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Sonoma County airport expansion holdout says county ‘stealing’ family land

For almost 30 years, Barbara ‘Penny’ Napoli has lived on 6 acres near the Sonoma County airport, where she’s tended Arabian horses, raised swans and geese and enjoyed a country lifestyle, despite the noisy airplanes landing and taking off.

Rohnert Park OKs plan to condemn, buy property along Wilfred Avennue

The Rohnert Park City Council on Tuesday approved the start of eminent domain proceedings to condemn and buy part of a property that is to be the site of a planned hotel and McDonald’s restaurant near the Indian casino being built now along Wilfred Avenue.

Rohnert Park may use eminent domain to widen road near casino

Rohnert Park may use its eminent domain powers to acquire parts of several properties needed to widen Wilfred Avenue to accommodate the huge Indian casino now under construction.

The city in September signed an agreement with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and the county of Sonoma under which the tribe is to pay the full cost of widening the street.

But officials say neither they nor the tribe have been able to reach agreements with five property owners to buy just under an acre of land still needed for the $10 million widening project from Redwood Drive to Stony Point Road.

SMART OKs use of eminent domain to close rural Petaluma crossings

The use of eminent domain powers was authorized by Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit directors Wednesday to obtain easements necessary to consolidate three rail crossings into one in south Petaluma.

Petaluma OKs eminent domain for East Washington land

The Petaluma City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to proceed with eminent domain actions if purchase negotiations fall through for land surrounding the planned Highway 101 and East Washington Street interchange. The action allows the city to legally condemn the privately owned land and use it for the public interest if it can’t negotiate deals to buy the three properties.

Petaluma wants control of land on East Washington

Petaluma’s City Council will meet Tuesday to discuss eminent domain proceedings against land owners with property along Highway 101 and East Washington Street. The city is seeking to acquire portions of the properties as part of a planned Highway 101-East Washington interchange expansion.