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Great Cartoonist???s Name And Work Used To Perpetrate Wrongdoing By Santa Rosa Airport: Or The Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport Vs. The Quality Of Life Near Olivet And River Roads

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Often in history there have been great wrongs that have been perpetrated by those who in the perception of the public are said to be paragons of virtue, such as priests who bonk their choirboys or policeman who shoot blacks for sport. Though only a cartoon character, Snoopy’s stamp upon an enterprise represents a kind of clean bill of moral health. As evidenced by businesses falling over themselves to acquire one of the limited number of Snoopy statues to display at their storefronts in Santa Rosa, home of the great cartoonist and namesake of the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport. Like corporations are people, thus the image of Snoopy has become an entity unto itself. The highflying hound’s likeness instantly endears that business lucky enough to sport it. Alas, all such icons are likely to arouse the interest of organized crime in order to better subvert the machinations of business and government to their criminal wills. ;



Unfortunately, residents of the Olivet and River Roads area of Santa Rosa, California, USA may no longer hold the image of the beloved canine in such high regard after the little advertised Sonoma County Planning Commission meeting at the Windsor High School Theater and subsequent railroading through the legal process of the necessary documents to approve the EIR for and of The Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport’s Master Plan Update Implementation Project’s Environmental Impact Report on September first in 2011. ;


One of the great problems in these sorts of things is the stupefying effect of the legalese. Even the title of the document is enough to put half of the public to sleep.


A better title would be: Get Your Asses Down There And Vote This Sucker Down If You Don’t Want Your Property Values And Health To Tank When Supersonic Jets Make Their Home Next Door! ;


Because of the above life and death issues are often left to the whims of corporate interest and big money to the detriment of the quality of life. Longtime resident of the Olivet and River roads area Mr. Rob Shiperly, two miles removed from the airport’s “V” runway never had a problem with the airport until…

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Sonoma County Airport EIR Open House Not Very Open According To Impacted Neighborhood Residents – 9-1-2011


“Thank you. My name is Rob Shiperly. I have lived in this area for twenty-seven years…we are really in the “V” of the runway pattern and we are about two miles out and never had any issues there. You know, Boeing bombers come over and that’s okay. But it was almost the very first day that plane came out. It came directly over our house and I thought, “I am in trouble now.” So I actually was able to come down to the FAA building – it was unlocked at that time – I went up and talked to the person in the tower. And he goes, “We,, it is at least five hundred feet up.” And I hope this doesn’t get me in trouble, but I said, “It looked like I could shoot it down with a BB gun,” and that’s how I felt about it.

…In Olivet Road, our area, they are mostly just smaller parcels. They are an acre and a half, two acres, three acres, four acres. And some of the slide you had up there just kind of like blanket that area, and so I don’t think you really get a clear understanding what it is like to live at the end of an area and have jets come over. So this is a small picture of it, of all these homes. There are about fifty of them out there. ;

I went around and – I just found out about this meeting last week. I don’t get the Press Democrat, and I happened to go online and I heard that you had a meeting over at the Luther Burbank Center, over that way. So I called the airport. A nice, young lady answered. I said, ‘Why weren’t we notified? She goes, “Well, the engineering firm only has to notify people a mile out.’ And so you look here, you have about thirty-nine people where you have – in my area, you have over fifty people and no one even – knew about it. So I don’t think its fair to think that this is being represented by the neighborhood. The airport has their consultants. You know, the airport has its consultants. The people that own the commercial property around the airport have their people, but we are all individual people, but we are all individual people out here. I don’t know any of these people. I have no way to connect with them or to communicate with them.

So I am sorry if I start getting pretty emotional about this, but our concern out there on Olivet Road is that jets will be flying over our area. When you look at the map, it shows the runway going straight out. So I wanted to state that.

But also, on the – some of the mapping up here shows the noise. I can look back, although I haven’t looked at it, but it shows the noise pattern going straight out on that runway and it doesn’t even include the Olivet area And I am wondering, where are you getting your information? Because you are not – t doesn’t even how it on Olivet. So I am concerned. I am not against the airport growing. I am concerned with the little guy out here, that we don’t get railroaded over all of this. So I wanted to make that point.

Well, anyways, what I would like to see is the FAA really verifying – let the public know how it’s really going to affect their property and the sound that they’ll have over their homes. Thank you.


Chairman Lynch: “Thank you. If we could, hold back on the applause.”   ;


Hope For A Peaceful Neighborhood Crushed By Bigger, More Powerful Jet Aircraft Moving In Next Door  ;


Darryl Laxo: “I am a resident in Ventana, right next to the school here. I have several concerns that were not addressed by your study. The first one is: You have looked at what happens to the little salamanders and the deer out there, but you have not looked at what’s going to happen to the local residents under that flight path that you currently have, in that we have already seen almost a fifty percent drop in real estate values just due to the state of the economy and now you are going to throw a whole lot more aircraft noise over us, noise and safety concerns primarily." 

You want to extend your runways a thousand feet to the north, which happens to be the direction of all the heavy residential areas. Why are you not extending it to the south where there is nothing but vineyards down there? And if I move that runway a thousand feet north, that means my touch-down point for that runway is moved a thousand feet to the north.

If I am using the same glide path that is required to hit my landing point now, to hit that landing point at a thousand feet, my aircraft over our area here is going to be one hundred to maybe two hundred feet lower than it already is. That eliminates one hundred to two hundred feet of air space for the pilots to use if they have an emergency maneuver. It also increases the decibel levels that we are going to experience. So we not only get more aircraft, you are talking about larger aircraft, which make more noise. ;

"Joshua Hochberg, who heads South River Aviation, a New Jersey-based aviation management firm said. “We love the direction the airport is going,” he said. “We think the management is fantastic.” ;

So we are going to get double impact from your moving the thing north. Move it south and protect the people, the residents and our investments in the neighborhood. And I think that pretty much covers my comments. I hope we get heard. I hope action is taken in favor of us and not the salamander.


Thus benefiting from the hindsight of the above victims’ cacophonic fate when their desperate entreaties were met with the ribald scorn of a slanted legal proceeding, enquiring minds want to know, is the railroading through of this EIR document consistent with the image of a faithful and honest beagle?

The Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport either needs a new logo, say a, a skull and crossbones, or Snoopy needs to update his image. How about a new Peanuts movie where, Snoopy, ravaged by the affects of rabies, bites little Chucky again and again until he is virtually dismembered?

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Chairman Lynch: “Next speaker. Crystal – or I’m sorry, Steve, if you would state your name, please."

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Mr. Birdlebough: Thank you, Mr. Chairman and Members. I am Steve Birdlebough with the Sierra Club. Our concern is that lengthening runways and the additional aircraft to twenty-one flights a day is going to affect the goose that’s laying the golden egg. Sonoma County is a magnet for tourists because they are looking for quiet, they are looking for country, they are looking for open space. They are not really looking for a lot of jet aircraft that are coming in and out every day. The main concern that we have is that when you turn to page twenty-six, the historical record of aircraft operations shows a very steady downward trend since nineteen ninety, to a little over eighty thousand movements in 2009. And when we look at that, we wonder how the document projects significant increase in movements in the future. Fuel costs are going up. We think the general aviation usage particularly is likely to continue its feed line and so we question the need for the extension, particularly of Runway 1/19, which primarily serves commuter aircraft. We understand that the FAA will not bring in its estimates of traffic until sometime in the spring and so we suggest that you await those estimates before you actually complete the Final EIR and key your estimates to the FAA estimates or at least explain any differences that might exist.

