This is to augment Teri Shore’s great column in the recent Index Tribune Close to Home section. I am so glad she referred to an old mentor of mine, Bill Kortum. Many of us miss his stalwart support for improving and protecting Sonoma County.
For Teri’s recommendation that the SDC follow the approach of the Marin Headlands (that was a result of military facilities being put into a public trust and now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area), it is important to engage the State of California as the County does not really have a say pertaining to things that deviate from the conditions that the State put on the transfer of the property.
To this end, we need to engage with our State representatives Senator Bill Dodd (2721 Napa Valley Corporate
Dr., Napa, CA 94558) and Assemblywoman Cecilia M. Aguiar-Curry (2721 Napa Valley Corporate Drive, Napa, CA 94558) and Governor Newsom (1021 O Street, Suite 9000, Sacramento, CA 95814). You can also go to their websites and send emails.
This is a complete departure from what the State was thinking about when it entrusted the County to come up with a plan for the SDC. Hopefully the State will see how significant the outcome of the SDC property is and put a hold on the deadline.
— Joe Lieber, Sonoma