<strong>By Michael B. Ross</strong>
Measure B is a grand social land-use experiment based on fear. There has been no testing of its possible outcomes, consequences or long-term potential impacts on our community. Measure B does not guarantee it will preserve Sonoma’s small town character – despite the fact our small town character already exists without Measure B in place. Why so?
Sonoma’s beauty and charm did not require Measure B to ensure its existence. Sonoma’s wonderful quality of life has been in place for generations, supported by our town government, the planning process in place and the many intelligent and engaged citizens who care and have a voice.
Passage of Measure B will hobble this. It’s passage will mean our thoughtful community will have lost the opportunity to discretely study an important type of land use decision on a case-by-case basis. We will lose our right to comment on a proposed 26-room hotel project, for example, no matter how great it might be.
Measure B wants to censor future community land use conversations now. Please don’t support this type of muzzle.