Two years after city leaders achieved what they thought was a compromise on the combustible topic of gas-powered leaf blowers, the issue returns Wednesday night to the Sonoma City Council, which could further restrict the noisy devices.
The Sonoma City Council is diving head first again into a national debate that extends well outside city limits. Mayor Ken Brown will seek council support Monday to send an official letter to President Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asking them to deny permits for the Keystone XL pipeline
Mayor Ernesto Olivares and Councilman Gary Wysocky will return to their seats on Santa Rosa’s City Council, joined by two challengers, neighborhood activist Julie Combs and attorney Erin Carlstrom.
The four candidates running for Sonoma City Council expressed similar ideas Monday for how the city should be run. The candidates, who were taking part in a forum at the city’s community room, identified the city’s finances and water needs as top priorities. All four also dismissed a question from an audience member about the feasibility of charging for parking around the city’s plaza as a bad idea.
Santa Rosa City Council candidate Mike Cook dropped out of the race Tuesday.