An open letter to Mayor Ken Brown

By Cecilia Ponicsan

Dear Mayor Brown – At the Sonoma City Council meeting of Monday, Oct. 21, you told of the evening you enjoyed, the night before, as a recipient of the Amistad Award.

You took pride in being recognized for having served the Hispanic community through your work.

When you changed your mind not to ban the use of gas-powered leaf blowers, you cited the award and that dinner, where you were wined and dined, as the reasons you flip-flopped on your original vote of Oct. 7.

Your own words were, as quoted in the Index-Tribune, “… and I definitely feel that winning the Amistad Award was part of it.”

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