Editor, Index-Tribune:

I am a mom raising a family in Sonoma and I am voting “yes” on Measure B. I appreciate that tourism is an important part of our economy in Sonoma, and we enjoy being hosts to visitors from around the world. At the same time, the Sonoma Plaza is still an important gathering spot for our community.

My daughter has grown up feeling that the square is the center of a warm and vibrant community that she is a part of. We are in danger of losing this heart of our town and having it become one big hotel and tasting room spot. Many of us feel Measure B promotes a sensible balance between commercial concerns and the quality of life for residents here in Sonoma.

I would also like to say to the pro-hotel folks – enough with the personal attacks on Larry Barnett. This is not about him, but about community differences in how we want to steward our town. Let’s keep the debate on a little higher level.

Joanne Braun