"Sebastopol has a gap between expenses and revenue of a million dollars and I believe we have to close that gap because its completely unsustainable."
With city revenue at least partly dependent on sales tax, Maurer notes more must be done to retain and support small businesses.
She vows, she says "to explore ways to have the storefronts have stores in them. We're missing quite a few stores on main street, we're missing stores in the Redwood Marketplace."
She wants new, informational signage, hoping to lure shoppers in the city's Barlow district to traverse the nearby downtown, and vice-versa.
While both Zollman and Maurer spoke about inclusivity, Zollman said he'd do his best to tackle one of the biggest obstacles to community participation---the time commitment.
"They do not have six or seven hours of their life to dedicate to staying on a zoom call. My proposal is that we have suggested time frames and that way people can find out about when their agenda item is approximately going to be held and then tune in at that time."
The other main flashpoint---considering consolidating Sebastopol's fire department and emergency medical services, is more a point of pride than existential. Both Maurer and Zollman say they would await a consultant's report, while also favoring keeping an independent department. Maurer summed up her stance.
"Either way, if the city consolidates or if they keep the fire department local, there's no difference in cost. So, there's no savings. And I believe the people of Sebastopol, at least a majority of the people I have spoken to, they want to keep that fire department local, so I would support that."
Zollman added that he'd also assure earlier initiatives are seen through to a conclusion. "Additionally, there's the outstanding issue of the police audit and whether they have actually complied with all the recommendations."