rachel zierdt 
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Re: “Letters: Point Reyes Shame

I am referencing your article about the county officials pushing back at the State for not certifying our inadequate, ill-kept roads as being fire safe. I am continually puzzled by the reasoning of our County Board of Supervisors. In her comments, Supervisor Hopkins referenced the county’s efforts to balance other challenges facing the county and state, including homelessness and affordable housing.

“Sonoma County has been creative in problem solving with the Board of Forestry staff to meet the goals of fire safety protections in a manner that protects private property rights and also helps resolve these critical priorities.” she is quoted as saying.

The only thing creative here is how she is able to weave the two such disparate ideas together and make that an argument as to why the county needs unsafe fire roads to be certified.

It seems to me that the county wants the money that development will bring regardless of dangers created by inadequate, substandard “paths of travel” to current and future inhabitants.
Have we not had enough recent fires with great loss to property to prove that we are not safe? When firefighters will not bring men and equipment up certain roads because they are dangerous, then our roads are inadequate. Let’s get real here.

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Posted by rachel zierdt on 10/12/2020 at 9:31 PM

Re: “Writers Picks: Cannabis

It is so nice that we have a few good actors in the cannibus industry. But the fact is that although California legalized the use of cannibus, it did not suggest that Sonoma County should supply all of California.
It is obvious to me that many (or maybe most) of the new growers are people who are flooding Sonoma County have no connection to this county and arrive here for purely economic reasons. They are coming here because of the very loose cannibus growing regulations compared with many other counties and states.
The ordinance that the supervisors have written is slanted towards the cannibus industry without great regard to the safety of the population, allowing no input from neighbors who are having their water and air affected.
I live in a rural residential zone(RR0, but it directly abuts diversified agriculture zone(DA) so my next door neighbor (moved here from Minnesota specifically to grow pot) is going to grow in my family neighborhood. This is a result of the unintended consequences of a law that needs to be amended.
I urge all those who live in RR areas to check to see if they are liable to have DA zone closeby.
I understand that there are thousands of such abutments.
Rachel Zierdt

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Posted by rachel zierdt on 03/21/2018 at 4:47 PM

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