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Healdsburg OK’s scaled-down housing proposal

An artist's rendering of a proposal for the corner of Healdsburg and Monte Vista avenues. (Edward C. Novak / DRG Builders)

Originally proposed as 40 detached, single-family homes, “Midtowne Healdsburg,” was winnowed down to 34 houses, quelling the previous opposition of neighbors who said it would cause traffic headaches and pack in people and homes like “sardines.”

Cloverdale council incumbents so far running unopposed

Cloverdale City Council members Mike Maacks, Joe Palla and Carol Russell. (PD File)

Veteran Cloverdale City Council members Joe Palla and Carol Russell are both running for re-election, saying there is still work to be done to strengthen the city’s economy and fulfill other goals.

Cloverdale council advancing utility tax proposal


The Cloverdale City Council is moving ahead with reinstating a utility tax that would raise approximately $400,000 annually and enable the city to hire an extra police officer and replace aging police cars.

New Santa Rosa budget restores some funding cuts


Santa Rosa approved a $357 million budget Wednesday that begins restoring some community services scaled back during the recession but which critics say continues funding public safety at the expense of other pressing city needs like roads, parks and unfunded pension liabilities.

Widow of late Sebastopol councilman appointed to his seat

Una Glass.

The Sebastopol City Council on Thursday unanimously selected Una Glass, the wife of late Sebastopol Councilman Michael Kyes, to serve the remaining five months of her husband’s term in city office.

Little progress made on diversity at Santa Rosa City Hall

Santa Rosa City Hall (PD FILE)

Despite years of talk about improving diversity at Santa Rosa City Hall, little progress has been made in changing the ethnic, gender or geographic diversity on city boards and commissions, according to the annual report on the issue.

Sebastopol weighs broader utility tax


Sebastopol City Council members may ask voters this fall to extend a tax on gas and electrical service to other household utilities like cellphones and landlines, cable service, water, sewer and refuse collection.

Santa Rosa council OKs extra $1.4 million for police

Santa Rosa Police

The nitty-gritty of Santa Rosa’s budget deliberations doesn’t get underway until Wednesday at 9 a.m. But in some ways the most important budget decision has already been made.

Sonoma County’s cities reducing water use, but short of targets

Ann Davis of Santa Rosa sprays water on cardboard to keep it from flying away as she kills her lawn to put in mulch to save water on Friday. (Kent Porter / PD)

None of Sonoma County’s major water utilities reported overall reductions in consumption of 20 percent for the first five months of 2014 after Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency, compared with the same period last year, records show.

Late Sebastopol Councilman Michael Kyes’ widow seeks to fill his seat

Michael Kyes (PD FILE, 2010)

Two Sebastopol residents are in the running to fill the City Council vacancy created by the death of former Mayor and City Councilman Michael Kyes, including his widow, Una Glass, who is a well-known conservationist and executive director of Coastwalk California.