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This is why they search your house

Demonstrating a certain failure to grasp the meaning of searchable probation, yet another probationer was utterly unprepared for a visit from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office when deputies dropped in unannounced on Jan. 16.

Valley Forum

Tough landscaping choices in drought

As the owner of a commercial landscape company, I see a real problem ahead that will require some tough choices. Gov. Jerry Brown has asked us to conserve water by 20 percent. But we are not conserving that much now, and we are actually consuming more this year than previous years, thereby worsening the crisis.


Don’t remove trees from Highway 12

Editor, Index-Tribune: How sad and ironic that Susan Gorin’s 1st District Supervisor campaign sponsorship levels were named after trees. It is unfair and untrue to defend the removal of more than 50 trees, including 20 oaks and eucalyptus, along an already blighted corridor for the “safety of our children and families.” We all want that,… Continue Reading >>


Groundwater levels, quality cause for concern

Editor, Index-Tribune: At the Jan. 22 meeting of the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission, Sonoma County Water Agency Chief Engineer Bill Jasperse named two areas in the Valley where static water levels in wells have dropped more than 100 feet in recent years. The rural east side of Sonoma is one of them, as is… Continue Reading >>


A plan called Yo-Mama-Care

Editor, Index-Tribune: The following is a perspective for a Republican Health Plan. The name of the plan is called Yo-Mama-Care. The plan requires that you pay a monthly premium, be a member of MENSA, register and vote Republican. In the event of a claim, you simply submit the bill and after the bill has been… Continue Reading >>


Limit tasting rooms, enjoy the scenery?

Editor, Index-Tribune: For a real taste of Sonoma, our historic Plaza cannot to be compared to the average small town (as defined in the Jan. 24 Op-Ed, “Main Street Sonoma is long gone”). It seems to me that limiting the Plaza tasting rooms gives those drawn to Sonoma the chance to enjoy the spectacular scenery… Continue Reading >>


Wishes she could vote on Sonoma issues

Editor, Index-Tribune: I hope it’s not too late to add my two cents to the request for opinions, etc. about the hotel initiative. I live in Boyes Hot Springs and frequent the Plaza and its stores quite often. And yet, because I live outside the city limits of Sonoma, I was not able to vote… Continue Reading >>

‘Arnold’ author to sign books

Author Bill Yenne will be signing copies of his book, “Hap Arnold: The General Who Invented the US Air force,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Swiss Hotel, 18 W. Spain St.

THE ALEXANDER STRING QUARTERT will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Vintage House. Submitted photo

Alexander String Quartet plays Feb. 9

The world-renowned Alexander String Quartet returns to Sonoma by popular demand at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Vintage House senior center, 264 First St. E., Sonoma.

SVHS music students host breakfast

The Sonoma Valley High School Music Department is hosting its pancake breakfast fundraiser, “Jazz N’ Cakes” from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9.

Joan Mullaney

Joan Mullaney

Joan Mullaney (nee Meehan), a truly amazing and loving woman, left us on Feb. 2, 2014, unexpectedly.

THE TRANSCENDENCE THEATRE COMPANY will kick off the season on June 27 and put on four different shows this summer. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Transcendence opens June 27

The Transcendence Theatre Company’s third season, “2014 Broadway Under the Stars” concert series, will include four separate themed concerts, running June 27 through Sept. 6, totaling 16 nights of performances, wine tasting and pre-event picnics at Jack London State Historic Park. Transcendence Theatre Company is a nonprofit arts organization comprised of artists with professional experience from Broadway, movies, and… Continue Reading >>

THE SONOMA COMMUNITY CENTER’S fourth annual Trashion Fashion show will be held on March 22, but the deadline for entries is Feb. 14. Index-Tribune file photo

Creating fashion from trash

Calling all ecologists, artists, designers and fashionistas! It is time to dive into the nearest recycling bin and scour the nearest thrift store for recycled haute couture inspiration. The Sonoma Community Center’s fourth annual Trashion Fashion show will be held on March 22. Here is your chance strut the catwalk and show how fun, innovative… Continue Reading >>

Tickets still available for VinOlivo Weekend

Tickets are on sale now for the ninth annual VinOlivo Weekend presented by Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance. VinOlivo Weekend takes place over Presidents Day Weekend and showcases more than 60 wineries and 25 top restaurateurs in Sonoma Valley. The Grand Tasting marks the largest event of Sonoma Valley’s three-month long Olive Festival and… Continue Reading >>

Black & White perform Rodgers & Hart

Black & White Jazz, returns to the Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, as part of its three-concert series. Accomplished Bay Area musicians bring to Sonoma the music of the most beloved songwriters of all time, performing songs chosen to evoke an earlier era, a… Continue Reading >>

Piano club premieres ‘Jack’s Ode to Charmian’

The Jack London Piano Club’s first concert in its 2014 series to benefit Jack London State Historic Park features a world premiere of a new composition “Jack’s Ode to Charmian” with lyrics from the 1905 love letters Jack London wrote to his future wife Charmian Kittridge. The concert will be held from 2 to 4:30… Continue Reading >>


Fish versus farms is false choice

As California awaits rain, some interests are exploiting the drought to further their water-taking ways. These water-exporters frame the drought as “fish vs. people.”
This is a rerun of 2009, when they used the recession’s high unemployment to call for more water exports. These folks fail to point out that the farm worker communities found within these water districts suffer from high unemployment even when there’s plenty of water flowing through the system. California does have a water management problem that is harming the vast majority of us, but the cause is horrible water resources policies and practices.

Valley Forum

Caltrans and another tree-cutting caper

By Tom Rusert and Darren Peterie We just read the Index-Tribune’s Jan. 28, front-page article on removing the trees along Highway 12. This type of urgency and surprise has been a long standing pattern of Caltrans and their duped victims. Thanks to Susan Gorin for her comments about cutting and replacing trees, and consideration for… Continue Reading >>


Of poetry, pot and The Bard

Doobie, or not doobie? No, that’s not an existential query from Sonoma’s Doobie Brothers manager Bruce Cohn. That is the question that circulated the Internet a couple years ago when anthropologist Francis Thackeray, the director of the Institute for Human Evolution at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, suggested that William Shakespeare might have sought creative inspiration by smoking pot.

Letter to the Editor

Double-check your meds

Editor, Index-Tribune: Recently, I had occasion to have a prescription filled at a local pharmacy. I picked up the prescription and, as has been my habit for years, came home and counted the pills. As I was doing this, I noticed there were two sizes of pills – one size very small and the other… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

SonomaHitch & Barter helps vets

Editor, Index-Tribune: Every year, the Sonoma Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Bear Flag Post 1943, receives Christmas wish lists from the Yountville Veterans home. Participating residents fill out their wish lists with small, humble items such as socks, slippers, toiletries, calendars and stamps. This year, however, the wish lists were filled with… Continue Reading >>