Farmers Market support down in the pecking order
EDITOR: I first met Rachel Hundley at the Tuesday Farmers Market when she was campaigning to be on the Sonoma City Council. When I asked why she was running, her reply was that she wanted “Mayor” on her resume. Now she is Mayor and she only had to step over Mayor Pro Tem Madolyn Agrimonti to accomplish it.
The Index-Tribune called it correctly (“Coup d’Sonoma,” Dec. 16), it was a coup and possibly a violation of the Brown Act. Let’s remember that on Sept. 13, new councilmember, Amy Harrington, held the kickoff to her campaign at Murphy’s. Who spoke that evening and endorsed her? It was Hundley and Edwards. Harrington never joined Mayor Laurie Gallian, former Mayor David Cook and Jack Wagner as they campaigned every week at the Tuesday Market. You had to go to Murphy’s to speak with Harrington.
Harrington and Edwards are now the “ad hoc” committee chosen by Mayor Hundley to decide the future of our beloved Tuesday Night Farmers Market. Keep in mind that Hundley’s food truck was rejected last year by the market managers. She should have recused herself and not participated in this situation. But now, Edwards and Harrington who do not seem to like the market, they call it a “party,” will decide its fate. Councilman Cook, a positive voice for the market, was passed over when he volunteered for the committee. Edwards thinks it wrecks the grass, Harrington thinks it’s just for tourists. The Plaza belongs to all of us, don’t let them take away a wonderful weekly community event. Should they decide to end it, they can do it with their three votes.
If you want the market to continue, please speak up now and save the Tuesday Night Farmers Market.
Call the Sonoma City Hall at 933-2216, or email Mayor Hundley at firstname.lastname@example.org. All the council members’ email addresses can be found at sonomacity.org.
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