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Work begins on new Oakmont subdivision

Workers have begun grading dirt on what could be the last new home development in the Oakmont senior community in east Santa Rosa.

Apartments proposed for Rohnert Park ballpark site

The company behind the only residential housing developments in Rohnert Park in the past 12 years is back with a project that would punctuate a sore chapter for the city.

Santa Rosa eyes purchase of former dairy near sewage plant

Santa Rosa has renewed its interest in buying a former dairy to create a buffer zone at the regional sewage treatment plant on Llano Road. The Board of Public Utilities has long been interested in acquiring the 277-acre Peters Dairy to prevent additional homes from being built on the property.

Brown signs bill requiring university foundations to disclose records

The public will have access to internal records of Sonoma State University’s Academic Foundation starting Jan. 1 under a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown. State Sen. Leland Yee, who authored the bill, cited private loans made by the SSU Academic Foundation as evidence of the need for greater transparency.

SSU cheers changes to bill that expands public records law

Sonoma State University faculty members on Thursday applauded the decision by state university officials to reverse course and support a bill that would increase financial transparency at public universities. It would bring academic foundations and other nonprofit campus auxiliary organizations under requirements of California public records laws.

SSU gets an A+ for records transparency

Sonoma State University is getting top marks from a watchdog organization for upholding the state’s public records law. The grade, however, runs contrary to the impressions of some SSU faculty who’ve long complained the university has shrouded the business affairs surrounding the Green Music Center.

Creditors sue Carinalli children

Creditors of bankrupt developer Clem Carinalli are suing his children in an attempt to gain control of more than $1.5 million from the foreclosure sale of Robert O’Neel III’s mansion.

County supes approve garbage contracts

Despite voicing concerns about the relationship between its owner and bankrupt developer Clem Carinalli, the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to renew a contract with the Ratto Group to operate waste transfer stations and haul the county’s waste to a Solano County landfill. It also awarded two contracts to reopen the county’s central landfill.

GUEST OPINION: More fiscal management concerns at SSU

It is time for the primary budget deciders at Sonoma State University to step down and allow others to rebuild the academic mission of the university. That is the opinion of two SSU professors who believe that funding for undergraduate instruction has been severely mismanaged by the current administration.

GUEST OPINION: Facts, fiction and frustration at SSU

Do the allegations of financial mismanagement at SSU actually square with the facts? SRJC Professor Sylvia Wasson says faculty criticism of SSU President Ruben Armiñana is misguided.

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