Thomas Bonfigli 
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Re: “At What Cost?

Frank Saiz is correct in his statement above that "It is amazing how Sonoma County would allow this sort of division to happen...."

And as a 55-year-old, lifelong community member of Sonoma County, I have my own observations to add which may shed some light on his compelling observant statement:

Amazing - but not at all surprising, when you consider the history of Sonoma County's Southwest Quadrant - and the decades-long neglect, punctuated by lack of opportunity for many of those who have lived there - not to mention the social stigma and scorn experienced by many of us who have.

I know. I lived there for 43 years - and loved it!

Now the County of Sonoma needs to stop kicking the can down the road for yet another decade and get this park established and constructed - with the amenities and features which the Moorland Neighborhood community members conceptualized and incorporated into the design features at numerous participatory park planning meetings which were held in the fall of 2015.

Time is of the essence, since this community has been waiting for a park since being promised one all the way back in 1989 - and because back-turning and neglect are no longer acceptable nor viable options - and never were.

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Posted by Thomas Bonfigli on 04/06/2017 at 11:51 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: January 4, 2016

Fantastic letter, Doug!

Methinks that Ms. Hopkins is quite adept at the "art" of doublespeak.

I am heartened that you have conveyed so clearly that you aren't buying such nonsense.
And neither am I.

It is one thing to use Donald Trump's victory and upcoming ascendancy to power as an easy diversionary target in an effort to deflect the memories of the voters away from the disturbing facts of how she obtained her seat.

However, it is quite another thing to think that all of the voters are so stupid that they will not realize the irony in the adoption of such a sordid political tactic.

Fortunately, the Fifth District isn't entirely composed of fools who will blithely buy into such nonsense.

It is now up to Ms. Hopkins to decisively prove the naysayers wrong by disavowing the unprecedented plethora of dirty tactics which were employed by her big-money donors, her advisers and her handlers who helped her to obtain this local seat of political power.

We'll be watching and waiting with equal parts of anticipation and apprehension.
But we won't be holding our breath.

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Posted by Thomas Bonfigli on 01/05/2017 at 12:52 AM

Re: “Taking the 5th

The title of this article is highly misleading.

"Take Back the Fifth District" from who?

And for what?

From the SAME people who backed Efren Carrillo in his last two election bids?

And to keep the strings of power attached firmly to someone who has never held public office, who has never written a piece of legislation which has actually affected the lives of community members and who has NEVER cast a SINGLE VOTE for or against a resolution, an item or a bill?

As far as I'm concerned, this article is so full of biases, inaccuracies and intentionally misleading meanderings that it has been rendered completely meaningless to anyone who was looking to your publication for an investigative treatise on the two candidates' respective backgrounds, qualifications and abilities to represent and lead the voters of the Fifth District.

Sadly, you fritted away a grand opportunity to do so - and seriously impaled your journalistic integrity in the process.

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Posted by Thomas Bonfigli on 03/14/2016 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Taking the 5th

Mr. Raskin:

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.

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Posted by Thomas Bonfigli on 03/09/2016 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Lasting Legacy

Excellent Open Mic piece!

I concur 100 percent with each and every one of the excellent points which you have expressed therein.

And to this, I will add that we are now living in a post-Andy Lopez world where the marginalization of our disempowered youth as well as the disparagement of the neighborhoods in which they just happen to reside are no longer going to be tolerated to the unsettling degree which they were in days past.

It is my sincere hope that those who have been so deeply affected by this horrific incident will continue to speak out about the injustices which still plague us, many of which were catapulted to the forefront of the public's consciousness after Andy was gunned down.

In the meantime, let us continue to do all that we can to see to it that a park in Andy's former neighborhood - which, as of the date of October 22, 2013, had been neither conceptualized nor built, 25 years PAST the original date that it was promised the neighbors that it would be - will finally come to fruition and that it will, indeed, bear Andy's name in its official name - as it should be, and as is only fitting.

Posted by Thomas Bonfigli on 11/18/2015 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: October 21, 2015

Victor Sund:

Thank you for your excellent letter.

I concur 100% with the opinions which you have so honestly and valiantly expressed therein.

And I will further state that "mumbo-jumbo" is exactly what the powers-that-be are attempting to feed us in an effort to get us to "back off" and accept whatever environmentally misguided plan they have concocted for our portion of the beautiful California coast.

You and your fellow activists who are keeping a watchful eye on this matter have both my appreciation, gratitude - as well as my respect.

I, too, will take this opportunity to say: Expand - and strengthen - the protections which are already in place for the preservation of our precious Sonoma County coast so that its beauty will remain pristine, for today, tomorrow - and for generations yet to come.

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Posted by Thomas Bonfigli on 10/22/2015 at 12:25 AM

Re: “Letters to the Editor: September 2, 2015

Kurt Mischler:

And if YOUR nose weren't so pointed in the wrong direction, perhaps you would have time to pause and realize that there are viable alternatives to these architectural disasters which are actually being used at present by some stores, such as some Raley's Superstores, which offer patrons with physical infirmities "curbside service." And there are other alternatives as well which could be employed, such as kiosks, walk-up windows, etc., many of which are not being utilized by American companies but are quite popular in Europe.

And if you weren't so busy leveling personal attacks at me, perhaps you would have time to do your own research into this and other pressing issues and attempt to conjure up possible viable solutions.

But it's obvious from your comment that that involves WAY too much work.


As for me not using drive-thrus, you don't have to worry about that, since I haven't used one in years - and have no intention of doing so either, as hypocrisy is not one of my strong points...

Finally, let me give you a bit of free advice: DEstruction is always easier than CONstruction.

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Posted by Thomas Bonfigli on 09/02/2015 at 1:24 PM

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