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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Stan Lee’s Pow! Comikaze Expo In LA This Weekend!

Stan Lee
According to Zennie62.com, Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo presented by POW! Entertainment, and co-owned by the largest producer of trade shows and events in the nation, Advanstar Communications, Inc., returns to Los Angeles this weekend.

Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo kicks off this November 1-3, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center and promises an incredible experience for fans of comics, gaming, horror, sci-fi, fantasy and anime. This year’s event will feature an amazing line-up of attractions from vendors and exhibitors, interactive contests, celebrity autograph signings, screenings, renowned panel sessions and gaming tournaments.

“I’m beyond excited for this year’s Comikaze Expo,” stated Stan Lee, Chairman and Founder of POW! Entertainment. “Comikaze continues to grow bigger and better every year and the offerings this year are going to be immensely enjoyable for all of our attendees. It’s great to have such a fun-filled expo that attracts the Hollywood crowd just as much as the geek, comic and gaming crowd and it’s all right here in our backyard – Los Angeles!”

More at Zennie62: Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo By Pow! In LA This Weekend - http://www.zennie62blog.com/2013/10/30/stan-lees-comikaze-expo-by-pow-in-la-this-weekend-89412/

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sonoma, California's Artesa Winery Makes Its Case In Environmental Battle

Artesa Winery
Artesa Winery, which has perhaps the most breath-taking winery in California, has come out fighting in a Sonoma Coast California property battle against Friends of the Gualala River.

Artesa Winery is fighting to improve and protect a neglected Sonoma, California property in the face of strident opposition from a controversial local group, Friends of the Gualala River. Sonoma County is a place known both for its excellent wine and its natural beauty.

But, the conversation has turned ugly over the effort by one well-regarded winery to renovate part of an abandoned Sonoma property into a vineyard and preserve and protect remainder of it. Artesa Vineyard and Winery has owned the 324 acre property since 1999 when it purchased the lot with the intention to use it to grow Pinot Noir.

The property has fallen into disrepair since it was used as an apple orchard in the early 1960’s. In 2009 Artesa submitted a proposal to convert 173 acres of this former orchard into vineyard and preserve the remaining 151 acres of Artesa’s proposal was approved by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) in 2012 after what official Dennis Hall called, “an extreme and exhaustive analysis of potential impacts” on the surrounding environment.

However, Artesa’s vineyard conversion was halted shortly after approval due to a local activists filing a lawsuit, even though the winery met The Friends of the Gualala River, a local activist groups, claims that Artesa’s vineyard conversion is “deforestation” and that if it is allowed to proceed it will “open the door to clear-cut coastal California forests.”

In a world concerned with global warming and in a state particularly focused on environmental concerns, the coalition has found their message resonating with some. However, others point out that the Friends of the Gualala River are misrepresenting the facts and are completely divorced from reality.

For example, the trees on the Sonoma coast property were removed by a previous owner some 40 to 60 years ago, long before the property was owned by Artesa. Only two old growth Redwood trees remain on the Artesa property, and Artesa’s plans preserve them as part of the new vineyard. Additionally, some Artesa supporters have made the point that the lot is already zoned for agricultural use.

Should Artesa withdrawal its proposal, the entire lot could be developed for other purposes, including the 151 acres the winery has committed to setting aside Concerns over a seasonal creek and other small, unnamed tributaries on the property are cited as a problem by the Friends of the Gualala, who contend that use of pesticides and groundwater for grape-production will adversely affect the area’s watershed.

However, Artesa’s Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) specifies that the vineyard will utilize a rainwater irrigation system and that the only well dug will be for use by workers and equipment cleanup. Artesa President Keith LaVine has also pointed out in recent interviews that pesticides were not used at all during the 2013 growing season in Artesa’s other vineyards, and would only be used in “rare, isolated cases.”

In case they must be used, the Artesa EIR lays out 30- to 100- foot buffer zones to protect water resources from any “vineyard disturbance.” The Artesa EIR plan goes beyond preventative concerns to specify improvements to the habitat on the property, including an expanded 3 acres of wetlands and three designated botanical preserves to protect the unique Annapolis Manzanita population which is found in the area.

Any Native American archeological sites uncovered in the conversion process are to be preserved as Surrounded by lots that have already successfully converted to vineyards, zoned for agricultural use, lacking old growth forest, and otherwise in disrepair for the last 50 years, it is hard to understand why this particular patch of Sonoma has been chosen as a battleground.

As the Sonoma County Superior Court deliberates for the next 30 days, the people at Artesa have no choice but to continue to prepare to start improving, and protecting, their slice of the beautiful Sonoma Coast.

Let’s hope reason prevails and that the objections to Artesa preserving his property are successful. The winery and their parent company have done more to enhance and preserve the property than the Friends of the Gualala River ever have.

To find out more about the facts, see: http://www.artesasonoma.com/

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Lou Ferrigno Wins Best Actor At CINEROCKOM International Film Festival 2013, LA

Lou Ferrigno
Lou Ferrigno, action hero icon as the Incredible Hulk, has moved into a new action role as the ‘Liberator’, starring as the same title for the new film short motion picture that has taken the best awards at the 2013 Cinerockom International Film Festival now happening, today.

The awards Gala that Lou Ferrigno will attend will be held this Saturday evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, according to Zennie62.com

‘Liberator’ co-stars the beautiful Peta Wilson (Le Femme Nikita), Ed Asner, and Michael Dorn (Star Trek), in a terrific action futuristic espionage film. ‘Liberator’ has also won Best Film Short, Best Writing, Best Directing, Best Editing, and Best Music as well as Best Actor for Ferrigno and BestActress for Peta Wilson. More at Zennie62.com, here: Lou Ferrigno Wins Best Actor At 2013 CINEROCKOM International Film Festival - http://www.zennie62blog.com/2013/10/19/lou-ferrigno-wins-best-actor-at-2013-cinerockom-international-film-festival-51110/

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