Hwy. 12 video nets attention
Further work on the half-finished sidewalk improvement project along Highway 12 in the Springs may not be an action item on the next Sonoma County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16, but 1st District Supervisor Valerie Brown will be showing a video about the lack of action on the project that a concerned citizen posted online two weeks ago.
Tim Wetzel, a professional videographer who runs 9 Mile Productions out of Sonoma, said he made the video, “to put a tool out into the community that the community could use to influence the legislative process at the state level.”
Wetzel watched with dismay as the project stalled – he drives the stretch daily to drop his 8-year-old daughter off at Sonoma Charter School on Highway 12 – and felt moved to do something. Making the video really drew the problem into even sharper contrast for Wetzel. He originally thought it might take a significant amount of time, maybe a day or two, to shoot the footage he wanted to get of scenes that would highlight the need for sidewalks, but, he said, “It took no time at all.”
He sent the finished video out to everyone he could think of, from local officials on up to the governor’s office, and created a Facebook page. The action by Brown to screen the video was just the sort of thing he had been hoping for.
“The video explains the Highway 12 project by narrative and visuals that are profound,” said Brown. “It represents all we have been talking about to the state DOF (Department of Finance) and in our Oversight Board. It is incredibly well done, capturing the public safety problem, and I wanted my colleagues and those who tune into our board meeting to see it.”
Wetzel will be on hand with his family at the meeting, and “Hopefully,” he said, “give my 8-year old a live civics lesson. Maybe we’ll all get one.”