By Gina Roman
When Marianne Uhl was growing up she watched her mother can a variety of foods but never really paid attention to the preserving process. Later when she was on her own and ready to try the canning process she found out there’s a lot more to it than one would expect. So Marianne took it upon herself to get some solid training. In the spring of 2012 she was accepted into and trained by the El Dorado County Master Food Preserver Program to the University of California, Davis, Cooperative Extension. This program is the same organization that trains Master Gardeners.
The City of Sonoma retains a small-town, rural character that makes the town an attractive place to live and visit. Like all towns, Sonoma relies on tourism, but tourism needs to be balanced or it will destroy the very character that visitors come to enjoy.
Of late, one of the biggest development pressures facing the City of Sonoma and putting in jeopardy its unique small-town charm, character and historic central Plaza are large hotels that would ironically destroy the very qualities that draw visitors to it in the first place. This happened in Sonoma before when developers sought to buy and build a luxury resort on Sonoma’s hillside backdrop, but were soundly defeated at the ballot box. Then and now, I expect, residents will not succumb to developer’s promises of money in exchange for the quality of life they want and receive from their town. Seventy percent (70%) of Sonoma's voters rejected the hotel!
Ballot initiative to control large hotel and motel development announced
The recently formed Preserving Sonoma Committee today announced its intention to collect petition signatures from registered voters within the City of Sonoma for a special election initiative this fall which would limit the approval of new large hotels within the city limits of Sonoma.