by Marilyn Goode
Measure B is not bad for Sonoma; what is bad for Sonoma is the misleading and confusing propaganda about "costing tax payers and increasing traffic” seen on some brown “No on B” signs around town. What is bad for Sonoma is the pro-development stance of a powerful Chamber of Commerce, both in Sonoma and nationwide. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the single-biggest lobbying organization in Washington D.C., and perhaps in our own town of Sonoma as well.
We now have the president of the chamber, Mr. Cook, sitting on the City Council. I tend to find myself always taking the opposite position from the chamber. Over the years, the chamber supported the mega-expansion of the Sonoma Raceway that clogs the entrance to our Valley with traffic and noise on summer weekends.
The chamber sided with the Sonoma Valley Hospital board when they tried to discard our existing in-town hospital so they could build a brand new hospital out on prime agriculture land in our Urban Growth Boundary. The hospital would have been unsustainable had they succeeded because of the recession that started in 2008.