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