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Revised Sonoma hotel plans on hold

The developer of a proposed luxury hotel in Sonoma will not unveil revised plans for the project until city voters have had a chance to weigh in on a ballot measure that could limit hotel expansion.

Santa Rosa scales back plans for Roseland park

Plans for an agricultural-themed park in southwest Santa Rosa are being scaled back because City Hall doesn’t have the money to construct several of the buildings once planned for the 6-acre property.

Sonoma orders hotel-cap study

Sonoma City Council members decided Monday to request a $17,500 impact study on a proposed ordinance that would cap the number of hotel rooms in the city.

Efren Carrillo enters rehab for alcohol abuse

A day after his arrest on suspicion of burglary and prowling, Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo has been admitted into a treatment facility for help with what Carrillo and his friends have said is a recurrent drinking problem.

Sonoma hotel-limit backers submit signatures

Proponents of an initiative to limit hotel development in Sonoma submitted signatures to the city clerk Monday that appear to qualify the measure for a special election.

Healdsburg Animal Shelter directors plead for donations

Directors of the troubled Healdsburg Animal Shelter are appealing to the public for donations to keep the 53-year-old facility operating.

Plan to limit hotels in Sonoma debated

Pent-up feelings over a proposed hotel in downtown Sonoma, and over an initiative that would curb such growth, spilled over at Monday’s City Council meeting. The council voted 4-1 to give City Manager Carol Giovanatto the authority to research consultants for help in preparing a report on the impacts of the proposed ballot measure, should proponents succeed in qualifying it for an election.

Sonoma hotel foes get OK to begin push for vote

Sonoma’s city attorney on Monday released a summary of a proposed ballot measure that would limit hotel development in the city, including the controversial Chateau Sonoma & Spa proposed near the Plaza.

Powerful lobbying firms have North Bay connections

Four of the busiest lobbying firms in Sacramento have North Bay connections. Atop the heap is a firm co-founded by former North Bay lawmaker Bev Hansen.

Healdsburg OKs Fitch Mountain buy

The top of Fitch Mountain, the landmark that helps define Healdsburg, is one step closer to becoming a public park.

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