Padi Selwyn

Preserve Rural Sonoma County

Press Democrat: Joe Wagner, Dairyman Winery/Event Center: He’s in it for the money, determined to get his way

Dairyman “Winery” has been the flashpoint in this county for uncontrolled industrialization of rural areas. Reuben Weinzveg says it all……the only person who benefits from this horrible project is his pocket, the rest of the community suffers. Traffic, safety issues, biological sensitive areas, water use and GHG….No one supports this. Sometimes it’s not all about the …

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Preserve Rural Sonoma County

To: Letters to the Editor: More is Not Sustainable

In response to the Press Democrat’s article, Sonoma Valley Growth Sparks Debate, http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/6553038-181/sonoma-valley-growth-sparks-debate?artslide=0 documenting the many impacts of tourism and winery events that are out of control. Neighborhoods should not be collateral damage in the race for profits. Communities should be FIRST. Economies based on tourism are the first to fall flat and the last to …

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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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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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Growing Pains: Myths and Realities of a Tourism Based Economy by Padi Selwyn

Close to Home  Growing Pains: Myths and Realities of a Tourism Based Economy   By Padi Selwyn Tourism is the best economic development driver, right? Tourists come, spend their money, and leave. Wonderful, right? Wrong. New and extensive research is debunking the myths of an economy dominated by tourism. In early April, Napa Vision 2050 …

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