By JJ Abodeely
As an admittedly newer resident of Sonoma who already loves this town dearly, I have watched the public discourse regarding the Hotel Limitation Measure with great interest. I believe most residents of Sonoma more or less want the same things for this town, they just have different ideas about what is required to achieve them.
I believe most residents would like to see Sonoma remain a vibrant community with its small-town character. Most residents understand the importance of the wine and hospitality industries in attracting interest from visitors, providing jobs to locals and tax revenues to the city and which, if left unchecked, could ruin the attractive qualities that make this such a desirable place to begin with.
The question is, what is the best way to prudently manage these potentially conflicting interests and Sonoma’s best qualities while allowing enough vibrancy and change to protect Sonoma from a self-inflicted stagnation?
I believe the answer lies in the process we are all witnessing. The answer lies in the democratic process. And guess what? It is working.