By DEREK MOORE
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Sonoma will be sending a letter to President Obama urging him to oppose a controversial oil pipeline, an action authorized by the City Council Monday night.
Mayor Ken Brown sought council support to send the letter to Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asking them to deny permits for the Keystone XL pipeline, which would convey oil products from Canada southward to the Gulf of Mexico.
The council backed the idea with a 3 to 2 vote, which came two weeks after council members took a controversial stand in support of the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. continuing to operate in federally-protected waters in Marin County.
Brown said environmentalists “vilified” him for the oyster vote.
“This week I’m a godless anti-capitalist,” he said.
Council members Steve Barbose and Laurie Gallian supported the mayor, while council members Tom Rouse and David Cook did not.
“It’s not in our best interest to pursues actions on matters that are on more of a national basis,” Rouse said.