Sonoma is not an exclusive fraternity

Editor, Index-Tribune:

I’m so relieved Sonoma voters struck down the ill-written Measure B. The people who want to “save” Sonoma at all costs, just cost the taxpayers an estimated $35,000 for an unnecessary election.

I just wish the proponents and writers of this measure would have to pay the costs for this election. If there were a financial penalty, maybe some of the ill-advised legislation California is so known for would go away. The defeat of Measure B doesn’t mean Sonoma will lose its small-town flavor. We have processes in place to monitor planning as well as design review. We will never have mega resorts within the city limits.

I work for Sonoma County Tourism – and I live outside city limits – but I’m speaking as a private citizen who doesn’t want her town to end up exclusive, snobby, and very expensive because the inventory for rooms is too low.

During the campaign, I was very insulted by the “yes” group saying they don’t want “those people” in our town – meaning people who are here for business meetings or conferences. Since I travel for business, I’m one of “those” people.

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