Together we can.
Protect our neighborhood, families, homes & the environment from commercial cannabis operations on Pepper Rd/Pepper Ln
The next meeting, with Cannabis on the agenda, is on Tuesday May 18th at 8:30am. David Rabbitt said the agenda has not been confirmed, but it is likely that they will be voting on the Cannabis Ordinance. Sign up to be on the call at this link:
RE: Cannabis Use Permit #UPC19-0005
Address: 985 & 987 Pepper Rd, Petaluma CA 94952
Sonoma County Supervisors:
District 1 - Susan Gorin: Susan.Gorin@sonoma-county.org
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RE: Cannabis Use Permit #UPC19-0005
Address: 985 & 987 Pepper Rd, Petaluma CA 94952
Sonoma Planning Commissioners - Board of Zoning Adjustments
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Governor Gavin Newsom: https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/ - (link to contact him)
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Sonoma County Water Coalition: www.scwatercoalition.org
· Water - ground water supply & water quality
· Odor impacts
· Emergency Response times for first responders
· Increased crime
· Wildfire Safety
· Environment Impact
· Neighborhood Affects
· How it will affect our Community
· Quality of Life
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On behalf of our Coalition of Neighborhood Advocates, attached is a letter outlining recommendations for Sonoma County’s proposed cannabis policy amendments.
Although this letter is not specific to our fight at 985 Pepper Road, we feel that this letter does address our concerns; as we do not believe the recommended amendment to Chapter 38 is the best way to move forward, especially in a drought emergency and without a county wide Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
Per David Rabbitt's office today, “currently the cannabis ordinance is scheduled to be heard at the May 18th meeting however until the agenda is finalize and published there is always a chance that could change. We anticipate the agenda being published next Monday May 10th. It has also very confirmed it will be a virtual meeting."
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Cannabis Ordinance sent to Board Of Supervisors
The next Board of Supervisors meeting in May 18th at 8:30 am where they will vote on the Cannabis Ordinance. Make sure to visit the Sonoma County BOS website to sign up for updates. We will post the meeting information on here when it is available.
Here is some more information on what has been forwarded from the Board of Commissioners to the Board of Supervisors.
Pepper Lane, a close-knit family neighborhood, is about to become the center of a large Cannabis commercial grow operation.
We are working on a donation option on this website, but would encourage everyone to sign the petition.
Attached is the water study request from Sonoma County Water Coalition. We hope to get Sonoma County to require something similar for the Aycock project.
“Like many of you, we are deeply concerned about the future of our neighborhood. How can the financial gains of one entity (DEO Farms) overshadow the safety and well-being of an entire community? This battle that we are up against reminds me of Garrett Hardin's, "The Tragedy of the Commons". Our shared resources are in grave jeopardy when the common good is ignored and denied in favor of individual self-interest. In this case, "the commons" are the air we breath, the water we drink, and the security we treasure.
I have seen the commercial grow operations in other places, and witnessed the double barbed wire fences, floodlights, 24/7 security, etc. It looks like a small prison complex by the end of it. The justification for that level of security is chilling to me in close proximity to my home. To be faced with that sight every day, and the implications of it is more than my husband and I could probably take, especially raising kids in the neighborhood. Would the county permit a minimum security prison in a residential neighborhood? That does not seem to be so far off from what is happening here in terms of visual impact and infrastructure.
The Instagram account of "Deep East Oakland Farms" (DEOFarms) is shocking on every level. In words and images, they unapologetically glorify violence, showing a pre-teen boy pointing a handgun, encaptioned, "In the Deep. They off the porch young."
I briefly lived in an area of Oakland where I would regularly awaken in the night to gunfire, and carry my sleeping son into the bathroom- the only room of our house without windows- in fear of stray bullets. It was hell, and I suffered from PTSD afterwards. I refuse to go back to that level of fear for my life and the lives of my children. Gun violence is not hypothetical to many of us, and not something we want to grapple with on our most sacred ground- home.
The pandemic profoundly changed our relationship to home. It is now the epicenter of our world. During this past year, when the outside world was scary and unpredictable, we told ourselves, at least we have the peace and serenity of our neighborhood. We imagined our 4 year old daughter riding her bike to go play with neighbors in a few years time, or riding our bikes to the Liberty School as a family next fall for kindergarten. (taking us directly past the grow operation)
Up until recently, I felt a sense of (blind) trust that our local government would protect us from this type of existential threat. I believed that common sense would rule. Now, I'm waking up to a new reality- where the powers that be are potentially corrupted by financial interests. I see it happening everywhere else in the world, so why not in my own backyard?
