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Ratna Ling Meditation Center faces lawsuit from West Sonoma County residents
West County Residents File Lawsuit to Halt Industrial Development in Coastal Hills
A group of West County residents filed suit Thursday in Sonoma County Superior Court to stop an expansion of the Ratna Ling Meditation Center that would put an industrial scale printing and storage facility in an otherwise rural area in the Cazadero hills.Read: Ratna Ling Meditation Center faces lawsuit from West Sonoma County residents
California Emergency Regulations Mandate Water Conservation
In response to the ongoing severe drought, the State Water Resources Control Board approved an emergency regulation to ensure water agencies, their customers and state residents increase water conservation in urban settings or face possible fines or other enforcement. The regulation will likely go into effect on or about August 1, following submittal to the Office of Administrative Law. The emergency regulation remains in effect for 270 days, unless extended by the State Water Board due to ongoing drought conditions.Read: California Emergency Regulations Mandate Water Conservation
Russian River ALERT
for Red Wisteria invasive plant
Contact Us If You See This Plant on Russian River!
Help us stop the spread of another costly invasive plant on the River
On July 11th I was taking some people down the middle reach of the Russian River and saw something that took my breath away – Red Wisteria growing along the banks of the Russian River! This plant is a horrible non-native invasive plant that is on the High Alert list for the California Invasive Plant Council because of the damage it reeks on rivers.Read: Russian River ALERT for Red Wisteria invasive plant
West Nile Virus
in Sonoma County UPDATE
More positive mosquitoes and dead birds
The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District confirmed today that two dead birds and a mosquito sample have tested positive for West Nile virus. The two dead were both American crows; one collected near Spring Creek Road and Yulupa Avenue in Santa Rosa and the other near Haverfield Road and Magnolia Road in Petaluma. The positive mosquito sample was collected near Stonetree Lane and Harbor Drive in Novato.
Read: West Nile Virus in Sonoma County UPDATE
Mandatory Water Conservation proposed Emergency Regulations
The State Water Resources Control Board will consider adoption of statewide emergency regulations at the July 15, 2014 Board meeting.Read: Mandatory Water Conservation proposed Emergency Regulations
Sonoma County DA announces decision
in Andy Lopez Officer-related shooting
NO CRIMINAL CHARGES IN OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING
District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that no criminal charges will be filed against Deputy Erik Gelhaus related to the fatal shooting of Andy Lopez in Santa Rosa on October 22, 2013. A ___ page District Attorney Report outlining the investigation and reasons for the determination was released today. The report concludes that Deputy Gelhaus fired his weapon in response to what he honestly and reasonably believed was an imminent threat of death to himself or others. As such, he was lawfully acting in defense of himself or others, and no basis for seeking criminal charges exists.Read: Sonoma County DA announces decision in Andy Lopez Officer-related shooting
Sonoma County Gazette JULY 2014
EXPLORE Hikes and Bike Rides
While you're waiting for me to post the web version of the July print edition...please feel free to go to our MOBILE APP to FLIP the Pages of the July print edtion - OR - DOWLOAD the print edition.
I'll be getting artilces posted soon then will add all the articles that didn't fit in the print editon's 72 pages and that come to us after we go to press.
Enjoy! And get out there to HAVE FUN this summer! ~ VestaRead: Sonoma County Gazette JULY 2014- EXPLORE Hikes and Bike Rides
Wal-Mart...the Race to the Bottom
Rohnert Park Super-Center?
Wal-Mart has again submitted a proposal to expand its existing discount store in Rohnert Park into a Supercenter, selling both general merchandise and groceries. In 2010, widespread organized opposition across Sonoma County and a successful lawsuit derailed the project.Read: Wal-Mart...the Race to the Bottom - Rohnert Park Super-Center?
Future of Broadband
Protecting and Promoting Open Internet
On May 15th the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opened the door to public comment on how the government should treat the Internet and the telecom industry. The comment period closes on July 15th. It is imperative that all citizens weigh in on this very important issue. The FCC’s broadband decisions will affect you for decades to come.Read: Future of Broadband - Protecting and Promoting Open Internet
LOVE where you LIVE - Sonoma County
We asked READERS where they enjoy their FAVORITE Hikes and Bike Rides, then we created a Sonoma County MAP with instructions on where to go. We added a complete GUIDE to Sonoma County Regional and State Parks then added a GUIDE to Sonoma County Bike Shops. Tools you can use to EXPLORE our home this sumer....and of course...NEWS you can use, stories, columns and our CALENDAR for July into early August.
And you’ll see from the banner and tile ad for Find Love Where You Live below that we are venturing onto helping people find someone close to home with whom they can share time. There are so many people who would thrive in the nurturing environment of appreciation. This is our partnership with a company that can handle the details of online dating, so take a look to see if it has any appeal for you. I know I have benefitted immensely from sharing life with Alan. I wish the same for others.
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