EDITOR: I found one statement in Friday's article about Nancy Pelosi very interesting ("Last stand or stunning comeback"). It said that Pelosi "had the smoke residue scrubbed from the walls after (John) Boehner and his cigarettes moved out." We must get the name of that scrubbing crew from Pelosi because they'll soon be needed to scrub down the walls of the Oval Office.
EDITOR: The Sebastopol City Council race is not a single-issue election. The CVS/Chase project merely illustrates the type of future development that each of the candidates will either allow or prevent. The citizens understand that the choices they make in this election will determine the look, feel and function of their town for decades to come.
Sebastopol is a unique, special place. Sadly, even paradise has money problems. Creative economic solutions exist. Short-sighted quick fixes will prove to be counterproductive. Blind allegiance to "anything is better than what's there now" mentalities, at the expense of all other considerations, will devolve our town into "Generica"— a place where none of us wants to live.
I value the existing character of Sebastopol and will lead the preservation and enhancement of downtown, the creation of design regulations that require appropriate, aesthetically-responsible development, a general plan update incorporating planning philosophies that place people before cars, economic vitality through supporting existing local businesses and the attraction of new businesses that we want and need and reductions in traffic through better use of our existing roads, walking and biking.
If you share these values, please vote for me on Tuesday.