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Difficult opt-out to keep PG&E

The Sonoma Clean Power energy opt-out program is a farce. At a meeting in Sonoma last year, the executive director for the program informed us all that each resident would receive a letter to opt out.


The taiko war-drummers

RIP to the 2,976 Americans killed on 9/11, the 6,833 others killed in Iraq and Afghanistan on missions to avenge them; and to the 1,739,547 people of those countries who’ve paid the ultimate price for a crime they did not commit. Care, too, for millions more in the Mideast for whom our 9/11 has become their 24/7.


Editorial: Groundwater regulation – at last

Without a shot being fired or a writ being filed, California has gone through an overnight revolution that could – or at least should – rewrite the regulation of what is, in times of drought, the single greatest source of water in the state.

MANY OF SONOMA’S most prominent citizens participated in the historic pageants of the Vintage Festivals of the 1940s and ’50s. The girls on the left are Claudia Clerici and Mary Ann Sebastiani (Cuneo). In the center are the late James McTaggart (father of Ken McTaggart) and Shirley Gardner Churchill. The boys on the right are Robert and Freddie Eberhardt. Robert Lynch Collection file photo

Musings of a Sonoma son: Vintage Festival is old Sonoma

Before television and before our community calendar was filled with weekend-after-weekend of fundraising events, auctions and community parties, there was the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival. As celebrations go, it is Sonoma’s oldest by far.

Remember when: Mervyn Hotel holds barbecue and picnic

A grand free barbecue and picnic will be given at the Mervyn Hotel grounds at Glen Ellen on Sunday, Sept. 27, for the benefit of St. Francis church, of Sonoma. The public is invited and the church organizations of the county have been urged to cooperate to make the affair a success.


Bonus for hospital CEO unfair to staff

I agree with the Sept. 16 letter from Alice Friesen, “Many angry over hospital CEO pay raise,” but feel it didn’t go far enough to address the frustration felt throughout the hospital.


Minimum wage just plain wrong

I oppose any city ordinance to impose an increase in the minimum wage on businesses in Sonoma, because it is just plain wrong.


A very special thank you

This is a very special thank you to the person who picked up a little bag from the Safeway pharmacy in their parking lot on Thursday, Sept. 11, and returned it to the customer service desk. I appreciate your thoughtfulness.


Celebrating Mexican independence as one community

Last Sunday, Sonoma celebrated and enjoyed a free and peaceful afternoon of fun, music, food and friendship in the Plaza. I saw children dressed up and performing folkloric dance. I marveled at the Charros de Sonoma, with their artistic horsemanship. I heard mariachi music, banda, and everyone raising voices for freedom. Most important, I saw people from all ethnicities and walks of life come together in the Plaza as one community.


Pool closing date moved, no change in timeline

Editor, Index-Tribune: Thank you for your article this past Tuesday on Sonoma Splash and the community pool. It’s great to share with the community the exciting news that we are so near to closing on the Paul’s Resort property as the future site of the long-awaited community pool facility. An important update to the timeline,… Continue Reading >>


An economy based on catering wars?

Editor, Index-Tribune: It’s raining metal in the Middle East and the forecast calls for pain. The creation of the euro allowed Germany to take over Europe with a pen. Countries that do not have their own currency have no sovereignty. The Ukraine should have its own currency. The question is, which bully is going to… Continue Reading >>


Abandoned by Artisan Bakers?

Editor, Index-Tribune: Am I the only customer upset that Artisan Bakers, which made its start and its success in Sonoma, has suddenly decided to not distribute their breads here any more? First, they closed their own retail store; now they no longer supply any local stores (Safeway, Sonoma Market, Whole Foods).  They are still baking,… Continue Reading >>


A great addition to the cultural landscape

Editor, Index-Tribune: On a recent visit to Sonoma, we enjoyed a fantastic Transcendence Theatre Company performance, having attended several performances in the past few years. The evening, under a starlit sky, was even more magical than we remembered, and now that we are temporary residents of Montana, we were more appreciative than ever that we… Continue Reading >>


89 ways to pass time

It’s September and temperatures are boiling the local mercury. It’s that time of year we call “Native American Summer,” or at least should, since “Indian Summer” makes no sense given that it’s monsoon season in India (and I’m professionally engineered to avoid cultural misnomers). It’s almost over anyway — September 23 brings with it the… Continue Reading >>

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Editorial: Keeping art alive with Plein Air

In Renaissance Italy, budding artists didn’t have to rely on bankrupt school systems to promote art education, they simply had to win the support of wealthy patrons, like Lorenzo de’ Medici of Florence, to win over a provider who would then finance several careers. Members of the Medici family, who were big in Florence banking… Continue Reading >>


FISH needs help for dialysis patients

Editor, Index-Tribune: The earthquake we experienced is a very definite wake up call. There was a point on the following Monday that FISH was facing the possibility of not getting our dialysis patients to Napa for treatment. It brings home the fact that we live in an area where several earthquake faults exist. It has… Continue Reading >>


Jean-Charles Boisset – Thank you for saving Buena Vista

Editor, Index-Tribune: All of us who live here in this beautiful Valley owe Mr. Jean-Charles Boisset a huge thank you for his vision, passion, dedication and, of course, money for restoring the Buena Vista Winery’s historic stone buildings. It cost him a lot more money to do it right, and fortunately he stepped up. Thank… Continue Reading >>


Does repaving charge violate rent control?

Editor, Index-Tribune: I recently sent the following letter to the Sonoma City Council: This is my protest against the 20-year rent increase for a capital improvement, the repaving of Del Rio Paseo, proposed by Terra Vista Management for residents under rent control at De Anza Moon Valley, a mobile home park of 247 units. The… Continue Reading >>

The Transcendence Theatre Company. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Editorial: Transcending space and time

Just up the road at Jack London State Historic Park, the Transcendence Theatre Company closed out its 2014 season with a blow-out-the-stops Gala Celebration that made small children cheer, women scream and strong men weep with joy. We have come to expect that the music Transcendence makes will be amazing, and it was. Co-Executive Director… Continue Reading >>


Plein Air gala is Friday, not Saturday

Editor, Index-Tribune: Thank you to Kathleen Hill for mentioning Sonoma Plein Air Foundation’s upcoming Gala. One quick correction – the Gala is actually on Friday, Sept 19.  There are a few seats left, so please visit our website, sonomapleinair.com, to purchase a ticket. Everything else Kathleen said was absolutely correct: the event is going to be… Continue Reading >>