Riding from Sacramento to Sebastopol and back (about 100 miles each way) take you through a gorgeous farming region of grapes and cows, including Napa Valley, Sonoma County and the Valley of Moon. Dotting the trip are innumerable wineries with facilities ranging from modest to grandiose. Thursday night, I spoke at the Sebastopol Community Center, with some 400 folks from the area filling this great hall. Leading off was Peter Tracy and the Left Coast Troubadours, getting the crowd going with lively songs about Dick Cheney, Molly Ivins and other timely topics. The event was a benefit for Project Censored, the national media watchdog group based at Sonoma State University and it was co-sponsored by KRCB Radio, Copperfield’s Books and Students for Media Democracy. I was pleased to learn that a portion of the funds we raised will finance SSU students to attend the Media Reform Conference to be held June 6-8 in Minneapolis. I’ll be in Sacramento for a Common Cause benefit at the Coloma Community Center auditorium, and then I wing my way to Seattle and Olympia for three weekend events.