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Santa Rosa council still divided on response to Lopez shooting

The way Santa Rosa officials responded in the wake of the shooting of Andy Lopez continues to divide City Council members, with some continuing to criticize key decisions while others are seeking to move on.

Santa Rosa may revise rules for campaign robocalls

Santa Rosa is working to update its campaign finance rules to help the public better understand who’s behind those pesky political robocalls.

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 renews deal with labor negotiator

Santa Rosa rehired its labor negotiator Tuesday despite questions raised by two council members about the cost of the firm’s services and the soundness of its guidance.

Santa Rosa city hall emails about Lopez shooting released

In an attempt the quell a controversy over the legal advice given to Santa Rosa City Council members in the wake of the Andy Lopez shooting, the city took the unusual step Wednesday of releasing previously confidential emails on the subject.

Santa Rosa council waives privilege on Andy Lopez emails

A Santa Rosa City Council meeting that was supposed to provide clarity regarding advice given to council members about what they could say about the Andy Lopez shooting only made things murkier Tuesday after it was disclosed that an outside law firm is conducting some type of probe into the issue.

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 firefighters get pay raise, must pay more for pensions

A sharply divided Santa Rosa City Council on Tuesday approved a new three-year contract for firefighters that some members praised as saving the city money by shifting more pension costs onto workers but others criticized as including raises the city couldn’t afford.

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.

Democrats stop short of immediate demand for Efren Carrillo’s resignation

Political support for embattled Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo crumbled further this week as the Sonoma County Democratic Party said Carrillo should resign if the recent criminal allegations facing him turn out to be accurate.

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