Petaluma City Council members are bracing for a lengthy hearing tonight on the draft environmental impact report for a controversial housing proposal on hilly land on the western outskirts of town.
Sonoma County supervisors Tuesday appointed one of their own, Supervisor Mike McGuire, to serve as their representative on an advisory committee tasked with reviewing the operating agreement that governs the county library system.
The future of the Sonoma County Library and possibly its controversial director are on the line as momentum builds for revising the library’s operating agreement with the county and nine cities. County officials and several city managers are pushing to form a committee that will consider revisions to the library’s joint powers agreement, which was enacted in 1975 to consolidate library operations and provide funding for the system through property taxes. County Supervisor Mike McGuire, who is spearheading the review, said he is seeking a more collaborative relationship with the library, the cities and the county.
Embattled Sonoma County Library Director Sandra Cooper will not be taking a similar job in East Baton Rouge Parish in Louisiana. Cooper said she had applied for the position after the June 28 release of a scathing grand jury report that called her an ‘unresponsive’ leader who ‘undermines the spirit’ of the 1975 joint powers agreement that created the county’s modern library system.
The Sonoma County Library Commission is proposing to increase library fines by five cents a day and impose a new penalty on patrons who fail to pick up items that they place on hold after 10 days. Officials say the proposals would generate more revenue for the library as another year of budget deficits loom, and in the case of the new fine for delinquent holds, discourage patrons from creating unnecessary work for library employees.
Several Sonoma County library commissioners were critical Monday of a scathing grand jury report that called their jobs and the leadership of library director Sandra Cooper into question.
Critics of Sonoma County Library Director Sandra Cooper packed a meeting Monday night in Sonoma to relay their concerns that the library system is being poorly run under her direction.
Sonoma County’s embattled library director defended herself Thursday against criticism by the grand jury and county supervisors that she has alienated people and made arbitrary decisions to the detriment of the public and her staff.
Harsh criticism of Sandra Cooper’s management of the sprawling Sonoma County Library system is fueling calls for county supervisors to seek more authority over her position, a move that could put Cooper’s job in jeopardy.
The state Department of Food and Agriculture is reviewing documents that detail the county’s decision to fire Agricultural Commissioner Cathy Neville. A lawsuit filed by Neville contends that supervisors acted illegally in retribution for her politically unpopular decision to fire Amy Cooper. The suit is the first test of state laws outlining procedures for the early dismissal of agricultural commissioners, who are appointed to four-year terms.