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Cannabis: Is It Safe

Author: Bob Andrews
Aug, 2019 Issue

If you need a reminder about the “target market” for drug sales, try watching an episode or two of The Price is Right. Two recent episodes included 13 ads for pharmaceutical products, including Humira, Jardiance, Dupixent and Farxiga. Equally impressive were the warnings about possible side effects, including muscle weakness, trouble breathing or swallowing, blurred vision, bruising, stomach pain, nausea, dizziness, nervousness, yeast infection, respiratory tract infection, skin rash, pink eye, oral herpes, keratitis, diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, ear infection, nosebleed, constipation, changes in urination, low blood pressure, high blood potassium, anemia, hair loss, kidney failure, and, oh yes, death.

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Termination Liability Blues

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jan, 2017 Issue

What happens if the CalPERS investments don’t earn 7.5 percent, as they haven’t in recent years?

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Are You Feeling Disabled

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Dec, 2016 Issue

Our lawmakers started with the laudable goal of making things more convenient for truly disabled persons.

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Its Time to Talk About Taxes

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Nov, 2016 Issue

With almost every request for tax increases, our leaders promise to spend the money on public safety, roads, schools and other community benefits.

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SMART versus the A Line, Part 2

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Oct, 2016 Issue

There's a monumental difference between the number of A Line trains actually running each day and the proposed number of daily SMART trains.

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Waiting for SMART? Take a Ride on the A Line.

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Sep, 2016 Issue

I don't think the proposed fare structure is SMART's biggest issue.

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Captain Obvious Researches Homelessness

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jul, 2016 Issue

Homelessness was much less obvious in Sonoma and Healdsburg, our county’s most high-profile tourist destinations. I wondered why.

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Billion Dollar Potholes in Sonoma County Roads and Pensions

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jun, 2016 Issue

And then there’s the truly gut-wrenching fact that Sonoma County has essentially guaranteed a 7.5 percent investment return on pension assets exceeding $2 billion.

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Sonoma County’s Unsustainable Pension Costs

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Dec, 2014 Issue

Bob Andrews’ last “Open Trench” column tackles Sonoma County’s ongoing pension cost problem.

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Moments of Clarity

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Nov, 2014 Issue

Bob takes a look back at some of his column’s “say what?” moments.

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Just Say “No” to the SRJC Bond Proposal

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Oct, 2014 Issue

Sonoma County tax proposals are getting out of control.

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Nothing Propinks Like Propinquity

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Sep, 2014 Issue

The “in crowd” has its hands firmly on Santa Rosa’s fiscal resources.

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A Few Voters Have Spoken

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Aug, 2014 Issue

Low voter turnout can be quite costly.

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A Never-Ending Story of Dysfunction

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jul, 2014 Issue

A questionable verdict in the Efren Carrillo trial.

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The PISA Zone

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jun, 2014 Issue

Why is the city of Santa Rosa rezoning properties to PISA status?

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The Ugly Underbelly of Zealous Regulation (Part 2)

Columnist: Bob Andrews
May, 2014 Issue

Bob Andrews continues his investigation of USDA inspection methods.

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The Ugly Underbelly of Zealous Regulation (Part 1)

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Apr, 2014 Issue

Bob Andrews investigates USDA inspection methods.

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Who Governs?

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Mar, 2014 Issue

What it takes to “lead” and what it takes to “govern” are often very different skills.

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Public Employee Pensions: Part 54

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Feb, 2014 Issue

Public employee pensions are out of control in Marin County, too.

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Taxes, More Taxes and Debt

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jan, 2014 Issue

Sonoma County sure loves taxes and debt.

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More of the Same

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Dec, 2013 Issue

Is local government trying to pull the wool over our overtaxed eyes?

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A Tale of Two Counties

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Nov, 2013 Issue

Pension costs are bringing on the season of Darkness.

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Connecting the Dots (Part 2)

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Oct, 2013 Issue

Should fire departments become privatized?

