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    by
    Peacetown Jonathan
    Published on 05-26-2014 10:55 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Sebastopol
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    Remembering Michael Kyes, Sebastopol's Most Courageous Leader

    By Jonathan Greenberg

    For WaccoBB.net
    May 26, 2014

    It was with great sadness than I learned of the death Michael Kyes yesterday morning, On this Memorial Day, I feel Michael's passing not just as a personal loss of an engaging friend, but also, as a loss to Sebastopol, of our community's most courageous political leader.

    First elected to City Council in 2010, then serving as mayor in ...
    by
    Peacetown Jonathan
    Published on 05-21-2014 10:08 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Sebastopol,
    3. Palm Drive Hospital
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    Behind Palm Drive Hospital’s Closing
    Part II: The Shutdown Playbook

    For WaccoBB
    By Jonathan Greenberg


    How A Bondholder-Friendly Shutdown Playbook Secretly Sunk Palm Drive Hospital

    The decision last month by Palm Drive’s Board of Directors to reject the doctor-led Foundation Plan that would have kept the hospital open was the moment of truth in the contentious struggle to retain a life-saving emergency room open in West Sonoma County.
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    by
    Peacetown Jonathan
    Published on 05-20-2014 10:51 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Sebastopol,
    3. Palm Drive Hospital
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    Palm Drive’s Lawyers Say That
    The Public Does Not Want to
    Re-Open the Emergency Room

    By Jonathan Greenberg
    WaccoBB.net



    It was nearly noon on Friday, May 16, when Tom Harlan, Palm Drive Hospital’s beleaguered CEO, rushed past me in the hall outside the federal bankruptcy courtroom in Santa Rosa looking like a man who had just seen a

    Tom Harlan, Palm Drive CEO
    ghost. Two attorneys being paid about $500 an hour by the Hospital to ...
    by
    Scott McKeown
    Published on 01-15-2014 10:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Official Statements,
    3. Sonoma County,
    4. U.S.
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    Darknet bulletin 2/15/13 -- Sonoma County Division -- Level 51 Clearance Only


    Orders and updates from Central to all 14, 304 Operation Shadow active and sleeper agents in the Sonoma County operational theater


    1) Operations are in progress and Shadow agents are successfully embedded in the various local approval committees to increase population control through local water "fluoridation" as part of Operation Sonoma Mind Meld. After the implementation ...
    by
    Shepherd
    Published on 01-07-2014 10:45 AM
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    ANDY LOPEZ MEMORIAL BURNED DOWN,
    MOTHERS IN WHITE TO DEMONSTRATE JANUARY 7

    By Shepherd Bliss

    In the dark, early hours of January 2, a fire destroyed the Andy Lopez Memorial. By that afternoon over two-dozen people were already rebuilding the Memorial, including neighbors and youth at the one-acre vacant lot where the 13-year-old Lopez was killed October 22 by sheriff’s deputy Erick Gelhaus.

    Lopez was walking home at 3 p.m. in ...
    by
    Ernieman
    Published on 07-28-2013 06:27 PM
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    by Ernie Carpenter
    WaccoBB.net


    Recently, I met up with my friend, famous local en plein aire artist Bill Wheeler, at the Union Hotel in Occidental. It was Community Night which features spaghetti and a meatball as big as your head for under five bucks. It was time for some catching up and local political talk.
    ill was already into a brewski and after a couple more the conversation got lively. Nick Gravanites, the great Southside Chicago blues artist who has lived in Occidental ...
    by
    Shepherd
    Published on 05-08-2013 02:04 PM
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    By Shepherd Bliss
    WaccoBB.net

    Half a dozen mothers from Sebastopol and its countryside quickly rallied hundreds of people to their side to challenge Sonoma County’s Paul Hobbs Winery. He wants to convert a 40-acre apple orchard into a vineyard that would use pesticides; it borders five schools on Watertrough Road, including Apple Blossom and Orchard View. Together they have around 700 children.


    Photo: Amber Risucci

    The mothers only found out ...
    by
    Ernieman
    Published on 04-16-2013 11:15 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Sonoma County
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    by Ernie Carpenter
    WaccoBB.net


    Six years ago the Board of Supervisors decided to sell the Sonoma County Central Landfill (CLF) and the transfer stations to Republic Services, a large multi-national waste corporation. This sell off was called “Divestiture”. The reasons were numerous but the landfill was full and about 400 tons per day were being trucked out of the County to other landfills. Costs were escalating, there was an eleven million dollar shortfall in the funds required ...
    by
    Barry
    Published on 03-12-2013 08:39 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Energy Policy
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    Here's an interview I did with Woody Hastings of the Climate Protection Campaign and Sonoma Clean Power discussing the major change coming relatively soon that will allow you to choose where you get your power from!

    This is good news for you, good news for the local economy and good news for the environment!


    Please watch the video and reply publicly with any comments or questions.

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    by
    tashabeauchamp
    Published on 01-27-2013 03:51 PM
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    Tasha Beauchamp
    WaccoBB.net


    How do you want your grown children to describe our town twenty years from now? This is essentially the question being asked at the

    Community Identity Meeting
    sponsored by the Planning Commission
    Thursday, Jan 31
    6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
    Veterans Building
    (282 S. High St.)

