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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New York to ban sale of all gas-powered vehicles in the state by 2035

CONGAS: New York to ban sale of all gas-powered vehicles in the state by 2035   BY CAITLIN O’KANE SEPTEMBER 13, 2021 / 9:10 AM / CBS NEWS New York is aiming to ban the sale of all gas-powered vehicles in the state by 2035. A bill amending the state’s environmental conservation law was passed by …

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Preserve Rural Sonoma County

PRSC: Film Benefit: Children of the Vine – July 12th

Filmmaker and director Brian Lillia, award winner for his “Patagonia Rising” documentary has spent over 2 years in production documenting glyphosate in our vineyards. Don’t miss this opportunity to find out why so many community minded people have grave concerns of the rampant use in wine country.  Proceeds go to help Preserve Rural Sonoma County …

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New Opportunities in District 3 of Sonoma County

County of Sonoma News The Office of Supervisor Chris Coursey is Seeking District 3 Community Members for Active Roles in Local Government Do you have a passion for service? Do you seek opportunities give back to your community while implementing and building upon your skills? Apply for the open public service opportunities listed below! Openings:  Agricultural …

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Advocates express concern that the newly released draft Scoping Plan prioritizes corporate interests over meaningful climate action and environmental justice, especially in the agricultural sector.

For Immediate Release – May 10, 2022 Sacramento, CA – Today, the California state government released a draft of the Scoping Plan – the roadmap for how the state will become carbon neutral by mid-century. For the first time, the Scoping Plan acknowledges the role that organic agriculture and reductions in chemical pesticide use could …

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