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A Call for “Sustainable Tourism” by Fred Allebach

http://www.sonomanews.com/home/6092412-181/council-may-revamp-vacation-rental Members of the Sonoma City Council, I commend you on addressing vacation rentals as a continuing problem in the community. I would like to suggest that vacation rentals can be more effectively framed as part of a Sustainable Tourism initiative by…

 

Farmworkers seek basic rights in wine industry

The Wine industry lobbied our electeds to vote against farmworker equal overtime pay. Hall has held fundraisers for assemblyman Bill Dodd who voted against equal overtime pay, twice. The costs of labor and production  continue to be externalized onto farmworkers…

 

State seeks tardy reports from water users

When irrigation of wine grape crops began in Sonoma County in 1970 we had 12,597 acres of wine grapes producing 2.37 tons per acre at $255.70 per ton. By 2000 we had 55,877 acres making 4.52 tons per acre of…

 

“Birds for the booms”

The “green deserts” keep taking their toll…….nothing lives but the vines. COMMENTS FROM THE ARTICLE: Shepherd Bliss Birds are far more important to nature’s balance than the invasive wine grape. “Silent Spring” was the book by scientist Rachel Carson, l962,…

 

Sonoma magazine lacking sensitivity for farm workers?

To the Editor- An issue of the magazine, “Sonoma” recently appeared in my mailbox. I find it reprehensible that next to the adds for multi-million dollar homes, expensive wines, vacations, jewelry and designer clothing, there are photos of grape pickers.Catherine…

 

Walt Ranch vineyard project in Napa contested by environmental group

Is this what peak wine looks like? http://www.pressdemocrat.com/business/5979046-181/walt-ranch-vineyard-project-in BILL SWINDELL THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | August 16, 2016, 7:51PM An environmental group filed an appeal Tuesday with the Napa County Board of Supervisors over a controversial vineyard conversion project that is…

 

Biologist Questions Wild Diamond Vineyards EIR

The first industrial vineyard in the area, Wild Diamond Vineyard, is trying to establish itself on a mountain top directly on the border of the 6,000 resident community of Hidden Valley Lake, just east of Middletown. In response to more than…