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Lastly, I would like to point out that even though you’re talking about a General Plan decibel level that’s quite high at eighty-three, the projected increases in decibels are five for the aircraft that you are mentioning. Every two decibel increase is perceived as a doubling of the sound level. And so you are looking at twice – two doublings. I don’t know how you measure that, four times? It’s a progressive scale. And so your perception of noise is going to be considerably higher, regardless of whether you are falling within the General Plan limits. And I think those issues should be pointed out more strongly for the purpose of the policymakers. Thank you.


>Short term project elements (from Draft EIR Table 2-3) include:

 885 foot extension of Runway 14/32 to 6,000 feet

 200 foot extension of Runway 1/19 to 5,202 feet

 Reconfiguration of taxiways, run-up aprons, and Airport access roads

 Re-grading of areas beyond runways to meet FAA standards

 Installation of runway lights on Runway 1/19

 

January 10, 2012

PLP11-0031

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Long term project elements (from Draft EIR Table 2-4) include:

 Additional taxiway, run-up apron, taxi lanes, and access road improvements

 Construct a replacement passenger airline terminal and re-use or demolish existing

 Construct new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) building and demolish existing

 Develop new Air Traffic Control Tower

Issue #4: Flight Tracks. Move south instead of north over Windsor

In response to comments from the public and Commission, the Airport Manager explained that the FAA has rejected past requests to have flight patterns established to avoid the most populated areas around the Airport. He specifically noted that Congressman Thompson had put in such a request and the FAA was adamantly opposed.

Resolution. The ability to require that planes fly around the Town of Windsor as mitigation for noise impacts was determined to be infeasible because it is not under the control of the Airport and the FAA had previously rejected this suggestion.

The desperation of the Town of Windsor, California is reflected in their jumping through the legal hoops required to even make these urgent requests for mitigation of the noise impacts upon their fair community by the airport hiding behind the beloved image of the cartoon character Snoopy AKA, The Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport.

Attend a Public Meeting

The County of Sonoma will hold a

public meeting and one or more noticed

public hearing(s) before the County of

Sonoma Planning Commission, to allow

the Planning Commission and interested

parties and agencies to voice their opinions

regarding the adequacy of the DEIR.

Sonoma County Planning Commission Meeting Date: Thursday, September 1, 2011 Time: 6:00 pm Location: Windsor High School Theater 8695 Windsor Road, Windsor, CA 95492


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Chairman Lynch: “Thank you. If we could, hold back on the applause.”

 

Sometimes professions and monikers collide to produce the perfect synthesis of fact and function. Is this dude accurately named or what? He certainly lynched  the hopes for a peaceful neighborhood of the Olivet and River Roads community.


  

MS Acker: Robert Hopkins.


MR. Hopkins: My name is Robert Hopkins. And I am a fifty-year-plus airport neighbor. I have had a chance to briefly review the EIR and I will be submitting some written comments. I would like to say that I agree with the comment that was just made that – I think the detail of the EIR gets into a lot of specifics about a lot of specific things, but it tends to overlook, I would say, the general impact of the project on airport neighbors. And I think – speaking of Commissioner Lilie’s comment about being surprised that there weren’t more people here tonight, I did not receive any mail notice of the hearing, although I have been to a number of the workshops. So I think that that needs to be worked on. But I also think that there are a lot of people who may not be well aware that they are airport neighbors now, but when this project is completed, they will know that they are airport neighbors. And by then, it will be too late for them to comment. So I think you really need to – I think the outrage needs to be greater.


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And I think that some of the historical data on the siting of the facility, Windsor High School, and of the Cali Elementary School, which was known as Star School when it was first built – both of these facilities as schools sit directly under the approach path and it was highly debated and yet that – the history of that debate doesn’t show up in the EIR.

I would also like to say that I agree with the previous speaker in terms of killing the goose that laid the golden egg. Sonoma County is attractive because of the beauty of the area, because of the vineyards, because of the quiet, and we need to make sure that we don’t disrupt that to the point where it is like everywhere else in the state and people are not going to want to come here to visit. Thank you.


The insult to the legacy of Mr. Charles M. Schulz is this; his work is being used to put a happy face on the destruction of the quality of life in the city and county that he loved so much. And through the use of his Snoopy character by the airport, being authorized by his estate, he therefore has posthumously approved the appalling lack of notice outlined in this review and also the railroading through of this all-important legal document through due process and of the slanted EIR that followed.


MS. ACKER: Marina Schenck.


MS. MARINA SCHENCK: Hello. I am Marina Schenck. I have lived – I live just south of the airport. So I am very aware of it and so I think it’s kind of funny that the notice was sent out and I live just a couple of properties from the airport and we didn’t receive any notice of this.

I have lived in the area for twenty–three years and I have noticed many different environmental changes as the area has gotten more business-like; the fact that I don’t think the creeks are the same, that there is different businesses that are in the flooding zone that the oil left from their cars gets into the creek. So I am very concerned about how these changes are going to affect the local animals, as I have seen that you have cut down many of the trees and already has displaced a lot of the local habitat. There is a lot of hawks. We see White-tailed Kites in the area. Those birds don’t have much nesting area because their nesting area is right next to the airport.

The acquisition of these old houses that – some of these houses are very historical and have been there for over a hundred years. There’s the – one of the houses id a Laughlin house. I don’t know how familiar you are with the historical aspects of this area. It is one of the families in the local area and this is one of the families in the local area and this is one of the houses that has standed (sic) for more than a hundred years that will be displaced.

I think it’s very funny that the airport counts on so much that businesses will become – they need to make the airport bigger, that the businesses will – little businesses will be on the airport area when many businesses in the local business park are not functional. I find it surprising that they think that the area they set aside in the airport land will be occupied if the areas around the airport in the business park aren’t, and that the area in the airport was built during one of the World Wars because the area is very foggy. It’s very foggy in the morning and during the winter, and I just don’t think it is safe to have all these large airplanes coming into a very foggy area that is unsafe and that was built to be unsafe because you didn’t want enemy planes finding out where the airport was and yet you are building these huge areas and making the lanes bigger to make more airport and more traffic. So I just think that’s very funny.

CHAIRMAN LYNCH: Thank you.

Isn’t it odd that in all of these long and drawn out legal proceedings that not an inkling appears of any concern nor even of the remotest interest of Chairman Lynch in the plight of the many residents of his own fair city so negatively affected by the airport pulling a blob and oozing out into the surrounding neighborhoods to wreak havoc upon wild life, fauna and populace alike?

  

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Or worse still, it is indeed all too common, the archetypical corrupt and thoughtless politician cum mountebank.

 

MS BEVERLY SCHENCK: Hello. My name is Beverly Schenck and I live south of the airport. I live on Laughlin Road in one of the Laughlin Road in one of the Laughlin homes that are over one hundred fifty years old. And by this proposal of removing some of the land to the south and it’s going to be on a voluntary basis, I find very ironic. People have lived in these homes and their families have lived in these homes for over a hundred years.

But my concern is about Airport Boulevard where that has not been expanded. And so our infrastructure will not meet the needs of this expansion, which normally the county develops – proposes growth without having their infrastructure expanded. The Airport Boulevard is not and cannot and will not meet the needs of an expansion of an airport. We do not need a runway to accommodate the same size jets that we find in San Francisco or Oakland Airports. We do not need to take away people’s homes to expand their hangers for the wealthy that don’t pay a fair share of taxes on their jets. We don’t need to compete against these large carriers. We need streets that are safe for our children. We need more police. We need to know that there is a stronger police presence to avoid any more killings of our children and our citizens. We need better roads. We need better schools. We don’t need this expansion, this extensive expansion. Yes, there are some runways that do need to be safer, but why not start off little? Why do you have to go to this huge development plan? Do it little by little as funds come in. Our government is not in a surplus mode.

