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The Tracks are Crumbling, but…The Trash Train has Left the Station

Fifth District Supes candidate Wendy Roberts took the podium last Tuesday to address the Board of Super­visors about their proposal to put a county-wide half-cent sales tax increase on the…

Hoyle, Lipmanson, Faulder, Mari­juana and the New Judge In Town

The prevailing sentiment at the courthouse is that newly anointed judge Ann Moorman, is going to usher in a New Age of Liberalism when she ascends to the bench at…

The Not So Simples

The last few acres of the American prairie with its soil-building native grasses went under the plow in 1984, making us forever beholden to Monsanto and Dow Chemical. The US…

Why Bach Didn’t Go Swimming

Bach never went in the ocean for a refreshing dip. He never even set eyes on the Atlantic. He could have made it to the North Sea at Lübeck during…

Lives & Times of Valley Folks: Charlie Hochberg

I met with Charlie at his home on top of the Holmes Ranch and after admiring his orchids, we sat down to talk with twenty-year-old Fritz the terrier and nine…

Bird’s Eye View

Greetings one and all. If you are sitting comfortably then I shall begin. Congratulations to the organizers of ‘The Not-So-Simple Living Fair’ for their excellent job this past weekend at…

Christian Bach’s Castrato Arias

Bach’s sons remained in the homeland — until the last, Johann Christian. Born in 1735, he was called, though even from beyond the grave, father Bach might have regretted that…

San Francisco (Health) Values: Supreme Court Gets It Right On Local Public Option

Once in a while the US Supreme Court gets things right. It did so recently regarding Healthy San Francisco, the city's local “public option” now giving more than 50,000 residents…

‘You May Be a Task Force, But … We’re A Nation’

Since 1775, when the Spanish vessels Santiago and Sonora anchored in Trinidad Bay, the surviving Ameri­can Indian nations of California's northcoast have with­stood violent conquest, systematic land expropriation, kidnapping and…

What’s In A Name?

“Fate tried to conceal him by naming him Smith.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes As I answer the ringing phone, I am distracted by my cat chasing his tail and do…

Hoyle & The Bulgos

The high profile bust featuring the Bulgarians of Covelo has developed an added angle — and more defendants.…