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Sonoma City Council to decide ‘pink’ appeal at Monday’s meeting

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Too pink or not too pink? That’s the question the Sonoma City Council will resolve at its meeting Monday evening.

In December, Dawn and Troy Marmaduke received approval from the Design Review and Historic Preservation Commission for modifications and an awning sign for their Grandma Linda’s Ice Cream shop at 408 First St. E. But on Dec. 30, Johanna Patri and Mary Martinez filed an appeal of the DRHPC’s 3-2 decision to approve the paint color, painted awning, awning sign and the administratively approved signs. Patri and Martinez assert concern for the protection and preservation of the Sonoma Plaza, and want the DRHPC to uphold compliance with the Certified Local Government programs.

The building on the property, which was constructed circa 1880, is a historically-significant structure, known as the “Pinelli Building.” It is listed on the Nation Register as a contributor building to the Sonoma Plaza District, and it is listed on the California Register and is identified in the Local Historic Resources Survey.

Patri and Martinez ask that the council approve the appeal. Their conclusion states, “Of the utmost consideration should be the compatibility, preservation and protection of the historic resources, characteristics and integrity of the Plaza. The proposal does not respect the integrity of the subject historic building style and materials, the surrounding historic streetscape, nor the historic Plaza.”

Staff is recommending that the council deny the appeal by Patri and Martinez and uphold the decision of the Design Review and Historic Preservation Commission.

In other action, the council will consider:

• Possible action on the 2014 Integrated Pest Management Policy for Stormwater Permit Compliance;

• Discussion, consideration and possible action to direct staff to research options related to the restriction of smoking within the city:

• And consideration for Resolution of Support for the Postal Service Protection Act of 2013.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, March 3, in the Community Meeting Room, 177 First St. W. It is a public meeting

 

 

 

  • Lank Thompson

    Oh please. The plaza had a super market once, Food City. That was a historical building that was torn down. We’re talking about a door here. The council should reject the appeal.

    • David Eichar

      The problem is that this opens the door (no pun intended) to other building being painted in garish colors. Just imagine the El Dorado Hotel or the Sonoma Hotel painted in bright pink.

      • David Ian

        Any painting of said Cuneo apts and Sonoma hotel would also have to be approved by the commission. The Marmadukes followed the required procedures and were approved, and where on Earth do you come up with comparing a door being painted to the exterior of whole buildings?

      • Corey Stroud Morton

        The word imagine means it hasn’t happened and therefore it is not revlevant to this current conversation. This complaint makes the locals of Sonoma look like controlling snobs. Leave this small business alone. They followed the rules, got the approval and it looks great.

  • Laura Davis Szanyi

    For pete’s sake…its a DOOR…leave it be. I have lived in Sonoma since 1977 and the things folks complain about have amazed me over the years. There are much bigger things to worry about…

  • Leo Merle

    PINK IS:

    PINK IS THE RIBBON IN A YOUNG GIRL’S HAIR
    COTTON CANDY AT THE COUNTY FAIR

    SUMMER CLOUDS APPROACHING NIGHT
    THE BANNERS FOR ‘RELAY FOR LIFE’

    CANDY HEARTS AT VALENTINES
    A STRAWBERRY CONE AT ANY TIME

    AUTUMN SKIES AT DAWN
    PINK FLAMINGOS ON THE LAWN

    A BIRTHDAY CAKE WITH CHERRY TOP
    SELECTIONS IN A CANDY SHOP

    PINK IS HAPPY, PINK IS FUN
    AND HISTORIC AS DOUBLE BUBBLE GUM

    PINK YOU SEE, IS LIKE NO OTHER
    AND GRANDMA LINDA’S FAVORITE COLOR

    PINK IS THIS AND SO MUCH MORE
    SO, WHY NOT THE DOOR TO AN ICE CREAM STORE ?

    LEO MERLE

  • H. Miller

    This “controversy” (to afford it more dignity than it deserves) over the pink door is symptomatic of the control-freak mentality of many residents of Sonoma — opposition to pink doors, more wine-tasting rooms and new hotels, etc. We need more of a live-and-let-live attitude.

  • Michael Anthony Donegan

    I dare Sonoma Council to put this much attention on the Drivers of Vehicles from The Lodge, local Tasting Rooms and especially The Fairmont who use Verano Avenue as their own private Race Track. There isn’t a day that someone from our local businesses blowing through the Stop signs and using the Posted Speed Limits as a joke.

    • Jim Pacheco

      Michael, if the problem is on Verano on the east side of Hwy 12, there is not much the city council can do about it. If the problem is on Verano, west of Hwy 12, the city could direct the police to patrol Verano Ave more. I suggest you come to the city council tonight, Monday, at 6pm and present your grievance to the city council during the open comments part of the meeting. If you cannot make it tonight, then maybe another Monday night.

  • Jay Watson

    Good grief…an administrative challenge to the color of a door has risen to the level of actually being taken up and considered by the Sonoma City Council. This is the very definition of stupid and pathetic. That a few residents of Sonoma would demand this review by the City Council is absolutely elf indulgent and a waste of time and money. Walk around the square and one will find orange awnings, turquoise signs, neon signs, and more. Simply ridiculous.