 

I am sure the studies will take – you know, will not take into account this massive expansion. I know for myself from my personal experience with the Planning Commission that they sometimes and many times compromise studies, so these noise studies are not going to e accurate. I live right next to the Mesa Construction where the County – the Permit Department ignored a lot of the complaints by trans- -- excuse me, by the Air Quality Department, by Caltrans and by other major departments that were concerned about the environment, which the county failed and continued to ignore. They ignored the studies. And so for four years, I have been legally fighting this County and it is not an easy battle to win against big corporations and corrupt, corrupt, corrupt County. Thank you.


MS. ACKER: Gary Mumm.

 

MR. MUMM. Good evening. My name is Gary Mumm. It happens to be one of those little niches in the red line up there. It’s actually a very insignificant little niche and on another map, it would be an insignificant little niche in purple lines.

I can’t stand here tonight and offer you millions of dollars in revenue. Clearly, there is two fashions here, Ladies and Gentleman. There are those who stand to profit from this and there are those that don’t. I have no doubt that the time is going to come for a larger airport here in Sonoma County. Maybe that time is now, I am not sure. One thing – you know, I have heard a couple of times, and I hear it a lot, people that I talk to about the situation, they’ll talk about the FFA – wait, the FAA. That’s because there was a time in this county when the FFA was more important than the FAA. That’s what this county used to be like. I started coming to this county in 1975. My wife’s family has owned that piece of property since the 60s. This was a beautiful place to come in 1975. As time goes by, its becoming more and more a beautiful place to be from. I have always loved this area, but the growth has not been done in an intelligent fashion, I’m sorry. With growth, with industrial buildings, with a larger airport, it stands to reason with increased traffic you need an improved roadway system.

Now, I live on Laughlin Road. If you are not familiar with, please take a drive and do so. All of those roads out there are two-lane country roads. They were built to support country living. They weren’t meant to be expressway, which they have been turned into with the development of the industrial park. They were not meant to be public parks, which they have been turned into with the increased population and people who are concerned with tourism and like to wear Spandex and ride their bicycles up and down the highway en masse, but that is what we deal with on a daily basis out there. The County has not been able to improve the road system. There is talk that we are going to put Brickway through. When? It’s years behind schedule. It needed to be done before not ten years after. The County can’t even afford to maintain the roads that they have out there now.

Now, I work in the industrial park. I see what the traffic is there every day. I live in one of those houses that the airport wants. It was built in 1881. At the last meeting on one of those lovely boards, I saw that when that property is acquired, those buildings would be torn down. There are people here this evening whose families go back over a hundred years in this area. It may not mean anything to a lot of people who stand to profit by a larger airport, but it means a lot to us.

I could ramble forever, you know –

CHAIRMAN LYNCH: IF YOU WOULD BE SO KIND TO WRAP IT UP IN THE NEXT THIRTY SECONDS.


MR. MUMM: You betcha.

I will just leave you with one little thought. The airport doesn’t want deer on the runways? I haven’t spoken to any of them personally, but I would be willing to bet that the deer don’t want airplanes I their meadow either.

 

MS ACKER: Deborah Fudge.

 

MS. FUDGE: I am Deborah Fudge, the vice-mayor of Windsor, and I wan to thank you for holding the meeting here tonight. I have a feeling Supervisor McGuire over there had something to do with that, so I would like to thank Mike as well.

And we had a hearing at the Town Council a week ago and there weren’t very many people there. There area few more here tonight. So I think it really did help to hold the meeting here. Also in the audience next to me is the vice-mayor of the – vice-mayor – the vice chair of the Windsor Planning Commission. Sedona Leavy [phonetic] is with me as well. And I just had a couple of comments and then I thought I would just give you a brief overview, real brief of what the Council talked about, and formal comments will be coming from the Town.

First of all, I would like to say that cooperation with the airport has improved over the last couple of years. The cooperation between Windsor and the airport has greatly improved and I have seen a reduction in impacts to the overall town, and so that’s a good thing. And Jon Stout has been working really closely with us and so things are improving that way.

I thought the fact that you held the open house at Wells Fargo Center was extremely helpful. This is my third time going through this presentation, but at Wells Fargo, for anybody who went, you got one-ob-one time with the consultants who prepared each element – you know, air quality, transportation – and you could really ask specific questions and that was really helpful.

(Telephonic interruption.)

CHAIRMAN LYNCH: Don’t pay any attention to that.

 

MS FUDGE: That wasn’t three minutes.


CHAIRMAN LYNCH: You have all the time in the world.

MS FUDGE: Besides, you are in my town.


CHAIRMAN LYNCH: You have the floor.


MS FUDGE: I am just kidding.


So the formal comments will be coming. So the summary of what we talked about and my main concern was the noise impacts to the Donna subdivision in 2030, since that’s when the levels increase. And so we talked about it at the meeting and Jon Stout confirmed that there will be noise sensors placed in that area as traffic increased by 2030. So one of the comments that we are going to have on the Environmental Impact Report from the Town is that mitigation measures be in place in 2030 and we really keep an eye on mitigating impacts to that particular neighborhood as traffic increases in the later years.

We also are going to ask for some voluntary things that we can’t mandate, but we are going to ask for a voluntary night curfew like they do at San Jose International. Now, I know we can’t demand that because there was a Congressional law in nineteen ninety that prevents that and San Jose got grandfathered into that, but we are going to ask that any commercial planes coming in be – there be a curfew between, say, 10:00 or 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a. m. And we know that’s voluntary, but we are going to ask for it.

We would also like to continue to ask the airport to mitigate overall noise impacts of the smaller pilots, because the noise that we experience is really the smaller pilots, not Horizon. Some of them have gotten better. The really noisy plane that was based in Mexico that used to drive us nuts hasn’t been over in a couple of years, but we were about to shoot him down.

So we would like to ask planes to land -- and this is voluntary as well – and I hope you guys appreciate my humor tonight. We would like to ask them to landright-right on occasion instead of always left-left. They are turning over with eastern winds constantly. And this is something Jon and I have talked about is to try to ask them to land right-right. Now, the commercial can’t do that and it is also weather-dependent, but we are going to continue to ask for that.

I did talk to the EIR consultants about the fact that there are reduced geenhouse gases from not having to commute to larger airports at San Francisco and Oakland and they explained to me why they couldn’t be evaluated in this EIR because they can’t really be evaluated but that there is a positive impact to that.

Again, I said Horizon has been a good neighbor. They have been quiet, even though I can see the eyeballs and tell you the color of the eyeballs of the pilot as he turns over my house. He peaks my greenhouse and turns.

 

CHAIRMAN LYNCH: Thank you very much, Vice-Mayor.

 

MS. ACKER: Rosemary Olson, I think.


MS. OLSON: Yes. Good evening. My name is Rosemary Olson. I am a resident on Shiloh Greens and have been there for thirteen years. And when I first moved into my nice Christopherson home, about a few months after I moved in, I heard a horrendous noise coming towards my house. I looked out from my bedroom window from the second floor and an airline carrier was locking its wheels right above the roof of my house and the exhaust of the plane came into my bedroom and scared the living hell out of me. I thought I was going to die. And this is a serious matter. I called the FAA.


I am curious to know where – I understand that this expansion is based on, “If you build it they will come.” I am a strong proponent of tourism. I am in that business in many ways. I believe in increasing of revenue to pay for County taxes and the infrastructure. We have two airports in close proximity. People, if they are coming in from another area, typically like to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge and get the “wow” factor, and I don’t think that is going to stop.

