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SUN interviews Gorin - What about SDC?

Susan Gorin--SVPatch File Photo
Susan Gorin--SVPatch File Photo
It seems they pulled punches failing to ask about SDC and who she has been discussing commercial development plans with.

Why didn't anybody from the SUN ask her about SDC and who she met with to discuss development options? Most agree it was a high-profile local lobbyist/hotel developer and they certainly were discussing commercial options and their feasiblity. Winery, Hotel, casino? We know the Miwoks are back in the Valley performing sacred rituals on ancient acorn trees.

link ---> http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20130602/articles/130609934#page=3

"She also acknowledged having discussions about what to do with the property should the center be closed or scaled back. She declined to identify those taking part in the conversations."
Ralph Hutchinson September 13, 2013 at 05:48 PM
The SUN left their comment function turned on for once in about 6+ months and I posted these questions directly onto their article. The post is awaiting "moderation" which means review and approval from an editorial perspective. Lets see if they allow the question. If not, then I will really wonder what kind of cover is on.
sal nero September 13, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Why keep secrets unless there is something you'd rather not talk about? Transparency is a dead political concept. I heard a rumor a certain developer met a couple months ago with a respected Glen Ellen vintner. Porque? We know what Bolling is reported to have said about SDC development and we have Indians performing rituals at Jack's Oak that they haven't done in, what, 100? 200? years? We have no assurance a casino (FIGR Rohnert Park high end satellite casino/hotel) attempt won't be tried. Why do they stay silent when it would be so easy to dispel the community's concerns by saying NO, it is not happening?
sal nero September 13, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Will the Sun Approve this comment ? "What is the meaning of writing this and a previous article about the march to support SDC and never bothering in your wide range interview with Ms. Gorin to ask why she refused to reveal to a Press Democrat reporter which party, presumably a developer, she met with regarding future plans for SDC? Unbelievable. "She also acknowledged having discussions about what to do with the property should the center be closed or scaled back. She declined to identify those taking part in the conversations." http://www.watchsonomacounty.com/2013/06/sacramento/task-force-to-weigh-future-of-sonoma-developmental-center/
M Cunningham September 16, 2013 at 01:45 PM
I don't see any comments as of this morning, looks like the Sonoma SUN rejected your comments gentlemen? Does that mean they are embarrassed they missed the question? Or does that mean they are in negotiations to be bought by Darius Anderson and his Media giant? Obviously the SUN is afraid of those questions. Funny observation, the SUN looks to still have the comment function turned on awaiting other comments? So does that mean they only accept "weak and watered down" questions and comments? This one might hurt the Sun. It doesn't make them look very good either way....missing accidently, missing then embarrassingly covering up their mistake, or worse yet they are covering up for Darius Anderson and his development machine?
M Cunningham September 16, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Here is the link to the Sonoma SUN article not accepting the comments: http://news.sonomaportal.com/2013/09/12/catching-up-with-susan-gorin/
sal nero September 16, 2013 at 05:31 PM
I would have been surprised if someone said the Sun is not approving comments even though quite abruptly and for the first time in quite awhile the comment function was live. Why are they not approving comments identified above ? What are they so afraid of? Could they be in negotiations with key news players locally? Wasn't it rumored that Mr. Anderson, who bought 136 West Napa in 2011 and the land locked lot behind it in 2008, could have his eye on the Sun/SunTv/FM property next door? Wasn't Hammett in financial difficulty on those addresses?
Ralph Hutchinson September 16, 2013 at 06:07 PM
I recall the SUN published an article (perhaps on Page 3) that asked for readers to send in suggestions for places they could move because they feared being pushed out by new buyers of the building in the wake of the Westamerica Bank foreclosure. To me there is no doubt they are signalling a new owner is swarming for the property. And yes Hammett was in financial distress and eventually the buildings foreclosed. The SUN is independently operated and just leases the building from Hammet now Westamerica. Same with the KSVY radio station Hammett still operated is and pays rent now to Westamerica. It is believed he paid rent previously frmo the radio station to an affiliate real estate shell holding company and because the radio station was not performing sufficiently to carry the rent payments to the Westamerica loan they were foreclosed upon.
sal nero September 16, 2013 at 06:19 PM
2008? 2011? and now? hmmm. Moving right down the block house by 3House, then?
sal nero September 16, 2013 at 06:59 PM
"...Meanwhile, the property where the studio is located, 158 West Napa St. is now owned by Westamerica Bank and should be publicly listed for sale soon. KSVY FM and TV, owned and operated by Bill Hammett’s Common Bond Foundation, look to stay at onsite under a new lease agreement. “We enjoy our vista onto Napa Street and we’d like to continue at this location for years to come,” said Program Director Stan Pappas. The employee-owned Sonoma Valley Sun newspaper, also a rental tenant on the property, will move to another Sonoma location by the end of June. ..." -----------------------http://news.sonomaportal.com/2013/06/07/new-at-ksvy/
sal nero September 17, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Looks like the Sun printed RH's comment yesterday. Mine was very similar.
Ralph Hutchinson September 17, 2013 at 03:10 PM
By George the SUN did attach my comment good for them. I prefer to see a strong Free Press someone capable of standing up to Boss Hogg and his cronies. A Press not on the take and running tuck tail. Thank you SUN. Now I need some answers to the question for the People of Sonoma. Who was Gorin meeting with in secret regarding developing SDC?
sal nero September 17, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Since she refused to talk is SDC's fate a "fait accompli?" That's french y'all. It means already in the bag, done, fini, finito. We really need to hear from her.
Ralph Hutchinson September 17, 2013 at 06:33 PM
But if nobody in the Press ask the question...remember the Press Democrat already gave her a pass as did the SUN now, how will we hear from her? Does she have any Town Hall meetings upcoming? Even if I tried to schedule time to sit down with her and write a blog it wouldn't be the same and she likely won't talk to a citizen like that one on one?
sal nero September 17, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Why would she? Darius didn't talk to you about the hotel either, right? But I said right after the PD article Quoting Gorin that this was a message to the democrats who hate what they are doing. The message being "sit down and shut up. The deal is done !" One must be suspicious when an elected official goes silent no matter who they are. Are their secret development plans really more important than what happens to the SDC patients? Not if they were YOUR relative!
Ralph Hutchinson September 18, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Gorin takes money from the Indians. Darius is the one who brought the Indians to Sonoma to shop for casinos. Darius is a well known campaign fundraiser for the Democratic Party...if Gorin wants the gravy, do you think she will speak up against the hand that could potentially feed her? Thats how Valerie Brown got hooked she wanted to run for State Offices and Darius can pull strings. Same with Joann Sanders she also had aspirations for bigger offices. one minute she speaks up against Darius monopolizing the newspapers the next minute she is standing at Sonoma City Council podium supporting his hotel. Flip Flop? Make sense?" No. But in the world of controlling purse strings and Pay to Play crony favors it makes perfect sense. Sell out your soul and constituents, stop speaking your heart and mind, sit down and shut up if you want more gravy.
sal nero September 18, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Yes, Joanne flip-flopped just like Ken but its starting to appear like Gorin was on the wrong side here all along considering her silence while the most vulnerable of her constituents are steam-rolled.
Ralph Hutchinson September 18, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Gorin was assisted in her campaign a great deal by her close friend Susan Moore who is the President of the Friends of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. Susan appears on Gorin's list of donors in campain records. Moore also appears at a Sonoma fundraiser for Gorin and Gallian City Council candidate. However Moore not only raised funds for Gorin but I understand helped out in other ways during the election campaign. Perhaps Gorin owns favors to several of these conflicted interests of Darius Anderson either directly or indirectly?

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