Sonoma’s Department of Parks and Recreation

Posted on May 9, 2019
Sonoma's Department of Parks and Recreation

First of all, there isn’t one. Though it’s been talked about for years, the City of Sonoma still has no Parks and Rec... Continue

Sonoma — The board game

Posted on April 27, 2019
Sonoma — The board game

Properties in the City of Sonoma and Sonoma Valley are being bought, sold, and accumulated in unprecedented ways. Recent reports of... Continue

Engaging local talent and expertise

Posted on April 11, 2019

The problems facing our community are significant. Regrettably, government is constantly short of funds for activities such as basic... Continue

Take a walk

Posted on March 27, 2019
Take a walk

To say we are a car culture is an understatement; we use our cars so frequently that many people walk less than half a mile each day.... Continue

Free Market hogwash

Posted on March 13, 2019

Elections have consequences, and the most recent election in Sonoma has resulted in a progressive City Council which, in turn, has... Continue

The regional housing CASA Compact

Posted on February 28, 2019

 The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) recently announced the release... Continue

It’s time to get serious about a housing plan

Posted on February 19, 2019

For many years, the Sonoma City Council has talked about addressing the need for more affordable housing, while preserving city character.... Continue

Safeguarding the public’s money

Posted on February 14, 2019

Mayor Amy Harrington recently raised questions about staff’s failure to provide city financial reports monthly to the City Council,... Continue

Why local democracy?

Posted on January 30, 2019

Like every city in Sonoma County, the City of Sonoma utilizes the City Manager form of government. City managers hold the top administrative... Continue

Sonoma’s new City Council majority

Posted on January 19, 2019
Sonoma's new City Council majority

The addition of Logan Harvey to Sonoma’s City Council has shifted the council’s center of gravity to a more pro-government... Continue

Letters to the Editor

School Board stadium funding was a ‘betrayal’

Posted on May 13, 2019 by

Socorro Shiels, your article in the Sonoma Valley Sun, “Dude, Be Nice,” prompted me to write and wish you great success... Continue

Inflammatory comments demand explanation, response

Posted on May 9, 2019 by

We still don’t know what the Mattsons think or if they have changed their opinions since the social media posts. And more importantly... Continue

There’s no good reason not to pay a fair wage

Posted on May 7, 2019 by

I’ve been alive long enough now to have seen every argument raised by businesses against raising the minimum wage, repeatedly,... Continue

Sonoma mayor rebuts defamatory letter

Posted on May 5, 2019 by
Sonoma mayor rebuts defamatory letter

I apologize in advance for the length of this post, but I want to share my thoughts about a defamatory letter published in the Index-Tribune. [Last... Continue

Troubled by political opinions of Sonoma developer

Posted on April 17, 2019 by
Troubled by political opinions of Sonoma developer

I recently learned about Ken and Stacy Mattson, who have bought many businesses and properties in Sonoma recently. I, and many others,... Continue

Sonoma businessman fears socialism, moves to Idaho

Posted on April 10, 2019 by
Sonoma businessman fears socialism, moves to Idaho

EDITOR: This letter is a rebuttal to Will Shonbrun’s letter. Mr. Shonbrun is, as usual, promoting a socialist utopia by expressing... Continue

Taxes — where will it end?

Posted on April 8, 2019 by

Every day it seems like the California Legislature careens further off the rails, and we’re not just talking about the state’s... Continue

The short sightedness of ‘hands-off’ government

Posted on March 30, 2019 by
The short sightedness of ‘hands-off’ government

There are those who believe there should be no government regulations imposed on business because in their view it’s none of their... Continue

Mystery ‘Citizens’ make a mockery of democratic process

Posted on March 28, 2019 by
Mystery ‘Citizens’ make a mockery of democratic process

The two large “Paid Political Advertising” ads in the Index-Tribune not only got my attention, but made me angry for the lack of... Continue

It’s a time for solutions, not foot stomping

Posted on March 27, 2019 by

We are committed to being part of the conversation about how Sonoma can continue to be a great city and community, while dealing with... Continue