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

The Sun recommends

Posted on October 28, 2020
The Sun recommends

Despite the absence of an election for City Council, since Amy Harrington and Jack Ding earned seats due to a lack of other candidates,... Continue

Measure V: The permanent temporary half-cent sales tax

Posted on October 16, 2020

On this year’s ballot the City of Sonoma is asking voters to approve Measure V, the half-cent sales tax first approved in 2012... Continue

Letters to the Editor

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

Navigating through the fog: National Victim’s Rights Awareness Week

Posted on April 21, 2021 by
Navigating through the fog: National Victim’s Rights Awareness Week

A few years ago, my brother came to visit me from New Orleans.  We took a day trip to San Francisco.  We spent our day seeing the... Continue

An Earth Day appeal to address the climate crisis

Posted on April 20, 2021 by
An Earth Day appeal to address the climate crisis

Earth Day, April 22, should be a call to action for all of us. Never has this planet faced a deadlier threat to our natural and social... Continue

Reflections on ending police violence

Posted on April 19, 2021 by
Reflections on ending police violence

Daunte Wright of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota was a 20-year-old black man and Adam Toledo of Chicago, Illinois was a 13-year-old Latino... Continue

Drought and cannabis

Posted on April 15, 2021 by

While county residents mull over the looming water scarcity brought on by two years of drought, our water crisis intensifies with the... Continue

Cruelty and lies at Sonoma anti-mask ‘protest’

Posted on April 11, 2021 by
Cruelty and lies at Sonoma anti-mask 'protest'

At the Sonoma Plaza on Saturday, April 10, an anti-mask marcher carried a sign that read “I Can’t Breathe.” I called... Continue

Cannabis and the economy — at what future cost?

Posted on April 8, 2021 by

This year our Sonoma County is, once again, heading into drought. We need to take a longer view when making choices that impact... Continue

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