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Category: Personal Experience

From the Field: My land was invaded by pot growers

I have family property between Healdsburg and Guerneville off Sweetwater Springs Road. Porter Creek runs through my lower property. The creek is a fish bearing stream as are other creeks off remote, hilly landscapes. Fish biologists have done fish counts on Porter Creek, The property by the house where I grew up on Mt. Jackson…
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From the field: Lost our peace in Valley Ford

In the Valley Ford and Freestone areas, rarely represented, we never received any grower or county notice of growers intent to farm, set backs, commercialization of a private easements and roadways. This ever morphing ordinance needs structure and enforcement and serious guidance. It needs to return to the ballot. This industry needs to be in…
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From the field: Pot and property values

EDITOR: Suppose you bought a house in Sonoma County. You worked hard to pay the mortgage. You worked hard to build up equity in your house. You worked hard to make your house a safe environment for your children. Then the Board of Supervisors voted to allow a large commercial cannabis operation to be built…
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From the field: A bad neighbor

EDITOR: It’s legal in Sonoma County to grow cannabis on a 2-acre agriculture-zoned parcel bordering Sebastopol’s city limits and surrounded by homes or parks. Imagine plants 300 feet from your house or 100 feet from your garden. Imagine indoor cultivation structures and employee activities about 20 feet from your relaxing swing. That’s my reality living…
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