Measure B to limit the size of new hotels lost by 124 votes. Now we go back to Plan A, engaging citizens in preserving our small town character through the application approval process.
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SCCA Endorses Sonoma Hotel Limitation - Measure B
Sonoma County's largest environmental organization, Sonoma County Conservation Action, has endorsed our measure. Click on the link above to download their Press Release.
YARD SIGNS NOW AVAILABLE
YES on B yard signs are now available. If you live on a high-traffic street and have good visibility and would like to place one of our yard signs on your property let us know. CLICK HERE to send us an email letting us know you want a sign. Give us your name, address, email and phone so we can contact you about dropping it off, please. The campaign is in full-gear; we need volunteers to walk neighborhoods. If you're interested, let us know that too!
HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR "IMPACT STUDY"
On August 12th, twelve of us read our Impact Study to the City Council to refute the information provided by their paid development consultant and Sonoma's Planning Director. Our study contains much more information than either of the other reports, and provides the sources and citations for the information as well.
TOMMY THOMSEN HEADLINES BENEFIT CONCERT ON SEPTEMBER 14TH
Legendary home-town Western Swing Hall of Famer Tommy Thomsen (a new member of our committee!) joined four other bands on September 14th from 5pm - 10pm at the Moose Lodge in a fund-raising concert for Preserving Sonoma. Tommy was joined by The Tudo Bem Band, The Whiskey Thieves, Joy Ride (Mark Dennis & Sue Albano), The Cork Pullers, and special guests for a five-hour festival of fun and celebration of our small home town. A raffle was be held as well, with some very special prizes. We raised over $6,000 for our election campaign expenses, and more importantly, had a great time!
WE'VE QUALIFIED FOR A SPECIAL ELECTION WHICH WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 19. ABSENTEE BALLOTS GO OUT ON OCTOBER 18!
On July 8, 2013, Preserving Sonoma Committee Chair Larry Barnett submitted 1,667 signatures to Sonoma City Clerk Gay Johann on our petition to place the Hotel Limitation Measure on a special election ballot this fall. Over 40 unpaid community volunteers spent seven weeks talking with the public and gathering signatures. Though final certification from the County Registrar of Voters needs to be completed, we have now collected more than enough signatures of registered voters in the City of Sonoma to force the City Council to either adopt the measure outright, or schedule a special election.
ABOUT MEASURE B - The Hotel Limitation Measure
Preserving Sonoma means keeping things small, which when it comes to large hotels is a big deal. Some issues are too important to be decided by just three people on the city council; all the voters who live here deserve a say in preserving Sonoma.
This ballot initiative will prevent the development of any new hotel larger than 25 rooms unless the annual hotel occupancy rate in Sonoma exceeds 80%; in 2012 the rate was 64.8%. Once occupancy exceeds 80%, any hotel over 25 rooms approved by the Planning Commission will have to be approved by the City Council by a 4/5 vote upon appeal.
Unless commercial hotel development in Sonoma is controlled, we risk being over-built. Traffic, pedestrian safety and over-crowding are already problems; without development controls in place it will quickly get worse.
Our small town character and charm are slipping away. If we fail to act now it will be too late. Vote YES on B to Stop Big Hotels! Join your neighbors in preserving Sonoma's small town character!
Larry Barnett, Chair; Georgia Kelly, Ed Clay, Bob Edwards, Jerry Bernhaut, Will Shonbrun, Marilyn Goode, Norma Barnett (Treasurer), Tommy Thomsen, Karla Noyes, Ned Forrest.
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