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Wine industry: Not here!

March 23, 2021 Dear Sonoma County Supervisors: The proposed ordinance covering cannabis cultivation in Sonoma county is premature and will have profound effects on the scenery and quality of life in Sonoma County. According to the state of CA and the federal government, cannabis is a product not a crop. Sonoma County must continue to […]

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Chlorpyrifos Damaged My Son’s Brain for Life

In Sonoma County did you know:  How Gallo sprayed large amounts of the toxic chlorpyrifos (which the EPA recently tried to ban) at Two Rock? That five Sonoma vineyard management companies are among the very few remaining users in the state of the highly toxic fungicide Mancozeb, another nearly banned substance? That “certified sustainable” wineries

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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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New Napa Valley Book Grim About Direction of Valley, State

  By Mike Dunne in the Sacramento Bee A new book by an expert on the Napa Valley isn’t hopeful about the direction Napa has taken: water availability, traffic congestion, pollution and erosion in the valley, and corporate takeover of family wineries have denigrated what once was seen as an agricultural Eden. http://www.sacbee.com/food-drink/wine/dunne-on-wine/article202232974.html

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A Growing Sonoma Bursts at its Seams

Wine tourism: booming. Mass transit: zooming. Big cannabis: looming. For a once-quiet agricultural region, Sonoma is suddenly an economic engine. And not everybody’s loving the noise. By Patrick Hoge 9/25/17 https://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/the-new-sonoma-crush-0/ Liza Hinman lives in two Sonoma County worlds on the same continuum. In one, she is cofounder and chef of the Spinster Sisters, a

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UPDATE: TAX ON WINE GRAPES AS WELL AS ON CANNABIS?

MARCH 26, 2017 UPDATE: The reaction of residents to the idea of taxing the wine industry for grapes in the same way cannabis growers are being taxed on marijuana crops is growing, as evidenced by another letter in yesterday’s Santa Rosa Press Democrat: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/opinion/6805574-181/sundays-letters-to-the-editor A tax on grapes EDITOR: The approval of Measure A, taxing

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