EDITOR: I can hardly wait for the Barlow development to open. Perfect for the space, perfect for Sebastopol, it pays careful attention to the history and architecture of the parcel it sits on. Even as it honors this past, it looks ahead, providing a showcase for local businesses: fabulous food, coffee, wine, art and more. This is the kind of economic engine and development that we need. And it's no accident that this development "just happened" to come along. Our community leaders fought unsuitable proposals for this property, believing that this prominent piece of real estate should reflect the values and vision of Sebastopol.
Like the Barlow property, the Pellini property is a prime parcel that ought to reflect Sebastopol's character and vision: pedestrian usage, local businesses and forward thinking. For me, this vision isn't big box, corporate, traffic clogging businesses. We can get a better project at this site.
The defining issue in our local City Council election is the CVS-Chase development downtown, and it is the issue that differentiates the candidates. We need to remember and carefully consider the lessons of Barlow when we vote. Please join me in voting for John Eder and Robert Jacob, for a prosperous and green small town.
<b>Keep on cycling</b>
EDITOR: I read the Oct. 12 letter regarding Levi Leipheimer's suspension from pro cycling because of doping ("Forced to cheat?"). That is very sad, but it is no reason to throw out the baby with the bath water, as the saying goes, and discontinue the annual cycling event, as the writer seems to hope will happen.
There are many reasons for continuing Levi's GranFondo despite the cynical reasons given by this writer: "It brings money and publicity to the city of Santa Rosa and the county of Sonoma." The cycling event brings fun, pride and enjoyment to the people who live here as well as the people who come here for the event because they are either cyclists themselves or fans of the sport.
We should not dishonor the sport of cycling because of the transgressions of one, or even many others. There are many reasons to continue this annual event. Let's think positive.