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Talks in Efren Carrillo peeking case continue without settlement

Prosecutors and a lawyer for Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo met in private talks again Wednesday but were unable to reach agreement on terms of a settlement in his peeking case. The continued impasse over Carrillo’s misdemeanor charge comes as his scheduled April 18 trial looms less than a month away. But despite courtroom discussions about evidence and witness lists, the second-term supervisor is not expected to take his case before a jury.

Officials hope to learn from history on Roseland annexation

The committee exploring how Santa Rosa can annex the 600-acre Roseland neighborhood in the southwest part of the city is hoping to sidestep the pitfalls that doomed a similar effort six years ago.

Deb Fudge wins Democratic endorsement in supervisor race

Windsor City Council member Deb Fudge has secured the endorsement of the Sonoma County Democratic Party in her quest to replace outgoing Fourth District Supervisor Mike McGuire, the party said Thursday.

Penngrove rancher John King to challenge Supervisor David Rabbitt

Penngrove rancher John King has entered the race for Sonoma County’s 2nd District supervisorial seat, setting up a rematch with Supervisor David Rabbitt, who he faced in the crowded 2010 primary.

Cities could OK Sonoma County landfill deal soon

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.

Pension activist Ken Churchill joins race for north county supervisor

Santa Rosa winemaker Ken Churchill, an advocate of overhauling public workers’ pensions, has jumped into the race to replace Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire.

Court rejects lawsuit over Petaluma asphalt plant

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 collect automatic pay hike

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.

Supervisor Efren Carrillo’s trial date pushed back to April

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 expected to declare drought emergency

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.

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