A scandal in Bohemia!
EDITOR: Here’s a little hullabaloo which has no inclination of our hospital, farmers market, affordable housing nor planned hotel. Why are payments for parking tickets sent to Santa Ana, California and not right here to our City Hall? Hmm. The game’s afoot, dear Watson.
Shocked and saddened at Hanna
EDITOR: The recent arrest of clinical director Kevin Thorpe has shocked and saddened all of us associated with Hanna Boys Center (“New Charges Added in Hanna Case,” June 30). Having dedicated ourselves to helping young men recover from difficult childhoods, it’s devastating to think that further harm may have been brought by the alleged actions of one of our staff.
At the same time, we have been tremendously grateful for the overwhelming outpouring of support we have received during this difficult period – emotional testimony from alumni, community members and friends who recognize the importance of our mission and have seen first-hand how Hanna has successfully turned around the lives of troubled boys.
Hanna continues to cooperate fully with the ongoing police investigation. In the meantime, we have rededicated ourselves to ensuring the safety of our boys. In addition to the criminal and personal background checks required by state law, all staff will undergo extensive training on spotting and preventing predatory behavior, as well as gaining a better understanding of professional boundaries.
As we continue our important and essential work, be assured that we are more committed than ever to maintaining a safe environment for all our residents.
Thank you for your calls and letters of support.
Executive Director Hanna Boys Center
There’s plenty of figs in the sea
EDITOR: Lorna Sheridan’s article about the felling of the monumental Adele fig tree (“Adele Fig Tree Felled,” June 20) prompted me to write her about a similarly grand fig tree in the front yard of the property where I live (on Riverside Drive just off Verano).
Lorna answered that she thought there might be a larger story here, but of course that’s up to you.
Actually the point of the letter was to offer the people of Sonoma some consolation. Sonoma is home to a number of fig trees that, judging by their size and crop production, must be a century old. I don’t know the history of my tree, but I can tell you that it is monumental indeed, and the property has been in the same family for generations. The tree’s large trunk, some 6 feet in circumference, branches off in three directions, creating a fig-producing canopy not just in front of the house, but over the roof (a friend comes by once a year with a special ladder to reach the plentiful figs up there), then cascading into the back garden.
I suspect there are quite a few other fig trees of formidable size and age in our town that I haven’t counted yet. These trees are beautiful and special to Sonoma, and really how lucky can you get, to have a tree that gives you fruit that you’d see in local grocery stores for $5 a pint?
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