu item ordered. We also hope to create an innovative, interactive food & wine experience with theGastronomist. We hope that each of our guests will bring an interesting bottle that we can pair with and pour for other guests aboard for the evening for a communal dining experience where many different wines can be offered, paired and tasted during the meal. - Joe Rueter Chef,Gastronomist

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Posted by Joe Rueter on 04/07/2015 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Dish by Dish

Hello! Thank you for your article. I’d like to try to compare it to my previous experience of learning easy Italian lessons through Skype on online classes for free. I did around 10 conversations over Skype with a native speaker from http://preply.com/en/italian-by-skype. And I was pretty satisfied with their Quality. I think they have a strong teaching quality.Following their course curriculum now I can speak Italian like a native,you don't need to go any school. but I Want to try another option.

Posted by Da Rajib on 04/05/2015 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Rain Catchment-22

Myself and most of my neighbors in Petaluma all have catchment tanks and grey water systems, mostly because we want to keep are water bills down.
Mainly, the reason municipalities are reluctant to encourage residential water saving, is because it's a source of revenue. (e.g. Petaluma has a $165 million bond to pay off)
Residential water use is such an insignificant part of the equation. If so called "pioneering activists" like Trathen Heckman and Daily Acts are sincerely concerned about these water resource issues, he and his org should've been more actively involved when the City of Petaluma approved two giant shopping centers, one having a large health club. Yet, I don't recall seeing him at any of the public meetings. For instance, the new Target shopping center is using 3 million+ gallons/year, (it's all documented in the hydrology report, if anyone from DA cared to read.
Commercial industry and AG is where the systemic problem sits. Rohnert Park just built a Casino with 15 restaurants with a hotel planned soon. RP also just finished building 244 condos behind the Casino. Has anybody heard of the recently approved Coliseum City on Oakland water front? New sports arena, retail/offices and 6,000 homes. SF Mayor Lee's ballot measure to build 30,000 new apartments by 2020? Policy makers need to make serious changes to building/planning requirements, when it comes to grey water/catch systems and water conservation. Just saying...

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Posted by Pet65 on 04/05/2015 at 3:16 AM

Re: “Pretty Theft

It's always struck me as odd that ppl in Santa Rosa won't drive from Montgomery Village to Railroad Square to see a show, because "It's too far". But plenty will travel to SF and points beyond.

Posted by Chris Alexander on 04/03/2015 at 11:20 PM

Re: “Rain Catchment-22

Rain barrels work. I have five and haven't pulled out the hose in the front yard yet this winter! Besides, our plants like rain barrel water runoff because it's not got any of the chloramines or salt in it! It's really worth it and fun as well! We in SoCal have rebates via Metropolitan Water District. It's time for our local districts to promote this worthwhile investment of basically $10 each!

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Posted by gero cocerp on 04/01/2015 at 6:20 PM

Re: “'Fresno' Bound

We saw these delightful guys at SHED when they performed during a West Coast Live show. They are really really good...give them a look see and find out for yourselves.

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Posted by Marlene Alves on 04/01/2015 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Rites of Spring

That told me nothing about how to hunt and find wild asparagus :(

Posted by nospeak on 04/01/2015 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Rain Catchment-22

The quote, "As for rain barrels at [the] home level, they are not very cost-efficient. It is much better and cheaper to direct your storm runoff onto your lawn or flower beds and let it soak in." is why rain harvesting has an uphill struggle for legitimacy. Let me put this very succinctly; that's rubbish.
In drought conditions, stormwater does not infiltrate but sheet flows off lawns and gardens until they are already slightly saturated enough for the water to infiltrate.
Yes, tiny 50 gallon rain barrels are useless. But up that to say 200USG per downspout or about 600-1000USG per home and you'll notice a significant reduction in both runoff impacts and potable water demand. Volume is king but so is having capacity available to catch and hold that storm when it arrives.
I'll leave this thread with one suggestion, RainGrid lot level stormwater utilities distribute automated cisterns to householders free of charge on the basis that catching stormwater at the lot level actually pays for itself in saved infrastructure damage and insurance risk reduction. And that's before even bringing potable water conservation into the discussion.

