‘Yes’ on B protects the Plaza

Letter to the Editor


Editor, Index-Tribune:

I find the “No on B” signs with “Protect the Plaza” very misleading.

Measure B limits construction of large hotels. Doesn’t such a limit actually protect the Plaza? Large hotels host conferences and events to attract clientele every day of the week. Does an increase in tourists coming to such events throughout the year protect our historic Plaza? What are the hidden costs of more business at our Plaza restaurants and shops, the presumed rationale for the protect Sonoma moniker?

A “Yes on B” both preserves and protects the Plaza and our small town. As Bill Kortum, board member and president emeritus of Sonoma County Conservation Action, said in endorsing Measure B, “Not all growth is appropriate for every town. We ultimately felt that preserving the small town experience for both residents and visitors strikes the right balance for the City of Sonoma.“

Be wary of misleading slogans. Preserve Sonoma as a Wine Country town of small hotels. Vote “Yes on Measure B.”

Claudia Robbins


  • David Eichar

    All of the “No on B”, Protect Sonoma, Sponsored by Chateau Hotel Sonoma Group, LLC signs are misleading. Another claim is that Measure B increases traffic. How does a 25 room hotel generate more traffic than a 50 room hotel? Voting YES on B stop large hotels.

  • Mike Stephens

    Be wary of the Yes on B signs as they are misleading and self serving. Their focus is to use fear tactics to scare the elderly and misinformed in Sonoma. There is no possible way that a hotel of 59 rooms is going to change the character of town. It will only add some much needed space for a quality and stylish bar and restaurant. How has this ever hurt a town? I have a feeling the same people supporting and voting Yes on Measure B are the ones that would not have brought this initiative into play if the hotel was a Marriott or other chain. Doesn’t this town have enough chain stores. Clearly the citizens in Sonoma are confused. Let’s just hope there are enough that aren’t to vote NO on Measure B.