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.
“There certainly are adequate review policies already in place to insure the right balance of development and protection for historic Sonoma. It is a monumental challenge already to get the necessary approvals to build commercial projects of any kind. About 19% of all tax revenue collected in Sonoma County is derived from tourism. Tourism is also responsible for almost 1 in 10 jobs in the area. These are direct benefits associated with tourism and greatly support the high quality of life we all enjoy here. Why would we ban well-planned, thoughtful development in Sonoma when it benefits all of us – this is why we oppose the Hotel Limitation Measure.”