Editorials
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The City of Boyes Hot Springs?

Posted on August 28, 2015
The City of Boyes Hot Springs?

If the recent activity surrounding Rico Martin’s facade and painting projects in Boyes Hot Springs is any indication, a community... Continue

Enforcing vacation rental laws

Posted on August 5, 2015

In 1999 the City of Sonoma passed an ordinance prohibiting the use of homes in residential zones as short-term vacation rentals. Exceptions... Continue

Guest Opinion: Will Sonoma County Join the Fight for $15?

Posted on July 31, 2015
Guest Opinion: Will Sonoma County Join the Fight for $15?

by Martin J. Bennett North Bay Jobs with Justice The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors could give final approval to a Living Wage... Continue

Living in Cornucopia

Posted on July 23, 2015

Here at The Sun we spend a fair amount of time watching government, commenting on public issues, evaluating changes and, frankly, criticizing.... Continue

The need for enforcement

Posted on July 9, 2015
The need for enforcement

In our previous editorial we noted the ways in which the City of Sonoma’s rules are ignored by individuals and businesses alike,... Continue

Making up the rules

Posted on June 25, 2015
Making up the rules

People have a love-hate relationship with rules; they love them when they apply to others, but hate them when they apply to themselves.... Continue

Good intentions + poor execution = no new affordable housing

Posted on June 11, 2015

When Governor Brown and the California legislature eliminated redevelopment agencies across the state in 2012, it was the result of... Continue

Government lights are on, but nobody’s home

Posted on May 28, 2015
Government lights are on, but nobody’s home

There is a renter’s affordability crisis facing Sonoma County and Sonoma and judging from the absence of focused action, our government... Continue

After Andy

Posted on May 18, 2015
After Andy

Recommendations of the Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force formed after the Andy Lopez shooting reflect the thoughtful hard... Continue

Sonoma’s minimum wage is a poverty wage

Posted on May 13, 2015
Sonoma's minimum wage is a poverty wage

On September third of last year, City Council voted to direct staff to solicit proposals for a minimum wage study to look at the issues... Continue

Letters to the Editor
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Fiorina stands tall

Posted on August 19, 2015 by
Fiorina stands tall

A few weeks ago, I watched a TV interview with a presidential candidate unlike any other, past or present: Leadership savvy and guts.... Continue

Government should stay out of private transactions

Posted on August 12, 2015 by

(Photo Credit: Cory Maylett, CC BY SA 3.0) When did we start thinking it’s OK for the government to get between you and another private... Continue

Let bright colors reign!

Posted on August 10, 2015 by

Thank to Rico Martin the drive up Highway 12 through Boyes Hot Springs is no longer drab, dreary and dull!  I love the brightly painted store... Continue

Smear job?

Posted on August 10, 2015 by

I like bright colors. I like the paint job on the PlainJane’s/ La Michocana building.  I also believe that people who don’t... Continue

A place of belonging, lost

Posted on August 4, 2015 by

It has been 10 weeks that the Briar Patch closed its door. For the past 10 years this was my place in Sonoma to enjoy good company... Continue

Transformation of Springs could be national news

Posted on July 27, 2015 by
Transformation of Springs could be national news

Rico Martin’s designs for The Springs’ business facades are worthy to be featured in any public planning, design or architecture... Continue

Lesson from the Golden Gate?

Posted on July 27, 2015 by
Lesson from the Golden Gate?

A thought on the kerfluffle about the colorful building facades in the Springs: I suppose painting a bridge between Marin and San... Continue

SDC is a sacred place

Posted on July 27, 2015 by
SDC is a sacred place

The Sonoma Developmental Center is a sacred place. For decades, the dedicated, caring, highly trained staff have been caring for and... Continue

Ban it all!

Posted on July 27, 2015 by
Ban it all!

I would like to share my displeasure with the City Council planning to go along with some folks to ban leaf blowers in the city of... Continue

Springs colors ‘brighten my day’

Posted on July 27, 2015 by
Springs colors 'brighten my day'

I am sorry to hear that there is controversy around the colorful murals in the Springs. Their whimsical liveliness and vibrancy brighten... Continue