Has Putin gotten to the Sonoma City Council?
EDITOR: I’ve been wondering lately with all this Russian stuff in the news about our own Sonoma City Council being heavily influenced by outside forces. It has always amazed me that during the public comment time at City Council meetings that they allow people who do not live in Sonoma to give their opinions. I ponder why this is allowed when only people within the city limits of Sonoma voted for the City Council. I guess it would be the same as if at the Sonoma County Supervisors meetings having people speak who are from out of county or at the California state level having Nevada or Oregon or Arizona folks chime in with their decisions. As we work our way up the ladder, say, at the U.S. government level in Washington D.C., it would be like other countries get to chime in like Canada or Mexico or for that matter Russia.
I suppose having people from Boyes Hot Springs or Glen Ellen or Schellville give their opinion at Sonoma City Council meetings means that our City Council is listening to people who do not vote, who do not live in the City limits but who want to influence our City Council members. Perhaps it is time for a new rule that allows only city resident members to speak at Sonoma City Council meetings. Why should our City Council be subject to outside opinions from those who don’t vote, pay rent or pay property taxes to the City of Sonoma. I’m scratching my head.
School District’s priorities out
EDITOR: Reading about the Sonoma Valley Unified School District budgeting bungles and internal strife makes me ask: What are we demonstrating to our kids?
The answer is not one to be proud of - our priorities are off base - we can spend millions on a new downtown stadium and four-season turf with no mention of additional budget costs to maintain it. Not just janitorial, but big future costs - electrical, plumbing, mechanical. We teach our kids to go out and buy a new house or car that they can’t afford to maintain.
As far as John Kelly creating a hostile work environment, I’m not there, so I don’t know. My impression of Mr. Kelly was positive during the town hall meeting approving the Measure E - he was not afraid to be honest. I found it refreshing when he recounted being present when consultants on Measure E advised SVUSD not to include any mention of a multimillion dollar stadium in advertisements or voter descriptions. The board clearly followed that advice.
So, as this drama drags on, I don’t care that Measure E is a “separate pot of money.” Rational people can make adjustments to focus on proper priorities, and I don’t see the School Board demonstrating a strong fundamental approach to this matter. We need a priority reset.
The rebirth has begun
EDITOR: We tried to hose off the grey ash that covered our cars, our bikes, even our pets – comforted by the fact we couldn’t hear sirens in the background and we were able to walk outside without masks. We were comforted by the feeling that life was getting back to normal.