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Letters to the Editor: 12/15/2013

Letters to the Editor

Doce Lunas adieu

Dear Editor,

After 12 years, we have decided to sell Doce Lunas Restaurant & Antiques to pursue other personal endeavors. The business will reopen under the new ownership of Jeff and Suzette Tyler early next year.

Doce Lunas gift certificates will be honored by the new owners for the next six months.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude for all the kind support we have received over the years from the local community. Our best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a Happy, Healthy 2014!

With warm regards,
Jackie and Alex

Kicked out of Kenwood

Dear Editor,

I feel compelled to write this letter to the Kenwood Press and hope as many people see it as apparently have seen my green van parked behind the former Kenwood Farmhouse building. Because of a fractured heel I am unable to work right now and after surgery am undergoing physical therapy here in Sonoma for at least a month longer. My father passed away 10 days ago; he was 83 and suffered from Parkinson’s. I was his full-time caregiver. I also drove cab for Vern’s. My “real” job was a chef, and in fact a few years ago I not only revamped (and repainted with the help of my sons) the Kenwood Elementary School kitchen but as Head Chef, redesigned the menu, utilizing a Harry Potter theme, and with the help of a very talented baker, provided healthy, local, sometimes organic food for the lunches, much to the joy of the children and the parents. The parents often requested that I write a cookbook based on these lunches. I have also been a personal chef for a number of local families and worked as an assistant with one of the most prestigious Northern California caterers.

I am currently going through some hard financial times because of my inability to work. A friend of mine kindly consented to me parking behind the building for awhile (in exchange for $300 per month), using the electricity and water and accessing a warm, dry room where I could work nights on a book that I am writing (not a cookbook). We (my dog Bee and I) furthermore provided the added advantage of security at night and foiled an attempt to steal, one morning at 3 a.m., some expensive cyclone fencing. But apparently my “proximity to the elementary school” and the “increasing presence of homeless people in the area” wounded locals’ (?) sensibilities and so spurred their fears that I was asked to leave after only a few days of having found a haven in the turmoil of my current life.

Thanks folks, and I hope you have a safe and secure life.

G. Latini

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