Challenge: Water fluoridation opponents seized on the fact that Healdsburg was the only municipality in Sonoma County to use fluoride in drinking water. In 2014, they launched a signature gathering drive to put the issue before voters. Measure P asked voters whether or not to continue the community water fluoridation program. Embracing studies that concluded water fluoridation posed serious health risks if consumed, the opposition galvanized around those who embraced the studies and questioned the necessity or benefits associated with fluoridated drinking water. Read more!
Challenge: Gregory faced a well-known, 20-year incumbent who had repeatedly fended off challengers in previous campaigns. Gregory faced three other opponents in the race, including the 20-year incumbent and a well-respected conservative and progressive challenger. Read more!
CAMPAIGN: James Gore, a former White House appointee who served as Assistant Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), launched his first campaign for public office six months after returning to his native Sonoma County from Washington D.C. Read more!
PROJECT: Sonoma County Farm Bureau and their members were being threatened as an initiative was placed on the ballot by the Occidental Art and Ecology Center and GE (Genetically Engineered) Free Sonoma County. The initiative’s goal was to ban anything from being grown or cultivated that was genetically modified or had products containing Genetically Modified Organisms. No clear exemptions were made for vaccines or other medical procedures. However, exemptions were made for the importation of food, including animal feed, that were made using genetically modified crops – this exception would put Sonoma County farmers at a major disadvantage. Read more!
PROJECT: The San Rafael Rock Quarry, a Dutra-owned entity and critical supplier of aggregate material to the Delta, Bay Area and beyond, was undergoing a high profile approval process with the County of Marin to extend its operating permit for an additional 17 years and to endorse its reclamation plan. Read more!
PROJECT: Francis Ford Coppola Companies purchased the former Chateau Souverain Winery, located in the heart of Alexander Valley. The goal was to remodel the winery, creating a family style day-time destination. The proposal included a production facility enabling Mr. Coppola to produce his premium Sonoma County wines, a movie memorabilia museum, a public pool, a pavilion for daytime performances, retail space, bocce ball courts and a restaurant. Read more!
PROJECT: Saggio Hills is a luxury resort and residential neighborhood proposed on a 258.5-acre parcel at the north edge of the City of Healdsburg in Sonoma County. The resort includes 130 rooms, a restaurant, destination spa, conference facility and 70 residential units. Read more!
PROJECT: Calpine Corporation proposed two new power plants at their Geysers facility in Northern California. The two plants would add nearly 100 megawatts to Calpine's capacity. The new projects were proposed northwest of its existing complex, on 6,200 acres of leased private and state lands. Read more!