Pedro Orejas 
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Re: “Culture Change

Mr. Rowley seems out of touch and disillusioned. Having lived and worked in Willow Creek for 20 years. I see things with a slightly more open minded mentality. Weed growing has been a part of the community for a very long time. Most cultivation taken place on national forest lands out any close to town mountain road. In clandestine plots. Post 1996 locals and pilgrims began to grow in their yards under the guise of prop 215. Our community became more open and accepting of cultivation after two local garden supply stores opened in town. Since then we have seen in increase in arrival of new settlers. You know the ones with flat bill hats with the logo of their team captain Ted Simpkins. These are the group of folks in town with the least ties to the community. With little or no support to the benefit of town.

I too have seen the decline of test scores in the local county school. I have also witnessed the fledgling charter school provide an alternative education for those seeking a better education. I saw the community come together locals and pilgrims to make candy stick park a gem once again. Which would warm ol' Flowers heart! Things actually appear to me to be on an upswing from 20 years ago. We now have more local businesses to support. Without hauling all our purchases from the coast. The parks and water system Mr. Rowley speaks of being in disrepair. Is partially his own fault as a previous memeber of the community services district. Rather then placing blame on the growers try taking responsibility. You and Mr. Holmes are more to blame. Being surrounded by forest service land greatly reduces our property tax base here in Willow creek in turn reducing what comes back into the community for capital improvements.

If Mr. Rowley doesn't like the trimmigrants hanging out on the street in the fall, it is his responsibility as an ambassador to willow creek and business owner to offer some of his 18 rental units to these savvy international travelers. Rather then complaining look for simple solutions to the things you see as problems.

I personally feel Calistoga may be a better option for a sleepy little hamlet for Mr.Rowley and his aging mother and grandchild. There he will be surrounded by wine grapes and drunks. Not marihuana plants and stoners. There is a place for everyone he justs needs to find it. I feel Mr. Rowley is a minority in his opinion and feelings regarding our thriving successful mountain community. I also sense a little jealousy of the growing community in Mr. Rowley statements. His " successful " businesses if measured by money made wouldn't actually be that successful in comparison to what's actually going on around here.

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Posted by Pedro Orejas on 03/16/2017 at 10:43 AM

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