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Volume 6, Number 5   May 14 - June 18, 2009

Economic Optimism: Looking on the Bright Side

Economic Optimism
Looking on the Bright Side
By Vesta Copestakes
It's not all gloom and doom, recession and depression, job loss and misery. I know all about the difference between optimists and pessimists, dreamers and people whose feet are planted firmly on the ground. And I know on which side of that picture I stand. But even optimistic dreamers can have a firm grasp on reality... and I can prove it.

The Culling Process

My neighbor Marty looks at how I live and work all the time and wonders why I don't get a job so I can pay my bills and have time off to play. "Look at all the skills you have! Anybody would want to hire you!" Not so, Marty.

There are those among us who simply can't work for someone else. We're the "gotta do it my way"... "I have to be free" risk-takers. And we pay a price for all that, it's true. But we're the ones who create the jobs others enjoy. You don't get to have a job unless some person is willing to take full responsibility for not only their own lives, but everyone's life who works for them as well. Some dreams can't be accomplished by one person. It takes a team of people. That team are employees.

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Safety and Security
Peace in Medicine of Sebastopol
Safe & Secure Dispensary
By Linda Stokely

As you approach Peace In Medicine, Sebastopol's nonprofit, healing center and medical cannabis dispensary, you can expect to be greeted with a friendly "Hello, can I help you?" by one of its Security Hosts. The welcoming, nonconfrontational mantra of the facility starts right there. This atypical style of security is representative of the community it serves, and it has earned the respect and confidence of the members of City Council and members of the business community. The Chief of Police has called more than once to commend the Security Hosts on their cooperative, low profile professionalism at events like the annual Harvest Dance. In the 18 months that Peace In Medicine has been open, there have been no occurrences involving local law enforcement, and no complaints from neighbors, both of which are unusual for a cannabis dispensary.

Peace in Medicine was conceptualized in 2007 by Robert Jacob, a Sebastopol resident and activist. Mr. Jacob envisioned a grassroots, community-based healing center that would provide support and resources for health-challenged residents to take control of their healing process. The response from the community in the form of volunteers, investors, and board members was inspiring, and on October 2nd, 2007 the facility opened its doors and began offering free classes to its patients. The popularity of the classes resulted in Peace in Medicine adding a 900 sq. ft. space just 18 months later.

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Lawns or Canoes
Sonoma County Water Shortage Dilemma: Lawns or Canoes?
Low flows and water shortage spell severe limits for recreation season...
By Brenda Adelman

Urban water use in Sonoma County and Marin is at least twice as great in summer as in winter. Coupled with high temperatures, it drives the water drawdown up. Much of that extra water goes to watering urban lawns.

The Russian River is now experiencing one of the worst water shortages since the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) came into being in the early 1950's. It's a complex story, and for those of us downstream, it's profoundly unfair, since lower river residents themselves use far less water in summer than their urban friends.

In the last few years, diversions from the Eel River to Lake Mendocino through the Potter Valley Project dropped at least 60%, which was double the expected amount. This meant that about 100,000 acre-feet LESS flowed into Lake Mendocino each year and is now about 20,000 acre feet lower than it was in 2007, another water short year. For many years, the Potter Valley Project has been a major source of our summer water supply, and in dry years, the shortage is likely to now be permanent.

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