I would like to know what carriers and what businesses will support it before the expansion project begins. Deborah was vocal about the concerns of the Windsor Town Council. It’s very clear that once the carriers, larger carriers come in, we have no say whatsoever on how many flights will be coming in and out of the airport. We will have no say over the time of when those flights will be flying. We will become victims of the noise and pollution, the residents of this outer circle and inner and the people who live right on the properties.

We are on a free ride and I am very perplexed about that and how through all of these reports there is no commentary on the quality of life of the hundreds of families – not the sixteen thousand jobs that keep, you know, being pounded into our heads tonight – but hundreds of families will be impacted by this twenty-four seven if this expansion goes through with these plans. And that’s what we need to consider. You consider people’s lives first. Thank you.



CHAIRMAN LYNCH: Thank you.

 

MS ACKER: Terry Darcy.

 

MS DARCY: Thank you for holding this hearing. My name is Terry Darcy, Santa Rosa.

 

I am representing small business in general. I personally grew up on an Air Force base. I am a little desensitized to the noise. I do want to say one more thing that came to me when I was listening to somebody else speak, that they weren’t - - they didn’t receive notification.


MR. HOCHBERG: Hi, my name is Josh Hochberg and I am president of the Sonoma Jet Center at the Sonoma County Airport. My nineteen coworkers out there work on servicing aircraft that come to Sonoma County and we are the face of the community (Joshua Hochberg, as of 10.23.2018- had No picture on linked in.) when most private aircraft come to the airport.

Sonoma County has ataxic* resources. It has seeded beauty. It has wonderful agriculture. It has delicious food and wine and fantastic people. One resource that we only have one of is we only have one commercial service airport, while it does generate noise, which is unfortunate, is also a major access to the community. Every time I tell somebody I work out of the airport, they invariably tell me, “Oh, you know, I took a flight from there and it was so fantastic. I didn’t have to drive to San Francisco. I didn’t have to wait at the TSA for hours. It was so hassle-free,” and it really does increase the quality of life in terms of people’s ability to travel in Sonoma County.

We are presented here with a fantastic opportunity. First, and importantly to me as a pilot, is an opportunity to improve safety and decouple the runways so that I don’t have to worry about accidentally taking off on the wrong runway and encountering another aircraft, which is really bad. In improves safety in that respect, as well as runway safety areas. It brings in major Federal dollars in a time when we can – most need it for a big project and it increases economic vitality at what is a relatively small, incremental environmental impact. The noise that is there today, when you see the charts, it’s a sliver of incremental impact in 2030.

The airport has obviously studied the environmental impacts at considerable expense already and it’s also extremely conservative so far as it ignores the impact of travel on Highway 101 down to San Francisco. I travel very often to the East Coast and have to go to San Francisco to catch a flight. And if I have to spend one more minute in traffic on 101, sometimes I think I will pull my hair out. So it’s a wonderful opportunity.

And finally, this is not something for the wealthy. This is something that benefits everybody, ("The new hangar building includes office and workshop space and houses large corporate jets with wingspans up to a Gulfstream 650. It is adjacent to the existing Sonoma Jet Center executive terminal and hangar facilities. The new hangar is designed to satisfy the needs of the most demanding corporate flight departments, and includes a 170 foot clear span door, private lobby suites, and outstanding Sonoma Jet Center hangar management."- Sonoma Jet Center web site.) Everyone can afford it, as long as they have their own corporate jet that is.) because what it does is not only increase safety but it enables us to have better air service that everyone can afford back to the East Coast and places other than along the West Coast.

Thank you for your attention.



*Ataxia | Definition of Ataxia by Merriam-Webster

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ataxia

Definition of ataxia. : an inability to coordinate voluntary muscular movements that is symptomatic of some central nervous system disorders and injuries and not due to muscle weakness. — called also incoordination.

It appears from the above statement that the head of the Sonoma Jet Center Mr. Joshua Hochberg holds a rather negaitive assessment of Sonoma County's Transportatiohttp://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Transportation-and-Public-Works/n authorities' abilities.


CHAIRMAN LYNCH: Thank you.

 

MS. ACKER: That’s all.

 

CHAIRMAN LYNCH: No more cards?

Anybody else who would like to speak and didn’t fill out a card?

Seeing none, we will bring it back to the Commission and – oh, I will close the public hearing and we will bring it back.

Any comments, questions for staff?

COMMISSIONER BENNETT: Mr. Chair, this process, as I understand it, is all of the comments today now will be taken by the consultants and all will be responded to in the Final EIR; is that correct?

MS BARRETT: Yes, that is correct.

COMMISSIONER BENNETT: So we don’t really need to respond to any of those because our consultants will be doing that?


MS.BARRETT: Yes, that’s correct and I think many speakers said they were going to be submitting their comments in writing and that will be most helpful. I would just remind them that the close of the comment period is September nineteenth and those should be delivered to PRMD. I think the address is on the notice. We can certainly give that to you.

COMMISSIONER BENNETT: I would just like to add: The one thing that I would like see on this, and I am sure we are going to have this – I am going back to everybody’s comments – I would like really a good discussion coming back to us about how far we go on working on voluntary compliance. I understand there are restrictions on some of these and I also recognize the wisdom of approaching them to see if we can settle some of these voluntarily. So I would like a presentation at some point in the future from staff on that.

 

MS Barrett: Certainly. I think –I don’t know, Bob, if you want to talk now or you want to bring it back.

 

MR. STOUT: It doesn’t have to be now.

 

MS. BARRETT: Okay.

 

CHAIRMAN LYNCH: And then I just further would comment that the sound level is, you know, spiking*…the annoyance factor is definitely there.



MR. LILES: Table 31020, the Aircraft Operations Completeness

 

I think there was one slide that you had put up there that showed that, you know, obviously there is more volume of the larger planes there,

 


* 2. spike:

[no object] chiefly US : to increase greatly in a short period of time

The medication caused his blood pressure to spike.

Oil and gas prices have spiked (upward) again.

http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/spike

 

MR. HURST: …They are not going to, as Jon said, in any way have responses to comments. Does that make sense for the rest of the Commission then?

Commissioners:

· Don Bennett

· Paula Cook

· Jason Liles

· Tom Lynch, Chairman

 

MS. COOK: Uh-huh.

 

CHAIRMAN LYNCH: And we will continue this hearing to September twenty-second; is that right?

 

MS. BARRETT: The public hearing is closed.

MR. HURST: The hearing is closed. We be will be continuing it to the twenty-second for discussion as to

{inaudible due to public exiting}. They knew the jig was up and that the Commission had made fools of the long suffering residents of the Olivet and River Roads neighborhood by callously discounting their impassioned pleas for maintaining their relative peace and quiet.


[Whereupon, the public hearing was concluded at 8:41 p.m.]

 

Once the Kangaroo Court, A.K.A. the Sonoma County Planning Commission, was through with its session, to add insult to injury, after which Commissioner Lynch threw a arthritic bone to the crowd in the form of a millisecond glimmer of hope of the potential of the Commission actually addressing their concerns of the residents’ imminent bombardment by the insidious friendly fire of huge jet aircraft flying mere feet above the heads of their children at play, at school, and elsewhere, they cruelly and callously pulled the plug on Democratic procedures and activated their bait and switch tactics by ignoring any further concerns or comments upon the preordained matter of airport expansion.

Staff Members:

 

· Crystal Acker

 

· Jennifer Barrett

 

· Sue Dahl

 

· David Hurst, Chief Deputy Counsel


· Robert Pittman, Deputy County Counsel

 

And so immediately after the abrupt end to the hearing of all questions, concerns or recourse for the embattled residents of the Olivet And River Roads areas, the Sonoma County Planning Commission slammed the door and congratulated one another on the successful completion of their railroad*.

