Herb Golenpaul was the best part of the Sonoma City Council. He was this amazing presence in the room, and Sonoma could always count on him being there and speaking up.
He was never aligned with any one council member; he called them all out equally and without hesitation. He often said what so many were thinking, and sometimes what many of us had never even thought of until he mentioned it.
My favorite council memory was when the council moved to change the date of council meetings because a newly elected member couldn’t meet on the current meeting date due to a scheduling conflict. Herb stood up and said exactly what many people thought (myself included), asking why the new member even ran for the position if he couldn’t meet on council meeting days. Herb then told the council he had things to do too, but he managed to be there every meeting because it was important.
He had a point, and he made it without pause or hesitation. They still changed the meeting date, but Herb called out the elephant in the room and I remember talking to many people after that meeting who all loved that he said it.