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Petaluma councilwoman Teresa Barrett to seek re-election

Teresa Barrett

Petaluma City Councilwoman Teresa Barrett will seek re-election to a third term, joining four others vying for three open council seats this November.

Bill Pisenti, longtime conservative activist, dies at 96

Bill Pisenti (PD File, 2008)

For years on end, it wasn’t a Sonoma County Board of Supervisors meeting without a gravelly plea for fiscal restraint by old-school Bennett Valley rancher Bill Pisenti.

Rohnert Park budget balanced, for now

Rohnert Park City Hall.

An improving economy, an aggressive campaign to attract new businesses and some belt tightening measures have allowed Rohnert Park officials this week to balance the city’s budget for the first time in 10 years.

Santa Rosa City Council censures defiant Gary Wysocky

Santa Rosa City Councilman Gary Wysocky tries to quiet vocal supporters who shouted down council members backing a resolution to censure him Tuesday.  (John Burgess / PD)

The Santa Rosa City Council formally rebuked Councilman Gary Wysocky on Tuesday for what it called his abusive behavior toward city staff, a move that came despite a raucous and belligerent crowd of Wysocky’s supporters who shouted down, hissed at and booed the council majority as they sought to justify their unprecedented censure vote.

Santa Rosa City Council plans discussion on its legal advice

Santa Rosa City Attorney Caroline Fowler listens to the Santa Rosa City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (JOHN BURGESS/ PD)

Santa Rosa Councilwoman Julie Combs on Tuesday called for a review of the legal guidance the City Council has received about the state’s open meeting law in light of an opinion she said contradicts advice given to the council by City Attorney Caroline Fowler.

Petaluma Walgreens plan hinges on ‘pickup’ window


Petaluma’s general plan specifically forbids new drive-thru windows. But it doesn’t say anything about ‘pickup’ windows. The debate about idling cars, polluting greenhouse gases and health has come down to that distinction.

Sonoma sets new rules on tasting rooms, wine bars

Sonoma Plaza.

Tasting rooms and wine bars in Sonoma will soon operate under a new set of rules approved by the City Council.

Healdsburg likely to revisit fluoridation


Generations of Healdsburg residents have grown up with fluoride in their water.

But that could change, now that a group of activists has gathered sufficient signatures to put a measure on the ballot to try to get the city to stop fluoridating.

City officials confirmed that “Fluoride Free Healdsburg” gathered 867 signatures certified as valid by the county Registrar of Voters, well over the approximate 600 needed — 10 percent of registered voters — to place an initiative on the ballot.

The City Council on Monday is scheduled to consider the matter.

Graton casino’s earnings beat expectations

Visitors enter the east entrance of the Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park. (Alvin Jornada / PD)

In the first glimpse into its financial health since its debut last fall, the Graton Resort and Casino recorded $101 million in net revenue for the first three months of 2014, according to a public filing by Station Casinos, the Las Vegas firm that manages the gambling complex next to Rohnert Park.

Healdsburg will use sales tax surplus to add staff


Healdsburg’s voter-approved sales tax increase is generating even more than anticipated, allowing the city to direct more money to things like road repair and public safety and even make some improvements to the city owned Villa Chanticleer.