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Time for re-start at the school district office

Posted on June 17, 2021

The opportunity to hit the reset button for the Sonoma Valley Unified School District is here. The hiring of a new Superintendent is... Continue

Pacaso: A vacation rental by any other name

Posted on May 27, 2021

In 1999, Sonoma’s City Council enacted a ban on vacation rentals in residential neighborhoods. This was well before AirBnB began... Continue

 Parklets and Plaza parking

Posted on May 4, 2021

The areas set up by local restaurants in street-side parking spaces around Sonoma Plaza have dramatically changed the appearance of... Continue

An appeal on appeals

Posted on April 15, 2021
An appeal on appeals

At an upcoming meeting, the Sonoma City Council will discuss “improving” Sonoma’s appeal process. It’s not a problem that... Continue

The ‘year of housing’ in Sonoma?

Posted on March 25, 2021

We are pleased to see Mayor Logan Harvey’s efforts to direct the attention of the City Council to the continuing crisis of affordable... Continue

When the creeks run dry

Posted on March 5, 2021

A walk around the Valley reveals just how dry it’s been this year. All the major creeks are running low, and unless things change... Continue

Digital division   

Posted on February 11, 2021

Here we are in the midst of political, economic, health, and climate crises, yet some people are making a big deal about small problems,... Continue

The to-do list of wishful thinking

Posted on January 21, 2021

In the spirit of positive thinking, good vibes, and sheer dumb luck, we offer this list of hopes and dreams for the coming year. That... Continue

2021 — a fresh start… please?

Posted on December 21, 2020

A new city manager and two new City Council members face tough times ahead as 2020 draws to a close. The City of Sonoma, like the rest... Continue

Now what?

Posted on November 6, 2020

Election Day has come and gone. Candidates have won and lost and various state and local measures were affirmed or defeated. The potential... Continue

Letters to the Editor
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Addressing concerns about Sonoma’s 4th of July fireworks show

Posted on June 9, 2021 by
Addressing concerns about Sonoma's 4th of July fireworks show

The Sonoma Volunteer Firefighters‘ Association distributed this letter last month: Dear fellow Sonoma Valley Residents:  This... Continue

Get rid of the filibuster

Posted on June 3, 2021 by

Year after year, we see politicians in Congress make promises about what they can do for constituents like me. And year after year,... Continue

Selling out the neighborhood

Posted on May 29, 2021 by

Are we willing to sell out our neighborhoods to the highest bidder? That’s indeed the question that Pacaso raises for the residents... Continue

Against Pacaso’s ‘fractional ownership’ scheme

Posted on May 28, 2021 by
Against Pacaso’s ‘fractional ownership’ scheme

We worked hard to block Vacation Rentals in our residential area. It took two-plus years to obtain an “X over layment” Zoning... Continue

School Board trustee’s ‘unequivocal support’ of new superintendent

Posted on May 26, 2021 by

I wanted to enter into the public record the rationale for my unequivocal support of Dr. Adrian Palazuelos as the next superintendent... Continue

A letter from John Hennelly, new Sonoma Valley Hospital CEO

Posted on May 10, 2021 by
A letter from John Hennelly, new Sonoma Valley Hospital CEO

I’m deeply honored to be entrusted with the responsibility of leading Sonoma Valley Hospital and becoming part of this wonderful... Continue

Reject Amazon’s proposed Sonoma distribution center

Posted on May 4, 2021 by

Recently, Sonoma County officials had put a temporary halt to the proposed Amazon “Distribution Center” on Eighth Street and the... Continue

Real estate disclosure and Sonoma County cannabis 

Posted on May 4, 2021 by

If the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approves the draft cannabis ordinance, some permits will be ministerial with no notice given... Continue

Strange bedfellows behind Sonoma County’s cannabis push

Posted on May 3, 2021 by

The North Bay Leadership Council endorsed an extreme cannabis ordinance that invites massive outdoor cultivation in Sonoma County.... Continue

The great gas tax ripoff continues

Posted on April 21, 2021 by

“State needs billions to fix highways despite gas tax,” was just one headline in reaction to a report issued by Caltrans last week.... Continue

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