|by Jeremy Hay
June 28, 2013
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Winemaker Paul Hobbs has been ordered to stop work on his controversial orchard-to-vineyard conversion near Sebastopol after inspectors found that hundreds of yards of blackberry bushes and bay laurel had been cleared illegally from a protected zone above a creek.
“It’s a very serious violation of their permit,” said Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner Tony Linegar, whose office issued the stop work order to the Paul Hobbs Winery.
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Work shut down at controversial
Sebastopol vineyard project.
2013 Hobbs conversion on Watertrough Road
photo credit: Watertrough Childrens Alliance
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Stop-work order on Pocket Canyon timber conversion
Sonoma County code enforcement officials inspect a 10-acre timberland conversion project near Pocket Canyon, just east of Guerneville, owned by winemaker Paul Hobbs.
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