 

* railroad

verb [ T always + adv/prep ] US /ˈreɪlˌroʊd/

railroad verb [ T always + adv/prep ] (FORCE)

 

to force something to happen or force someone to do something, esp. quickly and unfairly:

 

We feel that our client was railroaded into pleading guilty.

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/railroad

 

verb

1.

INFORMAL

press (someone) into doing something by rushing or coercing them.

"she hesitated, unwilling to be railroaded into a decision"

 

“Thanks for those unmarked, untraceable piles of cash smuggled in from the Cayman Islands dude! That sure will go a long way towards acing our election campaigns. Thank you again for the sweetheart deals on the luxury autos and again for the free flights and vacations, thanks so much Mr. Josh Hochberg!” ., exclaimed a grateful Commission. The fleeting thanks of voters for their lifetimes’ of public service, while heartwarming, to those of them to whom such capacity might have remained, yet it did nothing to pay their many bills.


In the end it was simplicity itself. All the Commission then had to do to sweep any opposition to their gross corruption in railroading through this highly questionable piece of legislation was to simply insert in their alleged responses to the residents’ desperate objections and pleas to this soiling of their community the sentence; “This comment does not specifically address the analyses contained in the draft EIR. (When in fact all of the above statements were made regarding that very document upon which was the subject of the above meeting.) Therefore, (only) the comment in support of the Proposed Project is acknowledged (and not any of the objections) and (only comments that approve our plan) will be forwarded to and considered by the decision makers at the County of Sonoma Planning Commission and the County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors.”

;

In their falsified responses to the community’s comments to the Draft EIR, the earnest and legitimate objections of the neighborhood’s residents, the County of Sonoma Planning Commission and the Sonoma Board of Supervisors completed their textbook case of collusion by unanimously rubber-stamping the EIR for approval, and this without the slightest expression of concern for the plight of the residents and voters.

Just how did they get elected again? Not a one dissenting vote. Is there none upon either of those august bodies that truly gives a fig Newton about the quality of life of their constituents when they can achieve their own personal fortunes by sucking up to big business and worse to the organized criminal version thereof?


;


MR. STOUT: The EIR identified seven properties – I believe it’s seven properties that would be impacted by changes in the noise contours. Those properties would be significantly impacted. Properties within the fifty-five decibel contour, over the life of the project, they would experience, I believe, a plus-three decibel increase in the CNEL level (Community Noise Equivalent Level). They would be considered a significant impact. So the mitigation would be to finalize our Airport Approach Protection Plan and identify mitigation measures should we get to those thresholds, such as sound insulation, acquisition and aviation easements.

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How would you like to be mitigated out of your home? Now, those readers who may happen to also be Peanuts fans, now I ask you, would Snoopy so heartlessly evict homeowners through clever legal dirty tricks such as "mitigations", "aviation easements" and "acquisitions" from their homes to expand an airport that would also soil the environment for his dear friend Woodstock as well as himself and the entire Peanuts crew? Historic homes at that, part of the very fabric of the community’s heart and soul, gone. Is that smart growth, more of a cancer, eh, literally and figuratively alike? For truly this is how once vibrant communities turn sickly and deadly. And the pollution from noise, jet fuel and the various toxic wastes that are indelibly associated with the airline industry contribute to the overall degradation of the quality of life and property. That’s all well and good for San Francisco and Oakland. But Santa Rosa that used to be where one could go to escape all of that. Now one must go to where? This is how once lovely cities like Santa Rosa become akin to the mean streets of Los Angeles. Is this really the vision Charles M. Schulz had for the airport bearing his standard, and for the future of the city and county that he loved so much and endowed with the treasures of his life’s work?

Such as: Funding Sonoma State University’s state of the art (at the time) library- $5 million from Jean and Charles Schulz.


;

MS. BARRETT: Well, I would just like to – I don’t know if you can here me. You can – you have closed the public hearing. But the annoyance factor is definitely there.

 

MR. LILES: the main issues are: Noise, safety, wildlife, that the expansion is not necessary and that there was poor notification.

 






 




Illegal Surveillance Commonplace in Sonoma: Helicopter Activity

Posted by [email protected] on August 10, 2018 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

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Helicopter Activity

Sonoma resident 1:

Does anyone know why we have a helicopter circling the west side of down town Sonoma between 1:45 - 2:00 am on August 3? Just curious.


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Sonoma resident 2: The East Side·3 Aug

It’s been on the east side as well. Very big and very loud. Not sure why.

3 Aug



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Sonoma resident 3: Well, I can't imagine why a helo would operate at a low altitude that early in the a.m.


Sonoma resident 4: West Side Sonoma·6d ago

Ive heard some conspiracy theories on that.  never know unless you’re out with binoculars...


Sonoma resident 3: 6d ago

Over the past year 1 to 3 helos have hovered over S.F. in the

vicinity of Dolores Park and close to Civic Center. We have had

a direct view of these machines from San Bruno Mt. The

aircraft get into one position at about 1,000 ft. MSL and soak up

much gas so as to look at something or quickly respond to

emergency and train their cameras on same. This activity

usually occurs at dusk and continues well into the evening.

Um, it's a "puzzlement", as famous lyric goes.


"I'm very proud of what we do here," pilot Paul Bradley.

 

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Sonoma resident 5: 6d ago

wrong, it's illegal surveillance

https://www.facebook.com/sonoma.sheriff/videos/1126147770743128/

Sonoma resident 3: I did take a good look

out our back window last night to determine if one or two of

those machines are still taking their 'assigned' posts

most every evening. Oh yeah, a single 'traffic/news"

type helo was sitting right on his coordinates. One would

never detect him w/o seeing his nav lights. Again,

who or what entity has the $ to pick up the tab for

what has got to be VERY expensive air time?


Sonoma resident 5: What am I looking at?

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Sonoma resident 6: What the hell is it?

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Sonoma resident 7: Late last night, around 10:30, in Santa Rosa, and I noticed these lights. They were in four different places over and around Santa Rosa. When you zoom in on them with the camera there were multiple lights in a circle. When you change the resolution you can see the shape behind one set of Lights. They were not moving, so not a plane. They will way up in the air so not a reflection of any kind, and we saw one in North West Santa Rosa one in South East Santa Rosa, one out over Windsor area, and the other was straight above Korbel. Neither of us were high or drinking. Just freaky looking lights





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Meet the New Sheriff, Same as the Old Sheriff

Posted by [email protected] on October 16, 2017 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)
The Sonoma County Sheriff has a new black patrol car. Black as his heart Black as those whose routine murders it is his responsibility to oversee as part of an occult white supremacist thing. His job is to, while of course overseeing mundane police duties, sweep the occasional murder of a minority under the carpet. In his duel role as coroner, it's a breeze. A mere shuffling of papers. Black as the obscured vision of the public to the clear and present danger it presents and represents The new black has no room for the cheerfulness of orange. Take the phony "oversight panel" for instance. Black as the Sheriffi's balance sheet after gutting its funding For true investigations of the Sheriffs real behind the scenes and in the private chambers of law enforcement actions could NEVER stand up to the honest scrutiny of the public. That's why the latest Sheriff's atrocity was shuffled to a FELLOW CORRUPT SHERIFF in Marin for white washing. One Hand Washes the Other Hand Place your bets on the political web site: Here's a hot topic for you and a prediction, the next time the Marin Sheriff is in trouble for his latest atrocity, that case will also be shuffled off to the fair and balanced judgement of the "impartial" fellow corrupt public official. One hand washes the other hand. Another member of the clan of corrupt public officials controlling sonoma county and beyond. Consider the fires of late an unfortunate judgement upon their reign. What is accomplished in secret has been openly punished.

