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Measure B: Anticipating Change

Good civic planning includes anticipating likely developments and problems in the future, and appropriately creating policies and regulations in advance to cope with them. The alternative is waiting until problems develop and then reacting to them after the fact when solutions are often too late, an approach which involves no planning at all.

Measure B, the Hotel Limitation Measure, anticipates the problem of over-building of large hotels. It is in response to witnessing economic forces that have transformed once-charming wine country towns into over-crowded tourist destinations that have eroded the quality of life for residents. It continues to happen elsewhere, and if no limitations are established, it will inevitably happen in Sonoma.

Those who believe otherwise are either innocent, ignoring the world around them, or actually like the idea of more and bigger hotel growth in Sonoma. More large hotels certainly will provide plenty of opportunity to cash-in on a growing tourist trade for those with such interests, but such self-interest must be balanced against the community's interest in remaining quiet, rural, and slower-paced. And in a nutshell, that's what this Measure B Hotel Limitation Measure election is all about.

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sal nero September 05, 2013 at 06:27 PM
This is just common sense. Go to Yountville and see what drove out residents or go to Healdsburg and see it happen in real time with the 3rd large Hotel about to go up on or within 1 block of their Plaza. Traffic and parking are MURDER ! People are mad and are leaving.
Chris David September 05, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Just went to Healdsburg last weekend. It's not anymore crowded than Sonoma. Healdsburg just has nicer hotels, better restaurants, and a better quality of life from hotel tax funds.
Chris David September 05, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Nice try Ralph Hutchinson. You have been exposed for the scam artist and bully that you are. You drive around town with a bumper sticker on your car bashing Darius Anderson. How pathetic is that. Dear Fellow Citizens of Sonoma. You are being scammed by Ralph Hutchinson and Larry Barnett. Of course we all want slow growth. And we all love our small town feel. Ralph and Larry are trying to exploit us to pass a measure that is being presented to benefit Larry financially, and Ralph for some sick perceived vendetta against Darius. Please don't be fooled by these two charlatans. Measure B sounds good. We all believe in what it pretends to stand for. But it's a lie. Vote No on Measure B. Bad for Sonoma
Chris Scott September 06, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Mr Barnett: Your perspective, the entire premise of your initiative, campaign and messages to the voters of Sonoma is that Sonoma and the citizens of Sonoma are victims. A victim of change. Victim of developers. Victim of Anderson. Victim of Sonoma business. Victim of Kenwood Investments. Victim of Vintners and Growers. Victim of the Chamber of Commerce. Victim of the General Plan. Victim of the City Council. Victim of city staff. Victim of... ....................................................................................... First, Preserving Sonoma and your campaign has to convince Sonoma voters we are victims of all those evil forces. Second, you and Preserving Sonoma have to convince us you and Preserving Sonoma are here to to save us. ........................................................................................ I just don't think the citizens of Sonoma think of themselves as victims, I certainly don't. I don't think the citizens of Sonoma think they are threatened by all those let alone that they are evil. And I just don't think Sonoma voters are going to believe a small group when they say, "we are here to save you." Good luck on that. .......................................................................................... I don't think victimhood sells. Not saying there are not many people who believe themselves to be or live their lives as victims - the comments for months here prove that. I just don't think victimhood sells to the overwhelming majority who don't believe they are victims. Chris Scott
sal nero September 06, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Name callers usually do so when there are no facts that they can or, for that matter, have ever linked to back up any claim they have ever made about anything or anyone. And once again we see such claims along with childish and apoplectic belly flopping tantrums. If this is the quality of the opposition things are looking bright, very bright. Claims of me being anyone else like Ralph (I'm a better speller) are BS but the volume and rage emanating from Mr. Developer's camp exhibits a perfect example of why people fear speaking publicly.

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