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How Santa Rosa Spends Money: Connecting the Dots

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Sep, 2013 Issue

The grass is always greener…

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Open Trench Meets Open Grave

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Aug, 2013 Issue

Is it easier to ask forgiveness than permission?

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Out of Balance

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jul, 2013 Issue

The proposed Sonoma Clean Power agency is unnecessary and unaffordable—but who cares?

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Rumor and Innuendo

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jun, 2013 Issue

To believe or not to believe, that is the question.

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Power to the People

Columnist: Bob Andrews
May, 2013 Issue

Do we really need Sonoma Clean Power?

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Not Up to Code

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Apr, 2013 Issue

Sonoma County permit and building code troubles are nothing new.

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Off the Cliff

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Mar, 2013 Issue

The fourth installment in Bob Andrews’ series on the Sonoma County pension crisis.

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Now or Later?

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Feb, 2013 Issue

Bob looks at the actions taken regarding Santa Rosa’s growing pension problem.

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Pension Mayhem

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jan, 2013 Issue

Bob Andrews details the ugly truth about Sonoma County’s pension woes.

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The Concept Revisited

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Dec, 2012 Issue

Bob looks back on the meaning of “Open Trench” and its continuing issues.

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Taxes and Debt: Part 1 of 63

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Nov, 2012 Issue

Taxes, taxes and more taxes.

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Water, Water Everywhere

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Oct, 2012 Issue

Bob Andrews navigates the treacherous whirlpool of North Bay water billing.

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A Home for the Goddess

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Sep, 2012 Issue

It’s been a long, slow rehab for Athena House and Stonehouse.

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Bureaucratically Speaking

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Aug, 2012 Issue

One doctor’s fight for proper payment.

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The Toll on Business

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jul, 2012 Issue

The sad state of local business thanks to the Great Recession.

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The Long and Unkempt Road

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jun, 2012 Issue

What’s the solution to Sonoma County’s deteriorating roads? Pension reform.

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Makes Me Sick

Columnist: Bob Andrews
May, 2012 Issue

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The Rest of the “Warning!” Story

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Apr, 2012 Issue

Warning: Reading this column may cause excessive eye-rolling and extreme annoyance with governmental watchdog agencies.

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The Cost of Prevailing Wages

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Mar, 2012 Issue

Public works project costs are out of line with reality.

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SMART: More Questions than Answers, Part 2

Columnist: Bob Andrews
NBB Top 500, Feb, 2012

Are you SMARTer than a commuter rail system?

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SMART: More Questions than Answers

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Feb, 2012 Issue

Bob Andrews isn’t so sure about SMART.

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Wine Shipping Regulations Gone Mad

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jan, 2012 Issue

Want to ship some wine? Get ready for a maze of paperwork, taxes and permit fees.

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Spending Time and Money

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Dec, 2011 Issue

SRJC’s interesting spending decisions and a county with too many regulations.

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Traverso's Troubles

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Nov, 2011 Issue

The Traverso family loves Santa Rosa, but does the city of Santa Rosa love them? It should.

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A Measure of Sanity

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Oct, 2011 Issue

Police and firefighter pensions in Santa Rosa cost more than you may think.

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When Regulations Get Ridiculous

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Sep, 2011 Issue

It’s time to explore the over-regulation of wineries and vineyards.

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Running on Empty?

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Aug, 2011 Issue

Bob Andrews discusses higher pensions, costly sidewalks and reduced government services.

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Homeless in the North Bay

Columnist: Bob Andrews
Jul, 2011 Issue

What happens when new home construction grinds to a halt?

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Are You Covered?

It’s one in the morning and you wake to see the red glow of fire through the window, or you’re driving in rainy conditions, and your car skids toward an oncoming car. Are you covered? Ca...

Family Roots

One of the oldest wineries along West Dry Creek Road in Sonoma County is A. Rafanelli Winery. Nestled on a knoll that offers a sweeping view of the valley, the rustic winery is still family-owned an...

Harvest Tunes

For those in the business of wine, music can be essential to the winemaking process. This year we asked a number of notable winemakers in Napa and Sonoma counties to share their music playlist prefe...

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