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  • Napa purveyor of heirloom beans drops FedEx due to its NRA ties

    03/09/2018 1:18:23 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 76 replies
    Napa Valley Register ^ | Mar 9, 2018 | JENNIFER HUFFMAN
    Steve Sando, the owner of Rancho Gordo New World Specialty Food, spends more than half a million dollars each year shipping his heirloom beans to destinations worldwide. Until Monday, FedEx shipped the lion’s share. But not anymore. Sando, who said he was fed up with gun violence, stopped using FedEx as his main shipper. Sando said he could no longer work with FedEx because it provides discounts to National Rifle Association members. “The NRA is a really powerful machine that doesn’t allow dialog about gun violence,” said Sando.
  • Pelosi Tries to Extend $137,000 Tax Break for Two of Her Multi-Million-Dollar Homes

    01/25/2018 3:56:35 AM PST · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1/25/18 | Susan Crabtree
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), who often rails against income inequality and calls on the wealthy to pay its "fair share" in taxes, took pains in late December to try to preserve tax breaks for two of her multi-million-dollar homes one last time before the new tax law kicked in.Largely thanks to her husband Paul, a real-estate and venture-capital investor, Pelosi is the wealthiest woman in Congress with a net worth of more than $100 million and the seventh wealthiest member overall, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.In fact, assets and cash disclosed in her 2016 financial-disclosure statement...
  • Napa County Sonoma County WildFire Update

    10/13/2017 8:09:47 AM PDT · by Grampa Dave · 20 replies
    self ^ | 10/13/2017 | Grampa Dave
    Two places to donate money to help the California fire victims! All of your money will go to that effort! The family that owns Hall’s Winery has started a matching fund drive to help the people in the fire areas needing financial aid. Every $ donated will be matched and will go to help those in need and not line some rich liberal so called charity’s pockets! Many of the evacuees left their homes at night with minimal clothing and basically what money they might have had at home. Many will have no homes to return to and maybe no...
  • Sonoma County officials opted not to send mass alert on deadly fire

    10/12/2017 2:29:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    S F Chronicle ^ | Joaquin Palomino and Kimberly Veklerov October 12, 2017 | Joaquin Palomino and Kimberly Veklerov October 12, 2017
    In the early hours of the blaze, officials at the Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services Department discussed sending something similar to an Amber Alert to cell phones in the area, but chose not to since it would have gone to tens of thousands of people not in immediate danger. The type of warning, called a Wireless Emergency Alert, can only target phones in large geographic areas, according to Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services Coordinator Zachary Hamill, who made the decision not to send the wireless alert together with the county’s emergency manager, Christopher Helgren. “If I had done...
  • Burning to the ground: Raging Wildfires Leave one Dead and Force 20,000 Residents to [Trunc]

    10/09/2017 3:08:44 PM PDT · by Cecily · 49 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | October 9, 2017 | Kayla Brantley
    More than 300 firefighters are working to control the raging wildfires burning through northern California's Wine Country that have left at least one dead. Wind-fueled wildfires broke out late Sunday night into early Monday morning destroying more than 1,500 homes and businesses and forcing 20,000 people to evacuate. Fourteen fast-moving fires continue to burn through eight counties-Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Yuba, Nevada, Calaveras and Butte. The fires have destroyed 57,000 acres total leaving 50,000 people without power. Governor of California Jerry Brown has issued a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba Counties as fires blaze through the Wine...
  • ‘Major devastation’ in Santa Rosa. One confirmed dead in Mendocino, Cal Fire says.

