I am stunned and extremely disheartened at the recent actions of the City Council regarding the reduction of lanes on Broadway. How can councilmembers, in good conscience, discount the wishes of the people that voted for them?
Why did the City go to the expense of creating a survey for the citizens, requesting their input, only to have the results ignored by the City Council? Members of the City Council who voted against the wishes of the townspeople should be required to reimburse the City of Sonoma for the total cost of creating and posting the survey they chose to disregard. I certainly did not anticipate members of the City Council to disrespect the opinions of the people who elected them.
While one might appreciate the mayor for coming up with a compromise. The citizens had spoken. A compromise was offered to placate three City Council members who chose to overlook the wishes of the community. And the Mayor’s idea should have been vetted with CalTrans and presented as an option on the survey before ever coming to a vote. How can the council vote on an option when they do not even know if it is possible to implement?
The discussion and vote on the reduction of lanes on Broadway discussion was inexcusable. Certain members of the City Council should be deeply apologetic for their actions. Councilmembers Harrington and Cook spoke in support of and voted according to the wishes of the citizens of Sonoma. I applaud and thank them for performing their duty.
Janet Wedekind, Sonoma