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Council supports keeping SDC open

A resolution supporting Sonoma Developmental Center was passed unanimously by the Sonoma City Council Wednesday.

The resolution asks the State Task Force on Developmental Centers to focus on the critical patient care supplied by SDC and to lift the current ban on new admittances.

City Manager Carol Giovanatto told the council the center faces an uncertain future. “The Task Force is developing a master plan which is due in November,” she said. “SDC is important to Sonoma’s economy through the jobs it provides and we are asking the state to keep it open.”

Kathleen Miller, president of Family and Friends of SDC, whose son is a resident there, said the center is a critical employer and has been a good neighbor. “Our family members have been accepted in the community,” she added.

Sharon Church, who lives near the facility, said to lose it would be a tragedy. “We should judge our society by how well we take care of those less fortunate,” she said.

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