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Sonoma identity crisis: Too many tasting rooms?

Fresh from a bruising election battle over the size of hotels, Sonoma is experiencing another identity crisis, this time over tasting rooms and whether too many detract from the city’s historic character.

Sonoma hotel limitation measure appears headed for defeat

A controversial ballot measure that would limit hotel growth in Sonoma appeared headed for defeat Tuesday night, deflating proponents who argued that without such restrictions the city of 10,000 is in danger of being overrun by development and tourists.

Roughly $150,000 spent on both sides of Sonoma hotel measure

Rival campaigns have spent nearly $150,000 debating a measure that would limit hotel development in Sonoma, likely making it the most expensive ballot issue campaign in the city’s history with a little more than a week until votes are tallied.

Sonoma’s identity at heart of hotel limits debate

Sonoma has been roiled by a controversial ballot measure that could make it exceedingly difficult, if not impossible, to build a new hotel in the city or expand a current one beyond 25 rooms. More broadly, Measure B is viewed as a referendum on the city’s future.

Study: Hotel limits could hurt Sonoma

A consultant’s report that will be the focus of Monday’s Sonoma City Council meeting appears to provide ample ammunition to opponents of a proposed measure that would limit hotel development in the city.

Backers of Sonoma hotel limits claim success in ballot-measure push

Proponents of an initiative to limit hotel development in Sonoma say they have gathered more than enough signatures needed to qualify the measure for a special election.

PAC formed to oppose Sonoma hotel initiative

A new Sonoma organization describing itself as a broad citizens group opposed to a voter initiative to cap hotel development is getting its seed money from the developer whose controversial project could be blocked by the proposed ballot measure.

Sonoma Plaza hotel builder revises plan amid protests

The developer of a proposed luxury hotel that has sparked controversy in Sonoma released revised plans Thursday that reflect a smaller footprint and a redesign of the original French theme.

Sonoma official wants to evaluate effects of proposed hotel limits

Sonoma’s city manager wants the authority to hire a consultant to evaluate a proposed ballot measure that would limit hotel expansion, before a single petition in support of the initiative has yet to hit the streets.

Sonoma citizens’ group seeks ballot initiative limiting hotel development

A Sonoma group that includes a former mayor of the city is seeking a ballot initiative to limit hotel development, including the controversial Chateau Sonoma & Spa proposed near the Plaza.