They say that I won’t last too long
EDITOR: Thank you for reporting about the project that the city is considering at 20269 Broadway (“City May Grant $100K to Broadway Project,” March 18). I believe that it is nothing short of segregation. To develop housing for approximately 150 to 188 individuals who are in the low, extremely low and homeless population on a parcel of land less than 2 acres is unethical, short-sighted and not in the best interests of the proposed inhabitants, or the city of Sonoma, at large.
I hope that you will continue to follow this project and inform the public of the unintended consequences of the city/county’s attempt to meet their quota of low income housing in one fell swoop.
I believe there to be a discrepancy in your article with regard to the monthly rents. You state that rents will vary from $724 to $1340/month. The information I read from SAHA’s RFP, page 2, indicates the rents will be from $422 to $993/month. Again, I thank you for your continued support.
Editor’s note: Thanks for correcting those rental rates Deborah. My numbers came from a city staff report that appears to reflect a time when four-bedroom apartments were in the mix. As to the suggestion that low-income housing at that location would be akin to segregation, you may want to read our recent editorial on that very topic, sonomanews.com/opinion.
EDITOR: Here’s a message to the Sonoma City Council:
What are you thinking by even considering throwing $100,000 at a $20.5 million project? It would mean nothing to the project... half of 1 percent of the cost.
Are you thinking about election time, and being able to say, “I voted to support low-cost housing in Sonoma”?
Your job is not to be re-elected. Your job is to responsibly work to make Sonoma a happy place for all who live here.
Tossing $100,000 to this, and continuing the nonsense regarding your partial funding of the Fourth of July parade (and to putting the funding at risk for those who put forth the “recreational facilities”: Boys and Girls Clubs, Sonoma Community Center, Vintage House and the Sonoma Ecology Center – so important to the community) would be irresponsible.
Please don’t disappoint yet again.
EDITOR: As a 30-year resident of Boyes Hot Springs, I read with great interest what urban planner Lois Fisher told the Springs Community Alliance about creating a pedestrian friendly community as reported in the March 15 I-T (“Urban Planner Advocates Pedestrian Friendly Streets”). Fisher said, “If you want it you have to make it happen you have to fight for it and then you have to take care of it.” Reading that reminded me why I am supporting long-time Boys Hot Springs resident and homeowner Gina Cuclis to be our next County Supervisor. Cuclis has been working for us and fighting for us since the early 1990s. The reason we have sidewalks on Highway 12 today is because Cuclis, as president of the former Verano Springs Association, led a community campaign to convince the County to make installing sidewalks on Highway 12 the top redevelopment priority. It was under her leadership that the first section of sidewalk, the area in front of McDonald’s, was installed in the mid 1990s. To me the choice in in this June supervisor race is clear. It’s about whether we want to have someone who actually lives here and has a three decade track record of working for the good of the Springs and all of Sonoma Valley or whether we continue to be ruled by a Santa Rosa politician who didn’t even know where El Verano was before moving just to run for office. Residents of the Springs unite. Let’s elect Gina Cuclis, one of our own.