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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.

SR mayor is muzzled again

The mayor began by refuting charges that the City Council had been shamefully silent following the shooting of 13-year-old Andy Lopez.

Blaming the bottle

What does Efren Carrillo’s midsummer night’s romp have in common with the legal troubles of Toronto’s mayor?

The toy gun conundrum

In 2000, a convenience store on Humboldt Street in Santa Rosa was robbed. The store owner told 911 dispatchers, “I think it’s a toy gun.”

Gullixson is guest on KQED Forum today

Michael Krazny of KQED Forum has invited me to join him in a discussion about the shooting of 13-year-old Andy Lopez in Santa Rosa. Join us on FM 88.3 in Santa Rosa or 88.5 in San Francisco. Also on the show will be Michael Eugene O’Donnell, professor of law and police studies at John Jay [...]

Touring the courthouse grounds with Judge Chouteau

In response to our criticism of a new court order banning protests and group prayer near entrances to the Sonoma County courthouse, President Judge Rene Chouteau called and invited us to take a tour of the courthouse grounds with him. So we did.

It ain’t broken. Let’s fix it

Santa Rosa is spending $400,000 to resurface some of the best streets in town. Why? City officials say it’s less expensive than fixing bad ones.

Grand jury ducks the fluoridation issue

Don’t look to the Sonoma County grand jury for much guidance when it comes to deciding on whether the county should fluoridate its water. The panel issued a remarkably tepid analysis of the issue today. Read this Tampa Bay Times series instead.

Scolding Scouts and taking their cans

A Scout leader friend told me of how her Tiger Cubs – 7-year-old boys – were going door to door collecting for a food drive when one person turned the boys down, citing the organization’s membership policy on gays and another came running down the street asking for his cans back. What is the point of that?