I have lived in Sonoma for 71 years. Visionaries, dreamers and entrepreneurs built the Sonoma I love. That is why it is so hard to watch local residents being duped by a small group of fear mongers who seek to lock in their narrow views on the future of our community while suppressing fellow Sonomans who have dreams of building a better tomorrow.
Measure B, the Hotel Limitation Measure, is truly bad for our community and runs totally counter to the traditions that made Sonoma what it is today.
Over the decades, Sonoma Valley has been home to many far-seeing resident business owners who sought ways to improve the community in which they chose to make a living and raise a family.
They included Gen. Mariano Vallejo and early Sonoma pioneers, followed by business owners such as Solomon Schocken, August Pinelli, Harry Granice, the Vellas, Vivianis and Eraldis, and vintners such as Agoston Haraszthy and then Samuele Sebastiani. Even Jack London sought to bring the improvements of modern farming to the Valley.
Much of what we see in downtown Sonoma and Sonoma Valley is the result of decade after decade of improvements, changes, innovations and risks taken by people who dreamed of a better community in which to live and work.