Making The Rounds - Ken Brown

The system is in place

So many of my friends and constituents are asking me about my opinion on the proposed hotel project for West Napa Street. My response has been that until I see the project I have no basis for forming an opinion. On the issue of the proposed ballot measure to restrict hotels built in Sonoma to 25 rooms or less, I have a definite opinion. I am a citizen that believes in following the process in place. I have the utmost respect for my current fellow council members, planning commissioners and city staff. Please allow our leadership to do our job.

Please support Jonah Son and Brennan Cole in their SVHS senior project, the Home Run Derby this Saturday March 30, at Arnold Field from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. No experience necessary, everyone is welcome. There will be prizes, raffles, BBQ, music and good-old Sonoma baseball fun. Home Run distances will be age appropriate. All proceeds will benefit SVHS baseball and Arnold Field improvements. For information you can contact Jonah Son at 307.3775 or Brennan Cole at 337.1543. Email is svhshomerunderby@comcast.

I can just feel the Tuesday Night Farmers Market coming. Circle May 7 on your calendars and come on down to the Plaza. The Jamie Jamison Band will kick off the year with fabulous rock and roll, joining local farmers with organic produce, local artisans and, or course, all of you. More to come. 

The Chicken Fling was over the moon, so keep an eye on the Sonoma Valley Grange for their upcoming Spring Sprout and Renewal, a Flea Market & Craft Show on May 4 and 5. The Chicken Fling was over the Moon! Visit

Day on the Plaza: Earth Day Sonoma 2013! Transition Sonoma Valley and the Sonoma Ecology Center, along with many other local organizations, business and citizens, will gather for a fun and engaging community celebration to honor the Earth on April 20th from 1 to 5 p.m. Please don’t drive — ride your bike. Some of what you’ll see there: Wine Country Cyclery will be hosting a bike repair and information about biking in the Sonoma Valley… Check out a Tesla up-close, or a Chevy Volt… Earthstar Electric will host a solar telescope… A slow food fair from Isa, Mike the [the bejkr], and Epicurean Connection… Learn about fermentation from Leta… Musical performances by Simka, Little Fiddlers, and Green Light Orchestra… Always wanted to check out Yoga, but were intimidated to go to a class? We are happy to announce that Yoga Community will be hosting Yoga classes, including Lacy Madrigal’s Om Child Yoga for Kids… Local sage and SUN FM host of “Health Matters” Ned Hoke will be sharing insights of his many years wisdom practicing health and wellness… Beanstalk Energy will give you pointers on how to make your home more comfortable, healthy and energy efficient.. The Green Team will be there to give training on recycling. Lots more to come. Join our event page at This going to be one heck of a happening and you don’t want to miss it! Join in and be a volunteer.

Your calendar is getting full but there’s always room for more. The Sonoma Music Festival is coming to the Sebastiani Theatre on Friday, April 19 with the Tommy Thomson All-Star Band, The Pine Needles and the Sean Carscadden Quartet. On Saturday, April 20, the lineup is Frobeck, Creation and Big Brother & the Holding Company. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. both days. This is a benefit for the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation and Pets Lifeline and tickets are only $25 per day. You can order online at 

For all the amazing activities for kids go to You won’t be disappointed. 

On Monday April 1 at the Sonoma City Council meeting we will vote on giving our support to Gay Marriage. It’s about time we all played fair.

Tuesday, April 2is my 66th birthday! If we cross paths, please say Happy Birthday! 

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