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Saturday's Letters to the Editor

<b>Undermining the city</b>

EDITOR: I confess that for a week I've tried to compose a letter against Measure Q. After serving for 11 years, starting in 1957, on the Board of Public Utilities, followed by two terms on the Santa Rosa City Council, I could never stay in the 200-word limit in covering the historical facts that determined the development of our city.

Examples: Understanding the charter powers given the Board of Public Utilities and its role in the development of the city and the city manager-City Council form of government; understanding the hostile stance of the district's elected Sonoma County supervisor in 1968, when the city was twice turned down on annexing the western urban area.

Why destroy the City Charter adopted in 1922 by downgrading the council and mayor from city representatives to keepers of districts? If measure Q passes, will creating a new office for an elected mayor be next, ending the city manager-council form of government?

Too many questions, not enough words to answer, but it all point to a no vote on Measure Q.

JOHN DOWNEY

Santa Rosa

<b>My accomplishment</b>

EDITOR: I read with irony a letter by Jude Kreissman in last Saturday's paper ("Barlow's lesson"). Kreissman was writing in support of two other candidates for Sebastopol City Council. Well, Kreissman and your readers should know that I worked on the Barlow project as its architect. I spearheaded the approach and got it approved and then did the design development of the project.

I agree with her that my design was right for the site. You would think that should mean voting for me for the City Council. I understand what the city needs and how our zoning ordinance works and what our general plan says. The candidates she supports have been saying they will stop a lawfully approved project — the CVS/Chase development. One wonders how they could do that lawfully and without causing the city of Sebastopol great harm.


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