A smelly neighbor
EDITOR: As an off-and-on resident and a continuous property owner in Sonoma County since the mid-1940s, I’m following the county’s commercial marijuana situation with a great deal of interest. If grow permits are issued within smelling distances of residences, I expect any number of property owners to take steps necessary to have their property taxes reduced to reflect the reduced value of their homes caused by the nuisances and uncertain dangers from nearby marijuana grows. This problem is already being reflected in real estate disclosure forms.
Marijuana grows near homes make no more sense than hog ranches do, no matter what the zoning allows. The commercial avarice of a few should not degrade the quality of life of the many in their own homes. I know because we had to close our windows to the cooling evening breezes filled with the stench of marijuana.
EDITOR: Go ahead, blame the aged and infirmed for causing harm to themselves while trying to flee a disastrous situation (“Senior home disputes charges,” Tuesday). These people were living in an assisted living facility because they cannot care for themselves. For a law firm to blame these people and family members who helped them is ridiculous. Shame on you.
EDITOR: Both the Santa Rosa City Council and Santa Rosa City Schools are in the process of transitioning from at-large elections to district-based elections. As reported in The Press Democrat, the school board recently approved election maps for the new districts. Thank you for your ongoing coverage of these important changes.
The city of Santa Rosa is midway in the process of developing district maps for the November general election. Now is the time for all Santa Rosa residents to give input on the maps for the City Council districts.
I urge Santa Rosa residents to attend one, or more, of the public hearings on proposed district maps. They’re scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday as well as on March 27, April 3 and April 10 at the City Council chamber. You also can send written comments to City Council members.
Please get involved to ensure that the district boundaries are well designed and that everyone’s vote counts.
The rosy outlook
EDITOR: Thank you for the glowing economic report for Sonoma County presented by Robert Eyler at the yearly Economic Outlook Conference (“Experts: Economy won’t suffer lasting damage,” March 3). I was unable to attend this year’s meeting because I was occupied trying to find funding to replace the home Nancy and I lost in Larkfield Estates on Oct. 9. Had I not been so occupied, I would have attended so that I could give witness to how happy we were to donate our home and possessions in order to stimulate the local economy, even if the stimulation goes to outside workers instead of local.
We are trying so hard to make the past few months “more of a memory than an on-the-spot issue,” but the darned exigencies of trying to build a home from a hole in the ground just keep getting in the way.