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Will Parrish email update

Will Parrish has left the area to focus on more of his great investigative journalism. Here is a bulletin from Will. We wish you continued success where ever you go. Shadowproof, May 18, 2017: The Federal Government Is Trying to…

 

Tourism Impacts, locals speak out

Thanks Ken for pointing out the disparity in funding. Add that to the growing list of tourism impacts….is quality of life vs. low wages, seasonal work worth it? Tourism based economies are the first impacted in an economic downturn and…

 

Napa County wineries face more permit scrutiny

About time, neighbors have been calling in for years documenting violations with little or no action…..now can they stop the deforestation, chemical pollution, traffic problems and water mining?   http://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/northbay/napacounty/6997059-181/napa-county-wineries-face-more?utm_source=Boomtrain&utm_medium=manual&utm_campaign=20170105&artslide=0 Napa County wineries face more permit scrutiny GARY QUACKENBUSH FOR NORTH…

 

Sonoma County zoning board backs freeze on Freestone commercial development

Sonoma County zoning board backs freeze on Freestone commercial development http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7007982-181/sonoma-county-zoning-board-backs?artslide=0 MARY CALLAHAN THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | May 19 Sonoma County’s zoning board agreed Thursday to seek a temporary freeze on new commercial development in the rural town of Freestone…

 

Napa’s Worker Squeeze Tightens

Great reason to stop the growth in tourism, event centers, water mining by big wine, industrialization of our rural neighborhoods, living wages and treatment of laborers.   https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2017/05/napas-worker-squeeze-tightens Tougher rules around immigrant labor could see a hike in wine prices in California’s…

 

In Napa Valley, Vineyards and Conservationists Battle for the Hills

http://e360.yale.edu/features/in-napa-valley-vineyards-take-a-bigger-bite-out-of-forests-and-biodiversity The steady expansion of vineyards in California’s premier wine-growing region is moving uphill into oak and other woodlands and is adversely affecting fish and wildlife. Other wine areas, from Oregon’s Willamette Valley to Mendoza in Argentina, are facing similar…

 

From our friends at Food & Water Watch

We’ve submitted our remarks, hope you do the same. People power works… Trump & Pruitt Want to CUT Environmental Protections — and They Want YOUR Input Submit Your Comment and Give Them a Piece of Your Mind! This week, Environmental Protection Agency…

 

Sustainable tourism?

If you want to voice your concerns about the economic, environmental and community impacts of uncontrolled tourism, here is your chance. Following the article are notes from the NapaVision 2050 economic summit on tourism impacts to the community. Tourism based economies are…

 

Binge Tourism

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/opinion/6935735-181/close-to-home-the-time?artslide=0 Close to Home: The time has come to create ‘sustainable tourism’ standards JANIS WATKINS JANIS WATKINS IS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF CONSERVATION ACTION. | April 30, 2017, 12:07AM | Updated 1 hour ago. Sonoma County’s…