Measure A Landslide is a Major Grassroots Victory for West Sonoma County

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This month’s three to one (!) vote for Measure A to “Open Our Hospital” forever is the best news of a people-powered victory that we have had in our community since banning GMO farming two and a half years ago.

Despite a continuation of a shameful five year vendetta by Sonoma West Times & News publisher Rollie Atkinson, whose newspaper ran relentless headlines disparaging the hospital’s prospects and attacking those who sacrificed enormous time and money to preserve the 80 year old West County institution, and despite the absence of public support from a single local elected official,  5,520 out of 7,267 citizens who cast ballots voted for a sustainable long term solution for our hospital.

Although voters would have preferred to have an emergency room in West County, an urgent care facility that is open 7 days a week 9 to 9, at no costs to taxpayers, using the same emergency room-equipped hospital structure, in the same location that has housed a hospital for 80 years, is nothing less than a massive win both for We, the People, and for the Go Local movement!

An urgent care facility that requires no public subsidy is only one part of what our community gets.

West Sonoma County also gets a local center for out-patient surgeries, that can be done by local doctors.

We get a hospital that will allow us to retain local doctors and medical professionals who otherwise might be forced to relocate.

We get a state of the art imaging and lab testing facility so that we can Go Local for those services, and not have to drive to another city for them, which means a lot to seniors, and care givers, and even cyclists and walkers.

We get a modern, capable center that could both provide emergency health services and safe shelter in any state of emergency situation, such as an fire, flood, or earthquake (unlike Santa Rosa’s larger multi-floor hospitals, Sonoma Specialty is away from the fault line and all on a single level).

We get a long term 37-bed acute care modern well-managed hospital, likely to expand in size in the near future, in the most beautiful setting any patient could ask for.

We get for our community’s sustainable future more than 100 well-paying, health insurance providing jobs, a number that can potentially grow to double that amount.

Elections do indeed have consequences. And the consequences of this landslide victory for Measure A are worth celebrating!

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Jonathan Greenberg

Jonathan Greenberg is editor and owner of the award winning Sonoma Independent website, which serves the public interest with insight, solutions and advocacy. Jonathan is an investigative financial journalist with 40 years of experience with national publications, including Forbes, The Washington Post, The New York Times, New York, Town & Country. Mother Jones and The New Republic. During the past few years, Jonathan wrote four of the most widely-read exposes about Donald Trump’s career published in the Washington Post. Jonathan was the notorious Forbes 400 reporter who taped two long calls in 1984 in which Trump pretended to be John Barron. Jonathan’s Washington Post expose about this was the subject of monologues on Colbert, the Daily Show and Seth Meyers. Jonathan has appeared live on a dozen major news shows, including on CNN with Chris Cuomo, Erin Burnett and Don Lemon, on MSNBC with Ari Berber and Ali Velshi, and NPR's On the Media. A fuller bio and links to Jonathan's work can be found at JonathanGreenberg.com. Jonathan is a new media entrepreneur and was the founder of Gist.com, an acclaimed Web 1.0 company that won the first annual Webby Awards in 1997. In 2006, Jonathan founded Progressive Source Communications, the parent company of The Sonoma Independent. Progressive Source is a public interest communications company that creates multimedia websites, videos and digital advocacy campaigns that build public awareness of solutions that serve the common good.

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