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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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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: “Grow-Site Pain

I was appalled at this ridiculously biased attack piece on supervisor Lynda Hopkins...then I realized, this isn't SUPPOSED to be "journalism" it was an advertisement!

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Posted by sedna101 151 on 12/12/2018 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Grow-Site Pain

Friends of Graton was not happy to be ignored for this article, but in Tom's defense he did offer us the OpenMic in the next issue of the Bohemian which comes out Wednesday, a day after the Supervisors hearing. Since we are not sure of the status of the project until we hear if there will possibly be a revision or a new project, we have decided to wait to make comment until that time. You are correct, Dian, that what you have described is the current proposed project.

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Posted by AnnaR on 12/10/2018 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Grow-Site Pain

At no point in this article did Goggola cite the main reasons for residents' opposition to the project:

"This mammoth project calls for 18 greenhouses, 30 parking spaces, 8' high perimeter fencing, 12 water tanks, 2 buildings (5050 sq. ft.), a security station, camera surveillance, outdoor grow, nighttime lighting - all accessed by narrow Railroad Street." (Joe Howard, Graton)

Very disappointed in this failure to observe high journalistic ethics, Tom. The attempt to frame the article as an impeachment of the neutrality of Hopkins' role indicates you understand the valid reasons for opposition and concern yet have paid them no attention, instead opting for an attack on the 5th district supervisor and thus supporting cries of NIMBYism when this is absolutely not true. That's the story - go follow it, please!

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Posted by Dian Hardy on 12/10/2018 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Grow-Site Pain

Joe, I'm not sure why you feel that way, but I think if you met Jack you wouldn't see any of the arrogance that you imply. Meet him, talk with him, take his measure. Then decide.

Posted by Richard Buck on 12/09/2018 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Grow-Site Pain

Well, it certainly was a terribly researched and intentionally divisive article, and despite your efforts at getting more reasonable as the comment string went on, Mr Buck, it feels to me that your approach is far from 'win-win,' but more like 'I always expect to win, you all just don't understand how right I am.'

Enough has been written about many negative and controversial aspects of this project, but the one thing I haven't seen that should be a deal-killer is the nature of Railroad Street. It's a one lane road. How in the world will it handle the traffic, and especially the truck traffic, that this project will require. This use is simply inappropriate for this location in every way.

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Posted by Joe Rogoff on 12/09/2018 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Grow-Site Pain


Apologies if that sounded condescending, I didn't mean to come across that way, but curious as to why you think it should not be on the Consent Calendar?

Also, I do find it odd that you say "I do not subscribe...Press Democrat", but on 07/26/2018 you have a comment in the Bohemian that says "Good news..." and then you provide a link and quotes from an article in PD. You do read it, but I guess you don't subscribe.

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Posted by MHobbes on 12/09/2018 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Grow-Site Pain


That is very condescending the way you replied to me. No I did not see the ad you reference and I do not subscribe to that crap the press Democrat. And yes i am more than well aware of what the "Consent Calendar" is and its "purpose." Supervisor Gore allows a person only 2 minutes total to comment on any and all consent items, so if one wanted to comment on only 4 of these 52 items you could budget 30 seconds each for your comments. No I do not believe this belongs on the consent calendar as a routine business matter. And I question how the "ad-hoc" decided this belonged there, expecting it to pass as a routine matter.
Plenty of their activities raise Brown Act concerns.

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Posted by MHilber on 12/09/2018 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Grow-Site Pain


I'm imagine you saw the ad in Press Democrat by Waybrook Associates (Cheryl Buck is Agent for Service of Process) talking about the consent calendar item. Consent Calendars are the way local governments work, there are not long lengthy discussions about every item. There are 52 consent items on Dec 11th agenda and they will be voted as a block. We elect them to represent us and it is up to us to read the minutes from previous meetings and upcoming agenda information packages, and contact the Board of Supervisors. A lot of people contact their elected officials to express their views. The BOS takes the input from the citizens to help inform their decision. But it is up to us to stay informed and contact our representatives. The government is not there to spoon feed us, we must actively participate.

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Posted by MHobbes on 12/09/2018 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Grow-Site Pain

It's on the consent calendar because the definition of trails as parks already exists per the Municipal Code and pre-dates the cannabis regulations. There shouldn't really be anything to debate/discuss as far as the supervisors and county counsel are concerned. That being said, it's a public hearing and anyone can make comments.

