Negotiations that could determine whether cities in Sonoma County agree to send their garbage to the county’s central landfill for the next 20 years are making significant progress and could result in a deal being struck soon.
Santa Rosa winemaker Ken Churchill, an advocate of overhauling public workers’ pensions, has jumped into the race to replace Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire.
A state appellate court on Friday rejected on all counts an appeal by the city of Petaluma and environmental groups that challenged county approval of the Dutra Materials asphalt plant just south of Petaluma.
Sonoma County supervisors got a treat last month to mark the coming of the new year — a 1.4 percent pay hike and a lump-sum payment because the raise was retroactive to July 1.
The little-noticed pay hike boosted the supervisors’ base pay by $1,878 to $135,969. The back paycheck was $763.20.
The hike was not the direct handiwork of the supervisors, however, but rather an indirect effect of actions by the state. For more than four decades, Sonoma County has pegged supervisor salaries to judicial salaries as a way of reducing any appearance of conflict of interest in having elected officials set their own salaries directly.
Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo’s trial on misdemeanor peeking charges was pushed back by more than a month Friday after the two sides were unable to meet with the judge to discuss a settlement.
Sonoma County Supervisors are expected to declare a ‘drought emergency’ Tuesday, a move designed to make the county eligible for possible state and federal aid.
Plea bargaining continued Friday in Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo’s misdemeanor peeking case but a pretrial settlement remains at least a week away.
Sonoma County supervisors on Tuesday appointed a leader in the Sonoma County Taxpayers Association to the board that runs the county public pension system, despite complaints from labor groups that his organization is hostile to union interests.
Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo has joined the board overseeing Sonoma Clean Power, a shakeup that could give additional momentum to the supervisor’s bid to regain his political portfolio even while he remains under a legal cloud from his July arrest.