March 2019

A Sonoma County judicial race exploded into controversy Tuesday when civil lawyer Chris Mazzia criticized rival candidate Jamie Thistlethwaite, alleging she promised local Democratic Party leaders who endorsed her that the death penalty would be “off the table” in her courtroom if she were elected. Thistlethwaite denied the allegation...

Wastewater and winegrapes may not seem like a complementary pairing, but they soon will be in Healdsburg. The City Council on Monday unanimously approved a project to irrigate more than 300 acres of vineyards with highly treated wastewater from Healdsburg’s new state-of-the-art treatment plant. The reclaimed water...

A prolonged effort by agriculture interests to craft a program that would oversee local vineyard and orchard frost operations to help the Russian River’s endangered fish earned unanimous support Tuesday from the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. The 5-0 straw vote almost guarantees the program will...

Ask any parent with a child in a California public school and they likely will say that a free education isn’t really free. There are transportation fees, field trip costs, uniform deposits, classroom supply lists and increasingly, according to the ACLU, fees for textbooks and enrollment...

Santa Rosa officials denied a request Friday from organizers of “Occupy Santa Rosa” to camp overnight at City Hall following Saturday’s demonstration, which is expected to draw as many as 1,000 people. Activists will be allowed to rally at the corner of Sonoma and Santa Rosa...

Traffic roundabouts dominated conversation in Cotati for months last year. Now they are back at the fore of the city’s politics, driven there by residents who want to ban them. [caption id="attachment_277" align="alignright" width="300"] cotati[/caption] The City Council on Wednesday, responding to a voter initiative to prohibit...

A surge in the number of apartments proposed in Windsor is giving pause to some Town Council members and prompting soul searching on whether the high-density projects will alter the town character. About 1,150 apartment dwellings are currently proposed, prompting questions whether Windsor can handle that...

Hoping to foster a healthy downtown in a challenging economic climate, Windsor Town Council members Wednesday night rejected a bid by a well-known real estate company to locate its offices on a prominent corner of the Town Green. The council on a 4-0 vote decided that...

A small crowd turned out Wednesday night to hear congressional candidates, Democratic Assemblyman Jared Huffman and Republican Dan Roberts, debate at the Sebastopol Community Center. The audience of about two dozen community members submitted questions on topics that ranged from local river stewardship to foreign policy...

Four candidates are seeking three seats on the Piner-Olivet Union School District Governing Board. Here, in their words, are unfiltered answers to questions posed by Watch Sonoma County. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order. The symbol (I) marks an incumbent. WILLIAM J. CAMPBELL, III (I) Age: 52 Occupation: I have...