Petaluma vs. business
EDITOR: Adrienne Larson, who wrote a letter regarding the sustainability/green/anti-business/bike crowd destroying business in Sebastopol ("Driving business away," Letters, Wednesday), might well have written the same letter for Petaluma. With lawsuits to prevent businesses from coming into town and large awards of cash to those who filed the suits, Petaluma has managed to destroy its traffic flow and failed to fix its deteriorating street system.
Even worse is the fact that the city is now wasting funds it does not have to finance the appeal of a proposed asphalt plant to be located outside the city limits. Since when did our communities abandon the business of running a city and embark upon social and environmental engineering?
Doublespeak in Cotati
EDITOR: The Cotati City Council decided to ignore voters by appointing someone to the open position instead of giving it to the runner-up as determined by the voters. You might ask why. Well, because they don't like him. "This is a different time, this is many months later," Mayor Mark Landman said ("Cotati council to fill vacancy by seeking applicants," Thursday). Wasn't the election in November, two months ago? Landman went on to say, "I think we have a better chance for the public to have input this way." Isn't the public the voter?
Making matters worse, a Sonoma State political scientist said council members are entitled to see their responsibility as acting in the city's best interest, even if that diverges from preferences registered by voters. Translation: whatever they want, without regard to you — taxpayer, voter, citizen.
Professor Andy Merrifield also said "they have every right as trustees of the voters to select the person they think most qualified. You are elected to represent the interests of the community. Translation: not the interests of the council, but of the community as determined by the vote.
If we are to have any respect left for the process, let's stop letting "them," our elected officials, disregard our votes just because it does not meet what they want.