Author Archives: Deb Preston

Monsanto Banned From European Parliament

MEPs withdraw parliamentary access after the firm shunned a hearing into allegations that it unduly influenced studies into the safety of glyphosate used in its RoundUp weedkiller By Arthur Neslen for the Guardian, 9/28/17 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/28/monsanto-banned-from-european-parliament?CMP=share_btn_link We’ve published previous articles about…

 

A Growing Sonoma Bursts at its Seams

Wine tourism: booming. Mass transit: zooming. Big cannabis: looming. For a once-quiet agricultural region, Sonoma is suddenly an economic engine. And not everybody’s loving the noise. By Patrick Hoge 9/25/17 https://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/the-new-sonoma-crush-0/ Liza Hinman lives in two Sonoma County worlds on…

 

OPINION: PRMD approves Winery Use-Permits that Urbanize Rural Areas

Update: Skirting Protections http://www.pressdemocrat.com/opinion/7459500-181/thursdays-letters-to-the-editor EDITOR: The recent article about proposed development along Old Redwood Highway on the outskirts of Santa Rosa is an example of efforts to skirt protections for open space and greenbelts (“Cloverleaf Ranch a family affair for…

 

Got Asthma?

This just in from Napa Vision 2050: “Last week we shot these photos of vineyard burning, a threat to health in our Napa Valley. Just look at the particles flowing up-valley from this burn going to the California Veteran’s Home….

 

UPDATE: TAX ON WINE GRAPES AS WELL AS ON CANNABIS?

MARCH 26, 2017 UPDATE: The reaction of residents to the idea of taxing the wine industry for grapes in the same way cannabis growers are being taxed on marijuana crops is growing, as evidenced by another letter in yesterday’s Santa…

 

List of California Wines Containing Arsenic

http://deadstate.org/heres-a-complete-list-of-the-wine-brands-that-have-been-poisoning-you-with-arsenic/  Sky Palma, DeadState.org, March 21, 2015 In previous posts on this website, we discussed the class-action lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court that took Big Wine to task for high levels of inorganic arsenic found in 83 wines…

 

Appeals Court Backs Napa County in Watershed Initiative Dispute

napavalleyregister.com/news/local/appeals-court-backs Appeals court backs Napa County in Watershed Initiative Dispute BARRY EBERLING beberling@napanews.com Barry Eberling   California’s First District Court of Appeal has issued a decision making it harder for backers of a controversial watershed and oak protection initiative to…

 

Year of the Tourist?

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/opinion/6667626-181/saturdays-letters-to-the-editor Year of the Tourists? EDITOR: So the Board of Supervisors has declared 2017 the “Year of the Senior” (“A friendlier place to age,” Tuesday). I am well into my dotage, but I would prefer a “Year of the Residents”…