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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CLIMATE CHANGE AND HEALTH: Ancient Viruses Trapped in Glaciers for Thousands of Years Could Be Released By Climate Crisis: Study

Another reason climate change needs to be tackled now: “The researchers warn that, “in a worst case scenario,” these and possibly other pathogens could be released as the climate crisis melts glaciers around the world. Ancient Viruses Trapped in Glaciers for Thousands of Years Could Be Released By Climate Crisis: Study | Common Dreams News …

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‘Tax These Moochers’: Top 1% Dodge $163 Billion in Taxes Each Year

“The sheer magnitude of lost revenue is striking: it is equal to 3% of GDP, or all the income taxes paid by the lowest earning 90% of taxpayers,” Sarin writes. “   ‘Tax These Moochers’: Top 1% Dodge $163 Billion in Taxes Each Year Protestors march across the Brooklyn Bridge demanding higher taxes on the …

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A Big Day for CONGAS, our COMMUNITY, and our CLIMATE!! 🌎

A Big Day for CONGAS, our COMMUNITY, and our CLIMATE!! 🌎 Dear All: Two big news items! 1. Shortly ago, the RCPA voted UNANIMOUSLY (10-0) to adopt the resolution encouraging Sonoma County and all of its cities to adopt prohibitions against new gasoline stations. … … victory! Yay! Has the last gas station to be built …

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DRAFT FOG UPDATE: – We are merging! – Action requested for 9/21 Supervisors meeting

DRAFT FOG UPDATE: – We are merging! – Action requested for 9/21 Supervisors meeting Friends of Graton (FOG) has news. We are merging with two other West County groups to form a larger commercial cannabis watchdog group, named Neighbors of West County (NOW.) Subsequent email updates will be coming from Bill Krawetz at a different email address: billkrawetz@comcast.net and will indicate …

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MEGA HOTEL SLATED FOR LOWER RUSSIAN RIVER

Lesson for the Coast, from nearby…..we’re in the crosshairs of industrial tourism. https://www.monteriocentral.com/lok_group.html?fbclid=IwAR1FHt7iAXTqErD9xRGLKCn3eCNmobe5_dU__csGIDFHZGx8_mtM4meBg00 STOP THIS MEGA 120 UNIT HOTEL/RESORT IN GUERNEVILLE! 17155 Hwy 116, Guerneville APNs 072-130-005, -007 and -009 Link to Initial Study / Mitigated Negative Declaration documents.   Aug 27, 2021 Legal Notice: Comments on this IS/MND must be received by September 27, 2021 at 5:00PM  Please review …

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This critique of the Cannabis virtual survey is in the public record

More bad government: Supervisors devise way to be pro industry…..justify their actions by flawed “public” survey.    Dear County Supervisors, Statistical estimates that are to be the basis of policy decisions about cannabis in Sonoma County must be based on a valid sample of the population and valid and reliable questions. I am writing to …

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