The tiny crossroads of Freestone (pop. 32), on the road

Faustian Deal: Telecom Pioneer Submits Application for Tasting Room, Event Center in Freestone hamlet

Update: Webley has offered the community water in return for the locals dropping opposition against the outrageous scale of the project in this tiny community. Mr. Webly, at his expense has agreed to provide the community: 1)    Additional potable water storage in the form a 35,000 gallon tank and associated foundation at / next to …

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Walt Ranch controversial vineyard conversion litigated

This is a bad project that has gone back to the drawing board several times due to the destruction of the watershed, endangered species, wildlife, climate issues and more. Have we finally reached our tipping point where people come before profit for the wealthy and influential? What is missing from this article is the 2 watersheds …

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Preserve Rural Sonoma County

Enough Already ……Sonoma County moves to limit winery development?

Enough Already Sonoma County moves to limit winery development By Padi Selwyn  http://www.bohemian.com/northbay/enough-already/Content?oid=2978035 The wine industry study session held by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors earlier this month was a step in the right direction, as local officials try to balance the interests of the wine industry with a growing backlash by rural residents …

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Sonoma County Winery Events facing Changes in Rules

Appearing online now and in print August 1.  9/27 PRSC’s story in the Bohemian appears. http://www.sonomacountygazette.com/cms/pages/sonoma-county-news-article-5458.html Sonoma County Winery Events facing Changes in Rules Sonoma County Winery Events facing Changes in Rules By Padi Selwyn and Judith Olney, Co-chairs, Preserve Rural Sonoma County July’s winery events study session by the Board of Supervisors was a …

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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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Lopez and the Coast: Letter to the editor

Lopez and the coast EDITOR: Please keep running the columns by Steve Lopez of the Los Angeles Times on the corrupt, back-room dealings of the California Coastal Commission. He understands thoroughly the scope and nature of this corruption. His well-researched and reported columns give readers a clear insight into the ways these self-aggrandizing commission members …

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Outdoor recreation is big business in Sonoma County

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/business/5764324-181/outdoor-recreation-is-a-green?artslide=0 The above article from Bill Swindell of the Press Democrat in June 26th  “….official’s look for ways to attract active tourists to Sonoma County”.  With massive traffic jams in and around the county and the Sonoma County Supervisors still budgeting big bucks to attract more tourists, it makes you wonder where do they live? Certainly not …

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“The Inconveniences of living near a vineyard” by Robert Butler of the Washington Post

Would you buy a home next to a vineyard knowing the millions pounds of chemicals that are being used, the water and air fouled and high cancer rates that are firmly established by multiple studies? ” ….But, loss of ambiance notwithstanding, a neighbor whose house is located close to the vines (thankfully, mine is not) …

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Napa County has highest cancer rates for children…..Sonoma not far behind…

Napa County has highest cancer rates for children Napa County has the highest cancer rate for children in California according to statistics.  Childhood deaths from cancer are 22.8 deaths per 100,000 people. Sonoma doesn’t fare much better at 20.6 childhood deaths per 100,000 children. For adults, normal cancer rates are 424.94 deaths statewide per 100,000 …

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State Senator Mike McGuire hosts Wildfire Prevention Meeting May 17th and 27th

There is no other region in California that has been hit as hard by wildfires over the past six years than the North Coast. We have dedicated our time, effort and energy in the Senate to dramatically expand resources that will help make our communities more fire safe. We’ve hired hundreds of additional firefighters who are …

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West County and Joe Rodota Trails threatened AGAIN!

We have been notified by Supervisor Lynda Hopkins that the 1000′ setbacks from cannabis operations to the West County and Joe Rodota Trails are threatened because of a County error in recording the clarification of the 12/11/18 Board of Supervisors meeting (when the West County Trail was recognized as a park.) We are researching the history and accuracy of this, …

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Winery Events Ordinance.  Permit Sonoma has scheduled a virtual hearing on June 3 at 1 PM

After several years of delays, the County is getting ready to finalize the Winery Events Ordinance.  Permit Sonoma has scheduled a virtual hearing on June 3 at 1 PM before the Planning Commission where Commissioners may vote to approve the ordinance.  Members of the public can join the Zoom meeting.  Details will be forwarded when available. WHY WE …

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May 11th: Board of Supervisors Climate Action and Resiliency Workshop.

WWW: Will the supervisor have the will to stand up to big ag interests and protect the climate and water shed?     Forest Unlimited Members, There two issues that need your actions that can help make a difference for improving policy in Sonoma County for protection of trees, forests, woodlands, and help thwart the effects …

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May 18th: Cannabis Regs to Board of Supervisor, time to act

From local groups protecting our water and property rights:  Here are more LTE published within the last week. We only have eight days until the Board of Supervisors meeting on the 18th. Many more LTE have been submitted and may still be published. We counted only a total of three letters written by industry supporters …

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More toxic algae? The toxic, soupy biomass choking water systems in California

Wine and Water Watch board member Sarah Ryan, tribal environmental director in Lake County has been working for solutions and sounding the alarm for years.  High Country: The toxic, soupy biomass choking water systems in California Click on link for full story Algae blooms in Clear Lake are a public health risk and increase water …

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