    10/09/2017 12:38:04 PM PDT · by Mariner · 22 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | October 9th, 2017 | BY TONY BIZJAK AND BENJY EGEL
    Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties, where wind-whipped fires have destroyed at least 1,500 structures, including many homes and businesses in Santa Rosa, and forced more than 20,000 people to evacuate their neighborhoods. In Mendocino County, one person was killed when the Redwood Complex Fire rushed up 4,500 acres from Redwood Valley toward Willits, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection assistant deputy director Daniel Berlant said. California’s fire chief says numerous people have been injured and a number of residents are also missing as 14 large fires burn. Cal Fire...
  • Multiple Fires Burn In Sonoma County, Napa County; Evacuations Ordered

    10/09/2017 7:07:09 AM PDT · by exDemMom · 68 replies
    Fridley Patch ^ | 10/9/17 | Maggie Avants
    SONOMA COUNTY, CA — Multiple wildfires were burning early Monday in Sonoma and Napa counties, threatening homes and businesses and prompting mass evacuations as well as school cancellations and power outages. A fire in Santa Rosa crossed Highway 101 at about 2 a.m. and ignited structures west of the freeway in the area of Kohl's Department Store on Hopper Avenue, according to the Santa Rosa Police Department.
  • Raging Wine Country Wildfires Burn Homes; Force Evacuations

    10/09/2017 11:49:48 AM PDT · by Freedom56v2 · 638 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area News ^ | 10/08/2017 | CBS Staff
    NAPA (CBS SF) — Wind-whipped wildfires roared to life Sunday night and early Monday across Wine Country, burning building, forcing evacuations and injuring several people. The Atlas Peak fire was the largest of several wildfires, quickly growing to more than 200 acres near Napa. Meanwhile, the fire near Calistoga had burned several building and sent several people to the hospital to be treated for burns. Cal Fire said firefighters were battling several blazes in Sonoma County. The largest was in the area of Porter Creek Road and Petrified Forest Road near Calistoga where mandatory evacuations were ordered for residents along...
  • Napa wine tour operator killed by police on I-80 in Emeryville

    09/29/2017 8:19:06 AM PDT · by ptsal · 15 replies
    Napa Valley Registrer ^ | Sept 28, 2017 | Registrer Staff
    A man who died after exchanging gunfire with police officers on Interstate 80 in Emeryville on Wednesday has been identified as 45-year-old Demilo Hodge, owner of Excursion Limousine Service based in Napa. Hodge grew up in the Bay Area and owned and managed the Executive Excursion Limousine Service, offering wine tours in the Napa and Sonoma areas.*snip*Hodge was wanted in connection with the killing of 68-year-old William Freeman in the 800 block of Sunset Court in Fairfield on Dec. 10, 2015, according to Fairfield police.
  • Napa County receives $250,000 from state for farmworker housin

    06/30/2017 7:59:55 AM PDT · by ptsal · 14 replies
    Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed a state budget that includes $250,000 that Napa County has long sought to help keep its farmworker housing program financially afloat. Napa County has three migrant farmworker centers that house a total of 180 men. Money for operations comes largely from a $10-per-acre annual assessment on vineyards and $13-a-day rent paid by lodgers. ==== That one-time state contribution of $250,000 will allow the county to catch up on maintenance and capital improvements at the centers, county Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza said.
  • Priest plants himself at popular music festival, goes viral on Reddit

    06/03/2017 12:25:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 82 replies
    cna ^ | June 1, 2017 | Mary Rezac
    Napa, Calif., Jun 1, 2017 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- What’s a good way to reach a lot of young people all at once?Plant yourself at an entrance of a popular music festival with a sign, some free stuff, and a smile.That’s what Catholic priest Fr. David Jenuwine did last weekend, at BottleRock Napa, a three-day music festival with roughly 30,000 in attendance.His sign read simply: Catholic priest. Blessings, Prayers, Confessions, Answers.Fr. Jenuwine, parochial vicar at St. Apollinaris Parish in Napa, California, told CNA that he had been trying to brainstorm creative ways to reach out to young adults...
  • Foodies, Restaurant Writers Make 'Unexpected' Landing in Napa Hot Air Balloon

