Corruption

Zoom paid $0 in federal income taxes on 4,000 percent profit increase during pandemic

“It’s time to end a rigged tax code that benefits the wealthy and powerful.” —Sen. Bernie Sanders Zoom paid $0 in federal income taxes on 4,000 percent profit increase during pandemic Jake Johnson, Common Dreams March 22, 2021 The U.S.-based online video chat platform Zoom has seen its profits skyrocket by 4000% during the Covid-19 …

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Let the Public Speak: Bad Medicine

Let the Public Speak: Bad Medicine LET THE PUBLIC SPEAK Bad medicine EDITOR: In spite of the city’s commitment to approving marijuana dispensaries only in industrial and commercial areas, away from residential areas, the Santa Rosa Planning Commission came perilously close to approving one in the middle of a quiet, densely populated, residential area in …

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No one is happy with county: The LCP remote workshop was entirely too remote

To whom it may concern, The LCP remote workshop was entirely too remote and not an adequate substitute for citizen input. People need to see who is in attendance, speakers need to be announced by full name and affiliation. Not only that, but of course it is still impossible to comment on a document that …

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One-sided winery rules

One-sided winery rules EDITOR: Your article about event permit rules for wineries failed to expose the redundant, chaotic, mind-boggling process the county has burdened the community with for the past several years (“Clashes over winery event permit rules,” Feb. 20). The county has repeatedly asked for feedback, from numerous workshops to the winery working group …

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WWW Responds to Winery Event Workshop by County

PRMD-WineryEvents@sonoma-county.org To: Permit Sonoma & Sonoma County Supervisors:  RE: Winery Event Ordinance Wine and Water Watch is a local organization of over 300 citizens concerned with the overdevelopment of the wine tourism industry and promotes ethical land and water use. We oppose the industrialization of agricultural lands not growing food, medicine, fiber or sileage and …

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Eviction during coronavirus: Conservative Judicial Activism Strikes Again

Conservative Judicial Activism Strikes Again Legal Planet by Dan Farber Feb 25, 2021 Trump appointee: A wild-eyed misinterpretation of the commerce clause A federal district judge ruled today that the federal government’s moratorium on evictions is unconstitutional. The judge’s theory is that evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent isn’t an “economic” activity. Therefore, it’s beyond Congress’s power under …

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