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Posted by Kevin G Mercer on 04/01/2015 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Debriefer: April 1, 2015

The war on peaceful cannabis consumers has been raging for more than 80 years. How much more blood needs to be spilled before the prohibitionists finally give up the fight or the more sensible public demands immediate change?

Cannabis prohibition has never been about public safety, its always been about money and lots of it.

Please demand full legalization and nothing less! Let's end this war as soon as possible!

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Posted by Joe Smith on 04/01/2015 at 5:01 AM

Re: “Unite to Fight

Thank you, Michael Carnacchi, for your excellent article and fighting the good fight regarding usury laws. I just read your update in the Bohemian and wondered if you have also submitted it to the PressDemocrat, or any other publications.

No question, it's a major issue and it seems impossible how many years the usury laws are flouted. How can this be?

Note: Is this an issue Senator Elizabeth Warren has addressed in her fight with Wall St. and banks?

Much appreciation,

Marlene Alves

Posted by Marlene Alves on 03/30/2015 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Debriefer: March 24, 2015

Is there anything you did, once, 40 years ago that you believe still defines who you are now and is used to introduce you? More accurately, did one of your ancestors do something that you'd include on your CV. This is ridiculous; the Light's recent melodramatic history and internecine warfare is far more entertaining. Keep the sideshow going, its worth the small price of admission.

Posted by Lodro Dorje on 03/26/2015 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Crop Circles

Bohemian - I expect a higher standard from journalism than I read in this article. The article claims the USDA’s organic standards are “far below” those used in Marin County. The article later claims there are local organic certifications that are beyond the USDA standards. Marin Organic Certified Agriculture program (MOCA) is accredited by the USDA. Organic certification bodies operating under that label in this country and internationally are certifying to the same standards, it is the law.
I am offended by the implication that the entirety of China as a nation is incapable of upholding a standard. The National Organic Program (NOP) reviewed the performance of Chinese certifiers in 2010. Anyone can dial it up on the WWW and read the assessment on their performance. This is the power and the importance of the USDA Organic Program. We can all observe and steward the process of upholding the organic standards; this is something we don’t get in conventional food systems. The Organic movement asked the federal government to oversee organics. In the Organic Food Production Act of 1990, Congress gave the USDA the responsibility of oversight.
The article references a time when 15 years ago farmers said USDA organic was not good enough. A bigger picture is needed to understand this historical reference. The USDA issued a first draft of organic standards that infuriated the organic community because they included allowances for sewage sludge, GMOs and irradiation. The USDA received a flood of comments from the entire community of organic constituents, insisting on the exclusion of the aforementioned methods. The USDA redrafted the standards. This is the power of organics.
We get to know everything that goes on with organic food from seed to table. The article states that the “organic label certifies the method of farming; it is not a verification of the final product”. I’m totally confused by that statement. When a product is labeled organic, a consumer can understand every input or processing allowed in the farming or manufacturing. A farmer’s organic system plan and a manufacturer’s processing and inputs must comply with the organic system. That’s why we have certifiers. I find the transparency of the organic system far superior to what I cannot know in the conventional food system. When the National Organic Standard Board reviews materials allowed in organic systems, I can make a comment to them directly at the meeting. Organics is self auditing, correcting and interactive with constituents. Which food system do you want to support?

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Posted by mind33ee on 03/26/2015 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Pretty Theft

Saw all four shows two weekends ago and they are as stated...terrific! Pericles and Much Ado were our favorites as much for the stellar acting as for the magnificent stages/sets and lighting. Don't miss these shows!!

Posted by SusieMiller on 03/25/2015 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Pretty Theft

Love your description of Pericles! Best I've read... And you make me want to see this production of it...

Posted by Jeanie K. Smith on 03/25/2015 at 10:35 AM

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