We did it – thank you!
Measure B was rejected by voters on November 19th. The final tally: 2,032 “no” votes (51.6%) vs. 1,908 “yes” votes (48.4%).
We Oppose Measure B!
Sonoma County Deputy Sheriff’s Association
Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance
Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau
Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce
North Bay Labor Council
North Bay Association of Realtors (NorBAR)
Living Wage Coalition of Sonoma County
Mayor Ken Brown
Mayor Pro Tempore Tom Rouse
Council Member David Cook
Planning Commissioner Gary Edwards
Parks Commissioner Karen Collins
Historic Landmarks Commissioner Nancy Simpson
Former Sonoma Mayor Phyllis Carter
Sonoma Alcadessa Kathy Mazza
Protect Sonoma – No on B Committee
Steve Burns, Chair
Dana Adams, Co-Chair
Ethel & Gene Daly
Jean L. Arnold
Protect Sonoma – No on B Committee is a local citizens group whose purpose is to educate the public about Measure B and the negative consequences its passage would bring to the City of Sonoma. Our goal is to provide Sonoma residents with accurate, fact-based information related to Measure B. We hope you will take a look at this site and learn more about Measure B and why it would damage our City’s economic vitality and quality of life. Together, we will work together to defeat this measure and better protect our small-town character by being a collective voice for smart, sustainable growth that allows planning experts and our elected officials to continue to evaluate hotel proposals on a case-by-case basis and maintain realistic expectations on hotel occupancy rates within City limits.
Measure B is not the best way to set policy for our City. Sonoma does not have a hotel problem. Please join many Sonomans who support a proven process that allows local residents, the Planning Commission, the Design Review Commission, and our City Council the opportunity to carefully consider the best course for Sonoma’s sustainable future. Allowing a vocal few to mischaracterize an issue, set arbitrary land use limits, and chill the nurturing of local businesses is bad for our community. Thank you.
“I feel fortunate to have my restaurant in historic, downtown Sonoma, a Wine Country destination that attracts many guests from around the globe. I myself moved to Sonoma after a weekend vacation over 20 years ago. I was enticed by the beauty of the valley (of course), but mostly by the friendly people I met, the commitment to local agriculture and a balance of history, family, tourism, and business. It was because of this that I planted my own roots and poured my heart into my restaurant.
Over the past 16 years, the girl & the fig has depended on Sonoma having a tourism-based economy. It is because of this that we are able to employ over 125 employees, purchase local goods, donate to a variety of non-profits, and contribute to the taxes that keep our small town beautiful and worth seeing. I believe it is shortsighted to limit any possibilities that may contribute to the growing attention that we are receiving. We have earned this attention because we have worked hard and have shown our best side to our visitors. Now is not the time to pull back and create a negative perception that Sonoma doesn’t want tourism or new business. I support Protect Sonoma in distributing accurate information to our friends and neighbors so that we don’t make a bad decision by limiting rooms or any other tourist assets that really help us all.”