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Cotati woman pursuing a ban on indoor apartment smoking

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.

Cotati declares fiscal emergency, eyes tax hike

Cotati has declared a fiscal emergency, thus taking the first step toward extending the life of Measure A, the 2010 voter-approved sales-tax measure, and doubling its size.

Sonoma Clean Power officials spar over salaries, benefits for employees

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.

Lawsuit seeks to reverse Cotati garbage contract

A citizens group has filed a lawsuit seeking to force the Cotati City Council to reverse its May decision to award the city’s garbage contract to Redwood Empire Disposal.

Power agency panel gets down to business

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 appears poised to join Sonoma Clean Power

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.

Cotati joins Sonoma Clean Power

Cotati on Wednesday became the second city to join Sonoma Clean Power, which seeks to displace Pacific Gas and Electric Co. as the area’s main electricity supplier.

Cities’ clout at issue in first Sonoma Clean Power meeting

A tussle for control over the future of Sonoma Clean Power dominated the agency’s first public meeting Tuesday, with county officials rejecting for now a request by smaller cities for more say over how the agency is governed.

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 reluctant to join public power agency

Sonoma appears to be the latest city on track to reject joining the Sonoma County Clean Power Authority after a divided City Council on Monday all but turned out the lights on the idea.

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