Smart Train Executive Farhad Mansourian Linked to Terrorism

Posted by [email protected] on October 5, 2017 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)
The way that Farhad Mansourian terrorized the Novato Fire Official out of filing his six million dollar law suit is a testament to the harassment and browbeating of his underlings that has become his trademark. And that's one coverup that won't go away. http://www.copsonnuts.com/apps/blog/show/44460655-father-superior-absolves-former-novato-fire-chief-and-deputy-fire-chief-of-their-sins That has made it more easy for the public to believe that he really could be selling the use of the Fire Department equipment and manpower to the uses of organized crime for his own personal gain. Check out his "lifestyles of the rich and famous" lifestyle. Forged on the backs of Sonoma County taxpayers. Making it still more convincing is the fact of the results of a new geneological study coming out of a well regarded ancestry research site that shows some distinct boll weevils lurking in that family tree of his. https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2017/04/pakistani-taliban-faction-claims-spokesman-was-captured-in-afghanistan.php On Mansourian's father's side, there's Spokesman Asad Mansour, a clear resemblance to his cousin's drive, who also did well representing his employers, the Pakistani Taliban. Then from Mr. Mansourian's mother's side comes his fierce independent streak, where he is a kin of Khalid Masood, of the Houses of Parliament in fame. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Westminster_attack Also known as "Father Superior" for his condescending attitude towards the members of the press, especially minorities, Mansourian was said to have been paid to subvert his authority over the Fire Department to help sponsor a sort of domestic terrorism lite where the fire vehicles' sirens and flashing warning lights were used over and over as a harassment against the individual targeted by his criminal benefactors. Significant Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Sonoma City and County Fire Department resources were deployed in return for new monies in private bank accounts of questionable origins and new pick up trucks for the Fire Chiefs. Overinflated contracts, bogus overtime and sick pay were awarded by city councils that looked the other way. Through bought politicians like Mansourian and the disgraced Sheriff Freitas, organized crime has long had its tentacles in the very heart of the poorly secured coffers of the various treasuries of Sonoma county government, which they have coopted by holding them hostage to ever more powerful unions, ala hitler's germany. To allow a person to simultaneously hold the position of Sheriff and Coroner is handing them a blank check for murder. Sooner or later someone will cash it. Try sooner as in the case of Andy Lopez. Corruption is so entrenched there that if it were somehow, miraculously removed, the whole machinery of local governance in Northern California would likely come to a grinding hault.

Sonoma County Sheriff's Department Nips Nascent Oversight Committee

Posted by [email protected] on September 27, 2017 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)
Like their biased law enforcement brethren in the deep South and the show me state, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department has found an effective administrative solution to the thorny problem of political correctness. As if the band aid solution of a powerless oversight committee to address the ongoing atrocities regularly inflicted upon minorities by the gallant men of the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department wasn't enough of a slap in the face for a community grieving over the lost life of a teenager struck down for carrying a toy rifle without benefit of a warning shot. No, as a final and lasting act of contempt for the taxpayers that pay his salary, Sheriff Freitas made sure to pull the funding on even this farscical display of the tail once again wagging the dog.

Police, Fire and Ambulance Sirens Blaring for Whims Rather than for True Public Emergencies Rampant in Sonoma County

Posted by [email protected] on July 6, 2017 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)


What's with the air raid sirens?
Hello All,
 
I just moved here from L.A and now live near Ragle park off Bodega Ave.

Anyone know what the deal is with the air raid sirens I keep hearing? Is there a schedule? Are we under attack?
 
Kirk



Ask Residents of Graton, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa and the City of Sonoma if they often hear police, fire and ambulance services tooting their respective horns for no apparent reason or in connection with any discernable emergency and the answer is often a resounding YES!”

Is it just macho showboating? Or something more akin to corruption?

The use of sirens on whims rather than for actual public emergencies is widespread.

Like the boy who cried wolf, the inundating of the public’s consciousness with the oft repeated siren’s cries means that when a really serious emergency occurs, the public will be so used to their piercing strains that it will have little effect and great injuries may be sustained because of citizens’ not heeding the shrill warnings.

Re: What's with the air raid sirens? And it isn't JUST at noon (although you can certainly count on that one). It seems to blow at various and sundry times, sometimes 2-3 times in one day. I can't believe that there are that many fires around Graton (at least I hope not!). On what other occasions is it customary for the Graton siren to sound (births, deaths, winning the Lotto...what!??!)? Can we please hear from someone who has inside info?? Thanks!


calafia wrote: it is the Graton fire department .

People and their vehicles will be therefore less inclined to give way and observe traffic laws such as pulling over to the right side of the road to allow the safe and speedy passage for the first responders to emergencies.

Re: What's with the air raid sirens? It seems a little like the boy who cried wolf. I mean, when something major happens, we are all going to think... "Na... that's just the silly Graton Fire Dept. celebrating a birthday. I think I'll just sit back, pour myself a nice beverage here BANGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!SCREAMING!!! MAYHEM! AHHHHHHHHHHH!

 

What could be the reason for the watering down of this valuable safe habit?


http://www.waccobb.net/forums/showthread.php?40053-What-s-with-the-air-raid-sirens

It is almost as if the police, sheriff and fire departments have another separate and secret agenda apart from their beneficent public face, a much more unseemly one.

One belying the trust the taxpayers have placed in them. The families of the many innocent blacks gunned down by police officers --for DECADES if not longer-- for blood sport and as a kind of rite of passage and as an “entry into the fraternity of the brotherhood of police officers” would probably have little trouble believing the former.

The routine misuse of city and county public service vehicles for private interests is now systemic. The arbitrary sounding of their sirens for joyriding and worse, for the harassment of private citizens for great sums of cash, sweetheart deals on fancy luxury cars and trucks, real estate and fancy vacations or unlimited unqualified and the quite illegal awarding of overtime are only some of the creative accounting used by organized crime to bilk the city and maintain a private security force manned by the local police, sheriffs and fire departments. 

Explaining Away Systemic Corruption in Sonoma County Fire Department Heirachy

Posted by [email protected] on December 4, 2016 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)



With the authority given to Cal Fire Chiefs, gaining their favor is not a cheap proposition. That that favor is even for sale is a matter for the individual fire chief and his maker, or for a budding investigative reporter. To play the devil's advocate, what if a given fire chief was somehow bought and paid for by an organized criminal interest? What harm or mischief might he really be able to perpetrate? What could a Fire Chief even do to earn a fancy new car, free rent or that luxurious once in a lifetime vacation that would even be of service or interest to a thriving criminal concern?

For one they have the power to:

· Redirect traffic- and assume control thereof by roaring through intersections in huge trucks at their pleasure while blaring sirens and flashing spotlights at will.

· Gouge property owners- the California Fire Prevention Fee of $117 and change transferred huge wealth to Fire Department coffers. A representative of Gerber and overseer of Cal Fire decried the hoarding and questioned what the Fire Chiefs are saving the money for, to pad their retirement accounts? Elected officials soon began raising concerns about the unspent balances.

Weston, a former Cal Fire unit chief who pays the fire prevention charge, said there’s no excuse for all of the unspent money in the fund.

“Statewide, they’re collecting $75 million (a year), during one of the worst droughts, in one of worst fire seasons, and the best thing would have been to add a bunch of inspectors. They didn’t do that,” Weston said. 