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Posted by cfargo 3 on 12/09/2018 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Grow-Site Pain

Bike Trails to be Parks is on the Consent Calendar, meaning it's expected to be approved without even debate. It is item #39. Why was this not even put on the Regular Calendar to invite public comment on the matter? Here's the specifics -

Recommended Actions:
Adopt a Resolution Interpreting Public Parks as referenced in the Cannabis Land Use Ordinance as all
existing Federal Recreation Areas, State Parks, Regional Parks, Community Parks, Neighborhood Parks,
and Class I Bikeways as designated in the Sonoma County 2020 General Plan.

39. Cannabis Ordinance Park Setback Interpretation, ORD18-0009: Adopt a Resolution Providing an Interpretation that Class I Bikeways are Public Parks as referenced in the Cannabis Land Use Ordinance.

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Posted by MHilber on 12/09/2018 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Grow-Site Pain

Thanks, Lisa. But not helpful. Perhaps if you were there, you could have witnessed the vitriol for yourself.

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Posted by Richard Buck on 12/09/2018 at 8:24 AM

Re: “Grow-Site Pain

Dear Jack,

Now you're playing the victim? My family has lived in this town for many years and I've seen divisive issues from politics to development, but no one getting beat up over them. If you and your partners feel accosted from disagreement, then I suggest they toughen up and you grow a pair.

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Posted by Lisa on 12/08/2018 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Grow-Site Pain

Hi Bonney. Thanks for your thoughtful contribution. It reminds me of the spirit of Woodstock, where Jack used to live. I'd like you to meet Jack and talk with him, get to know him. I think your three P's would resonate with him. You guys may be able to create something, at the risk of sounding too "woo-woo"... magical.

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Posted by Richard Buck on 12/07/2018 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Grow-Site Pain

I walk the Graton Trail near the proposed cannabis project multiple times per week.
I love this trail. I love the open views. I love the trees, bird songs by day and frog songs by night.
I love the fresh, clean air.

The people here are connected to the land.
People here are connected to their neighbors.
Many are stewards of the earth.

I would have preferred having the Bucks meet our community and discussing
their plans, before surprising us with their application.
Its part of being a good neighbor.

The world is changing.
Old divisive strategies are not working so well anymore.

Moving forward, it is my hope that people will be calm, focus on facts and utilize the 3 Ps of the newly emerging World Business Model embracing these new bottom lines
in this order:

And just for the record, I was also disappointed by the journalism of Tom Gogola.
It reminded me of high school: "she said, he said.
There were many other points of view and facts that could have been educational.
I did not find the article helpful or educational.

Bonney Meyer

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Posted by Bon on 12/07/2018 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Grow-Site Pain

Mr. Hobbes,

Cancelling the community meeting was a difficult experience for me. Since coming to Graton I have walked the trail, eaten in town, and spoken with residents many times and I've met some of the kindest people I could hope to - I've also met people who have accosted me and the 3 other people that comprise Jackalope Gardens. We've been yelled at and I've gotten calls at home asking me how I sleep at night. Even threats of arson, which we have reported to the proper authorities.

I made the decision to cancel the community meeting based on the fears of my partners loved ones; as the head of this company I feel personally responsible for their well-being and I cannot and will not compromise that, even if it was the wrong decision for the business. The Q&A was the best I could offer until everyone had time to cool off. I took that time to reach out to individuals and found that more people believe Jackalope Gardens would be a good fit for Graton than FOG would lead you to believe. Many of them will be speaking on December 11 and some have expressed they do not feel comfortable supporting the project publicly because of the animosity around it.

I invite you, Mr. Hobbes, to please email me at and help me coordinate a meeting with the community at the Graton Community Club, I will foot the bill and ensure everyone has a chance to ask questions and begin a dialogue I hope will benefit everyone involved.

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Posted by Jack Buck on 12/07/2018 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Grow-Site Pain

Mr. Buck,

One last point before finishing work for the weekend. I believe your son Jack, is sincere and wants to help people heal with CBD. Reading Jack's posts and bio in the Q&A he seems like a good guy and would likely fit in with the community. I also believe in the medicinal use of CDB, even given all the hype.

Where I remain skeptical, not cynical, is whether this project is compatible with our community and the surrounds.

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Posted by M Hobbes on 12/07/2018 at 2:51 PM

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