By Gary Edwards
As chairman of the Hillside Preservation Alliance in 1999, I was pleased to work with fellow citizens in Sonoma to keep the Rosewood Hotel project off public land overlooking downtown Sonoma. Some of those folks are now comparing Measure B with Rosewood’s Measure A, and they’re taking credit for the hard work that was done by a committed few of us to protect Sonoma’s hillside – the Overlook Trail.
I believe every Sonoma voter deciding how to vote on Measure B should go to the library and check out a copy of the Constitution of the United States of America to learn why these two initiatives are so very different. Measure A was about public land. Measure B is about the freedom of private landowners to go through the established regulatory process and talk to the community, and to appropriately work through the existing process to develop their private property.
They are totally different cases, and the voters deserve to understand the reason these initiatives are not remotely similar.