Four years ago we took a chance on Rachel, and she’s been our voice for common sense ever since. Whether she's pushing to create housing opportunities for our workforce and families, or she’s maintaining our community character by standing up to developers only looking to make a quick buck, Rachel will always have our back.
Previous generations had the foresight to make thoughtful decisions to leave us an authentic, unique community. It is our obligation to leave our children a special town like the one we enjoy today. That means Rachel will work to reform our planning process to ensure Sonoma remains a wonderful place to start a business, raise a family, and retire. We must always protect our open spaces, preserve and celebrate our history, and work to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
Our Proverbial Fork:
What will the Sonoma of 2050 look like? Are we destined to be a wealthy retirement community? Will tourism overrun our small town character? Will future generations continue to be priced out by our skyrocketing rents? Will our traffic and parking issues continue to get worse and remain unsolved? Are we at a tipping point and the proverbial fork in the road? Will we be able to recognize our special town 30 years from now?
If I have anything to do with it, the Sonoma of 2050 will continue to be a wonderful place for people of all generations and backgrounds to live, as it has been for almost two centuries. Increasing economic pressures across the state and especially here in the Bay Area require a comprehensive and detailed General Plan based on our community values to plan the next chapter of our city. Our people are just as important as our Plaza. Our workforce, families, teachers, entrepreneurs and young adults are essential components of the dynamic and passionate community that we treasure and want to keep.
What’s old is new again. What worked twenty and forty years ago no longer works today, but the classic development concepts of our first century may be appropriate for our third. We must turn to, or in the case of Sonoma, return to innovative models of planning, housing, transportation and infrastructure so Sonoma remains a special place to live for generations to come.
-- Rachel Hundley