Out of control busy bodies
A much-adored philosophy professor once said to me, "If God had been a liberal he wouldn't have mandated the Ten Commandments; a heavenly committee would have offered 10 suggestions."
His point being that the liberal mind, as abhorrent as it is, operates in a realm of moral relativism, where they make up the rules as they go along and it's always done via collectivist-style committees, so, God forbid, none of them have to take individual responsibility for the unintended consequences.
That's exactly what's being allowed to take place by certain members of our City Council's weak, ineffective and most importantly, illegal, cow-towing to the lib bullies that are creating obstacles to a private lease of a commercial property, effectuated between a willing landlord and willing landlord and a willing tenant, for a conforming use.
What's so distasteful about the Gallian/Barbose private posse is that its reason for existence is completely disingenuous. If this group of pathetic little busy-bodies truly were concerned about "big-box stores" and "chain and franchise" development overtaking our local merchants and destroying the character of our community, we would have heard from them long ago when Whole Foods, CVS, Starbucks, etc. moved in. No, what they truly want their own private lynch mob to decide is who gets to sit on the bus. I submit to our town folk just a sampling of riders that I'll just bet they would allow on board;
1. The Holder Ford building can be leased to the Northern California branch of the ACLU for administrative office space. Approved!
2. The Holder Ford building can become the Bay Area's first transgender preschool. Approved!
3. The Holder Ford building can be leased to the Legal Aid Society to help people stay in their homes without making payments on them. Approved!
See what I mean? This new committee is just going to waste time, create more regulation and obstacles for job growth in this town, and possibly cost us taxpayers in Sonoma a lawsuit from Staples, who, as explained quite clearly at the City Council hearing, are on the right side of California law, as it stands.