Sonoma county was built on backs of the immigrant poor! Your vineyard, cellars folks of the great wine country that is Sonoma County....is pushing out the folks who still make this county great for the greedy transplants to take over with ridiculous rents. Silly people you are certainly shooting yourselfs in foot. I have an idea! Pay the people a living wage that they, we deserve!
I believe that during Helen Rudee's service on the Board of Supes, there were 2 other women for a time: Helen Putnam and Janet Nicholas=3!
While engaging, this description of the 5th District campaign does not explain where either candidate stands on crucial issues like a living wage, affordable housing, unlimited winery events, roads and transportation, conservation, etc. nor does it explain the focus of the organizations supporting the candidates. Unfortunately, it reminds me of the recent Republican "debates" in which there is no discussion of substantive issues.
KOWS-FM and Preserve Rural Sonoma County will host a 5th District Candidates Forum on April 28, Thurs., at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, located in the Vets Building on High Street. Noreen Evans and Lynda Hopkins have agreed to participate. All candidates who file by this Friday will be invited to join.
The evening event will be free to the public, with donations requested. This is in contrast to that of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce forum 3/9, which cost $45. The deck was stacked for that event, since it cost too much for most working people to attend.
Wow, really, Vickie French? This area still needs teachers, janitors, and food service workers. Should they all commute from Tracy. Good thing you're older - you'd NEVER make it as a young person starting out today. And that's not right.
There are a number of inaccuracies in your writing - including that Noreen NEVER lived in Bennett Valley, she is not endorsed by all the supervisors except Gore, she has not bought a house. Piccinini did not drop out after Hopkins joined the race since she launched her campaign before Evans or Piccinini. And a few more.
What IS true though is that Evans won with 70% of the vote in the Fifth District in her last election. She is not exactly a newcomer to this area or to these people. Oh, and she IS endorsed by 4 of the 5 Sebastopol city council members because they have worked with her and know how competent and dedicated she is.
I was so hoping for a balanced analysis of this crucial race and am quite disappointed that it is not what it is.
Maybe you landlords should be more reasonable, and don't cry about your 'return on investment' when many of you own multiple properties worth millions. Though your money buys you a lot of political influence, the tide is turning against you, and there will be rent control and tougher eviction laws. Why should you be able to evict anyone for any reason, if they haven't broken any terms of their lease and paid their rent in timely fashion? If you want to throw people out on the street so you can refurbish a unit and then charge considerably more in rent for it, you should be obligated to pay moving expenses and relocation fees for the current tenant. So, a 'Just-Cause' eviction law protecting good tenants from greedy and unscrupulous landlords is definitely in order. There are many creative and innovative ways to provide affordable housing with the right policies. We can change many regulations, fees, and zoning laws, to allow easier construction of affordable housing, so it doesn't take years and tens of millions of dollars to accomplish, There are also many older, dilapidated, and existing commercial properties which can be converted to housing, with changes in zoning regulations.
*Have to leave this area,'move inland or out of CA'
Vicki S. French, why should people born and raised in this area or whom have resided here for decades because of the greed of you and your developer, real-estate speculator, and landlord friends for ever more profit?
Some shallow writing and reporting here . The facts are that Noreen Evans, a staunch environmentalist and progressive with widespread labor union support is more of the Bernie Saunders and Linda Hopkins, who is endorsed by Koenigshafer as well as endorsed by the Sonoma County Business Alliance ( who have never met a development or winery they can't support) is the business /moderate Hilary Clinton.
In fact Hopkins is herself being supported by many of the County's good old boys - indeed her consultant is the well known Republican and Bosco Boy tag -along Rob Muelrath.
Mr Raskin needs to dig a little deeper than whatever political hacks and mouthpieces who are his sources in Sonoma County if he expects to show any depth or breadth of knowledge of Sonoma Politics. His analysis is as wrong as it is shallow and aegist/ sexist
"Combs" refers to Julie Combs, Santa Rosa Council member. Please add this information to the article.
Our community belongs to all who live in it, not only those who happen to own the land and the houses. It's clear that we will are forcing low income people out of the county. That's bad for all of us and for the environment. I support strong rent control.
