Thursday, December 5, 2019

[Sonoma County] Letter to the editor: A job for the grand jury

EDITOR: Sonoma County has gone from total pandemonium in 2017 to a massively successful reaction in 2019. Can we do it again, and again: fire, flood, drought? We’ll have to react again at least until the county changes the way we manage resources. The Sonoma County civil grand jury is empowered to investigate and recommend long-term change.
Like Jimmy Stewart in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” events have blessed us with a chance to view the big picture, realize that we must act now and make changes allowing the county to survive climate change.
The grand jury has monitored and encouraged recent movements to establish control of groundwater resources. A similar endeavor might be worth investigation for electricity resources.
The county should review power, telephone, public health, education, parks, building, even internet, with a 20-40-year lens. The grand jury is in place and capable of such review and recommendations. It is their job.
For those with vision and concern for the future of Sonoma County, consider applying for the grand jury. The enrollment period for the 2020-2021 grand jury is now. Contact the Sonoma County Grand Jury Association, P.O. Box 4716, Santa Rosa, 95404-4716
November 21, 2019
The Press Democrat
Letter from Peter Andrews, Monte Rio

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