Stop Chanate Giveaway of Vital Public Land
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On behalf of taxpayers and citizens, we, the undersigned, urge our Supervisors to vote against the proposed Chanate Property developer giveaway of $35 million of public land for just $6 million.
As further described in The Sonoma Independent, for 140 years the public 82-acre Chanate Complex has provided care for the poor and disenfranchised in our community. Giving it away for $6+ million to a wealthy private developer is shortsighted. We insist that our supervisors act as better stewards by renegotiating a better, more public health responsive deal.
We see no reason that the County should not retain a portion of this land for vital services. Our Supervisors have a fiscal responsibility to safeguard public property and, as stated in the County’s mission statement, serve “To enrich the quality of life in Sonoma County through superior public services.”
When they mistakenly issued an RFP for ALL the Chanate land instead of carving our the parts we still need, our Supervisors neglected to consider their duty to public health and we taxpayers, who support housing for battered woman and peer to peer mental health counseling.
We insist that a portion of the Chanate property be RETAINED by the County for:
1) Vital social services that are currently there (Sloan House womens' shelter, NorCal's only bird rescue sanctuary and a peer to peer mental health counseling facility)
2) Space for future public health related facility
3) Preservation of existing green setback (buffer zone) for neighbors
4) Ongoing use of morgue
5) Additionally public health lab and county health offices could be sold but should be RENT FREE for at least 15 years.
A better deal can be made that saves millions. One that does not render Sloan House, bird sanctuary and peer to peer counseling organizations homeless. One that could keep this important land for future public health facilities, AND create the same amount of housing, for the same acquisition costs, as the existing deal.There is no reason for our taxpayer funded elected representatives to vote on Tuesday for this irresponsible giveaway of the most valuable County owned urban public land.
This is a bad financial deal. This land is worth at least $35 million, and they are selling it for just $6 to $11.5 million, without retaining a single acre for future public usage. In addition, they are selling 2 buildings, the morgue and the public health lab/administration building and then planning to lease them back. While the first 5 years will be rent free, after that the people of Sonoma County will be paying the developer $1.44 million every 5 years! It only takes 20 more years till the developer has been paid back almost the entire $6 million!
On behalf of we, the people of Sonoma County, we demand that our supervisors renegotiate this unnecessary and irresponsible property giveaway. It is not too late to insist that the developer leave this critical portion of the property to the County, while building the same amount of new rental housing that our community so greatly needs.
We demand that our Supervisors reject the proposed giveaway of $35 million of county land for just $6 million and renegotiate the Chanate deal to preserve irreplaceable public land for existing facilities and the future.
Before the Board of Supervisors make a deal with the developer, we insist that our Supervisors hold at least 2 public hearings on the issue and give the public 90 days to review a revised proposal.
Today: From: Drs Panna Lossy, Toni Ramirez, Ember Keighley, Emily Wilkinson, Jacqueline Abdalla, Jenny Fish of H-PEACE (Health Professionals for Equality And Community Empowerment) is counting on you
From: Drs Panna Lossy, Toni Ramirez, Ember Keighley, Emily Wilkinson, Jacqueline Abdalla, Jenny Fish of H-PEACE (Health Professionals for Equality And Community Empowerment) needs your help with “Sonoma County Board of Supervisors: Stop Chanate Giveaway of Vital Public Land”. Join From: Drs Panna Lossy, Toni Ramirez, Ember Keighley, Emily Wilkinson, Jacqueline Abdalla, Jenny Fish of H-PEACE (Health Professionals for Equality And Community Empowerment) and 694 supporters today.