Want old Sonoma? Try Ukiah
The majority of Sonoma residents are sick and tired of hearing a select few complain about change, progress and improvements coming to our beautiful town. Anyone with an ounce of intelligence would know living within a few blocks of the Plaza, the commercial center of our community, comes with noise and traffic.
There are plenty of quiet neighborhoods in Sonoma. If you don’t like the activity, you should have not moved so close to the square in the first place. We saw a similar battle between a resident who lives on First Street East and the Sonoma Dance Academy. This resident, who actually lives in mixed-use zoning, complained about the noise and the Sonoma Dance Academy was forced to close. The children of our community lost a vital social and artistic outlet. What happened to the needs of the many outweighing the needs of the few?
How silly is it that some residents choose to complain about a nice, new hotel, a beautiful building that blends architecturally with the Plaza? “Wouldn’t this bring rich people to town?” one foolish resident asked at a meeting regarding the hotel.
Affluent people spend money in our community, dollars that we so desperately need to make our community a better place for us all. Would you rather we bring more poor people to town?
Whether you like it or not, Sonoma is a San Francisco suburb that will continue to change and grow. If you want “Sonoma, the way it used to be,” it’s called Ukiah. I will gladly buy you a one-way bus ticket.