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Re: “Bad to the Loan

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Posted by Tommy Rich on 04/14/2016 at 4:13 AM

Re: “Bad to the Loan

Thanks for this informative look at how the Republicans, who have vowed to eliminate the CFPB, managed to persuade Democrats to join them in voting for this bill that was so enthusiastically supported by the National Auto Dealers Association but opposed by consumer advocacy groups.

It is doubly distressing that both of our members of Congress from the north bay voted with the Republicans on this very bad bill.

Jared Huffman’s response in explaining why he voted with the Republicans to cancel the CFPB’s regulatory guidance is particularly disturbing: “I heard from them (the auto dealers in his district) that it could drive up the cost of car loans and make them less accessible to some of those people—I felt like I had to listen to that side of the argument."

There is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that making sure that minorities don’t pay higher auto loan rates than white people do would drive up the cost of car loans; in fact, that’s a nonsensical statement. But it’s definitely an NADA talking-point that both Huffman and Mike Thompson seem to have heard loud and clear.

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Posted by Alice Chan on 04/13/2016 at 11:33 AM

Re: “The Art Wall at Shige Sushi

The reviews here are rather outdated. Shige Sushi has become wildly popular--and for good reason. The food is good, the service is good, the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, and there's always good art on the walls.

Posted by Reviewer on 04/13/2016 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Sacred Ground

Absolutely fabulous reporting. Nice to hear the proceeds from Graton Casino are being used so ingeniously. Well done.

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Posted by cgtripp on 04/12/2016 at 2:13 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

Re: “Maid in America

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Posted by Ellilou Fabs on 04/05/2016 at 6:21 PM

Re: “Bigfoot Sighting in Santa Rosa

Once I saw the name Tom Biscayne. Automatic red flag!

Posted by Mark Francis Nickens on 04/05/2016 at 5:28 PM

Re: “West End Wonder

I would love to see The Strudel Guy there.

Posted by Amy H on 04/02/2016 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Shine On

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Posted by Bryce David Dow-Williamson on 03/31/2016 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Beef of Burden

What's so ironic is how little these so-called environmentalists know about ecology and ecosystems, that is what's necessary for these ecosystems to function.. Look at Yellowstone for example where elk were having an adverse impact on vegetation and water ways. The elk overgrazed and polluted water ways. When an apex predator, wolves, were re-introduced, the wolves managed the elk by controlling their populations and forcing them to bunch up in herds. Without the pressure of apex predators, elk will have the same if not worse impact upon land than cattle. Why? Because elk are much much more difficult to manage. Due these environmentalist want to also reintroduce other apex predators like wolves to control the elk here?

Posted by Stefhan Gordon on 03/31/2016 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Triple Shot

Personally, I like the no res rule. It's your restaurant, run it as you will. I had the Tan Tan Ramen. One of the best plates I've ever had in Sonoma County. Ever. Wow. Very nicely done. Will definitely be back... will stand in line... happily.

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Posted by Jon Bixler on 03/31/2016 at 6:38 AM

Re: “Triple Shot

We are enthusiastic local customers that have been in both twice before the reno, and twice since the re-opening.
We have yet to be able to access the Ramen side this year.(2 hour wait, then 90 minute wait for each time respectively), but the no-reservations rule is a mis-step.

We noted while the visit with the 2 hour wait was shown to have both a packed restaurant and bar sides (the first week of re-opening), one week later a 90 minute wait had a virtually empty bar side: 2 folks at the wet bar who eventually got their names called for the Ramen side, and a second couple who left with us after we enjoyed an hour long meal the sampling the awesome bar food menu, this leaving the bar side empty.

Point being, the entire bar, (wet bar, window seats, and the middle bar facing a freezer) was empty by 8:30pm.

Ramen Gaijin has 3 distinct areas of the restaurant: the wet bar (with Window seats), the Ramen side of the restaurant, and then a middle section that straddles both halves of the Restaurant. But the lack of the ability to also serve serve Ramen, at least in the middle 10-stool bar is a mis-step; We would gladly sit there to enjoy the Ramen menu, as I'm sure others would as well when confronted with a very long Ramen-side wait.

Yes, the food is an amazing experience. The drinks too are good, and we will be sure to try their original concoctions on future visits.
But it's the food....you will shake your head in dis-belief that this is available in Sebastopol. (But then again, it's Sebastopol, and we don't need to let the secret out on our jewels.)

We will always come back, the food on both sides is incredible; Sebastopol (no, the entire North Bay) is extremely lucky to have this place to go to. However we worry that the 'no reservations' rule will hurt it, and the limited Ramen seating is just unfortunate. This is apparently because they did not expand the ramen cooking area of the kitchen during the renovation. That's puzzling, as it's called 'Ramen Gaijin', not '1/3 Ramen', or 'Ramen if you're patient'.

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Posted by Peter Jeno on 03/31/2016 at 5:08 AM

Re: “West End Wonder

Great Job West End,(Allen) See you in Railroad Square ♡

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Posted by ffemtsoup@comcast.net on 03/31/2016 at 12:30 AM

Re: “Triple Shot

Very cool!

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Posted by Nicki Wolfe on 03/30/2016 at 9:18 PM

Re: “West End Wonder

Free parking on Sunday! Come one, come all to Railroad Square!

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Posted by Lenna Saltzman on 03/30/2016 at 7:52 PM

Re: “Pie Eyed Open Studio Presents The Big Art Treasure Hunt

The 2nd Big Art Treasure Hunt is one super cool family friendly event free to everyone.
You Find It - You Get To Keep It! (one Art Treasure per family please)
Check the Pie Eyed Facebook page for the clues - first set of 10 will be released 8am April Fools Day. www.facebook.com/pieeyedstudio
*And Don't forget the Treasure Hunt Party & Show on the 10th 12 to 4 at Pie Eyed Open Studio. Come meet the artists behind the event and see more of their work.
Thanks - hope to see you soon.

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Posted by Lulu on 03/30/2016 at 5:50 PM

Re: “West End Wonder

Do parking meters operate on Sundays? Maybe not.

Posted by Gary Lipking on 03/30/2016 at 5:14 PM

Re: “West End Wonder

That's just great.... Now we will have to contend with parking meters.... I'll pass.

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Posted by Gary Lipking on 03/30/2016 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Ag Is Open Space

Also, it would have been nice to have RP city councils support, but I wonder why, if this parcel is on county land, they should be able to "veto"--anybody know?

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Posted by Joey Smith on 03/30/2016 at 4:04 PM

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