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Democrats stop short of immediate demand for Efren Carrillo’s resignation

Political support for embattled Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo crumbled further this week as the Sonoma County Democratic Party said Carrillo should resign if the recent criminal allegations facing him turn out to be accurate.

Parks director apologizes over West County Gateway project

County Regional Parks Director Caryl Hart apologized to west county residents Thursday night, saying her inexperience as a bureaucrat led to an uproar earlier this year over plans for increasing public access to open lands in the area.

Carrillo lawyer disputes evidence in middle-of-the-night arrest

A lawyer for Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo on Monday suggested the young politician was hoping to share beers with a neighbor around 3 a.m. shortly before his weekend arrest.

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo arrested on burglary charge

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo was arrested early Saturday morning wearing nothing but his socks and underwear after a woman in his west Santa Rosa neighborhood reported that he tried to break into her home through a bedroom window, police said.

Although Santa Rosa police arrested him on suspicion of burglary and prowling, they believe his intent was to commit some type of sexual assault, according to Sgt. Terry Anderson.

Both Carrillo and his close advisers sought Saturday to connect his behavior to what they said was a drinking problem.

State parks department seeks Coastal Commission OK for beach fees at Sonoma County coast

State parks officials, unbowed by public criticism of their bid to expand day-use fees at Sonoma Coast beaches, are taking their case to a higher authority.

Open space balancing act

If the public owns a piece of open land, should the public be able to hike, bike and use that land freely?

It is not an academic question: Sonoma County residents, whether they know it or not, own almost 6,400 acres of prime scenic land, about 10 square miles, and paid for more than 3,000 more that are lying only partly used in the hands of the state park system.

Red tape hobbles Bodega Bay trail

The slow pace of getting environmental permits has caused county parks officials to delay and scale back plans for a long-awaited pedestrian and bike trail through the community of Bodega Bay.

Occidental gateway meeting draws 200

Future recreational use of the vast swaths of park and open space acquired in the west county during the past 20 years threatens to overwhelm the quirky and individual characters of communities scattered across the area, warned speakers at a town hall meeting on the issue Tuesday night in Occidental.

West County Gateway idea riles Occidental residents

The fate of the aging and underutilized community center in Occidental has spawned a bitter controversy that has split neighbors over questions of how best to use public lands — and about the limits of government power.

Sonoma County, private operator near $547 million deal to run troubled landfill

The latest solution to Sonoma County’s garbage situation is a 20-year contract worth more than half a billion dollars that would outsource operations of the solid waste system.

It would give control of the county’s troubled 42-year-old central landfill west of Cotati to an Arizona company with $8 billion in annual revenue. But it would keep the site, and the county’s five waste transfer stations, in public ownership.

The proposal is being called the largest public-private business deal in county history and is headed to the Board of Supervisors for the first time Tuesday.

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