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Huffman bill would reclassify companies that pursue social, environmental goals

Shaka Grayson is lost in the array of support structures on a solar energy array being installed at El Molino High School in Forestville. (Jeff Kan Lee / PD)

Under current law, California companies exist to conduct business in a manner that maximizes shareholder value. Companies that make decisions to prioritize environmental or social values over profit are at risk of lawsuits from shareholders. Assemblyman Jared Huffman wants to change that. He has authored a bill that would create a new class of companies.

Penn stumps for Solomon

Sean Penn

Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn made a cameo appearance at a political campaign event on Tuesday in Petaluma, calling North Coast congressional candidate Norman Solomon a “principled man.” People paid $10 at the door for the 70-minute event. Watch the video here.

Renee joins race for Woolsey’s seat in Congress

Tiffany Renee

Tiffany Renee made it official Tuesday. She’s making a bid for Congress, joining three Marin-based Democrats vying to replace retiring Rep. Lynn Woolsey. Renee says her “experience as a problem solver and collaborator” sets her apart from the other candidates. 9/8/11 UPDATE: Watch a video of Renee speaking to Mendocino County Democrats on Labor Day.

Adams joins race for Woolsey seat

Susan Adams

Marin County Supervisor Susan Adams announced Wednesday that she is running for the congressional seat held by Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, who is not seeking re-election in 2012. As a county supervisor, Adams has worked on green energy jobs, therapeutic justice programs and services for homeless veterans. 9/8/11 UPDATE: Watch a video of Adams speaking to Mendocino County Democrats on Labor Day.

Woolsey announces retirement

Rep. Lynn Woolsey announces her retirement at her Petaluma home in 2011. (CHRISTOPHER CHUNG/PD)

UPDATE 9:15 PM: Rep. Lynn Woolsey made it official Monday at her Petaluma home, announcing that she will retire next year after completing two decades as the North Bay’s member of Congress. Watch the video of her announcement and see what she considers to be her greatest achievements during her tenure in the House of Representatives. How will you remember her?

Cuclis launches campaign for Board of Supervisors

Gina Cuclis

Gina Cuclis, a Boyes Hot Springs resident and communications consultant who has been active in Sonoma Valley political issues, has formally declared her candidacy for Sonoma County’s First District supervisorial seat. “The people of the First District deserve an inclusive leader who will take the time to listen,” she says.

A Nobel laureate’s video on Sonoma County’s pension problem

pension video

During his talk about pensions in Petaluma on Thursday, former Assemblyman Joe Nation showed this satirical video concerning the county’s pension obligation bonds. It left some county employees grumbling. You may be surprised who created it.

Frontline exposé targets Sonoma County autopsies

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A television documentary on the ailing state of autopsies in the United States will air tonight on PBS as a Frontline investigation, with case examples from Sonoma County. The show highlights deficient autopsies that have led to unwarranted homicide investigations and in some cases, convictions, across the country. Watch it now on WSC.

VIDEO: An interview with Mike Kerns

Kerns video

As he prepares to leave the Board of Supervisors, Mike Kerns looks back on the last 12 years representing southern Sonoma County on the Board of Supervisors. What do you think was his biggest accomplishment – and what disappointed you most about his stewardship in office?

VIDEO: Oct. 11 Sebastopol City Council debate

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Six candidates running for three seats on the Sebastopol City Council faced off in a debate Monday night. Which candidate made the strongest case? Watch the debate and give us your opinion.