Letters

Public Letters to the County

SOURED ON GRAPES, locals speak out on impacts

With 31,000 trees being scheduled for clear cutting in Napa alone, locals ask when does the insanity and greed stop? http://www.bohemian.com/northbay/letters-to-the-editor-june-14-2016/Content?oid=2966561 Soured on Grapes Great article (“Of Water and Wine,” June 15). Thank you for writing it and for publishing it in the Bohemian. I live on a hillside in the Napa Valley about a mile …

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Red Flag for further event permits…do you hear me now?

EDITOR: Staff Writer Christi Warren’s reporting on the massive traffic jam caused by a festival at Sonoma Lavender in Kenwood warranted placement on Page A3 in Tuesday’s paper (“Highway 12 grinds to halt due to festival”). What was not mentioned is the potential for the cumulative impacts caused by the many events permitted (and not permitted) that …

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Wine, taxes and tourists

May 28th, 2016 Press Democrat Opinion: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/opinion/5532822-181/thursdays-letters-to-the-editor Wine, taxes and tourists EDITOR: Reading the article about Rep. Mike Thompson introducing a bill to lower taxes on the wine industry was absolutely disgusting (“Big breaks bubbling up,” Tuesday). The wine industry is a great contributor to the local economy — but at a severe cost. Tourists …

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Fred Allebach on the wine-tourism-hospitality costs

Fred Allebach 4/15/16   “Tourism can only be sustainable if it is carefully managed so that potential negative effects on the host community and the environment are not permitted to outweigh the financial benefits.” http://traveltips.usatoday.com/positive-negative-effects-tourism-63336.html   Pretty much in Sonoma all we have heard about are tourism’s benefits. Boosters and government like the wine-tourism-hospitality combine …

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“Coastal Commission’s shady firing”……. Thank you Press Democrat!

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/opinion/5217045-181/pd-editorial-coastal-commissions-shady?artslide=0 PD Editorial: California Coastal Commission’s shady firing of Charles Lester In the end, the numbers didn’t matter. The 1,000 or so people who showed up at the California Coastal Commission meeting Wednesday to show support for embattled Executive Director Charles Lester didn’t matter. The 10 hours of public testimony by some 250 speakers didn’t …

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“Something Fishy”, letter to the editor from coastal commission hearing

Something fishy EDITOR: A narrow majority of Coastal Commissioners, while professing love of the coast, threw overboard a man eminently qualified to assess development proposals under the Coastal Act for the long-term. Some commissioners chose not to work with their executive director in a constructive manner, allowed their personal pet peeves to be exploited, felt …

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