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WWW Annual Sonoma County Land Use Policy Meeting

On February 16, 2019 the community came together for an open, fact filled discussion on land use policies. Sonoma County planners are rewriting the General Plan for 2020, still tweaking cannabis regulations, winery event regulations (postponed) and the Local Coastal Plan due…

 

Roundup ban in Sonoma parks?

Glyphosate should have been banned by the City of Sonoma years ago. What is taking so long? JANIS MARA SONOMA INDEX-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER | December 13, 2018, 5:56PM Weedkillers containing glyphosate, a substance that may be linked to cancer, could…

 

We Came, We Planned, We Were Wrong

Pete Parkinson, retired planning director for Sonoma County, just issued a sobering mea culpa ten months after the devastating Northbay wildfires. He lost his own home, as did others in his family, so we can understand why it took him…

 

Sonoma County Climate Plan Lawsuit Explained

A case study of last year’s landmark lawsuit challenging Sonoma County’s Climate Action 2020 Plan was presented last week at the 2018 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene, Oregon. The Public Interest Environmental Law Conference is the premier annual…

 

Tasting Rooms Battle Heats Up in Sonoma

Influential wine writer Liza B. Zimmerman asks a question that Wine and Water Watch has been trying to find an answer to for several years: “How many tasting rooms are too many? “ “Is Sonoma overdoing the number of tasting…

 

Judge Rules Climate Action 2020 Plan Violates CEQA

Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Nancy Case Shaffer in Santa Rosa has ruled in favor of local Sonoma Valley attorney Jerry Bernhaut’s lawsuit challenging Sonoma County’s Climate Action 2020 Plan. A lawyer with River Watch, a Sonoma County firm active…

 

Water & Power: A California Heist

In Paso Robles, financiers are buying up vineyards for the unfettered water rights and selling it back to residents. Paso Robles had a vineyard explosion that led to dry wells and drilling over 1,200 feet into ancient aquifers. This is…

 

Napa’s Walt Ranch Hearings Open with Protest

Napa Valley Register by Barry Eberling – Updated Nov 20, 2016 People waged the Walt Ranch battle in the Napa County Board of Supervisors chamber and on the street. County supervisors on Friday opened what will be a multi-day hearing…

 

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…

 

Crude Awakening – Tar Wars at BAAQMD

The Bay Area’s air district is considering a rule that could prevent increased Bay Area refining of dirty Canadian tar sands by Will Parrish In recent years, oil corporations have intensified their push to make the San Francisco Bay Area…

 

EU Moves Closer to Banning Glyphosate

REUTERS- Monday Jun 6, 2016 7:34pm EDT EU countries refuse to back new license for glyphosate weed-killer BRUSSELS | By Alissa de Carbonnel EU nations refused to back a limited extension of the herbicide glyphosate’s use on Monday, threatening withdrawal…