Letters to the Editor: Oct. 8, 2020 | Opinion

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Voting for Skylaer

EDITOR: I usually attend Healdsburg Metropolis Council conferences and I’ve been listening and studying in regards to the 5 metropolis council candidates working for 3 open seats. Skylaer Palacios offers me essentially the most hope for Healdsburg’s potential to thrive in an unsure future.

Skylaer grew up right here, cheered for the HHS Bulldogs, performed within the river, realized ukulele on the senior heart, all whereas a prime scholar. Her eighth-grade algebra instructor and Sonoma County’s chair of the Democratic Celebration, Pat Sabo, says: “If Skylaer was ever unclear in school she requested questions. She’s a important thinker with a singular potential to convey calmness to conditions — however she has the guts of a warrior!” After graduating from HHS at 16, Ms. Palacios earned a liberal research/performing arts diploma at SSU on the age of 20, with no faculty debt.

As a Black Latina, Skylaer has felt the ache of exclusion, but overflows with deep love for the land and neighborhood that raised her; satisfied that celebrating our variations brings concord. Skilled in nonviolent communication and trauma-informed care, she is delicate to shaping social/enterprise coverage for a traumatized 2020 economic system. Skylaer Palacios is able to serve all of Healdsburg.

Having work expertise in native hospitality, Skylaer speaks for a lot of when saying an over-reliance on tourism encourages an economic system the place native employees, retired long-timers and the subsequent era can’t afford to stay or increase households right here. Widespread sense zoning adjustments can help financial variety, encouraging greater paying jobs in inexperienced industries, the humanities, healthcare and extra resident-focused companies.

Present Vice Mayor Shaun McCaffery inspired Ms. Palacios to run for council, and he writes: “Her dedication to inexpensive housing, financial variety, cultural consciousness, and environmental stewardship are precisely what we’d like now. Skylaer has the power and enthusiasm to guide us into the long run.”

Recognizing the complexities of offering low- and middle- earnings housing, Skylaer’s first motion is to reinstate the Neighborhood Housing Committee. She additionally intends to help a Latinx Fee and to translate conferences for the 35% of Healdsburg whose first language is Spanish.

Healdsburg is susceptible to local weather chaos. We select representatives who perpetuate an unique view and ignore pleas from residents to concentrate on a extra inclusive and livable neighborhood. Skylaer involves this race with no monetary particular curiosity attachments.

She is our future. I’m voting for Skylaer Palacios for metropolis council.

Merrilyn Joyce

Healdsburg


Housing is the #1 challenge

EDITOR: Regardless of all the nice issues in regards to the metropolis of Healdsburg, we now have not been resistant to the housing disaster that plagues Sonoma County. Housing prices have been rising a lot quicker than the typical household’s earnings and the housing scarcity has solely gotten worse because of the current wildfires. Because of this, we now have to take daring, proactive measures to make actual progress on this challenge now, earlier than the housing points spiral additional uncontrolled.

This election cycle, town of Healdsburg is blessed with a broad vary of terrific candidates to fill three open seats, a lot of whom I contemplate buddies, and all of whom have useful qualities to supply. However, on the subject of housing, candidate Ariel Kelley stands out.

Ariel has not solely been vocal about this challenge persistently during the last a number of years, however she has successfully used her affect as a County Planning Commissioner to advertise inexpensive housing improvement by adjustments in improvement codes, zoning, and reductions in authorities charges. She believes that eradicating boundaries to good and sustainable development will encourage housing improvement and provides our neighborhood the quantity of housing it wants. Most significantly, she is aware of the way to pull the levers of presidency to get issues accomplished — particularly on the subject of the kinds of housing we most want. Let’s get Ariel elected to the council so she will get to work for our neighborhood.

Deborah Kravitz

Former member of the Healdsburg Neighborhood Housing Committee (2017-2019)

Healdsburg


The way forward for Healdsburg

EDITOR: I’ve recognized Skylaer Palacios for six years.  She is clever, considerate and a consensus-builder.  She has confirmed that she will shortly stand up to hurry on metropolis points.  Having lived and attended college in Healdsburg, Skylaer has a singular perspective that can be priceless to the council on condition that many council objectives concentrate on housing choices, bettering transportation and increasing neighborhood companies.  She understands the results of the tourism economic system on her hometown and is able to meaningfully strike a stability between the wants of residents and guests.

Skylaer is the particular person we would like on the council for these selections that form the way forward for Healdsburg.  Her values are in sync with social justice, environmental sustainability and making Healdsburg a greater place for all residents.

Shaun McCaffery

Healdsburg


Emergency companies for north county

EDITOR: There have been a number of letters to the editor lately recommending a “No” vote on Measure BB, the sale of Healdsburg District Hospital to NorCal Well being Join, LLC due to restrictions that can be imposed by the Catholic well being care system. As I perceive it, these statements are utterly true and restrictions on reproductive choices in addition to finish of life decisions will prevail. All of this I oppose.

Having famous this, I’ll nonetheless vote in favor as I imagine that emergency companies and most different well being wants don’t fall into these classes. The neighborhood is healthier served having an emergency room accessible within the North County than not.

And, we pay the parcel tax anyway with or with out the hospital. Vote sure on BB.

Carolyn Moore

Healdsburg



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