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Sonora City Councilman Discusses Issues

Jim Garaventa, one of the newest Sonora City Council members, took the oath of office last July.

Garaventa was Wednesday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

Now that he has attended several meetings and has made a few decisions , Garaventa remarked on the difference between being an observer of Council meetings versus being a City Councilman.

“I’ve quickly realized that when you’re in the audience, you think you know the automatic answer,” said Garaventa, “I’ve learned that with the amount of reading that is required, no issue is as easy as it first appears.”

Garaventa said his top priorities include implementing aspects of the Vision Sonora Plan and finding ways to make improvements related to the water infrastructure.

Vision Sonora is designed as a road map to improve the mobility and appearance of the downtown district. This includes public parking, trails around town, outdoor restaurant seating, additional trees and improvements to the overall appearance of Stockton and Washington Streets.

The plan is being used to help secure grant funding to construct the projects.

The Vision Sonora effort is being overseen by the City of Sonora and Tuolumne County Transportation Council. Funding for the project came from a $225K state grant.

Garaventa said, “I just want to be a good steward, and do some good things for the city but not at the expense of the city’s history.”

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard every weekday morning on AM 1450 KVML at 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45 AM.