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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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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.

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.


Sonoma Clean Power opposes ‘opt-in’ bill


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.

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