Vallejo becoming the ‘Hamilton’ of Sonoma…
EDITOR: Thank you for the fair-minded and excellent article, “A Bear Flag Revolt ‘Revolt’ in Sonoma,” June 8. This review of the complicated politics surrounding this still-controversial military action in American and Sonoma history was both comprehensive and insightful.
I hope those Sonomans who told you they are displeased with my re-enactment had a chance to see our living history performance on Sunday June 10; they would have seen Gen. Vallejo in one of his finest hours. They would have also received a thorough recitation of all the facts, and experienced viscerally the unpleasant takeover foisted upon a peaceful Mexican community by 33 large and angry Americans.
I most certainly agree with Juan Hernandez, executive director of La Luz, when he states that the revolt was born of a racist belief: “Which maintained that the United States was destined – by God, its advocates believed – to expand its dominion and spread democracy and capitalism across the entire North American continent.” Whether it would be better for the town of Sonoma – and its citizens – to brush this true fact under the rug in the future, and no longer perform this re-enactment, well… I don’t know.
I do know that what you see is what happened, and that the hero is shown to be Gen. Vallejo, not the Bear Flaggers.
For those who would like a more sugar-coated version of local history, I suggest you visit Buena Vista Winery on Saturday, July 28, at 4 p.m., when a new play written by yours truly will receive its first free performance. It is entitled: “General Vallejo, Count Haraszthy, and Joaquin Murietta in 1852.” In this fictional tale Gen. Vallejo and Buena Vista founder Count Haraszthy will hide the famous Mexican bandit Joaquin Murrieta from the Texas Ranger Harry Love. Many decidedly unpleasant aspects of the American takeover of Mexican California will be revealed, and the hero once again will not be an American.
Young at art
EDITOR: Doesn’t matter how many signs... just wander over to the Plaza at any time and find adults and kids all over the art.
So it goes.
Cannabis decision ‘shameful and embarrassing’
EDITOR: As a member of the Sonoma Valley Cannabis Group, I found the City Council’s recent decision to deny patients access to a local dispensary shameful and embarrassing.
Our group’s 250 members have advocated for a dispensary/delivery service within Sonoma for nearly a year. We’ve always offered assistance and information to the council as it worked to create a comprehensive cannabis ordinance.
Despite face-to-face discussions and the reams of material SVCG provided, and despite the town hall meetings that showed overwhelming support for a dispensary, the majority of the council continued to rely on “war on drugs” perceptions and voted to severely limit the right to safe, local access to medical cannabis.
They paid lip service to medical cannabis, said they understood its health benefits. They patronized us with comments like, “When I’m sick, I’m sure I’ll go to you for advice.” We hosted an educational forum that included world-renowned cannabis physician Dr. Jeffrey Hergenrather, but no council member came to learn. The petition names and personal stories we offered them mattered not. Nor did the copious number of emails we sent. Those are real people, real lives that the majority of the council chose to ignore.