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Letters to the Editor, June 5 - 7

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Wanted: SDC ideas

EDITOR: The Sonoma Development Center (SDC) will officially close on Jan. 1, 2019. This will be a sad day for many: the severely disabled clients, their families, SDC’s many employees, staff and specialty techs, and the Sonoma Valley community that treasures the center and its spectacular land and ecology.

Now the giant question remains: What will replace it?

I’ve heard the following suggestions: High-end resorts and hotels; golf courses; an equestrian center; vineyards/wineries/event centers; McMansions; a gambling casino; a Disneyland type thing; a college campus and a Presidio Trust model that combines a bunch of these things.

The SDC land, approximately 1,000 acres – some developed, some not – is owned by the State of California, and the agency governing the selling of the land is the Department of General Services (DGS). The present Director of DGS is Daniel Kim and he is encouraging the “community” of the Sonoma Valley to give him their ideas for plans for what they’d like to see those lands used for. Here is in part what Mr. Kim had to say in answer to the question: Will there be a formal request for proposals (for land use) with a deadline and application process?

“While we are open to all proposals, we think it would be best for the community to work with the County on a joint effort that takes a more holistic approach to the disposition of SDC.”

So, if the state wants – is in fact encouraging – our participation in expressing our ideas about what we’d like to see on this jewel in our Valley, now’s the time. I have my own ideas about what I’d like and not like to see there, but will hold that for another letter.

Daniel Kim, Dir. of General Services can be contacted at: 916-376-5012, or go to: www.dgs.ca.gov. First District Supervisor Susan Gorin can be contacted at: susan.gorin@sonoma0county.org.

Will Shonbrun

Boyes Springs

Those were the days

EDITOR: We don’t want a marijuana dispensary because we don’t think it’s necessary (“Back Yard Cannabis Yes, Dispensary No,” June 1).

Marijuana is free in California, unless you don’t know anybody and nobody likes you. So you have to pay for what you want like Harvey Weinstein and Pill Cosby. The idea that the money goes to taxes, is a moot point; the government can’t manage the money they have. Why would you want to give the government more money? To pay for regulation.

Roseanne Barr, how can anyone be that stupid and have food in the refrigerator? People seem to forget who they work for. That includes the banks, the gas companies, the automobile industry, the phone companies and the government.

Technology was supposed to set us free. There’s nothing free about it.

If anything the world has become more expensive. How can something that takes more energy be considered more advanced? Consider the previous world.

Bank tellers treated their customers with respect. A guy would come out to the car and pump your gas check your oil and wash your windshield. The government ran the country. The phone company was a service and not a relationship. We don’t want tuna with good taste, we want tuna that tastes good. Sorry, Charlie.

You can just rave on for days and days until you’re blue in the face.

Vodka, what a great invention, requires no refrigeration. Grow some marijuana and give it away. Have a nice day, unless you have other plans. Free grass.

Eric Heine

Glen Ellen

Clear choice for the ‘tin star’

EDITOR: The Sheriff’s race is a particularly important election for us in Sonoma Valley, as our local law enforcement is provided by the Sheriff’s office. After listening to the three candidates, and studying their experience, I believe only one has the breadth and depth we need to properly serve us, Capt. Mark Essick.

Essick began his career as a deputy with the Roseland substation community policing program. This is experience no other candidate has. Roseland is a mostly Latino community that, until recently, was an unincorporated island inside Santa Rosa. He says this had a huge influence on his career, as it gave him the understanding that community policing starts with building relationships through listening to community needs.

Unlike police officers that work in cities, the Sonoma County Sheriff is responsible for much greater diversity of terrain and communities. Essick is the only candidate who has experience providing service outside a city. The Sheriff is also responsible for running the county jail; again, only Essick has experience in this area.

Essick also participated in drafting the Sheriff’s Office policy limiting its cooperation with ICE, and served on the Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force in the wake of the Andy Lopez shooting. He is also mentoring two young Latino men as they strive to become police officers.

Our next Sheriff must have the confidence of the Board of Supervisors. A majority of the Board has endorsed Essick, as has interim Sheriff Rob Giordano and our Sonoma Police Chief Bret Sackett. Please join us in voting for Mark Essick for Sonoma County Sheriff.

Gina Cuclis

Sonoma