Nobody was robbed

Letter to the Editor

By I-T letters

Editor, Index-Tribune:

Joe Aaron’s revision of history (“Don’t let him rob us again,” Index-Tribune Op-Ed. Oct. 22) includes a vote that never happened. Pat Kuleto withdrew his application prior to any City Council vote being taken when he decided any discussion of parking conditions related to his proposed restaurant were too much trouble. The matter never made it to a vote of any kind before the City Council.

As to Measure B’s four-fifth’s vote requirement of the City Council on an appeal of Planning Commission approval, Mr. Aaron is equally inaccurate. New hotels 25 rooms and under will continue to be decided on appeal by a three-fifth’s majority vote; only hotels larger than 25 rooms will be subject to the four-fifth vote requirement. Mr. Aaron seems to have an axe to grind, but his major “facts” are simply wrong. Measure B is on the ballot because 1,600 people signed a petition to put it there, not because I put it there. Mr. Aaron, if a resident, can cast his single vote, as will I.

Larry Barnett


  • Chris Scott

    Mr Barnett;
    Since only approx 1,300 signatures were certified as valid isn’t it factually inaccurate to claim 1,600 signatures? Unless you want to claim invalid signatures qualified Measure B for the ballot?

    If you have time one more question. Why does a 25 room hotel only require 3/5 vote and a 26 room hotel require 4/5 vote of the city council? Seems a bit draconian for one room, don’t you think?

    Chris Scott

    • Jim Pacheco

      Why does a person 21 years old get to order a drink in a bar, but someone 20 years and 364 days old cannot? Why is it that B&Bs with 5 rooms require a 3/5 vote while a B&B with 6 rooms can never be built?

  • Mike Stephens

    Mr. Barnett’s logic and rationale for Measure B are very selfish. Hopefully the good people of Sonoma will see past his charade and VOTE NO ON MEASURE B and Sonoma will continue to thrive in a way that is thoughtful and planned. Our elected members of council and planning are making decisions that are in the best interest of our town and future. Don’t let 1 person and his followers make you believe that Sonoma will be ruined by a 59 room hotel versus a 25 room hotel. Look around town. There is very little room for development, especially hotel development. If the proposed hotel were a tacky cheap hotel you can find anywhere I would be concerned. They changed the style to fit with our spanish heritage and will have a historical display in the lobby bar. Who in their right mind would not want to allow this? We aren’t building a Marriott Hotel? This is unique property that fits a unique town. Why continue to turn away those that have the funds to develop a property with taste and style.