I saw a terrific short film about my hometown last week. Beginning with Maria Carrillo, who arrived by oxcart, the movie tells of the people who came to this valley and made it what it is today. The film is called “Santa Rosa: The Chosen Spot of All the Earth …”
On a picnic table, Caryl Hart spreads out a large map. She points to one location, then another and another. At each stop along the way, she reels off chapter and verse about ambitious plans for transforming Sonoma County’s system of regional parks.
Under the governor’s 'by-right' plan, any multi-family housing project that includes low-income units and is located on a site zoned for multi-family housing could proceed to construction, free of additional hometown or neighborhood efforts to delay it.
Fifteen months have passed since the Santa Rosa council placed housing and homelessness atop its list of priorities, and 15 months have passed since Gov. Brown told Press Democrat Editorial Director Paul Gullixson: 'The problem is you don’t want housing up there.'