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Debriefer: October 15, 2014 

Craft beers coming to farmers markets; Star Route Farms for sale; Andy Lopez memorial

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For the first time, California craft beermakers will be able to sell bottled beer at certified farmers markets under AB 2004, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month. Sponsored by Assemblyman Wes Chesbro, the bill lifts restrictions on the state's craft-beer industry at farmers markets, and lets beer-makers sell any kind of beer and wine at private, on-premises events they host. The measure enjoyed unanimous bipartisan support in Sacramento and goes into effect Jan. 1.

Critically, AB 2004 brings state beer law in line with what's allowed in the wine industry.

The craft-beer lobby is thrilled at a bill that offers parity "with the privileges currently enjoyed by the wine industry," says California Craft Brewers Association executive director Tom McCormick in a statement.


A small group of Bolinas residents is working hard to keep Star Route Farms operational as an organic farm.

Star Route opened in 1974; it's where modern organic farming started in the United States. But the 100-acre farm is for sale by owner Warren Weber. Asking price: about $12.5 million.

Enter CORE (Community Organic Regenerative Education), whose goal is to "bring in research and education to a farm that's already doing fantastic," says Bolinas resident Melinda Stone. CORE is hoping for buy-in from a regional land trust, and from a university that's been shopping for an off-campus ag site. A deep-pockets investor would also come in handy.


A long and trying year has passed since Andy Lopez was shot and killed by a Sonoma County Deputy Sheriff. October 22 marks the one-year anniversary of the teen's death in the Moorland Avenue neighborhood, and Santa Rosa criminal-justice activists have organized two weeks' worth of Lopez-related actions and events to commemorate his passing as they push for greater police accountability.

Here's what's happening: The Justice Coalition for Andy Lopez (JCAL) has a memorial planned for Lopez on Oct. 15 at 4pm at the plot of land known as Andy's Memorial Park (Moorland and Los Robles). There's a cleanup at the park Oct. 18 at 10am and a meeting of the Sonoma County Community Oversight of Police Practices on Oct. 20—that group sprang up out of the JCAL and is working up a review of police practices in Santa Rosa.

Organizers plan a daylong protest at the Hall of Justice in Santa Rosa and at the Sonoma Board of Supervisors County Complex on Oct. 21.

Oct. 22 was Andy Lopez' last day on earth in 2013, and, sadly, it coincides with the National Day Against Police Brutality and Mass Incarceration. There's a daylong protest against such things in Sacramento starting at 9am—and a potluck back at Andy's Park in the late afternoon.

Lopez's death has already spawned legislation at the state level. At the time of his death, he was carrying a toy gun that was mistaken for a real one. Legislation sponsored by Santa Rosa State Sen. Noreen Evans and signed by Gov. Brown this year puts new restrictions on toy guns—the most obvious one being to make sure toy guns can't be mistaken for real ones.

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