Windsor Mayor Debora Fudge will address the Windsor/North County Democratic Club on Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at the Windsor Round Table Pizza, 8499 Old Redwood Highway. One topic will be the resolution adopted by the Windsor Town Council at its March 1 meeting, declaring Windsor a “united community that values its diversity and the contributions of all residents, and supports the civil rights, safety and dignity of all Windsor residents.” The resolution is similar in tone to a sanctuary city declaration, as the town will continue the policy of not enforcing existing punitive immigration laws.
Mayor Fudge will describe numerous negative responses that she has received since the adoption of the “united community” resolution, which have included hate filled rhetoric. She will also discuss the implications of the resolution for the community.
Newly-elected as the Chair of the Board of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART), Ms. Fudge will discuss the extension of the rail line from San Rafael to Larkspur Landing. Funding for the extension is in place, with a $22.5 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration plus $20 million from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Despite the funding, some in San Rafael are resistant to the project due to downtown traffic concerns and impacts on the city’s Transit Center.
The March 23rd meeting is free and open to the public. Pizza will be served.
— Barry Hirsch