· Drain City and County Treasuries- Sonoma County fire agency leadership, ignoring the huge tax surplus of over forty million dollars already collected from the above, united to demand further encroachments upon tax weary Sonoma County residents. An advisory group of fire agency leaders poised to select a plan that will be short on details but likely will call for millions of dollars in additional funding.

The guiding principle behind most mergers is to consolidate resources in order to save money. Not throwing it away on expensive studies by high priced think tanks whose recommendations could have more cheaply and easily been made by a free Google search. Or on brand new pickup trucks, bonuses and lavish parties for the fire cheifs, fancy new state of the art, and untried fire equipment. Without even the slightest effort at achieving cost reductions. When less expensive alternatives are always an option, assuming that they are even being considered. 


https://books.google.com/books?id=_2XWN3_3hCEC&pg=PA7&lpg=PA7&dq=mergers+cost+savings+fire+dept&source=bl&ots=jZ6W4xEdMU&sig=K56wiHaErKtbDVfRbW7045V9SdQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjZ0_usrffQAhVEymMKHfHKBJA4ChDoAQgrMAM#v=onepage&q=mergers%20cost%20savings%20fire%20dept&f=false


Max Ming, fire chief for Russian River and Forestville, displayed zero concern for the beleaguered Sonoma County taxpayer. Near bragging about his and his fellow fire chiefs profligate spending, “our plan is much bigger and more expensive.” One of the few items that the eighty-fire chief adviser group could agree upon was that there was unanimous support for a proposal to seek more money from the county to fund fire services. There was no contention over the decision to seek the money, Fire officials, however, are seeking far more money than the county has set aside for fire services.




State Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, who sits on the budget subcommittee that oversees Cal Fire, rejected the idea that the fire fund’s large reserve reflects prudence. “They’re hoarding it,” he said. “What for, I don’t know.”

 

Charles Rose- They collected $300 million. How much went to overhead? How about a list of the board members and who they are connected to?

The board seats are patronage posts for "the connected ones", probably pulling down $150K a year for a once a month meeting. And probably a once a year meeting in Maui where wildfires are rampant.

Dave Anderson- Like a losing NFL team its time to get rid of everybody and re-build Cal Fire.

Lamont Cranston- The Fire Tax is just that a Tax its not a fee, its an illegal tax under prop 13. Fire Prevention? Nobody knows what that is? Classroom adventures? Every home owner has to clean up their property and with the tax we have to pay for the clean up of state land. We can't even use state land but we the people are required to pay for its fire prevention? No one is ever getting a refund the state made sure of that its just crooked politics. California is a single party rule democratic dictatorship. This years fires just go show that fire prevention didn't work. All that tax is, is a poll tax.

Carol Krueger- Another Tax {extortion} not being used for what they promised.

Chris Yeager- So the new fees provisioned more spending and many of the People that paid for it got nothing.. Nothing new here...

Fielding Mellish Dwimby- before they ask for more money they need to cut the overhead and trim the amount of redundant management. That's where all the infighting is going on with the "70 fire fighting leaders" Reduce the panel to 5-10 leaders then some progress will be made.

Misternomer- "The new plan is short on details"

"But service won't change"

"It is likely to cost additional millions"

That was the opening three paragraphs...

What could go wronge?

CountryBoy707- So I'd like to know the exact level of service increase Sonoma County residents will get given the $10 million dollar investment.

Davis Lawson CountryBoy707- $10 million dollars worth of verbal commitments, procedural evaluations, advertised response improvements.. ...and excuses.

troll hunter- Look up firefighter salaries and compensation packages on transparent California.com it's easy to see why they are " woefully under funded" they simply need more volunteers and to operate on less money and stop throwing money at already wealthy public employees

Sonoma Valley Airport to Close: Zoning Violations Blamed

Posted by [email protected] on March 19, 2016 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

President of Vintage Aircraft Company and owner of Sonoma Valley Airport Poses as Volunteer

CHRIS PREVOST Sonoma, CA Chris is president of Vintage Aircraft Company and owner of Sonoma Valley Airport. He has been licensed for 30 years with a commercial pilot certificate, instrument rated, and has more than 12,000 hours of flight time and is a licensed Airframe & Powerplant mechanic. 

In 1981 he began offering scenic and aerobatic rides in historic military training aircraft (Boeing Stearman PT-17 Kaydets and North American Texan SNJ-4).

CHRIS PREVOST: "Since I volunteer at the airport every weekend, I happened to be present for the telling of this 'fish tale'."

He left that part out of the press release. It was mind boggling. Chris is president of Vintage Aircraft Company and owner of Sonoma Valley Airport, where as such he "generously donates" his precious time as a "Volunteer" there.


OPEN COCKPIT BIPLANE & TEXAN RIDES

"The basic problem is public safety," said Prevost.

CHRIS PREVOST Sonoma, CA Now he's struggling to stay. Safety issues could force state aviation authorities to shut him down and in the spirit of taking full responsibility like a man, he says his neighbor is to blame.


Sonoma Valley Airport allowed to continue operations despite proven unsafe conditions


Are you beginning to see a pattern here? Pilots Continue to fly in and out of the Sonoma Valley Airport despite the acknowledged inherent danger to the public on both sides of the fence.


FAQ

The fence slices through an area that should be kept clear to give planes extra space in an emergency.

Centerline Lights: No No

Touchdown Lights: No No

Obstruction: 90 ft tree, 1415.0 ft from runway, 60 ft right of centerline, 13:1 slope to clear , 20:1 slope to clear


The Department of Transportation sent the airport a letter giving notice that the fence is a violation of the California Public Utilities code.


Sonoma Valley Airport PILOTS! ALERT!

Freshwater trout pond near southwest corner of the airport nearby threshold of Runway 35 is a bird and wildlife attractant and can affect approach and departure from both runways 17-35 and 07-25.

Pilots should ensure runways are clear of birds before takeoff and landing.


Don Smith sits on the county Airport Land Use Commission, advises the Board Of Supervisors. His concern is that the additional pond will bring more birds and increase the chance of an accident.


That's what happened to pilot Greg Baer. Just as he was about to liftoff in February, a large goose smacked his plane. "It made a huge, huge thud, there's no mistaking that I hit something. It definitely opened my eyes to how bad it could be," said Baer.


"This is what scares me. Is it going to take somebody gets killed before we react to this?" said Smith.




TOM MORRIS Vallejo, CA  Now a pilot for 37 years, Tom has a commercial pilot certificate and more than 2,000 hours of flight time, most in antique airplanes. "Hanging out at the airport," which he admits he lives for, has given Tom opportunities to fly more than 60 makes and models of aircraft.


Tom's "day job" as a Principal Engineer for Bay Area Rapid Transit District keeps his engineering skills honed for his other passion -- restoring antique aircraft. Tom has been flying for Vintage Aircraft Company for many years and delights in joy every time a big Vintage Aircraft radial engine starts to rumble.


Their Address is 23982 Arnold Drive Sonoma, CA 95476 Phone: 707-938-2444

General Information: [email protected]


There's a possibility that they will say you can't fly from here anymore and that screws up your whole retirement setup... and life just falls apart," said Copp.



Photography: Sheryl Carlucci, Roger Cain, Selbourne Brown, Mike Shreeve, Denis Arbeau


FLYING EXPERIENCES SINCE 1975, But the clock is ticking for the airport. The Department of Transportation will review their operating permit before the end of the year. By then, the Department of Transportation could shut them down.



Saturdays and Sunday, walk-in, no appointment needed or taken Monday, Thursday and Friday by appointment (flights are always weather permitting) Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

 

What Their Customers Say

"log fence across the runway safety zone."



