Sonoma voters reject hotel ban

A cheer erupted at the “No on Measure B” party at about 10:40 p.m. as long-awaited results were posted Tuesday. Measure B, the Hotel Limitation Initiative, was ultimately defeated by 124 votes, although it took until Thursday afternoon before 308 absentee and provisional votes could be counted and the final figures were posted.

The final tally from the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters was 2,032 “No” votes to 1,908 “Yes”.

The “No on B” people were anxiously awaiting the results, while the “Yes on B” party broke up before 10 p.m. when it was announced that the votes leaving Sonoma for the registrar’s office in Santa Rosa had been delayed.

Larry Barnett, the force behind the initiative, left the party in Murphy’s Snug room at about 9:50 p.m., and most of the dozen or so supporters who were still there headed for the door shortly thereafter.

Barnett, who has been through more than a few elections, was looking at the early results of the mail-in ballots that gave the “No” side a 115-vote lead. Barnett said he anticipated about 4,000 votes would be cast and said that the “yes” side would have to pick up about six-out-of-10 remaining votes to have a chance.

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