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.
Vote on McKinley Street Murals
Cittaslow Sebastopol and Village Builders are collaborating on a project to strengthen the connection between The Barlow and the Plaza/downtown. The community is invited to vote on 2 out of 12 street mural designs submitted by area artists. The designs will be painted, literally, on the pavement of McKinley Street with the goal of creating visual interest and curiosity so that pedestrians, whether they are at Taylor Maid, or at the Plaza, will be enticed to explore further. The community will be invited to help paint the murals during the Sebastopol Village Convergence, September 12-21. To learn more about the mural project and vote for your two favorite designs, go to cittaslowsebastopol.org/murals. Survey closes Weds 7/30 at 7:00 p.m.
June is the month when our City Council focuses on next year’s budget. The Council could spend two or three meetings reviewing, discussing, and revising the budget in public with input from our community. We must adopt a balanced budget before July.
Transforming Pavement to Parks:
Learning how Parklets have benefited other towns.
On May 27 at 7:00 we look at Parklets to understand the process and beneficial outcomes of transforming pavement to parks!