Connecting the Dots

Fred Allebach


Reflections on rural and urban California and Sonoma Valley

Posted on August 17, 2017

A recent two-week trip into rural California revealed a few things about Sonoma Valley. One, the Valley is very pleasant and nice.... Continue

City council meeting — personal report

Posted on August 15, 2017

First off, the council upheld the appeal of the West Napa Street hotel Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and approved the preparation... Continue

Practical advice for the coming nuclear war

Posted on August 14, 2017

I had hoped that a childhood filled with nuclear fear, and duck and cover drills was long over. Later, in the early 1980s, Gorbachev... Continue

Michael Eric Dyson on white supremacism

Posted on August 14, 2017

The following article by Michael Eric Dyson is cut and pasted from the New York Times Opinon section. The opinion was so good, I feel... Continue

The view from the hill: notes on Planning Commission meeting

Posted on August 11, 2017

A number of items on the Planning Commission agenda this evening had to do with hillside private homes proposed by Caymus Capital/... Continue

A visit to the Russian Wilderness miracle mile

Posted on August 7, 2017

The Klamath Mountains are a world-class conifer biodiversity hotspot. This has come about for a number of reasons having to do with... Continue

Schell-Vista chicken BBQ is the real deal

Posted on August 5, 2017

We had been wanting to go to the Schell-Vista Fire Dept. annual chicken BBQ for years, and for whatever reason, hadn’t made it. This... Continue

Do we need more hotels?

Posted on July 20, 2017

Does Sonoma need more hotels? Depends who you ask. Obviously, our town is riven by the question of how to balance resident’s interests... Continue

Letter from the Chief Ferengi

Posted on July 18, 2017

Dear Fred: Thank you for taking the time to express your views regarding the Paris Agreement on climate change. The United States is... Continue

Star Trek and the Ferengi problem

Posted on July 14, 2017

Star Trek has been a TV and movie series, since the mid 1970s, that constitutes a major popular culture meme that explores human nature... Continue