Erich Pearson’s Big Push

Valley cannabis exec recovers from big burn. Story Jonah Raskin   Photos Steven Krause Last October, just days after a raging fire destroyed much of his bumper crop in Sonoma Valley, Erich Pearson told a reporter: “We’re in fight and rebuild mode.” Soon afterward, he explained, “We got water to some…

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The Jelly Belly and Beer Tour

The world’s best jelly beans and the most popular beer in America, side by side. Story David Bolling  Photos Steven Krause There is no evidence of collusion between Anheuser-Busch and the Herman Goelitz Candy Company. So chalk it up to coincidence that two industry titans made the same strategic decision…

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Shaping Sonoma’s Future?

Story David Bolling Photos Steven Krause Jon Sebastiani is busily building an entrepreneurial mountain on a pile of Krave There isn’t, but maybe there should be a picture of Jon Sebastiani next to the word “entrepreneur” in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. Because that may be the one word that fully defines…

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Quake

Story and 2014 Napa earthquake photos David Bolling   99 percent chance of 6.7 quake within 30 years. 63 percent chance of 6.7 or greater quake in Bay Region by 2036. 31–33 percent chance of 6.7 or greater quake on Rodgers Creek Fault. 7.2–7.4 maximum estimated earthquake on Rodgers Creek…

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Housing Crisis Solutions

According to Forbes magazine, Sonoma County is the 10th least affordable place to live in the nation. Someone earning an average wage here, says Forbes, would have to spend 82 percent of their income to live in a median-priced house, which, as of December, had hit a record $669,500. Of…

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