EDITOR: I think people have forgotten: it gets hot here. And it rains. We’ve had several years of drought. Pity the newcomer who didn’t know it can rain so. Yes, it was more than normal, but it was spread out. The river flooded but not like years past.
Now it’s the heat. The Press Democrat says we broke a record last weekend. Yeah, for one day, not the season. Anyone who’s lived here some time can tell stories. My neighbor said when she moved in, it was 113 degrees. I remember hiking with friends in Trione-Annadel State Park and it reached 108 degrees.
We’ve had cool summers for about 10 years. I think Santa Rosa only met 100 once last year. And people forget. Thankfully we can say, “It cools off at night.”
Folks, we need heat for tomatoes, zukes. Remember what Luther Burbank said: “the best place for all living things!” As gardener, I’m tickled this year. My plants, flowers and trees are bursting, but I still carry shower buckets. I’m proud to remember to conserve water.
We live in a Mediterranean climate, and we never know what next year will hold. People say, “As far as the weather, you don’t have to be crazy to live in California, but it helps!”
Santa Rosa crack up
EDITOR: This town cracks me up — Measure C to punish landlords, don’t build too close to my property, look at the traffic jams it will cause.
San Francisco and points south are in the midst of huge building booms after a terrible recession, while this little town, with oodles of vacant land, fights and wrestles to keep the bucolic landscape that we don’t have.
Has anyone looked at what the Chanate Road developer has built before? Probably the only decently designed housing in the whole town. In case you haven’t noticed, this town is a mess with litter and homelessness all over. If every person who wrote to you about our homeless problem took in two homeless people, we wouldn’t have the problem.
I guess it’s OK to have thousands of acres of grapes and wineries that hire few people and pay practically nothing, not to mention kill off most of our wildlife, but God help anyone who tries to build anything in town. Not too many screams about the airport though; the planes must not fly over the better parts of town.
OK, it’s hot and I have aired my frustrations. Now, I will take my dog for a walk in a small, local park. We don’t need hundreds of acres.
A Sonoma dispensary
EDITOR: Hey, neighbors. Join with myself, Richard Silver and Earl Blue for it is time for a legal medicinal cannabis facility in the city of Sonoma.
The City Council took up this issue on May 20, 2009 when I was Sonoma’s mayor. Unfortunately, I took the advice of City Attorney Tom Curry and recused myself. The result was a 2-2 vote, and the matter was unresolved.
It was a mistake on my part, and I slept at the radio station for a while. There was a conflict if the council was deciding the company to run the cannabis facility. But we were voting on the Planning Commission’s plan, and there was no conflict.