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Sonoma County needs a siren system in addition to wireless alerts and phone calls. That way, in an emergency, no one is left out.

JANET BAROCCO

Santa Rosa

Hunt Club permit

EDITOR: What’s in a word? With the Hunt Club’s permit extension, “event” has become “activity” and “gathering” for members who pay up to $65,000 to join, so both the applicant and the county Permit and Resource Management Department claim there’s no problem. This project comes before the Board of Zoning Adjustments at 1 p.m. Thursday.

From the beginning of the permit process, planners have ignored serious inconsistencies and discrepancies between the Hunt Club’s stated plans in its use-permit application and its website and member PR. A new 26,802-square-foot clubhouse with full kitchen, demonstration kitchen, restaurant, bar and plans for numerous events has an entirely different usage intent than the simple hunting club that received the original permit in 2012.

The 500 members entering the Hunt Club are projected to generate only 13 peak-hour trips per day, though up to 40 members will be attending events regularly.

In recommending that the BZA approve this project despite specific and detailed opposition by the appellants, planners have ignored the traffic safety impacts on the almost constant heavy traffic on Highway 37. Planners have ignored the effects on groundwater supplies, the ability of septic systems to serve peak uses and potential county liability for flooding on land already below sea level. Zoning guidelines are being ignored.

MEG BEELER

Sonoma

Wind and power

EDITOR: There is a lot of conversation about improving the fire warning system to be better prepared for wildfires in the future, but I am not seeing anything about preventing them.

Weather reports 48 hours in advance of the Oct. 9 fire predicted the winds, wind direction and humidity. Had there been a system for assessing the risk of fire from such a weather condition, the appropriate response would have been for PG&E to turn off all electricity in areas where lines are above ground. There was plenty of time to let everyone know it would be happening.

It’s inconvenient to have had a 12-hour power outage, but it’s nothing compared to the result of not doing it. A consortium of all the fire chiefs could have the responsibility for making the decision.

ROBERT BRENT

Sebastopol

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