Real issue, wrong solution

For all the passion, proclamations, pronouncements, accusations and denials flowing from the river of rhetoric inspired by Measure B – the Hotel Limitation Measure on the $30,000, Nov. 19 special election – two important observations can be distilled from the steam of debate.

First, the issue is legitimate and the passion behind it is real.

Many Sonomans are concerned about the future of their town, about what it should look like, feel like, live like and be defined by, now and into the distant years ahead.

Second, Measure B is a clumsy solution, poorly conceived, badly focused, illogically written and won’t solve the problems about which people are concerned.

The two notable numbers driving Measure B are 25 and 80 – 25 being the number of rooms to which new hotels will be limited, unless the occupancy rate for all city lodging reaches 80 percent in a prior year. And, in the extraordinary unlikelihood that such an occupancy rate should ever be achieved, it would still take a four-fifths, supermajority of the City Council to approve a hotel with more than 25 rooms.

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