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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.