A coalition of Sonoma County government agencies and environmental groups is ramping up its fight to protect the Sonoma Developmental Center from development and to maintain residential care for an unspecified number of severely disabled clients.
State Sen. Noreen Evans is back in a high-profile leadership role and taking on some of California’s most powerful interests with her legislative agenda, only a month after the Santa Rosa Democrat appeared to be losing political steam in Sacramento.
California drivers who hit and injure cyclists or other ‘vulnerable road users’ could be slapped with fines of up to $1,000 under legislation proposed this week by a North Coast lawmaker. The fines would represent as much as a 10-fold increase over current penalties, and according to Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, would lead to fewer collisions between bikes and vehicles.
Cities and counties need to move quickly to stem rising retirement costs before they overwhelm budgets to the point where it becomes impossible to deliver routine services, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed told the Sonoma County Taxpayers Association on Thursday.
State Sen. Noreen Evans plans to introduce legislation today that would require all foods containing genetically modified organisms to be labeled in California, a move sure to reignite a contentious and costly battle that the state’s voters last weighed in on in 2012.
Key decision makers will gather Tuesday to discuss what will happen to the property and its 460 residents.
Sweeping changes across the North Coast’s political landscape will present major challenges this election year both for voters and for candidates in state races, with one possible outcome being an almost entirely new and untested slate of leaders handling local problems in Sacramento.
Legislation billed as an effort to make jury service less onerous in California, but which critics fear could harm a criminal defendant’s right to a fair trial, advanced last week in the state Senate.