Housing crisis more than ever!
EDITOR: Housing crisis! No doubt about it. It was a crisis before the fires, now it is a tragedy.
Some have suggested rent control. I really don’t know if rent control will do any good. It certainly will not create new housing, which is desperately needed.
I do know that we need solutions to create more housing, both temporary and permanent housing.
We need suspension of zoning laws that impede the quick installation of
1. Tent and RV camps
2. Mobile home Parks
3. Tiny house enclaves and adding on tiny houses to established housing
4. Yurts in various settings
5. Use your imagination.
We need state and local governments, nonprofits, for-profit entities, coops, intentional communities, and creative partnerships among any of these types to immediately begin creating this housing.
Of course, we need some zoning standards to ensure safety and sanitation in whatever housing is created.
Those who were homeless before the fires and those displaced by the fires would have equal footing in obtaining shelter.
We need those fortunate people who still have homes to encourage the creation of these housing solutions in their neighborhoods, next door, and even on their own land! No more NIMBY and no more worrying about their own property values as opposed to human values!
Keeping history alive
EDITOR: In the present age of history’s destruction and the demand for retelling of old legends, we in Sonoma are not pulling down monuments to our past but are erecting them. This may be seen, and has been criticized by some, as going against the flow of what is called political correctness, the appeasement of the greater and the offending of the least.
In my opinion, we need those monuments to the heroes of the past, even if they are now “fallen heroes” in the minds of the majority. Reminders, physical reminders, are a most useful tool for assisting faulty memories and written history that is constantly being revised in light of changing political views.
Judging these heroes of the past by today’s standards and, yes, by the current political correctness, is a dangerous game with no winners; we all live in our own period of history and respect for the past is the requisite gateway to respect of the present.
This past Pueblo Day on June 24, a new monument was dedicated on our Historic Sonoma Plaza, that of Gen. Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo who founded the Pueblo de Sonoma 182 years before. That monument was not without some local opposition but the small but determined Citizens’ Committee persevered and the General was welcomed back to his Plaza with a ceremony that seemed so Sonoma in content and form. The General became an immediate favorite with locals and tourists alike and the number of poses with him have been endless - both sentimental and amusing.
This past week with Sonoma under nature’s siege of firestorms on the hills surrounding us has demonstrated the importance of monuments to history and the individuals who have shaped it. Our General in the Plaza became the focal point for expressions of hope and affection for our beloved Sonoma. Actually, the monument to Sonoma’s past is a symbol for our present hope for the future of our community. I believe that now everyone loves the General in the Plaza because he has become our icon of “Sonoma Strong.”