For influence, join
EDITOR: The Press Democrat's Editorial Board has been skeptical and sounded cautionary bells about Sonoma Clean Power. The latest is that the county has created an artificial deadline that rushes the cities to decide about joining ("Doing power agency right the first time," May 24).
Hopefully city council members are aware of a key fact the paper misses. The bids received by the county from potential energy providers are just the latest stage of the multiyear process of due diligence to launch the program.
Some of the big questions about how Sonoma Clean Power will operate, including actual rates, will be decided during contract negotiations that have not yet begun. Cities that join Sonoma Clean Power will be at the negotiation table and will not only get their questions answered but will influence the choice of the energy provider and the contract terms.
The more cities that join, the more powerful Sonoma Clean Power will be in the negotiations. If they don't join Sonoma Clean Power, cities will be passive bystanders as the rest of the county boldly and judiciously moves forward to offer customer choice, cleaner energy and a locally controlled energy authority.
Kenwood winery debate
EDITOR: "I really want it to be the most beautiful place you can imagine, and it will be" ("Winery plan stirs debate," May 27). That these words came from the person who disgraced the Sonoma Valley with a gothic monstrosity, surely the most hideous structure north of the Golden Gate, should be enough to make area residents afraid, very afraid.
Steve Ledson is also quoted saying, "My main goal here is to save my family's ranch." The poor agrarian angle? Please. Ledson's threat to Kenwood neighbors is the old saw that the land "could be turned over to developers who may build homes."