I wish to clear up a major falsehood which is contained in your article:
You state that "Even Evans's supporters describe her as a carpetbagger."
That is absolutely FALSE!
Here's one supporter who doesn't - and I have yet to hear EVEN ONE of Ms. Evans' numerous and varied supporters tag her with that rather disparaging ascription.
I will note that Ms. Evans has lived in Sonoma County for approximately 36 years - which is something which cannot be matched by ANY of her opponents.
And I will further note that Ms. Evans represented the Fifth Supervisorial District as part of her leadership duties while serving admirably in the California State Legislature AND the California State Senate.
It would now appear that some of her opponents and their "advisors" are having second thoughts about invoking the spurious "carpetbagger" argument and are trying desperately to put the carpetbag genie back into the bottle where it belongs.
Unfortunately, you seem to have hastily taken a drink of this Kool-Aid and have fallen right into their trap.
I say that such a blatant inaccuracy is beneath the good voting community members of Sonoma County's Fifth District - and should never have been invoked in the first place.
I heartily support Ms. Evans' candidacy to become the next Fiftgh-District Supervisor for Sonoma County and would urge my family, friends and acquaintances to join me in doing so as well.
The rents are high because of the increased costs to the landlord: taxes, garbage and water rates (when they are paid by landlord), insurance costs and the cost of labor to make repairs. Manna doesn't just fall from heaven you know. Banks give you no return on your savings in today's world so you are always robbing Peter to pay Paul, so to speak. Perhaps some landlords are greedy but most are just trying to cover their butts because owning investment property comes with increased risk today. Often tenants don't hold up their end of the bargain and want to create their own rules which often leads to trouble. They don't really 'GET IT" that they are merely paying for rented space that is not theirs. I'd say get over the prices folks, we live in a high priced and affluent area of the country. It's not like living in the Midwest or the South where rents are considerably lower. If you want lower rents move inland and out of CA. That's my take and I have been a landlord for over 30 years, and no, I'm not a slumlord nor am I in the upper income bracket.
Its film studios like this that make film creation easier for the crews. They usually offer cyclorama rental http://thecamdenstudio.com/cyclorama-studio/ and most equipment needed in shooting a film.
From the owners of Sequoia Burger, we really appreciate your business and what you have written about us. Thank you!
You won't believe this to be a High School performance. If You love RENT, this is a must see
We would like to address the issue brought up last week by a reader, Marcus "Doing the Right Thing". It is true there has been a lack of participation in farmers registering with the Water Board, but the important question is why? In complying with this registration request, farmers will be exposing themselves to being placed on a publicly accessible site thereby relinquishing their privacy and being at risk of vandalism. While this waiver is indeed another step towards compliance, the lack of protection and safety for the farmers, their families and their livelihood is a major concern which needs to be addressed immediately. We at the Sonoma County Growers Alliance (SCGA) are working daily to support farmers developing responsible best management practices regarding the environment and their community. We are hosting a workshop, Water Quality Compliance, which will be focusing specifically on these issues on Sunday March 6th from 2-5pm, at the Finley Center in Santa Rosa.
We applaud those that are taking steps towards compliance with the new laws; in order for the next generation of cannabis operators to be successful it is imperative that people feel comfortable moving out of the shadows and becoming more actively engaged community members. We at SCGA are helping to facilitate this transition and we appreciate the Bohemian for their continued coverage of cannabis happenings throughout the county. Twice a month SCGA hosts educational workshops, the Learning Laboratory, as well as monthly social mixers for professionals across all industries to network. Representatives are in attendance at the Board of Supervisors meetings as well as local City Council meetings keeping a finger on the pulse of the industry in Sonoma County, so together we can be informed and active in the formation of fair legislation.
I find restaurants with Coravin offerings have saved me from drinking either poorly chosen wines by the glass offerings or the aforementioned poorly stored and cared for wines by the glass.
Music here is always delightful, and the food outstanding. Always a great time here.
North Bay Bohemian
2016 Metro Newspapers. All rights reserved.
Website powered by Foundation