The recent declaration by Kenwood Investments and a strong endorsement by Ben Boyce regarding providing "Living Wages" for hotel workers for Chateau Sonoma may have opened a can of worms. Will other Sonoma hotels be pressured to follow suit? Ben Boyce has previously been involved in Petaluma conversion of the Sheraton to a full Union Shop. Does this mean the Kenwood Investments hotel will go full Union? Unions did show up in Sonoma recently associated with Protect Sonoma door knob hanger projects. They were construction unions from Rohnert Park.
With several of the local Sonoma hotels coming out in favor of overturning the initiative sponsored by Preserving Sonoma, they appear to be aligning themselves with Darius Anderson's position. Another recent proponent of the hotel has been the Vinters and Growers Association. This is ironic again because backing the hotel with a Living Wage position and they themselves having a long standing reputation of taking advantage of local Sonoma Valley Vineyard Workers may suggest they are also endorsing the general concept of Living Wages and imply they intend to carry that down to vineyard worker relations. This could get interesting as people continue to take sides but regardless how these groups are coming out a resounding majority of the People of Sonoma are backing the Preserving Sonoma ballot drive. Most of the necessary signatures are believed to now have been collected and informal polling suggests 70%-75% of the voters are supporting the ballot initiative to limit growth until occupancy hits 80% for all hotels over 25 rooms.