    In 2034, I would hope that "Local Flavor, Global Vision" would still be our motto. (Okay, maybe "Local Flavor. Galactic
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    by
    Shepherd
    Published on 01-21-2013 02:49 PM
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    By Shepherd Bliss
    WaccoBB.net

    Sonoma State University’s new Center for Ethics, Law, and Society has caused quite a stir among my colleagues and students during the first week of classes, as well as from others in Sonoma County.

    The notorious AIG gave two-thirds of the Ethics Center’s $16,000 first year budget. What might AIG’s intentions have been for funding the Center? AIG
    has not been known for its ethics. In fact, the insurer’s risky bets on derivatives were
    ...
    by
    Ernieman
    Published on 01-13-2013 10:52 AM
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    by Ernie Carpenter
    WaccoBB.net


    Congressman Mike Thompson, newly appointed Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, held a Hearing in Santa Rosa at the Board of Supervisor Chambers on Thursday night 10 January. Good grief, you couldn’t get into the building. I knew my way around enough to wind up in the Board caucus room where there was a televised account of the hearing. Along with twenty some other people my friend Marc

    U.S. Rep
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    by
    Shepherd
    Published on 01-11-2013 09:07 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. CVS/Chase Project
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    By Shepherd Bliss
    WaccoBB.net


    Cities from coast-to-coast continue to resist the country-wide expansionist plans of the largest pharmacy in the United States, CVS. In a recent victory for activists, CVS abandoned plans to open a store in Nantucket, Massachusetts, bowing to pressure from a petition with over 4500 signatures.

    Family physician Greg Hinson, M.D., started that petition, according to the Boston Business Journal, Nov. 21, 2012. “CVS to Homogenize Nantucket:
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    by
    tashabeauchamp
    Published on 01-09-2013 12:27 PM
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    by Tasha Beauchamp
    Co-Chair, Cittaslow Sebastopol


    Thinking about the Sebastopol General Plan and the up-coming meeting on Economic Vitality (January 10) and Community Health (Jan 14), I wonder if there isn't a way to bring in some of the more elusive dimensions of community and spirit. Money for its own sake is not really the goal.

    For instance, they say money doesn't buy happiness. Although research is showing that it may—sort of.

    Certainly, if we
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    by
    Shepherd
    Published on 01-03-2013 02:32 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. CVS/Chase Project
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    By Shepherd Bliss
    WaccoBB.net


    On Christmas Eve, when most were at home with family and friends or out-of-town, a summons was served at the Sebastopol City Hall. The giant CVS Pharmacy sued the City and its elected officials.

    Sebastopol’s recently elected City Council voted unanimously, 5-0, on Dec. 18 to enact a temporary, 45-day moratorium against drive-through operations. CVS seeks to nullify that moratorium and proceed with plans that it has been working on since ...
    by
    Shepherd
    Published on 12-18-2012 05:24 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Sonoma County
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    By Shepherd Bliss
    WaccoBB.net


    The creation of the Mario Savio Speakers’ Corner this semester was my favorite event during my five years at Sonoma State University. It was a good example of what is taught in SSU’s Foundations of Leadership course, UNIV. 238, which I taught for three years.

    I applied to teach the Leadership course again next semester. I was disappointed when informed in a terse email (anything but “relational,” which is what the course’s text teaches) ...
    by
    Peacetown Jonathan
    Published on 12-01-2012 10:15 AM  Number of Views: 362 
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    Robert Jacob said it best at his Election night party: we citizens who have been repeatedly maligned in the local press, and by local reactionaries, as a "vocal minority," have emerged as a clear progressive majority in our city. With John Eder's final count victory, a 4 to 1 "Green" City Council majority signals the dawn of a new day in Sebastopol's politics. What is this likely to mean for our community?

    First, it means that 57% of Sebsatopol citizens voted for ...
    by
    Abraham Entin
    Published on 11-28-2012 11:30 AM
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    by Abraham Entin
    WaccoBB.net


    “For every 1000 hacking at the branches of evil,
    There is one striking at the roots.”
    Henry David Thoreau, Walden

    A month before the 2012 elections, California Proposition 37 (The GMO labeling initiative) enjoyed a lead of more than 20 percentage points in the polls - consistently showing approval ratings of over 60%. Yet, on election day, the proposition was defeated by a margin of approximately 53%-47%. How did this stunning
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    by
    Larry Robinson
    Published on 11-27-2012 10:30 AM
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    by Larry Robinson
    WaccoBB.net


    I imagine that all of us, voters and candidates alike, are relieved that the election is over.

    Most Sebastopol citizens are reasonably happy — if not ecstatic — with the national and state results but locally we remain divided.
    Much as we would like to think of ourselves as enlightened and kind people, this election has shown that we are not immune to the kind of ideological and partisan bitterness that is tearing our country apart.
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    by
    Shepherd
    Published on 08-30-2012 04:19 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. CVS/Chase Project
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    By Shepherd Bliss
    WaccoBB.net


    “Sustainability” has become a buzzword. But what does it really mean? One definition is that it requires a triple-E bottom line—economics, the environment and equity. However, this word sometimes is used to “green-wash” and promote things that are not sustainable. An authentic application of the word requires that it be evidence-based. But language can be used to conceal rather than reveal.

    Lets explore what is currently happening in
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