WCA in the Press

Work on Hobbs vineyard conversion halted by county

Sonoma WestFriday, June 28, 2013  by David Abbott Sonoma West The Sonoma County Ag commissioner’s office has ordered work stopped at the site of the Paul Hobbs vineyard conversion on Watertrough Road after a complaint of water runoff in the wake of storms earlier this week.County and Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) officials investigating (continued)
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Sonoma West

Posted on June 28, 2013 By Mina

Work shut down at controversial Sebastopol vineyard project

Press Democrat By Jeremy Hay THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Friday, June 28, 2013 Winemaker Paul Hobbs has been ordered to stop work on his controversial orchard-to-vineyard conversion near Sebastopol after inspectors found that hundreds of yards of blackberry bushes and bay laurel had been cleared illegally from a protected zone above a creek.“It’s a very serious (continued)
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Press Democrat

Posted on June 28, 2013 By Mina

Press Democrat – Letter to the Editor

Press Democrat Finding balance EDITOR: Your article about residents protesting the conversion of another Sebastopol apple orchard missed the wider picture by a mile (“Residents protest orchard-to-vineyard plan,” June 18). The fact that Paul Hobbs winery is “working with local officials” and “following regulations” only points out that regulations need to change, and maybe local (continued)
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Press Democrat

Posted on June 26, 2013 By Mina

Press democrat letter to the Editor

Press DemocratVineyard rules June 16, 2013 EDITOR: Kudos to Sierra Keller (“Closer look needed,” Letters, June 9) for calling on officials to subject forest-replacing vineyard developments to the same environmental oversight required of timber harvesters. The timber harvest plans mentioned must have a comprehensive environmental review overseen by the state Board of Forestry. Though the (continued)
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Press Democrat

Posted on June 16, 2013 By Mina

Press democrat letter to the Editor

Press Democrat Closer look needed EDITOR: In the June 2 article about applications for new vineyards and replanting of vineyards (“A vineyard renaissance”), Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner Tony Linegar said applications are evaluated on the need for additional studies of erosion control or tree removal. He said that impacts to wildlife, water and other environmental (continued)
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Press Democrat

Posted on June 9, 2013 By Mina

Sonoma West Letter to the Editor

Sonoma West Community disregarded Editor: As a mother, when I look at the map and see the vineyard wrapped around Apple Blossom Elementary School, it is the disregard that hurts. Disregard for the environment, schools, children and community. Disregard on the vintner’s part, for buying the property that impacts five different schools, from his PR person Tara (continued)
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Sonoma West

Posted on June 5, 2013 By Mina

Twin Hills parents not done fighting conversion

Sonoma Westby David Abbott Sonoma West Editor  abbott@sonomawest.com Public forum scheduled for May 29 Parents from the Twin Hills Union School District have mobilized in an attempt to halt a proposed vineyard conversion in order to have more tests done on the soil and to get increased mitigation efforts in the soon-to-be vineyard surrounding the school (continued)
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Sonoma West

Posted on May 22, 2013 By Mina

Apples for Grapes

The BohemianA bad tradeoff: yep, Paul Hobbs is at it again BY SHEPHERD BLISS Over 400 people signed a petition last week against Paul Hobbs Winery and its plans to convert an apple orchard into a vineyard surrounding five schools in rural Sebastopol. Hobbs is an international wine baron who (continued)
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The Bohemian

Posted on May 18, 2013 By Mina