Healdsburg may become the first city in California to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco from 18 to 21 years old.
Most City Council members agreed this week they want to raise the age for purchasing tobacco and e-cigarettes in town, despite the likelihood of being sued.
‘We’re on the map for a lot of things: our wine, our tourism, our restaurants. Is this such a bad thing to be on the map for?’ said Councilman Shaun McCaffrey.
“Part of our job is to look out for the health of our citizens,” he said while also acknowledging the city likely would be the target of litigation, presumably from tobacco companies or retailers.
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.
The day after the revelation that Santa Rosa Mayor Scott Bartley had filed a complaint accusing Councilman Gary Wysocky of creating a hostile work environment at City Hall, the two city leaders expressed sharply different views of the resulting investigation.
A divided City Council waived a key design requirement Tuesday for a subdivision in southwest Santa Rosa whose developers argued that affordable housing trumped design guidelines requiring strips of grass between the road and sidewalk.
Petaluma City Council members Monday night unanimously endorsed changes to a regional waste management agreement that would allow for the creation of a countywide ban on single-use plastic bags.
Santa Rosa Mayor Scott Bartley has filed a complaint against Councilman Gary Wysocky, accusing him of creating a hostile work environment at City Hall following an argument he had with City Attorney Caroline Fowler in the tense days following the Andy Lopez shooting.
Healdsburg is undergoing a deliberate soul-searching exercise as it struggles with the tension between tourism, the needs of local residents and the town’s future direction.