Healdsburg City Councilman Jim Wood won't seek third term

  • Gail Perry (left); Dr. Michael Perry, DDS; Dr. Jim Wood, DDS; and Martin Van Tassell, Executive Director of the Redwood Empire Dental Society, attend a fundraiser for PDI (Pediatric Dental Initiative) Surgery Center at The French Garden restaurant in Sebastopol on October 4, 2012. (Photo by Alvin Jornada for The Press Democrat)

Jim Wood's term as mayor of Healdsburg will also be his final year on the City Council.

Wood, who takes over the mayor's gavel in January, is running for State Assembly. But even if he isn't elected to higher office, he won't be trying for a third, four-year term on the council.

"Whether I'm elected to the Assembly or not, my plan is not to run for City Council," he said.

"I've enjoyed every minute. For me to be effective, I'd need a year away to freshen up my brain," he said.

It was Wood who this year urged his fellow council members to launch a community self-analysis to ascertain Healdsburg's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

The council agreed to hire a consultant for $25,000 to help probe those topics in a series of workshops with citizens and city officials.

"We're engaging the public and trying to understand what their concerns are for the city," he said. "I hope in the end we have a strategic plan that future councils can use as a framework and go forward."

The consultant was hired before a debate grew about the role of tourism and whether the city needs to put restrictions on the size of new hotels to try and protect its small-town ambience.

The topic came front and center last summer after a 75-room, five-story hotel was proposed just south of Healdsburg Plaza.

The overriding reaction from many people was that it was too big, and the developers ended up withdrawing their application.

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