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It’s called Broadway, not Narroway 

Posted on September 10, 2021
It’s called Broadway, not Narroway 

For a century and a half the entrance to Sonoma has been a broad boulevard. It once led to an eight-acre fenced meadow where livestock... Continue

The art of living

Posted on September 1, 2021

Life is about much more than politics, business and consumption. Our Valley is blessed with vital and energetic arts organizations... Continue

Let’s not return to normal

Posted on July 29, 2021

This pandemic forced everything and everyone to change. Normal life and all its habits have been overturned, and we’ve been forced... Continue

Election by Facebook

Posted on July 9, 2021

Politics has changed in the 21st century. What used to be an intensely personal, relationship-based electoral process has become disembodied,... Continue

Editorial: Sonoma City Council is not a side gig

Posted on June 25, 2021
Editorial: Sonoma City Council is not a side gig

Three members of Sonoma’s City Council have resigned during the past six months, all for personal reasons. From citing displeasure... Continue

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

Letters to the Editor
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Extend the hospital parcel tax

Posted on September 18, 2021 by
Extend the hospital parcel tax

Support Measure F. Small town community hospitals all over California risk closure, as happened in Sebastopol some years back.  Let’s... Continue

Housing Group endorses candidates for Sonoma Council

Posted on September 16, 2021 by

The Sonoma Valley Housing Group finds there are two good candidates for city council in the November 2 election: James Cribb and Sandra... Continue

What’s a state highway doing in Sonoma?

Posted on September 15, 2021 by
What's a state highway doing in Sonoma?

At some point – like four decades ago – we need to move the state highway OUT of Sonoma. (How many California state highways... Continue

Reject revenge, reject the DA recall

Posted on September 14, 2021 by

After the Tubbs Fire in 2017, Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch led the investigation into the abandonment of disabled... Continue

Letter to a non-vaxxer

Posted on September 11, 2021 by

Let’s talk about rights! Non-vaxers, you say you have the right to choose NOT to get vaccinated. Well, what about my rights?... Continue

The Sebastiani Theatre is vital to the community

Posted on September 10, 2021 by

Today, I write to ask you to support an indispensable local institution which has once again proven itself a vital part of the interconnected... Continue

Where will the water come from

Posted on September 9, 2021 by

Where will the water come from to grow the cannabis that the AG Department has issued multitenant ministerial permits for? This type... Continue

Drought conditions demand cannabis-grow moratorium

Posted on September 4, 2021 by
Drought conditions demand cannabis-grow moratorium

The Board of Supervisors are scheduled for a one hour discussion of a Cannabis Ordinance Urgency Moratorium on September 21. With... Continue

The City of Sonoma is a NORC

Posted on September 1, 2021 by

Allow me to explain. Sonoma meets a widely used definition, originating in New York State. There, any area not planned or zoned for... Continue

End the filibuster, protect the vote

Posted on August 31, 2021 by

We understand President Biden is busy. Between foreign policy crises, infrastructure, and the COVID-19 pandemic, he has a lot on his... Continue

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