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Efren Carrillo’s return to work exposes challenges

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.

Cotati officials say tax flier’s quotes fabricated, threaten legal action

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.

Sonoma Clean Power opposes ‘opt-in’ bill

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.

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.

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