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Dec 02
2008

Steelhead Beach

Posted by Bruce Robinson in water , tourism , Santa Rosa , Russian River , resources , recreation , policy , parks , nonprofit orgs , news , fish , environment , construction , conservation , community , budget , activism

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 The possibility of a new wastewater discharge pipeline to the county's popular Steelhead Beach in Forestville (above)  has apparently been killed by cost considerations.

 The pipeline to the proposed Steelhead Beach discharge site would have run through the quiet corridor of Osprey trail (below). Photos courtesy West County Gazette.

Brenda Adelman of the Russian River Watershed Protection Committee contends that Santa Rosa could and should reduce the amount of water flowing into the treatment plant by moving more aggressively to repair leaking sewer pipes that allow rainwater to get in.

Nov 24
2008

Holiday flying

Posted by Bruce Robinson in transportation , tourism , rights , public safety , policy , nonprofit orgs , news , Napa , media , legislation , justice , Health , government , families , corporate responsibiliyt , Congress , business , activism

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 The holidays are a peak travel time for the airlines, so knowing your rights as a passenger can help ensure a more satisfactory travel experience.

Former realtor Kate Hanni is the founder and president of the Napa-based Coalition for an Airline Passengers Bill of Rights. Her Organization maintains a tool-free telephone number for travelers to report standings and other problems, which she says are promptly verified and compiled into a national database.

Flyersrights Hotline: 877-FLYERS6 (877-359-3776)

The Coalition has also prepared a  Stranded Flyer's Survival Guide with a combination of practical and somewhat tongue-in-cheek items to use if you should happen to wind up on a grounded plane.

The New York state legislature was the first in the country to adopt a flyers bill of rights in August, 2007. But the measure was struck down by the U.S. Court of Appeals which ruled it interferred with federal regulatory authority over the airlines.

 

 

 

 

Northern California representative Mike Thompson has been a leader in the effort to win Congressional passage of a nationwide airline Passengers Bill of Rights. You can read the draft bill here.

Oct 05
2008

Local Economic Impacts

Posted by Bruce Robinson in tourism , Sonoma , politics , policy , nonprofit orgs , news , legislation , Ideas , government , families , environment , economy , construction , community , business , author

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  Same sex weddings and Community Impact Reports could both have a notable effect on the Sonoma County economy.

    

 

 

On  October 6, the Petaluma City Council is expected to vote on a resolution requiring Community Impact Reports (CIRs)  for new large retail developments in the city, including those shown on this map.

 

 

 

The Living Wage Coalition of Sonoma County is the leading local advocate forCommunity Impact Reports.

 

 

Aug 20
2008

Aqua EcoTourism

Posted by Bruce Robinson in wildlife , tourism , Sonoma , resources , recreation , news , Marin , fish , environment , conservation , coast , business

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There’s more economic benefit to letting scuba divers see live sharks swimming off the California coast than there is in fishing for them.

  
Click here to read a summary of the new study Sea The Value:  Quantifying the Value of Marine Life to Divers. 

            

 

 

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