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Water or Wine? California’s Drought & Water Competition

Water or Wine? California’s Drought & Water Competition

Water or Wine? California’s Drought & Water Competition (Sonoma County, Northern California) “California Puts Mandatory Curbs on Water Use” reports the April 2 New York Times long article at the top of the front-page. “Steps to Confront Record-Setting Drought,” the sub-headline reads. The article describes Gov. Jerry Brown’s executive order—California’s first time restricting water use. A […]

“Bad Apple” Winemaker Paul Hobbs Violates Agreements Again

“Bad Apple” Winemaker Paul Hobbs Violates Agreements Again

(Sonoma County, Northern California) This neighbor drives by Paul Hobbs new Watertrough Rd. vineyard in the Sebastopol countryside many days each week on the way to town. The vineyard borders on five schools with around 700 students.  Bright wildflowers and vibrant grasses recently appeared in the rows between his young grape vines. Perhaps Hobbs had […]

Sour Grapes in ‘Wine Country’ – Intense Challenges to Wineries Erupt

Sour Grapes in ‘Wine Country’ – Intense Challenges to Wineries Erupt

(Sebastopol, California) Sonoma County’s premium wine industry in the San Francisco North Bay has become a magnet that attracts developers from around the country, across oceans, and nearby. They move heavy industrial operations into rural areas and expand them to become event centers and commercial bottling operations. Under the pretense that they are merely agriculture, […]

Open Letter: A Dreadful Disappointment

Open Letter: A Dreadful Disappointment

    March 3, 2015   Dr. Sid Credle Hampton University Hampton, Virginia  23668   Sean Crane Executive Vice President Chief Operating Officer The Fresh Market 628 Green Valley Road Suite 500 Greensboro, NC 27408         Re:  Historically Professional Looks   Dear Messrs. Credle and Crane,   As an African American woman with very sensitive skin, […]

Trouble in “Wine Country”

Trouble in “Wine Country”

(Sebastopol, California)  Sonoma County, Northern California, used to be spoken of as part of the natural “Redwood Empire.” Then the bloated wine industry re-named it as the commercial “Wine Country.” A growing number of locals have had it with the expanding wine industry in both Sonoma County and the neighboring Napa County and are beginning […]

By February 21, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
High Technology, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Hazardous Communication Tools

High Technology, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Hazardous Communication Tools

2015’s opening offers an appropriate time to examine high technology and its development of weapons of mass destruction and other threats to the Earth. My own background to write about these issues includes being raised in the Southern military family that gave its name to Ft. Bliss, Texas. I served briefly as an officer in […]

Ten-Day Village Building Convergence Rocks Sebastopol

Ten-Day Village Building Convergence Rocks Sebastopol

  Participants in the ambitious ten-day First Annual Sebastopol Village Building Convergence (VBC) painted murals on streets in this small Northern California town and filled the Grange Hall, the Permaculture Skills Center, and other sites from September 12 to 21. On the final day, a colorful, active parade marched from the weekly farmers’ market in […]

By September 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Village Building Convergence Coming to Small Town Sebastopol

Village Building Convergence Coming to Small Town Sebastopol

  Village Building Convergence (VBC) activists and their supporters from Cittaslow Sebastopol, Transition, the Grange, Permaculture Skills Center, and other groups recently packed the City Council meeting of small town Sebastopol in semi-rural Sonoma County, Northern California. Testimony in support of VBC came from enthusiastic advocates from 3-years-old to 70-years-old. After an hour-long discussion at […]

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