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Santa Rosa strikes deal on Sonoma Clean Power

A last-ditch effort to assuage Santa Rosa’s concerns about the structure of the Sonoma Clean Power Authority succeeded Tuesday, convincing the city to join the launch of the fledgling public power agency.

Sonoma Clean Power expected to tweak policies at Tuesday meeting

Sonoma County officials are set to debut a fledgling public power agency next week by taking on several key decisions in the first open meeting of the Sonoma Clean Power Authority.

Sonoma County power agency plan scrambles political allegiances

Plans for a public power agency and the renewable energy projects that could sprout with it appear to have scrambled politics in Sonoma County.

Push to overhaul CEQA law divides Democrats

A major political battle is brewing in Sacramento over California’s landmark environmental law referred to mainly by its acronym, CEQA, with some powerful Democrats urging an overhaul of the regulations.

Sonoma County scales back frost-protection rules

Sonoma County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to scale back controversial rules designed to protect endangered fish and regulate how grape growers use water from the Russian River for frost protection. The board eliminated rules that would have required vineyard and orchard operators to monitor and report their water diversions from the river, its tributaries and nearby groundwater.

Vineyard frost rules back before supervisors

Controversial rules designed to protect endangered fish and regulate how grape growers use water from the Russian River will be revisited by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Proposed Dutra plan in Petaluma challenged in court

Opponents of a proposed asphalt plant near Petaluma have challenged the project’s approval in state appellate court.

Petaluma legal fees mounting in fight against Dutra plant

The Petaluma City Council decision to spend about $10,000 trying to prevent an asphalt plant from opening on its outskirts commits it to a legal battle that may cost many times that, although it won’t bear the cost alone.

Petaluma continues legal fight against Dutra

Petaluma’s City Council voted 6-1 on Monday night to continue its legal fight against the Dutra Materials asphalt plant after two local groups pledged $10,000 to help fund the battle. The money should cover about half the city’s costs to appeal a ruling by Superior Court Judge Rene Chouteau, who dismissed a lawsuit challenging the asphalt plant. Did the City Council make the right decision to appeal the ruling?

Judge dismisses lawsuit seeking to stop Petaluma asphalt plant

A Sonoma County judge has dismissed the lawsuit challenging approval of the Dutra Materials asphalt plant, the controversial land use project slated for 38 acres south of Petaluma. Judge Rene Chouteau dismissed all claims brought against the county, Dutra and its business partners by the City of Petaluma, a group of five nonprofit groups and several individuals.

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