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The North Coast Wine Industry’s Latest Coup De Grace: Draining Our Rivers Dry

The latest in the North Coast wine oligarchy's long series of legislative coups de grace occurs on December 14th, as this issue of the Anderson Valley Advertiser goes to press.…

Sonoma County, Banana Republic of Wine-Grapes

Part II of an AVA investigation into Sonoma's sprawling wine biz.…

Booze, A Banker & A Bailout: The Murder Of Mark West Creek

The tragic, stranger-than-fiction story of Henry Cornell's own vineyard and proposed wine production factory reads as a distilled version of the relentless pursuit of the grape dollar by Sonoma County…

Mendo’s Biggest Wine Country Corporations

“We have chosen as our first topic of discussion the reality of the business — cash. Everything we do eventually finds its way back to this common denominator. That is,…

Who Really Rules Mendo Wine Country?

Most vineyard acreage in the region is ruled by a small collection of massive multi-national corporate conglomerates, which typically boast annual revenues greater than a billion dollars. Yes, that's billion…

‘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…

Richard (Blum) Ellis’ North Coast Pension Booze

The final installment in Will Parrish & Darwin Bond-Graham's series on financier and Godzilla UC Regent Richard Blum.…

Richard Blum: Godzilla Regent

Current and former campus workers from UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and UC Santa Cruz — joined by several student sup porters — were on hand to challenge Richard Blum on…

A Lesson from California’s Students: ‘WE Make The Crisis’

Part Three of Will Parish and Darwin Bond-Graham's series on disaster capitalism, UC style.…

Disaster Capitalist University

Part Two of Will Parish's and Darwin Bond-Graham's series on disaster capitalism, UC-style.…

Richard Blum: The Man Behind California’s “Developing Economy”

On April 17, 2009, with the edifice of the global economy rotting under an architecture of monumen­tal greed, war deficits, and official hubris, the Univer­sity of California, Berkeley conducted a…