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Five reasons to vote 'no' - No on Measure B position statement

By Bill Blum


It might seem that, as the general manager of a hotel here in Sonoma with more than 25 rooms, I would be thrilled with the Hotel Limitation Measure, since it would essentially ban any new hotels in Sonoma our size from ever being built in the future.

But there is a reason the Sonoma City Council voted to write the opposition argument to Measure B on the ballot, and there’s a reason all hotels in Sonoma with more than 25 rooms oppose this measure, along with the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau, the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers, the San Francisco Travel Bureau and even the California Travel Association. It’s potentially the most damaging initiative to ever come before our city.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I should add that Larry Barnett and I have been friends and business associates for more than 20 years and I hope to continue that relationship after the election.

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