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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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Jill Ravitch, Victoria Shanahan spar at district attorney candidates forum

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch (left) and Deputy District Attorney Victoria Shanahan (right) during a debate sponsored by the Sonoma County Bar Association at the Fountain Grove Inn, Friday April 18, 2014 in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch and her challenger, Deputy District Attorney Victoria Shanahan, sparred Friday afternoon in a spirited debate about leadership and accountability as protesters continued to press Ravitch to prosecute the sheriff’s deputy who fatally shot 13-year-old Andy Lopez.

Settlement talks underway in Sebastopol CVS lawsuit

The Pellini Chevrolet building on Highway 12 in Sebastopol. (PD FILE)

The city of Sebastopol and the people behind stalled plans for a new downtown CVS drugstore and adjacent JPMorgan Chase Bank have entered into legal negotiations in hopes of resolving a pending federal lawsuit, attorneys involved in the case said Thursday.

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Sonoma Clean Power opposes ‘opt-in’ bill

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Officials with Sonoma County’s startup public power provider said legislation recently introduced in Sacramento poses a major threat to the agency and others like it seeking to launch across the state.

SMART’s 1st batch of rail cars passes factory tests

The first Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit trains roll off the assembly line at the Nippon Sharyo factory in Toyokawa, Japan, in this undated handout photo from SMART. The trains passed their factory-based tests and are set to be delivered to the Sumitomo Corp. of America plant in Rochelle, Ill. where they will be mass produced.

The first train cars ordered up by the Sonoma-Marin Rail Transit agency have passed their factory tests in Japan and are ready to be shipped to the United States for on-track testing, SMART general manager Farhad Mansourian said Wednesday.

Jury selection to start Monday in Efren Carrillo peeking trial

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo, center, talks briefly with his parents, Margarita and Efren Carrillo, Sr., after being arraigned on a misdemeanor charge in Sonoma County Superior Court in Santa Rosa on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013.  (CHRISTOPHER CHUNG / PD)

Jury selection will begin Monday in Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo’s misdemeanor peeking trial and witness testimony should start mid-week, a judge said Wednesday.

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.

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