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New state law limits holds on immigrants

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a slate of immigration-related bills Saturday, including the Trust Act, which limits local law enforcement agencies’ use of federal holds on undocumented immigrants booked into local jails.

Sonoma hotel measure heading to voters

The Sonoma City Council on Monday voted to put a controversial measure that would limit hotel development on the November ballot, setting the stage for a bruising and divisive battle tied to the city’s identity and economic growth.

Flight school taking flak in Healdsburg

Plans to add a flight school at Healdsburg’s airport came out on the losing side of an advisory vote Wednesday.

City of Sonoma joins county power authority

The Sonoma City Council overcame its previous division Monday and voted unanimously to join the Sonoma County Clean Power Authority.

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.

Sonoma opposes Keystone XL pipeline on split vote

Sonoma will be sending a letter to President Obama urging him to oppose a controversial oil pipeline, an action authorized by the City Council Monday night.

Sonoma reluctant to join public power agency

Sonoma appears to be the latest city on track to reject joining the Sonoma County Clean Power Authority after a divided City Council on Monday all but turned out the lights on the idea.

Sonoma wades into Keystone XL pipeline debate

The Sonoma City Council is diving head first again into a national debate that extends well outside city limits. Mayor Ken Brown will seek council support Monday to send an official letter to President Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asking them to deny permits for the Keystone XL pipeline

Supervisors make quick work of adopting $1.37 billion budget

Sonoma County supervisors made quick work of their budget discussions Monday, agreeing in just four hours on a $1.37 billion spending plan that increases staffing for public safety, health and human service divisions and maintains funding for road repairs while seeking to hold down expenses in most other programs.

State gets $8.75 million in Petaluma redevelopment fight

Petaluma has paid the state $8.75 million after losing a lawsuit over redevelopment tax proceeds that were supposed to go toward the construction of two major Highway 101 interchange projects.

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