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Yee goes from North Coast to federal court

State Sen. Leland Yee was supposed to drop by The Press Democrat for a meeting with the Editorial Board at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. But he called to say he was running late, and we were forced to reschedule. Now, it appears that meeting is not going to happen. Too bad.



Story of man detained in North Korea hits home

Growing up in the Crescent Park neighborhood of Palo Alto, I spent a good deal of time at the home of Merrill Newman. His son, Jeff, and I went through school together and were friends. Here’s hoping this ends soon.



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Telling feedback on Santa Rosa’s next city manager

Kathy Millison.

Santa Rosa City Council members have publicly had nothing but praise for City Manager Kathy Millison since she announced her retirement earlier this year. But on Tuesday night, as they described the qualities they would like to see in a new city manager, several council members made it clear they are hoping the next top executive will bring a new type of leadership to the city.

Candidates emerging for vacant Healdsburg seats

Jeff Civian, Tim Meinken.

Two Healdsburg City Council members are not running for re-election, but candidates are emerging to fill their seats. Both council members Jim Wood and Susan Jones say they will not seek re-election in November, providing an opening for hopefuls vying to succeed them. Healdsburg Planning Commissioner Jeff Civian and winery owner Tim Meinken have announced their intent to run.

Sonoma County modifies homeless parking program

Sonoma County is tweaking a novel program, launched amid last winter’s freezing weather, that allows homeless people to spend the night in their cars at the county fairgrounds.

Sonoma County parents fight students’ 22-day suspension

8th grader at Hillcrest Middle School, Reilly Austin, and her mother Stacia Austin are fighting back against Reilly's expulsion from school after she admitting to take a sip of alcohol from a Pepsi can while at school. Reilly says she thought it was a soda and was unaware of the alcohol, but the zero tolerance policy at the school demanded that she remain suspended for nearly a month, Monday, April 7, 2014. (Conner Jay/The Press Democrat)

Three Sonoma County eighth-grade students who admitted they took a sip from a Pepsi can containing alcohol were barred from campus for more than a month, prompting their parents to say the district’s zero tolerance policy has run amok.

Santa Rosa city employees set to protest Tuesday

Most Santa Rosa city employees have been working without a contract for more than nine months, and they’re fed up with it.

Sonoma County looking to make carpooling easier

The CalTrans park and ride at Petaluma Blvd. South at Highway 101 is nearly always full, Monday April 14, 2014 in Petaluma. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Transportation officials have hopes of expanding the Petaluma Park-and-Ride and building a new lot north of Santa Rosa.

Santa Rosa seeks input on city manager search

Santa Rosa’s hunt for a new city manager kicks off this week with an opportunity for the public to say what they want to see in the city’s next top executive.

Labor group won’t back Assembly candidate in primary

(Left to right) Eric Carlstrom, Diana Conti, Marc Levine.

More than 60,000 union members living in the North Bay are expected to receive a slate mailer in the coming weeks bearing recommendations for who they should vote for in the June primary.

A candidate endorsed by the North Bay Labor Council, in turn, can benefit from hundreds of volunteers manning phone banks, walking precincts and performing other campaign duties.

However, the council is taking what may be an unprecedented pass on endorsing in the 10th Assembly District primary, featuring incumbent Assemblyman Marc Levine, Santa Rosa Councilwoman Erin Carlstrom and Marin college trustee Diana Conti.

Healdsburg’s Saggio Hills project may start next year

A view of the site plan for Saggio Hills.

Saggio Hills, the long delayed luxury hotel and residential development on the north fringe of Healdsburg, is moving forward again after being hobbled by legal challenges and a downturn in the economy.

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