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Rohnert Park City Manager Gonzalez leaving

In an unexpected development, Rohnert Park City Manager Gabe Gonzalez is leaving to take a post in Kansas after slightly more than three years with the city.

Former finance chief, Rohnert Park settle lawsuit

A lawsuit against Rohnert Park and its city manager that was set to go to trial later this year will soon be dismissed under a settlement deal, said the attorney for the plaintiff, a former top city official.

Rohnert Park sales tax extension headed for ballot

In what had become an increasingly foregone development, the Rohnert Park City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ask city voters to extend Measure E, a half-cent sales tax that was passed in 2010 and originally intended to expire in 2015.

Rohnert Park paving way to put sales tax renewal on fall ballot

Facing a $1.4 million budget deficit, Rohnert Park officials have in recent weeks laid the groundwork to ask voters later this year to extend Measure E, the half-cent city sales tax they approved in 2010.

Rohnert Park facing $2.3 million deficit

Rohnert Park’s City Council on Tuesday will review the revenue and expense trends that have contributed to the city’s looming $2.3 million general fund deficit.

Millions at stake as Rohnert Park-area fire agencies weigh how to divvy casino payouts

Talks are under way about how three fire agencies should divide a one-time $1.5 million payment that the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria is giving to Sonoma County to address impacts from the casino being built outside Rohnert Park.

Rohnert Park signs new casino revenue-sharing deal, gets $40 million more

Rohnert Park and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria have agreed to a new revenue-sharing deal worth $40 million more than one they signed in 2003. The agreement is intended to more fully address the impacts of the casino the tribe is now building.

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.

Rohnert Park changes rules to make it easier to fire future department heads

The Rohnert Park City Council authorized a change to the city’s employment rules Tuesday, making it much easier for the city manager to fire future department heads. The decision means that all future executive level staff will be at-will employees. Currently, they work under for-cause agreements that require a lengthy process before someone can be dismissed.

Rohnert Park City Council OKs hiring assistant city manager

The Rohnert Park City Council unanimously approved its city manager’s request to look into hiring an assistant city manager, but not without pressing home the message that they wanted economic development to go to the top of the to-do list.

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