The final count from last week’s election in the city of Sonoma has confirmed defeat of a measure limiting the size of new hotels — the end results showing Measure B lost by 124 votes, the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters said.
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.
Sonoma residents are voting today on a controversial ballot measure that would limit hotel development in the city.
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 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.
Sonoma edged closer Monday night to becoming the first city in the county, and one of the few in the nation, to ban gas-powered leaf blowers.
At Leland Fly Fishing Ranch south of Sonoma, owner Josh Frazier sat on a deck overlooking a pond that he built and stocked with trout, but one that he is barred from casting a line in.
Concerns that the pond could attract birds and pose a threat to pilots taking off and landing at Sonoma Valley Airport, which is adjacent to the Arnold Drive ranch, are at the center of Frazier’s long-running land-use dispute with county officials and the airport owners.
The Sonoma City Council on Wednesday night took a significant step toward making the city the first in Sonoma County, and one of the few in California, to ban gas-powered leaf blowers.