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Santa Rosa auto dealer’s relocation plan rebuffed

A used car dealer whose lot was taken by the city when it widened Santa Rosa Avenue a few years ago cannot relocate his business to a recreational vehicle sales lot just north of Highway 12 because the city is trying to encourage less auto-dependent land uses near downtown.

Santa Rosa closes A Street block, gives land to developer

The Santa Rosa City Council Tuesday gave a portion of South A Street to the developer of a Kia dealership over the objections of some in the neighborhood.

Santa Rosa council OKs redevelopment ‘ransom’

Santa Rosa officials agreed Tuesday to pay what they call a $2.7 million “ransom” payment to the state to keep its redevelopment agency alive. The City Council concluded it didn’t have much choice but to pay the money to the state to avoid dissolution of the agency by Oct. 1.

Allen focus of ethics probe

With 10 weeks remaining until the June 8 primary election, Assembly candidate Michael Allen is facing an investigation by the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission into allegations he violated conflict-of-interest laws while a member of the Santa Rosa Planning Commission.

Koire the face of shadowy SR coalition

Rosa Koire said members of the Santa Rosa Neighborhood Coalition are all about exposing wrongdoing and questionable governmental policies. But critics say they aren’t willing to expose much about themselves.

FPPC investigating Allen

The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission confirmed Thursday it is pursuing an investigation into allegations of conflict-of-interest lodged against former Santa Rosa Planning Commissioner Michael Allen.

Wiggins’ outburst sparks new questions

State Sen. Pat Wiggins’ latest outburst at a Capitol hearing has heightened concern about her ability to carry out her duties and has led to increased calls for the Santa Rosa Democrat to resign.