Lillie C. o Sonoma, CA My experience with the Vintage Aircraft Company was really bad. Right from the customer service staff to the pilots, all were thoroughly unprofessional. Once we paid for the flight, there was hardly anyone to guide us through. We were ushered into the craft, and the pilot was anything but courteous. The whole excitement of having an aerial view of the Sonoma Valley just frizzled away. I felt unsafe.

 


 

TJ S. o Port Huron, MI 16 reviews • According to their website, the Vintage Aircraft Company offers their space for private events. I've contacted them twice for pricing information, once over the phone and once in person and months later have yet to receive anything.


Scott R. o Santa Cruz, CA o 26 friends o 55 reviews • My fiance took me here as part of a surprise trip to Sonoma. This place is really laid back. There's a pilot hanging out waiting for clients, it's all very low key. For the $400+ that my fiance was spending on this very exciting trip, the staff and pilot were fairly non-interested.

In fact, as we were first loading into the plane, the pilot barely acknowledged us as he got in.

2) the flight didn't actually even take us out to the ocean. We were flown within a couple miles of the coast, then the pilot turned around and headed back to Sonoma. Based on the description of the flight, I thought we would actually get out *over* the ocean, fly out to Point Reyes itself, and maybe fly down somewhat low over point Reyes and the coast. Not at all. In actuality, we never got lower than several hundred feet and as I mentioned, were still a couple miles from the coast.

Advice #1) It's an expensive 40 minutes, no doubt.

Advice #2) If 40-minutes is barely enough time to get just short of the coast straight West (Pt. Reyes) and back (plus a few minutes of wine country), I find it very hard to see how they could "fly along the coast down to the San Francisco skyline and back".


jeanne b. o San Francisco, CA These people have poor attitudes in that they are unfriendly and don't like to answer educational questions about the planes. The biggest concern was the comfort of the owner. Also the woman working spent a lot of time barking at visitors and kids. Ride is short and pricey. And it seems they just want your money to keep the boss and his hobby happy. Take a hot air balloon ride instead!!

Falck - or the 900-pound gorilla no one is aware of

Posted by [email protected] on March 8, 2016 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Falck has bought out some large regional EMS agencies in the last year or so.

 

Care Ambulance

LifeStar Response (and their own acquisitions).

There's also a Falck Northern CA - not sure if that's a startup or was someone else.

In addition, Falck owns Falck Alford, which provides safety training and staffing, primarily for the oil industry, out of Louisiana. And it would appear that G4S is at least partially owned by Falck as well... That means Wackenhut is part of this too. Looking at the big picture a this company makes AMR and Rural Metro look like pimples. 

Danno Education:Paramedic

From what i've read on here and heard in the field, morale at CARE has gone down since they've taken over.

If I were Fire I'd be a little nervous about them trying to totally take over,

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waaaemt

Well, okay, i'm in California, and some of us are really out of this world, but seriously, it just doesn't add up.

Education:EMT

Falck recently acquired the contract with Evergreen in Kirkland.. Anddddd apparently they've been "blacklisted" by a number of FDs. Snohomish county FDs had a meeting and they all decided not to use them

 

I wouldn't be surprised if they have already pissed off the fire departments though.

 

My gut feeling is they are slowly buying Rural / Metro. If you read some of the press realeases they are taking over Rural / Metro areas.

 

They are expanding here in WA and quite frankly from what I have seen I am not impressed. I talked to one of their CCT RN's when he couldn't get into the hospital and he was completely clueless. Looked about 50, couldn't grasp the door code even though I told him about 5 times (and yes I told him the correct code), uniform was filthy and he was missing teeth. Watched him try to load a patient and he couldn't figure out the stretcher.



 


Negative Outlook By Former Employees of North Bay Ambulance Company Verihealth/Falck

Posted by [email protected] on March 8, 2016 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (9)


Company Overview

As per the transaction announced on May 3, 2013, Verihealth Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Falck USA Holdings, Inc.

Key Executives For Verihealth Inc.

Verihealth Inc. does not have any Key Executives recorded.

Gary Tennyson is the CEO of verihealth, Inc., which he founded in 2000.  Gary is a longtime Sonoma County resident.

 

[–]markofshameCA EMT-B  

Laid off employees were told at that time that they would be first rehired when hiring was reopened. This was the case for at least 4 of 35 or so laid off. Falck has since hired new employees, with the majority of the founding group still dissolved. When they shuttered my station, we were worried


[–]no_curtisySF CA Medic

Mixed feelings about Falck. When they moved into NC, several people at the ambulance company I was working at, including my station's general manager left to go to Falck with the promise of better benefits. Falck then purchased VeriHealth and then laid off a large portion of their staff out of nowhere. They haven't won any big contracts that I'm aware of and i get the sense that they are still struggling to get a foot hold.

 

PlatapusSupper

Following acquisition of VeriHealth in March, Falck Northern California has fired CEO Steve Lewis, COO Bill Snell, and replaced them with CEO Gary Tennyson and COO Sean Sullivan of VeriHealth. Effective July 12, 2013, EMTs, nurses, dispatchers, operations personnel, and remaining leadership from Falck Northern California startup (all prior to VeriHealth acquisiton) have been terminated from employment. Of the initial Falck startup, only approximately 6 personnel (all EMTs, 5 in San Mateo, 1 in Contra Costa) remain. The entire Contra Costa station has been shut down, and call volume has been distributed to rigs from other counties. The Falck brand ambulances from Contra Costa were then distributed to the Falck/VeriHealth San Mateo station and served as replacement rigs for old VeriHealth employees, while all but 5 EMTs from Falck startup were terminated from San Mateo station at time of the Contra Costa closure. The VeriHealth organization is attempting to continue running the Falck brand as if nothing has changed since startup in September 2012, but this is far from the case.

The sad part is that those laid off were the people who started Falck Northern California. They were sold on the vision of Steve Lewis, marketed their own company, developed a reputation, and came to Falck from other companies of the area. People gave up good jobs, seniority, and a host of other things to help make Falck happen, and then were laid off with no notice and two weeks severance. Falck employees have much better benefits and higher pay than those of VeriHealth, and speculation is that this was the reason Falck field personnel were released and VeriHealth were not. VerHealth dispatchers were also released, but no field personnel were affected.

 "Falck Northern California"


Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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Negative Outlook

I worked at verihealth full-time (More than a year)

"Falck Northern California"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

Cons

Terrible managers. They would hire people for one station and "give them the opportunity" to work somewhere else. They hired one person living in Jackson to work in Sacramento, and then made her work in Concord, which is over 2 hours away. They hired a bunch of new EMTs to work in Concord, with no intentions of telling them they were moving the station almost an hour south in less than a month.

 

Brian Hubbell, the Bay general manager makes false promises to everyone and can't be trusted.

 

No stairchairs! They have like, one stairchair for each region.

 

The supervisors don't like to listen to the Medics and EMT's in the field. "We need a lift assist," shouldn't have to be a debate with a supervisor.

Advice to Management

Don't let managers lie to employees or make promises they can't keep.


Other Falck Aquisitions

 

Is this recent development a sign of how Falck does business? What about the good people who work at Care in OC/LA/Riverside? Was this shake up necessary to shed weight for the company due to low call volume? I don't like what I'm seeing. What is Falck's goal for EMS in the US?

Aug 2, 2013 

The people that started it are being dissolved, and the Falck name and operation is continuing with VeriHealth personnel. The Falck startup was a failure, and they're keeping that private by putting their name on another company. I have copies of layoff notices and memos, I just can't post them until I have 5 posts... Tried to send copies to Hunter but same problem.

 


 


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