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Cloverdale council incumbents so far running unopposed

Veteran Cloverdale City Council members Joe Palla and Carol Russell are both running for re-election, saying there is still work to be done to strengthen the city’s economy and fulfill other goals.

Cloverdale council advancing utility tax proposal

The Cloverdale City Council is moving ahead with reinstating a utility tax that would raise approximately $400,000 annually and enable the city to hire an extra police officer and replace aging police cars.

New Santa Rosa budget restores some funding cuts

Santa Rosa approved a $357 million budget Wednesday that begins restoring some community services scaled back during the recession but which critics say continues funding public safety at the expense of other pressing city needs like roads, parks and unfunded pension liabilities.

Widow of late Sebastopol councilman appointed to his seat

The Sebastopol City Council on Thursday unanimously selected Una Glass, the wife of late Sebastopol Councilman Michael Kyes, to serve the remaining five months of her husband’s term in city office.

Little progress made on diversity at Santa Rosa City Hall

Despite years of talk about improving diversity at Santa Rosa City Hall, little progress has been made in changing the ethnic, gender or geographic diversity on city boards and commissions, according to the annual report on the issue.

Sebastopol weighs broader utility tax

Sebastopol City Council members may ask voters this fall to extend a tax on gas and electrical service to other household utilities like cellphones and landlines, cable service, water, sewer and refuse collection.

Santa Rosa council OKs extra $1.4 million for police

The nitty-gritty of Santa Rosa’s budget deliberations doesn’t get underway until Wednesday at 9 a.m. But in some ways the most important budget decision has already been made.

Late Sebastopol Councilman Michael Kyes’ widow seeks to fill his seat

Two Sebastopol residents are in the running to fill the City Council vacancy created by the death of former Mayor and City Councilman Michael Kyes, including his widow, Una Glass, who is a well-known conservationist and executive director of Coastwalk California.

Petaluma councilwoman Teresa Barrett to seek re-election

Petaluma City Councilwoman Teresa Barrett will seek re-election to a third term, joining four others vying for three open council seats this November.

Bill Pisenti, longtime conservative activist, dies at 96

For years on end, it wasn’t a Sonoma County Board of Supervisors meeting without a gravelly plea for fiscal restraint by old-school Bennett Valley rancher Bill Pisenti.

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