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Dueling plastic bag bans poised for approval

Plastic shopping bags could be largely prohibited countywide following Tuesday decisions by the city councils of Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park to back a law that institutes the ban but allows cities to opt out — which Santa Rosa did on a split vote.

Santa Rosa council balks at two years of water rate hikes

The Santa Rosa City Council refused to approve two years’ worth of water and sewer increases Tuesday, saying the city needs to do more to help poor residents cope with some of the highest rates in the region.

Santa Rosa eases rules on medical pot

Santa Rosa relaxed its restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries Tuesday, eliminating rules that advocates said were outdated and limited patients’ ability to obtain their cannabis locally.

Grant could jump-start annexation of Roseland

Santa Rosa officials may have found a way to kick-start the annexation of Roseland and save some money in the process.

Santa Rosa to relax restrictions on pot dispensaries

Santa Rosa is set to relax its restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries, including removing the 500-patient cap and extending the hours of operation.

Sonoma County politicians wary of push to overhaul pensions

Several Sonoma County politicians who rely on labor union support are coming out early against a proposed statewide ballot measure that could dramatically overhaul public employee pensions.

Santa Rosa Councilwoman Erin Carlstrom ‘taking a look’ at Assembly seat

Santa Rosa Councilwoman Erin Carlstrom, who until recently was a candidate for state Senate, now is weighing a bid for the 10th District Assembly seat held by Marc Levine.

Bayer park set to move forward after Santa Rosa Council OKs $320,000 expenditure

A long-delayed park in Roseland will move forward after the Santa Rosa City Council on Tuesday approved an extra $320,000 to cover cost overruns in designing it.

Santa Rosa vice mayor casts votes from home

Santa Rosa Vice Mayor Erin Carlstrom voted on several key issues during Tuesday’s City Council meeting, including a new contract for firefighters and a new operating agreement for the Bennett Valley Golf Course.

Green fees hiked at Bennett Valley, financial controls imposed

Santa Rosa boosted greens fees, tightened financial controls and reduced payments to the operator of the Bennett Valley Golf Course Tuesday in an effort to help the popular attraction through the roughest financial patch in its history.

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