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2019-06-18Jun 18, 2019

Santa Rosa, CA - Today, the City of Santa Rosa and the County of Sonoma, together with seven other counties and cities, announced that they and PG&E have accepted a mediator’s proposal of $415 million to resolve the collective cities’ and counties’ North Bay Fires claims. The mediator’s proposal is exclusive of and does not affect the claims of any residents, individuals, or businesses. 

2019-02-02Feb 2, 2019

By no stretch of the imagination could Lynda Hopkins be called a “pot politician,” but she’s the supervisor of the Fifth District, where more marijuana is cultivated than in any other district in Sonoma County. Geography, agriculture and politics have pushed her front and center where cannabis is concerned, not just locally but nationally.

2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019

All of us see the workers in the fields tending the vineyards throughout the year as we drive our beautiful Sonoma County roads. You may wonder: can a person working in those fields get a green card by way of their job at the winery? The answer might surprise you.

2019-01-21Jan 21, 2019

One local and valuable resource is the Sonoma County Public Law Library.  Yes, a law library dedicated to legal topics.  You probably won’t find “Estate Planning for Dummies”, but you will find over 26,000 books, CD’s and other legal resource materials available and free to the public (Note:  You must be a member of the Law Library to check out the materials or you can use the available copy machine — bring your sock of quarters.)   

2019-05-26May 26, 2019

Our Sonoma County roads do seem to be getting a little more crowded and dangerous.  For example, look at the busy intersection near Stony Point Road and Highway 12, where at least three hit-and-runs have occurred over the last 6-8 months.  It does not shock me that some drivers are inattentive.  I see it all the time in my personal injury practice.  Certainly, my readers also see it all the time on our local roads.  Texting while driving.  Zipping in and out of lanes of traffic, without signaling.  The list goes on and on.  Our roads have become a type of battlefield.   The laws of physics are unforgiving and unwavering.  Newton’s laws of motion do not discriminate.  I can only speculate why a driver would flee the scene.  Perhaps they were already breaking the law (under the influence of drugs or alcohol).  Perhaps they do not even own the car and are scared of the consequences.  Perhaps they have no sense of morals or conscious.  Perhaps they have no automobile insurance. 

 

2019-03-23Mar 23, 2019

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California businesses and residents affected by winter storms and flooding in Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties.

2019-03-23Mar 23, 2019

I am going through a nasty divorce so I hired a family law attorney last month.  The initial retainer was $3500, which I paid.  I just received the first itemized bill, and all of the $3500 is spent (and now the attorney wants another $5000)!  When I reviewed the itemized bill, it looks like the attorney is charging me outrageous amounts, like $100 an hour for a secretary to organize and set-up my file, $150 an hour for the paralegal to review the file, and of course the whopping $400 an hour every time the attorney touches the file.  Are there any rules or guidelines regarding how attorneys can bill? 

2019-03-05Mar 5, 2019

Sonoma County Flood Recovery and Wellness Fund supports residents, neighborhoods, and communities in need. The purpose of the fund will be to support flood survivors to get back on their feet. All funds raised will be used to support flood relief through agency partners in the region.

2019-03-05Mar 5, 2019

California’s Board of Equalization has faced significant challenges and scandals in recent years, leading the California legislature and Governor Brown to strip the Board of the vast majority of its responsibility in 2017, including removing all of its non-Constitutional tax administration duties and transferring them over to the newly created Department of Tax and Fee Administration.

2019-03-04Mar 4, 2019

Instead of eliminating the so-called "Death Tax", the United States should eliminate all taxes except estate taxes on the wealthiest individuals among us.

2019-02-12Feb 12, 2019

In 2014, I was elected to the State Board of Equalization, one of the two principal tax collection agencies in our state where cannabis dispensaries are supposed to collect and remit sales taxes. Duffel bags and sometimes suitcases of cash would arrive quarterly at some of our designated offices and some business owners had to drive 350 miles to pay their taxes. I asked how much we collected from the cannabis industry and my agency really didn’t know since tax revenues are “commingled” and deposited with other cash tax payments. 

 

2019-02-11Feb 11, 2019

Newly elected California State Treasurer Fiona Ma will speak on Capitol Hill regarding banking services and issues of access surrounding the cannabis industry on Wednesday. The hearing is the first of the new Congress to address federal cannabis banking policy. Congressional members will hear testimony from the California State Treasurer, a drug policy reform organization, a medical cannabis dispensary, as well as individuals representing financial institutions.

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