    05/17/2016 4:06:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/17 | Lisa Fernandez and Edgar Romero
    The morning was supposed to be serene and idyllic with a group of restaurant writers, bloggers and foodies soaring high over Napa’s gorgeous wine country. Instead, Joanne Sasvari, a 40-something freelance writer for the Vancouver Sun, and her group were forced to make what she called an “unexpected” landing, before being rescued by the California Highway Patrol. That's because the winds picked up early Tuesday about 8 a.m., making it difficult for the pilot to land normally. Still, the entire ordeal took all of about 45 minutes, she said, and no one was injured after the balloon got stranded in...
  • Black women kicked off Napa Wine Train to sue for discrimination ($11 million)

    group of predominantly African American women kicked off the Napa Wine Train in late August -- allegedly for being too loud -- filed an $11-million racial discrimination lawsuit Thursday. They said their reputations were tarnished and that some of them even lost their jobs after the incident.
  • Wine train apologizes to black women’s book club after allegations of racism

    08/26/2015 6:17:11 PM PDT · by matt04 · 21 replies
    Members of the book group, sporting matching gray T-shirts and broad grins, boarded the Napa Valley Wine Train in high spirits Saturday. “The train is leaving the station! Choo choo!” member Lisa Johnson posted on her Facebook page, captioning a picture of five glasses of burgundy liquid clinking together. But not long into the trip train staff began asking them to quiet down. Before the journey was half over, they were escorted off the train, where police officers were waiting for them, according to the Associated Press. “We didn’t do anything wrong and we still feel this is about race....
  • Napa Valley art gallery owner pleads guilty to selling animal parts

    08/12/2015 5:23:06 PM PDT · by rey · 10 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 12 Aug 2015 | ROBERT DIGITALE
    A Yountville art gallery owner has pleaded guilty to wildlife trafficking and conspiracy, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco announced Wednesday. Michael Polenske, owner of Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, admitted to illegally buying and selling sea turtle shells, whale bones, orca jaws and a seal head. Trafficking such items violated such federal laws as the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Polenske, 53, of Napa, also admitted to conspiring from 2007 through 2011 to dealing in wildlife species that were protected by federal law. He imported the protected items into the U.S. from European vendors with the...
  • Magnitude 4.1 Earthquake Strikes North Of Napa May 21, 2015 8:32 PM

    05/21/2015 8:38:54 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 34 replies ^ | May 21,2015 | no attribution
    NAPA (CBS SF) — A magnitude 4.1 earthquake struck Napa County Thursday evening, the largest quake to hit the Wine Country since a magnitude 6.0 struck the area. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck at 7:53 p.m. about 9 miles north of Napa and 6 miles east northeast of Yountville, at a depth of 9.3 miles. Calls flooded into the KPIX 5 newsroom from all around the Bay Area to report feeling the earthquake, including calls from El Sobrante, Pinole, Colma, and Fairfield. The quake was mostly felt in the North Bay and Napa County, but people...
  • I Woke Up Shaking All Over! (6.1 Earthquake @ 3AM)

    08/24/2014 12:49:15 PM PDT · by lee martell · 42 replies
    August 24 2014 | lee martell
    I had been up late writing quarterly reports as part of my job. I was listening to Schubert's Trout Quintet for strings and piano, on replay. If I must write reports, I like doing so at night, where the quiet forces me to focus. I had finally gone to bed, fading off into Dreamland, when felt unplanned motion. The bed rumbled, rocked. The walls were trembling . Instantly, I knew this was an earthquake, and the first thought was #1, How long would it last? #2. Where are my shoes, pants, car keys and wallets? I have Parakeets and Zebra...
  • M 6.1 Earthquake, 6km NW of American Canyon, California [CA Freepers please check in]

    08/24/2014 3:39:32 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 193 replies
    USGS ^ | August 24. 2014 | No Attribution
    An earthquake with magnitude 6.1 occurred near American Canyon, CA at 10:20:44.00 UTC on Aug 24, 2014. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)
  • Earthquake SF bay area. 6.0 American Canyon Area

    08/24/2014 3:23:08 AM PDT · by ggrrrrr23456 · 24 replies ^ | 2014-08-24 | me
    Moderate shaker felt in East Bay 3 min ago.
  • Earthquake!

    08/24/2014 3:22:53 AM PDT · by Axenolith · 18 replies
    me ^ | 3-23-2014 | Axenolith
    Pretty damn strong shake here in Lafayette, strong enough to wake me from sleep.