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Letter to the Editor

Sonoma as an ATM?

I feel the necessity to write a letter to my fellow Sonomans about Measure B, which stops large hotels from development within city limits.

Altimira welcomes baby grand piano

Christmas came early for Altimira Middle School when Principal Will Deeths happily took delivery of a donated Yamaha baby grand piano from the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa last month.

DUI suspected in fatal Arnold Drive wreck

One person was killed and three others suffered major injuries as the result of a collision Tuesday evening on Arnold Drive near Meadowlark Lane. The highway was closed for more than two hours after the 7 p.m. wreck. According to Officer Anna Paulson, with the California Highway Patrol, said Damodar Chandradas, 25, of San Francisco,… Continue Reading >>

Valley musician Michael Hinton died in August after a bout with bladder cancer. His friends and fellow musicians gathered Saturday to pay tribute to Hinton. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Friends remember Michael Hinton

Valley musician Michael Hinton died in August after a bout with bladder cancer. His friends and fellow musicians gathered Saturday to pay tribute to Hinton. The three-plus hour party featured music from a number of Hinton’s former bands and band members including Tony Saunders, Bill Vitt, Mitch Stein, Stu Allen, Tommy Thomsen, Mike Emerson, Barry… Continue Reading >>

Russ Faure-Brac to discuss theories of peace

Hear the adventurous tales of Russ Faure-Brac and his 10,000-mile, 46-day solo motorcycle trip across the United States to spread a message of peace. The event takes place on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 12:30 p.m. at Murphy’s Irish Pub, 464 First St. E.

Treasure Artist reception set Nov. 21

The Cultural and Fine Arts Commission of Sonoma will host a reception to honor local musician David Aguilar who was recently named the 2013 Sonoma Treasure Artist of the Year. Members of the public are invited to attend the event which will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday Nov. 21, at the Sonoma Community Center,… Continue Reading >>

Cultural and Fine Arts Commission accepting award nominations

The City of Sonoma Cultural and Fine Arts Commission’s 2014 Student Creative Arts Award Program is now open for entries. This award program is open to Sonoma Valley residents between the age of 16 and 21 who are studying visual, literary or performing arts. Lisa Carlsson, chair of the Cultural and Fine Arts Commission, said,… Continue Reading >>

College applications: take two

It seems I just got one child moved into the college dorms and now I’m back in the thick of it with essays, deadlines and the onset of “senioritis.”

One-hundred-twenty needy children received free dental care last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday courtesy of Christina’s Smile Children’s Dental Clinic. The Christina’s Smile trailer was parked at Altimira Middle School. Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Needy children receive free dental care

One-hundred-twenty needy children received free dental care last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday courtesy of Christina’s Smile Children’s Dental Clinic. The Christina’s Smile trailer was parked at Altimira Middle School for those three days as it has every October for a number of years. The clinic is in cooperation with the PGA Tour and the Champions… Continue Reading >>

One-and-a-half-year-old Benjamin Hirsch, of Rincon Valley, is dwarfed by a 1,615-pound pumpkin Saturday at the Kunde Family Winery’s Giant Pumpkin Festival.  Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune

Now that’s a big pumpkin …

One-and-a-half-year-old Benjamin Hirsch, of Rincon Valley, is dwarfed by a 1,615-pound pumpkin Saturday at the Kunde Family Winery’s Giant Pumpkin Festival. Young Benjamin was admiring the pumpkins with his mom, dad and grandmother. Russ Pingrey of Santa Rosa was the gardener who grew the massive gourd.

Rubber cheques bounce 4 into jail

Four East Bay women with a carload of counterfeit $100 travelers cheques made an elaborate but ultimately failed attempt to cash them in local stores while trying to purchase low-cost items on Thursday, Oct. 24. The women, working as a team, attempted to cash the cheques at the Rite Aid store in Maxwell Village shopping… Continue Reading >>

Steve Rose, with the Vineyards Inn, sprays some bread he’s warming during an event on Oct. 20, in the Kenwood Plaza to raise funds for the new gazebo which will be dedicated to 5-year-old Bobby Musser-Kirby. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Raising funds for Kenwood gazebo

Steve Rose, with the Vineyards Inn, sprays some bread he’s warming during an event on Oct. 20, in the Kenwood Plaza to raise funds for the new gazebo which will be dedicated to 5-year-old Bobby Musser-Kirby. The youngster died when a tree fell on his family’s car on Bennett Valley Road. In addition, there will… Continue Reading >>

OpEd

Measure B erodes tourist revenue, promotes urban sprawl

Voters in the City of Sonoma will decide next month whether to ban hotels with 25 rooms or more. Measure B, commonly known as the Hotel Limitation Measure, arose in response to the first new hotel proposed in over a decade.

OpEd

Measure B bad for economy and environment

If you’re reading this newspaper, you are probably already aware of Measure B, the Hotel Limitation Measure, that will be on the ballot in the City of Sonoma on Tuesdsay, Nov. 19.

Valley Forum

Hotel means jobs for our kids

Despite the positioning on both sides, Measure B is a referendum about the proposed 59-room Chateau Sonoma hotel on the old parking lot and manufacturing yard of The Sonoma Index-Tribune near the Plaza. I am in favor of this project, and will therefore vote “no” on Measure B.

Letter to the Editor

One big hotel and tasting room spot?

Editor, Index-Tribune: I am a mom raising a family in Sonoma and I am voting “yes” on Measure B. I appreciate that tourism is an important part of our economy in Sonoma, and we enjoy being hosts to visitors from around the world. At the same time, the Sonoma Plaza is still an important gathering… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Nobody was robbed

Editor, Index-Tribune: Joe Aaron’s revision of history (“Don’t let him rob us again,” Index-Tribune Op-Ed. Oct. 22) includes a vote that never happened. Pat Kuleto withdrew his application prior to any City Council vote being taken when he decided any discussion of parking conditions related to his proposed restaurant were too much trouble. The matter… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

City planning works, Measure B unnecessary

Editor, Index-Tribune: As I prepare to cast my vote for Measure B (the Hotel Limitation Measure), I’ve read the voter information written by both the sides of Measure B. The most misleading argument within the ballot arguments is a claim by Measure B supporters, in their opening paragraph, that states, “Sonoma risks becoming overbuilt and… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

I trust local officials, Vote no on B

Editor, Index-Tribune: I am dismayed that the main issue in the “yes” on Measure B campaign seems to be based on a distrust of our local officials, including the city council and those who volunteer their time to serve on local boards and commissions. In the 25 years I’ve lived here, I’ve had the privilege… Continue Reading >>

Letter to the Editor

Five more reasons to vote ‘no’ on B

Editor, Index-Tribune: If Measure B passes, those who voted “small” should pay attention to the problems they will have created. 1. It will rob the city of needed income. 2. It will prevent a beautiful addition to the Plaza area. 3. It will stop an improvement in traffic flow. 4. It will handcuff city planners… Continue Reading >>

Grace Margaret Borg

Grace Margaret Borg, 99, passed away Oct. 22, 2013, in Hayward. She was just 6 months shy of her 100th birthday.

Robert ‘Bob’ Bloxham Bast

Robert “Bob” Bloxham Bast was born Dec. 27, 1949, in Palo Alto. He passed away Oct. 18, 2013, in Lodi at the age of 63.