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Rohnert Park budget balanced, for now

An improving economy, an aggressive campaign to attract new businesses and some belt tightening measures have allowed Rohnert Park officials this week to balance the city’s budget for the first time in 10 years.

Graton casino’s earnings beat expectations

In the first glimpse into its financial health since its debut last fall, the Graton Resort and Casino recorded $101 million in net revenue for the first three months of 2014, according to a public filing by Station Casinos, the Las Vegas firm that manages the gambling complex next to Rohnert Park.

Rohnert Park council clears way for up to 1,645 homes

The Rohnert Park City Council on Tuesday approved changes to a long-stalled housing project just north of Sonoma State University that could add up to 1,645 homes starting as soon as next year.

Rohnert Park may drop economics job for engineer

Rohnert Park’s City Council will be asked Tuesday to approve a plan to lay off its economic development manager, Linda Babonis, to make room for a new city engineer.

Rohnert Park City Council OKs city manager pick

A 10-year veteran of Rohnert Park government was appointed city manager Tuesday on a 4-0 vote, with one council member abstaining from the vote over concerns about the proposed salary package.

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.

Rohnert Park restricts five types of businesses

The Rohnert Park City Council makes no bones about wanting new businesses in the city. Just not all kinds, at least for now.

Rohnert Park faces great unknown when casino opens Nov. 1

Rohnert Park officials are scrambling to prepare for a great unknown that has been years in arriving — what will happen when a 24-hour, 3,000-slot-machine casino opens on the west edge of the city?

‘We have no idea what the impacts will be,’ Vice Mayor Joe Callinan said Tuesday as the council reviewed the report of a city task force that is trying to answer that question.

After a decade of controversy, environmental studies, lawsuits and bureaucracy, the $800 million Graton Resort & Casino is expected to open Nov. 1.

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 promotes from within for assistant city manager

Darrin Jenkins is Rohnert Park’s new assistant city manager, filling a post mostly vacant since 2009. A Sonoma County native, Jenkins, 40, was city engineer and development services director until stepping into the new post.