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Re: “Wine Country Confidential

I was stationed at Skaggs Island 1986 to March 1991. Loved this place. Best time of my life if Im being honest. Lots of great memories.

Posted by Jack Burnside on 05/21/2019 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Bunny Tale

Rabbits are so much Beautiful Pet in the World. When you take off in your hands it feels like a soft Cotton. I think we Love our animals and don't kill animals like rabbits. Animal Lovers give a strike for the safety of Animals. It's not necessary to manufacture handbags, hats & other products with fur. So Growth and care of animals should be done and also love with living things in the world.

Posted by lisa james on 05/16/2019 at 6:38 AM

Re: “Super Soy Me

$1.50 for mushroom risotto? where was that picture taken? it always seems their frozen food is expensive when I've seen it in stores.

Posted by MHilber on 05/14/2019 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Welcome to Lumaville

Very impresssed you landed SEVERAL theaters!

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Posted by Connie Madden on 05/03/2019 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Visions of Moderation

Beautiful. Thanks

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Posted by leslie 2 on 04/18/2019 at 2:07 AM

Re: “Bunny Tale

Don't exclude any kind of rabbit in the California fur ban bill.

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Posted by Adriana Denisse on 04/09/2019 at 7:16 AM

Re: “Bunny Tale

Rabbits are loved and cherished by so many people who have them as beloved pets in their homes. For Marc Levine to dismiss this for the sake of just ONE greedy constituent (Pasternak) who even admits he will not go broke if rabbits are included in the fur ban is absolutely ludicrous. Rabbits are considered pets by so many and live in peoples homes. They are so lovable and deserving of protection yet in 2019 are STILL being classified as Poultry and livestock and given no protection whatsoever. Please do not let a few rabbit farmers greed for profit dictate the fate of these beautiful, gentle, loving animals.
Please include ALL breeds of rabbits in the California Fur Ban bill.

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Posted by Debbi Buegeleisen on 04/06/2019 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Bunny Tale

Will, thank you for taking the the time to interview me for this article. Much of what I said is not included in the article . It's important that we provide accurate information about rabbits in general, and rabbit fur in specifics.
First, I would like to clarify that SaveABunny is not an animal rights group. We are a 501c3 nonprofit rescue and advocacy group that provides an invaluable, community service. While some individuals who volunteer for this group may be involved with animal rights groups, the majority of our supporters are families who have adopted rabbits as treasured members of their family.
We work with over 30 animal shelters per and have rescued 5,000 rabbits since 1999.
We provide an invaluable, life-giving and positive service to California and receive no government funding. We are a grass-roots , primarily volunteer-based group. Unlike Mark Pasternack we do not have a paid lobbyist or tax paid politician working on our behalf.
The photo of rabbits in this article are living in painful, cruel conditions while they wait to die. They are the EXACT same breed and species you can adopt from your local shelter or a rescue group as a pet. ANY rabbit can be called a meat rabbit for convenience. The rabbits in the photo are also babies and juveniles. What you see is the equivalent of immobilizing veal crates for rabbits. All for a luxury market basically for the benefit of one farmer-Mark Pasternak.
Rabbits are as intelligent as cats and dogs. Their basic needs to be able to move freely and exercise is not given. Additionally, they are living on hard wire cages which routinely cut into their feet leaving deep, stabbing wounds that go untreated.
For whatever reason people do not understand rabbits. It is a romantic notion to them that a farmer wants to raise and slaughter baby bunnies for profit.
What is the benefit to the community at large of rabbit farming?
Pasternak himself exhibits how there will be increased rabbit farming when he says he sold a trio of breeder rabbits to someone. What is the business arrangement for this and who does it benefit?
If California truly wants to be a fur free state rabbits should be include and protected in the ban. Otherwise, it is hypocritical and serves a very small group of people who will make a lot of money.
We would appreciate the opportunity for you to do a follow up on rabbits as companions in the state of California. In the US, rabbits are the 4th most popular pet with over 3 millions homes living with companion rabbits. Even Vice President Mike Pence lives with a pet rabbit, so rabbits as pets is hardly a fringe idea and lifestyle.
Thank you again for your time and consideration of the points I have raised.
Marcy Berman (not Schaaf)
Founder and Executive Director, SaveABunny

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Posted by Marcy Berman on 04/05/2019 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Bunny Tale

If we want a ban a on fur, we want a ban on fur. No exemption.

