UPDATE: New group forms: SAVE OUR SONOMA NEIGHBORHOODS

Yesterday we posted, and last night “East Coast Gunmen Hit 3 Petaluma Homes”. This was front page on the Press Democrat this morning. Some of the homes had children in them, people were brutally beaten. Five weeks ago same MO, east coast robbers and 2 were killed.

 We made comments on security issues and the great point this group made on this issue. The wine industry has spread out all over our neighborhoods to the detriment of our quality of life. Let’s not let the genie out of the bottle on this industry and put grows in industrial zones now.

We support our local activists who are protecting their neighborhoods, families and the environment. Supervisors can add more exclusion zones to the ordinance to protect the quality of life in our communities.

Growing in industrial areas provides more security, good infrastructure (think water, sewage, power), eliminates conflict in neighborhoods.

 

SAVE OUR SONOMA NEIGHBORHOODS 

Who we are: A coalition of concerned Sonoma County residents dedicated to representing neighborhoods in lobbying the county for the common sense cultivation of commercial marijuana.
Tag Line:  Sonoma County residents voted to legalize adult recreational marijuana use, not to have it grown commercially in our neighborhoods.
Good morning friends and neighbors,
We have a big announcement! In the past few months, No Pot on Purvine has been collaborating with other concerned citizen groups in rural unincorporated areas of the county regarding the marijuana grows and applications in our respective neighborhoods. We are excited to announce that SAVE OUR SONOMA NEIGHBORHOODS which is the product of this collaboration!
We have formed this larger group coalition with the purpose of change, beginning with lobbying our supervisors to revise the county ordinance beginning in April.  
Like our Facebook page  SAVE OUR SONOMA NEIGHBORHOODS – Please join the group and become involved in the changes you know need to take place.
 
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Who we are: A coalition of concerned Sonoma County residents dedicated to representing neighborhoods in lobbying the county for the common sense cultivation of commercial marijuana.
Tag Line:  Sonoma County residents voted to legalize adult recreational marijuana use, not to have it grown commercially in our neighborhoods.
Primary Objectives and Demands for the April 10th Supervisors meeting:
1. Immediately STOP issuing marijuana permits until the Sonoma County Ordinance is revised
2. In the future, absolutely no ministerial permits: all marijuana permits must be discretionary and neighbors are owed due process

3. Commercial marijuana grows to be restricted to industrial zoning only

4. Disband the Cannabis Advisory Group (CAG)- due to of conflict of interest and possibly collusion among the CAG board members
5. Limit maximum number of marijuana cultivation permits to be issued to prevent illegal exportation. Sonoma County should not promote the production beyond local needs
6. Absolutely no private easements in any future marijuana cultivation permits
As a start, please attend Tuesdays Board of Supervisors Meeting, Tomorrow March 13th. 
This is where the change begins! If you do not want to speak that is ok! 
WEAR RED, Wear Red, wear red….it was decided at our meeting to encourage all attendees and speakers to wear red when speaking and Identify yourself as a member of the “SAVE OUR SONOMA NEIGHBORHOODS” coalition.
To speak:
There are yellow speaker cards on the left side of the chamber (Next to the ramp). Pick up a card fill it out and return to the container next to where you picked up the card. PRINT OUT a copy of your talk, it does not need to be identical, so you can get more of your complaint on the record and give it to the clerk after speaking. This step is important so you go on written record as to your position. You will have, at the maximum, 3 minutes but expect only 2 minutes to speak, practice and time you talk so you know what you can effectively leave out if your speaking time is cut down from 3 to 2 minutes.
WEAR RED, Wear Red, wear red….it was decided at our meeting last night to encourage all speakers to wear red when speaking and Identify yourself as a member of the “SAVE OUR SONOMA NEIGHBORHOODS” coalition.
We will see you at the Tuesday, March 13th BOS meeting, and suggest being in a seat by 8:15 and filling out a speaker card if you wish to speak. Parking can be tight at this time in the morning so find your space early.

For future reference: 

You must check the agenda for each meeting as the time for public comments can change for each meeting! You can also sign up to be automatically noticed of each Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting on the county website, link attached, copy and paste into your browser;
 
 
 
Stay tuned!

Your SOS neighborhood team

5 comments

  1. Mike

    Criminal activity regarding Cannabis is a Law Enforcement problem! Criminals rob banks, because that’s where the money is. Why don’t we ban banks? Liquor Stores? Convenience Stores? Quit letting Police off the hook, and blaming your problems on legal growers. If you don’t like it, contact your County Supervisor, or vote for another one.

    • Janus Matthes

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      Mike, we agree this is a mess. In a rush to stop prohibition some issues were not thought through for consequences when this was voted in. With every county implementing differently there will be conflict. We appreciate your comments and hopes that the growers will work in their neighborhoods to circumvent problems.

  2. Jack Fender

    Almost all of your arguments relate to illegal grow operations, almost none of them relate to modern, commercial, state licensed grow operations. So your arguments are false.

    Modern indoor commercial systems utilize far less electrical energy. With modern hybrid solar system’s energy usage is drastically reduced. Their irrigation systems are designed to be really efficient, using far less water and do not pollute groundwater. Lighting pollution is not an issue as the systems are indoors. Odors, once again air filtration systems combat 90% of the odors and are confined to indoor locations. Property values to fall! How will an indoor operation cause property values to fall? Will your local Kitchen Showroom cause that? Or how about a local tire warehouse. Will that businesses cause property values to fall? Nope!
    Fire hazards? Properly installed electrical systems must meet local codes, so they are no less dangerous than your kitchen lighting.
    These operations cannot be licensed in residential areas, period. So please stop with your scare tactics. These businesses will bring more jobs. Will increase property values because more buildings will be not left standing empty. But more importantly, they will bring in huge tax revenues to our communities. More money to improve schools, roads, and other community assets.

    • Janus Matthes

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      Jack, we appreciate your detailed remarks and hope our communities continue to talk and work out problems so we are not making decisions and operating out of fear. If we don’t have discussion, nothing will ever be resolved. Thanks for taking the time to speak to the community!

  3. Michael Thatcher

    Gun fire,out of state tags for more than a year mean dog signs have plagued our neighbor for over a year,what happened to people with a few plants in there back yard now it’s an acre grow in rural residential,place Hunter ln use to be a quite street,stop these commercial grows!

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