EDITOR: Every year since 2005, the Santa Rosa city manager’s office has published a boards and commissions diversity report. It doesn’t take a math major to figure out that our city’s board and commission members have never been more than 1.8 percent non-white.
Without people of color on City Council, there will never be true representation for three-quarters of our city’s geography and 30 percent of our city’s residents. Three City Council applicants — Caroline Bañuelos, Curtis Byrd and David Rosas — would have changed that percentage dramatically. They don’t need to “outreach” as the inclusion council suggests. They are already familiar with people of color in our community who are qualified for the various boards and commissions.
EDITOR: The Sebastopol Planning Commission agreed with the newly elected City Council, extending a moratorium on drive-thru business (“Sebastopol planners back ban on drive-thrus,” Jan. 23). This action will likely thwart CVS pharmacy and Chase Bank from building their new stores. Because the developers complied with and satisfied design changes, layout and so forth, and the previous planners approved, it seems unfair to blind-side them at this late point in the game. This project could have been completed by now, enhancing that location and making it an asset to the community. Instead, the city is embroiled in an expensive lawsuit at a cost to taxpayers.
Drive-thru businesses have been popular and viable for decades and still is. When laid out properly, drive-thrus do not create a negative impact. Has Sebastopol become a NIMBY community driven by elitism? If so, then I prefer earlier times, when we had a lumber yard and the freight train rumbled down Main Street at noon.
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