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Sebastopol sets vote on public power agency

Sebastopol’s green-minded City Council will consider joining the Sonoma County Clean Power Authority in two weeks, leaving room to make the latest deadline for participation in a plan aimed at providing communities with an alternative to PG&E.

High mercury levels in fish caught in Laguna de Santa Rosa

Fish caught at a popular fishing spot in the Laguna de Santa Rosa between Sebastopol and Santa Rosa had unacceptably high levels of mercury, well above the threshold where health officials normally recommend against eating them, according to a new state survey.

Sebastopol council votes to require solar power on new homes, buildings

Sebastopol burnished its liberal credentials Tuesday by becoming the second city in California to require solar power systems on new homes and commercial buildings.

Push on for public power agency in Sonoma County

Starting Tuesday, Sonoma County officials pushing creation of a public power agency face what could be the biggest hurdle yet as they appeal to cities to join the program.

Sebastopol poised to add solar requirement to new construction

Sebastopol appears on track to become the second city in California to require solar power systems on all new housing developments, as well as new commercial buildings.

Sebastopol newsletter urges opposition to county fluoride plan

Some Sebastopol residents, including a former city councilman, are objecting to a city-sponsored newsletter that urged people to oppose Sonoma County’s consideration of a water fluoridation plan.

Santa Rosa City Council members appointed to regional boards

Three Santa Rosa City Council members were appointed to represent the interests of Sonoma County cities on county and regional boards Thursday night.

Sebastopol may extend drive-thru ban

The Sebastopol City Council on Tuesday will consider extending its 45-day moratorium on drive-thrus to a year, a move certain to add fuel to the volatile community debate over the CVS Pharmacy-Chase Bank project.

Sebastopol council appoints McLaughlin permanent city manager

Larry McLaughlin, Sebastopol’s long-serving city attorney, was named city manager Tuesday. McLaughlin has been serving as interim city manager since May, when Jack Griffin left the post to take over the job as top administrator in San Marcos.

Sebastopol considers chain store ban, solar energy requirements for projects

The Sebastopol City Council, with the controversial CVS Pharmacy project still casting a shadow over downtown, is adding a chain store ban and solar energy requirements as possible ways to preserve the community’s identity and shape new development.
‘As the city grows and develops and learns, there is a lack of clarity in what the city wants future growth to look like, and it is important the council become pro-active,’ said Vice Mayor Robert Jacob. ‘It is very clear our town wants to maintain its unique, small-town identity.’

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