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Sonoma Clean Power opposes ‘opt-in’ bill

Officials with Sonoma County’s startup public power provider said legislation recently introduced in Sacramento poses a major threat to the agency and others like it seeking to launch across the state.

Supervisors reject pot dispensary south of Santa Rosa

Sonoma County supervisors rejected a proposed medical marijuana dispensary south of Santa Rosa on Tuesday, saying it was too close to a residential area and two school bus stops.

Neighbors riled up over Montini Preserve water basin plan

A bucolic 9-acre pasture grazed by cows on Sonoma’s northwest edge has become an unlikely battleground of late, pitting local government officials who want use it to manage flood and drought concerns against neighbors who say the county promised to preserve it forever in its natural state.

Lawmakers join fight for Sonoma Developmental Center

A coalition of Sonoma County government agencies and environmental groups is ramping up its fight to protect the Sonoma Developmental Center from development and to maintain residential care for an unspecified number of severely disabled clients.

Supervisors support scaled-back Oakmont kennel expansion

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday signaled support for the controversial expansion of a dog kennel north of Oakmont, albeit as a downsized version.

Sonoma County supervisors OK project labor agreements

A disputed policy that would require union rules, benefits and oversight on County of Sonoma construction projects of $10 million or more was formally approved Tuesday on a 4-0 vote by the Board of Supervisors.

Push for worker benefits on Sonoma County projects returns

A renewed bid by unions and their supporters to establish union rules, benefits and oversight for all workers on large county construction projects is coming back to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors next week.

Sonoma Clean Power says rates will beat PG&E’s

Cleaner power and competitive rates. Those twin goals have driven the development of Sonoma County’s startup public power agency since it was proposed years ago by local climate activists and business interests. Now supporters of the venture say they will deliver on both counts, after officials overseeing Sonoma Clean Power on Thursday formally approved retail rates that will beat those set for PG&E for power generation this year.

Sonoma Clean Power takes ‘interim’ from CEO’s title

Geof Syphers, the interim chief executive of Sonoma County’s startup public power agency since July, has been given the job on a permanent basis, Sonoma Clean Power announced Friday.

Sonoma Clean Power projects rates that beat PG&E’s

Customers enrolled next year with Sonoma County’s startup public power agency could see some savings on their electricity compared to rates proposed by PG&E for 2014.

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