Inside the School Board Crisis

Louann Carlomagno resigns as internal trauma fractures board. Chuck Young—academic ‘Rock Star’— is temporary replacement. Story David Bolling When Louann Carlomagno announced on June 6 she was resigning as superintendent of the Sonoma Valley Unified School District, it sent shockwaves through the district and exposed a rift on the school…

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Summer of Love

Story: David Bolling & Stanley Mouse Photos: Steven Krause It was supposed to be the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius, the birth of a New Age, a cultural and spiritual renaissance, liberation from the stifling norms of straight living and corporate conformity, freedom to explore, freedom to love, indulge,…

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From Cabernet to Cannabis

A model, biodynamic pot farm builds a bridge between wine and weed in the Valley of the Moon. Story David Bolling  |  Photos Steven Krause If Mike Benziger and Erich Pearson have their way, a 400-acre former turkey farm in the Sonoma Valley will soon become a national model for…

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The Girl of the Fig

The 20-year rise of Sondra Bernstein and her Rhône-Alone wines. Story David Bolling  |  Photos Steven Krause Twenty years, eight restaurants, 220 employees, uncountable thousands of bottles of Rhône wine and an infinite amount of goodwill ago, Sondra Bernstein set up shop in a former pizza parlor in Glen Ellen…

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The Sebastiani Legacy

Full circle from Farneta, Sam Sebastiani waters his Italian roots and honors the monastery where the family story began. Story David Bolling Photos Steven Krause It is usually easier to understand the past from a distance, when you’re not entangled in its grasp. Now 76, Sam Sebastiani has that distance,…

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