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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Monday, July 26 at 1:00 pm: Local Coastal Plan Update: Revised Public Review Plan and Planning Commission Hearing

Please pay attention to the language. Many groups worked on comments close to a year to make this a better plan. The draft has major loopholes and “weasel” words that allow many different definitions allowing investors and wine industry latitude. Example: tasting rooms moved into ag processing for easier approval, protected areas greatly diminished. If …

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July 17th: Help restore salmon habitat with SPAWN

We need your help restoring salmon habitat on the Lagunitas Creek Watershed, the most important habitat for recovering endangered coho salmon on the central California coast. Please join us next Saturday, July 17 to remove invasive plants at our Tocaloma project site in Lagunitas, California. We will be pulling and cutting back invasive plants such as wild …

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PD: Displacement of Guerneville homeless camp divides community

Social Equality Opinion: Sonoma County is now #3 in homeless population for the entire nation behind Honolulu and Orange County. Recent PD article on the removal of the ever growing homeless encampment in Guerneville highlights the disconnect of supervisors not addressing the problems of inequality and the policies that have turned Sonoma County into the …

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THIS JUST IN … CALIFORNIA COASTKEEPER ALLIANCE LAWSUIT CHALLENGES THE COUNTY OF SONOMA TO PROTECT PUBLIC TRUST RESOURCES

As well companies are on overtime to dig new wells for wine and residents truck in water…..“California Coastkeeper Alliance’s lawsuit aims to protect Russian River public trust resources by requiring the County of Sonoma to comply with its nondiscretionary duties as an administrator of the public trust when issuing new water well construction permits for …

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Apples are dry farmed: August 14th benefit 2022 Gravenstein Apple Fair

Buy Your Benefit Concert Tickets Today & Help Us Bring Back the Gravenstein Apple Fair in 2022! What’s your favorite memory of the Gravenstein Apple Fair? Delighting in your kids enjoying a country-fair experience petting farm animals, catching bubbles, and roaming through the straw bale maze? Cheering on the piglet races at the Ag Games? …

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