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Ruling deals setback to Artesa’s disputed vineyard plan

Environmentalists are hailing a court ruling this week that deals a significant setback to a hotly disputed vineyard project in northwestern Sonoma County.

New evidence in fight for public access to Lafferty Ranch

Lafferty Ranch advocates say an easement over 905 square feet of private land standing between the public and the proposed nature preserve near Petaluma could finally be secured by newly discovered property records dating back to the Civil War era.

Santa Rosa’s approval of new asphalt plant silos allowed, judge likely to rule

Santa Rosa acted properly in letting an asphalt plant add three new 82-foot-high silos without a full environmental review, a judge has tentatively ruled.

Roblar quarry developer will pay opponents’ legal fees if project loses in court

The developer of a controversial rock quarry west of Cotati has agreed to pay $240,000 in attorney fees for the opponents of his project if they prevail in their ongoing court challenge of the quarry.

Court fines Santa Rosa $40,000 in bike access case

A state appeals court has fined the city of Santa Rosa nearly $40,000 for frivolous legal filings in its effort to preserve the right of bicyclists to ride through a gated community near Oakmont.

Judge deals blow to lawsuit seeking to stop Rohnert Park casino

A Sonoma County judge on Thursday dealt a serious blow to opponents of the tribal casino being built outside Rohnert Park, ruling against them in a lawsuit aimed at halting the project that had been set for trial today.

Judge won’t halt Santa Rosa asphalt plant’s silo construction

A judge on Wednesday refused to block construction of three new storage silos at a Santa Rosa asphalt plant. Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Elliot Daum denied a request by neighbors to halt construction of the 82-foot-high silos at the BoDean asphalt plant north of Railroad Square.

Lawsuit targets county in-home care program

A Sonoma County jury may get to decide a case that has far-reaching implications for thousands of in-home caregivers throughout California. The key issue in a civil lawsuit filed by a local caregiver is who qualifies as her employer — the client who receives care through the Sonoma County’s In-Home Supportive Services program or the county itself, or both.

Sonoma County judge strikes down Roblar Road quarry OK

A Sonoma County judge has struck down the approval for a controversial rock quarry west of Cotati, saying key parts of the environmental impact report were inadequate. The final ruling, issued Thursday by Judge Elliot Daum, could derail the project by requiring the county and quarry developer John Barella to conduct a new environmental report, or overhaul large parts of the existing one. Opponents of the 70-acre Roblar Road quarry, including neighbors and environmentalists, welcomed the decision.

Opponents of Roblar Road quarry win round in court

A Sonoma County judge has sided with key points in a lawsuit challenging approval of the controversial Roblar Road rock quarry, a move that could derail the project west of Cotati. A split county Board of Supervisors approved the 70-acre project in late 2010 over the objections of a group of neighbors and others concerned about environmental impacts. They sued the county and quarry developer John Barella, claiming safeguards needed to address those impacts were not sufficiently studied or spelled out in the county’s environmental report.

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