WCA in the Press

Vineyard CEQA suit looms large

North Bay Business Journal By Dan Verel Business Journal Staff Reporter   A lawsuit filed in late 2013 claims the 48-acre expansion at Paul Hobbs Winery near Sebastopol should fall under the purview of the California Environmental Quality Act. (courtesy of Paul Hobbs Winery) A group is hoping to slow a vineyard expansion project at (continued)
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North Bay Business Journal

Posted on January 13, 2014 By Mina

The year that was: big West County changes in 2013

Sonoma West Times & News by David Abbott Sonoma West Editor …After three months in limbo, work on Paul Hobbs’ controversial orchard-to-vineyard conversion on Watertrough Road resumed when county officials lifted the stop work order that was put in place in the wake of a fluke June rainstorm that exposed excessive vegetation removal (continued)
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Sonoma West Times & News

Posted on December 31, 2013 By Mina

Paul Hobbs Winery – Paul Hobbs Winery Files in Court to Protect Important Sonoma County Vineyard Regulations – Press Release

WineBusiness.com December 13, 2013 Paul Hobbs Winery Files in Court to Protect Important Sonoma County Vineyard Regulations PRESS RELEASE Sebastopol, California – Attorneys for Paul Hobbs Winery filed a legal motion this week to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a group that is trying to overturn Sonoma County’s important and comprehensive vineyard regulations. The motion (continued)
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WineBusiness.com

Posted on December 13, 2013 By Mina

Sebastopol winemaker Paul Hobbs fires back against vineyard lawsuit

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT By PAUL PAYNE Sebastopol winemaker Paul Hobbs has taken aim at a lawsuit that seeks to block his company’s 48-acre vineyard conversion project in west Sonoma County, a company spokesman said Friday. Hobbs this week filed a motion to dismiss the suit brought last month by the Watertrough Road Children’s Alliance, company (continued)
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THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Posted on December 13, 2013 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

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