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PIXAR’S JOHN LASSETER and Café La Haye owner Saul Gropman celebrate a winning auction lot for dinner at Gropman’s popular Sonoma restaurant. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction raises record $4 million

The Great Recession may not be over for everyone, but members of the aristocracy of wine demonstrated with their auction paddles that good times are here again, raising $4 million at the annual Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction. That was almost three times the total from last year’s auction, and fully $1.6 million of it went… Continue Reading >>

PHYLLIS CARTER has been driving for FISH, Friends In Sonoma Helping, for 25 years. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

FISH in dire need of drivers

Twenty-four years ago, FISH (Friends In Sonoma Helping), had 27 drivers handling as many as 50 calls a month from people who had medical appointments.

Wineries: Business as usual

Four days after the worst earthquake in the Bay Area in 25 years, wineries have spruced things up and are open for business.

JAVIER BARRIOS cleans up the cereal aisle early Sunday morning at Sonoma Market. Barrios was part of the crew cleaning up in the aftermath of the 6.0 earthquake that struck at 3:20 a.m. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

The Quake

A 6.0 earthquake that shook Sonoma Valley at 3:20 a.m. Sunday caused objects to fly off shelves and walls, but, outside of unreported damages at local wineries, didn’t cause any major damage locally. Napa was a different story, see story below. A large portion of the Valley lost power, but by 10 a.m. Sunday, power… Continue Reading >>

SONOMA VALLEY FIREFIGHTERS survey a small lake of wine outside the Sebastiani Winery Sunday morning. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Wineries lose product

Wineries didn’t escape the effects of Sunday morning’s 6.0 earthquake. The grapes on the vines were unaffected, but some of the barrel storage warehouses in Sonoma took a hit.

This is a drawing of the Sonoma Springs mixed-use project on Highway 12.

Springs affordable housing delayed

While the official notification won’t be made for a couple weeks, the senior project manager at MidPen’s Sonoma Springs mixed-use housing site said the chances of landing tax credits from the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee in this round of allotments is probably slim.

Online survey to gauge businesses

Sonoma Valley has more than 2,000 businesses, and the Economic Development Partnership of the city and the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce is hoping to hear from many of them.

Highway 12 could be bid late this year

It’ll now be close to the end of the year before the Highway 12 sidewalks and streetlight project is sent out to bid again, which means the project has been pushed back to 2015. The long-awaited project had been bid back in April, but when the county started opening the bids, it noticed some anomalies.… Continue Reading >>

The parking lot at Flowery Elementary School gets a new coat of ashphalt last month. Every school in the Sonoma Valley Unified School District had improvements done over the summer. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Sonoma spiffs schools

When Sonoma Valley students return to school Monday, they’ll find campuses that have been spiffed up over the summer.

Sebastiani screens ‘Bullitt’

Next up in the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation’s “Vintage Film Series series is “Bullitt,” showing at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18.

Schools face huge increase in pension costs

The Sonoma Valley Unified School District board learned Tuesday that pension reform is coming – at a high price. At Tuesday’s school board meeting, John Bartolome, the district’s chief business officer, told the board that by the 2020-21 fiscal year, the district will be paying an additional $1.9 million a year into the California State… Continue Reading >>

Deets Winslow killed in boating accident

Former longtime Sonoma Valley High School wrestling coach Roger “Deets” Winslow, 47, of Glen Ellen, died in a boating accident Saturday evening at Lake Berryessa in Napa County.

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Buying new home? Beware vacation rentals

Editor, Index-Tribune: Seven years ago, when we purchased our beautiful home in the hills of Agua Caliente, we never dreamed that the serenity, peace and quiet would be interrupted with a vacation rental inserted into this space, basically right in our backyard. When we moved in, there was a lovely, quiet family that lived there,… Continue Reading >>

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Lots of desalination discussion in media

Editor, Index-Tribune: Sheila Cole, in her Aug. 5 letter to the editor, “Desalination anyone?” wrote in part, “What is interesting to me is that not once have I seen the word “desalination” in this paper or in the New York Times.” But in the May 25 edition of the San Jose Mercury News, a story by Paul… Continue Reading >>

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More praise for Jack London Park

Editor, Index-Tribune Bob Crane’s July 29 letter, “Falling in love with Jack London Park,” praising and thanking the Valley of the Moon Natural History Association (VMNHA), and the Transcendence Theatre Company (TTC), for rescuing Jack London State Park (JLSP), and making a breadth of activity accessible, is right on. The many volunteers of VMNHA enthusiastically… Continue Reading >>

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The importance of testosterone

Editor, Index-Tribune: While editorializing about some violent incidents that took place during Sonoma’s 4th of July celebration (“Alcohol-fueled Fourth,” July 15), Index-Tribune editor David Bolling wrote, “The testosterone was still flowing…” while describing such incidents. This sexist belief that males are poisoned by testosterone has been popularized by male and female feminists for decades. The… Continue Reading >>

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People with lower incomes should pay more for energy

Editor, Index-Tribune: This information is the latest I have on the complaint with PG&E, and its use of the tier system authorized by the state legislature in assembly bill AB327. The author of the bill was Henry Perea of Fresno, and it was unanimously approved by his committee and passed on to the legislature for… Continue Reading >>

Supes kick road tax down the road

The proposed one-quarter-cent sales-tax hike to improve the county’s roads won’t be on the November ballot after all. Instead, the measure is probably headed to a March 3, 2015, special election.