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.
I’m tired of the “I’m now here and I’m shutting the door behind me” attitude. Sonoma is an open and welcoming city, not a closed, exclusive fraternity or country club.