Two days after Shirlee Zane publicly excoriated Efren Carrillo and called for his resignation, the two Sonoma County supervisors sat across from each other Thursday at Santa Rosa City Hall, barely making eye contact.
A flier distributed in Cotati this week mocking support for a June 3 ballot measure to raise the city’s sales tax is sparking heated objections and promises of legal action by those who say the mailer falsely quotes them.
Officials with Sonoma County’s startup public power provider said legislation recently introduced in Sacramento poses a major threat to the agency and others like it seeking to launch across the state.
Her plight has drawn support from from city and county officials, a state lawmaker and American Lung Association advocates, who all see California moving slowly and unevenly toward the protection Alicia Orozco wants.
Officials of Sonoma County’s emerging public power agency sparred Thursday while setting compensation packages for a pair of new hires, splitting over appropriate pay for the posts and how salaries and benefits at the agency would compare to other public entities.
With five newly seated city representatives, an expanded board of directors for Sonoma County’s startup public power agency got to work Thursday, reviewing a preliminary first-year budget and a timeline geared toward a power purchase deal, plus various staffing and financial decisions looming over the next four months.
Sonoma’s mayor appears to have overcome his reservations about Sonoma Clean Power, the fledgling public agency, possibly paving the way for the city to become the fifth in the county to join the program.