Community Rights

New study finds about 300 fewer police killings in cities where Black Lives Matter protests happened

 New study finds about 300 fewer police killings in cities where Black Lives Matter protests happened Protesters stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality on June 3, 2020, in Stockholm, Sweden. Mar 02, 2021 2:12pm PST by Lauren Floyd, Daily Kos Staff It’s difficult to gauge the success of any movement aimed …

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Friends of Mark West Watershed Letter/ County being sued for cannabis regulations changes

My name is H. B. (name withheld for privacy) , and I represent the Friends of the Mark West Watershed. We work in partnership with countless agencies, non-profits, and foundations to support our mission to protect and preserve the Mark West watershed. We have over 150 households on our members list, and more than 350 …

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More letters to County objecting to cannabis proposed changes

I’m a longtime Sebastopol resident, Lone Pine Road area. I’m affiliated with Wine & Water Watch and Save Our Sonoma Neighborhoods and am writing to oppose the new draft ordinance. I do not oppose cannabis per se. Given that County of Sonoma has chosen to ignore the lessons of other jurisdictions, it does not appear that …

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TWO WRONGS DO MAKE A “RIGHT TO FARM”

TWO WRONGS DO MAKE A “RIGHT TO FARM” Commercial Cannabis Cultivation – Impacts are Impacts The Neighborhood Coalition’s concern is not about individual cultivation, personal use, access to product or city-based canna-tourism. We’re concerned about unstudied environmental impacts. The proposed Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Ordinance has the potential to degrade our scenic open space landscapes, watersheds, …

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CEQA Requires Assessment of GHG Impacts from Tourism

We Are Paying the Price: 5 Stages: “Tourism’s Faustian Deal”

Post from the past. As the County prepares to allow more winery events and cannabis tourism we have to ask, “who are you working for?” Tourism is only 6.5% of our total economy (2021 Economic Development Report).  Opinion: The Press Democrat recently reported that more people are leaving Sonoma County than moving in. We have …

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Sonoma County homeless population among the biggest nationwide

Heck of a job Supervisors! Sonoma County third highest homeless population in nation….only Orange County and Honolulu more*.   “The basic explanation is high rents and low wages.” Sonoma County homeless population among the biggest nationwide Manuel Santiago has been living in an area of southwest Santa Rosa since Camp Michela, a homeless camp in the …

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