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Petaluma’s Hansen House declared a local landmark

A 1906 farmhouse, one of the last on Petaluma’s suburban east side, was officially declared a local landmark Monday, affording the home built by Danish immigrants a place in the city’s future.

Powerful lobbying firms have North Bay connections

Four of the busiest lobbying firms in Sacramento have North Bay connections. Atop the heap is a firm co-founded by former North Bay lawmaker Bev Hansen.

Fewer and fewer Republicans on North Coast

Imagine a Republican county supervisor from Crescent City winning the North Coast seat in Congress and holding onto it for 20 years. That’s what happened when Don Clausen, a World War II veteran, won the 1962 election in a district that stretched — as it does now, with some variations — from Marin County to Oregon. But that area of rugged coastline and liberal-leaning voters now has no Republicans in Congress or the Legislature, nor does any GOP candidate have a shouting chance of success in today’s election.