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Posted by Genevieve Campos on 04/05/2019 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Bunny Tale

Rabbits are the most abused animals on the planet. Exploited not only for their flesh and fur, they are victimized in research, used as bait and live food for other animals, and even as "pets", they are often neglected and abandoned resulting in them being the third most euthanized animal in American Shelters. Exempting them from the meager protection of not being skinned alive in order to take their fur is a slap in the face to those of us who value them as the clean quiet engaging and affectionate companions they are.
The single person who is being advocated for in Marin county where I reside who raises and kills rabbits didn't even qualify for the minimum standard that Whole Foods set when they launched their failed rabbit meat program.
The photo in this article makes my heart bleed for those poor babies stuffed into wire bottom cages so small they can barely turn around without a piece of hay (which should make up 80% of their diet) or anything to do but await their gruesome fate. The only consolation is that they are killed very young; at about 4 months of age. Escaping their suffering only in a cruel and violent death.
As a regular shopper at the Marin County Farmers Market where Mr Pasternak pedals his wares and I buy much of my food and the greens my bunnies enjoy dailly, I refuse to go anywhere near his booth. Seeing the dead bodies, skins and other bits of of animals I regard as cherished family members breaks my heart. People who love their dogs and cats should be able to relate; just imagine seeing your german shepherd's cousin turned into a fur bikini.
The evisceration of a bill that would make history for all fur bearing animals being tortured and killed for their skins by Assembly Member Levine may very well die a painful death at his hands. The animal advocate community can see that the exclusion of of rabbits will certainly lead to a monopoly on their skins as they will be the only fur available and have come out in mass in opposition to this exclusion. Even if the skins are supposed to be only from animals killed for their flesh, there is simply no way of regulating the origin of the pelts and will certainly result in an increase the number of rabbits raised and killed for either or both and be a boon for the people who produce them.
I wish everyone reading this would call Member Levine's office and ask him to represent his entire district, not just a single constituent and withdraw this ill fated request.

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Posted by Deborah Claassen on 04/05/2019 at 11:08 AM

Re: “With the 'Resisterhood'

Even maralago abused domestic worker immigrants, just like the farming and construction industry thrive on slave wages and labor, modesto still pays by the bundle not the hr to field workers.

Posted by edwardo on 04/04/2019 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Bunny Tale

Whether for meat or for fur, utilizing the byproduct normalizes the fur culture. The message of this bill is for the state to denounce support of this unethical industry and prevent reason for fur sales.

Excluding rabbit fur from the bill would not be congruent with the values of the majority of California's constituents. This state wide majority far outweighs the values of the ONE small Northern California district represented by Assemblyman Levine.

Levin's Spokesperson states: "Assemblymember Levine supports maintaining the highest ethical standards for the production of legal animal products in California."
If it is agreed by the majority that the fur industry is unethical then Mr. Levin must acknowledge all animals regardless of how the byproducts are used.

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Posted by Lisa Rockwell on 04/04/2019 at 2:33 AM

Re: “With the 'Resisterhood'

Thanks for casting more light on an under-reported area. Domestic workers & caregivers deserve benefits, overtime, & more respect!

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Posted by leslie 2 on 04/02/2019 at 12:45 AM

Re: “With the 'Resisterhood'

Thanks for reporting on this. Glad things are finally being done for these "invisible" workers, tho nowhere near enough.

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Posted by leslie 2 on 04/02/2019 at 12:36 AM

Re: “The Big Interrupt

Your perception of the world, people and society could not be more wrong. You have powered your way through life with deep fears and insecurities. People completely tune you out and tolerate you but will not venture to be truthful with you because its too much of a hassle, and you simply wont listen. You know it all. My guess is that you have had a very, very painful upbringing. God help you. Sincerely.

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Posted by badabing on 02/12/2019 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Sole Man

A warm hearted story that gives a glimpse of the pain, struggle and strength of spirit in one man's life.

Posted by James Carouba on 01/31/2019 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Sole Man

A well written article. This story was very informative and inspiring. Shows that dreams, they can come true.

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Posted by Precila on 01/23/2019 at 9:46 AM

Re: “The Independent

Good overview of the Bohemian's genealogy; I had looked you up on Wikipedia a while back but got lost in all the convolutions. Seeing you from Boland's PoV really helps.
An example of how mainstream newspapers are transitioning - & so far surviving - is also the Guardian (UK).
Here's to you and another year of excellent local investigative reporting!

Posted by leslie 2 on 12/25/2018 at 9:19 PM

Re: “The Rent Kept a-Rollin'

This innocuous and informational article was rolling around fine until about 3/4 of the way through, when the author felt it necessary to promote racism. Why is it ok to degenerate an entire class of people if they are "white". Racism is racism, and this is a clear case. Oh, do you want to say it's true so it's not....welll that is a very slippery slope indeed. Either stop classifying people by their race or let every racial slur stand. But, inserting it into an article, and propagating the disrespect of the Press Democrat is BS!

Posted by Witzundlachen on 12/14/2018 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Voter's Guide

Thank you for your endorsement!

Posted by Jason Kishineff on 11/02/2018 at 11:17 PM

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