My hope is that the work that we are all engaged in now, albeit painful, will lead to a greater good and awareness of the changes underfoot in Sonoma County. As commercial cannabis cultivation is a relatively new area of sanctioned agricultural development, I would expect it to be studied carefully and approached with sensitivity at this stage.
Living in a place like this has been a lifelong dream for our family. We saved for a decade, and searched for a home for 3 years before finding this slice of heaven on Pepper Lane. My husband owns a solar design company, and I am a stay-at-home mom. We consider this our forever home- the place we'd like to grow old with any luck, raising our family, joining the nearby Liberty School, forming community, and giving back as both stewards of the environment and citizens.”
We look forward to joining you all in solidarity. ~ Sara Ridgway
Dreams are meant to be made as they create a vehicle for hope. For our family specifically, Pepper Lane became our dream realized, never imagining we would be able to live in a country setting with such wonderful neighbors.
We also never imagined a Commercial Cannabis Operation would ever be permitted close by — a few plants is one thing but twenty four hour security, all-cash COMMERCIAL grow and a permit to transport is another.
Like our neighbors, we are not challenging the legality of marijuana, but rather, we are challenging the following :
1.The location of where it should be grown on a large and commercial scale.
2.The impact it will have on the resources of our neighborhood (water, soil, power, natural elements and natural habitants).
3.The impact of a cash-based business on the residential community.
4.The safety hazards of cannabis. It’s manufacturing and processing often involves chemical extractions, through which solvents are used.
5.The impact of cannabis as a mind-altering chemical, impairing judgement, coordination and reaction time. Studies state that,” Depending upon the form of consumption, the effects can be delayed and prolonged for hours; traces of the chemicals – though unfelt – can remain detectable in the bloodstream for weeks.”
6.The impact it will have on the serenity and landscape of our beloved Pepper Lane, impacting most (if not all) our senses (i.e. sight, sound, smell).
7.The educational impact it will have on our children, as they learn of the existence of marijuana at a young age; having it be part of their backyard discoveries and play.
8.The message it will provide to our community. Marijuana can be grown in your backyard, just two miles from an Elementary School and just a few feet away from your kitchen window.
9.The impact it will have upon the crime in our community. The Press Democrat has reported multiple stories associated with marijuana farms and increased crime. In March 2018, a gang of would-be robbers went to the wrong house in the middle of the night, foiling what investigators believe was a scheme to steal cannabis in Sonoma County and ship it back to the East Coast. In May 2018, a Manhunt was underway for two suspects in cannabis-related Santa Rosa home-invasion robbery.
Someone once asked, me should this have been an orange grove or vineyard, would I be fighting this fight? With all due respect, you cannot compare oranges and grapes to marijuana.
•Oranges and grapes do not need a security guard on staff to protect the crops.
•Oranges and grapes do not need a fence to “protect” and “hide” the crops.
•Oranges and grapes can be grown off the side of the road and do not need a setback.
•Oranges and grapes do not need a prescription to purchase.
•Oranges do not impede or alter your state of mind and driving capacity.
•Oranges and grapes do not decrease property value.
•Oranges and grapes do not produce piles of cash.
•Oranges and grapes do not create staff that glorifies violence and cash.
•Oranges and grapes do not have illegal street value.
•Oranges and grapes do not produce an odor that while unpleasing, is most concerning for those who have asthma as it can pose a health and breathing problem.
•Oranges and grapes do not have a standing inventory of thousands of dollars perhaps millions of dollars that will attract the potential for theft and increased crime. It was not oranges and grapes that attracted and resulted in a home invasion on Bodega Avenue in 2018.
While I can take the time to sight article after article, the most powerful message I can relay is this … people matter, your neighbor’s matter, what surrounds your children matters – the messages we convey matters. Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently passed, but her legacy lives on, “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” Will you join me in this fight?
Your home should be a place you find serenity and peace and we are fearful of the impact this Commercial Cannabis Operation will have on the safety of our home, neighborhood and overall community. ~ Eleni Scanagatta
“Pepper Lane is more then just a lane, we have become an extended family. Our children have the freedom to ride there bikes, play in the creek, and visit and deliver home made gifts to our neighbors with out us being concerned for their safety. We chose a country life for that very reason and don’t want the safety of our children being jeopardized by this pot farm. Our four children shouldn’t have to change the life they know and love because of this potential establishment. If this establishment is to happen all of that will change for us because of the heightened security. We will constantly be on guard, and fearful of every vehicle that’s drives down our lane that isn’t familiar to us. We will never be comfortable being outside at night. All enjoyment of our happy little lane will be striped from us. Please help us keeps the kids safe.” ~ Heather Cole
Listen in as some of our neighbors weigh in on what is happening in our neighborhood with KCBS journalist Jeffrey Schaub.
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