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Retired Santa Rosa Police Chief Tom Schwedhelm to run for City Council

Former Santa Rosa Police Chief Tom Schwedhelm said Thursday he plans to run for City Council in November.

Santa Rosa Planning Commissioner Curtis Byrd announces City Council campaign

Santa Rosa Planning Commissioner Curtis Byrd announced Thursday that he is running for City Council in 2014.

New Santa Rosa City Council member chosen

The Santa Rosa City Council on Monday night selected Robin Swinth, a member of the city’s powerful Board of Public Utilities and a former Agilent Technologies engineer, to fill the remaining two years of Susan Gorin’s council term.

2 more to vie for Santa Rosa City Council seat

Two more Santa Rosa residents have thrown their hats in the ring for the City Council seat left vacant by Susan Gorin’s election to the county Board of Supervisors.

Santa Rosa faces test in replacing Gorin

On the day that Susan Gorin will be sworn in as the new Sonoma County 1st District supervisor, her former colleagues on the Santa Rosa City Council will begin the politically delicate task of replacing her. Several key questions facing the council Tuesday will determine how they’ll go about filling the vacancy.

Coddingtown Target store backed

Coddingtown mall got the go-ahead Thursday to build a Target big-box store following an unusually contentious and emotional Santa Rosa Planning Commission meeting that exposed a deep ideological divide over what kind of jobs the city should encourage. The extraordinary meeting featured one commissioner rebuking his colleagues for delaying a job-creating project, another accusing staff of stifling valid inquiries, and a third claiming Santa Rosa is in the ‘Stone Age’ compared to how other communities consider development projects.

Santa Rosa Planning Commision to revisit permit for Coddingtown Target

The Santa Rosa Planning Commission voted Thursday to reconsider the permit it granted for a Target store at Coddingtown mall, citing inaccurate employment information provided by a company executive.

Santa Rosa City Council to weigh Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A is hoping the Santa Rosa City Council will serve up an approval this week for its fast-food restaurant on Mendocino Avenue.

Santa Rosa’s drive-thru dilemma

Drive-thru windows may be a popular convenience for those on the move, but Santa Rosa’s rejection of a Chick-fil-A on Mendocino Avenue shows they remain a hot topic for those worried about global warming.

Advocates urge district elections at Santa Rosa charter forum

A parade of speakers on Saturday called for district elections in Santa Rosa, saying the concept is more democratic and would bridge the city’s economic and ethnic divide. About 130 people attended the three-hour meeting to consider possible changes to the city charter, including a switch from citywide voting for all seven council members to separate voting in seven districts.