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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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Efren Carrillo to testify Thursday

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo, right, watches the jury enter the courtroom during the second day of his criminal peeking trial at the Sonoma County Superior Court in Santa Rosa on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (Conner Jay / The Press Democrat)

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo is expected to testify in his own defense Thursday in a trial to determine whether he peeked into a Santa Rosa woman’s apartment while lurking outside before dawn in just his underwear and socks.

4th District supervisor candidates weigh ways to fix Sonoma County roads


The five candidates in the race for 4th District Sonoma County Supervisor agree the county’s road network is in bad shape. They differ slightly in their solutions for fixing the 1,370-miles of pavement that is consistently ranked as the worst in the Bay Area.

D.A. candidates tackle medical pot at Santa Rosa 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’s top prosecutor and the challenger seeking to unseat her signaled widespread support for medical marijuana at a candidates forum Wednesday. But the pair occasionally diverged on how to police a drug that is legal for medicinal use in California but also generates criminal activity, in part because it is banned elsewhere and at the federal level.

Petaluma Planning Commission again rejects drive-thru pharmacy

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A Walgreens drive-thru proposed by the Petaluma Health Care District was rejected again by the Petaluma Planning Commission and likely now will head to the City Council – which has previously expressed disapproval of the plan.

Accuser takes the stand at Efren Carrillo’s peeking trial (w/video)

A Santa Rosa woman began testimony Tuesday morning in the trial of Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo, who is accused of lurking outside her bedroom window last summer in just his socks and underwear.

Cook Middle School students walk in remembrance of Andy Lopez

Lawrence Cook Middle School students including Andrez Beltran, 13, right, yell chants and hold signs demanding justice to remember Andy Lopez at Southwest Community Park in Santa Rosa, on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (BETH SCHLANKER/ PD)

Chanting “We walked out. So can you,” about two dozen Cook Middle School students protesting the killing of a 13-year-old classmate streamed onto the Elsie Allen High School campus Tuesday morning, prompting a school lockdown and police response.

Palm Drive board to discuss proposals to keep facility open

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The hospital board is scheduled to meet Wednesday at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts to review two proposals that seek to keep the cash-strapped facility from closing on April 28.

City manager urges additional training for Santa Rosa council members

Santa Rosa City Hall.

Santa Rosa’s city manager is recommending the entire City Council readopt its code of conduct and undergo additional training in the wake of the investigation into whether Councilman Gary Wysocky created a hostile work environment at City Hall.

Kathy Millison informed the council of her recommendation Monday and publicly disclosed it Thursday, a week after the revelation that the six-month investigation had recently been concluded.

Millison made the recommendation in consultation with the outside attorney who conducted the investigation, Morin Jacob, in part to demonstrate the council’s commitment to maintaining a positive work environment for its employees, she said.

Police tapes: Carrillo calls attempt to contact neighbor ‘misperception’

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo, right, appears in Sonoma County Superior Court for a pre-trial hearing with his lawyers Chris Andrian, left, and Jane Gaskell, in Santa Rosa on Friday, April 18, 2014. (Christopher Chung / PD0

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo blamed a ‘misperception’ for a predawn visit he made last summer to a woman neighbor’s home clad only in his socks and underwear.

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