Sarah Glade Gurney is currently on the Sebastopol City Council
By Shepherd Bliss
On Christmas Eve, when most were at home with family and friends or out-of-town, a summons was served at the Sebastopol City Hall. The giant CVS Pharmacy sued the City and its elected officials.
Sebastopol’s recently elected City Council voted unanimously, 5-0, on Dec. 18 to enact a temporary, 45-day moratorium against drive-through operations. CVS seeks to nullify that moratorium and proceed with plans that it has been working on since 2009, but which have not been fully approved and permitted, to build two stores with drive-throughs.
CVS, its partner Chase Bank, and their Pennsylvania-based developer Armstrong have been trying to convince Sebastopol to allow them to move their two stores, now located at the edge of town, to a prominent downtown corner. A super-majority have opposed that move, for various reasons; only a few have supported it, mainly because of financial gain and family loyalties.
Sebastopol is Changing
On a morning walk last month, I noticed other folks out too: three bearded dads walking their children to the campuses at Pine Crest School and three moms running the Laguna Trail with jogging strollers. Pretty exciting to think our demographics could be changing due to these younger families in town!
Whether your favorite is a Studebaker, Ford, or Chevy, join us for Third Annual Driven to Perfection Classic Car Show and Cruise on May 23 from 10 am to 4 pm, and celebrate the beauty and history of over 100 classic cars and trucks.
The Sebastopol Library Advisory Board could use a few more members, according to its Chair Nancy Dempsey. Having local and regional responsibilities, this committee solicits information and feedback from library patrons and works closely with Branch Manager Mathew Rose. It also advises the Sonoma County Library Commission on issues affecting our service area and downtown facility, the most visited public building in town.