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New law reduces holds placed on immigrants

A new state law that seeks to limit cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration agents may be having a significant impact in Sonoma County.

Supervisors pick appointees to law enforcement task force

Sonoma County supervisors took further steps Tuesday in their response to the Andy Lopez shooting, naming most of their appointees to a community task force that will study models for future citizen oversight of local law enforcement.

Supervisors support memorial park for Andy Lopez, lapel cameras for deputies

Sonoma County supervisors on Tuesday sought to map out their response to the Andy Lopez shooting with a robust plan of action, endorsing work on a memorial park in the Santa Rosa boy’s neighborhood and more than a dozen other proposals aimed at repairing trust in local government and law enforcement.

District Attorney Jill Ravitch defends Andy Lopez inquiry amid pair of protests

Beating on drums, pans and blowing on plastic stadium horns, about 150 activists protesting the shooting death of Andy Lopez picketed a re-election event Tuesday evening for Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch.

Sonoma County eyes ambitious jail project

Sonoma County intends to use $36 million recently allocated to it by the state and an additional $24 million it is seeking from Sacramento to build a new 160-bed detention and probation facility near the main county jail in Santa Rosa.

Four county supervisors endorse Healdsburg’s Jim Wood in Assembly race

Healdsburg City Councilman Jim Wood has virtually cornered endorsements from local Democratic leaders in his bid for the Assembly seat representing the North Coast.

New state law limits holds on immigrants

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a slate of immigration-related bills Saturday, including the Trust Act, which limits local law enforcement agencies’ use of federal holds on undocumented immigrants booked into local jails.

Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas won’t fight proposed state law on immigration cooperation

Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas, a strong opponent of a state bill that would limit cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration officials, said this week that he would not oppose the new law if Gov. Jerry Brown signs it.

Immigration advocates want fewer deportations from local jails

Concerned that opponents will block or gut a federal immigration bill in the Congress, Sonoma County immigration advocates are now marshaling efforts to pass a bill in Sacramento that would reduce deportations of people held in local jails.

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo to make first court appearance Thursday

Embattled Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo will appear in court Thursday to face potential charges stemming from his weekend arrest on suspicion of burglary and prowling outside a woman’s home.

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