Posts by Mina

The Paul Hobbs Empire Strikes Back

California River Watch The Watertrough Children’s Alliance (WCA)–mainly mothers with students at schools near where yet another apple orchard is being converted into a chemical vineyard–filed a lawsuit on the afternoon of Nov. 25 against the Paul Hobbs Winery. The next day Hobbs struck back with a press release, promising he “will aggressively fight.” Hobbs (continued)
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California River Watch

Posted on November 29, 2013 By Mina

Paul Hobbs Winery Says it’s Defense of Watertrough Vineyard Process Important to Protecting Sonoma County Vineyard Regulations – Press Release

WineBusiness.comNovember 26, 2013 PRESS RELEASE Paul Hobbs Winery Says it’s Defense of Watertrough Vineyard Process Important to Protecting Sonoma County Vineyard Regulations Sebastopol, California – Paul Hobbs winery officials today said the company will aggressively fight a lawsuit that could overturn Sonoma County’s important and comprehensive vineyard regulations. The lawsuit was filed this past week (continued)
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WineBusiness.com

Posted on November 26, 2013 By Mina

Sebastopol citizens group sues county, winemaker

Press Democrat By PAUL PAYNE A citizens group is suing Sebastopol winemaker Paul Hobbs and Sonoma County over a 48-acre vineyard conversion project it says was approved in violation of state environmental laws. Watertrough Children’s Alliance alleges in court papers filed Monday that Agricultural Commissioner Tony Linegar erred in issuing a permit June 5 when (continued)
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Press Democrat

Posted on November 26, 2013 By Mina

Work resumes on controversial vineyard conversion project in Sebastopol

Press Democrat Tractors, bulldozers and excavators stand still in the apple orchards being converted into vineyards by winemaker Paul Hobbs in Sebastopol in this June 28, 2013 file photo. County agricultural officials have just lifted the stop-work ban on the property, allowing the conversion project to resume. (Conner Jay/The Press Democrat) By MATT BROWN THE (continued)
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Press Democrat

Posted on August 30, 2013 By Mina

Board of supervisors meeting 7/30/2013

  Board of Supervisors Comments July 30, 2013   My name is Paul-André Schabracq, I am an urban and environmental planning consultant. I am here to express my support for the efforts of the Watertrough Children’s Alliance to obtain adequate protection from the potentially serious health impacts to the children & staff at the schools (continued)
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Posted on July 30, 2013 By Mina

Protesters demonstrate against Sebastopol winery

Press Democrat  (From left) Steve MacDonald, Ernie Carpenter and Crystal Shaw protest the Watertrough Rd. orchard conversion by picketing outside of Paul Hobbs Winery in Sebastopol on Monday, July 29, 2013. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat) By Matt Brown THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Monday, July 29, 2013 at 5:01 p.m. A group of about 50 protesters (continued)
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Press Democrat

Posted on July 29, 2013 By Mina

letter to the editor, Press Democrat Honora Russell

Press DemocratVineyard dispute EDITOR: Paul Hobbs (“Vineyard conversion cleanup begins,” Monday) was quoted as saying, “Some people who oppose this, there’s nothing that we can do to make them happy.” I’m sure that he can find someone he cannot please, but I’m certain that many folks would be pleased if he kept his word and (continued)
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Press Democrat

Posted on July 28, 2013 By Mina

Scientist find farm pesticides in Sierra frogs

SFGate David Perlman Dozens of pesticides widely used on Central Valley farm crops have been detected in the bodies of frogs throughout the remote High Sierra, government scientists report in a study demonstrating how pervasive the chemicals are in the mountain environment. The study published Friday was conducted by specialists with the U.S. Geological Survey who (continued)
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SFGate

Posted on July 26, 2013 By Mina